Sony Xperia Smartphone Images Leak Ahead of Monday’s MWC 2017 Launch

When Sony started sending media invites for its Xperia smartphone launch last month, it was speculated to launch at least two devices. Rumours however suggested later that Sony could launch five new Xperia smartphones at its launch event at the side-lines of MWC 2017 trade show in Barcelona – which kicks off at 8:30am CET (1pm IST). Now, we have been treated with four new images of Xperia smartphones – all of which are – expected to debut at the company’s Monday launch. Additionally, Sony’s rumoured Xperia XZ Premium was spotted in leaked image.

Sony Xperia Smartphone Images Leak Ahead of Monday's MWC 2017 Launch

The new leak comes from prolific tipster Evan Blass who tweeted out the four images on Sunday. We believe that Sony will be unveiling these four Xperia devices at MWC 2017. Unfortunately, the leaked devices weren’t named. But based on preliminary leaks, Sony is expected to launch two Xperia XZ range smartphones, which can be seen on the right. The third image in the leak (pictured in White) seems to be a successor to the Xperia XA. The fourth Sony Xperia device in the leaked image is unknown, and we will have to wait for Sony’s keynote on Monday.

Sony’s flagship Xperia smartphone is widely rumoured to feature the company’s new 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones.

An earlier leak claimed a Sony device codenamed Pikachu to make debut soon, and we suspect that the fourth leaked image could be of it. Dubbed Pikachu, the new Sony smartphone was spotted in GFXBench benchmark listing with some innards details. According to the benchmark listing, the Sony Pikachu may feature 5-inch HD display and will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6757 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The alleged Sony Pikachu is said to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport a 21-megapixel rear camera, which can be considered as a highlight of the device. The handset is also said to pack an 8-megapixel front camera.

In a separate leak, Xperia Blog has shared a leaked image claimed to show the Xperia XZ Premium. The rumoured Sony Xperia XZ Premium is likely to come with a 4K HDR display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, and a 20-megapixel camera sensor. The handset is seen featuring a Chrome mirror finish at the back. Some of the features expected to be present on the Xperia XZ Premium include 960fps slow-motion video recording, which is also the highlight of the new 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor. The leaked image shows May 7 on the lock screen pointing that the handset may release on this date.

LG G6 With 5.7-Inch FullVision Display, Google Assistant Launched at MWC 2017

LG G6, the new LG flagship smartphone, has been unveiled at the company’s launch event at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on Sunday. The LG G6 follows the company’s ‘Less Artificial, More Intelligence’ theme.

LG G6 With 5.7-Inch FullVision Display, Google Assistant Launched at MWC 2017

Juno Cho, President of Mobile Communications Company, LG Electronics, at the company’s keynote stressed that the smartphone war isn’t about specifications but about usability. The LG G6 highlight is of course the presence of the Google Assistant, the first non-Google Pixel smartphone to sport the virtual assistant.

The LG G6 is the first LG phone launching with the new UX 6.0 while also sports 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with a 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio, which is longer and narrower than the current industry standard of 16:9. It packs a fingerprint scanner at the back.

Being called the Univisium aspect ratio, LG says cinemas, TV, and smartphones will all be moving towards this new 18:9 ratio. The company says that several apps in Google Play as well as content creators like Amazon are working to make content compatible for 18:9 aspect ratio which is being used on the LG G6. LG says the new UX 6.0 has been optimised for the new 18:9 aspect ratio on the LG G6.

The new flagship is touted to be the “first smartphone with supports Dolby Vision.” It also support HDR10 tech. The LG G6 is the first phone to come with Dolby Vision video support, and the Dolby confirmed that there are about 90 movies with Dolby Vision already available. Imangi Studios at the keynote announced Temple Run 2: Lost Jungle that it says has been optimised for the 18:9 aspect ratio, adding LG G6 users will get 650,000 in-game coins, enough to unlock all characters and powerups.

Talking about usability, the company at the LG keynote stressed that the LG G6 body width is 72mm (minimum body width 67mm). The company said that the bottom bezel size which is important for handling the phone is above 7.5mm offering more reliability while using the handset with just one hand, and reducing drop chances. LG also fit a 5.7-inch display in a smartphone with body meant for a 5.2-inch display, further helping grip the large screen smartphone.

