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How Google's 'speed update' will affect mobile search How Google's 'speed update' will affect mobile search
- January 20, 2018

In July 2018, Google will begin considering page speed when ranking mobile search results . That is, unless the page is so relevant that not including it in the results would be a disservice to the user, Google said in a blog post today. Developers are encouraged to think broadly about how performance affects a user's experience of their page and to consider a variety of user experience metrics . (more...)
WhatsApp Business app launched for connecting users to businesses WhatsApp Business app launched for connecting users to businesses
- January 20, 2018

WhatsApp announced plans to begin allowing business accounts hoping to make more profit for their corporate parent, Facebook . It has over a billion registered users, most of which are active on nearly a daily basis. Right now, WhatsApp Business is available for free on Google Play in supported markets. It will be meant for global businesses with thousands of customers such as airlines, hotels and e-commerce platforms among others. (more...)
Samsung launches Galaxy On7 Prime in India with 'snap to shop' feature Samsung launches Galaxy On7 Prime in India with 'snap to shop' feature
- January 19, 2018

Samsung is early waiting for the launch of its Galaxy S9 in order to overlap the sales graph of Apple's newly launched iPhone X which gave a massive growth to the company. The major change which is expected from Samsung is the placement of fingerprint sensor along with the camera lens. You can also bet the screen will be curved on its edges, like previous Galaxy flagships, and feature AMOLED technology to delivery the deep blacks and vibrant (if slightly artificial) colors ... (more...)
We Just Experienced the Hottest Four Years in Earth's Recent History We Just Experienced the Hottest Four Years in Earth's Recent History
- January 19, 2018

Meanwhile, NOAA researchers' assessment placed 2017 as the third warmest year, reporting global average temperatures as 1.51 degrees F (0.84 degrees C) above average. The NOAA report, using different methods, said 2017 was the third-warmest. "We are getting dangerously close to the limit of the 2°C temperature rise set out in the Paris Agreement and the desired goal of 1.5° will be even more hard to maintain under present levels of greenhouse gas emissions", he underscored. (more...)
Nintendo Labo Are Cardboard Peripherals For Your Switch, And It's So Nintendo Nintendo Labo Are Cardboard Peripherals For Your Switch, And It's So Nintendo
- January 19, 2018

These include the Robot Kit (players can build their own cardboard robot) and the Variety Kit (including an RC vehicle, a piano, a fishing rod, a house, and a motorbike), but the announcement trailer for the Labo hinted at several future Toy-Cons kits too. (more...)
Shock and horror: Ferrari plans an electric supercar Shock and horror: Ferrari plans an electric supercar
- January 18, 2018

Ferrari's desire to push into electrification is seen as a direct challenge to Tesla's slated release of the new and improved Roadster in 2020 - but don't expect Ferrari to unveil anything soon. Tesla's Model S in high-performance configurations has been embarrassing some supercars as well. There's no need for Ferrari to be early to the market, as they're only ever going to sell a relative few cars to particularly wealthy buyers. (more...)
Winter Olympics Galaxy Note 8 version to be given to Olympians, staff Winter Olympics Galaxy Note 8 version to be given to Olympians, staff
- January 18, 2018

SVG and SVG Europe will once again serve as your source for all the latest tech developments coming out the world's highest-profile sports event with the SportsTechLive Blog: Direct From the 2018 Winter Olympics . The first lady highlighted the significance of the Paralympic Games, noting the first Paralympic Games were held in Seoul when it hosted the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. (more...)
Reliance Jio again announces 100% cashback offer Reliance Jio again announces 100% cashback offer
- January 18, 2018

Just last week, I was at a Jio gallery to check if the new 2018 plans had come into effect; more importantly to see if the store guys were updated about the changes in the Jio prepaid plans from 9th January. In this plan, users will get 1GB data per day for 91 days. After the completion of 1GB data per day, data speed will be reduced to 64 Kbps. This takes the total data value up to 28GB. (more...)
Google Cloud infrastructure expansion to continue with three new undersea cables Google Cloud infrastructure expansion to continue with three new undersea cables
- January 17, 2018

A "Curie" cable connecting Chile and Los Angeles will be the first intercontinental connection of its kind not owned by a telecom company, Sloss said. The new regions and infrastructure will mean faster and reliable connectivity for Google Cloud customers, the firm said. "It will serve Google users and customers across Latin America", Sloss added. (more...)
Mark Zuckerberg Has Lost This Much Money for Changing Facebook's Feed Mark Zuckerberg Has Lost This Much Money for Changing Facebook's Feed
- January 16, 2018

A different byproduct of this is that Facebook can now make a bigger push for Watch, its original video content platform, where it has more control over the kind of stuff its users are viewing. It also comes following academic and expert research published by Facebook last month which showed using social media can in fact leave consumers feeling worse. (more...)
Ford plans to invest 11 billion United States dollars in development of electric cars Ford plans to invest 11 billion United States dollars in development of electric cars
- January 16, 2018

The company has already pledged a whopping $11 billion towards the initiative, which will go towards the development of both the Mach 1 mentioned here, an autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicle, and a few others. Of the 40 EVs planned for Ford's global line-up, 16 will be fully electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids. "We're starting to telegraph where we're going to play in the electrified business around the world", he said. (more...)
Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim
- January 13, 2018

Each of them carried several explosive devices under their wings, and were guided from up to 100km away by Global Positioning System. The Russian and the US militaries have maintained regular contacts to avoid conflict between their forces in Syria . (more...)
DISH Adding Google Assistant Voice Commands DISH Adding Google Assistant Voice Commands
- January 12, 2018

Google and Amazon weren't alone in voice assistant news this week. In fact, we've sold more than one Google Home every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October. When playing the Lucky Trivia game, for example, the Assistant will show the questions and multiple choice options on screen accompanied by bright and fun visuals. (more...)
Google could turn the next Pixel's touchscreen into a speaker Google could turn the next Pixel's touchscreen into a speaker
- January 12, 2018

Google has yet to comment on a purchase price, or any other aspect of the acquisition. According to its LinkedIn page , Redux has been 78 granted patents, over 50 pending patent applications, and global engagement with leaders in multiple vertical markets, our vision is to bring the next generation of user experience to every consumer. (more...)
Secret Zuma Satellite Rumored to Be Lost Secret Zuma Satellite Rumored to Be Lost
- January 11, 2018

The nature of the mission remains shrouded in mystery. Northrop Grumman , the aerospace and defense company that built the Zuma spacecraft, would only say: "This is a classified program". The Zuma incident would not impact the schedule of SpaceX's upcoming launches, including the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, the company said as quoted by the ABC News. (more...)
Blizzard's official Overwatch League app now live on the Play Store Blizzard's official Overwatch League app now live on the Play Store
- January 10, 2018

Blizzard added a new Overwatch League tab to the game, where all the league's information and skins are housed. Esports has been steadily rising in popularity due to games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 , but Blizzard is set to evolve the medium through the start of its annual Overwatch competitive league. (more...)
Internet Association Lobbying Group Represents Tech Giants on Net Neutrality Case Internet Association Lobbying Group Represents Tech Giants on Net Neutrality Case
- January 10, 2018

Previously a seldom-used, obscure law, the CRA was used multiple times past year to overturn regulations issued in the waning days of the Obama administration. Once the bill goes to a vote, it will still need a majority to pass and then will wind up on Trump's desk, who is unlikely to approve the bill. The fact that no Republicans have signed onto the resolution means it's likely to be defeated in a floor vote. (more...)
Blow for Huawei as AT&T deal collapses at the last minute Blow for Huawei as AT&T deal collapses at the last minute
- January 10, 2018

If you'll recall, Huawei has reportedly been in talks for quite some time to debut its latest flagship, the Mate 10 Pro , on a couple of major U.S. So far there is no sign that Huawei is trying to strike a handset sales deal with any of the other major US mobile carriers, such as T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint. (more...)
John Young, Nasa astronaut who walked on the moon, dies aged 87 John Young, Nasa astronaut who walked on the moon, dies aged 87
- January 07, 2018

In 1972, as Commander for the Apollo 16 mission , Young became the ninth person to walk. While Young flew close formation on the second Agena, Mike Collins did an extravehicular transfer to retrieve a micro meteorite detector from that Agena. (more...)
Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August
- January 06, 2018

