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The latest map is 4 x 4 km in size. The developer has stated that there is also another 8 x 8 km map in the works. (Source: Polygon)

GDC 2018 | New smaller map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds teased at GDC

A new 4 x 4 km PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) map has been teased at the Game Developers Conference that has been taking place in San Francisco. PUBG’s developer announced that the public testing phase for the latest map wil...
The issue of cheating in PUBG is believed to be contributing to the game's slowing trajectory. (Source: Wccftech)

Fortnite's accessibility helps it overtake PUBG in February

The battle royale version of Fortnite eclipsed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) for the total amount of Twitch weekly unique viewers and revenue earned in February. Fortnite had 14 million unique viewers on Twitch by the last ...
Samsung Pay in action, now available in Italy, reaching a total of 21 markets worldwide (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung Pay lands in Italy, now available in 21 markets worldwide

Having received the "Best Mobile Innovation for Payment" award at the annual Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) earlier this year, Samsung Pay has just reached Italy. This mobile payment service works with quite a few Samsung dev...
Steam was initially released in 2003. (Source: SlashGear)

GDC 2018 | Steam enjoys a bumper year

The creator of the Steam Spy website, Sergey Galyonkin, has claimed that 2017 has been a very good year for the video-game distribution platform Steam. He stated that the platform made an estimated US$4.3 billion in revenue from p...
The Huawei P9 will receive its Oreo update in May. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Huawei P9, Mate 8, and Honor 6X set to receive Oreo updates in a bit

The Huawei Honor 6X was released back in 2016 on Android Marshmallow. It received the update to Nougat a few months later and is set for one final blaze, with confirmation on Huawei's forums touting a May 2018 Oreo rollout for the...
The Redmi Note 5 Pro. (Source: XDA-Developers)

The Redmi Note 5 Pro can now be updated to Android 8.1, Treble support in tow

The Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro launched on Android Nougat, while its Chinese variant ran on Oreo out of the box. The latter enjoys Treble support, and a discovery has shown that users of the Indian model can flash the Chinese Oreo bu...
Sea of Thieves (Source: Xbox Wire)

Sea of Thieves hits Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles as scheduled

More than a year since the first Technical Alpha test that involved 1,000 players, Sea of Thieves is finally available for everyone to play. This game is available globally for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles for a price tag ...
Windows Defender ATP on Windows Server 2019 Preview (Source: Windows Server Blog)

Windows Server 2019 Preview now available

Scheduled to be generally available in the second half of this year, Windows Server 2019 is now accessible via Microsoft's Insiders program in a Preview stage. This operating system is based on the foundation of Windows Server 201...
World of Tanks 1.0 update highlights

World of Tanks 1.0 goes live today with a whole new graphics engine, reworked maps, and more

Officially released in English back in mid-April 2011, World of Tanks received many updates in the years that followed, but now it finally gets a whole new graphics engine with support for DirectX 11 features such as tessellation,...
Xiaomi Mi A1 details after applying the new update

Last month's security patch finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe

Although Xiaomi released Android 8.0 Oreo for the Mi A1 handset before the end of 2017 as they previously had promised, the first security patch of the new year arrives with a long delay. Even worse, the new firmware does not brin...
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on mobile does a number of things incredibly well.

PUBG Mobile is now available worldwide, and it sure delivers on the hype

Tencent Games released its mobile port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds a while ago in China. The game was launched in Canada earlier in the week, and has finally been made available globally. Coming in as a free 700 MB install, P...
Telegram facing troubles in Russia as of March 2018, forced to hand over user encryption keys to the local authorities

Telegram ordered to hand over user encryption keys by Russian authorities

Since Vladimir Putin will be in charge for a few more years, it looks like Telegram might end up being blocked in Russia. A set of laws introduced back in 2016 required Telegram to give the government a way to decrypt all user con...
Bitcoin was valued at almost US$20,000 per token in December 2017. (Source: The Merkle)

Productive G-20 discussions help boost Bitcoin value

Bitcoin has received a significant boost in market value that has been put down to “very productive” discussions about cryptocurrencies and regulation at a G-20 meeting. The leading cryptocurrency has seen its value battered recen...
Vivendi paid US$750 million for their shares in Ubisoft, so the company will still make a considerable profit. (Source: Wccftech)

Vivendi gives up trying to snatch up Ubisoft

The French multimedia conglomerate Vivendi has given up with their attempt at a hostile takeover of Ubisoft. Vivendi has been buying shares in the latter company for several years now, giving the impression that the mass media gia...
Subway Surfers hits 1 billion downloads (Source: Google Play)

Subway Surfers becomes the first game to hit 1 billion downloads

Unleashed by SYBO and Kiloo back in May 2012, Subway Surfers managed to break the 400 million downloads barrier last year, thus becoming the most downloaded game of 2017 worldwide. Earlier this month, it also reached the 1 billion...
The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving its stable Oreo update

Seven months after the release of Android Oreo, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving the stable update to Android 8.0. Users in the US on Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have gotten updates, with the story being similar in Aus...
A demonstration of a scene rendered in real-time via RTX. (Images: Nvidia)

