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DOOM, the remake, now supports the new Vulkan graphics API

DOOM, the remake, now supports the new Vulkan graphics API

Doom, the very first one, was widely regarded to have pushed the boundaries of PC gaming and graphics of that era, with its 3D graphics, 3D maps, networked multiplayer, and mature rating. Ever since then, id Software has been carrying on that tradition, like with RAGE's use of megatextures. Now under the ownership of Bethesda Softworks, that tradition continues with the announcement that the reincarnation of DOOM is now the first triple-A game to support the brand new Vulkan API, promising to deliver even better framerates, especially on slightly weaker hardware.

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Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Cam launches in the US

Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Cam launches in the US

Xiaomi has just officially brought another one of its products to the US market and, no, it's not a smartphone. Announced last May is an upgraded Yi action cam that, among other things, stepped up the video recording game with the capability to shoot 4K quality at 30 fps rates, a rare feat in the action camera market. Now Xiaomi's Yi sub-brand is making that camera widely available in the US, in time for Amazon Prime Day on July 12, and slapping on a relatively affordable $250 price tag.

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Sega Saturn cracked to load games from USB, after 20 years

Sega Saturn cracked to load games from USB, after 20 years

As of last week, the Sega Saturn turned 21 years old, at least if you start counting from its EU release. Although it enjoyed an initial surge of popularity, the Saturn was quickly left by the wayside in the console wars that left only three companies standing. Like any old, obsolete console, the Sega Saturn has its own share of loyal fans. Now those fans can take their consoles out of storage. At long last, the Sega Saturn's DRM has finally been cracked and the console can finally load and play games off a USB stick instead of a CD.

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A wild Sony Xperia X Performance successor appears

A wild Sony Xperia X Performance successor appears

If you thought the fresh batch Xperia X smartphones, which includes the Xperia XA and XA Ultra, was Sony's end game for 2016, you have another thing coming. Spotted at GFXBench is a certain Sony F8331, which, given that model number, is likely to be the successor to the Xperia X Performance. That said, we're using "successor" here really as a time marker only, as there doesn't seem to be much difference between the current Xperia X Performance (F813X) and this still to be confirmed and revealed model.

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Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Aside from making its own smartphone, Google is also rumored to be making its own Google Assistant powered Android Wear smartwatches. Admittedly, that might be an easier sell than a self-made Nexus. That said, just like the smartphone rumors, details on these two smartwatches are still quite vague, but now there are a few more tidbits to chew on. Renders based on "reliable" but highly anonymous sources show how the two, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, will most likely look like, and how wildly they'll differ not just in design but in functionality as well.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is actually first with Snapdragon 821

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is actually first with Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm just announced the slightly upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor that will power premium mobile devices for the second half of the year. Of course, there has been conjecture that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will sport the chip when it comes out next month. ASUS, however, beats it to the punch. It revealed, just today, that its ZenFone 3 Deluxe will actually be powered by the latest chip instead of the Snapdragon 820. Other than that, however, it's exactly the same as the ZenFone 3 Deluxe it unveiled at Computex in May.

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Huawei honor 8 unveiled, comes with dual cameras, glass body

Huawei honor 8 unveiled, comes with dual cameras, glass body

If you presumed that the honor is Huawei's "budget" sub-brand and all the connotation that entails, the announced honor 8 will probably change your line of thinking. Although it's not exactly going to match Huawei's premium flagship, the P9, spec for spec, it pretty much comes close. Like its older cousing, the honor 8 comes with a dual 12 megapixel rear camera, with the same depth-sensing monochrome sensor, but sports a glass body instead of an all metal one.

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Pokemon Go’s gaping privacy flaw is now being fixed

Pokemon Go’s gaping privacy flaw is now being fixed

It might soon be safe to go out in the wild again and hunt for Pokemon. At least if Pokemon GO's recently revealed privacy problem was the reason you stopped playing, and not, you know, the dangers of getting mugged or coming across a non-Pokemon corpse. Following the clamor over the iOS version of the game gaining full access to a player's Google account, developer Niantic Labs has issued a statement reassuring players and privacy watchdogs that no unnecessary account information has been harvested and that both Niantic and Google are working on a fix.

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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 now available for order in the US

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 now available for order in the US

Move over Surface Pro, you've got some competition. Or do you? Huawei tried its hand at creating a sleek 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet and it almost succeeded. Almost. The Huawei MateBook almost checked all the right points in a premium Windows portable PC but faltered on the battery and the keyboard. Unfazed, the tablet that could be has officially launched in the US from different online stores, carrying a price tag that makes you think you're really getting what you pay for, and not exactly in a good way.

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Galaxy Note 7 could get hybrid UFS/microSD card slot

Galaxy Note 7 could get hybrid UFS/microSD card slot

Just last week, Samsung revealed the world's first batch of removable memory cards sporting the new Universl Flash Storage (UFS) spec. Those cards, which had even had a 256 GB card among them, promised near SSD storage reading speeds and faster than microSD card writing speeds. The one fatal problem, though, was that UFS was incompatible with all current microSD card readers in the market. Not to worry, says Samsung, as it is developing a slot that can read both kinds of cards. Given the timing, it could even make its debut in the Galaxy Note 7.

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Microsoft apologizes for Xbox Play Anywhere miscommunication

Microsoft apologizes for Xbox Play Anywhere miscommunication

Microsoft's play to have games and gamers glued to its platform, no matter what device, is a two-edged sword. What may be good news for some, especially PC gamers who feel left out of all the titles made exclusive to the Xbox consoles, is seen by others as an omen. Naturally, its announcement late June that all future Microsoft Studio titles will be part of its "Play Anywhere" program was met with mixed reception. Well, apparently the jubilation/consternation was a tad too early, as Microsoft has backtracked from its earlier "incorrect" blog post, limiting Play Anywhere titles to only those it showcased as such at E3.

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Pokemon Go used to lure players into armed robbery

Pokemon Go used to lure players into armed robbery

A malicious group sets up an elaborate trap in order to entice hopeful Pokemon trainers to venture into shady spots and corners. They then spring up on the unsuspecting victims and quickly deprive them of their valuable possessions. That may seem like a script out of a Team Rocket heist, it is actually happening in the real world, in more dangerous and life threatening ways. Missouri police report arresting four suspects who have allegedly abused Pokemon Go's game mechanics to lure and then rob players of more than just their Pokemon.

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