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Jun

OnePlus 3 photos show off the handset in clearest pictures yet


The OnePlus 3 launch event is so close we can almost see it. In fact we pretty much can see the handset, thanks to leaks. Now there are even more photos that have slipped out early to show what we can expect.

Leaked via Steve Hemmerstoffer from China’s Weibo, two new images show off what’s claimed to be the OnePlus 3 from the front and back.

The photos look identical to those leaked already, suggesting this HTC-like design is what we can expect. That means a metal unibody, USB-C, fingerprint sensor on the front button and a single 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie snapper.

READ: OnePlus 3: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

OnePlus 3 specs leaked so far include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU with 6GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage. A 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is also expected. A starting price of around £245 is rumoured from launch.

OnePlus will hold its launch event, in VR, on 14 June at 17:30 BST or 12:30 EST. Most VR headsets should support the event as long as you have the OnePlus 3 Launch app installed from the Google Play Store on your Android device. This also supports non-VR viewing of the event. Find out everything you need to know about watching the launch at the link below.

READ: How to watch the OnePlus 3 launch

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13
Jun

How to watch Apple WWDC 2016 live-stream: iOS 10, macOS, and more expected


It’s that time of year again, Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference 2016 is about to kick-off in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. But if you’re not lucky enough to attend how can you watch the event live?

Apple does stream its events live but favours Apple users. That’s right, it sends out the live stream via Safari to Mac, iPhone and iPad users or directly via Apple TV. However, Apple is also saying that you’ll be able to watch it on Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

For those that qualify, head on over to Apple.com just before it starts at 6pm BST, 10am PT, and enjoy the show.

For those with Apple TV you’ll need to a second or third generation box with software 6.2 or later to stream the event live. Safari will need to be 6.0.5 or newer, OS X will need to be 10.8.5 or newer and iOS will need to be version 7.0 or newer.

Expected to be announced at the event tonight are: a preview of iOS 10, more details on the changes to the Apple App Store and subscription services, updates to the next version of desktop software predicted to be renamed macOS, updates to Apple Music, and details about future generation Watch.

READ: WWDC 2016: The announcements to expect

13
Jun

Facebook will delete your photos unless you install its Moments app


Facebook has announced that it will delete photos synched from the Facebook app if its Moments app isn’t installed before 7 July.

When the photo synching feature was added to the Facebook app in 2012 it promised to offer unlimited synching of photos, like a cloud back-up for snaps. Now Facebook has threatened to delete those pictures, should users not download and use its Moments app. This won’t affect photos uploaded to Facebook separately to the synched album.

Of course anyone that relies on this service for backing up photos has probably already installed the Moments app, since direct backup via the Facebook app was no longer supported from January. Anyone who installed the Moments app had their backed up photos effectively moved over to that app.

Should you wish to back-up your photos but not use the Moments app, you can download your pics now and keep them that way.

The official statement from Facebook reads: “Photos you privately synced from your phone to Facebook will be deleted soon. Earlier this year, they were moved to Moments, a new app from Facebook. If you want to keep these photos, download and log into Moments before 7 July. If you don’t want Moments, download these photos directly to your computer from your Facebook profile before 7 July.”

READ: 7 Snapchat tips and tricks you probably had no clue about

13
Jun

Bethesda at E3 2016: Prey, Dishonored 2, Skyrim and Quake trailers, plus Fallout VR


Bethesda had a bumper 2015 with some of the biggest games of the year. In 2016 its looking to capitalise on that success, releasing the likes of Dishonored 2 – which was unveiled at last year’s E3 – before the year is out.

But Dishonored 2 didn’t garner the biggest crowd reaction at the company’s media conference in east LA. That (ahem) honour was down to Skyrim Special Edition, the remastered re-work for new-gen consoles, or the announcement that Elder Scrolls Online would be opening-up its the world of Tamriel to all its players, irrelevant of level.

Kicking things off, though, was the return of Quake, which has been on long-term hiatus. Quake Champions is its new guise, a battle arena multiplayer online game, with id software at the helm.

Here are the best game trailers from the Bethesda showcase at E3 2016.

Prey

Our favourite title from the showcase, hence putting it up top.

