When it rains etc. pic.twitter.com/D0lFR5Wn1B— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2017The specifics are still a bit murky, but Blass has tipped a 6.3-inch handset, boasting the same Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 chipsets as Galaxy S8, plus 6GB of RAM.Samsung, as per usual, is staying mum on the topic, likely saving its official reveal for September—the same time Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone.Based on Cupertino’s Aug. 1 earnings release and CEO Tim Cook’s hint of a “very exciting fall,” The Verge calculated an early-September iDevice event and launch.But exactly which model (or models) that involves remains unclear. The leaked all-screen bezel-less design could be for an intermediate iPhone 7S, or perhaps the redesigned iPhone 8. Only Apple knows for sure.The company, which tends to play its cards close to its chest, has made no public announcement about its upcoming gadgets. But Bloomberg, citing “people familiar with the product,” suggested the new handset(s) will include infrared facial recognition and eye scanning.Apple is “testing” the improved security system, Bloomberg reported last month: Users can log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by simply scanning their face.September is always an exciting time for smartphone fans. Just remember to take this news with a grain of salt. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week While these early-stage “DIY renders” certainly give a feel for a phone’s basic design, the final product can differ significantly. pic.twitter.com/YwQMAx6Y3X— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2017Until Samsung or Apple make an official announcement, this is really just hearsay.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. When it rains, it pours: Renders of the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8 hit the Web this week.Serial leaker Evan Blass on Monday tweeted a glimpse of the upcoming Note 8 in “midnight black.” Hours later, he revealed another exclusive photo, highlighting what looks like the love child of a late Note 7 and more recent Galaxy S8. Samsung Galaxy Note8 (in Midnight Black) pic.twitter.com/QZii9xFarQ— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 31, 2017Featuring the same wrap-around display and side buttons as the S8, Samsung’s new rectangular Note adds an infinitesimal amount of screen coverage. It also comes with a revamped dual camera setup (vertical rather than horizontal) and accompanying stylus pen, as well as a fresh golden hue.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target Amazon Echo recordings might have captured a homicide, and a U.S. judge recently ordered Amazon to hand them over for murder case evidence.On Monday, a judge said that New Hampshire authorities who are investigating the deaths of two women can study the recordings, which were made by an Amazon Echo speaker with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant, the Associated Press reported.Last year, 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini were murdered at a Farmington home. Timothy Verrill, a man from Dover, New Hampshire, is accused of first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty to the crime.Authorities believed that these Echo recordings might have captured Sullivan’s death and the removal of her body. The potential recording could be located on a server managed by Amazon, however the e-commerce company said it won’t disclose customer data “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”Amazon has not provided additional comment on the case.More on Geek.com:Is Valve Making a New VR Headset, With Half-Life This Time?Smart Eye Implant Uses Magnets To Manage GlaucomaBill Gates Shows Up With a Jar of Poop to Highlight New Toilet Tech
Forget Halo, these days the premier Microsoft franchise has got to be Forza. Granted, when you put out a game in the same franchise every year, people will start associating you with that franchise. But between the precise racing simulation of the main Forza Motorsport series and accessible freedom of Forza Horizon, these games are some of the best reasons to own an Xbox.And soon you’ll be able to enjoy Forza even if you don’t have an Xbox or high-end Windows gaming PC, which seems to be Microsoft’s plans for most of its properties going forward. No, Forza isn’t making the leap (yet) to Nintendo Switch like Cuphead. However, it is coming soon to mobile. Check out this first trailer for Forza Street.Neither the realistic racing of main Forza nor the open-world racing of Forza Horizon would make a great fit for quick play sessions on a touch screen device. So Forza Street seems to focus on discrete street racing like classic Need for Speed. This also adds a nice new aesthetic to the series that isn’t “posh racing league” or “weird hippie music festival.”Forza Street’s new streamlined mobile control scheme has players focusing on their timing for gas, brake, and boost rather than precise steering or getting into the nitty-gritty of tire pressure or whatever. The action camera also plays a big role, helping you feel cooler even if the overall experience is more casual. There’s an “endless” story mode along with standard quick races. And since this is a free-to-play mobile game, there’s a whole virtual garage of cool cars to collect and race.Forza Street is actually available for free right now but only for Windows 10 devices. The iOS and Android versions are coming later this year. In the meantime, we suggest playing Forza Horizon 4. And if you’re interested in another huge AAA franchise impressively shrunk down to mobile, check out our thoughts on The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Stay on target Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseToy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys