Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hopes To Surpass The Original

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hopes To Surpass The Original

While each Final Fantasy release is popular and beloved in its own right, it's hard to deny in the entire franchise, Final Fantasy 7 has managed to stand out on its own where its characters are some of the more identifiable characters from the series. So much so that it made sense that Square Enix would want to remake it.

However remaking it would definitely be a tall order given how many gamers loved the original, but the company is definitely that the remake will surpass it. According to a recent job listing (via Gematsu), it mentions that the goal they have for the remake is that it could be even good enough to surpass the original.

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It Is Now 'safe' To Skin Your Nintendo Switch

It Is Now 'Safe' To Skin Your Nintendo Switch

Skinning your console isn't a new thing and that's what many gamers were looking forward to when the Nintendo Switch was first launched. However skin companies were quick to warn against skinning your skin due to the fact that the Switch had a weird coating that caused normal adhesives used by skins to peel off.

However the good news is that according to skin maker dbrand, it is now safe to start skinning your Switch consoles again, at least if dbrand is the brand that you prefer. The company has announced that they will be using new "Switch-exclusive" materials that will not damage your console.

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Fujifilm X - T3 Rumored To Be Announced At Photokina 2018

Fujifilm X-T3 Rumored To Be Announced At Photokina 2018

The Fujifilm X-T2 was officially announced back in 2016 which means that the camera is about 2 years old. The good news is that if you were hoping to see where Fujifilm might be taking its flagship X-T series of mirrorless cameras, the folks at Fuji Rumors are claiming that we might not have to wait too long to find out.

According to their sources, they claim that the X-T3 is expected to make an appearance at Photokina 2018. The event is scheduled for September 2018 which means that we still have a bit of waiting to do, but if true it means that we can expect to see it launched later this year or possibly early next year.

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Google Announces 'chat', Its New Texting Experience For Android

Google Announces 'Chat', Its New Texting Experience For Android

Google seems to love creating messaging apps. We've seen the company dabble with all kinds of messaging platforms, such as Hangout, Allo, and the various incarnations of the texting apps that they bundled on Android. This is because unlike Apple, they do not have a unified platform in the form of iMessages, but that is expected to change.

In an exclusive report from The Verge, Google has announced their latest efforts in messaging called "Chat". Now you might be rolling your eyes and think that this is just another texting app from Google, but that's hardly the case. Instead "Chat" is based on the standard "Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services", and Google's plan is to make it so that using SMS to send messages won't feel like an ancient form of technology, but rather one that is on par with modern messaging apps.

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Nintendo Labo Replacement Parts Won't Cost An Arm Or A Leg

Nintendo Labo Replacement Parts Won't Cost An Arm Or A Leg

The Nintendo Labo kits were announced earlier this year where they provided Switch gamers with a new and physical way of enjoying their console. However if there was a questionable aspect of the Labo, it had to do with the fact that it is made mostly out of cardboard which sounds fragile.

However the good news is that should you ever damage part of your Labo and need a replacement, you'll be pleased to learn that the replacement parts will not break the bank. According the price list of the replacement parts, this will range from as little as $2.99 and go up to $13.99 depending on what you need.

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Canon Unveils Ivy Portable Wireless Photo Printer

Canon Unveils IVY Portable Wireless Photo Printer

Wireless and portable photo printers aren't new. In fact Fujifilm might be a company that users might be more familiar with when it comes to such devices. However in case you're looking for an alternative, you might be interested to learn that Canon has recently announced their latest wireless portable photo printer dubbed IVY.

As you can tell from the photo, it looks like a rather standard photo printer where it is small enough to fit into the palm of the user so that it can be brought along with them on the go. It will connect to cameras and other devices using Bluetooth connectivity which means that as long as your device supports Bluetooth, you're good to go.

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Toyota Cites Privacy Concerns Over Android Auto

Toyota Cites Privacy Concerns Over Android Auto

While many carmakers have rushed to include features like Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, Toyota seems to be one of the few who are holding out, at least as far as Android Auto is concerned. Earlier this year Toyota announced plans to include CarPlay in future vehicles, but failed to mention anything about Android Auto.

