Valve has released a companion app for subscribers to Dota 2's premium monthly subscription service, Dota Plus. The app lets you keep track of match and tournament results, as well as keeping you informed about your favourite players and teams. And then it lets you place wagers on them. The Dota Pro Circuit app, available for iOS and Android, will let you make 'predictions' on upcoming matches in the pro circuit, wagering your own shards—the Dota Plus exclusive in-game currency—in the hopes of adding to your pile. All the information you get about teams and players, then, can be used to make your predictions. No cash changes hands, unlike in the third party gambling that surrounds the game, though technically those shards are linked to financial investment because the currency (and thus what you can spend it on) is only available if you pay for the Dota Plus subscription. That's $4 a month. That technicality isn't enough to make it gambling, however; at least not … [Read more...] about Valve’s Dota Pro Circuit app lets you place wagers on matches
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The App Store’s recent 10th anniversary offered a stark reminder of how much mobile gaming has changed over the last decade. Mobile games today are widely diverse and often more ambitious than in the past, not to mention dramatically more polished on average. And gosh, there are just so many of them across iOS and Android. It’s a little overwhelming, to be honest — what with the constant torrent of new touchscreen games — but there are some extraordinary and absorbing experiences amid the deluge. With that in mind, we’re spotlighting our absolute favorite mobile games, each of which is primed to entertain whether you’re on the go, curled up in bed, or just eager to kill a few minutes. Some of these are newer releases that made an immediate impact, while others are enduring modern classics that still warrant attention today. In either case, they’re all highly recommended. Be sure to keep tabs on this list in the future, as we’ll be … [Read more...] about The best iOS and Android games
GOOGLE'S big Android 9.0 Pie update is finally here, and gadget fans across the world are starting to get it on their phones. We've got a guide to when you'll see it on your own phone, but be warned: not all Android phones will be eligible for the upgrade. Android 9.0 Pie – what is it, and why should you care? Android 9.0 Pie is the next major version of Google's mobile operating system. Sadly, not every phone will get the upgrade – and those that will won't get it at the same time as other brands. The software was first announced back in March, but the official release didn't take place until August 6. It makes loads of improvements, including improved battery performance, a Digital Wellbeing feature to discourage using your phone too much, and some graphical interface tweaks. Android 9.0 Pie release date for Google phones Google is in charge of Android, so Google phones get priority when it comes to updates. If you've got any of the following phones, the update will … [Read more...] about Android 9 Pie update – release schedule for Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, OnePlus, Motorola phones and more
GONE are the days of watching films and shows solely on your telly, replaced by Netflix binges on your blower or laptop. But nothing can truly match the big screen experience – which is why mobile mirroring is the one smartphone trick every gadget addict should master. With it, you can project what you're watching on your smartphone on to your much larger telly, making it perfect for streaming movies, showing off your holiday pics and even playing games. The easy-to-use feature is already available on a growing number of set-top boxes, smart TVs, consoles, and dongles – here's how to use it:How to mirror your smartphone on Smart TVs You can beam your smartphone display on to a bunch of compatible smart TVs through the HDMI port labelled MHL (which stands for mobile high-definition link). All it takes is a cheap MHL cable that turns your mobile's connection to an HDMI connection: plug the USB-C side into your phone and the other end into the TV's HDMI input. And voila, … [Read more...] about How to mirror your iPhone or Android phone’s screen on your TV
IF YOU'RE on the hunt for a new smartphone, you'll soon have another tantalising candidate to consider: the OnePlus 6. The flagship killer lands in the UK on Tuesday, May 22 with the Samsung Galaxy S9 squarely in its sights. Both are Android handsets with matching looks, but that's where the similarities end. So which one deserves your hard-earned dosh? Here's a quick guide to the two handsets. OnePlus 6 – what you really need to know The OnePlus 6 is the first OnePlus to pack an all-glass back and its 6.28-inch fullHD AMOLED display is also the biggest ever for the brand. That makes it about the same size as the Galaxy S9+. What's more, it comes with the lower price tag we've come to expect from OnePlus. At £469 for the 64GB storage model, the smartphone is significantly cheaper than its flagship rivals. As is fast becoming the norm, the new blower trims down the borders (although it still doesn't manage to pull off the same all-screen front as the iPhone X). And like … [Read more...] about OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 – which of the two Android smartphones should you buy?