Excitement will be at fever pitch tomorrow as Apple announces a new iPhone during its annual keynote address in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 7.
We’ll live blog the whole affair here and provide you with real-time updates and commentary as the event gets underway at 10 a.m. local time in San Francisco (that’s 10 a.m. PT). Be sure to tune in to our coverage and join the conversation.
How to watch the keynote live
As usual, Apple will be streaming the announcement. Refresh this page on Wednesday for the live stream. An iOS device with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, or a Mac with Safari on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a Windows 10 PC with Microsoft Edge is required. Similarly, Apple TVs need to be a second-gen device or greater to stream the show.
What to expect
Slated to take the stage are the long-rumored iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the next iteration of Apple’s smartwatch, presumably called the Watch 2. Besides finding out what’s new and what’s still the same, Tim Cook and co. will also confirm whether Apple is indeed declaring war on the headphone jack, as heavily reported.
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Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes now for pre-order
And more from 505 Games
After its showcase at Nintendo Direct, 505 Games quickly followed up details on Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes at Tokyo Game Show 2023.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a JRPG. It’s made by legendary game developers Yoshitaka Murayama’s (Suikoden I & II) and Junko Kawano (Suikoden I & IV). The game features a finely crafted six-character battle system, meticulously created 2D sprites and 3D backgrounds, a riveting story with over 100 playable characters and engaging gameplay designed to bring players a modern take on classic JRPGs.
The game is slated for global release on April 23, 2024. It will come to the PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Steam, Epic Games Store and the GOG.
Standard Edition — Digital edition available for US$ 49.99 / SG$ 58.90 / PHP 2,150 / IDR 499,999 / MYR 149 / THB 1,204. Physical copies may differ in price from digital editions.
Digital Deluxe Edition — Digital only for US$ 79.99 / SG$ 69 / PHP 2,300 / IDR 604,999 / MYR 177 / THB 1,449.
Includes multiple in-game bonuses such consumable items, season pass, digital mini artbook, digital soundtrack, 48-hour early access and an exclusive trinket of Rabbit & Bear
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More 505 Games announcements
This punishing, first-person cyberpunk-action thriller by One More Level will be available worldwide on Thursday, October 26. It will be playable on the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Steam, Epic and GOG. If you like pain and want to feel it right away, you can get the Brutal Edition which grants you 48 hours of early access. The Demo is out now.
Want more Cyberpunk in your gaming life? Nivalis offers that in a slice-of-life simulation kind of way. TGS attendees can go hands-on with Nivalis’ neon-bathed world at Hall 7, booth 07-N04, ahead of its 2024 release on PC (Steam, Epic Games Store).
I’m sure we’re all familiar with Subway Surfers. Guess what? It’s co-creator, Jonas Georgakakis founded Glowlight and is bringing us a cozy automated potion brewing game. As a former adventurer adapting a post-questing life, become a witch’s assistant at a potion shop. Gather exotic components, fashion complex brews, and perfect production through clever automations.
This just launched its Expansion Pack – Dragon’s Gold Cup. Take on a daring heist and make an unlikely ally with Dollar Dragon (Danny Trejo). Enjoy further refinements and improvements with the fourth free update released alongside the Expansion Pack.
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What to expect at Tokyo Game Show 2023
At Tokyo Game Show 2023, some of the world’s most popular titles and anticipated releases will be offered to fans from September 21 to 24.
Here’s what to expect from some of the biggest publishers worldwide.
HoYoverse will participate in the Game Show by bringing five of its renowned games:
- Genshin Impact
- Honkai: Star Rail
- Honkai Impact 3rd
- Tears of Themis
- Zenless Zone Zero
These games shall be showcased through offline exhibitions and online special programs, as well as stage performances and game demo opportunities for visitors.
There shall also be talk shows with creators and voice actors, interactive games, and merchandise giveaways. The latest news regarding all five games will also be announced during the event.
For the first time, NetEase Games will exhibit that the TGS 2023. A new game will be announced during the event, as well as latest updates to several titles. A lot of activities will also be made available to enjoy.
These include demos for romance adventure game Lovebrush Chronicles and exhibits related to card-based RPG Harry Potter: Magic Awakened.
Visitors will get to take photos in front of artworks from DustbornTM Quantic Dream’s third-person, single-player action-adventure title.
Under The Waves meanwhile, will be demoed on PlayStation 5, allowing players to try it hands-on.
There shall also be an Identity V exhibition match and a dedicated shooting range at the Knives Out booth.
Lastly, Square Enix has launched a special website for everything TGS 2023 here: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/tgs23/en/.
The developer’s booth will feature a playable demo for Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, which is the latest entry in the Dragon Quest series to be launched worldwide on September 28.
The second installment of Star Ocean (The Second Story R) and new four-on-four online shooter Foamstars may also be tried by visitors at the booth.
Star Ocean The Second Story R recently released its Anime Opening Movie during the Anime Impulse event in the United States, where it was announced the game will be releasing on November 2 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 and 5, with the Steam version for PC arriving the day after.
