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Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Sale: Everything You Need to Know


Flipkart is all set to launch its second major festive season sale ‪from October 24.‬ The Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Days sale will run for four days and promises to bring great deals on hundreds of products. In case you missed out on some of the best offers during Big Billion Days sale last week, you will have one more chance to finish your Diwali shopping with next week’s Flipkart sale. Flipkart has tied up with Mastercard to offer incentives to first-time shoppers during the Festive Dhamaka Sale. Amazon India will also be running its second wave of Great Indian Festival sale in parallel to the Flipkart sale‪.‬

While the Festive Dhamaka Days sale will go live ‪on October 24‬, the Walmart-owned online marketplace will offer an opportunity to its Flipkart Plus members to grab their favourite deals and offers before anyone else. The sale will open for Flipkart Plus members ‪at 9pm on October 23.‬ Flipkart has tied up with Axis Bank to offer payment-based incentives for the bank’s credit and debit card users this time.

What Is Flipkart Plus and How You Can Sign Up for It?

Just like the Big Billion Days sale, Flipkart’s Festive Dhamaka Days will also include flash sales on mobiles, LED TVs, laptops, and other categories. These deals will be refreshed every 8 hours. Select products will also be sold with an extra 10 percent discount for a limited period during the Flipkart sale.

Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Days sale — The top deals previewed so far

Flipkart claims its Festive Dhamaka Days sale will offer big discounts on a wide selection of smartphones. The company has already started previewing some of the upcoming offers. These include the Oppo F9 (4GB, 64GB) at Rs. 18,990 (MRP Rs. 21,990), Vivo V9 (4GB, 64GB) at Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 23,990), and the Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB, 32GB). Flipkart will also offer its complete mobile protection plans, exchange offers, and buyback guarantees during the sale. Flipkart is likely to repeat mobile deals from its Big Billion Days sale earlier this month, giving customers another chance in case you missed out.

As for electronics, the online marketplace is promising discounts worth up to 80 percent during next week’s sale. The Flipkart sale will be offering best-selling DSLR cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Sony at discounts worth up to Rs. 15,000. You’ll be able to grab JBL, Sony, and Skullcandy headphones and speakers with up to 75 percent discount during the sale. Flipkart will also sell an Intel Core i3-powered laptop at Rs. 21,990 (MRP Rs. 27,490), although the company hasn’t revealed the brand of the laptop yet.

Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Days sale will also feature discounts and bundled offers on big-screen LED TVs. Samsung’s 32-inch HD TV will be available at Rs. 15,999 (MRP Rs. 25,900) and the iFfalcon 55-inch 4K smart LED TV will be available at a discounted price of Rs. 41,999 (MRP Rs. 59,990).

In the days leading up to the sale, Flipkart is expected to reveal more upcoming deals and offers. We will be covering the best deals when the sale goes live, so make sure you tune in to Gadgets 360 during next week’s big Flipkart sale.

How to grab the best deals during Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Days sale

Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of the Flipkart Festive Dhamaka Days sale next week:

  1. Sign up for Flipkart Plus to ensure you don’t miss out on your favourite deals. You’ll get early access three hours before the sale goes live. Here’s how you can sign up for Flipkart Plus right now.
  2. Create a wishlist to keep a track of products you’re looking to buy. This makes it easy to locate deals on products you actually want to buy.
  3. Pay with the right payment option to make the festive season deals even sweeter. Flipkart will be offering an instant discount or cashback to Axis Bank credit and debit card users. PhonePe users will also be eligible to receive cashbacks. You can also use no-cost EMI options on select debit and credit cards for your high-value purchases.
  4. Use the available bundled payment options like exchange offers and buyback guarantees. These ensure you get a better overall deal.
  5. Download Flipkart’s mobile app in case you’re not going to be at a desk during the sale.
  6. Keep your personal and payment information saved in your account to ensure faster and smoother checkout.



