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Next-Gen Xbox’s Price Will Be More Competitive

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When Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, many were taken aback when the company revealed that the console would cost more than its rival, the PS4. However, Microsoft had attempted to justify it by bundling the Kinect accessory with it, but ultimately, the company reduced the price.

However, the difference in price allowed Sony to gain an early advantage, and this is a mistake that Microsoft does not want to repeat. During an interview with Eurogamer during the XO19 event in London, Microsoft exec Phil Spencer acknowledged Microsoft’s mistake with the pricing of the Xbox One, and stated that they will definitely not be repeating that again.

“I will say, from the launch of Xbox One, I’ve definitely learned that being too expensive and not powerful enough is not a great place to be. And price and performance are gonna be important, and we’re very focused on both of those things.” He also adds, “If you remember at the launch of Xbox One, we were $100 more expensive and less powerful. So, I won’t be in that position. There’s no doubt about that.”

That being said, no one knows how much the next-gen Xbox or the PS5 will be priced at the moment. We know that both consoles are currently in development, but pricing for either has yet to be officially confirmed.

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November 17th 2019, 8:56 pm

Twitch Streamer Lets Viewers ‘Electrocute’ Him For Donations

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We’re sure that many of you have come across this particular carnival game where a person sits on a chair positioned above a tank of water, and the other person tosses balls at a target and if the target  is hit, the person on the chain gets dunked in the water. It is good and harmless fun in exchange for money.

Twitch streamer TheSushiDragon recently attempted a similar concept in exchange for donations, but instead of being dunked in water, he opted to put on TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units where for every donation he received, he would also receive an electrical pulse in return.

Now, it might seem like an extreme stunt, but we should note that TENS units are not dangerous. In fact, they are typically used to relieve muscle pain, and he isn’t actually being electrocuted. Those who have tried it have described it as feeling like a prickly sensation, although in the video, TheSushiDragon might have exaggerated it by acting like he was in pain.

The video has since been taken down, although it is unclear if TheSushiDragon removed it himself or if Twitch removed it as it has been pointed out that it could be considered as “self-harm”. We’re not sure if TheSushiDragon might face punishment from Twitch for the stunt, but so far it seems that his channel remains up and running minus that particular video.

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November 17th 2019, 8:56 pm

Diablo’s Creators Think That A Diablo 2 Remaster Is Unlikely To Happen

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Over the past few years, Blizzard has introduced remasters of several of its games. This came in the form of a remaster of the original StarCraft and back in 2018, Blizzard announced Warcraft 3: Reforged which is also basically a remaster of the game. We have also heard the rumors that a Diablo 2 remaster could be in the works as well, but maybe not.

During an interview at ExileCon 2019, Diablo’s original creators Max and Erich Schaefer revealed that they do not think that a Diablo 2 remaster could be in development. According to Erich, he claims that this is because the hard drives containing the backup of the game’s source code and assets were lost, which meant that remastering Diablo 2 would be difficult for Blizzard to pull off.

“We lost a lot of the assets, art assets. It would make it very difficult for Blizzard to do a Diablo 2 Remaster because all the assets we used are pretty much gone. They’d have to make them from scratch.” That being said, we should point out that both the Schaefers no longer work at Blizzard and as such, probably aren’t privy to what the company is doing.

However, with Diablo 4 having been announced, we imagine that the company will probably be focusing their time and resources on that instead of remastering an old game.

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November 17th 2019, 8:56 pm

Microsoft Will Kill Off Cortana On iOS And Android In 2020

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While Google Assistant and Alexa might be at the forefront of everyone’s minds when it comes to digital assistants, thanks to the rise in popularity of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, let’s not forget that Microsoft also has a digital assistant of their own in the form of Cortana.

Unfortunately for Cortana users on iOS and Android devices, it seems that come 2020, Microsoft will be killing off support for the app. According to a post on Microsoft’s support page, the company has noted that on the 31st of January, 2002, they will be ending support for Cortana on iOS and Android.

“To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps. As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market. At that point, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana on Windows.”

While Microsoft has not been enjoying much success on the mobile front, the company has been attempting to find their way in by releasing apps for various platforms. While Microsoft seems to be still interesting in mobile, it seems that that interest does not extend to a dedicated Cortana app for mobile.

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November 17th 2019, 7:56 pm

FedEx Delivery Driver Caught Tossing A $1,500 Camera Lens Onto The Ground

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Camera lenses are delicate things due to their construction, where what determines the quality and performance of a lens is in its choice and use of glass. This is why camera lenses should be handled with care, but unfortunately for photographer Greg Reigler, it seems that not everyone shares that philosophy.

In a video shared on YouTube, Reigler posted a clip where it appeared that a FedEx delivery driver decided that instead of walking a few extra steps to place the package on the ground, he tossed it. What makes this particularly painful to watch is that the package contained a $1,500 Canon camera lens which is by no means cheap.

In a post on Reddit, Reigler claims that after reviewing the footage, he got in touch with FedEx and found out that the person who tossed the package was a contractor and was also in training.“It’s a contractor, and the guy tossing the box seems to be training, which is crazy he already doesn’t care about his job.”

However, the good news is that it seems that despite the carelessness involved in handling the package, the lens survived the drop and seemed to be just fine. “Opened the box and inspected the lens in front of the camera after receiving, everything appears fine! I assumed it should be packed well enough to handle stuff like this, but it shouldn’t be intentionally mishandled like that.”

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November 17th 2019, 7:56 pm

Your Cheap Android Phone Could Be Filled With Malicious Apps

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There are many Android phones in the market today. Some are cheap, some are expensive, and usually in the case of cheaper Android phones, certain compromises have to be made. Maybe the build quality isn’t as strong, or maybe they’re just based off a reference design which means less money spent on R&D which in turn saves money.

However, it seems that on the software front, certain compromises could also be made which according to security research firm, Kryptowire, could be a problem as they have discovered that the apps that come preinstalled on cheaper Android phones come with a host of bugs and vulnerabilities that could make them easy to be hacked, and in turn compromise the device in question

While they did not mention the brands involved, they do note that these vulnerabilities were found on the phones shipped by at least 29 manufacturers. Speaking to CNET, Kryptowire CEO Angelos Stavrou suggests that Google should also be held accountable to a certain degree by being more strict and thorough regarding apps that are used on Android.

According to Stavrou, “Google can demand more thorough code analysis and vendor responsibility for their software products that enter the Android ecosystems. Legislators and policy makers should demand that companies are accountable for putting the security and personal information of end-users at risk.”

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November 17th 2019, 7:26 pm

Dad Credits The Apple Watch For Helping Improve The Life Of His Autistic Son

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Ever since the Apple Watch was launched, we have heard how it has improved on the lives of its users. For example, there have been multiple examples of how the Apple Watch has improved on the health and fitness levels of its wearers by reminding them to stand and also pushing them to accomplish their move/exercise goals.

We have also heard multiple stories of how the heart rate sensor and ECG feature has saved many lives. Now in a new feature shared on People, it tells a story of a dad who credits the Apple Watch for improving on the life of his autistic son. This comes in the form of a new feature in the Apple Watch that can measure the noise levels around the user.

According to the dad, Scott Bennett, his son who is autistic tends to speak very loudly and has had a hard time trying to modulate his voice. However, with the new feature of the Apple Watch, it allowed his son to pay attention to his voice and its volume levels, so when he notices that the noise levels are pretty high, he will then try to tone it down.

Bennett adds, “There’s 5 million of these folks [with special needs] out there, and every one of them is different, and has different issues and needs. And it’s really hard to make use of all the technology that’s out there. I’m sure there’s other things out there that my son could benefit from, it’s just, who has the time to go through them and sort through all these things? I just happened to see one thing and it really made a difference for me, and I’m excited enough to want to share with other people.”

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November 17th 2019, 7:26 pm

Scientists Treat Alzheimer’s In Mice Using Light And Sound

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Despite all our advances in the medical industry, there are still certain diseases and ailments that do not have a cure. Unfortunately, one of those diseases is Alzheimer’s, which at the moment there is still no cure for. However, thanks to research done by scientists at MIT, they could be onto something.

For those who are unfamiliar with how Alzheimer’s developers, it is basically where the communication amongst the brain’s neurons are disrupted, which in turn causes loss of function and cell death. This ultimately affects a person’s memory and behavior, which will also ultimately lead to death.

It has been discovered that within the brains of Alzheimer’s patients there is a buildup of plaque that collects between neurons which affects the way cells function, and so what researchers at MIT have done is that through the use of light and sound, they have managed to “clear” some of the plaque in the brains of mice.

This method is actually based off an earlier technique, but with some modifications made by adding sound. According to Li-Huei Tsai, one of the researchers from MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, “When we combine visual and auditory stimulation for a week, we see the engagement of the prefrontal cortex and a very dramatic reduction of amyloid.”

That being said, we shouldn’t be too excited just yet as the test was only conducted on mice, so it is unclear if it could work on humans due to the frequency of our brain waves versus that of a mouse.

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November 17th 2019, 7:26 pm

Nope, Apple Has No Plans For A 14-inch MacBook Pro

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With the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, a somewhat unconventional size for laptops, this has led to the possibility of Apple maybe exploring other display sizes for its laptop lineup. This was a question that YouTuber Jonathan Morrison posed to Apple exec Phil Schiller during an interview, where he asked about the possibility of a 14-inch MacBook Pro.

If you were hoping that Apple could be mulling the launch of a 14-inch MacBook Pro to replace the 13-inch model, you would be out of luck. Schiller essentially shut that idea down in his response, where Morrison asked if the launch of the 16-inch model could indicate that a 14-inch model could also be in the works.

The Apple exec was quoted as saying, “No, I wouldn’t draw any extrapolation from this to anything else.” For those who were hoping to see a 14-inch laptop from Apple, it looks like you will be disappointed, but at the same time, it is understandable that Apple would still want to maintain its smaller laptops for customers who value portability.

Schiller also acknowledges that for a while, it might seem that Apple wasn’t listening to its customers or were ignoring professionals who had long used Apple products, but insists that the company is always listening to feedback. If you’re interested, you can actually check out the interview in the video above.

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November 17th 2019, 7:26 pm

16-inch MacBook Pro Teardown Gives Us A Closer Look At The ‘New’ Magic Keyboard

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Several years ago when Apple first introduced their new MacBook laptop, they also introduced a new keyboard design which used butterfly switches. The idea was that this would create a thinner keyboard profile which in turn would allow Apple to slim down its laptop even further, a mantra the company had been pursuing for a while now.

Unfortunately, despite several iterations and many attempts to improve and fix it, the keyboard just kept giving its users trouble. However, with the launch of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has finally brought back the scissor switch mechanism. Now thanks to the folks at iFixit, they have torn down the new laptop and given us a closer look at the new Magic Keyboard that Apple has included in the laptop.

Based on their findings, it seems that the new Magic Keyboard on the MacBook Pro shares many similar design traits as the desktop version of the Magic Keyboard and also the previous keyboards that Apple included in its laptops prior to the butterfly switch. They note that due to its design, it is more robust and also has more space to tolerate any form of debris that might get caught under it.

This was an issue with the previous butterfly switches which was rendered useless whenever debris got stuck. Of course, whether or not this new keyboard will be more durable remains to be seen, but given that Apple does not offer an extended warranty for this keyboard, it has been suggested that they are pretty confident about it.

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November 15th 2019, 9:24 pm

New Mass Effect Game Reportedly In The Very Early Stages Of Development

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When it comes to RPGs, Mass Effect is one of the more popular franchises in recent years. However, when the original trilogy ended and EA released Mass Effect: Andromeda, it kind of fell flat which led to the publisher eventually putting the series on hold while they focused on other franchises.

However, if you’re a fan of Mass Effect and you’re hoping to revisit the franchise again, you could be in luck. According to a report from Kotaku, they claim to have heard from their sources that BioWare is actually in the very early stages of developing a new Mass Effect game. However, the early stages of development report suggests that it could probably be a couple of years before we see or hear anything official.

The report also goes on to add that Mike Gamble will be directing the project, who for those unfamiliar, has pretty much worked on all of the Mass Effect series to date in various capacities, such as producer and project manager. We’re not sure when we will be seeing the game, but BioWare seems to be pretty busy with other projects.

Kotaku’s report also reveals how BioWare is said to be planning an overhaul of Anthem, and let’s not forget that BioWare is also working on Dragon Age 4, so it could be a while before we see anything from the company.

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November 15th 2019, 9:24 pm

Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pros Will Support Up To Two 6K External Displays

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With the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, it represents Apple’s biggest and most powerful laptop to date. While a laptop is clearly designed to be used on the go, we imagine that there are some who plan to use it while at home or at the office as well, and as such, will probably connect it to external monitors.

If you’re wondering about external monitor support, Apple’s MacBooks already support external monitors to varying degrees, but according to Apple’s support document, it mentions that its new 16-inch MacBook Pro will actually be capable of support as many as two 6K external displays with a resolution of 6016×3384 at a 60Hz refresh rate.

Alternatively, if you don’t have 6K displays, the laptop will also be capable of support up to two 5K monitors or four 4K monitors. Whether or not you actually need that many displays is entirely up to you, but thanks to its USB-C connection, and presumably if you have a USB-C monitor, it can connect the laptop to the display while charging it at the same time.

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro is priced starting at $2,500 which is the same price as the base 15-inch MacBook Pro which it will be replacing in its lineup.

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November 15th 2019, 9:24 pm

Facebook Is Testing An Instagram-Like Feature For Its Platform

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While Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are very different platforms from each other, over the years, we’ve seen how Facebook has attempted to try and introduce similar features to each of its products. For example, Stories is one of those features where we’ve seen it applied across all three apps.

