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Android Oreo reaches final build for OnePlus 3 and 3T Android Oreo reaches final build for OnePlus 3 and 3T
- November 21, 2017

It's worth pointing out that the changelog for the final build is similar as the open beta released in October for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T . The upgrade brings along a great number of new features. Users will also notice a change in the design of the app folders and new notification dots. Unfortunately, OnePlus even confirms that this Android Oreo 8.0 based update will be the last software update for the 2016 flagship phones ( OnePlus 3 series) from the company. (more...)
Whole Lotta Shakin': Big Earthquakes Expected in 2018 as Earth's Rotation Slows Whole Lotta Shakin': Big Earthquakes Expected in 2018 as Earth's Rotation Slows
- November 21, 2017

And because it's all metal down there, the change in flow will affect planet's magnetic field, which would ever so slightly affect the Earth's rotation and thus change the length of the day by milliseconds. "So far nobody's figured out why we're wrong, in my mind that's tantamount to saying, "so far, so right", Bendick said. Bilham, in conversation with the Observer last week, said there is a strong correlation between the earth's rotation and seismic activity. (more...)
Apple delays HomePod release until next early 2018 Apple delays HomePod release until next early 2018
- November 18, 2017

Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod? If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b. Apple's HomePod is aware of how big the room is where it is being placed, and adjusts the sound accordingly for the best experience. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. (more...)
Newly discovered Earth-like planet could support life Newly discovered Earth-like planet could support life
- November 16, 2017

Some readers may recall there's an even closer Earth-sized planet to us that is a mere 4.25 light years away called Proxima Centauri . Astronomers spotted Ross 128 b using their new planet-hunting telescope, the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS ). (more...)
Amazon launches Alexa, Prime Music, and trio of Echo devices in Canada Amazon launches Alexa, Prime Music, and trio of Echo devices in Canada
- November 16, 2017

Finally, Amazon has expanded its Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) so that developers around the world to build voice experiences for Alexa customers in Canada . This includes the Canadian launch of the ecobee4 smart thermostat for $329 , while the Schlage Sense touchscreen deadbolt now also supports Alexa for $221. (more...)
Google's Update for Google Home Lets it Double up as an Intercom Google's Update for Google Home Lets it Double up as an Intercom
- November 15, 2017

IN the meantime, we can also expect additional features to get rolled out as hinted by Google in its announcement last month. "We're excited to work with ecobee to offer Google Assistant users even more choice in managing and controlling their home environments", said Mark Spates, Google Product Manager. (more...)
GameStop pushes pause on unlimited used game rental program GameStop pushes pause on unlimited used game rental program
- November 15, 2017

The company said in a statement that it has identified some limitations to the service so has halted the service. If unfamiliar, this program would cost $60 and would allow customers to rent as many used games as they would like within a six-month span, with customers getting to choose one of the games they rented to keep permanently, at the end of the subscription. (more...)
Xbox One X Sells 80000 In The First Week In The UK Xbox One X Sells 80000 In The First Week In The UK
- November 14, 2017

The new Surface Pro is also receiving some discounts for Black Friday. You can purchase Surface Laptop ( either i5 256GB or i7 ) with the Harman Kardon Invoke voice-activated speaker and save $199.95. PlayStation fans will also be able to find some excellent deals this Black Friday. There's a discount of $230 on the HP Pavilion 15 x360 or $200 off the HP Laptop 15 . (more...)
Venus and Jupiter will appear together in the sky Venus and Jupiter will appear together in the sky
- November 13, 2017

However, a telescope or pair of high-powered binoculars focusing on Jupiter will reveal the colorful cloud bands on the planet, as well as its four largest moons. The planets should be visible for more than an hour depending on viewing conditions, though light from the sun is expected to block out Jupiter about 15 minutes before sunrise. (more...)
Electronic Arts have bought Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment Electronic Arts have bought Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment
- November 12, 2017

In addition to the afore-mentioned $151 million in cash up front, EA has agreed to pay "up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, which will vest over four years", as well as more cash (up to a maximum of $140 million) based on "achievement of certain performance milestones, relating to the development of future titles" through 2022. (more...)
Fake WhatsApp brief for Android Dodges Google Play review Process Fake WhatsApp brief for Android Dodges Google Play review Process
- November 10, 2017

