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Jul

Latest iPhone 7 Design Renderings Show Stereo Speakers and Larger Cameras


With around three months remaining until Apple is expected to announce the tentatively named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, detailed renders of the next-generation smartphones continue to surface on the web.

The latest CAD renders, posted on Chinese social media and shared by French website NWE, provide a closer look at the possible design of the smartphones and paint a clearer picture of which features may be included.

iPhone 7 Plus with dual-lens camera (left) and iPhone 7 with larger camera (right)
The 3D renders are consistent with many previous iPhone 7 leaks, showing an iPhone 6s-like design with repositioned antenna bands, no headphone jack, and a dual-lens camera exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch model. Meanwhile, the smaller 4.7-inch model has a larger camera cutout as seen previously.

There is also the addition of a second speaker grille occupying the space that would normally house the 3.5mm headphone jack, corroborating rumors that the iPhone 7 series may deliver stereo sound. At least one render has shown no stereo speakers in the past, however, so the feature’s inclusion is still debated.

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On the bottom remains a Lightning connector, which is expected to evolve into an all-in-one port for audio output, charging, and accessory connectivity. There is also a traditional looking SIM card slot, which likely rules out a sketchy rumor about the iPhone 7 having dual SIM trays for use with multiple carriers.

Other features consistent with the iPhone 6s include a side-facing power button and pill-shaped volume controls, mute switch, dual-LED flash, and a microphone on the bottom and next to the rear camera.

The renders offer no hints about Apple’s plans to use a flush, touch-sensitive home button, a feature that could be reserved for the tenth-anniversary iPhone with an OLED display and glass casing expected in 2017.

There is also no Smart Connector depicted, despite some earlier rumors claiming the new accessory connector will expand from the iPad Pro to iPhone.

Apple is widely expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September. In addition to the aforementioned features shown in these renders, the smartphones are expected to be slightly thinner with faster Apple A10 processors, 32GB of base storage, improved waterproofing, and faster LTE and Wi-Fi. 3GB of RAM is said to be exclusive to the 5.5-inch model.

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6
Jul

Manchester City signs its first FIFA eSports player


At this rate the Premier League will need its own dedicated eSports division. Following West Ham United, which signed Sean “Dragonn” Allen back in May, Manchester City has recruited its own FIFA star. Kieran “Kez” Brown is the club’s first eSports signing and will represent the team at both major tournaments and fan events. He’s not the biggest name — his YouTube channel has less than 12,000 subscribers — but he is a competent player. Prolific YouTuber Spencer Owen held a competition earlier this year to recruit a FIFA fanatic into his professional “Hashtag United” team; Brown narrowly missed out, losing to Harry Hesketh in the final.

Manchester City is one of many football clubs dipping a toe into the eSports waters. FC Schalke 04, a top club in the German Bundesliga, bought a League of Legends team formerly known as Elements in May. Vfl Wolfsburg, meanwhile, has signed a few different FIFA players.

Happy to Announce I’m the first e-Sport FIFA player for @ManCity.Something New. Something Different. I look forward to seeing how this goes🙃

— KezBrown (@_KezBrown) July 6, 2016

These moves might seem strange for an industry that’s primarily focused on physical competition — but moving into eSports, especially FIFA, does offer some obvious advantages. The long-running video game franchise is incredibly popular and is one of the primary ways that fans interact with the sport (outside of watching and attending football matches, of course.) Nurturing the FIFA community, both at an amateur and professional level, could nurture the ties that people have to the club. A stronger, larger fanbase will then allow a team like Manchester City to earn more money and ultimately prosper in the actual boots-on-the-grass game.

Source: Manchester City

6
Jul

ICYMI: Drunk dogbot and VR music machine


ICYMI: Drunk dogbot and VR music machine

Today on In Case You Missed It: An Osaka University robotics lab produced a dog robot that can run six miles per hour while being the most uncoordinated robot you’ve seen (that works), and the Soundstage app lets users set up a recording studio to rock out with a VR headset on.

The Sunday breakfast machine is worth seeing, as is the winning entry in Amazon’s robot Picking Challenge. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

6
Jul

‘Persona 5’ and other Atlus games are coming to Europe


If you’re a fan of the Persona series and its stylised take on the JRPG formula, good news — Persona 5 is coming to Europe. The region was notably absent when the game was announced for the US last month. Now we know why — Atlus and Sega are relying on Deep Silver, the publisher of Homefront: The Revolution, to distribute the title across the continent. It’s an unusual move given that Sega is a publisher in its own right, and perhaps indicative of a wider business decision. Aside from the occasional Sonic game, there’s little for the company to get behind these days.

The partnership will extend beyond Persona 5, covering titles such as Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. Persona is easily the standout, however, given the cult following that now surrounds the franchise. Persona 3 and Persona 4 were both excellent entries, combining a social simulator and dungeon crawler to great effect. The upbeat soundtracks and deep, surprisingly well written characters only strengthened its appeal. Persona 4 was successful enough to spawn a port on the PlayStation Vita and a raft of spin-offs, including Dancing All Night and the fighting “Arena” games developed by Arc System Works.

