PS4 Slim with Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and Three Months PS Plus Membership Now Available in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The latest PS4 Slim bundle costs Rs. 28,990
  • It comes with three highly rated games
  • Expect more bundles from Sony India in the months to come

The PS4 Slim has received yet another bundle for India. This time around Rs. 28,990 gets you a PS4 Slim 500GB console, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, and Driveclub.

In addition to this, Sony India is also throwing in a three month subscription to PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) – Sony’s online service that allows you to play multiplayer and grants you access to an assortment of games each month.

PS4 Slim with Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and Three Months PS Plus Membership Now Available in India

While the likes of Amazon India list the PS4 bundle for a May 31 release date, several offline retailers have confirmed with Gadgets 360 that it is available in stores right now.

Considering that Horizon Zero Dawn retails for Rs. 3,999, Ratchet and Clank is priced at Rs. 2,750 (finally making it officially in India after months of Sony deciding otherwise), and Driveclub at Rs. 1,999, this is a stellar bundle. That is before factoring in the Rs. 1,599 cost of a three month PS Plus subscription.

If you’re looking to get a PS4, this is the bundle to buy. You may want to act soon though. According to multiple sources at retail, this specific bundle will be short supply much like the previous PS4 Slim Horizon Zero Dawn Bundle.

Don’t expect it to be Sony’s last first-party bundle either. With Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Gran Turismo Sport, and God of War expected this year, we could see more to come from the company.

Rocket League for Nintendo Switch Announced With Exclusive Features: Nintendo at E3 2017

 

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Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch
It will be available this holiday season
PS4 owners will not be able to play with Switch, PC, and Xbox One players
Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Developer Psyonix announced this at Nintendo’s E3 2017 event with a Holiday 2017 release date. The game fuses together racing and sports as you chase a football in a rocket-propelled car. It became a runaway success when it initially released in 2015 on Windows PC and PS4. Psyonix detailed what’s new and different this time around.

Rocket League Nintendo Switch exclusives
Specific battle-cars and customisation items such as Mario and Luigi hat toppers would be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.

Rocket League Nintendo Switch content and features
Psyonix confirmed that all of the content, features, and updates the game has got on other platforms like the PS4, Xbox One, and PC will be available on the Nintendo Switch as well.Rocket League for Nintendo Switch Announced With Exclusive Features: Nintendo at E3 2017

Rocket League Nintendo Switch mode support
Rocket League will support all of the Nintendo Switch’s play modes including:
TV Mode (docked)
Tabletop Mode
Handheld Mode
Local Multiplayer
Online Multiplayer (upto eight players)
Rocket League Nintendo Switch cross-platform play explained
Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch will support online multiplayer between Steam and Xbox One versions of the game. Much like Minecraft, PS4 owners will not be able to partake in the fun just yet.

 

PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, Not Xbox One X: Microsoft

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer claims the PS4 Pro is not Xbox One X competition
  • Rather, he believes the PS4 Pro should be compared to the Xbox One S
  • He also admitted the company could do better with getting exclusive games

The Xbox One X aka Xbox Scorpio was revealed at E3 2017 by Microsoft. With most of the event focussing on what the company claims is the world’s most powerful console ever, it has now gone on the offensive, taking shots at the PS4 Pro from Sony.

“I look at [PS4] Pro as more of a competitor to [Xbox One] S than I do to Xbox One X,” claims Spencer in an interview with Eurogamer. “This is a true 4K console. If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it’s in a different league than any other console that’s out there.” Spencer mentions 40 percent more GPU speed, more RAM, and the speed of storage as the advantages of the Xbox One X over the PS4 Pro, but he also berates Sony’s methods for getting to 4K resolutions with some of its games. “When I think about techniques to somehow manufacture a 4K screen like what some other consoles try to do, this is different than that.” Spencer also says he expects the majority of consoles that Microsoft sells next year will be Xbox One S.PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, Not Xbox One X: Microsoft

nd while he might be right in terms of specifications, despite lacking VR support, Microsoft has truly dropped the ball on its games. Barring Forza Motorsport 7, there were no big AAA games from the company to prop up the Xbox One X at launch. Spencer admitted that this is a concern.

“I do think we have an opportunity to get better in first-party and to grow,” he said. “We’ve got great support from the company to go do that.”

Much like the PS4 Pro and PS4, the Xbox One X shares the same library of games as the Xbox One and Xbox One S, while Sony has belted out a wealth of great PS4 and PS4 Pro exclusives along with support from third-party developers, optimising for the PS4 Pro hasn’t exactly been a priority for most game makers what with the likes of Prey and Injustice 2 offering incremental upgrades at best. If the Xbox One X gets support outside of its launch window remains to be seen.

