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Uber Riders Charged 100x More Than What They Owed

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An Uber error caused quite a bit of stir yesterday when some riders reported that they had been charged 100 times more than what they had owed for their ride. One user was charged $2,053 for a ride that actually cost them $20.53. The issue was reported by users in multiple countries but Uber was quick to address it.

The first reports about this error came in from Washington, D.C. and San Diego but later users from as far as Paris were reporting similar problems as well. Some also reported that they had experienced the same thing with Uber Eats as well.

Some users had received alerts from their banks about the substantial charges or the holds that had been placed on their credit cards. Uber confirmed to the Washington Post that it has addressed the issue and also apologized for it.

“We understand that this has been frustrating. There was a known issue that caused your authorization hold to be very high. Our team has already fixed this issue. Thank you so much for your patience,” it said.

Uber will correct the fares and charge customers the right amount so they don’t have to call their bank to dispute the inflated charges. Customers will “temporarily” see the charges on their bank or credit card statements, though.

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July 18th 2019, 1:38 pm

New Google Pixel 4 And Pixel 4 XL Specs Leaked

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Google is due to launch its flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL handsets later this year. It has already released a teaser for the phones after some of the earlier leaks about them. While Google remains tightlipped on the other details, a new report provides some additional information about key specs of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

BGR hears that the Pixel 4’s display resolution will be 2280×1080 compared to the Pixel 3’s 2160×1080. Consequently, the Pixel 4 XL also has a higher 3040×1440 pixel display compared to the 2960×1440 pixel display of its predecessor.

The scribe also mentions that both of Google’s new smartphones will come with 6GB of RAM. That’s a much needed upgrade from the 4G LPDDR4X RAM that comes with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It’s also claimed that there’s going to be a 128GB internal storage option for these devices.

There’s a good chance that Google will offer additional storage options for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well, though none of them have been mentioned in this report. It’s not known at this point in time if the higher storage capacity variants may also have more RAM as is the case with smartphones from some other Android manufacturers.

Google won’t confirm any of these details officially until October at the very least which is when it’s expected to unveil the new devices.

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July 18th 2019, 1:08 pm

Carpool Karaoke Renewed By Apple For A Third Season

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CBS-produced Carpool Karaoke has reportedly been renewed by Apple for a third season. This was the first original series for Apple Music and has since been moved over to Apple TV. Viewers like the short-form singalong show quite a bit so it’s not surprising at all to see that the company has decided to renew it for another season.

Variety reports that Carpool Karaoke has been renewed by Apple for a third season.

Production for the new season is reportedly underway already and is likely going to include an episode with the cast of Stranger Things, Netflix’s hit show. It’s not confirmed as yet how many episodes will be included in the new season but it might be around the same as the previous seasons. Season 1 and 2 had 21 and 20 episodes, respectively.

Carpool Karaoke might have been its first foray into original programming but the company’s ambitions have considerably increased since then. It’s expected to spend around $2 billion on original shows this year. It has inked deals with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg for original content. The Carpool Karaoke series first premiered in August 2017 and is now available from the Apple TV app. Fans will certainly be excited for the upcoming season.

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July 18th 2019, 1:08 pm

Instagram To Warn Users Who Are Likely To Have Their Account Banned

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Instagram has detailed some changes for its account disable policy today. Under its policy, it disables accounts which have a certain percentage of violating content. A new policy is now being rolled out where aside from removing the accounts with a certain percentage of violating content, it will also remove accounts that have a certain number of violations within a window of time.

The Facebook-owned company says that this change will enable it to better enforce its policies and be more consistent with it so that users can be held accountable for what they post on the photo-sharing network. This is meant to ensure that Instagram is a supportive place for everyone.

It’s also introducing a new notification process in order to help people understand if their account is on the verge of being disabled. This notification will also provide them with an opportunity to appeal content that was deleted.

Appeals will initially be available for content deleted for violations of nudity and pornography, hate speech, bullying and harassment, drug sales, and counter-terrorism policies. Appeals will be expanded to cover additional policies in the coming months. If a post is found to have been removed in error, Instagram will restore the post and remove the violation from the account’s record.

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July 18th 2019, 1:08 pm

Senator Expresses Privacy Concerns, Wants FaceApp To Be Probed

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FaceApp, an AI face editor app, has gone viral once again. You may not have heard about it but if you’ve been on social media at any point in the past few days, you might have seen selfies of people aged decades into the future. The app has gone viral again because of the filter which lets AI estimate how they might look like years down the line. New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has expressed some privacy concerns and now wants the app to be probed.

Many have already expressed privacy concerns related to the app. Its Terms of Service mention that FaceApp will get a “perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license” from users who use its service.

So that right is being transferred to FaceApp in respect of the images of their faces that people are uploading. The fact that this app is made by a Russian startup doesn’t help assuage privacy concerns.

Senator Schumer has called on the FBI and the FTC to launch an investigation into the app after it was discovered that the app uploads users’ photos to the cloud. It had also not made it abundantly clear that the AI processing is not being done on users’ devices.

Senator Schumer says that this app could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens” and that its “location in Russia raises questions regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of US citizens to third parties, including potentially foreign governments.”

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July 18th 2019, 1:08 pm

Instagram Test For Hiding Like Count Being Expanded

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Instagram launched a test earlier this year which hid like count on posts. The test began in Canada where people who were a part of this test had their likes hidden by default. They had to opt-out of it in order to show the like count on their posts. They could always see the count on their own posts. Instagram is now expanding this test and giving more users in additional countries the option to publicly hide the like count on their posts.

Instagram announced today that this test is being expanded to Italy, Ireland, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. Users can now take advantage of this feature and hide the public like counts on the photos and videos in their Feed, on the web, and in profiles.

The idea behind this is that people just “focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get,” at least that’s how Instagram describes it. People tend to attach enormous importance to the like count.

The success or failure of a post on Instagram is widely measured by the likes that it gets, not what it means to show. Having the like count hidden may encourage people to post content that they would otherwise not because they wouldn’t have to worry about people seeing that it didn’t get many likes.

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July 18th 2019, 12:50 pm

Netflix Confirms It’s Launching Mobile-Only Plans

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It was reported earlier this year that Netflix was testing a mobile-only plan in some countries. The plan would be cheaper, costing only $4, the only limitation being that subscribers could stream Netflix on their mobile devices only. Since it was a test, the option was available to select users in just a few countries. Netflix has now confirmed that it’s going to properly launch mobile-only plans.

Netflix confirmed that India will be one of the first markets where it launches a mobile-only plan. The cheaper option will be lighter on the pocket as long as subscribers don’t mind being confined to their mobile device for streaming.

The company confirmed this in a letter to investors this afternoon. It says that the mobile-only plan “will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU (average revenue per user) is low (below $5).”

What’s not known at this point in time is what Netflix considers to be a mobile device. Someone with an iPad Pro probably won’t mind having a mobile-only subscription since the screen is a good enough size to enjoy content. Will this Netflix subscription be strictly limited to smartphones? We’ll get to know when this plan launches in India later this year.

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July 18th 2019, 12:50 pm

Slack Resets Passwords Four Years After Security Breach

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Slack confirmed back in March 2015 that hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to a database which was used to store user profile information. It had blocked the access once it was discovered and made changes to prevent something like this from happening again. Slack also released two-factor authentication so that users could add an extra layer of security to their accounts. It has decided to reset passwords for thousands of users today fours years after the hack.

Slack is sending emails to users who created their account before March 2015, have not changed their passwords since, and don’t use single sign-on that it has reset their password. The company says that around one percent of its userbase falls in this category which is reportedly about 65,000 users.

It decided to reset the passwords after finding out that a collection of user email address and password combinations had been compromised. It was able to link the leaked credentials to the 2015 hack after an investigation.

Slack once again advises users to enable two-factor authentication on their accounts so that they have some additional protection against attempts to gain unauthorized access to their workspaces. It has already reset passwords for all users that are affected by this.

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July 18th 2019, 12:38 pm

EA Confirms Plants vs. Zombies 3 Is Being Developed

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Plants vs. Zombies fan rejoice. EA has confirmed that the next title in this franchise is now in development. Not much has been revealed about the game at this point in time, only that it’s currently in a pre-alpha state on Android.

PopCap Games, the creator of this franchise, is working on the latest iteration. A playable pre-alpha has been launched on the Google Play Store. Those who are interested in trying it out can now sign up for the pre-alpha.

EA does point out that players should anticipate experiencing bugs during this stage so that’s something to keep an eye out for. There’s only going to be a limited number of downloads available for players in phases. If the option to download isn’t available at first, do try and check the page another day as spots might open up and you could get a chance to download it.

EA also mentions that Plants vs. Zombies 3 is currently under development so the pre-alpha build shouldn’t be taken as an accurate representation of the final game. This stage is only for getting feedback on combat features. “We’re saving a lot more for later,” it says. No word as yet on when this title will be released.

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July 18th 2019, 12:20 pm

Verizon’s First 5G Hotspot Is Here And It’s Not Cheap

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Verizon today unveiled its 5G hotspot device. The Inseego 5G MiFi M1000 isn’t going to be cheap by any stretch of the imagination. Mobile 5G networks are still in the early stages so that understandable. Still, it’s going to cost a pretty penny once you factor in the cost of monthly data over and above the price tag of Verizon’s first 5G hotspot.

Verizon is selling the Inseego 5G MiFi M1000 for $649.99 and that’s before the cost of monthly data. For comparison, the Jetpack MiFi 8800L, Verizon’s high-end LTE hotspot, only costs $199.99.

Since most customers won’t be buying the hotspot outright, Verizon is going to offer it on a 24 month installment plan which brings down the cost to $27.08 per month. If they opt for a two year service contract the price comes down to $499.99.

Verizon subscribers can only get 5G data on the unlimited plan which starts at $90 per month. This provides them with 50GB of 5G data per month which gets throttled down to 3Mbps once the limit is reached. 15GB of LTE data is then offered which is throttled to 600Kbps once that limit is reached as well. Verizon does point out that only downloads are at 5G speeds right now. Uploads are still being done over LTE but they won’t count towards the 15GB limit.

Those who already have a Verizon unlimited plan for smartphone can get service for the hotspot after purchasing it for $30 per month. It gives them the same amount of data. 5G service will obviously only be available in the handful of cities where Verizon has launched the service so far.

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July 18th 2019, 12:17 pm

Oakland Is Now The Third US City To Ban The Use Of Facial Recognition Technology

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In some parts of the world, facial recognition technology has been employed for use in public spaces. This has resulted in people feeling uncomfortable as they go about their daily lives. After all, we all want to be afforded some measure of privacy, right? For those who do love their privacy, perhaps Oakland, California could be considered if you want to move cities.

This is because the city has recently passed and ordinance in which it prohibits the use of facial recognition technology. This is because the city feels that such technology can be inaccurate and can also come across as invasive. According to Council President Rebecca Kaplan, “Face recognition technology runs the risk of making Oakland residents less safe as the misidentification of individuals could lead to the misuse of force, false incarceration, and minority-based persecution.”

Oakland is not the first city in the US to ban the use of the technology. Previously, San Francisco and Somerville also passed laws that bans the use of the tech in public spaces. In fact, the state of California is also considering a legislature in which it would prohibit facial recognition technology being used in police body cameras.

While there is no doubt an advantage to the tech, as we said, there are concerns over privacy. Whether or not other cities or states plan to follow suit remains to be seen.

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July 18th 2019, 8:02 am

iPhone Loyalty Amongst Customers Has Dropped To An All-Time Low

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Apple customers have been known to be particularly loyal to the brand, although this is largely in part with Apple locking its customers into its ecosystem, where after years of buying apps and using services from the company, users don’t really have much of a choice but to keep using the company’s products.

However, in recent times, it seems that customer loyalty for the iPhone might have fallen to an all-time low. This is according to data from BankMyCell who found that iPhone retention was down by 15.2% compared to March 2018. The report found that 18% of iPhone trade-ins switched to a Samsung phone, and that overall loyalty was sitting at 73%, versus 92% from 2017.

This is largely based on trade-ins so it might not necessarily represent all iPhone users, but no doubt that should be some kind of indication. It is unclear why loyalty to the iPhone could be slipping. It is possible that the expensive prices could have deterred customers from upgrading, instead choosing to go with Android phones that are generally less expensive.

It could also be how some users are finding that Apple is less innovative these days, where handset makers such as Huawei are coming up with more impressive tech features for its handsets.

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July 18th 2019, 8:02 am

This Funky Piece Of Jewelry Has The Ability To Block Against Facial Recognition

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Image credit – Ewa Nowak

These days as we’re starting to see more facial recognition technology being employed, we’re sure that many are starting to feel a bit uncomfortable at the idea that they could be walking down the streets and be recognized by a security camera system. However, designer Ewa Nowak thinks she might have found a potential solution to that problem: jewelry.

As you can see in the photo above, Nowak created an odd-looking piece of jewelry that seems to be capable of beating facial recognition systems. It consists of two brass circles that hand down from the cheekbones, along with a long-ish piece of brass that goes up the forehead. It is also worn like you would a pair of glasses.

That being said, it is a rather outlandish design and it’s not really something we imagine that most people would wear on a daily basis, but for those who are fashion-forward and want some privacy at the same time, this could be the solution. However, Nowak notes that in order for it to be effective, it needs to be molded to the wearer’s face.