Now it looks like Facebook could be interested in borrowing a feature from Instagram in the from of “Popular Photos”. In case you haven’t noticed, Facebook recently conducted a test where if you tap on a photo from your News Feed, you might have noticed that at the bottom, there are more photos which the social network has deemed as popular.

We’re not sure how Facebook determines which photos to display here, but basically you would be able to keep scrolling and looking at photos. Facebook has since confirmed to TechCrunch that they were indeed testing out the feature and that the test has since been concluded. The company also notes that they are now iterating on the product and plan to do more updated tests in the future, but stopped short of actually confirming if the feature would be rolled out in full in th future.

We should point out that Facebook does conduct tests every now and then for new features, so it’s hard to say which ones might make the final cut.

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November 15th 2019, 8:09 pm

iPhone 11 Pro VS $20,000 Leica, Can You Tell The Difference?

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A few weeks ago, a video surfaced in which it compared Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro against a $7,500 Canon professional camera. It was quite a tricky test which only meant that it was in the iPhone’s favor, as if you can’t tell the difference that clearly, then obviously Apple is doing a killer job with the camera on its iPhone.

Now in a new video uploaded by YouTuber and photographer Sawyer Hartman, he compares the iPhone 11 Pro against the holy grail of cameras, a $20,000 Lecia M10-P with a 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux lens. Given that Leica costs almost three times more than the previous camera, does this necessarily translate into way better photos that could make the differences between the iPhone and the camera even more obvious? Short answer, no.

At a glance, the differences aren’t particularly obvious as the images look pretty identical side-by-side. It’s only when you zoom into the details that it becomes a bit more obvious. This might be a bit hard to tell when it comes to landscape shots, but in portraits, the giveaway would be the hair, where the iPhone has a bit more trouble with the foreground and background separation, which can sometimes result in a fuzzy ring around a person’s head and it is unable to pick up on stray pieces of hair.

However, what was impressive about this video is how the iPhone handled low-light photography in the new Night Mode, where despite it going up against a very fast and very expensive lens, it holds its own. Professionals might have more to nitpick regarding the lighting and shadows, but for a regular user who just wants to share their photos on social media, it is more than capable of getting the job done.

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November 15th 2019, 8:09 pm

Spotify Testing Real-Time Lyrics Synced To Your Music

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One of the features of Apple Music is that it comes with real-time music syncing. What this means is that as the song progresses, the lyrics will scroll throughout the song and highlights the part that is being sung. This is useful if you’re looking to sing along to the song that is currently playing.

It looks like Spotify could soon be getting a similar feature, according to a report from TechCrunch where Spotify has confirmed that they will be testing the feature out. So far, the tests are being conducted in a handful of markets so if you don’t see it yet, don’t worry as we imagine that it will eventually make its way to you.

Interestingly enough, this is not Spotify’s first attempt at displaying lyrics with its songs. It had previously introduced a similar feature on the desktop, but now it looks like it will be coming to mobile, thanks to its partnership with Musixmatch. For those unfamiliar, Musixmatch is a lyrics app/service that can display an overlay of text over whatever you are playing.

Musixmatch is available as a paid subscription or you can use it for free with ads, but with it being tested with Spotify, it looks like Spotify users won’t need to download a separate app in the future. No word on when it will be rolled out fully, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

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November 15th 2019, 8:09 pm

Microsoft’s xCloud Streaming Service Adds 50 New Games

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Microsoft sent out invites to test their Project xCloud streaming service last month. In just over a month, it has made a huge announcement.

The xCloud streaming service, which is still in the preview phase is expected to launch in 2020, as confirmed by Microsoft at XO19 (Xbox-focused event).

In the event that took place in London, Microsoft also revealed its plan to launch more games on the platform.

At least, 50 new games from about 25 different game studios at launch. Some of them should be available for testing soon enough – but there’s time for that.

Of course, this could significantly affect Stadia which also happens to be a similar offering but with fewer games at launch.

Even though Stadia grabbed our attention with some latest titles, Microsoft’s Project xCloud could potentially include most of the lastest and popular game titles.

If you want to know the details of the game and its plan for the launch, you can check out their official Xbox blog post.

For now, the pricing for the service is not clear. However, it is believed that it could be bundled as a new Xbox Game Pass plan which includes access to the xCloud streaming service as well.

What do you think about xCloud streaming service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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November 15th 2019, 3:19 pm

Ford’s All Electric Mustang Mach-E Details Leaked Ahead Of Launch

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Ford’s much-awaited all-electric Mustang crossover finally unveiled the name “Mustang Mach-E”.

Even though the full reveal is scheduled on November 17 L.A. auto show, it looks like we already have a lot of details for the car ahead of the official launch.

Jalopnik spotted the webpage for Ford’s All-Electric Mustang Mach-E through the Mach-E forum.

Of course, the webpage was supposed to go live after the full reveal but it seems like someone accidentally published the product page thinking no one could notice the addition in the back-end.

It looked like a webpage dedicated to the registration of Ford Mustang Mach-E for 2020. Jalopnik also managed to grab a couple of screenshots as you can see in the image at the top of this article and an additional picture below.

From what they observed, some information on the pricing and the specs did appear.

The aim for 0-60 mph was clearly a thing in their observation. In addition to this, it looks like you will have an option of rear or an all-wheel drive.

It will be capable of 300 miles of range while the GT model might cover more for its speed. With 10 minutes of charge, you can theoretically travel 47 miles – which does not sound bad at all.

However, the pricing starts from $43,895 and goes up to $60,000 for the GT model. It is worth noting that the prices mentioned did not take Federal EV tax credit into account.

We shall cover a follow up to this story after the official reveal.

Image Credits: Jalopnik

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November 15th 2019, 2:01 pm

You May Want To Think Twice Before Using Public USB Charging Stations

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If you travel a lot, you might have come across many public USB charging stations.

However, next time, you should avoid using the public charging stations – said the Los Angeles District Attorney in a security alert published last week.

If an official points it out as a warning, you may want to think twice before plugging in your phone in a USB charging station.

Shockingly, it may contain dangerous malware. It is worth noting that a USB connection lets you charge/transfer data as well.

So, there is no particular restriction on how the data is being transferred over to the phone. And, this can be potentially exploited by an attacker to silently add a malicious file to your device.

Even though it is tough to exploit it everywhere, it is still something that is possible to do. This type of attack also has a unique name to describe it – “Juice Jacking”.

Apparently, this is not something new and a couple of proofs-of-concept have been demonstrated over the years but not everyone focused their attention on it until now.

You can also watch a relevant video to the story to understand it better:

Every time something like this comes up, we are reminded that we have to be cautious about everything related to our smartphones in order to keep them secure.

And, this is the least you could do – not charge them at public USB stations.

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November 15th 2019, 1:48 pm

Top 10 Women in Edge Call For Entry – Deadline to Apply Nov 15th

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The State of the Edge and Edge Computing World are sponsoring the first annual Edge Woman of the Year Award, presented to outstanding female and non-binary professionals in edge computing for outstanding performance in their roles elevating Edge. This program highlights the growing importance of the contributions and accomplishments of women in this innovative industry.

Nominate a colleague (or yourself), if she is playing a role that is impacting the direction of her organization’s strategy, technology, or communications around edge computing, edge software, edge infrastructure or systems.

All nominees will receive a 25% discount to Edge Computing World.

Apply now with the link below, the deadline is tomorrow, Nov 15th, 2019: https://www.edgecomputingworld.com/edgewomanoftheyear/

The award winner will be announced and presented with a trophy at Edge Computing World, to be held at the Computer History Museum, Silicon Valley from December 9-12, 2019.

About Edge Computing World:
Edge Computing World brings together leading minds in Edge Computing, with a program packed with senior executives, and thought leaders. Attendees will be able to size the market, network with the edge computing ecosystem, discuss implementation challenges et best practices with customers. At the conference held Dec 9-12, 2019,  at the Computer History Museum, Silicon Valley,  hear about use cases, in gaming  (Niantic, Haste) Autonomous (Gatik, Uber Elevate), VR (HTC), Robotics (BoxBot), video (Avigilon, City of San Leandro) or AI (Chick fil-A, Amazon Alexa).

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November 14th 2019, 11:52 pm

How To Turn Off Data Roaming On iPhone

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If you’re traveling to an overseas destination, buying a local SIM card is always a good idea. These days, with the rise of dual SIM phones, you can not only buy a local SIM to enjoy cheaper data rates, but also retain your main phone number and keep it active in case anyone tries to call you.

However, sometimes you might forget to turn off data roaming which can result in a nasty bill shock in the hundreds, if not thousands, so here’s how to ensure that the data roaming feature on your iPhone is off, and if not, how to turn it off.

How To Turn Off Data Roaming

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Go to Cellular
  3. Go to Cellular Data Options
  4. Make sure that the Data Roaming toggle is off (it should be grey. If it’s green it means it’s enabled)
  5. You should now be set and good to go

We should point out that turning off data roaming does not turn off roaming on your phone. This means that you can still receive calls and text messages while overseas, it’s just that you can’t use data. If you’d like to disable roaming entirely, then you will need to speak to your carrier to get them to disable roaming in general.

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November 14th 2019, 9:23 pm

How To Customize The iPhone’s Control Center

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Looking to turn on your flashlight or launch the camera app? Maybe adjust the brightness of your iPhone’s display? Those features are all available via the Control Center as shortcuts, but did you know that you can actually customize the Control Center to feature shortcuts to certain tools that you might use frequently?

Currently the default options offered in Control Center cover most of the basic tools you might need, like the calculator, camera, and flashlight, but in case you need more tools, then check out the guide below to learn how to customize Control Center to your liking.

How To Customize The iPhone’s Control Center

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Go to Control Center
  3. Select Customize Controls
  4. You will be presented with the various features that you can add to Control Center
  5. Tap the red – button to remove a feature, or tap the green + button to add a feature
  6. You can also tap and drag the features up and down where the shortcuts in Control Center will actually rearrange itself based on where you’ve dragged it to

At the moment, pretty much all the features in Control Center are native iOS apps. This means that if you’re hoping to add a third-party app to Control Center, you’d be out of luck. Maybe one day Apple will open up Control Center to third-party apps, but for now, you’re pretty much limited to the iOS native apps and features.

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November 14th 2019, 9:23 pm

Google Search Will Now Teach You How To Pronounce New Words

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Have you ever wondered how to pronounce a word? On Google Search, users can already search for the definition of words which also comes with an audio feature that will pronounce the word for you. However, how do you know that if you’re saying it right? In an update to Google Search, Google will help you learn the pronunciation of words you don’t know.

How Google will achieve this is pretty simple: it will ask you to speak the word back to it, where it will then be cross-referenced to how the word is meant to be pronounced and it will see how accurate you are. However, it is a bit more complex than that as Google will be using machine learning to help facilitate the process.

According to Google, “To do this, speech recognition technology processes spoken words by separating them into individual soundbites. Using machine learning, it then cross references your pronunciation with the pronunciation it expects. For example, if you’re practicing how to say “asterisk,” the speech recognition technology analyzes how you said the word and then, it recognizes that the last soundbite was pronounced “rict” instead of “uhsk.” Based on this, you will receive feedback on how you can improve next time.”

It sounds like a pretty fun and cool feature so do keep an eye out for the next time you’re searching for how to pronounce a particular word.

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November 14th 2019, 8:53 pm

Some Developers Are Worried That Google Could One Day Kill Stadia

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Over the years, Google has launched many products and services. Some have gone on to become staples in our everyday lives, such as Google Search and Gmail, while others have fallen by the wayside. This is normal since it doesn’t make sense for any company to continue investing time and resources into a product or service that simply isn’t profitable.

This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that there are some Google Stadia developers who are a bit nervous about the upcoming service, where they have  expressed their concern that Google could kill off Stadia one day. One of those developers, Gwen Frey, told GamesIndustry.biz that this is a legitimate concern she has.

According to Frey, “The biggest complaint most developers have with Stadia is the fear that Google is just going to cancel it. Nobody ever says, ‘Oh, it’s not going to work,’ or ‘Streaming isn’t the future.’ Everyone accepts that streaming is pretty much inevitable. The biggest concern with Stadia is that it might not exist.”

Interestingly enough, Google understands the skepticism behind it and has actually addressed it in the past. Stadia Director of Product Andrey Doronichev was previously quoted as saying, “Nothing in life is certain, but we’re committed to making Stadia a success… Of course, it’s OK to doubt my words. There’s nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come.”

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November 14th 2019, 8:53 pm

Apple Services Subscription Bundle Expected In 2020

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For a while now, we have been hearing that Apple could be planning some kind of subscription bundle where it would consist of various Apple services all bundled into a single subscription, making it easier and potentially cheaper for customers to subscribe to multiple Apple services all at once.

Now according to a report from Bloomberg, it seems that this particular bundle could launch as early as 2020. It is unclear as to what services will be bundled, but as it stands, Apple has several subscriptions to its name. It has Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and iCloud.

It had been previously reported that Apple is currently in talks with music labels in a bid to try and get them to agree to this bundle, but last we heard, these talks were in their early stages. It actually makes a lot of sense for Apple to launch such a bundle, where it could help to bolster services that might not be as popular.

Of course, how much such a bundle could cost remains to be seen, but presumably it would be offered at a cheaper rate to tempt customers into signing up. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but it is clear that moving forwards, Apple is betting big on subscriptions so when such a bundle does eventually launch, it shouldn’t really come as a complete surprise.

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November 14th 2019, 8:53 pm

Logitech’s Circle 2 Security Camera Now Supports Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video

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These days there is a growing number of smart home security cameras available in the market, and for the most part, their selling point is that the videos that their devices capture can be retrieved from the cloud, meaning that users won’t need to worry about storing videos locally and finding a way to store them.