Prey, from Arkane Studios – the studio behind Dishonored – is set in the Telus 1 space station. You play Morgan, in a seemingly “normal” futuristic setting. But things couldn’t be that easy, could they? Oh no.

Cue first-person mayhem in a title that hasn’t revealed its all just yet, but it’s definitely got our curiosity levels up. Expect this one next year, but no official date has been set just yet.

Dishonored 2

The company’s biggest title of the year, Dishonored 2 follows-on some 15-years later from the end of the first game. You play as the grown-up Emily Caldwin, age 25, or as her protector – delivering male and female protagonists as the main character choices.

It’s great to finally see in-game footage, which reminds us why we loved the first game so much. But things are different for round two: the “void engine” delivers gorgeous, stylised visuals, while there’s apparent verticality to the levels giving greater breadth to explore the world and its dust district.

First-person play, some puzzling, stealth, and eerie supernatural powers add up to one tip-top looking game. It’ll be out for PS4 and Xbox One on 11 November this year.

Skyrim Special Edition

Skyrim is one of our favourite games ever. As open-world RPG epics go it’s second to none. And now it’s coming to the current-gen, with PS4 and Xbox One getting the Special Edition treatment.

That means the full original game, all its DLC packs, plus gorgeous re-rendered artwork. It’s not only higher-resolution, but there are new effects for light, water and all those defining factors that make the vast world of Skyrim so darn appealing. It’ll be out on October 28 this year.

Quake Champions

Everyone loves Quake. After Doom it’s id software’s defining game when it comes to first-person multiplayer.

Quake Champions, however, we’re not too sure about. We’ve got Evolve for dark style 4v4 battles, while Overwatch twists the arena format on its head with cutesy fashion. Quake Champions has its own art style, but doesn’t look distinct or laden with the kind of dark-style personality.

It does have one calling card that the hardcore will appreciate though: this PC game will run at 120fps without limitation, so fast action is guaranteed. The next big eSports title assured? It could well be… no release date confirmed just yet.

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Bethesda VR

Ok, so not strictly a trailer, but the announcement that Bethesda would be committing to virtual reality was perhaps the biggest surprise of its conference. It showed-off Fallout 4 and Doom in VR guises, using HTC Vive, and we got to sample the former at the after-show event.

It’s a surreal experience putting yourself actually into the wasteland, but worth it just to take a glance at your Pipboy or fire a Fatman missile at a two-headed cow. Yeah we did. Take a browse at our hands-on experience below:

READ: Fallout 4 VR: What it’s like playing Bethesda’s open-world epic in virtual reality

13
Jun

Design your own Xbox One controller with the new Xbox Design Lab


Microsoft has launched Xbox One controller platform that lets you design your own controller, dubbed Xbox Design Lab, so you can fully customise what you want it to look like rather than waiting for Microsoft to launch specific controllers for specific games. 

The Xbox Design Lab will let gamers change the colours of nearly every part of the controller to get the exact combination wanted, although won’t go as far as letting you add your own images or patterns. The new options include changing the colour of the front panel, back panel, shoulder triggers and d-pad.

Microsoft reckons you can get up to eight million combinations meaning there should be a unique look for everyone.

READ: E3 2016: All the launches, games and consoles to expect

The platform also gives the option to laser engrave text onto the front of the controller. Gamertag marked controller anyone?

The controllers won’t be the Xbox One controller you know thought, these will be based on the new Xbox One S controllers. That means the inclusion of Bluetooth for greater range plus a texturize back for greater grip.

Microsoft says the Xbox Design Lab will begin churning out your controller designs to be delivered right to your door from October.

You can get designing from later today so there’s plenty of time to get it perfect. The Xbox Design Lab controllers will cost $80 each with an extra $10 for engraving. 

13
Jun

Biggest US coal miner bankrolled anti-climate change groups


The wealthy using its money to suppress (or avenge) inconvenient truths is nothing new, even if nobody thought to use a washed-up pro wrestler for cover until now. But there are far worse things for a one-percenter to do than force Gawker into bankruptcy, such as helping to push the planet towards a preventable ecological crisis. The Guardian has found that Peabody Energy, America’s biggest coal mining company, used its cash to bankroll an enormous and diverse group of pro-carbon lobby groups and scientists. The now-bankrupt firm is accused of funding what one source described as “the heart and soul of climate denial.”

