#118 Microsoft And Sony Partner Up

Looks like Microsoft and Sony want to play nice now and partner up on gaming and cloud services. What does this mean going forward? Is this a good or bad move?

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#115 Hihi It’s The Tamagotchi On

You heard it here first, the Tamagotchi is back! Does it have what it takes? Are you a 90s kid who grew up with one? Will we finally be able to revive dead pets or is it worth a toss out a window? All this and more!

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#49 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

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Blizzard is selling a Lego Bastion model right now

With the power of Lego and Blizzard Entertainment combined, some hot new Overwatch merchandise is upon us. Blizzard is now selling the Lego Omnic Bastion set, which has 182 pieces. Lego Omnic Bastion is $25, and you can order it now through Blizzard’s online store. If you are attending the upcoming BlizzCon fan gathering, you’ll also have the option to purchase it at that time as well. BlizzCon begins November 2 and runs through November 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Sony Is Finally Allowing PSN ID Changes, But There’s A Catch

Sony is finally giving in to the PlayStation community on a long-held request by throngs of gamers who made a big mistake when they first chose their PlayStation Network IDs: Soon, gamers will be able to change their PSN IDs for the very first time. Once it’s rolled out to all PS4 users next year, gamers will be able to change their PSN ID as many times as they’d like. Here’s where the catch comes into play, however. The first time is free but after that you’ll need to pony up $9.99 for each subsequent change or $4.99 for PS+ subscribers.

PC market flat, as Surface becomes a top-5 computer brand in the US

Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker in the US in the third quarter of this year, according to industry advisory firm Gartner. The top spot in the US belongs to HP, with about 4.5 million machines sold, ahead of Dell at 3.8 million, Lenovo at 2.3 million, and Apple at 2 million. The gap between fourth and fifth is pretty big—Microsoft sold only 0.6 million Surface devices last quarter—but it suggests that Microsoft’s PC division is heading in the right direction, with sales 1.9 percent higher than the same quarter last year. The company pushed down to sixth place was Acer.

Razer Built the Phone Gamers Deserve (It Has RGB Lights)

The first time you test something, you check out its design, you try all the new features, but even after an hour or more, the device still doesn’t feel as familiar as something you own and use every day. And yet, the first time I sat down and played a round of PUBG Mobile using the Razer Phone 2, I finished with a chicken dinner. Was it me or was it the phone? I’m still not sure, but here’s how Razer’s gaming phone has evolved for its second tour.

Pokémon Go nerf doesn’t look good for ol’ Blissey

Competitive Pokémon Go players are anticipating a major, upcoming upheaval in the battle scene, thanks to Niantic’s announcement that it intends to rebalance the game. The developer has already hinted at what kinds of changes it plans to make — and it sounds like they’re aimed at kicking the best gym defenders out of their top spots.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date, Pre-load, Blackout, Zombies, And Everything We Know

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 continues the franchise’s history of explosive multiplayer, first-person shooter combat. Old mechanics and features return, such as the fan favorite Zombie mode, but the game implements several changes to the Black Ops formula. We’ve compiled everything we know about Black Ops 4 so far, and will continue to update this post as we discover more about the game.

 

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The Lenovo Z5 Could Be The First All Screen Phone

Lenovo appears to have cracked the code in eliminating the notch and an almost-zero bezel on its phone.

An earlier teaser also posted by Cheng on his Weibo account.

Lenovo vice president Chang Cheng made quite an impact when he posted a teaser of the Z5 on his personal Weibo account.

The image was a sketch of what appears to be a completely borderless and notch-less smartphone – the first of its kind. Cheng’s teaser post explains that the Lenovo Z5 is the company’s new flagship phone. The Z5 will apparently offer the screen-to-body ratio of more than 95 per cent, the highest so far seen on a phone.

Cheng also writes that Lenovo has achieved four technological breakthroughs and 18 patented technologies through this flagship phone. Perhaps one of those is finding a way to put a front-facing camera without a notch or bezel?

It is very likely that the phone will have most of its features on the screen. This could include in-display fingerprint scanner, in-screen ear piece, and a pop-up selfie camera.

There isn’t any release date set for this breakthrough phone. However, rumours suggest that it could be announced in June 14.

 

Motorola May Release A Folding Smartphone That Turns Into A Tablet

Motorola was recently awarded a patent for its own folding smartphone.

(Image Credit: LetsGoDigital) A coloured illustration of Motorola’s patent

Curved screens? Old news. No-bezel phones? Meh. Foldable phones? Now we’re talking. Motorola is jumping in the bandwagon and got itself a patent for a folding smartphone.

Tech giants like Apple, Samsung and Huawei are reportedly working on their own foldable handsets. And it seems like the Lenovo-owned company is willing to join the pack.

In a report by LetsGoDigital, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has approved a patent for Motorola for a foldable phone. And this one comes with a wireless charging cover.

The design shows a wide rectangular display. When folded, it appears to give a smartphone-like experience. When it is unfolded, it converts into a something that works like a tablet. The illustration shows a flexible screen wrapped around a hinge.

Additionally, the patent also shows a s built-in cover to protect the display or to support the phone as a stand. It may also work as a wireless charger.