After building Interscope records to a powerhouse off the strength of Death Row Records and later Eminem and 50 Cent, Iovine transitioned to Apple Music in 2014 after he and Dr. He worked with top artists such as John Lennon , Bruce Springsteen , U2, and more. He also famously signed Tupac Shakur in 1991. Even before the Apple acquisition, Beats managed to secure a 60 percent market share of headphones priced $100 or more. (more...)
Say Hello To LG's Most Affordable 4K HDR Projector
- January 06, 2018

LG claims the new UHD projector is roughly half the size of competing 4K options on the market, many of which are "heavy, expensive, and hard to install" according to the company. Aside from the above-mentioned features , the HU80KA also sports an Auto Cord, which allows the cable to rapidly wind up. Save us LG HU80KA, you're our only hope. (more...)
OnePlus 5T Sandstone White Review: What's so different about it? OnePlus 5T Sandstone White Review: What's so different about it?
- January 06, 2018

Jan 5, 2018-OnePlus has launched their latest flagship, the OnePlus 5T in Nepal to provide seamless smartphone experience through a combination of powerful hardware and intelligent software. But that's nothing a clean cloth or a phone cover can't get you out of. The phone doesn't feature the Star Wars logo at the back side and that's the only difference you can figure out in this special edition phone. (more...)
Local app company bought by Apple, plans to stay in Vancouver
- January 05, 2018

Apple just released its end-of-year App Store numbers for 2017 and the first day of the new year, and the holiday season was once again a boon in terms of app purchases. Among the most popular AR titles are games such as CSR Racing 2, Stack AR and Kings of Pool; shopping apps like Amazon and Wayfair; education apps including Night Sky and Thomas & Friends Minis; and social media apps including Pitu and Snapchat. (more...)
All iPhones, iPads and Mac devices affected by 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' bugs
- January 05, 2018

However, Apple says that it has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2 that protect iPhone units, iPod touches and iPad tablets from Meltdown. Google and Microsoft have already issued statements telling users which products are affected by the bugs. (more...)
Nokia 1 Android Go Telephone Launch Rumoured for March Nokia 1 Android Go Telephone Launch Rumoured for March
- January 05, 2018

The Nokia 6 2018 , however, isn't supposed to be a drastic revamp to the original Nokia 6, which may annoy some potential buyers though. But you can still expand the storage up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card. The integrated 3000mAh battery will not only be able to deliver an enhanced backup but also helps you to charge the device quickly. The Nokia 6 (2018 ) looks awesome and we can't wait for it to arrive in Malaysia. (more...)
There's a Strong Chance That Apple Will Buy Netflix, Citi Analysts Say There's a Strong Chance That Apple Will Buy Netflix, Citi Analysts Say
- January 03, 2018

As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use. Apple , which is sitting on a massive cash pile of $252 billion that is mostly outside the US, would need to spend only a third of that cash to buy Netflix . Fuelling the scenarios are two big Hollywood names such as Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston who will feature in the first scripted video series of Apple . (more...)
Apple's $29 Battery Replacement Program Does Not Require a Failed Diagnostic Test Apple's $29 Battery Replacement Program Does Not Require a Failed Diagnostic Test
- January 03, 2018

All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes. Supplies may be limited at first. The Apple battery replacement will go on until the end of 2018. The iPhone 7 hit in September 2016. Apple said last week it would cut the $79 battery replacement fee to $29 in January. (more...)
Nintendo Switch Mystery Game Listings Appear on Amazon Nintendo Switch Mystery Game Listings Appear on Amazon
- January 03, 2018

Considering that the Switch is already doing something no other console now does (namely, being both a living room console, and a competent hand-held device), this statement is certainly going to stir up some excitement for the future capabilities of the Switch. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+renders leaked ahead of CES 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+renders leaked ahead of CES 2018
- January 03, 2018

The One Plus 6 will have a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display which iPhone tried and failed in iPhone X . Furthermore it may have Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 18:9 display screen. The price rate of the A8 2018, according to Samsung Vietnam , is 10.990.000 VND or $485 with Value-Added Tax included. The iPhone X was effortlessly the most advertised and foreseen cell phone of 2017. (more...)
LG to unveil 88-inch 8K OLED display
- January 02, 2018

