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PUBG Mobile Mod For Android Now Available, Here’s What You Need To Know

By | March 22nd, 2018

You may or may not be aware but the smash-hit PUBG Mobile for Android is now available with built-in modifications, in an unofficial capacity, of course.

Like many other games or “++” defined apps on iOS, the modified versions of PUBG Mobile on Android are released into the wild by developers looking to enhance the game with their own features and functionality.

If you are an active PUBG Mobile player on Android, whether that be the Chinese or English version, it stands to reason that you might want to take a little peek into the world of game modification and see what’s actually available. Of course, the features and functionality offered really depends on the modified version that you download, but we’ve covered some of what you can expect below.

What does the modded version on Android actually do?

Like most modified versions of any game or title, the purpose behind it is to introduce additional functionality or capability which isn’t offered in the official version. Where modified versions of PUBG Mobile are concerned, the additions can be extremely plentiful, and include, but are not limited to, some of the features highlighted below:

  • Automatic aiming
  • The ability to aim and lock onto a target
  • Aim assist functionality
  • Rapid fire abilities
  • No recoil in place
  • Unlimited financial resources
  • License verification bypass
  • No fog within the game
  • No grass within the game
    and much, much more depending on the modified version that you install

How to get it?

First of all, you are going to need to download the necessary modified APK file as well as the accompanying OBB data file. We won’t be linking you directly to these for obvious reasons but a little search should sort you out.

Step 2: Once downloaded, extract the OBB file and all of its contents and move it to sdcard/android/obb

Step 3: Install the modified PUBG Mobile APK on your Android device. This is pretty much all that you need to do other than launch the game and enjoy the associated modifications.

Keep in mind that, like many other apps and modified titles, Tencent Mobile might actually start detecting users who are accessing the game from modified versions of the apps, meaning that do run the risk of having your account banned from its servers.

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2018 iPhone X Successor Will Cost Apple 10% Less To Manufacture

By | March 22nd, 2018

The 2018 lineup for Apple’s iPhone is one that has long been rumored to include no fewer than three new devices – a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, a replacement for the current 5.8-inch iPhone X and a new, larger version dubbed the iPhone X Plus and weighing in with a OLED screen of 6.5-inches big.

According to a new DigiTimes report, that iPhone X replacement will be considerably cheaper to manufacturer than the device it is going to replace, potentially allowing for a reduction for its price at retail.

If the report is accurate, the 5.8-inch iPhone X replacement will cost around 10% less to manufacturer than the current model, with the implication being that we could see the $ 999 starting retail price reduced as a result. The current iPhone X costs around $ 400 to manufacture, at least as far as the parts required to build it are concerned, meaning a theoretical $ 40 cost reduction.

Apple has recently determined the direction for its next-generation iPhone lineup – which will consist of two OLED-based iPhones (5.85-inch and 6.45-inch) and a 6.1-inch LCD model. Thanks to the cost reduction, Apple may position the new 5.85-inch device as the cheapest model of all three next-generation iPhone models, Lin believes.

Of course, even if the new iPhone X does see a reduction in the cost of materials required to build it, that does not necessarily mean that the saving will be passed on to consumers. It’s also important to note that the cost of materials is not the only factor when considering how much it costs to build a smartphone, as is the fact that other factors are also considered when planning price points.

(Image: iPhone X, iPhone X Plus, iPhone SE2 concept)

This being DigiTimes we also have to consider the past history of the source, so be sure to take this with a decent pile of salt for now.

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eBay Takes 15% Off Everything For Today: Get Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, iPad, Watch, Xbox, More At Discounted Prices

By | March 21st, 2018

There are deals, and then there are unbelievable deals. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as receiving a discount on a piece of hardware or a tech-based gadget that you were planning on buying anyway. However, for today only, eBay is taking deals to the next level by offering a whopping 15-percent off almost anything on the site. Interest piqued? We thought so!