This means that if you were hoping to cop a pair at a retail store, you can’t, plus Nowak has no plans to mass produce it. The designer views her work as more of a piece of art rather than a product. This would not be the first time we’ve seen attempts to try and beat facial recognition systems. Previously, it was found that a colorful patch that can be printed from any printer also has the ability to beat such systems.

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July 18th 2019, 8:02 am

IBM Researchers Create A Robot Tongue That Can Taste Various Chemicals

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Thanks to the nerves in our bodies, we can do many things that a robot can’t, such as feel and taste. However, researchers over the years have been making efforts to change that, where we’re starting to see how more robots are gaining human-like abilities, such as the ability to “feel” objects to identify it.

However, now thanks to IBM, they have created a prototype device dubbed the “Hypertaste”  that has the ability to “taste”. Now, robots that can taste aren’t exactly new, but the problem with previous iterations of such devices is that they are usually calibrated to detect single chemicals, meaning that they are hardly the most efficient.

What IBM researchers have done is that it relies on a combination of senses, similar to how a human’s tongue works. This effectively allows it to recognize a variety of different liquids and chemicals without having to rely on hardware that has been created specifically to identify those kinds of liquids.

This is achieved by using electrochemical sensors made up of electrode pairs, where they respond to a combination of molecules as a voltage passes through them. This signal is what creates the “fingerprint” that identifies the liquid, thus allowing the Hypertaste to recognize it. Some of the potential uses of this technology could be used for diagnostic or preventive medicine, or could even allow for the sub-grouping of trials amongst patients in drug tests.

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July 18th 2019, 6:32 am

Lotus’ Electric Hypercar Can Fully Charge Up In 9 Minutes

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How long does it take for you to fully refuel a car? Probably a couple of minutes at most. However, the same cannot be said with electric cars where even with today’s charging technology, it will take considerably longer compared to refueling a car, but Lotus is hoping to change that.

The company has recently taken the wraps off its all-electric hypercar, the Lotus Evija, in which they are boasting that it will only take about 9 minutes for it to fully recharge. This means that even though it still takes longer than filling your car with gas, it is much faster than what is being offered today.

However, there is a catch and that is it will require the use of an 800kW charger. The bad news is that in the real-world, the industry’s most powerful charger is 350kW, meaning that it will take about 18 minutes to charge up to 100%. Other features of the car include its ability to go 0-62mph in under 3 seconds.

That being said, the Lotus Evija is not planned as a mass production model. There will only be 130 models made and each car is expected to cost an jaw-dropping £1.7 million. Production on the car is expected to begin in 2020.

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July 18th 2019, 6:32 am

MIT Has Created A Drone That Can Switch Between Hovering And Gliding

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When it comes to drones, there are pretty much two types that exist in the market. One of those types have been designed to be like a plane where it glides in the air, while the other sports a quadcopter design where it can hover thanks to the design of its rotors. Both have their uses, but what if you could switch between gliding and hovering?

That’s exactly what researchers at MIT have been trying to do when they created a drone that can switch between gliding and hovering. According to MIT CSAIL grad student Jie Xu, “Our method allows non-experts to design a model, wait a few hours to compute its controller, and walk away with a customized, ready-to-fly drone. The hope is that a platform like this could make more these more versatile ‘hybrid drones’ much more accessible to everyone.”

Now, the concept of hybrid drones that can switch between gliding and hovering aren’t new, but some of the challenges faced with the current design is that it requires separate controllers for different modes. This is something that the team at MIT have overcome by using neural networks to automatically compute a controller.

That being said, before we get too excited at seeing such drones hit the market, there is the question of the aerodynamics of such a design, plus there is also the issue of maneuverability where these designs usually means that the drones aren’t capable of making sharp turns, but it’s still an interesting approach nonetheless.

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July 18th 2019, 6:32 am

FaceApp Could Be Keeping The Rights To Your Photos

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A couple of years ago, an app called FaceApp gained popularity thanks to its realistic filters. The app has resurfaced again and if you’re seeing photos of people looking artificially aged on social media, you have the app to thank for it. It seems like a fun app to play around with, but before you get too excited, here’s something to think about.

In the app’s Terms of Service, they note that FaceApp users own their own content. This is based on this particular section which reads, “Except for the license you grant below, you retain all rights in and to your User Content, as between you and FaceApp. Further, FaceApp does not claim ownership of any User Content that you post on or through the Services.”

However, upon further inspection of the license that you’ll be granting the app, it seems that you actually won’t own the rights to your photos. “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.”

This means that in theory, FaceApp could use the photos that you have uploaded to its servers for processing. They could use it for advertisements and not have to pay you a single cent. The app has come under fire over alleged privacy concerns, and these terms of services certainly do not help its cause, so it’s something to think about if you plan on using it.

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July 18th 2019, 5:16 am

New iPhone 11 Hands-On Video Shows Us What To Expect

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According to the rumors, Apple is expected to launch new iPhone models later in the year where they will a new camera design. This has been “confirmed” in several leaks, and now a new hands-on video by YouTuber MKBHD shows us what we might be able to expect from the new models.

We should point out that the video is a hands-on video for dummy units. The models in question are not real and are simply based on what the phone could look like, meaning that for all we know, there is a chance that it could be wrong. However, if true, the hands-on video does give us a better idea of what we can expect in terms of its design.

For the most part, apart from the redesign made to the camera, the rest of the iPhone looks the same. The main difference could be the camera where Apple has adopted a square camera module, where two models are expected to feature a triple camera setup, while one model will use a dual camera.

The dual camera model is rumored to be the second-gen iPhone XR, while the other triple cameras are the successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max, although at the moment there is no word on what the new models could be called. Needless to say that these dummy units should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but we should have more details in the coming months.

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July 18th 2019, 5:16 am

Spotify Launches A Special Hub For Disney Songs

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Most of us grew up listening to songs from Disney’s various movies and cartoons. It’s hard not to, especially since Disney has played a huge part of our lives. If you’re someone who still loves all the Disney songs, you might be interested to learn that Spotify and Disney have teamed up to create a special hub in which you’ll be able to stream all manner of Disney songs.

According to Spotify, “Starting July 17, users in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can search “Disney” on Spotify to find a designated hub for the music behind some of their favorite Disney movies and TV shows. Stream playlists full of everything from The Little Mermaid to modern favorites like Frozen, to Star Wars instrumentals, and even Marvel movie soundtracks.”

This hub will function just regular Spotify, with the main difference being that it will be populated with Disney songs. This also means that users can expect to look forward to special playlists for road trips, the shower, or sleeping that contain specially curated Disney tunes. Given how long Disney has been around, plus with franchises from Marvel and Star Wars being part of the company, there will be a ton of songs that users can look forward to.

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July 18th 2019, 5:16 am

Elon Musk Wants To Put Computers In Our Brains

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One of the challenges to people who are fully paralyzed is their ability to move around. While there have been efforts at creating devices that can be controlled using our brains, Elon Musk’s Neuralink company is hoping to take things one step further by actually implanting computers into our brains.

This will be done by “sewing” flexible threads into our brains. These threads measure a quarter the diameter of a human hair where its built-in sensors can capture information and send it to a receiver and transmit the data wirelessly. One of the goals of the company is that eventually, this could result in a much-improved brain interface that will allow patients who might have brain damage or other disabilities to control devices.

The company also has a loftier and almost science fiction-like long-term goal, where it could create a “tertiary level” of the brain that would be linked to artificial intelligence, essentially allowing humans to merge with AI. According to Musk, “We can effectively have the option of merging with AI. After solving a bunch of brain-related diseases there is the mitigation of the existential threat of AI.”

So far the company has been testing out the technology on rats, but Neuralink is aiming to begin human testing next year, although they have yet to begin the FDA process to start conducting those tests. We imagine it will probably be a while before we will be able to “upgrade” our brains and merge with AI, but it does sound rather promising.

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July 18th 2019, 5:16 am

Apple Has A Bunch Of Fun New Emojis For iOS And Mac This Fall

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Emojis are fun ways for people to communicate with each other. After all, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and according to Apple, there will be several thousand words that its iOS and Mac users will be able to expect later this year when the company will be releasing a bunch of new emojis for its mobile and desktop platforms.

According to Apple, “Fifty-nine new emoji designs will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Thousands of emoji are currently available, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, more professions, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more.”

These new emojis include things like more types of animals for users to choose from. It will also include fun emojis such as food, to other emojis that have been designed to be more inclusive and gender-neutral for users who might not be able to associate with the current lineup of emojis that are available.

For example, there will be an update to the Holding Hands emoji where according to Apple, it will offer more options in terms of combination of skin tones to reflect the diverse cultures in the world. There will also be more disability-themed emojis to include things like prosthetic arms and legs. These emojis are expected to be released this fall, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

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July 18th 2019, 5:16 am

Nintendo Just Gave A Plane Full Of People Free Nintendo Switch Consoles

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For most of us, flying to our destinations isn’t always the most enjoyable experience. There is turbulence, food that doesn’t always taste great, inconsiderate seatmates, and so on. However, it seems that a bunch of folks who took a Southwest Airlines flight just got the surprise of their life when Nintendo gifted each and everyone of them a free Switch console.

In addition to the free console, Nintendo also gave them a copy of Super Mario Maker 2, giving passengers a ton of things to do while they flew to their destination. Southwest Airlines has since confirmed the giveaway as being authentic as part of a partnership with Nintendo for the promotion.

It is unclear how this particular flight was chosen and if there are plans to do it again, but either way, it seems like these group of passengers sure got lucky! That being said, this isn’t the first time both companies have collaborated with each other. Previously, they had also given away Wii U consoles with the original Super Mario Maker.

In recent news, Nintendo announced a couple of new consoles in the form of the Switch Lite, a smaller and more portable version of the Switch, and also an upgraded version of the Switch with an improved battery life.

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July 18th 2019, 5:16 am

Factory Workers In China Once Tried To Dig A Tunnel To Smuggle Out iPhone Parts

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All companies have their own proprietary technology that makes each of their products unique to them. Apple is no exception where we imagine that the company is working around the clock to help prevent leaks, but it seems that at a point in time, there was an incident that happened in China that makes it worthy of its own movie.

According to a report from The Information’s Wayne Ma (paywall), following the leak of the iPhone 5c back in 2013, Apple formed a new task force called the “New Product Security” which would monitor security at some of the company’s most sensitive suppliers over in China. One of the incidents that the team discovered, which showed the lengths that some would go to in order to smuggle parts out, was how some factory workers had attempted to dig a tunnel in the corner of a room.

This tunnel was hidden behind a large piece of machinery in which the workers were hoping that it would provide them with an exit in which they could use it to sneak out components. As if this wasn’t a crazy enough story, the report goes on to add that Apple’s security team also found that factory workers had attempted to hide parts inside of crawl spaces, tissue boxes, shoes, belts, underwear, used mop water, and even discard metal shavings.

It’s no secret that Apple is pretty strict when it comes to leaks, although based on the leaks that we’ve been seeing in the past few years, it looks like more work needs to be done.

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July 18th 2019, 12:42 am

Braun Announces Plans To Get Back Into The Audio Business

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Braun is a company that many would be familiar with for its grooming and shaving products, but did you know that before that, the company was actually in the audio business? It has been nearly three decades since Braun pulled out of the audio business, but now it seems that the company is looking to get back into the game.

The company has announced their plans to launch a series of speakers that have been inspired by the LE speakers that the company had released back in 1959 and was originally designed by legendary designer Dieter Rams. Dubbed the LE Range, Braun says, “The LE Range combines Braun’s audio heritage and craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and connectivity. The speakers are bold without being intrusive and embody the perfect balance of powerful performance and minimalist form, elegantly showcasing the attention and care for which German design is known.”

Not much is known about the speakers at the moment as the company has elected not to offer up any details, but they are expected to offer “cutting-edge Hi-Fi audio”. What this means remains to be seen, so we’ll just have to wait and see. In any case, hopefully, Braun will have more details to offer soon, so check back with us later for more updates.

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July 18th 2019, 12:42 am

Latest Figures Reveals Netflix Is Experiencing A Drop In New Subscribers

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In the early days of video streaming, the competition wasn’t as fierce, and where companies such as Netflix reigned. However, in the past couple of years, we’re starting to see a rise in the number of video streaming services from the likes of Amazon, Apple, Disney, HBO, and more, and as such, it’s not surprising that Netflix’s subscriber count is taking a hit.

According to the company’s second quarter earnings, it has been revealed that Netflix only managed to nab 2.7 million new global subscribers in the recent quarter. This is short of the company’s original guidance which was estimated at 5 million, meaning that the company only managed to get half of what they had predicted.

As we said, it shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that there are so many upcoming new services coming up that customers are choosing to go with the alternatives. Disney is probably going to be the biggest threat, with the company owning many popular IPs such as Marvel and Star Wars, in addition to Disney content. Plus with Disney’s controlling stake in Hulu, it does sound like Netflix could face some stiff competition ahead.

That being said, an interesting phenomenon has come about as a result of streaming. This is because due to there being too many streaming options around, and with each service trying to gain exclusive content, it has actually resulted in a rise in piracy due to consumers unwilling to pay to subscribe to multiple services at once.

