Fortnite quiz: True or false?

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Last week, we tested out just how familiar you are with PUBG Mobile. The results were impressive — 97 percent of all participants got at least seven correct answers out of ten. This week, we’ll test out how much you really know about the mobile version of Fortnite, one of the most popular battle royale games on Android.

The quiz below contains 10 statements that revolve around things like weapons and controls, and your job is to figure out whether they are true or false. If you think you’re a Fortnite expert, you should get the majority of them right.

Click the Start button if you’re up for the challenge — and don’t forget to share your score with friends on social media when you’re done.

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This is the 21st quiz in our regular weekly series. You can take a few of the most popular ones via the links below or check out all of them by clicking here.

Let us know which questions you thought were the hardest and share your result with others in the comment section.

The 1More Stylish TWS are affordable alternatives to the Apple AirPods

1More Stylish TWS true wireless earbuds.

Android device owners have another alternative to Apple’s AirPods with audio device company 1More’s Stylish TWS. The Stylish TWS are 1More’s first pair of true wireless earbuds.

In terms of design, the Stylish TWS are in-ear earbuds with circular silicone hooks that help them stay in your ears. The earbuds include three different sized ear tips and silicone hooks just in case the installed ones don’t fit.

Each earbud features a multi-functional button near the back. The left earbud’s button lets you play, pause, skip, and rewind your music. The right earbud’s button lets you answer, hang up, and decline incoming phone calls.

1More is known more for sound quality than design, however. To that end, the Stylish TWS feature 7mm dynamic drivers for sound quality and a MEMS microphone to block out environmental noise in phone calls.

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Unfortunately, the Stylish TWS will only last two and a half hours at 50 percent volume. The included charging case provides an extra seven hours of listening.

The price makes it easier to deal with the mediocre battery life. You can pre-order the Stylish TWS at the link below for $99.99. You can pick up the earbuds in black or gold, with pink and green color options coming soon.

Does the Nokia 7.1 have wireless charging?

Best answer: No, the Nokia 7.1 does not have wireless charging. You’d think it would because of the glass back, but likely in an effort to keep the price as low as possible, Nokia chose to stick with wired USB-C charging only.

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There’s no wireless charging here

When you see a phone with a glass back, that’s often an indicator that it has wireless charging. This is true for Samsung phones, the Google Pixel 3, the LG G7 and V40, and more. However, it’s not always a 100% sure bet.

While the Nokia 7.1 does have a stunning glass back, placing it on a wireless charger won’t do anything.

It’s always a little disappointing to get a phone that could support wireless charging only to find out it doesn’t, but then again, we really wouldn’t expect a feature like that from a phone that only costs $350.

Thankfully, USB-C wired charging is great

With no wireless charging support, you’ll need to top up the Nokia 7.1 with a wired cable. The 7.1 uses USB Type-C for speedy fast charging, and thanks to the design of USB-C, there’s no “right” way to plug it in. Unlike microUSB, USB-C can be inserted right-side up and upside down.

It also helps that the Nokia 7.1 gets fantastic battery life

If you really don’t like having to plug your phone in to charge, the Nokia 7.1 may still be a good purchase. Thanks to its 3,060 mAh battery and power-efficient Snapdragon 636 processor, battery life is fantastic.

In my full review of the phone, I regularly saw around 5 hours of screen-on time even with moderate-to-heavy use.

This isn’t a phone that’ll last you through two full days, but it will get you through one quite comfortably.

Our pick

Nokia 7.1

$350 at Amazon

A fantastic phone even without wireless charging.

While it would have been nice to see Nokia include wireless charging with the 7.1, it’s still a fantastic device in spite of the feature’s absence. It has a gorgeous design, a fantastic software experience, and a crisp, colorful display.

Apple will update China iPhones to prevent ban, but Qualcomm still fighting

  • Apple will send software updates to several iPhone models in China to remove features disputed by Qualcomm as illegal. This will, hopefully, avoid a Chinese iPhone sales ban.
  • However, Qualcomm is at the same time fighting for the potential sales ban to cover even more iPhone models.
  • Apple admitted that if it cannot avoid the Chinese sales ban, it will be forced to settle with Qualcomm.

Earlier this week, a Chinese court issued a set of preliminary injunctions in the patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm. The injunctions — which heavily favor Qualcomm — essentially put a Chinese sales ban into effect for the Apple iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

Apple revealed today, via Reuters, that it will push a software update to the Chinese iPhones in question next week. This software update will change and/or remove the disputed Qualcomm technology, which Apple hopes will allow the company to avoid the sales ban.

“Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case,” Apple said. “Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance.”

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Originally, Apple claimed the sales ban was irrelevant because the iPhone models in question all run iOS 12, which the company argues fixes the issues revolving around the case. However, Apple must have changed its mind, as now it is pushing an update.

Ultimately, it will be up to the Chinese courts to decide if this future software update will be enough to avoid the sales ban.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week. According to The Financial Times (via Engadget), Qualcomm is now pushing for the sales ban to also include the Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Should the Chinese courts deem the software update to not be enough to avoid the ban, Apple concedes it would have no other option but to settle with Qualcomm. If this comes to pass, it would be an enormous win for Qualcomm in its years-long fight with Apple over alleged patent licensing infringement.

