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How To See My PC Specs

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So you recently bought a new PC and you want to make sure that your PC contains the components that they are supposed to. So the question is, how do you go about checking it yourself? If you’re interested in learning how to see what kind of hardware you have under the hood, check out our guide below.

Quick And Easy

If you just want a very brief summary on how to check the basic specs of your PC, such as which version of Windows you’re running, what kind of processor you have, and how much RAM you have, then this will be a quick and easy method of finding out.

  1. On your desktop, right click “This PC
  2. Select Properties
  3. The highlighted section will show you all the basic information about your PC

This is actually a good way to check if there is something wrong with your PC and certain components. Not too long ago, I discovered that my PC seemed to be running slower than normal and was struggling with multitasking. Upon checking Task Manager, I realized that a lot of memory was being consumed for tasks that normally would not need that much memory.

Thinking it was a RAM problem, went through the process above and discovered that based on the information, my PC was only detecting that I had 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB, leading me to conclude that one of my RAM sticks had failed me. Swapping it out for a new one fixed the problem.

While not exactly designed to be a diagnostic tool, it certainly did help make the troubleshooting process a lot faster.

A More Detailed Look

If you want a more detailed look at your PC’s hardware, here’s how you can go about doing it.

  1. Open the Start Menu and type “Device Manager
  2. Launch the app
  3. This app will show you all the components of your PC. This covers not just components inside of your PC, but also devices that are connected to it, like monitors and keyboards
  4. Click on any of the arrows next to the category to expand on it

Once again, similar to the Quick and Easy method outlined above, using Device Manager can also be a good way of troubleshooting some problems with your PC. For example, if you recently installed a new graphics card but it isn’t showing up under Display Adapters, then perhaps you did not install it properly which is why it isn’t being detected.

You can also use Device Manager to install driver updates and also to disable certain components and reinstall them if they’re not working properly.

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January 24th 2020, 6:51 pm

The Second Season For Fortnite’s Chapter 2 Drops On February 20

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If you’ve been keeping up with Fortnite’s updates – you might be already knowing this, but in case you don’t –  chapter 2’s season 2 is coming on February 20.

In the official announcement for the next update, Epic Games mentioned the release date of season 2 for Chapter 2.

They also mentioned that the next game update 11.50 in early February will set things up for season 2, which includes the move to Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics system.

As far as they claim, the move to a new physics system shouldn’t break the game and would stay the same at its core. Even though we can’t be sure about that – it is just a few days away.

It is also worth noting that they acknowledged that there will be bugs – but they will closely monitor the situation and keep an eye on the feedback to fix anything that needs immediate attention.

Also, before the Season ends, you will notice additional overtime challenges and a new two-week event coming up.

The Fortnite team hasn’t revealed anything related to Season 2 as of yet – but it looks like we do not need to wait longer, February 20 is the date.

While a lot of gamers are excited about season 2 of Chapter 2, some are concerned about the next 11.50 update.

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January 24th 2020, 2:17 pm

Apple Insists That Losing Lightning Port Will Create Waste

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Recently, we reported that the EU wanted Apple to drop the Lightning port in favor of a standard charging port (USB Type-C).

The reason behind the suggestion was that the move will potentially reduce the waste generated in the production of charging cables while also making it convenient.

No matter what the consumers think about the EU’s suggestion – Apple thinks that losing the Lightning port will generate more waste.

Apple suggests that starting from 2012 (from the time Lightning port came into existence), there are a lot of accessories and devices that rely on it. Even in the current date, there are millions of active devices in Europe that need lightning port to work.

So, if Apple follows the EU’s suggestion, potentially a million devices will be affected. The customers can’t purchase a new lightning port when they need it – and hence, it will generate a bigger waste than ever.

We wouldn’t be too sure about the stats but it looks like Apple wants to continue using the Lightning port. The EU parliament hasn’t yet responded to Apple’s comments.

Obviously, we cannot comment if this is Apple’s excuse or just the ground reality. What do you think about it? Should Apple ditch the Lightning port or continue with it?

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January 24th 2020, 1:32 pm

This App Will Let You Know If It’s Safe To Mix Certain Chemicals

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It doesn’t really take a science degree or to be a chemist to know that mixing certain chemicals together isn’t necessarily the best idea. So the question is, when the time comes, how do we know if mixing certain chemicals will be safe? Thankfully, engineers at the University of California, Riverside have created an app for that.

Dubbed ChemStor, this app draws data from the Environmental Protection Agency of 9,800 chemicals which have been organized into reactivity groups. Based on this data, it then creates a chemical interaction graph in different colors to set them apart. From this, it will be able to tell users if certain chemicals can be mixed or stored together without creating a dangerous reaction, and which will.

For those who are wondering if such a system is necessary, according to the Centers for Disease Control, they have estimated that there are at least 4,500 injuries a year that are caused by mixing incompatible chemicals together. Some of these incidents don’t take place in labs, but at the home by mixing pool cleaning chemicals together.

It also takes place in factories where sometimes certain chemicals that aren’t meant to be combined together are accidentally mixed when they are combined in a waste container. ChemStor is currently an open-source program and if you’re interested, you can actually check it out over at GitHub.

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January 23rd 2020, 10:31 pm

Microsoft Is Preparing Developers For Its Surface Duo Dual Screen Smartphone

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While Microsoft might have yet to fully embrace the foldable smartphone design, the company does seem to think that a hybrid device such as a smartphone that can transform into a tablet does have merit. This is why back in 2019, the company announced the Surface Duo, an Android smartphone that can be folded and comes with dual displays.

In fact, Microsoft seems to really want this to work out as the company has since released a preview toolkit that will help developers better create apps for the upcoming handset. This means that when the Surface Duo does eventually launch, developers should already be prepared and should have compatible apps that will be able to take advantage of the dual screen design of the phone.

That being said, Microsoft is not the first company to embrace such an idea. It has actually been done many years ago by companies such as Kyocera, and more recently, LG also embraced the dual screen design by selling the second display as an optional accessory. The form factor has yet to truly take off in any big way, but it seems that Microsoft is quite invested.

The Surface Duo is currently set for a release in 2020, but based on last year’s announcement, it seems that it will be packing 2019’s Snapdragon 855 chipset which we have to say that we are a little concerned, but maybe Microsoft might make some changes ahead of its release.

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January 23rd 2020, 10:31 pm

Researchers Managed To Listen To The ‘Voice’ Of A 3,000 Year Old Mummy

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Over the decades, we’ve uncovered ancient buried mummies. Unfortunately, due to the lack of photographs from back then, we don’t really know how they would have looked like if they were alive. However, science and technology have managed to roughly recreate their looks based on their skeletal structures.

Now it seems that not only do we know what they might look like, but what they could sound like as well. This is thanks to the work of researchers who have managed to artificially reconstruct the “voice” of a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy. Known as Nesyamun, he is a priest who lived under pharaoh Rameses XI.

How they managed to recreate his voice was by creating a digital reconstruction of the mummy’s vocal tract and then 3D printing it out. According to Prof David Howard, head of the department of electronic engineering at Royal Holloway, University of London, “What we have done is to create the sound of Nesyamun as he is in his sarcophagus. It is not a sound from his speech as such, as he is not actually speaking.”

While perhaps not exactly the most accurate creation, it is still an interesting technique that could also be applied to future findings. One of the other researchers, Prof John Schofield of the department of archaeology at the University of York, added some further insight on its significance.

“It is just the sheer excitement and the extra dimension that this could bring to museum visits, for example, or site visits to Karnak. The idea of going to a museum and coming away having heard a voice from 3,000 years ago is the sort of thing people might well remember for a long time.”

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January 23rd 2020, 10:31 pm

Price Of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Leaked, And It Won’t Be Cheap

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According to the rumors, Samsung is said to be working on a new foldable smartphone. However, unlike the Galaxy Fold, the upcoming foldable handset will be similar in design to a flip phone, except with a flexible display in the middle. Now thanks to a report out of Korea from Naver, the alleged price of the phone has been leaked.

Based on the leak, it seems that the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip will be priced at 1.6 million won, which after conversion is roughly around $1,374. This is actually cheaper than the Galaxy Fold, but then again, this is a smaller device with a smaller display, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that it is cheaper.

However, even at $1,374, it is still considerably more expensive than other flagship phones out there, but chances are you are paying to be an early adopter. It also makes it ever so slightly cheaper than the Motorola Razr, where it was recently announced that it would be going on sale next month where it would be priced at $1,500.

Samsung has yet to officially announce the Galaxy Z Flip, but the company will be hosting a Galaxy Unpacked event on the 11th of February where we expect that more details about the phone will be shared, along with the announcement for the Galaxy S20, Samsung’s first flagship handset of 2020.

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January 23rd 2020, 8:47 pm

Facebook’s New AI Allows Robots To Navigate Without The Use Of Maps

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Devices like Roombas rely on maps to find their way around your home. This is done by the robot moving around and when it detects an obstacle, it marks it down, and ultimately this creates a map of the room so that it knows where it can or cannot go. However, Facebook thinks that they might have developed an AI for robots that could potentially eliminate the need for maps.

According to Facebook, the downside to using maps is that it can become outdated. For example, shifting furniture around would essentially result in the older map being obsolete. However, according to Facebook, they have created a new distributed reinforcement learning (RL) algorithm called DD-PPO, which they believe solves that problem.

Facebook believes that with this new algorithm, it will be capable of creating robots that can navigate an area without the need for maps, where it is also said to be capable of reaching its destination 99.9% of the time and with only a 3% deviation from the ideal path. This means that in theory, you could place a robot in a room or an area without a map and it should be able to find its way to its destination.

However, as Facebook notes, there is still a lot of work left to be done. “We look forward to exploring new solutions to RGB-only point-goal navigation, which is important because compass and GPS data can be noisy or simply unavailable in indoor spaces. We will also apply DD-PPO-trained models to different tasks.”

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January 23rd 2020, 8:47 pm

It Looks Like Apple Hasn’t Completely Abandoned Touch ID Just Yet

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With Apple ditching Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad, it feels like the company could be ready to completely give up the technology, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to a recently discovered patent, it only seems to fuel the rumors that Apple could actually be looking to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to future iPhones.

According to the patent’s description, it reads, “Touch screens, in particular, are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease and versatility of operation as well as their declining price. Touch screens can include a touch sensor and a display device positioned partially or fully behind the touch sensor so that the touch-sensitive surface can cover at least a portion of the active area of the display device.”

There have been rumors that for 2020’s iPhone, Apple could actually be looking to bring back Touch ID by embedding it into the display of the phone. Other companies such as OnePlus and Samsung have already launched similar devices, so in this instance, Apple would actually be late to the party.

While Apple is most probably not ditching Face ID, giving users more options to unlock their devices is not necessarily a bad thing. Whether or not this patent is realized remains to be seen.

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January 23rd 2020, 8:47 pm

Logitech Ergo K860 Ergonomic Keyboard Review

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As a writer and former software engineer, I must admit that I pay a great deal of attention to keyboards because it is probably the most used tool in my computing arsenal.

Over the years, I have tried all kinds of keyboards, from the cheap ones you get for $5 to the clicky IBM keyboards in the 90s, the thin laptop-style keyboards, and of course, the mechanical gaming keyboards.  All have their pro and cons and build-quality  aside, it is mostly a matter of personal preferences.

The Logitech Ergo K860 is an ergonomic keyboard designed from research data about what is supposed to be the most natural and comfortable posture of our body, arms and wrist while working. The company also sells the Mx Ergo trackball and MX Ergo Plus mouse/trackball, so the Ergo K860 is an expansion of the product line.

Upon opening it, the first thing that I check is the build quality. As said earlier, that is a critical differentiator between different products, regardless of your typing preferences. For example, high-quality plastic with a surface coating that doesn’t become quickly greasy will make a keyboard much more agreeable to use and always feel “clean” instead of oily and slippery.

That’s the case here as the Logitech Ergo K860 is made of high-quality material that gives it a soft and durable feel.

The armrest piece feels much nicer than many flimsy and sharp add-ons that I always remove (by the way, you cannot remove it). The keyboard can be height and tilt adjusted to account for your posture and seating height. It means that the K860 can lean forward or upward, and that is uncommonly flexible.

While typing the keys feel good with a firm tactile response, and it is much quieter than a mechanical keyboard. I highly recommend that you try one in a store to decide if it fits your preference, but the key switch action quality and surface design are very agreeable.

Unfortunately, the keyboard is not backlit, and that missing feature could push away potential users. It’s not surprising for a wireless keyboard, and in my opinion, Logitech should simply allow a USB-C or Micro-USB connectivity option to support backlighting (maybe for Gen2?).

It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a Logitech USB dongle. If there’s an available USB port, I almost always prefer using the dongle because it is more reliable overall than Bluetooth. However, if no such port is free, BT is “okay” even though the protocol itself can be annoying and forces you to reconnect devices from time to time. That’s for BT in general, not this keyboard in particular.

A better reason to use Bluetooth is the Logitech Ergo K860’s ability to pair to three devices at any given time, and that’s great for people who want to type on their phones and/or tablet in addition to the computer. You can switch quickly, thanks to the dedicated button.

There are plenty of reasons to use a keyboard with multiple devices, but the most compelling to me is that some chat apps secure modes only work on mobiles (device to device encryption) and I admit to using a tablet just for email or social networks, so being able to type at full speed on all devices is extremely comfortable and fast.

We haven’t had this keyboard long enough to give you an accurate battery life estimation, and that could take a while because Logitech says that a couple of AAA batteries should last two years. The Ergo K860’s MSRP is $129.99 which makes it a high-end product.

In conclusion, the Logitech Ergo K860 is an ergonomic keyboard with exceptional design and build quality. I used to look at the Microsoft ergonomic keyboards as the benchmark, but the K860 is clearly above them in my opinion.

If you have never used an ergonomic keyboard, it’s essential to understand that these keyboards are designed to minimize hands and wrists motion, that’s why it is comfortable, but it works better if you type with proper technique.

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January 23rd 2020, 3:40 pm

Samsung’s Quick Share Is An Alternative To Apple’s AirDrop

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Apple’s AirDrop has been there for several years now to enable the transfer of files/documents from an iPhone (or macOS powered laptop) to another iOS/macOS device.

However, for Android – we do not have a dedicated stock app by Google yet.

Technically, Android has a lot of options to choose from if you want to transfer files to another phone or a PC, but most of them are third-party applications.

Given that the manufacturers are now trying to come up with their own applications (like OPPO / Xiaomi) – Samsung seems to be on the same track as well.

According to an exclusive report by XDA-Developers – Samsung has come up with a “Quick Share” app that essentially helps do the same thing. However, it also features a few more functionalities.

As you can see in the image above, the app also supports uploading to the cloud (Temporarily) when you want to send files to supported “SmartThings” devices. We cannot be too sure on what devices it points to – but it is definitely a probability that Samsung will unveil the app/service along with the Galaxy S20 launch.

Also, if this is going to be just another bloatware with Samsung’s pre-installed apps or if it’s going to be something useful – we do not know that for sure.

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January 23rd 2020, 1:27 pm

Tinder Adds A Panic Button Along With The Ability To Verify Your Profile

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Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps available for smartphones.

While it’s fun for some but meeting strangers may not be a good idea all the time.

So, Tinder has added some essential safety features that will come in handy if things go south on a date.

To start with, you will now have a panic button for an emergency which will alert the safety authorities when something goes wrong.

In addition to that, you will also have the ability to check-in to tell your friends/family, where you are on the date.

These safety features have been made possible by Noonlight which is a safety platform Tinder invested in.

