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NVIDIA coming up with a Tegra X1-powered SHIELD Tablet

The news that NVIDIA will be coming up with an upgraded version of its highly successful and acclaimed SHIELD Tablet comes as no surprise, especially as we were treated last week to an unveiling of the octa-core monster that is the Tegra X1 at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The new SHIELD Tablet in the works is likely to feature the Tegra X1 as its processor.

Broadsword: Age of Chivalry is a Tegra-optimized strategy game

When we hear the word “chivalry”, that medieval term has somehow been equated to being a gentleman (in the modern sense of the word). In the Middle Ages, chivalry was usually about the correct and proper way of fighting. Well, there’s certainly lots of fighting in Broadsword: Age of Chivalry, a turn-based strategy game with graphics that can scale up to devices that are NVIDIA Tegra-powered.

OnePlus One to be available in open sales every Tuesday

OnePlus is now slowly letting go of the tight reins that it held onto dearly in the purchasing process for the OnePlus One. The China-based outfit who produced one of the standout devices in 2014 is now making the year-old device available through open sales every Tuesday. Yes, it’s true – every Tuesday, people from all over will be able to buy a for real OnePlus One smartphone.

Corning to come out with sapphire-like scratch resistant glass

When Apple was poised to skip Corning’s famed Gorilla Glass scratch resistant technology for sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there must have been quite a bit of panic in that camp. It was a good thing then, that the promise of sapphire glass was in vain, and Corning still has its market share. But it may just have learned a lesson from that scare – because now the company is promising sapphire-like levels of scratch resistance with its upcoming product.

Another Samsung Galaxy S6 sketch comes out, shows dimensions

Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6, is rumored to be coming out from under its covers at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona roughly a month from now. And from today until that time, we expect a torrent of leaks, fake leaks, great leaks and all other kinds of leaks in between about the Galaxy S6 to make its way to the public eye. These images are just an example – two sketches out of Korea purportedly of Samsung’s new baby.

Android Wear’s newest trick, playing a full-length movie

Apparently, your Android Wear smartwatch can be taught to do cooler tricks – cooler than, say, playing Minecraft or Doom, or even running Windows 95. Once again, smart hacker Corbin Davenport has shown us that there’s a lot of stuff – not necessarily important world-changing stuff – just a lot of stuff that can be done to your Android Wear smartwatch when you have a lot of time on your hands.

MultiROM now available for Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

The world of multiboot goodness keeps growing, as MultiROM – the project that seeks to allow devices to boot into different versions of Android whenever the user feel like it – now adds support for the high-end Sony Xperia devices, the Xperia Z2 and Z3. MultiROM has been available in other Sony devices for some time now, but it’s just now that users of the Xperia Z2 and Z3 will actually get a taste of this cool project.

OPPO’s ultra-slim R5 arrives for pre-order at Amazon UK

Those of you in the UK who are intrigued by the new OPPO R5 smartphone can now get a little hyped-up, like, right now. Amazon UK has finally made the ultra-thin handset, along with the OPPO VOOC Flash Charge Power Bank, available for pre-orders to the public, with deliveries set to begin February 20 of this year. Just with the ultra-slim form factor, you can tell a lot of people will be thinking about getting this phone.

Kemco’s Valkyria Soul is a Norse mythic monster capture game

Collect monsters, train them, or fuse them together through the act of "soulbinding". This, in essence, is what gamers can do in the new game from Kemco called Valkyria Soul. If it sounds like it might be a little like Pokemon, the funny thing is that because it actually is a little similar in concept to the Japanese franchise. Read on if you fancy a Norse mythic game with Pokemon gaming elements.