However, to ensure that LG remains ahead in the race, they continue to ramp up their OLED production capacity. The television, which measures a huge 88 inches across in its display, packs a total of 7780 x 4320 pixels into all that screen real estate. (more...)
CBFC wants the Padmavati title to be modified as Padmavat CBFC wants the Padmavati title to be modified as Padmavat
- December 31, 2017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama " Padmavati ", which has been at the centre of a huge controversy, will get a U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification . Given the complexities associated with the release of the movie and the sentiments of Rajput community, the CBFC felt the need of a special panel. The board's suggested modifications include changing the film's name to Padmavat , after the 16th century epic poem of the same name that the film is based on. (more...)
Lok Sabha almost full for passage of Bill Lok Sabha almost full for passage of Bill
- December 31, 2017

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad , while speaking about "Muslim women's pain" in Parliament, omitted the crucial aspect that most victims of instant triple talaq don't want their husbands to be jailed or penalised. According to the bill, instant Triple Talaq if pronounced shall be null and void. Should we have asked these women to frame and display the SC order in their rooms? "The Muslim Women (Protection of rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 does not give equal position to men and women", ... (more...)
The FCC Has Approved a World-First Wireless Charger The FCC Has Approved a World-First Wireless Charger
- December 28, 2017

This announcement just broke this morning as the San Jose based startup broke the news of their approval certificate for its WattUp Mid Field transmitter. Unlike other wireless charging systems, this system will allow users to charge their phone's battery from as far as 3 feet away. Energous released a video demonstrating this WattUp mechanism. (more...)
LG V30 Oreo update begins rolling out
- December 27, 2017

In terms of specifications, LG V30 sports a 6-inch P-OLED display (2880 x 1440) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Google and Motorola announced the first Android One smartphone in the United States with the launch of Moto X4 . The former comes with 64GB of internal storage, while the latter packs 128GB of internal storage. The main camera is a wide-angle one, but unlike most other dual-camera smartphones, the 13MP secondary camera is a super-wide, not a telephoto zoom. (more...)
Civilization VI Launches for Free on iPad, but Costs $60 to Unlock Civilization VI Launches for Free on iPad, but Costs $60 to Unlock
- December 26, 2017

The game and first 60 turns are free, but it is a whopping $60 ($30 until January 4th) to unlock the full game. This is the base Civilization VI game without any of the expansions for the desktop game. This is the full game, too; not a stripped-down mobile version of it. In fact it costs $60 for the full unlocked game. It does come across as a surprise that the price of the game for iPad is the same as what is available for PC. (more...)
Nintendo's Arms Gets Its Last New Character Nintendo's Arms Gets Its Last New Character
- December 24, 2017

Arms 5.0 just dropped along with the new fighter Dr. Coyle, the "empress of the ARMS lab", and was appended by an announcement that, from now on, Arms will only be receiving balance patches. Despite the fact that the fervor surrounding Nintendo's newer IP has somewhat fizzled since launch, it's still receiving regular updates and new faces, which is refreshing to see. (more...)
Android Oreo Beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Adds App Permission Monitor
- December 22, 2017

This measure, while providing better performance, is mainly to make sure that the ecosystem is ready for a future where Android devices only support 64-bit code. Each Android release improves on the security of its predecessors and apps that don't take advantage of those leave their apps and their users vulnerable. (more...)
YouTube's new deals could bolster its music streaming service
- December 22, 2017

You'll soon be able to legally add some of the hippest background music to those dog and cat videos you post on Facebook . The music industry has long battled with illegal online music sharing, with artists losing out on royalties as their work is shared across social media. (more...)
Apple Stock Breaks Out Amid Strong iPhone X Demand In China
- December 21, 2017

As per the graphs which Geekbench deciphered, Apple seems to have added the new state through the iOS 10.2.1 update on the 6S and iOS 11.2.0 on the iPhone 7 . The slowing down of the processor speed has more to do with the battery on your older iPhone . Last week, a Reddit user whose iPhone 6s had been slowing down found it received a massive performance boost when they replaced the battery, leading to an extensive thread on the subject. (more...)
Rise in number of requests for data from Facebook in Ireland Rise in number of requests for data from Facebook in Ireland
- December 20, 2017