Of course, the safety features will be an important addition when it rolls out to all the users in the U.S in the next few days. However, the changes are not limited to the safety features – but you can add a blue tick mark to your profile (to get yourself verified) by just clicking a selfie while giving the pose as instructed in a sample image by Tinder.

You can learn more about what has changed with the new update in their official blog post. Nevertheless, the additions seem useful and meaningful for the Tinder app.

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January 23rd 2020, 1:27 pm

Half-Life Games Are Now Free To Play On Steam Until March

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Back in November last year, Valve made a surprise announcement in the form of a new Half-Life game called Alyx. This would be a VR exclusive game and would also be the latest installment in the Half-Life franchise in a very, very long time. Perhaps to help build the hype leading up to its launch, Valve has since made every Half-Life game free to play on Steam.

This means that if you’ve never ever played Half-Life and you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, you will be able to find out for yourself by playing some of the older titles. The free games will also include all the DLCs and will cover Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

According to Valve, “Half-Life: Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements. The Half-Life: Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy the new game is to play through the old ones, especially Half-Life 2 and the episodes, so we want to make that as easy as possible.”

Half-Life: Alyx is currently set for a launch in March which is also when this current offer by Valve will end, so if you are interested in taking up the company’s offer, then perhaps this could be worth checking out. Head on over to the Steam website for the details.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Resident Evil 8’s Development Was Scrapped And Was Only Rebooted In 2019

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The last time we saw Capcom introduce a new title in the Resident Evil franchise that wasn’t a remake or a remaster was back in 2017 with Resident Evil 7. For those who think that it might be time for Resident Evil 8, you might be in for a wait because according to a tweet by AestheticGamer, it will probably be a while before the game is complete.

According to the tweet, it seems that Capcom had actually begun development on Resident Evil 8 back in 2016 before Resident Evil 7 was released. However, the project was later put on hold as Capcom reportedly needed more hands on deck for Resident Evil 7 and its DLCs. It was also later reportedly scrapped and only rebooted about 6-7 months ago back in 2019.

What this means is that if you were hoping to see Resident Evil 8 anytime soon, you could be in for a wait as we imagine that it will probably be a few more years before the game is done. It is unclear why Capcom did not pick up where they left off, but perhaps they felt it wasn’t up to scratch or wanted to head in a different direction.

The tweet also alleges that after the remake of Resident Evil 3, gamers probably shouldn’t expect to see more remakes for the next few years. Take this report with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully Capcom will something more official to share in the near future.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Motorola Razr Now Officially Launching On February 6

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Back in November last year, Motorola announced their own foldable phone in the form of the Motorola Razr, a revival of the classic and iconic design, except with a modern twist where on the inside it featured a flexible display. The handset was originally supposed to launch after Christmas, but the company delayed the release.

According to Motorola, this was due to “unparalleled excitement” for the phone, but if you have been eyeing the phone, you will be pleased to learn that Motorola and Verizon have since announced that the Razr will be officially launching on the 6th of February, 2020. Pre-orders are also expected to kick off on the 26th of January, so keep an eye out for that if you want to get your hands on the phone.

We were initially worried that the delay would be too long, similar to what Samsung had done with its Galaxy Fold, but it seems that the turnaround was much shorter than we expected, and we suppose that’s good news. The phone will be priced at $1,499 making it a tad more affordable compared to the Galaxy Fold, but it is definitely not a cheap device.

In the meantime, Samsung has also been rumored to be launching a similarly designed handset known as the Samsung Galaxy Flip Z, but nothing has been officially announced yet, so for now Motorola will be beating them to the market.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Amazon Music Hits 55 Million Customers Worldwide

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At the moment, the two biggest music streaming platforms are Apple Music and Spotify, with the latter taking the lead, boasting as many as 113 million paid subscribers and 248 million monthly active users. However, it seems that Amazon is wasting no time in playing catch up as the company has announced that Amazon Music is currently home to 55 million customers.

According to Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, “We’re proud to reach this incredible milestone and are overwhelmed by our customers’ response to Amazon Music. Our strategy is unique and, like everything we do at Amazon, starts with our customers. We’ve always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs.”

That being said, some have pointed out that one of the reasons why Amazon has managed to catch up as quickly as they have is due to the flexibility and versatility of Amazon Music. Unlike Apple Music which is a paid-only service and Spotify which offers a paid and free tier, Amazon Music has multiple choices for users to choose from.

This creates options for users who want a music streaming service with better audio quality, or those who prefer a more “normal” music streaming service, and also those who want a simpler plan and who only want to stream on a single device. We’re not sure if Amazon has what it takes to catch up to Apple Music and Spotify, but these numbers certainly suggest that they might be worth keeping an eye on.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Pokémon Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution Will Be Arriving On Netflix Next Month

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Many, many years ago, the first ever Pokemon movie was released and it was a smashing success. Back in 2019, it was reported that there were plans to remake the movie with new graphics and effects, and if you were hoping to catch it, you might be interested to learn that the Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution will arrive on Netflix next month.

To be more specific, the movie will be released on the 27th of February, 2020. We should note that the movie was actually released back in 2019, but that was the Japanese version. This version will be the English release of the movie, so if you prefer watching the movie in English, then this is for you.

In case you’re too young or might have forgotten, the first ever Pokemon movie revolved around the Mewtwo character, which in a way is similar to the Detective Pikachu movie. It was the first ever Pokemon movie to be released and made its debut way back in 1998. It went on to gross $85 million (which was pretty impressive for its time).

There have been multiple Pokemon movies released since, but as Polygon notes, none of them have managed to achieve the level of success that the original had.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

UK To Test Unsupervised Autonomous Transportation Pods

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Right now when it comes to self-driving vehicles, one of the general rules that many follow around the world is that there needs to be a human behind the “wheel”. This is because in the event that something goes wrong, the human can take over and steer the car away or apply the brakes to prevent accidents.

However, there will come a day in the future where self-driving cars will no longer be supervised, and that’s something the UK is looking to test. Over at the Cribbs Causeway mall in Gloucestershire, it seems that they are looking to test out unsupervised autonomous transportation pods.

These pods will run between 10AM to 4PM everyday for an entire week, where they will ferry passengers around the premises along shared pedestrian spaces. This test is meant to act as an example of how the future of transportation could be, and as such, testing is necessary in order to give passengers an idea of what to expect, and also to give regulatory bodies an idea of how self-driving vehicles might fare when unsupervised.

According to George Lunt, technical director at infrastructure firm AECOM, “However, for this idea to fully develop, it is vital the public are on board and have the chance to experience a mobility service that can potentially transform the way they travel.”

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Nebia Launches Its Third-Gen Eco-Friendly Shower Head

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Several years ago, Nebia launched a new shower head for the bathroom. While there are plenty of companies that make shower heads, what makes the Nebia special is that it is supposed to use less water compared to other brands, while at the same time claiming to cover a wider area of your body.

The product was so promising that even Apple’s CEO Tim Cook personally invested in them. However, if the original price of the Nebia was a bit out of your budget, you might be pleased to learn that the company has since announced the launch of the third-gen model which will be cheaper than its predecessor.

According to Nebia, the new model will apparently use 45% less water compared to more traditional showers. It will also use 41% less heating energy, and the best part is that it will see its price reduced from $499 for the original model, to $160 for the new model. This means that if you couldn’t afford it before, it should be very much more within your reach now.

At the moment, the company is seeking funding on Kickstarter where it has managed to surpass its original goal of $150,000, so if you’d like to pledge your support, head on over to its Kickstarter for the details.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Netflix Announces The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf Animated Movie

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witcherLast year, Netflix released The Witcher TV series and according to the company, it is possibly their most-viewed first season ever where they estimate that it has been watched by as many as 76 million member households within the first four weeks of its release. This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company is looking to milk the franchise for all its worth.

Netflix has since announced that they plan on releasing an animated movie based on The Witch dubbed The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. According to the brief description, “The world of The Witcher expands in this anime film that explores a new threat facing the Continent.”

At this point in time, there was no mention of additional details such as casting, but the movie is expected to feature producers Lauren Hissrich and Beau DeMayo who were behind the live-action TV series. It will also be animated by Studio Mir, a Korean animation studio who did movies like The Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

There is also no timeline as to when the movie will be released, so maybe don’t hold your breath just yet. In the meantime, The Witcher is expected to return for a second season which is scheduled for a 2021 release, so maybe the movie could be released anytime between then or maybe after that.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

Apple Card Users Will Now Be Able To Export Their Monthly Transactions

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It’s a good idea to keep track of your purchases made every month, especially if it’s through your credit card because it is incredibly easy to charge and swipe your card without thinking too much about it. The good news for Apple Card users is that if you’re looking for a neater way to manage your finances, you’re in luck.

This is because starting from the 21st of January, 2020, Apple Card users will be able to export their monthly transactions. What this means is that you will be able to export all the data from the purchases you’ve made into your own personal finance or budgeting apps, thus allowing you to get a better idea of the things you’ve purchased, when you made them, and how much they cost.

At the moment the only format support is in CSV, but in the future there are plans to support other formats like Open Financial Exchange, but Apple did not provide a timeline as to when that will happen. The export function should already be live and it seems to be a server-side update.

This means that users will not have to do anything on their end, although it could take up to 24 hours before you see the function available, so don’t worry if you don’t see it yet.

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January 23rd 2020, 5:02 am

2020 iPads Might Launch With A Backlit, Scissor Switch Smart Keyboard

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One of the selling points of the iPad Pro is the Smart Keyboard accessory that is sold as an optional purchase. It is a pretty popular choice due to the fact that it works seamlessly with the tablet, although there have been many reviews that basically say that there is still a lot to be desired in terms of the overall feel.

That being said, a report from DigiTimes could be giving us a bit of hope on that front. The report claims that for the 2020 iPads, Apple could also be releasing a new Smart Keyboard that will offer up backlit keys, but will also adopt the new scissor switch mechanism that Apple introduced to its 16-inch MacBook Pro back in 2019.

This is an interesting rumor as it would in theory make the keyboard a lot more pleasant to type on, and also potentially longer lasting. However, we should note that DigiTimes’ report does contradict an earlier report from notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that Apple will continue using a rubber dome design for its Smart Keyboard well into 2021.

With Kuo’s predictions being generally more accurate than DigiTimes, it’s probably best to take this with a grain of salt for now. However, if you’re still considering a keyboard accessory for your iPad Pro, there are plenty of other third-party options that might be worth taking a look at.

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January 22nd 2020, 7:56 pm

HP Launches New Durable Chromebooks

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The problem with computers that are used in the classroom is that students sometimes don’t treat them with the care they would if it were their own computer. This means that computers designed to be used by multiple users should be created to be durable, and that’s exactly what HP has done.

The company has recently taken the wraps off a bunch of new Chromebooks that they have designed specifically for the classroom. These Chromebooks come in the form of the Chromebook 11 G8 EE, 11A G8 EE, x360 11 G3 EE, and 14 G6, where one of the main features of the laptops are its anchored keys.

What this means is that the keys are anchored more securely to the laptop that will make it harder for students to pry it off out of curiosity or simply boredom. It has also been designed to be spill resistant, so a bit of water here and there should not ruin the keyboard. HP has also built the Chromebooks with military-grade drop resistance in mind, so it should be more than capable of withstanding a couple of knocks and rops.

All the models will be powered by Intel’s 1.1GHz Celeron processors and will come with 8GB of RAM at at least 16GB of storage. The Chromebooks are also very affordable where the base model is priced starting at $259 and will go up to $299 for the higher-end models.

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January 22nd 2020, 7:56 pm

Sonos To Officially Stop Supporting Its Older Speakers This May

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If you were one of Sonos’ earlier adopters when the company first started out, then we might have some bad news for you because according to Sonos, the company has announced that they will be officially ending support for some of their older speakers.

This means that in the future, these speakers will no longer be receiving software updates which will sometimes contain new features. According to Sonos, the speakers that will be affected by this decision include the original Zone Players, the Connect and Connect:Amp, the first-generation Play:5, the CR200, and Bridge.

While some might see this as a ploy by Sonos to get users to upgrade, the company argues otherwise. “Since launching our first products, technology has advanced at an exponential rate. However, we’ve now come to a point where some of the oldest products have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.”

That being said, it shouldn’t be surprising that companies end support for their products. We’ve seen this happen many times in the past, although it does highlight some of the downsides of a smart speaker, instead of a regular speaker where software/firmware updates aren’t necessary.

Customers who will be affected by this will be pleased to learn that they can trade up to a newer Sonos product where the company will be giving them 30% credit for each product they replace.

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January 22nd 2020, 7:56 pm

How To Build A Custom Mechanical Keyboard

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Turn the clock back 8-10 years ago, mechanical keyboards was a relatively niche hobby and not many companies were that interested in producing them. Fast forward to today, and we’re starting to see many mainstream brands like Razer, Corsair, Steel Series, and Logitech create their own mechanical keyboards.

While keyboards from those companies are perfectly fine, we’re going to assume that you’re looking for something more, which is why you’re reading this guide. If you’re looking to dive into the (somewhat expensive) world of custom mechanical keyboards, you’ve come to the right place as this guide will take you through the steps and point you in the right direction on how to get started.

What Makes Up A Mechanical Keyboard?

Now, the process of building a mechanical keyboard can be rather complex as there are many, many factors to consider. However, to simplify the overall process, there are basically five different components that make up a mechanical keyboard.

Case: This determines the size of your keyboard and the form factor that you’re choosing

PCB: This is what “powers” your keyboard. Take note that for the most part, a lot of these PCBs are programmable which means that you can remap the keys according to your own personal preference and style

Keycaps: This is probably one of the most fun aspects of building your own mechanical keyboard as it is probably the most visually obvious part of it.

Switches: This determines the “feel” of your keyboard, like whether you prefer a “clicky” keyboard, a tactile keyboard, or a linear keyboard. Some switches even have the option of being silent in case you want to use it in an office environment and don’t want to disturb your co-workers.

Stabilizers: These are used for longer keys like your Shift key, spacebar, Enter key, and so on. It helps them “balance” due to the fact that they are longer than most other keys on your keyboard.

Plate (optional): This is completely optional because you can build a keyboard without a plate. However, sometimes adding a plate can add stability and also alter the sound and feel of your keyboard, but for beginners, it isn’t 100% necessary but could be worth researching if you’re looking to go deeper into this hobby.

Keyboard Case

When it comes to custom mechanical keyboards, there are various form factors to choose from. In fact, many custom mechanical keyboards actually do not adopt the full-sized layout. If you’ve ever taken a sneak peek at r/MechanicalKeyboards, you’ll notice that many of them come in all manner of sizes, with full-sized keyboards actually being a minority.

Full-Sized Keyboard – This is the standard keyboard that many of us think of and are familiar with. It comes with all the alphanumerical keys, navigation keys, function row keys, arrow keys, and also a number pad.

TKL – The TKL form factor is a slightly more popular one in custom mechanical keyboards compared to a full-sized layout. For the most part, it features all the keys of a full-sized keyboard save for a number pad. Most enthusiasts who need the number pad usually end up building a separate custom one as well.

75% – The 75% basically means that this keyboard is roughly 75% the size of a full-sized keyboard. It is considerably more compact than a TKL but still maintains its function row. One of the more common mechanical keyboards that adopts the 75% layout is the Vortex Race 3.

60%/65% – The 60% and 65% keyboards are pretty similar to each other, where they feature alphanumerical keys but ditch the function row entirely. This results in a much more compact design, where the main difference is that the 65% model usually comes with dedicated arrow keys and page navigation keys. A popular option for the 60% layout would be the Vortex Pok3r series.

40% – The 40% form factor is typically for more hardcore keyboard enthusiasts who value size above all else. It pretty much ditches all the keys except for the alphabets. A popular choice in this area is the Vortex Core.

