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$199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today $199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today
- May 02, 2018

Battery Life: 1.5-2 hours for gaming, or 2-2.5 for video-watching. At its F8 developers conference today (May 1), the company released a new VR headset called the Oculus Go. Zuckerberg has billed the device as an attempt to make VR adopted by the masses, with the goal of getting one billion people using the technology, which transports people into simulated environments. (more...)
Fortnite's Season 4 finally brings the fabled meteors Fortnite's Season 4 finally brings the fabled meteors
- May 02, 2018

For Fortnite Season 4 , which kicks off today, the comet has made impact and brought with it a whole slew of new content, game enhancements and gameplay changes for both the core game and Battle Royale . We now have new movie set in the Moisty Mire, a super hero base on the western side of the map, and the dance floor by Haunted Hills is now under construction. (more...)
Privacy Concerns Take Center Stage At Facebook Privacy Concerns Take Center Stage At Facebook
- May 02, 2018

Since Cambridge Analytica's fallout, the developers have absorbed much of the impact from Facebook tightening its privacy controls and increasing scrutiny in advertising and data collection. "We're building things to bring people together", the Facebook CEO said at the conclusion of his speech. "It wouldn't have happened without him". (more...)
NFL Draft Day 2: Brown, Andrews Baltimore Bound NFL Draft Day 2: Brown, Andrews Baltimore Bound
- April 30, 2018

Though Lamar Jackson is joining the Ravens as a promising prospect who could be an "exciting playmaker" with his athleticism and arm strength , ESPN stressed that there's still a very good chance the rookie out of Louisville will be sitting behind veteran Joe Flacco , who helped lead Baltimore to its last Super Bowl win in 2013. (more...)
Snapchat Launches New Water Resistant Spectacles Snapchat Launches New Water Resistant Spectacles
- April 27, 2018

The company has announced a new version of the Spectacles that comes with several upgrades in what appears to be doubling down on wearables. The Spectacles are available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France starting Thursday. (more...)
Avengers 4 will probably be even longer than Avengers: Infinity War Avengers 4 will probably be even longer than Avengers: Infinity War
- April 25, 2018

Will Robert Downey Jnr's Iron Man make it out alive? Some younger fans may not have been around to see this one, so this is a great film to either revisit or witness for the first time. "He's such a monastic character and he has such a quotidian approach to his existence", the actor says of his star-spangled Avenger . The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will have to use his wit, strength, and Spider Sense to help the other heroes stop the warlord from enacting his master plan to collect ... (more...)
Apple Announces 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program Apple Announces 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program
- April 22, 2018

They announced the marriage to the manufacturer and received a promise for a free replacement battery. Owners of MacBook Pro notebooks built in the date range mentioned before can go to the Apple support page for this issue and a tool is provided to check if the notebook is eligible for a battery replacement. (more...)
Diamonds in Meteorite May Hail from Our Ancient Solar System Diamonds in Meteorite May Hail from Our Ancient Solar System
- April 19, 2018

It seems that the 80-metric-ton rock found on October 7, 2008, in Sudan, in the Nubian Desert contains traces of how our solar system was formed. The asteroid , now known as "2008 TC3", was just over four metres in diameter and fell in the Nubian desert in Sudan. (more...)
Winnie Mandela funeral: South Africa bids farewell to 'mother of the nation' Winnie Mandela funeral: South Africa bids farewell to 'mother of the nation'
- April 15, 2018

Ramaphosa said, "We must continue to touch Mama's wounds, acknowledge her huge pain and torment, and pass on the stories of her suffering to future generations so that it may always be known that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a giant, a pathfinder, a soldier, a healer, a champion of people's struggles and forever the Mother of the Nation". (more...)
Star Wars: Battlefront II Adds Playable Ewoks For A Limited Time Star Wars: Battlefront II Adds Playable Ewoks For A Limited Time
- April 15, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players. Now a new Battlefront 2 mode is coming to the game that's bringing Hunt back in an interesting way. The ambush begins as Ewoks attack unsuspecting stormtroopers, using spears, Wisties, and other skills to take down their opponents. Beneath the evening skies of Endor, the might of the Empire means little to the Ewoks as they fight for control of their home world. (more...)
Trump calls for prosecuting 'liar' ex-FBI chief Comey
- April 14, 2018

