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Apple Arcade: pay less for the subscription by paying annually

The year subscription has just arrived on Apple Arcade. This saves around 10 euros.

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Users will have to Provide Birthdays to Instagram

Users will have to Provide Birthdays to Instagram

Instagram has the habit of copying other apps and this time it has copied its parent firm Facebook.

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Co-Founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin Step Down

Earlier this afternoon Google declared that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin would abandon their respective roles as CEO and President of Alphabet. Current Google CEO Sundar Pichai will now become CEO of Alphabet as well.

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Legendary Atari Will Launch New Gaming Console in 2020

Atari VCS is finally releasing in March 2020. After so many delays, this gaming console has finally gotten a release date.

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It looks like a cyberpunk’s dream, but Elon Musk did the unthinkable – presenting the new Tesla Cybertruck!

A side image of the Tesla Cybertruck | Source: Tesla

The American pickup truck market is something that is a hard nut to crack. It’s a lucrative market that relies solely on the strength, sturdiness, toughness and dependability of the pickup truck, capable of surviving al weather conditions imaginable. In short, Americans prefer them to be like the good old pickup trucks.

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A 5th Generation Ford F-Series pickup truck |Source: 9GAG

Entering this tough segment through all electric pickup trucks was impossible some time ago. This time however, Tesla may have made the difference.

Throughout these years, we have all seen what Tesla has been doing; it makes a repetitious update on an existing design and makes it look exciting through a flashy press event. But this time, Tesla did it differently than others.

It was just 2 days ago that Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a pickup truck which is futuristic in design. But that very design is absurd and brutalist in sense. This is one of the best electric pickup trucks that have ever been released.

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The Tesla Cybertruck at its launch event | Source: CNET

Presenting to the world, the new Tesla Cybertruck!

Tesla revealed the new Cybertruck at a press event, hosted at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The truck’s price starts from $40,000 and is poised to make it big in the already existing, tough and robust pickup truck market in the United States.

Having a look at Tesla Cybertruck’s design evokes some serious thoughts about funkiness, outer space and the future. Yet, the pickup’s design is also polarizing. If customers accept the fact that there is more than what meets the eye, they should know that it will go into production late in the year 2021.

This is one of the first all-electric pickup trucks ever launched in the United States. It also comes in with some remarkable features.

  • It can seat six people with relative ease.
  • The company claims it is bulletproof (both the body and the glass).
  • It has an adjustable ride height.
  • The loading bed is known as the vault (due to its retractable cover). It is 6.5 feet long.
  • An on-board air compressor is present.
  • An outlet allowing users in running power tools & charging their gadgets. It draws power from an in-built battery pack.

Measurements and Performance of the Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck promises to bring a new class of speed, adaptability, versatility and of course, strength. This is the only truck of its kind making all of these possible on an all-electric design and specifications.

The powerful drivetrain and low center of gravity gives exceptional traction control & torque, which helps the truck obtain acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in just 2.9 seconds and up to 500 miles of range.

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The interior of Tesla Cybertruck | Source: Digital Trends

The Tesla Cybertruck is 231.7 inches (19.31 feet) long, 79.8 inches (6.65 feet) wide and 75 inches (6.25 feet) tall. It has a seating for a total of six individuals. That’s right, six individuals so talk about the truck being roomy.

Comparing these measurements to that of the Ford F-150, it measures between 209 and 250 inches (17.43 and 20.83 feet) long, 80 and 86 inches (6.67 and 7.16 feet) wide, and between 75 & 78.5 inches (6.25 and 6.54 feet) tall. This does make them both pretty much the same in size.

When it comes to performance, they sound too good to be true because Elon Musk claims that the Tesla Cybertruck will be able to reach 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds. That will be before it continues through the quarter-mile marker in just under 11 seconds.

Its off-road statistics are praiseworthy. It offers an approach angle of 35 degrees, a departure angle of 28 degrees and a ground clearance of up to 16 inches (1.3 feet). At the moment, three ranges (models) will be offered, with 250 plus miles at the low end and the top end having an amazing 500 plus miles.

When it came to the towing aspect, the Tesla Cybertruck will be capable of towing around 14,000 pounds (6,350 Kilograms). On the launch event, a video was played and according to it; the Cybertruck beat the Ford F-150 in a tug of war.

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An ATV loaded on the load bed of Tesla Cybertruck | Source: CNET and Tesla

It should be noted that all of the tech industry’s big names and minds have tried pulling off a ‘Steve Jobs’ thing by means of so-called innovations which have often flopped badly.

But here, Elon Musk has pretty much delivered what he said. At the launch event, Elon Musk revealed that an ATV can fit in the truck and even charge in its loading bed. It may sit in awkwardly, but it is also worth noting that it charges there too.

The Tesla Cybertruck’s body and Looks – Where did it come from?

When General Motors launched Saturn in 1985, it had faced a lot of laughter because innovative designs back then were fantasy.

The design of the Tesla Cybertruck brings to mind something from the funky universe of cyberpunks. Instead of fitting aluminum panels over an existing skeletal frame, Tesla used an exoskeleton made of cold rolled stainless steel. That is a pretty strong material and a pretty strong body frame.

At the launch event, the body was tested with blows from a sledgehammer. All it did was just slightly dent the Cybertruck’s finish. Musk claims the stainless-steel alloy used on the Tesla Cybertruck is strong and this is the case.

Apart from the sledgehammer, he claims it can also withstand firing from certain types of small arms. It does prove that the stainless-steel exterior body of the truck is something huge when it comes to engineering pickup trucks.

If all of this is real without any doubt, then the Tesla Cybertruck is a vehicle no one would want to crash into.

The Cybertruck is quite big and roomy. The outside may look polarizing, but the inside is quite spacious. For such a design, it seemed impossible to have a spacious interior and it does look like Tesla pulled off a magic trick in this regard.

Somehow, the pickup’s look is quite hideous. The Blade Runner inspired design on the pickup is currently a prototype at the moment. Customers will now be hoping that when it is formally launched, it will look better than its architype version.

Bulletproof glass – Is it really bulletproof?

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Shattered glass of the Tesla Cybertruck during its launch event | Source: CNET

Tesla claims that the Cybertruck is fitted with Ultra-strong glass and polymer-layered composite. It can absorb and redirect impactful force which not only tolerates damage but also helps deliver improved performance as well.

On the launch event, Tesla’s employees tested Tesla’s armored glass by having a giant steel ball thrown at it from various heights. It was done separately which wooed the audience. It did seem to be bulletproof at first when the special demonstration was carried out.

Instead of Tesla moving on to another demonstration, Elon Musk urged Tesla’s design head Franz von Holzhausen to throw a heavy steel ball at the driver’s window of the truck. Surprisingly, the so-called bulletproof armored glass shattered.