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July 18th 2019, 12:42 am

Belkin Unveils Wireless Charging Mount For Your Car

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Charging your phone while you drive isn’t exactly a new thing, but in case you’re not a fan of plugging and unplugging your smartphone, then you might be interested to learn that Belkin has announced a new wireless charging mount that is designed to sit on your car’s air-con vent.

As its name suggests, this mount will provide the user with wireless charging, so all you’ll need to do is ensure that you have a smartphone that is compatible with Qi charging, mount it, and you should be good to go. The mount seems to be optimized for Apple’s iPhones, but we reckon that if you have an Android phone that fits in the mount and has Qi charging support, then you shouldn’t have a problem.

It offers up to 7.5W charging, so while it isn’t necessarily the fastest wireless charger around, the fact that you can use it in your car is already pretty good. If this sounds like a charger you might be interested in, then head on over to Apple’s website or Belkin’s website to get your hands on it.

In addition to the wireless charging car mount, the company also unveiled a couple of other wireless charging solutions, which includes a wireless charging pad and also a wireless charging stand.

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July 17th 2019, 9:41 pm

Microsoft Embraces The $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ‘Lifehack’

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Usually when companies discover pricing errors, they will be quick to correct it. However, in Microsoft’s case, it seems that the company is embracing it and are actually encouraging its customers to take advantage of it, albeit for a limited time.

For those wondering what we’re talking about, this is basically a “lifehack” involving Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which combines Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass together) that some gamers discovered, where for a $1, players with existing Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold subscriptions can upgrade themselves to the new subscription service which would otherwise be priced at $15 a month.

Following the upgrade, the remaining months of your Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will continue to be priced at its previous price until its subscription ends, after which it converts to $15 a month for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. However, what gamers found is that they could extend their subscriptions to their max duration and then upgrade, thus saving themselves quite a bit of money in the process.

This was a loophole that some gamers have been taking advantage of, but instead of fixing it, Microsoft has embraced it where they have officially advertised the promotion on its website. However, it seems that Microsoft won’t be running this deal forever so if you want to take advantage of it, you’ll have to act quickly before the loophole is closed.

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July 17th 2019, 9:41 pm

Google Removes A Bunch Of Apps That Could Be Used For Stalking

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In this day and age, being able to look up someone’s information online is pretty easy, especially when in the age of social media, everyone seems to be more than willing to share their personal lives with complete strangers on the internet. This in turn has created a problem in which stalking someone from the comfort of your own home has become a thing.

However, Google wants to cut down on that and has since taken down a bunch of apps found in the Google Play Store that could potentially allow users to stalk others. This is based on a report from Avast in which they found seven apps in the Play Store that have the ability to track and send location data, along with private contacts, your call logs, and even your text messages.

The problem with these apps is that they often disguise themselves as innocent apps, where according to Avast, one of the apps involved disguised itself as a way to keep kids safe. According to Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast’s head of mobile threat intelligence and security, “Some of these apps are offered as parental control apps, but their descriptions draw a different picture, telling users the app allows them to ‘keep an eye on cheaters.'”

That being said, Google has since removed the offending apps, although we imagine that this is a problem that will probably never go away. So the next time you download an app, you might want to double check the reviews to look for warning signs, and also the permissions it requires just to be safe.

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July 17th 2019, 9:41 pm

iPhone XR Was The Best Selling Smartphone In The U.S. Last Quarter

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The iPhone XR appears to have received a lot of love in the United States. The latest data from Kantar World Panel reveals that it was the best selling smartphone in the country over the second quarter, accounting for 7.8 percent of the market. The top three best selling smartphones in the country last quarter were actually iPhones, the data shows.

According to Kantar’s data, the iPhone 8 and iPhone XS Max make up the top three best selling devices in the country in Q2 2019. Overall, Apple saw its sales share slide in the country as Motorola and Google have mounted a resurgence in this crucial market.

Motorola in particular has been enjoying good momentum in the country. Its sales share was up 3.3 percent compared to a year before. The top performing models were the Motorola E5 and G6 Plus. It was aided by increased distribution as Verizon was the top channel for Motorola’s smartphone sales.

Even though the United States and China are embroiled in a trade spat, iOS’s share actually increased in the People’s Republic this past quarter, reaching 19.7 percent. Huawei still remains the dominant force in its home country, though, with the company and its Honor brand accounting for almost one in every two sales in Urban China last quarter with a 46.1 percent share.

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July 17th 2019, 2:49 pm

Dedicated Fan Recreates Entire ‘The Office’ Set In Far Cry 5

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The Office is one of those TV shows that never get old. It’s right up there with the likes of Friends and Seinfeld with the kind of following that it has. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a very dedicated fan recreated the entire Dunder Mifflin office set in Far Cry 5 with incredible accuracy.

The Office has cemented its position in pop culture and will remain at the forefront for years to come. Fans never get tired of watching it and people who are new to it are quick to understand why it’s so loved by audiences across the globe.

Fans like Mojo Swoptops really take their love for the show the next level. This is the perfect example, the entire office set being recreated in Far Cry 5. The layout is instantly recognizable and there are some easter eggs as well such as a dropped pot of chili, Dwight’s exercise ball, and beer bottles underneath Meredith’s desk. It took 12 hours of work over 7 nights to recreate the set in Far Cry 5.

The game allows players to use an in-game map editor to build whatever their imagination comes up with and as a The Office fan, I’d say this was a pretty good use of the feature.

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July 17th 2019, 2:49 pm

Spotify For iPad Finally Picks Up Multitasking Support

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There’s some good news today for Spotify users on iPad. There’s a new update rolling out today for the Spotify app for iPad. The music streaming service has finally added multitasking support to the iPad version of its iOS app. This means that it gets support for features like Slide Over and Split View, a feature that Apple initially released back in 2015.

What this means is that users will no longer have to open a full screen version of the Spotify app if they want to browse for new music or switch through the songs via the pull down menu which was very limited in what it allowed users to do.

Slide Over can be used with this app by adding Spotify to the dock and then opening it when using another app. Spotify will then be launched as a Slide Over view which sits on top of the app that’s already running. Split View can be used by tapping and dragging the top of the Spotify window to the top of the tablet’s screen which will then be split between this app and the other.

This new update is now rolling out and is available for download right away from the App Store. 8.5.14.816 is the version number in question so if you’ve got that, your Spotify experience on the iPad is about to get a whole lot better.

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July 17th 2019, 2:18 pm

Firefox Will Warn You If Saved Logins Surface In Data Breaches

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Data breaches are an unfortunate reality of the modern age. Compromised data spreads very quickly in these circles and can cause headaches for affected users. To make sure that you take appropriate actions if you find yourself in such a position, Firefox will start to warn users if their saved logins surface in a data breach.

Mozilla says that Firefox will do this as part of a partnership with the Have I Been Pwned data breach site. Mozilla is linking up its independent Firefox Monitor service and the Lockwise password manager with the Firefox browser directly. This will enable the browser to inform you should your saved logins ever appear in a data breach.

The browser will scan the saved login names and password to check if they have been exposed in a data breach that’s listed on Have I Been Pwned. If it finds a match, Firefox will immediately inform the user and urge them to change their password.

This feature is only going to work for data breaches where passwords have been exposed and when the password in question was saved before the data breach it was exposed in. The browser’s upcoming protection report will also display stats for the number of data breaches that your stolen logins were involved in.

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July 17th 2019, 2:18 pm

2020 iPhone May Include A ToF Sensor

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Manufacturers like Samsung have already shipped ToF sensors on some of their smartphones. We have set to see a Time of Flight sensor on an iPhone and that might very well happen next year. A new report claims that the 2020 iPhone will include a Time of Flight 3D sensor. The report says that Apple is working with its supplier to ensure that the sensor is ready in time for next year’s iPhone.

There were some rumors before which claimed that perhaps a ToF sensor might be introduced with the 2019 iPhone. It would have significantly improved the augmented and virtual reality experiences possible on an iPhone.

The report mentions that the sensor will just not be ready in time for the 2019 iPhone so the decision has been made to introduce it next year. It’s said that the ToF sensor will actually debut with the 2020 iPads before they arrive on the iPhone.

The 2020 iPhone will also be special for another reason. It’s widely believed that 2020 will be the year that we get the first 5G iPhone. Some Android manufacturers have already put 5G phones on the market but Apple seems to be waiting to let 5G networks mature a bit before it decides to sell a compatible iPhone.

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July 17th 2019, 2:18 pm

First PUBG Official Story Trailer Has Been Released

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Battle royale titles aren’t popular because of their back story. They’re popular because you’re dropped in a shrinking map with loads of other players to fight it out until you’re the last person standing. PUBG is looking to add a story element to the game, though, and the first trailer released to provide a sort of a story for the game takes things into a darker direction.

PUBG Corp has released this story trailer for the game as it prepares to launch the fourth season. It provides the first proper story element for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and one has to say, it’s darker than some would have expected it to be.

The trailer beings with a small child on Erangel which is the game’s first map. The child is the only survivor after a horrifying battle took place on the island. The trailer then skips quite ahead in the future where the boy has grown into a man who is flush with cash and organizes battle royale tournaments on Erangel.

The narrative here is considerably darker compared to that of Fortnite, PUBG’s biggest competitor, which has an overall cartoonish look and feel while it relies more on in-game events and environmental storytelling. PUBG Corp. is understandably doing the groundwork for the “original narrative experience” that’s being built for the game by Glen Schofield of Call of Duty fame.

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July 17th 2019, 2:18 pm

Uber Wants To Help You Buy AirPods And Amazon Echos

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Uber has a partnership with a startup called Cargo which allows its riders to purchase minor items like snacks or charging cables from consoles inside the vehicle. The two companies are now kicking things up a notch with a more substantial shopping experience that offers items like Apple AirPods and Oculus Go virtual reality headsets. Uber drivers obviously won’t be carrying around all of this gear with them at all times so this is an app-based shopping experience.

The Cargo app is now rolling out. It’s curated with Uber’s help to offer items like the Amazon Echo, Apple AirPods, Away luggage, make-up from Glossier, and Oculus Go headsets. Riders in cars with Cargo consoles will be able to get the app and make purchases. The collection of products will be expanded over time. More than 30,000 Uber drivers in 10 cities across the country have Cargo consoles in their vehicles.

When they make a purchase, customers get 10 percent back in Uber Cash which can be redeemed for future rides or purchases. The app will only work during an Uber trip and once a purchase is made, the item will be shipped to the customer’s home free of charge within two to five business days.

There’s also going to be an in-ride entertainment partnership with Universal Studios which offers movies for $5 and $10 a pop or in bundles for up to $20. This has been done because many people are now taking Uber trips that are longer distances to and from airports and they just might want to watch a movie to kill the time.

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July 17th 2019, 1:48 pm

Oakland City Council Votes To Ban Facial Recognition Technology Use

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The Oakland City Council has passed an ordinance which bans city agencies from using facial recognition technology. This makes Oakland the third city in the country to pass such legislation. The ordinance was passed unanimously by members of the city council which goes to show that they’re of the same mind regarding this.

The ordinance bans city agencies such as the police from obtaining or using facial recognition technology. Similar legislation has already been passed by San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts. A second vote will be taken on this ordinance in September by the Oakland City Council but it will merely be a procedural thing as no changes are likely in the city’s position on this.

There has been widespread concern about the use of facial recognition technology by the government, both local and federal. Privacy advocates say that it may lead to an era where constant public surveillance is the norm.

Despite city governments banning the use of facial recognition, this is yet to be done on a federal level. House lawmakers did hold a hearing about facial recognition last week but there was no agreement if any potential regulation were to be applied to this technology. It’s going to be easier said than done at the federal level.

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July 17th 2019, 1:48 pm

Google’s Controversial Chinese Search Project Shut Down

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It was revealed a few months ago that Google was working on a secretive project for the Chinese market which would essentially have been a censored version of a search engine for the Chinese market. There was a lot of backlash, understandably, with even employees calling on the company to shelve the project. Google has now shut down its controversial “Dragonfly” Chinese search project.

Google’s vice president of public policy Karan Bhatia said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week that work on the company’s censored search engine for China has been “terminated.” A spokesperson for the company later added that there are no plans at Google to launch Search in the People’s Republic and that there’s no work that’s currently being done on such a project.

The company wasn’t really forthcoming with all of the details about Dragonfly. The leaked documents had revealed that this search app would only be for China and it would remove websites that were blocked by China from search results. Google eventually confirmed it was working on a project called Dragonfly but didn’t provide specifics.

It’s still unclear why Google has decided to stop work on this project. Whether it was due to the criticism from employees or because of some other issues, the company isn’t saying much about why it has chosen to no longer proceed with Project Dragonfly.

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July 17th 2019, 1:48 pm

Apple Could Buy Exclusive Rights To Original Podcasts

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Apple serves a vast majority of podcast listeners through its Podcasts app so it wouldn’t be surprising if the company wanted to leverage that to not only retain that chunk of the market but also bring in more people. To that end, it’s likely that Apple might start throwing money around to pick up exclusive rights to original podcasts.

Bloomberg reports that Apple has contacted media companies to talk about securing exclusive rights of orginal podcasts. This isn’t surprising as Spotify and Stitcher, two of Apple’s biggest competitors in the podcasting market, already have their own exclusive programming.

Spotify, for example, recently signed an exclusive deal for podcasts with Higher Ground which is the production company of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. So it absolutely makes sense for Apple to do have exclusive programming as well.

