Huawei Watch review: Gordon Gekko gets a smartwatch

It’s hard to review the Huawei Watch.

It’s not just because Android Wear, unlike Android on phones, is essentially the same across all watches. Some manufacturers install a few custom watch faces and apps, but what you get is basically what everybody else gets. Heck, all the new ones work with iPhones now, too, to an extent.

It’s also not just that the internal hardware specs are virtually identical across the second generation of Android Wear watches. Most of them have fast enough processors and batteries that last a day. They’ve all got microphones for voice search and a little bit of storage for music — some even have GPS, but it’s a rarity and not all that useful yet. The Huawei Watch sets itself apart with better materials (mainly a…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

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Here's How to Use Batman: Arkham Knight's Big Head Mode

You can now play Batman: Arkham Knight with a head roughly the size of Batman’s torso, thanks to the addition of a new Big Head mode.

An update this week bringing the console version of the game up to version 1.07 added support for the feature, which has also been present in past Batman: Arkham games. As demonstrated in the video below from director Sefton Hill, this is activated in a similar manner: hold both triggers while spinning the right analog stick clockwise ten times.

Ready for some #ArkhamKnight big head mode action? Here’s how… pic.twitter.com/3fsMwtMxkS

— Sefton Hill (@Seftonhill) September 24, 2015

This causes your character’s head to immediately become huge. The best part of this is that it isn’t limited to Batman; Catwoman and other characters can have giant heads, too.

The 1.07 patch is a compatibility patch for the upcoming DLC, set for release this coming Tuesday, September 29. That includes the second Crime Fighter Challenge Pack and GCPD Lockdown, the latter of which sees Nightwing trying to prevent Penguin’s escape attempt.

Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC version, meanwhile, should finally be available for sale again sometime in the “coming weeks.” It was pulled from store shelves following its launch earlier this year when it was found to be plagued with serious technical issues.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Lumia 550 revealed in leak with Microsoft's flagship Windows phones

Microsoft’s two new flagship Lumia phones have been leaked several times over the past few months. It appears that Microsoft has settled on the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL naming for its Windows 10 Mobile devices, and a leaked internal Microsoft presentation (found on a Facebook page) reveals even more renders of the handsets. Microsoft is planning to launch both devices at an event in New York City on October 6th, alongside the Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Band 2.

Microsoft appears to be focusing on the Windows Hello feature of Windows 10 Mobile for its marketing materials. Windows Hello will allow Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL owners to unlock their phones with their face. The leaked slides also reveal a Microsoft Display Dock to enable…

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Author: Tom Warren

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Play All the Dawn of War Games for Free on Steam This Weekend

The latest Steam free weekend event has begun, and this time it features Relic Entertainment’s Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series. The whole series.

All seven games in the franchise–technically, two main entries and their various standalone expansions–can be played for free from now until Sunday, September 27, at 1 PM PDT. There are no restrictions on this; these are the full games you have access to, and you can play as much as you want.

Coinciding with this, each of the games is 75 percent off, allowing you to pick them up for anywhere from $2.49 to $5. Alternatively, you can pick up the Dawn of War franchise pack–which consists of the games, expansions, and DLC–for $35, rather than the usual $140. These sale prices are available until Monday, September 28, at 10 AM PDT.

You can jump right to the Steam pages for the free games through the links below.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Is Android a monopoly?

A report from Bloomberg this morning suggests that US antitrust regulators are looking into whether Google has engaged in anticompetitive practices with its Android operating system. It seems a preposterous question to ask, but might Android constitute an actual monopoly?

Google doesn’t make any phones, and it doesn’t force Android on anyone — phone makers choose to ship devices with that software on board. Google also isn’t fully in control of Android, as evidenced by the hundreds of millions of Android smartphones being sold in China without Google’s apps or blessing. Android is famed as the open-source alternative to Apple’s closed iOS, and the two are locked in a healthy and balanced competition in the United States, with Google’s…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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New Xbox One Bundles Will Be Announced Next Week

Microsoft will announce new Xbox One bundles this coming Monday, September 28, the company has announced. This was revealed through a banner posted on the official Xbox website.

It looks like Microsoft may announce as many as four new bundles. “Which will you choose?” Microsoft asks. There is no further information available regarding what these bundles might be. Rise of the Tomb Raider, however, seems a likely candidate to gets its own system bundle given Microsoft’s heavy involvement with the game’s development and publishing. This of course is not confirmed.

Microsoft has already announced a console bundle for Halo 5: Guardians, but other possibilities could be Fable Legends or Crackdown 3. Microsoft also has co-marketing deals in place with Fallout 4 and Just Cause 3, though whether or not that means they’ll get Xbox One bundles remains to be seen.

Whatever the case, these will add to Microsoft’s already-extensive lineup of bundles themed around popular games. Others currently available include those for Madden NFL 16, FIFA 16, Forza Motorsport 6, and Gears of War Ultimate Edition. In addition, Microsoft will release the Xbox One Elite Bundle in November, while the Halo 5 system will debut in October.

What new Xbox One bundles would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Here are the coolest things you can do with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

So you bought the new iPhone. Whether you’re jumping to Apple for the first time or upgrading from an iPhone 5S, you could probably benefit from learning the features, tips, and tricks that will help you get the most out the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The arrival of the new phones also brings with it a handful of must-try apps that take advantage of the new hardware and software improvements.

We’ve broken down all of the steps required to dive head first into the iPhone 6S, organized into three neat categories: apps to download, iOS 9 features to try, and settings that help you stay in control. Let’s dive in!

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Author: Nick Statt

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Differences Between DC and Marvel Movies Discussed by Wonder Woman's Expected Writer

There has been so much talk lately about the DC Extended Universe–Warner’s slate of connected films drawn from their superhero roster–that it’s easy to forget that so far only one such movie has been released. Unlike rivals Marvel, who are seven years and many movies into their Cinematic Universe, DC’s sole offering to date is 2013’s Man of Steel.

Now screenwriter Jason Fuchs has spoken about what will set DC’s superhero films apart from those of Marvel. Fuchs is strongly rumoured to be the screenwriter of the forthcoming Woman Woman. While he has not officially confirmed this, in an interview with Collider to promote his new film Pan, he did speak about working for DC.

“When you work for DC, it’s sort of like working for the CIA,” he said. “You have a vow of silence. I think, as we speak, [Man of Steel director] Zack Snyder’s gonna come in here and put a muzzle on me. The trouble with these things is that you really can’t say much. So I’m excited about everything that’s going on in that universe.

“I’ve certainly read the same reports you’ve read about my involvement and what that might be, but I can only speak to it as a fan. I don’t think it’s any secret that people who have seen the Batman v Superman trailer, the Suicide Squad trailer, can see that this is a very different cinematic universe than the one that Marvel has constructed over at Disney.

“It’s a really specific, grand, slightly darker, slightly grittier place. As a fan of those comic books, a fan of those movies, I’m excited to see where it goes next.”

Wonder Woman is scheduled for a June 23, 2017 release, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. Prior to this, Gadot will appear in Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits screens on March 25, 2016.

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Author: Dan Auty

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