Elon Musk remarked: “Well, maybe that was a little too hard. It didn’t go through, that’s a plus sign.”

When Franz von Holzhausen threw the steel ball on the rear side window, it shattered too. Consequently, Musk Remarked: “Room for improvement.”

The audience did have chuckles and laughs at this one. This made the Tesla Cybertruck look like an old prop from the movie Blade Runner that spent a night parked on a street in San Francisco.

This certainly raises eyebrows because having Tesla’s CEO and design head appear at ease after defacing their new vehicle at a launch even makes it look like something that has seriously gone off the hook and off the track too.

Tesla Cybertruck’s specifications

Now let’s get down to its specifications.

Single motor real wheel drive (RWD) Dual motor all-wheel drive (AWD) Tri-motor all-wheel drive (AWD)
0-60 Mph in less than 6.5 seconds. 0-60 Mph in less than 4.5 seconds. 0-60 Mph in less than 2.9 seconds.
Range of 250+ miles. Range of 300+ miles. Range of 500+ miles.
Drivetrain is rear-wheel drive. Drivetrain is Dual motor all-wheel drive Drivetrain is Tri-motor all-wheel drive.
Storage is of 100 cubic feet. Storage is of 100 cubic feet Storage is of 100 cubic feet.
Vault length is 6.5 feet. Vault length is 6.5 feet. Vault length is 6.5 feet.
Towing capacity is 7500 pounds and more. Towing capacity is 10,000 pounds and more. Towing capacity is 14,000 pounds and more.
Standard autopilot feature. Standard autopilot feature. Standard autopilot feature.
Standard Adaptive Air Suspension. Standard Adaptive Air Suspension. Standard Adaptive Air Suspension.
Up to 16 inches of Ground clearance. Up to 16 inches of Ground clearance. Up to 16 inches of Ground clearance.
35-degree approach angle. 35-degree approach angle. 35-degree approach angle.
28-degree departure angle. 28-degree departure angle. 28-degree departure angle.

How many orders of the Tesla Cybertruck have been booked so far? and what are the prices for its 3 models?

Regardless of its different looks, the potential Tesla Cybertruck has is something which is phenomenal. Tesla revealed that it has around 200,000 orders for it already, with 17% of customers paying for the entry model, 42% paying for dual motor one and 41% want the speedy tri-motor model.

Also, the prices for each version are as under:

  • Single motor rear wheel drive costs $39,900.
  • Dual motor all-wheel drive costs $49,900.
  • Tri motor all-wheel drives costs $69,900.

It should be kept in mind that these are just reservations and not absolute commitments in the purchase of the Cybertruck.

Conclusion

The American pickup truck market is a $100 billion market comprising of 89% male owners, a robust brand loyalty in comparison to other segments and does not care about sales pitches of environment friendly engines.

In short, they prefer a metal beast that runs on fossil fuels and capable of lasting longer than others.

Tesla is already reeling from the nightmare of its solar panels catching fire and the consequent lawsuits. This matter is further compounded by another lawsuit related to a fatal autopilot crash.

The Cybertruck does have innovative features. It does look powerful and futuristic but in the end, it is a prototype.

So, the question remains; Could this be the golden feather in Tesla’s cap? Or will it flop like another tech product? Dearest readers, Stay tuned to find out.

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Google Stadia Gives You New Free Games in Pro Subscription

Google Stadia has announced that two new games join its free “Pro” selection in December: Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator 19. Those who have already purchased will be entitled to a refund.

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Xbox Game Pass announces the arrival of more than 50 new games by 2020

After confirming a launch in 2020 and a consequent line-up for its xCloud streaming video game platform, Microsoft took advantage of its X019 conference to unveil the presence of 50 new titles on the Xbox Game Pass.

So many new titles that promise to attract new subscribers before the arrival of a wave of new content expected in 2020 promises Microsoft.

As a reminder, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service allows, for a subscription of € 9.99 / month to enjoy a catalog games consequent on Xbox One console and PC.

Games already available:

  • Tracks (Xbox One and PC)
  • The Talos Principle (Xbox One and PC)
  • Age of Empire II Definitive Edition (PC)
  • Remnant: From the Ashes (Xbox One)
  • RAGE 2 (Xbox One)
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Xbox One)
  • Hearts of Iron IV (PC)
  • LEGO Ninjago (Xbox One)

By the end of the year and in 2020:

  • Carrion (Xbox One and PC)
  • Cris Tales (Xbox One and PC)
  • Cyber ​​Shadow (Xbox One and PC)
  • Darksiders III (Xbox One and PC)
  • Double Kick Heroes (Xbox One and PC)
  • Drake Hollow (Xbox One and PC)
  • Edge of Eternity (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy VII (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy IX (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy HD X Remastered (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remastered (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox One and PC)
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One and PC)
  • Drill (Xbox One and PC)
  • Haven (Xbox One and PC)
  • It Lurks Below (Xbox One and PC)
  • Levelhead (Xbox One and PC)
  • Life is strange 2 (Xbox One)
  • My friend Pedro (Xbox One and PC)
  • Pandemic (PC)
  • PHOGS (Xbox One and PC)
  • She dreams Elsewhere (Xbox One and PC)
  • Skatebird (Xbox One and PC)
  • Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox One and PC)
  • Scourge Bringer (Xbox One and PC)
  • Supraland (Xbox One)
  • Tekken 7 (Xbox One)
  • The Escapists 2 (Xbox One)
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Xbox One and PC)
  • The Red Lantern (Xbox One)
  • The Red String Club (Xbox One)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One)
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul (Xbox One and PC)
  • West of Dead (Xbox One and PC)
  • Yakuza 0 (Xbox One and PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (Xbox One and PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Xbox One and PC)
  • Bleeding Edge (Xbox One and PC)
  • Grounded (Xbox One and PC)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One and PC)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One and PC)
  • Tell me Why (Xbox One and PC)
  • Wasteland 3 (Xbox One and PC)

Say Hello to the New Motorola Razr 2019 – Motorola’s Answer to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X

The new fold-able Moto Razr 2019 |Source: Self

Who could have anticipated its return after all those years, yet here it is. The New Motorola Razr has made a fabulous comeback as an Android smartphone that can be folded in half (akin to its iconic flip predecessor). The 2019 Razr may look pretty much like the ones still stamped on our minds, but it replaced the old T9 keypad and the small LCD with a 6.2-inch plastic foldable OLED panel. Its camera is a double duty one with 16 megapixels.

Instead of Android 10, it runs on Android 9 Pie. Upon its launch in January 2020, it is expected to cost USD$ 1500 (equivalent to GBP 1170 and AUD$ 2200).