Google has silently started testing a new app called " Files Go " to provide Android users with a unified solution for all their storage management and wireless file transfer requirements. The app itself is 5.41MB, which means it is not as big as other file sharing apps like Xender. From there, users are brought to a message-like interface that shows a history of file transfers. (more...)
Call of Duty: WW2 sales surpass $500 million worldwide over release weekend Call of Duty: WW2 sales surpass $500 million worldwide over release weekend
- November 09, 2017

It is also the fastest-selling COD game of this console generation (via GamesIndustry.biz ) over its four predecessors that were available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Do we still congratulate Activision or just let them roll around in their tubs of money at this point? In Call of Duty: WWII , you won't be ending the games right away with the V2 Rocket killstreak, but you'll still do some serious damage as shown towards the end of the PwnStarz video shown below, assuming you can meet the ... (more...)
New 2018 iPad Pro concept imagines Face ID & bezel-less design
- November 09, 2017

However, the new Pro tablet is unlikely to boast the OLED display offered by Apple's latest smartphone, those familiar with the matter said. In fact, the excitement surrounding the iPhone X launch was so strong that we even saw a return of large throngs of people queuing up outside of Apple retail stores on launch day and throughout the weekend. (more...)
OnePlus 5T Launch Will Take Place In New York, Price Teased OnePlus 5T Launch Will Take Place In New York, Price Teased
- November 07, 2017

Leaked benchmark listing for the OnePlus 5T also shows the handset having an 18:9 aspect ratio display. We'll add one more thought on the $40 ticket price; we sure hope that OnePlus will let customers who take them up on this offer get a reciprocal $40 discount on the purchase of a new OnePlus 5T . (more...)
Video of officer punching woman at Miami football game under investigation
- November 07, 2017

It remains unclear what led to the woman being removed, or whether or not she was arrested. Authorities said Farrington hid her daughter's body in the trunk of her 2013 Nissan Altima for several days. A Miami-Dade Police statement says a man throwing out garbage Sunday found the body of Tania Paige inside the trash bin at his apartment complex southwest of Miami. (more...)
Mobile US, Sprint Working To Salvage Merger Mobile US, Sprint Working To Salvage Merger
- November 05, 2017

A new report has given us an update on the situation. Reports from Japan earlier in the week claimed SoftBank, which owns Sprint, is set to pull the plug on a rumoured merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile over a dispute about who would control the combined company. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S8 all set for Android 8.0 Oreo Beta update Samsung Galaxy S8 all set for Android 8.0 Oreo Beta update
- November 04, 2017

Starting today, owners of the devices in South Korea, the United States, and the UK can download this beta firmware and play with Oreo before it's released to the public. The beta program has been referred to as the Samsung Experience 9.0 beta, which will be based on Android Oreo and be featured with the Samsung S9. (more...)
OnePlus 5T will retain the 3.5mm audio jack: Pete Lau OnePlus 5T will retain the 3.5mm audio jack: Pete Lau
- November 03, 2017

Further elaborating the decision, Lau pointed out that about 80 percent of users use "in-jack headphones". The image which was reconstructed by Android Headlines, the one which is attached to the text here indicates that the phone will not be having the USB Type-C port at the bottom surface. (more...)
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition in US Samsung announces Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition in US
- November 03, 2017

Samsung has announced that it will be releasing a support- and security-enhanced, enterprise version of the Galaxy Note 8 , and it will be sold exclusively through Samsung channel partners. If someone did not get the update notification don't panic it will reach you in couple of days time. However, if you know what you are getting into, it is a good opportunity to learn of all the new features coming with Android Oreo. (more...)
New Far Cry 5 Trailer Shares More on Co-op Play
- November 01, 2017

The game has been detailed to feature an evolving world that "adapts and reacts to the choices you make", as well as being an open world experience. It's not that big a surprise seeing co-op in a game like this, though its implementation will be the big question. (more...)
Ireland's World Cup 2023 hopes have just been dealt a massive blow Ireland's World Cup 2023 hopes have just been dealt a massive blow
- November 01, 2017

