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Everything We Know About Monster Hunter World

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Monster Hunter World is a game with a simple premise: explore the world, fight huge monsters, then turn them into your own weapons and armour. The game indeed has the potential to draw in even more players than any game in the series before.

Capcom in association with Geekay Games conducted a special event for the media where the Executive Director of the game Fujioka Kaname and the Director of the game Yuya Tokuda were in presence. They took the local media through what can be expected from the game once it is launched and scouted a few questions from the regional media.

Whether this will be your first game in the series or you’re a returning veteran, here’s all we know about Monster Hunter World…

The final public beta has ended for Monster Hunter World, but its full release on Xbox One and PS4 is imminent. Set to launch on January 26, Monster Hunter World marks the end of the franchise’s long hiatus from home consoles. The latest entry in the series is also coming to PC, but Capcom hasn’t set a firm date for that launch yet.

According to the game’s producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, the delay is because “rather than have it taking up resources during the console development and not being able to have our full attention on it. We want to get console out the door, and then we’re going to take some extra time and try and get the PC version as good as possible.”

The PC date is currently set for sometime this fall. For PS4 and Xbox One users, Monster Hunter World will have an important day one patch that adds online multiplayer, event quests, chat, and other online features. In addition, the patch will fix some bugs and add series-favorite Poogies to the game.

Additional space required for the patch will be approximately 815 MB. Capcom has also confirmed that there are no plans for a Switch version of Monster Hunter World.

Pre-Order Bonuses and Special Editions
Pre-order bonuses:
The Origin Set Armor (includes higher defense and gathering skills) and a Fair Wind Charm (increases your attack power).

Digital Deluxe Edition ($70 approx.):  This includes a Samurai Set skin, three gestures, two sticker sets, and an additional face paint and hair style option. The PS4 version of the Digital Deluxe Edition also comes with 14 weapon-themed PSN avatars. All of these items will be available to purchase separately once the game launches.

Collector’s Edition ($150 approx.): This includes a physical copy of the game, a voucher for the customization items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, a hardcover art book, a monster statue, and a code for a digital soundtrack, all housed in a collector’s box.

Monster Hunter World PS4 Pro ($450 approx.): The special “Rathalos” edition of the console will also come with a red controller, pre-order bonuses, a physical copy of the game, and a special PS4 dynamic theme.

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What Do We Know So Far About HarmonyOS, Huawei’s Open-Source Operating System?

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With Huawei about to make a major announcement about the future of HarmonyOS, this seems like a good time to take stock of the story so far.

On August 9, 2019, Huawei announced that it had been working on a new operating system called HarmonyOS. During his speech, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer BG, spoke about Huawei’s intention to launch several products running this new OS, and promised that HarmonyOS would be open source.

HarmonyOS will support different types of devices, ranging from household appliances such as range hoods, air conditioners, and water purifiers, to wearable devices, mobile phones, smart cars, computers, and TVs. After more than a year’s iterative update to the OS by Huawei R&D department, the first product running on HarmonyOS 2.0 — the Huawei Vision TV — was launched on September 10, 2020. Two months after that, Huawei made a beta version for phones available to developers.

In terms of the UI, Android users will likely find HarmonyOS familiar and intuitive. They will be able to do the things they are accustomed to doing with their phones in more or less the same way they always have. However, what makes HarmonyOS interesting is the new capabilities it will bring.

With the rapid development of 5G and AI technologies, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is beginning to take shape. However, the IoT market still suffers from fragmentation. Huawei is presenting HarmonyOS as an operating system for the IoE. It allows different devices to connect and share their capabilities with each other.

We know that the moment it appears on phones, HarmonyOS will already be compatible with millions of existing apps. Developers have two major incentives to adapt their Android apps for HarmonyOS. First and foremost, Huawei already has a user base of hundreds of millions of mobile phone users, and many of those users will be able to upgrade to HarmonyOS on their current Huawei phone.

If Huawei’s user base alone is not enough to attract developers, Huawei has also invested $1 billion in Shining Star, a program that offers financial incentives to developers who adapt their apps to run on HarmonyOS. Both the hardware and software end of HarmonyOS is characterized by openness.

In addition to opening up the source code to app developers, Huawei has also invited third-party manufacturers to create HarmonyOS-compatible hardware. Currently, more than 300 app developers and more than 20 hardware vendors have participated in the construction of HarmonyOS ecosystem.

In a recent interview, Wang Chenglu, President of Software Engineering Dept of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that he expected HarmonyOS to be running on 300 million individual devices in 2021. In a different interview in December 2020, he spoke about how Huawei is trying to reduce the workload for developers who choose to adapt their apps for HarmonyOS.

“Developers often spend a lot of time and effort on developing apps for devices in different sizes and different interaction modes. HarmonyOS, however, encapsulates complex operations of different devices into APIs, which developers can use directly. This means developers only need to focus on app development, since UI adaptation will be done automatically by HarmonyOS,” Chenglu added.

Huawei says that HarmonyOS has received strong support from ecosystem partners and developers. “In the future, more ecosystem partners will apply HarmonyOS to ever-increasing variety of devices and innovative apps, making Huawei’s vision of a Seamless AI Life a reality,” the company says.

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Pick of the Month: Top Wireless Earphones You Can Get Today

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With wireless earphones and earbuds being one of the most popular audio solutions for most audiences today, its no surprise that the choices for the same have massively increased. While this does give the user more options to choose from, it also has a downside of the difficulty of making a choice.

To make this easier, we have put together some of the best choices available in the market today from the top players in the industry. This includes the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, the Apple AirPods 2, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds with its Buds+ variant.

Below, we take a look at these offerings to decipher the sound quality, battery life, and active noise cancellation feature.

