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IFA Berlin 2021 stands canceled amid second COVID-19 wave

Also citing uncertainties in vaccine rollout

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German technology expo IFA 2021 stands canceled as a second Coronavirus wave has devastated South East Asia. The expo is among the top globally, and the 2020 edition consisted of a limited in-person event that adopted a hybrid digital model.

IFA 2021 was initially planned for September 3-7 at the Messe in Berlin. The organizers were confident in the beginning that the expo could continue in 2021 as usual. However, a far more dangerous and potent wave of Coronavirus is spreading across the globe. Among the most affected are India, Brazil, the USA, and Germany.

The organizers have also pointed out that global vaccine efforts are uncertain and inconsistent. Today, the European Union announced that it’d be opening up the border for those who’ve received two doses of the vaccine. But, only a few vaccines qualify for this — AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinopharm.

“Ultimately, several key global health metrics did not move as fast in the right direction as had been hoped for – from the rapid emergence of new COVID-19 variants, for example, in South Asia, to continued uncertainties about the speed of the rollout of vaccination programs around the world,” Messe Berlin and gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH, the organizer, said in a press release.

Another reason it’s becoming difficult to organize IFA 2021 is local requirements for vaccination. The exhibition area is temporarily turned into a vaccination center and an emergency hospital facility if things turn towards the worst. These arrangements are expected to be in place till September, coming in direct conflict with the expo.

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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Apps

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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