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Android Oreo update lands on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T Android Oreo update lands on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T
- November 21, 2017

Starting with the launch of the OnePlus 5T , OnePlus will no longer target benchmarks with performance modes that do not represent day-to-day usage. It bumps the Android version to 8.0 Oreo, bringing latest features such as Picture in Picture (PiP), Parallel Apps, Auto-fill, Smart text selection and a new Quick settings design. (more...)
Scientists Predict More Earthquakes In 2018 As Earth Slows Scientists Predict More Earthquakes In 2018 As Earth Slows
- November 21, 2017

Roger Bildham of the University of Colorado and Rebecca Bennic of the University of Montana , who made a statement to the annual conference of the Geological Society of America, argue that there is a clear correlation between the speed of rotation of our planet and global natural disaster activity. (more...)
Dog ownership linked to lower risk of heart disease Dog ownership linked to lower risk of heart disease
- November 18, 2017

A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country, where databases contain detailed information on most everyone's hospitalizations, medical history and even whether they own a dog. (more...)
We Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host Life We Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host Life
- November 16, 2017

According to the press release, Ross 128 b is "also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star , which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life". Although it is now 11 light years from Earth, the planet is moving towards us and is expected to be our nearest star neighbor in just 79,000 years, a blink of an eye in cosmic terms. (more...)
Amazon brings Echo, Alexa, and Prime Music to Canada Amazon brings Echo, Alexa, and Prime Music to 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. "The combination of music and natural language voice controls with Alexa, paired with playlists and stations developed uniquely for our customers, further highlights the value of Amazon Prime membership". (more...)
A Hitman TV series and two games are in development
- November 15, 2017

Not only is Io Interactive's working on two separate Hitman projects, there's even a TV series in the works . The hopes are Hitman will become a flagship series for the streaming service. The franchise follows Agent 47 , a genetically modified assassin who takes targets out in ridiculous fashion, often incorporating the environment into his kills. (more...)
Google Home learns a new trick, can now broadcast messages Google Home learns a new trick, can now broadcast messages
- November 15, 2017

Family members can now broadcast to Google Home speakers using Google Assistant . The new broadcast feature is rolling out to Google Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. (more...)
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 debuts with 6.2L V8, makes 755 HP Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 debuts with 6.2L V8, makes 755 HP
- November 14, 2017

This marks the first time an automatic has been offered on the coveted ZR1. Chevy fitted the Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8 with a new LT5 supercharger, which gives the ZR1 a power output of 755 horsepower and a 210-mph top speed. This high wing is two-way adjustable, although it reduces the car's top speed, and comes as part of a ZTK Performance Package, including a front splitter and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. (more...)
Qualcomm Rejects $130 Billion Broadcom Merger Proposal
- November 14, 2017

US chipmaker Qualcomm Inc ( QCOM .O) is making preparations to reject rival Broadcom Ltd's ( AVGO .O) $103 billion bid as early as this week, four people familiar with the matter said on Sunday, setting the stage for one of the biggest-ever takeover battles. (more...)
EA Set to Purchase Titanfall Studio Respawn Entertainment EA Set to Purchase Titanfall Studio Respawn Entertainment
- November 12, 2017

As well as announcing the acquisition, EA also revealed that they had Respawn working on three new games, one being a (deserved) Titanfall sequel. Do you think Respawn and their image of the franchise will change much, now that they're in the EA family? "We started Respawn with the goal to create a studio with some of the best talent in the industry, and to be a top developer of innovative games". (more...)
Google launches Files Go Beta for offline sharing and file management Google launches Files Go Beta for offline sharing and file management
- November 10, 2017

However, this opinion has proved unpopular, as file managers are some of the most downloaded apps by category on the Play Store. According to 9to5Google, the app looks to be part file manager and part file transfer app. Below that, there's App Cache, Downloaded Files, and Duplicate Files. It's more concerned with helping you find files and delete them than helping you organize your system. (more...)
Twitter Put a Pause on Handing Out Verifications Twitter Put a Pause on Handing Out Verifications
- November 10, 2017

