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ASUS unveils the ROG Phone 3 with the Snapdragon 865+ and up to 16GB of RAM

ASUS unveils the ROG Phone 3 with the Snapdragon 865+ and up to 16GB of RAM

Gaming phones are chunky, overpowered beasts with outrageous aesthetics that most consumers don't need. But if you're someone who doesn't care about looks or weight, they pack incredible oomph. ASUS released its ROG Phone 2 last year, and it earned a place on AP's Most Wanted list. Now the company has unveiled its successor, and the ROG Phone 3 is probably more powerful than your home computer.

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The healing power of video games has finally been recognized by the FDA

The healing power of video games has finally been recognized by the FDA

Video games have long been associated with negative connotations about wasting time and killing brain cells, but a new game might just help to change that. The FDA has just cleared the first prescription-only smartphone game, called EndeavorRx, as part of a treatment program for children with ADHD.

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Google unveils new tool designed to boost frame rates for Android games

Google unveils new tool designed to boost frame rates for Android games

Mobile gaming has become a big deal in recent years, thanks to an increase in both smartphone performance and user base. While developers only have to deal with a very limited amount of hardware targets when it comes to iOS, publishing games for Android requires optimizing for a wide range of devices with varying levels of power. Now a new library in the Android Game SDK will help developers improve the performance of their games on Android phones in a much more streamlined fashion.

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Asus announces next-gen ROG phone will come with Stadia preinstalled

Asus announces next-gen ROG phone will come with Stadia preinstalled

Despite a rushed launch and slow progress toward establishing itself as a viable gaming platform, Stadia just announced support for a bunch of new phones, including models from Samsung, Razer, and Asus. Now there's word that the relationship with Asus will continue growing with Stadia coming pre-installed on the ROG Phone III.

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The mad scientists at Linus Tech Tips installed a water cooler on a Galaxy S10

The mad scientists at Linus Tech Tips installed a water cooler on a Galaxy S10

Phones are getting more powerful all the time, but there's only so much you can do to cool that beefy hardware in a smartphone form factor. Over on the Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel, they decided to look into the mysterious world of water-cooled smartphones. Yes, that's a thing. If you've ever fancied adding a water cooler to your smartphone, here's how you do it.

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Honor Play, Huawei's gaming phone, comes to Europe and the rest of Asia

Honor Play, Huawei's gaming phone, comes to Europe and the rest of Asia

A couple of months ago, Huawei's sub-brand Honor announced the Play for China. Equipped with a Kirin 970 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM, it also featured Huawei's new GPU Turbo technology. Originally thought to be exclusive to China, Honor has subverted our expectations and is releasing the Play to Europe and the rest of Asia with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, starting at €329.

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Android users and men are far less likely to make in-app mobile gaming purchases than iOS users and women

Android users and men are far less likely to make in-app mobile gaming purchases than iOS users and women

Mobile games are a major contributor to the modern gaming industry, but while many of us play them, only some users actually pay up. That is, of course, because for the most part paying is optional. The dominant pricing model these days is free-to-play games with in-app-purchases (IAP) — for instance, paying real-world dollars in order to play continuously without mandatory cool-off periods, or purchasing extra lives. In a recent report from Liftoff, a mobile app marketing platform, the agency delves into who among us is paying for mobile games, and who is refraining from dipping into their wallets.

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[Deal Alert] Beef up your mobile games library with The Great Fusion and VR Space: The Last Mission for free (usually $1.99 each)

[Deal Alert] Beef up your mobile games library with The Great Fusion and VR Space: The Last Mission for free (usually $1.99 each)

It wasn't too long ago that Google started allowing developers to run native sales for apps in the Play Store. We saw the color-based puzzle Linia go free yesterday, and now we have two more. The Great Fusion and VR Space: The Last Mission both come from developer Loading Home. Normally, these games would cost $1.99 a piece, but for a short time, they'll cost you nothing.

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Sony Forms ForwardWorks, A First-Party Development Studio For Mobile Games

Sony Forms ForwardWorks, A First-Party Development Studio For Mobile Games

For all its flaws, mobile gaming is kind of a big deal. Even world-class gaming hardware and software companies like Sony would be ill-advised to ignore it. And they aren't: today Sony announced that it's forming a new first-party development company called ForwardWorks, which will work exclusively on game development for mobile. Presumably that means Android games (since Sony manufactures Android hardware and leverages it with its PlayStation brand) and iOS games (since it would be foolish to ignore that potential revenue).

ForwardWorks will be based out of Tokyo as a fully-owned Sony subsidiary. At the moment it isn't clear what the focus of the developer will be: mobile tie-ins to popular Sony franchises like Killzone, Infamous, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted are obvious picks, but there's plenty of money to be made in mobile-only franchises as well if developers can score a win with the first title.

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