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Nokia 3.1, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 8 Sirocco Price in India Slashed


HMD Global has slashed prices of select smartphone models in India, with entry-level models receiving price cuts between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,500, and the Nokia flagship seeing its price slashed by Rs. 13,000. Here are the details of all the smartphones that have received price cuts.

First up is the Nokia 3.1 variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, which will now retail at Rs. 10,999 instead of its old price of Rs. 11,999, a price cut of Rs. 1,000. The Nokia 3.1 was launched in India in May, with the 3GB/ 32GB variant launching in August alongside the Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 5.1.

The Nokia 3.1 runs Android 8.0 Oreo as part of the Android One programme. It sports a 5.2-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC.

Next, the Nokia 5.1 variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB stage, which has a new price of Rs. 12,999, a price cut of Rs. 1,500.

The Nokia 5.1 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6755S SoC.

The Nokia 6.1 is up next, with both 3GB/ 32GB and 4GB/ 64GB variants of the smartphone getting price cuts of Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 1,000 respectively. The 3GB Nokia 6.1 will now retail at Rs. 13,499, while the 4GB Nokia 6.1 has a new price of Rs. 16,499.

The Nokia 6.1 aka Nokia 6 (2018) launched in India in April at a starting price of Rs. 16,999 for the 3GB RAM variant. A month later, the 4GB RAM variant was unveiled at Rs. 18,999. In August, the two variants got a price cut, with the both variants becoming 1,500 cheaper.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 6.1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and an 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC.

Finally, we have the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco, which has got a big price cut of Rs. 13,000. The smartphone, which was launched in India in April, will now retail at Rs. 36,999, as compared to the launch price of Rs. 49,999.

The single-SIM (Nano) Nokia 8 Sirocco is a part of the Android One initiative and runs Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box. It comes with a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560) pOLED display which curves at the sides, has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and is covered by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

 



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Fallout 76 Beta Release Date, Download Size, and Everything Else You Need to Know


Fallout 76 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC is out ‪on November 14.‬ Being an online, co-operative experience, Fallout 76 is a departure from past Fallout games which were offline, single-player adventures. And since it’s the first game in the series to be brought online, developer Bethesda Game Studios has opted for a beta. Much like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2, and other games with a major multiplayer focus, Fallout 76 has a beta before the game’s final release. From start times to download size, here’s what you need to know about the Fallout 76 beta.

How to play the Fallout 76 beta
In order to play the beta for Fallout 76, you’ll need to pre-order the game. We won’t be surprised to see Bethesda give away keys on Twitter, or to find Fallout 76 beta keys show up on sites like eBay or CD Keys but the easiest way to get in is to pre-order the game. Fallout 76 price is Rs. 4,000 on the PS4 and Xbox One if you pre-order it on disc and starts at Rs. 5,600 digitally ($60 in the US). The PC version of Fallout 76 is $60 (around Rs. 4,300) and is available as a digital download via ‪Bethesda.net‬, Bethesda’s PC game client.

Fallout 76 beta release date and start time

The Fallout 76 beta release date is ‪October 23.‬ The first session is ‪from 7pm ET to 11pm ET‬ (‪4:30am IST to 8:30am IST‬) with subsequent sessions yet to be announced. It begins a week later on PS4 and PC ‪on October 30.‬ A Fallout 76 beta end date is yet to be confirmed.

Fallout 76 beta preload time
You can preload the Fallout 76 beta right now on Xbox One. It’s coming to PS4 and PC as well, but it’s first on the Xbox One due Bethesda having a marketing deal with Microsoft for the game.

Fallout 76 beta download size

The Fallout 76 beta download size is 43.47GB on Xbox One. Expect it to have a similar size on PS4 and PC.

Fallout 76 beta crossplay
Despite Sony’s well-documented about face on cross-platform play, Fallout 76 will not feature crossplay.

Bethesda’s Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications Pete Hines lauded the company on Twitter for enabling cross-play in Fortnite on PS4. When users started asking him about Fallout 76, he responded in a follow-up tweet: “Fallout 76 does not support crossplay, for a number of reasons. I have no idea if it ever will. But I assure you it is not on our radar right now as we focus on beta and launch.”

