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Samsung Galaxy S10 gets Note 10 features

This closes the gap between two Galaxies

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is an impressive phone for an Android flagship. Aside from featuring impressive hardware, the One UI on the Note 10 offers extra features to help a user’s workflow. These features — AR doodle, built-in video editor, and Windows integration — are now making their way to the Samsung Galaxy S10 through a software update.

Camera update

Headlining the camera update is the Night Mode to the front camera of the Galaxy S10. Super Steady video stabilization, AR doodle, and Live Focus video recording will also be making their way to the Galaxy S10.

AR doodle lets users enhance their videos with augmented reality drawings and messages. This feature will let users create exciting and engaging video clips that they can share to their friends.

Meanwhile, Live Focus video recording brings bokeh into videos. Various bokeh effects will be available when recording videos, including blur, big circle, color point and glitch.

Video clip editor

After recording a video, a user may want to edit the recording. The coming software update brings in an updated Gallery app that allows video editing. With the video clip editor, users can trim clips, stitch two clips together, adjust playback speed and more.

Furthermore, the video editor will allow users to add subtitles and background music to make their video clips unique.

SEE ALSO: Can the Galaxy Note 10 be your go-to video camera?

AR Doodle and Live Focus

Link to Windows

S10 users would be happy to know that the coming update adds support for Samsung DeX. Users can connect their phones through USB and take advantage of Samsung DeX for PC. Link to Windows has also been added, allowing users to connect wirelessly their phones to view its contents, send and receive messages, and sync recent photos directly from their computer.

Other updates

Samsung Pass and Messages will also feel new. User can expect simplified setup and they can use the S10’s biometrics to log in to apps and websites quickly and securely. The Messages app adds a new icon for adding photos and videos in the text window to offer users easy access to the files they need.

S10 users have something to look forward to with the coming update. It will make their phone more versatile, powerful and feature-rich than ever. The update will come to the Galaxy S10, S10+, and the S10e in the coming weeks.

Adding new features to the Galaxy S10 will make it more attractive for flagship buyers. The Galaxy S10 series launched last February 2019 to positive reviews. The series features bright and colorful displays, impressive cameras, and long-lasting batteries.

This update further closes the gap between the Galaxy Note series and the Galaxy S series with the only notable difference being the S Pen. Which is why we’re also hearing news that Samsung is considering merging the Note and S lines.

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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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