The report mentions that Apple hasn’t outlined a clear strategy for this yet but it plans to go for the kind of deals that it didn’t make before. The company didn’t fund podcasts previously so as to avoid the perception that it was playing favorites. However, with the company now focusing on creating a lot of original content, it would understandably revisit its position on exclusive podcasts too.

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July 17th 2019, 1:48 pm

McDonald’s Picks DoorDash As Its Second Delivery Partner

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It was reported earlier this year that McDonald’s was thinking about ending its exclusive delivery deal with Uber Eats. The two companies had reportedly been negotiating on fees with the fast food giant looking to bring costs paid to the ride-share company down. The negotiations were also aimed at enabling franchisees to use delivery partners other than Uber Eats. There’s development on this front now as McDonald’s has confirmed that DoorDash is now its McDelivery partner in the United States.

DoorDash will start deliveries for McDonald’s first in Houston, Texas from July 29th. The food food giant will also be a part of DashPass which is the delivery service’s subscription program. With DashPass, members can get unlimited $0 delivery fees as long as their order is $12 or more to select merchants.

The two companies have integrated their systems so DoorDash orders are sent directly to McDonald’s point-of-sale system which ensures a smooth experience for both customers and franchisees.

This obviously doesn’t mean that McDelivery is dropping Uber Eats as a delivery partner with which it first linked up back in 2017. That partnership has made McDelivery available at more than 9,000 restaurants in the United States, more than half of all McDonald’s locations in the country.

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July 17th 2019, 12:28 pm

Sprint Says Subscriber Information Was Accessed By Hackers Through A Samsung Website

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Sprint has informed its subscribers about a security breach which has resulted in private information such as phone numbers, billing addresses, and more being compromised. This was due to a vulnerability present in a Samsung website, according to Sprint, which advertised an “add a line” feature for active Sprint subscribers.

The carrier has sent a letter to affected customers, saying that it was informed of unauthorized access to their accounts on June 22nd. The account credentials were apparently used through a Samsung website.

“The personal information of yours that may have been viewed includes the following: phone number, device type, device ID, monthly recurring charges, subscriber ID, account number, account creation date, upgrade eligibility, first and last name, billing address and add-on services,” it said in the letter. Sprint says that the information which was leaked doesn’t post a “substantial risk of fraud or identity theft.”

It adds that all compromised accounts have been re-secured by resetting PIN codes three days later. What it hasn’t said is just how many accounts were compromised as a result of this vulnerability. Sprint is yet to provide additional details about this entire episode while Samsung is yet to comment on the matter as well.

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July 17th 2019, 12:12 pm

DJI’s New Ronin SC Gimbal Is Much Easier To Carry

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DJI has launched a new gimbal for mirrorless cameras. The Ronin SC is much easier to carry since it’s 41 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Ronin S. It’s a single-handed 3 axis gimbal that weighs only 2.4 pounds so it will be much easier to carry it around with your for shoots and stuff.

The weight loss compared to the Ronin S has been possible because the company used a combination of magnesium, aluminum, steel, and composite plastic to create a more lightweight gimbal which is easier to disassemble and fit inside a bag.

It simply takes the powerful technology from its predecessor and packs it inside a lighter and smaller form factor. “Now users can pair their mirrorless system with a stabilizer that is easier to transport, easier to set up, easier to use yet still equipped with high-performance features and technology,” says DJI Senior Product Manager Paul Pan.

There are some limitations, though. While the Ronin S could carry an 8 pound payload with a 12 hour battery life, the Ronin SC can carry up to 4.4 pounds with an 11 hour battery life. There are some new design features, though, which include improved balancing capability and position lock system. Two new modes are also offered via the app which aren’t available for the predecessor.

DJI is now selling the Ronin SC through its website and retailers. The price starts at $439.

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July 17th 2019, 12:12 pm

Nintendo Launches New Switch With Improved Battery Life

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There’s a new Nintendo Switch available starting today. It’s not new in the sense that it’s a newer generation. Nintendo has simply refreshed the Switch console and says that this particular one comes with improved battery life. This should be an incentive to purchase for those who would like to have more battery backup when they’re out and about with their Switch.

The company says that this new Nintendo Switch model should provide gamers with an additional two hours of battery life. So this brings the usage estimates to between 4.5 and 9 hours, up from the current estimated battery life range of 2.5 and 6.5 hours.

Interestingly, Nintendo doesn’t detail on the Switch product page just what has been changed to gain this extra battery life. It might be due to a new system on chip inside the console with updated memory. That should be enough to deliver some battery efficiency for the console. It was revealed in a recent FCC listing that Nintendo was going to update the Switch with a new CPU and storage.

Nintendo should begin shipping this new Switch with model code HAC-001(-01) to stores in the near future so it won’t be long before you’ll be able to get your hands on it. Everything else remains the same about this console.

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July 17th 2019, 11:27 am

Google Maps Will Display Real-Time Bikesharing Information In 24 Cities

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Bikesharing has become very popular in recent years as more people are preferring this mode of travel particularly when they don’t have to buy a bike because they only need it sparingly. There are more than 1,600 bikeshare systems and over 18 million shared bikes in major cities across the globe. Ever willing to make transport easier for users, Google Maps will now start listing real-time bikesharing information for 24 cities in 16 countries.

This feature has already been available for travellers and commuters in New York City for the past year. They can locate bikesharing stations and see just how many bikes are available at a station in real-time. This feature is now being rolled out to 24 cities across the globe.

This means that people from New Taipei City to Toronto will now be able to use Google Maps to find a bikeshare station and see if there’s a bike available for them. They can also use the feature to find out if there’s an empty space at a station near their destination where they can leave the bike. Google Maps makes this possible by incorporating a new bike share data feed into the app as part of its partnership with Ito World.

This feature is available on both the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps for users in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich. More cities will be added down the line.

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July 17th 2019, 11:27 am

Apple Card Could Be Launching As Soon As This week

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Earlier this year, Apple announced the Apple Card. With Apple already embracing mobile payments with Apple Pay, it didn’t exactly come as a surprise to learn that the company would be launching their own credit card. There is no word on when the Apple Card will be launched, but now according a report from 9to5Mac, it could be launching as soon as this week.

This is based on an upcoming release of the seventh developer beta version of iOS 12.4, and also based on multiple anonymous sources that have reached out to the publication. It is unclear if it will be launching this week, but previously it was also reported that Apple had expanded the testing of the Apple Card amongst their employees, indicating that the Apple Card could indeed be getting close to launch.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Apple Card is Apple’s take on the credit card. It will be made out of titanium and will be supported at shops that accept credit cards. It will also be linked to the user’s Apple Pay account and is backed by Goldman Sachs. One of the advantages to the card is that it has no number and no CVV security code, making it more secure.

There is also no expiry date and there will also not be any late, annual, or international fees. It is set for a launch in the US first, although there are plans to eventually bring it to more markets in the future.

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July 16th 2019, 10:32 pm

Nintendo Switch Owners Are Reporting Issues Of Joy-Con ‘Drift’

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One of the unique features of the Nintendo Switch are its controllers, the Joy-Cons, which are a set of detachable controllers that come with a variety of sensors and motors inside of them. However, it seems that they might not necessarily have the best build quality because according to users, they are running into an issue with them known as “drifting”.

Basically, there seems to be something wrong with the Joy-Cons in which even if the user is not touching the joystickers, the console will register it as moving. This was confirmed in a report by Kotaku’s Gita Jackson who wrote, “When I was in the combat screen, where the stick on the right Joy-Con controls the overhead angle of the camera, the camera angle would slowly drift until it was directly overhead.”

Jackson is not alone in experiencing this issue as other Kotaku staff members have similarly confirmed the issue themselves, along with many other gamers in a post on Reddit that got over 25,000 upvotes. While wear and tear seems to be the norm when it comes to hardware, some gamers claim to have only owned the console for a few months before the problems began to show.

It is unclear as to what the problem is, but in the meantime, Nintendo seems to be offering to fix it for gamers if they are willing to ship the controllers back to them.

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July 16th 2019, 10:32 pm

Detective Pikachu Is The Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie Of All Time

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Video game movie adaptations usually get a pretty bad rap for being not very good. However, it seems that Detective Pikachu has managed to break that mold because according to reports, the movie is now the highest-grossing video game movie of all time following sales that were generated this weekend.

According to the figures, the movie has managed to earn as much as $436 million worldwide. Breaking this down, the movie made $143.3 million in the US, while the rest of the money came from foreign markets. It was reported back in May that Detective Pikachu could be one of the most successful video game movies of all time, and now it looks like it has.

Reviews of the movie were largely positive, with many praising the film’s tone and story. It probably helped a lot that Ryan Reynolds was part of the cast in which the actor lent his voice to the Pikachu character, a first, when you consider that Pokemon in generally do not talk. It was also previously reported that a sequel to the movie has already been greenlit, although when exactly it will be released remains to be seen.

The film’s producer had also previously expressed interest in creating a Pokemon Cinematic Universe, similar to what Marvel has done with its Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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July 16th 2019, 10:32 pm

Apple’s Iconic Rainbow Logo Could Be Making A Comeback

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Back in the early days of Apple, the company employed the use of a rainbow Apple logo which quickly became iconic in its design. These days, the company has opted for a more simple and somewhat plain logo, but it seems that the rainbow Apple logo could soon be making a comeback.

This is according to a report from MacRumors who have heard from a source that Apple could be returning the rainbow logo to some of its products as early as this year. While it does sport a very iconic design, it is unclear how this will fit in with Apple’s existing products, all of which sport very clean and minimalistic looks.

Perhaps it could be used for a special edition of a product, like a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone. Or maybe it could be making a return in a Mac computer. After all, the logo did make its debut with Apple’s computers back in the day, so it does seem somewhat fitting that it could return to their Mac computers as well.

AppleWeb had also published an interview with the company’s former designer in chief, Jony Ive, who had expressed his interest in seeing the return of the logo. “There is the resonance with the rainbow logo that’s been part of our identity for many years. The rainbow is also a positive and joyful expression of some of our inclusion values and I think that one of the primary reasons the idea resonated so immediately and so profoundly with us was the form — the connection from an aesthetic design point of view. A semi-circle relates so beautifully and naturally to the form of the ring.”

In any case, take it with a grain of salt for now, but we’ll just have to wait and see if the report is true and if the rainbow logo could be making its long-awaited comeback.

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July 16th 2019, 9:32 pm

The ‘Keystone’ Wants To Revolutionize The Mechanical Keyboard

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One of the upsides to mechanical keyboards is that they tend to focus a lot on durability, where a typical mechanical keyboard switch is said to be capable of lasting for over a million keystrokes. However, the tech behind these switches hasn’t really changed all that much over the years, which is something that Input Club is hoping to do.

The company has recently announced the launch of the Keystone, a new breed of mechanical keyboards that they’re hoping will revolutionize the industry. This is because the Keystone uses what is known as Hall Effect switches that relies on a magnet inside of the switch. This is versus standard switches that rely on bent metal contacts.

The typical switch usually registers when the key is pressed and once contact is made. This means no matter how hard or soft you press, as long as contact is made, the keystroke is registered. However, with Hall Effect switches, the idea behind it is that depending on how hard or soft you press, the input can be different.

For example, a hard press can turn a letter from a lowercase into uppercase, without having to use modifiers. It can also be used in gaming where a soft press can mean that you want your character to walk, while a hard press makes your character run. It sounds like an interesting idea, at least in theory, but how it plays out in real life remains to be seen.

For those who are interested, the Keystone is set to be released in February 2020 and is currently on Kickstarter trying to raise funds for its production.

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July 16th 2019, 9:32 pm

Taika Waititi Expected To Return To Direct Marvel’s ‘Thor 4’

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The first two Thor movies could be somewhat considered to be some of the weaker releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but then just when we were about to give up hope, Thor Ragnarok arrived helmed by director Taika Waititi and not only revitalized the franchise, but also seemed to provide a new direction for the character that was very different from the previous releases.

The good news is that if you’re a fan of Waititi’s take on Thor, you’ll be pleased to learn that a report from The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the director is expected to make a return for the fourth installment in the Thor series of movies. There is no word on when the fourth Thor movie is expected to arrive, but it could probably be a while since there is no mention of Thor in the Phase 4 of the MCU.

We have to say that if the report is true, then there is a lot to look forward to. Thor Ragnarok managed to combine both humor and action seamlessly. Similar to how James Gunn helped set the tone that defined the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, it’s hard to imagine how the Thor series could move forwards without Waititi’s involvement.

Unlike some of the other characters such as Iron Man and Captain America, both of whom have been retired from the MCU, Thor is expected to remain, at least for the  foreseeable future. This is because there have been reports suggesting that Thor could be part of “Asgardians of the Galaxy”, thanks to way Avengers: Endgame had ended.

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July 16th 2019, 9:32 pm

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ Option Cost Being Increased By $1,000

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Tesla has long touted technology which will enable its vehicles to drive on their own, regulations permitting. Customers are required to pay extra for this option and those who are considering this for their next Tesla purchase should now keep in mind that the price of the full self-driving option is being increased. This is the second time in a few months that Tesla has increased the price of a feature that’s not fully functional at this point in time.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out that the cost of Tesla’s full self-driving option is going to increase by $1,000 on August 16th. The feature, which Musk promises will one day enable Teslas to drive on their own completely, currently costs $6,000.

