Sega Europe has announced today it has acquired Crytek Black Sea and added the studio to the ranks of Halo Wars 2, Total War, and Alien: Isolation developer Creative Assembly, reports

The studio, based in Bulgaria’s capital, will now be called Creative Assembly Sofia.

Crytek Black Sea was established in 2008 after Crytek’s purchase of Black Sea Studios (Knights of Honor, Worldshift). Crytek Black Sea was developing Crytek’s free-to-play MOBA Arena of Fate up until their closure in December 2016. The studio was one of five shuttered by Crytek following a lengthy period of financial strife for the German software company.

“The acquisition of Crytek Black Sea further enhances Sega Europe’s development capabilities and strengthens our ability to output diverse and engaging content for our IP,” said Sega Europe president and COO Jurgen Post, confirming Creative Assembly Sofia will be working exclusively on content for Creative Assembly.

According to Post the studio “will prove an invaluable asset given the multitude of unannounced titles currently in the works.”

With the addition of Creative Assembly Sofia, the global Creative Assembly team has reportedly now grown to over 500 people.

Founded in 1987 Creative Assembly is based in West Sussex, UK. The developer previously operated an overseas branch in Brisbane, Australia but that was re-branded Sega Studios Australia and subsequently closed in 2013.

The recently-released Halo Wars 2 is Creative Assembly’s latest game; you can check out the review here.

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BlackBerry Passport: Wide is the New Black in Smartphones

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A square display on a smartphone? That’s what BlackBerry is hoping will help attract old and new users alike to its latest entry in the smartphone arena. And for those dedicated BlackBerry users, this smartphone also features a return to an old-school design, a full QWERTY keyboard separate from that square screen.

For starters, the new BlackBerry Passport features a 4.5-inch square display. That’s right, a perfect square for a display. For those of you who’ve felt limited by the width of a traditional smartphone’s display, this feature should make editing documents or images considerably easier. Below the display is that QWERTY keypad, a hallmark of BlackBerry devices.

This video from the company gives a closer look at the device:

BlackBerry’s Donny Halliwell, Social Media Marketing lead, writes about the keyboard on the Passport in the INSIDE BlackBerry blog:

“The touch-enabled physical keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport blends everything I love about a traditional BlackBerry keyboard (read: the physical keys) and the best aspects of the BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard, including commands such as ‘Swipe left to delete’ and ‘Flick to type’. On top of that, the keyboard provides fine cursor control and scrolling, which for someone like me who composes blog posts, novel-length emails and a ton of BBMs, comes in very handy.”

BlackBerry is pricing the new Passport smartphone slightly lower than comparable higher-end smartphones on the market today. The Passport is available unlocked from either the BlackBerry website or at for $599. BlackBerry has also confirmed that AT&T is signed on to be the mobile carrier.

The new iPhone 6, which was just released last week, starts at $649.

The Blackberry Passport is standard with 32GB of internal storage, which is about 4-times as much as the standard issue iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

The BlackBerry device also has a 13-megapixel OIS camera and its battery will last up to 30 hours, according to the company. The camera has a 5x digital zoom, too. The rear-mounted camera also records 1080p HD video at 60 frames-per-second.

The Blackberry Passport has a 2-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera, too. It records video in 720p HD, according to BlackBerry.

The display on the Passport is not HD, however. BlackBerry says the device’s screen resolution is 1440 x 1440 pixels.

Blackberry Passport will run the latest BlackBerry mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10, on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs. The device will be loaded with 3GB of RAM memory and 32GB of Flash memory.

The new smartphone from BlackBerry has a USB 2.0 port that is used for charging the phone or syncing data from it to other devices, like a laptop or tablet.

BlackBerry is also introducing BlackBerry Blend, which allows users of the Blackberry Passport device to transfer the work they’re doing on the phone to a tablet or laptop, and vice versa.

