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Best of MWC: Coolest tech coming your way

As the fanfare of Mobile World Congress subsides, ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK selects the coolest gadgets heading our way

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Last month’s Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona is history now, but the products unveiled are only just beginning to make their way to markets across the globe. Not every new device or service will make it to South Africa, but here are more of the coolest gadgets we can anticipate.

Most original mobile accessory: LG V50 with dual screens

LG not only startled MWC with the launch of two new flagship phones – the G8 ThinQ and the V50 ThinQ 5G –  but also unveiled an attachable flip-cover with a second display inside.  It is only a screen, without the smarts of the handset, but is able to run anything off the smartphone itself. When the cover is attached to the V50 handset, the phone’s Android operating system appears on both displays, and any app on the handset can be flipped to the second screen.

Says LG, “Because two phones are of course better than one, you can use the dual screen for a multitude of tasks. For example, you can watch a movie on the flip-case display while scrolling Twitter or checking your email on the display of the V50 ThinQ 5G itself. You can also use the flip-case display as a control pad while gaming, or a keyboard while writing a message.”

Best Battery Life: Energizer Power Max P18K Pop

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Known for its battery technology, Energizer showcased no less than 26 smartphones at MWC. The stand-out, both in concept and size, was the Power Max P19K Pop, featuring an 18 000 mAh battery. That’s six times the average high-end smartphone. Stand-by time is 50 days, and it allows two days of continuous video play-back. That goes hand-in-hand with 18 Watt fast-charging, and reverse charging – other devices can be charged from this one. It also features a pop-out selfie cameras that looks like the terminal of a battery when viewed front-on. It offers a 6.2” edge-to-edge display, 1080p display, and the Android 9 operating system.

Click here to read about the best smartphone display, most visionary handset, best educational technology, and best health technology.

Click here to read Arthur Goldstuck’s first edition of the best of MWC.

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Google announces its ‘Netflix for gaming’

The new gaming platform, Stadia, promises high-definition gaming on TVs, computers, and mobile devices, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Google has announced that it has moved into the gaming space, and it focuses on two big aspects of gaming: streaming of games for gamers, which will allow gamers to game anywhere with a fast, low-latency Internet connection; and audiences that watch gamers in-game.

This is a big move in making gaming accessible to more gamers, as it reduces hardware costs, by utilising the benefits of low-latency cloud computing. This will be achieved by using a globally connected network of Google data centres. Gamers who stream games are most likely already using a high-speed, low-latency Internet connection, so access to the Stadia platform will be an added expense.

Through the Stadia platform, gamers will be able to access a large library of games at all times, with no installation time, on virtually any screen. Scaling of hardware like CPU, GPU, memory, and storage is also possible, as one would for cloud server resources.

Google will be leveraging its other platforms, like YouTube, with Stadia streaming. It claims that 200-million people are watching game-related content daily on YouTube. This allows, for example, Stadia players to jump in with other Stadia players – no downloads, no updates, no patches, and no installs.

For console players, Google has designed a custom controller.

The controller was designed to establish a direct connection from the Stadia controller to Google’s data centre through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance. The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving, and sharing gameplay in 4K resolution. It sports a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone, as many Google products do, for voice control. 

The device is expected to be released later this year, pending FCC approval.

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Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.

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In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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