At the keynote, LG confirmed that the LG G6 will come with a G6 Game Collection promotion which will be free for the buyers and will offer in-game content with a retail value of up to a total of $200 for six games including Temple Run 2, Spider-Man Unlimited, Crossy Road, SimCity BuildIt, Cookie Jam and Genies & Gems – on Google Play.

The LG G6 specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback. Its 5.7-inch FullVision display bears a QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of 564ppi. It will be available in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. The LG G6 will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It comes with a dual rear camera setup with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for wide-angle shots with 125-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71-degree lens and OIS 2.0. At the front, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree lens. At the keynote, LG also showcased its new Square Grid feature for the camera while also confirmed that the front camera comes with autofocus.

The LG G6 battery has a capacity of 3300mAh, and is non-removable, which is a departure from the company’s previous policy of offering a removable battery on its flagship handsets. The battery capacity on the G6 is almost 500mAh more than on the LG G5.

At the keynote, the company stressed that the handset packs extra safety measures including a copper heatpipe to better dissipate heat. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0. LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with the company’s brand new UX 6.0 and also is the first non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant. It weighs in at 163 grams, and measures 148.9×71.9×7.9mm, impressively compact for a 5.7-inch smartphone. The new LG G6 smartphone comes with an IP68-rating for dust and water resistance.

LG G6 will support LTE-A 3 Band CA network while will come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0 connectivity options. It will be available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White.

Phentermine is not Safe Only If Used Improperly

Phentermine is first diet drug which is introduced in international pharmaceutical market. Number of speculation about this drug also revolves in market some speculations can be contradictory. Every drug recommended to healthy being not any patient but if any patient will use it without prescription then it’s not fault of drug. This is basically works on the Hypothalamus Gland which stimulate neurotransmitter and neurons only if used improperly. It will help to suppress your appetite.  Through this drug you will not having craving of carbohydrate rich food which enhances fat of body.

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Advantage of Phentermine

If we talk about its advantage it’s provide you gradual way to weight loss and also control your eating habits. But one thing should be notice if therapy of this drug is completed then you should follow proper diet and it will help to keep your body in perfect shape.

Its natural way to reduce weight so you need to go for any surgery or medical procedure like liposuction or gastric bypass surgery. Just follow the tablet or capsule of phentermine which will help to reduction of weight. Various clinical studies over drug make it more trustable among users.

Contradictions about Phentermine

First thing you should know about this drug that it’s not suitable for everyone. Particularly not for them who are suffered from any heart disease. So always disclose all your medical history in front of your doctor before doctor prescribes you this drug. If you have any heart problem history then doctor never be recommended you phentermine. If doctor think it not an option for you then he maybe recommend you Phen Caps which is not contains Phentermine it also not create any heart problem like side effect.

What can be happen when using phentermine improperly?

If you will use phentermine improperly then it can create problem like dizziness and insomnia which directly connected to your CNS. Let’s see its side-effect:

It contains side effect like Dry Mouth, Insomnia, Constipation, and Mood Swings also. These are most common side effect of this drug but if you have some chronic effect like swelling across body, fainting then you should immediately reported to your doctor.

Heart related issue can be shortening of breath, heartbeat become irregular, fainting and sometime arm paining, blood pressure fluctuations etc.

You can say is safe medicine but it should be prescribe to individual who have overall health is good. This drug help the user to quick get rid from excess fat. This is available in tablet or capsule from. If using tablet it will provide you therapeutic effect. You can also consume this tablet without water. Both form dissolve in the gastric juice of stomach. Phentermine tablet or capsule effect to your body for longer period of time.

Due to the safety profile of this drug this gained popularity in UK, Canada, and Mexico. Main disadvantage of this drug is that it’s contradicted for the children who are under 12 and also not advisable for pregnant woman.

Now the United Arab Emirates wants to put people on Mars, too

The United Arab Emirates has announced its own plan to join the race to get to Mars, revealing a hope that it might be the first to set up colonies on the red planet.

This is part of the Mars 2117 Project that’s been announced by the wealthy member states of the Emirates, and they’re not going to be happy with driving a remote controlled car around up there and looking at stones either, as the plan is to have a fully “inhabitable human settlement” in existence in the distant future.

The only problem for space enthusiasts is the timescale. They’ve given themselves 100 years to do it in, which is quite a large window of opportunity. We won’t be around to moan at them should it not run to schedule.

A (very) long term project

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said the work starts not on building rockets and space suits and exciting stuff, but in first teaching the kids how to be good astronauts. He said: “The Mars 2117 Project is a long term project, where our first objective is to develop our educational system so our sons will be able to lead scientific research across the various sectors.”

