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Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. is the new face of OnePlus

At least in India and China

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Wearing a sharp suit, sneakers, a McLaren as a backdrop, and that signature Ironman confidence as an accessory, Robert Downey Jr. poses with the OnePlus 7 Pro in hand.

The photo, posted by the Avengers actor on Chinese social media website Weibo, confirms a partnership between Downey Jr. and OnePlus. The actor who played the iconic Tony Stark had this to say about the smartphone brand and their just released flagship:

“It’s cool to see a young brand disrupting the tech landscape. I was challenged to help them create an authentic campaign based on the tenets of quality and craftsmanship, and it’s already proving to be a great fit creatively. In checking out the upcoming ‘OnePlus 7 Pro’ the attention to detail coupled with innovative design was truly impressive.”

Starting May 14, OnePlus material starring the actor will roll out. However, if you live outside Asia, you might not be seeing any of this as the partnership only extends to China and India.

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There’s a real Super Mario movie coming with Chris Pratt

Coming next year

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Earlier today, Nintendo hosted its Nintendo Direct presentation for the month of September. As expected, the presentation teased a barrage of amazing titles coming for the holiday season. However, amid the new titles, Nintendo also announced a stranger title that didn’t fit in with the rest: an upcoming Super Mario movie.

If you grew up in the 90s, you might be familiar with the old Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a live-action adaptation of the iconic gaming franchise, and a more controversial movie. Though it was watchable fare for kids, the series never made an impact especially compared to the original games. Some people even view it with ironic appreciation. Undoubtedly, the new announcement is raising its fair share of eyebrows all over the world.

Nintendo has not shared any plot details or a trailer for the film yet. However, we do know that it will be an animated film from Illumination Entertainment, the same studio who made the Despicable Me series. It will also feature all the familiar characters from the franchise.

Marvel actor Chris Pratt will voice the titular plumber. Opposite him, Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach. Charlie Day will voice Mario’s brother, Luigi. Jack Black voices the franchise’s villain, Bowser. Keegan-Michael Key makes an appearance as Toad. Finally, Seth Rogen is Donkey Kong.

The upcoming film is set for a 2022 launch.

SEE ALSO: Sealed Super Mario Bros. from 1985 auctioned for $660K

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Google released its own potato chips

This isn’t the in-house chip we were expecting

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If, for some reason, you thought Google meant potato chips when they said they were launching their first in-house chips, then we have good news for you. Google has truly launched its own bag of potato chips.

Well, obviously, Google isn’t transitioning to the food market just yet. The company released the official bag of chips to promote its actual in-house chip, the upcoming Google Tensor chipset. Google is set to launch the flagship processor later this year. The chipset will officially debut for the Pixel 6 series, a flagship series that Google has been hyping up for month.

Unfortunately, the potato chip is only set for a limited run. Only 10,000 bags have been made for now. And they’re all sold out. As somewhat of a silver lining, Google also released a quirky video showing how the Pixel 6 works as a smartphone with the bag of chips as a stand-in.

Google offered the free bags for those in Japan. They’re designed much like how the Pixel 6 will look like. To promote Android 12’s focus on customization, users were also able to attach their own names to the bag through a customizable badge. Though the bag comes in five different colors, the potato chips come in only one flavor: Googley Salty Flavor.

Google has not confirmed whether they are making more bags for the future. However, the Pixel 6 series and the Tensor chipset are both coming sometime in the last quarter of the year.

SEE ALSO: Google’s Tensor might just be an Exynos in disguise

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Kindle launches larger Kindle Paperwhite models

And a more premium Signature Edition

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Love them or hate them, Kindles have successfully affected the world of reading. Amazon’s reading devices have made reading more convenient when we can’t bring dozens of books with us, especially as we travel. As such, Amazon keeps updating its Kindle lineup. Recently, the company has once again released a new series of Kindle Paperwhite models.

Compared to the standard fare of Kindles, the Kindle Paperwhite series thrive on its unique set of features. The lineup sports a reading light to help readers get through the night without a lot of light.

With the recent update, the new Kindle Paperwhite has increased its reading area to an expansive 6.8-inch display with smaller bezels. The display is also much clearer, putting out content at 300dpi. To make things even better, the series offers warm light and dark mode options. The more premium Kindle Signature Edition also sports an automatic light sensor which adjusts the backlight depending on your surroundings.

In terms of battery power, the new Kindle Paperwhites can last for a whopping 10 weeks on a single charge. Plus, the Signature Edition is the first one of the series to support Qi wireless charging.

The new Kindle Paperwhite offers 8GB of internal storage and will sell for US$ 139.99. Meanwhile, the Signature Edition has 32GB of internal storage and will retail for US$ 189.99. Both devices are up for pre-orders and will come with a free four-month subscription of Kindle Unlimited.

Besides the two devices, Kindle is also launching a family-friendly Kindle Paperwhite for Kids. The device has a kid-friendly design and will come with a free year of Amazon Kids+. It retails for US$ 159.99.

SEE ALSO: Spotify is now adding free audiobooks

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