India’s brand value has increased by 19%, or more than $400 billion this year, to $2.6 trillion. The large increase in India’s brand equity is related to the country being increasingly seen as a safe and stable place to invest, as evidenced by significant developments in new technologies such as electric vehicle production and mobile phone manufacturing, according to brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance.
Elsewhere, Russia’s brand value has dropped by nearly $150 billion year-over-year — the biggest drop in brand value among any national brands in the world this year. Ukraine has dropped $22 billion due to the Russian invasion, but global perceptions of Ukraine have increased significantly.
Why is India’s value rising?
The assessment is not an aggregation of Indian trademarks, but rather a brand assessment of the Indian nation itself. “As such, the increased worldwide distribution of Indian cultural products is a key factor in improving international familiarity with India and an important driver of increased appreciation,” said Brand Finance.
The relative strength of national brands is calculated using a balanced scorecard of metrics that measure brand investment, brand perceptions and brand performance.
The US maintained its position as the world’s most valuable national brand, maintaining its lead ahead of China (up 8% to $21.5 trillion). Worldwide, the values of the world’s national brands have returned substantially to pre-pandemic levels. The total value of the world’s top 100 national brands is $97.2 trillion, up 7% year-over-year and only marginally behind the pre-pandemic value of $98.0 trillion in 2019. of the world’s top 100 national brands has virtually equaled At pre-pandemic levels, exactly 50 national brands have increased in value over this period, while the other 50 remain below their pre-Covid-19 assessment.
But with global interactions in the crucial areas of trade, investment, tourism and talent attraction throughout 2021, most brand strength scores remain held back by the legacy of the pandemic.
We’re big fans of the iPhone 14 Pro Max here at , and its 6.7-inch screen is a major factor in calling it “truly the best of everything in today’s iPhone world.”
Now, DisplayMate (opens in new tab) – the recognized authority on mobile image quality – awarded Apple’s latest flagship its highest display performance grade (A+) after the device set 15 (fifteen!) display performance records during testing.
DisplayMate found that the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s Super Retina XDR display is capable of reaching a maximum brightness of 2,300 nits – nearly double the nit count of the iPhone 13 Pro Max (which has the same screen size and resolution) and about 500 more than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (based on Samsung’s own claims (opens in new tab) earlier this year).
Let there be light
Despite sharing dimensions and resolution, Apple’s latest high-end iPhone improves on its predecessor’s display, adding a handful of new features, including an always-on display mode and a new Dynamic Island centered around the phone’s sensor.
Evidently, though, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is also significantly brighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, having now usurped its big brother as DisplayMate’s Best Smartphone Display award winner. Interestingly, Apple advertises that the iPhone 14 Pro Max offers up to 2,000 nits of brightness – but DisplayMate managed to record a figure of 2,300 nits.
The diagnostics company also credited Apple’s latest handset with awards for highest absolute color accuracy, smallest shift in color accuracy, greatest image contrast accuracy and intensity scale accuracy, as well as smallest shift in peak luminance. .
Ironically, the displays used by Apple in the iPhone 14 Pro Max are actually produced by Samsung, so we’d expect the latter’s next flagship – likely the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – to match or even exceed Apple’s latest handset in brightness.
For now, though, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the brightest smartphone on the market – even though the Samsung S22 Ultra remains our top overall pick of the best phones money can buy in 2022.
The next batch of free games coming to Amazon Prime Gaming has been revealed, including a brilliant Lord of the Rings action RPG.
After Assassin’s Creed Origins shipped last month, Amazon Prime members will be able to pick up Middle-earth: Shadow of War for free on PC as part of the October lineup. As usual, subscribers will be able to claim and keep the game forever, even after their Prime membership ends.
One of the best Lord of the Rings video games ever released, Shadow of War puts you as the ranger Talion in an open-world RPG. You’ll be fighting orcs in melee and jumping over their strongholds as you go behind enemy lines to take down Sauron. It really stands out for its Nemesis System, in which orc bosses gradually rise through the ranks of Mordor and remember your past fights with them. An extra strategic layer also allows you to gradually build up an army of your own and command it in battle.
