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Samsung Gear S2 First Look

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Samsung showcased its sexiest wearable so far – the Gear S2.

Given Samsung’s history with wearables (the Galaxy Gears and Gears of the past didn’t exactly pan out) it’s only right to be cautiously optimistic about the Gear S2. But from all angles, this looks to be their most promising wearable yet.

First thing you’ll notice is it actually looks like a watch thanks to its round design. Made of stainless steel, your primary physical interaction with the Gear S2 will be through its bezel which lets you dig deeper into whatever you’re checking on the watch. Think of it as a scroll bar except, it’s round.

Samsung is also hoping to get you to put their watch on your wrist thanks to its cool factor. Need to book an Uber? No need to take your phone out, do it from the watch. Want to skip to the next track on your music player? Turn the bezel to go to the next song.

And just like traditional watches, the Gear S2 is also being positioned as a fashion accessory. Samsung partnered with renowned Italian designer Alessandro Mendini to create a good-looking range of watch faces and bands for the Gear S2.

Mendini’s designs along with a wide selection of watch faces and watch bands also helps Samsung market their latest wearable as a versatile accessory. One you can wear whether you’re going to a fancy dinner date or to the gym.

Speaking of the gym, the Gear S2 also appears to be a reliable fitness companion. If you haven’t taken a step for a while, the watch gives you gentle tap reminding you to move your feet.

From a glance, there’s a lot to like about the Gear S2 but only real-world use will determine if it’s worth your hard-earned cash. And that’s what we’ll all be looking out for in the next few weeks.

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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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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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