Musk did say previously that the cost of full self-driving will go up “substantially over time.” It was back on May 1st this year when the price for this option was raised from $5,000 to $6,000. Musk had said that the total increase would be in the $3000+ range so it’s possible that there may be one additional price hike after this one.

He reminded his Twitter followers that this had been communicated earlier and that customers who buy the option earlier will obviously have the benefit of paying a little less for it.

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July 16th 2019, 2:41 pm

Tetris Effect Release Date For PC, Rift, And Vive Confirmed

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Tetris Effect’s PS4 and PlayStation VR exclusivity is coming to an end. The release date for this title has been confirmed for PC, HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift VR headsets. This game was first released for the PlayStation 4 last year. Billed as the “ultimate version” of the game, Tetris Effect is capable of displaying resolutions of 4K or more with an uncapped frame rate.

Enhance Games and The Tetris Company confirmed today that Tetris Effect will be released for PC, Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive on July 23rd. It’s going to be available through the Epic Games Store for Windows PC.

The PC version of this game is going to have support for ultrawide monitors as well as offer “expanded game and graphical options” which include adjustable particle volume and size as well as texture filtering.

It has been a timed PS4 and PSVR exclusive for almost eight months now. Tetris fans will finally be able to get their hands on this well regarded title on PC. The PC version is going to support the aforementioned virtual reality headsets as well as their respective controllers. It’s going to be released on July 23rd and will be distributed through the Epic Games Store.

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July 16th 2019, 2:27 pm

Ubisoft Reveals Games Included In The Uplay+ Subscription

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Ubisoft will be launching its Uplay+ game subscription service later this year for both PC and Google Stadia. It said back when the service was announced at E3 last month that more than 100 games will be included in the service but didn’t say which ones. The company has now provided more information about the titles that will be a part of this subscription service.

Some of the very best Ubisoft games will be included with the Uplay+ subscription. These include the entire Assassin’s Creed series, Far Cry, Prince of Persia, and Rayman games. The full collection of Tom Clancy franchises will be present as well. The full list is available on Ubisoft’s website.

The subscription is also going to offer some recent releases such as Trials Rising, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and Far Cry: New Dawn. The games offered as part of Uplay+ will be the premium editions which means that they will include all additional content and expansions, so subscribers will get the best experience possible with their favorite games.

Access is also promised for upcoming games such as Rainbox Six: Quarantine and Gods & Monsters. Those who are interested in subscribing will have to pay $14.99 per month when Uplay+ is launched for PC and Stadia on September 3rd.

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July 16th 2019, 1:57 pm

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Will Soon Be Trackable With GPS

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Domino’s has a habit of leveraging technology to improve its service for customers. This is why the company has worked on everything from pizza delivery robots to self-driving cars and cashless stores. Domino’s is now launching GPS tracking for deliveries so that customers can see precisely where their pizza is. It’s like keeping an eye on your Uber, only, in this case, it’s going to be your dinner.

The company said that it will bring GPS tracking for delivery orders at all of its U.S. stores by the end of this year. This has actually been possible for overseas customers for quite some time now and will finally be available to customers in the United States.

This will enable customers to keep an eye on their pizza as it leaves the restaurant and they’ll be able to see just when the delivery person will reach their doorstep. This will certainly make the entire experience better.

While this will be very useful for customers, Domino’s CEO Ritch Allison also pointed out that he’s “more excited” about the data that franchise operators will be able to get from GPS tracking as this will allow them to make the delivery process at their restaurants more efficient.

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July 16th 2019, 1:57 pm

T-Mobile And Taco Bell Team Up To Launch T-MoBell Pop-Up Stores

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T-Mobile today announced a rather interesting tie-up with Taco Bell. The two had previously offered a promotion for T-Mobile Tuesdays during this year’s Super Bowl which game customers “free taco every week.” The two companies are kicking things up a notch by launching the first co-branded T-MoBell pop-up stores.

These pop-up stores will, for lack of a better word, pop up at signature T-Mobile stores in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chiacgo between July 23rd and July 25th. This is over and above the free Taco Bell every week that the carrier’s customers already get with T-Mobile Tuesdays.

There’s a promise of free tacos and a T-MoBell Freeze which has been created only for this launch. Customers will also be able to get their hands on some exclusive co-branded merch, if for whatever reason they would like to wear something that says T-MoBell. You don’t have to be a T-Mobile customer to get a free taco.

Those who wouldn’t necessarily want to participate have a chance to win some goodies as well. They just need to follow the carrier’s social media ccounts to see how they can get a chance to win a year of free tacos with Taco Bell and magenta prize packs which cost $500 and include some cool gadgets like the Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones, a UE Megaboom 3 speaker, and more.

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July 16th 2019, 1:42 pm

Tesla Now Longer Offers Standard Range Model S And Model X

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Were you interested in picking up a Standard Range version of the Model S and Model X? You have missed your chance to buy it new. Tesla has dropped this version for both models, which basically means that it has actually increased the minimum price for the Model S and Model X by a couple of thousand dollars. Tesla’s online configuration only lists the Long Range and Performance models of these cars which customers can now order.

This also results in a simplification of the company’s lineup. Customers who want a Model S or Model X now will only have two options, the Long Range or Performance, both of which are more expensive compared to the erstwhile Standard Range. The new starting prices are no $79,990 for the Model S and $84,990 for the Model X.

What it has done, though, is lower the starting price of its Model 3 slightly to $38,990. This should help more people make up their mind about getting their first Tesla vehicle. “We are also adjusting our pricing in order to continue to improve affordability for customers,” Tesla said in a statement.

Tesla does keep tweaking the prices for its vehicles regularly as it tries to strike a balance between making the vehicles attainable for customers and bringing in the revenues that it absolutely needs.

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July 16th 2019, 1:27 pm

Netflix Removes Suicide Scene From 13 Reasons Why

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The first season of 13 Reasons Why had a pretty graphic suicide scene which showed three minutes of Hanna taking her own life. With the show’s third season about to arrive, the team and Netflix have decided to remove the suicide scene from the first season, after taking advice from medical experts.

The posted an announcement on Twitter saying that they knew about the ongoing debate about the show and that concerns about that particular scene have been raised by many people, including Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Brian Yorkey, the show’s creator, wrote in a statement that the creative intent with that scene was to “portray the ugly, painful reality of suicide” and to “tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it.”

He adds that following the concern raised by experts, the team and Netflix have decided to re-edit it. One of the reasons behind the team’s decision to do this now was that since the third season would bring in new audiences who would go back to watch the previous episodes, they will not have to watch the graphic scene as they follow along with the story of 13 Reasons Why.

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July 16th 2019, 1:11 pm

Amazon Wants To Track Customers In Exchange For $10

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Data is perhaps one of the most valuable assets for online companies which is why they keep coming up with new ways to collect it. Amazon has a new offer for people who don’t mind the company tracking their activity across websites. If they install a browser tool that lets Amazon do just that, the company would give them $10 for their troubles.

It’s not like there aren’t a lot of people who aren’t using this tool already. More than 7 million people have used it on Chrome and Firefox. This offer is only for new installations of the assistant.

To be eligible for this $10 award, the users will have to install the Amazon Assistant comparison shopping tool. It will display prices of products on Amazon when customers are searching for them on rival websites like Target and Walmart. Amazon offered this yesterday for 48 hours as part of its Prime Day marketing blitz.

This deal is also for new installations of the Amazon Assistant. The tool requires access to a user’s web activity in order to function, the data that it picks up includes links and some page content. Amazon says that it’s going to use this data to improve its general marketing, products, and services that are unrelated to this tool.

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July 16th 2019, 1:11 pm

UK Government Wants All New Homes To Have EV Chargers

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Most homes don’t have dedicated electric car chargers but that could change in the United Kingdom down the line. The government there has unveiled a new plan to mandate that all new build homes come with an EV charger. This initiative, according to the government, is meant to support “the growing uptake of electric vehicles within the U.K.”

If the government decides to implement this, it will require that all newly built homes with dedicated parking spaces to have charging points so that not only is EV charging cheaper for people but also more convenient. In the current scenario, electric car owners can apply to receive a grant from the government of up to £500 to offset the cost of installing an EV charger at their home.

“Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers — you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone,” said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. He also pointed out that there’s an appetite in the country for cleaner, greener modes of transport.

This would also ensure that a robust infrastructure is laid down across the country which makes the switch from combustion engine cars to electric vehicles easier for people.

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July 16th 2019, 1:11 pm

Dark Mode For Microsoft Outlook Reportedly In Development

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Having a dark mode for your app is in vogue these days so it’s hardly surprising to hear that Microsoft is working on one for Outlook as well. Not only does a dark theme look really nice but it also helps reduce battery usage on devices with AMOLED displays. Microsoft previously said that it was working on a dark mode for OneNote and it’s now doing the same for Outlook.

Microsoft had actually confirmed last year that it would release a dark mode for Outlook on both iOS and Android but it didn’t say precisely when it would do that. It has been about a year since the company had first talked about a dark mode for Outlook and it seems like it may finally be about to arrive.

The folks at Windows Central have received which are said to be the official renders which show the dark mode for the Android version of Outlook. The show that the dark theme would be applied to the calendar, search, and obviously the mail screen as well. The app will retain blue accents throughout the UI to not lose touch with the Outlook brand.

Outlook users will be able to enable the dark mode through a quick access button in the hamburger menu or through a dedicated “Theme” area in the app settings. Android users will also have the option to turn on the dark mode automatically when the battery is low. Microsoft hasn’t said when it will start rolling out this feature to all users but it would most likely be opened up for Insiders first.

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July 16th 2019, 12:41 pm

Sony Launches A7R Mark IV Mirrorless Camera With 61 MP Sensor

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Sony has come out swinging at its rivals with the new A7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera which touts a 61 megapixel back-side illuminated sensor with 15 dynamic range stops. This camera thus delivers the highest resolution yet for a full-frame setup. It even lets users capture images of up to 240 megapixels with the pixel-shift mode while also delivering 26.2 megapixel photos in APS-C crop mode. The ISO range is fairly generous, going up from 100 to 32,000 or from 50 to 102,400 in expanded mode.

The camera body itself has been redesigned and now has a deeper, larger grip so Sony has certainly fixed one of the issues that users had with the A7R III. There’s a five axis image stabilizer which should be good for both video and still images. Sony has also put in a new 5.76 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder which is the highest resolution yet on a camera from the company.

The A7R IV is capable of capturing images at 10 fps in continuous AF tracking mode and can even manage up to 68 images in burst mode. 100 percent autofocus coverage is guaranteed by the 567 full-frame phase detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points. It can record 4K video at 30 fps and even supports real time Eye AF in movie mode, another first for Sony’s camera lineup.

The Sony A7R IV will be sent out to customers starting September. It will cost $3,500 which is $200 more than what the A7R III was launched for.

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July 16th 2019, 12:26 pm

Nokia 2.2 Launched In The U.S. For $139

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Nokia launched a new budget smartphone last month called the Nokia 2.2. It was aggressively priced so as to compete with the myriad of devices in this segment of the market. HMD Global, the company that’s making Nokia-branded smartphones now, has decided to offer the Nokia 2.2 in the United States for $139.

The Nokia 2.2 features a 5.7 inch 720p display with a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 processor. There’s a 13 megapixel camera at the back and a 3,000mAh removable battery, a luxury that you don’t get with most smartphones these days. There’s even a dedicated Google Assistant button so that users can easily launch Google’s digital assistant at the press of a button.

There’s no fingerprint sensor on this device but it does have basic face unlock which relies on the 5 megapixel front camera. The Nokia 2.2 ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box and will receive the Android Q update when Google releases it to the public. The handset will receive major Android updates for two years and security updates for three.

Since it’s part of the Android One program, it’s a near vanilla Android OS experience without any bloatware or skins. The Nokia 2.2 is available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage in Steel and Tungsten Black colors for $139 through Amazon. It will be available from select Best Buy stores from August 4th.

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July 16th 2019, 12:26 pm

Fujifilm Patents A Touch Sensitive Top LCD Panel For Its Cameras

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When Fujifilm launched the X-H1 mirrorless camera, it was one of the few Fujifilm cameras that came with a top LCD display. This kind of display can be found on DSLR cameras from the likes of Canon and Nikon, but rarely on Fujifilm cameras. However, it seems that now that Fujifilm has implemented it, they could be looking at ways to improve on it.

According to a report from Fuji Rumors, they have stumbled across a patent which suggests that Fujifilm has been toying with the idea of making the LCD panel touch sensitive. Now the screen itself is pretty small, so it’s not as if it will be used in the same way you might expect from a touch LCD panel mounted on the back of the camera.

Instead, it seems to have been designed to help prevent erroneous operations when using the command dial. According to the patent, it suggests that when the user touches the LCD panel, it activates the command dial where users will be able to make changes to shutter speed, exposure, and the likes, but the moment the user’s finger stops touching the LCD, then the command dial stops working.

It is quite an intriguing concept, although it sounds like it could potentially be more trouble than its worth since we have no idea how it might work out in real life. That being said, this is only a patent which means that there is no guarantee that what we see will be made a reality.

