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Month: May 2019

‘Super Soccer Champs 2019’ Surprise Lands in the App Store in Time for the Champions League Final

If you’re gearing up to watch “the big match” tomorrow then you’re going to want to grab yourself a copy of Super Soccer Champs 2019 (Free) which just surprise-launched in the App Store. In case you’re unfamiliar, Super Soccer Champs is the footballing series from Uprising Games, aka developer Elton Bird. You may be familiar with Uprising by way of 2016’s Tennis Champs Returns (Free), which is one of the best tennis games… no scratch that, one of the best all-around sports games… no scratch THAT too. Tennis Champs Returns is one of the BEST games around period, and Super Soccer Champs retains its light and breezy arcade exterior and its hidden levels of depth and strategy. Basically, if games like Sensible World of Soccer got your motor humming back in the day, or you just appreciate really approachable sports games that don’t require a 5 hour tutorial to come to grips with, then you’re gonna have a good time with Super Soccer Champs 2019. We really enjoyed last year’s entry in the series, and the 2019 version takes things to the next level with online multiplayer for two players through Game Center. There’s still local multiplayer too, and a full team and player data editor. With over 600 teams and 37 Divisions from 27 Countries, Super Soccer Champs 2019 should keep you plenty busy. And hey, it’s free...

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‘Arena of Valor’ News: Marketing Team Drama, May Patch Notes, And Leaks Galore

It’s all kicking off in this week’s Arena of Valor news roundup. The game has been dealt another blow if a new report is to be believed, lending credence to the idea that Arena of Valor is about to be usurped by KoG, LoL Mobile, or just its own failure to grab the kind of audience Tencent wanted to replicate outside of China. What a way to spend our 52nd, an thus the 1st anniversary of the AoV roundup, huh? This could be the end of the road. Tencent Allegedly Disbands AOV’s Marketing Team With all this talk of KoG and/or League of Legends Mobile entering the scene, several media outlets have finally begun to look deeper into Arena of Valor. The resulting reporter focus has potentially unearthed Tencent’s recent decision to disband the game’s marketing/community team. What marketing team?” I hear you ask. Well, whatever was there no longer is. The report by Reuters suggests the game flopped in Tencent’s mind due in part to its more generic non-descript themes, lack of platform appeal in the west, and a player base of “just 100,000-150,000″ daily users compared to the Chinese version’s 55 million. Fault was also placed on a strained relationship between League of Legends developer Riot Games and Tencent. Tencent had reportedly wanted Riot Games to develop a mobile version of its popular MOBA and went on...

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Deal: Get the Xiaomi Mi Box S with $10 Vudu credit for $49.99 ($10 off)

For a limited time, Walmart is offering the Xiaomi Mi Box S for $49.99 ($10 off). Better yet, the retailer throws in $10 Vudu credit with your purchase. The successor to 2016’s Mi Box, the Mi Box S runs the Android 8.1 Oreo version of Android TV. Google Assistant functionality is baked right in, with a dedicated button at the top of the included remote. The remote also features dedicated buttons for Netflix and live TV. Editor’s Pick 10 best Android TV apps! (Updated 2019) It’s been a couple of years since Android TV has come out and it’s been slowly maturing as a platform. It has more apps and games available for it than ever before. There could be … The Mi Box S supports 4K HDR and includes a quad-core CPU with a Mali-450 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.2, one HDMI 2.0A port, one audio out port, and one USB-A port. Finally, the device is notable for being one of the few Xiaomi products officially sold in the U.S. You can pick up the Mi Box S at the link below. You have until July 15 to redeem the $10 Vudu credit code, after which you have 30 days to use the credit. You can use the credit for either purchases or rentals, though you must have a Vudu account. Get this...

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Plex for Android gets picture-in-picture mode, see how it works here

The newest update to the Plex Android app is rolling out now (version 7.16.1.10610) via the Google Play Store. It brings with it a few new features previously included in beta versions of the app, most notably picture-in-picture mode. Editor’s Pick Plex wants to become a hub for video and audio subscription services Plex If you’re a Plex user, you likely use it mainly to stream your personal library of audio and video files (all of which you purchased legally because you would never, ever pirate anything). … With PiP, you can just tap (or swipe) the home button on your smartphone while viewing a video in your Plex library. The Plex player will minimize and show your home screen, with the video still playing in the lower right corner. You can tap the video twice to go back to a full-screen experience. Check out how it works in the GIF below as seen on a OnePlus 7 Pro: This new multitasking feature will likely be a welcome addition to the Plex experience for power users. Elsewhere, the new Plex update brings the following updates: Updated UI –The video player now looks and functions much like the music player. Better Seeking –You can scrub a video with little preview images, much like you do on YouTube. Your Plex Media Server needs to have this enabled, though. New Viewing Modes...

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Putting Verizon’s nascent 5G network to the test

It may not quite feel like it, but we’re at the dawn of a new era: 5G is (finally) here, even if in a limited way. Verizon and its competitors have been working hard to beef up backhaul while installing the first wave of 5G cell sites in select markets around the country. As tech companies are wont to say, it’s early days for 5G. The networks are hardly anywhere, and only a couple of devices can even access and use the networks. One of those devices is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Samsung announced the device back in February, along with the S10e, S10, and S10 Plus. While the other S10 variants have been on sale for several months, Samsung reserved the S10 5G for Verizon’s network kick-off in Chicago. (AT&T will sell the S10 5G later this year.) Required reading: Sprint 5G: Testing Sprint’s new network in Dallas Can the experience live up to the marketing hyperbole? We’re here to tell you in our Verizon Wireless 5G hands-on. Setting the Verizon 5G stage Before we get caught up in the shock and awe of raw 5G speed, there’s some background worth discussing. Verizon is relying on mmWave spectrum in the 28GHz band for its 5G service. A massive 400MHz channel sits in Verizon’s 5G band to allow traffic to move along, and it has another 400MHz in the...

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