 

Fallout 76 beta gameplay
Fallout 76 gives players lots of options to choose from when they first start the game. You can even change your character later on and take selfies thanks to a built-in photo mode. Mutations are also a part of Fallout 76, which affect your statistics and some even affect your appearance.

Player versus player (PvP) has been of concern for a subset of potential buyers, and Bethesda offered more details to quell those fears. For one, players under level 5 can’t be killed in PvP. Two, players can’t engage PvP if you’re fighting a monster, which puts a pacifist flag on your character.

If a player kills another player who doesn’t wish to engage in PvP, a price will be put on the “murderer”, producer Todd Howard revealed on stage. They will be marked by a red star on the map, and they won’t be able to see anyone else on the map. Player can also take revenge on who killed them for double the reward.

Fallout 76 beta perks
Perks in Fallout 76 are split into various categories including Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck, which all together form the acronym S.P.E.C.I.A.L. In Fallout 76, they will be available as cards that you can apply to your character for certain buffs, with each card having its own point cost.

Fallout 76 beta card packs
Fallout 76 will also drop card packs from time to time when you level up, which will contain some random cards. Interestingly, Bethesda won’t allow players to buy card packs with real money, so you don’t have to be worried about excessive use of microtransactions. New perk card packs will drop every two levels until level 10, and every five levels thereafter.

Fallout 76 beta progress
Bethesda confirmed that progress made in the Fallout 76 beta will carry over to the full game. Though Xbox One and PS4 players would have to download it all over again, PC players won’t have to.

Fallout 76 beta system requirements
The Fallout 76 beta minimum and recommended system requirements are yet to be revealed by Bethesda with the company stating it’s still working on compatibility testing. This should change as we get closer to the PC beta ‪on October 30.‬

Fallout 76 micro-transactions
Fallout 76’s micro-transactions can be bought with in-game currency called ‘Atoms’, can only be spent on cosmetic upgrades such as skins and outfits, Bethesda has revealed. Additionally, players on Xbox One will get 500 Atoms for free. They won’t be in the beta and will only be activated when the game is out ‪on November 14.‬

Are you looking forward to the Fallout 76 beta or are you playing other games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Spider-Man instead? Let us know via the comments.


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Amazon Alexa Whisper Mode Begins Rolling Out, Is Disabled by Default


At its Amazon Alexa event last month, Amazon announced a new feature called whisper mode. The feature essentially enables Alexa to whisper when you whisper to it. It was announced to arrive in a couple of weeks, and now the company has reportedly confirmed that the Whisper Mode is now being rolled out to users in the US. This is one of the many attempts by Amazon to become context aware, and alongside whisper mode, Amazon had also launched Alexa Guard which will essentially make the voice assistant aware of smoke alarms, glass breaking, and other important noises.

TechCrunch reports that the whisper mode is rolling out to users in the US, and works in US English only for now. It is disabled by default, and users in the US will have to enable it via the Alexa app. Head to Settings > Alexa account > Alexa voice responses > Whispered responses to enable whisper mode. Separately, you can also turn it on by using the voice command, ” Alexa, turn on whisper mode.”

In order to bring whisper mode, the team had to build a neural network to figure out when you are whispering and the text-to-speech team had to figure out how to have Alexa whisper and play a lullaby.

Apart from this, Alexa is also set to get more conversational with a new feature called Follow-Up coming soon. It looks to bring contextual conversations to Alexa. For example, “What’s the weather in LA?” leads to info, “how far is it?” leads to the answer, and “recommend a restaurant there” will give eatery suggestions.



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OnePlus 6T Launch Date Changed to Avoid Clash With Apple’s October 30 Event


OnePlus has decided to reschedule the October 30 event scheduled in New York for the global unveiling of the OnePlus 6T smartphone. Now, the OnePlus 6T has a launch date of October 29. The company says the move was necessary as sticking to the original date would’ve meant the OnePlus 6T launch would be “overshadowed by Apple”, which is hosting an event in New York on the same day.