For today only, eBay is attempting to break its own bank and annoy its own financial controllers by offering up a limited time discount code which instantly discounts 15% off the listed price of an item.

Using code PSPRINGTIME , a user can add items to his/her basket, apply the code at checkout, and watch as that sub-total drops to extremely satisfying amounts. But, of course, there are some caveats here. The minimum purchase amount needs to be $ 25.00, and a shopper can only receive a maximum discount of $ 50.00 using the code which can only be used once in the cart.

Still, as you will see from some of the deals below, there are savings to be had on great products:

If you have been in the market for some new gadgetry or tech, and some of the items above appeal to you both in terms of what they offer and their new price based on the discount code, then now is the perfect time to put your wallet where your desire is and make that purchase. As previously mentioned, the code is valid for a limited time and will expire at 19:00 PST (Pacific Time) on March 20th, and applies to the purchase price prior to shipping or taxes being added. It also excludes certain categories, such as Coins & Paper Money and Real Estate.

Of course, if the deals shown below aren’t good enough for you, you can get the same discount on any other product you like on eBay using the procedure mentioned above. You can check out the deals section of eBay here.

Act quickly before the deal expires and you are left having to either pay in full or wait for eBay to start giving money away again!

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Google Play Store Instant Apps Feature Now Lets You Try Android Games Without Downloading Them

By | March 20th, 2018

Last year Google announced its Instant Apps feature, which was a way for developers whose apps are in the Play Store to allow users to try their apps without having to actually download them.

Selecting one of the supported apps would simply launch it instantly, doing away with the need to download it before being able to try it out.

Now, Google has rolled the same capability out to games as well, meaning anyone wanting to jump straight into one of the supported titles can do so, again without having to download anything first. Usage is simple, with gamers simply searching for the game they want to play and then tapping the Try Now button. The game then instantly launches, as if by magic.

According to Google Play product managers Jonathan Karmel and Benjamin Frenkel, the size of instant games has been increased to 10MB compared to the relatively small 2MB that is allowed for apps. This should not really come as a surprise given the extra assets that need to be downloaded in order to allow a game to function, even in the early stages.

The increased size is a balancing act that allows the games to launch as quickly as possible without also limiting them too much by requiring such a small initial download.

As you might imagine, Google is testing this feature with a limited number of developers right now, although it does plan to bring others on board in due course. The idea is to drive app and game discovery, something with which the Play Store and indeed all app stores struggle.

If you want to test Instant Games out right now, you can do so with titles such as Clash Royale and Panda Pop.

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Tech Deals: 50% Off PS VR Bundle, $40 Off Apple TV 4, 65-Inch 4K TV For $799, iPhone X Silicone Case, More

By | March 18th, 2018

The weekend is here, which means that we have yet another installment of our daily technology deals for you to peruse and take advantage of. Browse through the deals, find something that you like, and make sure that you get it into your basket quickly before it’s all sold out or the price rises.

Starting off, we are looking at a charging case for the Apple Watch from Twelve South, coming in for only $ 33.

How about the Sony PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Bundle for as little as $ 220 down from $ 450? We have got you covered there as well! There’s also the Apple TV 4 thrown into the mix, as well as an iPhone X Silicone Case from Apple for discounted price. How about a 65-inch 4K TV? We have got one for almost 50% off the original price. There’s more where that came from, just make sure to act quickly before the deal expires, or stock runs out. Enjoy the savings!

Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch ($ 32.50 when the on-page coupon is used, usually $ 49.99)

Twelve South is known around the world for producing quality hardware for Apple devices. And this TimePorter offering for Apple Watch is definitely not different. It functions as a compact travel case for Apple Watch as well as holding a magnetic charging disk and offering full compatibility with all Watch models.

To get it for discounted price of $ 32.50, make sure you select the on-page “Coupon” on the product listing page to get the discount applied at checkout.

