#101 A Video Game Might Just Save Notre Dame

After watching the fire and destruction unfold at the Notre Dame Cathedral, we might be able to thank a video game for helping us rebuild!

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#61 Sony Reveals Classic PS One Games

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IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billion

IBM is acquiring Red Hat, a major distributor of open-source software and technology, in a deal valued around $34 billion, the companies announced on Sunday. According to a joint statement, IBM will pay cash to buy all shares in Red Hat at $190 each. Shares in Red Hat closed at $116.68 on Friday before the deal was announced. The open source, enterprise software maker will become a unit of IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division, with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst joining IBM’s senior management team and reporting to CEO Ginni Rometty.

Sony reveals the rather disappointing list of games for the PS One Classic

PlayStation today revealed the list of games that will come bundled with its retro console, the PS One Classic. While the list does include several (ahem) classics and old favorites, there are still a few rather large holes in the library.

OnePlus 6T review: Pixel 3’s problems might make this the phone to own

OnePlus’ second flagship smartphone of 2018 has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least. First of all, just about everything there is to know about the OnePlus 6T leaked long before the phone was announced on Monday. Of course, that pretty much goes without saying at this point, since details surrounding flagship phones always leak in advance. The real trouble arrived when it came time to schedule the OnePlus 6T announcement event. First, OnePlus reportedly pushed back its planned unveiling to avoid overlapping with Google’s Pixel 3 launch. Then, after landing on the date October 30th for its big reveal, Apple announced that its October press conference would be held on the same date. Competing with Apple for media coverage is obviously ill-advised, so the company bumped up its event to today, October 29th.

Tetris Effect is loaded with game modes designed to keep you coming back

Enhance Games’ stylish, trippy take on Tetris will come with a wide variety of modes tailored to appeal to your play style and mood, and those modes are designed to keep players coming back to Tetris Effect for weeks and months after the game launches. The puzzle game’s main “campaign” mode, known as Journey Mode, will send players on a trip through 27 levels, each with their own musical and visual themes. Each level is crafted to tell a story and let players feel different emotions as they play, vice president of production Mark MacDonald said during a hands-on gameplay preview. Levels in Journey Mode will take players from the deserts of Egypt to the solitary darkness of the Moon, while others venture deep into the sea to let players swim with dolphins as they line up puzzle pieces.

Beware of malware, adware when downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge

New Windows 10 PC owners should be careful about downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge, as Bing is apparently returning search results that contain malware and adware. There is a running joke that the only purpose of Microsoft Edge is to download Google Chrome, but it appears that the tables could easily turn for users who are not careful. Fortunately, Twitter user Gabriel Landau did not fall prey to a fake Google Chrome download page returned by a Bing search.

Here’s why your Zoey skin in Fortnite has been removed

A number of players started to notice that opponents using the Zoey skin were harder to see at a certain distance, and it didn’t take long to confirm that they were actually becoming totally invisible to both friends and foes. Strangely, the pickaxes and weapons of the players were still visible but this definitely wasn’t an intended change for to turn Zoey into a ghost for the ongoing Fortnitemares Halloween event.

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#59 Zombies Are Infesting Fortnite

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Mister Rogers sings and narrates a Pixel 3 ad focused on Google Lens [Video]

Following last week’s launch of the Pixel 3, Google is ramping up advertising for its flagship phones. From celebrities to the World Series, the latest involves a Pixel 3 ad featuring a song from Fred Rogers that focuses on Google Lens. The 90-second clip is titled “The power to wonder” and features quick cuts of simple scenes like a shirt drying in a breeze to various animals and greenery. Beloved television personality, Fred Rogers, narrates over these scenes before jumping into his original recording of “Did You Know?”

Soundcloud Links Have Been Integrated into Instagram Stories

Soundcloud artists, rejoice. Instagram has announced it will now allow SoundCloud links to be shared through its Stories feature. The process will work similarly as it does with Spotify, which Instagram introduced to its Stories platform earlier this year.

Twitter tests status updates and ‘ice breaker’ tweets

Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that one of his company’s goals is to “increase the health of public conversation” on its platform. And it’s a talking point Twitter has come back to throughout the year. In March, it reached out to experts for ideas on how to promote healthy, open and civil conversations online and in September, the company sought feedback on a proposed policy that would ban dehumanizing speech. Now, the company is testing a handful of new features aimed at encouraging users to talk to each other.

‘SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE’ ROSTER LEAK REVEALS 7 NEW CHARACTERS

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to release on Switch this December but it seems the growing roster is getting bigger, if this latest leak is to be believed. An unnamed person who claims to have access to promotional material took photos of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster collage on their Snapchat. The post was deleted, but later posted on message boards like 4Chan and Resetera. Nintendo has not officially confirmed any of these characters for the game at this time.