 

Moscow University team interacts with Super 30

 

Inspired by the success of Super 30 of mathematician Anand Kumar, a team from Moscow State University on Monday paid a visit to the academy and promised to take some of its students for higher education on full scholarship. The team of teachers and students from Russia visited the Super 30 academy at Kumar’s home and interacted with him and students drawn from economically poor background.

Olga Arapova, a professor of Moscow State University who headed the team, told reporters that the purpose of the visit is to take meritorious students of Super 30 to Moscow on the lines of the arrangement with the University of Tokyo. “We had heard a lot about Super 30 and the way it has successfully groomed students from underprivileged sections of the society over the past 15 years. We wanted to see it to get a feel of it. We will also like some of its students to pursue higher education in the University of Moscow,” she said.super 30, moscow state university, anand kumar, russia, iit prep, iit entrance scholarship, indian express

Arapova said she will invite Anand to Russia so that he could interact with the students and faculty members of Moscow State University. “What Anand Kumar is doing is really very inspiring. He is helping students who don’t have the facilities and resources to excel at the highest level. People like him are behind India’s rich educational legacy,” she added.

Anand Kumar thanked the Moscow University team and said such interaction would further boost the confidence of Bihar to do better.

Super 30 is a initiative that has ushered in a silent social revolution through mainstreaming of children belonging to underprivileged sections of the society by empowering them with quality education to enable to crack the entrance tests to the country’s premiere IITs. So far, more than 400 Super 30 students mentored by Anand Kumar and looked after by his family have made it to IITs.

 

Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

 

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Moto M2 has been tipped to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display
Successor to Moto M has been said to be made available in more markets
Moto X4 has been tipped to pack Snapdragon 630 SoC
While Moto M smartphone recently started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update in India, the details about its successor smartphone have now been leaked on the Internet. As per the latest information, the Moto M2 will pack 6GB of RAM, will be launched by the company in October, and will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Separately, the specifications for the company’s anticipated Moto X4 smartphone have also been leaked online.

First talking about the Moto M2, tipster Andri Yatim has suggested that the smartphone will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Further the smartphone is expected to feature “cutting edge” MediaTek processors and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Yatim says that the upcoming Lenovo smartphone will be made available in two RAM/storage configurations, i.e. 4GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage.

Last month, a GeekBench listing of an upcoming Lenovo smartphone, expected to be Moto M2, suggested that the device will come with Helio X20 processor, run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and pack 4GB of RAM.Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

Moving on to the Moto X4 bit, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reports that the smartphone will be unveiled in fourth quarter this year, citing a source who has knowledge of the company’s plans. In terms of specifications, the Moto X4 has been said to come with an aluminium body and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD display.
The highlight feature on the smartphone is a dual camera setup on the rear end with an 8-megapixel and another 12-megapixel sensor. The phone also features a 16-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies, as per the report. The Moto X4 has been tipped to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating as well as a fingerprint scanner at the front that allows users to unlock the device as well as provides other navigation controls as well.

The upcoming Moto X4 is said to run Android 7.1 Nougat and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has been tipped to come with 32GB of built-in storage and house a 3000mAh battery. Notably, the Moto X4 is expected to be the first non-Google smartphone to support the search giant’s Project Fi MVNO service that allow users to switch seamlessly between the different carriers.

Interestingly, the newly leaked specifications for the Moto X4 are different from the ones that were leaked last month. But then again, the leaked launch date for the smartphone – June 30 – also turned out to be incorrect. As this information is not official still, we advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt.

HTC ‘Ocean Life’ Mid-Range Phone With Edge Sense, Snapdragon 660 SoC Rumoured

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The smartphone has been tipped to pack a full-HD display
  • HTC Ocean Life is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box
  • The smartphone is expected to offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity

HTC recently launched its U11 smartphone with the company’s unique Edge Sense feature in India. While the U11 offers some really powerful specifications at a competitive price against other flagships, the company has reportedly started working on its sibling model with mid-range price segment in mind.

As per well-known HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR, the upcoming mid-range smartphone from HTC has been codenamed ‘Ocean Life’ and comes with Edge Sense 9.0. For those unaware, Edge Sense feature allows users to perform certain tasks like launching apps or access certain functions by simply squeezing the handset from the sides. The sensors located on the side of the smartphone allow it to gather the input from users and the intensity with which each squeeze is registered is also customisable.HTC 'Ocean Life' Mid-Range Phone With Edge Sense, Snapdragon 660 SoC Rumoured

To recall, the HTC U11 was codenamed “Ocean” and as this phone seems to be a younger sibling to the flagship model, the information seems to be well in line.

