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Here's when 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' will hit Android Here's when 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' will hit Android
- November 21, 2017

Essentially, they're a short cut - if you can't be bothered to hunt around for a stack of wood to make a swing (one of the examples in Nintendo's Direct video) then Leaf Tickets are your friend. There are in-app purchases if you want to speed the process along using real money, but Nintendo has stressed that these are entirely optional. The news comes via a tweet from Nintendo's official Twitter account, revealing that Pocket Camp will be available worldwide from November 22. (more...)
Apple delays HomePod release until 2018 Apple delays HomePod release until 2018
- November 18, 2017

The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018. But Apple promised that the speaker would have all of Siri's smarts and stand out from the pack by offering superior sound quality. (more...)
Why owning a dog might help you live longer Why owning a dog might help you live longer
- November 18, 2017

Over the next 12 years, investigators found that dog owners in general had a lower risk of death due to cardiac disease, according to the research published in the Scientific Reports . Fall added that because all participants of the study were Swedish, the results most closely apply to dog owners in Sweden or other "European populations with similar culture regarding dog ownership". (more...)
Tesla's New Semitruck Might Be Playing Catch-Up Tesla's New Semitruck Might Be Playing Catch-Up
- November 18, 2017

Reservations for the new all-electric semi can be made with a $5,000 deposit. Meijer was not available for further comment. And Arkansas trucking company J.B. It's due in 2019, though knowing Tesla , we're not so sure it will actually be launched before 2020. Musk is notorious for making overly lofty promises and missing deadlines. (more...)
The Dream Chaser Spacecraft The Dream Chaser Spacecraft
- November 15, 2017

Sierra Nevada Corporation said the test was a success and pledged to give more details on Monday. Resembling a mini Space Shuttle, the Dream Chaser will soon be used to send cargo to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Cargo Program. (more...)
IPhone X Owners Experiencing Crackling Audio
- November 14, 2017

Research firm Canalys also noted that the iPhone 8 Plus outpaced the iPhone 8 last quarter, making it the first 5.5-inch iPhone to beat out it's smaller sibling in shipments. A person who's spent $1000 on a phone will surely not bother such an issue. So far Apple hasn't commented on the fault but some of those "in the know" claim that it is down to an electrical fault, causing the green sub-pixels in the phones' new diamond subpixel pattern to illuminate, according to TechCrunch . (more...)
EA Set to Purchase Titanfall Studio Respawn Entertainment EA Set to Purchase Titanfall Studio Respawn Entertainment
- November 12, 2017

In addition to the afore-mentioned $151 million in cash up front, EA has agreed to pay "up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, which will vest over four years", as well as more cash (up to a maximum of $140 million) based on "achievement of certain performance milestones, relating to the development of future titles" through 2022. (more...)
WhatsApp App Download Free But a Fake App Once Mimicked It WhatsApp App Download Free But a Fake App Once Mimicked It
- November 10, 2017

The Files Go app is similar to both Android Go and YouTube Go in terms of the basic premise of the app. For now, the Play Store link for the app is broken, but Google probably intends to release the app soon. The app itself is fairly lightweight, as an under 6 MB download. Users can browse through all of your phone's content by downloads, received files, images, videos, audio, and documents. (more...)
Give Facebook your nude pics to tackle revenge porn Give Facebook your nude pics to tackle revenge porn
- November 09, 2017

The system it is trying would prevent specific photos ever being uploaded to Facebook , Instagram or Messenger - but you do have to privately share them with Facebook first ... There are laws against revenge porn , but the scourge is hard to fight against in practical terms. In April, Facebook announced that it would take steps to combat " revenge porn ". (more...)
The Follow-up to 'Pokemon Go' Is a 'Harry Potter' Augmented Reality Game
- November 09, 2017

Interactive and its new sub brand called Portkey Games. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be their chance to fix some of the problems that have dogged Pokemon Go from its inception, including rural areas being at an inherent disadvantage compared to their urban counterparts. (more...)
Twitter Rolls Out 280 Character Limit in Canada and Worldwide Twitter Rolls Out 280 Character Limit in Canada and Worldwide
- November 08, 2017

Numerous concerns about 280 characters from Twitter users revolved around bloated timelines and a decline in the UX. The move was initially trialled in September, when selected people were given the ability to write longer posts. Starting from this evening, the character limit will be incresed to 280 characters. Of course, the change means America's highest-profile Twitter user, President Trump, will have more space. (more...)
You Can Now Send Your Mates Money Using Facebook Messenger You Can Now Send Your Mates Money Using Facebook Messenger
- November 08, 2017

Facebook has also launched M suggestions for payments into the Messenger app , which uses artificially intelligent virtual assistant M to identify when payment is being discussed in a conversation and present options to send or receive money. (more...)
Mobile, Sprint Call Off Merger Talks Mobile, Sprint Call Off Merger Talks
- November 05, 2017