Keyboard PCBs

Image credit – KBDFans

Now that you’ve selected your case, you will need to pick a PCB to go with it. Take note that not all PCBs will fit your keyboard, so you will need to do some research to check for compatibility. Also, when it comes to PCBs, in some instances, some vendors might offer hotswappable PCBs.

What this means is that you don’t need to solder your switches into place, but you can just press them in. This gives you the flexibility of changing to a different switch in the future without having to desolder and resolder the new switches. However, there are some who believe that soldered switches offer better longevity, but if you’d rather build a keyboard without all the fuss, looking for a hotswappable PCB might be the way to go.

Also, some PCBs offer RGB lighting while others do not and you might need to solder the RGB lights yourself, so that’s worth taking note of as well.

Choosing The Right Switch For You

Cherry MX Brown switches

When it comes to mechanical keyboard switches, these are usually split into three types – linear, tactile, and clicky.

Linear – With linear switches, when you press the key, there is no tactile bump at the start of the key press. Instead, with linear switches, when you press on the key, it just goes down straight. Some popular linear switches that you might be familiar with and have heard or seen before would be Cherry MX Blacks or MX Reds.

Tactile – If you prefer more feedback when typing, tactile switches might be of interest to you. Typically with tactile switches, when you press down on it, there will be a small bump before the switch is fully depressed. This usually results in slightly louder typing and might be better for those who are heavy handed. Some common tactile switches that you’ve seen used in mainstream keyboards include the Cherry MX Brown.

Clicky – These switches can be technically considered tactile, but they do come with an additional piece inside the switch that creates the “clicking” sound when you type with them. This is meant to help replicate the sound of typewriter keys. If you enjoy both the physical and auditory feedback when typing, then clicky switches might be for you. The Cherry MX Blue is probably one of the most popular clicky switches in the market right now.

Which Keycap Should You Get?

Example of a smaller, non-traditional keyboard layout

One of the fun parts of building a custom mechanical keyboard is being able to pick your own keycaps. Given that the keycaps are what you’ll be looking at most of the time, it’s important to pick one that you like. Unfortunately, similar to keyboard cases, a lot of keycaps tend to be run as groupbuys and more often than not, once you’ve missed the boat on these, you’ll probably never see them run again.

Keycaps also come in different “profiles”. For the most part, the majority of mechanical keyboards being sold today by the likes of Razer or Logitech typically use what is known as “OEM” or “Cherry” profile keyboards.

There are other profiles such as SA which are taller and resemble typewriter style keys, and there are also XDA profile keycaps which are flatter. There is no “better” profile and it all depends on your personal preference and the aesthetic that you’re trying to go for.

Stabilizers

Image credit – KBDFans

Like we said, stabilizers are used to balance out longer keys. These are essential for keyboards and for the most part, all the stabilizers sold out there are good enough to get the job done. Some enthusiasts might prefer certain brands over others, but if you’re looking to build your first mechanical keyboard, you can’t really go wrong with Cherry stabilizers.

Note that when picking a stabilizer, sometimes they are sold as either plate or PCB mounted stabilizers. If you’re building without a plate, then opt for the latter.

Where Can I Buy All These Parts?

The problem with custom mechanical keyboards is that it is a rather niche hobby. This means that for the most part, a lot of the more fancy boards you see on Reddit are typically run as group buys. This means that the seller will take orders for a period of time (usually a month) before sending those orders to the manufacturer.

This is because with it being such a niche hobby, it’s hard to determine how many people would actually buy a particular keyboard or keycap set, so it doesn’t make sense for a seller to keep them in inventory. That being said, there are still several vendors that do sell ready-stock parts, but your choices might be limited.

Some vendors worth checking out include:

Conclusion

It might seem a bit overwhelming to try and build your first mechanical keyboard, so hopefully this guide will have provided you with enough information to get you started on your first custom! Alternatively, you could always start simple by purchasing a pre-built mechanical keyboard and slowly swap out parts. Starting with the keycaps is a great way to begin the customization process.

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January 22nd 2020, 7:26 pm

Apple To Begin Mass Production Of iPhone SE 2 / iPhone 9 In February

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The iPhone SE 2 – which could also be potentially called as “iPhone 9” will get into mass production next month for a potential March release schedule.

In case you did not know, the iPhone SE 2 will be a budget iPhone for under $400. Even though the pricing isn’t clear at the moment, we’re just a month away from its official reveal.

Bloomberg also reported that the assembly work for the iPhone SE 2/ iPhone 9 will be split among Hon Hai Precision Industry, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp.

We’ve previously covered that the new iPhone SE 2 will follow iPhone 8’s design with a smaller form factor. Precisely, a 4.7-inch screen – which is incredibly small and handy.

The iPhone SE 2 is also expected to feature the Touch ID (which you may no longer find in its latest phones). So, that is a quite exciting news for Touch ID fans as well.

Looking at the current trend, Apple does need a budget alternative to its high-end iPhone to get more people to enter the iOS ecoystem.

So, obviously, the iPhone 9 (or the SE 2) will be a quite important launch for the company as well. Not just limited to the U.S but the cheaper model will definitely help get a better grasp with competitive pricing in countries like India.

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January 22nd 2020, 2:52 pm

EA To Discontinue ‘Tetris’ Mobile Games In April

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If you were a fan of the official Tetris mobile games (Tetris & Tetris Blitz) by EA for smartphones.

It is indeed a sad news that EA will be ending the support for its Tetris games in April. You might have also observed the game as “Tetris 2011” at the Play Store / App Store.

As per the exact details, the support should end on April 21st, 2020. However, you may not find the Tetris app at the Play Store as of now (at least for the new users).

If you already have it installed – you should be able to continue using it. So, the existing users will have no problem to access the game but new users will no longer be able to get it for their device.

We cannot be too sure for the reason why EA decided to discontinue it if it was popular enough – but if they just want to get rid of it because it did not make them money, it would not be a surprise.

Of course, that is subjective. However, it is worth nothing that in addition to the removal of Tetris mobile games, they plan to add a new Tetris game – “Tetris Royale”.

Whether that is going to be any better than the original classic – only time will tell. But, for now, we could keep an eye out for the new Tetris game which is currently in the beta phase.

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January 22nd 2020, 2:52 pm

Students Are Swapping AirPods So That They Can Talk To Each Other In Class

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Students these days are becoming smarter about communicating with each other in class. Back in the day, we would pass handwritten notes to each other discreetly, but thanks to technology, students have come up with impressive new ways to go about it. Take for example a recent video that was shared on Twitter.

In this video, it shows two students who are exchanging one side of their AirPods with each other. They then type out a message they want on their phone and text-to-speech it, meaning that the other person wearing the other earbud will be able to hear what they are “saying”. The video shows the student using Google Translate, but we imagine that it should work with just about any app that supports text-to-speech.

That being said, we’re not sure how efficient this method of chatting is. After all, if you have your phone with you, you can just send a text message already. However, we suppose it is still a rather novel and ingenious idea that could potentially have other uses that we have yet to fully figure out.

We also imagine that this could be a good way to maybe even cheat in tests where answers and hints could be read out to you by hiding an AirPod in your ear, not that we would condone such behavior, of course.

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January 21st 2020, 9:47 pm

Alleged Fujifilm X100V Photo Leaked

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If the rumors are to be believed, Fujifilm is expected to officially launch the fifth camera in the X100 lineup as early as next month. What this means is that the camera should be just about ready and should already be in production, or at the very least gearing up to be produced.

Now thanks to the folks at Fuji Rumors, they have gotten their hands on what appears to be a leaked photo of the upcoming camera. Now, this particular photo isn’t very clear and there aren’t a lot of details to be seen, but it is allegedly that of the X100V. There’s no way of knowing that for sure, so it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt for now.

However, the layout of the controls does seem to be in line with previous X100 models, so at the very least it has that going for it. The photo also shows the display of the camera tilted downwards, although a recent rumor has suggested that the X100V could actually come with a two-way tilting screen similar to that of the X-Pro3, but it isn’t seen in this photo.

In any case, if the February launch is to be believed, we imagine that there will probably be more leaked photos leading up to its announcement, so check back with us in the coming weeks for more updates.

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January 21st 2020, 9:47 pm

2020 iPhones Could Drop Midnight Green Color For New Navy Blue Finish

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When it comes to iPhone colors, Apple has never really been one to explore crazy color finishes. However, with the iPhone 11, Apple did introduce a brand new midnight green finish that was actually rather nice, but it seems that with the 2020 iPhones, Apple might ditch the color for something else.

According to XDA’s Max Weinbach, it seems that Apple could ditch the midnight green finish for the 2020 iPhones in favor of a new navy blue finish. This will be an exclusive color option for the Pro lineup of iPhones, which the folks at EverythingApplePro have mocked up in the video above.

It looks pretty interesting, although we imagine that most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell since most people keep their phones in cases anyway. The navy blue finish will be in addition to the other color options offered, bringing it up to a total of four color options for customers to choose from.

Take this report with a grain of salt for now, but if you are planning to get a new iPhone this year and would like more color options to choose from, then perhaps this navy blue finish could be worth keeping an eye out for. That being said, this isn’t the first time Apple has introduced a blue finish to its iPhones. The company did that previously with the iPhone XR, but this would be a first for its Pro lineup.

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January 21st 2020, 9:47 pm

Galaxy S20 Price and Release Date Leaked

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 (which was previously believed to be the S11) is almost around the corner for the launch next month. You can tune in to the official reveal on February 11th at Samsung’s Unpacked event.

Along with the date, it seems that we already know about the pricing ahead of its official launch, as per the latest leak by Max Weinbach.

In addition to his tweet, there are several sources pointing to the potential price for the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra.

However, looking at Max’s recent Galaxy S20 leaks, we might have some solid information on the price. Here’s the tweet where he mentions the pricing of Galaxy S20 along with Galaxy Z Flip’s:

So, if we consider the pricing in US dollars, it might be safe to speculate the S20 5G for about $900-$1000 and the S20+ 5G at around $1050-$1100.

And, the S20 Ultra 5G could end up for about $1300. Of course, the pricing is subject to change and should be considered with a pinch of salt.

Overall, the pricing differs a lot depending on the country as well  – so for now, it is safe to have a budget of around $1000 if you want to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S20.

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January 21st 2020, 3:02 pm

Apple Dropped Its Plan To Encrypt iCloud Backups After FBI Complained

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Apple is always known to actively defend users’ privacy – no matter whether it is a court order.

However, amidst all the chaos and FBI’s pressure, Apple seems to be dropping its plan to encrypt the backups in iCloud as reported by Reuters.

To enhance users’ privacy on the cloud, Apple had plans to introduce encrypted iCloud backups for the customers. However, the FBI complained that the move will harm crucial investigations.

Hence, Apple decided to drop its plan as per their sources.

In addition to this, the U.S President Donald Trump also criticized Apple recently on refusing to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers, and other criminals in the light of a recent issue:

So, it looks like there was a lot of pressure for Apple to ditch their plans to make encrypted iCloud backups. Even though am Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the encryption issue, as noted by Reuters, it is quite clear on why they’re doing it.

While Apple has made its decision as per the reports, Google already has a similar system for Android’s backup data. But, we do not know for sure if that has changed recently.

What do you think about Apple dropping its plan to encrypt iCloud backups? Let us know in the comments.

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January 21st 2020, 2:02 pm

Acer’s New Chromebook Has Been Designed To Be Extra Durable

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Devices that are meant to be used throughout the day and used by multiple users should be designed to be durable, and that’s exactly what Acer has done with the company’s latest Chromebook 712 which they have designed for the educational environment in mind.

According to James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer, “Every aspect of the new Acer Chromebook 712 was designed from the ground up with the educational environment in mind. In addition to meeting several durability and safety standards, we’ve also provided extras such as a student-friendly keyboard and the latest processing and Wi-Fi technology, giving students and teachers a powerful tool that will enhance student engagement and learning outcomes.”

The laptop has been designed to meet MIL-STD 810G specifications. It also sports a spill-resistant keyboard with mechanically anchored keys, and also offers ASTM F963-16 and UL/IEC 60950-1 child safety certifications.

As for its specs, we’re looking at a 12-inch 3:2 display where it can be configured to be powered by Intel’s 10th Gen Core i3 processors, up to 12 hours of battery life, and there will be configurations of 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of eMMC storage. The Acer Chromebook 712 will be priced at $329.99 and will be available for purchase this March.

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January 21st 2020, 7:55 am

New Text Scam Disguises Itself As A FedEx Tracking Notification

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We buy a lot of things online these days and as such, getting text message notifications letting us know that our purchase has been shipped out is pretty common. However, it seems that there is a new text scam making its rounds that is disguising itself as a FedEx tracking notification, making users more inclined to click on it.

According to the report, basically users will receive a text message informing them that their purchase has been shipped via FedEx. Users are then given a link that they can click to track their shipment, but when they click on it, they are taken to a fake Amazon page that offers you a reward to complete a survey.

Then in order to claim the reward, users are required to pay for the shipment of their reward by entering their credit card info, which will ultimately result in you being charged $98.95 every month. There are many red flags in this scam to begin with, such as being redirected to a rewards page instead of FedEx’s website.

Secondly, the rewards page has been designed to look like Amazon’s website, but the URL clearly gives it away that this does not belong to Amazon. If you do receive such a notification, then these are some of the things to keep an eye out for.

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January 21st 2020, 7:55 am

Leaked Photo Confirms OnePlus 8 Pro’s 120Hz Display

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OnePlus has been steadily teasing that they are working on a display that offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, and now thanks to a leaked photo obtained by the folks at True-Tech, they have published what appears to be the OnePlus 8 Pro where based on the screenshot we’re seeing, it looks like the 120Hz display has been confirmed.

OnePlus has never stated which phone will be getting the 120Hz display, but it was always a safe assumption that it would most likely find its way to the OnePlus 8 series, and if this photo is accurate, we might be right. Also, what’s interesting is that the photo also shows that users will have the option of adjusting the refresh rate of their display.

They will be able to choose between the 120Hz refresh rate, or go lower to 90Hz or even 60Hz. These options will help users better conserve battery life, where it is believed that a faster refresh rate will no doubt have a bigger drain on the battery compared to a slower refresh rate.

That being said, we’re not sure if the 120Hz refresh rate display will be exclusive to the OnePlus 8 Pro, which presumably will be the higher-end model, or if it will be applied across the board, but it could be one way to differentiate between the models. Take this photo with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully OnePlus will have something more official to share in the coming months.

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January 21st 2020, 7:25 am

Subaru Will Make The Shift To 100% Electric Cars By Mid 2030s

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A lot of carmakers these days are creating electric cars or hybrids at the very least. This is because as the world starts to run out of fossil fuels, creating cars that don’t require them makes a lot of sense. In fact, Japanese carmaker Subaru has announced that by the mid 2030s, they plan to sell only electric cars.

As it stands, Subaru already sells hybrid and plug-in hybrids, but the company is expected to develop what they are calling a “strong hybrid” vehicle using Toyota’s technology. Speaking during a briefing, Chief Technology Officer Tetsuo Onuki said that despite using Toyota’s technology, they still want to make cars that are distinctively Subaru.

Onuki was quoted as saying, “Although we’re using Toyota technology, we want to make hybrids that are distinctly Subaru. It’s not only about reducing CO2 emissions. We need to further improve vehicle safety and the performance of our all-wheel drive.” Subaru also expects that by 2030, at least 40% of its cars sold will either consist of hybrids or battery powered electric vehicles.

Subaru’s approach and stance is an interesting one, where they expect their entire lineup to be fully electric by the mid 2030s. This is versus other carmakers such as Bentley and Ferrari who aren’t expected to debut full electric cars anytime soon.

