Traditional banks can be the ‘trusted face’ of fintech and online finance firms

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Traditional banks see online payment and financial services providers as their biggest threat, but they can still be a part of the shift to digital banking because of their status as regulated institutions that have the trust of customers and authorities, according to banking software provider Temenos.

In a recent survey of 400 banking executives, Temenos said more than 53 per cent of respondents cited e-financial services like PayPal, Alipay, WeChat Pay and Apple Pay as their biggest non-traditional competition in the next two years.

But their relationships could be complementary and not necessarily purely competitive, Temenos said.

“The more organisations like Alipay move into traditional banking such as deposit-taking and lending, the more they will attract the attention of the regulator, as is beginning to happen,” said Lee Volante, director of the business solutions group for the Asia-Pacific at Temenos.

“We believe organisations like Alipay may well become the face of retail banking, but they will rely on banking organisations to do the heavy lifting as regulated institutions,” he said.

 “Traditional banks have spent many years building customer bases who trust them to safeguard their money and provide 24-7, year-round real-time services. Fintech firms, often small start-up organisations, still have to prove themselves to earn the trust of customers,” he said.

In the US, e-commerce giant Amazon’s growing financial services business is increasingly attracting the attention of regulators, according to a recent Bloomberg report, while consultancy Bain & Co has predicted that Amazon could rival the nation’s big banks in as little as five years.

In China meanwhile, where use of Alipay, WeChat Pay and other e-finance services is surging – mobile payments reached 81 trillion yuan (US$12.8 trillion) in the first 10 months of 2017 – links are already forming between online payment firms and traditional banks.

Earlier this week, Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding and the operator of the Alipay service, signed an agreement to help state-run China Everbright Bank with its digital transformation.

Other analysts said that China has a head start on Hong Kong in terms of the adoption of e-payments and fintech systems.

“China’s banking industry is still developing and this is why internet giants were able to gain considerable market share in e-commerce and payments because they were faster to offer convenient alternatives to traditional bank payments,” said Priscilla Ng, head of digital at Citibank Hong Kong.

“In contrast, Hong Kong has a mature banking industry and consumers are already used to doing things a certain way, so it will take a bit of time for them to accept new concepts – but we are getting there.”

Still the spectre of stronger regulation in China and concerns over security could potentially slow the growth of fintech, Volante said.

He noted that the mainland Chinese government has imposed new regulations setting daily limits on transactions via QR codes, which make up a third of all digital payments in China.

It will also require banks and online payment services to clear payments through a centralised national system from June 30, allowing for closer state scrutiny of transactions.

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Entry period open for Fashion Fallies show

Fashion Fallies is returning for fall of 2018. Organizers of the wearable art and performance event that wooed crowds last fall are busy planning this year’s event, which will take place once again at Haliburton School of Art + Design on Friday, Nov. 9. The Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands event has recently rleased their call for entry.

Fashion design experience is not required. Any and all mediums are welcome, including paper, wire, plastic, recycled materials, yarn, leaves, etc. Accessories, jewelry, single pieces or complete ensembles are all welcome.

“We have already heard that some people have already begun creating pieces,” says Amy Brohm, Fashion Fallies planning committee member. “People are really excited about this event and we have a number of new things planned for 2018.”

An information session and slideshow will be taking place on Wednesday, June 6 between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room of the Haliburton County Public Library for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the event and how they can submit a piece.

In addition, The Fashion Fallies committee in conjunction with Visible Voices studio is hosting a workshop called Head Over Heels for Fashion Fallies. This $10 workshop or pay-what-you-can is happening on Saturday, June 16 between 1 and 4 p.m. at Visible Voices Open Arts Studio on Industrial Drive. Head Over Heels will provide an opportunity to make fun and whimsical headpieces and get people inspired about creating for Fashion Fallies. All materials will be provided.

