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3D Realms releases retro FPS Ion Maiden in Early Access
3D Realms has announced a new retro-like first-person shooter, Ion Maiden. The game uses an adapted version of the popular Build engine that was introduced in the ‘90s. Ion Maiden greatly resembles classic shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior. The game has released in Early Access and will receive a definitive release in the coming months.
Fitbit introduces special Adidas Edition of its Ionic smartwatch
Fitbit has announced a special Adidas Edition of its recently released Ionic smartwatch. This is the first result of a collaboration between both companies. The Ionic Adidas Edition features a watch face designed by Adidas, a unique band, and a built-in Adidas Train application.
Rumor: Amazon acquires video doorbell maker Ring for US$1 billion
According to Reuters, Amazon has acquired the smart video doorbell maker Ring for more than US$ 1 billion. The current Ring doorbells can integrate with Amazon Alexa and it's likely that the company wants to expand in the home security market. This would be Amazon's second acquisition of smart doorbell companies after purchasing Blink last year.
Games with in-game purchases will receive special label by ESRB after loot box controversy
Loot boxes and microtransactions have been more present than ever in today's games, and some titles even managed to create quite the controversy by adding these in-game purchases to a full-priced game. The ESRB will now give a special label to all games with in-game purchases that will be visible on the box.
Jolla announces Sailfish 3 OS and expansion to new devices
Jolla has announced a new major version of Sailfish OS at the Mobile World Congress, which will simply be known as Sailfish 3. The new version will feature an updated application store, support for 4G, VoLTE and should have noticeable performance improvements. Sailfish 3 will also be made available for more devices.
Motorola shows Moto Mods for measuring vital signs and a full-sized physical keyboard
Motorola has presented two Moto Mods at the MWC for its smartphones. The Health Mod can measure vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen saturation. A Moto Mod with a full-sized QWERTY keyboard was also shown.
Launch video for Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks, reveals Enterprise Edition for business users
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been the victim of many leaks over the past few weeks, and this latest leak reveals a launch video for the much-anticipated smartphones. The video confirms previous rumors and shows off the device itself, and it also presents an Enterprise Edition aimed at business users.
Archos presents 'Hello' portable smart home display with Google Assistant
Archos has presented Archos Hello, the company's first smart home device. Hello is a smart display with a built-in battery for optional portable use. The device runs on Android Oreo with Google Assistant and will come in two different sizes.
Samsung releases own version of Opera Max browser for Galaxy smartphones
Samsung has released an adjusted version of Opera Max, a mobile browser with a heavy focus on saving data by using compression techniques. Opera discontinued the browser last year, but it appears Samsung has given it a second life on its Galaxy smartphones under the name Samsung Max.
Apple releases patch to fix the Indian 'Telugu bug' on all platforms
Apple has released a patch that will fix the so-called 'Telugu bug' on iOS, MacOS, tvOS and WatchOS. When users receive a message or notification that contains a certain Indian character, the app crashes and becomes unusable. In some cases, the bug even results in the device entering a bootloop.
Swype Keyboard app discontinued on Android and iOS
Nuance will stop the development of the Swype Keyboard app for iOS and Android. The company has ceased all support for the standalone application and will focus its efforts on built-in keyboards for phone manufacturers instead.
Archos introduces 21.5" all-in-one with Intel Atom chip and small bezels
Archos has announced the Vision 215, a new all-in-one system with a 21.5" display which focuses on the low-end market. The all-in-one uses an Intel Atom Z8350 soc and will have a price tag of less than US$375.
Google acquires Internet of Things platform Xively for US$50 million
Google has announced that it intends to acquire the Internet of Things platform Xively in order to expand its own Cloud IoT Core infrastructure. Google will pay US$50 million for the takeover.
Microsoft enables party chat for Xbox apps on Android and iOS
Microsoft has pushed an update for the Xbox app on Android and iOS, which finally allows users to engage in party chats on Xbox Live via their smartphone or tablet.
Google Assistant will support 17 new languages in 2018
Google is planning on bringing its Google Assistant service to a large number of new countries and the voice assistant will also support multiple new languages in 2018. The company has announced this during a presentation at the Digital New Initiative Summit in Amsterdam.
Micron announces its first SSDs with QLC NAND memory
Micron has announced a lineup of enterprise SSDs using QLC NAND memory and will release the drives soon. These will be among the first available solid state drives using the cheaper QLC technology.
Leaked manual reveals a new wireless charger for the Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung has prepared a new wireless charging pad for its upcoming flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
HP announces 4K displays with USB-C and thin bezels
HP has announced a number of new EliteDisplay monitors with 4K IPS panels and support for USB-C. The displays will launch in sizes of 27, 32 and 43 inches.
Archos unveils three affordable Core smartphones with 18:9 displays
Archos has announced three new smartphones with a 18:9 display and affordable price tags under 150 Euros. The company will release the Core 55S, Core 57S and Core 60S this spring.
Update for Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro fixes camera and connectivity issues
Huawei has started with the first update for its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones. The update enhances the quality of the beauty filter, improves battery life, and squashes some camera and connectivity bugs.
Roccat unveils Khan AIMO RGB gaming headset with integrated soundcard
Roccat has announced the Khan AIMO RGB, their new gaming headset with large 50mm drivers, a built-in soundcard and support for the company's own AIMO RGB ecosystem.
PS4 Firmware 5.50 introduces system-wide supersampling for PS4 Pro
Sony has released a beta version of the upcoming PS4 Firmware with code number 5.50. First users have reported that the PS4 Pro console now supports supersampling, which increases the image quality of Pro-enhanced games on 1080p displays.
Company behind Turing Phone has filed for bankruptcy
The company Turing Robotics Industries has filed for bankruptcy in Finland. The company was supposed to start the production of Turing Phones in a factory formerly used by Nokia but wasn’t successful in doing so.
Apple's HomePod speaker only supports music streaming via AirPlay
In contrast to many other smart speakers, Apple's HomePod will not support streaming over regular Bluetooth. You'll need an iOS device to stream music as the speaker only supports Apple's proprietary AirPlay protocol.
Plextor introduces entry-level M8V SSDs
Plextor has announced the M8V series of SSDs which will offer entry-level performance. The solid state drives will be released in both 2.5" and M.2 formats with capacities of 128, 256 and 512 GB.
Official Telegram apps temporarily removed from the App Store
The popular messaging app Telegram and variant Telegram X have vanished from Apple's App Store due to 'inappropriate content', although founder Pavel Durov claims that the apps are gone because of a minor issue and should resurface soon.
In less than a year, Nintendo Switch has surpassed Wii U's lifetime sales
In less than a year, Nintendo managed to sell more Switch consoles than their lifetime sales of the Wii U. With almost 15 million units sold in 2017 compared to the 13.5 million of the Wii U, the hybrid Switch console is already considered to be a major success.