However, the downside is that you would essentially be handing over footage from inside (or outside) your house to a company, whose servers may or may not be secure. The good news though, is that if you’re a Logitech Circle 2 owner, is that the company has announced that their camera has recently been updated where it will now support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video.

For those who are unfamiliar, HomeKit Secure Video is where video footage captured by compatible cameras are encrypted and stored on iCloud. If for whatever reason you have more faith in Apple’s servers and security and commitment to privacy, then this is something to look forward to.

In theory, this makes your videos more secure due to the encryption, meaning that no one, not even Apple themselves, can view it without your permission. That being said, if you do plan to use it with your iCloud account, you might need to purchase more storage, so check out our guide here on how to manage your iCloud storage.

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November 14th 2019, 7:18 pm

Google Isn’t Waiting For Carriers, Rolls Out RCS Support For Android Uses In The US

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For a while now, Google has been trying to get RCS off the ground, and it wasn’t too long ago that US carriers announced that they would finally be adopting it. However, it seems that Google has decided that they will not be waiting for US carriers to roll out support for it. Instead, the company has decided to enable support for RCS on Android devices in the US.

According to Google, “Chat features are already available for some of you in Messages, and today we’re starting to broadly roll them out in the U.S. If you already have Messages, you’ll also be prompted to enable chat features in the coming weeks. If you don’t have Messages, you can download it on the Play Store. We expect this service to be broadly available in the U.S. by the end of year.”

For those who are unfamiliar, RCS is essentially the evolution of SMS. The problem with SMS is that it is limited in terms of what it can do, which is why messaging apps like WhatsApp are extremely popular where it allows users to not just send text messages, but they can also send photos, videos, and more.

It is also in a way an attempt to make SMS more like Apple’s iMessage, except that instead of it being exclusive to iOS devices, it will be available for all smartphones. That being said, RCS has yet to become a global standard, but we imagine that it eventually will be. Google notes that RCS had been enabled earlier this year in the UK, France, and Mexico, making the US the latest market for RCS to be enabled in.

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November 14th 2019, 7:18 pm

Instagram To Test Hiding Liking Counts On A Global Scale

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If there is a reason why people do silly things on social media it is because of the “likes”, which in a way validates what they have done. However, as you might have heard, Instagram had previously started to toy around the idea of hiding likes on its platform, where it basically hid the number of likes a post got.

Now in a post on Twitter, Instagram has announced that they will be expanding on that test, where it will now be tested on a global scale. Previously, the feature was being tested in select markets, but now it looks like Instagram will be testing it out on a much wider audience. It is a controversial change, but Instagram claims that feedback so far from the various test markets has been positive.

According to Instagram, “While the feedback from early testing in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand has been positive, this is a fundamental change to Instagram, and so we’re continuing our test to learn more from our global community.” The company adds, “In addition, we understand that like counts are important for many creators, and we are actively thinking through ways for creators to communicate value to their partners.”

Like we said, it is a controversial change but whether or not it will have a negative impact on content creators remains to be seen, but if you’re using Instagram and no longer see the number of likes on posts, then it looks like you’re part of the test.

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November 14th 2019, 7:18 pm

How To Change The Default Browser On Windows 10

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By default, when you do a fresh install of Windows, your default browser will be Internet Explorer, or in the case of Windows 10, the new Edge browser. While there’s nothing wrong with Edge, in fact it’s actually pretty great, you might prefer using a different browser for other reasons.

Perhaps you’re a heavy Google user and prefer using Chrome with its deep integration with your Google account and services. Or maybe you value your privacy and prefer using Mozilla’s Firefox. So, how does one change their default browser on Windows to a different browser? Check out the simple steps below to get started.

How To Change Windows 10’s Default Browser

  1. Go to Windows Settings
  2. Select Apps
  3. On the sidebar to the left, select Default apps
  4. Scroll down to Web browser and click on it
  5. It will bring up a list of already-installed browsers on your computer. Select the browser of your choice and you’re good to go.
  6. Repeat the steps above if you’d like to change the default browser again
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November 14th 2019, 2:32 pm

How To Make Your Number Private When Texting?

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You might be wondering if this is possible – but yes, you can choose to keep your number private when texting. However, you need to be aware of a couple of things before you jump into what we suggest here.

The key points worth noting also depends on why you want to keep your number private when sending a text to someone. So, before moving on to the methods/solutions, here’s what you need to know:

Important Points To Note Before Trying The Solutions

Here’s How To Make A Number Private When Texting

There is no rocket science to make this happen, you just need the help of a 3rd party service to do it. We shall mention what exactly (or which services) can you try to make it happen.

Using Instant Messaging Apps

If you were thinking about an instant messaging service, you will be disappointed. Not every messaging app supports that kind of privacy.

However, if you want to install a messaging app on your smartphone to text someone (who is also using that service), you can try Signal or Threema.

Using Online SMS Services

Instant messengers may not be a convenient option for everyone. So, you can use some of the online SMS services to send a text message to any number you want.

Technically, when you send a text message, the SMS will appear as a text from “XYZ-1345” or any other name in a similar format.

This is why online SMS services are the best if you want to keep your number private when texting.

Some of the suggested SMS services are:

Do note that some of the services might require you to create an account and the text messages may not get delivered instantly while using free services. So, if you want to remain totally anonymous while keeping your number private, that may not be possible.

Also, if you are using the SMS services for your business, you should opt for a paid plan to ensure quick delivery of your text messages to your customers.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know the easiest way to keep your phone number private when texting, do try it out and let us know how it goes.

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November 14th 2019, 2:32 pm

Apple’s New Research App Includes Three Important Health Studies

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Apple launched a new Research app in partnership with leading academic and research institutions. Now, with the Apple Research app you get to access different types of health studies.

You can check out the available health studies and also contribute to the groundbreaking discoveries by simply sharing your health data using your iPhone and Apple Watch.

It is indeed an interesting way to contribute to medical research without actually going anywhere. You just have to interact with your iPhone and Apple Watch for your health data to share it.

The research app focuses on three important health studies – Women’s Health Study, Heart & Movement Study, and the Apple Hearing Study.

Apple Women’s Health study will focus on how the menstrual cycle relates to women’s health and understand it better. The data will help in assessing various health conditions related to the menstrual cycle.

Next, the Apple Heart & Movement study will analyze the quality of the user’s movement and early signs of heart disease. This study basically aims to promote healthy movement and cardiovascular health.

And, the Apple Hearing study will focus on the impact of sound exposure on hearing health and stress levels. Even though you may not be aware – this is also an important area to take care of.

You can get more details on what Apple plans to do with the research app in their official announcement post.

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November 14th 2019, 1:14 pm

Google’s AI Will Tell You If You Can Match Freddie Mercury’s Legendary Voice

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YouTube, Google Creative Lab, and Google Research have come up with an A.I experiment FreddieMeter to find out if you can sing just like Freddie Mercury.

The experiment has been made possible in partnership with Queen, Universal Music Group, and Hollywood Records, as mentioned in their official announcement post.

Unquestionably, Bohemian Rhapsody is considered as one of the best rock songs of all time. Recently, the song hit 1 billion views on YouTube which also happens to be an exciting news for fans.

However, the A.I experiment (FreddieMeter) was released in support of Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Jim Beach to raise aware awareness and funds to fight against HIV/AIDS.

This also marks the 44th anniversary of the band’s first-ever live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the Empire Theater, Liverpool, the U.K in November 1975.

FreddieMeter shows you close your voice matches while singing Freddie Mercury’s song. You can pick one song among the four available – Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love or We Are the Champions.

The A.I was made possible using on-device machine learning models and it has been trained on Freddie’s isolated vocals. The audio recorded remains completely private unless you share it.

You can start using it to check your score and share it with your friends to try it out.

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November 14th 2019, 1:02 pm

Netflix Teams Up With Nickelodeon For Original Animated Content

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When you think of animated series and cartoons, there is a good chance that Disney probably comes to mind. Disney is definitely not alone in this area as there are other alternatives, such as Nickelodeon who has been producing their own original animated content for many years on end now.

However, with the launch of Disney Plus, it seems that the competition is about to get a lot more fierce, and as such, Netflix and Nickelodeon have announced that they will be teaming up in a multi-year deal where it would see both companies produce original animated content that is based on Nickelodeon’s various franchises.

It shouldn’t be surprising that both companies are teaming up, given that as a result of Disney Plus, Disney has pulled the licensing for its various intellectual properties from various streaming services, Netflix included. This means that in a bid to remain relevant and attractive, Netflix will need to come up with more original content than ever.

It should also be noted that both Netflix and Nickelodeon have worked together before on other shows, such as  Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus and Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, so for them to resume their partnership doesn’t come as a complete surprise.

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November 14th 2019, 7:11 am

Google Stadia Will Not Launch With All Of Its Features

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Google’s Stadia game streaming service will be going live on the 19th of November, but if you are planning on using the service, you might want to take note that during a recent AMA held on Reddit, Google has revealed that not all of Stadia’s features will be available at launch, so that could be worth your consideration.

So what won’t be available at launch? According to Google, features such as achievements will not be available at launch, although the company does expect it to be available shortly after. It also seems that family sharing will not be available, meaning that while parents will still be able to take advantage of parental controls through Family Link, they won’t be able to share games with their kids.

Google also notes that in terms of streaming, they will only be making it available for Pixel phones at launch, so if you do not own a Pixel device but own another Android phone or an iOS device, then you’d be out of luck. However, Google is aiming to make streaming more widely available next year, but when exactly that will be remains to be seen.

For gamers who are also hoping to take advantage of Stadia through the Chromecast Ultra, you will only be able to use it with the Chromecast Ultra that ships with the Founder’s Edition, but other Chromecast Ultras are expected to eventually get an update that will make it compatible. We suppose this doesn’t really come as a surprise, so like we said, if you are planning on using Stadia on launch day, these are some of the considerations you will have to make. In the meantime, these will be the titles that will be available for streaming on launch day itself.

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November 14th 2019, 7:11 am

Google Wants To Start Offering Financial Services To Its Users

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In the past, tech companies like Apple and Google mostly dabbled in tech-related products in the form of hardware and software, but in recent times, it seems that these companies are starting to move towards financial services. With Apple, we saw the launch of Apple Pay and later the Apple Card, and now it looks like Google wants to make a similar transition as well.

However, instead of offering a Google credit card, what Google wants to do is offer its customers personal checking accounts, essentially transforming themselves into a pseudo bank of sorts. Dubbed “Cache”, this is a project that the company is planning on launching next year, where they will be partnering with various banks and credit unions to get this service off the ground.

Unlike Apple, whose Apple Card is clearly presented as an Apple product that is backed by Goldman Sachs, Google’s approach will be slightly different. Instead, the company will put its financial institution partners in the front-and-center of things. It is an interesting approach and it’s not completely unlike Google.

Previously, Google attempted to take on carriers by launching its own Google Fi MVNO service that piggybacked off telcos such as Sprint and T-Mobile. It will be interesting to see if customers will take Google up on their upcoming service, so we’ll just have to wait until 2020 (at the earliest) to find out.

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November 14th 2019, 7:11 am

Alleged Specs Of Nikon D750 Successor Leaked

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The Nikon D750 was originally launched back in 2014, which means that it is about time that the camera gets a refresh. If you are interested in perhaps getting your hands on the potential successor of the D750, the folks at Nikon Rumors have managed to obtain what they claim could be the leaked specs of the upcoming camera.

According to the report, they claim that the D750’s successor might actually not be named the D760, which is the logical progression as far as model numbers are concerned. Instead, they claim that the camera could instead been known as the D770 or D790, but it will still hover between D760 to D790.

They also claim that the camera might merge both the D700 series and D800 series together, but what exactly that would entail remains to be seen. Other rumored specs include a 24MP BSI sensor, 4K video support, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity for photo transfer, a higher ISO range compared to the D850, support for 2x UHS-II SD memory cards, and as many as 153 AF points.

There will also be a touchscreen display and it could also sport an updated UI similar to that of the Nikon Z-series. It is rumored to be smaller than the D750 and could potentially be announced in early 2020. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully we’ll have more details to share soon.

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November 14th 2019, 6:09 am

Facebook Patches iOS Bug That Activated Camera Without User Knowledge

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Earlier this week it was revealed that Facebook for iOS had a bug in which for some reason, activated the user’s camera behind the scenes without their knowledge. Given the various conspiracy theories about Facebook spying on users and listening to them through their microphones, it certainly did not do the company any favors.

However, the good news for iOS users is that on Wednesday, Facebook has since issued an update for its app on iOS devices that effectively patches the problem for good. The patch was said to have been submitted to Apple for approval on Tuesday, not long after the issue was reported, and was then released on Wednesday.

If you’re an iOS user who has yet to officially update their Facebook app, then you should go ahead and do so. We’re not sure if any information might have been transmitted during that time, but Facebook claims that this was a bug. That being said, Facebook has undergone numerous privacy-related scandals in recent years, so like we said, this issue is certainly not doing them any favors. In fact, we imagine that it gives its critics even more ammunition against them.

If you’ve yet to update your Facebook app, you can check out our guide here on how to update apps in iOS 13.

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November 14th 2019, 6:09 am

IKEA Debuts New Decorative Smart Bulb For Only $10

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IKEA has been on a roll in recent years, where they are starting to expand on their lineup of smart home products. The company started out with some basic smart bulbs, and if you’re looking to furnish your home with more IKEA offerings, you might be in luck as the company has since announced their latest smart bulb, a decorative Edison-style bulb that is part of the company’s Tradfri lineup.

What makes this particular bulb so appealing is its price. IKEA has always been known for its affordable home furnishings, so it’s no surprise that its new smart bulb is priced along those lines as well, and at $10, it will certainly make it a very appealing purchase for customers who want to get started in creating a smart home.