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Save Your Wardrobe Fashion App Promises Double Whammy Of More Streamlined & Sustainable Living

Ever since Japanese ‘organizing consultant’ Marie Kondo’s consistently best-selling 2011 opus The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up de-cluttering has become an international obsession, part of a pseudo-spiritual quest for more meaningful living. And with good reason; according to the UK arm of US weight loss business Weight Watchers there is currently at least £10.5bn of unworn items in Britain’s wardrobes. While part of that figure comes from too-wishful thinking (the extra pounds never shifted, the clothes that never fit) there’s also the more significant story of too much stuff presenting a simple lack of visibility, clouding our judgement regarding what we need or want to buy next. The result is a vastly unsatisfying cycle of irrelevant things and increasingly flabby shopper-brand relationships.

Reclaiming the peace of mind that comes with neither wasting precious resources or your own cold hard cash is what London-based Save Your Wardrobe Co-Founder Hasna Kourda, an economics and corporate strategy graduate and a former luxury fashion sales assistant, is banking on: “When I worked in retail I saw a massive loss of trust between consumers and brands because people constantly felt they were being given the hard sell, not serviced according to what they really wanted or needed. Part of the aim of this concept, which fundamentally remedies the fact most people don’t even know what’s in their own wardrobe, is to re-build loyalty and create relevancy, which will raise sales figures if not numbers of ‘things’ sold.”

The app, which is free to users (brands will pay for the data/insights it delivers) is rooted in the building of an entire virtual wardrobe. This happens in two ways to encompass both new and existing items. Firstly, using advanced computer vision tech users can photograph their existing clothing which the system will then categorize, in most cases even establishing the brand. Secondly, users can allow (ostensibly via Google GOOGL +0.21%permissions) their digital receipts to be automatically read. Assuming the brand in question is affiliated to SYW via an AP the system will recognize the SKU, allowing it to register every detail including size, color, and date of purchase. A 30-day cooling period will adjust the data should items be returned.

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Computer vision tech will recognize and categorize items (Credit: Alex Holyoake).

In order to avoid the system becoming nothing more than a backwards-looking personal fashion filter bubble -rendering it much harder to offer suggestions or predict new influences – SYW is currently working with vast fashion shopping network ShopStyle’s database of brands so users can also browse a vast number of brands to create product wish-lists. Later, it will also tap into users’ social media activity to flesh out their profiles still further.

The system will also be connected to users’ calendars, so it knows, for example, when they’re due to go on holiday, and to where, or when they have a job interview coming up and will send them product recommendations. Users have a dashboard showing both their curated selections of clothing for various occasions (“playlists of outfits”) as well as their full digitized wardrobe, generating an enormous sense of control.

For brands investing in the concept as a tool to help them plan, produce, market and/or buy more accurately, the critical factor is that it will provide a window onto tastes and preferences, grouping users into clusters and micro segments – essentially people exhibiting similar desires, behaviors or attitudes. Because it straddles multiple brands it’s a more realistic reflection of real life; the non-brand-monogamous consumer at play .

A second layer, devised to take the intelligence offered to the next level, is the introduction of a suite of core services – dry cleaning, repairs, re-sales and alteration – that Kourda believes will spotlight how users feel about their clothing. It will, she suggests, present a kind of longer-than-usual narrative for products, understanding them not as single purchases but an ongoing story that reflects the attitudes of their owners. “This is where online fashion retail has become slightly unstuck,” says Kourda. “It doesn’t present the full picture of searching, buying and aftercare over time and nor does it tap into the notion of buying mindfully.”

Furthering the notion of a more mindful mode of operating in general, drawing on her own experiences of luxury selling, Kourda believes the app’s success will lie in “assisting not annoying people with relentless alerts. It’s about understanding the key moments. For that reason, we won’t be pestering people by sending notifications [that appear outside the app, on users’ home-screens]. We believe that getting the timing right is what will create a ‘sticky’ system’.” No ads, nor sponsored content affirm a commitment to useful engagement over mercenary marketing.

