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Alleged Photo Of BlackBerry Krypton Leaked

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

So far all the BlackBerry devices released by TCL have been of the hybrid variety, where the handset sports a touchscreen display, but also comes with a physical keyboard, a feature that many BlackBerry users seem to love most about the brand, and also what makes BlackBerry phones so unique from the competition.

However TCL is expected to launch a new BlackBerry phone with an all-screen design, and a recent photo could give us a clue as to what to expect. A photo of the alleged BlackBerry Krypton has made its way online where it was initially posted on BBM Channels. The image you see above is alleged that of the back portion of the phone, which unfortunately doesn’t tell us much, but we guess it is also the first time we’re seeing the device.

For the most part it seems that the phone will be keeping to the same design language that we’ve seen on other BlackBerry handsets. There does not appear to be a dual camera on the back, so it looks like neither BlackBerry nor TCL will be hopping on that bandwagon anytime soon.

As for specs, what we’ve heard so far is that the Krypton will be a mid-range offering, with the use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. It is also rumored to feature 4GB of RAM, a Full HD display, and a 4,000mAh battery. Take this leak with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully we’ll have the details next month when the handset is expected to be launched.

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Plantronics Launches New BackBeat FIT Series Of Headphones

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

There are many headphones available in the market today, but with more handset OEMs starting to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, it might be time to start exploring more options, such as wireless headphones, which actually could work out to be a lot better especially if you want to use it while at the gym.

In fact the folks at Plantronics have recently taken the wraps off a bunch brand new headphones in the form of the BackBeat FIT 500, the BackBeat FIT 300, the BackBeat FIT Training, and the BackBeat FIT Boost. Starting with the BackBeat FIT 500, these are a pair of on-ear headphones that feature a P2i military-grade nano-coating that is said to protect it against sweat and moisture. Priced at $100 and available in October, the BackBeat FIT 500 will offer up to 18 hours of playback on a single charge.

However if on-ear headphones aren’t for you, the BackBeat FIT 300 are earbuds that will cost $80. They are wireless but not similar to the AirPods, but more similar to the BeatsX, and will offer up to 6 hours of playback. As for the BackBeat FIT Training and BackBeat FIT Boost, these are essentially the same headphones that offer a wireless and waterproof design.

The difference is that with the Training model, you will also gain access to 12 handpicked workouts from the PEAR Personal Coach app and a 6 month Pear+ membership, while the Boost offers all of that, but comes with a charging pouch that claims to add an extra 10 hours of battery life. The Training headphones will retail for $130 while the Boost will go for $160.

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Stores Expected To Have More SNES Classic Units In Stock At Launch

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

One of the problems customers faced last year when trying to get their hands on the NES Classic is that they were constantly out of stock. This is apparently due to Nintendo struggling to keep up with demand, but that’s a problem that Nintendo plans to avoid with the SNES Classic that will be launched this year.

In fact according to a tweet by Wario64 (via US Gamer), a check on Brickseek has discovered that as far as the SNES Classic is concerned, it seems that stores appear to be carrying more stock this year compared to last year’s NES Classic on launch day. There are some stores that could have as many as 96 units available at launch, while others range from 16, 42, or 30, and so on.

Like we said this is considerably more than the NES Classic last year in which some retailers apparently only received 6 units, which might explain why the console was notoriously difficult to get ahold of. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was also recently quoted as saying that they expect to have more units available for the SNES Classic, and that customers should avoid paying a premium from third-party websites that are reselling them.

The good news is that even if you were to miss out on getting one this year, Nintendo has confirmed that production of the console is expected to run through 2018, so you can always try your luck then. The NES Classic is also expected to make a return next year, so if you missed out last year then you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for its re-release next year.

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HTC Will Still Release A Flagship In 2018 Following Google Deal

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

As you might have heard, Google and HTC have recently struck up an agreement in which in exchange for $1.1 billion, Google will be getting their hands on some of HTC’s IP in an non-exclusive licensing agreement, as well as the team behind HTC’s smartphones. This isn’t an outright purchase of HTC, but rather a part of the company’s mobile team.

