Moto G5S Plus coming to India on August 29

Lenovo is gearing up to bring the Moto G5S Plus to India. After launching it along with the Moto G5S earlier this month, the company is going to bring the Moto G5S Plus first to the country. The phone will be sold exclusively on Amazon. According to the page on Amazon’s website, the Moto G5S Plus will be launched on August 29 at 12PM.

There is no information yet about the pricing and availability of the phone, but more details are expected to be revealed in the coming days.

To recap, the Moto G5S Plus was launched earlier this month with the Moto G5S. An upgraded version of the Moto G5 Plus, the G5S Plus comes with a bigger 5.5-inch Full HD display. It runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with some Moto apps for additional features.

Powering the G5S Plus is the same octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. It comes in 3GB and 4GB variants with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

The main highlight of the Moto G5S Plus is its dual camera setup. It comes with two 13MP sensors with an f/2.0 aperture. Moto has introduced portrait mode for the first time on its phones to take advantage of this dual camera setup.

The front camera sees an improvement as well – the G5S Plus comes with an 8MP f/2.0 aperture camera with an LED flash. In comparison, the Moto G5 Plus came with a 5MP camera without an LED flash.

The metal unibody design has been improved as well. Other connectivity options like dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC remain unchanged. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support.

The Moto G5S Plus was launched at 299 Euros, which translates roughly to Rs. 22,500, making it the costliest smartphone in the Moto G series. If you are interested in the Moto G5S Plus, you can sign up for notifications on Amazon India.

Android through the ages: Cupcake, Nougat and everything in between

Android has the largest install base of any operating system, mobile or desktop. And it’s not just in phones and tablets: smart TVs, cars and smartwatches are all powered by the little green man.

Its triumph hasn’t always seemed inevitable, though – in fact its beginnings, back in October 2003, were downright troubled. 

From the original beta to Android Nougat through Android Froyo, Lollipop and Marshmallow, we track Android’s rise from unlikely start to acquisition by Google and today’s dominance.

In October 2003 Android, Inc was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. Its aim was to create an advanced operating system for digital cameras, turning them in to “smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences,” according to Rubin.

It soon became apparent that there wasn’t much of a market for that, so Android, Inc. turned its attention to smartphones in a bid to rival mobile operating systems Symbian and Windows mobile.

After a shaky start, where funding became an issue, Android, Inc was acquired by Google on August 17 2005, and a number of Android, Inc. employees stayed on. A team led by Rubin began work on a mobile device operating system based on the Linux kernel. The green Android logo was designed by Irina Blok, and the beta version was released on November 5, 2007.

Android 1.0, the first commercial version of Android, was released on September 23, 2008, with the first commercially available Android device being the HTC Dream.

Even though it was the first official release, Android 1.0 brought a number of features that we’ve come to rely on, including a web browser, camera support, Gmail synchronisation with the Gmail app, YouTube video player, Google Maps, Contacts and Calendar synchronisation as well.

Applications could be downloaded through the Android Market and launched from the Home screen. An update, Android 1.1, was released on February 9, 2009, adding a few new features and fixing a range of bugs.

The Android 1.5 update was launched on April 27, 2009, and it is notable for being the first Android release to have a code name based on a dessert – something that has since become a trademark. Each new version since also gets a dessert-inspired statue erected on the lawn of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

But why the dessert names? According to Randall Sarafa, a Google spokesperson who talked to CNN: “It’s kind of like an internal team thing, and we prefer to be a little bit – how should I say – a bit inscrutable in the matter. The obvious thing is that, yeah, the Android platform releases, they go by dessert names and by alphabetical order for the most part.”

With Android 1.5 Cupcake new features were introduced such as widgets, which were small versions of apps that can be viewed from the home screen. Android 1.5-equipped smartphones could also record video in MPEG-4 format, Bluetooth devices could auto pair and stream stereo audio, and user pictures could be added to favourite contacts.

Android 1.6 Donut was released on September 15, 2009. Android looked better than ever thanks to support for WVGA (780 x 480) resolution screens, and apps such as Gallery and Camera were better integrated, letting you take photos and then view them quickly and easily.

Voice and text search was also improved to include bookmarks, history, contacts and content from the internet, and app developers were able to include their content in the search results. This meant that Android 1.6 Donut felt like the most coherent version of Android so far.

On October 26 we got our third major Android release of 2009 with Android 2.0 Éclair. This important update included Microsoft Exchange email support, along with the ability to browse emails from a number of different accounts in the same inbox.

Text messages were also improved, allowing users to search all of their saved SMS and MMS messages, and typing speed was improved on the virtual keyboard.

The camera app got additional features as well, including flash support, digital zoom scene modes, colour effects and macro focus mode.

Android 2.0.1 was released on December 3, 2009, and Android 2.1 followed on January 12, 2010, both bringing minor improvements and bug fixes.

Android 2.2 Froyo hit devices on May 20, 2010. “Froyo” is frozen yoghurt, in case you were worried Google had confused desserts with annoying children’s toys .

This update included a number of speed and performance optimisations. USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, now commonplace on smartphones, were brought in with Android 2.2. 

You could also prevent your device from downloading data over your mobile network, which was helpful for keeping your phone bill under control, and you could create passwords using both numbers and letters for additional security.

The Market application was also improved to allow batch and automatic updates of the apps you’ve installed, and high PPI (Pixel Per Inch) screens were supported for better image quality.

Android Froyo is now so sparsely used though, Google doesn’t consider it worth supporting anymore. Under 0.1% of people are using Android Froyo anymore.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread was released on December 6, 2010 with an updated user interface that prioritised ease of use and speed. The onscreen keyboard was also overhauled for more intuitive text input and improved accuracy.

Near Field Communication (NFC) was included for the first time, and the new Download Manager made keeping track of files you downloaded from the internet or your emails easier than ever.

Native support for gyroscopes, barometers and other sensors meant your Android device could now feature advanced apps that accurately track your location, movement and activity.

On February 22, 2011 Google launched its first tablet-only Android update: Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and two days later the first device to have the update preinstalled, the Motorola Xoom, was released.

As Android 3.0 Honeycomb was a strictly tablet-focused release, a new “holographic” user interface was ushered in with the update. The System Bar brought notifications and the soft navigation buttons to the bottom of the screen. These navigation buttons, which include the Back, Home and Recent Applications icons, have become a common sight on Android devices, and allowed phone and tablet manufacturers to make completely button-free devices.

The bottom of the screen wasn’t getting all the love, however, with the Action Bar being brought to the top of the screen, offering contextual options, navigation and widgets.

Other improvements to the user interface included multiple browser tabs, an “incognito” mode for anonymous browsing, and advanced views for contacts and emails.

Multicore processors were supported for the first time as well, ushering a new generation of powerful Android devices.

Android 3.1 launched on May 10 2011 and brought USB connectivity for accessories, FLAC audio playback and resizeable Home screen widgets. A further update, Android 3.2, included support for Google TV.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich released on October 18 2011 and was promised to be compatible with any device that was running Android 2.3 or later. The Holo interface was given a major revamp, and a brand new typeface, Roboto, was brought in as the default system font for Android.

Folders were overhauled to be easier to create using drag and drop commands, apps could be accessed from the lock screen, the camera app was improved and now supported 1080p video recording, and the web browser could now synchronise with user’s Chrome bookmarks.

Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock devices, was also included, though even now many of us wonder why Google bothered.

On July 9 2012, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released, and the main aim of the update was to improve the user interface in both performance and features. Special attention was lavished on the graphics side of the operating system, including technology that would ensure the interface would run at 60 frames per second to make it feel smooth and responsive.

Sound was also improved with multi channel audio support, USB audio and gapless playback. Third party app launchers were also given better support, allowing users to tailor their Android experience.

Android 4.2 followed on November 13, 2012, which brought widget support to the lock screen and allowed you to swipe to directly launch the camera app. Quick Settings was added to the top power controls menu, Daydream screensavers were included and multiple user accounts were now supported on tablets.

Android 4.3 was released on July 24, 2013, and included a number of new features including Open GL ES 3.0 support for improved graphics in games, Bluetooth low energy features, right-to-left language support and compatibility with 4K screens.

For a while Google was expected to go with the codename Key Lime Pie, however on October 31, 2013, Android 4.4 was released with the more identifiable KitKat moniker, and the first device to run it was the Nexus 5, which was released on the same day.

A number of tweaks were made to give the interface a fresh look, but it wasn’t all about aesthetics. A new “immersive mode” was also included, which allowed apps to hide the onscreen buttons and status bar when they’re not needed, giving the apps use of the full screen. If you needed the buttons at any time you could swipe down from the top of the screen or up from the bottom to bring them back.

NFC host card emulation was another new feature, and although it doesn’t sound particularly exciting, it meant that a device running Android 4.4 could emulate an NFC card and talk to NFC readers, allowing you to use your device to pay for goods, and make use of other contactless features.

You can read our review of Android 4.4 KitKat to see what we made of all the new features.