As with any algorithm/machine learning based system the more parties involved and the more data is accrued the more pertinent the suggestions. “There is an opportunity here for real relevancy, rather than creating product and then working out how to sell it to people,” says Kourda. “We want people [customers and brands] not to think of store as cash machines chasing money but places for amplified experiences and connections. Customers want to feel ‘seen’, they actively expect it.”

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Louis Vuitton’s cruise show: sculptural silhouettes and iconoclasm

A model presents a creation by designer Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton

The white gravel hill path that winds around Joan Miró’s sculptures in the grounds of the Fondation Maeght, near Antibes in the south of France, was not just the catwalk for Louis Vuitton’s cruise fashion show, but the inspiration as well.

“I thought about what a woman would wear in this environment,” said designer Nicolas Ghesquière. His answer? Thigh-high trainer-boots, their latex stockings attached to sporty double-soled sneakers, worn with acidic silk dresses to flutter in the pine-scented breeze.

The clothes were extraordinarily beautiful. (The shoes were just extraordinary.) This was Ghesquière who, last week, renewed his contract at Louis Vuitton after five years, doing the intensely chic futurism that he does best.

After a ready-to-wear collection in Paris fashion week 10 weeks ago notable for being within the guardrails of bourgeois – Madame Macron-friendly, some noted – this cruise collection saw a return to Ghesquière’s signature look. (Think left-bank sculptress crossed with Luke Skywalker.)

A Giacometti sculpture and a model on the runway at the Louis Vuitton 2019 Cruise collection
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 A Giacometti sculpture and a model on the runway at the Louis Vuitton 2019 cruise collection Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Iconoclastic modernism linked these clothes to the art around them. Proportions snagged the eye in the same way as the Miró and Giacometti pieces that dotted the lawns: the inverted-triangle proportion of a broad-shouldered jacket, the angles of a dress snipped at one ribcage. Modernism was always his point of view, said Ghesquière after the show. Of the sculptural silhouettes, he said: “You always fight with gravity when you design clothes. You want the clothes to be light, to be suspended, to move with the body of the woman.”

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The Fondation Maeght, founded by art dealers Aimé and Marguerite Maeght as a temple to the work they loved, is “a love story between a family, artists and architecture,” said Ghesquiere.

The 1964 opening-night party remains the stuff of art-world legend: Ella Fitzgerald sang jazz and Alberto Giacometti, who designed benches and door handles for the building and huge pieces in the courtyard, looked on while smoking a pipe.

Léa Seydoux and Emma Stone in the front row for the Cruise collection
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 Léa Seydoux and Emma Stone in the front row for the cruise collection Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Fifty-four years later, Louis Vuitton’s party for 600 guests brought some of that glamour back. As well as actors Emma Stone, Léa Seydoux, Ruth Negga and Sienna Miller for the front row, the house flew in a shaman, hired for an undisclosed fee, to keep the rain away.

Bruised-blue skies held off for the duration, with torrential rain beginning half an hour later as models, now changed into jeans but still bearing the fire symbols painted on to their brows by makeup artist Pat McGrath (“to symbolise a community of women”) danced under the trees.

Ghesquière’s success at Louis Vuitton has been to boost sales while also raising the tone. Cruise fashion shows, in which fashion superbrands lay on jaw-dropping spectacles to impress their glamour upon a global audience, can seem crude in tone.

Ghesquière deftly elevates his cruise shows by choosing a modern architectural masterpiece for each venue. In this way, Louis Vuitton’s bombastic extravaganzas are pitched, instead, as a cultured world tour.

Nicolas Ghesquière and Doona Bae at the Fondation Maeght
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 Nicolas Ghesquière and Doona Bae at the Fondation Maeght Photograph: Swan Gallet/WWD/Rex/Shutterstock

The Fondation Maeght, whose distinctive half-pipe roof has been variously likened to a skate ramp and to the horns of a bull, followed venues which have included Bob Hope’s spaceship-styled home in Palm Springs, the Mac Niterói gallery in Rio de Janeiro, and the mountaintop Miho Museum near Kyoto.

