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Oculus Skipping out on E3

E3 is the biggest game-centric even here in North America and it's at an event like this where you see some really cool things - like up and coming technology for gaming. Speaking of up and coming, VR isn't. Nothing has really improved since 2014 when Oculus showed off their device and with all the legal trouble they've been having - and with nothing being new - they are bowing out this year.

Oculus' absence at E3 may be a noticeable one, considering its presence at the event had reportedly been doubling in size each year since its debut at E3 2014. However, attendants can still expect the Oculus Rift headset to show up at Oculus partners and other VR related booths on the show floor.

Source: Neowin

Samsung S8/S8+ Keyboard Cover

There are some pretty nifty accessories for the Galaxy S8 device, but some of the accessories are more of a miss that a hit. While the idea of a physical keyboard on a new Smartphone is great, the implementation of the keyboard cover leaves a little bit to be desired. I have never tried one of these myself, but after reading the full review I'd probably have to agree with their observations and may avoid this one for now.

Compared to the keyboard covers on Samsung's previous smartphones, the new one looks more at home on the S8 and S8+, especially the Midnight Black. When attached, they look like they were meant to be together, whereas clashing colour shades and size differences between phone and keyboard meant the cover looked a bit oddly proportioned/styled with the previous models.

Source: Neowin

Refurbished Surface 3 128GB

Microsoft has discounted the Surface 3 to a mere $369 if you are looking for a certified refurbished tablet from Microsoft. Keep in mind that this isn't the "Pro" version. As such, this still has a great screen, but the processor has been stripped down to an Atom processor. Still, the 128GB version comes with Windows 10, 4GB of RAM and more for an attractive price. If bargain prices are your thing, the 2GB RAM 64GB storage version is only $299.

Sporting a quad-core Intel Atom processor, Surface 3 has the power to run your favorite apps and desktop software, including iTunes and Photoshop Essentials1- just like a laptop. Click in a backlit keyboard (sold separately) to type faster than onscreen, and easily connect accessories with the USB 3.0 port.

Source: Microsoft

Could Android Pro be a Good Thing?

Google has been doing a good job with mainstream Android and their Android Go has been a fresh new look at an OS variant for entry-level devices. I realize that fragmentation is worse with Android that iOS, but there could be a good case for a "Pro" version of Android as it could have a better fit for high-end devices and offer more of a premium, bloat-free experience.

So here's a radical thought: maybe there's now room for more than one canonical variant of Android. I can already hear the chorus of disagreement, chanting the word "fragmentation" with cautionary zeal, but Google is already working on a modified version with Android Go, its extra lean serving for lower-spec devices. What I have in mind is a similarly stripped-down option intended for pro users: an Android Pro.

Source: TheVerge

Sony ditches mid-range Xperia lineup

Sony is ditching their mid-range Xperia phones to focus on their flagship models. Along with the announcement that the mid-range offerings will be disappearing, Sony also announced they'll be adding at least two new devices before the end of the year. Chances are good we won't see much from Nokia until IFA in September, but if you're a Nokia fan you're probably used to waiting for longer periods of time between releases. The Verge has the story.

Changes are on the way to Sony’s smartphone lineup. The company is discontinuing its Xperia X and Xperia X Compact lines of devices, which it considers “premium standard” (midrange), Sony announced at its investor conference, according to XperiaBlog.

Sony has decided to shift its focus to its flagship devices, and says it will launch at least two new devices that fit into that category before the end of the year under the Xperia name. Given the trend of smartphones and Sony’s design prowess, those devices should be something interesting to say the least. But as usual with Sony smartphones, the software will remain the big question.

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