It’s not a surprise to see that companies with the most to lose from progress would fight it, but the breadth of Peabody’s work is staggering. The company put money behind Republican and Democratic politicians and a raft of lobby groups who fought plans to cut America’s carbon emissions. The paper quotes Nick Surgey, director at the Center for Media and Democracy, who calls Peabody “the treasury” behind a large part of “the climate denial movement.”

Groups such as the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and the American Legislative Exchange Council had their hands in Peabody’s till. The former, which has also received at least $55,000 from ExxonMobil, insists that carbon is harmless, while the latter is fighting EPA regulations on cutting carbon emissions from power plants. Unfortunately, climate change is real and a threat to our continued survival, no matter how many politicians decide to plant their heads in the sand.

Source: The Guardian

13
Jun

Nanofiber film could lead to electronic skin


If you want electronic skin or other transparent wearable devices, you need to send a current through that skin. However, it’s hard to make something that’s both conductive and transparent — and that’s where a team of American and Korean researchers might save they day. They’ve developed a nanofiber film that’s 92 percent transparent, but has electrical resistance that’s “at least” 10 times better than the previous best. You create it by electrospinning polyacrylonitrile (a polymer resin) until it forms a mat, spatter-coat it with metal and then electroplate it. The result is a material that eases the flow of current but is mostly made up of see-through holes.

The technology should be very durable: you can subject it to “severe” bending and flexing without losing its features. And crucially, it should be cheap to make. You’re using relatively common materials, and the processes only take a few seconds even in the lab — you could mass-produce this without jumping through hoops. It’ll be a long time before that happens, but the scientists envision a world where flexible electronics are genuinely practical. On top of e-skin for health sensors, you could see flexible solar panels, roll-up touchscreens and more sophisticated wearables.

Via: Phys.org

Source: UIC News Center, Advanced Materials

13
Jun

Where to stream Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote presentation kicks off live from the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco today at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. Engadget will be liveblogging the keynote right here, where we can expect the next versions of iOS and OS X to get the most airtime. We also wouldn’t be surprised to learn of some big changes to Apple Music and the App Store, plus some additional updates to Apple’s watchOS and tvOS.

Although hardware can often take a backseat to software at WWDC, look for Tim Cook and company to announce an updated cinema display as well as some refreshed guts for the MacBook Air and Pro lines.

You can find a feed of Apple’s keynote presentation here when it goes live at 1 PM ET, provided you open that link from Safari on your Mac or iOS device. (Or a PC with Microsoft Edge running Windows 10.) For those playing along from the couch, you can also stream it live via Apple TV.

Get all the latest news from WWDC 2016 here!

13
Jun

Watch Microsoft’s E3 press conference right here


Now that EA and Bethesda have wrapped up their E3 press conferences, we can turn our attention to one of the big console makers: Microsoft. The company’s Xbox showcase is due to kick off at 9:30am PT (12:30pm ET/ 5:30pm BST), and you can watch the livestream right here. We’ll probably get an announcement for the new, slimmer Xbox One S, as well as trailers for a whole bunch of games including ReCore and Halo Wars 2. So take a seat and load up the Engadget liveblog, because this is an event that could throw up a few surprises too. (Is it time for a new Battletoads game?!)

13
Jun

US pours $160 million into making tissues and artificial organs


Getting a viable organ transplant is a real problem. There are only so many donors to go around, and the organs that do show up might be tossed out if they’re not used within a matter of hours. The US government isn’t satisfied with this state of affairs, though. As part of a broader effort to reduce organ waiting lists, it’s unveiling $160 million in public-private investments for a new Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The organization will develop techniques for repairing and replacing tissues that could lead to artificial organs. Simply speaking, you wouldn’t need someone to donate an organ — doctors could either fix damaged parts or transplant an artificial organ created on demand.

That’s a long way off. However, the initiative should also help out in the short term. Over 30 transplant centers are sharing data to help find kidney transplants that would be hard to match, for instance, while efforts are underway to improve the efficiency of sharing and transporting organs. All told, you may not have to worry so much about waiting months for life-saving transplant surgery.

Source: White House Blog

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