Persona 5 is the first entry on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, offering better visuals and a whole new city to explore. You’ll take on the role of another high schooler, only this time there’s a heist-style vibe as you break into elaborate “dungeons” like a pack of thieves. It launches in Japan on September 15th — two weeks before Final Fantasy XV — and the US on February 14th, 2017. There’s no word on a European release date, however. For now, fans will have to make do with Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, the Shin Megami Tensei crossover title that’s available now on Wii U.

6
Jul

Twitter kicks off live sports streaming with Wimbledon


Twitter paid a reported $10 million for the rights to live stream NFL broadcasts, and now we have an idea as to what that will look like. The social network is now livecasting its first live sports event, Wimbledon, using an ESPN feed. The company emphasized, however, that it’s using the world’s most popular tennis tournament as a trial run. “This livestream is an extremely early and incomplete test experience, and we’ll be making lots of improvements before we launch it in its final form,” the company said in a statement to Recode.

That said, the quality of the stream looks good, as several Twitter users have observed (a frame grab is shown above). For now, though, it’s just a basic feed accompanied by the #Wimbledon Twitter stream. While Twitter intends to sell ads for its NFL livestreams, there are no signs of them for Wimbledon, either in the video or feed beside it. The stream doesn’t appear to be geolocked for now, either, because it’s working fine for me here in France.

Live @ Wimbledon – Day 9. Watch LIVE now: https://t.co/JI7WEdvcQQ … #Wimbledon

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 6, 2016

Twitter hasn’t said how much its paying Wimbledon or ESPN to broadcast the feed. While it’s an unusual place to catch sports, folks love to tweet during sporting events and even shows like Game of Thrones, so it makes some sense to have the video in the same place. Anyway, the social network needs to try different things, because despite having hundreds of millions of users, it’s still losing money.

Source: Twitter

6
Jul

Microgaming keep growing


MicrogamingMicrogaming keep growing, which has a tendency to cause casinos from other casino gaming software developers to become overshadowed. People have usually heard of the best Microgaming online casinos. These are the ones that tend to get the most press one way or another. People tend to review them more often than not. They get discussed in the casino gaming forums more often than many of the other online casinos from other software developers. Microgaming keep growing, and it helps contribute to a situation in which the United Kingdom more or less seems to be the leader in online casino gaming.

The people who are interested in the best Canadian mobile casinos are often going to wonder whether or not they are even legal, given the complicated legal situation surrounding online gambling in Canada. The odd legal situation involving online gambling also has a tendency to hold back the United States in the online gambling world. Many people would think that the United States and Canada would triumph in the world of online gambling, since the United States has cities that are famous for gambling and Canada is thought to have a laid-back approach to activities like gambling.

However, many online casinos do not even accept American players, which has a tendency to keep America out of the niche and may stop potential American developers from even becoming interested in the field. Microgaming keep growing, and Microgaming casinos do not accept American players at present. This situation keeps American players out of the picture, and probably ultimately keeps Americans from really becoming interested in the field. It also helps Microgaming stay on top. Microgaming tends to release new games every single month.

People can expect around two new titles on a monthly basis, which is certainly more than they would be able to expect with a good portion of other online casino software developers. There are around six hundred games available through Microgaming in general. All of the different casinos that are powered through Microgaming, and usually a whole host of other developers, are going to have their own charms that people can appreciate. As such, even the best Canadian mobile casinos can get lost.

The Bet365 casino is certainly one of the best that people are going to be able to find today among the best Canadian mobile casinos. The 888 Casino is another great example. It should be noted that many of the best Canadian mobile casinos are actually powered by Microgaming in their own right. They will usually benefit from other casino software developers as well.

However, Microgaming is still one of the main software developers behind casinos in Canada in addition to all of the casinos elsewhere. It is possible that the growth of Microgaming is not going to come at the expense of many of the casinos in other countries, even though Microgaming is very much a United Kingdom company. Microgaming is established enough that it is capable of branching out more, which is ultimately going to be good news for the people who want to see great Canadian casinos and great casinos elsewhere.

6
Jul

How to get the Huawei stainless steel link bracelet look for less


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You can get a stainless steel bracelet for the Huawei Watch without breaking the bank.

The original bracelet from Huawei is a timeless accessory for your new favorite timepiece, the Huawei Watch, but at a whopping $129 it might not be the price you’re prepared to pay. If it’s still the look you just can’t be without, we’ve got options that will give the real thing a run for its money.

  • Hoco Huawei watch stainless steel link band
  • Rerii stainless steel watch band
  • YESOO stainless steel butterfly buckle watch band
  • MOTONG stainless steel watch band
  • Lucco stainless steel watch band

Hoco Huawei watch stainless steel link band

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The stainless steel links by Hoco are a standout match for the Huawei Watch. If need be, links can be removed in order to get a better fit for smaller wrists, and all the tools you’ll need to get them out are included with the band.

The hidden butterfly buckle provides security when you’re having an active and on-the-go kind of day. The links are beautifully detailed and flexible enough for a comfortable fit. Tough to tell if this one is the real thing or a look for much less, and less means around $13.

