Smaller Nintendo Switch Expected To Arrive This Fall

Smaller Nintendo Switch Expected To Arrive This Fall


The reports about a smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch continue to come in. A new one suggests that the company is going to release this iteration of its popular Switch console by the fall this year. Nintendo is reportedly working on a more powerful version of the Switch as well.

Japan’s Nikkei reports that the smaller Nintendo Switch will primarily focus on enabling better portable play for owners. However, it won’t lose the ability to be docked to a TV like the original Nintendo Switch.

Sony Playstation 5 Price Will Be 'appealing To Gamers'

Sony PlayStation 5 Price Will Be 'Appealing To Gamers'

It was clear that one of the reasons why the Sony PS4 managed to have such a huge lead on Microsoft’s Xbox One at the start was due to pricing. Microsoft had priced their console a good $100 more and justified it by including the Kinect accessory, which while appreciated, felt unnecessary.

By the time Microsoft dropped their prices, it felt like it might have been too late. This goes to show that in such a competitive space, sometimes offering more might not be good enough, and that’s definitely something Sony is keeping in mind. According to Peter Rubin of WIRED, he revealed that during his interview with Sony’s Mark Cerny, the topic of pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 was brought up.

Xperia Xz1 Family And Xz Premium Get April 2019 Patches (47.2.a.10.45)

Xperia XZ1 family and XZ Premium get April 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.45)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that moves the build number from 47.2.A.10.28 to version 47.2.A.10.45. The new update adds the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. We have not noticed any other changes. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.

Sony's S.ride Taxi-hailing Service Launched In Tokyo

Sony's S.Ride Taxi-Hailing Service Launched In Tokyo


Sony has launched a taxi-hailing service in the Japanese capital of Tokyo as part of a joint venture that it’s leading. The ride-hailing landscape is a bit different in Japan compared to other countries across the globe where services like Uber reign supreme. S.Ride is a major entry into this landscape and is available for use starting today.

The S.Ride app can be used to flag down regular taxis. Riders can choose to pay with cash, a digital wallet that’s QR code-powered, or through a credit card. It’s a good option for those who don’t want to head out on the street to hail a taxi on their own but that’s hardly going to be an issue for people in the busy areas of Tokyo.

Sony Confirms Playstation 5 Details, Some Of Them At Least

Sony Confirms PlayStation 5 Details, Some Of Them At Least


There has been a lot of focus on game streaming services which would enable players to stream console-level titles on even their mobile devices since all of the heavy lifting would be done in the cloud. Google and Microsoft are both working on such services. Sony feels that it’s necessary to follow up the PlayStation 4 Pro with new hardware and it has now confirmed a few details about the PlayStation 5.

Sony company president Kenichiro Yoshida has said that it’s important to have “next-generation hardware” after the PlayStation 4 Pro, which basically means there’s going to be a PlayStation 5. System architect Mark Cerny confirmed to Wired that the new console is going to have a third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU under the hood with eight cores built on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture.

Microsoft Launches Free-to-play Forza Street For Ios And Android

Microsoft Launches Free-To-Play Forza Street For iOS And Android

Console makers typically create games that are exclusive to their platforms. This is done so that it will entice gamers to choose their platform when trying to decide between consoles. For example, Sony has God of War, Nintendo has The Legend of Zelda, and Microsoft has its Forza racing franchise.

The Forza series has typically been only available on Microsoft’s Xbox platform, but it seems that the company has decided to open it up to more platforms by launching a new title in the Forza series. Dubbed “Forza Street”, this is a free-to-play title that has been announced for iOS and Android devices along with Windows 10.

Toyota Prius Electrical System Continues To Overheat Despite Recall

Toyota Prius Electrical System Continues To Overheat Despite Recall

This is according to reports in which some Toyota Prius owners are still claiming that their electrical systems are overheating. Speaking to the LA Times, a customer by the name of Jordan Felo experienced this problem when his inverter overheated and fried itself when he pressed on the car’s accelerator pedal.

This was despite the fact that Felo had previously taken his car to a Toyota dealer several weeks ago in which an updated piece of software was installed that was meant to fix the overheating problem. Unfortunately, it appears that it did not and now it would cost Felo $3,000 to replace the unit.