On October 8, OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 6T will be unveiled on October 30 at simultaneous launch events in New York and New Delhi. But this week on Thursday, Apple sent invites to its own event in Brooklyn, New York on the same day, where the company is expected to announce new iPad and Mac models.

“When we announced the launch of the OnePlus 6T on October 8, we were convinced our timing would allow us to maximise the amount of people we could reach with our message. That changed when Apple announced they would be hosting their own event on October 30,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau wrote in a forum post announcing the change in launch date of the OnePlus 6T.

The OnePlus 6T launch event will now kick off at 11am on October 29.

As of now, the India launch event of the OnePlus 6T seems to be unaffected, as indicated by David Y, Community Manager on the same forum thread, which means the OnePlus 6T India launch event should kick off at 8:30pm on October 30, as scheduled earlier.

Here’s the full text of Pete Lau’s post announcing the OnePlus 6T launch date change:

Friends,

A lot has changed in the past 24 hours. When we announced the launch of the OnePlus 6T on October 8, we were convinced our timing would allow us to maximise the amount of people we could reach with our message. That changed when Apple announced they would be hosting their own event on October 30. We know the entire industry and all media will be holding their breath. So, imagine how we felt when we learned the date of their latest event. One minute, we were preparing for our greatest and most exciting launch event yet. The next, we were posed with a difficult question: “What do we do now?”

In any pursuit, you can only play the cards you are dealt. We were dealt a pretty bad hand. Our challenge was to find a way to make the most of a bad situation. For months on end, hundreds of people have poured their hearts and souls into creating our best product to date. Our goal is to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves.

We couldn’t make this decision on our own. For hours, we talked to our press contacts to gain insight into how Apple’s announcement could affect the launch of the OnePlus 6T. We received considered, honest and thoughtful feedback. They showed us that if we chose to stick to our original timeline, launching the OnePlus 6T on October 30, we would be overshadowed by Apple.

But, we know the most important voices are yours – our community. We talked to some of our most loyal users, knowing we could not make a decision of this magnitude without your input. Because we know you would be most affected by this change. Flight tickets have been booked, hotel rooms reserved, and plans made. Internally, we were incredibly divided on this decision. We debated for hours before we came to one of the most painful decisions we have ever made.

As ambitious and passionate as we all are, we have to acknowledge the reality of this situation. There are no winners here. Over the course of almost 5 years, we have been proud to witness the rise of one of the most passionate and powerful communities in all of tech. But, we have to remain realistic. We have only just begun our journey and cannot afford to let one of the most important products in our history be affected by another great product launch. So after deep reflection, we have decided to move the OnePlus 6T Launch Event in New York City to October 29.

We are moving the event a day early so we can all experience the latest technology, together. To those affected, we know sorry isn’t good enough. So, we will do everything in our power to make things right. Starting with those of you who own a ticket, but won’t be able to make the event. Everyone who owns a ticket will be able to apply for a full refund for their ticket.

If you’re still able to join our event, first of all: Thank you! We will cover any costs you might incur to change your plans. If you need to pay to move your flight, we’ve got your back. Same goes for those of you who booked a hotel or made other arrangements. Our team will be getting in touch with all ticket owners individually to help you out.

We hope that you will understand our decision. If you are willing to help spread the word and make this our biggest event yet, we would be incredibly very grateful if you could share the news with other OnePlus followers. As we continue to grow, we will continue to challenge this industry together. We can’t wait to unveil the OnePlus 6T. It’ll be a big week in New York. But, we’re ready to Unlock The Speed – hand-in-hand with you. Thank you for supporting us! See you October 29, at 11AM EDT.

OnePlus Team.



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PS4-Exclusive Days Gone Delayed to April 26, 2019


PS4-exclusive Days Gone has been delayed to April 26, 2019. The open-world zombie shooter was slated for February 22 but has now been pushed forward from what Sony describes as a “crowded February time frame”. With Anthem, Metro Exodus, and Crackdown 3 slated for February 22 and Ace Combat 7, Dead or Alive 6, and Steins;Gate rounding off the February release line up, it’s no surprise that Sony would want to give Days Gone a fighting chance by releasing it in April instead.

