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OnePlus 6T event date changed to steer clear of Apple

OnePlus 6T event date changed to steer clear of Apple

Yesterday, Apple announced that it will host a new product reveal event on October 30, likely for the iPad we saw no sign of during its iPhone reveal in September. While Apple hosting a follow up event where it talks about the iPad isn't really anything new, this year there's a bit of a problem, at least as far as consumers are concerned: That's also the day OnePlus plans to launch the OnePlus 6T with a reveal event of its own.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 rumored PC version surfaces once again

Red Dead Redemption 2 rumored PC version surfaces once again

Two years after it was first announced, Red Dead Redemption 2 is poised to launch next week. Throughout these past two years, Rockstar fans who claim PC as their primary gaming platform have been hoping that the company would announce a PC version of RDR 2, but with the Xbox One and PS4 launches practically staring us in the face, such an announcement is nowhere to be seen. That doesn't mean that a PC version is never going to launch, however.

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Rocket League RocketIDs delayed as Sony warms to PS4 cross-play

Rocket League RocketIDs delayed as Sony warms to PS4 cross-play

Sony's resistance to cross-play on PS4 got a lot of attention when Fortnite launched on the Nintendo Switch earlier this year, but this is a saga that has been running far longer than that. Though the topic of cross-play is one that's come up from time to time across multiple console generations, Sony's hesitance to enable it on the PS4 specifically came to light in a big way back in 2016.

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Pokemon Let’s Go trailer introduces Master Trainers

Pokemon Let’s Go trailer introduces Master Trainers

As of today, we're exactly four weeks out from the launch Pokemon Let's Go. While Nintendo has spent a good amount of time marketing the games to the Pokemon-loving world, there are still some questions about what to expect. One big question is that of difficulty - with Pokemon Let's Go looking to at least partially emulate the gameplay of Pokemon GO, are these two Switch titles going to offer anything resembling a challenge to players?

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Apple has a USB-C surprise for Apple Watch owners

Apple has a USB-C surprise for Apple Watch owners

For years now, a consistent truth of buying Apple products is that you're going to have to deal with a proprietary charger of some kind. Whether it was the 30-pin connector that first appeared back in the days or the iPod or the Lightning connector that succeeded it, we've been using proprietary chargers with Apple devices for a long time. That may all be changing soon, as rumors claiming that Apple will soon make the jump to USB-C have been swirling for months.

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Super Mario Party review: Phone a friend

Super Mario Party review: Phone a friend

I have to admit, I have a strange history with the Mario Party series. I’ve been playing since the very first game launched on the N64 back in 1998, and while I’ve always been entertained by them, there’s always been this voice at the back of my head saying “you know this probably isn’t very good, right?” Still, I would play them, and I never really listened to that voice until Mario Party 9 rolled around. In that game, Nintendo decided that having everyone move around the game board individually wasn’t a good idea and plopped them all in a car that meant they’d be stuck side-by-side for the entire match. Why? I don’t know. Reasons, I guess.

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PS4 exclusive Days Gone has been delayed again

PS4 exclusive Days Gone has been delayed again

If you've been looking forward to incoming PS4 exclusive Days Gone, it looks like you've got a little longer to wait. Today, Sony made the decision to push back the game's release by a couple of months, moving it deeper into 2019. However, while this may be bad news for consumers, the fact that it's no longer launching in February could be a good thing in the long run.

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Alexa’s low-key Whisper Mode is going live today

Alexa’s low-key Whisper Mode is going live today

Back toward the end of September, Amazon held an event where it announced a boat load of new products. Some of these seem more useful than others - I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the Echo Wall Clock - but new products weren't the only topic of the day. Amazon also announced a handful of new features for Alexa, and one of the most interesting was undoubtedly Whisper Mode, which is rolling out today.

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Sonos may add Roku’s incoming voice assistant to its smart speakers

Sonos may add Roku’s incoming voice assistant to its smart speakers

Slowly but surely, Sonos has been attempting to turn its home speaker offerings into attractive buys for IoT enthusiasts. Earlier this year, we saw the launch of the Sonos ONE, a smart speaker capable of working with both Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. Not too long ago, Sonos rolled IFTTT support for its smart speakers into beta too. Sonos isn't stopping there, and the next name on its IoT checklist could be a big one indeed: Roku.

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PUBG PC players get free items after recent server problems

PUBG PC players get free items after recent server problems

If you're part of the PUBG faithful, then you're likely already aware of the server and matchmaking problems the game experienced yesterday. Server issues are nothing new in multiplayer games - and indeed, PUBG has had its share of problems since it first launched back in 2017 - but they're particularly annoying when they come after a maintenance period, as these did. PUBG Corp is extending an olive branch to its entire PC player base after these issues, announcing early this morning that everyone will get some freebies as an apology.

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Android Pie update gives Galaxy S9, Note 9 a pretty Always On Display

Android Pie update gives Galaxy S9, Note 9 a pretty Always On Display

Early last week, firmware for Android 9 Pie and Samsung Experience 10 leaked for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. That leaked firmware showed us a host of new UI improvements coming along with Android Pie, but today we're learning of another UI change that wasn't immediately clear last week. Samsung, apparently, is planning to make some changes to the Always On Display, and the new version looks great.

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Mophie’s biggest Powerstation is made with MacBook in mind

Mophie’s biggest Powerstation is made with MacBook in mind

Typically, when most people hear the name Mophie they think of battery cases for flagship smartphones. While those battery cases are a major part of the company's business, it's also made quite a few external batteries that aren't hidden within a phone case. Today, it introduced its newest external battery, the Powerstation USB-C 3XL, and it's aimed squarely at MacBook users.

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