The process has come under fire before, with notable incidents in which Twitter removed Milo Yiannopoulos' verification before dropping the ban-hammer on him altogether. Comedian and active user Michael Ian Black tweeted that "verifying white supremacists reinforces the increasing belief that your site is a platform for hate speech". (more...)
Sheep can recognize people's faces from photographs Sheep can recognize people's faces from photographs
- November 09, 2017

Humans and monkeys can now extend a warm welcome to sheep for joining us in being able to recognize human faces from photographs. The sheep eventually managed to identify the familiar face eight times out of every 10. As with some other animals such as dogs and monkeys, sheep are social animals and can recognise other sheep as well as familiar humans . When a portrait of the handler was interspersed randomly, the sheep chose them seven out of 10 times. (more...)
Video Shows Officer Punch Woman Who Slapped Him at UM Game
- November 08, 2017

The officer then responded by delivering a huge punch to the woman's face, to the surprise of the crowd. Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in an email to the Associated Press that the department is "gathering all of the details to gain a clear understanding of what occurred" during the altercation at Hard Rock Stadium during Miami's win Saturday over Virginia Tech . (more...)
OnePlus 5T Coming Nov. 16 OnePlus 5T Coming Nov. 16
- November 07, 2017

OnePlus has been teasing the new device for weeks, and it is expected to feature a tall, almost edge-to-edge 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, similar to today's other flagship smartphones. The OnePlus 5T has appeared in the rumor mill a few times, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed the inclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the upcoming handset. (more...)
Sprint and T-Mobile End Merger Discussions Sprint and T-Mobile End Merger Discussions
- November 05, 2017

This would be the second time an attempted merger of Sprint, controlled by SoftBank Group Corp (T:), and T-Mobile, controlled by Deutsche Telekom (DE:), has failed. It is still possible that Sprint will reject the new terms or decline investing any more effort into the potential merger. T-Mobile USA and Sprint today finally gave a definitive answer about whether they will merge. (more...)
Galaxy Note 8 sales hit 1 mn units in S Korea Galaxy Note 8 sales hit 1 mn units in S Korea
- November 04, 2017

As of now, Samsung has made a decision to roll out the beta version of the Samsung Experience and give select customers a chance to experience it before the official roll out. Samsung has announced a new version of its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone designed specifically for corporate users. UK S8 owners are only eligible if they have an unlocked device. (more...)
Qualcomm sues Apple for breach of software license contract
- November 03, 2017

The folks over at Bloomberg spotted the new lawsuit filing, which claims that Apple may have used its "unprecedented access" to Qualcomm code in order to help Intel develop a competing chip. Qualcomm has not alleged that Intel chips violate its patents but claims that the way Apple implements them in the iPhone does. In July, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging that Apple has infringed on six Qualcomm patents that "enabled important ... (more...)
76ers' rookie Fultz (shoulder) out indefinitely
- October 31, 2017

Originally, the 76ers said nothing was wrong with Fultz , and then questioned whether Fultz tweaked his shoulder while messing with his jump shot release. 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown have suggested Fultz changed his shot before the injury. Both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid missed entire seasons, although both have been health and performing at extremely high levels so far this season. (more...)
OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: What's the rumoured difference?
- October 30, 2017

It is universally demanded that the OnePlus 5T smartphone will be revealed in November, However, the band has to tell been mum about the probability of its reality. There is also a 3300mAh battery on board, which is charged via USB Type-C and supports the company's Dash Charge technology for a whole day's battery in 30 minutes charge. (more...)
Apple iPhone X Repair Pricing: $279 for Display, $549 for Anything Else Apple iPhone X Repair Pricing: $279 for Display, $549 for Anything Else
- October 28, 2017

