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How to Generate AI Images Using Google Bard

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Google has finally added image generation into Bard and you can create images for free. Simply start your prompt with "create an image of" or "generate an image of" and Bard will generate two images at once. Google is using its in-house Imagen 2 AI model with ImageFX tool for added guardrails to power Bard image generation. Right now, it only supports prompts in English and some countries such as the UK, Switzerland, and EEA regions can't access the feature right away.
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Steam Deck 2: Everything You Need to Know

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Steam Deck 2 is the next-generation handheld that will be released by Valve later. As per the official statement, we can expect it to come out in 2025 or 2026. The company is also waiting for a new architecture to be unveiled by chipmakers. Once that's out, and Valve decides it meets the Steam Deck 2 demands, work on the console should begin. The price should be similar to current offerings, but is expected to get higher as per a rumor. Speculation & rumors on Steam Deck 2 specifications state that RDNA 4 graphics architecture by AMD is expected.
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Official: Apple Introduces Sideloading on iPhones with iOS 17.4 in Europe

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Apple introduces sideloading with iOS 17.4 along with a couple of new changes coming to Safari and App Store. Apple will allow users in the Europe to choose their default browsing app and app developers will be allowed to feature external payment links within the apps. Moreover, Apple has also reduced App Store commissions to 10-17% as compared to 30%.
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The Pokemon Company Breaks Silence on Palworld; Intends to Investigate

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The open world survival game Palworld has been loved due to its likeliness to the Pokemon universe and its elements. However, a week after The Pokemon Company's ex-laywer called it a 'ripoff', the other shoe has finally dropped. The Pokemon Company has issued an official statement mentioning that it intends to investigate on the issue.
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Early Google Pixel 9 Pro Render Leak Reveals Redesigned Camera Bar

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Google Pixel 9 Pro renders have been leaked and they suggest sharper desgn, a revamped camera bump, and a flat display. The phone has the same dimensions as the Pixel 8 Pro with the only difference being it thinner by 0.3mm. The overall aesthetics are reminiscent of the latest iPhone and the Nothing Phone (2).
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OnePlus 12 vs iQOO 12 Hands-on: Which Flagship Should You Get?

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With the launch of the OnePlus 12, it directly pits the smartphone against the likes of iQOO 12. The iQOO 12 is also powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and features a telephoto periscope sensor in its camera setup. When comparing the two, it came to light that OnePlus 12 is superior in terms of software experience, thanks to the more optimized OxygenOS 14. On the other hand, the iQOO 12's more balanced cameras stole the show with top-notch detail capturing. Whereas, the OnePlus 12 offered slightly more accurate colors in photos. The gaming experience was very identical on both the devices. It comes down to your budget and requirements and if you have the budget for it, the OnePlus 12 is the best choice here.
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OnePlus 12R Launched with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 100W Fast-Charging

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OnePlus has launched its affordable OnePlus 12R smartphone that brings the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. It also offers LPDDR5X RAM on all variants, but UFS 4.0 storage is reserved for the 256GB variant only. The display is super-bright that can deliver a peak brightness of 4500 nits, and 1600 nits in HBM mode. The phone packs a 50MP Sony IMX890 image sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. For selfies, there is a 16MP camera. OnePlus 12R has a 5,500 mAh battery and can be fully charged in just 26 minutes.
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Tekken 8 Review: King of the Iron Fist Gloriously Continues

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Tekken 8 brings back the extravagant experience the series is known for, and ramps that up to 100%. The advent of the new fighting system makes the gameplay an aggressive and enjoyable affair, while the single-player Dark Awakens leaves a little more to be desired. Furthermore, Tekken 8 has turned out to be the most approachable entry in the series, thanks to the well-done training system and practice mode.
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Exynos 2400 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 3: Benchmark Comparison

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We ran extensive benchmark tests on both Exynos 2400 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In the Geekbench test, the Exynos 2400 remains behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, however, the scores are comparable. In the CPU Throttling test, the Samsung chip falters a bit, but again regains the performance. In the next AnTuTu benchmark test, the Exynos 2400 is 15% behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. And to test the GPU, we ran the intensive 3DMark Wild Life test, showing promising results from the Xclipse 940 GPU.
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6 Exciting Galaxy AI Features on Samsung’s S24 Series