Amazon subscribers had the chance to pick up Shadow of War’s predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as part of last month’s Prime Gaming lineup. What better time to get into Tolkien’s spirit than now, when the Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV series is well underway?
If Middle-earth isn’t to your liking, several other games are also available. Bethesda’s Fallout 76 online RPG will be free, along with fantasy strategy game Total War: Warhammer 2, the old-fashioned point-and-click adventure Loom, puzzle game Glass Masquerade: Origins, the strategy RPG Hero’s Hour and the platformer Horace. All of them are only available for PC.
They will be accompanied by some goodies, including an Apex Legends cosmetics pack, weapons pack for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and the Dressed to Kill pack for Deathloop. As part of Amazon’s ongoing partnership with Niantic, you’ll also be able to pick up a Pokémon Go pack containing some Ultraballs and Max Revives.
All of these freebies will be released in early October. You will be able to claim them on the Amazon Prime Gaming homepage (opens in new tab), although it may not be necessary. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, you already have access to Fallout 76 and Shadow of War. You can even find Total War: Warhammer 3 on PC Game Pass, which comes as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Spotify is mysteriously installing itself on Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs, showing up in the taskbar when you start your PC – and I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this myself.
When starting my PC this week, I found the Spotify icon glowing on my taskbar while other apps were also starting up. It’s an app I use on my iPhone and Mac daily, but it’s never been on my PC as it’s only used for gaming.
It was the fastest uninstall I’ve done in years as it’s not just a bug but a potential security flaw. I didn’t allow this app to be installed on my PC, and while I contacted Microsoft for comment, it made me wonder why this happened without warning.
We’ve been here before but it was with a warning
Another situation that comes to my mind is when Apple and U2 made a deal to make the band’s album, ‘songs of innocence (opens in new tab)‘, available to users as a freebie, to mark the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in 2014.
Users weren’t happy either, as some would have a mix of Euro-Dance albums and the new U2 release – which would be a nice icebreaker on one side of the spectrum and awkward conversation on the other.
However, this can be a feature. The Microsoft Store It has been known (opens in new tab) to install apps on their own, with games and other Microsoft utilities appearing on your taskbar. But the company hasn’t notified its Windows users that Spotify is available on the Store this week, so the only reaction I and other users are experiencing is annoyance.
Hopefully, Microsoft will respond to this weird-looking third-party app soon, as it could be a PR disaster waiting to happen.
New leaks suggest third-person shooter Devolution may be coming to PC sooner than you think.
The game has been exclusive to PlayStation 5 since its launch in 2021, but we may see it on our PCs in the near future. If that’s the case, we’ll see a familiar pattern of Sony releasing its games on PC a year or two after the original release in the same vein as Spider-man Remastered and Horizon: Zero Dawn.
The leak originates from a thread in age of icon (opens in new tab), which claimed to show a video of gameplay footage. The video was very short – less than a minute – but it gave us a lot to be excited about. The video showed someone going through Returnal’s graphics settings and showing different optimization options that you find in the settings menu of most PC games, such as image quality and performance moderation.
Unfortunately, the actual footage from the game has been taken down by Sony, but you can take a look at the screenshots below from WCCFTech to get an idea of what might be on the table soon. As you can see with DLSS, you have a choice of Balanced, Performance, Quality, and Ultra settings.
Review: PS5 games on PC are always welcome
While this is speculation and we can’t be sure yet, we’re hoping this will lead to more Sony games entering the PC gaming world at a faster pace.
There’s definitely a market for this, and games like Returnal and the upcoming God Of War: Ragnarok are impressive games that would be adored by desktop gamers, particularly if they can get their hands on the games on initial release rather than later.
Games like Death Stranding and Detroit: Become Human were hugely successful when they launched on PC (and were some of the best PC games out there), and the big reception for Spider-man Remastered should sway Sony towards faster platform releases. and considerate. for computer.
Several Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics cards are now listed for pre-order at a major US retailer, and the good news – well, in a way – is that the cards are more reasonably priced than some people expected, and indeed , MSRP for some third-party models.
Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) pointed to the product listings that went up at Best Buy for the RTX 4090, as highlighted by one of the regular Twitter leakers we heard from, @momomo_us.
