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Lenovo to announce Moto G4, modular Moto Z in Philippines soon?

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Will Lenovo soon release its current selection of Moto phones to the Philippines — a market it has so far shown very little, if any, enthusiasm for until recently? If the company’s social media posts this week are any indication, the answer is pretty obvious.

Moto PH posted this teaser on Facebook Tuesday, hinting at the arrival of at least two sort-of-new smartphones, the Moto G4 or G4 Plus and the modular Moto Z.

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Moto PH recently posted this teaser on Facebook

We are yet to hear back from a Lenovo/Moto spokesperson, so we can’t confirm how many and which devices the company intends to announce locally. It would make sense to bring in the $150 G4 Play as well since it’s one of the most affordable of the latest Moto bunch. We wouldn’t rule out the Moto E3 and E3 Power either for the same reason.

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Between the G4, G4 Plus, and Z phones, however, we are most excited to hear about the latter’s local availability. And we’re not saying that because of its unique ability to magnetically — or should we say magically? — attach itself to a real camera with zoom lens, or a battery case, among other accessories.

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Moto Z

We think Lenovo’s modular approach to accessorizing is the way to go, and the add-ons on offer at launch don’t sound gimmicky like those of another popular modular handset. We’re not looking at you, Project Ara. You are dead to us. It helps (a lot) that the Moto Z is among the thinnest smartphones around, coming in at just 5.2mm thick, and that it’s using the same powerful processor inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (U.S. version), LG G5, and OnePlus 3.

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The Moto G4 has a midrange Snapdragon chip, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera, while the G4 Plus steps up to more RAM and more megapixels on the rear-facing shooter. Android Marshmallow is the software of choice on the Moto G4, G4 Plus, and Z. The phones all sport a 5.5-inch display at full resolution.

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Moto G4

Off-contract prices in the U.S. start at $200 for the Moto G4, $250 for the Moto G4 Play, $700 for the flagship Moto Z. The phones are now available stateside through various retailers. One can only hope the prices in the Philippines aren’t much higher than in the U.S.

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Zelda sequel Tears of the Kingdom has a release date

Priced at $70

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Barely more than a month into the new year, 2023 already looks like a phenomenal year for gamers. A lot of upcoming games are looking like exciting additions to everyone’s to-play list. Though we already knew the title is coming this year, Nintendo officially announced the release date of Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

After revealing a flurry of games, Nintendo capped off their recent Direct with the fresh trailer of the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild. As was showcased in previous teasers and trailers, Tears of the Kingdom is a much darker vision set in the same world as Breath of the Wild. Ganon (or what looks like a zombified version of the villain) is back to terrorize Hyrule. This time, however, the iconic villain has a voice!

Plus, Tears of the Kingdom adds a lot of verticality by introducing floating terrain and more aerial movement. While the world looks similar to Breath of the Wild, the sequel still has a lot to show players.

Finally, the trailer caps off with the release date. Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12. Preorders have already begun for the title. Additionally, dedicated fans can also get a Collector’s Edition which includes a SteelBook, a poster, an art book, and a pin set. The release also coincides with the launch of a new Amiibo to commemorate the launch.

Priced a bit higher, Tears of the Kingdom will sell for US$ 69.99.

SEE ALSO: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

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Nintendo adds Game Boy titles to Switch Online

And Game Boy Advance

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Nintendo Switch Online is the gift that keeps on giving. More than giving players the ability to play online, the subscription service also offers subscribers a gallery of classic games from bygone eras. The feature remains one of the most convenient ways to play old titles from the NES and the N64. Now, the service is adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles.

Announced during the most recent Direct, Nintendo has announced that several titles from the Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance are now playable through the subscription service. While all subscribers will have access to the Game Boy titles, Game Boy Advance titles will come only with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscriptions.

The starting lineup of Game Boy titles include Tetris, the original Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and Kirby’s Dream Land. Meanwhile, Game Boy Advance titles will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$. Games included will come with local and online multiplayer, if applicable.

Nintendo will continue to add more titles to the roster throughout the year. Since the Game Boy generation is one of the company’s biggest, expect a ton of announcements as the roster fills up. (We’re still holding out hope for the classic Pokémon games.)

SEE ALSO: Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

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Twitter expands character limit to 4,000 characters

But not for everyone

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Despite the traditional limitations, the platform’s users have always found a way to express themselves beyond Twitter’s character limits. Whether broken through extensive threads or third-party sites, strict limitations don’t exist anymore. Now, Twitter is essentially getting rid of the character limit by introducing its biggest expansion to date.

Announced today, Twitter will allow users to post tweets with up to 4,000 characters. That’s a gigantic leap from the original 140-character limit and the expanded 280-character limit in 2017. But, of course, some good things come with a price.

Not everyone will have access to the new feature. Currently, only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can create tweets of up to 4,000 characters. Besides original tweets, subscribers can also quote tweet with the same expanded limit.

Thankfully, the new feature will not inundate everyone’s feeds with an ocean of text. Any tweets going beyond 280 characters will be cut off with a “show more” prompt.

Through the past few months, the platform has changed a few fundamental elements before Musk took over. Most importantly, Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service is now much more expansive. Among other things, subscribers now get the coveted blue checkmark attached to their profiles. Now, they also get a massive boost in capabilities when it comes to tweeting.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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