Buy: Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch from Amazon: $ 32.50 | Original price: $ 50

Sony PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle ($ 219.99, usually $ 449.99)

There is gaming, and then there is virtual reality-based gaming brought to you by Sony and its PS VR system. This deal will get you the wired virtual reality headset, the necessary camera system, and the excellent adrenaline-fueled Gran Turismo game for the platform, all for the discounted price.

Buy: Sony PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle from eBay: $ 219.99 | Original price: $ 450

Apple TV 4 64GB ($ 139.99, usually $ 179.99)

We may now have Apple TV 4K – or Apple TV fifth-generation if you prefer to talk in terms of generational releases – but this is an opportunity to get the wonderful Apple TV 4 (fourth-generation) for a reduced price. It offers access to the tvOS App Store as well as the wonderful and easy-to-use Siri-powered remote, along with onboard 64GB of storage.

Buy: Apple TV 4 – 64GB from eBay: $ 139.99 | Original price: $ 150

Apple iPhone X Silicone Case ($ 34, usually $ 39)

iPhone X is a stunning device. In fact, some people actually feel that it should be a crime to cover the hardware with a case at all. However, if you are going to, it makes sense to purchase and use Apple’s official silicone case which has been designed to be a perfect fit for this hardware.

Buy: Apple iPhone X Silicone Case from Amazon: $ 34 | Original price: $ 39

LG 65-inch 4K HDR Smart LED TV ($ 799.99, usually $ 1,399.99)

There are TV sets, and then there are glorious 65-inch TV sets complete with 4K+HDR resolution and underlying smart functionality. And this one definitely falls into the latter of those categories. If you need a new entertainment device in your life then you should definitely be considering investing in this set, especially given its discounted price.

Buy: LG 65-inch 4K HDR Smart LED TV from eBay: $ 799.99 | Original price: $ 1,400

iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Car Mount ($ 42 with promo code, usually $ 49.95)

We now live in that wireless world where literally everyone wants to get their device charged up without having to tether it to cables. Well, that’s exactly what this in-car mount and charger does. Put it in place, mount your device, and get power without needing to connect the device with a cable.

Simply use the following promo code at checkout to grab the charging car mount for only $ 42: S9SAVE15.

Buy: iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Car Mount from Amazon: $ 42 | Original price: $ 50

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Android Head Of Security Claims The Platform Is “Now As Safe As The Competition”

By | March 18th, 2018

Google’s 2017 Android Security report is out, and alongside it, the company’s head of Android security David Kleidermacher has claimed that “Android is now as safe as the competition” despite high profile security issues that have dogged the platform for years, including the past 12 months.

Kleidermacher’s claim comes during a tour of the media relating to the release of Google’s latest security review and as many around the internet are keen to point out, it’s not entirely accurate.

For starters, a huge number of Android devices do not support Full Disk Encryption, something that is standard on iOS devices and has been for a number of years, too.

As the folks over at AppleInsider note, Google appears to be pinning its hat on Google Play Protect, a mechanism by which the company checks apps that are uploaded to the Play Store in an attempt to weed out those that are up to no good. The good news is that it’s removing massive numbers of apps, but that’s also bad news in itself. The fact they were there in the first place is surely a concern for all working in Google’s Android Security team.

Google noted that it removed 39 million bad titles automatically, so another ten million filtered out on the device means Google Play Protect managed to strain 49 million sewer downloads out of what it was actively delivering to users on Google Play.

Google also points out that “devices that downloaded apps exclusively from Google Play were nine times less likely” to be compromised, something that backs up Apple’s belief that the idea of allowing the side-loading of apps is a recipe for disaster.

While the App Store is not immune to having bad apps slip through the net, it’s fair to say the numbers are minuscule compared to those causing chaos on Android devices the world over.