Those listings include the Gigabyte RTX 4090 WindForce and the MSI RTX 4090 Gaming X Trio, with both graphics cards priced that are MSRP – $1,599 in the US (about £1,460, AU$2,480) – exactly the same as the ones themselves. Nvidia Founders Core Product Edition.
We can also see Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 Gaming OC that runs with an overclock (that’s what the OC in the name means) and costs $1,700 (about £1,550, AU$2,630).
Finally, there’s an MSI RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X priced at $1,750 (about £1,600, AU$2,700), a thinner board with a sophisticated cooling system that employs a 240mm external radiator for ultra-thin slenderness. two slots (all previously mentioned models take up three PCIe slots due to their thickness).
Analysis: Hope Lovelace is nothing like Ampere for MSRPs
These prices are in stark contrast to the launch of current-gen Ampere graphics cards, where Nvidia’s GPUs were all tagged in one way or another due to a seriously out-of-control supply and demand situation (and price inflation later became even worse when the scalpers got involved). And of course, Team Green’s flagship models are already expensive enough without any premium at the top.
So it’s nice to see custom RTX 4090 graphics cards showing up in the MSRP right off the bat, and higher-end models – which will always cost more – not having a big extra request at the top. There’s always the possibility that Best Buy prices are substitutes, but with the launch in just under two weeks (October 12) we’re thinking that’s probably not the case.
Of course, we say it’s good to see this, but really, that’s what we expect. You know, graphics cards priced at the recommended level, or at least some of them. With any luck, Nvidia will be able to ship a decent amount of chips to the RTX 4090 to avoid shortages, but since it’s a niche proposition – most people won’t spend that much on their entire PC, let’s face it – demand won’t be great. But if the stock is small, the danger of price manipulation and the like remains.
The really interesting part will be the release of the RTX 4080, which arrives in November, and how inventory issues and pricing will drop with this slightly more (relatively) affordable GPU – or at least the lower-tier card with 12GB of VRAM. . Yes, in case you missed it, there are two separate variants of the RTX 4080, the smaller spec that some theorized was originally intended to be the RTX 4070.
Overwatch 2 is launching its free early access PvP mode in early October – and bidding farewell to Overwatch.
Blizzard is splitting the release of Overwatch 2, with the long-awaited PvE arriving sometime in 2023. But free-to-play PvP is coming to consoles and PC first, on Tuesday, October 4th.
We’ll see a ton of new features rolling out after launch, like a new guild system, battle pass (which takes a lot of effort to progress) and new characters. But we’ll also see some scrapped stuff, and for the better. Loot boxes are out and the original Overwatch as we know it will be replaced by Overwatch 2 entirely.
Overwatch 2 PvP is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. And here’s when you can get stuck.
Overwatch 2 release time
Overwatch 2 free-to-play PvP launches Tuesday, October 4th, and replaces the original Overwatch. There will be a massive 27 hour downtime window between the Overwatch 1 servers going offline and the Overwatch 2 servers going live, so use that however you like.
ONE forum post (opens in new tab) unearthed text in the Overwatch 1 client that shows the approximate time that Overwatch 2 goes live. So, barring anything that goes terribly wrong, here’s when you can expect to start playing in your timezone:
11 am PST
2 pm EST
When does Overwatch 1 end?
Overwatch will be offline before Overwatch 2 is released. So there will be a temporary void where you can spend a period of mourning, get some fresh air, or engage in Destiny 2 while you wait.
Blizzard confirmed that Sunday, October 2 it’s the last full day that Overwatch 1 players can enjoy the game. Servers will go offline in Monday, October 3, and thanks to the same forum post that gives the approximate time in the Pacific time zone, we can figure out the rest from there. So here’s when the Overwatch 1 servers go offline in your timezone:
8 am PST
11 am EST
Preparing for Overwatch 2
There are a few things you can do to prepare for the launch of Overwatch 2 before the servers go live – and before the Overwatch 1 servers go offline forever.
Pre-install Overwatch 2
The first is the most obvious: preloading. It’s a best practice to download and install games as soon as you can these days so you don’t waste time waiting when you could be playing. To pre-install Overwatch 2, you must already own Overwatch 1 or have purchased the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack.