So that’s a degree in space ship maintenance and hydroponics for the next couple of generations, before anyone even gets to think about what they’d do to stop themselves going mad on the way there and the luxury item they’d take.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been busy talking about it on Twitter too, where he says there will be a push for a space sciences focus in the nation’s universities, also popping up images of a few renders of really quitefuturistic looking possible Mars bases.

Nintendo Switch accessories: items you need to make the most of your console

You’ve ordered your Nintendo Switch , you’ve ordered the launch title you want most, you’re absolutely ready to make the most of your new Nintendo console, right? Well, almost.

The Nintendo Switch comes with everything you absolutely definitely need to get the console up and running already in the box, but there are plenty of additional accessories available that will without a doubt enhance your playing experience and unlock the console’s full potential.

To help you figure out what’s out there, what it’s used for, and whether or not it’s actually going to be useful for you , we’ve rounded up a bunch of the key first and third party Switch accessories right here for your perusal.

If you’re not particularly enamored with the Joy-Con controllers and want something that’s a little more traditional you should consider picking up the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

Though the Joy-Con controllers do have a grip to slide onto to form a single device, it doesn’t have a traditional D-pad and nor does it look quite as ergonomically sound as the Pro controller for longer play sessions.

With its motion controls, HD rumble and Amiibo support it’s a solid alternative to the Joy-Con controllers.

Despite the benefits of the Pro controller for the single player, it might also be worth picking up some extra Joy-Con controllers if you’re fond of multiplayer gaming.

You might as well face the fact that not everyone in your life will have picked up a Switch. Though you could make the purchase of Joy-Con controllers a prerequisite for entry to your home, it might be better for your personal relationships to have a few extra controllers on hand for any impromptu multiplayer sessions.

You can get them in the standard grey or a more interesting neon blue and red combination for £69.99 / $79.99 . Or if you’re only looking for one, you can buy them individually for £42.99 / $49.99 each.

If you’d rather not buy a Pro controller but you would like your additional Joy-Con controllers to be slightly more comfortable when they’re being used separately, you could always buy the grip kit.

This kit containing two controller grips and two thumb grips will make your slim Joy-Con controllers slightly bulkier and more akin to a traditional controller shape which should reduce any discomfort that would arise in a longer play session.

You can find it for $14.99 / £14.99.

If you’re a physical media fan rather than a download fan, you should probably consider purchasing a game card case for when you take your Switch on the go. Even when storing your games at home it’s a much more compact way of keeping your Switch cartridges in order than piling up each of the individual game boxes.

This compact one from HORI holds 24 game cards and 2 microSD cards, which should keep you going for a while. You can purchase it for $9.99 / £8.99 .

True LAN parties are possible on the Nintendo Switch, but only if you have an Ethernet adapter as the console doesn’t actually have a standard Ethernet port itself.

If you’d like to connect up to 10 docked Switch consoles for an intense Splatoon 2 tournament with your friends with no dodgy wireless connection worries,  you’ll need to pick up one of these. It’s not been confirmed whether or not an official Nintendo adapter is necessary or if one you already have will suffice. If you’d rather be safe than sorry, though, you can pick up the official Nintendo Switch adapter for£26.99 / $29.99 .

No, the Joy-Con grip that comes boxed with your console will not charge your Joy-Con controllers when they’re slid onto it, but considering the Joy-Con controllers have around 20 hours of battery life in them, this shouldn’t prove to be too much of a problem.

However, we all have those times post-play where we just throw our controller on the sofa and walk away. If you just know you’re likely to play with the grip frequently and forget to reattach the controllers to your docked console this could be a purchase worth considering.

It’s not the cheapest luxury, though, at £24.99 / $29.99 on the official Nintendo site.

You buy protective accessories for your phone, you buy them for your tablet, and we’d say it’s worth buying them for your Nintendo Switch to keep it secure and safe when it’s undocked and on the move.

You can get this nifty Mario case officially licensed by Nintendo which includes a screen protector, earbuds, character-branded Joy-Con Armor Guards, thumb caps, cleaning cloth, and applicator for $29.99 / £29.99 .

If, however, you’re less concerned about themed branding there’s also this starter kit from Snakebyte which comes in at £17.99 / $19.99 .

If you’re not really into the idea of buying and hoarding game cards and would rather digitally purchase your Switch games, you’ll definitely want to look into buying a microSD card.

The Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal memory and considering games like The Legend of Zelda will take up to around 13GB of storage, the ability to expand the console’s memory is essential.

The Switch will support microSD and SDHC cards as well as SDXC cards of up to 2TB, even though the latter aren’t actually available for purchase yet.

These are our picks of the best microSD cards for you to buy .

Think you’ll probably play the Switch in tabletop mode a lot? Then you’ll want to look into purchasing the HORI playstand.

Although the Switch has a flip out leg on its rear that will support it, it doesn’t really leave any clearance for plugging a charging cable into the USB-C port on the console’s base. The HORI playstand will allow for this, though, as it lifts the console off the surface you’re playing on as well as offering adjustable angles for more comfortable play.

As far as Switch accessories go, it’s not overly expensive either at £9.99 / $12.99 .

Planning to use the Switch on the go a lot? It could be worth investing in a sturdy external battery pack if you haven’t already.

The Switch’s portable battery life isn’t unreasonable but it isn’t stellar either and since you can’t guarantee you’re always going to be near a plug socket to top up its charge a back up power source will rarely go wrong. Just make sure you have a USB-C cable to connect it.

Google Assistant will soon be able to buy stuff for you on command

Google Assistant already helps us organize our shopping lists and find out about things we’re interested in, but it stops short at actually letting us buy items. With a new feature rolling out to Pixel phones, it looks like that’s about to change.google assistant payments

A new option for setting up payment methods has appeared in the Assistant settings for Pixel users, bringing the anticipated feature one step closer to reality. First discovered deep in the beta version of the Google App back in January, it seems as though Google is ready to pull the trigger on voice-powered payments, a major step in Google Assistant’s fight against Alexa and Siri.

Head into the Settings menu of the Google Assistant screen on your Pixel phone and you’ll see the new option for Payments under the Google Account section. This feature is separate from Android Pay, so tapping it will guide you through a series of steps that lets you store credit or debit cards that can be accessed by Google Assistant. At the end of the process, you’ll see a Pay through your Assistant toggle that will need to be turned blue in order to activate the feature.

There isn’t much you can do with the feature after it’s set up, but presumably Google will announce support for third-party stores shortly. At the start of the set-up process, you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions for both Google Payments and Google Express, an online marketplace that links to a number of popular stores, such as Walgreens, Costco, and Toys R Us, so at the very least you’ll be able to buy things there. However, asking Google Assistant to shop for something on Google Express merely brings up a search results screen.

Since the feature is tied to your Google account and not the Pixel phone specifically, it’s likely it will work with all of the devices integrated with Assistant, including Google Home and Android Wear 2.0 watches.

Amazon Echo users have long been able to order things from Amazon without lifting a finger, and it appears as though Google is looking to do the same thing. Pigs will fly before it includes support for Amazon’s boundless marketplace, which will severely limit its usefulness, but building payments into Google Assistant is an important step in the virtual bot’s development. And while it’s surprising that the steps here don’t include a vocal passcode option to protect against unintended purchases by our chatty kids, it’s likely Google will implement some kind of safeguard for the Home speaker once the feature is officially announced.

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5 ways TV networks are responding to the growing cord-cutting movement

As more people decide they don’t need cable, the TV networks are waking up to the fact that they can’t bet the farm on the same old business models, even as they depend on cable for most of their revenue.Cord cutting

The latest earnings reports from companies like Time Warner, Viacom, and Disney provide a useful snapshot of how networks are responding to cord-cutting. Spoiler alert: The responses aren’t always consumer friendly.

ESPN has been one of cord-cutting’s biggest victims. Disney’s cash cow lost roughly 2 million subscribers in its last fiscal year, and it recently dipped below 75 percent penetration in U.S. TV homes, according to Nielsen.

In response, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger says the company is banking on streaming bundles, such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and Hulu’s upcoming live TV service. Variety reports that Disney has made deals to put its channels in all of them, along with a fifth bundler that hasn’t been announced yet.

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Sling TV

TV networks are embracing streaming channel bundles such as Sling TV.

While these bundles probably aren’t the future of streaming TV, for networks like ESPN, they’re a transitional step away from the comfort and security of cable. Networks can still extract hefty carriage fees, but consumers get more flexibility and freedom from the cable box.

TV networks are also starting to place side bets on standalone services, usually as distinct offerings from their cable channels. NBC’s SeeSo caters to comedy nerds, AMC’s Shudder is for horror lovers, and Turner’s FilmStruckappeals to movie buffs.