However according to a recent report from Motor1 (via 9to5Google), Toyota has revealed the reason why and that has to do with privacy. According to a statement made by Mark Dejongh, the Toyota Avalon's Executive Program Manager, "We're a conservative company and we wanted to make sure everything was okay. We wanted to protect our customers privacy. We strongly believe in our stance and in what we're doing."

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Samsung Releases Android 8.0 Oreo For Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Releases Android 8.0 Oreo For Galaxy A5 (2017)


There are still many Samsung devices that have yet to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo and it appears that the company is now rolling out said update for a mid-range device. Multiple reports have surfaced online confirming that the rollout has begun for the Galaxy A5 (2017). Samsung appears to have started the Galaxy A5 (2017) Android 8.0 Oreo release in Russia. As expected, it’s a hefty update, coming in at more than 1GB as it brings a major Android platform upgrade as well as updates for Samsung’s own software as well.

It’s about time that Samsung updated the premium mid-range handsets from last year so it’s likely that we’ll see the rollout being expanded to other devices in this series in the not too distant future.

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Pokemon For Nintendo Switch Could Arrive In November 2018

Pokemon For Nintendo Switch Could Arrive In November 2018

Fans of Pokemon are undoubtedly excited at the prospect of playing a full Pokemon RPG on the Nintendo Switch. This is because pretty much all the Pokemon RPGs that have been released to date have been more or less exclusive to Nintendo's DS handheld console lineup, but the Switch version is expected to change that.

Details are scarce, namely its release date, but a previous rumor has suggested that it could arrive in 2018. Now according to a tweet by Pixelpar (via Nintendo Life) who claims to have industry contacts, he has claimed that the game could launch in November 2018 or possibly even in December.

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Korg Gadget Will Launch For Nintendo Switch Next Week

KORG Gadget Will Launch For Nintendo Switch Next Week

The Nintendo Switch is a console that is typically viewed as a gaming device. However KORG expects that they will change that perception because come 26th of April, the KORG Gadget for the Nintendo Switch will be launched where through the console, users will be able to create their own music from scratch.

The title was announced last year and for those unfamiliar, KORG is a company that specializes in gadgets and devices that help produce electronic music, and it looks like they'll be bringing some of that onto the Switch. Through the use of the Joy-Cons, users will be able to navigate the user interface to craft their own electronic songs. What's interesting is that KORG has leveraged the motion controls where users can turn the Joy-Con to mimic turning a knob.

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Amazon Launches Its 'internet' Lightweight Android Browser

Amazon Launches Its 'Internet' Lightweight Android Browser

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Our smartphones come with browsers built into them. With Google there is Chrome and with Apple there is Safari, but at the same time there are plenty of third-party options out there for those who don't mind exploring a bit. There is Firefox, Opera, Edge, and so on, but it looks like the latest browser comes from an unlikely candidate – Amazon.

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Google's Safe Browsing Is Now Integrated Into Android Apps

Google's Safe Browsing Is Now Integrated Into Android Apps

As more of our lives move online, protecting our internet presence has become very important. This is why many companies have started to include more security features in their software and services, and more recently Google has announced that its Safe Browsing feature will now be integrated into Android apps' WebView by default.

This was originally announced by Google back in December 2017, but basically what has changed from then and now is that Safe Browsing has been enabled by default. According to Google, "Developers of Android apps using WebView no longer have to make any changes to benefit from this protection. Safe Browsing in WebView has been available since Android 8.0 (API level 26), using the same underlying technology as Chrome on Android."

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Sony, Carnegie Mellon Team Up To Research Cooking Robots

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Team Up To Research Cooking Robots

Robots that can cook and make drinks already exist, but could this be the way of the future where more of our F&B outlets will start turning to robots for that? That's why Sony and Carnegie Mellon University want to find out as both organizations have teamed up for research on AI and robotics.

Their initial researcher will be robots in the F&B industry where they will look into robots that can do food prep, cooking, and delivery, with plans to eventually create robots that can be used for specific food types and be used in all kinds of kitchen spaces, big or small. Now food might seem to be a rather specific area of focus, but there's a good reason for that.

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