Sony Didn't Let Bungie Enable Destiny 2 Cross-platform Character Transfer

Sony Didn't Let Bungie Enable Destiny 2 Cross-Platform Character Transfer


Bungie may have wanted to enable cross-platform transfer of Destiny characters in Destiny 2 but it was reportedly stopped by Sony from offering this functionality. This according to a new report which claims that Bungie really wanted to make this happen for players but the exclusivity partnership with Sony didn’t allow it to move forward with the plan.

Cross-progression and cross-play are increasingly becoming the norm in the gaming industry but it’s not possible to transfer characters in many games. Bungie reportedly wanted to make that happen for Destiny 2 but Sony wasn’t having any of it.

Skype For Ios And Android Now Offer Screen Sharing

Skype For iOS And Android Now Offer Screen Sharing


Skype is introducing a new feature to its mobile apps in beta which many users might find to be quite useful. It has added screen sharing to both the iOS and Android apps. The feature isn’t as significant as some of the other features that Skype has introduced recently, such as background blur in video calls, but it’s quite meaningful nonetheless.

Those who have the latest Insider build will now be able to share their screen on an Android or iOS device during a call. In order to do that, they just need to tap on “…” and select Screen Share to get started.

Offensive Psn Ids Will Be Automatically Replaced By Sony

Offensive PSN IDs Will Be Automatically Replaced By Sony


Sony has finally allowed users to change PlayStation Network IDs, something that has not been possible before even though users had been asking for this ability for years. This means that the company can also do more to prevent hate speech and bad behavior in PSN usernames. To that end, it will now automatically replace PSN IDs that are offensive.

Sony will be replacing the offensive PlayStation Network IDs with temporary placeholders. According to the company’s official blog, PSN IDs that violate its terms of service will be censored and replaced by a temporary placeholder IT which reads “TempXXXX” with the Xs being replaced by numbers in the actual username.

Xperia Xz3 And Xz2 Range Get April 2019 Patches (52.0.a.8.25)

Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 range get April 2019 patches (52.0.A.8.25)

Sony Mobile has been rolling out a new firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family (Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium), which moves the firmware number from 52.0.A.8.14 to build version 52.0.A.8.25. The latest update includes the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. There is little else that we have noticed has changed, but if you have updated to this build, please chime in with your experiences in the comments below.

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

In 2019, we saw the official launch of the foldable smartphone concept where companies such as Samsung and Huawei have come forward with foldable smartphone concepts of their own. Clearly they are not alone and according to a recent video, it looks like Sharp could be interested in such devices as well.

The video above shows off a prototype from Sharp in which instead of a display folding outwards vertically like we’ve seen from Samsung and Huawei, Sharp has opted for a display the folds vertically. The display in question is said to measure 6.18-inches with a resolution of 1440×3040.

Canon Eos Rebel Sl3 Entry-level Camera Announced

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Entry-Level Camera Announced

The camera will feature the use of a 24.1MP CMOS sensor and will be powered by the DIGIC 8 image processing engine. It also sports a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display, and it will also support 4K video recording which means that videographers who need a camera for 4K footage, this could be one way to go about doing that.

According to Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer of Canon USA, “Since its inception, the EOS Rebel product line has aimed to provide imaging excellence for entry-level visual storytellers. Therefore, it was imperative that the next step in the EOS Rebel journey include innovative features such as 4K video and DIGIC 8 Image Processor to meet the needs of emerging photographers, while living up to the high-image quality and compact size EOS Rebel DSLRs are known for.”

Google Now Lets Android Phones Double As Security Keys

Google Now Lets Android Phones Double As Security Keys

It’s always a good idea of have two-step authentication enabled on your accounts to thwart phishing attempts. The most commonly used forms of authentication include push notifications and text messaging codes. However, hackers can work around that limitation with fake sign-in pages to steal credentials. Google thus considers security keys based on FIDO standards to be the strongest protection against such attempts and so it now allows your Android phone to double as one.

Google considers the security keys to be the strongest, most phishing-resistant method of two-factor authentication on the market. The physical keys protect users’ accounts from phishers by requiring them to tap their key during a sign-in attempt that’s flagged as unrecognized or suspicious.