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January 21st 2020, 5:41 am

Fortnite Now Runs At 120 FPS On The iPad Pro

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One of the things that many gamers try to achieve when building their own PC is achieving a frames per second (FPS) of at least 60 FPS when playing at the highest settings possible. This is because 60 FPS offers a much smoother gameplay compared to 30 FPS, which is still very much playable, but not quite as smooth.

For those who play on their iPads, you might be interested to learn that in the latest update to Epic’s Fortnite Battle Royale, it looks like the game can now run on the iPad Pro at a whopping buttery smooth 120 FPS. Unfortunately, this does come at a slight compromise.

In order to achieve such high framerates, the quality of the game had to be downgraded where the settings will switch the game’s quality to a “medium” in order to hit 120 FPS. If framerates are more important compared to graphics, then this could be worth checking out. If not, then you will need to make do with a lower frames per second.

However, we should note that playing games at a higher FPS could be beneficial. Not too long ago, NVIDIA demoed how games that are played at a higher FPS could lead to better results. Of course, this won’t automatically make you a better Fortnite player, but if you’ve been struggling at lower FPS, maybe bumping it up to 120 FPS could yield some improvements.

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January 21st 2020, 5:41 am

These Two Guys From Opposite Sides Of The World Just Created An ‘Earth Sandwich’

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Image credit – Etienne Naude

What is a sandwich? For most of us, a sandwich is basically two slices of bread with some kind of filling in the middle, and that’s what a student in an Auckland university tried to achieve by creating what can only be described as an “Earth sandwich”, where two slices of bread are placed at opposite ends of the Earth, with the Earth being in the middle, or the “filling” so to speak.

Speaking to RNZ, the student in question Etienne Naude managed to find someone living on other side of the world in Spain to help him out. “It’s amazing that we’ve actually been able to collaborate and do something like this at exact opposite points of the globe.”

He added, “We made sure to get the exact location with Google Maps, to get us within a few metres range, and then we used the actual image data on Google Maps to pinpoint ourselves even closer than that.” 

Naude noted that due to the 12-hour time difference, it actually made this a lot harder to organize. There was also the issue of finding the precise opposite spot which was accessible and wasn’t covered by water and was also accessible for them to pull this off. While seemingly frivolous, it is actually a pretty fun idea and we’re glad that Naude managed to achieve what he calls a long-term goal of his.

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January 21st 2020, 5:41 am

Fujifilm X100V Might Come With A Two-Way Tilt Screen

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These days our smartphones are more than capable of taking excellent photos, but there are times when a dedicated camera can still get the job done a lot better. This is namely due to a variety of factors, such as having a bigger sensor, bigger lens, better quality glass, and so on. If you’re after such a camera but rather not deal with having to change lenses, Fujifilm’s upcoming X100V could be worth checking out.

According to the latest rumors, it has been suggested that the X100V could actually be borrowing at least one feature from the X-Pro3, and that is its two-way tilt screen. In the past, the tilt screens on Fujifilm’s cameras have typically been limited to folding downwards, but with the X-Pro3, it can also flip out from the side.

Of course, whether or not this is a big deal to you depends on your needs. Having the ability to tilt the display at multiple angles is not a bad thing because it lets you get down low or up high while still being able to see your composition. Of course, many photographers have made do without such tilt screens so like we said, it depends on your needs and shooting style.

The X100V will be part of Fujifilm’s X100 series of compact cameras. It will be the fifth in the series and if the rumors are to be believed, it could launch as early as February 2020.

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January 21st 2020, 5:12 am

Apple Is Working On Preventive Healthcare Technology

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We’ve known for a while that Apple is interested in the health technology sector. The Apple Watch is a prime example of that interest, where the device comes with several health monitoring tools such as a heart rate monitor and an ECG, both of which have managed to save multiple lives in the past.

However, Apple wants to explore more health technologies, more specifically, preventive ones. Speaking at a recent Q&A session with IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying, “I think you can take that simple idea of having preventive things and find many more areas where technology intersects healthcare, and I think all of our lives would probably be better off for it.”

For those unfamiliar, preventive healthcare technology basically tries to detect a problem before it happens, as opposed to reacting to it when it does happen. For instance, Apple’s heart rate monitor could be considered preventive to a certain extent, as it informs users when it detects a heart rate that is abnormal, giving users time to seek medical help before it’s too late.

Cook adds, “Most of the money in healthcare goes to the cases that weren’t identified early enough. It will take some time but things that we are doing now – that I’m not going to talk about today – those give me a lot of cause for hope.”

Apple has also been rumored to be working on a non-invasive way of measuring glucose levels through the Apple Watch, although that has yet to be officially announced.

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January 21st 2020, 5:12 am

6.7-inch iPhone 12 Could Be Thinner Than The iPhone 11 Pro Max

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One of the surprising changes that Apple made to its iPhones last year was longer battery life. For years, the company has been trying to compress its iPhones as much as possible to the point where they were forsaking features such as battery life in pursuit of thinness. That was why last year was rather surprising.

However, it seems that Apple could potentially be going back to slimming down its phones, or at least that’s according to a report from Mac Otakara who claims that the 2020 iPhone could be thinner than its predecessor.

According to the rumors, Apple could launch at least four iPhone models this year, one of which is a 6.7-inch model that will be the top of the line model. The report claims that it could come with a thickness of 7.4mm which makes it about 10% thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

We’re not sure if this thinness will come at the expense of battery life, but we’re certainly hoping that is not the case. Many reviews have since praised the extended battery life on Apple’s 2019 iPhones, so it would be shame for them to take a step backwards.

That being said, this is just a rumor for now so it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt.

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January 21st 2020, 5:12 am

The ‘Budget’ iPhone 11 Is Outselling The Pro Version

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When Apple released the iPhone XR, some were a bit skeptical about the phone’s ability to succeed. After all, Apple had tried and failed with the iPhone 5c, but it seems that things were really different with the iPhone XR, where according to report after report, all of it seemed to arrive at the same conclusion: it was outselling the more expensive iPhone models.

It looks like its successor is doing the same, where according to the latest research data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, it seems that the iPhone 11 is outdoing its more expensive “Pro” siblings. According to the numbers, the iPhone 11 reportedly accounted for 39% of Apple’s US sales for Q4 2019.

It outsold the Pro models where the iPhone XS from 2018 placed second, and the 2019 iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max placed third and fourth place respectively. It’s not surprising that the iPhone 11 is doing as well as it is. This is because while there are certain differences in specs and features, it isn’t big enough for some customers to justify the huge jump in price.

Apple has also been rumored to launch the iPhone SE 2 in the coming months, an even more budget iPhone, so it will be interesting to see how well that phone does.

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January 20th 2020, 7:43 pm

Researchers Might Have Found A Way To ‘Treat All Cancer’

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Right now when it comes to treating cancer, researchers and doctors are still very much on their quest to find the cure and the answer to treating it once and for all. Now it looks like a team over at the Cardiff University might have stumbled upon a new discovery that could be groundbreaking.

What they have found is that there is a part of our body’s immune system that could potentially be used and harnessed to treat all forms of cancer. For those unfamiliar, our body’s immune system helps our bodies fight off infections, but it can also attack cancerous cells. The researchers discovered that there was a T-cell inside the blood of people that could attack a wide range of cancers.

This means that in the future, by harnessing this T-cell, there could be a one-size-fits-all treatment for cancer, instead of having to tailor every treatment differently according to the patient. This includes lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney, and cervical cancer cells.

This treatment was also found to leave non-cancerous tissues untouched, which is the important thing. That being said, before we get too excited, the research is still in the early stages and has yet to be tested on patients, but based on what they have found, it showed a lot of promised.

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January 20th 2020, 7:43 pm

Tesla Is Refuting Claims Of Their Cars Suddenly Accelerating Forwards

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Recently there was a report, or rather, a petition in which it asked the NHTSA to investigate Tesla over multiple reports of cars suddenly accelerating forwards by themselves. If true, this would be incredibly alarming as it could lead to all manner of accidents, and in worst case scenarios, even death.

Tesla had previously kept mum on the reports but the company has since published a post on its blog in which they basically refute all of the claims. They allege that this petition is not only false, but was created by a Tesla short-seller. They also state that they investigate every incident that is brought to their attention, and that everything they’ve found so far shows that the car operates as intended.

According to Tesla, “In other words, the car accelerates if, and only if, the driver told it to do so, and it slows or stops when the driver applies the brake.” The company also says that they routinely review customer complaints with the NHTSA and has been transparents about all their incidents.

“We are transparent with NHTSA, and routinely review customer complaints of unintended acceleration with them. Over the past several years, we discussed with NHTSA the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition. In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly.”

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January 20th 2020, 7:43 pm

TomTom Will Be Huawei’s Alternative To Google Maps

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As some of you know, Huawei is currently on the US government’s Entity List. As such, US companies such as Google have been banned from doing business with Huawei. It also prevents Huawei from accessing certain features and services that they relied on in the past, one of which is Google Maps.

However, it seems that Huawei has since found an alternative mapping service. In a report from Reuters, Dutch company TomTom has since announced that they have recently closed a deal with Huawei in which TomTom’s mapping services will be used in Huawei’s smartphone apps moving forwards.

This means that future apps developed by Huawei that might require the need for mapping, navigation, or traffic information will be pulled from TomTom’s own services, instead of Google Maps. According to TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra, this deal was apparently closed a while ago but it is only recently that they decided to make it public.

Huawei devices starting with the Mate 30 series are no longer able to use Google Play Services. The company is said to be working on its own lineup of apps and services designed to act as replacements, so we guess as far as mapping and navigation services are concerned, TomTom has them covered.

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January 20th 2020, 6:28 pm

Instagram Drops IGTV Button From The App

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Instagram is a great way to share photos and videos, but due to limitations, the duration of the videos uploaded to Instagram are capped. This is also why Instagram decided to launch IGTV, a spin-off platform in which it would be dedicated towards longer form videos, perhaps in a bid to better compete with the likes of YouTube.

The IGTV button was always prominently placed within Instagram to encourage users to check it out, but it seems that some have noticed that the button is now gone. Instagram has since confirmed to TechCrunch that they have removed the button from the app, suggesting that maybe it isn’t quite as popular as the company would have liked.

In a statement made to TechCrunch, a company spokesperson said, “As we’ve continued to work on making it easier for people to create and discover IGTV content, we’ve learned that most people are finding IGTV content through previews in Feed, the IGTV channel in Explore, creators’ profiles and the standalone app. Very few are clicking into the IGTV icon in the top right corner of the home screen in the Instagram app.”

TechCrunch also goes on to note that the standalone IGTV app has only been downloaded about 7 million times since it debuted. This is versus the 1 billion or so Instagram users. They also point out that competitors like TikTok have already amassed about 1.15 billion downloads in the same period.

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January 20th 2020, 6:28 pm

Amazon Might Want To Sell Its Hand Recognition Payment System To Other Stores

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When it comes to making payments for goods purchased at retail stores, there are several options for users to consider. For example there is always the option of cash, credit/debit cards, and more recently, mobile payments where we can use our smartphones and smartwatches to make payments as well.

However, as some of you might have heard, Amazon is working on a new system that relies on hand recognition to authenticate users and facilitate payments. It was rumored that Amazon might be used at stores such as Whole Foods (which they own), but now a new report from The Wall Street Journal (paywall) has revealed that Amazon wants to sell this tech to other retailers as well.

What this means is that Amazon could not only use this platform in their stores, but they could also sell it to other stores where it could become like a new method of making payments. This would not be a first as previously, we have also seen other platforms such as Square make its way into some retail stores.

That being said, it could still be a while before we see this find its way into stores. The system is said to still be in the early stages and Amazon is also reported to be in talks with companies such as Visa for test transactions. There is also the question of how well-received such a system could be, since it would rely on biometric data, and we’re not sure how many customers are open to the idea of giving to stores and retailers.

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January 20th 2020, 6:28 pm

Clearview AI Can Identify You With The Help Of Your Photo

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Clearview AI is apparently a startup that helps identify people by simply having a snapshot of you (or your face – precisely).

Even though this is being used by the Law Enforcement at certain places, this can be potentially a privacy threat.

Of course, it will definitely help identify the criminals faster while utilizing technology. However, it looks like Clearview’s app might end up being accessible to almost everyone soon enough.

As per the report by CNET, the investors of Clearview and the police offers think that it could go public in the future.

So, if the app will be publicly available in the near future, theoretically, any stranger could know about you by just taking a photo of yours.

The app/service will potentially help stalkers and strangers to get hold of essential information about you without even having to ask you for it.

Technically, it scrapped off billions of images from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo, and other sites to utilize it as its own database. And, when there’s match for your face, it becomes easy to get your information.

It definitely helps catch the criminals by easily identifying but they should not plan to release it for public. Regulating the service’s usage to the officials might lower the risk but it is still a potential mass surveillance tool. What do you think?

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January 20th 2020, 2:09 pm

Microsoft Suggests 400 Million Users To Get A New PC

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Microsoft’s Windows 7 support ended this month (January 14th). However, there were still a lot of users (almost 400 million as per the market share) using Windows 7.

They might have already upgraded to Windows 10 or could have switched to Windows-like Linux distributions. We cannot be too sure about it – but considering the numbers of Windows 7 users, it is a big deal.

However, right around the same time, MSPoweruser spotted that Microsoft published a new webpage to encourage Windows 7 users to upgrade their hardware by purchasing Surface laptops.

Not just the recommendation – but Microsoft has also mentioned that it could be more efficient to get a Surface product with Windows 10 to get the best of their OS.

Even though they mentioned that – you still have plenty of options for your business to have new systems running on Windows 10. If you want a PC, you can either opt for other PC manufacturers (for pre-built systems) or simply build a PC yourself.

In case you’re looking to get a laptop – ‘Surface’ is probably a premium choice. Fret not, you have multiple budget options for Windows 10 powered laptops as well.

Also, it is quite obvious of Microsoft to promote their Surface systems for an upgrade choice – so you can decide for yourself.

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January 20th 2020, 2:09 pm

How To See Who Uses Your Wi-Fi?

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No matter whether you have a WiFi network on your home or your office. It is quite important to be able to see who’s on your Wi-Fi.

For businesses, monitoring the users using the WiFi network could help enforce strict connection limits or simply monitor the activity.

And, if you have a home network – you need to make sure that no one else abuses your WiFi and consumes your data usage limit (if it is a metered connection).

So, in this article, we shall mention a couple of useful tools/methods that anyone can follow to easily check who’s connected to the WiFi and potentially monitor the activity (for advanced usage).

Using Wireshark (Windows/macOS/Linux)

Wireshark is a free and open-source network packet analyzer. You can monitor every bit of your network using Wireshark no matter what platform you’re on.

With this, it should be easy to check the number of devices/users connected to your network along with some important details like IP Address and so on.

Using Wireless Network Watcher (Windows)

Wireless Network Watcher is a free tool that focuses on scanning the devices connected to your network. So, if you have a Windows-powered system, you can download it from its official site.

Simply launch the app after getting it installed and you should see the devices connected to your network listed as shown in the image above.

Using GlassWire (Windows)

GlassWire is an incredibly popular network monitor and personal firewall. Primarily, it helps you detect which apps access the network (and when) to help you monitor the network activity closely and watch out for spyware.

But, in addition to that, GlassWire also lets you scan the list of devices/users connected to your network. So, you can easily see who’s using your WiFi using this on Windows.

You can start using it for free – however, you may not be able to use all of its features after the 7-day trial period. So, if you’re serious about monitoring your network, you can consider upgrading it to the pro version ($39 for 1 PC).