Why is the new Razr fundamentally different from the other foldable phones present at the moment? It turned a typical sized smartphone into something that is compact and easy to carry around. When the Razr is folded in half, it softly snaps shut from top to bottom. One side lays snuggled on top of the other, without a visible gap between both halves of the screen.

Because of this, Motorola has solved the world’s biggest design puzzle which has left other foldable smartphones (including the Samsung Galaxy Fold) in a conundrum. Not only is the phone pocketable, it reeks of nostalgia yet is streamlined to weather the future.

What sets the new Motorola Razr apart from its predecessors and other phones?

The original Razr was one of the world’s bestselling phones which helped it earn an iconic status. Motorola updated it into a newer version which is wider, heavier, and replete with new features. The foldable Razr gives Motorola a unique opportunity to steal the show.

This phone comes at a time when foldable smartphones are teetering precariously on the edge between reality and fantasy. It was only last year when foldable phones were pegged as a revolution in the smartphone design, and made the dream of a large-screen device being portable a reality.

However, what went wrong were the issues with screens and massive delays in launch, especially from major players, including Samsung and Huawei. It is now Motorola’s turn to bask in the spotlight. If Motorola comes out successful, it will herald a new era for the fold-able phone industry.

The new Motorola Razr folded and unfolded | Image Credits: T3 & Yanko Design

What’s it like using the new Motorola Razr?

In terms of the screen, it is a 6.2-inch P-OLED screen that is foldable. Motorola worked together with Lenovo’s laptop team on this design. The screen is like a thin film that curls in the shape of a teardrop when the screen is being folded.

The New Motorola Razr’s patented hinge design has an open cavity covering the looped part of the screen. Most plastic screens do not fold completely flat without a crease appearing in the middle. The thin layer of air gap is hardly conspicuous. When the screen curls like a teardrop, it creates a gap of 0.2mm between the hinge and the display.

The front screen might look tall but it is narrow with a ration of 21:9. It also has a resolution of 2142 x 876 pixels. Most of the apps are located on the bottom side of the screen along with the controls. This makes it easy for users to reach and use them with just their thumb. It also works better than other phones with one hand only.

The New Motorola Razr folded | Source: Self

On the outside, users can see an 2.7-inch OLED external screen. It is a quick view display that shows essentials such as time, notifications, alerts, signals and battery life. Users cannot type on it but can respond through recorded messages or their voices. In fact, users can use it to check what they look like in selfies.

Google Pay and Google Assistant can be used on the quick view display, as well as for controlling music. The useful yet addictive Motorola gestures are present too. Move the phone in a twister pattern to turn on the camera and shake it sideways to turn on the flashlight.

You can hardly feel the hinge tension, when opening and closing the phone because the movement is smooth and gradual. The hinge’s gears are visible, and magnets hold their sides together. This mechanism prevents the creases from forming on the screen.

People have been asking about the presence of a thick plastic chin on the bottom of the New Motorola Razr. Such is because it reminds us all of its original design so hence it gets a good score for nostalgia. It also houses the optical fingerprint reader, the antennas, vibrating motor, GPS & Wi-Fi units. Most importantly, it is like a handle for users to hold on to when they are watching a video.

To make a call, the phone has to be opened but when on a call, the phone can be closed and the conversation can continue as long as you are using the speakerphone, connected via Bluetooth or are on a video call. However, it closes out most apps with the music player being an exception (the quick view screen helps control music tracks).

The 21:9 screen is termed by Motorola as its Cinemavision display. Small black bars will be bordering the sides when videos are being watched.

Beneath the exterior display is a 16-megapixel camera that is used to take photos and selfies. The five-megapixel camera that is visible when the Razr is unfolded is used mainly for video calls. However, telephoto and wide-angle lens won’t be available. But a software aided portrait and night vision mode are available.

The new Motorola Razr completely opened | Source: Self

The phone is available in 4G and not in 5G. It does have quite a decent amount of memory but has no SD card slot. The phone also lacks a SIM slot so there are pretty much quite some tradeoffs for those looking to buy the new Motorola Razr.

Specifications of the New Motorola Razr

Specifications of the phone are as under:

  • Snapdragon 710 processor.
  • 6GB RAM.
  • 128 GB of internal storage.
  • Snapdragon 710 processor.
  • 2.7-inch Quick View display (800×600).
  • 6.2-inch foldable pOLED display (2142×876).
  • 16 megapixels front-facing camera focal point 1.7 with night vision mode).
  • 5 megapixels internal camera.
  • USB-C port present.
  • eSIM.
  • Fingerprint reader.
  • Android 9 pie.

What do users get in the box?

When prospective buyers think of buying and unboxing the Motorola Razr, their experience is most likely to be memorable. Motorola has created a unique and eye-catching box with sharp corners which will have a tinted, transparent top with a speaker grill.

This way, users can play music from their Razr phones through the box when they slot the phone in the box in an upright position.

The phone comes with:

  • Wired USB-C earbuds.
  • An accessory case for sunglasses.
  • 15-watt TurboPower charger.
  • USB-C cable.
  • Headset adaptor.

Conclusion

While the phone comes equipped with some pretty good features but with a hefty price tag of USD$ 1500, we wonder if its worth the buck. It runs on Android 9 instead of 10 (for which Motorola promised timely updates) and the battery power is 2,500 mAh, which is 10 percent less than what Google’s Pixel 4 currently offers.

With the phone being launched in collaboration with its exclusive telecom partner Verizon, users may need to go to competitors with the compatible ECM format if they wish to switch their carriers. Other than that, the processor will be 2 years old at the time of the launch.

Still, the new Motorola Razr is primed to be a hit among customers when it goes into official launch. For its price tag, this phone is truly going to be unique among the many present in the ever competent smartphone market. It is truly a comeback sign from Motorola and its answer to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