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FilmStruck

Turner’s FilmStruck is a $7-per-month service that’s not available through cable.

Next up could be ESPN, which is planning to launch a standalone service this year. Instead of mirroring the cable network, the new service is likely to be a mix of college and niche sports, though ESPN hasn’t revealed pricing or other details.

That’s not to say TV networks aren’t all opposed to turning their cable channels into streaming services. CBS already does this with CBS All Access, and Fox is looking at something similar, CEO James Murdoch said last week.

Now that cord cutting poses a serious threat to old business models, some cable networks are getting more defensive with their content. Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, for instance, said last week that the company would stop signing deals that provide next-day content to streaming services like Hulu. Last year, Time Warner (whose Turner-owned networks include CNN, TBS, and TNT) also pushed back against next-day streaming before becoming a Hulu investor.

Viacom’s Backish says the network will instead look to provide past seasons of its shows to these streaming services. Consumers who want the latest episodes will have to sign up for cable or a streaming bundle like Sling TV.

Networks typically demand that cable and satellite providers carry all of their channels, not just the most popular ones. The result is a bundle with dozens of unwanted channels at increasingly higher prices.

Although TV networks are still clinging to bundles, they’re starting to realize that excessive channel bloat is harming their business. Last week, Viacom said it would narrow its focus to six channels—Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, Comedy Central, BET, and Spike—in hopes of improving relationships with TV distributors. Although Viacom isn’t shutting down its other networks, it won’t invest as much in them, and one wonders whether Viacom will be as insistent on including them in TV bundles.

The decision underscores the changing dynamics between TV service providers and TV networks in a more competitive market. As we saw when PlayStation Vue dropped Viacom channels last November, presumably to keep prices low, providers are starting to resist channel bloat and price hikes.

While TV networks embrace new business models, they’re also looking to extract what they can from old ones.

Time Warner, for instance, saw a 14-percent increase in subscription revenue last quarter, not because it gained subscribers, but because it demanded higher carriage fees from TV providers. Those costs, of course, get passed onto subscribers, who keep seeing bigger bills for the same content.

While this approach probably isn’t sustainable, old habits die hard, and TV networks will have a large audience from which to extract greater revenues well into the future. For the rest of us, cutting cable is just looks like a bigger bargain than ever.

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Hands-on with Prey: System Shock’s spirit lives in this ambitious reboot

as saying “it’s not like we’re working with Arkane and asking them to make racing or rugby games,” the implication being that Prey and Dishonored are similar because, well, that’s what Arkane does.Prey (2017)

The catch: Prey isn’t really that similar to Dishonored. It’s BioShock. Or rather, given the space station setting, System Shock.

Prey isn’t even trying to hide it. We went hands-on with Prey’s first hour or so last week, and while it’s certainly benefited from about ten years of game design, it is straight-up one of the most obvious BioShock-alikes I’ve ever played, from its vague art deco influences to the man squawking in your earpiece and giving you helpful tips. Hell, you even start the game swinging a wrench at baddies.

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Prey (2017)

What, you need more proof? Well, Arkane’s own Raphael Colantonio made the System Shock comparison to PC Gamer last week, saying “Dishonored is probably the legacy of Thief. Prey is the legacy of something like System Shock.” As I said: It’s not some big secret.

It’s kind of staggering the Shock games haven’t been copied more often, really. Especially BioShock, given how it was received in 2007. Hailed either as proof of “Games As Art” or “The Best Game Ever” or what have you, you’d think every studio would’ve cloned it ad nauseum. There’ve been a few obvious examples—Singularity—but for the most part that System Shock/BioShock blend of exploration and combat, of loud-quiet-loud pacing and environmental storytelling and subverting player expectations, just hasn’t made its way into other games.

Prey’s got it, though. Whatever it is, that ineffable BioShock quality, it’s here.

I started noticing it soon after arriving on Prey’s Talos I space station. While the first twenty-or-so minutes of the game are fairly linear (and also something that shouldn’t be spoiled), the game soon opens up without ever making a big deal of it. Maybe it’s an out-of-order elevator shaft off to the side, or a locked room with some tantalizing items hidden beyond the glass, or a sealed airlock.

And sure, the “Locked Room” is nothing new to first-person games, nor even to Arkane. Dishonored is littered with them.