World Rugby have redressed the recommendation process following allegations of favouritism and votes being given based on political relationships rather than genuine suitability to host the World Cup, and chairman Bill Beaumont confirmed that South Africa is viewed as the "clear leader" in the 2023 process. (more...)
First Call Of Duty: WW2 DLC Is A Timed-Exclusive For PS4 First Call Of Duty: WW2 DLC Is A Timed-Exclusive For PS4
- November 01, 2017

This includes Aachen, Ardennes Forest, Flak Tower, Gibraltar, Gustav Cannon, London Docks, Pointe Du Hoc, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and USS Texas. This map will be available as a bonus on day 1 for Season Pass and Digital Deluxe Edition owners. Though Sledgehammer did confirm that future DLCs will bring more War operations, it's still disappointing that we'll only be seeing two new ones at launch. (more...)
PGW 2017: New Trailer For 'The Last Of Us Part II' PGW 2017: New Trailer For 'The Last Of Us Part II'
- October 31, 2017

We're not convinced there's the obvious resemblance that some fans are seeing between the woman in the trailer and Ellie, but there is one last convincing clue: Naughty Dog tweeted out pics of the new characters and their names. "This time we wanted to focus on some of the other really important characters". Arrows flew and darted inside the enemies' bodies, and the young girl still had some fight left in her. (more...)
Sony Revealing 7 New Games Today Sony Revealing 7 New Games Today
- October 31, 2017

At Sony pre-show at Paris Games Week the Guacamelee! And with its release across various platforms, it's definitely got a good audience outreach, as more people are discovering its little pleasures. This time around, the series fast-forwards many years. Making a sequel for a game with a theoretically infinite number of levels is a tricky proposition, but if anything can do it, it's Spelunky 2 . (more...)
Markelle Fultz Out At Least Three Weeks With Shoulder Injury
- October 31, 2017

Prior to that visit, Fultz also met with two Major League Baseball team doctors. Fultz consulted with several shoulder specialists. After Brothers told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday that Fultz received a cortisone shot on October 5, the Sixers announced they would be holding Fultz out for the team's next three games. (more...)
OnePlus 5T Coming November 16; Camera Teased By CEO
- October 30, 2017

GSM Arena believes that the promotional poster in the leaked image is from India since the OnePlus 5 was sold there exclusively through Amazon as well. From what we have seen in the leaked images, the OnePlus 5T will come with very thin bezels running along the display, quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus minus the curved edges. (more...)
Microsoft reports a big beat on earnings, stock spikes up nearly 4% Microsoft reports a big beat on earnings, stock spikes up nearly 4%
- October 27, 2017

For those keeping score at home, Microsoft's commercial cloud rollup includes Azure; Office 365 business services (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Microsoft Teams); Dynamics 365; and its Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite (EMS). (more...)
Nintendo to debut Animal Crossing game for iOS next month Nintendo to debut Animal Crossing game for iOS next month
- October 27, 2017

We know from screens and the game's Nintendo Direct presentation that K.K. Slider does greet players upon starting the game, and Tom Nook is, of course, running the microtransaction shop. Animal Crossing is played in real-time and the world will gradually change between day, evening and night just as it does around you. The game will launch for free across both iOS and Android . (more...)
Even Some Xbox 360 Games Receive Xbox One X Enhancements Even Some Xbox 360 Games Receive Xbox One X Enhancements
- October 24, 2017

Numerous games can already be bought digitally for $9.99 on the Xbox Store, but all games are enhanced with 1080p resolution, faster loading times, and faster/smoother framerates. What that means is that the finer details like online multiplayer and achievements for the games will not be available. When attempting to buy any of the games on Xbox One , none were appearing in the dashboard. (more...)
Skies over France to light up with spectacular meteor shower this weekend Skies over France to light up with spectacular meteor shower this weekend
- October 21, 2017

We'll still see mostly clear skies tonight along with mild temps and just a few thin clouds. Orionid meteors are visible from anywhere on Earth. The astronomer explained that before midnight, the meteors will travel from the east or across the sky to the west. (more...)
Polestar 1 unveiled | New Release Polestar 1 unveiled | New Release
- October 21, 2017