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Black Friday’s Record Sales Driven by Mobile Devices, Finds Report

Black Friday's Record Sales Driven by Mobile Devices, Finds Report

Black Friday’s Record Sales Driven by Mobile Devices, Finds Report
Adobe’s survey estimated sales of $3.05 billion on Black Friday 2016
Mobiles drove the majority of retail sites visits at 56 percent
iOS continued to drive larger sales than Android
In a first, online shopping on Black Friday is estimated to have hit the $3 billion mark in the US with a major chunk of the total sales coming from mobile devices, a report said on Saturday.

Adobe Digital Insights, which has been tracking e-commerce transactions, estimated sales of $3.05 billion (roughly Rs. 20,918 crores) on Black Friday 2016 – up 11.4 percent from the same day last year.

A TechCrunch report, citing the Adobe survey, noted mobiles had a significant impact on the record e-commerce sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

“Major retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Target and eBay, noted that mobile traffic and sales were on the rise,” the report said.

Walmart and Target said the website traffic on Thanksgiving for mobile stood at over 70 percent and 60 percent respectively.

“This trend continued into Black Friday, as the sales event is currently tracking to bring in $1.13 billion (roughly Rs. 7,751 crores) in revenue, which is up 25 percent year-over-year,” the report noted.
In retail stores also, mobiles drove the majority of retail sites visits at 56 percent – most of that (47 percent) was from smartphones, as opposed to tablets (9 percent).
“The negative impact on online shopping we saw following the election has not been fully made up, but consumers are back online and shopping,” Tamara Gaffney, Principal Analyst and Director, Adobe Digital Insights, was quoted as saying.

“As spending ramps up on Black Friday, we are back on track. We still expect Cyber Monday to surpass Black Friday and become the largest online sales day in history with $3.36 billion,” she added.

In addition, iOS continued to drive larger sales than Android. The average order value on iOS devices was $144 compared with $136 on Android.

Adobe also noted this year’s top-selling electronics were Apple iPad tablets, Samsung 4K TVs, the Apple MacBook Air laptops, LG TVs, and Microsoft Xbox consoles.

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Black Friday Deal Offers Dropbox Pro Subscription at 40 Percent Off, Free $25 Dell Gift Card

Black Friday Deal Offers Dropbox Pro Subscription at 40 Percent Off, Free $25 Dell Gift Card
Dropbox Pro 1TB annual subscription costs $99
Under this deal, you can get it for just $59.99 for a year
Dell will also give you a $25 eGift card for online purchases
Following the Thanksgiving Day in the US, comes Black Friday, bearing plethora of offers and discounted deals for the buyers. While Black Friday is over in the US, a lot of companies are still offering various discounts and freebies. Amid many Black Friday deals, Dropbox is also offering a good discount on its Pro plan, which comes with 1TB of storage. Additionally, you can also get a free Dell gift card to further sweeten the deal.

Dropbox is one of the highly utilised cloud storage services worldwide. The Dropbox Pro subscription generally costs $99 (roughly Rs. 6,800) annually for 1TB of cloud storage, whereas the monthly bill cycle incurs $9.99 per month. This Black Friday, Dropbox is giving 1TB of backup cloud space at just $59.99 for 1 year. It is worth mentioning that the Dropbox Pro subscriptions are only for a single user, but you can use its sharing tools for file-sharing to give read-only access to others. Pro accounts also come with unlimited file recovery and version history, which means you can go back to any version of the file in the past. Free users can only go back 30 days.

The Dropbox deal is available via Dell, which is also offering a $25 (roughly Rs. 1,700) Dell Promo eGift card along with the Dropbox deal. This eGift coupon will be automatically added to your cart when you’re about to check out to purchase Dropbox Pro 1TB storage. This eGift card can be used to Dell accessories like keyboards, mice, gaming consoles etc. or can be used to make partial payment towards a bigger purchase.

If you’re looking for a good cloud storage solution, then this deal is too good to be missed. For all other deals and offers, you can check our compilation of Black Friday deals. If you are based in India and want to grab Black Friday deals, fret not as we have got you covered in our simple guide on how you can purchase and import your items straight from the US.

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