Moving to the specifications on the HTC ‘Ocean Life’, the smartphone is said to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC. In terms of optics, the mid-range smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel primary rear camera and a 16-megapixel camera at front as well.

The HTC U11 Ocean Life is expected to house a 2600mAh battery and offer Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity as well. As the smartphone has been tipped to lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, it will come with the company’s HTC USonic earphones with USB Type-C cable.

As these are just rumoured specifications, we would advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt and wait for official information from the company itself.

 

Nokia 3310 gets new retail box with see-through cover

Nokia 3310 (2017) is seemingly enjoying a warm reception to the market and HMD is keen to keep the hype train going. To let people feast their eyes on the colorful body of the new phone, the 3310 got a see-through cover of its retail box.

Until now, the Nokia 3310 (2017) came in a regular box, lined right next to the headphones and charging cable.

The Nokia 3310 (2017) is sold in Europe for €59, while in India it costs INR3,310.

 

Samsung on track to take Intel’s chip crown with record Q2 earnings

 

The South Korean tech giant, Asia’s third-largest company by market capitalisation, is now poised to knock Intel off the top of the global semiconductor market-share rankings for the first time since 1991. (Source: File Photo)

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to report its best-ever quarterly profit in the second quarter, with soaring memory chip sales pushing it past Intel Corp as the biggest semiconductor maker by revenue for the first time.

The world’s largest memory chip maker is the among the biggest beneficiaries of soaring demand for processing firepower on smartphones and servers, which has fuelled an industry super-cycle amid limited supply growth.

Underscoring its dominant position, Samsung said on Tuesday it plans to invest some $18.6 billion in South Korea as it seeks to extend its lead in memory chips and next-generation displays for smartphones.

The South Korean tech giant, Asia’s third-largest company by market capitalisation, is now poised to knock Intel off the top of the global semiconductor market-share rankings for the first time since 1991.Samsung, Samsung chip sales, Samsung NAND sales, Samsung vs Intel, Samsung chip business, Samsung memory chip, Samsung mobile chip business, Samsung chip business, mobiles, smartphones, Samsung results

“From the second quarter, Samsung will become No. 1 in market share due to the recent increase in data centres and demand for solid-state drives,” NH Investment & Securities analyst Peter Lee wrote in a note to clients.

Samsung’s April-June operating profit is expected to leap 67 percent from a year earlier to 13.1 trillion won ($11.4 billion), a new high, according to the average forecast from a Thomson Reuters survey of 18 analysts. The same survey expects July-September profit to be even higher at 13.8 trillion won.

Solid sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphone launched in April likely provided an additional boost, keeping the firm ahead of rival Apple Inc as the world’s top smartphone maker.

The S8’s performance has reassured investors whose nerves were shaken last year by the costly withdrawal of Samsung’s premium Galaxy Note 7 due to fire-prone batteries.

Samsung shares are trading at a near-record high of 2.35 million won each as of Tuesday. They have gained 30 percent so far this year on top of a 43 percent surge in 2016.

IN THE PIPELINE

“The Galaxy S8 series has been out for more than 2 months now and we see similar traction as the Galaxy S7 series,” Counterpoint analyst Tom Kang said. Samsung would sell about 49 million S8s by the end of its first full-year release, in line with first-year sales of the Galaxy S7, he said. Samsung is also preparing to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 in August, a source told Reuters, restoring the company’s schedule of market-moving gadget releases after the interruption of the Note 7 debacle.

The company will issue earnings guidance early on Friday but will not disclose details on its performance until late July. Nomura has predicted DRAM chip prices will continue to rise in the second half of 2017 due to limited supply and strong demand driven by servers.

Demand for solid-state drives (SSD) and smartphones would maintain profits for producers of NAND semiconductors, despite an easing of a production bottleneck, it said.

 

Mobile devices help clinicians spend more time with patients in Auckland’s Waitemata

Waitemata DHB speech and language therapist Bridget Oliver says her job on the road is now much easier thanks to a new iPad.

Speech and language therapist Bridget Oliver used to lug around books, flash cards, forms and photocopied bits of paper as she visited patients in west and north Auckland.

But all that has changed, thanks to generous donations from the community, which funded iPads for Oliver and 121 of her colleagues.

A total of $122,000 was raised for the mobile devices last year by the Well Foundation, Waitemata District Health Board’s fundraising arm.

Bridget Oliver says the iPad enables her to spend more time with patients as a speech and language therapist, and less ...

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Bridget Oliver says the iPad enables her to spend more time with patients as a speech and language therapist, and less time doing administration.