Apple first announced the iPhone X in September when it also unveiled its new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Compounding the frustration, there seemed to be a lag in Apple's online store and app, with reports that it lasted about 10 minutes . (more...)
Twitter Admits of Overstating Monthly-User Figures For 3 Years Twitter Admits of Overstating Monthly-User Figures For 3 Years
- October 28, 2017

The San Francisco-based social media giant reported Q3 earnings per share (EPS) of $0.10, which was $0.04 better than the Wall Street consensus estimate of $0.06. Now, the company claims that it has 330 million monthly active users , 69 million of which are based in the U.S., up from 68 million in the last quarter. (more...)
Microsoft beats forecasts as cloud boosts quarterly results Microsoft beats forecasts as cloud boosts quarterly results
- October 27, 2017

Finally, Intelligent Cloud revenue grew by 14% (13% in CC), and while operating expenses increased by 3% (2% in CC), operating income grew by 20% (20% in CC). "Our results reflect accelerating innovation and increased usage and engagement across our businesses as customers continue to choose Microsoft to help them transform". (more...)
Google and Cisco Create New Cloud Powerhouse
- October 26, 2017

The trend of companies and consumers opting to access computing power as services hosted online, instead of owning and maintaining their own software, has led to booming growth for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure offerings. Both companies are using open-source technologies to give customers more flexibility. This is because companies can now develop new applications in the cloud or on premises, using the same developer tools, run time, and production environment. (more...)
13 original Xbox backward compatibility games available this week 13 original Xbox backward compatibility games available this week
- October 24, 2017

Enhanced for Xbox One . Microsoft will also give all of the games nine times their original pixels compared to the games on the original Xbox console. As revealed at E3, all titles that support system link still support it, including cross-generationally. But before Xbox fans dash off for some old-school gaming, the original Xbox titles are not showing up on the Xbox One dashboard, so are not available to play right away. (more...)
Destiny 2's Trials of the Nine event postponed for two weeks Destiny 2's Trials of the Nine event postponed for two weeks
- October 21, 2017

Bungie are now aiming to start Trials of the Nine on Friday, November 3. This hard mode for this particular raid will start on November 7. In order to be a guide, you'll need to meet the Power level requirements and turn in a Guided Games ticket. (more...)
Alicia Keys is returning to Alicia Keys is returning to "The Voice" next season
- October 20, 2017

This will mark Keys's third time as coach - for this go-round, she'll be joining old-schoolers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton , as well as newcomer Kelly Clarkson . Although Keys' return seems to be highly anticipated, at the moment, "The Voice" Season 13 is still taking place. Since then, Keys has gone on to win 15 Grammy Awards and to sell more than 35 million albums and 30 million singles around the world. (more...)
School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama
- October 19, 2017

It's unknown how expensive the name change will be, she said . There's no word on the renaming developments of two other schools in the county: George Elementary, named after Confederate Gen. It had previously been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and consistently receives "A" ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education, Jefferson told McClatchy. (more...)
Facebook Acquires 'tbh,' an Anonymous App for Teens
- October 18, 2017

The free app presents users with multiple-choice questions where a random four friends from their contacts are the answers to complimentary questions like "Could win an Olympic gold medal for their eyeliner game". This will bring more familiar environment for everyone so they can discuss things according to the requirements of its users and other employees of Facebook. (more...)
Now you can Order food using Facebook Now you can Order food using Facebook
- October 17, 2017

The company says Facebook will also show you what your friends have to say about a restaurant before you make your order. The thought was to check whether including a passage point through Facebook's primary route could expand the utilization for the food order feature. (more...)
Gigantic Mystery Hole Opens in Antarctica, Are the Aliens Here? Gigantic Mystery Hole Opens in Antarctica, Are the Aliens Here?
- October 15, 2017

In their observations, it has fluctuated in size up to a maximum of almost 80,000 square kilometers. "In the depths of winter, for more than a month, we've had this area of open water", Kent Moore , an atmospheric scientist at the University of Toronto , told National Geographic . (more...)
Tesla recalls 11000 Tesla Model X SUVs
- October 14, 2017