On March 18, 2014 Android Wear, a version of Android specifically designed for smartwatches and wearables, was released.

Android Wear uses Google Now and mobile notifications to bring important information to wearable tech, though you need to pair it with a smartphone running Android 4.3 or later to get the full experience.

The first Android Wear devices, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, were launched on June 25, 2014, with the Moto 360 coming later on September 5, 2014.

Android Wear has been a big hit, with estimates that over 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped in the six months after its launch.

On December 10, 2014, an update was released that added the ability to create and install custom watch faces, and updated the software to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop, was first announced on June 25, 2014, during the Google I/O conference, and became officially available on November 12, 2014.

Once again the interface received a major overhaul, this time getting the flat and minimalist “material design” theme. Notifications were also tweaked and could now be seen on the lockscreen – though the ability to view widgets when the handset is locked was removed.

The results of Project Volta were included to help improve battery life for devices running Android 5.0, third party apps were again allowed access to data stored on SD cards, and a new smart lock feature allowed you to easily lock and unlock your device in certain situations and locations.

Version 5.1 followed on March 9, 2015, giving users the ability to make high definition voice calls between Android 5.1-toting devices, multiple SIM card support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings including in the quick settings menu and improved device protection.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop is currently still being rolled out to devices, so if you’re waiting to upgrade check out our regularly updated article on when you can expect to get the latest version of Android.

Android 6 Marshmallow was officially unveiled in May 2015 at the Google I/O conference, but it became available for a number of devices in October of the same year.

The update brought with it a feature called Now on Tap to provide contextual search results using your search history to make them more relevant. It also had a great power management system update for when you’re not fiddling with the phone.

It allowed for Adoptable Storage for the first time, which means you can use your microSD card but your phone will treat it like internal storage instead.

Marshmallow also allowed for better fingerprint recognition tech and USB Type-C connectors for the very time. It now means most Android manufacturers are now adopting the reversible charging technology.

From December 2016, Marshmallow was the most used version of Android with 24% of devices around the world using the OS.

  • Android 6 Marshmallow: everything you need to know

Android Nougat was released as a beta very early (March 2016) compared to previous software releases, but it officially landed in August 2016.

Differences between Nougat and Marshmallow are quite minimal, but the update does bring with it split-screen mode on Android devices for the very first time.

That’s particularly useful for the Google Pixel C, but also works on phone devices as well for when you want to use two apps side-by-side.

Nougat also allows for inline replies to notifications so you won’t need to open up your Messenger app to be able to send a quick reply back to your friends.

A year on and Android 7 Nougat still hasn’t been adopted particularly widely, with KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow all still boasting more devices. 

We expect Nougat’s market share to continue to grow in the coming months, but with the recent arrival of Android Oreo, Google’s platform is becoming ever more fragmented.

  • Android 7 Nougat: when will you get it?

The latest version of Android takes its name from another popular snack, the infamous Oreo.

Originally announced back in March 2017 as Android O (or Android 8, if you prefer the numerical naming regime) it wasn’t until August 21, 2017 when the Android Oreo name was confirmed.

On the same date Google pushed out the final build of its new platform to devices signed up to its Beta program, which included the Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus 6P.

We’re still waiting for the update to filter through manufacturers and get pushed to the vast majority of Android devices, but you’ll see it arrive in more and more places over the coming weeks and months.

  • Everything you need to know about Android Oreo
  • How to install Android Oreo right now

Xbox One X release date, news, and features

Updated: Microsoft has launched pre-orders for the Xbox One X and at this year’s Gamescom we got up close and personal with the limited edition Project Scorpio edition of the console which will only be available to pre-order customers who get in there fast enough. 

The Project Scorpio edition of the console will do everything the standard Xbox One X does (and it won’t cost any more, either). What it does do is give a nice nod to the fans who have followed the console from the very start with the codename Project Scorpio engraved on the front and on its matching controller. Rather than space grey, the Project Scorpio edition is a more matte black with a subtle grid pattern. They’re taking the matte black so seriously the controller’s buttons have even been blacked out. Take a closer look at the controller below:

As well as getting a closer look at the console we got to hear a little more about the process of transitioning between the old Xbox One and the new X.Microsoft said it aims to make this process as simple as possible and there are a couple of options for those making the upgrade. 

The fastest way to transfer games from one console to another will be, as you’d expect, using an external hard drive. However, for those that don’t have a drive big enough, there will also be option to move games via your home network. This will take a little longer but it means you don’t have to set up a brand new console and re-download all of your games from scratch. You won’t have to move them one by one either as a new ‘bulk transfer’ feature allows you to select all of the games you want to move at the one time and then leave the console to do its thing.

When setting up the new console it’ll be possible to back up the settings from your original console and transfer them over, as well as select a ‘prepare for 4K option’ which will mean that as soon as an enhanced patch becomes available for a game, your console will start downloading it and have it ready for you to play. 

Now that pre-orders are open for the Xbox One X it seems to be very much a case of fast or last so if you’re considering upgrading we can tell you how to pre-order the Xbox One X right here

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Project Scorpio finally has its real name: Xbox One X. This is the evolution of Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. 

We’ve had a little time with the new console so you can check out our hands on: Xbox One X review.

The console was officially named during Microsoft’s E3 2017 keynote on stage by Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. Spencer hyped the Xbox One X’s ability to play games in native 4K, often at 60 frames per second. 

While the Xbox One X will be the most powerful console ever created with 12GB of DDR5 memory, it doesn’t mean old Xbox Ones will be left in the dust –Spencer was clear that there will be game compatibility across all Xbox devices.

So what does the Xbox One X do differently? The big selling point is 4K – a resolution four times higher than traditional 1080p HD. But that’s not the only trick up Xbox One X’s sleeve. It can also play games in HDR and at higher frame rates than both the original Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Thankfully, however, you won’t need all-new controllers or headsets – all the accessories that work on Xbox One and Xbox One S work on Xbox One X. 

So how much is it going to set you back? $499 (£449, €499, CA$599 or AU$649).

Here’s what you can expect when Xbox One X launches on November 7, 2017.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A new 4K-equipped Xbox One
  • When is it out? November 7, 2017
  • What will it cost? $499 (£449, €499, CA$599 or AU$649)

Xbox One X’s design

Xbox One X looks almost identical to the Xbox One S. It has a space grey color, and comes with a 4K Blu-ray player. 

Advanced electrical engineering. Moore’s Law. A miracle. Call it whatever you want, but the Xbox One X defies what we thought was possible for a console, squeezing an ultra-powerful GPU into a slim plastic shell. 

Also similar to the Xbox One S, the One X looks to have two physical buttons: one in place of the touch-capacitive power button and one for the eject button on the face of the console.

But the big difference – if you can even it call it big – is the shift of the drive from the front top section down to the very middle of the console. It might not have any difference in practice, but it does feel a bit more confusing for players handling the system for the first time.

Interested in anything other than the Space Grey color? You might be out of luck. So far, Microsoft has only announced the one color – though, we’re sure a special edition with a new color scheme is just one holiday season away.

What’s powering Xbox One X?

The headline feature of the new console is its GPU, which will pack a massive six teraflops of graphical performance. The One X’s GPU has 40 compute units (compared to the original Xbox’s 12) running at a clockspeed of 1172MHz (up from 853MHz), which is a big jump over both the original Xbox and the PS4 Pro. 

In particular its GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than the original Xbox One. 

Before you start celebrating, that’s still a fair amount less than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which pumps out a whopping nine teraflops but, considering that high-quality VR only requires a GTX 970 to work properly, Xbox One X shouldn’t (in theory at least) have any trouble providing Xbox gamers with their first foray into virtual reality.

However, the console should be able to run very efficiently thanks to upgrades to its command processor, which has been upgraded to make use of Microsoft’s new DirectX 12 graphics API, resulting in efficiency savings for the console of as much as 50% for titles running on the new API, according to Microsoft. 

Project Scorpio

The rest of the console’s hardware has also been improved. Its AMD CPU has seen its speed increase from 1.75GHz to 2.3GHz while retaining the same number of cores (a 30% increase in horsepower), and its memory has been boosted by 60% over the original Xbox One. 

Some have questioned Microsoft’s decision to stick with the (admittedly a highly augmented and customized version) AMD Jaguar class processor which powers the original Xbox One and PS4 rather than upgrade to something much more powerful but Phil Spencer recently addressed this in an interview with The Guardian. 

It was, he said, the result of a price/performance compromise. Though it would be possible to “design a $2,000 console that ran, like, two Titan Xs SLI-d together”, it would lead to a price point that doesn’t suit consoles. With this compromise Microsoft has managed to reach a price point that shows the console is still a premium product but “relative to the PC that you could go buy at this spec, you’re gonna feel really good.”

Even the motherboard has seen improvements, and will adapt its power delivery to match the specific characteristics of the individual console’s chip. 

Audio processing has also seen improvements, with Dolby Atmos being included in the console.

The console will use a vapour chamber to dissipate heat out of the back of the console. 