However, Apple does not mince words when describing how destructive an Apple sales ban in China would be. Apple had this to say in a December 10 filing, via The South China Morning Post:

“Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones. Apple, many other companies, and consumers … will suffer truly irreparable harm, [and the Chinese government] may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses.”

We can only assume that next week we will learn whether the Chinese courts will grant Apple some leniency in this case.

NEXT: Apple tipped to be working on own modem for iPhones, but don’t expect it soon

Getting the best of both worlds with a hybrid smartwatch

As much as we love the functionality that smartwatches offer, there’s no denying that traditional, non-smart watches look way better more times than not. Thanks to the market of hybrid watches, it’s possible to get something that looks like a regular watch but still offers some of the best features of a smartwatch. If you think the hybrid life might be for you, here are the top ones we recommend!

Minimal beauty

Skagen Connected

Our first pick on this list is the Skagen Connected. The sleek, minimalistic design is something we can’t get enough of, with the 41mm case making this accessible for even the smallest of wrists. The watch also tracks your steps, sleep, and notifies you when you get a call or text. It’s even water resistant up to 30 meters!

$110 at Amazon

Long-lasting battery

Fossil Q Men’s Hybrid Smartwatch

Fossil is one of the biggest supporters of Google’s Wear OS, but did you know the company also makes hybrid watches? The Fossil Q Men’s comes with six months of battery life, customizable buttons, and ships with a gorgeous leather band that complements the 45mm black metal case wonderfully.

$117 at Amazon

Rose gold life

Fossil Q Jacqueline

If you’re looking for something a bit more feminine, the Fossil Q Jacqueline is one of the most striking hybrid watches around. It also comes with six months of battery life, 50 meters of water resistance, and a super sleek 36mm case. The rose gold color is a real thing of beauty, as is the included steel mesh watch band.

$175 at Amazon

Powered by Wear OS

LG Watch W7

Without a doubt, the LG Watch W7 is the most advanced watch on this list. Unlike the other options listed here, the W7 is powered by a full version of Wear OS. This means you can use its touchscreen to use apps, track your activity, reply to notifications, and a ton more. However, it’s unlike most smartwatches thanks to the two physical watch hands in the middle of the display.

$250 at Amazon

Best for fitness

Withings/Nokia Steel HR

The Withings/Nokia Steel HR is the hybrid watch to get if fitness tracking is your top priority. It can monitor your heart rate, has 24/7 activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and even Alexa integration. All of your data is synced to the Nokia Health app on your phone, and when it comes to battery life, you should see up to 25 days per charge.

$144 at Amazon

Ultimate style

Michael Kors Women’s Access Slim Runway

Should you prefer form over function, you’ll want to go with the Michael Kors Access Slim Runway. This women’s watch has a 42mm stainless steel case that’s paired nicely with a matching metal watch band. The watch can track your activity throughout the day, view multiple time zones, and is even water resistant up to 50 meters.

$121 at Amazon

Get in shape

Garmin Vívomove HR

Another great fitness-focused hybrid watch is the Garmin Vívomove HR. This watch is capable of 24/7 hear rate monitoring, activity tracking, stress monitoring, and long-lasting battery life that’ll get you up to 5 days in smart mode and 2 weeks in watch mode.

$200 at Amazon

Always in fashion

Fossil Q Grant

The Fossil Q Grant works the same as the other Fossil watches on this list but offers a design that’s a bit classier. The stainless steel case is paired with a tan paint job around the Roman numeral numbers, and when you add that together with the genuine leather watch band, you get something that’s truly stunning.

$155 at Amazon

Value pick

Skagen Signatur Connected

Last but certainly not least, the Signatur Connected from Skagen is the cheapest option on our list and delivers a much better experience than the price tag would suggest. Along with a fantastic, minimal aesthetic, the Signatur Connected also alerts you of notifications from your phone, tracks steps and distance, and is rated for up to 6 months on a single charge.

$70 at Amazon

For people that want a good mix of great aesthetics and useful smart features, the Skagen Connected is a fantastic choice. Not only does it look downright gorgeous, but it has just about every feature you could ask for while also being the most affordable pick on our list. Fitness enthusiasts will be better suited with something like the Withings/Nokia Steel HR, and if you want the absolute most features you can get in something that’s still technically a hybrid watch, the LG Watch W7 is the way to go.

Huawei troubles poised to land on US industry

The Huawei logo.

Huawei is in deep trouble. It might not quite be ZTE levels of trouble, but the winds are swirling.

I’ve written about Huawei’s security and telecommunication equipment problems before. Add in trade wars and criminal allegations, and you’re almost caught up.

Previously I’ve tried to get to the bottom of security issues with Huawei, but the exact secrets have never quite been revealed. The Five Eyes nations firmly believe Huawei is more or less a proxy for the Chinese state, but the public hasn’t seen verifiable proof.

Things are changing. The arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou, daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, in Canada occurred on Dec. 1. The public wasn’t aware of her detention until Friday, December 7th.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou is cataclysmic. You may have seen the headlines about Beijing’s fury, threats to Canada, and furor, but it hasn’t taken legal action, as you might have well expected.

The situation currently surrounding Huawei has major implications for worldwide 5G rollout.

Here’s how the South China Morning Post described the aftermath of the arrest:

“The shocked tone rings false. If China’s ambassador to Canada was really so sure Meng’s arrest was wrong, he could have filed a writ of habeas corpus to have her brought immediately before a court to determine the lawfulness of her detention. He did not.”