If there is one game that stands a head and shoulders above the rest of the best tactical strategy console games, then it is none other but the ultimate Fire Emblem series from the Nintendo. The title brings a unique mixture of tactical gameplay with deep character interactions. It is a world where characters can have a vested interest in how they build up their characters to earn success. The saddest part about the game is that once your character is defeated in a battle, you will lose it permanently. And that simply breaks the heart of the player because of all that he’s invested in it. This option has, however, changed in the casual game mode, but the classic mode still features this option encouraging players to think heavily on every decision they make or consequence they face. The Fire Emblem series is pretty much the same as the Final Fantasy series. There are plenty of sequels, but most of them are set in a unique universe with a fresh storyline, new characters, etc. So today I am going to discuss the best Fire Emblem game series that one must add in his GBA games to play list. A good enough overview can help players to gain command and move forward. Radiant Dawn The Radiant Dawn is one of the sequels which was debuted on the Nintendo Wii Console in 2007. This game has earned its position as one of the top games in the Emblem games series. It is a hardcore strategy game and is definitely one of the toughest nuts to crack. In this grid-based tactical strategy, I believe Radiant dawn is a game where one can find a whole lot of things to get used to. The story behind the game is subdivided into four parts where each part gives a different perspective to the ongoing events within the game. There are four different factions that are constantly battling in order to gain control of the continent known as Tellius. If you’re a hardcore strategy player, this game can offer you a remarkable experience, but if you’re a casual strategy player then put it for later play. Blazing Blade If you are playing the game outside Japan, then Blazing Blade is one of the introductory Fire Emblem games in the series. This game was released on GBA in the United States featuring 3 main characters. You start the game with Eliwood, Hector and Lyn who play as the main protagonist in the game. Lyn is fairly new but Eliwood and Hector have a significant connection with the previous Fire Emblem game. The game is subdivided into two storylines. The first focuses on Lyn and her quest to save her grandfather. The second focuses on the trio battling against the sorcerer Nergal. As a player, you are able to switch between characters and play secondary roles on the go. Shadow of Valentia It is the fifteenth game in the Fire Emblem series, but it is a complete remake of the one published in 1992. It combines the dungeon crawling aspect with the turn-based tactical strategy killing gameplay. The game comes in two difficulty settings; there is a classical mode and a casual mode. Both of these game modes were initially introduced in the Fire Emblem: Awakening. The Classic game mode feature is a lot more challenging because it brings the permadeath feature whereas the casual mode only sends your character out of the battle but he/she doesn’t completely die. These modes make the game remarkably enjoyable for strategy fans and make game enjoyable. Here, you can focus on the tactical side of your mind and play challenging levels in a new way. Conquest Launched in 2015, Conquest and Birthright are both part of the Fire Emblem Fates series. For the first time, it is a single game that features two different series with different stories in Fire Emblem game. If you’re a casual gamer, then you can begin playing with Birthright as it is aimed at giving you a remarkable gaming experience in the casual gaming space. However, if you are the type of gamer who likes to face challenges and is more of a hardcore Fire Emblem fan, then Conquest is your way in. In Conquest, the enemies are relatively stronger than the enemies in Birthright and are designed for special conditioning of the individuals. It polishes up your skill on tactical strategy so you can win. If you want to have a challenging experience, then this particular series can give players a one. Birthright Birthright is the second series in the Fire Emblem Fates game. Both the series are set on the same continent; however, you play in both the games from different sides of the conflict. However, with Birthright, you don’t have to face much of a tough time as your enemies are fairly easy to take down. It is very important that you play both the games within the respective series if you want to have the full experience. If you’re a casual strategy fan, then Birthright is the best place to begin Fire Emblem. As you gradually move up the levels, you get more skilled at taking down remarkable kills. As a casual strategy fan, I believe you can simply fall in love with the game and will never have to look elsewhere. This is a game specifically designed for hardcore tactical players. Sacred Stones The third game in the Fire Emblem series featuring the old retro-styled gameplay, Sacred Stones is a great starting point for all those who are planning to begin with the Fire Emblem series on GBA. The game typically features almost the same mechanics which are observed in the Blazing Blade. However, the gameplay takes place in an entirely different continent where Players get the chance to explore new plots, focus on new enemies and investigate new cases taking place within the nation. If you want to start someplace in the Fire Emblem series, then might I suggest you start here. So there you go, here are some of the Fire Emblem games which I believe are not just quite remarkable but are exceptionally favored by the common individuals who still play games on the GBA. Are you a Fire Emblem fan yourself? If that’s the case then might I ask which sequel you prefer? Share about the best fire emblem games that you’ve recently played.

Are You a Strategy Fan? Here are the Best Fire Emblem Games One Must Play

If there is one game that stands a head and shoulders above the rest of the best tactical strategy console games, then it is none other but the ultimate Fire Emblem series from the Nintendo. 

The title brings a unique mixture of tactical gameplay with deep character interactions. It is a world where characters can have a vested interest in how they build up their characters to earn success. 

The saddest part about the game is that once your character is defeated in a battle, you will lose it permanently. And that simply breaks the heart of the player because of all that he’s invested in it. 

This option has, however, changed in the casual game mode, but the classic mode still features this option encouraging players to think heavily on every decision they make or consequence they face. 

The Fire Emblem series is pretty much the same as the Final Fantasy series. There are plenty of sequels, but most of them are set in a unique universe with a fresh storyline, new characters, etc.

So today I am going to discuss the best Fire Emblem game series that one must add in his GBA games to play list. A good enough overview can help players to gain command and move forward. 

Radiant Dawn

The Radiant Dawn is one of the sequels which was debuted on the Nintendo Wii Console in 2007.

This game has earned its position as one of the top games in the Emblem games series. It is a hardcore strategy game and is definitely one of the toughest nuts to crack. In this grid-based tactical strategy, I believe Radiant dawn is a game where one can find a whole lot of things to get used to. 

The story behind the game is subdivided into four parts where each part gives a different perspective to the ongoing events within the game. There are four different factions that are constantly battling in order to gain control of the continent known as Tellius. If you’re a hardcore strategy player, this game can offer you a remarkable experience, but if you’re a casual strategy player then put it for later play. 

Blazing Blade

If you are playing the game outside Japan, then Blazing Blade is one of the introductory Fire Emblem games in the series. This game was released on GBA in the United States featuring 3 main characters. 

You start the game with Eliwood, Hector and Lyn who play as the main protagonist in the game. Lyn is fairly new but Eliwood and Hector have a significant connection with the previous Fire Emblem game.

The game is subdivided into two storylines. The first focuses on Lyn and her quest to save her grandfather. The second focuses on the trio battling against the sorcerer Nergal. 

As a player, you are able to switch between characters and play secondary roles on the go.

Shadow of Valentia

It is the fifteenth game in the Fire Emblem series, but it is a complete remake of the one published in 1992. It combines the dungeon crawling aspect with the turn-based tactical strategy killing gameplay. 

The game comes in two difficulty settings; there is a classical mode and a casual mode. Both of these game modes were initially introduced in the Fire Emblem: Awakening. 

The Classic game mode feature is a lot more challenging because it brings the permadeath feature whereas the casual mode only sends your character out of the battle but he/she doesn’t completely die. These modes make the game remarkably enjoyable for strategy fans and make game enjoyable. 

Here, you can focus on the tactical side of your mind and play challenging levels in a new way. 

Conquest

Launched in 2015, Conquest and Birthright are both part of the Fire Emblem Fates series. For the first time, it is a single game that features two different series with different stories in Fire Emblem game. 