With this collection, Ghesquière said, he tried to balance classicism with excitement. “We all dream of making timeless clothes, of having timeless style, but in fashion you also want to be in the moment. You have to react to now.”

The Miami-esque colours were his response to the Fondation Maeght’s 1960s colour card. Cat-shaped clutch bags were a collaboration with the British fashion editor Grace Coddington, whose eccentric style was an inspiration for the season.

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Fashion vs. function: Jamie Stelter on why flats are a medical must

Flats

People always ask me about my shoes. Most people want to know where I got them, but some wonder why I would ever go on air without wearing heels.

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2003.

“Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis,” explained Dr. Harry Fischer, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “It’s usually joints that are tender and swollen and painful, red. It’s usually certain characteristic joints, often small joints of hands and feet.”

I’ve been working with rheumatologist Harry Fischer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel for about 10 years. In that time, I’ve had fusion surgeries in my neck and foot.

But, it was a total ankle replacement that permanently took away some of the flexion in my foot.

That means no high heels.

That’s why you’ll always see me in flats or sneakers.

“Comfortable shoes are the most important thing and I think sneakers are very comfortable. Sneakers with a good arch support, you know sometimes shoes that are wide enough and comfortable enough with enough support,” said Dr. Fischer.

It’s taken years of tinkering with medications and diet and exercise regimens to be where I am now — healthy, strong and walking without pain.

But, not everyone has artificial joints or chronic disease. Maybe you just have achy knees. Thanks to brands like Margaux, finding the right shoes is easy.

“The beauty of this brand is that they’re custom made for you and will fit to your specifications to a T,” said Erica Russo, fashion director at Bloomingdale’s.

Russo recently showed us around “The Heart of Shoe York” — the new floor at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on Lexington Avenue and 59th Street where flat shoes come in every shape, size and color.

“Fashion is having a love affair with flats. There are just so many options from the mules, to the loafers, to the sneakers, there really is something for everyone,” Russo said.

So whether you have a medical issue or you just want to be comfortable.

“Flats are not going away. They’re just going to continue to evolve and get more special,” Russo added.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones review: The epitome of effective active noise cancellation

Sony WH-1000XM3

We said last year that Sony had put Bose “on notice” when it comes to active noise-cancelling headphones. Our review of Sony’s WH-1000XM2 reported that Sony not only delivered incredible audio quality, but that the company offered some high-tech features Bose couldn’t match.

This year, Sony fully eclipses Bose with its third-generation noise-cancelling cans: The WH-1000XM3. These headphones are superior to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II in almost every way. Sony retained all the features that we liked in the previous iteration, including adaptive sound control, gesture recognition, and great audio reproduction (at least when powered), and made significant improvements to its active noise-cancellation technology. Sony’s new headphones are also more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions.

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The Bose QC35 II (left) are top of mind when it comes to active noise-cancelling headphones, but Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are better in every category that matters.

The great features Sony retained

First up is the gesture control pad located on the right-hand cup. After a brief learning curve, I grew accustomed to controlling my music and podcasts with simple swipes.

Swiping up and down with your fingertip raises and lowers volume, while back-to-front and front-to-back strokes move up and down your playlist respectively. Holding your finger down for a few seconds activates Google Assistant on Android devices, or Siri for iOS hardware. This worked flawlessly, though I do wish the virtual assistant appeared more quickly after being summoned. Perhaps Sony can add a preference setting to its app.

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The surface area is large enough to accomodate imprecise gestures

Sony’s Adaptive Sound Control is something special. When this mode is selected, the headphones monitor your level of activity and automatically choose the appropriate noise-cancelling profile. You can also customize these profiles using Sony’s excellent Headphone Connect app.

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Inside the Adaptive Sound Control section of Sony’s app.