Meng was eventually freed on a $7.5m bail, and must wear an ankle bracelet along with paying for 24/7 security to ensure she does not attempt to flee Canada, as an extradition hearing is set up. Meng was also forced to surrender all passports and travel documents.

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to pursue investigations that Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. While non-U.S. companies are free to deal with Iran — Samsung sells smartphones to Iranians — they can’t sell U.S. technologies like Intel or Qualcomm chipsets or modems. A similar breach of sanctions saw ZTE barred from using U.S. companies’ technology — something later watered down to fines after reported intervention from the White House.

Any such ban would be devastating for Huawei’s business. Of Huawei’s reported 92 core suppliers, 33 are U.S. corporations, including chip makers such as Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Micron.

Any ban on Huawei utilizing U.S. technology, would cause serious issues for the company’s handsets and 5G technology. Huawei manufactures more of its own chips, including an award-winning processor but this could still cripple it. Huawei is largely a symbol of China’s success, both domestically and abroad.

For us, we need to imagine if Tim Cook or Sundar Pichai were arrested in China. The uproar would be immense, and many would feel China would be overreaching.  In this case, the U.S. involving Canada adds a third party, and Canadians may be anxious about retaliation from Beijing having been caught up in the Huawei mess.

Additionally, the U.S. is still pressuring its allies to avoid Huawei telecommunications equipment. Japan is the latest country to exclude both Huawei and ZTE from the 5G network rollout. BT in the UK also recently decided to bar Huawei equipment from its 5G rollout, and remove existing Huawei 4G infrastructure as well.


Spy agencies come in from the cold

Five Eyes world map

We know that the Five Eyes (U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand — often abbreviated FVEY) attorneys general met this year from an Australian government release later removed from a Home Affairs website, though you can read it here.

Then came a rare set of speeches by top intelligence chiefs. These were significant, even if the words were moderate and indirect.

On Oct. 29, the first ever public speech was made by head of the Australian Signals Directorate Mike Burgess, following Australia’s ban on Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks:

These twin themes of technological and strategic economic shifts can be seen in the government’s recent decision to prohibit telecommunications carriers from using high-risk vendors in 5G networks.

This decision, which was not taken lightly, was supported by technical advice from my agency, all elements of my agency. Our intelligence and offensive cyber experts that led the formation of our cyber security advice. Offence informs defence.

Then came the second-ever public speech by an MI6 boss, Alex Younger on Dec. 3, who sounded a general warning over technology:

But I have also witnessed the damage new technologies can do in the hands of a skilled opponent unrestrained by any notion of law or morality, as well as the potentially existential challenge the data age poses to the traditional operating methods of a secret intelligence agency.

We and our allies face a battle to make sure technology works to our advantage, not to that of our opponents.

“We need to decide the extent to which we re going to be comfortable with Chinese ownership of these technologies and these platforms in an environment where some of our allies have taken a quite definite position,” Younger said in later comments reported by the BBC.

Three days later, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s top spy, David Vigneault, gave his first public speech.

“Plainly said: there is state-sponsored espionage in Canada,” said Vigneault.

None of these spymasters mentioned Huawei or ZTE, but you don’t need to have beaten an Escape Room game to understand the warnings.

Then from the top echelon of the U.S. seat of power came the hugely significant speech by Vice President Mike Pence, a truly extraordinary attack on China at The Hudson Institute. Hostile and directly mentioning China no less than 91 times in remarks heard around the world.

How much does hurting Huawei hurt US networks and allies?

Huawei is banned from involvement with 5G rollout in the U.S., Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Canada may follow suit, with a former prime minister calling for the same limitation. Huawei remains active with 20 5G contracts with other major carriers, and it’s actively involved in 5G rollout and testing in the U.K., despite spy chief concerns.

At the very least, carriers in countries banning Huawei will have a more expensive and difficult rollout of 5G technology. That means consumers will have to wait longer and pay more for 5G when it becomes available. Countries will have to rely on Swedish giant Ericsson and Finnish Nokia, a two-horse race for most major wireless bands. Samsung is a contender in mmWave very high spectrum bands only.

Any country banning Huawei will have a more difficult rollout of 5G technology.

This will likely mean slower U.S. uptake of 5G wireless. We’re already seeing test environments in some major urban centers, but significant 5G penetration outside of major cities soon is unlikely.

The U.S. has legitimate concerns about the importance of 5G infrastructure. 5G will, in as little as two or three years, take over from even wired installations where the traditional routing of major voice and data takes place. Significant and nationwide telecommunications infrastructure could be at risk to Chinese influence, however small, and however much Huawei protests its innocence.

The next major act of significance will be the outcome of Meng Wanzhou’s extradition, and the response from China. For now, China is incensed, but not retaliating. If that changes, U.S. lag on 5G infrastructure could be the least of its worries.

Asus CEO resigns, mobile strategy revamp could mean loss of ZenFone (Updated)

Update, 12/14/2018, 09:30 ET: Asus has confirmed its ZenFone line will not be abandoned as part of its internal restructuring and new mobile strategy. In a statement to Gadgets360, Asus said:

“With regard to doubts raised by some on the continuation of the ZenFone brand, we confirm that we will continue to develop the ZenFone series, while also aiming to expand the gaming smartphone market. We will focus on perfecting solutions for gamers and power users.”