These improvements have been designed by a team of Microsoft engineers after analysis of hardware bottlenecks on the existing console and its graphics engines, and prototyped using hardware emulators. 

Excitingly, it’s also been revealed by Eurogamer that the console will support adaptive frame-rate technology known as FreeSync. One X will be the first console to support this technology as it’s something that’s more commonly found in PCs.

When a console drops below its target frame-rate of 60fps or 30 fps a graphical glitch known as screen-tearing can sometimes occur. Traditionally consoles use something known as V-Sync to prevent this happening but this sometimes caused lag and stutter which isn’t great for fast-paced games.

Having FreeSync means that Xbox One X should be able to prevent any screen-tearing without that telling judder or input-lag, something that will be particularly key when playing graphically demanding 4K games. Though Microsoft has said it will be available across all of the console’s games, even backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles. 

Though this is great, one downside is that many One X owners won’t get to take advantage of the technology right away.  This is because adaptive sync will only be available on TVs equipped with HDMI 2.1 (a display standard that hasn’t yet been ratified) or computer monitors that support FreeSync over HDMI. It’s unlikely that a majority of people will have access to these kinds of displays just yet.

However, we can expect the majority of TVs in the future to adopt the HDMI 2.1 standard so sometime in the future you’re probably going to end up with a TV that will support FreeSync. 

All of this means that rendering in native 4K is a real possibility for the new console, which contradicts a Microsoft whitepaper published last year which suggested that the new console would make use of upscaling techniques called ‘half-resolution’ and ‘sparse rendering’.

Half-resolution is a technique whereby graphically intensive effects are run at a lower resolution than the game as a whole, and are then upscaled to the full resolution. 

Meanwhile, sparse rendering is a technique that’s similar to the PS4 Pro’s ‘checkerboarding’ technique, which cleverly upscales games to 4K in a way that’s almost indistinguishable from the native resolution. 

While Microsoft has said that it’s targeting native 4K for its first-party titles, these techniques suggest that the Xbox One X’s games will run at different resolutions, depending on their developer’s priorities. 

The other advantage Xbox One X has is that, since the Xbox One runs Windows, it’ll be easy for game developers to create games to work on both platforms.

“The capability to build a game that actually takes advantage of different hardware capabilities is part of any third-party dev ecosystem, or anybody who’s targeting Windows and console at the same time,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer speaking to Wired.

Microsoft also promises the console will be able to render visuals at 60Hz, which means silky smooth gameplay that’s synced to your TV’s refresh rate. Digital Foundry’s video in particular showed off a port of Forza Motorsport running at 60fps at 4K. 

However, more recently it’s been confirmed that Destiny 2 will only run at 30fps on the console, indicating that not all games will hit that 60fps target. 

An extra 1GB of RAM

Just days before Microsoft’s E3 presentation, Mike Ybarra has announced on Twitter that after some fine tuning, Xbox has managed to unlock an extra gigabyte of RAM for developers. 

Xbox One X has 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with 3GB reserved for the system itself. This means that developers now have 9GB of RAM to work with for their games. 

The more RAM a console has free, the more a game can load at the one time. Ybarra went on to explain that even games that don’t have to make use of the full 9GB will have it as a cache and see a massive difference in load times.  

Enhanced on Xbox One X

One interesting revelation from Microsoft’s E3 announcement is that all consoles in the Xbox One family, including One X and the One S, will be able to play from the same library of games. 

Xbox One X will also apparently support a select number of Xbox 360 games just like the Xbox One as well as original Xbox games as well. 

However, more powerful consoles like Xbox One X will feature better gaming experiences due to the more powerful components.

The name for this concept is “Enhanced on Xbox One X.” It’s a marketing slogan that gives you an idea of which games will get the 4K HDR boost and which ones will simply run at higher framerates. 

Many of Microsoft’s future first-party games will come with these enhancements right out of the box. That said, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Rocket League and dozens of other popular Xbox One games will receive free updates to take full advantage of the power of Xbox One X when the system launches.

How much of a difference are we talking? Digital Foundry showed a screenshot of the Forza Motorsport 6 running in 4K while still maintaining 60fps, while still having plenty of GPU horsepower to spare. 

Most interesting was the fact that this game had been ported to Xbox One X after just a couple of days of porting work. This ease suggests that we might see a lot of games being ported to the new console.

This suggests that 1080p Xbox One games should be able to run at 4K on Xbox One without too much trouble, and Microsoft has also said that it intends for games with a resolution of 900p on Xbox One to also run at 4K on Xbox One.

However, even if you’re stick rocking a Full HD TV you should benefit from the Xbox One X’s ability to super-sample games from 4K down to 1080p, which should result in a boost to detail. 

If you’re curious what games might actually end up looking like compared to their 1080p versions, then a couple of recent Microsoft tech demos might give you a better idea. 

Interestingly, despite the fact that Sony now requires that every PS4 game support the Pro in some way, this will not be the case with Xbox One X. As revealed in a recent interview not every Xbox One game going forward will be required to support the new hardware. 

Ostensibly this is a good thing, since it will allow developers to choose how to best spend their limited resources, but it will be interesting to see whether this harms developer adoption of the new hardware.

Project Scorpio

Whose VR headset?

Xbox has recently announced that it will be bringing mixed reality headset support to Xbox One and Xbox One X in 2018, although we’re yet to see what form this integration will take. 

Xbox owners won’t be limited to just one headset. Instead the console will support all Windows Mixed Reality headsets, which include models from Lenovo, Dell, Acer and HP. There’s also HoloLens, but that’s for augmented reality and not VR. 

So far, Microsoft hasn’t mentioned support for the other two big players in the PC VR space, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Here’s the bad news: since Xbox One X doesn’t come bundled with a VR headset – at least not one that Spencer mentioned – expect to spend an additional $600-$800 (£499-£689) for one.

Project Scorpio

  • Check out our guide to Xbox One S vs Xbox One X to see what you’re getting with the newer machine
  • The latest info on Xbox One X pre-orders

Latest tvOS beta hints at the existence of a 4K Apple TV

As we await the fifth iteration of Apple TV, the biggest question on our minds is also a simple one: Will Apple’s next set-top box finally support 4K High Dynamic Range content?

It appears that more signs point to yes as developer Guilherme Rambo claims to have uncovered references to an HDR-capable Apple TV whilst combing through the latest beta of tvOS 11.

The model name found in the assets appears to be “J105A,” which lines up with a previous report from Bloomberg earlier this year, which claimed Apple was testing a 4K HDR-compatible set-top box under a similar code name.

This isn’t the first time a link was found connecting Apple TV to 4K. Rambo’s previous dig into the Apple HomePod’s firmware earlier this month also pointed to a 4K-compatible Apple TV, along with reports of 4K HDR films beginning to crop up on iTunes.

Deep dives into code aside, it’s also just common sense that Apple would consider 4K for its next Apple TV, with competing set-top boxes like Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield and Google’s Chromecast Ultra all having 4K HDR support for a while now.

As for when we can expect Apple to confirm if a new Apple TV is in the works, a possible announcement could come as soon as next month when the tech giant is expected to finally spill the beans on the iPhone 8.

Via 9to5Mac

  • Everything there is to know about iOS 11

Father’s Day gift guide Australia 2017

It’s always hard shopping for Dad and the temptation is often just to make a beeline for the latest power tool or the best barbie when Father’s Day comes around each year. But we reckon there’s a different tack you can take – getting him a cool gadget and you can help the grown man relax and feel like boy wonder instead. 

For this year’s Father’s Day gift guide, we’ve skipped the boring bits – you won’t find any recommendations for the best power pack or the best storage devices – and instead, we’ve rounded up the coolest gizmos at a range of different price points, so you can get your father something special to best match his personality.

So start planning and get shopping as, this year, Father’s Day is on Sunday, September 3.

For the hardworking dad

  • Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch; 2017 edition): Gift dad the “touch of genius” with Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Replacing the function keys at the top of the keyboard, the Touch Bar gives him the power to customise how he uses his laptop. The newest 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro is incredibly light, thin and comes with a 227ppi screen at a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. With 256GB of storage, 8GB of memory and an Intel Core i5 processor, there’s plenty under the chassis to keep dad’s work flowing smoothly. It admittedly costs a pretty penny, but you can find a good deal that’s lower than its usual RRP of $2,699.
  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: This is the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 from Dell and it features an QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge display that will give dad an almost edge-to-edge screen. Highly portable, with the promise of up to 8 hours of battery life, this sleek silver 2-in-1 comes in various configurations with prices starting at $2,299, but if you’d like to get dad the model with the most bang for buck, we’d recommend the Intel Core i7 CPU/512GB SSD/16GB RAM. It costs $2,799 on Dell’s website, but if you purchase it before August 31, you can save $148 on the machine by snagging one from 13 IT for $2,650.
  • ASUS ZenBook UX430 laptop: Don’t judge this little beauty of laptop by its smaller price. The ASUS ZenBook UX430 features a vibrant 14-inch 1080p display squeezed into a well-crafted 13-inch chassis, making it ultraportable and lightweight. Under the hood is an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. The ZenBook UX430 is priced at an affordable $1,399 and makes for an excellent ultrabook.
  • Gigabyte Aero 14: If your Dad is one of the many that enjoys his weekend gaming, then the slim and lightweight 14-inch Aero 14 from Gigabyte is a great option to satisfy those gaming needs. The QHD (2,560 x 1,440) anti-glare display tilts back a whopping 190 degrees and comes equipped with an 2.8GHz-3.8GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. And, of course, there’s a 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card that can drive games along at a steady clip. The Gigabyte Aero 14 is available at Mwave for $2,499.
  • Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch): Apple has finally produced a tablet that could possibly replace a MacBook if Dad ever needs to get work sorted while on the move. And the Cupertino firm has also managed to cram the best of everything into the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro – great audio, an amazing screen and plenty of power. The iPad Pro is now an entertainment hub that flips to become a mobile work station. The cheapest 10.5-inch model has an RRP of $979, but it’s available for just $881 at Officeworks.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: This is by far the best Android tablet to date, with Samsung adding an HDR-ready screen to keep your on-the-go entertainment looking vibrant and sounding just as good with four speakers placed around the body. Included in the box is the S Pen, but dad will have to shell out a bit more if he wants to use it as a 2-in-1 as a keyboard isn’t included. The 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3 is priced at $949 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $1,099 for the one with 4G capabilities, but a bit of hunting around could see you save some dosh on this amazing tablet.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro: Microsoft has dropped model numbers for the latest avatar of the Surface Pro, but has revamped the motherboard, added a larger battery, updated the Intel CPU and redesigned the cooling system. So allow dad to unleash his creative streak by getting him the brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro with prices starting at $1,199.
  • Samsung T5 Portable SSD: Portable storage is essential for dad to backup and protect his files, and with the T5’s built-in AES 256-bit hardware data encryption providing much needed peace of mind, dad can rest assured that his files will be safe from prying eyes. On top of this security, Samsung’s SSD also is capable of incredibly fast transfer rates with no moving parts, reaching a write speed of over 444Mbps in our comprehensive speed tests. Bing Lee has the 500GB T5 Portable SSD for $319 and if that’s not enough space for dad, you can pick up a 1TB model for $639 and a whopping 2TB version for $1,199.

For the communicative dad

  • Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: If you think dad needs to upgrade his old mobile, perhaps Apple’s latest flagships might tickle his fancy. They’re bigger than Apple’s previous flagship handsets and not everyone considers them to be the upgrade Apple usually promises with each new release, but they’re both great phones nonetheless. They usually retail at a four-figure price tag, but shop around and you could get a bargain that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The iPhone 7 is available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. If you wish to get the bigger model, head to our sister site Getprice to compare prices on the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 Plus options.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Would dad prefer Android over iOS? Bring him up to date by upgrading his old handset to Samsung’s latest offerings. the Galaxy S8, and it’s bigger brother, the Galaxy S8+, have generated a great deal of hype with the excellence. The new range’s impressive Infinity Displays take up almost all of the front-of-handset real estate and offers gorgeous 5.8” and 6.2” screens respectively. And, like the iPhone flagships, it’s possible to find a brand-new handset for less than its actual RRP – you can get the Galaxy S8 for anywhere between $763 to $1,1199 while the Galaxy S8+ will set you back between $849 and $1,349.
  • Huawei P10 Plus: If dad isn’t too enthused about the big brands, but you’d still like to spoil him, the Huawei P10 Plus is one heck of a phone with mighty specs, plus it sports front and back Leica cameras, if you dad loves mobile photography. With 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage and a 5.5-inch QHD display, this phone can give the big brands a run for their money. You can get dad one for anywhere between $759 and $1,099.
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus: Upgrading dad’s old phone doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are some very good budget options and the Moto G5 Plus is one of them. This new model from Motorola comes in 32GB storage and 16GB storage options, but they both look and feel like a premium handset and perform really well. And the more expensive model is just $449.

For the snap-happy dad

  • Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 compact camera: The latest in the RX100 line is one of the best compact cameras available in the market, if dad loves to capture family memories. It is, however, a pricey option. The first generation RX100 might be a tad old, but it’s still a darn good camera for a bargain price. The large 1.0-inch 20.2MP sensor delivers excellent details and the 28-100mm lens is broad and fast. Plus the Cyber-Shot RX100 retails for only $649, but Sony occasionally does have it on sale.
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: The original E-M10 was a small, versatile and budget mirrorless camera option, but the second generation E-M10 has more features, giving you plenty more bang for your buck and dad the thrill of taking excellent pictures, despite the smaller micro three-fourths sensor. And even if you add in a lens, you can still get an E-M10 for less $1,000.
  • DJI Spark: Gift dad the ability to take to the air with the Spark from DJI. This little drone is packed full of features crammed into a package no bigger or heavier than a can of Coke. It features automatic flight capabilities and has the ability to recognise hand gestures. The main camera comes with a 12MP sensor that can capture Full HD video at 30p and 3,968 x 2,976 resolution images. Get dad one for less than its RRP of $859.

For the audiophile dad

  • Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable: Has dad been hoarding his vinyls in the garage? Give him the pleasure of dusting them off and playing them again on one of the best turntables there is in the market today. The AT-LP120 can be connected to to mixers and computers via USB and, with fewer moving parts than most traditional turntables, there’s less vibration, meaning less additional noise. And the AT-LP120 is available for just $448 from Addicted to Audio.
  • Pro-Ject Essential II turntable: If your Father’s Day budget doesn’t extend to the $450 mark, the Pro-Ject Essential II is a minimalistic turntable with a price tag of just $399. Despite the budget pricing, the sound is warm with a low-vibration brushless motor. Get the Pro-Ject Essential II for dad from Todds Hi-Fi.
  • Bose QuietComfort QC35 over-ear wireless headphones: Dad deserves the best, and if he enjoys his music, gift him a pair of headphones to match that love. Bose have been leading the way with premium audio for quite some time, and with the QuietComfort series they’ve done well to bring that high fidelity to the wireless headphone market. With top-notch noise cancellation, a 20-hour battery life, and luxurious padding, these headphones will make his listening experience a pleasant one. These premium headphones retail for $499 apiece, but it is possible to find good bargain online. Head over to our sister site Getprice and get a set for lesser.
  • Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones: The candy-apple detailing on the Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones is a nice touch, giving it these budget headphones a premium look. And dad will love the sound quality. But bear in mind that there are different models for each mobile OS, so make sure you get a set that matches his phone. They’re $169 a pop for Android and iOS at
  • Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker: Sit with dad this Father’s Day and let him radiate the love of his favourite tunes everywhere with this 360-degree Bluetooth speaker from Bose, which promises excellent sound quality. It also features Siri and Google voice commands, is water resistant and very portable. Like the Bose headphones, the SoundLink Revolve+ carries a premium $439 price tag, but head to VideoPro and get one for just $395.
  • Logitech UE MegaBoom Bluetooth speaker: If you think won’t be too impressed with the premium speakers, the UE MegaBoom from Logitech had big sound, long battery life and easy to use. Plus the MegaBoom can give dad hours of enjoyment for just $268 when purchased from OfficeWorks.

For the couch potato dad

  • LG OLED55C7T 4K smart TV: When we said dad deserves the best, we weren’t joking. And one way to show him how much he means to you is by upgrading his entertainment system and teaching him to relax some more. LG’s 55-inch OLED TV is sure to impress with its promise of vibrant colours, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Sound. It will set you back by almost $3,500 but you could save a couple of hundred by comparing prices for the LG OLED55C7T at Getprice.
  • Kogan 65-inch Agora 4K smart TV (series 9): Think OLED technology is overrated? Well, we’re quite sure that dad wouldn’t mind a 65-inch UHD 4K telly that will enhance his entertainment. Kogan’s built a huge company off the back of affordable TVs and the Agora Series 9 prove how. If you’d like to gift dad a basic 4K telly, nothing else will beat the price point of $1,299.
  • Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Dad love to Netflix and chill but doesn’t have a smart TV to directly stream from the app? Then gift him the ability to cast his favourite shows on his TV with Google Chromecast. This little nifty device plugs into a telly’s HDMI port and set up via a smartphone app. Once done, dad can ‘cast’ whatever he wants to watch from his device to his TV. And it costs as low as $55. If you think he’d like more features than what the Chromecast offers, for less than $100, the Chromecast Ultra will give him what he wants, and then some. 
  • Logitech Harmony Elite remote control: It’s the one to rule them all, giving your father the power to control his entertainment and smart devices with just one remote control. So if he’s been getting confused with all the different remotes for different devices around the house, the Logitech Harmony Elite will ease his torment when he wants some peaceful couch time. The Harmony Elite can replace up to 15 remote controls. It does come at a steep price of $449.95, but save some cash and get the Harmony Elite from Harris Technology for just $296.
  • Cambridge Audio TVB2 sound bar: If you’re going to help dad set up the ultimate cinema experience at home, the Cambridge Audio TVB2 sound bar promises room-filling sound plus easy connectivity via Bluetooth and NFC for streaming from mobile devices. Optical and AUX-in analogue input means any TV or source can be connected, letting dad get his feet up and enjoy great audio with 120W of power behind each beat. The TVB2 sound bar is available through VideoPro for $597.
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: If your dad loves to read, give him the convenience of carrying his entire library around with him. The latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite is the best yet. With Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity globally, downloading books anywhere is a breeze. The screen light is easily adjusted to suit the reading environment and the battery generally lasts a few weeks between charges, even with the light on. And it’s the most cost-effective Kindle too, available for a wallet-friendly $182.29 from Kogan. for the Wi-Fi only version, while you can get dad the 3G Paperwhite from Officeworks for just $247.
  • Kobo Aura H2O and Aura One: If your father prefers to read where it’s nice and quiet, taking books to the bath might be his way of relaxing. Or perhaps he loves to laze on the beach with his favourite read. If that’s the case, the dust- and waterproof Kobo Aura H2O is the perfect reading platform. With speedy page turns and long battery life, it’s just like reading a book, and you can lay your hands on one for $259 from Mighty Ape. You could even consider gifting him the Kobo Aura One, which has a larger, beautiful screen and a high-quality reading experience. You can get the Aura One from Mighty Ape for $359.