What’s surprising is that the patent was actually filed two years ago. It is possible that the company has moved past this design concept. Earlier this year however, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing had hinted it will be focussing on foldable smartphone technology in the coming months. This means that patent approval may is just in time for Motorola to really explore the folding smartphone industry.

Lenovo Released Its Education Focused Chromebook and ThinkPad Laptops

Lenovo’s newest laptops are focused and designed specifically for classrooms.

It includes three new Chromebook laptops and two ThinkPad laptops. These five laptops are Lenovo ThinkPad 11e, ThinkPad 11e Yoga, 500e Chromebook, 300e Chromebook, and 100e Chromebook. The Windows of the two laptops, 100e and 300e were also announced.

“Chromebooks are hardened for education environments”, Lenovo said. It has rubber bumpers, reinforced ports and hinges, and anchored keyboards. The new education portfolio is MIL-SPEC tested which includes drop testing so expect that whether you drop these laptops by accident, it will not easily break. Because it is designed for students to use in schools, the laptops feature software tools, such as Lenovo LanSchool and AirClass, Google Classroom, and G Suite for Education.

Specs

The new Lenovo 500e Chromebook has an 11.6-inch HD IPS display, multi-mode form factor, 5-megapixel world-facing camera, and an Intel Celeron quad core N3450 processor. It only weighs 1.35kg and comes with 8GB RAM and 64GN internal storage. The 500e is said to launch later this month for $349.

The 300e Chromebook is powered by the MediaTek 8173C ARM processor. It has an improved ten-point multi-touch HD IPS display. The 300e is available with Windows 10 that comes with a pen support or Google’s Chrome OS. The Windows 10 model features Intel Apollo Lake processors. It weighs 1.35kg and will be available from January 2018 for Windows and February 2018 for Chrome OS. The price starts at $279.

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 processor with a11.6-inch HD antiglare display. It is also available in Windows 10 or Google Chrome’s OS. The 100e is much lighter at 1.22kg only. It is expected to be available in January 2018 for the Windows version and March 2018 for the Chrome OS. The price starts at $219.

The ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad 11e Yoga is Lenovo’s 5th generation release. Both laptops have an 11.6-inch HD IPS display. Lenovo said that these laptops are “thinner and lighter than the previous generation”. Windows-version laptops are powered by the latest Intel N series processors. Moreover, the ThinkPad 11e Yoga has a garaged pen feature for easier storage. It also has world-facing camera to enable picture and videos recording in tablet mode. These two laptops will be available from February 2018. The Yoga 11e’s price is at $429 while the 11e Yoga is at $499.

Echo Show Which Supports Youtube Created by Google and Lenovo

Google Assistant is very rampant today. You can find it everywhere! In smartphones, tablets, TV’s, smartwatches and even inside a car. Now, Google is thinking of expanding it by introducing a new Smart Display platform designed for their partners to be able to create their own Echo Show-like devices.

Echo Show Supports YouTube

Lenovo is one of Google’s partners and is the first one to launch these new Google Smart Displays.

Google is already planning to remove YouTube which makes this very helpful.

Lenovo is planning to make two Google Smart Displays available by the summer of 2018. One is an 8-inch version and the other is a 10-inch model.

The platform is a simple version of the Google Assistant. It also responds to “Hey Google” and does the same assistant stuffs that you’re used to.

Windows 8 Intel Clover Trail SoC powered tablets coming to market

A number of tablet manufacturers are set to unveil their own Windows 8 tablets that will use Intel’s latest system-on-a-chip.

Both Hewlett-Packard and Acer are currently on the drawing table working on designs for their latest tablet according to CNET. The report also adds that Lenovo is also trying to develop a tablet which is going to use Intel’s Clover Trail SoC.

These tablets that will run on Windows 8 and Intel’s Clover Trail SoC are different from those that run on Windows RT tablets because the latter does not offer backward-compatibility with Windows software programs. The former has the ability to do just that.

According to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, “We are… tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SoC in addition to a number of core-based tablets.”

If this is the case, then the tablet market looks crowded when these companies release their own versions of Windows 8 tablets that run on Intel’s new technology.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have a 10.1 inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution. It also features a n HSPA+ broadband option and only weighs 1.4 pounds.

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Intel & Microsoft Join Forces For Windows 8


Intel is welcoming the new year with a bang!

The company’s Clover Trail silicon is the first release of the chipmaker for the up coming Windows 8 tablets.

The latter is an Atom chip that is due for release during the second half of the year. Windows 8 is also scheduled to be released around that time according to CNET.

Intel’s Clover Trail is said to be a follow-up of their Medfield, a chip for smartphones. The Medfield can also be used in tablets but it only has a single core design. The Clover Trail offers a dual core version that is better for tablet developers. Prototypes of tablets running on Windows 8 will be showed off to individuals during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) later this month.

According to DigiTimes, Acer and Lenovo are expected to release the Clover Trail tablets running on Windows 8 during the third quarter of this year.

Samsung surprised those who attended the Windows Build Conference last year when they showed them Windows 8 tablet having an Intel processor.

Usually ARM processors are the once being used by Android tablets. They are known for their power efficiency and wide use in smartphones and tablets. But Intel is trying to close the gap between Medfield, Clover Trail and with their Silvermont. The Silvermont is proposed to be released next year.

Windows 8 is a tablet that is more friendlier than its predecessor, the Windows 7.

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