Questions over the series’ continuation were raised yesterday when Asus announced its CEO, Jerry Shen, was resigning after 11 years at Asus’ helm.

The most recent ZenFone we reviewed was the ZenFone 5Z and we’d gladly see a sequel to that handset. In our coverage, we called it the “flagship killer” killer. Hit the previous link to find out more on that.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

Original story, 12/13/2018 13:31 ET: Today, Asus announced that its longtime CEO Jerry Shen will be stepping down, via Engadget. Shen has been the head of Asus for the past 11 years. His resignation takes effect on January 1, 2019.

Shen will be replaced by two acting CEOs — PC business lead S.Y. Hsu and global customer service lead Samson Hu. It is not clear if those roles will be permanent or temporary.

Along with the announcement of Shen’s departure, Asus also revealed it will be revamping its mobile strategy going forward. According to Asus, more emphasis will be placed on gaming industry products and devices for power users — which means less emphasis on general consumer devices like the Asus ZenFone.

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Although Asus didn’t make any clear declarations in regard to the ZenFone line, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih described the general consumer mobile market as a “bloody battlefield” in his interview with Business Next. Asus is primarily known as a PC/gaming company, so it makes sense to focus more on making gaming phones than it does ZenFones.

A change in mobile strategy at this point is a necessity, as Asus just had to list a one-time loss of 6 billion new Taiwan dollars (~$195 million) to cover “loss of inventory, royalties, production costs, and organizational adjustment expenses” in its mobile arm.

The most notable Asus smartphone of the year is the Asus ROG Phone, which is getting good reviews. Its wide-ranging line of accessories make it a versatile device, and is the most “gamer-centric” gaming phone of the year, as compared to the Razer Phone 2 and the Xiaomi Black Shark.

Click below to see how these gaming phones stack up against each other:

NEXT: Asus ROG Phone vs Razer Phone 2 vs Xiaomi Black Shark: Gaming smartphone deathmatch

Cast your vote for the best Android games released in 2018!

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We started our 2018 app and game voting with a fan vote for the best Android apps from 2018 last weekend. This weekend, we continue the fun with the best Android games from 2018. We’re taking a similar approach to our game vote as we did with our apps vote. We narrowed down a list of over 120 possible competitors down to just 20 and you can choose from there!

Android gaming took a massive step in 2018. We saw some truly big name releases with PUBG Mobile and Fortnite along with some new games from previously outstanding mobile gaming franchises. The list is varied and includes shooters, RPGs, tower defense games, puzzle games, big cross-overs, and even a quiz game. This list is truly a representation of modern mobile gaming from HQ Trivia’s launch on the first second of 2018 to the predictably positive launch of The Room: Old Sins. There were just a bunch of great titles this year. Our criteria for this list include:

  1. The game had to be from 2018 or the last few weeks of 2017 because we cut it off during December.
  2. It had to be a totally new mobile game. For instance, Distraint: Deluxe Edition was new in 2018 and also an outstanding game. However, it’s a re-release of a game from 2017.
  3. Mobile ports are tricky business. Some people don’t like them and others don’t mind them. We decided not to micromanage things here. They are right in the fray with every other game within reason.
  4. We did take popularity into consideration but only as a consideration. Obviously, PUBG Mobile and Fortnite are extremely popular for a reason. On the other hand, freemium games get more downloads than premium games because they are a free download. We obviously don’t want a list of games with only 50 downloads. However, this is also not just a list of the most popular freemium games of 2018 either.

This poll is massive just like our apps poll. Make sure to give it a good look before casting your vote! There aren’t any special rules or anything like that. Just vote for the one you like the most! We have basic descriptions and links for each game below the poll if you want to learn more.

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As promised, here is a brief description and link to all 20 games in the poll above:

  • Alto’s Odyssey – Alto’s Odyssey is a gorgeous 2D side-scrolling runner. Players ski down hills, make huge jumps, and collect little rings to unlock stuff. It stays within the runner archetype. However, any given moment in this game is a screenshot worthy of a wallpaper. It also a Zen Mode with no coins, power-ups, or scoring for a relaxing runner experience.
  • Asphalt 9: Legends – Asphalt 9: Legends is one of the most popular new arcade racing games of 2018. It has everything. That includes tons of content, unlockable cars, online multiplayer, above average graphics, and fun, simple controls. Its freemium elements are a little obtrusive occasionally, but it’s otherwise a solid racer.
  • Bloons TD 6 – The latest game in the popular tower defense series is just as good as the previous five. It includes a bunch of levels, plenty of towers, an excellent upgrade system, and it’s completely playable offline. Tower defense isn’t as popular these days, but this title shows there are still some great game releases, even in 2018.
  • Bridge Constructor Portal – Bridge Constructor Portal combines the fun mechanics of a Bridge Constructor game with the quirky personality of a Portal game. The game features rock solid mechanics, plenty of Portal cameos, and even some Portal elements in the game play. You also get achievements, hardware controller support, and achievements. What’s not to like?
  • Cytus II – Cytus II is easily the best rhythm game release of 2018. Players use taps, swipes, and other gestures to the beat of the music to survive the level and achieve a high score. The base game includes a campaign mode with a story line, 35 songs, and multiple step charts per song. You can buy additional tracks and step charts as DLC. The first Cytus game is good too.
  • Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition – Square Enix did a couple of excellent games this year, but we particularly liked Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition. It follows the same story as the console and PC version of the game. However, the graphics and game play mechanics were changed for an easier mobile experience. We consider it one step up from a straight port. Square Enix also did Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Valkyrie Profile Lenneth. All notable mobile game launches.
  • Florence – Florence is a slice of life narrative game by some of the same development staff of Monument Valley 2. You play as 25 year old Florence and players navigate her life as she conducts it. It focuses primarily on her relationship with a man named Krish. The game is definitely something different from what we normally see, even if the genre itself isn’t overly popular as a mobile game.
  • Fortnite – Fortnite is one of the two big name battle royale shooter releases of 2018. This one mimics the console and PC version. Players drop into a battlefield, craft various things, shoot the competitors, and become the last person standing. Epic Games tread a lot of unexplored ground with this one, including a non-Google Play Store release. It’s still a beta, but it’s improving all the time.
  • Friday the 13th – Friday the 13th is a gory puzzle game for adults. Blue Wizard Digital launched the game on a Friday the 13th and it was a beautiful day. The game features over 100 levels, tons of pixelated gore, a PG mode for a less gory experience, some minor RPG elements, an offline play support. It’s definitely not for everybody, but the animation style helps take the edge off of the gore.
  • HQ Trivia – HQ Trivia was literally the first new Android game of 2018. It ran its first quiz show literally moments after midnight on New Years. The addictive game plays like a real life game show and includes actual cash prizes for winners. Games take place every day at 9PM EST and every week day at 3PM EST. The game occasionally suffers from lag issues, but it’s otherwise a good time.
  • Kingdom Rush Vengeance – Kingdom Rush Vengeance is the latest game in the venerable tower defense franchise. It uses a lot of the same mechanics as previous games, but also includes boss fights, more towers, more heroes, a bunch of new levels, offline support, and new achievements. Like Bloons TD 6, this game serves as a reminder that tower defense games are alive and kicking on mobile.
  • Monster Hunter Stories – Monster Hunter Stories is a port of the popular Nintendo 3DS game of the same name. It’s a turn-based RPG with monster collecting mechanics. It’s not quite the same as other Monster Hunter games, but the premise and feel is there. This one is surprisingly expensive. However, Capcom launched a free demo that also serves as a sort of prologue into the main game. We thought that was an absolutely genius idea.
  • Part Time UFO – Part Time UFO is an adorable puzzle game by the developers of most of the Kirby games as well as the first Super Smash Bros. You play as an alien who crash landed on Earth. Players complete missions, unlock customization gear, and enjoy the fun banter between characters. Almost nobody hates this game.
  • Pocket City – Pocket City is a city-building simulator similar to SimCity. You build a city with various buildings, roads, and businesses. Players collect money, fix the town after natural disasters, and unlock new buildings and territory for building. It’s basically the mobile SimCity fans asked for, except it’s not actually SimCity. The game also has offline support as well.
  • PUBG Mobile – PUBG Mobile hit the ground running in 2018. It’s arguably the most popular game of the year and a good shooter to boot. It features classic battle royale mechcanics, a lite version for lower end devices, and decent graphics and controls. It and Fortnite redefined the mobile shooter in 2018 and we don’t use that word lightly.
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones – Reigns: Game of Thrones is a surprisingly addicting mobile card game. Each card has a scenario and players swipe left or right to make a decision. The decision can mean the end of your rule or the continuation of it. This one also contains a bunch of Game of Thrones characters and references for added entertainment value.
  • Returner 77 – Returner 77 is another gorgeous indie puzzle game. This one takes place in a sci-fi future where humanity is nearly wiped out by aliens. Players ascend the alien ship in hopes of saving humanity. The graphics are quite good and the puzzles are fun and enjoyable. It also boasts a non-freemium experience and a decent story line.
  • The Room: Old Sins – The Room: Old Sins is a shoo-in for this list. It’s the fourth game in arguably the best puzzle game franchise on mobile. The graphics are outstanding and the puzzles are fun and clever. This title also features cloud saves, achievements, and some other neat ideas. It’s also one of the few premium games with over 100,000 downloads.
  • Rusty Lake Paradise – The Rusty Lake series is a long running series of point-and-click adventure games similar to the old Telltale Games titles. It features a dark story, plenty of fun puzzles, and simple game mechanics. You’re really into this one for the story more than any challenge, but it’s an entertaining narrative so we don’t mind.
  • Shadowgun Legends – Shadowgun Legends is the long awaited sequel to the popular mobile shooter from years ago. It features a sci-fi theme, excellent graphics, a story mode, a co-op mode, and an online multiplayer mode. There’s a ton of loot to collect, some RPG elements mixed in, and a fame system for online players. It’s a great mobile shooter, even if some other titles stole the show this year.

There were plenty of other great mobile games from 2018. If we missed one you think should be here, tell us about it in the comments! Of course, you can also check out all of our best Android app and game lists!

The newest Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer is here with its greatest hits

Want to know what’s going on with Kingdom Hearts 3? Here’s everything we know so far.

In the early years of gaming, there were quite a few swings taken at the creation of a game utilizing Disney properties. Most of those games ranged anywhere from unplayable to mediocre as far as quality goes. Then in 2002, Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts onto the PlayStation 2.

