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Month: June 2020

Apple Reportedly Cancels Some Upcoming Apple Arcade Game Contracts in an Effort to Restructure Service and Increase “Engagement”

Ever since Apple launched their gaming subscription service Apple Arcade in September of last year, I’ve often wondered how the service is actually performing. There was tremendous buzz on launch from both critics and users alike, which is something I wasn’t quite expecting given the typically negative reaction towards the idea of subscription gaming from the traditional gamer audience. However, given that the App Store is overrun with free to play games that are often exploitative or lacking in any real substance, paying five bucks a month to have access to dozens of games that you know won’t feature a single advertisement or in-app purchase actually looked to be a pretty darn good deal to many people. With how big of a bang Apple Arcade launched with though, it certainly feels like it’s been whimpering along ever since. We’ve often talked on our podcast about how Apple’s approach to launching Apple Arcade didn’t make much sense. They heavily front-loaded the launch lineup with 50+ of the highest profile games, and although they’ve been trickling out new titles on a near-weekly basis since then and boast more than 120 titles total in the service thus far, there’s been very few head-turners and there definitely hasn’t been any killer, “system seller” type tiles yet. Coupled with the free one month trial period and I feel like most people who were excited...

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How to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more with friends online (Updated)

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority The coronavirus outbreak is forcing many people to work from home. Most movie theaters are still closed. The good news? Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Disney Plus are around to help you pass the time. The bad news? You might still be by yourself. Is there any way to watch Netflix with friends for a Netflix party, or with any of the other streaming services. As a matter of fact, there are ways to do just that. A few Chrome and other browser extensions let you watch movies and TV shows on Netflix with friends. While they are not officially supported by the service, they do make it easier to share the streaming experience, especially now. Let’s look at some ways you can watch Netflix with friends. We will also talk about some officially approved ways to watch HBO, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video content with friends as well. 1. Netflix Party Netflix party is perhaps the most well-known app or extension in order to watch Netflix with friends. It’s been around for a few years, but obviously many more people are checking it out. However, it only works on the PC in Chrome browsers. Here’s how to set it up: Download and install the Netflix Party extension from the Chrome Store. Launch Netflix on your PC and...

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Here’s how to try Nearby Share, Android’s AirDrop competitor

Nearby Sharing is available to select users through the Play Services beta right now. It works similarly to Apple’s AirDrop. Can only share with people in the contacts list. Anyone wanting to get their hands on Google’s Nearby Sharing feature won’t have to wait too much longer. The feature, which is similar to Apple’s AirDrop, is rolling out in the Play Services beta right now. In a statement to Android Police, Google said, “We’re currently conducting a beta test of a new Nearby Share feature that we plan to share more information on in the future. Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices as well as other platforms.” What is Nearby Sharing? Nearby Sharing is a feature that allows users to share a variety of things with other Android devices that are near them. Rather than resorting to email or texting, Nearby Share could be a great option for sharing files with contacts in the same area. The feature won’t let you blast files to everyone nearby, as it appears to be limited to just those within a user’s contact list. Editor’s Pick Video shows how Android’s Nearby Sharing will work basically just like AirDrop XDA Developers Rumors have been floating around for a while now that Google plans to launch a new Android feature that will allow users to share files between...

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Qualcomm’s new wearable chipsets promise performance, battery improvements

You may not have noticed, but smartwatches are finally becoming commonplace. The question being asked has shifted from “Should I get a smartwatch?” to “Which smartwatch should I get?”. Devices like the Apple Watch have made a wearable computer a luxury item and luxury watch companies are now making wearable computers. In fact, it’s become difficult to find a watch company that doesn’t now make a smartwatch. The problem that persists though, is that, with the exception of a couple of companies, smartwatches are still a bit slow, and have less than stellar battery life. Google’s Wear OS just hasn’t been given the R&D resources it deserves, and Apple is one of the only companies that makes yearly improvements to its watch processor, so there hasn’t been a ton of incentive to make smartwatches that much better. Qualcomm improved performance with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 in 2018, but the battery life on most watches has remained subpar. Also read: The best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy But this year, Qualcomm is looking to tackle many of the problems smartwatches face with the new Wear 4100 and Wear 4100 chips. Here’s what’s new. A big little die shrink The umbrella encompassing most of the improvements in the Wear 4100 series is a massive process shrink. While the Wear 3100 series was based on a 28nm process, the 4100 series moves...

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