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New Note8 leak shows awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 49 mins ago

Samsung revealed that they would launch the Galaxy Note8 in a month, on August 23rd. The Note8 is one of the most anticipated phones of this year, and therefore there are many rumors and leaks surrounding the device. Many people were eagerly awaiting the Note7 last year and had to either give theirs up or never get one due to the recall.

 

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Samsung posted a promotional poster, so we know that despite some rumors, the Note8 will keep the symmetrical design. However, there's one question that still hasn't been answered - what's happening with the fingerprint sensor?

 

Although we have heard many ideas, it seems that the fingerprint sensor is staying in the awkward position on the back of the device next to the camera, same as the S8 and S8+.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 officially discounted by up to $300

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 59 mins ago

If you wanted to get the Galaxy S8 or S8+, but it was too expensive for you, now is your chance to get the device at a solid discount.

 

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For a limited time, the company is selling unlocked versions of its latest flagships for $150 off. That drops the price of the Galaxy S8 from $725 to $575 and the price of the Galaxy S8+ from $825 to $675.

 

You can also get another $150 discount with a qualifying trade-in. Some of the phones that you can trade-in for extra $150 off are Galaxy Note5, S5, and newer S-series phones, iPhone SE, 5S and newer iPhones, LG G4 and newer, and Google's Pixel or Pixel XL.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836 will debut with the Pixel 2

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 21 mins ago

In the months leading up to the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Note8, we have heard rumors that the device might be powered by Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836.

 

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Samsung has confirmed that the phone would be launched on August 23rd, but according to a new report, it won't feature the Snapdragon 836 but will instead be powered by Snapdragon 835, the same SoC used in S8 and HTC U11.

 

The same report says that Qualcomm plans to introduce the Snapdragon 836 with the Google Pixel 2. We saw the same scenario last year when Qualcomm debuted the Snapdragon 821 with Google's Pixel.

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Samsung to produce chips for the iPhone 9, LG batteries

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 44 mins ago

While we are still waiting for this year's iPhone(s), there are already rumors floating around about next year's device allegedly named the iPhone 9.

 

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We recently learned that Samsung would manufacture Apple's 7nm A12 chipset, which should power the iPhone 9. This is a huge accomplishment for Samsung since the company lost the deal with Apple back in 2013 to its Taiwanese rival TSMC.

 

According to Korea Economic Daily's report, Apple also reached an agreement regarding iPhone 9's batteries. The iPhone's L-shaped batteries should be manufactured by LG.

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Facebook is working on a modular smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 12 mins ago

In a patent published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Facebook describes a modular device that can be used as a phone.

 

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The tech giant submitted a patent for a "modular electromechanical device" that can incorporate a speaker, microphone, touch display, GPS, and even function as a phone.

 

This isn't the first time we have heard about such an idea. Google already tried to do something similar with their ambitious Project Ara, but it didn't make any significant impact. Interestingly, many key members of Google's Project Ara team now work at Facebook's Building 8 group, the team responsible for this patent.

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Samsung's 1st dual camera phone has an Always On Display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 7 hours, 30 mins ago

It has been rumored that the Galaxy C10 might be Samsung's first smartphone with a dual camera setup. The upcoming Galaxy Note8 should also have a dual camera, but apparently, the Galaxy C10 will be launched before the Note device. Since the Note8 will debut on August 23rd, it remains to be seen if the Korean giant will launch the C10 within the next month.

 

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Now, new photos of the upcoming C10 have emerged showing that the phone will feature Always On Display and confirming dual rear camera setup.

 

The Galaxy C10 should be powered by a Snapdragon 660 and come with 6GB of RAM. There's also a possibility that some markets might receive the same device powered by Samsung's Exynos 7872 with six CPU cores. It is expected that it will ship with a 6-inch Full HD display.

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$32 million of Ethereum stolen by hackers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 16 hours, 52 mins ago

With all of the fluctuations surrounding digital currency and more specifically Ethereum, hackers were able to take a huge $32 million of Ethereum from Parity.

 

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The hackers attacked a vulnerability of Parity, an Ethereum walelet that has implemented multi-sig wallets, securing 153,000 worth of Ether, valued at $32 million at the time of the theft. Parity posted a security alert on July 19, stating that the vulnerability had been fixed, adding "any user with assets in a multi-sig wallet created in Parity Wallet prior to 19/07/17 23:14:56 CEST" was still vulnerable to Ether theft.