We should point out that IKEA is not the first company to create an Edison-style bulb. Philips also has a similar design, but the Philips Hue bulb will cost $25 per bulb, so at $10, it’s not hard to see the appeal that IKEA might have. Of course, there are probably differences but if you’re not too fussed about it, you can save yourself $15 in the process. These savings will only increase if you plan to buy multiple bulbs.

The new IKEA smart bulb will feature an E26-sized socket and will glow at 2,200 Kelvin. As we said, this is more of a decorative bulb due to its design, but you can check out IKEA’s other Tradfri offerings if you’re after something a bit more traditional.

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November 14th 2019, 6:09 am

Massive Study Confirms The Apple Watch Is Quite Adept At Detecting Irregular Heart Rates

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In the past, we have heard countless stories about how the Apple Watch’s heart rate detection feature, and more recently its ECG feature, have saved many lives. Is it all fluke? Could it merely be coincidental that all these reported cases are from people who so happen to wear an Apple Watch instead of a competing wearable?

Turns out that it might not be the case, and that the Apple Watch is actually quite adept at detecting irregular heart rates. This is according to a recently-concluded study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, where 400,000 participants took part in the study where it was found that the Apple Watch was pretty accurate when it came to detecting atrial fibrillation in patients who experienced it.

Out of the 419,297 participants, during the course of the study, 2,161 participants were notified that they might be experiencing Afib by their Apple Watch. These participants went on to get a second opinion, where 84% were found to have symptoms concordant with Afib, while 34% actually had the condition itself.

While the Apple Watch is by no means a diagnosis tool, it might not necessarily be a bad idea to see your doctor for a follow-up should you ever get notified of a heart issue. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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November 14th 2019, 5:25 am

Netflix Has Renewed ‘The Witcher’ For A Second Season Ahead Of Its Release

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As some of you might have heard, Netflix has a new series in the works in the form of The Witcher, which many gamers might be familiar with. Last we heard, the company was said to be very happy with what they’ve seen so far, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that the company has since officially renewed the series for a second season.

This shows that Netflix is pretty confident about the future of the series, which actually speaks volumes since the first season has actually yet to be released. Netflix is expected to begin airing the series on the 20th of December, so we guess we’ll have to wait and see how good it actually turns out.

For those unfamiliar, The Witcher is both a game and a book. While The Witcher might be more familiar to gamers as a fantastic RPG, the series on Netflix will actually be based more on the book rather than the game, so don’t be surprised if what you see isn’t the same as what you’ve played in the game.

The series stars Henry Cavill, who is known to be a huge fan of video games, as the protagonist Geralt. In the past, video game adaptations have never really worked out particularly well, so it will be interesting to see how this series turns out given its unique position as both a book and a video game series.

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November 14th 2019, 5:25 am

The Motorola Razr Has Been Revived As A Modern Day Foldable Smartphone

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So far the major players in the foldable display smartphones have been Samsung and Huawei. Both companies have approached the form factor as a smartphone-cum-tablet hybrid, which we admit is a pretty clever idea and a pretty obvious use of the technology, but it looks like Motorola has since tossed their hat into the ring with a different take on it.

Together with Verizon, Motorola has officially revived the Razr phone, except that in this case, Motorola has given it a modern day makeover where on the inside, it features a foldable display while the exterior maintains the same classic look we’ve all come to know and love. When opened, the Razr now sports a 6.2-inch display and looks like a regular phone, but it can be folded into a clamshell-like device that can be easily slipped into a pocket.

Under the hood, we’re looking at the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset accompanied by 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 2,510mAh battery, a 16MP camera, and oddly enough, Motorola has chosen to launch it with Android 9.0 Pie on board instead of the newer Android 10, but presumably it will be updated eventually.

As for pricing, the Motorola Razr will be priced at $1,500 and will be exclusively available from Verizon starting 9th of January, 2020, but pre-orders can be placed on the 26th of December.

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November 14th 2019, 4:57 am

Disney Plus Has Already More Than 10 Million Sign-Ups Since Launch

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With there being so many streaming services available in the market today, you might think that customers who be apprehensive when it comes to signing up for yet another streaming service. Now, Disney is kind of late to the game, but it seems that despite them being late, they are racking up customers at breakneck speeds.

According to Disney, they are claiming that they have managed to get more than 10 million sign-ups for Disney Plus since the service went live, which was launched about a day ago. Now, before we start declaring Disney Plus the king of streaming, we should note that the service does have a seven-day free trial period.

This means that it costs customers nothing to sign-up for the service where they are free to cancel whenever they want. The more important question is how many customers will actually be sticking around once the free trial ends. However, Disney Plus does have an advantage over the competition, like Netflix, where it is priced at $6.99 a month, making it slightly cheaper than other streaming services in the market today.

Whether or not Disney can convince customers to stick around remains to be seen, but for now, it looks like Disney Plus is off to a great start.

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November 13th 2019, 8:17 pm

SD Card Slot, Older Ports Will Probably Never Return To The MacBook Pro

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So when Apple announced their new 16-inch MacBook Pro, there were several changes and improvements made to the laptop, but one of the items on the wishlist of many that did not make an appearance is an SD card slot. This is odd given that this is a laptop aimed at professionals, like professional photographers, who could greatly benefit from an SD card slot.

If you thought that this could make a return in future MacBooks, along with older ports, you might be disappointed to learn that this will probably never happen. During an interview with YouTuber Jonathan Morris, Apple exec Phil Schiller said that there is a chance that the SD card slot or legacy USB-A ports might not return.

“Probably not, again nothing about the future is in stone, and things can always change. But, as we’ve been spending a lot of time with MacBook Pro surveying what our customers use, what I/O they need, where their needs are growing and how they are changing, and did a lot of soul searching on it and asking ourselves about a lot of connectors about USB-A about SD card readers, about HDMI and requestioning everything.”

That being said, there are alternate ways of getting photos from your camera to your computer, like connecting it directly via the USB port. We know that some will definitely miss the convenience of an SD card slot, so that’s something to consider if you’re thinking about getting the new MacBook Pro.

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November 13th 2019, 8:17 pm

This Algorithm Can ‘Remove’ The Water From Underwater Photos With Stunning Results

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We’re not sure how many of you take photos while underwater, but underwater photos is a pretty common thing, especially amongst those who enjoy diving and love documenting their dives and also capturing photos of sealife. However, one of the problems with underwater photography is that sometimes the water can add an unnecessary hue to your photos.

This means that all the vibrant colors that you see with your own eyes might not be able to be replicated with your camera, which can be a bit frustrating for some. However, thanks to the work of oceanographer and engineer Derya Akkaynak who collaborated with Tali Treibitz from the University of Haifa, they have come up with an algorithm dubbed “Sea-thru” that can “remove” the water from underwater photos.

What this means is that the resulting photos will look bright and vibrant as if you were seeing it on land, and not through a body of water which can sometimes distort the colors due to the way light moves through water. This algorithm was created by taking more than 1,100 images from two optically different water bodies, and then later used to train a model to compensate for the way light is scattered through the water.

The resulting images are actually pretty stunning and unlike using applications like Photoshop which artificially enhances images by pumping up the contrast and saturation, this algorithm is more about coaxing out the “true” colors.

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November 13th 2019, 8:17 pm

Brave Browser v1.0 Released With An Initiative To Reward Its Users

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We have a lot of browsers available to choose from. However, the biggest deal-breaker for some of the options available is the lack of privacy-focused features.

Brave browser could be a great alternative for you to explore as a privacy-focused browser with a lot of rewarding features.

It literally rewards its users if you opt into its private ad platform. Technically, the advertisements displayed by the browser (only if you opt-in) will be privacy-friendly with no trackers.

The private ad platform uses a blockchain-based advertising model that rewards users with Basic Attention Tokens (BAT). You can use these tokens to help your favorite website/creator online without having to experience the annoying advertisements

You can also set the number of ads that you want to see while also being able to block data-hungry advertisements. The ad-blocking capabilities are just like Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

Until now, it was in the beta phase and well-received by users worldwide. And, finally, it announced its first stable version ready to use.

It is originally based on Chromium – so the browsing experience should be a smooth ride. Personally, I find the idea of a private ad network while also being able to respect users’ privacy.

If that is something you would want as well, you can try it out for yourself and let us know in the comments below.

 

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November 13th 2019, 1:44 pm

Minecraft Earth AR Game Is Finally Available

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After Pokémon Go and a few more AR games coming to the scene, it is time for Minecraft to step in.

Minecraft Earth is a real-world Augmented Reality game that is Microsoft’s recent experiment for the mobile gaming community.

In case you were not aware, Minecraft happens to be one of the most popular games with a huge player base in the U.S alone. Now, with the launch of Minecraft’s mobile port as an AR game, a lot of players should be eager to try it out.

In this game, you will observe Minecraft world additions to your real-world which makes it appealing. It also lets you collect boxes and critters to help you build things.

You can also initiate combat encounters with your friends or have the option to do it alone. The AR tech seems to be working very well when you try it outside – so no issues spotted so far.

For now, only a limited number of countries can directly get it installed and others will have to pre-register on Android (or wait for it to pop up on your App Store).

You can find it listed for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Korea, and a few others. It should roll out to all the other countries by the end of this year.

Get started by installing it on Android or iOS.

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November 13th 2019, 12:57 pm

A Fully-Specced Out 16-inch MacBook Pro Will Cost $6,099

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Apple just announced its brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro where based on its specs and features, this is a laptop that Apple is trying to make appealing to professionals who might need high-end hardware while on the go. Some of these “pro” features include support for up to 64GB of RAM and also up to 8TB of SSD.

Yup, you read that right, SSD, not HDD, and if you’re starting to sweat thinking how expensive this laptop could cost you, we did the math for you and it seems that a fully-specced out 16-inch MacBook Pro with all the bells and whistles will set you back a cool $6,099, making it slightly more expensive than the base Mac Pro which is set to ship this December.

So, what will you get for $6,000? Based on the configuration on Apple’s website, the processor has been upgraded to a 9th gen Intel 8-core Core i9 processor clocked at 2.4GHz, but can be turbo boosted up to 5.0GHz. RAM has also been bumped up from 16GB to 64GB 2666Hz DDR4 RAM.

The GPU has also been upgraded to an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and the biggest chunk of change goes to the storage, where going from 1TB of SSD storage to 8TB will cost you can extra $2,200. We’re not sure who might spend so much for a laptop, but at least the option is there for those who can justify it.

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November 13th 2019, 9:55 am

Apple’s Mac Pro Workstation Will Begin Shipping In December

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In June earlier this year, Apple announced a brand new Mac Pro computer. Unlike the previous-gen Mac Pro which kind of killed the upgradability of the Mac Pro, the new workstation offers up a more familiar tower case design that will allow users to better configure the computer to their liking.

Now, Apple did previously announce that they would be launching the computer in the fall, and now as part of the announcement which unveiled the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has confirmed that its brand new Mac Pro workstation will begin shipping out to customers this coming December.

According to Apple, the new Mac Pro will be priced starting at $5,999 for the base model. This will come with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor clocked at 3.5GHz. There will also be an AMD Radeon Pro 580X GPU accompanying it, alongside 32GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, but all of this will be configurable depending on your needs, although we heard that a fully specced out Mac Pro could cost as much as $50,000.

That being said, clearly this new Mac Pro is aimed at professionals who might have the need for such high-end performance and don’t mind paying for it, but if you don’t mind splashing that kind of cash, then December is when you will be able to get your hands on it.

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November 13th 2019, 9:34 am

It’s Here, Meet Apple’s New 16-inch MacBook Pro

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After a series of rumors and leaks, it seems that Apple’s latest MacBook Pro has arrived, and it represents the largest MacBook Pro that we have seen from Apple in a while. The new MacBook Pro, as per the rumors, now features a 16-inch display. Prior to this, the biggest MacBook Pro featured a 15-inch display, and prior to that, Apple actually had a 17-inch model which has been discontinued for a while.

However, it seems that this new 16-inch MacBook Pro will not represent a third option for the MacBook Pro lineup. Instead, it will be replacing the 15-inch MacBook Pro which means that for the foreseeable future, Apple will offer MacBook Pros in either a 13-inch option or a 16-inch display option. The good news is that it appears that the price of the base 16-inch model will not be too different from the 15-inch model, so it’s not as if you need to pay more.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro will of course sport a higher resolution to maintain its Retina status, where users can look forward to a 3,072×1,920 resolution. Apple is also boasting that the 16-inch model will offer up a more advanced thermal design that will allow it to run at higher power for sustained periods of time.

As per the previous rumors, Apple has also improved upon the speakers and microphones of the laptop, where you can look forward to better-quality audio and also microphones that do a better job of picking up your voice.

Finally, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro will come with a brand new keyboard. This will see Apple ditch the ill-fated butterfly mechanism for good in favor of a more traditional scissor switch, but even then it won’t be like the scissor switch found on pre-butterfly MacBooks. Instead, there are some tweaks and improvements made to it where it is said to offer a more stable typing experience. Apple is calling this new keyboard the Magic Keyboard, but don’t confuse it with the Magic Keyboard that comes bundled with Apple’s iMacs.

Whether or not this will hold up remains to be seen, but so far early reviews have found that the new keyboard is a lot nicer to type on. Other specs include an Intel Core i7 CPU, configurable to an Intel Core i9 CPU, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M/5500M GPU, 16GB of RAM that can be configured up to 64GB, and a 512GB base SSD that can also be upgraded up to 8TB, although that will probably cost you a pretty penny.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro will be priced starting at $2,399 and is currently available for order.

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November 13th 2019, 9:34 am

A Boxing Fight Was Illegally Streamed Through The Reflection Off A Guy’s Glasses

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There are some sporting events that are held behind a paywall where viewers will need to purchase a pass in order to watch it. There are some ways to get around this, such as going to a bar where the event might be streamed, or alternatively, there is always pirate streams that you could look for.