But, he continued, "we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile's shareholders compared to our outstanding stand-alone performance and track record". With its hoard of 2.5GHz high-frequency spectrum, Sprint would have been a ideal fit for T-Mobile and its cache of low-frequency airwaves in the 600MHz-700MHz bands. (more...)
A Surprising New Orangutan Species Was Just Identified, And It's Critically Endangered A Surprising New Orangutan Species Was Just Identified, And It's Critically Endangered
- November 04, 2017

Previous study results combined with the new genome sequencing of 37 orangutans showed a picture that was consistent with the morphological findings. Erik Meijaard of the Australian National University said: "Great apes are among the best-studied species in the world". The team notes that we will need to quickly implement conservation measures to ensure that illegal logging, road construction, and other human threats don't impact the long-term survival of the species. (more...)
Scientists discover hidden chamber in Great Pyramid Scientists discover hidden chamber in Great Pyramid
- November 03, 2017

The Great Pyramid may be ancient, but it still has something new to show us. Yet until now, despite centuries of study, no one knew this space was there. Using sensitive detectors that identify changes in speed, these muons can accurately give us an image of empty spaces in buildings. "There have been many theories about the existence of secret chambers inside the pyramid", said Mr Tayoubi. (more...)
Even Apple Can't Believe Apple's Q4 Results Even Apple Can't Believe Apple's Q4 Results
- November 03, 2017

The company sold 46.7m iPhones, beating analysts' estimates of 46.4m, according to FactSet, and generating $28.9bn in revenue, which accounted for more than half of the company's total revenue. While that only represents a 2% increase year-over-year, Apple's other products more than picked up the slack. On Thursday, Apple predicted revenue for this quarter from $84 billion to $87 billion. (more...)
NASA releases chilling 'HOWLING PLANETS' compilation to mark Halloween NASA releases chilling 'HOWLING PLANETS' compilation to mark Halloween
- November 01, 2017

NASA scientists also use a process called data sonification to translate radio signals into sound. Also included on the NASA soundtrack are sounds from Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede. Maybe it's time to spice it up with some truly scary tracks: horrifying sounds from the void of space. "Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which were monitored by the Cassini spacecraft ", NASA said. (more...)
GameStop appears to be launching an unlimited used game rental subscription GameStop appears to be launching an unlimited used game rental subscription
- October 31, 2017

Earlier today, we saw a leaked GameStop ad for a new service called PowerPass . In order to keep track of what has been rented, the service is only available to GameStop's Power-Up Rewards members, though it's open to those on both the free and paid-for tiers. (more...)
Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 9000 ODI runs Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 9000 ODI runs
- October 30, 2017

The partnership between Kohli and Rohit helped India to score 337 runs against New Zealand . With an eye on the three-match Twenty20 series between the sides, starting in Delhi on Thursday morning (NZT), it's no wonder Black Caps captain Kane Williamson hailed Latham's form since dropping down the order. (more...)
Google has introduced a new ban in your search Google has introduced a new ban in your search
- October 30, 2017

Google has today announced that it will bring a change in this. This won't change if you try to make a Google search from google.co.uk or google.co.au. Your choice will appear at the bottom of the page. For example, residents of Russia if in the address bar of a search engine write google domain Japan.co.jp, it would still appear the Russian website and news. (more...)
Amazon to launch new delivery service that could curb theft Amazon to launch new delivery service that could curb theft
- October 28, 2017

The kit comes with an Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock provided by Kwiskset or Yale. Some customers think so after the online retailer announced its newest product today: " Amazon Key ". Home Alone's Kevin would have a field day with this, wouldn't he? $249 is a reasonable price for a 1080p smart home security camera with night vision and the accompanying smart lock (which includes a keypad and traditional keyhole). (more...)
I mourn a great technician, Kamal Hassan on IV Sasi I mourn a great technician, Kamal Hassan on IV Sasi
- October 26, 2017

Sasi has also directed few movies for Mohanlal including "Ineyengillum" and "Devaasuram". This was the most fruitful period in his career as his films not only made moolah at the box office, but were also critically acclaimed. While he directed the first color cinema in Malayalam, Itha Ivide Varae (1977), he also made the first Cinemascope movie, Alavuddinum Athbhudhavilakum (1979). (more...)
Nintendo Switch update secretly brings GameCube controller support Nintendo Switch update secretly brings GameCube controller support
- October 25, 2017

Hmm. We can now hook up the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U to our Switch consoles to use the fan-favorite peripheral - which is now compatible with four straight Nintendo home consoles in a row, it should be said. Once plugged in, the controllers can be synced through the settings menu by pressing the L and R buttons. The pairing will happen and it should work seamlessly even though the controller is decades old by now. (more...)
The Pixel 2 XL has a serious screen burn-in problem The Pixel 2 XL has a serious screen burn-in problem
- October 24, 2017

