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Microsoft announces Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has announced a new subscription service called Xbox Game Pass. The new service will offer gamers over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles.For $9.99 USD ($11.99 CAD) per month, Xbox One players can choose from a list of games (which will have more titles added each month) and download the game to their console and play for however long their subscription lasts.Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer said that a few games such a Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II will be coming to the service. Players who subscribe to the service will also get discounts on add-ons for the games included in the service.When some new titles come in, some will be cycling off the service (which is similar to how Netflix operates due to licensing agreements).Players can expect games from such publishers as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive E…

Gear S3 Frontier Review: Samsung’s best smartwatch, just got better

When I reviewed the Gear S2 last year, I thought it was one of the better smartwatches on the market. Partly because Samsung design their Tizen OS to be a great operating system for smartwatches and wearables.And the same holds true that the Gear S3 builds upon what the Gear S2 laid out last year,For the past two weeks, I’ve been using the Gear S3 Frontier and it has become  one of my favourite smartwatches to use and maybe even, Samsung’s best so far.Design & HardwareThis isn’t Samsung’s first foray into wearables, there was the Galaxy Gear back in 2013, the Gear 2, then the Gear S, then last year’s Gear S2 and now onto the Gear S3.The display on the Gear S3 looks great, it is bright enough to look at when outside. It has a 1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 and 278 ppi. It has the option to be Always On and is being protected by Corning Gorilla Glass SR+.Just like the Gear S2 before it, Samsung managed to put an ambient light sensor behind the …

Blackberry KEYone officially revealed at MWC 2017

TCL and Blackberry have announced the next smartphone in their partnership, with the KEYone (which was previously codenamed Mercury).The KEYone has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1620 x 1080, 434ppi and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Just like Blackberry devices before it, the KEYone has a physical keyboard that is similar to the one featured on the Priv.Back in December 2016, Blackberry signed a licensing agreement with TCL Communication, where TCL would manufacture the devices and use Blackberry’s name and software.The new device is made from aluminium with a soft touch textured back. Inside, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 825 processor with a Adreno 506 GPU, a 3,505 mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, USB Type-C and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. It will have 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (with support up to 2TB).In terms of cameras, you’ll find a 12-megapixel camera on the back with Sony’s IMX378 image sensor to produce 1.55um size pixel. The front camera is 8-me…

Instagram now lets you to share multiple photos and video in one post

Instagram has been introducing lots of new changes over the past year, including live-streaming and to posting photos and videos that only last 24 hours (to try to compete with Snapchat).Instagram’s latest feature allows users to post multiple photos and video to a single post. Previously this feature was only available to advertisers. When you are uploading, you’ll be given the option to select up to 10 photos or videos and they will appear in one post as an album carousel.You’ll also be able to change the filter to all photos and videos in the album or to each individual item and can change the order and add Instagram Boomerang videos. The only downside is that photos and video in the album posts will be square and can only have one caption.I personally welcome this new feature, if you’ve ever taken a look at my Instagram account, I post quite a few picture of drawing and sketches I’ve done. I usually am using another picture for reference and before I would post one of just my sketc…

Turn your Android phone into a PC with Remix Singularity

Jide Technologies, the company behind Remix OS and the Remix IO box, have announced a new version of their OS that is especially made for Android phones. The new Remix OS for Mobile has a feature called Remix Singularity and it works in the same way as Windows Continuum. Meaning you’ll be able to connect your phone to a dock and it will make it into a desktop OS and use it with a mouse and keyboard.  You’ll also be able to plug your phone that’s running Remix OS for Mobile to your TV and there will be a TV mode for that as well.This isn’t the first time that this sort of feature has been implemented on Android, Motorola tried to do this with their Atrix phone and it’s laptop dock but that didn’t go anywhere.Hopefully, Jide will be able to bring their unified OS idea to the mainstream (or as many techies as possible).Jide says that their Remix OS for Mobile should arrive this summer.Source: Jide