Using Bandwhich On Linux

If you’re using a Linux distribution, you can try installing Bandwhich which is a free and open-source tool on GitHub. It will help you know the connections you have on your network and how much bandwidth its using.

Using Your Router’s Admin Portal (Windows, macOS & Linux)

This may not be the easiest method to do it – however, depending on what router you have (D-Link, TP-Link, etc.,) you will have to refer to the manual in order to access the admin panel of your router.

Once you’re in – you will have to check for “connected devices” or “device list” or similar option to find the list of users connected to your WiFi. We wouldn’t recommend going this way if you are not sure what to do in the admin panel.

You might end up changing something essential from the router’s settings. So, unless you know what you’re doing, you should avoid this method.

Here are some links for a couple of network equipment manufacturers where you can find manuals and documentation to access the admin panel:

Wrapping Up

Now that you know about the best tools available to know who’s on your WiFi – you can explore these tools for advanced monitoring of your network.

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January 20th 2020, 1:25 pm

iOS 13.3.1 To Address iPhone 11 Privacy Issues

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Last year there was a bit of controversy surrounding the iPhone 11 when it was discovered that even when users told the phone not to use location services, it would still continue to do so. Apple later offered an explanation in which they said that this was due to the use of the U1 ultra wideband chip that made its debut in the iPhone 11 models.

According to Apple back then, “iOS uses Location Services to help determine if an iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations. The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data.”

That being said, the good news is that in the beta of iOS 13.3.1, it has been discovered that Apple will be adding in a toggle switch that will allow users to completely disable it. This was posted on Twitter by Brandon Butch where it seems that in the upcoming iOS update, users will be able to disable the ultra wideband chip.

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That being said, turning off the chip could have some side-effects on the functionality of your device. There are rumors suggesting that Apple could be planning to debut a Tile-like tracking accessory that would leverage the U1 chip, so disabling it could also render the accessory useless.

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January 19th 2020, 7:45 pm

Tesla Cars Are Suddenly Accelerating For No Reason, Investigation Underway

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Modern cars have definitely gotten a lot smarter compared to cars back in the day, where they are now equipped with computers and sensors that are supposed to make the driving experience better. However, sometimes the addition of technology can make things worse and more complicated.

Take for example a recent petition in which it is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to formally recall 500,000 Tesla vehicles over complaints that for whatever reason, these Tesla cars are suddenly accelerating by themselves seemingly out of the blue, leading to crashes and accidents.

In one extreme case, one Tesla owner alleges that their vehicle, a 2015 Tesla Model S 85D was closed and locked when suddenly, the car started accelerating forward where it crashed into a parked car. Another driver claimed that they were driving up to their garage door when the car suddenly lurched forward, driving through the garage door in the process and only stopping when it hit a wall.

It is unclear as to what is causing these cars to suddenly accelerate, but Tesla has yet to officially comment on the petition and the NHTSA’s review of the petition.

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January 19th 2020, 7:45 pm

Users Complaining AirPods Pro Noise Cancellation Is Worse After Firmware Update

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One of the unique selling points of the AirPods Pro compared to the regular AirPods is that they come with active noise cancelling. However, it seems that this defining trait of the AirPods Pro has been sort of nullified in the latest firmware update Apple issued to the earphones, where users are complaining that noise cancellation on the AirPods Pro is actually now worse.

It is unclear if the firmware update did anything that affected the noise cancelling feature, but unfortunately, since there is no changelog, no one really knows except for Apple, and the company has been keeping mum ever since. To make matters worse, firmware updates aren’t something that users can opt not to participate in.

The firmware update for the AirPods happens entirely in the background without users knowing when it takes place. In a way, this is good as it ensures that the earphones are constantly updated, but at the same time, it’s bad because it can lead to situations like this where users do not have an option to not install the latest update.

That being said, as The Verge points out, Apple is not alone in this. In the past, Bose and Sony customers have also similarly complained that noise cancelling on their headphones was affected following firmware updates. It is unclear if this is actually happening or if it is merely perception.

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January 19th 2020, 7:45 pm

Man Loses 140 Pounds By Playing Pokemon GO

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When Pokemon GO was first released, one of the (perhaps) unintended side-effects of the game was that it forced players to walk around a lot, and as such, it allowed players to do more exercise than they normally would. Now it looks like we have a success story where a student claims to have lost 140 pounds playing the game.

According to the report, Tommy Monkhouse is crediting the game for helping him lose as much as 140 pounds in a year ever since he started playing. He claims to have been a fan of Pokemon ever since he was young, and decided to pickup Pokemon GO after a friend had recommended it to him.

For those unfamiliar with how Pokemon GO works, it is basically a location-based game where players will literally need to walk to specific locations if they want to take part in raids, challenge gyms, and catch Pokemon. This means that the more avid players will actually walk around areas in order to try and catch as many Pokemon as possible, and as such, get in a bit of exercise at the same time.

Due to the fact that this is a game, we suppose it makes it a lot more entertaining compared to regular running or jogging or going to the gym. According to Monkhouse, he eventually ended up going on 3 hour walks, resulting in him losing an incredible amount of weight in the span of a year.

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January 17th 2020, 8:47 pm

Google Is Looking To Bring Steam Onto Chromebooks

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Google’s Chrome OS platform and its Chromebooks aren’t exactly known for being designed for gaming. The relative simplistic and straightforward nature of Chrome OS is great for work and students who don’t really require too much from their computers, but it seems that Google is working towards changing that perception.

In a report from Android Police, they spoke to Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Google’s Chrome OS at CES 2020 last week where he revealed that Google is working on bringing Steam to Chrome OS. This is possible due to the fact that Chrome OS is compatible with Linux, and it has been speculated that perhaps it could run inside Linux on Chrome.

Liu did not share too many details but according to Android Police, Liu hinted that Google and Valve could be working together to bring Steam to Chrome OS. At the moment, getting Steam up and running on Chromebooks is possible through the Crostini Linux compatibility layer, but this is not official and performance is less than ideal.

With Google and Valve possibly working together, it could result in a more optimized client. However, given the fact that most Chromebooks weren’t exactly built with gaming in mind, it’s hard to imagine that there will be many games that will be compatible. In any case, Google has yet to officially comment on Liu’s statement or Android Police’s report, so maybe don’t hold your breath just yet.

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January 17th 2020, 8:47 pm

Björk And Microsoft Use AI To Create Music That Adapts To Changes In The Sky

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We’ve seen AI used for all kinds of things, ranging from automation and to even helping doctors detect diseases and illnesses they might have otherwise missed. Now it looks like AI could soon be applied to music, thanks to a collaboration between musician Björk and Microsoft, where they are using AI to adapt Björk’s music to the ever-changing skies.

According to Microsoft, the AI will rely on a camera placed on the roof of the Sister City hotel in New York City. “It can find and understand with better accuracy a wider range of objects, in much higher detail. So it doesn’t just find clouds, but denotes the density and type of cloud, whether cumulus or nimbus. And it won’t just find a bird, but will also distinguish an entire flock of birds.”

Based on what it detects, it will adapt the musician’s music accordingly. It will also be smart enough where long-term weather trends can also alter the music. It is a rather novel use of AI, but given that we’re still very much in the early stages of knowing what AI can and cannot do, it will be interesting to see how this application of AI could eventually be adapted for use in other areas as well.

If you’re interested in checking this AI experiment out, the music will be available in the lobby of the Sister City hotel in New York City, so if you’re in the area, it could be worth stopping by and checking it out.

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January 17th 2020, 8:47 pm

Louis Vuitton Unveils A $1,000 Pair Of True Wireless Earbuds

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There are headphones designed for audiophiles, which aren’t always the most fashionable-looking, and then there are headphones designed to be worn on the streets. If you’re after something a bit more fashionable that you can proudly show off in public, Louis Vuitton might have something for you.

The company has recently taken the wraps off their latest Horizon Earphones, which if you’re wondering why it looks so familiar, it is because it is based on Master & Dynamic’s MW07 Plus earbuds that were launched last year. This is actually not the first time that Louis Vuitton and Master & Dynamic have worked together.

Previously, the company had also released a pair of earbuds based on the MW07, but these new Horizon Earphones are based on the newer MW07 Plus model. The earbuds will offer up to 10 hours of listening time and will also come with a unique charging case that can add an additional 20 hours, meaning that in total, you should be able to squeeze as much as 30 hours from them.

They will be considerably more expensive than the MW07 Plus where the Horizon Earphones are priced at $1,090. The MW07s have been praised as being one of the better-sounding true wireless earbuds, so they could be worth checking out if you have the cash to spare.

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January 17th 2020, 6:47 pm

These Are The Leaked Specs Of The Samsung Galaxy S20

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Samsung has confirmed that they will be hosting an Unpacked event on the 11th of February where they are expected to announce the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 series. For those wondering, Samsung is expected to introduce three different models, the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Now thanks to leakster Ishan Agarwal and MySmartPrice, the specs of the entire lineup have been revealed. In terms of specs, for the most part, they will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 990 chipset built on the 7nm process. They are also all rumored to offer an IP68 rating in terms of water and dust resistance.

However, that’s where the similarities end. In terms of display, the Galaxy S20 will feature a 6.2-inch WQHD+ display, while the Galaxy S20 Plus will sport a 6.7-inch display, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra will pack a 6.9-inch display. They will all offer 120Hz refresh rates.

The cameras will also differ from phone to phone, where the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus will feature a 12MP + 64MP + 12MP camera combo with additional ToF sensors, with support for up to 30x digital zoom and even 8K video recording. The Galaxy S20 Ultra on the other hand will feature a 108MP + 48MP + 12MP camera combo, ToF sensors, and up to 100x digital zoom.

Take these specs with a grain of salt for now, but we won’t have to wait too long for the official details next month.

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January 17th 2020, 6:47 pm

2020 iPhone’s A14 Chipset Could Be Comparable To The MacBook Pro In Performance

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With the 2020 iPhones, Apple is expected to introduce the A14 chipset. Everytime Apple releases a new chipset, it becomes faster and more efficient and overall, just more powerful than its predecessor. However, with the A14, it could take things to a whole new level, according to a report from Macworld.

According to Macworld, it is largely expected that TSMC (Apple’s chipset maker) will be building the A14 chipset on the 5nm process, versus the A13 that used the 7nm process. It is believed that by using the 5nm process, it could make the A14 a lot more powerful where it could potentially result in the chipset hitting benchmark scores that could put it on par with desktop class CPUs or even the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The publication predicts that the A14 could score anywhere between 1,500-1,600 on single-core performance, and also a score of around 4,500-5,000 for multi-core. Of course, there is no guarantee but based on the trends, they are predicting that this is what we might be able to expect.

It is interesting that they are suggesting that the A14 could be as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro. This is because there have been rumors suggesting that Apple could be considering making the move to ARM-based chipsets for future MacBooks, so if the A14 is as powerful as predicted, it certainly lends itself to the narrative.

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January 17th 2020, 6:47 pm

Man Hijacks Portland Airport Monitor To Play PS4 Game

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We know what it is like to be bored at the Airport with nothing to do but wait.

However, a gamer thought it would be cool to plug in his PS4 to one of the monitors at the Airport to play “Apex Legends” as reported by The Oregonian.

The incident took place on Thursday when one of the monitors at the Airport that displayed important information (reportedly, the map of the Airport) was hijacked by a fellow gamer.

It was reported to the security a few moments after the monitor was spotted to be used for gaming, in other words – “Hijacked”.

Of course, the travelers need the information on the screen to help navigate their way without wasting their time. So, it was definitely not a great idea to use the monitor at the Airport.

The supervisors approached the man to kindly ask to unplug the PS4 and close the game. He also asked if he can finish the round – but to his disappointment, he was denied to continue playing the game.

Apparently, it was a very polite interaction – so that was a good thing.

All things considered, you should never try doing that – even for fun. Instead, this incident should keep others in check.

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January 17th 2020, 2:44 pm

Bird-inspired Drone Bends Its Wings To Move Quickly

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We’ve seen several delivery drones that take different approaches to how they work.

Now, a team of researchers from Stanford University’s Lentink Lab have come up with PigeonBot- a drone which can bend, extend and simply change the shape of its wings like real birds can.

They also shared more details on it in their research paper.

Basically, if this tech improves, it can potentially let drones to easily make tight turns and fly through turbulence – as some do predict.

Their research was based on a dead pigeon – which helped them analyze how their wings work.

They also mentioned “Birds can dynamically alter the shape of their wings during flight, although how this is accomplished is poorly understood” in their research study.

Even though this may not be a breakthrough finding – it is still very useful.

You can take a look at this video to learn more about it:

It can also have a wide range of applications to improve how other airborne drones work. It is tough to know how exactly it is going to change things – but for now, theoretically, the PigeonBot is impressive enough.

What do you think about the PigeonBot? Let us know in the comments.

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January 17th 2020, 2:44 pm

OnePlus Shows Off Its 120Hz Display Technology

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OnePlus has been teasing that they are working on a 120Hz display. Whether or not it will make it into the OnePlus 8 remains to be seen, but they are definitely working on something. In a recent post made on Twitter, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared a demo video which showed off the company’s 120Hz display.

According to Lau, he claims that OnePlus has created a custom MEMC chip that will be able to scale regular 30Hz videos up to 120Hz, meaning that basically any video you watch, even if it wasn’t shot with 120Hz displays in mind, will still be able to take advantage of the company’s display.

In a way, this is similar to how companies have been creating technologies to upscale Full HD videos to 4K in a smarter way, except that we’re talking about refresh rates instead of resolution. OnePlus is currently utilizing 90Hz displays in its flagship smartphones, although based on the company’s teasers, we can expect to see a OnePlus phone come with a 120Hz display in the future.

The jury is still out on whether or not it will be in the OnePlus 8, but with the phone expected to be announced in the near future, we should have more details soon. In the meantime, you can check out the demo video above.

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January 17th 2020, 7:11 am

Facebook Ditches Plans To Introduce Ads In WhatsApp

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WhatsApp had a bit of a mixed business model at the start. The company had initially charged users an annual subscription fee, but they later removed it, and ever since then, the app has been free to use. When Facebook acquired it, there was no doubt that the company planned to monetize the app, but how exactly would they do that?

Last year WhatsApp had confirmed that they would be inserting ads into Status updates, similar to Instagram’s Stories, but now according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is abandoning those plans. The report claims that Facebook’s zeal to monetize WhatsApp was what led the founders of the app to resign from the company.

The report goes on to state that Facebook also established a team to look into ways to monetize the app, but that team has since been disbanded, with the work that they’ve done so far deleted from WhatsApp’s code.

This means that at least for now, Facebook will not be introducing ads to WhatsApp, but with such a massive active user base, it would be foolish for us to think that Facebook will not be revisiting this in the future. However, when or how they plan to approach the matter remains to be seen, but for now, WhatsApp appears to be remaining ad-free.

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January 17th 2020, 7:11 am

UK Launches Open Trial For Wireless Charging For Electric Taxis

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One of the bottlenecks of electric cars is the need to recharge them. Unlike pumping gas, recharging an electric car takes considerably longer. While this might not be a big deal for regular drivers, it might prove a problem for taxis where anytime they are not fetching passengers, it is income lost.

However, over in the UK, the government has decided to launch an open trial in which they will start publicly testing wireless charging for taxis. What this means is that while these taxis are driving, they will be charged wirelessly which means that in theory, they should be able to drive around non-stop without stopping to recharging their car’s batteries.

The government will be trialing this over in the city of Nottingham where over the period of six months, it will see them test out the tech using 10 Nissan and LEVC electric taxis that have been specially outfitted with wireless charging technology. The government is also considering that in the future, they could open this up to the public, where drivers of electric cars can also benefit from it.