Disney fans and gamers rejoiced as they finally had a significant video game with Disney characters. Thus far, there have been a total of nine Kingdom Hearts games, and here in 2018, Square Enix stands poised to release a new entry to the gaming public.

We have been hearing rumblings about Kingdom Hearts 3 for years now, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for fans of the series. As it stands now, we should see a release toward the end of 2018. However, what do we know about Kingdom Hearts 3 right now? Let’s take a look.

What’s new with Kingdom Hearts 3?

December 12 — A Kingdom Hearts Christmas Experience

With all the excitement for the Opening Cinematic trailer that dropped recently, it’s easy to forget some of the big news for Kingdom Hearts fans that have a PSVR. At TGS this year, it was announced that there would be a new Kingdom Hearts VR experience for Playstation VR owners and we finally got more information about this experience.

Releasing on Christmas Day, 25th of December we will be able to enjoy a musical experience of our journeys so far through the main series. It’ll be 10 minutes in duration, and you will be able to enjoy your favourite memories and maybe bop some heartless to boot! Square Enix confirmed that you will be able to unlock more content as you proceed through the experience. There is also an update due on January 18th, so a week before the release of Kingdom Hearts 3.

The VR experience will be free for everyone to download, so I’d recommend folks who don’t have a PSVR to download it, as this would be a good one to keep in your libraries should you get a PSVR later in 2019! This way you still get to enjoy the experience along with everyone else.

December 9 — New trailer shows off scenes and old battles from opening movie

We’re finally 50 days from the release of Kingdom Hearts 3, and the hype is starting to get intense. Kingdom Hearts has been releasing trailers every few weeks showcasing new worlds, weapons, attacks, and allies, but today’s new trailer doesn’t show off new gameplay or new battles.

It shows off all the battles that led up to this point.

This “Opening Movie Trailer” takes us back before the beginning of Kingdom Heart I and gives us an ultra-compressed history of the Dark Seeker Saga in less than 90 seconds, from Aqua being trapped in the realm of darkness after her battles with Xehanort and Ven’s heart taking refuge inside Sora up to Sora, Riku, and Kairi reuniting — along with Donald, Goofy, and Mickey reuniting — as they prepare to face Xehanort’s “13 wielders of darkness”.

It’s hard to sum up the drama of a decades-long war taking place over half a dozen games involving dozens of important players, but it’s great to see that Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to fill in the blanks for those of us who didn’t play every KH game released in the last 16 years.

November 27, 2018 – Cyber Monday Amazon & Kinda Funny Games & New Trailers

Black Friday is an exciting time of the year for shoppers of all kinds, but this year’s Black Friday came with an exciting teaser for Kingdom Hearts fans. Amazon and Kinda Funny Games revealed in a live stream that on Cyber Monday that there would be some new DLC for the game, as well as another world premiere trailer.

This wasn’t to be, however.

Shortly before the live stream was due to start, Amazon Video Games released the following tweet about the trailer.

With the new trailer devoured by heartless, an unsuspecting fan base that still joined in on the live stream expecting brand new content was only to be left disappointed by a 30-second re-edit of the Together trailer launched earlier this month! To add insult to injury, the exclusive DLC is the Dusk till Dawn Keyblade which was already released to pre-orders in Japan at E3 this year!

In happier news, Tetsuya Nomura took to the Japanese Kingdom Hearts Twitter account to let fans know the schedule for next month. While the translations are a little inaccurate at present, what we can take from the tweets is that there will be a new trailer on the 10th of December, a new video on the 18th of December and on the 21st a combination of a new trailer, 30 seconds of footage and cinematics. So there is plenty for fans to look forward to next month!

November 26, 2018 – Another Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer, Water spells & Clothing Lines

How blessed are we that the trailer gods decided to rain down upon us this month! We have received one trailer a week this month with the Together, Winnie The Pooh and Lucca trailers all dropping this month it’s been a whirlwind of content for the franchise. With there being rumors of another trailer releasing this week to round out the month, we recommend keeping your eyes peeled to here and the official Kingdom Hearts Youtube Channel for the latest updates.

In exciting news for a magic user of the series, there seems to be new elemental magic that has been included in the series. As long-time players will know, water magic has been excluded from Sora’s magic. However, it seems like in the Winnie the Pooh Japanese trailer that there is confirmation that there is a water spell. While we’re unsure as to what type of spell this would be, it’s exciting news for magic users.

Ever wanted your own Kingdom Hearts clothes? No, I don’t mean specially branded merchandise with the logos on it. But items of clothing and accessories that are designed after the main characters of Kingdom Hearts 3. Yes? Me too.

Our prayers have been answered by the brand Super Groupies as they have released a limited edition line for Kingdom Hearts 3 which starts preorders on December 1st. There is a pop-up store at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store for a limited time from the Saturday, December 1, 2018, to Wednesday, December 5, 2018! For those of us who aren’t in Tokyo; fear not! International shipping is available, but you’ll need to be quick as orders are from Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Sunday, December 16.

November 20, 2018 — Development has wrapped!

Square Enix has announced that development on Kingdom Hearts 3 has officially wrapped. Bet you never thought you’d read that sentence. To celebrate the occasion, the studio released an extended version of the trailer that’s been playing in North American theaters. It all comes down to this as our heroes band together from all across the worlds of Disney to take down Organization XIII.