However, it seems that in a recent boxing fight between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul, one man came up with a pretty ingenious and creative way of illegally streaming the fight. How, you ask? Basically, he tuned into the fight (which presumably he paid for) and then created a livestream on YouTube where the fight was reflected off his glasses, as you can see in the tweet below.

Now, we’re not sure if this was 100% intentional, but we imagine that there would not be any other reason to livestream himself watching the fight, right? It is also pretty obvious that those tuning in to the stream were there for the same reason, where the comment of, “Don’t move bro,” pretty much sums it up.

While we have come across various creative ways of piracy in the past, we think that this one probably takes the cake, even if we don’t condone it at all.

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November 13th 2019, 7:04 am

Details Of Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro Leaked

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If the rumors are true, Apple could be announcing its new 16-inch MacBook Pro today. We have been hearing a lot of rumors about the laptop, although for the most part, a lot of the focus has been on its keyboard and also its display. Now in a tweet by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, additional alleged details of the laptop has been leaked.

According to Gurman, some of the changes that Apple will be making to the laptop, at least as far as its hardware features are concerned, would be in the speakers and microphone. Gurman claims that the laptop’s speakers will be “impressive” while the microphones will offer noise-cancelling features, which should help with video conferencing and recording.

Apple’s MacBook speakers have always been pretty good as far as laptop speakers are concerned, so to call the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s speakers “impressive” has definitely piqued our curiosity. The laptop is also expected to come with a higher-resolution to better fit its 16-inch display, and will also most likely be sporting a new keyboard with a new switch mechanism that will see Apple transition away from the troublesome butterfly switch design.

Previously leaked photos have also shown that Apple could introduce a slightly-redesigned Touch Bar where it could come with a physical Esc key. Needless to say that this should be taken with a grain of salt, but hopefully we’ll have the official details for you later.

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November 13th 2019, 7:04 am

Apple Could Apply Its TrueTone iPad Tech To A Car’s Interior Lighting

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One of the display technologies that Apple employs in its iPads and iPhones is TrueTone. For those who are unfamiliar, TrueTone basically detects the ambient light around you and based on that, it will adjust the device’s display so that it will always render the correct kind of color regardless of the environment it is in, or at least that’s in theory.

It is an interesting piece of technology and it seems that Apple is toying with the idea that someday, TrueTone, or some kind of variant of it, could eventually find its way into the interior of cars. What this means is that one day, our car’s could feature interior lighting that could also dynamically adjust to the environment around us.

Take for example if you’re driving down town and there are many buildings around you, which in turn casts a shade over your car. With TrueTone, it could then adjust the car’s interior lighting or maybe adjust the tint of your car’s windows to let in an optimal amount of light. This could also be applied on days that are cloudy, or when you’re driving through a tunnel.

For Apple to patent such an idea isn’t that much of a stretch of the imagination. This is because Apple has been rumored to be working on car-related technology. What exactly will result from this project is unclear, but we know that Apple definitely has an interest.

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November 13th 2019, 7:04 am

Walmart Customers Can Now Place Their Orders Via Siri

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Shopping online these days is a pretty simple process, but if you’d like to be a little more hi-tech about it, you might be interested to learn that Walmart and Apple have entered into a new partnership where Walmart customers shopping through iOS devices will be able to place their orders using Siri.

This means that instead of browsing through the app, you can actually place orders using your voice, which makes it pretty convenient especially if you own the HomePod. According to Walmart, “Customers build out their basket by just saying ‘Add to Walmart’ and then naming the product they want to add to their cart. After that, customers can place their order and Walmart personal shoppers get to work gathering the items for the customer, who can pick the order up on the way home or have it delivered right to their door.”

Walmart also points out that with this new feature, customers can build up their carts over the course of a few days. This means that instead of doing all your shopping at once, customers can slowly build up items in their cart over the week before checking out, so you can add as you go.

The company also claims that the more you use it, the smarter it will get where it will eventually learn the customer’s regular orders. So for example, if there is a particular brand of orange juice that you buy, you can just say “orange juice” instead of the whole brand and it will know what you’re talking about.

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November 13th 2019, 5:33 am

Twitch Studio Will Make It Easier For First-Time Streamers To Get Started

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Back in the day, we were told that playing video games would “rot our brains” and was basically not good for us. However, these days, playing video games has proven to be a rather lucrative thing to do, and people are actually paying money and watching other people play games on platforms like Twitch.

If you’re interested in getting in on the action, it can feel a bit intimidating and overwhelming, but you’re in luck because Twitch is about to make your life a bit easier. The company has recently announced the launch of a new streaming app called Twitch Studio. The idea behind the app is that it will help first-time streamers get setup with the bare essentials they need to start streaming.

This includes offering a guided setup for streamers where hardware like microphones, webcams, monitor resolutions, are all detected automatically and configured to offer the best sound and display. It will also offer up customizable templates where streamers can configure their stream to their liking, or choose from pre-built ones.

If you’re interested in taking Twitch Studio for a spin, the app is currently available in an open beta for PC users. If you’re on Mac, it looks like you’re out of luck for now.

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November 13th 2019, 5:33 am

State Of Iowa Hires Security Firm To Break Into A Courthouse, Arrests Them Later

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From time to time, companies hire security firms to test their security systems. For example, sometimes when a company wants to know if their software is secure, they might hire hackers or launch a bounty program where they would let hackers try their best to beat their system to find potential flaws and vulnerabilities.

This is something that the state of Iowa wanted when they hired a cybersecurity firm, Coalfire, to perform “penetration tests” of certain municipal buildings, like the state’s courthouse. However, it seems that in the process of testing, a couple of employees of the firm were arrested, despite the fact that they had all the necessary documentation to prove that they were there on behalf of the state.

How it began was when the employees found a door to the courthouse open. They closed it and attempted to reopen it to see if it would lock, only to set off an alarm. The police were summoned and the employees were eventually let go, but were later arrested by a local sheriff and spent the night in jail.

They were also charged with felony accusations of burglary in the third-degree, along with possession of burglary tools. It was initially assumed that this was a mixup and that the matter would be dropped, but it seems like it didn’t, where it charges were later changed to criminal trespass.

In a statement released by Coalfire, “The ongoing situation in Iowa is completely ridiculous. Our mission is to help our clients secure their environments and protect the people that work for them, their customers, and the confidential information they maintain. In this case, we were helping to protect the residents of Iowa.”

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November 13th 2019, 5:33 am

Facebook Gets In On Mobile Payments With ‘Facebook Pay’

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The concept of mobile payments isn’t new and we’re seeing a lot of competition in the market today. In fact, several years ago, Facebook attempted to get in on mobile payments in the form of Facebook Messenger Payments, where users could send money to each other over the Messenger platform.

However, it looks like Facebook could be trying their hand at mobile payments again, and this time with a more robust platform in the form of Facebook Pay. According to Facebook, “Facebook Pay will begin rolling out on Facebook and Messenger this week in the US for fundraisers, in-game purchases, event tickets, person-to-person payments on Messenger and purchases from select Pages and businesses on Facebook Marketplace. And over time, we plan to bring Facebook Pay to more people and places, including for use across Instagram and WhatsApp.”

However, from what we can tell, Facebook Pay seems to be mostly online-based whereas other payment systems like Apple Pay can be used both for online purchases as well as offline purchases. We’re not sure if there are plans to eventually extend Facebook Pay to brick and mortar stores, but as Facebook notes, they do plan to expand it to other Facebook-owned apps and services.

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November 13th 2019, 4:48 am

New Trailer For Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Released With Updated Character Design

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Earlier this year, the official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released and it featured a very weird looking Sonic. This was met with massive backlash from the internet, which prompted the studio to delay the release of the movie while they went back to the drawing board to fix the character’s design.

The good news is that the delay of the movie was a great idea because in a new trailer released by Paramount, it seems that the studio has managed to come up with a new design that is more reminiscent of the original design of the character that fans might recognize from the video games.

We’re not sure what might have prompted the studio to have tried to recreate the character to begin with, but this looks at least a thousand times better and more familiar. So far the comments on the new trailer are largely positive with fans expressing their happiness with this new design.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie was originally meant to be released this month, but it has since been delayed to February 2020. Whether or not the actual movie will be good remains to be seen, but at least in terms of character design, we’re definitely not complaining.

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November 13th 2019, 4:48 am

Instagram Takes On TikTok With New App ‘Reels’

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Apps tend to trend every now and then, and for a while back, Snapchat was one of the more popular apps around. While it is still very popular, there is a new-ish app that has kind of taken over in the form of TikTok. If you’re unfamiliar, TikTok is basically an app where users can lip-sync and dance to pre-recorded music and share those videos online.

Now, a lot of TikTok videos have found their way onto Instagram, and it looks like Instagram has decided that maybe it’s time to make their own. The company has since officially announced the launch of their new app in the form of Reels, where at its core and essence it is more or less the same as TikTok.

There will be a catalogue of music and songs that users can choose from, or alternatively, users can even borrow audio from another person’s video to make it into a remix, joke, or meme. Instagram director of product management Robby Stein credits apps like Musically and TikTok for helping make this kind of app popular, but insists that Reels is different.

According to Stein, “No two products are exactly the same, and at the end of the day, sharing video with music is a pretty universal idea we think everyone might be interested in using. The focus has been on how to make this a unique format for us.” That being said, Reels is currently only available in Brazil but we expect it should eventually find its way to more markets.

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November 13th 2019, 4:48 am

Facebook For iOS Secretly Uses The iPhone’s Camera While You’re Using The App

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There has been a longstanding conspiracy theory that suggests that Facebook is somehow listening and spying on its users through the microphone and/or camera of the smartphone that it is installed on. After all, how would one otherwise explain how uncannily accurate the ads are, especially since we just talked about it with our friends, right?

There is no proof that Facebook is spying on users, but a recently-discovered bug is probably not going to do much to shake those conspiracy theories. In a recent tweet by Joshua Maddux, he found that when he was using Facebook for iOS, for whatever reason, the camera is activated and running in the background.

This seems to be a recent issue where oddly enough, it was only spotted in recent iOS builds and not older ones. That being said, Facebook has since acknowledged the issue where they are claiming that it is a bug. An update for the issue has since been released and is pending Apple’s approval.

According to a Facebook spokesperson who spoke to TechCrunch, “We recently discovered that version 244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 — launched on November 8th — we inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos. We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug.”

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November 12th 2019, 10:02 pm

US Federal Court Rules That Suspicionless Phone Searches At The Border Is Illegal

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As some of you might have heard, it seems that people wanting to get a visa to the US will need to hand over social media information. In some cases, some visitors to the US have even had their phones and electronic devices searched at the border, which some believe is a violation of a person’s privacy.

The good news is that according to a federal court in Boston, they have ruled that the US government is not allowed to search a traveller’s phone or electronic devices without having a reasonable suspicion of a crime. This basically means that unless the US government has a strong reason to search your phone for evidence of a crime, they cannot just pick people at random to search their devices.

According to Sophia Cope, a senior staff attorney at the EFF, “This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices.”

While most of us probably don’t really have much to hide, it is a basic matter of privacy, where most of us would prefer if our devices that contain personal and potentially sensitive information, weren’t being searched by strangers.

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November 12th 2019, 10:02 pm

Disney Plus Password Sharing Is Allowed…For Now

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Password sharing is when users of a service share a single account. This is usually frowned upon and is typically not allowed under the terms of service agreement, but people do it anyway because it saves them from having multiple subscriptions. We’ve seen some companies attempt to clamp down on this behavior, but Disney seems to be OK with it, for now.

Speaking to The Verge, Disney’s president of Streaming Services, Michael Paull, said that for now, password sharing is something that the company is OK with. This isn’t Disney condoning password sharing with Disney Plus, but rather it is something that the company acknowledges exists and that people will do it anyway.

According to Paull, “We believe that consumers will see that value, and they’re going to act accordingly. They’re going to use those accounts for their family, for their household. That being said, we do recognize password sharing exists and will continue to exist.” However, he notes that Disney does have mechanisms in place that could clamp down on this should it get out of hand.

Paull adds, “We have created some technology that’s in the backend that we will use to understand behavior. And when we see behavior that doesn’t make sense, we have mechanisms that we’ve put in place that will deal with it.”

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November 12th 2019, 10:02 pm

SpaceX Finally Launched 60 Starlink Satellites For High-Speed Internet Access

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Elon Musk’s Starlink project is going up a notch after its recent launch of 60 satellites into orbit.

Even though the scientists are concerned about the increase in the number of satellites as a threat to astronomy, it is still big progress for the high-speed Internet service.

The launch took place on Monday from a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They were loaded onto a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

After the lift-off, at exactly 280 km altitude, the rocket deployed the satellites.

In case you were not aware, the Starlink project aims to deploy a network of 12,000 satellites across the globe to enable high-speed Internet access anywhere possible.

Similar to all the other SpaceX launches, the rocket successfully landed on the landing pad based in the Atlantic ocean. The International Telecommunications Union is responsible for the permission to launch these satellites – if you were wondering.

They aim to add 30,000 satellites – however, there is no official confirmation on this whether they got the approval or not.

In addition to the successful launch, the threat to ‘Astronomy’ pointed out by scientists is something that is gaining attention now. The next set of launch could be affected if they do not address the concerns.

What’s your take on the Starlink project progress with 60 new satellites launched? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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November 12th 2019, 3:40 pm

CastAway Phone Case Adds A Second Screen To Smartphones

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Of course, it is interesting to see a second screen on your smartphone. Just like Microsoft’s Surface Duo and LG’s G8x ThinQ.

You can get the LG device (available for purchase) – however, the surface Duo is yet to be launched next year.

Even though you have the option to get a full-fledged smartphone with a second screen, what if you can easily add another screen to your existing iOS or Android device?

