Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will let you make your own wizard

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will let you make your own wizard

With the focus on superheroes and sci-fi films in general, you’d think that good old-fashioned fantasy franchises are passe. Warner Bros. definitely doesn’t think so. In fact, it just created a new label named Portkey Games solely dedicated to one of the most beloved magical franchises of all: Harry Potter. On the heels of the AR-based Harry Potter Wizards Unite, Warner Bros. teamed up with mobile game developers Jam City to bring Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery that will finally let you live out your fantasies as a wizard of your own making.

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Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

While Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its sights on the grand colonization of Mars, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s ambitions are a bit more down to Earth, almost literally. While both have reusable rockets in their crosshair, Blue Origin has space tourism as its intermediate goal. And it has just taken one step closer to that dream. Not only did it launch the New Shephard for the seventh time, and successfully landed it, Blue Origin also launched, and landed, its Crew Capsule 2.0, touted to have the largest windows in space.

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Nokia 6 (2018) pops up with some unexpected changes

Nokia 6 (2018) pops up with some unexpected changes

The Nokia 6 is hardly HMD Global’s most notable smartphone this year. It is a mid-range phone through and through and, aside from the branding, might almost be forgettable. And yet, of all the Nokia phones in the market, it is the first one that will apparently have a new model coming really soon. That seems to be the case when a certain Nokia 6 (2018) appeared in TENAA accompanying rumors of a rather significant upgrade from this year’s version.

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weMessage is an iMessage for Android with too many catches

weMessage is an iMessage for Android with too many catches

One of the most requested Apple services on Android has always been iMessage. Naturally, Apple is not too keen on yielding even an inch to its rival. Sure, it has conceded Apple Music, but that was more to bolster its iTunes business. iMessage is a totally different beast and is unlikely to have an official Android app. Enter weMessage, the latest attempt at a third-party solution, one that is innocent and pure yet still unlikely to last that long.

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Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickers

Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickers

It ain’t over til the big-boned Viking lady sings, as they say. That definitely seems to be the case with Facebook’s barrage of new features that are too eerily familiar with features from its biggest rival, Snapchat. Then again, everyone’s going towards augmented reality objects these days, so Facebook could simply say it’s just riding the waves. Regardless, uses of Messenger need not look elsewhere for their 3D stickers fix as Facebook introduces “World Effects” that brings the messaging service closer to making Snapchat redundant.

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NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

This week the folks at NVIDIA and Komatsu have announced a partnership to bring AI "to create safer, more efficient construction sites." At GTC Japan this evening NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the NVIDIA Jetson AI platform would be at the center of this next-generation situation. Therein lies the brain of the heavy machinery of the future.

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OnePlus 4th anniversary promos doesn’t include red OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 4th anniversary promos doesn’t include red OnePlus 5T

It’s hard to believe that OnePlus is already four years in the market. Although you might think they’re already five years old based on the model numbers (yes, they skipped “4”). In that short span a time, OnePlus has managed to squeeze itself into the top tier smartphones of each year. It wasn’t smooth-sailing, of course, especially for a company of its small size. All the more reason to truly celebrate passing its fourth year with some promos and treats that, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to include the “birthday phone”.

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AT&T Passport now offers 1GB and 3GB flat rate travel data

AT&T Passport now offers 1GB and 3GB flat rate travel data

AT&T has updated its Passport program, offering two batches of data at two different flat rates. The Passport program, which is relatively new, is a way for travelers to get a certain amount of data to use while abroad. With this program update comes both 1GB and 3GB options, both offered at a flat rate, meaning you can pay just once to get the data on a one-time basis.

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Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

HiSense has announced a new Alexa integration for its HiSmart Portable Air Conditioner and HiSmart Dehumidifier. Both products are designed for home owners (or apartment dwellers) who want an element of smart control over their home appliances. The new Alexa integration takes that ability to new levels, making it possible to control the two appliances using an Alexa device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

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An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

Artificial intelligence has been used to write poems, generate rap, transform doodles into proper artwork and create realistic photos from nothing. How about writing actual stories, though? That's just what Botnik Studios' own creation did, using what it learned from the official Harry Potter books to create its own chapter based on them. These pages are noncanonical, of course, but assuming you don't mind apocryphal works, it's worth giving a read.

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The Punisher season 2 is official, but doesn’t have a release date yet

The Punisher season 2 is official, but doesn’t have a release date yet

Netflix will be bringing The Punisher back for a second season, the company has announced. The first season was a hit for the company, as many had expected, adding to its growing number of show based on Marvel characters. The character was first introduced to Netflix viewers via the company's original Daredevil series, helping kick off what has become a solid genre for the streaming platform.

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Amazon Prime Video HDR10+ content arrives tomorrow

Amazon Prime Video HDR10+ content arrives tomorrow

Amazon Prime Video will start offering HDR10+ content tomorrow, making it available to anyone who has a television that supports the standard. This follows the announcement we reported on this past April, one that involved a collaboration between Samsung and Amazon to bring about the HDR10+ standard.

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