A British smartphone manufacturer, WileyFox, recently outed not just one, but two new handsets that are said to rival the high-end specs and the low price of the OnePlus 2, OnePlus' handset that it has dubbed the "flagship killer" because of its high-power and affordability.
The new devices are called Storm and Swift and they both run on the CyanogenMod OS. The CyanogenMod OS is a custom version of Android. According to a Tech Times report, the two devices also feature additional privacy measures and are thus called "ultra-privacy-aware." They are said to be able to "lock down accessible apps" making it safer to use with kids, as well as safer to share device usage with others.
According to WileyFox's European Chief Executive Offier Nick Muir, they want to target customers who want "choice, security and reassurance." He said in statement: "These savvy individuals do not want their data made available beyond their control. They want to be able to change the appearance of their screen, beyond just the wallpaper and lock-screen.... And above all they want great quality, premium handsets with the latest technology. Responsive, well-built, reliable, quick-charging handsets with great battery life. And that's what WileyFox is all about." more >>
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2, Apple's iPad Air 2, and Google's Nexus 9 are among the hottest tablet products being pitted against each other nowadays, and consumers are always trying to evaluate a device's specs to determine which would be their best option.
Each tablet has its unique feature that sets it apart from its competitors. For the Nexus 9, it is the ability to use the NFC feature for file transfer or mobile payment. The iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab S2, on the other hand, boast of their built-in fingerprint scanners, according to Neuro Gadget.
The iPad Air 2 measures 6.1 millimeters, and the Nexus 9 is almost 2 millimeters thicker to its Apple competitor. When it comes to the physical design, the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest among the three at just 5.6 millimeters, PC Advisor reports. more >>
Perhaps game developers and publishers are learning from each other's mistakes when it comes to making sure that game versions for different platforms are at par with each other every time they are released. Ubisoft Games, the publisher behind the upcoming stealth-action video game, "Assassin's Creed Syndicate," seems to have picked up something from the recent experience of rival Warner Bros. when it released "Batman Arkham Knight" for the PS4, the Xbox One and PC, with the PC version containing the most number of bugs that "it was deemed unplayable," according to a report in GameSpot.
In line with this, Ubisoft has announced that the PC version of "Assassin's Creed Syndicate" will be released one month later than the console versions. The PS4 and the Xbox One versions will be out by October 23, while the PC version will start shipping by November 19. This is still earlier than what Ubisoft announced that the PC version will start selling in Holiday 2015.
According to a post in the Ubisoft blog, the reason for the delay is to make sure that the game is released without any bugs or problems. Sam Kovalev who is the production manager in charge of the PC version said, "We have introduced several new improvements to our production pipeline and validation process, which allowed us to focus on polishing, stabilising and optimising the PC version very early on in the project. This has been one of the top priorities for the production team this year." He also said that the additional four weeks will be dedicated to ensuring that the game's systems are "stable when it launches, so it runs smoothly for all players starting on day one." more >>
Google has yet to release its next generation Nexus devices for the year 2015 and this year, it is rumored that they will be releasing not just one but two devices. According to a Tech Times report, Google is working with two companies, Chinese manufacturer Huawei and Korean company LG for its next set of Nexus devices.
The report further noted that Nexus devices were among the most popular in market mainly because of the "pure Android experience" it provides and of course, being Google devices, they are also among the first to receive Android software updates, earlier than the rest of the Android devices in the market.
If these reports turn out to be true, it will be the first time that Google is collaborating with a Chinese company for their flagship Nexus device. The fact that Google is releasing two devices at a time is another first. With the Huawei partnership, Google is also in a good position to introduce its Play services in the huge Chinese smartphone market. more >>
It has been a while since the release of a "Final Fantasy" video game. The latest game of the media franchise was in 2010, when it released "Final Fantasy XIV," which was later relaunched as "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn" in 2013, which was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Fans of the franchise are eagerly awaiting the series' next installment, "Final Fantasy XV," which is slated for release in 2016.
Given that reboots and remakes are an ongoing trend even in the gaming industry these days, it was not surprising to hear that Square Enix and Sony announced during the E3 2015 that they were doing a remake of one of the older "Final Fantasy" titles, that of "Final Fantasy VII," exclusive for the Sony PlayStation 4. "Final Fantasy VII" is considered to be the best-selling title of the "Final Fantasy" series.
According to a report in IGN, the producer in-charge of the remake provided an update about the status of the remake. Yoshinori Kitase, who was speaking to Famitsu (via Gematsu) said that the visuals of the game are "starting to come together." However, when it comes to the game's battle system, a lot of work still needs to be done in this aspect. more >>
Almost every time Samsung launches new devices, the company always tries to rake in more customers and buyers by offering attractive promotional deals that come bundled with their new devices. Early this year, deals that came in the form of "Galaxy Gifts" were made available to Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge buyers.
This time around, "Galaxy Gifts" are being offered to consumers who are buying Samsung's newest flagships, the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus. According to a report in Tech Times, these gifts usually come in the form of free subscription to services, paid content as well as recommended apps that are useful for their new devices.
According to the report, these promotional offers entail a lot of investment on the part of Samsung. For example, when the S5 was launched in April 2014, the free stuff that came with the new device was worth close to $575. In April this year, close to 22 apps and what were considered to be premium services such as magazine subscriptions and productivity tools were on offer for those who were buying the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. more >>