“We want to share a change in release date for this highly anticipated title from Bend Studio,” said Sony Marketing Vice President Asad Qizilbash in a prepared statement. “We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February time frame to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.”

“As PlayStation fans already know, Days Gone is an open-world action game set in the high-desert of the Pacific Northwest. Traversing harsh landscapes on their drifter bike, players must fight for resources as they attempt to survive broken roads, unpredictable weather, attacks from other human factions, infected wildlife and roaming Freakers — a brutal, dynamic world that is dangerous both day and night.”

Like most Sony first-party titles this generation, Days Gone price is Rs. 3,999 in India ($60 in the US). Days Gone frame rate is 30fps on PS4 and PS4 Pro with PS4 Pro enhancements including 4K.

According to Days Gone Creative Director John Garvin, Days Gone will take 30 hours to complete. That’s just as much as God of War and Final Fantasy XV. In fact he claimed it could even take longer than that depending on your choices which could lead to different outcomes and experiences.

“The golden path is going to take you about 30 hours, but it’s going to take you a lot longer than that because things are going to happen to you along the way depending on how careful you are and how much you pay attention,” Garvin said in an interview with Game Informer.

Furthermore, Days Gone lets you build encampments and improve your bike as you progress through the game. Plus, there are dynamic weather changes unlike games such as The Last of Us that shift through predetermined seasons.

Days Gone was first announced at E3 2016, with zombie games not being as popular as they used to be, will Days Gone be able to find its audience?


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Airtel TV Premium With ZEE5 Originals and NDTV Hop Content Launched, Bundled Free for Select Customers


Airtel TV Premium With ZEE5 Originals and NDTV Hop Content Launched, Bundled Free for Select Customers

Airtel TV Premium arrives with the Airtel TV latest update

Bharti Airtel has updated its Airtel TV app to bring in a new Airtel TV Premium feature for its subscribers. The new Airtel TV Premium tab brings access to premium content like Zee5 originals, NDTV Hop, 300+ live TV channels, 10,000+ movies from Eros Now, Hotstar, Hooq, ALT Balaji, Hoichoi, FastFilmz, and more. Airtel TV Premium subscription is bundled free for all #AirtelThanks customers, which means that all subscribers who commit a monthly ARPU (average revenue per user) of Rs. 100 and above on mobile, will get access to Airtel TV Premium at no extra charge.

The new Airtel TV Premium feature comes with the latest Airtel TV app update on App Store and Google Play. The Airtel TV Premium tab sits in the bottom menu, right in the centre with a heart shaped icon. The app says that access to Airtel TV Premium is valid till December 17, after which it may charge a fee from subscribers. This tab shows all the premium content to its subscribers, and has segregated it into sections like Trending, Newly Added, and more.

As mentioned, all #AirtelThanks customers get Airtel TV Premium access for free. To recall, Airtel recently launched its #AirtelThanks program wherein it provides rewards to customers who commit a monthly ARPU of Rs. 100 and above for their mobile accounts. Rewards include access to premium digital content and online shopping vouchers. Airtel Infinity Postpaid subscribers will additionally be able to get three months Netflix subscription gift worth Rs. 1,500. Further, Airtel has tied up with Flipkart to offer benefits of up to Rs. 4,500 in addition to 100GB bonus data on all Flipkart-exclusive smartphones during the Big Billion Days sale. The company said that benefits of the #AirtelThanks programme would soon be extended to V-Fiber home broadband customers. To know more about these offers in detail, read our detailed coverage here.