This is not the first time we’re seeing such technology being implemented. Last year, the government of Norway also introduced a similar system for its own taxis, but it’s good to see that it is starting to make its way around the world.

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January 17th 2020, 7:11 am

Google To Add 120 Games To Stadia In 2020

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If you felt that Google Stadia’s launch was a bit on the lukewarm side due to the lack of games, not to worry because it seems that Google’s plan for 2020 will be to add as many as 120 new games to the platform, giving gamers a lot more options to choose from when it comes to game streaming.

However, we should note that Stadia, despite it being known as a streaming service, is not like Netflix where you pay a flat rate and access a bunch of games for free. Gamers will still need to purchase individual games, but we suppose the good news is that with 120 new titles expected to be added this year, there will be more options for gamers who might have felt that previously it might have been a bit lacking.

In addition to launching new games, Google is also expected to introduce a bunch of new features to Stadia that gamers have been asking for. This includes support for wireless gameplay through the web using the Stadia Controller, additional Google Assistant support, and also 4K gaming through the desktop, which was previously only available through the Chromecast Ultra dongle.

Oddly enough, there was no mention of additional support for mobile game. Right now Stadia is only available on mobile through the Pixel phones, but recent reports have suggested that Google is expanding on that by testing the service on non-Pixel Android handsets.

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January 17th 2020, 5:52 am

2020 iPhones And iPads Could Come With mmWave 5G Technology

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It is widely believed that this year could see Apple introduce 5G to the iPhone, but it might not necessarily be the 5G support we might be hoping for. According to the latest rumors, it seems that Apple could be adopting mmWave 5G technology for its 2020 iPhones and possibly the iPad Pros as well.

For those who are unfamiliar, at the moment there exists two different types of 5G technology – mmWave and sub-6 (also known as mid-band). Both are 5G technologies, but the main difference is in their coverage. With mmWave 5G technology, devices will in theory be able to achieve speeds of up to 1Gbps.

However, the problem with mmWave is its coverage, where it might not be as wide-reaching compared to sub-6. At the moment, AT&T is utilizing mmWave while other carriers such as Sprint have used sub-6 with 2.5Ghz bands. It is believed that over time, mmWave will eventually be replaced as 5G becomes more commonly used.

That being said, it is unclear if Apple might be utilizing both technologies or if they might start out with mmWave first, but since nothing is confirmed, it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt for now. Apple’s 2020 iPhones are expected to be released in the later part of the year, so we should have more details then.

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January 17th 2020, 5:52 am

2020 iPhone Could Come With An Improved Face ID Sensor

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Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology works great. In fact, to date it seems that none of Apple’s competitors have managed to create anything close to Face ID in terms of security and accuracy. However, it does not mean that Face ID is perfect. There is still plenty of room left for improvement.

The good news is that if you have been holding out on getting the 2020 iPhones, you might be interested to learn that according to analysts from Barclays, they believe that Apple could be looking to introduce an improved Face ID sensor on their 2020 iPhone lineup. It is unclear as to what kind of improvements we’re talking about, but it should still be a welcome upgrade if true.

Apple has made some tweaks to Face ID ever since the tech was introduced, but it has mostly been on the software front, meaning that there is only so much it can do. However, by upgrading the sensors, in theory it should help improve it in terms of speed and accuracy and security. That being said, the rumors have also suggested that in addition to Face ID, Apple could also be looking to bring back Touch ID.

There have been rumors saying that Apple might introduce an in-display Touch ID sensor to its 2020 lineup. While in-display sensors aren’t new, this will be a first for Apple, where prior to Face ID launching, it was largely believed that an in-display Touch ID sensor could be the next step.

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January 17th 2020, 5:41 am

Check Out The Toyota Supra Reimagined As A 4×4 Vehicle

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Image credit – Rain Prisk

One of Toyota’s more iconic sports cars, aside from the Celica, is the Supra. Many were no doubt pleased as punch when back in 2019, Toyota announced that they would be reviving the Supra almost two decades after production had ended, but what if the Supra were to be relaunched not as a sports car, but as a 4×4 vehicle?

That’s something that designer Rain Prisk set out to find out when he cooked up a concept that reimagines the car as a 4×4. It comes sporting the curves and design of the Supra, except that it now sports much larger wheels where it is also now a 4×4 vehicle. We have to say that we are digging the aggressive look of the vehicle, where we are kind of reminded of cars such as the Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus.

As you can see in the concept image cooked up by Prisk, this Supra concept not only looks like the Supra, but will also come with some features of what makes a 4×4. This includes a front-end winch, massive tiers, a step that users can step on to climb inside of the vehicle, a snorkel intake, and even a roof rack for you to stick your kayak on.

Unfortunately, this is currently only a concept which means that there is a good chance it might never see the light of day, unless Toyota is somehow extremely impressed and wants to explore it further.

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January 16th 2020, 6:59 pm

Augmented Reality Contact Lenses Could Soon Become A Reality

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When it comes to augmented reality (AR) based wearables, we’ve mostly seen them come in the form of smart glasses. However, the problem with such devices is that they’re big and sometimes a bit bulky, making them something you wouldn’t necessarily want to wear all the time.

However, the folks at Mojo Vision could have the answer to that problem as the company has recently announced that they have created augmented reality contact lenses. What this means is that in the future, users will not need to rely on bulky glasses for their augmented reality needs when they can just slip the contact lenses on their eyes and they’re good to go.

At the moment, the current iteration of the contact lens is wired and needs to be connected to an external battery pack, although to be fair, this was a prototype shown off at CES. However, the company expects that in the future, it could be wireless as the power source could eventually get integrated into the lens.

The company also envisions that these contact lenses could be used for medical purposes. It is unclear when the lenses will actually be launched commercially as it is still pending approval from the FDA, but for now, it sounds extremely promising.

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January 16th 2020, 6:59 pm

NBC Launches Peacock Streaming Service With A Free Tier

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There are many streaming services available at the moment and it looks like we have another contender who has tossed their hat into the ring. NBCUniversal has recently announced their upcoming streaming service called Peacock, and one of the ways the company is standing out from the competition is by offering a free tier.

There will actually be three different tiers to choose from, but if you’re unsure if Peacock is the service for you, then there is a free tier that will give you access to a bunch of shows that will be further supplemented by ads. However, there will also be two paid tiers that might be of interest in the form of Peacock Premium.

The first tier of Peacock Premium will be priced at $4.99 a month and it will also be supplemented by ads, and the second tier will be priced at $9.99 without any ads. So what ‘s the difference between the free version and the $4.99 version? Basically with Peacock Premium, there will be some shows that will be exclusive to the paid tier.

This means that users on the free tier could be missing out on some shows by opting not to pay for it, but if you don’t want to pay too much and want access to those shows and don’t mind ads, $4.99 might be a cheaper alternative. NBC’s Peacock is expected to launch on the 15th of July, so hopefully we’ll have more details then.

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January 16th 2020, 6:59 pm

TikTok App Was Downloaded More Than Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram in 2019

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Sometimes the number of downloads and similar stats hint at how popular an app (or service) is.

TikTok is already a quite popular app but it looks like it is apparently more popular than Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram in 2019 if we look at the download stats.

According to a report by Sensor Tower, India was responsible for nearly 45% of first-time users.

Overall, TikTok app ended the year 2019 as the second most popular app (in terms of downloads) behind WhatsApp.

The report also mentions that the Q4 of 2019 proved to be the best for TikTok app with nearly 220 million installs – which is an impressive number.

It is worth noting that TikTok was the most downloaded app on the App Store – but the #2 app on the Google Play Store behind WhatsApp.

Not just India but TikTok downloads on the U.S App Store grew by almost 83% compared to the previous year. In addition to the number of downloads, the revenue of TikTok app significantly increased as well – obviously.

While more services are trying to focus on smartphone users, it looks like we do have some dominant apps like TikTok in 2020 that would stay relevant longer than expected.

What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.

 

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January 16th 2020, 2:29 pm

Cyberpunk 2077 Release Delayed To September

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If you were waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 to release this April, you will be disappointed to know that the release date has been moved to September 17, 2020.

It looks like CD PROJECT RED wants to take their time to polish the game the best way they can, similar to why Marvel’s Avengers game delayed the release date.

In their official tweet, they assured that the game is complete and playable. But, even though it’s done, it looks like they want to investigate further and work on it make it better than what fans expect right now.

If you haven’t yet pre-ordered the game, you could wait it out easily. But, if you already pre-ordered it, waiting for the release will be painful – given the hype for the game already.

While every other studio is moving the release date to Q4, 2020 – this might hint at a significant hardware launch (maybe a new GPU? new consoles?) for which they might have to work on.

Of course, we do not know that for sure – but it is indeed unusual that several game studios have started to move the release dates of their titles.

For CD PROJECT RED, this delay might also give them time to launch along with the multiplayer mode – who knows?

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January 16th 2020, 1:58 pm

Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Is Now Available For All

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A couple of years ago, Microsoft made a surprising announcement in which they revealed that they would be rebuilding its Edge browser by using the Chromium platform. For those unfamiliar, Chromium is an open-source web browser platform created by Google and is what the company bases its Chrome browser on.

For those who have been looking forward to the browser’s release, you’ll be pleased to learn that the new Edge browser is now available for download via Microsoft’s website. It is also available for macOS devices if you’re running a Mac computer. For users who are considering adopting the new Edge browser, note that it does share similar functionality to Chrome.

For example, users can sync browsing history between multiple devices. There is also extensive extension support, where essentially any extension that you can run on Chrome, you should also be able to use on Edge. That being said, for now the new Edge will remain an optional download for users.

However, Microsoft is expected to eventually release a Windows 10 update that will update the current build of Edge to the new version. We imagine that this shift should give Microsoft a competitive, well, edge as it will be the default browser on new computers, and the compatibility with websites and extensions could mean that users won’t need to download Chrome in the future.

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January 16th 2020, 6:53 am

Fitbit’s Wearables Now Support Blood Oxygen Tracking

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If you own a Fitbit device, you might want to check for a software update because according to reports, it seems that the company has quietly enabled blood oxygen tracking on some of its wearables. This includes devices like the Fitbit Versa, Ionic, and Charge 3, where some users are reporting seeing the new feature.

For those unfamiliar, blood oxygen tracking can be used to detect and monitor certain health problems like asthma, heart disease, and even sleep apnea. Fitbit’s devices released in the recent years actually came with the necessary hardware to track blood oxygen levels, but for whatever reason, the company has opted not to turn it on, at least until now.

It is unclear as to who is getting the feature first and if there is some kind of organization to this rollout, but the company has confirmed that the feature is being rolled out to their customers. Fitbit also cautions that when the feature is being used, the figures you see aren’t relative numbers, but they add that you shouldn’t see too huge of a variation if you’re relatively healthy.

This is a fair statement from the company as even Apple themselves have stated that the built-in heart rate tracking and ECG monitoring tools should not be used as a diagnostic tool. Instead, they’re meant as guides of sorts and you should still seek out professional medical help if you’re concerned.

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January 16th 2020, 6:53 am

Australian Man Is First In The World To Undergo A Robotic Kidney Transplant

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For hundreds of years, medical operations have been done mostly by humans. This is why it is important that surgeons are competent and aren’t sleepy or drunk or on drugs while they operate on patients. This is because a wrong move, even a small one, could potentially result in a patient losing their life.

However, in the future, such instances could be avoided thanks to robots, and a man in Australia is one of the first in the world to benefit from them through a kidney transplant operation where he was sort of operated on by robots. Doctors are still required to manually operate the robot and guide it, but through the use of robots, it allowed them to do things a human would not be able to do.

For example, by using a robot, it allowed the surgeons to rotate 360-degrees in minute crevasses. It also allowed surgeons to perform the operation using minimal invasive keyhole surgery, something that wasn’t possible before for renal transplants, and could also potentially help overweight patients where traditional open surgery could be considered too risky.

According to Professor Howard Lau, urologist at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, “A renal transplant’s a complex operation, and previously we were not able to do so using minimal invasive keyhole surgery. We make a small hole just enough for the kidney itself, which is usually about 5 centimetres or so, and that’s enough to put the kidney in.”

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January 16th 2020, 5:23 am

Instagram Reportedly Fact-Checking Photoshopped Images On Its Platform

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Instagram is a platform where users share photos. It is also where photographers and other creatives use it as a medium where they can showcase their portfolio to prospective clients. However, it seems that it could soon get a lot trickier for some to use the platform in that manner.

According to the original report, photographer Toby Harriman discovered that while scrolling through his Instagram feed, a “False Information” warning popped up. It was an image of a man standing on rainbow-colored mountains which clearly had been photoshopped and manipulated.

While we can appreciate how seriously Facebook and Instagram takes fake news these days, the art of photo manipulation isn’t new and when done right, it can be downright impressive. For Instagram’s algorithms to consider such images to be “fake news” doesn’t seem like a very appropriate label, and could hinder artists from showcasing their work to prospective clients.

Facebook has since responded to the report in a statement that reads, “We don’t hide content because it’s photoshopped, we apply a label when a fact-checker has rated it. Upon review from the fact checker, they changed the rating, so it is no longer being labelled as false on Instagram and Facebook.” It does seem like extra work, but perhaps the algorithm could be fine tuned to better distinguish between works of art and photos that have been clearly manipulated to send the wrong message.

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January 16th 2020, 5:23 am

WordPress Admin Bug Lets Anyone Login As An Admin

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WordPress is one of the main platforms powering many websites and blogs that you read today. It is an incredibly popular platform augmented by the fact that there is a very active developer scene where there are a ton of plugins that users can use to improve their website. However, it seems that not all plugins were created equal.

According to a recent report, it seems that a recent bug has been discovered in the InfiniteWP Client plugin, where if exploited, it would allow just about anyone to log into a website running the platform as an admin, and they wouldn’t even need the password to begin with! To make matters worse, this is a particularly popular plugin.

It has been estimated that it is currently installed on over 300,000 websites at the very least, meaning that hundreds of thousands of websites are affected. The good news is that the plugin’s maker, Revmakx, has since patched the flaw after the vulnerability was disclosed. If you are running the plugin on your website, then you probably want to update it to the latest version to close the loophole.

It is unclear if there were any websites that might have been affected and exploited due to this flaw, but we haven’t heard any reports yet so for now, it seems like it was patched in time.

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January 16th 2020, 5:23 am

Apple’s AirPods Reportedly Accounted For 71% Of True Wireless Headphone Revenue In 2019

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Walk about the streets these days and you would be hardpressed to find someone without Apple’s AirPods sitting in their ears. In fact, did you know that Apple’s AirPods are so popular that as far as the true wireless headphone market is concerned, Apple managed to nab about 71% of the market’s revenue?

This is according to a report from Strategy Analytics who claims that back in 2019, Apple sold about 60 million AirPods and also managed to earn 71% of the revenue from that particular market. According to Strategy Analytics, they believe that Apple is expected to continue their dominance for the next five years.

This is actually surprising when you consider that when Apple first launched the AirPods, no one really gave it much thought. Many had in fact made fun of it, but time has proven that the AirPods are becoming a must-have item for iPhone owners due to their portable nature and also how quickly and easily they pair with iOS devices.

Apple has also since released the AirPods Pro, a variant of the AirPods with better sound quality and active noise cancellation. Not too long ago, there was even a slightly outlandish rumor that said that Apple could be considering bundling the AirPods with its 2020 iPhones. However, we doubt that this is true as it would effectively mean a lot of lost sales for the company.