If you’re a casual gamer, then you can begin playing with Birthright as it is aimed at giving you a remarkable gaming experience in the casual gaming space. However, if you are the type of gamer who likes to face challenges and is more of a hardcore Fire Emblem fan, then Conquest is your way in.

In Conquest, the enemies are relatively stronger than the enemies in Birthright and are designed for special conditioning of the individuals. It polishes up your skill on tactical strategy so you can win. 

If you want to have a challenging experience, then this particular series can give players a one.

Birthright

Birthright is the second series in the Fire Emblem Fates game. Both the series are set on the same continent; however, you play in both the games from different sides of the conflict. However, with Birthright, you don’t have to face much of a tough time as your enemies are fairly easy to take down. 

It is very important that you play both the games within the respective series if you want to have the full experience. If you’re a casual strategy fan, then Birthright is the best place to begin Fire Emblem. 

As you gradually move up the levels, you get more skilled at taking down remarkable kills. As a casual strategy fan, I believe you can simply fall in love with the game and will never have to look elsewhere. 

This is a game specifically designed for hardcore tactical players. 

Sacred Stones

The third game in the Fire Emblem series featuring the old retro-styled gameplay, Sacred Stones is a great starting point for all those who are planning to begin with the Fire Emblem series on GBA. 

The game typically features almost the same mechanics which are observed in the Blazing Blade. However, the gameplay takes place in an entirely different continent where Players get the chance to explore new plots, focus on new enemies and investigate new cases taking place within the nation.

If you want to start someplace in the Fire Emblem series, then might I suggest you start here. 

So there you go, here are some of the Fire Emblem games which I believe are not just quite remarkable but are exceptionally favored by the common individuals who still play games on the GBA. 

Are you a Fire Emblem fan yourself? If that’s the case then might I ask which sequel you prefer? 

Share about the best fire emblem games that you’ve recently played. 

Best GBA Games

Best GBA Games that Every Person has Played in the 90s Era

It all dates back to where the gaming initiated. 

Gameboy Advance and Gameboy is where it all began, the story of handheld gaming experiences. Apparently, GBA became one of the high demand consoles on the planet Earth since the time of its inception. And gradually, it’s massive gaming library exceeded a total of 900+ games over time. 

Even today there are so many individuals who just simply loves to carry a gameboy advance around. It is one of the highly recommended gaming consoles & one of the best devices for retro-style gaming.

Are you eager to learn which of the gba games are one of the best games on the market? 

So if you still want to experience that retro style gaming all over again, here are some of the best. 

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Are you a fan of DOTA, and you want to experience DOTA gameplay in retro style? Then look no further than the Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. It is one of the best RPG games on the market for GBA players. It features rigorous combat styles, insane puzzles, some magical spells & dangerous swords. 

Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis

How about having a chunk of military styled story based game? Well, if you’re a fan of such retros then Tactical Ogre is your thing. The idea behind the game design is what makes it one of the favored games. There are some deep concentration levels can in fact, make you a very subtle critical thinker.

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

Like to play farmville games? Harvest Moon is an interesting farm building game which allows you to reap and earn great rewards. You can breed your favorite animals, you water your plants and harvest them, and you can complete your timely missions. It’s a fun gameplay with a traditional storyline. 

Mario vs Donkey Kong

In this game, Mario has to face over a 100 levels which usually throws different challenges such as complex puzzles and hardwired obstacles. By completing the challenges Mario earn keys and collects all the toys which has been stolen by Donkey Kong. It has some crazy animations and a fun gameplay. 

Super Mario Advance

As reviews term it, Super Mario Advance is one of the best Super Mario games in the Super Mario series. Just like previous mario games, your task is to defeat the evil using different powers and weapons. Every version of the game has some additional missions, interesting features and weapons. 

Mario & Luigi Superstar

The brotherhood is back at it again! Because with Mario & Luigi Superstar, Mario Bros can team up to save the beautiful princess who’s gotten abducted by the evil forces. The game is interesting because it is a sequel based game with a lot of interesting dialogues & some real thrilling challenges to play. 

Mario Kart Super Circuit

So the developers thought it would be a great idea to put Mario in a Kart and let him race around circuits! Who knew it would turn out to be a total blast. Mario Kart Super Circuit has become one of the quite popular titles with some action packed kicking and thrashing. It has over 40 tracks to play. 

Kirby Nightmare & Dreamland

Ever thought of playing a game where you get trapped in your own imaginations? Well, if that’s the case with you then you and Kirby are on the same page. A very popular play-to title on the GBA block is Kirby’s nightmare which challenges your cognitive ability to find Dedede within the dreamlands. 

Car Battler Joe

Car Battler Joe is a full time action packed RPG style game with fully loaded warfare cars. Do you remember the animated movie Red Line? Well, Car Battler Joe is pretty much the same. Your protagonists is an enthusiastic shout-out loud on the battlefield kind of a driver so you can have fun. 

Astro Boy Omega Factor

Want an amazing Astro icon boy experience, where you can fly around the city and visualize your master’s stolen assets? Well look no further than the world class GBA astro boy. The game features 10 levels of action packed adventure where you are challenged with defeating classic enemies.

The Legend of Zelda

Legend of Zelda has lived up to expectations because it is simply a fantastic game with immense power play. The sequel features two versions of the game which are quite remarkably amazing. You are tasked with the protection of the kingdom backed by Minish Cap by combatting tough opponents. 

Ninja Five O

Want to feature yourself in a game where you can be the ninja and at the same time be a cop as well? Arm your ninja cop with some power packed magical weapons designed to combat bad guys. It is a small game with hardly 6 stages and a bad-ass ninja with a great adventurous storyline to play. 

Sonic Advance

The blue hedgehog running around at an ultrasonic speed has always been fans favorite. And the experience is quite interactive and one of a kind as you can run around the map looking like a speedball and gathering electric charge overtime collecting rings and defeating dangerous foes.

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Google forces the use of its navigation by gestures

9to5Google makes us know that with Android 10 and the latest version of Google Mobile Services, manufacturers simply no longer have the option to offer their own navigation during the process of first booting a device. Only two options are allowed by Google: classic buttons, or navigation gestures.

Essentially, alternative navigation methods are allowed but must remain hidden. Only the most experienced users will have the curiosity to look for all this in the depths of the parameters. At least, it contributes to greater consistency between devices, and the disappearance of this ugly pill navigation.

Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives (finally) on PC in November!

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on PC on November 5th, with many special bonuses for those who have pre-purchased the game via the Rockstar Games Launcher from October 9th.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will benefit from a series of graphic and technical improvements on PC. You’ll also find access to the world of Red Dead Online, including all the content enhancements and updates released to date, including Western Careers and the bounty hunter, merchant and collector roles, which unlock rewards.