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July 16th 2019, 7:54 am

Microsoft Kinect Used As A Security Camera At Newark Airport

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Microsoft had pretty grand plans for its Kinect, where the motion-sensing device was kind of a revolution in the way games were designed. However, it didn’t really end up being the smash hit that they hoped, at least not amongst gamers. So much so that Microsoft ended up killing off the Kinect.

However, it seems that despite Microsoft having killed off the Kinect, it has managed to find a new lease on life as a security camera system. This is according to a tweet by video game historian Jason Scott, who discovered that the Kinect was being used at the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Exactly how it is being used is unclear, but it seems to be somehow related to security. However, the fact that it is attached to a long arm suggests that it could be used to help monitor crowds. That being said, it’s not surprising that the Kinect has found a lot of use outside of gaming.

This is because even before the Kinect was officially discontinued, we have heard multiple reports of how it was being utilized in the medical industry, where it was used to scan patients and so on. Whether or not Microsoft condones the use of the Kinect as a form of airport security is unclear.

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July 16th 2019, 7:54 am

DJI Teases New Gimbal For Mirrorless Cameras

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DJI has created a couple of gimbals in the past, although they were mostly for mobile phones, such as the DJI Osmo, the Osmo Mobile, and the Osmo Mobile 2. However, if you want a gimbal designed for your mirrorless camera, then you might be interested to learn that DJI could have something new in the works.

In a teaser video that was uploaded onto its Twitter page, it showed blueprints for what appears to be a gimbal designed for mirrorless cameras. We should note that this is not the first time that DJI has created a gimbal for mirrorless cameras. Some might be familiar with the DJI Ronin-S, although the downside to that is that it is heavy and kind of expensive.

However, based on the teaser, it seems that the video is teasing that the upcoming gimbal could be lighter than the Ronin-S and “smarter”, although exactly what that means is unclear. DJI is expected to make the announcement official on the 17th of July, so if you are interested in a new gimbal for your mirrorless camera, it could be worth taking a look at.

In the meantime, there are plenty of alternatives out there, but if DJI is a brand that you’re more comfortable with, then check back with us in the next couple of days for more updates.

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July 16th 2019, 7:54 am

WhatsApp And Telegram Security Flaw Allows Hackers To Manipulate Your Media Files

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Both WhatsApp and Telegram tout themselves as secure messaging systems thanks to their use of end-to-end encryption. However, according to researchers from Symantec, they have discovered that there is a flaw in both their systems that allow hackers to potentially manipulate media files that have been sent and received through its platforms.

According to Software Engineer Alon Gat and Yair Amit, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Modern OS Security, Symantec, “If the security flaw is exploited, a malicious attacker could misuse and manipulate sensitive information such as personal photos and videos, corporate documents, invoices, and voice memos.”

What this means is that in theory, hackers could potentially intercept media files sent and received, manipulate them, such as changing the bank account number on an invoice, and the recipient will never be the wiser. This can be achieved through an app that runs silently in the background without the user knowing about it.

In response to the report, a WhatsApp spokesperson told The Verge, “WhatsApp has looked closely at this issue and it’s similar to previous questions about mobile device storage impacting the app ecosystem. WhatsApp follows current best practices provided by operating systems for media storage and looks forward to providing updates in line with Android’s ongoing development.”

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July 16th 2019, 7:24 am

iOS 13 Bug Allows Unauthenticated Access To Usernames And Passwords

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While taking part in the beta program of a software is exciting, as you get to check out new features before they are released to the public. However, as we have pointed out many times in the past, beta software usually means bugs that have yet to be ironed out and instances where certain features don’t work as advertised.

Such is the case with the latest release of the beta for iOS 13 and iPadOS where according to publication iDeviceHelp, it seems that there is a bug in the software that will allow unauthenticated users to access usernames and passwords stored on the device. However, the “good news” is that this bug seems to be minor and that in order to access the passwords, the handset needs to be unlocked to begin with.

This means that chances of an outsider accessing it would be pretty slim, although it’s still a bug that definitely needs to be fixed. Apple has since been informed of the issue and they have yet to acknowledge it, but hopefully future beta builds of the software should address it. Both iOS 13 and iPadOS are expected to be launched this fall, so there is still time for Apple to get on it.

In the meantime, if you’d rather not deal with the issue, then perhaps it might not be a good idea to keep using the iOS 13 beta, at least until the problem has been dealt with.

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July 16th 2019, 7:24 am

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Spotted Running Exynos 9825 Chipset

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be launched next month and for the most part, it is largely assumed that it could come in two variants where one will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset, and the other will be powered by a Samsung Exynos chipset. Thanks to recent benchmarks, we have an idea of what to expect.

According to a recent sighting on Geekbench, it has been revealed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could be powered by the Exynos 9825 chipset. This is expected to be a slight upgrade over the Galaxy S10 which was launched earlier this year where one of the variants is powered by the Exynos 9820.

Exactly how big of a difference between the chipsets remains to be seen, so we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, it is unclear if the Qualcomm model will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 or the recently launched Snapdragon 855+. We wouldn’t be surprised if it were to be the latter, especially since ASUS has already announced that its upcoming ROG Phone 2 will be powered by it.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be launched on the 7th of August at an event held by Samsung, so do check back with us then if you’d like more details.

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July 16th 2019, 7:24 am

Apple’s 2019 MacBook Air Refresh Has A Slower SSD Than Its Predecessor

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Apple recently updated its MacBook laptops where one of the refreshed models is a MacBook Air. Usually, refreshes are viewed as a good thing as it means new and improved hardware, like new GPUs, faster processors, and the likes. However, it seems that the 2019 MacBook Air refresh is actually taking one step backwards.

According to French website Consomac, they ran some testing on the 2019 MacBook Air using the blackmagic Disk Speed benchmarking tool, and based on their findings, it seems that the latest MacBook Air model actually has a slower SSD compared to its 2018 predecessor. It featured write speeds of up to 1GB/s and read speeds of 1.3GB/s.

This is versus 2018’s model where it had write speeds of 920MB/s and read speeds of 2GB/s. While the write speeds have improved, the read speeds are the ones that seem to have taken quite a hit in performance. Given that read speeds are important when it comes to accessing files and also booting up the laptop, this can have a noticeable impact on the user’s experience.

We should note that the model they tested was the 256GB model and that your mileage may vary depending on the configuration you chose. It is unclear why the SSDs are slower, but it is possible that Apple could have opted for a cheaper SSD model in order to bring prices down. Whether or not you’ll be able to feel the difference depends on how you use your laptop, but it’s something to consider.

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July 16th 2019, 6:04 am

Senators Ask The FTC To Investigate How Social Networks Curate Their Content

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How do websites like Facebook, Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter determine topics that are supposedly relevant to you? Presumably, this is based on how you use their websites, where based on your searches, history, browsing habits, and so on, it will surface information that it thinks is most suitable for you.

However, there have been times when such platforms have been accused of being biased, whether it be in terms of politics or towards a company’s own products, which is why Republican politicians are asking the FTC to launch an investigation into how companies such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter curate their content.

According to Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, they claim that these websites have a huge influence and as such, have the potential to abuse their power to both amplify and downplay content, with the possibility of even swaying elections.

In their letter, the Senators write, “Companies that are this big and that have the potential to threaten democracy this much should not be allowed to curate content entirely without any transparency. These companies can greatly influence democratic outcomes, yet they have no accountability to voters. They are not even accountable to their own customers because nobody knows how these companies curate content.”

It should be noted that this is not a formal investigation and as such, the FTC is not obligated to launch an investigation or even respond to the letter.

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July 16th 2019, 6:04 am

Windows 10 Update Will Allow Access To Third-Party Digital Assistants From The Lock Screen

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Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana has been around for a while now, but it is largely underused when compared to other digital assistants like Google Assistant or Alexa. If you do like using digital assistants and would like to see greater functionality in Windows 10, then an upcoming Windows 10 update could be of interest to you.

In an upcoming update that has been released to Windows 10 Insiders, it seems that Microsoft will be allowing third-party digital assistants to be accessed even from the lock screen. Prior to this, third-party digital assistants could be used with Windows, but only after the user has logged into their PC.

With this change, means that users could technically access their digital assistants from the lock screen of their computers, which in turn could allow them to do all sorts of things such as control their smart home gadgets without having to log into their computers. This saves users a couple of steps in the process and effectively turns Windows 10 computers into a pseudo smart hub of sorts.

At the moment, Amazon is the only company that offers a Windows 10 app for its Alexa digital assistant, but with this change, perhaps it could convince others such as Google to release a similar app themselves.

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July 16th 2019, 6:04 am

Your ‘Privately’ Shared Google Photos Links Are Actually Not So Private

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Google Photos is great because as a cloud-based photo storage system, it allows users to upload photos that can be accessed anywhere. Users can also create photo albums and share those privately with friends or family members, or at least that’s what many have been led to believe.

However, researcher Robert Wiblin has published a post on Medium in which he reminded users that your private Google Photos shared links are actually not-so private. This is because it has been found that anyone who has the link can access your photos. This means that in the event you share the link with the wrong person, they’ll be able to access it even if you did not mean to let them.

Google is actually aware of this and has stated a disclaimer on its website, indicating that, “Anyone that has the shared link will be able to see the album”. It does seem to be a huge oversight by the company, especially when you consider the fact that Google Drive seems to employ a different link generation system that only lets chosen recipients access the files.

We’re not sure why Google has not opted to do the same with Google Photos, but regardless, the next time you are thinking about creating a “private” link to your Google Photos, you might want to think twice before doing so, or maybe consider creating a folder in Google Drive to help make it more secure.

In the meantime, users who might have any photo sharing links floating about can head on over to Google’s website to find out how to stop sharing an album.

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July 15th 2019, 10:42 pm

Germany Bans Schools From Using Microsoft Office 365

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When it comes to productivity software, there aren’t that many around, with most people turning to Microsoft Office as their software of choice. However, it seems that over in Germany, schools will no longer be allowed to use Microsoft Office 365, the cloud version of Microsoft’s Office software.

According to the authorities, they say that this is because of the cloud nature of Office 365, which is actually one of the features that Microsoft is touting. Software that relies on cloud is useful as it allows users to sync data across multiple devices at once, but it seems that there are some concerns that the use of cloud could potentially expose user data.

This includes information like software diagnostics to even email subject lines or sentences typed out in Word, thanks to the use of Microsoft’s translation or spellchecker tools. It was also concerning that this information would be sent back to the US where Microsoft’s servers are kept. Previously, the company had produced a version of Office that had its servers based in Germany, but it has been noted that this has since shut down back in August of 2018.

According to the Hesse Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Michael Ronellenfitsch, “Public institutions in Germany have a special responsibility regarding the admissibility and traceability of the processing of personal data.”

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July 15th 2019, 10:42 pm

US Government Expresses Concern That Facebook’s ‘Libra’ Could Be Used For Terrorism

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Back in June, Facebook announced its own cryptocurrency called Libra. When it was announced, the US government immediately expressed their concerns about the technology. Now it seems that some of those concerns could be related to terrorism, at least that’s the perspective that the US Treasury has.

In a recently held press conference, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “With respect to Facebook’s Libra and other developments in cryptocurrencies, our overriding goal is to maintain the integrity of our financial system and protect it from abuse.” He expressed his concern that Libra could potentially be used for terrorism, where due to the fact that cryptocurrencies are encrypted, they seem primed for illegal use.

In addition to terrorism, Mnuchin also said that it could potentially be used for other illicit activities such as tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, human trafficking, and more. However, Mnuchin isn’t shooting down the idea of cryptocurrency, and added that the US “welcomes responsible innovation, including new technologies that may improve the efficiency of the financial system and expand access to financial services.”

Whether or not Facebook has plans to deal with these kinds of issues with Libra remains to be seen, but the company did previously acknowledge that they would not be launching Libra until all regulatory issues have been resolved.

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July 15th 2019, 10:42 pm

Scotland’s Wind Turbines Have Generated Enough Energy To Power Homes Twice Over

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The resources in our world are not infinite and as such, there will come a day when we run out of some of them, especially if we insist on using resources such as coal to power our power plants. This is why many are starting to look at more sustainable solutions, such as solar, hydro, or wind.

In fact, Scotland seems to be a prime example of how efficient wind energy is because according to reports, Scotland’s wind turbines have actually managed to generate enough energy where it is capable of powering its homes twice over. This is according to WWF Scotland who revealed that the wind turbines in the country generated a staggering 9,831,320 megawatt hours.

According to Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at WWF Scotland, “Up and down the country, we are all benefiting from cleaner energy and so is the climate. “These figures show harnessing Scotland’s plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean, green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland, but England as well.”

The government is hoping that by 2030, their wind turbines will be able to make up for half of their energy consumptions, with a goal to ultimately “almost completely” decarbonize their energy system by 2050.

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July 15th 2019, 8:28 pm

You Should Definitely Update Your Logitech’s Wireless USB Receiver

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If you buy a Logitech wireless keyboard or mouse, it comes with a wireless USB receiver that lets you connect your device to your computer, which comes in handy if your computer does not support Bluetooth. We probably don’t give the dongle too much thought, but it seems that you definitely should.

This is because according to a report from The Verge, Logitech’s wireless dongles are being shipped with a vulnerability that could make them susceptible to a hack. This is not new as it was an issue that was reported back in 2016 where it was known as “MouseJack”. Logitech had issued a patch to fix it, but The Verge has discovered that even today’s Logitech products are still being shipped with a dongle that has yet to be patched.