A phone case (CastAway) spotted in an Indiegogo campaign could make that happen. In case you’re curious, Indiegogo is a place to organize a crowdfunding campaign while promising what the device can do.

They have a prototype ready – however, they aim to reach a $50,000 fundraising goal in order to get started with the production for consumers. They will be using an app on the smartphone to communicate with the case via Bluetooth/WiFi.

You can see the prototype in action here (it is not the finished product):

It acts just like a phone case but also features a second screen with it. In addition to the screen, it is worth noting that it will be powered by ChromeOS.

It will also feature a separate battery and a headphone jack – so it is more than just a normal phone case. If it goes into production after reaching its fundraising goal, it should be the first accessory with ChromeOS for any smartphone.

It is indeed something exciting – however, you should think twice before backing them up on Indiegogo unless you really want to take the risk. We can just look forward to the fundraising goal now until it gets ready for production.

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November 12th 2019, 2:39 pm

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Review

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Introduced earlier this year, the Lenovo ThinkPad T490 is a “do it all” business laptop that has a wide gamut of possible configurations, making it simple to deploy to various roles, from office workers to developer or even creative staff.

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November 12th 2019, 2:39 pm

Apple Watch Series 6 Could Offer Up Improved Water Resistance

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When the Apple Watch Series 2 was first released, it introduced water-resistance to the smartwatch, allowing users to take it with them to swim. However, according to a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he believes that Apple could expand on the water-resistance feature of the Apple Watch in next year’s model.

What exactly this means remains to be seen, but to give you some context, Apple Watch models from the Series 2 onwards features water-resistance of up to 50m, so it is possible that with the Series 6, Apple could take things further by making it even more water-resistant, thus allowing users to take it with them for deeper dives.

In addition to improved water-resistance, Kuo believes that the Series 6 will offer up faster performance, which we guess is a given, along with improved wireless connectivity that will improve on WiFi or cellular speeds. Take these claims with a grain of salt for now, but Kuo has proven in the past to be pretty accurate with his predictions, so there is a good chance that it could be true.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to be announced in the later part of 2020 where it will most likely be launched alongside the 2020 iPhone.

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November 12th 2019, 4:58 am

BioShock 3 Could Be Announced Soon

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The last time we saw a new BioShock game, it was in 2013 when 2K Games launched BioShock Infinite. The title was not a direct sequel to BioShock 2, despite it existing in the same universe and offering up a similar playstyle. However, the good news is that if you’re looking forward to a direct sequel to BioShock 2, you could be in luck.

This is because according to Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Games, during the company’s earnings call, CEO Strauss Zelnick hinted that they could be announcing BioShock 3 in the near future. Zelnick was quoted as saying that gamers could expect “sequels from our biggest franchises as well as exciting new IP”.

While there is no direct mention of BioShock 3, it seems to make sense. This is because Red Dead Redemption 2 was released not too long ago, which leaves other franchises such as Grand Theft Auto and BioShock. Back in 2015, 2K reassured fans of the franchise that BioShock would be a permanent franchise so gamers don’t need to worry about the company forgetting or abandoning it.

In fact, there was a report from 2018 that hinted that a new BioShock game was in development. There is no word on when the game will be announced, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

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November 12th 2019, 4:58 am

Google Stadia Launch Day Titles Revealed

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Google Stadia will be launching on the 19th of November, and as expected, there will be a bunch of games that will be available to play at launch. If you’re wondering what games will be available, it seems that there will be at least 12 titles that will be playable when Stadia eventually goes live.

These titles include:

Now, 12 titles isn’t a lot compared to the number of games that are available on Steam, but Google did note that there would be additional games launching towards the end of the year, so you’ll just have to remain patient if you don’t see the game that you want to play on the list.

For those unfamiliar, Stadia is Google’s upcoming game streaming service. This will allow gamers to play games through platforms like their browser and it also does away with the need for having high-end hardware to enjoy certain games. Games will still be priced like regular games and streaming it will be free.

There will, however, be a paid subscription version of Stadia at $9.99 a month that will offer up higher quality streams along with access to a library of older games and discounts.

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November 12th 2019, 4:58 am

Controller Support For Call of Duty: Mobile Coming Soon

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Games such as Call of Duty definitely benefit from being played with physical controllers. Whether you’re a believer in using gamepads or using a keyboard and mouse combination, we’re sure that most of us can agree that using a physical controller is miles better than using on-screen controls.

Now, previously we had heard that support for controllers will eventually come to Call of Duty: Mobile, and now in a community update shared on Reddit, the developers have stated that support will be coming “soon”. “Just a quick note, but we are planning to release controller support soon and are just finalizing the specifics of how it will be working in the game, specifically with matchmaking. Keep checking back for more on this as we get closer to release.”

It also seems that the developers are planning on separating gamers who use controllers apart from those who don’t. It has been pointed out before that gaming on a controller gives players an advantage over those who don’t, so it wouldn’t necessarily be fair to pair those gamers together as it could result in an uneven matchup.

However, the downside is that if there aren’t enough players playing with controllers, those players could end up waiting a longer time to get into games. We imagine that those are some of the issues the developers are trying to figure out, but hopefully gamers won’t have to wait too long.

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November 11th 2019, 9:41 pm

Apple’s 2020 iPad Pros Could Come With 3D Sensors

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We know that Apple has been dabbling in the realm of augmented reality for a while now. In fact, in the next few years, if the rumors are true, the company could actually be planning on launching an AR/VR headset with a pair of lightweight AR glasses coming in 2023. However, it seems that we could get a taste of what’s to come in 2020.

In a report from Bloomberg, it has been revealed that Apple could be planning on launching a new iPad Pro in 2020 where it is expected to adopt a dual camera design that could also come with a 3D sensor that could help users create “reconstructions of rooms, objects and people”. It is said that this sensor has been in development at Apple for the past few years and is apparently a more advanced version of Face ID.

Exactly how it will work or how it will be used remains to be seen, but it is expected to make its debut on the iPad Pro first before eventually finding its way onto the iPhone. Like we said, Apple has been dabbling in AR tech for a while now and has made several acquisitions in the past that would have bolstered their efforts, so come 2020, we could get an inkling of what the company could be working towards.

Of course, Apple would not be alone in trying to create AR wearables or incorporate the tech into mobile devices, but it will be interesting to see how they plan to implement it and how it will differ from the competition.

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November 11th 2019, 9:41 pm

Chrome Will Soon Start Pointing Out Websites That Load Slowly

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There are a lot of things to consider when building a website. It’s not always about having the best design or even about having the best content, because other factors are also taken into consideration where things like loading time matters too. This is because if you have an amazing design and fantastic content, but your website takes too long to load, people might simply give up and go somewhere else.

Perhaps in a bid to encourage webmasters and developers to start considering loading times on their websites, Google has announced that they will soon start to identify and badge websites that might take longer to load than usual. As you can see in the screenshot above, websites that take a while to load will show a notice informing users that this page has been known to load slowly.

According to Google, “Badging is intended to identify when sites are authored in a way that makes them slow generally, looking at historical load latencies. Further along, we may expand this to include identifying when a page is likely to be slow for a user based on their device and network conditions.”

This will obviously only apply to websites being viewed on Chrome, so if you’re using a different browser, then this feature won’t apply to you.

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November 11th 2019, 9:41 pm

Apple’s AR Headset Might Have Been ‘Delayed’ To 2021 Or 2022

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We have been hearing for a long time now that Apple is working on an augmented reality (AR) headset. When exactly that device will launch is up for debate, although recently we have heard that Apple could be close where it could launch in 2020. This is according to notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has in the past proven to be very accurate with his predictions.

However, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has also been pretty spot-on with Apple-related news and rumors, Apple’s AR headset could have been “delayed” to 2021 or 2022. We put “delayed” in quotes because at this point in time, no one really knows for sure when Apple’s AR headset will launch, so for all we know, those dates could be wrong for all we know.

According to the report, Gurman claims that Apple is working on some kind of VR/AR hybrid headset that could now be launched in 2021 or 2022. Gurman also goes on to claim that Apple might have a pair of lightweight AR glasses that could also be launched in 2023. While the report seemingly contradicts the earlier report, it actually doesn’t.

Apparently Apple had originally planned to launch their first AR headset in 2020 as per Kuo’s report, but they later decided to push that back. Take this with a grain of salt for now, but either way, it seems that we might not be seeing Apple’s headset anytime soon.

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November 11th 2019, 8:39 pm

Google Wants To Take Its Search And Apply It To Patient Records

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While Google might be known for many different products and services these days, like Android, YouTube, Gmail, and so on, what made the company so popular and is still widely used today would be its search engine. It has evolved over the years to become even better and smarter than before.

Now it seems that Google wants to take its search engine and maybe apply it to patient records that could be used by health providers. This is according to a report from The Wall Street Journal who reported that Google is working on something called Project Nightingale. This would see Google apply its search and AI to analyze patient records for Ascension.

This means that healthcare providers under Ascension would be able to search for patient records and get an overview page about their patients. This would include information such as medical issues, test results, medications, and so on. It could also potentially lead to being able to predict and make recommendations, such as “What are opportunities to intervene?”, or “What are the risks of future outcomes?”, and so on.

While we do see the potential usefulness of such a tool, apparently Ascension’s employees have raised some concerns regarding privacy internally, although how exactly this will be handled remains to be seen. Google has yet to comment on the report, although with their recent $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, it is obvious that the company is definitely interested in the health industry.

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November 11th 2019, 8:39 pm

macOS Flaw Reveals Portions Of Encrypted Emails

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The whole point of encryption is to ensure privacy, where even if messages or emails are intercepted halfway, as long as the attacker does not have the decryption key, they still will not be able to read it. However, an armor is only as strong as its weakest link, and it has been recently found out that macOS has a flaw which reveals portions of emails that are supposed to encrypted.

This is according to developer Bob Gentler who discovered that within macOS, there is a database file used by Siri that actually stores text from emails that are supposed to encrypted and protected. This means that hackers could potentially read your emails, or at least parts of it.

It is unclear which parts of the email are being stored in the file, but we imagine that in some cases, potentially sensitive information could be stored in it which could prove to be troublesome. This particular vulnerability is also said to be in at least four versions of macOS, ranging from Sierra to Catalina.

That being said, the good news is that Apple is aware of the vulnerability and have told Engadget that they will be issuing a fix for the problem shortly. We’re not sure when that will be, but in the meantime, you can disable Siri for emails by going to System Preferences > Siri > Siri Suggestions & Privacy > Mail and turning it off.

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November 11th 2019, 8:39 pm

Microsoft Develops AI That Can Detect Cervical Cancer A Lot Faster Than Humans

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AI has been steadily finding its way into our healthcare industry, where due to its speed and ability to spot things that a human might not, it has been used for diagnosis where it can potentially spot health problems way before they happen or become too serious for it to be treated.

We’ve seen this used with breast cancer detection and lung cancer, and now it looks like Microsoft and SRL Diagnostics have developed an AI tool that is capable of detecting cervical cancer. While this can be used to detect the disease in patients that human doctors might otherwise miss, it has been suggested that this could also be used in populous countries, such as India, where the volume of patients might be too many and tests and detection could take longer than normal.

According to Microsoft, “The AI model can now differentiate between normal and abnormal smear slides with accuracy and is currently under validation in labs. It can also classify smear slides based on the seven-subtypes of cervical cytopathological scale. The classification includes interpretations ranging between normal and the pre-cancerous to cancerous stages.”

With the use of this AI tool, it can help doctors serve more patients, especially since it has been pointed out that over in India, about 67,000 women die each year from cervical cancer.

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November 11th 2019, 8:39 pm

Apple Could Announce 16-inch MacBook Pro This Week

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The rumors that Apple has a 16-inch MacBook Pro in the works has been floating about for a while now. It was originally said that the laptop could be announced in October, but that clearly did not happen. However, it seems that we could be close to seeing the laptop being officially announced.

This is according to a report from 9to5Mac in which they have heard that Apple has been holding or could be holding a private press briefing this week, in which it has been speculated that it could be to give select members of the press an early preview and briefing of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

If this is true, then it could be possible that the laptop could actually be announced this week, around mid-week at the earliest. There is no way to actually confirm if this will happen, but either way we won’t have to wait too long to find out. There has also been mounting evidence suggesting that such a laptop is in the works, where images and references have actually been spotted in Apple’s latest macOS release.

What makes this laptop particularly exciting is that it will be Apple’s biggest laptop in recent years ever since they dropped the 17-inch model from their lineup. It has also been rumored to feature a redesigned keyboard where we will see Apple kill the butterfly switch mechanism in favor of something more traditional.

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November 11th 2019, 8:39 pm

Researchers Create A Battery Better At Storing Renewable Energy

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Due to the fact that renewable energy sources aren’t always consistent or available (like the sun or the wind), it means that in order to make full use of them, we need to capture the energy they generate and store it in batteries. These batteries are known as flow batteries where the energy capture is stored in a tank of liquid electrolyte.

However, even then, these batteries aren’t necessarily the most efficient at storing energy and they can also be expensive to produce en masse, but thanks to the work of researchers at Berkeley, they have managed to create a battery membrane used in flow batteries that could potentially help make them more cost effective.

These flow batteries already feature the use of a membrane that helps separate the cathode and anode from each other. However, these membranes are usually pretty expensive which prohibits them from being produced on a larger scale, but the work of the researchers could help to change that.

By making these flow batteries cheaper, it could encourage homes to start adopting more sustainable forms of energy and could also ease concerns about natural sources of energy not being reliable. When exactly we will see such more affordable batteries remains to be seen.

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November 11th 2019, 8:39 pm

YouTube May Delete Your Channel If You Don’t Make Enough Money

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The title of this news might sound misleading but that is how YouTube’s new terms of service appear to be.

