Latest Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer reveals new Gigantamax forms

As promised, today The Pokemon Company revealed new information about Pokemon Sword and Shield, and it did so with a new trailer. This trailer shows off a collection of new Gigantamax Pokemon, which is a battle mechanic coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield. The Pokemon that are getting these Gigantamax forms are all classic monsters from the franchise’s early days, so anyone who has a soft spot for

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SpaceX seeks approval to put 30,000 additional Starlink satellites

SpaceX has big plans to offer internet connectivity around the world using its constellation of Starlink satellites. SpaceX already has FCC approval for 12,000 Starlink satellites, and it is now seeking approval to more than double that number. Space X is seeking FCC approval for an addition, 30,000 satellites.


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How Google Redesigned The Pixel 4

Microsoft and Taco Bell team once again on Xbox One X bundle

As they’ve done for the past couple of years, Taco Bell and Microsoft today announced that they’ve teamed up once again to giveaway some console bundles. Just like last year, there’s a limited edition Xbox One X at the center of this bundle, with a design that isn’t normally available. There are also a number of other items in the bundle, including the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2,…

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Galaxy S11 might almost do an Xperia 1

Samsung may have checked off almost all the must-haves in smartphone screens. Well, almost all of them. It still has to deliver a now-trendy 90 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate and a true in-screen camera that doesn’t have a visible hole. That may still happen next year with the Galaxy S11 but there’s no certainty of that. What may be certain, at least based on this very early leak, is that it could be…

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Windows Phone 8.1 will be deader than dead come December 2019

Lumia owners, both from Nokia and Microsoft, your days are numbered. At least if you’re still running Windows Phone 8.1. It might be a shock to some that that version of Microsoft’s defunct mobile OS still exists and still runs. It might not be a shock, however, to hear that Microsoft is pulling the plug on it this year. Fortunately, Redmond has a bit of mercy and a path forward for the few still…

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Motorola’s brand may no longer hold as much cloud as before but, truth be told, its Moto G line is still quite a hit in some markets like Brazil and South America in general. These days, however, that product line may have been overshadowed by more competitive offers from Chinese brands but if this latest leak about an upcoming Moto G8 Plus is accurate, Motorola might be able to reclaim at least that piece of its pie.

At least from the front, this Moto G8 Plus looks almost similar to this year’s Moto G7 Plus. Despite having a waterdrop notch, Motorola still gave the phone a sizeable chin but, fortunately, didn’t put its name in that space. More interesting, however, is the suggestion that the phone will boast stereo speakers thanks to a grille at the top edge.

The Moto G8 Plus’ defining trait, however, will be on its back. Gone is the almost iconic circular camera bump replaced by a single column off to the corner. More importantly, WinFuture’s Roland Quandt confirms rumors months ago that this could be Motorola’s first triple-camera phone, at least for the Moto G family.

Those cameras include a 48 megapixel main sensor, which puts the phone on par with many mid-range phones these days. Then there’s an 8 megapixel 117-degree wide-angle “action cam” similar to the Motorola One Action and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. Annoyingly, there is a fourth hole in that array but it isn’t for a camera but for the Laser AF instead.

The rest of the Moto G8 Plus’ specs include a Snapdragon 665, 4 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of storage, and a 6.3-inch 2280×1080 screen. This may sound like decent specs this year but, following the previous years, this phone could be launching in early 2020. By then, other companies serving the mid-range market may have had their turn at making Motorola’s improvements almost negligible.

Moto G8 Plus could level up Motorola’s mid-range game

Motorola’s brand may no longer hold as much cloud as before but, truth be told, its Moto G line is still quite a hit in some markets like Brazil and South America in general.

Riot Games’ Project A tactical shooter leaves the world of LoL behind

Thanks to the former popularity of MOBA games, League of Legends developer Riot Games became one of the better-known names in the industry. What isn’t that well-known, however, is that the company actually doesn’t have any other product that isn’t League of Legends or related to it. With the age of MOBAs seemingly waning, the company may have realized it was time to get ready to move on beyond…

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League of Legends Wild Rift is a separate LOL for mobile and consoles

With the popularity of battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, it’s almost too easy to forget that Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas or MOBAs once ruled gaming industry news. Unlike PUBG and Fortnite, hits MOBA titles like Dota 2 and League of Legends missed the opportunity to jump on the mobile gravy train. LOL developer Riot Games is making up for lost time with League of Legends Wild Rift…

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As the gap in specs between smartphone makers continue to narrow, so do the lines that divide brands and even tiers continue to blur. Companies like ZTE, Xiaomi, and OPPO have spun off not a few sub-brands and subsidiaries, many of whom look or sound the same in terms of features and hardware. The Realme 2X Pro is no different, billing itself as a “Full Speed Flagship”, aiming its guns at the big boys while, at the same, carrying OPPO’s mark in spirit and in specs.

Realme, after all, was once called “OPPO Real” before it became its own company, but still with direct ties to OPPO (and indirect ties to Vivo and OnePlus). It was a brand meant to appeal to younger consumers and establish a more Internet-centric way of doing business, not unlike Xiaomi’s strategy. Just a year later, it seems to have settled down to become yet another similar-looking face in the market it tried to stand out from.

The Realme X2 Pro is admittedly attractive on paper. There’s the Snapdragon 855+ which the Pixel 4 sadly skipped on. There’s the large, almost bezel-less 6.5-inch screen with a tiny “dew-drop” notch and an odd 2400×1080 resolution. There’s also the multiple configuration options, like 6 or 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 64 (UFS 2.1) or 128 or 256 (UFS 3.0) GB of storage. And then there’s the 4,000 mAh battery that can be recharged using OPPO’s 50W SuperVOOC tech.

Aside from the raw specs, Realme is particularly proud of the triple cameras on its back, led by the 64 megapixel Samsung GW1 main sensor which, because of the Tetracell technology, really just takes photos at 16 megapixels by default. There’s also an 8 megapixel wide-angle camera and a 13 megapixel telephoto camera. Don’t be confused by the marketing, that 20X zoom is really only a hybrid zoom and even the 5x is a “hybrid optical” zoom.

Realme’s decision to launch the Realme X2 Pro on the heels of the Pixel 4 is both tragic and strategic. It will undoubtedly be overshadowed by Google’s premier smartphone but it will highlight what some users will be missing out if they opt for the more expensive handset. And with a starting price of 2,599 RMB ($367), it might tempt even those in Europe where the phone will make its way soon.

Realme X2 Pro aims for the flagship market with OPPO tech

As the gap in specs between smartphone makers continue to narrow, so do the lines that divide brands and even tiers continue to blur.