from TheCanadianTechie

The Really Blue Google Pixel is really here

The Really Blue Google Pixel has officially arrived in Canada (well, at least for pre-orders).The new colour option is now available for pre-order exclusively at Rogers. The Really Blue Pixel is available in both sizes, the 5″ standard Pixel and the 5.5″ Pixel XL but only with 32GB of internal storage.Just like it’s US counterpart, the Canadian variant of the Really Blue Pixel will be a limited edition and you’ll be able to pre-order the device online or at Rogers locations across Canada.The Really Blue Pixel will set you back $199 ($899 no-term) for the standard Pixel and $349 ($1049 no-term) for the Pixel XL, both on a 2-year Share Everything Plan.And in case you missed it, here’s a link to the review of the Pixel XL on TheCanadianTechie.Below is the ad that Rogers aired during the Grammys to announce that the Really Blue Google Pixel would be coming to Canada. Source: Google Canada

from TheCanadianTechie

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting a season pass

Most games that are released these days have downloadable content that give players more content for their favourite (or soon-to-be) games. And it looks like Nintendo is joining this trend.Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting DLC in the form of an Expansion Pass. The pass will consist of 3 new in-game Treasure Chests and two DLC packs, one of which will launch in the summer and the other in the holiday.The first DLC pack will add new Cave of Trials challenge, a new Hard mode and addition Map Feature. While the second DLC pack will feature a new original story, a new dungeon to explore and additional challenges.The Expansion Pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available for purchase on the game’s launch day of March 3rd for $19.99 for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game.For more info about the Expansion Pass or the main game, you can check out the Zelda website.

The Really Blue Google Pixel is coming really soon to Canada

Just about 4 months after the Google Pixel made its debut, the Really Blue version is now headed to Canada. Previously, the Really Blue Google Pixel was exclusive and a limited edition to the US Google Store but not to worry, it will be coming exclusively to Rogers in Canada in the next few weeks.When the Really Blue Google Pixel first launched in the US, the colour option was only available in the standard 5-inch Google Pixel in 32GB. So if you wanted the 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL in Really Blue, you were out of luck And if you wanted either size in the blue colour, in 128GB, you were also out of luck there as well.
Google Canada or Rogers hasn’t given any details of when the Really Blue Google Pixel will release and if it will only come in 32GB and the 5-inch size. Hopefully the colour is available for the 5.5-inch Pixel XL.The only thing that Google Canada confirmed was that it will be a limited-edition launch.

from TheCanadianTechie

Asus ZenBook 3 Review: A great Windows alternative to the MacBook

When Intel first introduced the world to Ultrabooks back in 2011, they were meant to be the Windows equivalent of the Apple Macbook Air. The first few Ultrabooks were good but they weren’t that great.Now that a few years have passed, Ultrabooks are becoming more popular in the Windows side of portable computers. All the major PC manufacturers are releasing more Ultrabooks that traditional laptops. Asus is no different with their ZenBook 3.I’ve been using the ZenBook 3 for a few weeks now and I wouldn’t call it my favourite Ultrabook but it’s definitely the closest Windows machine to the Apple MacBook (the one that launched in 2015).Design & HardwareAsus has absolutely nailed the design of the ZenBook 3, the machine looks beautiful especially in the dark blue with gold accents. It has an all-metal premium design.The screen on the ZenBook 3 is 12.5 inches with a 1920×1080 resolution and a 82% screen-to-body ratio. And the screen looks great from all angles. The whole thing just weig…

Google & H&M’s Ivyrevel will make a custom dress using your data

Google has teamed up with H&M’s digital fashion house, Ivyrevel for a new project they’re calling Coded Couture. How it works, is that users will load up an app on their phone and they’ll be prompted to consent to their activity and lifestyle data be monitored by the app via Google’s Awareness API. The app is currently in development and it will use the Snapshot API which is used to monitor a person’s daily activity and lifestyle including things such as where they travelled, where they go to grab a bite to eat or their favourite hangout spot, the weather in their area and more.All of this data is collected over a week and then a Data Dress dress is digitally tailored and can be ordered through the app.The idea is to help put your life and lifestyle onto a unique wearable. The actual Data Dress will mainly feature your routes and routines as lines highlighted on a map. Users will also be able to choose what kind of dress they would like.Google says that things like material, colour…