100 playable trial stands will be available at the SQUARE ENIX booth in Tokyo Game Show 2023, from September 21, 2023.
On September 23, 2023, a stage event will be held featuring the developers of FFVII Rebirth and a number of special guests.
Best of IFA 2023
Foldables, smart home, and more
IFA 2023 in Berlin, Germany has come and gone but we’re still pretty hyped about all the tech present during the show. It had everything from foldables, projectors, smart appliances, and more.
Below are some of our favorites and the ones we deemed are the Best of IFA 2023.
Best Foldable Phone: Honor Magic V2
The HONOR V Purse may have been the brand’s head turner, but that’s just a concept for now. The real star is the HONOR Magic V2 that has been confirmed to launch globally. The Magic V2, as of writing, still holds the title of being the world’s thinnest foldable. It’s absurdly thin but without compromising on the display quality and battery capacity.
This term gets thrown around too often but the Magic V2 is truly an engineering marvel. Jury’s out on how its software will blend with the magnificent hardware. But there’s plenty to be excited about this absolutely stunning foldable smartphone.
Best Projector: XGIMI Horizon Ultra
Movie nights at home are always a good idea, don’t you think? The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is a great option that won’t break the bank. At US$ 1699 you get a flagship home projector that offers so much value.
It has dual light engine, built-in Harman Kardon speakers, and optics that rival those of high end professional projectors. There’s also intelligent screen adaptation and Android TV. It’s an all-in-one smart home cinema that you’ll enjoy for the years to come.
Best Handheld Vacuum: Roborock Dyad Pro Combo
If you prefer cleaning manually, Roborock has the new Dyad Pro Combo. Acting as a two-in-one device, the vacuum can switch uses with four additional attachments. These accessories allow the vacuum to clean up both dry and wet messes.
The Dyad Pro Combo sucks up messes at 17,000Pa of suction power. It also has intelligent features such as the ability to adapt cleaning power, water flow, and dispensing cleaning solution. For maintenance, the vacuum automatically cleans the roller brushes and dries them with 50°C of hot air.
Best Washer-Dryer: Roborock Zeo One
Roborock is also in the washing machine market. The Zeo One is an all-in-one machine that can accomplish both washing and drying. With a quieter engine, the machine can wash 10kg and dry 6kg of fabric.
The machine’s cycle can soak up to 288,000m2 of moisture. The LintClear Self-Cleaning System can also automatically clean the lint filter by itself.
Finally, the Zeo One is controllable with an app on your phone.
Best Mobility Tech: NIU KQi AirX
The NIU KQI AirX made from an advanced frame crafted entirely from a single piece of carbon fiber. This makes it three times stronger than aluminum but at just 25.8lbs (11.7kg), it’s also lighter than most of the competition.
Its max speed is listed 20mph / 32km/h (subject to local regulations) and can cover about 50km (31mi) on a single charge.
Best Smartphone Accessory: CASETiFY Ultra Bounce Case
One look at the new CASETiFY Ultra Bounce Case is enough to tell you that it means business. The case can reportedly survive over 260 drops on all angles. It can also survive drops from up to 10 meters (or 32 feet) high.
Sporting 10X Military Grade Standard, the case has a 6-Layered Rugged Protection System. The chunky Ultra Bounce Corners have compression ribs with air cavities which minimize drops on the smartphone’s corners.
Despite how rugged the case looks, users can have their case customized with text, patterns, and colors. It is currently available only for iPhone models. However, CASETiFY might release Android versions in the future.
Best Portable Display: LG StanbyME Go
LG keeps thinking outside the box… or more appropriately, outside the home with their lifestyle TVs. The LG StanbyME Go is a 27-inch touch display that features a 20W four-channel speaker system, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. These are all integrated into a military grade standard case. It lets users enjoy memorable entertainment experiences wherever.
The display is ideal for watching movies, playing games, and more, thanks to its versatile adjustability range. The screen can be rotated 90 degrees from landscape to portrait and back, while its height can be adjusted up to 18 centimeters.
The StanbyME Go can be put in Table mode. Here the screen lies flat so users can play digital board games.
Best ANC Headphones: soundcore Space One
The soundcore Space One Noise Cancelling Headphones are perfect for turning down the noise at the lounge and on the plane. It promises to reduce noise by up to 98%* with adaptive noise cancelling (ANC).
It’s also equipped with 40mm dynamic drivers for that dynamic, round, and crispy sound that we all love to enjoy. And whatever music you’re into, you can enjoy it for a while as the headphones promises up to 40 hours of use with ANC turned on.
Best Fitness Wearable: Withings ScanWatch 2
Need a health tracker but don’t fancy the smartwatches out today? Pickings used to be slim in this department, but entering the fray is the Withings ScanWatch 2. It’s a hybrid smartwatch geared towards keeping you healthy.
Unlike most smartwatches, this doesn’t constant plugging. It promises to last for 30 days all while tracking your heart rate, steps, workouts, and more. All your data is synced into accompanying app so you know to take action where needed.
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