The glittery ball has dropped, New Year’s resolutions have been made, and that means it’s time for the world’s biggest tech companies, startups, journalists, and random celebrities to swarm upon Las Vegas for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a weeklong showcase of every gadget you could ever dream of, spread out across a sprawling convention center and glitzy casinos. Robots, wacky VR headsets, smart mattresses, TVs, AI-powered appliances, self-driving vehicles, and even some zany concepts that will shape consumer tech in the years to come—this is where tech companies come to show the world what they’ve got in store.
Following the success of Hitman and Hitman 2, Warner Bros. and IO Interactive are looking to strike while enthusiasm is high by releasing a remastered collection of older games in the series. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection includes Hitman: Absolution and Hitman: Blood Money, and it will be available on PS4 and Xbox One on January 11th for $60. There’s no word as yet on a PC release date, however.
Earlier this week, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell announced his company was developing the Mad Box, a new standalone video game console to rival the PlayStation and Xbox. Bell has now revealed a few more details about the mysterious platform, including how an early version of it looks.
More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. That’s the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon’s SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this week. That’s not to say Amazon has finally decided to be completely transparent about device sales, however. While the company claims it outstripped its most optimistic expectations for the Echo Dot during the holiday season, Limp wouldn’t give a number for that. Instead, Limp says, Amazon is sold out of Dots through January, despite “pushing pallets of Echo Dots onto 747s and getting them from Hong Kong to here as quickly as we possibly could.”
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The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will just text a code to your phone number when you sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal: “a world without passwords.”
A video claiming to show a folding phone from Xiaomi has been leaked by Evan Blass. In the clip, what appears to be a tablet-sized device can be seen being used to access Google Maps, before both sides are folded backwards to give it the form-factor of a compact (but likely thick) smartphone.
At a row of computers, the team sits, ultrafocused, fingers flying over their keyboards. The video game “Counter-Strike” plays out on their monitors as they communicate over headsets, engaged in a fierce competition at Moscow’s IgroMir Expo, Russia’s largest computer and video game convention. But this is not your average group of gamers. The slogan on their black jackets reads “We’ve got time to kill.” With an average age of 67, the Silver Snipers from Stockholm, Sweden, are the oldest esports team in the world.
Unless you spent 2018 living in a cave (which would be 100 percent justified given the political climate) you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz around the new 5G wireless networks coming online. They not only promise faster internet speeds for mobile devices but wireless internet that’s actually fast enough to completely replace the wired broadband you use at home. With D-Link’s new 5G NR router, all you need is electricity and a SIM card to say goodbye to cable forever.
Epic Games is bringing back the ’14 Days of Fortnite’ event to correct the wrong ending date. On January 2, Epic Games announced that they would be compensating players with the Equalizer Glider as long as they completed one of the 14 challenges apart of ’14 Days of Fortnite’. Two days later on January 4, they decided to allow all players the chance to complete every ’14 Days of Fortnite’ challenge.
New News App And Dark Mode For Apple’s MacOS 10.14
According to early reports, MacOS 10.14 gets new dark mode and Apple news apps. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted a screenshot of which he said was to be that of macOs 10.14. It focused on Xcode 10 and showed a couple of bigger changes to the operation system.
The New Dark Mode
The new version of the macOs will seem to have a more comprehensive dark mode. It just does not darken the menu bar and the dock. It darkens broadly, affecting apps and even the trash can. This seems that the feature could affect the whole system.
The whole UI is dark So is the white text and iconography. It looks like it is possibly hitting a more universal dark mode on the Mac.
Other New Features
Another noticeable thing on the screenshot is what appears to be a new default system wallpaper. It shows sand dunes under a starry night sky. There is a suggestion that one of the possible names for the macOS 10.14 is Mojave.
A new icon is visible below the newly designed Xcode. This icon is not on the Mac: News. This shows that the news app is making its way to the Mac. This is good news as to Mac users. They find it disadvantageous when an Apple News is unavailable on a Mac. News stories get shared on Twitter and through messages and could only be opened on iOS.
How The Details Came Out Early
As all other premature reports, the details came out because of a leak. The leak came from Apple itself through a short preview video. Video previews are currently available on Apple’s mobile platform.
There has never been rumors about what is to come with the macOS 10.14. But there has been speculation that there could be some integration between Mac ans iOS apps. Apple kicks off its keynote talk June 4th and we will be able to find out more about it.
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