With its latest update to the terms and conditions, it has got all the content creators confused with something specific.

Under the section for “Account Suspension & Termination“, a controversial statement has been added:

YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.

In this statement, it looks like YouTube could just delete your YouTube account/channel if you are not “commercially” profitable for their platform.

We cannot be too sure what it means, but the keyword “commercially” does not necessarily point to restriction for people who promote hate speech or violent content.

Also, it is tough to guess the factors to be considered by YouTube to decide whether a channel (or Google account in general) is “commercially viable”.

In response to 9to5Google’s news coverage to the same story, a spokesperson mentioned that everything is just the way it was and the update to terms of service ensures that it is easier to understand than ever.

Even though the official response might be promising, it is surely a debatable statement that has got all the content creators alarmed.

We shall keep this story updated if there’s an official response to it to address the concerns by aspiring (and already established) content creators on YouTube.

 

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November 11th 2019, 2:47 pm

Tencent Could Start Making Games With Nintendo Characters

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We have seen Tencent making a lot of games (especially for the mobile platform). You must be aware of games like PUBG.

Now, it looks like it might be making plans to target the US audience with some games involving Nintendo characters for consoles.

This is not an official announcement – however, the Wall Street Journal reports otherwise.

As per the report, Tencent might be looking to leverage its partnership with Japan’s Nintendo Co. to develop games for U.S consumers.

Of course, Nintendo’s IP for the characters is not an easy catch. However, the existing partnership of Nintendo and Tencent to sell more Switch devices does hint at a potential move from Tencent in some way.

Maybe the Nintendo characters in question will remain protected but Tencent might end up developing something else to promote exclusively on Switch. Who knows?

This may not be a concern if Nintendo somehow keeps its characters protected from Tencent’s control while also being able to form a partnership for a game.

But, Tencent potentially has the capacity to acquire Nintendo’s IP for its games to target U.S consumers.

On the other hand, Nintendo is also known for its good decisions in the gaming industry. So, it is highly unlikely that it would join hands to develop a cash-grab game with Tencent.

So, we just have to take this with a pinch of salt unless there’s an official update on it and we will make sure to update this story with a follow-up.

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November 11th 2019, 2:47 pm

Apple Card Credit Limit Algorithm Accused Of Being Gender Biased

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When it comes to deciding on how much of a credit card limit one person should have, it is largely based on their earnings and pre-existing loans, where it won’t be too high where it would make repayments of the card impossible. That, in theory, should be what credit limits should be based on, right?

However, it seems that the Apple Card is being accused of gender discrimination or gender bias, where there have been multiple reports of men somehow getting a much higher credit limit compared to women. This has led to the New York Department of Financial Services launching an investigation into Goldman Sachs (Apple Card’s issuing bank) and the algorithms used in determining the credit card limit for the Apple Card.

In several examples of alleged gender bias, David Heinemeir Hansson wrote on Twitter about how his Apple Card limit is 20 times higher than his wife, despite the fact that they both file joint tax returns, and how his wife also has a better credit score, which in theory should give her a higher credit limit.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also shared a similar experience where despite not having separate bank or credit card accounts, his credit limit was also 10 times higher than that of his wife.

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November 10th 2019, 8:45 pm

Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Microtransactions

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Microtransactions have become a very common feature in games these days, and it looks like Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo 4 will not be an exception. During BlizzCon 2019, Twitch streamer Quin69 spoke with the game’s lead designer Joe Shely in which it was revealed that the game will have microtransactions that gamers can look forward to.

However, before you get too upset at the possibility of the game being some kind of pay-to-win game, you can rest assured that it won’t. Instead, the microtransactions in Diablo 4 will be purely cosmetic based, or at least that’s the plan for now. According to Shely, “Diablo 4 will be available as a base game, and… we’re going to have expansions. You also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.”

So far, cosmetic based microtransactions have proven to be extremely lucrative. We’ve seen how much money players have spent on costumes in games like Fortnite and Dota 2. Blizzard has also experienced some of that with Overwatch and its loot boxes which also contains various cosmetics for characters.

In Diablo 3, Blizzard attempted to introduce customization through transmogs and also dying your character’s armor, so this will be an interesting change. There is still no word on Diablo 4’s release just yet so note that this could still be subject to change.

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November 10th 2019, 8:45 pm

Apple Watch Fall Detection Hilariously Goes Off During James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’

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One of the features found in Apple’s newer Apple Watches is fall detection. What this does is that if it detects that you have fallen, it will prompt you to respond, in which failing to do so will result in the watch calling emergency services on your behalf. We’ve seen this used to great effect in several instances which resulted in several lives saved.

However, recently during a recording of James Corden’s Late Late Show, it seems that an audience member got a bit too excited during a particular segment, resulting in her Apple Watch’s fall detection hilariously triggering and going off. During this segment, the audience member answered a question correctly, where perhaps her excitement could have set the watch off.

It is unclear what might have triggered it, but it has been speculated that either she sat down too fast, leading the watch to think she might have fallen, or it could be her sudden arm movement along with an elevated heart rate (due the the excitement of being on TV or answering the question correctly) that triggered the alert.

Thankfully this was a false alarm (we think) and if you have a few minutes to spare, you can check out the clip above where it starts around the 5 minute 39 second mark.

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November 10th 2019, 8:45 pm

How To Combine PDF Files For Free

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Let’s say you’re working on a group project with various members in a team. Everyone is working on their own parts and they send it back to you in PDF format. This is perfectly fine, but then it can get a bit messy if you’re trying to figure out which file contains what information, and how you can put it all together for easy reading and access.

This is where combining multiple PDF files into a single PDF file can come in handy. It can also be useful if you’re trying to merge all your receipts into a single file for tax purposes, and so on. Now, there are many ways to go about combining PDF files, with the most obvious method involving the use of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Unfortunately, Acrobat Pro is not a free software and you’ll have to pay for it, which might be a bit of a put off for people who only need to use it once. Thankfully, there are plenty of free ways to combine PDF files, and we’ll show you how to do that in the guide below.

How To Combine Your PDF Files For Free Online

The easiest way to combine your PDF files for free is to use online services. In the guide below we will be using PDF Merge, but like we said, there are plenty of alternatives out there but for the most part, they’re pretty much the same.

  1. Go to PDF Merge’s website
  2. Click Choose File to select your PDF files
  3. Repeat the process until you’ve included all the PDF files you want to merge
  4. Click Merge Files and wait for them to be uploaded and processed
  5. Click Download & View in browser and you’re all set and good to go. Alternatively, you can also choose to send the merged PDF files to your email address for safekeeping.

The process is pretty straightforward and easy to follow, but with free online services, there could be limits in terms of the size of the PDF uploaded or the number of PDFs you upload. If you are dealing with small files then this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you’re looking to combine massive PDF files, then you could run into problems.

Also, there might be some users who might not necessarily feel comfortable uploading their files to the cloud and processed on a remote server. This means that if your files contain potentially sensitive information, then it might be a good idea to seek offline alternatives which could involve you paying for software.

How To Combine PDFs On Mac

If you’d rather not use an online tool, you can actually convert PDFs on your Mac for free. This is ideal for those who don’t want to use online tools or pay for Adobe Acrobat. The process is also pretty simple and straightforward, and it also does not involve the need for third-party software.

  1. Locate the PDF files that you want to combine.
  2. Right click the first PDF file and go to Open With and select Preview
  3. Once the PDF is opened, drag the other PDFs from the folder they are in into the sidebar on the left
  4. You will notice that the number of pages will expand depending on how many pages there are in the PDF files
  5. When you’re ready to save it, go to File > Export PDF, select a name and you’re good to go

How To Combine PDFs On Windows

If you are using Windows, unfortunately unlike Mac, there is no native PDF merging tool. Instead, you will need to turn to third-party applications. There are many options around, but we found that PDFsam Basic is the best option out there. It is free, it is simple to use, and it gets the job done. You can download it from its website here.

  1. Once PDFsam Basic has been downloaded and installed, launch the app
  2. Click Merge
  3. Drag and drop the PDF files you want to merge into the window above
  4. Click Run when you’re ready to combine them
  5. When the PDF files have been merged, the status bar below will turn green
  6. Click Open to open the file you’ve just merged
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November 10th 2019, 3:54 pm

Samsung Could Have A Smartphone With A 1080MP Camera In The Works

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These days when the performance in smartphones are starting to feel the same, one of the main differences that smartphone makers are trying to achieve would be in the camera department. In fact, it seems that Samsung could very well take the cake with the launch of a 108MP camera in a smartphone.

This is according to a teardown of the Samsung Camera app found in the One UI 2.0 beta, in which there was some evidence found that showed support for photos with a resolution of 12,000 x 9,000, which when translated is about 108MP. This actually doesn’t come as a complete surprise if it were to be true.

This is because earlier this year, it was revealed that Samsung was working on a 108MP sensor, meaning that it was really only a matter of time before it was released for one of the company’s smartphones. That being said, 108MP does seem like overkill for smartphones since most photos are uploaded to social media and compressed, but it is still an impressive feat of technology anyway.

We’re not sure which smartphone this sensor will find its way into, but there is a good chance that it might debut in 2020’s Galaxy S11.

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November 8th 2019, 7:19 pm

Netflix To Drop Support For Older Samsung Smart TVs In December

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TVs aren’t really devices that we change or upgrade frequently. However, it seems that if you largely rely on your smart TV to access apps like Netflix, then you might want to take note because if you own one of Samsung’s older smart TVs, come December, support for Netflix will be dropped.

According to a statement released by Netflix to Engadget, the company wrote, “On December 2nd, Netflix will no longer be supported on a small number of older devices due to technical limitations. We’ve notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they can keep enjoying Netflix uninterrupted.”

According to a message on Samsung’s website, “Netflix has announced that due to technical limitations, as of December 2, 2019, the Netflix streaming service will no longer be supported on several consumer electronics devices, including some from Samsung.” Alternatively, you can check out Netflix’s page to see the list of compatible devices, but basically, according to Samsung, the change will affect select 2010 and 2011 smart TVs. If you own an affected device, you will see a message about it displayed on your screen.

That being said, Samsung notes that all smart TVs produced after 2011 will be unaffected, so for owners of newer Samsung smart TVs, you should be OK.

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November 8th 2019, 7:19 pm

Blizzard Aiming For Cross-Play Multiplayer For Diablo 4

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When Diablo 4 was announced, it was announced for multiple platforms such as the PC, Xbox One, and the PS4. However, given the current state of Diablo 3 for the console, it was assumed that multiplayer would be separated based on platform, but the good news is that Blizzard is hoping to overcome this.

In an interview with The Telegraph at BlizzCon 2019, Diablo 4’s executive producer Allen Adham was quoted as saying that cross-play multiplayer support is something that the team is working towards. What this means is that PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers will be able to play together all at once.

According to Adham, “We’re very excited about cross-play. There are technical details and details to work through with the first parties, but it’s our goal to get to cross-play.” This will be particularly important for Diablo 4 due to the nature of the game, which some have described as almost like an MMORPG.

With Diablo 4, players will be able to encounter other players in the world as they travel, even if you aren’t necessarily in a party. There will be world events which means that players can band together to fight bosses or participate in those events, so having a larger pool of players to play with will no doubt benefit the game.

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November 8th 2019, 7:19 pm

Elon Musk Estimates 1000 Starships and 20 Years To Build The First Sustainable City On Mars

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We’ve known about Elon Musk’s plan to build a city and move people over to Mars. However, that is not a reality – for now.

There’s still a lot of things to take care of on Earth. So, moving to Mars is still a far-fetched idea. But, nothing stops Elon Musk to plan and have an idea on what it could take to make it a reality.

When responding to some questions on Twitter, Elon Musk said that it will require a minimum of 1000 starships to build a self-sustaining city on Mars.

He also added that it will take about 20 years to transfer million tons to Mars Base Alpha to make it sustainable because the planets align every two years.

Of course, that is just a vague estimate, but it is quite interesting to learn about it from Elon Musk himself.

Even though we cannot be too sure of what would happen – the interesting insights by Elon Musk’s response are definitely something to look out for considering all the SpaceX developments so far.

While we know that Elon Musk discussed about a crewed Mars mission by 2024, only time will say what else can be possible after the planned missions take place.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.

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November 8th 2019, 2:22 pm

A Tiny Satellite Dish Lets You Send Texts From Your Smartphone With No Cellular Network

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The cellular network strength does not have to be necessarily good at every place you visit. You might be going for a hike or just exploring the wilderness on your bicycle.

No matter where you go, the cellular network and Internet connectivity might get affected at some point in time.

In such type of cases, you need to have an option for an emergency to be able to send text messages, at least.

SatPaq is a tiny satellite dish that lets you exactly do that with0ut requiring cellular signal or Internet connectivity.

You just need to have their own app installed on your Android or iOS smartphone while attaching their dish to your smartphone. It is similar to the dish network for TVs, if you can see the sky, you can send a text message to anyone.

However, it is worth noting that the receiver will not get the text from your number. Instead, it will utilize SatPaq’s number to send your message along with your signature.

The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to your phone. It will cost you $250 for the tech and will provide you a battery backup of 4 months (which is impressive).

For the messages, you can buy the message quotas in bundles that will never expire until used at just 30 cents per message.

It indeed is something useful for a specific group of people or even for consumers during a natural disaster or power outages. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.

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November 8th 2019, 2:04 pm

Google’s App Defense Alliance Wants To Stop Bad Android Apps From Reaching Your Phone

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While the Google Play Store has systems in place to try and prevent malware and bad apps from getting listed and downloaded by users, unfortunately, it’s not the perfect system and from time to time, we do come across reports that bad apps find their way into the Play Store where it ends up being downloaded by users.

