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Watch Dogs: Legion's online mode launch delayed as Ubisoft focuses on bug fixes
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Ubisoft launched Watch Dogs: Legion last month across current and next-generation platforms, and although its multiplayer component was supposed to arrive next week through a free update, those plans have now changed as the studio battles with the game's bug problem.
"Since the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion, some of you continue to have technical issues preventing you from enjoying the game," said Ubisoft in a new blog post today. "The dev team is committed to fixing these issues and will not stop until everyone can experience the game as intended."
Ubisoft deployed a new update today to the game as well, bringing a manual save button for PC players alongside crash fixes and stability improvements for the console versions. Head here to find the full patch notes of update 2.20.
As a result of this focus on solving issues, the online mode for Watch Dogs: Legion will now be launching in early 2021, though an exact launch date was not shared today. "This will allow us to focus on fixing issues with single player, and it will give us more time to test the Online experience to help ensure a smooth launch of the mode," the studio added.
The online update will bring cooperative free roam support across London with up to four players, special cooperative missions, a PVP competitive mode, as well as the fan-favorite invasions to the Ubisoft action game.
Watch Dogs: Legion is now available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, and Amazon Luna.
By Abhay V
iPhone 12 Pro models and new iPad Air reportedly seeing higher than expected demand
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple unveiled a host of products through multiple virtual events this fall. The first event in September saw the introduction of new iPad models. The October event was reserved for the new iPhones, while the November event was solely focused on unveiling the ARM-based M1 chip and new Mac devices powered by Apple’s own SoC.
While the new iPhone devices launched later than their yearly schedule, the devices – especially the iPhone 12 Pro series – are reportedly seeing higher than expected demand, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report, accessed by MyFixGuide, goes over expectations about the demand for various Apple products through the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2021.
The analyst suggests that the demand for the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max models are higher than expected, offsetting the lower than expected demand for the iPhone 12 and 12 mini, which led to an overall increase in shipments. Demand for the new iPad Air, Watch Series 6, and Watch SE too are strong, with shipments expected to increase further next year. New technologies like mini-LED displays, 5G support, and more are said to benefit the iPad line next year, whereas improvements in the design and “innovative health management functions” might be on the cards for the firm’s smartwatch offering.
The new M1 powered MacBook models are also reportedly seeing higher demand that initially expected. Additionally, the analyst also reiterates previously reported information about redesigned MacBook Pro laptops expected sometime in the second half of 2021, which will help improve shipment figures further.
Lastly, Kuo predicts that AirPods shipments could flat-line or even decline up to ten percent in the first half of 2021, following lower than expected demand. The possible reasons for the decline include manufacturing hurdles, thanks to the increased focus on producing shared components for the iPhone and the lack of a successor this year. The firm is expected to launch the third generation AirPods sometime in the first half of 2021.
By Namerah S
2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Smartphones
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Gifting a loved one a smartphone can be a great way to show your affection towards them. Maybe your father has a really old phone that needs to be replaced, or maybe you have a younger sibling who is in college and can't afford to get an upgrade. No matter the occasion or the person, receiving a phone as a present will definitely put a smile on anyone's face.
If you're confused or completely lost for ideas, check out our list of recommendations down below:
Image via Apple Although the vast majority of people subscribe to the ideology 'the bigger the better', when it comes to smartphone sizes, there is still a large number of people who have more petite preferences. If not the size, the nostalgia factor could definitely be a reason for you to buy an iPhone SE for your special person this year.
Powered by the A13 Bionic chip, the iPhone SE has a small 4.7-inch Retina display, an IP67 waterproof and dust resistance rating and a single-lens 12MP f/1.8 rear camera. The phone is available in three shades, Black, White and PRODUCT(RED). You can purchase the Apple device for upwards of $299.
Mi Note 10
Image via Xiaomi Global Are you searching for a flagship phone on a budget? If you are, look no further because Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 is the perfect choice for you. Powered by the SnapDragon 730G, it has a 6.47-inch curved AMOLED screen, a gigantic 5260mAh battery, a penta-camera setup on the rear led by a 108MP main camera, 30W fast charging support, and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. It even has a headphone jack, which is something unusual for a 2020 flagship.
