What a crazy week it’s been, let’s catch up with the latest news and happenings. Plus, how in the world did both IG and SKT get knocked out at the semifinals stage at Worlds 2019, when they are the defending world champions?
Remember that joke about Razer making a toaster that brands your bread with the Razer logo? How about that one time they teased it for April Fools Day? Well, we got news on all that and more! Don’t forget to donate to our Kickstarter today!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In the ‘90s and early aughts, the relationship between those who made video games and those who bought and played them had a very clear beginning and end. Publishers and studios would work together to push a game out, consumers would buy the game (or rent it, which was often the case), play it, and that was essentially that. There was no Beta, no external feedback, and little transparency from behind the scenes. The game was done, the transaction made, and you liked it or you lumped it.
If you’re in the market for new wireless headphones, IFA 2018 has been an absolute treat for you. If, on the other hand, you just bought a pair, well… this is going to be an upsetting read. At this year’s IFA in Berlin, headphones manufacturers brought out a litany of meaningful, tangible, delightful improvements that have made the wireless audio market much more exciting than it was just a few days ago. Let’s take each new change in turn.
PAX West is just a few days away, but Razer wants to give customers a taste of its new gadgets early. Next month, Razer will release three new products that put a new spin on old favorites: the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition headset, the Razer BlackWidow Elite keyboard and the Razer Mamba Wireless mouse. If you’re a Razer aficionado, you’ve probably seen the previous versions of these peripherals, but each one will get a handy new feature or two.
A Queen’s University research team has taken a page from history, rolled it up and created the MagicScroll – a rollable touch-screen tablet designed to capture the seamless flexible screen real estate of ancient scrolls in a modern-day device. Led by bendable-screen pioneer Dr. Roel Vertegaal, this new technology is set to push the boundaries of flexible device technology into brand new territory.
As feature-rich smartphones with huge screens got more enmeshed in our daily lives, at home, work, and play, laptop sales went on a downward spin. But at CES 2018, an array of laptops and hybrids (laplets) were launched, each with a different twist which proclaiming that the laptop is very much alive and kicking. The most interesting by far and so simple a concept that makes you wonder why it had not been launched successfully in the past is Razer’s Project Linda, an Android Laptop and Phone Hybrid. The fact that everyone, including me, hates shifting gadgets makes this a very sensible concept indeed – think of it as a smartphone docking station on steroids.
Razer: The Gaming Company behind Project Linda
Razer, a Singaporean gaming firm based in San Diego is a world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software, and systems. Founded in 2005, it is backed by IDG-Accel, Intel Capital, and Horizons Ventures. The company has a wide fan base, especially in the U.S., Europe, and Asia with 35M of them using the Razer software platform. Products and services revolve around the gaming and include everything from laptops, peripherals, lighting system, and even the Razer eCard which is a credit card for gamers. Razer has won “Best in CES” in many categories including the People’s Choice Award, Best PC, Best Gaming Device and Best Concept. This year, with Project Linda promising the best of both worlds, Razer has truly hit home topping other entries with a total of 20 awards at CES!
Project Linda: The Best of Both Worlds
This lightweight, .59″ thin hybrid is the best for those who work hard and play hard: always on the go but demands top performance, creativity, productivity, portability, and uncompromising battery-life. Once the Razer phone is docked to its laptop casing (through a USB-C), it becomes an intelligent touchpad and you have a seamless union of productivity and entertainment. The maximized 13.3” Quad HD (1080p) display screen allows you to see more and do more; increasing versatility in this ultra-portable backlit laptop. In the past, big and heavy laptops defined performance – not anymore! Unique features like a being able to use the docked phone as an additional touchscreen open up the workspace for more “tools, effects, and options”.
“The docked phone serves as an intelligent touchpad, bridging the gap between handheld entertainment and laptop convenience.”
More power, productivity, gaming and VR capabilities are now packed in a much thinner silhouette and lighter body. it has a built-in power bank that also charges the phone while it is docked. The phone’s speakers perfectly integrate into the laptop and you can listen to high-quality sound from either the speakers or headphones.
The built-in backlighted keyboard and precise mouse are must-have features for users who need to create reports, presentations, and creative work on the fly. And for those who have been missing this feature in cloud-based tablets, the Project Linda laptop has 200GB of internal storage. Thin and durable is definitely in and the Razer laptop does not disappoint. Made of CNC aluminum, it is durable but road-worthy.
Will Project Linda make it where both Motorola and Samsung Android phone-laptop hybrid models failed? I’m sure that millions of gamers out there are crossing their fingers that this concept goes into production soon and makes it!
The popular PC hardware maker think tanks and developers have created another surprisingly creative gaming hardware. The “Project Fiona” which was undraped at this years Consumer Electronics Shows in Vegas comes as a hybrid of a Tab and an analog gamepad. This allows PC gaming fanatics to play any “gamepad-enabled” title.
Though “project Fiona” is just a concept as of the moment, they said that they are planning to release the final product in the fourth quarter of this year.
It has an Intel Core i7 processor. It looks similar to the iPad with two Wiimotes. It also features a multi-touch screen, accelerometers for motion control and analog sticks for controller handles.
At last year Penny Arcade Expo, the Razer featured an odd looking, hybrid gaming device touted as the Razer Blade. Priced at $2800, this laptop built for gamers with a touchscreen beside the keyboard, the latter was supposed to be available on the shelves last year. Unfortunately for gamers, the Razer is only going to be available this year. It is also featured at the CES.