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2 Hours Ago   The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is a game that wears its influences on its sleeve, yet manages to feel altogether exceptional. At first glance, it appears to be a simple, side-scrolling beat-em-up in thrall to River City Ransom, but it blends life-sim elements from games like Persona and Shenmue with punchy combat and excellent, world-weary writing that you wouldn’t expect from a pixel-art tale about delinquent school kids.

15 Hours Ago   Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the new AR game from Pokémon Go developers Niantic, will start rolling out around the world on Friday, according to an official tweet.

Yesterday   Nintendo has announced the release date for its latest mobile game. Dr. Mario World will be available for iOS and Android on July 10th, with pre-registration now open on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

7 Days Ago   One of the less heralded features in iOS 13 is its broader support for NFC functionality, which first came to the iPhone alongside Apple Pay in 2014 but hasn’t seen the same diversity of use cases as are commonplace on Android.

7 Days Ago   Huawei has indefinitely postponed the imminent launch of a new Windows laptop, consumer division CEO Richard Yu has confirmed to CNBC. The product was set for a reveal at the ongoing CES Asia show in Shanghai this week, but trade sanctions from the US government are restricting Huawei’s ability to use American products like Microsoft software and Intel processors.

7 Days Ago   Konami has announced the latest in the slew of shrunk-down retro consoles, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. Six games have been announced so far for the system, which will be released in Japan as the PC Engine Mini and in Europe as the PC Engine Core Grafx.

8 Days Ago   Fujifilm has announced that it’s re-entering the black-and-white film market after stopping production more than a year ago. A new film, Neopan 100 Acros II, is being developed following feedback from, and I quote from the press release, “millennials and GenZs,” who the company describes as “the new film enthusiasts.” Acros is an iconic brand that Fujifilm also uses for a monochrome film simulation in its well-regarded X-series digital cameras.

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12 Days Ago   Facebook won’t allow Huawei to pre-install its apps on smartphones anymore, Reuters is reporting. It’s the latest example of Western tech companies cutting ties with the beleaguered Chinese telecom giant after President Trump issued an effective trade ban against it.

13 Days Ago   Square Enix has made the soundtrack albums for just about every mainline Final Fantasy game available for streaming. You can listen to music from the original Final Fantasy through to 2016’s XV, including direct sequels like X-2 and Lightning Returns and even individual albums for each XIV expansion.

15 Days Ago   Apple had big news for iPad users at its WWDC keynote yesterday with the announcement of a software update major enough for the company to rebrand the entire operating system.

16 Days Ago   8K OLED TVs officially become a thing this week as LG starts taking orders in South Korea for arguably the most advanced consumer TV set ever created.

16 Days Ago   Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest Walk, a new smartphone entry in the titanically successful JRPG series. Very little has been revealed so far, but as you can see from the teaser trailer above, it’s a location-based game that puts monsters from the franchise into the real world, like Pokémon Go.

18 Days Ago   Panic, the venerable Mac and iOS software firm, made a major splash the other week with the announcement of its first hardware device. The Playdate is a bright yellow handheld gaming console with a monochrome screen; it was co-designed by Swedish hardware wizards Teenage Engineering and features exclusive releases from renowned developers like Zach Gage, Bennett Foddy, and Keita Takahashi.

20 Days Ago   I’ve seen a whole bunch of keyboards this week at Computex Taipei, but none quite so opulent as this exclusive offering from HyperX. As part of a collaboration with Swarovski, which it should be noted is far from a newcomer to the whole sticking-crystals-on-random-gadgets thing, the gaming accessory maker has designed a keyboard with bedazzled WASD and number keycaps.

21 Days Ago   Mechanical keyboard enthusiasts often don’t need an excuse to buy new keyboards, but for those who do, there really hasn’t been a one-switch-fits-all solution to date.

21 Days Ago   Asus is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and as the company got its start as a motherboard maker back in 1989, it’s fitting that it presents an idea of where it sees things going in the future.

22 Days Ago   Ray tracing isn’t the easiest of technologies to explain if you don’t have a monster PC right in front of you, and even if you do, game support is currently limited and hugely taxing at high resolutions.

22 Days Ago   Three years to the day (in certain timezones) after unveiling its first VR backpack at Computex Taipei, where I declared them actually pretty cool, HP is still at it and has announced the latest version.

22 Days Ago   After a successful experiment with leather, HP is taking its natural material vibe to the next level with the new Envy Wood series. No, they haven’t exactly been carved out of redwood trees by artisan lumberjacks, but they do come with a “one-of-a-kind authentic wood inlay” on the palm rest.

22 Days Ago   HyperX has been making gaming keyboards for a few years now, and like many other manufacturers has mostly been using Cherry MX or Kailh keyswitches depending on the price point.

22 Days Ago   HyperX has announced a follow-up to its popular Cloud Alpha gaming headset. The new version is called the Cloud Alpha S and adds 7.1 virtual surround sound through a wired audio control box that’s similar to some of HyperX’s other headsets.

23 Days Ago   Last year’s ZenBook Pro wasn’t a very good laptop, but we found ourselves pleasantly surprised with its key selling point. The ScreenPad, a smartphone-like screen that replaced the traditional trackpad, turned out to be less of a gimmick than one might have expected, and so Asus is going all in on the idea for its 2019 lineup of mainstream laptops.

23 Days Ago   Asus was one of the first companies to release portable USB-C monitors, and at Computex this year it’s releasing two unique new designs. First up is the ZenScreen Touch (pictured above), a 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen designed to be hooked up to smartphones or laptops.

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