For the style-conscious dad

  • Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Toothbrush: Bring dad’s oral hygiene habits to the digital age by upgrading his boring old toothbrush to the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable electric toothbrush. The head vibrates hundreds of times each second, providing excellent cleaning with minimal effort. Plus the battery could well last all week before it needs a top-up, making the Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic toothbrush well worth the $299.95 price tag.
  • Braun Series 9 razor: If dad travels a lot, for work or otherwise, disposable razors are all well and good, but why let him compromise when he can be pampered with a great shave every day thanks to Braun’s Series 9 razor and its five-element system. It’s great for wet or dry use and comes in a nifty travel case too. Prices start at $599.

For the gaming dad

  • Nintendo Switch: We love that Nintendo’s new console is designed to go wherever dad wants to be – at home or on the go. If your father loves a bit of fun and games, the Nintendo Switch could give him hours of joy with Mario and the gang. Go on, bring out the little boy in him with the Switch, available for $469.
  • Samsung Gear VR: Has dad got a Samsung smartphone? Then gift him the ability to step into a whole new world of virtual reality and experience the universe through a different set of eyes… well, goggles over his eyes. The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with all Galaxy devices – except the Note 7, of course – and is great for VR newbies who own a compatible Samsung device. And with the controller, the Samsung Gear VR costs just $199.
  • Logitech G920 Driving Force gaming wheel: Does your dad navigate roadways like a Formula One driver? And if he loves his video games, then gift him something that will see him drive like a pro without getting hurt. The Logitech G920 Driving Force gaming wheel features dual-motor force feedback, quiet helical gearing with anti-backlash, and on-wheel controls, plus it’s compatible with both Xbox One and PC. The G920 retails for nearly $500 a pop, but you can save some cash by getting it from Wireless1 for just $345.

For the outdoorsy dad

  • Fitbit Charge 2: Not too keen on you father’s dad bod? Give him a nudge by gifting him a fitness tracker that will remind him to get his cuddly curves tightened. It’s great for everyday use and will help dad focus on getting fit and back in shape. The revamped version even comes with a tap-activated OLED display. Grab a Charge 2 for less than its $249.95 retail price by heading to our sister site Getprice.
  • Garmin Fenix 5X: There might come a day when dad would be hiking out of the woods at sunset, only to be confronted by the meanest dropbear this side of the Hawkesbury. Dad’s tough, but he’ll need something tougher to help him through the ordeal. The Garmin Fenix 5X will not only keep tabs on his heart rate and details of his hike, it will even open maps for him so he can find his way back to civilisation. The watch is scratch resistant and waterproof to 100m, and will sync to his smartphone notifications. So go on, get the big man one of the best outdoor GPS watches available in the market. The watch isn’t cheap, but you could get one that costs less than its $999 RRP.
  • JBL Under Armour Sport HR in-ear wireless headphones: If a fitness tracker alone isn’t going to do the job, then your father might like to get fit with a new gym buddy that will not only keep tabs on his heart rate, but also play his favourite workout tunes. JBL has been making bass sound better and better, and the Under Armour Sports HR Bluetooth headphones promise to deliver just that with the company’s Signature Sound with Pure Bass technologies. Heart rate is only a touch away via the sensor on the right earbud and being sweated on isn’t a problem, thanks to its IPX5 rating. The JBL Under Armour Sport HR headphones retail for $369 exclusively at JB Hi-Fi.
  • Laser PB-CJ6000 portable power bank and car jump starter: Does dad love his long drives? And if the family is tagging along every time, there’ll be plenty of devices on board that would need juicing up on those road trips. But it’s not just handheld devices that need charging – sometimes the family car needs a little jump start. Small, compact and easily portable, this 6,000mAh battery backup pack will not only keep dad’s devices charged up, but come with jumper cables to give the car a helpline when it needs it most. This Laser PB-CJ6000 portable power bank and jump starter is available for just $79.95 from Mwave.

For the connected dad

  • Google Home: Every dad could use a little help around the house, and the Aussie-speaking Google Home AI assistant can do just that, giving dad the opportunity to get lazy and talkative. Google Home can control lights on the house, play dad’s favourite tunes, give him updates on traffic or read him the news, amongst other things. Google Home retails for $199 in Australia, but if you’re comfortable with an imported model, you could save a bit of money and upgrade the Home to the ‘Strayan version by going into the app’s settings. Head to our sister site Getprice and see if you can find a good bargain on the Home.
  • Google Wifi: Has dad been complaining about the Wi-Fi connection at home? Get him Google’s simple, easy-to-use mesh system and wait for those complaints to disappear. Google Wifi is the most value-packed Wi-Fi mesh system yet, and you can get dad a single unit for $199. If the family home is large, a pack of three units, which would work together to ensure every nook and cranny has seamless Wi-Fi, the pack of three is $499.
  • Nest indoor/outdoor cameras: Every dad wants to protect his family, so give him a head start by getting him the smart security cameras from Nest. The outdoor camera is weatherproof and there’s a subscription service where dad can access the footage captured if he ever needs it. The cameras are available exclusively from iSelect for $319 apiece.
  • Philips Hue smart lighting: Whether your father wants plain ol’ white light or wants to zhuzh up the home’s ambience with coloured or dimmable lights, Philips Hue is the smart lighting system that will take care of his needs. Philips Hue is easy to install, easy to use and works with Google Home voice commands. Starter packs are available for the regular white bulbs, the dimming lights and the coloured versions with prices ranging from $59 to $289 at Officeworks.

For the smart dad

  • TechLife and APC magazine subscriptions: If he really loves tech, why not give your dad the gift of knowledge and know-how – and the ability to stay up to date with the latest tech news and reviews – with a subscription to one of Australia’s best-selling tech mags? Head to Magshop and you can pick up 12 issues of TechLife or APC for just $69 – that’s a saving of over 40% off the regular cover price! And with TechRadar’s Australian team contributing to both mags, we can guarantee that they’re great reads!

Four factors Sarahah app’s developers need to look at before it becomes the next ‘Blue Whale’

Over 10 million downloads on Google’s Play Store in less than a month and still counting… Sarahah app’s craze, particularly among teens, has taken everyone by surprise. The app seems to have suddenly become everyone’s favourite, especially in India.  

For those who still do not know what we are talking about, it is an app that, according to the developers, “helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.” Sarahah, which means ‘honesty’ in Arabic, was originally built to receive constructive feedbacks from the employees within the organization. But, with its growing popularity, the developers decided to launch it as an app for everyone and are still working on upgrading it. 

Well, this is not the first time an app has gone viral. In the past, we have seen apps like Dubsmash and Prisma gaining popularity among users and social media acting as a contributor in spreading the word. It’s a set mechanism where every app developer promises to provide new experience to the users and that is how they increase their reach. Sarahah, being newcomer has already gained the momentum and has become a big hit. 

The app vows to provide complete secrecy on the identity of the sender. Anyone registered with this app can send messages to others without revealing their identity to them. And this is what excites many users. However, it also poses security concerns to others. Questions are now being raised on the credibility of the app. Is this app really helping in building constructive relations with others? Are the details of the accounts really secure?

Below are some of the factors that are needed to be focused on. Some of which have already started worrying the users. 

Not all the feedbacks are “constructive”

While the company claims that the app is for sending out constructive feedback, but it is being used for exactly adverse purposes. Many users are receiving  offensive or insulting messages, which is becoming intolerable to some. It’s not all about hurling abuses in the messages, in fact a lot of users are receiving pleasing or exciting messages too. While most of the messages to female users are praises, some have also reported of getting harassing remarks through secret messages. 