The real issue Google faces is the way Android updates are handled or, rather, not handled. Devices fall out of support far too soon after their release and some simply never receive major software updates. Security updates are more free flowing, but even they cease being released alarmingly quickly, something Google continues to try and address with limited success. Ultimately, until Google finds a way of forcing Android updates into devices quicker, and for longer, it will always be playing security catch-up.

2018 Security update availability report by Security Lab

(Via: AppleInsider)

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Apple Website Gets New “Families” Section Focusing On iOS, macOS Parental Controls

By | March 17th, 2018

Parental controls in software and importantly, mobile operating systems, is something that has been a growing concern for many ever since smartphones and tablets grew to the popularity that they enjoy today.

Both Apple and Google have taken great strides in trying to find ways to make sure parents and guardians have control over what children are doing with their technology, and with Apple under pressure from shareholders and customers alike, it has now published a new “Families” page to its website ( in which it outlines what parents can do to help protect children during the use of its devices.

While Apple is said to have new parental controls on the way as part of future iOS updates, this new page does not mention those but instead focuses on what features and capabilities are offered by the versions of iOS and macOS that are currently available.

You want to do what’s best for your family. So do we.

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. They’re some of the most powerful tools ever made for learning, exploring, and staying in touch. Parents love them. Kids love them. And we’re continually designing new features to help make sure kids use them in the ways you want.

Earlier in 2018, a group of investors released an open letter to Apple entitled “Think Differently About Kids,” which was aimed at ensuring Apple focuses on adding better parental control mechanisms to iPhones and iPads.

Apple later said that it was keen to ensure that kids were protected during the use of those devices, confirming that it has new features in the pipeline that will be “even more robust” than those that are currently offered.

Those robust features are expected to debut in iOS 12, which itself will be announced during the WWDC 2018 event on June 4th.

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Samsung To Finally Have iPhone X-Like Face ID 3D Facial Recognition Tech In Time For Next Year’s Galaxy S10

By | March 16th, 2018

Apple may have been the first to really get facial recognition on a smartphone right with its Face ID system, but it would be very shortsighted to not expect every other smartphone maker on the planet to also be working on facial authentication software that works just as well.

According to Korean news outlet The Bell, Samsung is set to offer a Face ID-like feature on next year’s Galaxy S10.

The Israeli startup Mantis Vision said to be working with camera module company Namuga in an attempt to develop 3D sensing camera capabilities similar to that of Face ID.

If this rumor is true, then the two companies may be able to give Samsung the camera technology required to offer something akin to the iPhone X‘s Face ID in its own smartphones.

The recently announced Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both use Iris and 2D facial recognition in order to offer some sort of face-based authentication mechanism. However, this is known to be less accurate, less secure, and slower to function than Face ID. This is the reason why Samsung’s current facial tech doesn’t allow for things like payments or app purchases like Apple’s Face ID does, so it would very much stand to reason that Samsung would be looking at an alternative solution for next year’s flagship devices.

Copying Face ID will not be an easy task, however. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that it will take Android smartphone companies up to two and a half years to be able to compete with Face ID, and with the iPhone X less than six months old right now, the likes of Samsung may still have a wait ahead of them before they can say their own systems are as secure, or even just as slick as Apple’s Face ID.

(Source: The Investor)

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What To Expect From WWDC 2018

By | March 15th, 2018

We now know that WWDC 2018 will kick off on June 4th following Apple’s big announcement yesterday, and as is always the case with Apple’s developer conference, we know that we are going to be shown new versions of Apple’s software at the very least.

There’s also the possibility that we may see some new hardware this time around as well, but for now, we do not really know for sure what Tim Cook and his team will be announcing. What we do know, is that it has the potential to be a big few days for Apple, let alone all the developers in attendance.

