Huawei P9 + P9 Plus, AMD Bristol Ridge APUs, Google kills “Revolv” Hubs

Huawei has launched their 2016 flagship phones, the P9 and P9 Plus. They both feature dual 12 megapixel camera setups, with sensors and lenses that were co-engineered with German camera maker Leica. One captures color, the other only black and white, but they work together to enhance overall quality and provide a level of focus adjustment AFTER taking a photo. Other notable specs for the P9 include a 5.2 inch 1080p screen, Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 955 chipset, either 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64 gigs of storage, a back-mounted fingerprint sensor, and USB Type C. The P9 Plus, on the other hand, is slightly larger at 5.5 inches, but keeps the 1080p screen, while adding pressure sensitivity, which Huawei is branding as Press Touch. And if you needed any extra convincing that the P9 was worth a look, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, was on stage at the launch event, so … gosh, I dono, you better buy it, then!

AMD continued their tradition of “pre-launching” things, but this time, they’ve “pre-announced’ the Bristol Ridge line of Notebook APUs, which we’ve been hearing rumors about for a while now. Bristol Ridge will incorporate DDR4 memory support, which partly contributes to a 50% peformance improvement over 2014’s Kaveri APUs, although it only beats last year’s Carrizo by about 10 percent. HP’s new 15 inch Envy X360 2-in-1 sports the new chip, so I’m not really sure why AMD didn’t just ACTUALLY announce this. Because isn’t a pre-announcment just an announcement? Hmm… I’d like to pre-announce that I’m having a baby girl, and then when I have her, I’ll announce it again. Does that work as a pre-announcement?

Time to put another notch on the “Bad’ side of Google, as the company’s subsidiary, Nest, announced it was shutting down smart home hubs powered by Revolv, a company that Nest acquired back in 2014. Revolv users didn’t react kindly to the news, as it meant their entire smart home setups would essentially be bricked within a month. But, Nest did give an update, telling Engadget they’re working with Revolv owners on a case by case basis to come up with the best solution for those affected, which could include compensation. Alright, well… that’s actually sort of in the middle then, I guess, But you better watch it Google.

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It’s time foooor small talk!

CCP Games announced yesterday that its space combat simulator EVE Valkyrie is coming to HTC Vive. Previously it was supposed to be an Oculus Rift exclusive – but how many Rift exclusives are actually going to stay on the Oculus Store, given that the Vive simply uses Steam as its store? I guess we’ll see.

Many Firefox users are vulnerable to a type of attack that can infiltrate a PC through certain extensions, since Firefox doesn’t isolate many of its extensions the way other browsers do. Better check the news sources down below to see if you’re one of those affected.

Or, you could try out a new browser! Vivaldi, created by the ex-CEO of Opera, is designed for power users who like to customize the crap out of their browser, and it just hit version 1.0.

Rightscorp is a company that’s taking digital piracy into its own hands; it plans to use ransomware to extract cash settlements from pirates, locking their browsers until they pay a fine. Yeaaah.. I’m not sure that’s the best solution, but… neither is the Punisher, and everybody loves him, so.

DOOM is getting an open beta, and it kicks off Friday April 15th, running through Sunday, April 17th. Go ‘splode some demons.

And the UK government is supporting an international gaming tournament called “eGames”, which is looking to be the Olympics of eSports. The inaugural event will take place in Rio during the Summer Olympics, with Britain, Canada, Brazil, and the US signed up so far.