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21 Hours Ago   I’m just going to be upfront with you: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is kicking my ass. I haven’t been able to spend nearly enough time with my copy in order to “git gud,” as they say, and every time I boot it up I’m met with several swift, bloody deaths in a matter of minutes.

3 Days Ago   Google has announced that it will start asking European Android users which browser and search engine they would prefer to use on their devices, following regulatory action against the company for the way it bundles software in its mobile operating system.

4 Days Ago   At an event in New Delhi, India today, Xiaomi announced its first Android Go phone, the Redmi Go. This is a low-end device with a 5-inch 720p 16:9 screen, 1GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 425 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and 8GB of expandable internal storage.

4 Days Ago   OtherSide Entertainment has dropped the first real teaser trailer for its upcoming System Shock revival, offering a look at some “pre-alpha in-engine” footage of a doomed space station under the control of murderous AI SHODAN.

8 Days Ago   Apple has fired back against Spotify in an unusual press release that argues the music streaming service “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free.” Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Europe earlier this week, with CEO Daniel Ek arguing that App Store policies give Apple an “unfair advantage at every turn.” But Apple’s statement makes the case that Spotify’s claims are misleading.

10 Days Ago   Mobile World Congress is in the rear-view mirror, and by far the hottest topic was foldable smartphones. “Finally,” the thinking went, “we can be free of the boring and conventional phone form factor!” But that involves using flexible plastic for the bendable screens, which is likely to represent a compromise in durability and plain niceness.

17 Days Ago   Samsung is planning two more foldable phones with significantly different designs to the upcoming Galaxy Fold, according to a report in Bloomberg. While the Galaxy Fold has a tablet-sized inner screen that unfolds like a book, one of the new phones reportedly has a large screen that wraps around the outside of the device like Huawei’s Mate X, and the other is said to be a vertically-oriented clamshell phone with a smaller external display.

18 Days Ago   The onslaught of 48-megapixel cameraphones continues today with Oppo’s announcement of the F11 Pro, a midrange phone with a 6.53-inch 1080p notch-less display and a pop-up selfie camera.

19 Days Ago   Last year Oppo launched its Realme budget sub-brand in India, taking inspiration from Xiaomi’s Redmi in both name and business model. The strategy seems to have been successful.

23 Days Ago   Ricoh has announced a new Theta that’s the highest-end model yet in the company’s line of 360-degree cameras. The Theta Z1 should mark a big step up in image quality with dual backside-illuminated 1-inch sensors, RAW shooting capability, and lenses with variable apertures.

24 Days Ago   Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping has gone on the offensive this week at Mobile World Congress, following continued pressure on US allies to drop the Chinese telecoms giant over national security fears.

25 Days Ago   Apple Music is coming to Google Home, according to Google’s own iOS app for managing its smart speakers. A MacRumors reader first noticed that the Google Home app now lists Apple Music as a service that can be integrated, although the ability is currently non-functional.

26 Days Ago   The inexorable march of increasing storage capacities continues today with the announcement of the world’s first 1-terabyte microSD cards. Micron and Western Digital’s SanDisk brand have both launched UHS-I microSDXC products today at Mobile World Congress, which will be good news for anyone looking at Samsung’s new 1TB Galaxy S10 Plus and thinking “what if that, but doubled?” Of the two cards, Western Digital is claiming a performance advantage by citing up to 160MB/s read speed versus 100MB/s

26 Days Ago   Perhaps spurred on by the hype surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X, Oppo VP Brian Shen has revealed images of his company’s own take on a foldable phone.

28 Days Ago   Just over a year ago, I reviewed a cool little computer called the Eve V. It was a Windows 10 2-in-1 that compared favorably in many ways to its obvious inspiration, Microsoft’s Surface Pro, while costing considerably less.

29 Days Ago   I started playing video games around the time when they were transitioning to 3D and making use of CDs, which meant that the capacity to store beautiful visuals far outstripped the hardware’s ability to render them in real time.

29 Days Ago   After showing it off at last year’s Photokina, Ricoh has announced release details for its long-awaited GRIII compact camera. As with the previous two models, it pairs an 18.3mm (28mm-equivalent) f/2.8 lens to an APS-C sensor with the goal of enabling high-quality, discreet street photography.

30 Days Ago   Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup has a lot going for it, with an attractive new design and the company’s best software yet. But Samsung customers that were expecting significant camera improvements may be left disappointed.

31 Days Ago   Vivo was one of the most head-turning companies in the smartphone space last year, delivering a series of devices with wild, experimental hardware. Now for Vivo’s first major launch of 2019 we have the V15 Pro, a new phone that sees high-end features trickle down to the mid-range mainstream from the company’s Nex flagships.

31 Days Ago   It’s that time again in the console generation. Your games look better than ever, but you’re starting to notice stutters and glitches a little more frequently, and you’re wondering when the console that’s sat under your TV for the past five years might benefit from an upgrade.

33 Days Ago   Apple is planning an “all-new” MacBook Pro design for this year, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said in a research note obtained by MacRumors. The lineup is reportedly led by a model with a screen of between 16 and 16.5 inches, which would make it the biggest screen in a Mac notebook since the 17-inch models stopped being sold in 2012.

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