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January 16th 2020, 4:53 am

This Switch Accessory Lets You Mount The Pro Controller To The Console

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The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a great accessory as it definitely feels a lot better to play with compared to the Joy-Cons. However, it isn’t quite as practical to bring with you on the go as you would need to stand up the console on a table or a surface, but the folks at Columbus Circle might have the answer to that problem.

The company has unveiled a new Switch accessory that lets you mount the Switch onto your Pro Controller. As you can see in the image above, this basically puts a clamp on the Pro Controller where you can either choose to mount the Switch Lite or the regular Switch console where it will sit on top of your controller.

This means that if you wanted to play the Switch while using the Pro Controller without having to find a table or surface to rest your console on, this could be it. It’s actually a pretty clever idea and we’re not sure why there aren’t more of these accessories available. It will be released on the 21st of January in Japan where it will be priced at 1,738 yen.

We’re not sure if there are plans to eventually bring it stateside, but we imagine that it probably won’t be too long until we start seeing more lookalikes released in the market by the competition.

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January 16th 2020, 4:53 am

Twitter’s CEO Shuts Down The Idea Of An ‘Edit’ Button

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Whenever a tweet is made, that’s pretty much it. There is no going back and there is no editing what you tweeted. Sure, you can delete it, but due to the internet archive and also people who are quick to save tweets, especially if you’re someone prolific, there is really no way of completely erasing your tweets once it’s been posted.

This has led to a lot of misunderstandings where people had to post more tweets to clarify what they said. Back in 2018, Twitter said that they were mulling the idea of creating an “edit” button, but in a recent WIRED Q&A video, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey basically said that the edit button will not be coming.

According to Dorsey, he effectively stated that this goes against the very concept of Twitter to begin with. The CEO explained by saying, “We started as an SMS, text message service. And as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe, that feeling, in the early days.”

Dorsey’s comments essentially down any hope of seeing an edit button, at least not anytime soon. Back in 2019, Dorsey still seemed like he was on board with the idea, where he hinted that maybe Twitter could implement a “clarify” feature for users to clarify their tweets. We’re not sure if that feature is still coming, so for now, it’s probably best to think not twice, but maybe thrice before you make that tweet.

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January 16th 2020, 4:53 am

Wello Family, Smart E-Cargo Bike with Solar-powered Assistance

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Wello Family Photo courtesy of Wello

French start-up Wello attracted some attention at CES 2020 with its solar-powered three-wheeled electric cargo bike that aims to combine a bicycle and a car to address the last mile issue while respecting the environment.

At the French Tech Pavilion, I met the founder and CEO of Wello, Arnaud Chéreau, who told me how his idea and 3000 euros for the first prototype (2015) brought him from a shipping container office in La Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean (map link), to CES in Las Vegas four years later.

 

Why People Want It?

The level of public concern about air pollution and climate change has risen significantly in recent years.  Fortunately, the dramatic 99% price drop of solar photovoltaic technology in the past four decades (according to MIT) is starting to enable mass adoption of solar energy.

2020 is the year of the solar-powered vehicle, and Wello, alongside Toyota, is jumping in the pioneers’ bandwagon. Additionally, E-cargo bikes are currently viewed as a leading solution for urban deliveries and the adoption rates are growing considerably worldwide.

On the paper, Wello delivers the best of all worlds, so let’s see what is under the hood.

How It Works – Pedals, Solar Panels, Battery, Geolocation, Connectivity and more…

The zero CO2 emissions vehicle (ZEV) is powered by human energy using standard pedals assisted by an electrical system equipped with high-efficiency solar panels and a built-in battery. The charger included with Wello Family is like a computer charger and can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet (120V in the U.S., 220V Europe).

According to the company, it takes between 3 to 5 hours to completely recharge the battery using the wall charger and a full day with the solar panels.

"WELLO FAMILY DELIVERS UP TO 100 KM RANGE ON A SINGLE CHARGE WITH THE SOLAR PANELS"

Wello Family delivers a range of 60 km on a single charge and up to 100 km when the solar panels on the roof come into the mix.

The speed ranges from 15 to 25 mph (25 to 40 km/h), and to drive above 15 mph the driver needs the assistance of the electric engine. The maximum speed is compliant with bike lanes regulations, so the vehicle requires neither a driver’s license nor insurance.

The payload capacity allows to transport one adult driver and one adult passenger or two children, and the back seat transforms into a convenient storage container.

The outer shell protects the passengers from weather conditions, but the 2.78 feet wide and 7.4 feet vehicle is still compact enough to park between two cars in urban areas (see photo). One of the key differentiators is the patented tilt steering mechanism that lets Wello Family lean into curves while maintaining stability.

Most pedal-powered enclosed tricycle designs do not lean when turning. The narrow profile also helps with the aerodynamics for better power efficiency.

Not only the new e-cargo trike is environmentally friendly but it also provides some intelligence in the form of a digital dashboard. The mobile companion app gives users access to key information such as real-time geolocation, traffic updates, battery life, solar panels charge, and speed.

The mobile application connects to Wello Family over Bluetooth and a fleet manager can track multiple vehicles from a web interface on a computer.

At CES, I got a very short tour as a passenger and shot a few photos of the low-power display dashboard mounted on the handlebar that provides information such as speed, battery usage, mileage, and temperature.

Family is the third covered solar e-trike designed by Wello and is available now for pre-order for 7,900 Euros/ $8010 (USD equivalent as of today). The Cargo and the Pickup, its two older siblings launched in 2019, are built on the same modular chassis and cost from 4,900 to 6,900 Euros, depending on the versions.

Current Wello’s business customers include the Saint-Denis city in La Reunion and the French Postal Service a.k.a. La Poste (photo).

French Postal Service, la Poste, uses Wello to replace its bicycles or cars – Photo courtesy of Wello

Arnaud Chéreau’s vision goes beyond the last mile, he wants to sustainably tackle the ten-mile range issue, specifically in rural areas where bicycles are not suitable, and cars are becoming too expensive due to soaring gas prices.

Technical specifications highlights

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January 15th 2020, 9:16 pm

Lokly Encrypted USB Key For The Most Paranoid Users

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With the incredible miniaturization of portable SSD storage, you can carry several libraries worth of data in your pocket. But the mix of increased capacity and pocketable form factor creates security risks equally important.

Enter Lokly, a startup building a highly secure USB key that encrypts and decrypts data in real-time as you read or write to it. During CES last week, I met Benoit Berthe, the CEO of  Lokly at the French Tech Pavilion, to get a better idea of the security features of its new encrypted USB drive.

There are a number of potential competitors who offer similar functionality on the surface, but Lokly aims to be different in several areas, and the company’s goal for the near future is to get military-grade clearance from ANSSI, the French National Information Security Agency, which is basically the French version of the NSA.

The Lokly USB key in its locked state

When we challenged Lokly with the fact that there are many USB keys that use password or biometrics to AES-encrypt data, Lokly points out that there are security details and real-world usage models that users should pay attention to.

Products that use a strong password often induce a lot of friction because users must remember and type such passwords often (here’s how to generate a strong password, easy to remember), and we know that in practice, many people end up leaving their data unencrypted for that reason, including myself.

"OEMS SOMETIMES HAVE LAX BIOMETRIC SECURITY TO MAKE IT WORK IN THE REAL WORLD (BENOIT BERTHE)"

Lokly’s CEO says that reduce the user experience frictions, manufacturers are often tempted to make the biometric features a little bit laxer (less secure) to account for dirty fingerprints, eyeglasses, new haircut, lousy lighting, and other life realities.

At the end of the day, this means using less biometric data, which is like shortening the length of a password, and that weakens the security to an extent.

Making it easier, without compromising security

The Lokly app uses secure Bluetooth communications to unlock the key after tapping on the Connect button

Lokly wants to solve this by using the phone and an app as the key to the secures USB data. Phone security is well understood, and users are often highly motivated to keep their phones secure for privacy reasons. There can be multiple locks layers (SIM lock, screen lock, app lock) and a hacker would need physical access to the phone and bypass all these layers.

The key is now unlocked

Some folders are mounted on the PC as Read-Only

The Lokly app communicates with the USB key over a secure Bluetooth connection. From there, it is possible to mount different directories to the PC (“Personal,” “Business,” and more) and perform basic file management tasks (delete file, etc.).

File-level operations can be done directly via the mobile app, no PC needed

If the phone’s distance to the USB key is too great (~10 yards/meters), the BT connection is severed (Geofencing), and the USB key returns to “locked” mode. This takes care of situations like a lost key or someone snatching it and running away. Of course, the user can also choose to lock the key right from the mobile app when work is done.

Here’s the company’s official presentation video:

Lokly could reduce the hackers’ attack surface

Another thing to be mindful of is that many encrypted USB keys use the host PC processor to encrypt/decrypt data.

This allows such USB keys to reach much higher throughput, but could also enlarge the attack surface for potential hackers, primarily if you use the USB key on a system that you don’t control (public computer, loaner, your client or business partner computer etc.).

An attacker could potentially intercept data by using a hacked storage driver to gain access to information during the data exchange between the secure key and the PC. “You need to have a high degree of confidence in the host PC,” says Benoit Berthe.

"YOU NEED TO HAVE A HIGH DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE HOST PC"

For that reason, the Lokly key is entirely autonomous and encrypts/decrypts everything using its internal ST Micro hardware platform. It’s true that the peak throughput is lower, but the potential for attack is reduced compared to solutions that require the help of the host PC processor.

In fact, Lokly is so paranoid about the host computer that its USB-key has a female full-size connector to perform key to key copies, without going through a PC.

Lokly says that it has a throughput of 10 MBps (MegaBytes per second) when reading data, and 5 MBps when writing it. That’s the reason why the product has a USB 2.0 connector that can transfer unencrypted data at a maximum rate of 60 MBps.

If you look around, it is common to find PC-size military bulk encryption systems with peak rates of less than 40 MBps (DSD 72A-P, for example).

It’s not evident that such hardware could work within a USB key power envelope, but the point is: with more money and higher production volumes, speed can be improved.

For a startup, pursuing such expensive capital expenditure doesn’t seem like a good idea, but if a large OEM was to license this technology, it would be a whole different game.

If you are less paranoid, consumer-level AES-256 encryption USB keys typically use the powerful host computer’s CPU to handle the encryption. Not only they run at extremely high frequencies (GHz), but they also have a dedicated instruction set to accelerate AES encryption operations. An embedded processor is no match for that kind of power, and these SSDs experience little impact from the encryption workload.

Thwart typical USB hack attacks

Finally, Lokly says it has a mechanism to thwart USB hacks in which a hacker would attempt to place malware onto the key. Because many operating systems execute some actions when a key is plugged to a computer (open the directory, look or preview the files, etc.), there are a high number of possible USB-related hacks.

Lokly says that its key can defend itself against “all hardware attacks,” a bold claim that we cannot vouch for, but worth investigating if you are potentially at risk.

Conclusion

Depending on your security requirements and risk scenarios, Lokly is worth considering. At 240 Euros, it’s not cheap, so if you are “just” afraid to lose your key, perhaps a regular encrypted key might suffice.

"ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE (ANDY GROVE, INTEL)"

For business users who don’t want to take any chances with their trade secrets against a potentially sophisticated attack, the extra cost of the key and its relatively low data speed is probably negligible in relation to the possible damages.

It may seem overly cautious, but the Silicon Valley mantra “only the paranoid survive” really applies in many high-stakes situations where the theft of data could have a lasting impact on a company or government.

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January 15th 2020, 5:59 pm

Instagram Now Supports Direct Messaging On Web

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Instagram is mostly used by smartphone users. However, while working or just being active on the desktop, it can be quite annoying to pick up your smartphone and respond to Instagram messages.

So, to make it convenient, Instagram will roll out direct messaging support on the web version as well.

You can already do a lot of things on the web version but you did not have the ability to send direct messages. Not just limited to direct messages but you will be able to create group chats and conversation threads on the web browser as well.

It is worth noting that this feature is still in the testing phase and has not been rolled out to the public yet. Adam Mosseri (Head of Instagram) mentioned this in a tweet as well:

They do not have a specific release date for the feature rollout – but it should happen soon enough, considering it was in the works for a long time already.

No matter what, the direct messaging feature on web should come in handy for everyone who uses the web version.

In addition to the DM feature on the web, there could be more significant additions planned for later this year that we can look forward to.

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January 15th 2020, 2:10 pm

Marvel’s Avengers Game Delayed Until September

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Marvel’s Avengers game is one of the most anticipated games of 2020. Initially, it was planned for release in the month of May 2020.

However, recently, the official twitter handle for Marvel’s Avenger announced that they will be moving the release date of the game to September 4, 2020.

The gameplay for Marvel’s Avengers game looked promising at the time. However, if they want to work on it to ensure the best experience – it is indeed a good thing to wait for.

If you haven’t checked it out, you can take a look at it here:

And, for the release, they have mentioned all the relevant details in an official tweet:

It isn’t clear whether they will be investing time to polish the game as a finishing touch or work on a major game-breaking change. Of course, only an active developer would be able to share more details on that but hopefully whatever they do – we can hope that it will only improve the game experience.

This may not be in my personal wishlist of games for this year – however, it will be quite impressive to be able to play the superheroes in the form of a modern game. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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January 15th 2020, 2:10 pm

How To Capture Video Clips In Windows 10

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When you have a system running on Windows 10 – it is quite easy to record or capture video clips of the apps/games or simply the desktop for demo, tutorial or tech support purposes.

However, not everyone knows how it is done. So, in this article, we focus on the best and easiest way to help you capture video clips in Windows 10.

Capture Video Clips Using The Windows Game Bar Built-in Tool

The Xbox game bar has been tailored to help you record or capture gaming videos/pictures. However, you can easily use it to record apps or your desktop as well.

You may not have the ability to record the desktop yet but you can start capturing an app and simply minimize it to record the desktop (a simple workaround).

To utilize the game bar, here’s what you have to do:

1. Press Windows key + G to bring the game bar overlay.

2. You might want to go to the settings and activate the option under “Capturing” to record in the background while you play a game – if required.

You can also opt to record the audio if you want from the settings itself (as shown above).

3. If you’re on the desktop screen, you may not be able to record a video. So, launch any app and then press Windows key + Alt + R to start recording. You can also click on the capture icon as shown in the image below to start recording.

4. To end the recording you can click on the stop button or simply press Windows key + Alt + R again to halt the recording the save the clip. The video will be stored in the “Videos” folder of your Windows system under the “Captures” folder.

Capture Video Clips Using GeForce Experience

If you want to record anything on Windows 10 while you have an NVIDIA graphics card onboard, you can simply use the GeForce experience to record your entire screen.

To do, here’s what you have to do:

1. Press Alt + Z to bring the overlay of GeForce Experience.

2. Now, as you can see in the image above, it is pretty self-explanatory that you have to click on the record button to start recording your desktop/app/game. You can tweak the settings for the quality of the video when you go to the Settings.

You can find these videos inside the “Videos” folder stored under a specific folder name. For instance, if you record your desktop, you will find a “Desktop” folder inside “Videos” and if you record a game, you should find the name of the game appear in a folder.

Capture Video Clip Using ShareX

If the built-in tool does not work well enough for screen recording, you can try using the ShareX software tool.

It may not be just another simple screen recorder but you get a lot of options to tweak when you choose to record your screen. You can even select a region to record – so that’s another useful feature.

You can directly download the setup file from its official website and get it installed. In either case, if you have Steam, you can install it through it as well.

Wrapping Up

For starters, you should be good with the default tools available on Windows 10. If it does not work for you – feel free to explore third-party tools like ShareX or similar to get the job done.