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Rerii stainless steel watch band

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As is the case with all of its watch bands, Rerii offers a one year warranty on its stainless steel links for the Huwawei Watch. Its customer service is just about second to none, and that alone is reason enough to include its band in our roundup. And the band is awesome, just so you know.

It comes with all of the tools you’ll need to remove links or install the pins. The steel links look and feel like an expensive accessory, but at roughly $19, you’re getting the link look you love for a lovely bargain.

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YESOO stainless steel butterfly buckle watch band

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One of the best reviewed bracelets comes from YESOO, and a perk that comes with the band is a 180-day warranty. Although, we have to say that based on the way people rave about the brand, you won’t need to worry about using that warranty; it’s just nice to know it’s there.

No need to worry about any wear and tear while you put your Huawei Watch through the paces; the watch band is flexible enough to stand up to whatever your day has in store for you. The YESOO bracelet is also just about on par with the weight of the Huawei original, which is something to boast about at around $19.

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MOTONG stainless steel watch band

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Another brand giving the Huawei band a run for its money is MOTONG. The easy installation and removable links are top features for fans of the brand who can’t stop admiring how much this bracelet looks like the real deal at only a fraction of the cost.

The clasp is a fold-over with single button release; it’s easy to maneuver and comfortable against the inside of your wrist, which is just what you want after a full day (and maybe night) of wear. For around $19, grab one for yourself and one for a fellow watch aficionado.

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Lucco stainless steel watch band

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Let’s say you want it all: the weight and feel of the original Huawei bracelet, removable links (as many as six for those with a narrow wrist), beautiful polished stainless steel, and a fabulous looking replica of the real thing. Lucco has a band that ticks all the boxes.

The double push-button clasp is secure and smooth against your wrist, and the links are flexible enough to be comfortable no matter what your day involves. For around $25, it is excellent quality and still only a fraction of what you’d pay for the Huawei version.

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Treat yourself

Still not convinced that our picks can stand up to the Huawei stainless steel link bracelet? Have a look at the Huawei bracelet and do a little comparison of your own.

If you’ve found a fantastic alternative link bracelet for the Huawei Watch, make sure to tell us about it in the comments section below.

6
Jul

Google buys French startup Moodstocks to boost AI development


Google has purchased a French startup by the name of Moodstocks, which specializes in object recognition using a smartphone. It’s believed that this acquisition is part of a company effort to boost AI development. Interestingly, as noted in Engadget’s report, the technology deployed by Moodstocks is able to utilize the power of the modern smartphone to recognize objects, as opposed to other solutions that require external server computing.

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It’s said Google will absorb the engineering team at Moodstocks at its research and development center in Paris. An announcement covering the acquisition was published on the official Moodstocks website:

“Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to join forces with Google in order to deploy our work at scale. We expect the acquisition to be completed in the next few weeks. Our focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google, but rest assured that current paying Moodstocks customers will be able to use it until the end of their subscription.”

As well as image recognition, companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook are also working on deep learning for more advanced automated platforms and virtual assistants like Cortana and Alexa. It makes sense for these parties to look at ways to do all the computing for said functionality on a portable device owned and used by the consumer, instead of transferring data to a specific center to carry out all the tasks externally.

6
Jul

Watch Russell talk Galaxy Note 7 rumors and more on All About Android


Our very own Russell Holly hopped on a call with the TWiT folks for this week’s All About Android show. Russell joins Jason Howell and Florence Ion to talk Android N’s official name, Galaxy Note 7 rumors and more. If you are a fan of Android related conversation, this show is one you will not want to miss out on.

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As always, huge thanks to Jason and team for having us on the show. If you haven’t already watched the show, be sure to check it out now.

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6
Jul

Nintendo NX patent shows handheld console after all


When rumours of the Nintendo NX started to fly last year one that commonly did the rounds was that the new console would come in two elements. It was said that there will be a desktop part, a dock perhaps, and a handheld that could be taken out and about – not just like the tablet-like Wii U GamePad.

However, that train of thought died down and, in recent times, speculation has suggested the handheld console concept is wide of the mark. Until now, that is.

A patent filed by Nintendo in December last year has brought the idea of a handheld console as part of the NX very much back to the fore. The patent was posted at the end of last month and clearly shows, and details, a handheld games console.

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It has stereo speakers built into the device, plus a vibration unit that works “simultaneously with the speakers or in a predetermined order”. That effectively means tangible feedback to aid immersion in games.

Of course, that’s nothing new. Joypads have had force feedback and rumble features for many years, handhelds not so much though.

Also, Nintendo’s patent suggested that there will be some form of haptic response when using the touchscreen.

Other than that, part of the patent clearly shows a conventional button and thumbstick layout either side of the screen. It is unlikely the final product will look like this, but it gives a real indication of intent.

It’s worth noting that patents for technologies are often filed, but not all make it beyond the concept stage. So until Nintendo officially reveals more about Nintendo NX later this year, we cannot know anything for certain.

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