The BlackBerry Classic was finally announced in the BlackBerry website on Tuesday and it looks like they're bringing back the good old times when functionality, design, and sturdiness are the things that matters most in a phone.
"Innovation is a word that gets used too often and carelessly. Innovation is not about blowing up what works to make something new – it's about taking what works and making it better," chief executive of BlackBerry Limited, John Chen, wrote in his blog. "In that sense, BlackBerry Classic represents the kind of innovation BlackBerry – and you – strive toward every day."
"The things you remember about BlackBerry that made you better are better than ever with BlackBerry Classic," he went on to say in INSIDE BlackBerry. more >>
Google has recently announced that Android's newest operating system, known as the Android 5.0 or Lollipop, will be released on the first week of November. Fans of Android devices are expecting a lot from the new OS, especially since it will reportedly contain new features that will help save battery life, and some of Android Lollipop's aspects will apparently be very similar to Apple's iOS8.
Some similarities to Apple's latest operating system include a change in appearance, which will appear to look flatter. Lollipop's new "Priority" mode is said to be very much like iPhone's "Do not Disturb" mode, so that it will only show text messages and calls from selected contacts. Moreover, Android's newest OS will include the ability to monitor individual app's battery consumption, just like in iOS8.
Android Lollipop will reportedly feature an upgrade in its design, which will include colors, shadows, and animations. But perhaps one of its most innovative features is the guest user mode, wherein it limits access to apps and payments, making it a useful feature for parents with kids who regularly borrow their phones or tablets to play games or make calls. Also, individual apps can be marked as private and can be hidden from the screen. more >>
"World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor" is the upcoming fifth expansion to Blizzard's massive multiplayer online role-playing game "World of Warcraft." The expansion is scheduled for release on Nov. 13 and will only be available for the Windows PC and Macintosh OS X.
The expansion was first announced on November 8 last year at BlizzCon 2013 and is currently in beta. It follows the previous expansion, "Mists of Pandaria" and will increase the level cap from 90 to 100, upgrade player character models, as well as introduce player-built, upgradable garrisons.
The story will take place after the events of "Mists of Pandaria" and is set in an alternate universe on the world of Draenor. The world is the original homeworld of the orcs as per "Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal," prior to its destruction at the end of the game's story. more >>
"The Crew," an online racing game developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections is scheduled to be released on Dec. 2 worldwide and on Dec. 4 in Japan for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Windows PC.
The game is already available for pre-purchase on Steam for the Windows PC. Another closed beta is to be held sometime in November but it has not been announced on which consoles it will be held.
"The Crew" is essentially a massively multiplayer online game where the cars act as the player's avatar. The game is also an open world game set in the U.S. The players can also form crews where they can compete with other crews in eight-player races across the roads of the U.S. more >>
"Super Smash Bros for Wii U" is scheduled for a release this coming November 21 in the U.S. and on December 5 for Europe and December 6 for Japan. The Wii U version of the game is essentially the same as the Nintendo 3DS version.
The Super Smash Bros series of games is one of Nintendo's most successful titles in the company's history with its wide range of characters from different Nintendo game titles as well as its four-player local multiplayer capabilities. Nintendo is upping the ante however and is introducing eight-player local multiplayer on certain maps.
To make this possible, Nintendo has issue re-releases of its GameCube controllers. The Smash Bros for the GameCube is considered by fans to be one of the best releases by Nintendo and the controller was deemed as perfect and fitting for the game itself. Thus, Nintendo is re-releasing its GameCube controllers as well as the four-port adapters to enable compatibility with the Wii U. more >>
NetherRealm Studio's upcoming Mortal Kombat title, "Mortal Kombat X" has now been scheduled for a release on April 14, 2015. The game is initially being developed for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and the Windows PC, with a Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 ports to be expected by another developer.
While awaiting the game's release, the developers have been revealing characters included in the roster one-by-one. The most recent reveal is the character Quan Chi, making 10 characters in total. There are currently only four new characters debuting in the game.
There have not been much news about the game lately and character reveals are not from the developers themselves but with character reveals slowly trickling one by one, it is clear that the developers would want to carefully pick who will return to the roster after claims that not all fighters will make the return. more >>