Senders are also commenting on the looks and personality of the users, which is disturbing; leading the users to get into self evaluation. This is leading a lot of users to deactivate their accounts and leave the app forever.  

Psychologically unhealthy for young netizens

Sender’s secrecy is the prime reason why this app is becoming a hit in India. No doubt internet accessibility and social media are a blessing to a blooming country like India, but nothing in this world comes with “everything good” about it. Most of us have seen or read about the negative impacts of internet, like cyberbullying and cyber stalking. 

Most adults are sensible enough to stay away of such threats but not the young minds. Bullying in any form stands out to be harmful to anyone, especially children. At the tender age where their minds are still developing, negativity from such apps can have adverse psychological impact on them. Only few of these internet savvy youth is mature enough sense and handle the impact. Receiving messages from the unknown senders increases the risk of metal-hammering in children, and we always suggest parents to keep a check on what their kid is doing on internet.

Spreading hatred and inciting social crime is easy

Messages from anonymous users can lead to serious threats on security. It won’t be surprising to see antisocial or anti-national elements using it to spread enmity by brainwashing young minds, persuading them against something unethical. We have seen the Blue Whale challenge that is another serious example of the dark side of social media. The government on seeing the negative impact of this game has asked the authorities to keep a check on it and take down anything which seems to promote this game. This app may also lead to something similar, and we must not unsee the ugly side of it. 

Anonymity promised! Really? 

Though the developers claim that there is no possibility of the identities getting exposed, but what if it happens? If hackers can pull off huge cyber crimes like WannaCry, then attaining information of several around the world is not a problem for them. So, the risk of exposing user identities still sustains. And, if this happens, the idea of creating constructive feedback may transform completely to something extremely horrid in no time. 

This piece is not to threaten you against using this app. We will not say that the app is not worth existence, but we have to be wise about how we use it constructively. Technology, if used positively can result in creation of a bright new world but when misused can lead to a path of destruction.

In the end, we would like the makers of this app to consider these factors and alter their app into something that does what it is meant to do. 

Destiny 2 trailers, release date, news and features

Update: Thanks to Nvidia’s press conference at Gamescom 2017, we have a couple more details about Destiny 2’s PC version, including that it will support text-chat and HDR. Read on below for everything else we know about the upcoming game. 

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When Destiny dropped in 2014, gamers were initially skeptical of its messy story and repetitive content. But over time, and through the release of some major expansions including The Taken King and Rise of Iron, the game has built a reputation as a solid MMO shooter that looks and handles exceptionally well. Three years on, fans are still flocking to it in their millions.

Destiny 2 is now waiting in the wings and ready to reset the game world. 

We have a pretty good idea of what’s to come, thanks to Activision’s early launch of the reveal trailer and now gameplay trailer, and we can’t wait to get in and try our hand at the new classes: Dawnblade for Warlocks, Sentinel for Titans and Arc Strider for Hunters. 

You can also count on a few new maps and PVP modes on tap here, including a mode called Countdown, which has teams of guardians setting bombs in each other’s bases and then defending them until they explode.

If that wasn’t enough mouth-watering space goodness for you, here’s one more morsel: Destiny 2 is coming to PC for the first time in franchise history. In 4K.

Ahead of its scheduled release later this year we’ve gathered all the news, rumors and info about the game into one place. Gear up space cowboy, this is everything you need to know about Bungie’s blockbuster sequel.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The highly-anticipated follow up to MMO shooter Destiny
  • When it is out? September 6, 2017 on console and October 24 on PC
  • What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One and PC
  • Destiny 2 developers: Bungie and High Moon Studios
  • Destiny 2 publisher: Activision Blizzard

Destiny 2 trailers and screenshots

A new trailer for Destiny 2 has dropped, this time revolving around the game’s competitive multiplayer modes. For anyone familiar with multiplayer from the original game this trailer won’t reveal all that much new information but for anyone that hasn’t played that before there’s a handy class breakdown.

Other than this the trailer is fairly low on information but extremely generous when it comes to fast-paced action. You can watch it for yourself below:

Destiny 2 got a brand-new trailer at Sony’s E3 2017 Keynote on Monday, June 12 that shows the three new classes in action and re-affirming the game’s September 6, 2017 release date.

We also learned that gamers that buy the game on Sony systems will receive an exclusive strike, ship, weapon and PVP maps. 

That’s a compelling reason for guardians to go for PS4 over the other systems, although PC gamers will be the only platform with 4K. 

Is that enough to persuade gamers to Sony’s systems? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself.

Beta release

Now that the Destiny 2 console Beta has taken place, we’re gearing up for PC.  

The Destiny 2 PC Beta launch date has been announced, with early access starting on August 28 while the full open Beta is launching on August 29 before ending on August 31. 

To help you get organised for the Beta, Bungie has also released the minimum PC requirements for running it. Minimum specs for the Beta require you to have either an Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD FX-4350 CPU, with a GeForce GTX 660 2GB or Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card. As far as RAM is concerned you’re only going to need 6GB. 

These are fairly reasonable specs for your average PC gamer, though it’s worth bearing in mind they are for the Beta and not the final game so if you want to pick up the final thing you might have to make an upgrade somewhere. 

Bungie hasn’t rested on its laurels when it comes to making changes based on feedback from its recent console Beta. They’ve been so receptive to feedback, the changes will be made and applied in time for the upcoming PC Beta. (A trailer for which, can be found below!)

A main change is being made to matchmaking. The parameters will now be changed to determine whether you’re taking part in a Quickplay or Competitive game. If you’re searching for a Quickplay game, speed will be prioritized over skill (so you’ll have shorter wait times but there’ll be a bigger disparity in the skill of the players taking part). With Competitive games on the other hand the game will take more time over finding people of a similar skill and connection level to you. 

Bungie said the PC beta will also include fixes for bugs and glitches as well as “a few tweaks” that should just make gameplay more enjoyable. For example, there’ll be a reduction in the time it takes to charge a super attack and power ammo drops will be more frequent during PvE games. 

NVIDIA has released a trailer for the PC Beta which shows the game running in 4K at 60 fps.

PC hands on impressions

As Destiny 2 is the franchise’s debut on PC, I was excited to get hands on with the game at this year’s E3 to get even a small sense of how the massive multiplayer first-person online so popular on consoles would feel with a mouse and keyboard.

I got the chance to try out the very first mission of Destiny 2’s single-player campaign mode. Called Homecoming, the mission throws players right into the action of the invasion of The Last City lead by Cabal Red Legion commander Dominus Ghaul. 

I might as well make it clear right now, I am absolutely not a PC gamer. Though I had played the original Destiny on console, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the game on PC as keyboard and mouse controls are utterly unfamiliar to me. 

Keyboard is key

It’s to Destiny 2 on PC’s credit, then, that I found the keyboard controls very intuitive and clearly laid out. Nothing is lost by using keyboard and mouse, and gunplay felt as sharp smooth and satisfying as it does on console. 

In fact, with the game running in 4K at a speedy 60 frames per second it might have been even better.

Something that was enjoyable about the game’s first mission was that despite it being a single-player mode in a game that’s more focused on multiplayer experiences, I didn’t feel abandoned and lonely when playing.

The planets are alive with the sound of NPCs

This is because Bungie has integrated its NPC characters into the campaign; characters like Ikora and Cayde-6 are there fighting alongside you and being an active and vocal part of the action. Not to mention the cutscenes. 

In the short mission I played, the game’s environments were rich and detailed with an exciting sense of scale and life. The foreground of the action puts you in a crumbling almost completely destroyed city that feels like it’s coming down on top of you. Look past this though and you’ll see an expansive horizon filled with enemy ships.

Basically, this was a much more cinematic experience than anything the original Destiny offered and it made playing alone more exciting as a result.

Cinematic campaign

It’s worth going back to the fact that we noted the mission was short, though. I’m not sure if it was for demo purposes but I was surprised by how quickly I managed to make my way through it so we hope other sections of the campaign run slightly longer if only just to allow us to savor the experience.

Though we’ve only experienced a small part of it, we feel like it’s safe to say Destiny 2 is going to feel as fun and at home on PC as it does on console, if not more so with the extra effort Bungie has put in with its tailored PC version. 

If the rest of the campaign looks and feels as good as the part we played, and the multiplayer is up to shape we don’t doubt fans will love it and newcomers will flock to it.

The PC version may be coming later but from what we can see, it’ll be worth the wait. 

Destiny 2 PC

Bungie confirmed a PC release on the day it released the game’s debut trailer and now there’s no looking back. Only forward to its October 24 release. Bungie has said, however, it won’t be available on Steam. 

This is a very good thing considering that PC gamers are clamoring for Destiny 2 – and it’s a perfect fit for the platform, which has long been the spiritual home of the MMO. It will also give Bungie access to a huge new audience.

And if that news wasn’t good enough, Bungie is going to reward to the PC faithful by making the PC version of the game 4K compatible. Yep, your favorite shooter is now going to have a 3840 × 2160 resolution.

Here’s images of the game in 4K to whet your appetite. 

But its resolution isn’t the only unique thing about the game’s PC launch.