There are different pre-installation dates and times for PC and console players. PC players can pre-load Overwatch 2 from Friday, September 30 at 1:30pm PST / 4:30pm EST / 9:30pm BST / 10:30pm CEST.
If you’re playing on console, you can preload Overwatch 2 a few hours before it launches Tuesday, October 4thfrom 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST.
Everyone else will have to wait for the Overwatch 2 servers to go live and start installing.
Enable Overwatch 1 and Overwatch 2 cross progression
Overwatch players will be pleased to know that they can transfer all their stats, ranks, and skins to Overwatch 2. To do this, you’ll need to merge your accounts and set everything up, so definitely do this in advance Overwatch 2 Live.
This one is for console players, who can only have one Overwatch account. For Overwatch 2, players on all platforms will need to have a Battle.net account. If you don’t already have one set up, you should get started on it. There are a few things to keep in mind when merging accounts, the most important being that you only have one opportunity to merge console accounts. so give the official FAQ (opens in new tab) a full read before pitching to it.
Link your battle.net account to your phone number
Blizzard’s new anti-cheat system means that all Overwatch 2 players will need to link their phone number to their battle.net account. Not everyone is happy about it, but it’s there to ward off cheaters and stop repeat offenders.
This also goes for players who own the boxed version of Overwatch. There’s no escaping it. It goes into effect on October 4th, so make sure you attach your number to your account before the Overwatch 2 servers go live or you won’t be able to play.
Amazon has announced that its new Echo smart speakers with Alexa will help boost your home’s Wi-Fi signal strength. Some of your older Echo models will also get the feature.
At its September 2022 Amazon launch event, the retail and device giant unveiled a new feature called Eero in Echo, which should help its best smart speakers become even better by acting as Wi-Fi extenders.
New Echo devices such as the recently announced Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) as well as the older Amazon Echo (2020) and Amazon Echo Dot (2020) can now help boost the Wi-Fi signal in your home by taking action. as part of your Eero mesh Wi-Fi setup.
Mesh Wi-Fi systems integrate with your home’s existing Wi-Fi router to provide better coverage throughout your home and are often better than traditional extenders to ensure you get good internet speeds on larger properties.
Looks like you’ll still need some Eero Wi-Fi extenders from Amazon, like the Eero Home Wi-Fi System, too. But if you have some of Amazon’s latest smart speakers, then hopefully it’s a little cheaper to get full mesh Wi-Fi coverage in your home.
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With the new Amazon Echo devices announced, we expect to see older models like the Amazon Echo (2020) and Amazon Echo Dot (2020) discounted during the upcoming Amazon Prime Day 2 sale in October. If our hunch is correct, you can get these older Eero compatible smart speakers for a reduced price and create a cost-effective mesh Wi-Fi setup.
Alternatively, if you can’t wait, you can check out the best Amazon Echo deals available right now and boost your Wi-Fi signal right away.
When does an electric scooter stop being an electric scooter? According to British manufacturer D-Fly, not even after adding four wheels, two engines and a 3.5-inch touchscreen to a carbon fiber frame.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen – if you’re looking for an all-terrain e-scooter to make viewers mistake you for Batman on the way to work, then look no further than Dragonfly.
Dubbed “the world’s first HyperScooter” by its creators, this strikingly coated e-scooter claims to be the urban mobility equivalent of a supercar, offering passengers a new way to travel around the city. But is the Dragonfly likely to enter our ranking of the best electric scooters in the world? Let’s dig into its specs to find out.
The Dragonfly’s most attractive feature is, of course, its four-wheel design. Both iterations of the e-scooter – the urban DF and the off-road DFX – come with D-Fly’s patented three-dimensional steering system, which engages all four wheels simultaneously for enhanced stability and control.
Both models sport 10-inch tires, though the amount of tread offered by each is slightly different (you’ll get slick tires on the urban Dragonfly and beefy tires on the off-road version).