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Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate and Special Edition Sold Out in India


Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate and Special Edition variants have sold out in India. These two versions of the game have been available for pre-order in India a day after their announcement back in June. Aside from having Red Dead Redemption 2 on a disc or two, it also comes with additional in-game content and physical goodies such as a printed map and steelbook. So if you were waiting till launch day to get either version, you may well be out of luck. At the moment, all online stores that were selling these versions of the game don’t have it available for pre-order any more. In some situations, those who pre-ordered either Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate or Special Edition were downgraded and the balance amount was returned to them. This appears to be the case for those who paid for the higher-priced versions of the game on Xbox One and not PS4, Gadgets 360 has learned from several customers. Red Dead Redemption 2 distributor E-xpress has not replied to Gadgets 360’s request for comment on the same.

“I ordered the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One,” a customer tells Gadgets 360 on the condition of anonymity. “My order was changed to Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition and the balance amount was returned as a credit note.”

It will be interesting to see if Red Dead Redemption 2 makes it to India on time what with some retailers telling their clientele that the game will be delayed following instructions from Rockstar. Similar rules were in place during the release of GTA V on PS3 and Xbox 360. Here’s what the Red Dead Redemption 2 Special and Ultimate Editions have.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition has a map and exclusive content for Story Mode including:

  • Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout: Get exclusive access to a Bank Robbery Mission, in which Arthur and a couple of his fellow gang members come up with a daring plan to break in and rob the bank in the southern town of Rhodes. Elsewhere, the Del Lobos Gang has taken over a hacienda – clear this gang’s hideout and rob their stash for a lucrative take.
  • Dappled black thoroughbred: This thoroughbred racehorse sporting a beautiful reverse-dappled black coat will keep you at the front of the pack with its exceptional speed and acceleration. You will also get the exclusive Nuevo Paraiso Saddle, handmade in dark chocolate leather with silver medallion detailing. This horse and saddle are available in Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode.
  • Talisman and Medallion gameplay bonuses: These special Story Mode items will give Arthur a helping hand whenever they are equipped. Attaching the Eagle Talon Talisman to his boot, Arthur’s environmental awareness skill will last longer. By carrying the Iguana Scale in his personal Satchel, Arthur will take less damage while riding on horseback.
  • Gameplay boosts, cash bonuses, and discounts: This collection of exclusive Story Mode boosts, bonuses and discounts will help Arthur to survive out in the harsh wilderness and better provide for his gang members and their camp. The Core Stat boost benefits Arthur’s Stamina, Health and Dead Eye Cores. Earn more cash during robbery missions with the Van der Linde gang, and when hunting and selling animal carcasses. Receive discounts on all upgrades to the Van der Linde gang’s camp.
  • The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit: This exclusive Story Mode outfit for Arthur is inspired by the clothing worn by vaqueros and banditos south of the border. The outfit features a wide brimmed black cowboy hat, deep indigo coat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves and boots.
  • Free access to additional weapons: A good range of weapons is essential for survival in the Old West. Get free access to three weapons at the in-game Gunsmiths in Story Mode: the robust Volcanic Pistol, devastating Pump Action Shotgun and versatile Lancaster Varmint Rifle.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition

The Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition delivers all of the Story Mode content from the Special Edition plus additional bonuses like a map and steelbook. Plus there’s in-game content including:

  • Bonus outfits: Get two exclusive outfits for your online character. The Blackrose Bounty Hunter outfit features a long oxblood-colored coat, a vest with gold pocket watch chain, and dark pants tucked into chocolate leather boots. The Copperhead Enforcer outfit features a fur-lined saddle-brown leather waistcoat, two-tone gloves, and pinstripe black pants tucked into black leather boots.
  • Black chestnut thoroughbred: Outrun the competition with this thoroughbred racehorse in a striking black chestnut coat and also receive the exclusive High Plains Cutting Saddle beautifully crafted in jet-black leather with gold metal accents. This horse and saddle are available in online.
  • Free access to the Survivor Camp theme: Customize your own personal Camp in online with free access to the Survivor theme.
  • Free access to additional weapons: Get access to the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun and Lancaster Varmint Rifle, free of charge from Gunsmiths in online.
  • Rank bonuses: As a great start for all Ultimate Edition players, you can rank up faster in online, up to rank 25.

