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  • 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 -...

  • 4 new game trailers from the Game Awards you might’ve missed

    The Game Awards 2018 wasn't just an awards show, but also a launch even for a number of upcoming video games. Apart from the surprise Mortal Kombat 11 reveal, here are four other trailers you may have missed. Far Cry: New Dawn According to Ubisoft, New Dawn is a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5 that "takes place in a world recovering from a devastating nuclear catastrophe". The game will launch on 15 February 2019, for Xbox One, PC and PS4 Dragon Age 5 The very short trailer doesn't give much away at all. On its website, Game developers Bio Ware note that they "won’t be...

  • Trailer: Mortal Kombat 11 is coming April 2019

    The first official trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 was release in a surprise reveal at The Game Awards 2018, which took place this week. The trailer features a backtrack from rapper 21 Savage, a fight sequence between characters Raiden and Scorpion, and ends with the phrase “You’re next”. Over on Twitter, game creator Ed Boon said that he was “really surprised” that fans didn’t see this one coming. I’m really surprised nobody guessed we were working on a Mortal Kombat game 😱 What’s wrong with everyone? — Ed Boon (@noobde) December 7, 2018 The game will launch on PC, Xbox One, Play Station 4 and...

  • HMD Global debuts the confusingly named Nokia 8.1

    It might be the end of the year, but HMD Global's showing no signs of slowing down. The company on Wednesday announced a new "value flagship" Nokia for Europe: the 8.1. But no, it doesn't replace the Nokia 8, or 8 Sirocco, both actual range-topping flagships. Now, the phone might look familiar to eagle-eyed enthusiasts. The phone itself is a rebranded Nokia X7, which debuted in China earlier this year. It's also referred to as the Nokia Phoenix in press material, but it's effectively a successor to the Nokia 7 Plus, which debuted earlier this year. Naming confusion over, the phone does...