The Polestar 1 will arrive in 2019, with numbers to be capped at just 500 units per year due to its finicky carbon fiber-intensive production process. The Polestar 1 will also form part of a new scheme which the manufacturer says will move away from the traditional model of vehicle ownership. Cars will be ordered 100 per cent online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis. (more...)
New Moto X4 Unlocked Prime Exclusive Deal On Amazon Released
- October 20, 2017

The mod is essentially an Amazon Echo Dot shaped in the outlines of the phone. The speaker attaches to the Moto Z line of phones, and offers you a more powerful speaker than the internal unit, additionally the mod has four built-in microphones to allow Alexa (Amazon's voice assistant) to hear your queries and commands. (more...)
Microsoft relases Xbox One Fall Update with cool features Microsoft relases Xbox One Fall Update with cool features
- October 19, 2017

Microsoft is now offering three theme options, specifically dark, light, and high-contrast. Earlier this week Microsoft rolled out a major Xbox One update , bringing console owners a host of new features. Meanwhile, new deals are up for Xbox One users this week. You can also use a USB webcam to broadcast yourself alongside your gameplay on Mixer, or to have a 1:1 or group video chat with friends using Skype. (more...)
Autonomous cars head for the Big Apple Autonomous cars head for the Big Apple
- October 18, 2017

The company has tested more than 100 of the vehicles around the country, including in dense San Francisco, but New York's harsh weather and even harsher streets will "improve our software at a much faster rate", Vogt said . As if Manhattan's streets aren't insane enough, General Motors is placing self-driving cars - Chevy Bolts - on its roads starting next year. The cars in NY would run at Level 4 autonomy, meaning a human passenger (for the most part) monitors the systems and the ... (more...)
Google offers stronger security for targeted users
- October 18, 2017

In addition to this, Advanced Protection limits the apps that are allowed to access your Google Drive or Gmail account ( which has been a vector for attacks in the past ), and also makes it much more hard to recover your account, preventing hackers from gaining access through social engineering . (more...)
Google to remove experimental calorie counter from Maps following user backlash
- October 18, 2017

After receiving harsh criticism from people who suffer or have suffered from eating disorders, Google has made a decision to remove the small cupcake calorie counter from its Google Maps iOS apps. "The more we have technology that promotes that view, the more people who may develop eating disorders might be triggered into that pathway". A number of users criticized the feature on social media, calling it judgmental and potentially triggering for those with or recovering from eating ... (more...)
Microsoft already has a fix for the WPA2 vulnerability Microsoft already has a fix for the WPA2 vulnerability
- October 17, 2017

However, as per available indications, the researchers will be revealing some alarming facts about how vulnerable the latest security protocol is. " This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos and so on ". Using what Vanheuf calls a Key Reinstallation AttaCKs (KRACKs), he showed how someone could get data from an Android device by tricking the user into installing an old key. (more...)
Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week
- October 13, 2017

With the organization of Tropical Storm Ophelia, there have now been 15 named storms this season. The intensity is somewhat uncertain, however, as there have been no aircraft investigations of the hurricane since it is well away from land over the open Atlantic, forcing forecasters to rely on remote sensing techniques to estimate wind strength. (more...)
Nokia 9 3D renders spotted, show off thin bezels & dual cameras Nokia 9 3D renders spotted, show off thin bezels & dual cameras
- October 13, 2017

According to the speculated specifications, Nokia 9 will feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with Quad HD resolution and will be powered by the latest processor by Qualcomm aka the Snapdragon 835 chip. On the bottom edge of the Nokia 9 render, it comes with a single speaker and USB Type-C port. Wondering where the 3.5 mm headphone jack is? The biggest take away from the renders is the removal of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the device. (more...)
Kenya's opposition leader withdraws from October 26 repeat polls Kenya's opposition leader withdraws from October 26 repeat polls
- October 11, 2017

Uhuru will not be declared victor anytime soon.Photo:Uhuru Kenyatta/Facebook. The statement further said the commission had taken the necessary steps to guarantee a credible fresh presidential election. Furthermore, Odinga argued that the amendments are meant to legalise and regularise the illegalities that led to the invalidation of the August 8 election. (more...)

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