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Google and Amazon bickering steps up a level Google and Amazon bickering steps up a level
- December 07, 2017

Amazon said in a statement that it believes Google is "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". Mark Eamer, vice president of Prime Video, said in a statement today that Amazon is "thrilled" to finally have the app on Apple TV. In 2015, Amazon took Chromecast, a Google television service, off its retail website, claiming the move was to avoid confusing consumers. (more...)
Honor's OnePlus 5T Killer Arriving Jan. 8 Honor's OnePlus 5T Killer Arriving Jan. 8
- December 06, 2017

The Honor 7X comes in three forms, with prices starting from US$199. For photography, all the three smartphones feature a dual-camera setup at the back, which for all of them have been their talking points. It's also great to see the octa-core Kirin 970 processor carried over, as it is Huawei's latest chip and a powerful alternative to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in most other high-end Android phones this year. (more...)
Google to issue warnings when apps steal your personal data Google to issue warnings when apps steal your personal data
- December 05, 2017

This includes putting the complete text of the privacy policy in the app itself. They must also ask a user's permission before they collect and transmit personal data that's unrelated to the functionality of the program, and clearly and prominently explain how the information will be used. (more...)
Skywatchers: See full supermoon on December 3 Skywatchers: See full supermoon on December 3
- December 03, 2017

The difference is noticeable for close observers - particularly if the moon is near the horizon, where it can be compared with terrestrial landmarks. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth. (more...)
Micromax launches Bharat 5: Price, specifications and offers Micromax launches Bharat 5: Price, specifications and offers
- December 02, 2017

Reliance Jio is offering an enticing cashback offer on the Redmi 5A . The device comes with a plastic unibody design and curves - unlike the 4A - affording it a familiar, yet premium feel. Up front, there is again a 5MP selfie camera also with flash for good looking selfies. The rear camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps. (more...)
How to see this year's only supermoon on Sunday How to see this year's only supermoon on Sunday
- December 01, 2017

The year's only visible supermoon (or perigee-syzygy, if you prefer the technical term) happens on December 3, meaning the Moon, which traces an elliptical orbit around the Earth, will come as close to us as it gets. The moon will reach its perigee when it will be at a distance of 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometers) from earth on December 4 at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT, 2.15 IST). (more...)
Million UK Uber Users Were Compromised In That Hack Million UK Uber Users Were Compromised In That Hack
- November 30, 2017

It was reported recently that Uber discovered that it suffered a major data breach in 2016. With investigations under way by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, and NY, there will likely be more on this front soon. (more...)
Microsoft announces major overhaul of its Redmond campus Microsoft announces major overhaul of its Redmond campus
- November 30, 2017

When complete, the company's campus will boast 131 total buildings - up from 125 following the demolition of 12 current buildings - and hold room for up to 8,000 more people on top of the 47,000 that already work on the facility. That transportation emphasis is perhaps the biggest difference from the expansion plan a decade ago. Microsoft's new and improved headquarters will also feature public areas such as running and walking trails, soccer and cricket fields and retail space. (more...)
Microsoft Office apparently available now for Chromebook users
- November 28, 2017

Microsoft is doing its part to unify the Chromebook experience by bringing its entire Office suite to the affordable Windows alternative . The arrival of Office is partly thanks to the appearance of the Play Store on Chromebooks. Microsoft provided no formal announcement on the matter but support does seem universal (or at the very least, much more universal) than it did before. (more...)
A Stranger Arrives. Just 2 Generations Later A Stranger Arrives. Just 2 Generations Later
- November 26, 2017

So, while it was previously believed that it would take hundreds of generations to bring about a new species , this example shows that it can happen just two generations after two separate species breed in nature. The original breeding pair's offspring were unable to persuade other species to mate with them so bred between themselves. " The novelty of this study is that we can follow the emergence of new species in the wild ", said B. (more...)
OnePlus 5T premium smartphone with 6-inch display OnePlus 5T premium smartphone with 6-inch display
- November 24, 2017

Now that there's a new OnePlus 5T , there won't be any production of the OG 5. The OnePlus 5T doesn't have much impressive things inside, however, it regains a couple of features which was not available in the predecessor. The Chinese firm has also introduced a Referral Leaderboard, valid between November 21 and November 30, which provides Rs. 1,000 off on OnePlus accessories to referred OnePlus 5T buyers on the OnePlus online store, and 200 redeemable points to the referrer per referral. (more...)
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
- 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 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%
- 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...)