Available pre-purchase exclusively on  the Rockstar Games Launcher until October 22, pre-buy Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 9 from 17:00 (French time) and this date to take advantage of the limited-time offer to receive two free Rockstar Games games on PC from the following games:

Playstation: significant price reduction for PS Now

Playstation announces a price reduction for PS Now, its video game subscription service, which goes from 14.99 euros per month to 9.99 euros per month. It’s also an opportunity to add four iconic Playstation 4 titles: God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

As Stadia’s launch gets closer, Playstation does not sit idle and just announced a price cut for PS Now, its subscription service to access more than 700 games in unlimited thanks to cloud gaming.

Playstation aligns with Google Stadia

It is a nice drop in price that awaits us, with nearly 33% savings, enough to convince skeptics to be tempted by the subscription of Sony. Thus, the monthly fee drops to 9.99 euros instead of 14.99 euros , but we will also be able to pay 24.99 euros for three months, and finally 59.99 euros a year. These new rates are valid from 1 October 2019.

We will be able to find God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son , but also Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End from today on Sony’s subscription service until January 2, 2020.

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Apple is currently working on a fix to kill this bug and has told the users to be careful.

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The 3D mode adds dept to the photos.

Snapchat 3D Selfie Camera

This new photo feature will allow users to move their camera here and there to give more details to the photo.

Sadly, this feature is only available for Iphone users as of now and those androids which supports 3D photo capture.

iPhone 11 series is officially launched with three cameras

Designedly, the iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD screen. The real difference is on the back of the phone.

The huge camera module and the logo moved to the middle became the business card that it was recognized at a glance.

In addition, iPhone 11 also offers 6 new colors of red, black, green, purple, yellow and white, of which green and purple are the new color matching this update.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max continue the dual-camera route, with screen sizes of 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches, but upgraded to a Super Retina XDR (OLED) screen that saves 15% in power consumption, with a maximum display brightness of 1200 special.

According to Apple, the iPhone 11’s battery life will be one hour longer than the iPhone XR, making it the longest iPhone for Apple; the iPhone 11 Pro series is 4-5 hours longer than the iPhone XS series.

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Apple has finally officialized the arrival on the market of its new devices. Tonight, we were able to discover the Apple Watch Series 5 or the new iPad.

But what has obviously unleashed the crowds was none other than the new iPhone 11, which supplants the iPhone Xr, plus the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. These will come out directly under iOS 13, which we already know the new features.

Here is the list of iPhone that will benefit from this new major update:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone X
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  • iPhone 7
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  • iPhone 6S
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  • iPhone SE
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After months of waiting, its finally here – The Samsung Galaxy Fold is getting released!

After a long delay due to last moment discovery of embarrassing flaws, Samsung is now releasing its first fold-able phone. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally near and is just a few days away.

People began registering for the USD 2000 foldable smartphone recently in China. Samsung is to release the phone on September 6, 2019, which coincides with the opening day of the 2019 IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.

What a day to launch the new phone!

When was the release date chosen?

Yonhap News Agency reports Samsung and other mobile operators are discussing the launch date to be September 6 in South Korea itself. Samsung will use the event to showcase the revised model at the 2019 IFA electronics fair in Berlin.

At the moment, it seems as Samsung is quite confident to bring the release period earlier than anticipated. Earlier reports indicated the phone’s launch to be later in September.

The initial shipment of the Samsung Galaxy Fold for South Korean consumers numbers between 20,000 to 30,000 units. Its price in South Korea will be 2.3 million equal per unit (equal to USD$ 1902). Samsung is expected to launch the folding smartphone in China & the United States in September 2019 but at later dates.

Any corrections made in the Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has revealed a few corrections it made to the Galaxy Fold, including:

  • tucking in the protective screen layer,
  • addition of further metal layers beneath the screen to reinforce it
  • reduction of space between the body & the hinge.

The corrections to the model were made after reviewers reported major issues with the review units of the Galaxy Fold, such as broken, bulging & flickering screens. The reviewers also peeled off the protective screen layer by mistake, assuming that it was a screen protector. But it later turned out to be a key component of the phone’s display.

This is what caused the phone’s launch to be delayed.

Brief overview of the price and features of the Galaxy Fold

The current handset of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at USD$ 2,000, an amount most consumers are not willing to pay. Currently, it is not available to a larger segment of the population.

Samsung is planning to use an affordable design to reduce its price with an internal storage of just 256 GB. That is half of what the current Galaxy Fold offers (i.e. 512 GB).

Further specifications of the phone are:

  • A 7.3-inch primary flexible AMOLED display.
  • An operating system of Android 9.0 with one UI.
  • Uses a CPU of Snapdragon 855.
  • 12 GB RAM.
  • External display (which is closed) is 4.6 inches with HD+ display.
  • Main display is of 7.3 inches (QXGA +).
  • Rear Camera of 12 megapixel wide-angle (f1.5 to f/2.4), 12-megapixel telephoto (f/2.4) and 16 megapixel ultra-wide (f/2.2).
  • Closed front camera of 12 megapixel (f/2.2).
  • Open front camera of 10-megapixel selfie (f/2.2), with 8-megapixel RGB depth (f/1.9).
  • Fingerprint sensing power button.

It is currently available in the colors: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue.

Smartphones and other gadgets that are rivalling the Samsung Galaxy Fold

At the moment, Huawei’s Foldable smartphone Mate X was also scheduled to arrive in September. But, Huawei reported that it is unlikely to release any earlier than November. The only other competing gadget to the Samsung Galaxy fold is Apple’s foldable iPad.

Will Samsung capitalize on the smartphone market with the new & improved Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has fixed the problems in the hinge and in the screen with reinforcements & extra layers. It will hopefully survive thousands of folds it will endure without showing any signs of wear. It is confident that the Galaxy Fold will have a better life span as compared to the normal smartphone.

If the Galaxy Fold succeeds after the launch, then the phone will definitely be able to succeed and thrive in the market and win billions of hearts too.

Nokia Ranked No.1 Worldwide In Software and Security Updates

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Data was collected by Counterpoint Research and their main focus was to maintain security and Android stability.

Nokia phones software updates

While, Samsung was able to rank second, as well as Xiaomi was on the third rank. Huawei was able to secure fourth place.

Now the question arises that which smartphone brand is taking less time in launching the Android Pie

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YouTube is testing a queue feature for its videos

Until September 10, anyone who wants it will be able to experience a queue feature on YouTube.

Until today, YouTube did not offer a video queue. To watch several videos of his choice, he had to create a playlist. Or get carried away by the suggestions of the service with its “  to follow  ” feature. This era of System D should soon be over. YouTube has announced the test of a real queue with its users.