Comey, fired by Trump in May 2017, says the president has no sense of what is right and wrong. Top White House aides are pushing back on a new book from former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that depicts President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to the truth". (more...)
Tesla kicked out of probe into fatal Model X crash Tesla kicked out of probe into fatal Model X crash
- April 14, 2018

Shares of the company have performed -12.16% over the last quarter and moved -4.74% over the last twelve months. Tesla initially drew the ire of the NTSB after it published a blog post disclosing that Autopilot was engaged. Tesla, Inc . has a performance for the week of -3.81%. 2,567 are held by Panagora Asset Mgmt. Analysts assigned consensus rating of 2.8. Therefore 29% are positive. (more...)
Masabi and Uber enter ride-sharing and transit ticketing partnership Masabi and Uber enter ride-sharing and transit ticketing partnership
- April 13, 2018

Bowser has proposed raising ride-hailing companies' gross receipts tax to 4.75 percent from 1 percent to pay for about 10 percent of the $178.5 million (roughly Rs. The data will be shared by Uber on popular curbs for pickups and drop-offs of ride-hailing services. Stay with us to know more on Uber's new activities on transport for social welfare. (more...)
Explaining His Cannabis Conversion, John Boehner Cites a Marijuana Myth Explaining His Cannabis Conversion, John Boehner Cites a Marijuana Myth
- April 13, 2018

He now says that the attitudes of Americans have undergone a sea change over the last 10 or 15 years, and that includes him as well. Boehner is joined on the board of advisers by former MA governor Bill Weld, a Republican who left office in 1997 and was former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson's running mate in 2016 on the libertarian party ticket. (more...)
YouTube's Most Popular Video Deleted in Apparent Hack YouTube's Most Popular Video Deleted in Apparent Hack
- April 11, 2018

The report said the video's images were first altered and replaced with a masked gang holding guns and the description was changed by hackers named Prosox and Kuroi'sh, who wrote "Free Palestine" underneath the videos. It had five billion views at the time of the hacking and was pulled off the site during the hack. Vevo added: "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order". (more...)
Facebook's problems are my mistake, says Mark Zuckerberg Facebook's problems are my mistake, says Mark Zuckerberg
- April 10, 2018

On Tuesday, the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg , will be testifying before US lawmakers to explain what happened with the information harvested by Cambridge Analytica . "We're going to do audits and, yes, we think it's possible", Sandberg said. Cubeyou denies wrongdoing, and Cubeyou CEO Federico Treu told CNBC that it "had the rights disclaimers on a separate site". (more...)
Special Snapchat lenses for iPhone X finally released Special Snapchat lenses for iPhone X finally released
- April 07, 2018

Snapchat first previewed its specialized iPhone X Lenses at Apple's iPhone event in September, where Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi provided a short onstage demonstration showing off the feature's ability to track facial movements. (more...)
Tesla shares higher after Model 3 production boost Tesla shares higher after Model 3 production boost
- April 06, 2018

Invest wisely, my friends. The baby steps that were the start of the Tesla Model 3's production life have evolved into the strides of a toddler, with the company revealing it shipped five times as many sedans in Q1 as it did in Q4 previous year. (more...)
Nokia 9 To Launch With Triple Rear Cameras & In-glass Fingerprint Sensor Nokia 9 To Launch With Triple Rear Cameras & In-glass Fingerprint Sensor
- April 05, 2018

It is sporting the Android One branding on the rear as well. Representatives of the company Nokia announced that they plan to restart another retro phone that was presented in 1994 and became one of the most iconic devices of the time. (more...)
Spotify Begins Trading On NYSE Spotify Begins Trading On NYSE
- April 04, 2018

While Ek eschews New York Stock Exchange rituals such as opening bell-ringing and trading floor interviews to tout the stock , the front of the 115-year-old Greek Revival exchange building has been draped in a vast green-and-black Spotify banner. (more...)
SpaceX's recycled rocket and spaceship deliver cargo to ISS SpaceX's recycled rocket and spaceship deliver cargo to ISS
- April 04, 2018