If I’ve been sitting still for a bit, for example, the Staying profile will kick in with a short notification chime. This one uses the headphone’s onboard microphones to monitor ambient sound, so those noises can be cancelled out, while allowing the sound of human voices to come through. You get a personalized mix of your music and the sound of the outside world, with 20 levels of noise cancellation available. The Bose QC35 II offer just three stages of cancellation, so there’s no way to fine-tune the mix of music and ambient sound.

When I listen to music while walking home after work, I want to hear the environment around me, so I don’t get run over by a cranky San Francisco driver. I quickly learned that I couldn’t do that with Bose QC35 II. No matter which settings I applied, I couldn’t hear enough of what was going on. Sony’s headphones not only delivered a great listening experience—even at low volume—but I was always able to maintain situational awareness.

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The Sony WH-1000XM3’s fit nice and neat in their travel case.

In conditions where it’s inconvenient to launch Sony’s app, you can control the headphones’ active noise cancellation using the NC/Ambient button on the left-hand ear cup. This limits you, however, to three values: Fully engaged (the strongest level of active noise cancellation), fully open (the least amount of active noise cancellation, with the mics piping ambient noise into the ear cups), or active noise cancellation turned off (in which case, the headphones behave as conventional Bluetooth headphones).

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Sony’s WH-1000XM3 have a 3.5mm analog input, an on/off button, and an noise-cancellation/ambient sound toggle on the left-hand ear cup. There’s a USB-C charging port on the right-hand cup.

Audio performance hasn’t changed much compared to last year’s model, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In a head-to-head comparison with the Bose QC35 II, I found Sony’s WH-1000XM3 to be slightly more musical. Sony’s headphones maintain a more accurate frequency response across the full spectrum, where Bose seems to favor a scooped EQ that emphasizes bass and high frequencies at the expense of the mid-range. Sony’s cans never muddied the mid-range even while playing bass-heavy tracks at high volume levels, although I did notice some very minor distortion in the upper frequency range when I really cranked the volume.

Major strides in wearability

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are much more comfortable than its previous generation headphones. I noted this during my briefing last month; it’s one of the biggest improvements over last year’s model.

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The WH-1000XM3’s (right) are larger than the Bose QC35 II, but that allows for more space and padding around the ears.

Sony added extra padding to the bottom of the headband to distribute the weight on the top of your head more evenly. The ear cups are also wider and deeper, which reduces the pressure placed on the sides of your head and allows you to wear them for longer listening sessions without feeling fatigued. As such, wearability is another clear win against Bose’s product. Sony knocked it out of the park on this count.

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Antlion ModMic 5 review: The best headset mic you can get, but is it worth it?

Antlion Modmic 5

“Why buy a headset when you could just buy a great pair of headphones and a good microphone for the same price?” So goes the conventional wisdom in comment sections around the world, every time someone dares to suggest that a gaming headset might not be so bad a purchase.

But what if the self-professed audiophiles are right? And what if you could get the same form factor as a headset, but with any top-tier pair of headphones? Wouldn’t that be a better deal?

We went hands on with the ModMic to find out.

(See our roundup of best gaming headsets for a thorough comparison of headset solutions.)

Hand in hand

ModMic isn’t new by any means. Since 2011, Antlion Audio has done one thing and done it well: It’s allowed gamers to take their high-end headphones, attach a microphone on the side, and thus get great sound with (most of) the convenience of a dedicated gaming headset.

It works exactly as you’d expect, basically. The ModMic costs $69.95 on Amazon and arrives in a tiny little box. After all, it’s just a microphone. Nothing too surprising here. Inside the box is a padded carrying case, and inside the case is the mic itself, along with a bundle of cables.

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You then take the ModMic and affix it to the side of your headphones, probably the left ear as is standard. A bit of 3M double-sided tape holds it in place, and…that’s it. Your headphones are now a headset.