It should be noted that Logitech’s products aren’t the only ones potentially affected by this security flaw, and that other wireless products from the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft that use the same chipsets and firmware are susceptible too. The upside is that Logitech allows users to update the firmware, which is a good thing.

If you do own a Logitech wireless product that relies on the dongle, then head on over to Logitech’s website where you can download the patch that should address the issue, and yes, this also applies to those who might have recently bought a Logitech product.

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July 15th 2019, 8:28 pm

Hasbro Is Looking To Crowdfund This Massive Unicron Transformer Toy

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If you grew up watching the Transformers franchise, you might have watched the very first animated movie which featured the planet transformer Unicron. If you thought that it would be awesome if they made Unicron into a toy, you’re in luck because Hasbro has since announced that they will be crowdfunding a Unicron Transformer toy.

What makes this particular model different is that it will be a massive undertaking, where it is expected to measure about 2 feet tall and will have over 50 points of articulation. According to Hasbro, “He converts into a terrifying planet mode that will be a stunning 30-inches (762.0 mm) in diameter. The planet mode features the iconic planet-eating jaws, geared to open so Unicron can devour unassuming worlds. The planet mode also features a series of posable planetary rings.”

The toy is launched on Hasbro’s crowdfunding platform, HasLab, where it is commanding the price of $574.99. It is by no means a cheap toy, but given its size and also how it seems to be pretty accurate to what we remember from the movie, it definitely is a toy that is worth collecting. Backers have until the end of August, 2019 to pledge their payments, with the toy estimated to begin shipping out to customers in early 2021.

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July 15th 2019, 8:28 pm

Microsoft Has Blocked May 2019 Windows Update On Surface Book 2

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The latest major Windows 10 update, version 1903, May 2019 to be precise, has been blocked by Microsoft on its Surface Book 2. The company says that this has been done because of a compatibility issue which resulted in some apps and games which used the NVIDIA GPU to crash once the update was installed. It has blocked the update in order to resolve the glitch.

Surface Book 2 owners will, therefore, be unable to install the version 1903, May 2019 update on their Windows 10 machine until a fix for the glitch is rolled out. It remains to be seen how quickly it will be sent out.

Some of you might be aware that this isn’t the first problem that Microsoft has faced with the Windows 10 May 2019 update. It had warned a couple of months ago that the update may not install properly if an external USB storage device or SD card was in use.

The simplest workaround for that issue was to simply remove the USB device or microSD card before installing the update. There won’t be such a quick workaround for this particular GPU-related glitch so it might take a few days for Microsoft to get everything sorted. Until then, Surface Book 2 owners can just sit tight.

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July 15th 2019, 1:51 pm

Apex Legends Cheaters Will Be Matched With Other Cheaters

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Cheaters who use bots to improve their performance in competitive games ruin the experience for everyone since they don’t want to play fair. Developers have a zero tolerance policy for cheaters and will waste no time in banning them. However, Apex Legends’ developer Respawn has another idea. It’s matching cheaters with other cheaters.

Respawn has provided some details in a recent developer update post on Reddit about how it’s going to about its cheater problem. It has developed auto ban technology so that players who don’t play fair are not allowed to spoil the experience for everyone else.

Respawn also mentions that it’s increasing its resources and conducting “ongoing work to adapt to new cheats.” The work it’s doing involves creating a matchmaking system which “matches detected cheaters and spammers together.”

It has been working on preventing cheaters from creating new accounts so that they can circumvent the ban as well. Some players in select regions on “high risk accounts” will now be required to log in using two factor authentication. It has been quick to clamp down on the problem, though, with more than 770,000 accounts being banned as of May this year. The developer is working on “improving detection that identifies and bans new spam accounts before they are used” as well

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July 15th 2019, 1:04 pm

ASUS ROG Phone 2 First To Feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus

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Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus which is an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform which was introduced earlier this year. The company has said that this chipset will be present in mobile devices due in the second half of this year. ASUS has confirmed that its ROG Phone 2 will be the first to feature the Snapdragon 855 Plus.

This is hardly surprising as the Snapdragon 855 Plus has been billed as the best option for gaming smartphones. The original ROG Phone will be due for a refresh in the coming months so it would make sense for the company to go for the chipset which offers slightly more performance.

As far as the performance is concerned, the Snapdragon 855 Plus is clocked at 2.96GHz compared to the Snapdragon 855’s 2.84GHz. The company also says that the GPU performance has been improved by 15 percent.

ASUS hasn’t confirmed anything more about the handset itself at this point. However, one can expect that it would retain the 90 hertz AMOLED display and the AirTriggers at the edges of the phone which basically act as bumper buttons for games.

Just how noticeable these improvements will be when this chipset is actually compared in a mobile device alongside the Snapdragon 855 remains to be seen. We’ll only find this out when the new devices become available in the coming months.

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July 15th 2019, 12:20 pm

U.S. Firms May Be Allowed To Resume Business With Huawei Soon

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The U.S. administration said recently that it would ease restrictions on Huawei as the United States and China try to find a way forward from the ongoing trade dispute. According to a new report, the administration may allow companies in the United States to conduct business with Huawei once again within two to four weeks.

Citing a senior U.S. official, Reuters reports that the administration may approve licenses for companies to restart sales to Huawei in as little as two weeks. The companies had previously been barred from conducting business with Huawei after it was added to a Commerce Department list in May which prevents it from sourcing goods and services from American companies unless they obtain licenses from the administration.

However, President Donald Trump had said following a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping that American companies would be allowed to sell products to Huawei. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross later said that licenses would be issued as long as there was no threat to national security.

A spokesperson for Huawei said that these restrictions “should be removed altogether, rather than have temporary licenses applied for US vendors,” reiterating that “Huawei has been found guilty of no relevant wrongdoing and represents no cybersecurity risk to any country so the restrictions are unmerited.”

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July 15th 2019, 12:05 pm

Microsoft’s Internet Card And Board Games Shutting Down

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Microsoft has decided that it’s time to sunset its internet board and card games. This can be taken as yet another nudge by the company for users of older Windows versions to upgrade or get left behind. It’s shutting down several of its Internet Games for users on Windows 7 or earlier.

The internet games that are being given the ax include Hearts, Checkers, Backgammon, Reversi, Spades, and MSN Go. Access will be cut for users on Windows 7 or earlier. Precisely when they’ll lose access depends on the Windows version they’re using.

The first ones to lose access to these games will understandably be the users that are still running Windows XP and Windows ME. All of the games with the exception of MSN Go will no longer be available for them from July 31st, 2019. Windows 7 users will continue to have access to Backgammon, Checkers, Spades and MSN Go until January 22, 2020, which is about a week after Microsoft ends support for Windows 7.

“It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision,” says the Windows gaming team, adding that “However, the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies.”

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July 15th 2019, 12:05 pm

France Is Setting Up Its Own Space Force

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The United States may have come up with the “Space Force” term, which is what the country’s newest branch of the military is called, but the idea is now being adopted by other nations as well. France has decided to create its own space command which will be tasked with defending its satellites. President Emmanuel Macron has approved plans to set up a space command within France’s air force by September next year.

During an address to military personnel a day before the Bastille Day parade, Macron said that this new space command is going to improve the protection of French satellites. The scale of the government’s financial investment in this initiative has not yet been determined, he added.

“To give substance to this doctrine and ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a space command will be created next September in the air force,” Macron said, adding that this branch of the military will then be collectively called the Space and Air Force.

Countries haven’t been directly militarizing space so far but there have been indications that this is going to happen as some countries have tested anti-satellite missiles. Some have merely stated their intention to weaponize the space if deemed necessary. France, understandably, wants to make sure that it’s not unprepared for that eventuality.

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July 15th 2019, 11:35 am

The Bank Of England Puts Alan Turing On New £50 Note

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Alan Turing, widely regarded as a pioneer in computing and artificial intelligence, which is why there’s a “Turing Test” benchmark for AI, is being honored by The Bank of England which has announced that the World War Two code-cracker will be featured on the new £50 note. Turing has also made significant contributions to mathematics.

Turing’s achievements have been honored long after his death. They went largely unrecognized during his lifetime because he was gay and that was illegal at the time. Hollywood chronicled his life story in the 2014 film The Imitation Game. Turing’s most popular work is perhaps his success in cracking the Enigma code which provided the Allied forces with valuable intelligence during the war.

The Bank of England has chosen to honor Turing after selecting him from a shortlist of nearly 1,000 scientists. They had been shortlisted after 227,299 nominations were sent in by the general public.

“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” said the bank’s governor Mark Carney, adding that “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path breaking.” This new note, which finally switches the £50 bill from paper to polymer, will enter circulation by the end of 2021.

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July 15th 2019, 11:35 am

Qualcomm Introduces Overclocked Snapdragon 855 Plus For New Phones

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With a great many phones due to be launched in the second half of this year, Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus. It’s essentially an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform that’s already found in devices like the Galaxy S10. It has the same overall design and chip layout but with higher peak clock speeds.

Qualcomm says that the eight core Kryo CPU in the Snapdragon 855 Plus is clocked at up to 2.96GHz which is a slight boost compared to the Snapdragon 855’s 2.84GHz. It also claims that there’s a 15 percent performance improvement from the Adreno 640 graphics processor. We’ll most likely be seeing this mobile platform in the next wave of gaming smartphones from the likes of Razer and other companies.

The company also talks about the improved artificial intelligence and virtual reality functionality of its updated mobile platform, highlighting that its fourth generation AI Engine is capable of more than 7 trillion operations per second.”

Qualcomm also promises “best-in-class” cellular performance in 5G devices, a few of which are indeed going to be released in the coming months. It retains both the Snapdragon X24 LTE 4G and X50 5G modem. The company says that we should expect to see the Snapdragon 855 Plus in new devices in the second half of this year.

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July 15th 2019, 11:35 am

American Airlines Also Cancels Boeing 737 Max Flights Through November

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Airlines in the United States who had been using the Boeing 737 Max for their flight operations have been forced to cancel thousands of flights in the coming months as the aircraft remains grounded. It has not been given the all-clear to fly as yet even as Boeing has made fixes to the issues that appear to have caused the two fatal crashes that led to the grounding. American Airlines has also canceled Boeing 737 Max flights through November.

The announcement follows that of United Airlines which confirmed last week that it’s canceling more than 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights through October.

American Airlines has confirmed that it has extended 737 Max cancelations through November 2nd while reiterating that it remains confident about the impending software updates for the aircraft and the new training elements that Boeing has developed in coordination with its union partners.

The airline points out that this means around 115 flights per day on average will be canceled through November 2nd. Not all flights that were previously scheduled on this aircraft will be canceled. American Airlines will substitute other aircraft types for the flights. It also mentions that if a flight is canceled and a customer chooses to not be rebooked, they will be able to request a full refund from the airline.

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July 15th 2019, 11:35 am

Waze Starts Showing Toll Prices After Latest Update

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Waze can already tell you if the route you’re taking home involves taking a toll route but with the latest update, it will now also be able to tell you just how much toll you’ll have to pay. Waze has always known where toll roads are and how drivers can avoid them, this latest update makes the decision to take the toll road easier for drivers by telling them upfront the cost involved.

Waze is rolling out this new update for both its iOS and Android apps starting today. It will display tolls for routes in the United States and Canada.

The toll costs aren’t being tracked by Waze itself, though, as users will actually have to report the prices inside the app. Nevertheless, the data would be enough for users to decide whether they have enough cash on hand to use the toll road if they so desire or just use Waze to navigate around it.

Waze users will certainly be glad that Google continues to improve the app’s functionality ever since it was acquired by the company. Many would have thought that it may give Google Maps all of the attention but that doesn’t appear to be the case so far.

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July 15th 2019, 11:19 am

Google Shuts Down Its Blog Management Tool After Less Than A Year

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Back in 2018, Google launched a tool aimed at bloggers and webmasters called Blog Compass. This was a tool designed to help provide users with more insights about their blog, highlight topic that are trending, and so on. The idea is that this would allow bloggers to find more interesting topics to write about.

In theory it sounds like an excellent tool, but it seems that maybe in real-life, users weren’t that interested or might be used to other tools that got the job done in a better fashion. This has ultimately led to Google shutting down the service. This was discovered by Android Police who found that when users tried to open the app, they were instead greeted by a goodbye message.

According to the message, “After several months, we have decided to turn down the Blog Compass app. If you want to continue managing your blog, check out the Blogger or Site Kit by Google for WordPress.” Google has yet to give an official reason behind the shutdown, but presumably lack of interest could be the reason.

This is not the first time that a company has killed off a product or service shortly after its launch due to a lack of interest. After all, why would they continue to invest their time and resources into a product that not many people are using, right?

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July 15th 2019, 5:58 am

Huawei Still Unsure If HongMeng Will Replace Android On Its Phones

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As many of you might have heard by now, Huawei is expected to develop its own alternative to Google’s Android operating system. This is in response to the US government who had previously put Huawei on its Entity List, ultimately preventing the company from doing business with US companies such as Google.

We had heard that the operating system that the company is developing is known as HongMeng, but now it turns out that Huawei might be having second thoughts. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, Huawei chairman Liang Hua was quoted as saying, “We haven’t decided whether to develop Hongmeng into a smartphone OS yet.”

