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'Persona 5 Royal' taps into the joy of replaying your favorite game

Persona 5 was a vibrant, subversive RPG with a relatively traditional turn-based battle system, memorable characters, a plot twist or two and hundreds of persona (monsters) to fuse, fight and discover. Persona 5 Royal keeps all of that but adds a third school term to play through. It also introduces one entirely new character, Kasumi Yoshizawa, to fight with and the return of a divisive former… → Read More

The Morning After: Are classic Mario games coming to the Switch in 2020?

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. For streaming services and games companies, we're all a captive audience at the moment. For Disney+, the newest challenger, it's an opportunity. With lots of kids at home, an almost infinite run of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars content will save the sanity of many parents. Games, too, are suddenly appearing in stores, in rumors or at your front door as… → Read More

The Morning After: FDA clears five-minute lab-in-a-box COVID-19 test

It's been a long seven days of lockdown for some of us, and it looks like the situation won't change for a while. The US Food and Drug Administration is rushing to get a handle on testing people for the coronavirus, and former events venues are being turned into field hospitals. It's one hell of a year, and it's only the end of March. -Mat → Read More

Huawei made its own Siri rival called Celia

Given there's no Google Assistant on Huawei's latest devices, including the P40 series, the company has revealed its very own voice assistant called Celia. She/it/they will understand commands in English, French and Spanish and will behave an awful lot like Siri did at launch, namely some pretty basic voice interactions with core phone features. Think: weather updates, texts and phone call… → Read More

Huawei's P40 phones have giant imaging sensors and a camera for everything

Huawei's big reveal for its new flagship is entirely online. In the face of the coronavirus, the company had to launch its P40 smartphone series a little differently. Following the imaging prowess of last year's P30 Pro and the Mate 30, the company is still playing to those strengths as it still battles with its app store weaknesses. This year's flagship smartphone series includes the P40 and… → Read More

Lifting weights in a Panasonic exosuit destined for the Tokyo Olympics

Exosuits, exoskeletons and power-assist suits are mostly a thing of science fiction, used for battling alien menaces or lifting extremely heavy obstacles. Mostly. Now companies like Panasonic are making the case for actually using one. The reality is less about batting away threats and more about supporting workers with physically demanding or repetitive jobs and tasks. That was why Panasonic's… → Read More

The Morning After: Siri has a COVID-19 questionnaire

Ahead of the official debut on March 26th, more leaks have surfaced about both the P40 Pro and P40. As expected, the P40 Pro is all about photography. The phone will reportedly feature a 50-megapixel wide camera, 40-megapixel telephoto camera, a time-of-flight depth sensor and one more (likely ultra-wide) 12-megapixel camera. The telephoto camera will be able to zoom in on subjects by a factor… → Read More

The Morning After: What you actually need to play Stadia games in 4K

Moog has made its Minimoog Model D iOS synth app available for free. It wasn't hugely expensive to start, but this could make it easy to recreate the first portable synth and slip some Kraftwerk- or Dr. Dre-inspired sounds into your latest track. Moog didn't say how long the price change would last, but you might want to act quickly. Not to be left out, Korg is doing the same for its Kaossilator… → Read More

The Morning After: A cheaper Google Pixel and a flagship Motorola phone leaked

Google might stick to the basics for its next Android handset. Pixel 4a photo leaks hint at a no-frills budget phone Waiting on a cheaper Pixel phone? Multiple leaks appearing on Twitter and Reddit appear to show Google's upcoming low-cost Pixel 4a phone in the wild -- to be honest, looking a bit worse for wear. Judging by the pictures, the prototype ditches the face recognition and dual cameras… → Read More

The Morning After: Previewing 'Final Fantasy VII Remake'

I've waited decades for the Final Fantasy VII remake. I was here for the PS3 (!) tech demo, the breathless launch announcement at E3 years ago, and now we've re... → Read More

The Morning After: Herman Miller's first gaming chair

Herman Miller already makes iconic chairs with names like Eames and Aeron, but now it's working on something just for gamers. → Read More

Huawei’s 10.8-inch iPad Pro rival can wirelessly charge your phone

Huawei's big MWC reveal that never was is the MatePad Pro, a stylish tablet that will come with a keyboard folio and companion stylus in an attempt to go toe-to... → Read More

Huawei’s Mate Xs is a tougher foldable phone lacking the apps you want

Despite nailing the reveal at MWC last year, Huawei's impressive foldable phone, the Mate X, never made it any further than briefings, press conferences and Chi... → Read More

The Morning After: Sony has three new smartphones

Hey, good morning! Even if MWC isn't happening, companies want to show you new phones and devices to buy. Sony went first at a disgustingly early 8:30am in Eu... → Read More

The Morning After: The Galaxy Z Flip's glass screen isn't as tough as we thought

Welcome back to the week. You might have noticed the return of the durability test. Thanks to a new phone form-factor (hello, foldables!), there's never been a... → Read More

Watch the opening to 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' right here

Arguably Square Enix's biggest project yet creeps towards it (delayed) launch date, and to keep everyone interested, we get to see what is apparently the entire... → Read More

The Morning After: Sony and Amazon skip MWC over coronavirus concerns

Hey, good morning! The future of MWC, the world's biggest phone show, gets even murkier. It's all due to the increased threat of the coronavirus. While the GSM... → Read More

Apple News' 2020 presidential election coverage includes livestreams

Like Apple's done during previous election years, it's announced special dedicated Apple News coverage for the presidential election, just in time for those tri... → Read More

The Morning After: Super Bowl and a Hummer EV

Go watch the Rock's Super Bowl LIV intro, and get back to me. → Read More

The Morning After: Be careful with Motorola's Razr

Hey, good morning! The second wave of foldable phones approaches, and the companies behind them are politely reminding us that, despite their $1,000-plus price... → Read More