Elephone U goes to war with flexible OLED, glistening design, and value-for-money specs

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The Elephone U and its Pro version have all the markings of a modern flagship, save for the highest-end chipset… and the price. The glitzy phones are built with metal and glass, curved AMOLED displays, and sport dual cameras on the back. Curved OLED displays and glass rears aren’t exclusive to Samsung any more, and Elephone is not even using a Samsung display …

What's in a hashtag? A spark for our passions, in love and in war


I found love in a hopeless place. Yeah, some would argue that a Twitter hashtag is something terrible. They can be manipulated by bots and trolls (#ReleaseTheMemo). They can be hijacked by angry users (#TellingItLikeItIs). They can be just all around strange (#KanyesAnalPlaylist). 

The hashtag’s intended purpose — what Chris Messina pitched to Twitter in 2007 — was to bring people together. They do, my relationship being a case in point. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but TL;DR TechCrunch’s annual conference uses the hashtag #TCDisrupt and including those 10 characters in a tweet is how I met my friend turned significant other.  Read more…

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Results: Instagram wins the stories war

Stories have been a big thing around social media recently. It started off on Snapchat, where teenagers would document little tidbits in their lives, which would disappear in 24 hours. So — the less important stuff. Then Facebook wanted in on that as it saw the user retention strength stories have and started implementing them across its services. It started with Instagram, then added them to Messenger, and then to the Facebook app. And yeah, all three of those are autonomous, meaning you can pretty much run completely different stories over your different apps.

But that definitely …

Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018


It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War for Android and iOS released to mixed reviews

The day has finally come for Lord of the Rings fans to taste some of the hack’n’slash goodness that publisher Warner Bros. promises to offer them through its latest mobile title – Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Soft-launched a few months ago, the game is now available for free via App Store and Google Play. Unfortunately, many of those tried Shadow of War are disappointed by the in-app purchase system adopted by Warner Bros.

Although the game sits at a solid 4.2/5.0 rating on Google Play Store, the most recent reviews accuse the publisher of making a great …

Middle-earth: Shadow of War coming to Android and iOS devices on September 28

Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Monolith’s highly-acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, is expected to make its debut on PC and consoles on October 10. Ahead of the official launch of the game, Warner Bros. has decided to release the mobile version of Shadow of War.

The publisher recently confirmed Middle-earth: Shadow of War will arrive on Android and iOS device on September 28, which will allow fans of the franchise to get a taste of what the PC and console game will offer.

Along with the confirmation of the release, the publisher released a trailer that …

Pre-registrations for Middle-earth: Shadow of War now open on Google Play Store

Lord of the Rings fans rejoice, as Warner Bros.’ upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War will soon make its debut on Android devices. Earlier this month, the game was soft-launched in the App Store, but it’s only available in the Philippines and, of course, it’s not the final version.

Recently, Warner Bros. listed the game on the Google Play Store so that fans of the RPG genre can pre-register to receive a notification when they can download it. It’s also worth noting that everyone who pre-registers will receive Sholub at global launch, aside from the fact they will …

The Walking Dead: March to War sends its zombies to mobile devices this summer

The Walking Dead: March to War is a zombie-themed game that will make its debut on Android and iOS devices later this summer. The first gameplay trailer of the game has been revealed today, along with many details that shed light on what type of game it really is.

As developers put it, The Walking Dead: March to War is a strategic multiplayer war game. No, you won’t be able to play solo, as you’ll have to build up your army and fight alongside other friends against other communities (probably guilds) formed by other players.

If you’re a fan of the comics, …

Middle-earth: Shadow of War soft-launched on mobiles ahead of PC and console release

Monolith announced the sequel to the highly-acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be making its debut on PC and consoles on October 10. Until then, iOS users can get a taste of what’s to come by downloading the game, called Middle-earth: Shadow of War, on their devices. Well, sort of.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is only part of the same universe, but its scope is much more focused on a mobile experience, so you can understand that there will be a lot of gameplay features missing that will be included in the PC/console game.

Nevertheless, publisher …

Rome: Total War – Alexander standalone expansion coming to iPads this summer

Those of you who are into real-time strategy games and own an iPad might have probably heard about SEGA’s Total War franchise. The highly-acclaimed series made its way to iOS a while ago, but if you want more, you’ll be pleased to know that developer Feral Interactive has another title in the pipeline.

The studio has just announced plans to launch yet another standalone expansion for Rome: Total War. The game will be released on iPads sometime this summer, and it will be called “Alexander.”

Rome: Total War – Alexander would be the second standalone expansion …