Fortnite 9.40 brings new tactical shotguns, big gameplay changes

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The tactical shotgun is better than ever.
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Fortnite just got its biggest patch in weeks, and there are lot of changes and improvements for players to look forward to in version 9.40.

Highlights include new, more powerful variants of the tactical shotgun, and the reintroduction of the bolt-action sniper rifle. Epic Games has also added support for Bluetooth microphones on iPhone and iPad.

Fortnite bags new Air Strike item that’s absolutely crazy

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Will we love it, or will we hate it?
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Fortnite’s latest content update is out right on schedule. This week’s release finally brings the much-anticipated Air Strike item fans have been waiting for — and it doesn’t disappoint.

The device looks like a largely inoffensive canister of smoke when you first pick it up. But throw it at an opponent and they’ll soon find themselves being bombarded by missiles from above.

Sony’s answer to AirPods boasts one big advantage

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But they’re not cheap.
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Sony’s new wireless earbuds are ready to take on AirPods.

The horribly named WF-1000XM3 promise the same impressive audio quality as Sony’s best-selling headphones — but in an earbud form factor. And they boast one big advantage.

Here’s why you might want to avoid Apple’s hottest accessory and pick up these instead.

Team Rocket hot air balloon signals Pokémon Go arrival

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That’s not good.
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A Team Rocket hot air balloon flown over Dortmund, Germany, this week all but confirms the evil gang’s imminent arrival in Pokémon Go.

Emblazoned with a Team Rocket logo, the balloon appeared on day one of Europe’s first ever Pokémon Go Fest. It’s the latest in a number of teasers Niantic has put out to signal Team Rocket’s introduction.

But what will it mean for Pokémon Go?

Stranger Things x Fortnite crossover skins leak out early

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Yes, you can play as a Demogorgon.
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Stranger Things season three is finally here, and according to early impressions, it might just be the best one yet. It’s also going to mean big things for Fortnite Battle Royale fans.

The hit Netflix show has already started making its mark inside the game, with portals to the Upside Down recently appearing in Mega Mall. And now we’ve got our first glimpse at new Stranger Things skins.

Samsung charged for allegedly misleading Galaxy promises

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Samsung shows its phones being used in pools, but its warranty won’t cover that.
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Samsung has been charged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly making false promises about its incredibly popular Galaxy S smartphones.

The watchdog says Samsung marketing made misleading representations about smartphone water-resistance.

The South Korean company depicted its devices being used in swimming pools and on the beach — then reportedly turned down warranty claims from customers who suffered water damage when using their phones in similar environments.

Samsung’s new wearable steals Apple Watch 4’s hottest features

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That includes a life-saving ECG app.
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Samsung’s newest wearable will steal some of Apple Watch Series 4’s hottest features. The upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 2 is expected to get an ECG app as well as fall detection.

The device will be capable of detecting atrial fibrillation — a common heart condition — and of sharing heart data with physicians and other health professionals, a new report claims.

Confirmed: Samsung’s new iPhone XS Max rival will arrive on August 7

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You’ll be able to watch the event online.
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Samsung today issued invites for a big Galaxy Unpacked event on August 7. The South Korean company is expected to unveil its newest rival to the iPhone XS Max — the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 10.

We recently got a glimpse at leaked photos of the device, which will offer a giant edge-to-edge display with a tiny camera cutout.