It’s a somewhat permanent installation, which can be a bit hair-raising when you’re talking about audiophile headphones. The Sennheiser HD 280s I had lying around aren’t even that nice, but I did hesitate as I affixed the ModMic to the outside. “Am I okay with this? Forever?”

The good news is that it’s somewhat permanent. The ModMic is actually two pieces. The larger piece is the mic itself, along with the boom arm. But the part that’s actually affixed to your headphones is just a small disc, about the size of a dime. The microphone attaches magnetically to the disc, so you’re free to remove the bulk whenever you’d like. All that’s left over is the weird magnetic rivet on the outside (as seen in the image below).

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The next challenge is cable routing. With a headset, you usually have both your audio and mic cables combined into one, at least until they reach the PC. With the ModMic, you obviously don’t have that luxury. Instead you run a second 3.5mm cable from the ModMic to your computer, with the option to insert a mute toggle in the middle.

Our ModMic review unit came supplied with some cable sheathes, in order to wrapthe ModMic and headphone cables together. The problem is that the HD 280s use a coiled, telephone-style cable for most of their length, so I was only able to wrap the top section effectively. The result was a bit of a mess, aesthetically. With other headphones that use conventional cables, you’d probably achieve a relatively sleek result.

Still, overall, a dedicated headset is going to win out aesthetically. No surprise there—that’s why they exist. Combining headphones and a microphone into a single device allows for a more elegant and efficient design.

Testing, testing

But what about performance? After all, that’s what people are talking about when they say you should separate your headphone and microphone purchases. The theory is that you could buy audiophile-grade equipment in both categories for the price of a single, middling headset.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Launch Times Revealed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Launch Times Revealed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 preload for PC begins on October 10 and developer of the PC version, Beenox has confirmed when the game will be available to play the world over. The fifteenth mainline entry in the long-running series has some differences in its PC version when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One such as an enhanced frame rate and greater visual options. Keep in mind, that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is not on Steam. Rather, it’s exclusive to Battle.net, a digital distribution service owned by Activision.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC launch times:

October 11, 2018

  • Los Angeles – 9pm PT

October 12, 2018

  • New York – 12am ET
  • Sao Paulo – 1am BRT
  • London – 5am BST
  • Stockholm – 6am CEST
  • Berlin – 6am CEST
  • Moscow – 7am MSK
  • Singapore – 12pm SGT
  • Seoul – 1pm KST
  • Sydney – 3pm AEST

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements

Here are the system requirements for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC. Incidentally they’re similar to what the game had for its beta events.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (minimum)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K / Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended for using high refresh rate monitors at 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Vega 64
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended for using 4K monitors with smoothest frame rates)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Launch Set for Today: How to Watch and Everything We Know So Far

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Launch Set for Today: How to Watch and Everything We Know So Far

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are set to debut today. As a successor to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the new Pixel 3 models are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC. While the Pixel 3 XL is so far rumoured to come with a display notch, the Pixel 3 could come with a traditional design that won’t include a notch. Both new Google smartphones are so far found to have multiple colour options, including Black, White, and a suspicious ‘Sand’ variant that could be close to the Pink colour. Rumours have, however, additionally suggested the existence of a Mint coloured Pixel 3 variant. The latest Pixel models are also likely to come with a dual selfie camera setup. At the event, the company is also expected to unveil a new Chromecast dongle, the Home Hub, and Pixel Stand, apart from the Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet.

Where to watch Google Pixel 3 event

The Pixel 3 event is taking place in New York City. The event will begin at 11am EST (8:30pm IST). It will be live streamed on YouTube through the Made by Google channel.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL price

A recent listing on China’s JD.com showed that the Pixel 3 price has been set for CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 53,400). Also, Canadian carrier Freedom Mobile lately revealed that the Pixel 3 64GB storage variant will go on sale at CAD $999 (roughly Rs. 56,900), while its 128GB variant will be available at CAD $1,129 (roughly Rs. 64,300). The Pixel 3 XL price in Canada, on the other hand, is set at CAD $1,129 (roughly Rs. 64,300) for the 64GB variant, whereas the 128GB Pixel 3 XL has been listed at CAD $1,259 (roughly Rs. 71,700). Pre-orders for the new Pixel models are expected to begin just after the launch event, though their shipments could take some time.

To recall, the Pixel 2 was launched in India at Rs. 61,000 for the 64GB model, while its 128GB model is priced at Rs. 70,000. The Pixel 2 XL was originally priced at Rs. 73,000 for the 64GB model, while its 128GB storage model came at Rs. 82,000. The Pixel 2 XL recently received a price cut in the country to Rs. 45,499 for the base variant, while its 128GB storage variant still bears the original price.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL specifications, features

As per the rumours, the Google Pixel 3 will feature a 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display, while the Pixel 3 XL will come with a 6.3-inch (1440×2880 pixels) QHD+ display. Both are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie and have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 4GB RAM. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are expected to have a dual selfie camera setup that will include two 8-megapixel sensors. On the back, the Pixel 3 XL is rumoured to come with a 12.2-megapixel sensor. There could be features such as a dedicated Portrait mode and some selfie-focused improvements. Further, the handsets are rumoured to come preloaded with a ‘Top Shot’ feature that is found to “capture the perfect shot every time”. A commercial also recently revealed a “groupie selfies” feature. Plus, the Pixel 3 family is expected to have an Active Edge feature that was sported on the Pixel 2 models last year.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come in 64GB and 128GB storage options that both aren’t likely to support microSD card. The Pixel 3 is rumoured to include a 3,915mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 XL could have a 3,430mAh battery. Both smartphones are likely to have 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. Besides, the Pixel 3 will measure 145.6×68.2×7.9mm and weighs 148 grams, whereas the Pixel 3 XL will measure 157.9×76.7×7.9mm and weight 184 grams.

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A new batch of Moto G7 renders spotted online

It is admittedly a bit early to be discussing the new Moto G generation in any depth. Still, rumors have already started pouring in, including an alleged release time frame of Q1 or the beginning of Q2 2019 and even a set of rumor-based renders.

A fresh new leak, straight from the quite reputable Twitter of one Steve, a.k.a. OnLeaks, appears to confirm many of the design traits. It consists of a huge amount of renders of what is said to be the Moto G7, showcasing a curved glass back design and a new, distinctive “teardrop” or “waterdrop” style notch. Said display is expected to boast a 6-inch diagonal, topping that of the current Moto G6. Hence, the 157 x 75.3 x 8mm (9.5mm on the camera module) Moto G7 is expected to deliver an improved screen to body ratio as well. That’s even with a still fairly wide bottom chin. After all, the Moto G line is a fairly budget one.

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While on the topic of the display, upon closer investigation, we can clearly see two cut-outs next to the selfie camera and a microphone hole on the bottom chin – elements missing from the earlier set of renders. This attention to detail does instil more confidence in the authenticity of the design. Plus, this new bath of pictures clearly shows a Type-C port on the bottom and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Lenovo has been experimenting quite a bit with the Moto family in recent years, notably skipping the Moto C, M and X lines in 2018. Quoting another reputable industry source, the G7 might come in a record four variants, probably to make up and simplify the overall Moto lineup. As per rumors: The vanilla G7, pictured here, joined by a G7 Play, G7 Plus and G7 Power.

These are all well-known Moto monikers, which do allow for some speculation and extrapolation of the order they should appear the the Moto G7 family. Though, anything is possible amid this Moto G restructure. As far as we currently know, the regular Moto G7 will come with a 6-inch, FullHD+ display, 4GB or 6GB RAM, with 64GB of storage and an undisclosed octa-core Snapdragon chipset. Other alleged specs include a 16MP + 5MP main camera setup and a 12MP selfie snapper. The whole device is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery and will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

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