The California-based company is striving to lower the costs of space missions by reusing its rockets and other components after each launch, instead of setting them to plunge into the ocean upon reentering in the Earth's atmosphere. Included among the science-related cargo is an experiment created to study severe thunderstorms on Earth. NASA mimicked atmospheric conditions to grow these tomatoes under LEDs rather than natural sunlight. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note9 could be launched earlier than expected, courtesy Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy Note9 could be launched earlier than expected, courtesy Galaxy S9
- April 02, 2018

Last fall, the "boring" iPhone 8 series launched in September, just as expected, while the iPhone X didn't hit stores until early November. Apple reportedly plans to release three types of iPhones this year - one with a 6.04-inch LCD display and the other two OLED-based phones measuring 5.85 inches and 6.46 inches, respectively. (more...)
New Uprising Event in Overwatch Dated For April 10th New Uprising Event in Overwatch Dated For April 10th
- April 02, 2018

The last event featured over 100 new items to earn during the Uprising event. At the Payload Tour events, Blizzard promises a unique photo experience to "capture your inner hero", along with "never-before-seen Overwatch cosplay". Could this be the moment when Blackwatch turns on Overwatch? With a steady influx of new characters, new maps, and events that appeal to their wide player base all around the world, it is no wonder that the FPS has acquired the recognition of a solid title. (more...)
How to Celebrate Earth Hour in Monaco How to Celebrate Earth Hour in Monaco
- March 25, 2018

Last year, Earth hour broke the world record with 3,100 monuments going dark in 187 countries and territories between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. PRINCE GEORGE- Tomorrow, people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for The World Wildlife Fund. (more...)
Apple is holding an education event on March 27 Apple is holding an education event on March 27
- March 17, 2018

That's the second time in a decade it limited product announcements to a single showcasing. The world seems to love a big Apple event, so mark your cards for March 27, which is when the next one is happening. In recent months, Apple and Tim Cook have been pushing the company's education agenda hard with a series of teaching and training events taking place at Apple stores globally. (more...)
Takeaways From Broadcom's Blocked $117B Qualcomm Bid Takeaways From Broadcom's Blocked $117B Qualcomm Bid
- March 16, 2018

The US feared that Broadcom would curtail investment in research and development, undermining Qualcomm's position in developing 5G and creating an opportunity for China's Huawei Technologies Co. firms. "The Purchaser and Qualcomm shall immediately and permanently abandon the proposed takeover". "Reduction in Qualcomm's long-term technological competitiveness and influence in standard setting would significantly impact US national security", CFIUS warned. (more...)
Samsung adds 300 fix locations through partnership with uBreakiFix Samsung adds 300 fix locations through partnership with uBreakiFix
- March 15, 2018

The phones range from the S6 and Note 5 through the S9 and Note 8. Samsung Electronics America, the makers of the Galaxy line of smartphones, announced that more than 300 uBreakiFix stores have been authorized to fix its products. These Samsung Care authorized service locations are already in every major United States metro area, but by early 2019, the company plans to add 200 more uBreakiFix locations in order to reach even more customers than they already do. (more...)
Elon Musk wants to preserve humanity in space Elon Musk wants to preserve humanity in space
- March 12, 2018

The Tesla and SpaceX founder, 46-year-old Elon Musk , has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars . But Musk's not just thinking about doom and gloom. 22. "And we were trying to think of an image, something to shock people, and what we came up with was a red sports auto and a David Bowie song", Nolan said. (more...)
Super Smash Bros. Coming to Switch in 2018 Super Smash Bros. Coming to Switch in 2018
- March 11, 2018

Nintendo squeezed in a teaser for the new Super Smash Bros .at the very end of its Direct event. Super Smash Bros Switch release date - When is it coming out? From the video below, we also clocked Bowser, Samus Aran from Metroid, and a few others. (more...)
'Fortnite Battle Royale' heading to mobile, iOS test run announced 'Fortnite Battle Royale' heading to mobile, iOS test run announced
- March 10, 2018

Speaking of PS4, Fortnite on mobile will also have full cross play support between PS4, PC and Mac . So despite a delayed release for Android , it would appear that Epic Games is indeed invested in bringing their battle royale third-person shooter to mobile . (more...)
Man arrested for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar Man arrested for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar
- March 09, 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement that the two were "happily reunited after a brief separation" and that the star had "resumed her celebrations". The Reuters video captured Bryant leaving the ball holding the Oscar and saying, "We got it". It was not clear how Bryant took possession of the Oscar, or in what capacity he was attending the event, but police said he had a ticket to enter. (more...)
China's tumbling space station may crash near NZ China's tumbling space station may crash near NZ
- March 08, 2018

