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Gaming has been becoming increasingly more mainstream through the years, growing alongside the growth social media has seen as well. With so many different companies diving head first into video games, it shouldn’t really be a shock that reports are stating that Snapchat will be the latest to join this market with their own version of a mobile gaming platform for its app.
Wish I could say I’m making this up but I’m not. Although this isn’t new in the video game industry, Fortnite has made it more popular to hire a coach so that you can get better at the game.
According to The Wall Street Journal (via Bleacher Report), parents are paying coaches by the hour to improve their children’s Fortnite techniques. One parent commented, “There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it. You can imagine what that was like for him at school.” Parents may commonly pay for their children to learn a sport or an instrument, but now that same concept is going toward video game prowess.
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Xiaomi has partnered with CK Hutchison to enter Europe markets. Three UK’s stores will initially sell the phones.
While both ZTE and Huawei face difficulties in the US market, Xiaomi’s efforts in Europe are starting to pay off.
Late last year, the company entered the Spanish market and was met with a positive response. This time around, it has secured a deal with one of the UK’s biggest network providers.
According to a report from Reuters, Xiaomi has partnered with CK Hutchison’s telecom subsidiary Three UK’s retail stores where the phones will be initially sold. This includes stores in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK.
AS Watson’s retail locations around Europe will also soon be selling the phones in the future.
Tom Malleschitz, Three UK’s chief digital officer shares the company’s enthusiasm with the partnership to Engadget. “We have been watching Xiaomi’s success from afar and are impressed with the huge range of connected devices that they currently offer”.
He also adds that this partnership “opens the door for innovative new connected products” for their customers.
There’s no details yet as to what kind of phones Xiaomi is going be selling into the Europe market.
As for the US market, the company has started selling its accessories back in 2015 but without phones. It seems that they will eventually enter the smartphone market as well. Lei Jun, Xiaomi Chairman, already confirmed that it would enter the US smartphone market in late 2018 or early 2019.
The new Honor MagicBook has taken a leaf out of Apple’s MacBook designs.
Nope, that is not a laptop from Apple, but from this angle, it really does look like one. That is the Honor MagicBook, the latest from Huawei.
Along with the Honor 10 smartphone, the Huawei sub-brand also launched a light-weight laptop in China. It is available in three colours – Nebula Violet, Stay Grey and Glacier Silver and began pre-orders this week. The laptops will go sale starting April 23.
The Honor MagicBook has a price tag of CNY 5,699 (about $905) and CNY 4,999 (about $795) so its expected to come with decent specs.
Powered with either an 8th generation Intel Core i7 or i5, it has an 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. It sports a 14-inch full-HD display and carries 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150. The bezels only measure 5.2mm and a screen-to-body ration of 81 percent.
Something to be interested about too is its battery life. The MagicBook comes with a gigantic 57.4Wh battery which would provide around 12 hours of usage. The company boasts that a one hour charge can give you 0% to 70%.
The entire body of the laptop is made of aluminium and weights 1.47kg. What it has that the MacBook Air or the MacBook pro is the built-in fingerprint sensor.
As always, there is no news on whether this will eventually be released overseas. If it does, would you buy one?