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Say hi to Windows Central Gaming

Long in development, we’re finally going live with our separate gaming experience on Windows Central!

We’ve been covering Xbox and gaming on Windows Central for a few years now, but our previous linear blog system didn’t really support separate audiences for who might be interested in different things. Someone who’s interested in the latest gaming trailer perhaps isn’t that interested in Windows apps or business laptops, and we always felt there were better ways to serve you guys (and of course, you can always access the old format using www.windowscentral.com/blog.)

In any case, this is why we’ve been working long and hard on a new front page for the site, and also a separate entity for our gaming coverage entirely, which can be found right here on WindowsCentral.com/gaming.

Save big on top brand routers at Amazon UK

There are some deals currently underway at Amazon in the UK, which include a number of major brand wireless routers.

As well as some more affordable routers, Amazon UK has slashed the pricing of even the more expensive models like the Netgear Nighthawk range. Should you be on the hunt for a new router for the home, you’ll be able to pick up the Netgear R6120 for just £34.99 or the ASUS RT-AC88U for £229.99.

In photos: Final roll call of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

IAA 2017

The Frankfurt Motor Show wraps up this weekend, and with it goes a stunning collection of cars, trucks, vans, urban transporters, flying taxis and more. After looking at the concept cars, the sports cars, the camper vans, and the trucks and SUVs, we still have many more show photos of world premieres, classics, three-wheelers, buggies and much more. So as we bid this year’s IAA adieu, we give you one final gallery.

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Stardock publisher PC game sale now underway on Steam

Stardock is hosting a publisher weekend sale on Steam, discounting a total of seven PC games (not to mention DLC, software, and more)!

There’s a sale currently underway over on Steam, which sees some serious discounts to be had on a number of Stardock PC games. Up to 75 percent has been subtracted from a total of nine games, including the likes of Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilizations 3. As well as the games, Stardock also added Fences and Start10 to the list of items on sale.

Hands-On With the New LTE-Enabled Apple Watch Series 3

With the new LTE Series 3 Apple Watches now out in the wild, we got our hands on one of the new devices to give MacRumors readers a closer look at its design, features, and improvements compared to previous-generation Apple Watch models.



In the video below, we took a look at one of the new 42mm Aluminum Sport models connected to the AT&T network.



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Design wise, the new Apple Watch LTE models are almost identical to the Series 2 models, with the exception of a 0.25mm thicker back glass that houses the heart rate sensors and the glaringly red Digital Crown that denotes its LTE status.



That red Digital Crown definitely stands out, and it’s kind of a love it or hate it aspect of the new Apple Watch.



Inside, the Apple Watch Series 3 is sporting an upgraded S3 processor, and this thing is fast. It’s noticeably quicker than the Series 2 Apple Watch and if you’re coming from a Series 0 or a Series 1, you’re going to see some serious speed gains.



Quite a few new LTE Apple Watch owners have been running into activation issues trying to get their new devices set up, but we had no problems getting it connected to the AT&T network and up and running. When using cellular, it’s going to drain a decent amount of battery, so while this watch can work without an iPhone, you’re still going to want one around at least some of the time.


The Series 3 Apple Watch can be purchased from the online Apple Store and Apple retail stores around the world starting today. There are both LTE and non-LTE models available, with LTE models starting at $399 and non-LTE models starting at $329. LTE models are largely sold out and harder to come by, so you may need to wait a few weeks to get your hands on one.

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Hands-On With Apple’s New iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

It’s officially iPhone launch day, and MacRumors videographer Matt stopped by the Palo Alto Apple Store this morning to pick up some new products to test out. After running into Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams, who were also hanging around the store, Matt walked away with a Space Gray iPhone 8 and a Gold iPhone 8 Plus.



Matt went hands-on with both products to give MacRumors readers still on the fence about purchasing a chance to see them up close.



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Apple’s Gold iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are using a new shade of the color that’s almost a meld of last year’s Gold and Rose Gold shades. It’s a rosier color with more red in it than past iPhone models, and it looks great paired with the glass body. The Space Gray is a darker shade that’s almost similar to the Matte Black of the iPhone 7, and it too looks great with that shiny glass finish.



Because of the glass body, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are heavier than past iPhones, but at the same time, easier to hold, both due to small thickness increases and the grip of the glass itself.



With the new speaker enhancements, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are loud, and the True Tone display looks different, but it’s not a major change over previous-generation devices.



Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available for purchase starting today online and in Apple retail stores around the world. The iPhone 8 starts at $699, while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799.

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Early Adopters of Apple Watch Series 3 Share First Impressions and Unboxing Photos

As customers around the world begin to unbox their new Apple Watch Series 3 models, some early adopters have started to share their first impressions and unboxings of the device in the MacRumors discussion forums.



Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE shared by MacRumors reader gatorknight904



We’ve already seen Apple Watch Series 3 reviews from the media, but opinions shared by regular customers can provide additional insight. We’ve rounded up some of the comments below, which we’ve edited very slightly for clarity.


While there appear to be some early activation issues, particularly for AT&T and Verizon customers, those who have been able to set up their Apple Watch Series 3 are generally impressed with LTE connectivity and call quality.


“LTE seems to be working great here in Dallas-Fort Worth On AT&T,” said MacRumors forum member gatorknight904.


“Agreed,” replied MacRumors forum member 3goldens. “I’ve had no issues whatsoever.”



In the Apple Watch Series 3 pre-order thread, several MacRumors readers have shared unboxing photos of their new Apple Watch Series 3 models. Others are still patiently waiting for couriers like UPS or FedEx to arrive.



There is a general sense of excitement throughout the entire discussion topic, with many customers upgrading from an original Apple Watch.



Gold colored Series 1 (left) vs. Series 3 (right) shared by MacRumors reader sinerized


“I have to say, this thing is super fast,” said MacRumors forum member roncito. “Way faster than I thought, even coming from my first-generation Apple Watch. And the screen is bright too. I love my Apple Watch all over again!”


“Just picked mine up from my local Apple Store,” wrote MacRumors forum member virginblue4. “I haven’t done much with it, but there is a definite noticeable speed improvement. Also loving the red crown!”



Unsurprisingly, the red Digital Crown that differentiates the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular is a subjective matter.


“I must say that the red dot on the Digital Crown sure sticks out like a sore thumb,” opined MacRumors forum member largefarrva. “Was hoping it would be a little more subdued in person, but it doesn’t appear to be the case.”



Apple Watch Series 3 unboxed by MacRumors forum member puckhead193



MacRumors forum member rstark18 said he recently purchased an Apple Watch Series 2, but he plans to return it now, as he purchased an Apple Watch Series 3 and found it better delivers the watch experience he was expecting.
I picked up an aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 last week when they went on sale because I didn’t want an LTE watch and I liked the idea of the sapphire back. It was my first Apple Watch, and honestly I wasn’t that impressed. I liked it, but everything seemed a little slow to me. I guess I’m used to the iPhone 7 being nice and snappy. I decided to place an order for an Apple Watch Series 3 and compare the two. If they seemed similar then I’d just keep the Series 2 and return the Series 3. […]



The Series 3 is noticeably much faster. On the Series 2, when I would swipe watch faces, it seemed to lag and sometimes take a few swipes to move to the next face. With the Series 3, it is super fast and smooth. Opening any app is almost instantaneous.


This is the watch experience I was expecting. I will be returning the Series 2.

Keep an eye on the Apple Watch forum section and a new first impressions topic over the weekend for more customer opinions.

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Rare’s Craig Duncan: Franchise revivals would require ‘new gameplay innovation’ first

In a recent interview, Rare studio boss Craig Duncan discussed the legendary developer’s history, and more specifically, its library of classic IP.

Rare, owned by Microsoft, has overseen some of the industry’s most noteworthy franchises, from Banjo-Kazooie to Perfect Dark. The studio is currently working on Sea of Thieves, which is a connected-world adventure game full of pirates, swashbuckling, and some of the most gorgeous ocean physics ever seen.

While Sea of Thieves looks very promising, many Rare fans would like to see the studio revisit some of those classic franchises. IP such as Battletoads, Viva Piñata, and Kameo would be prime candidates for a modern refresh, but Duncan says that innovation must come first.

Li’l electric bike pump pops into a pocket

The miniFumpa is a reusable alternative to compressed air canisters

When a cyclist has to change a high-pressure tire at the side of the road, pumping it back up using a compact hand pump can be quite the hassle. That’s why many bikers utilize compressed air canisters, although they’re not reusable. Another alternative was unveiled at Interbike this week, however – the pocketable miniFumpa battery electric pump.

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