The issue is a minor one that can be fixed in about 10 minutes and has to do with seat cables in the second row. The company, which is led by Elon Musk, said about 3 percent of the recalled vehicles may have the issue, which was detected during internal testing. (more...)
Alexa Can Tell Voices Apart with Individual Voice Profiles — Amazon Echo Alexa Can Tell Voices Apart with Individual Voice Profiles — Amazon Echo
- October 13, 2017

Users can train their voice in the Alexa app by going through the app's settings, then the Account heading, and then going into your voice. From this day, Amazon's AI assistant will be able to differentiate between multiple voices and provide personally tailored responses. (more...)
Overwatch's Halloween Terror Event Returns With Junkenstein's Revenge Overwatch's Halloween Terror Event Returns With Junkenstein's Revenge
- October 12, 2017

Over 140 cosmetic items are available, but don't wait too long-these Loot Boxes will disappear in a puff of smoke before you know it. In regular Overwatch , meanwhile, the Hollywood and Eichenwalde maps have received spooky makeovers to help set the Halloween mood. (more...)
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Specifications, Features, And Price in India Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Specifications, Features, And Price in India
- October 11, 2017

ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Bezel-Less Smartphone Launches In India, Know All The Specifications Here! Being a flagship phone, the Mix 2 offers top-notch hardware in the form of 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage , Adreno 540 GPU. (more...)
Alex Iwobi goal sends Nigeria to World Cup as first African qualifiers Alex Iwobi goal sends Nigeria to World Cup as first African qualifiers
- October 08, 2017

Nigeria managed to see out the closing stages of the second half with relative ease to claim victory that seals their spot in Russian Federation with one game to spare. "The game on Saturday will be like the games against Algeria and Cameroon in Uyo, which we won 3-1 and 4-0 respectively". So in 1994, 98 and 2014 the national team of Nigeria reached the stage of the 1/8 finals, which remains the best achievement to this day. (more...)
Vehicle tech is distracting drivers for alarming amounts of time, study says Vehicle tech is distracting drivers for alarming amounts of time, study says
- October 07, 2017

They completed the study in partnership with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and found that even common touchscreen tasks distracted drivers for more than 24 seconds. Frustration resulting from unsatisfactory use of these systems increases cognitive demand and the potential for distracted driving. "We welcome the innovation and technology into the vehicle". (more...)
NASA streams first of three October spacewalks NASA streams first of three October spacewalks
- October 06, 2017

Expedition 53 astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will also "stand" on Canadarm2 during spacewalks on October 10 and October 18. In this frame from a computer animation, Bresnik and Vande Hei are shown working to replace the grappling mechanism on one end of the space station's robot arm that has experienced age-related problems. (more...)
Tom Petty Made Everything Okay Even When It Wasn't Tom Petty Made Everything Okay Even When It Wasn't
- October 05, 2017

He was also a member of the impromptu supergroup the Traveling Wilburys , which included Bob Dylan , George Harrison , Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne . Missoula Classic Rock station Z-100 paid tribute to Petty Tuesday morning by having callers share some of their favorite songs and memories. Billy Siegel, the owner of Revival Records, told News 18 Petty's music influenced many top hit artists today, like Sam Smith, The Foo Fighters and Norah Jones. (more...)
SNES Classic: Nintendo may have millions on sale Friday SNES Classic: Nintendo may have millions on sale Friday
- October 01, 2017

And it comes pre-installed with 21 classic games including: The Legend of Zelda; Contra III Alien Wars; Donkey King Country, and Kirby Super Star. But the games might set you back some serious cash. That's if you can find one. The launch inventory of the SNES Classic has sold out in the first 24 hours. (more...)
Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Yanks YouTube From Amazon Echo Show Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Yanks YouTube From Amazon Echo Show
- September 28, 2017