November 10, 2018 — Winnie the Pooh is back!

During Microsoft’s X018 livestream a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 was shown featuring everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh, and his gang of friends. The 100 Acre Wood will be home to mini-games focusing on puzzles that players can complete.

Aside from Winnie the Pooh, this trailer also gave us a new glimpse of Organization XIII. Whatever Master Xenohart is up to, it doesn’t bode well for Sora and his pals.

November 3, 2018 — New trailer shows off the Kingdom of Corona

During the Italian comic and games festival LUCCA 2018, Square Enix revealed a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer showcasing the Tangled world, Kingdom of Corona. While fans got a better look at the upcoming game, franchise director Tetsuya Nomura could unfortunately not be in attendance as planned.

“I was supposed to visit #LuccaCG18 but as development on #KingdomHearts III is coming to an end, I have to focus on development,” he said. “Instead, I’ve prepared a special trailer for everyone – please watch!”

October 3, 2018 — Grab the Deluxe Edition for a tad cheaper

Amazon is putting on a nice deal for the Deluxe Edition of Kingdom Hearts 3. Normally $80, the game is sitting on Amazon for $75.16. That’s a savings of 6%. Take another $1.53 off when applying the coupon attached to this deal.

The total upfront discount isn’t massive, but it effectively eliminates your tax obligation, so that’s a win. Don’t forget that Amazon offers a $10 credit for Prime members who pre-order it. The credit is delivered 30-35 days after the game ships. That’s nearly $20 in savings with no hoops to jump through if you’re already a Prime member (and if you’re not, a free trial gets you there just as well).

The Kingdom Hearts 3 Deluxe Edition comes complete with a premium steelbook case, a hardcover art book, and a collectible pin. Look forward to the game launching in the west on January 29, 2019.

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September 18, 2018

Following the trailer released last week, Square Enix has released an extended trailer diving deep into the world of Big Hero 6! This is our best look at the recreation of San Fransokyo yet. Expect to hear more information soon as Tokyo Game Show 2018 begins in a couple of short days.

September 10, 2018

Ahead of Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2018, Square Enix has released a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer showcasing the world of San Fransokyo in Big Hero 6. Along with new gameplay, we got a glimpse at cinematics from the worlds of Monsters, Inc., Tangled, and Toy Story.

July 17, 2018

Those looking to pre-order Kingdom Hearts 3 just received some extra incentive to do so from GameStop. The company has revealed that one of three fabric posters will be included with your pre-order of the game, and it’s up to you to cast your vote on Twitter with the hashtags noted in the image above to decide which one it will be.

June 11, 2018

Sony had their own piece of exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3 footage to show at E3 2018. The new footage confirms the inclusion of Pirates of the Caribbean. This isn’t the franchise’s first appearance in a Kingdom Hearts game, with Kingdom Hearts 2 having been the first.

Yes, Captain Jack Sparrow is back, and Sora’s crew are on deck to help him live the pirate’s life. The gameplay sequences for this world seem pretty epic, with both a ship battle and a fight with a huge sea monster being featured. The trailer also shows that a replica version of Riku will make an appearance.

Alongside that new footage, we get word that not only will there be a special edition Kingdom Hearts 3 PlayStation 4 console, but you’ll also be able to buy all three mainline Kingdom Hearts games as a bundle. That means you’ll get Kindom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, and Kingdom Hearts 3 in the same package. They’ve even thrown in Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue for good measure.

A release date for the special edition PS4 has not yet been confirmed, though it’s likely we’ll see it on or close to Kingdom Hearts 3’s release date, which was previously confirmed to be January 29th, 2019.

June 10, 2018

Square Enix has announced a release date for Kingdom Hearts 3. It’ll be arriving January 29th, 2019. Originally, their goal was to get the game out in 2018. However, the company needs more time to ensure the game is the best it can be before launch.

With that news, we also saw a new trailer at E3 2018 that revealed new details, namely showing off new content and abilities surrounding previously unannounced Disney franchises. Those franchises include heavy-hitting staples such as Frozen and Lion King, with Elsa and Mufasa making appearances, respectively.

A whole new world

Since its inception, an important element of the Kingdom Hearts games has been the setting. Part of the joy of these games is the opportunity to explore familiar Disney worlds in a way that is not possible when you’re watching a film. Some of the worlds which have been tapped for inclusion in KH3 include Andy’s House from Toy Story, Twilight Town, Mount Olympus from Hercules, Monsters Inc, Tangled, and even San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6.

With Disney owning just about every existing IP under the sun there doesn’t seem to be many worlds left that are not within their reach. However, everything indicates that all the worlds tapped for inclusion will remain those who lie directly under the Disney Umbrella, as well as some from underling Pixar.

While Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t a traditional open world game, Square Enix has a clear goal to increase the scope and capacity of each world. Some of these levels are the most expansive we’ve ever seen in a Kingdom Hearts game. You’ll especially feel the scale at places like Toy Box in the Toy Story world, or Mount Olympus over in Hercules’ corner. Despite the increased size, Square Enix manages to create each world with the level of detail that’ll make you feel like you’re in the theater watching your favorite movies all over again. It’s this nice balance of scope and focus that gets us excited to be sucked into Disney’s magical kingdom once more.