Everyone can benefit from the test until September 10th. You need to go to youtube.com/new, which lists the experimental features offered by the platform, and press the ” try  ” button  in the “  create a queue  ”. From now on, when hovering over the thumbnail of a video, a small list icon titled “  add to queue  ” appears in the corner, just below the ” watch ” icon.  later  .

First Walmart and now, Amazon! The Story of Tesla Solar Panels Catching Fire

First, it was Walmart whose shops caught fire due to Tesla solar panels and that resulted in Walmart suing the electric car maker. Now, Amazon has also experienced a fire that stems from Tesla’s solar panels, as reported by CNBC.

Amazon also revealed that it has no further plans to install any more solar panel systems following the incident. However, Tesla claims that incident is isolated.

Somehow, Tesla’s claims of Amazon’s incident being isolated are dumbfounded. In the past week, Walmart has filed a lawsuit against Tesla. Walmart alleges that the fires at sever of its stores were due to the solar panel systems, and the company had Tesla install them on more than 200 of its stores across the states.

What Happened at Amazon’s Redland, California Warehouse?

Amazon discloses Tesla solar panels on the roof of one of its warehouses caused a fire last year. Such adds to the scrutiny of Tesla’s solar panel business following Walmart’s lawsuit filed against Tesla last week which has condemned the electric car giant’s solar business to the bottom of the barrel.

Amazon revealed to Bloomberg in an email on Friday that one of Tesla’s installed solar energy systems installed at its Redlands, California warehouse caught fire in June 2018. Representatives from the e-commerce giant declined to comment in public regarding the incident but have somehow confirmed that the company will no longer be working with Tesla anymore.

Following the news of Walmart suing Tesla, both companies released statements that they are in talks to resolve the issue. However, the issue has become serious since Walmart has suffered damages at 7 of its stores which also resulted in these stores getting closed temporarily.

The Amazon warehouse incident somehow looks to be a small-scale incident and the e-commerce behemoth revealed that it has a relatively smaller number of solar panel systems installed in comparison to Walmart.

Walmart installed Tesla’s solar panel systems from its subsidiary SolarCity some time ago and Tesla acquired the solar energy company in 2016, aiming to create a one-stop shop for everything solar.

However, things are not rosy for Tesla as its acquisition of SolarCity back then for USD$ 26 billion is marred by controversy that still goes on today. Elon Musk’s first cousins Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive were the brains behind SolarCity and Musk held 1/5th of the company’s shares valued around USD$ 575 million at the end of the year 2015.

Such does not spare either Tesla or its subsidiary SolarCity. The operations of SolarCity are not going well as its parent Tesla had hoped. It faced issues in production due to technical challenges a year ago. A recent report says that Tesla has been exporting most of the solar cells it has produced made at its Gigafactory in New York, instead of using them for Solar Roof installations.

A representative from Tesla communicates the following to Business Insider:

“All 11 Amazon sites with solar from Tesla are generating energy and are proactively monitored and maintained. Last year, there was an isolated event that occurred in an inverter at one of the Amazon sites. Tesla worked collaboratively with Amazon to root cause the event and remediate. We also performed inspections at other sites, which confirmed the integrity of the systems. As with all our commercial solar installations, we continue to proactively monitor the systems to ensure they operate safely and reliably.”

How Much Does Walmart’s Lawsuit Add to Tesla’s Woes?

Walmart filed a lawsuit against Tesla claiming its solar panels were responsible for fires at seven of its stores. Such has forced the retail giant to take off solar panels from all of its 240 stores where they were installed by Tesla.

Walmart released the following statement in its complaint against Tesla:

“To this day, Tesla has not provided Walmart with the complete set of final ‘root cause’ analyses needed to identify the precise defects in its systems that caused all the fires. The number of defects, however, is overwhelming and plainly indicative of systemic, widespread failures by Tesla to meet the standard of care, as set forth in the governing contracts, as to the solar systems installed at Walmart’s stores.”

Tesla is yet to respond to Walmart’s complaint.

Will Tesla Survive the Onslaught Through Its Latest Tactics?

Last summer, Tesla started ‘Project Titan’ which is known be an attempt in quietly replacing defective solar-panel parts across the United States, as per documents seen by Business Insider.

However, Tesla’s solar business has been hit by a sharp drop in sales. CEO Elon Musk is yet to tweet about the complaints. Instead, he announced a refurbished pricing plan as a way to boost the slowdown in the solar business.

Somehow, no one seems to be convinced by Elon Musk’s statement.

Not Another One! Facebook And Instagram Developing a New App Called ‘Threads’

Who would have thought that Facebook would be developing another new messaging app? And this time, it is doing so to rival Snapchat. This app will be named ‘Threads’.

Facebook is reported to be developing Threads as a new messaging app. It is aimed at helping users share more information more often with their close friends. Those close friends will be picked up from the close friends’ list users have on Instagram and Facebook.

What is the functionality of Threads?

Threads is created to automatically share close details, such as location, internet speed, battery life and the like. The app also shares typical social media posts such as text and pictures. Threads is intended to work with the ‘close friends list’ of users listed on Instagram.

Threads will act as a companion to Instagram. Currently it is in testing at Facebook

Threads is engineered as Instagram’s ‘sister’ app and invites users to share close details with their close friends using Instagram’s creative tools. The app includes an opt-in ‘automatic sharing’ feature allowing people on the app user’s close friends list receiving regular updates, about where the person is, and vice versa.

Threads also allows users to update their respective statuses manually, with those statuses being shown in the main feed along with the messages. The app will show online users with a green dot, allows users to quickly read stories shared by friends and also includes its own camera function.

It is the latest in apps automating status sharing through mobile phone sensors & one-tap status sharing. In 2014, a similar app called ‘Status’ tried doing the same thing as Threads, and in 2015, Danny Trinh’s free app took another yet similar approach.

Why are Facebook & Instagram developing Threads?

After facing years of sustained & rising criticism in its negative role in the promotion of political propaganda, false news, false information, spam content, failure to stop large-scale data breaches & verbatim genocide, Facebook signaled major changes which are currently in progress.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this year that his company would be improving Facebook’s privacy.

Facebook has also started a project aimed at merging the services of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. Such will allow users to send messages instantly across these apps without the need for switching between the apps. The apps will remain separate, but their messaging functionalities will now be under one umbrella.

Could this be an attempt by Facebook to mask its numerous failures? It is becoming highly probable that Facebook is doing so by making an impression in the general public that it is moving on from being an open public forum to a close one shielding users’ information.

The concluding point – Will Thread survive or face another rollback?

There are doubts among the general populace about the survival of threads after its inception. Such became evident when the social media giant ended its support for Direct, which was a camera-first app that not only resembled but mimicked Snapchat.

Direct was unveiled in 2017 and was tested in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey & Uruguay. However, the launch of direct was canceled before a global release was to occur. There is ambiguity in whether Threads will be launched or not.