This four-wheel setup is supported by double wishbone suspension (a first on the e-scooter market), fully adjustable hydraulic spring suspension, adjustable deck suspension and full axle linkage – all of which sit under the carbon fiber platform. Dragonfly’s broad-based In other words, this thing will navigate rough ground conditions – natural or otherwise – while keeping you as level as possible should you ever want to hit the dirt trails after a hard day at the office.
Under its figurative hood, Dragonfly has two 550W motors capable of delivering up to 1,650W of power to all four wheels, which D-Fly says is enough to propel it to a top speed of 40km/h. For comparison, the top three picks in our current ranking of the best electric scooters (USA) have top speeds of 18.6 mph, 20 mph and 19 mph, respectively – so the Dragonfly certainly has the pace on its side.
Unfortunately, e-scooters cannot legally exceed 20 mph in many US states (a number that drops to an even lower 12.5 mph in the UK), so the Dragonfly’s superior power credentials are likely to be superfluous for most riders. urban pilots. Still, it’s good to know that you’ll be able to hit cool top speeds with ease, or loosen up properly if you’re off-roading.
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More relevant, then, is the Dragonfly’s on-board tech suite – which, frankly, looks like it could rival some low-budget cars. Both scooter models come equipped with a 3.5-inch digital display that shows the rider their speed, travel range, light status, battery performance and mode options, while other features such as on-board driving sounds, navigation voice and electric horn are available through an attachable sound capsule accessory.
You’ll also be able to lock the Dragonfly using a four-digit pin that disables the scooter’s electronics until it re-enters – and since we’re talking urban mobility equivalent to a supercar, per the D-Fly’s description, this feature is likely to come in handy. .
So the Dragonfly is a fast, super versatile, high-tech e-scooter built to withstand all kinds of outdoor environments – but how much does it cost? Well, that’s the bad news.
Dragonfly is now available for purchase at indiegogo (opens in new tab) for £1,750 (about $1,850) or £2,100 (about $2,200), depending on which model you choose. Suffice it to say, that’s a lot of money for an e-scooter – even one that does make you look and feel like Batman.
For comparison, our current top pick for US e-scooters, the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max, retails for $999.99 (although it is currently on sale on amazon (opens in new tab) for $899.99), while our equivalent UK pick, the second-gen Pure Air Pro, is £599.00.
D-Fly can argue that since the Dragonfly sports twice as many wheels it should demand twice the price, but it remains to be seen how much of an enhanced riding experience this unique ‘HyperScooter’ design offers.
Love Amazon’s spherical smart speakers? So today is a good day for you (sorry). Amazon has just announced the new Echo Dot 5th Gen, with enhanced audio – specifically, up to 50% less distortion and up to twice the bass at the same time.
It comes in a regular Echo Dot flavor and a new Echo Dot with Clock that has a more advanced display so it can show extra information besides the time. This includes calendar appointments or a snooze countdown.
There are also two fabulous new Echo Dot 5th Gen Kids Edition smart speakers in town! Of these, our fringe favorite is probably the purple dragon, but the owl is also cool.
The regular Echo Dot will cost $49.99 in the US and AU$79 in Australia, while the UK price has increased from the Echo Dot (2020) to £54.99, while the Echo Dot with Clock will cost $59.99 / £64.99 / AU$99. The Echo Dot Kids will also cost $59.99 / £64.99, although it’s not currently available in Australia.
There has been no mention of a new full-size Echo to replace the 2020 Amazon Echo, so it looks like it remains as is for now – but it will be updated with a new feature that means it can act as an extender mesh network for an Eero network.
The full-size Echo increasingly seems to be being squeezed from both sides – the smaller model now promises more expansive, clearer sound, while the Echo Studio can often be had for just a little more than the full-size Echo. real.
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Speaking of which, there’s also been news of a new color for the Amazon Echo Studio (glacier white), as well as news that existing Echo Studio models are getting an update to add better spatial audio processing for 360 audio and great dynamic extensions for place sounds in space. They will be on sale for $199 officially.
Amazon launched the smart speakers at a special device, service and ring event – and there’s a lot to celebrate. It also released a highly specified 65-inch and 75-inch 4K QLED TV, the new Amazon Fire TV Cube, the Halo Rise smart sleep tracker and wake-up light, and a Kindle with a pen for note-taking.