The Chinese all-rounder comes in three colours, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you are interested in purchasing the Mi Note 10, you can find it here for about $499.
If your special someone is really environmentally conscious, perhaps this might be a great gift. The whole idea behind the Fairphone 3+ or any of the other Fairphone devices is to create sustainable, eco-friendly phones. In line with this philosophy, they use recycled materials and try to make their smartphones as long-lasting as possible. Most of the components in the smartphone can be replaced, upgraded or repaired very easily.
The base Fairphone 3+ sports a 5.65-inch IPS LCD screen, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 3,040mAh and is powered by the Snapdragon 632 chipset. You can check out our review here and purchase the device for €469 here.
One of the prettiest looking phones this year would have to be the OnePlus 8 in Interstellar Glow - a colour option best described as the colour of the sky just before the sun sets. For that one flamboyant person in your life who is bright, perky and a lover of unicorns and all things rainbow, this shade hits the nail right on the head.
Not only is the OnePlus 8 a real good looker, but it also has great guts. The slim smartphone boasts a 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED display, 5G support, Snapdragon 865, 4,300mAh battery, Warp Charge 30T and a bunch of other features for a starting price of $699. You can check out our review here or purchase the OnePlus device on Amazon for a discounted price of $599.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Image via Samsung Mobile Press Lastly, we have the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, an elegant smartphone that serves as the perfect finish for our list. The Galaxy device has a 6.5-inch flat Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is available in a wide range of assorted colours. Apart from the colour options, another plus point is that the device supports 5G.
Other noteworthy tech specs include a water resistance rating of IP68, RAM options of 6GB and 8GB, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, a 4,500mAh battery, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 support and an under-the-screen optical fingerprint sensor. Currently, you can acquire a unit of the Galaxy S20 FE for $50 less than its usual price tag of $699 on Amazon.
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By Usama Jawad96
You may soon be able to get new emojis on Android without waiting for system updates
by Usama Jawad
Love it or hate it: a lot of people use emojis to convey a variety of emotions as it allows them to do so in a lesser amount of time with fewer taps of the keyboard. Typically, support for new emojis on Android and iOS devices comes with system updates such as Android 11 and iOS 14.2. Now, a new report claims that Google may be looking to decouple this dependency on Android system updates.
As spotted by the folks over at XDA, Google has made several commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit to achieve this purpose. Currently, all fonts and emojis are stored in a read-only system partition so updating them requires either rooting your phone and having a go at modifying system files yourself or waiting for a system update.
The new commits on the Gerrit indicate that Google will allow the "system_server" process read-write access to the system directory, which essentially means that the company will be able to roll out support for new emojis faster than before.
It is important to note that these commits have not been merged as of yet, so there's no assurance that this change will even happen. However, if they do get merged, we should probably see this change happening with Android 12 which is supposed to bring in at least 217 new emojis with Emoji 13.1 in 2021.
Source: Google (1, 2) via XDA
By Jay Bonggolto
Motorola unveils the Moto E7 budget phone in Europe for €119.99
by Jay Bonggolto
Image via PhoneArena Motorola today announced a new budget phone in Europe that costs only €119.99 (~$143). The Moto E7 will also be available in select countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia in the next few weeks.
As a budget-friendly handset, the phone comes with modest specs that don't compromise its performance. Inside, it's rocking an octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 chipset with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.
The phone sports a 6.5-inch Max Vision display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 and a waterdrop notch that houses a 5MP selfie camera (noted by PhoneArena). Additionally, its display has a 20:9 aspect ratio that Motorola says provides "the best viewing experience" for watching movies together with friends and family.
At its back, the Moto E7 features a dual camera setup comprising a 48MP main sensor and a 2MP macro camera. Its camera can also record videos in both HD and FullHD resolution at 30fps.
The phone packs a 4000mAh battery that can keep it running for up to "36 hours" on a single charge for various tasks, Motorola says. Speaking of gaming, the handset features HyperEngine technology for smooth and improved gaming performance.
The device runs stock Android 10 and it also includes a dedicated Google Assistant button mounted on the side.