We should point out that Liang’s statement was merely a clarification about its HongMeng platform, where the company did acknowledge that it was in development, although it seemed to be mostly aimed at Internet of Things devices, as opposed to smartphones. This doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working on an Android alternative, but according to Liang, they would ultimately still prefer to use Android if they can.

As it stands, Huawei still remains on the US Entity List, but a recent decision meant that Huawei could do business with US companies again, as long as the licenses are applied and that the business dealings don’t involve national security.

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July 15th 2019, 5:58 am

US Companies Could Start Business Dealings With Huawei In The Next Few Weeks

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Thanks to a recent reversal, it was announced that Huawei could once again do business with US companies. However, it does not mean that the company has been taken off the Entity List, but rather it meant that unless the business poses a risk to national security, US companies can apply for licenses to do business with Huawei.

However, the big question is when will business dealings resume? Turns out it could be pretty soon. According to a report from Reuters, it seems that US companies are expected to begin their business dealings with Huawei once again in as little as 2-4 weeks. The publication was told by two US chipmakers that they will be applying for licenses soon, while another customer response management company has also indicated that they plan on applying for a license in the coming days.

We should point out that companies on the Entity List can still do business with US companies if a license were to be granted. However, usually it is understood that these licenses are not easy to come by and are usually denied for the most part, but in Huawei’s case, it is expected to be slightly more lenient, but exactly how much more lenient remains to be seen.

In the meantime, the ban had initially put Huawei in some pretty hot waters. This is because there are a variety of components, software, and services that the company uses for its consumer products that come from the US, including Android and Google Play services.

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July 15th 2019, 5:58 am

Samsung’s Next Foldable Trick Could Be A Pair Of Augmented Reality Glasses

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Samsung has been working on foldable displays for a while now, and last we checked, the company is expected to launch its first commercially available foldable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The handset has since been delayed from its launch, but it seems that in the meantime, the company is coming up with new ideas on how to use its foldable tech, although not in the way you might think.

According to a recently-discovered patent, it seems that Samsung is toying around with the idea of creating a pair of foldable augmented reality-based glasses. For the most part, the design of the glasses looks like any regular pair of glasses, but it is expected to be a foldable pair of glasses where when it is unfolded, it would automatically switch on.

This means that in theory, you could fold it up into a smaller footprint for storage, so if you don’t want to wear it all the time, you could fold it up, put it into a box or your pocket until you’re ready. The patent also describes how the glasses will pack a projector that is mounted onto the temple. This projector would be used to beam images to the wearer’s field of view.

Samsung has dabbled in wearables before like with the Gear VR, but if this patent ever becomes a reality, it could be their first smart glasses. Apple has also been rumored to be working on something similar in the past, although recently the company has been reported to have hit the pause button on their project.

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July 14th 2019, 10:41 pm

Microsoft To Shut Down Its Internet Games On Windows

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As many Windows users are aware, Microsoft bundles a handful of games with its Windows operating system. This has been a staple feature over the past decade or so of Windows releases, but it seems that Microsoft has ultimately decided that they will be retiring some of them.

To be more specific, the company has confirmed that they will be shutting down their internet games on Windows. This includes titles such as Backgammon, Checkers, Hearts, Reversi, Spades, and MSN Go. This will cover all versions of Windows, starting with Windows XP and Windows ME where these games will no longer be accessible come 31st of July, 2019.

This will be followed by Windows 7 users were they’ll lose access come 22nd January, 2020. According to Microsoft, “It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision. However, the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies.”

That being said, we have to wonder exactly how many people will actually miss these games. While those games are fun, there are plenty of other games out there to choose from, but if you’ve ever grown up playing games like Hearts, then this could be something you might miss.

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July 14th 2019, 10:41 pm

Disney To Shut Down FX Plus Subscription Service

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If there was ever a company to watch out for this year, it would be Disney. The company has not only acquired Fox, but they have also obtained full control of Hulu, another video streaming service. Unsurprisingly, the company has been making moves to bring everything under their umbrella, and the latest casualty in this strategy is none other than FX Plus.

It has been announced that starting from the 20th of August, 2019, FX Plus will no longer be available. It was previously launched under Comcast where it gave users access to a bunch of shows under the FX banner ad-free for just $5.99 a month. Current seasons of these shows are still expected to continue to air on FX and FXX.

In a statement made by FX Networks, “We deeply appreciate every fan of FX original series who subscribed to our service, and we are more optimistic and excited than ever about FX’s future as a key brand supporting the strategic priorities of The Walt Disney Company.” Disney is expected to eventually distribute FX programming through Hulu, which is why they are shutting the service down.

The good news is that for those who don’t live in the US and want access to these shows, Disney had previously stated that they plan on bringing Hulu to international markets. When exactly that will be remains to be seen.

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July 14th 2019, 10:41 pm

An iPhone 6 Reportedly Catches Fire In The Hands On An 11-Year Old Girl

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We have heard instances of iPhones exploding and catching on fire. They don’t happen quite as often (thankfully), but it does happen. Recently, a report from 23ABC News has revealed that over in California, an iPhone 6 reportedly caught on fire while being held in the hands of an 11-year old girl.

However, the good news is that the girl, Kayla Ramos, was not hurt and no one else in the area was injured either. Instead, it seems that the only damage was to a blanket. According to Ramos, “I had my phone in my hand and then I saw sparks flying everywhere and I just threw it on a blanket.”

It is unclear as to why the handset caught on fire, but apparently Apple has since reached out to Ramos and has offered a replacement and also asked to see the device, presumably to see what was wrong and what could have caused it to catch on fire. We have heard of such issues in the past, although this was usually associated to unauthorized third-party cables and chargers.

It could have also been damage made to the battery, where lithium-ion batteries have been known to swell and explode, causing fires, if they are damaged from either being dropped or punctured.

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July 14th 2019, 7:50 pm

Apple Watch SOS Feature Helped Save A Man From Drowning

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One of the features of the Apple Watch is its SOS feature in which users will be able to use it to call for help. It seems that this feature has managed to help save the life of a man who following a jet ski accident, could have potentially drowned had he not turned to the Apple Watch’s SOS feature.

According to a report from WBMM, Phillip Esho, the man in question, was riding a jet ski on Lake Michigan when a wave flipped him and his jet ski over. The waves were particularly strong which kept knocking him under the water despite the fact that he wore a floatation device. His phone was also lost in the water after he was knocked over.

This meant that he could not call for help, at least that was until he remembered that his Apple Watch had an SOS feature that could call emergency services. According to Esho, he says that he’s not sure what would have happened to him had he not been able to use his Apple Watch to call for help.

While we have heard stories of the Apple Watch’s ECG and heart rate monitor saving the lives of its users by alerting them to impending health issues, we have also heard about instances in which the Apple Watch, especially the LTE model that can make calls, help save lives by letting them call for help when their phones aren’t with them.

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July 14th 2019, 7:50 pm

Samsung’s Latest Galaxy S10 Update Is Crippling Their Phones

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Updates are usually viewed as a good thing where they bring about improvements, new features, and also fix bugs. However, they have also been known to cause problems from time to time, where the application of an update might cause problems that the developer might not have picked up on.

That is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ devices in which according to a variety of user reports, the latest update to the phone seems to have crippled some handsets. The reports are claiming that following the update, users are being prompted to enter a password to access their device.

This is despite the fact that some users did not even setup a password on their phones to begin with. So far, there doesn’t seem to be a fix for it and according to some users, they were advised by their carriers that the best course of action was to factory reset their phones. So far, this only seems to have affected Samsung Galaxy S10 handsets in the US, so it is unclear if other Galaxy S10 users around the world have run into similar problems.

At this time of writing, there doesn’t appear to be a fix yet, but hopefully Samsung is aware of the problem and are working on a new update that will address the issue. In the meantime, it really looks like the only way to get around it would be to factory reset, or boot your phone into Safe Mode and maybe see if you can roll back the update.

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July 14th 2019, 7:50 pm

Gears 5 Will Remove All References To Smoking And Tobacco

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The Coalition has confirmed that it’s going to remove all references to smoking and tobacco from Gears 5. This is part of a new collaboration with the non-profit organization Truth Initiative. It’s devoted to eliminating smoking and tobacco usage. The two have worked together to remove references to this deadly habit from the game.

Variety reports that this collaboration happened when the Truth Initiative reached out to Turner, the company which owns the broadcasting rights to the Gears 5 pro league and asked them to consider the change. To that end, The Coalition decided to eliminate all references related to smoking and tobacco usage from the game. Microsoft also says that this decision was made entirely by The Coalition.

The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson said that “I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking,” and that it has always been important to him to not use smoking as a narrative device. This is why they have made the conscious choice to “avoid highlighting or glorifying smoking in Gears 5 and throughout the Gears of War Universe moving forward.”

It has taken a few months to do that, though, which suggests that there were quite a few references to smoking and tobacco usage in the game. Gears 5 is slated for release on September 10th this year. It will be available for the Xbox One and PC.

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July 14th 2019, 11:58 am

More Than 4,000 Developers Have Shown Interest In Google Stadia

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Google’s Stadia game streaming service appears to have caught the attention of quite a few developers. According to Technical Account Manager Sam Corcoran, more than 4,000 developers have shown interest in supporting Google Stadia through the Stadia partners program.

“We’ve had more than 4,000 companies apply for access to Stadia and every single one of them is reviewed by a human,” Corcoran explained, advising developers to put some thought into their applications as “someone is reading.”

This might suggest that not all applications may have been asking for the opportunity to work on something for Stadia but it goes to show that there is an incredible amount of interest into this new game streaming platform.

Some developers would understandably want to see Stadia being demonstrated on a much bigger scale before they commit themselves to develop something for the platform. Google has confirmed, though, that even if a publisher decides to no longer support Stadia, the title that they offer will continue to be available for subscribers.

Corcoran provides some advice for developers who are looking to appy for access to Stadia. “What I’d really recommend – and what is always well-received – is having a good think about the access the Stadia provides, which allows people to play across all these different endpoints and hopefully can widen the range of players that can engage with your game,” he said.

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July 14th 2019, 11:27 am

FX Networks’ Standalone Streaming Service Discontinued

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The future of FX Networks’ standalone streaming service remained in question after Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox was completed. So perhaps it may not come as a surprise to many that Disney has decided to pull the plug on FX+. The service was launched with Comcast back in 2017 and it offered on-demand and ad-free streaming of the network’s shows.

FX+ subscribers could watch the network’s shows like American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and others for $6 per month. With the service now slated to be discontinued, the current seasons of FX Networks original shows will be available through FX and FXX linear channels in addition to being available for limited time on-demand viewing in the FXNOW app or through the network’s website.

A notice on the FX+ website confirms that the streaming service will be discontinued on August 21st, 2019. Existing subscribers will, therefore, be able to enjoy their subscription through August 20th.

Those who subscribed to the service don’t need to cancel their FX+ subscription as it will automatically end on the given date. Those who subscribe through their TV provider need not worry as well since the provider will discontinue billing them for the service as well.

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July 14th 2019, 11:27 am

‘End Of Life’ Status Reportedly Reached For AMD Radeon VII GPU

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A recent report from French media outlet Cowcotland had claimed that AMD’s Radeon VII graphics card had reached its End of Life status. This would mean the company will no longer be producing the Radeon VII. AMD has responded to the claim but it’s a rather cryptic response which doesn’t say clearly whether or not this graphics card will continue to be produced.

The Radeon VII was a special product for the company has it allowed AMD to showcase that it could bring a 7nm graphics card to the market. However, the gaming community didn’t really pick it up with much zeal. Since the arrival of the Radeon RX 5700 XT, it would now make more sense for AMD to focus on this GPU instead of the Radeon VII.

Its $699 price is considerably higher than the 5700 XT’s $399 even though it lags behind the Radeon VII by an average of just 3.8 percent. That price differential is enough to inform many customers’ buying preferences.

When asked for a clarification on the matter by Tom’s Hardware, AMD’s response was that “We continue to see strong availability of Radeon VII in the channel for both gamers and creators.” That absolutely tells us nothing about the company’s plans for this GPU, whether it has indeed reached the End of Life status or if we can expect AMD to continue producing it for the foreseeable future.

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July 14th 2019, 10:58 am

Microsoft Word For Android Crosses 1 Billion Installs

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Microsoft Word is one of the world’s most popular productivity apps so it’s no surprise that the app has proven to be a hit on Google’s mobile OS as well. Latest Google Play Store stats show that the Android version of Microsoft Word has been installed a whopping one billion times. Most of Microsoft’s other Office apps have been doing well too.

Excel, a popular spreadsheet app, has more than 500 installs on Android and the same holds true for OneNote, PowerPoint, and OneDrive as well. Outlook for Android is gradually picking up pace as well as it has amassed more than 100 million installs on Android.

It’s pertinent to note here, though, that these figures may not necessarily reflect all installs from the Google Play Store. Microsoft does have agreements with some device manufacturers whereby its Office apps are pre-loaded on their devices. You’d find the Office suite on flagship smartphones from Samsung, for example.

What’s interesting, though, is that even though cloud-based services like Google Docs have become quite popular over the past few years, most people and indeed businesses would much rather continue to use Microsoft Office, a software that they have all long been familiar with even on desktop platforms.

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July 14th 2019, 10:58 am
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