What do you utilize to record video clips on Windows 10? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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January 15th 2020, 12:25 pm

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Has Been Delayed To April 2020

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Last year, Square Enix finally announced that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake would be released in March 2020. Unfortunately, if you were looking forward to playing the game, you might be disappointed to learn that Square Enix has since announced that the game will be delayed, although not by too long.

In a post made on Twitter, the company announced that they will be delaying the release of the game from March 2020 to April 2020. Like we said, it’s not too long of a delay which means that gamers will only need to wait an extra month. According to the company, they claim that this is due to needing more time to polish up the game.

Delays in releases do happen from time to time due to the need for additional QC and polishing, and while this is disappointing, it is a good thing because we’d rather a game be delayed as opposed to it being released and not living up to the hype and expectations that gamers have of it.

Plus, given how beloved the original Final Fantasy 7 game was, we’d hate to think that Square Enix would release a game that took years to remake only for it to fall short. The new release date for the game has been set for the 10th of April, 2020.

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January 14th 2020, 8:59 pm

Microsoft Has Officially Ended Support For Windows 7

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Microsoft’s Windows 7 platform was launched more than a decade ago, and since then, it has been succeeded by the likes of Windows 8 and Windows 10, the latter of which is the latest operating system. As such, it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7.

Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 users for a while now that support would be coming to an end, and it looks like that day has come. It’s safe to say that many will no doubt miss Windows 7. It was one of Microsoft’s more popular operating systems where it actually took Windows 10 several years before it managed to surpass Windows 7 in terms of market share.

However, despite it being more than a decade old, data from Netmarketshare has revealed that about 26% of all PCs continue to run the operating system. It’s not surprising that many are hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10. This is because of the bad rep that Windows 8 brought to the Windows platform, so we can’t blame users for being a bit hesitant about upgrading.

That being said, if you have yet to upgrade, you definitely should. This is because with Microsoft no longer officially supporting Windows 7, it means that there will be no more patches and security updates, leaving the platform open to be exploited and attacked.

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January 14th 2020, 8:59 pm

Xiaomi Shows Off A Smartphone With A 144Hz Refresh Rate Display

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Companies such as Razer have been creating phones with 120Hz refresh rate displays. That’s pretty much as high as it has ever gotten, but it seems that Xiaomi is pushing the envelope with the Redmi K30 5G as the company has demoed the phone with a 144Hz refresh rate, making it the highest refresh rate we’ve seen on a smartphone to date.

Typically speaking, 144Hz refresh rates can be found on monitors aimed at gamers, so it is interesting to see it brought to a smartphone’s display. However, whether or not this is necessary remains to be seen. After all, a higher refresh rate means that the phone needs to do a lot more work.

In turn, this could also result in the phone’s battery being drained unnecessarily due to the higher refresh rate, plus there is also the issue of whether or not people will be able to tell the difference, especially between 120Hz and 144Hz where the difference is marginal. However, at the same time we can understand where Xiaomi is coming from.

In this day and age where our hardware is peaking, small differences such as the refresh rate of a display can be enough to sway customers over to their brand. We should also point out that Xiaomi is not alone in this as Nubia is also working on a smartphone with a display that has a similar refresh rate.

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January 14th 2020, 8:59 pm

Apple’s 2020 iPhones Could Feature As Much As 6GB Of RAM

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When it comes to the iPhone, Apple has never been particularly fussed regarding how much RAM they are packing. This is because Apple controls both the hardware and software on the iPhone, meaning that they know how much RAM their devices need. However, in this day and age where Android devices are packing 8GB of RAM or more, 4GB of RAM seems a bit small.

However, according to UBS analysts Timothy Arcuri and Munjal Shah, they believe that with the 2020 iPhones, Apple could bump up the amount of RAM that the phones are packing. They believe that with the larger iPhone models with the triple lens setup, it could be upgraded to as much as 6GB of RAM.

As for Apple’s other iPhones launching in 2020, they might come with 4GB of RAM, which is what last year’s models were packing. While we do appreciate the upgrade in RAM, we can’t help but feel that this could potentially create a divide between the iPhones in terms of what apps can run on them and in terms of iOS upgrades.

For example, in the future it could be that only certain 2020 iPhones can be upgraded to the next major iOS build due to having more RAM, while the others can’t, which would be a bit unfair to customers. Either way, nothing’s been confirmed yet so take it with a grain of salt for now.

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January 14th 2020, 7:13 pm

iPhones Can Now Be Used As A Google Security Key

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The use of 2FA (two-factor authentication) has been encouraged as it offers up a more secure way of logging into your accounts. However, even then, it is still not 100% secure as some methods that involve sending codes over SMS can also be hijacked, which is why security keys exist.

The problem with security keys is that you need to carry them with you, which can be a bit of a bother, but the good news for iPhone users is that you won’t have to anymore, at least if you are using a Google account. Google has recently updated its Smart Lock app for iOS devices where they now note that iPhone users can use their devices as a security key.

There are some caveats, and that is you can only use it with your Google accounts and that you will need to log into them through Chrome. You will also require Bluetooth enabled on both your phone and computer. This means that if you want to use a security key with other online accounts, you might be out of luck.

This isn’t exactly a new feature as previously, Google had allowed Android devices running on Android 7.0 and above to use their phones as a security key, so it looks like it is finally available for the iPhone.

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January 14th 2020, 7:13 pm

BioShock Collection Could Be Headed For The Nintendo Switch

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While we’re not sure when we might see another BioShock game released in the near future, the good news is that if you’re looking to replay the original BioShock trilogy, you could be in luck especially if you’re a Nintendo Switch owner. This is because according to a leak, it seems that the BioShock Collection could be headed to the console.

According to a post on the Taiwan rating board’s website, it has revealed the potential existence of the collection for the Switch. It should be noted that the remastered collection was previously released for the PS4 and Xbox One a few years ago, so for it to make its way onto the Switch doesn’t come as a surprise, especially given how popular the console is.

The collection will include BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. It will also contain all the additional DLC missions for the game that were released during their time. That being said, nothing has been confirmed yet so it’s probably best to try not to get your hopes up for now, but hopefully we’ll have something more official to share soon.

However, like we said, the success of the Switch has resulted in many publishers and developers porting their games to the console, so for 2K Games’ to bring BioShock to the platform wouldn’t exactly surprise us.

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January 14th 2020, 7:13 pm

Here’s Why Sony Will Not Participate In E3 2020

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It is the second year in a row that Sony (PlayStation) has decided not to make an appearance for the E3 event, in a response to GameIndustry.biz.

Of course, this is quite disappointing for the fans waiting for some exclusive announcements at E3 2020.

However, they will be appearing on several other events across the globe throughout the year.

This will be a bummer for the E3 attendees but you should still expect a lot of exciting news surrounding the PlayStation 5 and its exclusives.

A spokesperson from Sony Interactive Entertainment said – “After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020“.

To explain further, they mentioned that their vision for the product/game launches may not be reflected through E3 2020. Instead, they will attend other events.

So, it just looks the organizers of E3 haven’t been able to impress (or rather satisfy) the vision that Sony (PlayStation) is looking for.

Even though there are problems with E3 for certain companies/publishers regarding the vision or focus of the event, it is still a big deal when it is one of the key events every year.

Although, we should be looking forward to all the exciting announcements this year at E3 – in the absence of Sony (PlayStation). What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.

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January 14th 2020, 2:53 pm

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X Might Be Able To Play Windows Games

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One of the confirmed features of Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox is that it will offer backwards compatibility on day one. This means that gamers who have a library of Xbox One games should have no issues playing their games on the new console. However, a new report from Game-Experience.it suggests that there could be more to it.

According to the report, they are claiming that the next-gen Xbox could actually support Windows-based games through a feature called “Windows Mode”. This would essentially allow the console to boot up Windows 10 and in turn, run Windows-based games and applications, although to what extent we are unclear, like whether it will be only for gaming or if the Xbox Series X could actually turn itself into a full-fledged PC.

In addition to that, the report goes on to claim that as such, storefronts such as Steam and the Epic Game Store will be available and access to Xbox gamers, where gamers can access their Steam and Epic libraries to play games through the console. This part of the rumor does seem like a stretch.

This is because why would Microsoft willingly cede their marketplace to a competitor, right? In any case, it’s probably best to take this with a grain of salt, but hopefully we’ll have more details soon.

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January 14th 2020, 6:20 am

Apple’s Macs Could Be Getting A ‘Pro Mode’ To Boost Performance

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With most of Apple’s products, it is usually the company who decides how your devices function. This means that compared to other products and platforms, users do not have much control over it. For example, when it comes to determining whether to use the discrete GPU versus the GPU on the motherboard, this is entirely left to macOS to decide.

However, it seems that in the future, Apple could be giving users a bit more control over how their computers operate. This is according to the folks at 9to5Mac who discovered some code that hints that Apple could be looking to introduce a “Pro Mode”. This would effectively override certain restrictions, such as fan speed and energy savings in a bid to boost the overall performance of the computer.

We’re not sure what kind of difference Pro Mode will make and how big of a performance boost we can expect, but it will give users a bit more control and options if they need to increase the performance gains from their computers. It has also been suggested that similar to Do Not Disturb, Pro Mode will be a temporary feature and will revert back after a day of it being enabled.

At the moment, it has been suggested that Pro Mode could only be available for the MacBook laptops, so it is unclear if it could find its way into other Mac computers in the future as well.

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January 14th 2020, 6:20 am

Researchers Have Developed The World’s First Living, Self-Healing Robots

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When we think of robots, we think of these huge and stiff metallic machines. However, a group of scientists are challenging the way we look at robots as they have developed what is being described as the world’s first living and self-healing robot which they made by using the stem cells of a frog.

Dubbed the xenobots (which was named after the African clawed frog whose stem cells they used), these are living robots that measure less than a millimeter wide, making them small enough where they can enter a human’s body. They are also capable of walking, swimming, working together in groups, and surviving without food for weeks.

According to Joshua Bongard, one of the lead researchers at the University of Vermont, “These are novel living machines. They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.” One of the benefits of this design is that they are more environmentally friendly and safer for human health.

This is because according to the researchers, traditional robots tend to degrade over time and will produce harmful ecological and health side effects. Right now, there are various potential uses for the xenobots, such as cleaning up radioactive waste, collecting microplastics in oceans, delivering medicine inside of our bodies, or even scraping our arteries of plaque.

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January 14th 2020, 6:20 am

More Evidence Of New MacBook Pro With Magic Keyboard Spotted

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According to the rumors from back in 2019, it was suggested that Apple could be working on new keyboards for their MacBook Pro laptops. This was later confirmed to be true when the 16-inch MacBook Pro was launched. The rumors also suggested that these changes will arrive in 2020 for the 13-inch models.

For those who are holding out for the 13-inch model and don’t want to pay so much money for the 16-inch model, you could be in luck because according to new filings made to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), it seems that Apple has filed for a new unreleased product for a “portable personal computer”.

While in no way does this confirm that this is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard, we wouldn’t be surprised if it were. After all, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before Apple updates its laptops with the new keyboard mechanism. So far reviews of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and its new Magic Keyboard have been largely positive.

The previously rumors had also stated the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pros with the new keyboard could arrive in the early part of 2020, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long to get official confirmation.

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January 14th 2020, 6:20 am

Microsoft’s Next Surface Pro Could Be Powered By Solar Energy

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Solar energy is a great idea as it means that we don’t need to draw from our finite resources. However, apart from it being used to power homes and offices, we haven’t really seen it make its way into consumer electronics, at least not in a very big way, but Microsoft could be looking to change that.

According to a recently discovered patent, it seems that Microsoft could be toying with the idea of introducing solar panels to future Surface Pro tablets. The patent shows how Microsoft is looking into the idea of integrating solar panels into the Surface Type Cover, where it could be used to charge the tablet.

The fact that the panels are installed on the kickstand suggests that it could be adjusted to ensure optimal solar energy intake, although this could possibly come at the expense of the viewing angle of the tablet and also comfort levels. That being said, with this being a patent, it’s hard to say if Microsoft ever plans on making it a reality.

It is a good idea though, although some have criticized solar for being relatively slower compared to regular sources of energy, so whether or not it can be used as a main source of power or if it is merely used to extend the overall battery life of the tablet remains to be seen.

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January 14th 2020, 6:20 am

EU Wants Apple To Drop Lightning In Favor Of A Standard Charging Port

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In the early days of mobile phones, pretty much every handset maker had their own proprietary charger. This meant that if you used a phone made by one manufacturer, you wouldn’t be able to charge it using another company’s charger. However, over the years, this has changed where Android handset makers adopted micro USB and now USB-C.

There is one holdout, however, and that is Apple who continues to use the Lightning port with its iPhones (and some of its iPad models), and now it looks like the EU is debating whether or not they should pass a law in which it would force Apple to adopt a more commonly-used charging port, such as USB-C.

It is unclear if this law were to go into effect how Apple might react to it. However, the company had previously defended their decision not to make the switch, suggesting that it would render many devices obsolete and also create a lot of electronic waste. This would also not be the first time that the EU has called upon companies to come together and use a more common standard.

That being said, there have been rumors that Apple could be looking to eventually shift to USB-C. After all, the iPad Pros have already made that transition and with the MacBook laptops already ditching legacy ports in favor of USB-C, we imagine that it is only a matter of time, but when exactly remains to be seen.

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January 14th 2020, 6:20 am

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Recordings To China With No Security In Place

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It is no secret that companies such as Microsoft have been outsourcing the analysis of recordings made through platforms such as Cortana. The analysis is meant to help the company better understand how to improve their services, although we imagine that not many people are too thrilled at the idea.

However, to make matters worse, a recent report from The Guardian has revealed that not only has Microsoft been outsourcing recordings made through Skype and Cortana, but they have been sending them to China without any security in place. Sources told the publication that new hires weren’t even vetted to ensure that they were trustworthy.

It was also revealed that they were told to create accounts with the same password for the sake of convenience. The contractor also revealed more details such as how his account username and password was sent to him over email and he was even allowed to do his work from home, meaning that in theory, anyone else could have just as easily listened in on those recordings as well.

Microsoft later issued a statement in which they stated that the information sent for analysis only contained short lengths of audio that had been de-identified. The company added, “Review snippets are typically fewer than ten seconds long and no one reviewing these snippets would have access to longer conversations. We’ve always disclosed this to customers and operate to the highest privacy standards set out in laws like Europe’s GDPR.”

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January 14th 2020, 5:20 am

Gamer Saves Teammate’s Life Despite Being 5,000 Miles Apart From Each Other

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Due to the fact that a lot of the world is connected, it’s not surprising that when we play games, more often than not we meet people from all over the world. Now it seems in an amazing story, it tells the tale of how a 20-year old gamer from America managed to save the literal life of her teammate who was living over 5,000 miles away in the UK.

According to the story, 20-year old Dia Lathora from Texas was playing video games with her friend and teammate, a 17-year old teen from North West England called Aidan Jackson. However, while on voice chat with Jackson, she heard what could only be described as a seizure and quickly started searching for emergency numbers in the EU to make a call on Jackson’s behalf.

For whatever reason, Lathora had Jackson’s home address and managed to alert authorities to what was going on, where they managed to arrive 40 minutes after the seizure had started. By that time, Jackson had somewhat recovered as when they entered his room, they found him “extremely disorientated”, but otherwise seemingly fine.

Speaking to the BBC, Jackson’s mother was quoted as saying, “We are extremely thankful for what Dia did and shocked that we could be downstairs and not know anything was happening. Dia had our address but didn’t have any contact numbers, so it was amazing she managed to get help from so far away. I’ve spoken to her and expressed our thanks – she’s just glad she could help. Aidan is a lot better and hopefully everything is OK when he has his appointment at the hospital but he’s doing well.”

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January 14th 2020, 5:20 am
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