 

Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood also founded Parity, with Parity quickly becoming one of the most trusted wallets available. CyberScoop has reported that a bunch of white hat hackers saved Parity users from even more devastation, taking the remaining multi-sig wallets that were filled with $75 million worth of Ether - a huge 377,000 worth. The hackers have promised to return the $75 million worth of Ethereum once the vulnerability has been fixed.

Fake AMD Ryzen CPUs have been sent by Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 18 hours, 2 mins ago

There have been two consumers that have ordered AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processors from Amazon, but they didn't receive a real CPU - because in 2017, that's a thing.

 

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Both of the Ryzen CPUs were in fact Intel Celeron CPUs that were disguised as Ryzen 7 1700 processors. Reddit user sh00ter999 posted an image to Reddit of what was meant to be the Ryzen 7 1700, and instead it was actually an Intel Celeron processor that looked like a really poor attempt at an AMD Ryzen chip.

 

The "Ryzen 7 1700" shipped with the wrong, and even damanged heat sink, with packaging that looked dodgy as well. There were no pins on the bottom of the CPU, and mixed with the pinless AM4 socket, could've resulted in damaging a motherboard if someone pushed down too hard on the heat sink when installing it.

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Avast acquires CCleaner and Speeccy developer Piriform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 19 hours, 22 mins ago

Avast has just announced that it has acquired Piriform, the developer behind CCleaner and Speccy. The deal was announced over a year since Avast coughed up $1.3 billion to acquire its rival, AVG Technologies.

 

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Piriform makes various device performance optimization software, but CCleaner is used by a huge 130 million people, and even 15 million users on Android. In November 2016, the developer announced CCleaner had been downloaded over 2 billion times, with a Piriform product installed over 23 million times per month.

 

Avast CEO Vince Steckler had the following to say about the acquisition of Piriform: "We see many commonalities between CCleaner and Avast, allowing for great new products for our user bases. Avast and CCleaner are the top two downloaded products on popular download sites. They are both known by advanced users as focused on performance, so we believe there will be a great interest from our CCleaner customers in using Avast security products and vice versa".

 

He continued: "In today's connected world, it's all about speed and high performance, and with Piriform's robust technology we can address this need perfectly. We look forward to working with the Piriform team to grow the business together".

 

Avast added that the team at Piriform will become part of the overall Avast consumer business unit, and will report to Avast CTO Ondrej Vleck.

Ubisoft hints AC Origins' RPG elements will be monetized

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 20 mins ago

Ubisoft has stated that all of its games will have live services that tie into recurring player investment, hinting that Assassin's Creed: Origins may be monetized with in-game purchases and microtransactions. In a Q1 earnings call, key Ubisoft executives give more clues on how the next Assassin's Creed will continue earning money long after initial sales.

 

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French games-maker Ubisoft has made a tremendous transformation in the last few years, and its digital-first strategy is paying off big. Instead of focusing on single-release games, Ubisoft has embraced the next evolution of gaming which sees digital titles being treated as a service--the Games-as-a-Service trend, or GaaS--to ensure its games keep pulling in revenues months or even years after release. One of the main ways it achieves this goal is by infusing microtransactions into its games. While online multiplayer games like Rainbow Six: Siege and For Honor are obvious choices for this monetization path, traditional game like Assassin's Creed are prime targets as well.

 

The Assassin's Creed series is no stranger to in-game microtransactions, and I expect the upcoming Egypt-based Assassin's Creed: Origins to be no different. I've already predicted that Ubisoft will monetize AC: Origins with loot boxes that contain randomized items, gear, or skill buffs, and now key corporate Ubisoft execs are adding weight to these predictions. In a recent Q1 earnings call, Ubisoft exec Alain Corre hints that the company may use Origins' heavy RPG focus as a path to recurring revenues.

 

"As far as the digital potential for Origins and its engagement capability, as we've said we really invested heavily to increase the RPG side of the game. [As a result of this investment] we clearly feel that we have better potential to increase the engagement of the game, and we believe that therefore the player recurring investment will continue to grow," said Alain Corre, Executive Director of Ubisoft's EMEA branch.

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