There is a likelihood that Facebook might end the development of the app before giving it to the general public (as it did with Direct). However, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserted back in March that he sees private messaging as the company’s future.

Threads appears to be part of the efforts of Facebook’s latest vision of making private messaging become a reality.

Will Facebook succeed this time? Or will it falter with just another failed launch?

Best Instagram Marketing Strategies

Best Instagram Marketing Strategies to Promote Your Niche-Focused Business

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platforms currently making to the frontline of the Internet. With more than a billion accounts, Instagram has created quite an impact especially among teens. It has become a social networking website that one just can’t ignore. It has now become an integral part of our lives and what’s more? It has also become quite the resource to promote business. 

However, not every brand on the Instagram market has earned its significant liberty to rapidly grow as some have. Doesn’t it make you wonder what some of these major brands are doing that’s working out for them? I am also eagerly interested just as you are. So, I took some time off from my busy schedule and performed the necessary research. Here are a few Instagram marketing strategies to help you promote your business effectively on Instagram. Now, you can also turn 0 to 100 real quick. 

Build a Community Around Actionable Hashtags

It is a great strategy that is most commonly observed being practiced by some of the major brands. 

Actionable Hashtags

To best explain the concept, let’s consider Nike. The business chose to run their Winter Campaigns captioned as “Choose Your Winter.” Nike used a hashtag campaigning method titled as #runfree campaign which really attracted a great number of audience and before you know it, the hashtag became quite the trend. Nike benefited from the hashtag by building its own community around it. 

You as a starter brand can do the same as well. Pick out hashtags or create the ones that are really impactful. Now custom-tailor your brand campaigns to favor these hashtags and run your campaigns. 

For example, Infatuation is a trendy restaurant review website found back in the year 2009. These guys weren’t quite the popular review sites on the Internet block, but with their hashtag #EEEEEATS, they created a significant impact and earned their popularity. The hashtag give them quite the virality. 

Be an Empath, and Relate to Your Followers

Most brands and businesses are empathic so they aim to understand their target audiences. By knowing the teeny tiniest bit of details and happenings in their life, they are able to create Instagram posts that are quite an attraction for them. As a brand, I am sure you’ve already established a few buyer personas of your own, and you already have an idea of what your average lead may look like. 

However now, it is that time when you have to seek why they are present on Instagram. Are they coming to Instagram because they want to kill boredom or are they there to check on their friends? 

A great example of empathy on Instagram is

empathy on Instagram is

So how can brands become empathic? 

Let’s assume that one of your clients love cakes and he or she gets super excited when they see one on their Instagram feeds. You are a cake selling brand and hence, you take some snazzy looking images of the cake. Now, just optimizing your Instagram campaign to show those images on client’s feed isn’t going to be enough. What you require is a bit of captioning and an Instagram harpoon. 

What are Instagram harpoons? These are humorously designed and well-written social captions. 

For instance, 

“Who would love to have this CAKE on a Sunday Breezy Morning with her beloveds? #sundaybreezymornings #fonduecakes #cakeseason 

Your Biography Plays a Significant Role

When you are creating your Instagram bio, just keep in mind that you design them a whole lot differently than your Facebook & LinkedIn profile. Your Instagram shouldn’t contain any boring details such as your long lasting Resumes and professional qualifications. What audiences nowadays are basically seeking is how human-like is the brand and can it connect with the audience requirements?  

For example, check how Mesmereyez, halloween contact lenses selling business has done it correctly.

To make your brand bio details shine out among your competitors, you can use a mix of emojis and humorous single-liners and create a more humanized connection between yourself and the audience. 

Why Not Share Videos on Your Instagram

The video feature on Instagram is not anything new but it has gained some significant popularity over-time. Many brands who are promoting their businesses on Instagram are leveraging the power of short 15-second videos to ensure that their brand message is heard loud and clear on social podiums. 

For example, here’s a video campaign that Oreo ran earlier this year. 

The campaign was pretty much designed to promote a chance to win something with Oreo. 

However, you can use video in different number of ways instead. You can use a video to promote a product launch taking place, for example, over here Oreo is marketing one of its maple creme cookies.

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Or you can share some behind-the-scenes funny moments like Oreo did with Wiz Khalifa. 

You can even embed these Instagram videos on your website, if you have one. That’s the only puzzle which you are missing out on, to complete your perfect Instagram marketing circle once and for all. 

Promote Your Instagram Just About Everywhere

Creating a profile on Instagram and marketing your content consistently isn’t going to get you anywhere. If you want people to see your profile or reach out to you, then you need to make sure you promote your Instagram in other places as well. For instance, if you have a homepage or different product pages interconnecting to your social networks, put your Instagram social icon there as well.

Start internally by asking your stakeholders to share your Instagram account using relevant business hashtags. Learning the art of hashtagging is significantly important, and businesses who know how to leverage that art are the ones that expressively grow then those who don’t put their focus on it at all. 

Include your Instagram icon in your email signatures, on your social profiles, in your business cards, on websites and just about everywhere which can give your Instagram profile a good exposure. 

Instagram is the future’s way forward for businesses. It is not only growing at an immense pace but more than half the society is actively using it on a daily basis. Businesses who fails to pay attention to Instagram marketing often suffer a business backlash. It’s because they normally leave a large market untapped! If you haven’t invested your time in Instagram advertising and marketing, now is the time. 

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eFootball PES 2020 on mobile platforms in October

The PES franchise will be back on mobiles in October, to the delight of football fans. Konami has planned to incorporate many of the new features of the PC version and consoles.

eFootball PES 2020 will appear on iOS and Android at the end of October. Konami is stepping up the pressure by promising that the PC and console versions will also be available for mobile platforms.

Always in the radius of the gameplay, the simulation will be more realistic with improved behavior in the grip of the ball and an artificial intelligence better controlled for the game in defense.

PES 2020 will select a game or derby every week, players can then choose a team and try to win rewards.

Several clubs will appear in the game, under agreements with Konami. This will be the case of Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich and Juventus of Turin. They will be added to the already available clubs like FC Barcelona.

Google To Disable Youtube Messaging Feature from September 18

Google announced that it will soon turn off YouTube private messaging. This decision is for two reasons. 1) Not many people use YouTube Messaging. 2) Most children are using this feature, which brings them security issues.

This feature was launched in 2017; however, due to the availability of other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, this feature is not universal. Although Google has not yet announced the official date, it is rumored that the feature will be closed after September 18.

YouTube is a video streaming platform that no one can complete. But this feature is not just for such a platform. After reanalysis, the company decided to stop using the messaging option. In addition, YouTube plans to focus more on improving public conversations than on wasting resources on this available feature.