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Microsoft hints at mixed reality update for Mobile World Congress

Microsoft may give us an update on its Mixed Reality ambitions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month: The company sent out invites for a press conference Jan 16 that list Alex Kipman, who leads its augmented and virtual reality efforts, among the speakers.

Microsoft’s press conference is scheduled for Feb 24, the first day of Mobile World Congress. — AP

Digital games saw 12% growth to US$113.4bil in 2018: report

'Fortnite' generated the most annual revenue of any game in history and popularised gaming video content among mainstream audiences, according to industry analyst firm SuperData.

‘Sea Of Thieves’ February update requires players to re-install game

A major update to Rare’s pirate role-playing game 'Sea Of Thieves' will require all players to download and fully re-install the game on Feb 6.

Neate announced the studio’s plans to introduce improvements to Sea Of Thieves' (pic) installation and patching process, reducing the game’s overall install size so the studio can push out live updates more easily in the future. — Microsoft

The Motorola Razr could make a comeback as a folding screen smartphone

The sleek and highly-popular flip phone that took 2005 by storm could be revived next month with a folding display and price tag twice as high.

The Motorola RAZR could be making a comeback next month. — Motorola

This week's video game releases: Vane, YIIK, Ace Combat 7, The Walking Dead

Lusciously presented bird-boy adventure Vane, the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead adventure game series, sky-splitting hero's story Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown and bizarre retro mystery quest YIIK: A Postmodern RPG all land this week.

Vane imagery has been favourably compared to PlayStation icons Ico and The Last Guardian. — AFP Relaxnews

Mobile app spend soars with China a top market

Mobile app downloads are surging around the world with growth in smartphone use, with nearly half coming from China, a market tracker said on Jan 16.

Mobile app downloads are surging around the world with growth in smartphone use, with Chinese users in the lead. — AFP Relaxnews

Fortnite update introduces giant floating ice ball

Fortnite Season 7's emerging event leans into a wintry theme, as players have noticed a giant, floating ball of ice that appears to contain a powerful enemy.

A promotional image for Fortnite Season 7 has the Ice King at its centre. — AFP Relaxnews

This Bluetooth sticker is powered by air

Semiconductor developing company Wiliot has unveiled a functional, paper-thin Bluetooth chip that harvests energy from the air instead of a battery.

Wiliot's newest stamp-sized Bluetooth chip. — AFP Relaxnews

Twitter's reverse-chronological feed finally makes it to Android

About a month ago, Twitter nixed the algorithm-based timeline for iOS users in favour of the original reverse-chronological feed. As of this week, the classic feed format option is returning to Android devices, as well.

Both iOS and Android now have access to a reverse-chronologically ordered timeline. — AFP Relaxnews

Mastercard stops sneaky subscriptions

Mastercard is introducing new rules which stops companies from automatically signing up customers to paid subscriptions at the end of free trial periods.

No more sneaky subscriptions at the end of free-trial periods, following Mastercard's new rules for merchants. — Reuters