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CES 2022 will be returning to Las Vegas as an in-person event

The world is finally healing

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After more than a year’s wait, it seems like things are finally returning to the old normal. CES 2022 is making a comeback as an in-person event and will take place in Las Vegas as usual.

The CTA (Consumer Technology Association), which organizes CES (Consumer Electronics Show), said that the event would be held from January 5 to 8, with the media days on January 3 and 4. The Coronavirus pandemic prompted all tradeshows to go fully digital, including MWC Barcelona, Google I/O, and Apple’s WWDC.

For technology enthusiasts, an online-only event can never match the grand scale of a physical event. In-person meets have a personal touch, there are thousands of cutting-edge gadgets to play with, and the coverage becomes unique.

Vaccination progress helped

The US is quickly vaccinating its citizens, and many other countries are following a similar strategy. We can expect the old normal to return gradually in the next few months, but that’s considering everything goes as planned. Obviously, the decision can change if there’s a shift in the course of the pandemic.

Though, CTA boasted that close to 1,000 companies are already lined up for the event. This includes giants like Amazon, AMD, Dell, Google, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, and many more.

“We are thrilled to return to Las Vegas – home to CES for more than 40 years – and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces,” Gary Shapiro, president, and CEO of the CTA, said in an announcement.

The CTA said that CES 2022 would be held as per the CDC’s safety guidelines, along with state and local guidelines for Nevada and the city of Las Vegas to ensure a safe event for attendees.

Read Also: GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2021

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back

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Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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