We’ve also learned recently that the game is going to be exclusive to when it does come to PC … which, as it turns out, might be a few weeks after the console version is released. Destiny will be the first non-Blizzard game to be made available on, however, so that’s quite an honor.  

In terms of additional features, Activision has also confirmed that the game will support text-chat on PC and will feature HDR graphics. 

Destiny 2 confirmed features

Activision and Bungie have played their cards very close to their chest – so, as of yet, there are very few confirmed features. However, there are a few things that are nailed on.


Improving on Groups from the original Destiny, Clans will be an important feature in Destiny 2 that will allow players to team up and organize games for online multiplayer.

The structure of Clans in Destiny 2 will be similar to that of Groups: they’ll be capped at 100 members and those with Destiny 2 accounts will be able to be a member of one Clan per platform. The way they’ll differ, however, is in their new abilities and features. The biggest change is Guided Games, a new matchmaking system for Raids and Nightfall Strikes. With this system existing Clans that perhaps don’t have enough members for a higher-level missions will be able to seek another player outside their Clan in order to have a full party. This benefits high-level players who aren’t members of Clans as well as the Clans themselves. 

Clan members can also invite other players to join their Clan from within the game and all members of a Clan will receive rewards for each others’ successes. What these rewards are is still unclear. 

Bungie is making it possible for players to transfer their Groups from Destiny into Clans in Destiny 2 before the game’s release which should mean a thriving online multiplayer community as soon as the game is released.

Clan leaders are now able to visit and decide whether or not they want to move their Group over to Destiny 2. They’ll be able to transfer their title and permissions to another member if they feel they’ll need a better and more committed leader for the new game. 

According to Bungie, this migration period will last for one month, after which the Clan creation service will go live on

A cinematic story

Gamers will be glad to hear that the developers are placing more emphasis on the story and characters this time around. “The cornerstone…is a great cinematic story,” Activision exec Eric Hirshberg said earlier this year. “That’s been a real focus with a great cast of memorable, relatable characters.” 

In our short hands on with game’s first campaign mission we definitely think Bungie have been successful here. We got a much greater sense of scale, spectacle and life here than we did in the original Destiny.

Goodbye Grimoire

As part of putting more emphasis on story and characters, Destiny 2 will drop Grimoire cards. Those who played the original Destiny game will know that Grimoire cards were cards unlocked for completing tasks in the game. 

Unfortunately, they were only accessibly on the web, not in the actual game itself, which basically meant much of the game’s core lore and story was inaccessible while playing. 

World design lead, Steve Cotton told Forbes that this time around there will be no Grimoire cards as the team want to keep most of the lore in the game itself and tell the story through the missions, characters and scannables.

Lots of expansions

This is hardly unexpected given the success of Destiny’s myriad updates and add-ons, but Activision has confirmed that it has “follow-on content plans” for Destiny 2. That likely means the team will be listening to players and tailoring the future experience – expect fresh content, gameplay changes, and cosmetic add-ons. 

More accessible for “casual players”

‘Casual’ has become a bit of a dirty word in some gaming circles, but Activision and Bungie are clear about their intention to make their game more open to all. “We’ve made it more accessible to someone who just wants to have a great more casual first-person action experience… without losing anything that our core players love,” Hirschberg said. What that means in practice is not clear, but we hope it means a game with less grinding and more varied gameplay.

Character continuity with the first game (to some extent)

We don’t know how Destiny 2 will handle player’s Guardians from the first game (more on that in the rumours section below), but we know there will be some continuity. “That idea is that the Guardian you have created is something you can bring along with you on that adventure,” Community Manager David Dague told IGN in 2014. “If you take a look at the way people have played other games for a long period of time, they’ve had a relationship with the same character for a very long time.” Intriguing.


Standard Edition

Just looking for the game and nothing else? This is the most affordable and basic option.

Limited Edition

As well as the base version of the game, purchasing the Limited Edition bundle will give you access to the Expansion Pass. This is the version you ought to purchase if you know you’re going to want access to any of the additional content that will be released after the base game’s initial release. 

With the Expansion Pass you’ll get access to both Expansion I and Expansion II which offer new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a bunch of new weapons, armor, and equipment.

You’ll also get access to bonus digital content that includes weapons, a special steelbook cover and a Cabal-themed collectors box that includes additional physical collectibles. 

Standard Game plus Expansion Pass

Not especially interested in a physical copy of the game but you don’t want to have to purchase the game and Expansion Pass separately? This digital bundle available on the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store and will suit you. 

Collectors Edition

Still not had enough Destiny 2 content? Then you might want to purchase the Collectors Edition. This one will be slightly harder to find in stock but if you do get your hands on it you’ll have everything that’s in the previous Editions plus a special Frontier bag and laptop sleeve.

The bag won’t be empty, either; inside you’ll find a solar panel USB charger, a paracord and a solar blanket. 

The Collectors Edition isn’t available at every retailer – it’s exclusive to Game in the UK for £219.99  while US retailers include Amazon and Gamestop.

New patent reveals more about Facebook’s AR glasses

We know Facebook has some augmented reality specs in the pipeline – its own version of Microsoft HoloLens, without the bulk – but details have been thin on the ground up until now. However, a newly unearthed patent has revealed a bit more about Mark Zuckerberg’s super-smart AR specs.

Based on the documents spotted by Business Insider, the glasses are going to use a ‘waveguide display’ to combine computer graphics with the real world – essentially it’s an advanced method of giving the illusion of depth on specs right in front of your face (similar to the tech Magic Leap is trialling).

Waveguides can get very technical, but they promise to be able to fit proper AR displays, that realistically embed graphics in a scene, inside specs that won’t weigh your head down as you peer around. According to the patent, the glasses will be able to display images and videos, as well as hook up to connected speakers or headphones.

Specs appeal

The patent was filed by three members of the advanced research division at Oculus, which is of course owned by Facebook. One of the patent authors, optical scientist Pasi Saarikko, was involved in the design of the HoloLens before moving to Facebook in 2015.

If you like the sound of some Facebook-powered AR glasses, you’ve still got plenty of time to save up – Oculus engineers have said this type of tech won’t start to go mainstream until 2022. Based on the patent images, the new device is going to look like a regular pair of glasses, so it’s going to need a lot of complex, miniaturised technology to work.

In the meantime, you can always play around with AR using your phone: the upcoming iOS 11 includes code for developers to create augmented reality apps that work through your phone’s camera. Think Pokémon Go, but with creatures and graphics that look like they actually belong in a scene.

  • Surprise surprise, Apple is working on some AR glasses of its own

Xbox One X games: here are 40 reasons to get excited about Microsoft’s 4K console

Update: The list of reasons to get excited about the Xbox One X just got a lot longer. At Gamescom 2017 Microsoft has announced that a total of 100 titles will be enhanced for Xbox One X – a mix of new titles like Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and Forza 7, as well as previously released titles like Recore, Gears of War 4 and more. 

It’s also keeping a regularly updated list of enhanced titles on Major Nelson’s website. Check it out for the most up to date look at what games are coming for Microsoft’s new console, or read on below for our previous top picks from E3. 

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Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference has been and gone, and what have we learned? Well, we now know that the brand-new 4K console formerly known as Project Scorpio is called Xbox One X, and we also know that it’ll be available to buy for $499/£449 on November 7.

At the show, Xbox also revealed some of the upcoming new games that will play in true 4K on the console, which include Assassin’s Creed Origins, Sea of Thieves and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.

It won’t just be new titles that will be able to take advantage of the One X’s greater power and 4K visuals – older games will be patched too, and these patches will be free for Xbox One owners who’ve already purchased the games receiving them.

So far, five Xbox One-exclusive titles have been confirmed to support the Xbox One X Enhanced badge, but there are more than 30 third-party games confirmed to be receiving upgrades at launch – at no extra cost, no less.  

This is just the beginning; it’s expected that many more existing Xbox One games will receive 4K enhancement patches in the near future, in addition to all the upcoming games we know about.

To help you sort out which games are worth stocking up on before the Xbox One X comes out, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest games we know will support the Xbox One X enhanced play, to help you decide if you can justify the upgrade to 4K gaming. 

  • Xbox One X vs Xbox One S vs Xbox One: should you make the upgrade?

Gamescom 2017: all the biggest gaming announcements from Cologne

Update: Microsoft kicked off Gamescom with its livestreamed keynote on Sunday August 20 and you can read about all the big news revealed from that event below. 

If you want to make sure you don’t miss a moment of Gamescom, check out our guide on how to watch Gamescom, otherwise check back here for a summary of all the biggest announcements. We’ll be updating this page regularly throughout the show. 

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Gamescom has begun. Arguably Europe’s biggest gaming event (some have taken to calling it Europe’s more consumer friendly E3), this annual show in Cologne has garnered a reputation for being the place to get the latest gaming news.

Although the show doesn’t officially open until August 22 for press and August 23 for the public, its livestreams have already kicked off with an hour and a half broadcast from Microsoft. 