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The Galaxy AI event finally took the wraps off of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series of phones. The brand is referring to them as "AI phones", as they bring a whole lot of AI features to the table. So, we handpicked the ones that are the most useful. These include live translation feature which translates your calls in real time to make communicating with a foreign language-speaking person easier. In addition, there is also the Circle to Search feature which allows you to circle any item from a particular image, video or text using the S24 Ultra's S Pen to search for it on the web. Then there is the AI Note Assist which allows you to summarize, format and translate your notes.
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Samsung Galaxy S24 Series Will Get 7 Years of Android OS Updates

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At the Galaxy Unpacked 2024 event, Samsung has announced that Galaxy S24 devices would receive Android OS updates for seven years. This comes after Google made seven years of update commitment for the Pixel 8 series in 2023. Earlier, flagship Samsung devices were offered four years of OS upgrades and five years of security updates. So this change is quite significant for Android users and more phone makers might follow suit.
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Galaxy Unpacked 2024: Samsung Galaxy S24, S24+ & S24 Ultra Launched

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Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S24 lineup at the Galaxy Unpacked 2024 event. Galaxy S24, S24+ and S24 Ultra, all come with Galaxy AI features, and feature immersive displays that offer up to 2600 nits of brightness. S24 Ultra, in particular, is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy in all markets and regions. On the other hand, S24 and S24+ come with Exynos 2400 in majority of the markets, but some countries get all three models with the Snapdragon chipset. Samsung has also used a titanium frame on the Ultra variant this year.
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7 Things Minecraft Can Learn from LEGO Fortnite

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Unlike Minecraft, LEGO Fortnite has pretty clear quests that let players know what the game is about. Moreover, the villagers make it so much easier to collect resources. They can also fight with you, so that makes them fairly useful companions. Due to the temperature feature in LEGO Fortnite, you always have to prepare for a certain area. The buildings are not just for aesthetic, but make a difference in gameplay. Food items are far more unique and provide various effects. Combat offers more moves and abilities, making it overall much more fun than it is in Minecraft.
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Microsoft Launches Copilot Pro for $20 a Month

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Microsoft has introduced a new Copilot Pro plan that allows paid users to gain priority access to GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo models even during peak times. The plan costs $20 per month, per user (Rs. 2,000 in India). It also brings AI-powered Copilot features to Office apps (Microsoft 365) including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. With the Copilot Pro subscription, you can also generate images faster using Dall -E 3 and soon, you will be able to create a custom Copilot GPT for specific purposes.
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Sam Altman’s Most Used App Is NOT ChatGPT; Here’s What He Uses All Day!

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Sam Altman sat down with Bill Gates in a recent podcast. It was revealed here that it is not ChatGPT which is the most used app by OpenAI's CEO. In fact, it is not any other OpenAI tool either - Sam Altman has revealed he uses Slack the most on his phone. This reveals how busy the CEO is in managing the OpenAI team and its efforts towards artificial general intelligence.
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Nintendo Switch 2: Everything You Need to Know

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Nintendo Switch 2 is expected to release in September 2024, as per the latest leaks. The new handheld from Nintendo is expected to support Unreal Engine 5, better quality on new AAA games, and come with an updated Nvidia chip. Rumors also suggest an LCD display, updated Joy-Con controllers, and two different variants with digital & cartridge versions. Leaked patents also show an upscaling technology is being worked on, so there's a lot of cool upgrades in store.
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Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Review – Satisfying Metroidvania

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Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown packs a solid metroidvania package into a brand-new entry in the long-running beloved series by Ubisoft. While the characters can feel forgettable down the line, the story and gameplay makes up for its only shortcoming, creating possibly one of the best Ubisoft launches in recent memory.
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6 Reasons Why Minecraft Legends Failed So Badly

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Minecraft Legends is a spin-off strategy game set in the Minecraft world. The game started off strong, but its player base slowly started dwindling. One of the reasons was because of the pretty plain, shallow, and repetitive gameplay. Moreover, there was pretty much nothing to do after you beat the game's final boss. The game was very expensive, even tough it provided just a short campaign mode and a pretty directionless multiplayer mode. Minecraft Legends' development studio Mojang also neglected the game, offering zero communication, which meant players got no updates or news on its future development. Minecraft Legends was officially discontinued on January 10, 2024.
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