Project manager Kelly Bohot said the iPads were rolled out to clinicians visiting patients in their homes, including dieticians, physiotherapists and social workers.

READ MORE: Well Foundation fundraising to benefit children with disabilities

The iPads were an important tool, giving clinicians remote access to DHB records, their emails, and pre-approved apps for therapy and education, Bohot said.

The main benefit was allowing clinicians to spend less time on administration and more time with patients.

Clinicians added three extra patient visits a fortnight, on average, after six months of mobile device use, Bohot said.

For Bridget Oliver, the iPad was “fantastic” for day-to-day use.

Oliver helped patients over 65 who had difficulty talking or swallowing, usually as the result of a stroke or a neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease.

The iPad was used to show patients things like 3D models of the swallowing mechanisms to help explain the process. Pictures found through Google also made good prompts, she said.

“For a patient from Fiji, I needed to start a conversation so we Google Mapped the island where he was from and he could see his church; it made it really relevant for him,” she said.

“Traditionally, we would use flash cards and have to print them off and laminate them.”Waitemata DHB speech and language therapist Bridget Oliver says her job on the road is now much easier thanks to a new iPad.

The iPad also meant Oliver didn’t have to go back to North Shore Hospital for administration tasks, meaning more time with patients doing the job she loved.

“For me, I just love working with patients and making a difference.”

Meanwhile, staff at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals are also taking to technology, with old paper charts being replaced with an electronic eVitals.

Waitemata was the first DHB in the country to fully roll-out electronic, real-time monitoring of hospital patients’ vitals, leading the way in Australasia.

Clinical lead Peter Groom said the electronic charts were easier to read and understand, and also easier to find, than the old paper charts.

 

With Google Pixel 2 And V30, LG Phones Are Going OLED

 

LG’s OLED tunnel at CES 2017. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Last year when I visited LG headquarters in Seoul, I asked LG mobile’s product team leader Ian Hwang a question that has been on Android geek’s minds: why haven’t LG phones gone with OLED screens yet? After all, tech geeks prefer OLED panels to LCD (iPhone 8 is finally making the jump too, by the way), and LG is the biggest player in the OLED television market (Samsung, in fact, doesn’t even sell OLED televisions, instead using a similar sounding tech named QLED). Heck, LG even provided OLED panels for the Apple Watch.

While the guys at LG Mobile couldn’t say too much on the record, they did imply that the decision came down to LG Display (a different department), which at the time wanted to focus on “large panels,” like for televisions. Well, going by the latest rounds of rumors and leaks and off-the-record talks with insiders, it would appear that LG will finally make the jump this fall with the LG V30 and the Pixel 2. The latter device, of course, is “Google’s phone,” and while no official announcement has been made, it’s an open secret among phone geeks that LG will be making the phone for Google. In fact, if you follow phone news, you have surely already seen Android Police’s render of the Pixel 2 based on leaked intel, showing a device that looks very much like the LG G6.

A render of the Google Pixel 2 by Android Police, a site that accurately leaked the Pixel 1's look a year ago.

Android Police

A render of the Google Pixel 2 by Android Police, a site that accurately leaked the Pixel 1’s look a year ago.

That’s definitely good news, because looking like the G6 means the new Pixel have drastically trimmed the hilariously large bezels of the Pixel 1 (which I’ve called out extensively, because I think putting out a phone with that huge a chin in late 2016 was inexcusable by a major company). The Pixel 2, according to Android Police (which accurately leaked the look of the Pixel 1 last year), will definitely rock an LG-made OLED panel, which even has the same 18:9 aspect ratio that LG and Samsung pioneered earlier this year (Chinese phones will surely go this route with the next generation of phones coming 2018). This means LG Displays is producing small OLED screens now, likely with enough supplies for the V30, G7 and perhaps the 2018 iPhone if rumors are true.

The V30 will almost certainly be unveiled on August 31 at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Now LG hasn’t officially “confirmed” the news on the record, but it sent an image with a V to tech journos asking them to save the date. Looking at the carefully crafted image, one could already deduce that the V30 will have the same 18:9 aspect ratio as the G6 (and Pixel 2), along with rounded corners. If you look carefully at the V, it seems to show the shape of a very, very slim bezel too. Could the V30 be nearly bezel-less like the Xiaomi Mi Mix?

The image that was sent to tech journalists by LG on July 13.

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The image that was sent to tech journalists by LG on July 13.

For the longest time, tech blogs would do their “Galaxy Vs. G”/”Note Vs. V” posts and immediately give the edge to Samsung in the “Display” section because of OLED. LG, which is a world leader in OLED screen tech, is saying “enough.”