So what does this mean for HTC? The good news for fans of the company is that things are expected to proceed as per usual. In fact come 2018, fans can look forward to HTC launching a new flagship that will be the successor to this year’s HTC U11 smartphone. This is according to HTC’s announcement in which the company basically said that they will be releasing a new phone next year, while at the same time streamlining their existing portfolio.

HTC’s press release reads, “This agreement also supports HTC’s continued branded smartphone strategy, enabling a more streamlined product portfolio, greater operational efficiency and financial flexibility. HTC will continue to have best-in-class engineering talent, which is currently working on the next flagship phone, following the successful launch of the HTC U11 earlier this year.”

We’re not sure what the future holds for HTC after that so we guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime we are also very curious as to what Google’s investment will yield in terms of new products.

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Google To HTC’s Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

It is no secret that HTC is definitely not the company it once was, and over the years they have been slowly ceding market share to bigger smartphone makers, and more recently OEMs from China who are quickly rising to the top of the ranks. This is why when there were rumors that Google could be considering acquiring HTC, it did not really come as a surprise.

It turns out that the rumors were true, or at least part of it because HTC and Google have recently announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with each other. This will see Google more or less acquire the team behind HTC’s smartphones, or to be more specific those who have been working on the Pixel handsets, as well as a non-exclusive licensing agreement of HTC’s IP, and in exchange Google will be paying the company a whopping $1.1 billion in the process.

In a post on Google’s blog, Rick Osterloh, the SVP of Hardware wrote, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.”

It will be interesting to see what Google plans on doing with this recent investment, and if the rumors are true, HTC could also be one of the companies behind this year’s Pixel handsets.

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Need for Speed Payback PC System Requirements Released

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

When it comes to racing games, EA’s Need For Speed franchise is one of the more popular titles around, and last year there were reports that suggested that a new installment in the franchise is in the works. This was revealed earlier this year at E3 2017 when Need For Speed Payback was officially announced.

The game is expected to find its way onto the Xbox One, PS4, and the PC later this year, but if you’re planning on playing the game on the PC, then you might want to check out the system requirements that was recently published by the folks at NVIDIA due to the fact that NVIDIA will be the game’s GPU partner on this release. It is also not surprising that AMD’s GPUs weren’t mentioned either, but the folks at PC Invasion have offered up some potential AMD equivalents.

Starting with the minimum requirements that will let gamers run the game at 720p at 30 FPS, which is basically the game’s “low” settings, it will require an Intel i3-6300 or AMD FX 8150 CPU or better, with 6GB of RAM, 30GB of storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GTX 1050, or an AMD 7850/78670 or better.

For gamers looking to push the game’s performance further for a 1080p at 60 FPS experience, they are required to have an Intel I5 4690K or AMD FX 8350 CPU or better, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480 or 580 or better. Obviously if you have better specs than that then you should be able to run the game at even higher settings. Need For Speed Payback is currently set for a release on the 10th of November, 2017.

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Google Could Have A Trade-In Program For Project Fi

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Carriers have long offered their customers trade-in programs where users after a certain amount of time, customers have the option of swapping out their older phone for a newer device, which is one of the ways to encourage customers to keep using the carrier’s network and services. Now it looks like Google’s Project Fi could start accepting trade-ins as well.

In a new support page on Google’s website, Google has highlighted how there will be a trade-in program at both the Google Store and Project Fi. Not all phones will be accepted, but it seems that for the most part the major brands will be covered, which includes handsets from Apple, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, as well as select Nexus-branded smartphones.

The amount of money you can get for your phone will vary from brand to brand. According to 9to5Google, a 128GB Nexus 6P will get users about $165, while a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus will net users as much as $332. It is interesting that Google has chosen now to launch its trade-in program, especially when you consider how close it is to the launch of Google’s new Pixel phones.