Characters Welcome

Another critical element of the Kingdom Hearts series has, of course, been characters. There is something undeniably exciting about running into some of your favorite Disney denizens while you progress through a KH game.

While your main characters will remain steadfast – Sora and the gang are back – there are some additions. With the inclusion of the aforementioned worlds, it should come as no surprise that we will see end up crossing paths with their related character inhabitants. You’ll certainly be seeing Woody, Buzz, and the glutton of other toys living in Andy’s room for the Toy Story sections. I, for one, am totally ready to get some heals from Beymax.

And that’s alongside mainstays such as Goofy, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse, all of whom have proven to be valuable comrades for Sora over the years.


Kingdom Hearts 3 will seemingly feature a keen blend of all the combat mechanics introduced in each previous title. Keyblades still cut foes down with ease and magic is still here to help you quickly dispel waves of enemies. However, we’ll also be seeing new mechanics such as character summons, keyblade transformations, link attacks, something Square Enix is calling “attractions,” and more. Here’s a quick rundown of what those types of attacks are:

  • Character Summons: You can call on one of your Disney or Pixar friends to fight alongside you for a short time.
  • Keyblade Transformations: Alongside your keyblade’s normal abilities and combos, you can transform the keyblade after hitting a series of uninterrupted attacks. The temporary transformation unlocks a wealth of new abilities, as well as a finisher attack.
  • Link Attacks: Like Character Summons, this mechanic brings your friends into the fray, but instead of being there as a sidekick they’ll execute a more coordinated and powerful attack with Sora.
  • Attractions: These are flashy, big abilities that play out like rides you’d see at Disneyworld and Disneyland. For instance, you can call on something like a water ride to splash through a ton of foes.

There will also be other miscellaneous gameplay mechanics that may be unique to certain worlds and sequences. For instance, Sora can take control of robot Gigas at Toy Box to help him get around the store and fight enemies faster. Expect a lot of variety in this regard.

Players will get stronger as the game goes on with a leveling system that should increase your power, health total, mana pool, and offer new abilities. And it’s not just Sora getting this treatment, either – all your mainstay companions have their own experience to grow.

World traversal has been a big part of the Kingdom Hearts series, and Sora’s movement abilities are seeing some interesting changes with this entry. Sora has seemingly been practicing parkour as a new mechanic allows him to scale up, down, and across walls. This is likely to help players quickly maneuver through a world is just as wide as it is tall, with verticality being a staple element of Kingdom Hearts.

As was the case in most Kingdom Hearts games to date, you’ll be fighting enemies who use Darkness for evil. Darkness is both an alternate realm and an actual force of energy. Good characters can use Darkness to augment their abilities, though the bad ones use it with far more malevolent intentions. Much of your battling will be done against those known as the Heartless, a common enemy in the game. The Heartless are actually living forms of the darkness that exists in everyone’s heart. Their goals are likely driven by some evil no-gooder behind the scenes, as the heartless don’t act on any sort of feeling or emotion of their own.

When can I play?

Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 will now launch January 29th, 2019. The game was originally given a 2018 launch window, but Square Enix has felt the need to delay it, likely to make sure it gets the polish it needs.

If you want to get in line early, you can always head over and preorder a copy for $60.

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In its long and storied history, Kingdom Hearts has done a stellar job of taking the elements that work and adding new ones. Like a fine wine, Kingdom Hearts has (mostly) gotten better with age. At this point, we don’t know everything about what is in store for us but as the year progresses we will undoubtedly see more new pieces of the puzzle unveiled.

I think Square knows that part of the magic and joy in these games is the surprise of running into unexpected characters. I have no doubt that they are holding a few cards close to their chests for the time being but I can’t wait to find out what those cards are.

What do you want to see in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Updated November 2018: Square Enix has wrapped development on Kingdom Hearts 3! The studio celebrated by releasing a new trailer packed with characters from the game.

Blu Vivo Go with Android 9 Pie launches for $80, or $60 if you hurry

A few weeks ago, details of a new Android Go phone from Blu leaked out. At the time, the Blu Vivo Go was reported to be priced at $89.99 when it launched. Today, the Vivo Go officially launches on Amazon, but its actual price is a bit lower at $79.99. Plus, if you buy the phone before 10:30 a.m. Eastern time (yes, that gives you less than 30 minutes), you can get the Vivo Go for just $59.99.

The specs for the Blu Vivo Go are decidedly low-end, but for $80 you are getting some features that show up on some phones with higher price tags. There’s a big 6-inch 18:9 display with a resolution of 1,440 x 720. Inside, you will find a  MediaTek MT6739 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A53 at 1.5Ghz), along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 64GB of additional storage.

You also get a dual rear-camera setup with the Vivo Go, but don’t get too excited. While the main rear camera is 8MP, the secondary sensor is just 0.3MP. That’s still enough for owners to create some depth of field effects with photos. You are also getting an 8MP front-facing selfie camera and a 2,600mAh battery.

The Blu Vivo Go comes with the Android Go version of Android 9 Pie, which means this version of the OS has been modified to run on low-end hardware, with apps that won’t take up as much storage space. Indeed, the Go version of Android Pie is only supposed to take up 2.5GB of space on any phone that has it installed.

Once again, you can snap up the Blu Vivo Go for just $60 on Amazon if you hurry, but even at $80 this phone might be worth getting.