GDC 2018 | Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs

Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In ...
Fitbit Ionic Adidas edition, Fitbit OS 2.0 update available starting March 2018

Fitbit OS 2.0 rolls out to Fitbit Ionic wearables with Deezer support, new gestures, and more

Last week, Fitbit started to roll out the firmware version to the Fitbit Ionic smart wearables. This update is based on Fitbit OS 2.0 and includes Fitbit Today, described as "an updated on-device dashboard that keeps yo...
LG has released webOS Open Source Edition to help expand its footprint. (Source: LG)

LG takes webOS open source

LG released an open source version of its in-house operating system webOS. Dubbed webOS Open Source Edition, the new operating system is available for download now with the company soliciting ideas on ways it can be further commer...
The Mi A1. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi has released Oreo kernel sources for the Mi A1

Xiaomi has released Android 8.0 kernel sources for the Mi A1. The device's Nougat sources were released a few weeks ago, so this is rather unexpected from Xiaomi. A surprise, but a welcome one to be sure.
The Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: The Inquirer)

Samsung releases kernel sources for the S9 and S9+

Samsung has released kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, just weeks after the devices were announced. The combination of kernel sources and Project Treble support should ensure that the devices get excellent communit...
The Honor 7X. (Source: Huawei)

Honor 7X receives Oreo beta, Treble support in tow

The Honor 7X is currently receiving its first Oreo beta. The update brings a number of UI changes and the much-expected Project Treble support that will allow the device enjoy the community development it has lacked so far.
Spotify. (Source: Hypebeast)

Spotify finally available in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam

Spotify has announced the launch of its services in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. This makes South Africa the first African country to receive official Spotify support, with users in other African countries having to ...
Agony will provide a grotesque survival horror experience. (Source: Steam)

Agony's PC requirements revealed

Madmind Studios, the developer behind Agony, has listed out the minimum and recommended PC requirements of the first person survival horror game. The listed requirements are not too high by today's standards but help in ensuring s...
Mobile gaming dominates the market by a large margin

Mobile gaming increased its lead in 2017

Although mobile gaming managed to leave both consoles and PCs/Macs behind for the first time in 2014, its position strengthened ever since and the figures for 2017 show that there is no turning back now. According to the latest re...
SwiftKey virtual keyboard with Photo Themes gets updated with new languages and more

SwiftKey 7.0 for Android launches with new languages, make-your-own-sticker, and a new toolbar

The new Swiftkey 7.0 virtual keyboard app for Android devices is rolling out right now, bringing quite a few new languages to the list of well over 200 which are already supported, the ability to create your own stickers by adding...
Activision Blizzard had revenue of over US$7 billion in 2017. (Source: Wccftech)

Activision may contribute to the battle royale craze

There has been speculation that Activision Blizzard may enter the battle royale genre sooner rather than later. Apparently, the video-game giant is “keenly aware” of how well some competitors are performing with this particular ty...
Sony Xperia R1 series get Oreo update (Source: Sony Mobile India)

Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus receive Android Oreo

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are two budget-friendly handsets that remain exclusively available in India for now, being launched back in November 2017. Back then, both arrived with Android 7.1 Nou...
Android Wear smartwatches, Android Wear to become Wear OS

Google Android Wear to become Wear OS later this year

If the latest rumors turn into reality, Android Wear will change its name around 4 years after its release. In addition to the new name, Google's upcoming Wear OS should also feature a new, colorful logo similar to the one current...
The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung finally releases official roadmap for Oreo release

Samsung Canada has released a roadmap for the rollout of Android Oreo. The S8 and S8+ will receive their updates on March 19, and the Note 8 about a week later. Users of other new Samsung devices will, of course, have to wait till...
The PS4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)

The PS4 update to FW 5.50 is now available to all, kernel exploit patched

The update to firmware 5.50 on the PS4 is finally open to the general public. The update brings supersampling mode to owners of the PS4 Pro, and parental controls that allow you to monitor hours logged by your kid on their console...
Gamers will be able to control the day and night in Planet Alpha. (Source: PlanetAlpha)

Looking good: Planet Alpha announced

A teaser for an upcoming platform game called Planet Alpha has been released, and it looks mighty impressive. The game has been developed by Planet Alpha ApS, who are based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The creative director behind the ...
A film adaptation of Tom Clancy's The Division is in production. (Source: Forbes)

Ubisoft announces planned sequel for The Division

French video-game developer Ubisoft has announced that a sequel to their hit action RPG Tom Clancy’s The Division is in the works. The Division was released in 2016 and performed very well for the publisher, so a sequel was practi...
Sony Xperia XZ2 one-handed mode (Source: XPERIA Blog)

Night Light and one-handed mode coming with the Sony Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 made its debut as an improved version of the Xperia XZ1, sporting the same 19 MP main camera with a Motion Eye sensor, but being capable of shooting both full HD 960 fps videos and 4K HDR content. Although its ...
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) Undervolting Guide

Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) Undervolting Guide

Trying to lower temperatures, improve performance, or increase battery life is all about making small tweaks that can add up to something more noticeable. Intel XTU is a powerful piece of software for undervolting or overclocking, but it can be daunting if you don’t understand the myriad options presented to you. This guide covers the layout of Intel XTU and gives the process for adjusting voltage and TDP to reduce temperatures, extend battery life, and improve performance. Keep in mind that this software isn't magic so the improvements aren’t drastic, and some changes may have no effect at all — depending on your situation.
Treyarch is a subsidiary of Activision that was acquired in 2001. (Source: Activision)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to launch on October 12

Activision has announced the latest edition to their highly successful Call of Duty series of games. The next release will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it is being created by the game developer Treyarch. A teaser clip for thi...
Our thoughts on MWC 2018: Budget-phone buzz, flagships fall flat

MWC 2018 | Our thoughts on MWC 2018: Budget-phone buzz, flagships fall flat

This year's MWC may have marked a turn in the smartphone market. While the latest flagships were generally iterative improvements on last year's models, the budget and mid-tier segments have begun to explode. The best phones may n...
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition now available (Source: Xbox Wire)

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition finally available for purchase

Final Fantasy XV arrived on Xbox One more than a year ago, and now the time has finally arrived for Windows PC gamers to get this title as well. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition comes with 4K HDR support and can run at up to 120 f...
First Android 9.0 Developer Preview build now available (Source: Android Developers)

Android 9.0 Developer Preview available for download

Although its name is still unknown, many websites call it "Pie" already, but the certain thing is that Android 9.0 is already available for testing. The first Developer Preview build of Google's upcoming major Android version come...
WSL is being embraced by popular Linux distros. (Source: Softpedia)

Debian and Kali Linux now available for download from the Microsoft Store

Debian and Kali Linux are the latest distros to join the Microsoft Store and can be tried out by anyone with Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) enabled on Windows 10. The availability of Debian and Kali underscores the importance of...
The Sims Mobile hits both Android and iOS (Source: Business Wire)

The Sims Mobile finally official for Android and iOS

The Sims Mobile is now available for both iOS and Android devices and — fortunately for the many mobile gamers on a very tight budget — comes for free on both platforms. However, those really into this iconic title can speed up th...
The Oculus Rift headset had an introductory price of US$599.99. (Source: The Verge)

Oculus Rift VR headsets defeated by runtime service issue

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset owners have been struggling to operate their devices today due to an issue with the Oculus Runtime Service. Users who have tried to open the app have faced an error message stating “Can’t Reach ...
The SEC has stated that some VC trading-asset mechanisms fall under federal securities laws. (Source: Wired)

Bitcoin value damaged by SEC statement

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a stern statement in regard to potentially unlawful online trading platforms. The statement includes a warning to investors that they should use “SEC-registered and regulated ma...
The stolen computers could be used to mine virtual currency. (Source: VentureBeat)

Cryptocurrency news: Big Bitcoin Heist and Merriam-Webster legitimacy

A seemingly coordinated series of burglaries has taken place in Iceland leading to the loss of around US$2 million worth of computing equipment used to mine Bitcoin. The thefts actually occurred back in December and January, but t...
Android P unofficial logo, Android 9.0 Pumpkin Pie developer preview coming mid-March

First Android P developer preview supposedly coming mid-March

According to VentureBeat's editor and popular Twitter leakster Evan Blass, the first Developer Preview release of Android 9.0 should arrive in around two weeks. Although there are a lot of name-related speculations, he only named ...
OneCast streaming Xbox One on a MacBook. (Source: OneCast)

OneCast enables Macs to join in for some Xbox One fun

Mac owners can now stream and play Xbox One games directly to their computers using the OneCast app — a feature only natively available for Windows 10 users. The app is available for a 14-day free trial after which it costs US$11....
The PS4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)

PS4 jailbreak scene picking up steam with new firmware 4.55 exploits

The PS4 was released back in 2013 and has finally been jailbroken, allowing users of the system to run custom applications, game backups, and even install Linux. It's exclusive to users on the 4.55 firmware, though.
The Mi 6. (Source: Android Pit)

Xiaomi devices receive Oreo, Treble support, and have kernel sources released

The Mi 6 was Xiaomi's flagship device for 2017. The device has had its Oreo update in the beta stage for weeks but has finally received a full, stable update. The Mi 6, Mi Mix 2, and Redmi 4X have also all had their kernel sources...
YouTube app offline viewing availability March 2018

YouTube offline viewing reaches 109 new markets

Although the YouTube mobile apps have been providing offline viewing capabilities for more than two years, the availability of this feature that can come quite handy in certain situations was limited to a list of select markets. T...
Firmament should be the next release for game studio Cyan, Inc. (Source: Eurogamer)

Myst developer Cyan releases teaser for new game

The talented folk at Cyan, Inc. have released a cinematic trailer for their upcoming game, Firmament. A spectral voice narrates as the viewer is steered around some truly stunning graphics while briefly exploring the latest world ...

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