Like the Russian station, much of Tiangong-1 will burn up in the atmosphere, reports Chinese news agency Xinhua . The 8.5-tonne space station was launched in 2011. 'Potentially, there may be a highly toxic and corrosive substance called hydrazine on board the spacecraft that could survive reentry. It is expected to enter the atmosphere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south latitudes. (more...)
Apple Turns Up Audio Ambition With High-End Headphones Apple Turns Up Audio Ambition With High-End Headphones
- March 06, 2018

Much like the HomePod, the development of Apple's over-ear headset has been an on-again, off-again affair over the past year. A report a year ago calculated that Apple has already locked up over 40% of the wireless-headphone market. AirPods have been tricky to assemble and use unusual design tricks, likely making them expensive to produce. One area the company is now looking to make a bigger splash in is the headphone market. (more...)
Apple to launch its biggest iPhone yet with 6.5-inch display Apple to launch its biggest iPhone yet with 6.5-inch display
- March 02, 2018

There were rumours of a phone that would have nestled comfortably between this 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and the 5.8-inch iPhone X, but according to Bloomberg's report a refresh of the iPhone X, as it now looks, will be the second-biggest of the three phones. (more...)
MWC 2018: Alcatel launches an Android Go phone MWC 2018: Alcatel launches an Android Go phone
- February 26, 2018

Powering the phone is a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of storage. The company has unveiled as many as five smartphones and two tablets . All three new phones sport taller displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio as opposed to the more typical 16:9 style. Rounding out the Alcatel 5′s feature set is a 3,000mAh battery, fingerprint reader, and Android Nougat. (more...)
Celtic lacked courage in Zenit clash, says Brendan Rodgers Celtic lacked courage in Zenit clash, says Brendan Rodgers
- February 26, 2018

Roberto Mancini's Zenit secured their place in Friday's last-16 draw in the 61st minute with Serbian global Ivanović again playing a key role as his low cross was bundled in by Aleksandr Kokorin at the back post. "We know that over the course of the two legs we need to replicate that but the players are ready for that. Dembele is a shadow of the player he was last season". (more...)
A Final Fantasy XV PC demo is available soon A Final Fantasy XV PC demo is available soon
- February 23, 2018

Players who purchase the Windows Edition before May 5, 2018 will gain access to a series of costumes and items inspired by Half Life's Gordon Freeman. Valve, rather infamously, has no plans to make any more despite leaving the story unfinished. As for members of Electronic Arts' Origin service, they'll be treated to a set of vehicle decals if they pre-order in advance of March 6. (more...)
Fortnite: Battle Royale Llama, Fox & Crab Locations Fortnite: Battle Royale Llama, Fox & Crab Locations
- February 23, 2018

What is all of this new content that is coming to this online multiplayer video game? For the uninitiated, that means the game just got a bundle of new outfits, gear and other goodies for players to collect while the season is active. You can find full details of the Season 3 Battle Pass on Epic's website. Sometimes it's frustrating when your placement is blocked unexpectedly and you aren't sure why. (more...)
PUBG To Get Ping Based Matchmaking PUBG To Get Ping Based Matchmaking
- February 22, 2018

Best of all though, it is free. Do you think this will sate the players demanding that China be region-locked? Which bundle will you be getting? Assuming you are really lucky, mind. The team is expecting to improve the overall play experience by splitting the matching pool rather than restricting connection depending on ping. Among many features, one of the major that is being focused on by the developers is the Ping-based Matchmaking system. (more...)
Apple is said to negotiate buying cobalt direct from miners Apple is said to negotiate buying cobalt direct from miners
- February 22, 2018

It's apparently due to concerns over shortages caused by the recent boom in electric vehicles, and it's hardly surprising considering the iPhone maker is one of the world's largest end users of cobalt as it uses it in all of its device batteries . (more...)
Idea, Vodafone cut unlimited pack price to Rs 150 range Idea, Vodafone cut unlimited pack price to Rs 150 range
- February 20, 2018