In a bid to prevent that from happening, or at least reducing the chances of that happening, Google has formed a partnership with various security companies, such as ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium, where they have come together to create the App Defense Alliance. According to Google, this alliance’s goal is to stop bad apps in their tracks before they reach the devices of users.

According to Google, “As part of this Alliance, we are integrating our Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines. This will generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. Partners will analyze that dataset and act as another, vital set of eyes prior to an app going live on the Play Store.”

Will this work? We guess it will be hard to say, although we suppose if you don’t ever come across a bad app then in a way, then it might be safe to say that it is working out, but only time will tell.

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November 8th 2019, 10:44 am

Twitter Now Lets Users Follow Their Favorite Topics

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Twitter lets you follow users where you can get updates based on their tweets. However, not everyone posts things that you might be interested in, in which it would then be easier to try and sort news and topics through hashtags. However, the good news is that Twitter will be making some changes on that front.

According to a report from The Verge, it has been revealed that Twitter will soon be letting users follow topics instead of users. Through this feature, you’ll be able to follow topics of your choosing and interest, meaning that if you’d rather not follow a particular individual, you can instead choose to follow topics that might be able to deliver more targeted topics.

There will be about 300 or so topics to choose from, where it will range from sports, entertainment, gaming, and so on. Also, similar to how the follow system works on Twitter, you’ll be able to find tweets from accounts that also tweet about those topics and who might have more credibility on those topics.

That being said, this isn’t a brand new concept. Instagram also has a similar feature where users can follow hashtags in order to get content that is close or similar to what they are interested in.

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November 8th 2019, 10:44 am

Disney Plus To Expand To More Countries In March 2020

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While streaming services are exciting, the problem is that in terms of availability, they can be limited. Take for example with Hulu, the service is still not available in many parts of the world, leaving some users frustrated and turning to piracy in order to watch certain shows. However, Disney seems to be working to prevent that from happening.

Disney Plus will be officially going live on the 12th of November, where it will be initially available in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand, but when will it hit other markets? The good news is that if you live in the UK and Europe, you will only need to wait a few more months.

Disney has announced that come 31st of March, 2020, Disney Plus will be available in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Ireland. However, Disney does caution that in terms of the availability of titles, this will vary from region to region, so don’t expect to have the same catalog as those in the US.

It is unclear when Disney Plus is expected to eventually be made available worldwide, but until Disney makes an announcement, the rest of the world will just have to wait.

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November 8th 2019, 10:44 am

Check Out The iPhone’s Evolution Over The Years

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Apple’s first iPhone was launched way back in 2007, which means that it is about 12 years old now. Naturally, over the years, the design and features of the handset has evolved to where we are today with the iPhone 11. While some might claim that the iPhone is no longer quite as exciting or innovative as before, this video could change your mind.

Tech YouTuber MKBHD has recently uploaded a video where he compares the original iPhone, released back in 2007, with the latest iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro. It is a pretty interesting video as it shows how much the design of the iPhone has changed over the years, most notably would be its size, where for the longest time ever, Apple stubbornly stuck to the 3.5-inch display, before the launch of the iPhone 5 which saw the company finally start to shift to larger screens.

The differences aren’t just limited to the design or display, but also under the hood, where the latest iPhone is a whole lot more capable in the camera department compared to the original iPhone. All of this is pretty obvious, but it’s nice to see how far along technology has come, not just with the iPhone, but with smartphones in general.

As MKBHD points out in his video, this comparison is interesting because it also leaves us wondering and imagining what kind of technology and features we might be able to expect in the future.

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November 8th 2019, 10:44 am

T-Mobile’s 5G Plans Will Start At $15 A Month

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Thinking of signing up for a 5G plan? Given that new technologies tend to be expensive, we’re sure that there are some who might be worried that 5G could cost a lot more than 4G plans. It turns out that might not necessarily be the case. T-Mobile has recently announced that they will be launching 5G prepaid plans that will cost as little as $15 a month.

To give you some context, T-Mobile’s cheapest 4G plan is priced twice that amount, so it’s actually interesting that the carrier will be making its 5G plans even cheaper. However, it seems that these plans will come with an asterisk next to them, and that it appears to be largely dependent on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger going through.

According to the carrier’s CEO John Legere, “We have definitively put a stake in the ground around the kind of company the supercharged Un-carrier will be and the ways we can put this radically better 5G network to work doing GOOD for this country — good for consumers, good for competition and good for innovation! Only the New T-Mobile’s transformative 5G network will FINALLY have the capacity and reach to make the BOLD moves we announced today that are squarely aimed at SOLVING inequities that have huge impacts on our society.”

T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger was recently given the greenlight by the FCC, but it has yet to be officially concluded, but so far it seems that it is well on its way to being official, so it’s really only a matter of time.

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November 8th 2019, 10:44 am

WhatsApp Will Soon Let Users Browse Products In-App

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While most of us might take WhatsApp as a messaging app between friends and family and co-workers, it is also being used as a business tool where business can use WhatsApp to keep in touch with their customers. Now in a step further to make WhatsApp a more robust business tool, the company will soon let users browse products within the app itself.

This new feature is dubbed Catalogs and basically customers who are interacting with businesses through the app will also be able to browse their products. This will be useful for businesses who conduct a lot of their business through mobile apps. Instead of having to send potential customers price lists and photos over and over again, which can be tedious if you get a lot of requests, they can simply build a catalog of products and prices that customers can then peruse in their own free time.

At the moment, the catalogs feature is not available worldwide just yet. It is currently only available in a handful of markets such as Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the UK, and the US, but WhatsApp does have plans to eventually make it available in all parts of the world. If you live in any of those regions, then you might want to keep an eye out for it.

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November 8th 2019, 10:44 am

iOS 13.2.2 Update Released With Fix For Multitasking Bug

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Apple recently released the iOS 13.2 update but according to multiple user reports, it seemed that the update was slightly buggy where it would be too aggressive in killing background apps. According to users, they found that whenever they switched apps and later switched back, the first app that they were running had to be restarted from scratch.

This meant that users would lose videos that they were watching halfway or be forced to wait for all their tabs in Safari to reload again. While it doesn’t exactly break for phone, it can be incredibly annoying. The good news is that Apple has since released a new update in the form of iOS 13.2.2.

With this update, it seems that Apple might have finally addressed the multitasking bug. In the changelog, it mentions that the update will be fixing an issue that would cause an app to quit unexpectedly when running in the background. Presumably, this will address the problem, so if you are experiencing this issue with your iPhone after the iOS 13.2 update, then perhaps this could be an update worth checking out ASAP.

The update is already live so either wait for iOS to prompt you to install the update, or head on over to the Settings menu if you’d like to try and pull the update manually.

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November 7th 2019, 8:04 pm

China Imposes Gaming Curfew For Minors

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Close to two decades ago, China recognized that gaming could potentially be addictive and as such, they decided to try and curb addiction by placing a ban on certain games and consoles. Eventually those bans got lifted, but it seems that China could be considering imposing new types of restrictions aimed at minors.

According to the reports, China is looking to set curfews for gaming for minors, where not only would it restrict how many hours gamers can play a week, but also how much they can spend. In this curfew, gamers who are aged under 18 will be banned from playing games between the hours of 10PM at night until 8AM in the morning. They will also be limited to playing 90 minutes of games during the weekdays, and 3 hours during weekends and holidays.

There will also be a limit imposed on how much gamers can spend on their games, where gamers aged 8-16 years old can spend up to 200 yuan per month, while those aged 16-18 can spend up to 400 yuan a month. This will be applicable to all games that are available in China, regardless of their platform. This is versus before where the ban was limited to arcades and consoles, resulting in players still being able to game as much as they want on their PCs.

That being said, it is unclear how these curfews will be implemented. However, the Chinese government is said to be working with law enforcement to try and create some kind of unified identification system that can be used with all gaming platforms to verify the user’s identity and age.

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November 7th 2019, 8:04 pm

Qualcomm Might Have Confirmed That 5G iPhones Are Coming In 2020

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Come 2020, Apple is finally expected to hop on board the 5G bandwagon, with some reports claiming as many as four 5G models. It was largely expected that the 5G iPhones would only arrive in 2021, but due to Apple coming to a settlement agreement with Qualcomm, this is said to facilitate the early arrival of 5G iPhones.

In fact, it seems that there is a good chance that Qualcomm could have even confirmed the rumors themselves. During the company’s earnings call, Qualcomm’s CFO Akash Palkhiwala said that there would be “two inflection points” for 5G chips in 2020. The first would be in the spring, where we expect that companies like Samsung will be using Qualcomm’s 5G modems for its flagship phones.

Palkhiwala then goes on to say, “The second inflection point will be in the fall time frame, when another set of flagship devices will adopt 5G.” He does not explicitly mention which phones that will be, but given that Apple generally chooses fall to launch their iPhones, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was referring to that.

It is also possible that his comments could be covering other devices like Google’s Pixel phones which also launch around that time, and also Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, so this is just speculation for now.

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November 7th 2019, 8:04 pm

AMD Introduces The Fastest Consumer Desktop Processor Ryzen 9 3950X

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In addition to the fastest high-end Threadripper (32-core 3970X and 24-core 3960X) processors, AMD also announced the most powerful consumer-grade desktop processors – Ryzen 9 3950X.

AMD’s 7-nanometer Zen 2 architecture is a game-changer to help build this processor.

This should be the perfect alternative to Intel’s 12-core i9920X. With all the extra cores (16 cores) and a lower price ($749), it is tough to recommend an Intel processor even for a high-end gaming rig.

The flagship 16-core Ryzen 3950X processor will be available worldwide starting from November 25.

As per its official stat, AMD claims that the new processor offers a 22% performance boost over the previous-gen processors.

They also mention that the new processor has been optimized for better 1080p gaming performance on selected titles. Some of the benchmarks performed AMD performance labs involved games like Counter-Strike GO, Fortnite, and Rocket League.

If we talk about the application performance tests, it seems that they only tested Adobe Premier and Photoshop in addition to the benchmark apps like Cinebench.

Of course, the real-world tests might slightly vary depending on your configuration.

Considering that it is almost $400 less than Intel’s counterpart, the new Ryzen 3950X should get all the attention of the consumers looking to get value for money spent to build a PC.

In either case, you can check out the detailed specifications on AMD’s webpage to decide if it is something for your work.

 

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November 7th 2019, 2:46 pm

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review: 28 Days Later

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The Galaxy Fold is now available in the U.S, shortly after selling out in Korea during its initial debut.It brings a new smartphone experience centered on what Samsung calls “a new dawn in display technology.” The company pitches the Fold as being “phone and tablet” in one device.

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November 7th 2019, 2:01 pm

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Is Finally Up For Grab At $3500

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The much anticipated Microsoft HoloLens 2 is finally here. You can purchase one for $3500 per device.

In the official announcement, Microsoft mentions that it was really challenging to make the device user-friendly. But, their ultimate aim was to make it easy to use, so that the customer does not need a special manual to use it every time.

The AR headset uses AI with the help of sensors to displace space and time.

The core functionality of the AR headset is being enhanced by the use of Artificial Intelligence. When the mixed reality is delivered with the help of A.I, a lot of things come to action.

You can watch the video below to get an idea:

The AI models were developed, trained, and deployed onto the device so that it can accurately detect the hand motion. With this, they can easily interact with the hologram, resize it or reposition it.

Cloud-powered computing through Azure services introduces a ‘Cloud Collaboration’ ability which makes it easy to share information with others.

If you want to get the device, it would cost you $3500. However, if you want the Dynamic 365 Remote assist, it will cost you an additional $125/month. For the development edition, you need to join the developer program to stay updated on the availability of pre-orders.

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November 7th 2019, 2:01 pm

Saudi Government Reportedly Recruits Twitter Employees To Spy On Its Critics

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Social media platforms like Twitter are rife with all kinds of user information, some of which is shared publicly, and some of which is private. If private, then accessing it would be pretty hard unless you’re a Twitter employee, which is what the Saudi Arabia government was counting on when they recruited a couple of Twitter employees to spy on their critics.

According to a complaint that was recently unsealed in the US District Court in San Francisco, it was revealed that the Saudi government had apparently recruited a couple of employees at Twitter to look into the data belonging to thousands of Twitter accounts, which were believed to be critics of the current government. This included details like email addresses, IP address, date of birth, and so on.

The employees who were recruited were also said to have been rewarded for their efforts in the form of designer watches and tens of thousands of dollars which were banked into secret bank accounts.

It has also been reported that the employees involved had no need to access Twitter users’ private information as part of their job scope to begin with. Those employees have since been charged as acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the US government.

In a statement made by Twitter, the company said, “We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work.”

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November 6th 2019, 9:37 pm

Google Will Be Open-Sourcing Its Cardboard VR Headset

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A few years ago, Google announced that they would be getting into virtual reality (VR) through a couple of initiatives, one of which is its Daydream VR platform, and the other would be Cardboard, a very affordable VR headset that would make it easier for anyone to get into VR technology.

Google recently announced that they would be winding things down on the Daydream front and if you’re wondering what this means for its Cardboard VR headset, it seems that Google will be taking a step back from that as well. In a post on its blog, Google has announced that they will be outsourcing the development of its Cardboard VR headset.

For those who are unfamiliar, Cardboard is quite literally a VR headset that is made out of cardboard. It is also relatively easy to build which means that if you are so inclined, you could actually follow Google’s instructions and build one for yourself, or you could just purchase it directly from Google at a fraction of the price of a regular VR headset.

According to Google, “Today, we’re releasing the Cardboard open source project to let the developer community continue to build Cardboard experiences and add support to their apps for an ever increasing diversity of smartphone screen resolutions and configurations. We think that an open source model—with additional contributions from us—is the best way for developers to continue to build experiences for Cardboard.”

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November 6th 2019, 9:37 pm
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