Dishonored’s locked rooms are paths to a singular goal though. You can explore all you want, but doing so is pretty inefficient. You’re backtracking across areas you’ve already been, digging into unnecessary nooks, and often in search of nothing in particular—a handful of treasures, or a rune or bone charm if you’re lucky. Worse still is that it’s primarily a stealth game, so not only is such backtracking inefficient, it’s also dangerous. Get to the end, kill your target, get out.

But Prey is one long series of side rooms. Enter the first hub and the voice in your ear gives you a short directive—get to the command area and watch a video.

Or don’t. I never made it. Ran out of time, actually. With no idea how to get to the goal, I picked a direction and started walking. A locked door barred my way, but I’d invested in the first hacking level and soon had it unlocked, by way of a mini-game that involves guiding a dot through a maze. It’s no Pipe Mania but it’ll do.

Inside were two of Prey’s Phantoms, the large alien seen in the screenshot above, which I wasted my last few shotgun shells on. My reward? An audiolog, of course. Some ammo. And another door, this one leading into a hallway, up some stairs, then into some sort of lounge area filled with Mimics—aliens that hide by transforming into harmless objects, like coffee cups and garbage cans.

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There were other paths. The elevator shaft, for instance. A person skilled in repair, and with enough spare parts lying around, could get it working. A less-skilled person could use the game’s GLOO Cannon, spray quick-drying glue on the walls to build small outcroppings, and then painstakingly climb up the shaft hopping from ad-hoc ledge to ad-hoc ledge. I know because someone else did it during our play session.

This sense of needing to explore is what made the Shock games so special, and what’s set to make Prey feel the same. One room after another after another. The architecture folds in on itself, collapsing into a giant labyrinth—some parts accessible, some still tantalizingly out of reach. The draw of these rooms, of trying to open more of Talos I, is far more interesting than whatever you’re actually supposed to be doing.

And it’s not just because of the rewards contained within. No, what puts Prey in the realm of the Shock games is the attention paid to each room. Like always, I can only speak to the hour we played in our preview, but Prey made me want to get lost. The story of Talos I is told just as much by its architecture, its decor and the various objects scattered about in each room, as it is by documents, audiologs, and dialogue. In this aspect, you can definitely see the similarities between Prey and Dishonored—Arkane is a talented world-builder.

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Prey (2017)

Prey’s space station is less daring than Dishonored’s weird “whalepunk” cities, but Talos I is still one hell of an achievement. Ostensibly constructed during an alternate-1960s, in a timeline where humanity got a foothold in space much earlier than in our own, it’s equal parts old-fashioned and ultra-modern, science facility and vacation home, opulent and derelict. It’s the type of place where a server room, cold and dark, sits mere feet from a plush lounge full of crushed velvet and gold trim.

It’s bizarre, in its own way. And always, the temptation to open just one more door…

Really, my main problem at the moment is that an hour is just not long enough to get a handle on Prey. It’s easy to say it’s System Shock-esque—again, even the developers have made the comparison. It’s that obvious.

There’s so much to explore though, and so much of the story remains under wraps—both on my end (for fear of spoilers) and on the part of the game itself. Entire systems are still only half-revealed, including three alien-related upgrade paths that weren’t available during our time with the game. It’s just a lot of unknowns that will need to wait for the full release.

And post-Dishonored 2 there’s also the matter of performance. During my demo the frame rate was hardly what I’d term stable, often stuttering or slowing down considerably when I turned the camera or sprinted around the station. Will those problems be fixed before launch? Hopefully. But while I’ll always recommend not preordering, that goes doubly when the developer’s previous game was a wreck on PC. Fool me once and all.

Prey releases May 5, and we’ll have a review as close to launch as possible.

Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app will bring live TV, Xfinity X1 features to your mobile device

February is app month for Comcast. After introducing its Roku app earlier in the month, Comcast announced it will replace its Xfinity TV app on February 28. Xfinity Stream, the name of the new app, aims to give Comcast subscribers an Xfinity X1-like experience on Android and iOS.xfinity stream gallery 1

That means features from your set-top box are coming to mobile, such as favorite channel filtering, a Spanish language guide, more than 50 music channels, rating recommendations from Common Sense Media, and parental controls. The new app offers more than 200 live TV channels for streaming outside the home, including CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, Disney Channel, and Nick Jr. The Stream app will also provide access to recorded programs on your DVR and the ability to program it remotely, as well as more than 40,000 video on demand titles.