Turns out there was a technical reason: Google didn't like the fact Amazon wasn't giving users the full YouTube experience, with things like autoplay and recommendations not features on the Echo Show . "We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon", the Google spokesperson told The Verge . The immediate benefits of the move will, of course, be to go for hands-free operation of the Amazon Music app. (more...)
The hidden change on Apple's new iOS 11 that's infuriating users The hidden change on Apple's new iOS 11 that's infuriating users
- September 22, 2017

It's where you would go if you need your calculator or wanted to play music, turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or turn on your flashlight. It's a bit convoluted for the average user who thinks they are toggling the radio off completely when they tap on the Control Center icon, though. (more...)
Mobile won't throttle unlimited data until you use 50GB Mobile won't throttle unlimited data until you use 50GB
- September 20, 2017

T-Mobile is the one doing the tweaking today, confirming rumors that we heard earlier this morning . To make matters worse, many of these plans have additional caveats. Ray is quick to point out that slower download speeds - as a result of prioritization - only come into effect if you 1) have consumed over 50GB of data in your current billing cycle and 2) you are now connected to a sector of its network that is experiencing heavy congestion. (more...)
Amazon's $150 Fire tablet summons Alexa hands Amazon's $150 Fire tablet summons Alexa hands
- September 20, 2017

The shiny rear surface of the old Fire 10 has been given the shove, replaced with a hard-wearing, textured plastic that provides plenty of grip, without feeling cheap (or, at least more premium than the price tag suggests). Amazon's newFire HD 10 tablet is also a hands-free Echo . This new device has Alexa built into it and you can automatically wake the tablet out of standby mode by just yelling out her name. (more...)
Google Launches Its Mobile Payment App Tez In India Google Launches Its Mobile Payment App Tez In India
- September 19, 2017

The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has developed the app . Tez works with the customers' existing bank account, which means users' money is safe with their bank and they will continue to earn interest. Google has joined the fleet of digital payments through launching its new app " Tez ". It will be connected with bank accounts and will provide a secure and easy payment option for both online and physical purchase. (more...)
PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat
- September 18, 2017

Modi, who turned 67 today, unveiled the plaque dedicating the dam to the nation, after performing a puja at the site in the Narmada district. The dam's construction began in 1987, although the project dates back to 1961 when Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India , laid down the first stone for the foundation. (more...)
After 20 years of triumph, cassini nears its death After 20 years of triumph, cassini nears its death
- September 15, 2017

Although it leaves behind a rich scientific legacy, the mission's cultural artifacts are few and far between. The Grand Finale is necessitated to prevent the possibility of Earthly bacteria that has been living on Cassini for the last 20 years contaminating an object orbiting Saturn - an unlikely but possible occurrence. (more...)
Joint DUP-SF letter to US Vice President over Bombardier dispute Joint DUP-SF letter to US Vice President over Bombardier dispute
- September 14, 2017

May had a phone call with Trump last week in which she pleaded with the President to intervene in a legal battle between two rival aircraft manufacturers which threatens to destroy thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland. The Montreal-based company said Tuesday in a market update that regional aircraft between 60 and 100 seats are forecast to have 5,750 deliveries valued at US$240 billion. (more...)
Chase bank CEO calls bitcoin a 'fraud' Chase bank CEO calls bitcoin a 'fraud'
- September 14, 2017

It won't end well. He also said that he would immediately fire any employee at the investment bank that he found to be trading in Bitcoin . In bitcoin's case, Mr Dimon said he is sceptical the authorities will allow a currency to exist without state oversight, especially if something goes wrong. (more...)
Brokers Issue New Targets On Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA) Brokers Issue New Targets On Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA)
- September 13, 2017

Hills Bank & Trust Company who had been investing in Teva Pharmaceutical Inds Spons for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $18.80B market cap company. Raymond James Financial Svcs Advsrs holds 20,292 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Investors sentiment decreased to 0.92 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.06, from 0.86 in 2016Q3. (more...)

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