Huawei FreeBuds 4i
When it comes to earphones, the most important point of comparison is often the quality of sound and with the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, you can expect some high-quality sound with sharp details for an amazing audio experience.

This is made possible mainly through a large 10mm dynamic driver for a wider range, stronger bass, and a rear chamber design for better consistency in sound effects.

Additionally, a special pop tuning also enhances the overall quality paying attention to details of instruments, rhythm, and vocals. Another key aspect is battery life – on a single full charge, the Huawei FreeBuds 4i can provide up to 10 hours of continuous music playback or 6.5 hours of voice calls, with the Active Noise Cancellation turned off.

Keeping ANC on will give 7.5 hours of continuous music playback and 5.5 hours of voice call. Pair this with the charging case and you can get up to 22 hours of music playback or 14 hours of voice call. In addition, a simple 10 minutes charge can give up to 4 hours of use.

Apple AirPods 2
Apple AirPods 2 comes with a 14.3mm driver, which does deliver a decent sound quality but is no change from the previous version. Battery life however is an improvement and wireless charging capabilities are welcome as well.

In terms of battery life, the Apple AirPods 2 delivers up to 24 hours of use on a single charge when used with the case and takes up to 15 minutes of charge for about 3 hours of use. The Apple AirPods 2 do not come with Active Noise Cancellation.

Samsung Galaxy Buds and Buds+
In terms of sound quality, these options from Samsung do deliver, even with its smaller driver sized at 9mm on the Galaxy Buds. However, the Buds+ variant comes with decent sound quality and AKG tuning with various Equalizer presets depending on what kind of music you listen to. Similar to Apple AirPods 2, however, there’s no ANC feature, which does mean longer battery life of 13 hours and 22 hours on the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Buds+ respectively.

In terms of charging speeds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Buds+ give around 1.67 hours and 1 hour of use with 15 minutes and 3 minutes of charging respectively. While there is no ANC on these two devices, Samsung does throw in the feature with the Pro variant.

Making the final choice boils down to the end-user and preferences, however, there are a few deciding factors that we suggest. Sound quality, battery life and active noise cancellation are key when it comes to choosing the right wireless earbuds. Another point to consider is also the price point.

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How to Start Earning Money From Your Phone With Olymp Trade

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In the modern world, more and more opportunities open up for mobile phone users. And, of course, some of those opportunities can be quite profitable. Be it via social media, blogging, or just plain ads, mobiles are all that needed to earn some side cash. And, recently, online trading joined that list. That’s what we’ll talk about today, with the Olymp Trade mobile app as an example.

What is Olymp Trade?

Olymp Trade is a platform for online trading. There, you can make deals on whether the price of an asset will change during a certain time period. And if it does, whether it will rise or fall. If your prediction is correct, then you’ll get your investment back with a profit.

How do you get the right forecast? While there is no guarantee that you will have 100% accuracy, there are tools and methods to improve your chances. Most of those you’ll find in the Education tab of the Olymp Trade platform. There, you’ll learn how to work with the platform, what tools are better suited for your type of trading, and how to analyze the market.

Once you’ve got all that info, it is time to try your hand at trading. And that’s where the demo account enters the fray. On the Demo account, you’ll be able to trade with virtual money, to refine your style, and get more familiar with the platform.

How to Install the Olymp Trade App?

Well, now that you’ve got a glimpse of what to expect from online trading, it’s time to get the app in question. There are two versions available: one for Android and another for iOS. You can find them at Google Play and AppStore, respectively. Once you’ve found them, all you need to do is to download the app you need and install it.

Next, comes the Registration. Here, you’ll have a few options. You can either login with your Google account, Apple ID (for iOS), or Facebook profile, or create a completely new account. To do the latter, you’ll need to:

  • Enter your email.
  • Create a secure password.
  • Choose between euro and US dollar as your currency.
  • And that’s it! You’ve got yourself an Olymp Trade account.

The only thing that you’ll have to do after that is to deposit some money once you’ve got the hang of the platform. After that, you’re all set to begin your trading career on Olymp Trade. Pretty easy, isn’t it?

What This App Has to Offer?

Now, let’s go to the meat of the app: what it has to offer. Nowadays, most trading platforms have the same basic functions, so I wouldn’t bother you with the usual stuff. I’ll just make a quick recap of what Olymp Trade app has: trading and analytic tools (30+ indicators, 4 types of charts, and split-screen support), a refillable demo account, and more than 100 assets for you to trade. Add to that constant upgrades, QoL updates, 24/7 support, and you get a solid app.

That’s it for the basics, let’s get started on what sets Olymp Trade app apart from others:

  • Education & Strategies — with Olymp Trade, you’ll get the knowledge on the principles of trading, as well as the ability to try out what you’ve learned. Not only that, but you’ll also get ready trading strategies as well!
  • Webinars — on the Olymp Trade, you can learn from the experienced traders during the live sessions. You can access webinars both on the platform and on the Olymp Trade YouTube channel.
  • Trader’s Way — a boon for active users, this is basically a loyalty program that rewards you for trading. The more you trade, the more Experience Points you get, and, once you get enough, you raise your status. Higher statuses open up a lot of features and tools to make your trading more profitable.
  • Olymp Trade Market — for those who want to boost their trading, Market offers an opportunity to do just that. Here, you can choose a feature or a tool that you want, and subscribe to it, allowing you to customize your trading room to your desires.

All in all, a respectful list of features for any platform, let alone a mobile trading app. And, as it was mentioned earlier, there is a constant stream of new features and tools for you to enjoy. In fact, there might be more unique instruments added by the time that you read this.

With that, you know enough about how the Olymp Trade mobile app works and how to start trading. Even better, you can see what you get out of using the app, and what it has to offer. We hope that it was informative for you, and if you are interested in this platform, you can always check it out for yourself.

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