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New controller patent could show the PSVR’s future – VentureBeat

New controller patent could show the PSVR’s future – VentureBeat

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. Sony’s rumored new PSVR controllers have returned in two new patents, sporting some interesting features. We first spotted these new controllers in a patent published in January 2018. Judging by the documents, they ditch the glowing orb seen on the original PlayStation Move controllers. Perhaps most excitingly, though, they also feature analog sticks. The current Moves don’t have any such sticks, which has made moving around in VR quite tricky for the last three years. But these new patents, filed in 2017 and published last week, point to two other additions. The first is for what Sony calls a ‘sense-of-force presentation’. To us, it sounds a lot like a basic form of haptic feedback. Basically it would allow the controller to provide ...
With Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable devices, Samsung hopes to get its mojo back – CNET

With Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable devices, Samsung hopes to get its mojo back – CNET

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. Feel like your Samsung phone's a little boring? That's about to change. Samsung's phone lineup will take a huge leap this year. Among the advances: fingerprint readers, super-fast 5G connectivity and even foldable phones that expand into tablets. We'll get a glimpse of those new features and more on Wednesday, when the company hosts its Unpacked event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Auditorium. Samsung will kick off its keynote at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.The South Korean phone giant will use Unpacked to introduce its new Galaxy S10 lineup, the phones many of us will buy over the next year. It's also expected to show off wearables, in addition to talking up its 5G push and foldable phone. The event will be jam-packed with some of the biggest changes to Samsung devices in years. ...

Mint copy of Super Mario Bros. video game sells for record $100K – KWTX

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. (Gray News) – A copy of a Super Mario Bros. video game has set a record in the video gaming world. Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers Video Game The unopened game which was originally released in 1985 for the Nintendo console, was recently sold for $100,150, according to Dallas-based auction house, Heritage Auctions. The video game was purchased by a group of collectors, the company said. The buyers include Jim Halperin, founder and co-chairman of Heritage Auctions, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games in Lancaster, PA, and Rich Lecce, a renowned video game collector. "Beyond the ...
Every IGN Zelda Review – IGN

Every IGN Zelda Review – IGN

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. The long history of our scores for this legendary series. By Dan Stapleton With this week's announcement of the Nintendo Switch remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, some of you younger gamers out there might be wondering what all the fuss is about. You see, way back in the late '80s and early '90s our Nintendo handheld systems had some great games, but they rarely compared favorably to what you could play on a TV. Link's Awakening, however, proved that you could have a full-fledged Legend of Zelda experience on the g...
Apple just hired ex-Microsoft exec Sam Jadallah to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google and Amazon – CNBC

Apple just hired ex-Microsoft exec Sam Jadallah to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google and Amazon – CNBC

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. Sam Jadallah, the former CEO of a smart lock company that shut down just over a year ago, has a new job: He'll be leading the home initiatives at Apple, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. Hiring Jadallah is the latest signal that Apple plans to get serious about its own efforts in the home. Recently, the company acquired a start-up called Pullstring, a start-up that specializes in voice-enabled toys. That purchase could help the smartphone maker become the center of a connected living room. On Saturday, after CNBC broke the news of his hire, Jadallah updated his LinkedIn profile to reflect his new role with Apple. ...
Razer Game Store to cease operations – Channel NewsAsia

Razer Game Store to cease operations – Channel NewsAsia

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. SINGAPORE: Gaming peripherals maker Razer announced on Saturday (Feb 16) that it will cease operations of its digital game distribution platform, the Razer Games Store, by the end of February.In a news release, its team said: “We regret to announce that Razer Games Store will cease operations on Feb 28, 2019 at 1700hrs UTC+8 as part of the company’s realignment plans.” Advertisement It added that it will be “investing in other ways to deliver great content and introduce game promotions through Razer Gold”, referring to its virtual credits system.Razer confirmed that the closure would be for all markets and that its Lazada shopfront will also be shuttered.When asked how many accounts in Singapore would be affected by the closure...
Samsung Galaxy A50 leaks online, confirms key features – MSPoweruser

Samsung Galaxy A50 leaks online, confirms key features – MSPoweruser

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. Samsung is planning to launch a new device under their A series banner. Called A50, the device is rumoured to boost decent specs and will be available in the market soon.According to a new leak, Samsung Galaxy A50 will have almost all the features one might look for including the 3.5mm headphone jack. The device will follow Samsung’s design guidelines and will have an infinity-U design. Moreover, the device will feature USB Type-C as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner. Moving to the back, the device has a triple camera system as well as support for MST and comes with a MicroSD card slot.Gallery The support page of the phone is also live suggesting the fact that the device will launch soon. However, the support page doesn’t list any of the features or specs of the dev...
TCL working on foldable design that will make an 11-year old concept come true – Phone Arena

TCL working on foldable design that will make an 11-year old concept come true – Phone Arena

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. [embedded content]The idea of turning a foldable smartphone into a wearable isn't new. A concept device called the Nokia Morph dates back to 2008, and an animated video shows how the product is a tablet when opened fully, and can fold up to become a phone. The device can also be folded up again and slapped on the wrist to wear as a smartwatch. Then, in June 2016 at Lenovo Tech World, YouTube celebrity Meghan McCarthy demonstrated a Morph-like device that turns a phone into a connected timepiece.Now, CNET is reporting that phone manufacturer TCL, the company behind Alcatal handsets, and phones like the BlackBerry KEYone and KEY2, is working on a foldable phone that turns into a smartwatch. It is one of five products with a foldable screen that the manufacturer is working on. Besides the...
Apple Buys Voice App Startup Used to Build Apps for Google Assistant and Alexa – Thurrott.com

Apple Buys Voice App Startup Used to Build Apps for Google Assistant and Alexa – Thurrott.com

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. Apple has reportedly acquired voice app startup PullString. Axios reported last night that Cupertino has picked up the voice app startup as part of a $30 million deal. PullString was originally founded by a group of former Pixar executives back in 2011. The company is mostly known for offering technology used to power interactive voice apps for toys like Hello Barbie, and it even faced a privacy controversy back in 2015. PullString has since changed its strategy, offering developer tools that are used to design and build voice apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The company claims it offers “everything your org needs” to build voice apps “in minutes”. It also offers publishing tools for developers to get their apps on the respect Alexa and Assistant mark...