This year, one of the world's leading smartphone manufacturers, Apple, unveiled a new iPhone which surprisingly went against the trend of bigger screen size phones. The iPhone SE was introduced by the company at a special press event last March 21 and the phone brought back the smaller sized screen reminiscent of the iPhone 5S but boasted of a more powerful processor and a better camera.
A report in The Verge compared the new iPhone SE with the iPhone 6S because it is said that both phones have the same specs under the hood. The main difference between the two phones is the screen size: the iPhone SE has a 4–inch screen while the iPhone 6S has a slightly larger 4.7-inch screen. Another is the absence of one new feature, 3D Touch on the newer iPhone. This feature is found on the iPhone 6S, which makes for better touch functionality.
The similarities between the two phones can be found primarily under the hood. First off is the processor, as both phones are equipped with Apple's newest processor, the A9 chip. They are also both running on the latest mobile OS, iOS 9.3. The main rear cameras of the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6S are both 12-megapixel shooters which can shoot 4K video. In terms of the front-facing camera however, the iPhone SE is stuck with the 1.2-megapixel front shooter that was present in the iPhone 5S, making it a not so good choice for selfie lovers. Apple Pay and Siri are also available on both devices. more >>
Fans living in the west no longer need to wait for fans who speak Japanese to post fan-made translations of the manga series "Attack on Titan" as they used to do in previous chapters of the series. Because of a momentous deal between Kodansha Comics and comiXology, an Amazon company, English-speaking fans of the series will be getting the translated chapters in English on the same day that the original chapters are released in Japan. According to a report in Comic Book Resources, Chapter 80 of "Attack on Titan" was available on April 8 via the comiXology store and the Amazon Kindle Store.
According to another report in Engadget, fans can now download Chapter 80 and opened through the comiXology or the Kindle app. Previous chapters can also be bought or downloaded. The next chapters will be available for download as soon as it is released in Japan.
Typically, English-speaking fans would request their Japanese counterparts to "scan and translate" thus the term "scanlation" and share this online. The Japanese publisher would only consider localizing in English if a title is popular enough, which naturally takes a while before it comes out. more >>
The much-awaited augmented reality game "Pokemon GO" is now on its beta testing phase after developer Niantic launched actual field testing in the Pokemon Company's home country, Japan, last month. According to a report in Game Rant, the field test will be expanded to the west and Australia and New Zealand will be the first countries outside of Japan who will get the privilege of trying out the game.
Developers also cited that not all types of smartphones will be able to run the game smoothly. Sign up is currently ongoing, but may end any time. Field testers will then be randomly selected based on experience with real world gaming, OS type and luck, according to the report. A confirmation email will be sent only once to those who have been selected. more >>
The independently-developed sports-action game "Rocket League" is getting a physical release with a special Boxed Edition. Gamers in Europe and Africa will be seeing the edition earlier than those in the U.S. when it arrives on June 24, while those in the U.S. will be seeing it a bit later on July 5, according to a report in Engadget.
The game first released digital copies for the PS4 and PC last year and for the Xbox One in February 2016. Its developer, Psyonix announced that a physical edition was making its way to the market soon. The game was recently awarded Best Design at the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards, Engadget reported.
According to another report in iDigital Times, Psyonix and publisher 505 Games said that the special boxed edition will not only include all previously released DLC for the game but will also bring new content in the form of new cars that players can choose from. more >>
There has been a lot of buzz lately over the upcoming and highly anticipated release of OnePlus 3 after specs of the smartphone were seen on the benchmarking site, AnTuTu. Slated to replace the outdated but successful OnePlus 2 unveiled in July of last year.
The smartphone, built by the Chinese manufacturer, OnePlus, is said to be wearing a 5.5-inch screen, which by the way is the standard of large screen Android and Windows powered phones these days. It also sports full high-definition resolution of 1920x1080, but that isn't something new for the brand since the predecessor, OnePlus 2, also had FHD resolution.
Although previous rumors claimed that the device will be released in Q2 of this year, it looks like that will no longer be the case. There are also claims that it will be this April, but that too is unconfirmed. more >>
Although virtual reality sounds like a thing of the future, it actually is quite an old concept. The technology has been in constant experimentation and tests for decades but an important development this year led to the production and unveiling of virtual reality or VR gadgets.
Two of the first to reach the mainstream market are the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, both of which are leading the race along with the Samsung Gear VR goggles. But this time, let's focus on the Rift and Vive and figure out what separates both devices.
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