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New Harry Potter game, launching today, lets players enroll in Hogwarts

In the first step of what could be an endless exploration of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Los Angeles mobile games studio  Jam City   is releasing its  Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery  game on the App Store and Google Play. Developed in partnership with Warner Bros., the game will launch under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games — a label dedicated to creating first-person gaming experiences for mobile devices and consoles based on J.K. Rowling’s  Harry Potter series. No one could accuse me of being a gamer, but as a fan of both the books and the movies, I was intrigued by the prospect that the  Hogwarts Mystery game presents. The animation (from the demo I’d seen) is well done and the plot was compelling. Set in the 1980s, the game follows the player as they develop a character, enroll in Hogwarts, select one of the school’s four houses and begin to navigate the world of Hogwarts. Players can create personalized characters and customize their avatars by learning magical skills and developing relationships with other students. Certain choices in the game will change the trajectory of the story, and over time, the game developers envision expanding the world well-beyond Hogwarts to track characters as they navigate life in the Harry Potter universe. But it all starts with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the mystery at the heart of game’s plot. The player’s avatar had an older sibling who attended Hogwarts but vanished mysteriously. Part of the narrative that propels the game will be investigating what happened, and why. Within the game, players can expect to see some familiar faces (and hear some familiar voices). Dame Maggie Smith is reprising her role as Professor McGonagall and Michael Gambon is back voicing Professor Dumbledore. Other actors from the movies include Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick, Gemma Jones as Madam Pomrey and Zoe Wanamaker as Madam Hooch

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Casio Digital Compact Cameras Are No More…

According to a report on the  Nikkei website, Casio are withdrawing from the digital compact camera market after posting a loss of 500 million Yen in the financial year to March 2017. We last reviewed a Casio camera way back in 2011 (the EX-ZR100, pictured), as the company quietly withdrew their products from the UK and other countries, but they continued to sell digital cameras in Japan. Now Casio have realised "that future market expansion can not be expected" even in their home country, announcing plans to focus on high value added camera products instead - anyone interested in a Casio mirrorless camera?

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Flipboard launches a new tech section

With recent changes,  Flipboard has been placing a big emphasis on allowing readers to go deep on their interests . Now it’s adding even more features around one particular interest, in the Technology section of the Flipboard website and app. “We want to make Flipboard definitive for tech insiders and enthusiasts,” said CEO Mike McCue . This positions Flipboard as more of a direct competitor to a tech news aggregator like Techmeme , but with more curation from partners and from readers themselves. The most immediately noticeable change is what the company describes as a “newspaper-like, high-density layout.” Basically, it moves away from the image-heavy look that Flipboard is known for, towards a layout that places a bigger emphasis on headlines and text, designed for quick scanning. While McCue said the new look is “really meant for the desktop,” Flipboard has also created a version for the mobile web, and the app will also vary between a high-density and low-density layout depending on the stories. (If it seems strange for Flipboard to be prioritizing its web experience, remember that the company has also been shifting its focus away from its own native article formats towards the mobile web .) Regardless of which layout you’re seeing, the section will also have new content. Some of it will be curated by Flipboard publishers, with The Verge creating roundups for Gadgets News and Artificial Intelligence, the Wirecutter offering Deals of the Week and the team here at TechCrunch curating our latest Features . “Flipboard has really become more of an ecosystem,” McCue said. “Publishers and curators are curating stories around all sorts of different topics. We want to provide access to that ecosystem on any platform, with or without the app.” Teams can also create their own magazines, which are basically private collections of stories. So if you’re at a startup and want all of your colleagues to be up-to-date on the latest headlines about your industry and competitors, you can curate a magazine that’s only visible to them. Flipboard will also be asking experts and influencers for book recommendations, starting with Wired Editor in Chief Nick Thompson’s roundup of “Five Books I’ve Recently Read About the Future.” And all of this will be rounded up in a daily email, which will include the latest tech headlines as well as selections from any team magazine you contribute to. On Saturday, the newsletter will focus on those book recommendations, with links to buy the titles on Amazon. McCue suggested that if all this new content is embraced by readers, we might see Flipboard start to pursue a similar strategy around other topics, with a focus on reaching professional readers

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SmugMug Buys Flickr

In a surprise move, SmugMug has agreed to purchase Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world’s most influential community of photographers, marrying SmugMug’s deep industry expertise and strong digital tools with Flickr’s global tribe of tens of millions of photographers.

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SmugMug Buys Flickr

In a surprise move, SmugMug has agreed to purchase Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world’s most influential community of photographers, marrying SmugMug’s deep industry expertise and strong digital tools with Flickr’s global tribe of tens of millions of photographers.

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Zeiss Loxia 25mm F2.4 Review

The Zeiss Loxia 25mm F2.4 is a premium wide-angle prime lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The manual-focus Loxia 25mm lens offers a fast f/2.4 maximum aperture, 10 rounded aperture blades, superlative build quality, and an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video use. Read our in-depth Zeiss Loxia 25mm F2.4 review now...

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Moto g6 and e5 Smartphones Unveiled

The new moto g6 and moto e5 smartphone families are smarter than ever and focus on display, design and power. The new  moto g6  plus is picture perfect in every way. Featuring a 5.9″, 18:9 aspect ratio, its Full HD Max Vision display delivers vivid colors and all the fine details. Capture the most creative shots using its advanced software, and focus in an instant with Dual Autofocus Pixel technology. Taking great pictures even in low light just got easier, thanks to its large f/1.7 aperture and 1.4um pixel size.

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Canon EOS 2000D Review

The Canon EOS 2000D / Digital Rebel T7 is a new entry-level DSLR aimed squarely at new users looking to dip their toe into the world of interchangeable lens cameras. Does the EOS 2000D offer a step-up in quality from a compact camera or smartphone, and can it take on and beat its main rival, the Nikon D3400? Find out by reading our in-depth Canon EOS 2000D / Digital Rebel T7 review...

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Billingham Hadley Small Pro Review

The Billingham Hadley Small Pro is a new premium messenger shoulder bag aimed at professional photographers and demanding enthusiasts. Read our Billingham Hadley Small Pro review now to find out what this bag has to offer...

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