Also if you recall, a recent leak has revealed that Google’s Pixel 2 handsets will be more expensive than their predecessors, which means that now is as good a time as any to launch a trade-in program to encourage customers to purchase the new phones. We expect more details will be shared soon, so check back with us at a later date for more information.

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iPhone X Final Production Has Reportedly Not Yet Begun

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

When Apple announced the iPhone X, they also revealed that unlike the iPhone 8 that is expected to be released this month, the iPhone X would instead be released in November. This is in line with earlier reports that suggested that the iPhone X could be facing some production issues, and a new report from Barron’s has seemingly confirmed it.

According to Raymond James’s chip analyst Chris Caso, “While our checks are ongoing, initial feedback from our meetings suggests that final production of iPhone X has not yet begun, with production expected to commence in mid-October. That production start is about a month later when compared to expectations a month ago, and about 2 months later than expectations at the end of June.”

Caso’s report is similar to what we have been hearing recently, which is that mass production of the iPhone X could only begin in October or November. As to the reason behind the delay, it is said that the complexity of the iPhone X could be the main reason why, like with the display in which Samsung has to change their manufacturing process just for Apple.

We’ve also heard from other analysts that the iPhone X could still be facing some supply issues well into 2018, so if you are thinking about getting the phone, then maybe you’ll want to pull the trigger ASAP or risk waiting a long time for your order to arrive.

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YouTube Gaming Sponsorships Now Open To All Creators

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

It is clear that with the launch of YouTube Gaming, the company is hoping to take on the likes of Twitch where they’re hoping that viewers will tune into their site and use their platform to watch and stream video games. Now it looks like YouTube is trying to sweeten the deal by opening up sponsorships to all of its creators.

Prior to this, YouTube was testing out sponsorships where its availability was limited to those who were chosen to be part of its beta program, but the recent announcement has indicated that YouTube will open up sponsorships to all of its YouTube Gaming creators (assuming they are eligible and meet certain requirements).

According to YouTube, “With sponsorships, fans can purchase digital goods directly from your channel and support you via monthly recurring payments of $4.99 USD (local pricing applies). Sponsors get cool insider perks, such as a custom badge for live chat that will help them stand out from the crowd and custom emoji. These badges and emoji are designed by you for your fans.”

YouTube is claiming that they have seen some successes with the sponsorship feature but it remains to be seen how well it will do now that it has been opened up to more. There have been some recent criticism about how it is harder to make money on YouTube these days, so maybe this sponsorship feature could be a new way to go about it.

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Facebook To Crackdown On Hate-Driven Targeted Ads

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Due to the nature of Facebook in which anyone can post pretty much anything they want and say whatever they want, more often than not it’s more about dealing with the aftermath of such incidents rather than actually preventing them, like in the case of the spreading of fake news in which it is only in more recent times that Facebook is trying to clamp down on it.

The same can be said for hate speech on the social network where recently it was discovered that due to a flaw in Facebook’s ad system, it allowed users to purchase ads that targeted “Jew Haters” or anti-Semites. Apparently this was allowed as Facebook’s ad network allowed users to choose anti-Semitic sentiments as valid ad categories, and obviously this did not go down well as Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has since come forward and announced that they’ll be clamping down on such ads in the future.

According to Sandberg, this will come in the form of clarifying Facebook’s advertising policies to ensure that content that goes against their community standards can be used to target ads. “This includes anything that directly attacks people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or disabilities or diseases.”

She also adds that they’ll be adding more human review and oversight to their automated processes to ensure that nothing slips past them anymore. Last but not least, Sandberg says that, “we are working to create a program to encourage people on Facebook to report potential abuses of our ads system to us directly. We have had success with such programs for our technical systems and we believe we can do something similar with ads.”

Facebook To Crackdown On Hate-Driven Targeted Ads , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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