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  • 3 smartphone design fads from 2018 we absolutely hated

    We've seen some pretty stupid smartphone fads in 2018. From the obnoxious, to the courageous, to the insane, and the arguably unneeded, we take a look at the year in smartphones from the point of view of a jaded marketing executive. Artificial intelligence Artificial intelligence is great. There's no denying this. It allows apps and phones to recognise flowers and buildings, and spit out highly relevant information. (All this without visiting a single Wikipedia page.) But when a smartphone maker centres its entire marketing programme on this feature, we have to just sit back and shake our heads. For starters, a smart...

  • HP Spectre x360: unrelenting performance designed beautifully

    When designing the perfect laptop-tablet convertible, aesthetic and build quality are only segments of the whole. While fit and feel are of utmost importance, and craftsmanship of the highest degree is the peak of device design, the hardware that slots within a device's body has become even more important. The HP Spectre x360 is a laptop-tablet convertible that melds sublime style, tough construction, and an irresistible aesthetic. Internally, the HP Spectre x360 is available in two varieties. The first specification sports Intel's 8th Generation quad-core KBL-G processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. The second boasts Intel's 8th Generation quad-core KBL-R processor, with...

  • HP Spectre x360: craftsmanship and design like no other [Sponsored]

    The design of the world's most impactful products has long focused on balancing two distinct principles: physical beauty, and functionality. While many devices in the technology space claim to offer a perfect balance of these two important factors, only one device actually achieves it. The new HP Spectre x360 tablet-laptop convertible exudes class and elegance through its beautiful, cutting-edge design while offering its user the potential to power through the day. Its design priviledges craftsmanship without sacrificing functionality, making it the perfect machine for blossoming creatives or astute business professionals. Running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, the HP Spectre x360 boasts full Windows...

  • Nokia 7.1 review: living in its sister’s shadow

    I love surprises. Don't you? When I got the Nokia 7.1 for review -- rather spontaneously an unannounced, I should add -- I was largely expecting the device to disappoint. The Nokia 5.1 did. Its lack of a real strong point made it difficult to care about it, or even mention in important conversations. Earlier this year, I also reviewed the stellar Nokia 7 Plus, a phone which was the complete opposite. It was a breath of fresh air, and cost about the same as the 7.1. It had flagship aspirations, and back then, I called it the best phones of 2018. But,...

  • Overwatch League Season 2 kicks off with huge Fusion-Spitfire rematch

    Akin to a World Cup opening match between Brazil and France, the Overwatch League's second season kicks off with a Championship rematch. https://twitter.com/overwatchleague/status/1070492650996973568 London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion contested Season 1's grand finale, in which the British team triumphed. On 14 December 2019, the teams will open the second season of the Overwatch League. It'll be quite the Valentine's Day for both teams. But forget the first match, the remaining three matches on the first day's schedule is one for copious amounts of Mountain Dew and Doritos: Stage 3 champion Boston Uprising takes on highest-placed Season 1 team New York Excelsior.Highest placed team in...

  • Skullcandy Push are the brand’s first wireless earbuds

    Audio accessory maker Skullcandy has revealed its first truly wireless earbuds called Push. "Forget what you thought you knew about how wireless earbuds should look and feel," the brand said on its website. The device, which comes in a colour called Psychotropical Teal and has a rather sleek aesthetic, boasts "an easily accessible button on each earbud" along with the company's FitFin ear gels. "Push introduces an innovative form factor that not only eliminates signal loss, but also lets you easily control each earbud," Skullcandy explained. Push comes with its own charging case, which gives the buds up to six hours of additional...

  • LG HomeBrew is a craft beer making machine for the capsule age

    Forget smartphones and televisions, LG has revealed a new capsule-based craft beer machine called LG HomeBrew. The device essentially allows users to make their very own craft beers using capsule based ingredients, in a similar vein to capsule coffee makers. “With a set of single-use capsules -- which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavoring -- and the press of a button, users can relax as LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation, carbonation and aging to serving and cleaning,” explained the company in a press release. The device uses a “optimized fermentation algorithm” which “intelligently controls the fermenting process”, making...

  • Samsung Galaxy A8s has a hole in its screen, no audio jack

    Launched today in China, Samsung's Galaxy A8s breaks many a boundary for the Korean manufacturer. For one, it's the company's first phone with the selfie camera cut-out. Instead of a notch or a large top bezel, the 24MP selfie camera is sunk into the top-left portion of the screen itself. This does give it a particularly striking appearance, but you are sacrificing a large chunk of notification space on the 6.4 inch AMOLED LCD screen. Additionally, it's also the first Samsung to kill the headphone jack. Yeah, don't make promises you can't keep, smartphone manufacturers. This decision might be because the phone has...

  • Fortnite streamer arrested after seemingly slapping wife live on Twitch

    A Fortnite streamer who goes by the name MrDeadMoth has reportedly been arrested after he appeared to hit his wife while broadcasting live on Twitch. Warning: the below videos contains graphic content. A clip, which has been captured from a livestreamed round of Fortnite, shows MrDeadMoth repeatedly pleading with his wife to "stop it". Growing increasingly angry, he leaves his chair, and presumably walks over to his wife off camera. A slap can then be heard, as his wife begins sobbing and screaming. A child can also be heard in another video, as the streamer gets up from his chair a second...

  • Xbox Game Pass: new games include Mortal Kombat X, PES 19

    Microsoft has revealed another haul of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in December, just a day after its original announcement. Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's game subscription service for the Xbox platform. “Make room for the even more games we’ve got coming this month,” said the company on its Xbox blog. There are nine additional titles coming to Game Pass, including the likes of Mortal Kombat X and PES 19. The former inclusion comes just after the announcement of Mortal Kombat 11, set for release in 2019. Other games, and their availaiblity dates, include: Ashen - 7 December 2018 Kingdom Two Crowns -...