Anyone who already has the regular Xfinity TV app installed on their device will get the new experience automatically. Comcast subscribers who haven’t downloaded Xfinity TV yet can get the new app for free from the App Store or Google Play on February 28.

Comcast subscribers may notice that the cable company already offers another service under the Stream brand. Stream TV is Comcast’s streaming skinny bundle aimed at cord cutters. Comcast told Multichannel News that once Stream TV rolls out nationally it will probably be rebranded to cut down on confusion. Even so, Stream TV customers will access the service on—you guessed it—the Xfinity Stream app.

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How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

 In addition to all of the ways you can watch Super Bowl LI this Sunday, February 5, Roku users will be able to catch all the action for free–with no user authentication required–on the Fox Sports Go channel. You’ll have access to the pre-game show starting at 2:00 pm Eastern, with kick-off scheduled for 6:30 pm ET.Super Bowl

There are plenty of other options for tuning in to the annual clash of football titans. Here’s how.

Of all the four major North American sports leagues, the NFL remains the only one you can still enjoy without a pricey cable subscription. All you need is an antenna.

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With an antenna like the Mohu Leaf Metro, you can watch the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl for free.

If you’re old enough, the thought of using an antenna probably conjures memories of temperamental “rabbit ears” and staticky images. But today’s antennas come in a range of designs, from paper-thin flat models like the Mohu Leaf to those that look more like your cable modem and provide reliably crystal clear true HD resolution for absolutely free. All you need to do is plug one into your TV’s tuner.

An indoor antenna with a 25-mile range can be had for as little as $13, and longer-range models can be had for not much more. Before you purchase one, though, go to a site like TVFool or Antennaweb and see what networks are available from your local broadcasters. You’ll just need to enter your address to get a report of all the broadcast signals in your area ranked from strongest to weakest. Once you determine which of the four playoff-broadcasting channels is furthest from you’re home, you’ll know what range antenna to buy.

In the event you’re too far from a transmitter to pull in some or all of these networks, you’ll need a combination of the streaming options that follow.

Over the last few years, the online streaming service Sling TV has been an increasingly valuable solution for cord cutters wanting to tune in to the NFL’s regular season games. It can also help you out in the run up to the Super Bowl.

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The Sling Blue package gives you more than 40 channels for $40 a month. That includes NBC and Fox, but only in select markets. The Blue package will also give you access to the NFL Network, which delivers non-stop news, analysis, and other supplemental coverage during the Super Bowl season.

Sling TV supports a variety of devices, including Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, and iOS and Android phones and tablets. Currently, the service is offering a discounted Roku Premiere+ or Apple TV with a three-month commitment or a free Roku Express when you pre-pay for one month.

Similar to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue offers a variety of channel packages for a low monthly rate. The $40-per-month Access package is the one you want for the NFL postseason, as it includes all three networks—CBS, NBC and Fox—among its 45-plus channels, although, as with Sling TV, each only in select markets. If you’re in an area that receives some or all of them, you might consider bumping up to the Core package for $45 a month. That will get you more than 60 channels, including the NFL Network.

In addition to PlayStation consoles, PlayStation Vue is available on Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, an Roku devices. A PlayStation Vue Mobile app is available for iOS and Android device but requires activated, TV-Connected device to use.

This new player in the online streaming space launched this past November. For $35 a month, DirectTV Now gives you more than 120 live TV channels, including Fox and NBC in select areas. It’s available for Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and iOS and Android devices. And like Sling TV, the service is offering some tempting incentives—a free Amazon Fire TV stick when you prepay for one month of service, and a free Apple TV with a three-month commitment.

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DirectTV Now is the latest online streaming service and gives you access to NFL games hosted by NBC and Fox.

If you’re not fussy about watching games in real time—and have the will power to abide a self-imposed media blackout—NFL Game Pass will give you every playoff matchup and the Super Bowl with a single subscription.

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NFL Game Pass offers on-demand replays of all the NFL postseason games including Super Bowl LI.

Launched this past season, NFL Game Pass provides on-demand access to games —including the postseason—after they air. It also gives you access to a vault’s worth of games from the 2009-15 seasons. It’s been knocked down to $50 for the rest of this season (it’s normally $100 per year) and that will give you access through July 31.

Don’t waste any time getting your own game plan together. Whatever options you choose, you’re guaranteed to have front-row seat when the NFL’s best team hoists the Lombardi Trophy.

This story, “How to watch the Super Bowl without cable” was originally published by TechHive.