With interest in WWDC 2018 as high as ever, we got to thinking about what we may or may not see announced this year. There are some absolute givens, such as iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, but what will they entail? Let’s have a think, shall we?

iOS 12

If the rumors turn out to be accurate, then this year’s big iOS release will focus more on stability and performance improvements than adding new features, but that does not mean that there is nothing to look forward to. Improved parental control of devices is expected to arrive, as is the integration of Emoji 11.0. Beyond that, though, it’s anyone’s guess as to what we will really see. We did have the potential for a redesigned Home screen layout, before Apple decided to work on getting all of its ducks in a row, rather than simply adding more and more ducks to the equation. For more on this, read: iOS 12 Beta Download, Rumors, Features, Release Date [Everything We Know So Far].

macOS 10.14

Without doubt, the biggest potential change in macOS 10.14 is the addition of a new app model. Right now, developers create an iOS app and a macOS app, both of which are fundamentally different and have homes in completely different stores. Development is different for both, too, but if Bloomberg‘s claims are true, then Apple is working on unifying the Mac and iPhone/iPad development systems to allow developers to create universal apps in the same way they can now for the iPhone and iPad. Adding macOS apps to the mix will help developers and, potentially, breathe new life into the Mac App Store.

watchOS 5

Currently, there aren’t any credible rumors for watchOS 5 floating around. That might change as we edge ever nearer to June 4th, though. We will update the post in case we hear anything about watchOS 5 but expect Apple to announce the next major software update for Apple Watch at WWDC this year.

tvOS 12

Just like watchOS 5, tvOS 12 has yet to really pop up on the usual rumor merry-go-round. The Apple TV remains Apple’s “hobby,” no matter how much it protests, and we don’t expect huge changes this year.

“HomePodOS” 12

The HomePod is Apple’s latest baby, and as such, we expect it to receive a few fairly major software additions during WWDC, at least in beta form. These include an improved SiriKit as well as HomeKit capabilities but it’s the inclusion of stereo pairing and, importantly, multi-user profiles that could make the biggest difference to most people’s use of the HomePod. We’re hoping Apple pulls a rabbit out of the bag here, so fingers crossed for a surprise or two.

Hardware Updates

Bezel-less iPad Pro concept by Benjamin Geskin

Hardware is not traditionally a big thing during WWDC, but we do know that there are plenty of rumors right now suggesting that at least one new iPad Pro, possibly in 11-inch size, and even a new MacBook Air with a Retina Display could be set to be announced during the event. The languishing iPhone SE is very much ready for a refresh, with claims of a WWDC announcement having been made before now.

Last but not the least, we might finally hear some details on modular Mac Pro that Apple confirmed last year that it was coming sometime in 2018.

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11-Inch iPad Pro, No New iPhones To Be Revealed At WWDC 2018

By | March 14th, 2018

Talk of new iPad releases has really begun to intensify of late, with Apple’s notebook lineup also expected to receive a refresh this year.

According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, we can expect at least one new iPad Pro to arrive fairly soon, with a display measuring around 11-inches in size.

We have, of course, already heard multiple rumors that suggested Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 10.5-inch form later this year, complete with slimmer bezels all around and no Home button to speak of. With that on the cards, it is entirely possible that Apple could increase the size of the display to something nearer the 11-inches that this new rumor claims, all without increasing the overall size of the device itself.

According to the report, we can expect the new 11-inch iPad Pro to debut alongside an updated 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro during Apple’s annual developer conference, now confirmed to take place on June 4th.

Both new iPads are expected to include Face ID and new A11X processors, although whether the devices will need to include notches in their displays a la the iPhone X remains to be seen. With more space to play with, we would surely expect the iPad to remain notch-free, but if Apple does truly intend on making a feature out of it, then all bets are off.

Bezel-less iPad Pro concept by Benjamin Geskin

The same report, citing an unnamed source, claims that Apple has no new iPhones planned for the first half of 2018.

This would fly in the face of previous hopes that an iPhone SE refresh could be around the corner, although it is still possible we will see this arrive alongside higher-end iPhones towards September time.

(Source: Economic Daily News [Google Translate])

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