Razer is Reportedly Building a Phone for Gamers

Who doesn’t know Razer? After all it’s one of the best companies that creates high-end devices for gamers. From desktops and laptops to power banks and even projection systems, every device that Razer creates is aimed at game enthusiasts.

During the start of this year, the company also acquired NextBit and its cloud phone called the Robin. And according to Bloomberg, this acquisition is going to come up with something bigger as Razer is planning to build a smartphone specifically for gamers.

With such news, a lot of questions are left unanswered, and the first one is, whether the gaming smartphone will be launched under the BextBit or Razer brand. Also, whether the company will be able to make it worthwhile.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, Razer is hopeful to make its (IPO) in Hong Kong this coming October with a valuation of $5 billion. It seems that the company is quite optimistic to expand its horizon in the gaming industry beyond hardware.

Well, we will have to wait for a couple of months more to get appropriate insights into what’s cooking.


Facebook Fights Fake News by Disabling Modified Link Previews

Facebook has started rolling out a new feature that aims to eradicate fake news from making it on the social channel. The new feature acts as a solid barrier against non-publishers who usually edit the link previews that appear on the website when they post a story. And, that also includes the image, headline and text snippet which become the target to manipulate audience.

According to Facebook, the new feature will assist the social network in eliminating false news. Because, a lot of fake news distributors have been misusing the ability to customize metadata for spreading unauthentic information. Not only this, they have even been replacing the image, headline and snippet with controversial content for the sake of likes, shares and comments.

However, this feature disables the capability to modify link previews, which will eventually help Facebook overcome one of the ways people use to mislead the audience.

On the other hand, Facebook also made sure that original publishers don’t have to suffer by adding a new tab under Page Publishing Tools which can be used to apply for link ownership.


Now You Can Share Any File You Want on WhatsApp

Not many weeks ago, it was all over the internet that WhatsApp will allow users to share any type of file they want through its application. Fortunately, the news has now become a reality. And, it is surely going to be an amazing update for people who use WhatsApp extensively for work.

The update is finally available on both Android and iOS. And, if you have not updated your app yet, do it now. For many years, WhatsApp only allowed its users to share media files such as photos and videos, but in the recent past, the developers made sure that people are able to share documents such as PDFs by adding a support.

With this latest update, it seems that users will have the power to share just about any file on their phones. However, there are some limitations in terms of file size. The maximum size of a file that you can send is 100MB, which certainly means that you shouldn’t expect WhatsApp to allow you share movies or any file bigger than this size.

But with this, there is also good news. WhatsApp won’t compromise the quality of your photos which it used to do in the past. You can now send photos and not worry about the quality because it is never going to get downgraded.


Samsung to Take on Amazon Echo and Google Home Thru Its Bixby-Powered Smart Speakers

Samsung is all set to give some real tough time to Amazon and Google with the launch of its artificial intelligence-powered smart speakers.

A report conducted by The Wall Street Journal reveals that Samsung is working on a voice-controlled speaker codenamed “Vega” that uses Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant.

As per the report, the specifications are not yet decided and there is no clear news about the release date as well. However, if the South Korean electronics giant wants to standout in this tough competition, it will surely need to come up with something impressive.

Samsung, being an ultra-dynamic electronics company, is completely aware of the fact. And Bixby, its AI assistant, seems like an answer to Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.

In March, Samsung’s executive vice president Injong Lee gave a subtle hint about the company’s desire for Bixby, and it is right to say that Vega will likely to be incorporated into these plans.

“Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances. In the future, you would be able to control your air conditioner or TV through Bixby. Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, as long as a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it will be able to connect with Bixby.”


Xiaomi Introduces New Cinema-Quality Mi Laser Projector

When we talk about home theater setups, high-quality projectors have always been the most expensive way to enjoy a quality movie time. But, it seems that a Chinese tech company Xiaomi has solid plans to change the trend with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector.

Xiaomi’s newest addition priced at 9,999 yuan which is quite reasonable as compare to a complete home theater setup and boasts a 150inch display to offer you a tantalizing theater like experience.

The Mi Laser Projector uses LPD 3.0 laser light source tech which is developed by Appotronics. By the way, it is the same company that has developed the laser tech in almost 90 percent of China’s movie theaters.

To make this latest addition a more exciting yet fully integrated home theater, Xiaomi has added a built-in speaker system which makes Mi Laser Projector a one stop-solution for the audience. Well, in all honesty, the technology is not something new, but the cheap prices are putting it in a more favorable situation.

Feature image courtesy of: http://newatlas.com/


Spotify Grows Its Profile by Partnering with Eventbrite for Concert Listings

Spotify has been offering concert listing recommendations for quite some time now. And, a big credit goes to SoundKick here. There have already been options like LiveNation, Ticketmaster and SongKick itself. But now, it is the time to add yet another company to the list. Yes, we are talking about Eventbrite.

