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6/18/2021

The Samsung Galaxy S22 isn't expected to launch until early 2022, but there's already a big rumor to chew on. According to Mauri QHD, who has a pretty good track record with Samsung leaks, Samsung is shrinking the displays on the Galaxy S22 lineup compared to the Galaxy S21.

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6/18/2021

Of course, the iPhone 13 lineup should offer some new colors as well, as we've heard about matte black, orange and pink options potentially joining the mix. And that's purely a way to signal to the world that you have the "new" iPhone.
In terms of what will likely have the most impact for everyday users, though, the computational photography upgrades, beefier batteries, Touch ID and 120Hz displays (for the Pro models) would seem to be the iPhone 13 upgrades worth waiting — and paying for.

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6/18/2021

The first Battlefield 2042 gameplay footage has been teased on Twitter, but it's just 15 seconds. We're hoping for a major delve into all the things the sixth main Battlefield game has to offer, especially on PS5 and Xbox Series X. The Battlefield 2042 gameplay reveal will take place during the Xbox Games Showcase. That showcase promises a bounty of upcoming Xbox games, as well as those from Bethesda, which Microsoft now owns.

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6/18/2021

After a year of waiting, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is finally here. Better still: it was worth the wait. Rift Apart is arguably the best PS5 game yet, combining tight gameplay and a moving story with top-notch production values. However, if you've followed the Ratchet & Clank series before, none of that should come as a surprise; that's just the way these games are. What makes Rift Apart special is how it finally capitalizes on the promise of the PS5, more than six months after the console debuted.

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6/18/2021

Immersive audio is not a new concept, but it's becoming more popular with the pro AV community. What do you need to know about modeling sound to create more immersive, engaging experiences for audiences?

6/18/2021

HuddleCamHD and Yamaha Unified Communications have rolled out conferencing bundles that pair Yamaha UC audio conferencing hardware with HuddleCamHD video conferencing cameras for small, medium, and large spaces.

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AV Network
6/18/2021

The Planar Studios Virtual Production Initiative is intended to revolutionize the virtual production and extended reality markets by bringing critical LED and motion capture technology to mainstream entertainment, corporate, and education markets. Planar hopes to make virtual production and extended reality solutions more accessible, streamlined, and repeatable.

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AV Network
6/18/2021

Google's first permanent retail store, a 5,000-square-foot space that opened in New York City yesterday, is an experiential space where customers can try out devices including Chromebooks and Nest products, and where Google can learn more about consumers' hardware needs and preferences. The store playfully brings together a range of experiences to appeal to a wide audience.

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Wallpaper, CNBC, Bloomberg
6/18/2021

"Like macOS with a Windows twist" is how we described the new Windows 11, which has somehow leaked out online as a full build.

While many of us thought we'd never see Windows go beyond 10, Windows 11 is now a certainty, with June 24 set to be the official launch date – even though Microsoft hasn't even confirmed that the new software is real.

With smoother transitions, neater visual effects and greater prominence given to key elements, it's clear that Microsoft is going all-in to challenge Apple's increasing dominance in the mobile space – getting Windows to work better on tablets is clearly one of the key aims here, and it's long overdue.

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techradar.com
6/18/2021

As I mentioned, we're heads-down getting ready for Amazon's big sales event next week: Monday 21 June to Tuesday 22 June will see a slew of new deals appear globally, so if you've got your eye on a new piece of tech (or just about anything else), now is the time to be thinking about buying.

We've been publishing guides a-plenty on TechRadar, with one such piece on helping you to work out whether you should be buying an OLED TV on the big day.

Deals appearing in the wake of new product launches are especially worth looking out for; for example, as our Audio and Music Editor Olivia Tambini points out, even though the new Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds are, indeed, the best on the market, it's the older models you should be thinking about if you want the best value.

So, essentially, stick with TechRadar next week – we'll be bringing you more such pearls of bargain-hunting wisdom, as well as highlighting all the best deals.

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