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Nubia Red Magic 3 is a gaming smartphone with a built-in cooling fan

So powerful, it needs to be cooled down

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Gaming smartphones are slowly becoming a staple product among phone manufacturers. Besides high-end specs, these smartphones are customized for gameplay under pressure. Because of their power, some gaming smartphones — like ASUS ROG Phone and Black Shark 2 — already offer external cooling fans. Going against this trend, ZTE‘s newest phone already has a fan built in.

ZTE has been pretty aggressive in smartphone design lately. (Remember the Alpha wearable phone?) This approach comes as no surprise. Under their hip Nubia brand, ZTE announces the Red Magic 3.


The Red Magic 3 is the successor to the already impressive Red Magic Mars. As you’d expect, the newest gaming phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chip, paired with up to 12GB of memory (insane!) and 256GB of onboard storage. Supplying juice, the phone has a huge 5000mAh with fast charging support for up to 27W.

According to the company, the internal cooling fan can reportedly spin up to 14,000rpm. Of course, it can be quiet when not in use. Besides, the phone also has  liquid cooling technology to aid in the process. The fan itself has an IP55 rating and its own isolated chamber — preventing dust and liquids getting into the phone.

The Red Magic 3 also features an RGB LED strip on its back, which really adds the looks of a gaming device. Additionally, the phone’s rear fingerprint reader can be mapped as an extra button when gaming.

In the display aspect, the Red Magic 3 has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR capabilities. The screen is complemented by front-facing stereo speakers and triple microphones, suitable for live streaming. Lastly, it has a headphone jack.

Thankfully, these impressive features don’t cost too much, especially when compared to premium Android phones. The phone will be available in China on May 3 starting at CNY 2,899 or about US$ 430. The starting price is for the base variant with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage. If you want the beefy version with the 12GB+256GB configuration, you’ll have to shell out CNY 4,299 or around US$ 640. Accessories like a LAN connection dock and a 5G radio add-on are sold separately.

Don’t worry, the Red Magic 3 will not be exclusive to China. It will also launch in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe sometime in May.

Source: Nubia

SEE ALSO: ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable is basically a phone on your wrist

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We’ve been calling PlayStation’s X button wrong all this time

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Regardless of which gaming console you have, the X button unites us all. Every console available today — the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch — has some form of the same button. That said, what do you call it? Both the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch use other letters — Y, A, and B — for their other buttons. Naturally, majority vote calls for pronouncing it as the “ex” button.

However, Sony doesn’t use the same letter scheme. Instead of letters, the PlayStation’s DualShock controller uses shapes: Triangle, Circle, Square… and X? Do we still call it the “ex” button? According to the official PlayStation Twitter accounts, absolutely not.


In a now-infamous series of tweets, Sony has laid down the verdict in an argument we’ve probably never even thought about. Apparently, PlayStation users should pronounce each button according to their respective shapes. According to that logic, the X button should be called the Cross button.

As you might expect, the revelation didn’t go well with the gaming community. Twitter users have outrageously and creatively expressed their dismay.

In response to the outrage, the PlayStation account posted a three-option poll asking what gamers call the controversial button. The more traditional X button won by a landslide: 81 percent. Meanwhile, a joke answer — “+ rotated 45°” — got 11 percent of the votes. The “correct” answer — “Cross” — got only 8 percent.

That didn’t stop the memes. Twitter user @TheDrencom posted a more hilarious compromise. PlayStation even retweeted and allowed the weird alternative. Should we call it the “no pizza” button?

The Cross button’s supporters also had a few things to say in their defense. Based on the actual geometry of the icon, it’s more accurate to say “Cross,” rather than X.

Of course, Sony owns the PlayStation. They can call it whatever they want. Still, the console already has a massive following calling it by a more ubiquitous name. Are you going to call it the Cross button now?

SEE ALSO: Sony PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far

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Apple Arcade aims to make your iPhone a gaming phone

100+ exclusive gaming titles

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Apple is known for its hardware lineup, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The iPhone accounts for a huge chunk of the company’s revenue and has been the sole product to propel the brand towards a trillion-dollar valuation.

But with changing times, it’s essential for every business to slowly evolve. And, we’re witnessing this change with technology companies around the world. Instead of relying on first-hand hardware sales, brands are now monetizing virtual data.


Arcade, which was demonstrated during the unveiling of Apple’s latest iPhones on Tuesday, is an attempt to turn the mobile gaming industry on its head and add an extensive new revenue stream to the company’s books.

It boasts over 100 unique titles, including Beyond a Steel Sky, a sequel to the classic adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky, with art by Watchman comic book legend Neil Gibbons.

Apple said games will be exclusive to Arcade and not available on other services. The subscription service will be available across Apple devices, and Arcade will work with Microsoft Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers, which should make for more varied gameplay.

The gaming subscription service will release on September 19 and costs just $4.99 / £4.99 / INR 99 a month. This is automatically a Family Sharing plan, allowing for up to six family members to share the same subscription for just one monthly fee.

For iOS devices, Apple Arcade will arrive Sept. 19 with iOS 13. Apple Arcade will be available Sept. 30 on iPadOS and TVOS 13 devices and in October on MacOS Catalina.

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From Jedi to Avenger, Lenovo announces AR game Marvel: Dimension of Heroes

Your turn to save the world

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dLenovo made us live our Jedi dreams in 2017, now they want us to be an Avenger. Announced at IFA 2019 is the company’s follow-up to fan favorite AR game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges — they’re taking us to another universe with Marvel: Dimension of Heroes.

The hardware you’ll need

Much like Jedi Challenges, you’ll need nearly the same hardware to make Dimension of Heroes work. There’s the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, the Tracking Beacon, and instead of a Light Saber replica, you get a pair of Universal Controllers.


Of course you’ll also need a compatible smartphone to run the game. Basic requirements are as follows: Has to be larger than 4.3 inches to align with phone tray display cutout. For iOS devices, it has to have at least a 1.4 GHz Dual Core chip along with 1GB RAM. For Android phones, it needs at least a 2.0 GHz Quad Core chip with 2GB RAM. You can check the full list of compatible devices at lenovo.com/miragear.

Play as your favorite Marvel Superhero

There aren’t a lot of details available as to how the game will play out. The only clue so far is that you have to “defend your reality” as any of the six superheroes headlining the game. The six are original Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Avengers Captain America and Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Fans of the MCU should easily recognize the mentioned superheroes as they prominently feature in the last two Avengers films — Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

In early 2018, I had the chance to speak with some Lenovo Executives and they did mention working on a Marvel AR game. More popular characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man were mentioned but they’re noticeably missing in this lineup.

While Spider-Man’s future in the MCU is looking bleak, I personally am still hoping we get an AR game featuring the wall-crawler.

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