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Indian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Team Disqualified From Major International Tournament For Cheating


One of the largest e-sports organisations in the world, Optic Gaming has had its Indian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team disqualified for cheating from the Extremesland 2018 Asia Finals. Optic India’s Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Kumawat was discovered to have an unauthorised program on his PC during the team’s match against Revolution in the Group C elimination match of the $100,000 tournament. According to reports, it seems that suspicious activity from his PC was flagged by the event’s anti-cheat platform prompting administrators to investigate.

Kumawat reportedly closed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and hurriedly deleted a program running the background. This prompted a deeper investigation that threw up the retrieved program which would not run. However Kumawat’s behaviour as witnessed by the event organisers and his PC being flagged by the anti-cheat system was enough to disqualify Optic India.

Needless to say, Kumawat has been released from Optic India. Optic set up shop in India earlier in the year with an announcement to put together an all-Indian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. According to a prepared statement from the company in May, it partnered with two local Indian e-sports companies, AFK Gaming and SoStronk to discover the necessary talent for its Indian squad.

As per the selection process highlighted by Optic, candidates would “undergo an extensive evaluation based on psychometric and theoretical tests in addition to role-based and in-game analysis”. This was led by Ali Saba, Optic Gaming Scouting Director, with support from Prashant ‘Aequitas’ Prabhakar and the SoStronk team. Evidently this wasn’t enough.

This comes at a time when Indian e-sports doesn’t seem to have evolved as fast as it audience has. Be it the likes of bigger companies like Nodwin failing to pay its vendors, Ucypher blocking every Tekken 7 video on YouTube in a ham-fisted attempt to protect its reality show, or the travesty that was the Indian selection process for the Asian Games, there seems to be little to cheer about for e-sports fans in India.


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Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Have Poor Audio Quality in Video Recordings; Pixel 3 XL Has Imbalanced Stereo Speakers: Reports


Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Have Poor Audio Quality in Video Recordings; Pixel 3 XL Has Imbalanced Stereo Speakers: Reports

Google Pixel 3 XL has imbalanced audio from stereo speakers, probably due to the size of the bezels

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagship smartphones were launched at an event held in New York earlier this month. The duo offer premium internals as well as a classy design. But, much like their predecessors, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it may be that even the Pixel 3 series has a couple of unresolved quality issues. Some users and reviewers globally have been reporting an imbalance in sound coming out from the front-facing stereo speakers on the Pixel 3 XL. Apart from that, it is also being reported that video recordings on both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have poor audio quality.

A Reddit thread, spotted by Android Police, from about a week ago points out the blatant sound imbalance of the Pixel 3 XL’s stereo speakers. The user claims that the sound from the bottom speaker was much louder than that from the top speaker while testing out the phone at a store. “I was nearly sold on the 3 xl, but after watching the revenge of the mask on youtube, I noticed the sound substantially louder from the bottom speaker. Holding each speaker to my ear there is a noticeable balance issue,” the user said. “Top speaker lacks highs and bottom is crazy loud. Bass seemed about even with both.[sic]”

A comment from the official PixelCommunity account was posted on the thread earlier this week. In the comment, Google claimed that Pixel 3 XL’s speakers have been designed for 40 percent louder sound and better low frequency response. The reply essentially means that the imbalanced sound was by choice and due to improvement in design. However, the Android Police report claims that the smaller Pixel 3 does not appear to have the same problem. One plausible explanation of this issue is that the difference in size of the top and bottom bezels of the Pixel 3 XL led to Google using differently sized audio drivers.

Separately, Google’s Pixel 3 handsets also seem to have a microphone quality issue as certain reviewers are reporting poor audio during video recordings. Several smartphone reviewers have noted in their experience that the video recordings come out with poor audio quality when compared to the handsets like the iPhone XS and even the Pixel 2.

Poor audio quality means the sound in video recordings seem tinny and lack clarity, which should not be the case with an Android flagship in 2018. To recall, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also faced audio issues during video recordings. Google hasn’t yet resolved the issue on the latest Pixel 3 range, however a software fix might come soon.



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