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Who needs friends when you have anonymous feedback apps?

Who needs friends when you have anonymous feedback apps?

If you think that sounds like a recipe for abuse, well, you’re not alone. With such rapid growth — it now has 300 million users — Sarahah has raised concerns among parents and educators that it’ll be a haven for online bullying, especially because it’s such a hit with teenagers and young adults. But perhaps a larger question is: Why these anonymous apps have such appeal in the first place, and what is it that apps like Sarahah can do to keep the trolls away?

Sarahah is the brainchild of Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, a systems analyst who originally created it as a way for employees to give feedback to their employers without fear of retribution. Tawfiq, who’s from Saudi Arabia, says the name “Sarahah” is Arabic for “honesty.” “Having anonymous feedback would facilitate communications and help people develop, so that the company can improve,” he told Engadget. read more

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Borderlands Dev Reveals A New Shooter With A Twist

Borderlands Dev Reveals A New Shooter With A Twist

Gearbox, which is best known as the developer of the Borderlands series, has quietly revealed its next project. Like Borderlands, Project 1v1 is a first-person shooter, but it offers a twist.

Project 1v1 is described as a “competitive first-person shooter that combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game.” Unfortunately, that’s virtually everything we know; the email Gearbox sent out to some fans and the game’s new website both contain little more info than that. You can check out some artwork from the site below. read more

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Android creator Andy Rubin has a new backer for his startup — Amazon

Android creator Andy Rubin has a new backer for his startup — Amazon

Andy Rubin Essential Phone Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, holding up the PH-1 smartphone, made by Essential, his startup. Brian Ach/Getty

Essential, Andy Rubin’s new electronics startup, is getting ready to reveal more about its anticipated smartphone, even as it announced it had an intriguing new backer: Amazon.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Rubin said the company was in “mass production” of its phone and that additional information would be available next week. He also posted pictures of the production process. read more

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Leaked PS4 5.0 Update Patch Notes Reveal What’s Next For The Console

Leaked PS4 5.0 Update Patch Notes Reveal What’s Next For The Console

Last month, Sony announced that PlayStation 4‘s 5.0 system update was on the way and that a beta would take place in August. While it still hasn’t shared official details about the changes and improvements the patch will introduce, the update notes for it have now been leaked.

Eurogamer reports that it has obtained the release notes for the 5.0 patch. The major changes include the ability to stream 1080/60 FPS gameplay over Twitch using a PS4 Pro, as well as a new system that allows you to follow any PSN member (rather than only verified individuals, like developers). This setup sounds more like what’s possible on Xbox One or Twitter, where one person can follow another without the two needing to add each other as friends. If that idea disturbs you or you simply want Bob to stay out of our business, privacy settings will allow you to close yourself off to non-friends or block specific people. read more

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There Is No Longer A ‘Best’ Time To Play A Video Game

There Is No Longer A ‘Best’ Time To Play A Video Game
Illustration by Angelica Alzona

That game you bought last month isn’t the same game today. It’s almost certainly been patched, updated, rebalanced, and tweaked. The original version is shrinking from view as it washes downriver. But is it better now? Truer? Should you have played more of it back when you bought it, or waited?

Most modern video games exist in a constant state of flux. That includes competitive online games like Overwatch and Splatoon as well as singleplayer games like Breath of the Wild and The Witcher 3. Deciding to play a new game means deciding to play this version of the game, now. If you want to play it today, you play today’s version. read more

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All Three 2017 iPhone Models Have Entered Volume Production Ahead of Expected September Launch

All Three 2017 iPhone Models Have Entered Volume Production Ahead of Expected September Launch

A new supply chain report today described strong July sales for component suppliers in the iPhone supply chain, hinting at an increase in momentum for production on the 2017 iPhones. Furthermore, sources speaking with DigiTimes have said that all three of the new iPhones — the “iPhone 8,” “iPhone 7s,” and “iPhone 7s Plus” — have now entered volume production.

The supply chain sources mentioned that there “will not be shortages” for the LCD iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, but supply for the OLED iPhone 8 “could fall short of demand,” a sentiment we’ve been hearing for months. One of the major factors cited for this shortage is related to “high expectations” from users, which is expected to keep suppliers operating production lines in high gear and lead to record-breaking monthly and even quarterly sales volumes. read more

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Intel to Announce 8th Generation Core Processors on August 21st

Intel to Announce 8th Generation Core Processors on August 21st

Today Intel has revealed that the company will be announcing their 8th generation Core processors and associated architecture on August 21st. This announcement of an announcement comes as the company is in the middle of launching the rest of the Core i9 Skylake-X processors, with the announcement essentially set to fill out the rest of the year for the company’s CPU product portfolio.

Intel has in recent times settled into a fairly consistent and roughly yearly release cadence for the Core processor family. Other than Broadwell’s delay, Intel has typically launched a new processor in the summer/fall timeframe for the past half-decade. And as early as an investor meeting in February, the company revealed that we should expect the 8th generation processors in the second half of this year. read more

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Hellblade Is Great Because It’s Frustrating

Hellblade Is Great Because It’s Frustrating

I went into Hellblade expecting another fast, fun action romp from the folks at Ninja Theory, who previously made Enslaved and DmC: Devil May Cry. After playing for about 20 minutes, I had to put the controller down. I was so stressed out that I couldn’t take it anymore.

Minor Hellblade spoilers ahead.

It was the first combat sequence that did me—and main character Senua, a Celtic warrior hoping to free the soul of her dead lover from Viking Hell—in. After trudging through a forest whose trees looked like the bony fingers of Death itself, an unsettling chorus of voices chattering in Senua’s head all the while, I arrived at some ruins. Immediately, I noticed two things: one, the path I was following opened up in a way that screamed “combat arena,” and two, I was paying close attention to the game’s artifices as a means of distracting myself from all the dread. read more

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How to beat and catch Zapdos, Pokemon GO’s best Legendary yet

How to beat and catch Zapdos, Pokemon GO’s best Legendary yet

Today we took a peek at the many ways in which Zapdos could be defeated in Pokemon GO. This research began with listing the Pokemon that were best to beat this Legendary Bird. Next we went through the best way to roll up on Zapdos and catch his sharp behind with a set of Premiere Balls – spinners! Finally, we sat down with Zapdos and did a brief run-down about why she is the best Pokemon in the Legendary Bird set so far.

Best Zapdos Raiders in Pokemon GO

The topmost Pokemon Raiders for Zapdos begin with Golem – the most evolved form of Geodude. That monster is the best only when he’s got Rock Type Attacks attached to him. The best moveset for Golem is Rock Throw (fast) and Stone Edge (charged). read more

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Apple faces US agency investigation in Qualcomm legal spat

Apple faces US agency investigation in Qualcomm legal spat
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Things are heating up between Apple and Qualcomm. 

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A key US agency has officially stepped into the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm

The US International Trade Commission, which has the power to ban products from entering the country, confirmed on Tuesday it will investigate Qualcomm’s complain that Apple was illegally using its cellular technology in iPhones powered by modems made by Intel. Qualcomm is seeking to bar all iPhones using Intel modems, which run on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. 

While there’s no specific timing, the ITC said it would set a target date to complete the investigation within 45 days after its start. Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg warned in July that any decision from the ITC likely wouldn’t happen for about 18 months.  read more

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