Fortnite’s map is being infested with hordes of monsters

Fortnite is getting into the Halloween spirit with the addition of undead opponents to its popular battle royale mode, marking a major moment in the game mode’s history where players can fight computer-generated enemies. A trailer for the mode, showcases the demonic ghouls in action. Players will have to defeat the monstrous-looking opponents that were birthed from Cube Fragments that appear on the map. Killing the undead will result in loot for players, and they’ll appear sporadically throughout matches.

‘Battlefield V’ won’t have battle royale until spring 2019

You’ll have to wait a while if you want to see Battlefield V’s much-touted battle royale mode. EA DICE has detailed the post-launch roadmap for its WWII shooter, and the vaunted “Firestorm” battle royale experience will arrive as part of a “Trial by Fire” chapter starting in March 2019 (it’s not clear if the mode will be available right away). While the last-one-standing experience isn’t the only tentpole feature of BFV, it’s safe to say this will be disappointing if you expected to play it over the holidays.

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#53 The Discord Game Store Is Open

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Google Call Screen: Everything you need to know

Google not only recently announced two new Pixel phones, but the company also unveiled a new call screening service launching first with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that will surely help you deal with calls from unknown numbers or people you’d rather avoid. Call Screen answers incoming calls, asks the person for more information and gives options throughout the screening process to better handle the call. The entire experience is well done, impressive and easy to use.

Facebook is reportedly working on a TV camera that can stream video

Earlier this month, Facebook announced Portal, a camera-equipped smart device that’s meant to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show. But the company’s hardware ambitions apparently go far beyond that: Cheddar is reporting that Facebook is working on a TV camera that would offer Portal-like video chatting on a bigger screen and allow users to stream content from Facebook Watch.

Congratulations Palm, you’ve launched the stupidest product of the year

Stop looking everyone, the stupidest product of the year has arrived. It’s the Palm (2018), a device that should never have got past the point of conception, and certainly never have actually been made. It’s so baffling, even those that made it don’t know what it’s for. However, heads were nodded, budgets allotted, boxes were ticked, and production lines were fired into life. And now it has been vomited into the world.

Apple fattened up its bagel emoji and now people are happy

Food lovers feel strongly about their bagels. Some fans of the boiled and baked bread product took offense at Apple’s new emoji rendition of a bagel. Apple seems to have heard their cries of anguish because it’s now released a redesigned, more appetizing version.

Discord’s game store is open to everyone

Discord is marching further onto Steam’s turf by opening up its game store to all users. The store arrived in August in a limited beta, and now everyone can pick up games directly from the app. The curated store includes recognizable titles such as Celeste, Into The Breach, Dead Cells and Subnautica along with a number of exclusives. Games featured in the First on Discord program will only be available on PC through the app for 90 days — developers get a showcase for their games, and Discord gets some limited-time exclusives.

Battlefield 5 Story Trailer Is About Rising To The Occasion

Battlefield V returns to World War 2, which means a lot of focus on the heroism of a just cause, the Greatest Generation, and all the imagery that entails. The single-player story trailer embraces that spirit wholeheartedly with a cinematic presentation that intermingles personal sacrifices with the bombastic moments that come in a theater of war.

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#37 YouTube Gaming Is No More

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YouTube Is Closing YouTube Gaming

YouTube is getting rid of its dedicated gaming app after it failed to find a big enough audience, the company announced today in a blog post. Instead, gaming-specific content and features will have a new, dedicated home within the main YouTube site.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL appear in more leaked images

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will likely be made official on October 9th, but weeks before the event, we’re getting a clear look at the upcoming devices. New renders of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have leaked, and they look like they could be official renders from Google. Unfortunately, the phones are inside Google-branded fabric cases, so we don’t get to see all of them, but the renders do show off several of the phones’ features.

WORLD OF WARSHIPS: 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUBMARINES AND THE NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

World of Warships has just celebrated its third-year anniversary, and it’s come a long way since it’s 2015 debut. Over 28 million registered users, a development team that has grown from 40 members in the beginning to more than 300, and a raft of new modes and monthly content supply drops have collectively ensured that the free-to-play naval combat game is healthier and more fully featured today than it’s ever been.

How to practice Fortnite like Ninja

ESPN’s feature story about the life and career of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the most popular Fortnite streamer in the world, is filled with interesting details about what it takes to achieve that level of success. Spoiler warning: It involves sticking to a schedule that doesn’t actually sound fun, or even tolerable for most people.