Facebook also said that for the first time, it has expanded the report beyond government requests to provide data regarding reports from rights holders related to intellectual property - covering copyright, trademark and counterfeit. (more...)
This feature may give Vivo the 'edge' over Samsung This feature may give Vivo the 'edge' over Samsung
- December 16, 2017

While Vivo might not be the first name people think of when it comes to top 5 phone manufacturers, IDC reports that it was behind only Samsung , Apple, Huawei, and OPPO in Q1 2017. Vivo isn't particularly well-known in Western markets, but is popular in India as the fourth-biggest smartphone maker and holds a similar position in China . (more...)
OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition now available in India OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition now available in India
- December 16, 2017

Those who are expecting any kind of cosmetic hardware changes will be disheartened. "We dedicate the " Star Wars " limited edition to OnePlus and Star Wars fans in India as a part of our three-year anniversary celebration". It is priced Rs 1,000 more than the regular 8GB RAM version at Rs 38,999. The OnePlus 5T special edition has a Star Wars logo surrounded by a red border on the back panel. (more...)
10 million Switch units sold worldwide in just nine months 10 million Switch units sold worldwide in just nine months
- December 13, 2017

Nintendo's main competitors, Sony and Microsoft, released their most recent game consoles - the PS4 and Xbox One - on November 15, 2013 and November 22, 2013 respectively. Serkan Toto ), Resident Evil , Street Fighter, and Mega Man publisher Capcom has desires to port even more games over to Nintendo's new hybrid console, the Switch. (more...)
Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, dead at 65 Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, dead at 65
- December 13, 2017

He reiterated his continuing support for sanctuary cities last month after a Mexican man who had been repeatedly deported was acquitted of murder in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle in a case that sparked national debate, saying that San Francisco would remain a city of tolerance, love and acceptance. (more...)
Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 - best places to watch the extravaganza in India! Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 - best places to watch the extravaganza in India!
- December 12, 2017

Perhaps you've already seen a bright meteor flare over the December sky? He said, "And those that streak through the atmosphere are called meteors". Make sure you've chosen a dark area to stand which is well away from the glare of city lights. Wherever you go, Ingram suggests giving your eyes 30 minutes or so to adjust to darkness, and bundling up to stay warm. (more...)
Trump wants to shift NASA resources to exploring the moon and Mars Trump wants to shift NASA resources to exploring the moon and Mars
- December 12, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign his administration's first space policy directive in a White House ceremony December 11, one that will formally direct NASA to send humans back to the moon. In September, Trump nominated Representative Jim Bridenstine , a Republican from Oklahoma, to be the next NASA administrator. SpaceX launches rockets for customers including NASA, commercial satellite operators and the US military. (more...)
Smoke smothers Southern California in gripping photos from space Smoke smothers Southern California in gripping photos from space
- December 10, 2017

Thursday's fire prompted closure of state Highway 76 in both directions and evacuations in an area near the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Yes Faith, unfortunately we can. "Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter", CalFire said in an incident update . (more...)
YouTube reportedly launching its Music Service in March YouTube reportedly launching its Music Service in March
- December 10, 2017

Google Play Music launched in 2011, and YouTube Red video just past year, but this would be YouTube's first real attempt at their own music streaming subscription service since 2014's YouTube Music Key (which would turn into YouTube Red). (more...)
Apple is buying Shazam at a big discount
- December 10, 2017

Shazam continues to be a popular app - it is used by more than 100 million people each month, according to Shazam , which has raised $143.5 million from investors like Kleiner Perkins, Sony Music and Universal Music. The price TechCrunch reported would fall far below Shazam's most recent $1 billion valuation reported by PitchBook . Now, it also identifies movies, TV shows, and has augmented reality features as well. (more...)
Bayonetta 3 is happening, and it's exclusive to Nintendo Switch Bayonetta 3 is happening, and it's exclusive to Nintendo Switch
- December 09, 2017

Since no gameplay video or trailer was shown (apart from the teaser trailer published at the end of this article), we assume that Bayonetta 3 is at an early stage of development. There'll also be a special edition release containing both games, a Steelbook, 22 Verse Cards and a sticker sheet. The previously online-only Tag Climax mode can be played either online or off in the Switch re-release. (more...)

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