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The Apple Watch Series 5 is here!

Better than the Series 4?

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Apple has just unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5, introducing new features that will delight every user looking to upgrade their smartwatches.

Starting with the newest Always-On Retina display, the Apple Watch Series 5 will never sleep. Now, you can easily check the time and important information at a glance. To make this happen, Apple made its smartwatch carry an 18-hour battery life by optimizing watch faces and adjusting the screen’s brightness intelligently, depending on the position of the user’s wrist.

Another innovation for the smartwatch is its new location features. There is a new built-in compass and updated Maps app to help people navigate their way. Through the Compass app, you can see where you’re heading, along with details on your current elevation.

Moreover, Apple added an International Emergency Calling feature to help travelers contact emergency services in over 150 countries. It can also place an emergency call automatically if the Apple Watch has detected that the user has taken a hard fall.

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On top of these new features, the Apple Watch Series 5 uses watchOS 6, packed with health and fitness features first announced at WWDC 2019 last June. Women can now track their menstrual cycle through the Cycle Tracking App. Additionally, there’s a Noise app to help you understand the ambient sound levels in loud environments, as well as the Activity Trends which gives you an overview of your activity patterns.

Design-wise, the Apple Watch Series 5 brings in new, customizable watch faces, thanks to watchOS6. Furthermore, it’s now available in a wider range of materials like aluminum (which came from 100 percent recycled 7000 series aluminum), stainless steel, ceramic, and all-new titanium. There are also a wider range of new band colors and a sport loop, which works with any Apple Watch.

Pricing and availability

The Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS), which costs US$ 399, will be available to order in 41 countries and regions, starting September 10, while the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) priced at US$ 499 is available to order in 22 countries and regions. Both models will come to stores beginning on September 20.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) starts at a new low price of US$ 199 while the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) costs US$ 299. The popular Series 3 has a built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, and water resistance.

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PUBG Mobile has a host of surprise gifts this Diwali

Burst in-game crackers!

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Diwali is a very auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar and is comparable to Christmas in India. With the onset of the festive season, everyone is on a shopping spree. Companies are gearing up to send out gifts and streets will be lit up with diyas and lanterns.

The country is also one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile, and the brand intends to leverage the festive season this year. The game has announced a plethora of in-game offerings as well as physical gifts.

Starting October 19, ‘Diwali Dhamaka Event’ will go live in the game and players need to complete daily missions to collect ‘Diwali Sparklers,’ which can be used to ‘Burst Crackers.’ Bursting these crackers will get you ‘Gift Tokens’ that can be redeemed for exclusive in-game items.

For reference, bursting crackers has been a tradition during Diwali. However, everyone is urged to refrain from bursting actual crackers because it leads to massive air pollution. A virtual celebration is best for everyone.

Progressing up the ladder, there will be three levels and each will offer you up to 25 tokens. Once all the Gift Tokens are collected, players will get a Diwali special in-game item for free. Additionally, few lucky winners will also stand a chance to win physical rewards like TVS Apache Bike, OPPO Phones, gold coins, and more.

In-game offering currently includes a Kurta Pajama Set (traditional clothes worn during Diwali), Cricket Costume, Future Policewoman set, Lobster Set, AWM/M416 gun skins, Crate Coupons, and more. The festivities will be available in-game till November 4.

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Blizzard is banning pro-HK Twitch viewers

Don’t say “Free Hong Kong”

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The war against Chinese favoritism continues. Following a massive controversy a few weeks ago, Blizzard shows that it has not learned its lesson at all. The video game publisher is reportedly banning pro-Hong Kong viewers from its Twitch channel.

Blizzard’s games are particularly popular on the streaming platform. Thousands of streamers play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone on Twitch daily. Naturally, Blizzard has capitalized on this trend. Blizzard’s official Twitch accounts broadcast sanctioned tournaments regularly.

This year, Hearthstone’s official account (PlayHearthstone) broadcasted the Master Tour, an international Hearthstone tournament. The most recent European leg is currently ongoing on the platform. That said, the stream’s chatroom was (and is) a huge minefield. Thousands of viewers typed in pro-Hong Kong messages in chat. The outpouring comes from both Hong Kong supporters and dissenters against Blizzard’s blatant pro-China stance.

However, Blizzard already has Twitch on lockdown. As reported by Dot Esports, anyone who typed “Free Hong Kong” automatically received a 24-hour ban from the chatroom. (Though they can still watch, banned users cannot participate in the chatroom for the allotted time.) Moderators also instantly deleted the “offensive” messages.

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At the very least, Blizzard isn’t using an automated program to control the chat’s speech. Days after a live match, PlayHearthstone rebroadcasted the same match on the channel. Apparently, a rerun did not warrant enough moderation from Blizzard. During the rerun, thousands of pro-Hong Kong messages flashed in the chatroom without deletion or banning. Blizzard is still taking things manually.

Regardless, the company’s recent censorship is another nail in Blizzard’s made-in-China coffin. Previously, Blizzard penalized the winner of a Hearthstone tournament for including pro-Hong Kong protests in his victory speech. After an ambiguous apology note, the company eased on the punishment and reiterated that China was not involved in the decision.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard is taking their other titles to your mobile

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Motorola could launch a foldable Razr phone

Could be announced next month

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Remember the iconic Razr phone? Back then, a foldable phone had a different meaning and consisted of a hinge that separated the screen and keyboard. Today, thanks to bendable display technology, our definition of a folding phone have changed completely.

However, the feeling of picking up a call by opening the phone with a flip is unmatchable. And, Motorola may be bringing back all that nostalgia with a new “Razr” branded phone.

The company has sent out invitations to an event on November 13 that will feature a “highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon.” Accompanying the invitation was an animated gif depicting the original Razr phone hinge design.

The Razr reboot has become one of the most anticipated smartphone releases among gadget enthusiasts. Its iconic flip became a cultural icon which made everyone wanted a Motorola flip phone.

There is a possibility the phone could feature a bendable display that opens up vertically. A report by The Wall Street Journal early this year stated that Motorola could be working on a reboot and plans on making a limited number of units. Each could sell for as much as US$ 1,500.

These retro reboots have worked quite well for other brands like HMD Global, who’s popular for launching classic Nokia-branded phones with modern features. Even BlackBerry has been experimenting with its keyboard and launched the Key2 last year.

With Huawei Mate X delayed and Galaxy Fold having its own set of problems, Motorola could have a shot at taking on Huawei and Samsung.

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