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Leaks Show Google Pixel 3 XL to Sport iPhone X-like Notch

Google’s flagship phone will take a leaf out of iPhone X’s book and sport a notch on its display.

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There are quite a few rumours out on how the new Pixel 3 XL’s display will look. But they do point to one thing: a notch that is similar to the iPhone X.

A leaked image from Slashleaks shows two tempered glasses designed for the Pixel 3 series. On the right is the Pixel 3, suggesting that it will adopt the same design language as its predecessor. On the other hand, its larger brother looks like it will not be ditching the notch after all.

It has since been speculated that the next-generation Pixel devices will have a notch. This was because Android P now supports the feature.

Another report also supports the notch rumour, this time from Bloomberg. According to the report, one of Google’s next marquee phones will have that infamous cutout on the top of its screen.

Additionally, it is also anticipated to have an edge-to-edge screen with only a bottom bezel. People “familiar with the matter” also told Bloomberg that the notch on the Pixel 3 XL will house two front-facing cameras.

Google has been known to release their flagship phones in October. It won’t be surprising if the search giant follows the same schedule this year when they announce the latest in the Pixel series.

 

Google Is Reportedly Unveiling a Pixel Watch In October

A “reliable source” claims that Google is planning to launch a wearable tech under its Pixel product line.

Google is apparently planning to expand its Pixel product line with not one, but three new smartwatches. And fans wouldn’t have to wait too long as it could be available later this year.

The news comes after well-known online leakster Evan Blass, Tweeted about the Pixel watch. Apparently, his “high-confidence” source claims that this will be part of its fall hardware event. The watch will debut alongside the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and second-generation Pixel Buds.

His information also coincides with a German tech blog‘s report about Google’s wearables. However, they claim that the company actually has three smartwatches lined up with codenames Ling, Triton and Sardine. All three will reportedly run on a new Qualcomm processor that conserves battery life. It will actually allow the device to listen to voice commands without leaving the standby mode.

If this information checks out, it will be Google’s first flagship smartwatch that they actually have a say on. The first Android Wear watches were from Samsung and LG, both of which are obviously independent from Google.

The existing Pixel phones has made the Google Assistant quite an integral part of its system. If the Pixel watch (or watches?) happens, we can probably expect a similar setup. John Legend anyone?

 

 

Google Leak Suddenly ‘Confirms’ Expensive Pixel 3

A popular phone tipster has confirmed that tech giant Google would release the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Evan Blass has posted a tweet this week, hinting that Google may likely release the two alleged smartphones.

 

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It cannot be denied that the mystery behind the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has kept Google fans waiting. At present, Google’s best smartphones are the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Blass also said that the tech giant would retain the company’s two phone strategy.

 

 

Although Blass did not cite who was his source, he assured that the information was sourced from a “reliable” person. He added that Google’s two phone strategy is an exact opposite of Apple Inc. which is moving to three iPhone X designs.

 

 

The web’s most popular tipster further confirmed that Google has already scheduled a launch date for both Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Fans of Google smartphones should also expect that both phones will be sold expensively.

 

Speaking of the rumored phone’s launch date, Blass claims that both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL would be announced during the company’s annual inaugural hardware event. This event falls on October 4 and users should expect that both the rumored phones would dominate the headlines.

 

As of press time, Google has yet to confirm the aforesaid event. But other tech users suggest that Google would likely to announce the new phones come September or early October. By doing so, both the rumored phones would be the company’s last releases of the year.

 

Google Is Working On A Feature Only For Pixel 3

Search giant Google has revealed its plan to release its new flagship smartphone, the Pixel 3. The upcoming smartphone is actually a sequel to both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. The news comes after a code was dropped on the phone’s page at Android Open Source Project.

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Apart from this, Google might also add some exclusive features on Pixel 3.

 

“Cherrypick ‘Add device config to decide which Auto Selection Network UI to use,'” and that “This change added the config because the HAL V_1_2 only supports Pixel 3, and the new Auto Selection Network UI is based on HAL V_1_2,” a code noted as found by XDA developers.

 

Based on the code, tech users claim that HAL refers actually to software that links between Android and the hardware. This software is called the Hardware Abstraction Layer. A quick check of the HAL on the code is about a cellular connectivity.

 

And for the XDA developers, this is an interesting case because HAL only works on Pixel 3. They also pointed out that the phone would likely to include other features like radio and connectivity.

 

To date, there are only small speculations about Google’s rumoured flagship smartphone. What is clear though is that the search giant is also planning to release a mid-range version of the phone.

Regarding the phone’s specs and features details—all these are still nil. More details would follow after Google would release the details sooner.