Author Archives: Adam Westlake


Xbox One S ‘All Digital’ leak reveals disc-less console

Xbox One S ‘All Digital’ leak reveals disc-less console

Following Microsoft's successful rollout of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, it makes perfect sense for the company to release the much-rumored digital-only version of its console. Codenamed "Xbox Maverick," the system has been the subject of several leaks over the past few weeks, with the basic details being the removal of the disc drive in favor of a hard drive. We've now got our first look at the hardware, along with more concrete launch info.

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New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR hardware company, is gearing up to release a pair of new headsets in the coming weeks: the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. But during the manufacturing process it seems some unintended Easter eggs were added to the motion controllers that will ship with the devices, the company has revealed. Silly phrases like "This Space For Rent" have been printed inside "tens of thousands" of the new Touch controllers, a joke that was only meant for prototype models.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens for the US Army brings Call of Duty to life

Microsoft’s HoloLens for the US Army brings Call of Duty to life

Last fall, it was revealed that Microsoft won a contract from the US Army to adapt its HoloLens augmented reality headset into a tool for the military dubbed Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), all to the tune of $479 million. While still in the early prototype phase and years away from rollout, the public was given its first look at the project, revealing what it's capable of so far.

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Apple Music tops Spotify in US streaming subscriptions

Apple Music tops Spotify in US streaming subscriptions

For years now, Spotify has been the global leader in the streaming music industry, with Apple Music quickly rising to second place in the years since its debut. However, within the US, Apple has now claimed the top spot, earning more paid subscribers than Spotify.

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PS4’s Driveclub will shut down, be taken offline in 2020

PS4’s Driveclub will shut down, be taken offline in 2020

Sad news today for fans of the PlayStation 4-exclusive racing game Driveclub. Sony has announced that it's now heading towards end-of-life status, as all the servers for the game are being shut down next year. Players will have until March 31st, 2020, to play the game online, after that Driveclub, Driveclub VR, and Driveclub Bikes will only function in an offline setting.

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Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

For several months now, rumors have been building about Valve working on its own virtual reality hardware — completely separate from the Vive, which was jointly developed by the game company HTC. Now Valve is letting the cat out of the bag. Friday night saw the release of a simple teaser for the Valve Index headset, along with the line "Upgrade your experience" and a presumed release date of May 2019.

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Family Locator tracking app exposed real-time locations, personal data from users

Family Locator tracking app exposed real-time locations, personal data from users

Personal tracking apps can useful in the right situations; such as remembering visited locations or keeping tabs on loved ones. But this usefulness is dependent on the app keeping users' data safe and secure. Unfortunately for users of Family Locator, a tracking app for iOS aimed at families, it did neither, leaving a large amount of personal data, including real-time locations, exposed for anyone to find.

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Apple event will focus on subscription services for news, video, and maybe games

Apple event will focus on subscription services for news, video, and maybe games

Apple will be holding its spring press event on Monday, March 25th, but unlike its usual stage presentations the company won't be focusing on new hardware. Instead, last week we saw staggered announcements for new iPads, iMacs, and AirPods. This frees up Monday's event to reveal something else entirely: a new set of digital services for things like news, video, and possibly even games.

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POCO F2 benchmark surfaces, hinting at Snapdragon 855 & Android Q

POCO F2 benchmark surfaces, hinting at Snapdragon 855 & Android Q

The last few months have seen growing interest in the POCO F1, a phone from yet another Xiaomi sub-brand, Pocophone. The device turned heads with its impressive performance from moderate specs, and while rumors about a POCO F1 Lite are increasing, there might be something even better for fans to look forward to: A new benchmark listing for a POCO F2 has turned up on Geekbench.

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Redmi 7 details spilled on Geekbench just before China debut

Redmi 7 details spilled on Geekbench just before China debut

Redmi, the sub-brand of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, will be holding a special event in Beijing on Monday, March 18th for its latest device, the Redmi 7. Set to be the manufacturer's next budget-friendly model for the Chinese market, the Redmi 7's specs have appeared on the Geekbench database, offering an early look at what to expect.

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ZTE Axon V concept has cameras bulging from the side, rather than a notch

ZTE Axon V concept has cameras bulging from the side, rather than a notch

The last few years have seen smartphone designs quickly evolve from skinny bezels to almost-borderless with a wide notch in the display, to now, where we're seeing teardrop-shaped notches and hole-punches for cameras. ZTE seems to have come up with the next crazy idea: an Axon V concept with a 3D camera that actually sticks out from the side of the chassis.

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Facebook leans into gaming with app’s new dedicated tab

Facebook leans into gaming with app’s new dedicated tab

For several years now, Facebook has attempted to strengthen its reputation as a gaming and streaming platform, desperately trying to catch up to leaders like Twitch and YouTube. The social network has made some bold moves in the past, including deals to broadcast some of the biggest games from Activision Blizzard, including Call of Duty and Overwatch, along with esports events. Its latest is updating the main app with a dedicated gaming tab.

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