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Google provides official preview of Pixel 4

They’ve had enough of leaks

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Without a doubt, leaks have been ruining product launches for a couple of years now. There used to be lots of excitement heading into each smartphone reveal on stage, but with the onslaught of unofficial previews, brands simply had to deal with the buzzkill.

Lately, there have been loads of leaks for the Pixel 4. Google’s next flagship smartphone has seen its fair share of renders and case designs shown off to the public months before its launch.

While most smartphone manufacturers normally keep their lips sealed, Google decided to go ahead and provide its own official preview of the Pixel 4. In a tweet posted earlier today, the search giant acknowledged the recent leaks and teased us about more things to come.

We can more or less confirm that the Pixel 4 will arrive with two rear cameras — that’s double of what all previous Pixels offered. There appears to be a third sensor or laser autofocus on top of the pair, while the LED flash sits below them.

Interestingly, the rear camera setup is housed inside a top-left square similar to what we’ve seen on next-gen iPhone leaks. In addition, there’s no fingerprint scanner on the rear, implying that we may see Google’s first implementation of an under-display sensor here.

Previously, last year’s Pixel 3 was leaked to death, ultimately ruining any surprise during the Made by Google event. This might be Google’s way of setting expectations and bringing control back to their side.

Unfortunately, they didn’t reveal the front of the phone or a launch date. If it’s going to follow the release of previous Pixels, we’re likely to see the fourth generation in October.

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China is banning all American technology

Over 30 million devices to be replaced

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For most of the year, we’ve heard of the American government banning Chinese products on their soil. It has always been the US making its moves against China. For its part, China has found itself on the defensive for most of the time. However, the tides are finally turning.

According to a new report, China is planning to ban all American technology from its government offices. The new ban mirrors the US government’s ban on Chinese technology. The Chinese government has issued a three-year deadline for offices to comply.

Based on estimates, Chinese government offices must replace up to 30 million items in three years. Even if it is an estimate, the figure is no joke, especially with the tense relationship between two of the world’s biggest technology manufacturers. China depends on American technology, as much as American depends on China.

Given both sides’ bans on the other, China must find a way to rely on its own technology or on other sponsors. If anything, China’s increased reliance on its own products will intensify its local companies, especially Huawei.

Besides finding better alternatives to its products, the government’s loss is a company’s gain. Chinese companies — like Huawei, Lenovo, and OPPO — can fill in the void for the government.

What does this mean for the world? Similar to the government’s predicament now, Huawei is trying to find permanent alternatives to its American components. If successful, Chinese products will be entirely made in China, rather than being a balanced blend of differently sourced components.

SEE ALSO: Mobile users in China have to undergo mandatory face scan

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The biggest announcements from the final State of Play

New games, and a jam-packed DLC to boot

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2020 is just around the corner, and in PlayStation’s final State of Play for the year, they dropped huge news. From popular titles to new titles for next year, PlayStation wanted to wrap things up nicely for its 25th anniversary. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the final State of Play for 2019:

Untitled Goose Game arrives

You’ve heard of the Untitled Goose Game, right? That’s right, the game that allows you to vent all your frustrations towards the human race as a “vengeful” goose comes to the PlayStation 4 on December 17. Accomplish several tasks and achieve pure chaos, all while keeping yourself out of the humans’ reach. Honk your way to success at the expense of the human race.

Spellbreak enters the battle

Proletariat wants to add a new kind of battle royale game for the PlayStation 4. Spellbreak combines the typical battle royale-style gameplay with the hint of magic in it. While the broadcast did not reveal much on other game mechanics, it showed several battle areas such as towns and forests. The game is already available for the PC through the Epic Games store, but will make its way to the PlayStation 4 next year.

Explore a dreamlike ecosystem with Paper Beast

2020 will be the year that PlayStation beefs up its VR lineup. Pixel Reef has one such title added to that lineup in Paper Beast, an adventure-simulation game. The game mostly focuses on wildlife depicted in 2D-like structures. It is expected to launch some time within the first quarter of next year.

Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind: the mind-boggling DLC

Finally, on January 23, 2020, one of the most popular games released in 2019 explores the forgotten in its latest DLC. Kingdom Hearts 3 welcomes a deeper dive into the events leading up to the game’s final battle scene  in ReMind. The expansion features several characters from the beloved Kingdom Hearts franchise while also marking the return of key figures in the Final Fantasy series. While the DLC drops early next year, Square Enix and PlayStation had opened pre-orders for it.

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The Pirate Bay just launched its own streaming service

Yes, it’s free

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Without a doubt, the streaming wars have begun. Especially after the introduction of Disney Plus, audiences are now struggling to find the perfect mix of price and content. Which streaming services should you sign up for, so you maximize all entertainment options while minimizing price?

However, as entertainment companies come up with more streaming services, prices are inevitably going up. That said, a former entertainment king is getting a lot more tempting again — piracy.

Before Netflix’s current dominance, audiences already resorted to torrenting and bootleg streaming. Now, rising prices will likely push audiences back to the entertainment model.

Case in point, infamous torrenting website The Pirate Bay has launched a streaming prototype — called BayStream — on its own site. Currently, users can access the service when they search for torrents. In the below search on The Mandalorian, for example, some torrents have a green play button. Clicking on the play button will direct users to a YouTube-like website where they can play the respective torrent without downloading it.

 

Unfortunately, the service doesn’t come with an instruction manual. However, upon further testing, the button automatically appears whenever a torrent has a hundred or more seeds, regardless of age. Sadly, the file’s availability on BayStream is an unknown. Some, despite having more than 100 seeds, are absent from the service. If anything, the top-seeded torrents are likelier to play on the site.

Additionally, users can also upload their own files on the service (up to 20GB). Presumably, uploading users can share their own files with others using the service.

The Pirate Bay has not officially announced the service. However, some reports say that the service is still in beta testing. Regardless, BayStream is an interesting addition to today’s overcrowded streaming market.

SEE ALSO: Netflix might limit password sharing between users

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