You know what? Unlike other services, you can buy tickets from Eventbrite in just a couple taps, and that makes it a far easier option than others.

Just like any other concert listing, Eventbrite events’ listing will show up in your feed depending on your listening habits. If you want to go to any concert, all you need to do is, tap “Find Tickets”, and you will be directed to the concert page to buy your ticket from there.

Eventbrite, while talking about the deal in its blog post, said that a third-party study conducted by Music Watch, Inc found that 42% of people discover bands and emerging artists through platforms like Spotify.

It further added, “With the new integration, Spotify listeners can complete their ticket purchase on Eventbrite in two quick taps – no login or captcha required. Since every additional step costs 10% in conversion on average, this seamless checkout experience will reduce overall drop-off and dramatically increase ticket sales for artists and promoters.”


Thanks to Logitech: Now Gamers Certainly Have a Reason to Like Wireless Mice

Logitech has all the reasons to surprise gamers with its new Powerplay technology that builds wireless charging directly into its mouse pad. This allows wireless mice to charge continuously without swapping batteries in the middle of the match.

Logitech, while revealing about the technology, claimed that it took more than four years of constant research and development to make it a reality.

Now, your next biggest concern is a compatible mouse that really works great with the Powerplay, right? Well, things are going just your way because you have two mice to choose from: the G703 Lightspeed ($100) which is quite simple in design and a bit lighter as well. Whereas, the G903 Lightspeed ($150) has a customizable button layout that automatically enhances responsiveness of the button.

You will have to wait a little more to get your hands on the Powerplay because it is not going to arrive before August. However, the G703 and G903 will hit the market in June.


Apple’s Latest iPhone Ad Centralizes Nature to Sell Video Features

Apple’s latest iPhone ad is talk of the town that features a wide range of short clips, shot on iPhone by the users. And the entire video is complimented by a calming voice of astronomer Carl Sagan. The captivating and soothing clips of mountains, forests, birds and insects are intended to signify the smartphone’s camera.

Carl Sagan, a renowned astronomer adds charm to the video by reading out a couple of quotes from his book “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.” Basically, the theme of the ad is focused on reminding viewers that they should take care of ‘Earth’, their only home.

Here is just a glimpse of what he narrates in the video, “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known.”

Feature image courtesy of: http://appleinsider.com/


You Can Now Preorder Your Microsoft’s Surface Pen for $99

Let’s all hear the great news: Preorders for Microsoft’s new Surface Pen are open, which the company announced last month alongside the new Surface Pro. The cost set for the pen is $99. However, for now, it seems that only the platinum version of the pen is available. Moreover, you can’t preorder blue, black or burgundy versions as they are still shown in the “coming soon” section.

Virtually, the pen is lag free as Microsoft reduced lag to 21 milliseconds, and this is where Apple Pencil takes the lead by 1ms. But, the four different color options give Microsoft’s Surface Pen a slight edge and dominance.

Since there is a drastic cut down in lag, therefore the new pen speeds up the inking experience eventually. The new version is double efficient than the previous one, and can also handle tilting, which allows users shade smoothly like they would with a pencil.

So, what’s your take on it? Let us know your feedback!


Mobile UX Trends that are Revolutionizing the Word “Design”

Mobile users today are so much difficult to understand. Getting frequent updates on their smartphones related to latest features don’t surprise them at all, which eventually puts a lot of pressure on UX designers and developers to keep bringing remarkable innovations.

Talking about some of the most promising design trends (virtual and augmented reality, conversational interface and motion design), they have been incorporated massively. And, we would definitely see them performing well in the coming years too.

So, let’s take a closer look at these three mobile trends and why they have become extremely popular in just a short span of time.

  • Virtual Augmented Reality

Since smartphones have become efficient in terms of speed, cameras and quality of graphics, therefore virtual reality and augmented reality experiences are booming quite drastically.

The magic of AR and VR is that they allow you to put your users into a multi-sensory environment, where they can have a real-like experience without being there.

  •  Conversational Interface

If something related to UX design is hot, then it is a conversational interface. And, due to native virtual assistants that are built in majority of smartphones, users look more happy and comfortable talking to a bot.

  •  Interface and Motion Design

The time when flash-based design got retired, animation has risen from there and it rapidly become one of the demanding UX trends. There is a Dubai-based agency known as QousQazah, which implements motion design to its clients’ websites and mobile apps in an incredible way. You got to check them out!

Alright! So, this is it. If you have not started using these mobile UX trends yet, then what are you waiting for? Give your users a splendid experience that they can’t get rid of.

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