Unlike E3, we’re not anticipating any big hardware reveals from the show – now that Microsoft’s Xbox One X is out in the open the only thing we can do there is wait. Instead, we expect there’s going to be a strong focus on software from everyone at Gamescom.

If you want to keep up with the latest goings on from the show then read on. We’ll be watching each major livestream to report the biggest news as it happens, and we’ll also be on the show floor to play the latest games. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Europe’s biggest gaming expo 
  • When is it? August 22 – 26 

The latest Gamescom 2017 news


Microsoft got things off to a reasonably strong but long start with its hour and a half long livestreamed keynote on Sunday August 20. Here are the stand out reveals:

  • Xbox One X pre-orders are now live
  • There are now more than 100 confirmed Xbox One X Enhanced titles including Wolfenstein II
  • A new trailer for Middle Earth: Shadow of War was shown
  • A brand new cinematic trailer was revealed for Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Sea of Thieves will support cross play between PC and Xbox 

We might as well cut to the chase here: Xbox One X pre-orders going live was definitely Microsoft’s biggest announcement during this livestream. It was what everyone had been waiting for and, of course, it came right at the end. 

If you’d like to know how to pre-order an Xbox One X right now, we can help you there.

Efforts were made to make the console look more enticing as a prospect before pre-orders were announced, something that’s probably especially important now that one of its bigger launch titles, Crackdown 3, has been delayed.

Hammering the point that you certainly won’t be short of games to play if you get an Xbox One X on its November 7 release, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg confirmed that there are currently more than 100 Enhanced titles confirmed for the console. You can see them all for yourself right here.

According to Greenberg, 4K enhancement patches will be widespread and “all the biggest games are doing it” from new titles such as Battlefront 2, FIFA 18 and Wolfenstein II to older games like Titanfall 2 and Fallout 4.

A brand new expansion and definitive edition of Microsoft’s exclusive title ReCore was announced. The expanded game will feature improved visuals for Xbox One X with HDR support. It won’t, however, be in 4K. For those that already own the original game, this expanded version will be made available to download for free. 

ReCore Definitive Edition will also be of interest to Games Pass users. Microsoft confirmed that the service is expanding to 8 new markets and that it’ll be adding 7 new titles this month, one of which will be ReCore: Definitive Edition.  

Xbox Design Lab was also confirmed to be expanding quickly to more than 20 additional European countries. Interested in designing your very own custom controller with Xbox Design Lab? Check out our how to guide. 

In other hardware news, the Xbox One S got some attention in the form of a limited edition Minecraft console and the reveal of a brand new Shadow of War bundle. Both are available to pre-order now with the former due to be delivered October 3 and the latter October 10. 

Other than those big money spending opportunities, Microsoft’s press conference wasn’t big on the software reveals. 

We got the chance to see more of Assassin’s Creed: Origins with a brand new cinematic trailer. Considering at E3 everything we saw about this game was rather gameplay focused, it was nice just to sit back and watch some extremely pretty visuals. 

Another new trailer popped up for Middle Earth: Shadow of War which is rapidly approaching its October release date. This is a game for which we’ve seen a lot of footage already but the new trailer is well worth watching if only to confirm that, yes, it does look like it might be an improvement on Shadow of Mordor in terms of scale and visuals. 

Sea of Thieves was featured, you won’t be surprised to hear. A brand new build is coming to Gamescom and it was confirmed that cross-play will be available. That means whether you’re playing on Windows 10 PC or Xbox One, you’ll be able to play together. Between Tuesday August 22  and Saturday August 26 technical alpha players going to have access to crossplay, but the team said that before the game is released pretty much everyone will be able to have a turn before they buy.

Microsoft also featured its ID@Xbox program, and brought forth the highly anticipated animated indie darling, Cuphead. The game will be available to play at the show and we hope to be able to bring your our first impressions of it during the week. 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the highlight reel of Microsoft’s Gamescom conference. Things aren’t over yet, of course. Microsoft is going to be hosting a dedicated Age of Empires livestream on August 21 at the same time and you can find out how to watch that here.

There will also undoubtedly be more reveals coming up over the week and we’ll be sure to bring them to you right here. 


Nintendo has revealed its plans for this year’s Gamescom and you should prepare to see a lot more Super Mario Odyssey. This isn’t entirely surprising since it’s Nintendo’s next big release.

Those looking to see more gameplay will be able to tune into Nintendo’s YouTube or Gamescom page on Wednesday August 23 at 2pm BST where gameplay will feature alongside a special developer talk from producer Yoshiaki Koizumi. 

Those at the show itself will be able to play in the Metro and Sand Kingdoms for a short time. 

While Super Mario Odyssey is there to frame the Switch, Metroid: Samus Returns is there to represent the Nintendo 3DS. Announced at E3, this game will have its own dedicated livestream on Thursday August 24 at 11am BST in which producer Yoshio Sakamoto and José Luis Márquez, creative director of developer MercurySteam will showcase the game. 

There will also be additional live presentations across the show which will give fans a closer look at other previously announced Switch and 3DS games such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors. 

Nintendo has said it’ll release the schedule for these presentations closer to the time. 

Whether or not there are any surprises on the cards is another matter.

It’s perhaps a bit of a stretch (okay, it’s a stretch of Arms proportions), but perhaps Nintendo will take the chance to reveal and launch date for the Virtual Console for the Switch ahead of the launch of its full online services rollout in 2018. 


In 2016, Sony was conspicuously absent from Paris Games Week and it hasn’t been active at Gamescom in a press conference since 2014. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t been particularly loud about its plans for this year, either. 

However, at E3 PlayStation’s Jim Ryan teasingly told GameReactor that “it would be nice” to do something bigger in Europe this year. This could mean Sony is planning something for this year’s Gamescom, though it could just as easily mean we’ll have to wait slightly longer until Paris Games Week to see any more news. 

With Gamescom drawing so close and no press conference announcements forthcoming, our hopes aren’t particularly high for big PlayStation news. At the very least, the company has a booth booked in Hall 7 so it will certainly still be a presence, just likely not a particularly big one. 


EA is another company that’s been fairly up front with its plans for this year’s show. It has confirmed that it’s going to be hosting a live event on Monday August 21 at 6.30 pm CET/9.30 am PDT/ 5.30 pm BST. Here we can expect to see new gameplay footage, live matches and “some surprises” too. 

Outside of this EA has said that visitors at the show will have the chance to get hands on with many of its upcoming games including  Star Wars Battlefront II, Need for Speed Payback, FIFA 18, and Battlefield 1’s second DLC pack titled In the Name of the Tsar. Now that The Sims 4 has been confirmed for consoles and mobile we imagine we’ll hear slightly more about that ahead of its November launch, too. 

Across the show EA has said that we can also expect live stream footage of its latest games being played by top content creators and influencers. 


At this year’s Gamescom we’re anticipating follow-up announcements from Bethesda’s big E3 reveals, especially because many of them are due to be released before the year is out. 

Certainly, there’s likely to be a big push for the upcoming Dishonored standalone adventure that’s due for release as soon as September. Other than this we imagine we’ll see more about the Switch-specific features that will be coming to Skyrim Switch edition as well as some more news relating to Wolfenstein II and The Evil Within 2. 

As ever we can likely expect updates on Bethesda’s long-running online offerings Quake Champions and Elder Scrolls Online.


After a big presentation at E3 this year, Ubisoft will have plenty to update fans on at Gamescom. Ubisoft has confirmed that it’ll be bringing Far Cry 5, For Honor, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Just Dance 2017, The Crew 2, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole to this year’s show. There will be more than 300 gameplay stations at its booth, and attendees will have the chance to earn “exclusive in-game rewards,” if they play.

Ubisoft will also be bringing some eSports action to the show this year, stating that it’ll be hosting the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season 2 Finals. According to Ubisoft, viewers will see “the best teams from Season 2 including Elevate, PENTA Sports and current champions Millenium against each other.” 

The semi-finals will take place on Friday August 25th followed by the finals on Saturday August 26th, at the Alpha Stage ESL in Hall 9. If you’re not at the event itself you’ll find all of this livestreamed on Twitch.

Though we’re not betting on any huge new announcements, the publisher recently teased that it would be revealing more new games for the Nintendo Switch “quite soon” which leaves us wondering. 

And the rest

Other big names that we’re expecting to hear news from at Gamescom this year include Square Enix and CD Projekt Red. Square Enix has said that it’s going to be revealing some “good news” with regards to Final Fantasy 15 and we imagine there’ll be more about the upcoming Life is Strange prequel that was announced at E3. 

CD Projekt Red will be revealing more about Gwent. The developer has confirmed it’ll be hosting a tournament at the show where 8 players will compete for a piece of a $25000 prize and will also outline some more of its plans for turning the game into a fully-fledged eSport.

It’s also been confirmed that we’ll be getting more news from Shenmue 3. Though the game has been delayed until 2018, it’s been confirmed on the official site that though there’ll be no large announcements or hands on demos, there will be some news and the game’s creator Yu Suzuki will be present. 

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