Idea has updated the details of the Rs 109 plan on its website, revealing that this plan offers 14 days validity , "unlimited" voice calls, 100 SMSs per day and 1GB 4G/3G data. The voice calling benefit is limited to 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week, very much like the other Idea Cellular plans. Idea's all-new Rs 109 plan comes days after the launch of Rs 93 prepaid recharge plan. (more...)
HMD Global releases Android 8.1 update for Nokia 8 HMD Global releases Android 8.1 update for Nokia 8
- February 15, 2018

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone division permitted the Finnish parent company to reuse the Nokia brand on smartphones from the end of 2015. The dual-SIM (Nano) handset features a 5.3-inch display QHD IPS display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Nokia was once the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world but lost its appeal when it made a decision to overlook Android and start making Windows-powered smartphones. (more...)
Facebook is losing young users to Snapchat even faster than expected Facebook is losing young users to Snapchat even faster than expected
- February 15, 2018

This is also the first time Facebook even predicted a decline in users . The company's Instagram platform shows faster growth, particularly after copying several popular features that Snapchat provided, like Stories that string together several images in a single post . (more...)
Xiaomi Mi TV 4 FAQ, pros, cons, user queries and answers Xiaomi Mi TV 4 FAQ, pros, cons, user queries and answers
- February 14, 2018

Xiaomi has launched its world's thinnest TV in India called the Xiaomi Mi LEd TV 4. More interesting of the pair is the Redmi Note 5 Pro that has a Snapdragon 636 and a 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage variant, in addition to the same ones available for its little sibling. (more...)
DNA shows first modern Briton had dark skin, blue eyes DNA shows first modern Briton had dark skin, blue eyes
- February 09, 2018

The Cheddar man had actually a dark to black skin and instead of having brown eyes, he actually had blue eyes. In other words, whiteness in Europe is a much newer thing than we thought. However, the cool conditions of Gough Cave were excellent for keeping the DNA intact. However, Cheddar Man has the genetic markers of skin pigmentation usually associated with sub-Saharan Africa. (more...)
PS4 update 5.50 includes Play Time Management and PS Now background music PS4 update 5.50 includes Play Time Management and PS Now background music
- February 07, 2018

The holiday quarter was pretty big for the PlayStation 4: Sony affirms that strong hardware and software sales drove up its Games and Network Services segment sales by 16% year-over-year, and that it shipped 9 million PS4s during the season, or more than both of its previous quarterly shipments combined. (more...)
Call of Duty Black Ops 4: everything we know so far Call of Duty Black Ops 4: everything we know so far
- February 07, 2018

Given the tremendous sales momentum of CoD: WWII due to the game's triumphant return to boots on the ground action, it's very likely that Activision will push Treyarch away from sci-fi and more towards visceral, old-school Call of Duty action. (more...)
Russian spy chiefs met in Washington with Central Intelligence Agency director to discuss counterterrorism Russian spy chiefs met in Washington with Central Intelligence Agency director to discuss counterterrorism
- February 03, 2018

The Trump administration released a list of Russian businessmen and oligarchs tied to the Kremlin on Tuesday night but decided not to add new sanctions against Moscow. An SVR officer posing as an attache at the Russian mission to the United Nations was also linked to an effort to recruit Carter Page, a former Moscow-based investment banker who was later an official in Donald Trump's election campaign. (more...)
Spotify Tests a New Easy Playlist Listening App Spotify Tests a New Easy Playlist Listening App
- February 03, 2018

Spotify is clearly focusing on ease of use with Stations as the app will automatically begin playing music when you open it and create playlists tailored to your tastes based on the songs you've "liked" in the past. The app is totally free according to the Google Play listing which was first spotted by Variety , and is being tested as an experiment here in Australia ahead of a broader launch. (more...)
Nintendo Switch outsells entire Wii U sales in 10 months Nintendo Switch outsells entire Wii U sales in 10 months
- February 01, 2018

It now expects to make a profit of 160 billion yen ($1.47 billion/£1.03 billion), 33.3% above previous forecasts. It will be "appealing to younger audience which has not been addressed by Nintendo for some time". Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said that Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected in Japan, the United States, and Europe. (more...)