Both phones offer up a strong day's worth of battery life, although the Pixel 2 XL has the advantage when it comes to pure size: its 3,520mAh battery pack offers a nice premium over the 2,675mAh cell in the iPhone. Multiple tech reviewers from sites including The Verge and Android Central have reported seeing what they believe is screen burn-in, a phenomenon where portions of the screen are permanently discolored. (more...)
Shin Megami Tensei V Revealed As A Nintendo Switch Exclusive Shin Megami Tensei V Revealed As A Nintendo Switch Exclusive
- October 24, 2017

Atlus' long-running post-apocalyptic RPG series - which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year - is to get its fifth instalment, with Shin Megami Tensei 5 being confirmed during a brief trailer. Look for a set release date and finalized name within the coming months. The two games released under the Shin Megami Tensei IV moniker were 3DS titles. (more...)
Friday will be best night for viewing weekend meteor shower Friday will be best night for viewing weekend meteor shower
- October 20, 2017

The annual Orionid meteor shower has begun. The planet Uranus will be at its brightest visibility for the year Friday because it will be at an "opposition", which means it will be located opposite the sun, with the Earth between the two celestial bodies, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Thursday. (more...)
Google Honors Selena With Doodle Google Honors Selena With Doodle
- October 18, 2017

Her breakthrough year was 1987, as Selena won female vocalist of the year and performer of the year honors at the Tejano Music Awards . Suzette provided revealing character nuances that really helped bring the animation and Selena's story to life. (more...)
Doom: Nintendo Switch Release Date Revealed Doom: Nintendo Switch Release Date Revealed
- October 17, 2017

The company also joined up with Nintendo to put out a new video featuring interviews with executive producer Marty Stratton and creative director Hugo Martin, which you can check out here. "The wobbly frame-rates with hitching and stuttering during traversal and combat simply aren't an issue on Switch: that 30 frames per second is as close to locked as you're going to get". (more...)
Google Assistant can now control your Chromecast from your phone Google Assistant can now control your Chromecast from your phone
- October 15, 2017

Sadly, there has been no indication that this feature will come to any Android phones other than the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL , but it turns out that you can replicate the feature on any phone, including an iPhone, with a free app. Anyway, this is a really handy trick, as it narrows the differences of what you can do with Google Assistant on different devices . There is also a slightly different animation when expanding folders. (more...)
Three skydivers die after suspected mid-air collision in Australia
- October 14, 2017

Mission Beach is located halfway between Cairns and Townsville in Northern Queensland and is a popular destination for backpackers travelling down Australia's East Coast. No further details are available at this stage. Skydiving is a popular tourist activity in the area, with numerous backpackers who travel the Queensland coast stopping by Mission Beach . (more...)
Microsoft Edge is the best browser for blocking phishing websites Microsoft Edge is the best browser for blocking phishing websites
- October 14, 2017

However, you need a Microsoft account used for logging in on your Android and Windows 10 . Although collection of data is a generally unpopular practice from a consumer standpoint, Microsoft does have valid uses and benefits from collecting extensive metadata. (more...)
Sway for iOS updated to look great on iPhone X Sway for iOS updated to look great on iPhone X
- October 11, 2017

However, many people have found some issues and lack of other important features like 3D Touch App Switcher on the original iOS 11 update which is now coming to your device with the next iOS 11 update. If the ability to manage the apps from your iOS device (s) outweighs the caveats, you might want to install iTunes 12 .6.3 on your desktop PC or Mac today. (more...)
Google Addresses the Absence of a Headphone Jack in the Pixel 2
- October 10, 2017

According to DxOMark test, iPhone 8 Plus has the best camera which can capture excellent photographs. So, if you want a phone that can capture DSLR-level photos and videos, Google Pixel 2 is your flawless choice. In practice, you'll still probably get a solid day's operation out of all of these phones. It costs $150 more than the 64GB Pixel 2 XL . The iPhone X , on the other hand, has a starting price of $999 for the 64GB model. (more...)
Researcher: 'Infotainment' Screens In Cars Putting Drivers In Danger Researcher: 'Infotainment' Screens In Cars Putting Drivers In Danger
- October 07, 2017

Federal law prohibits train engineers from using cellphones, but there's no federal ban on vehicle drivers . For a long time, automakers have argued that technology in the dashboard and the steering wheel is infinitely preferable to using a smartphone, for example. (more...)
Street Fighter V arcade mode confirmed by Amazon leak Street Fighter V arcade mode confirmed by Amazon leak
- October 06, 2017

Now, Capcom has confirmed that the larger and more comprehensive version of the game will launch on January 16, 2018 on the PlayStation 4 and PC. In addition, the new release features a new Arcade mode , gallery , extra battle challenges, new V-Triggers, and new visuals . (more...)
Google announces donut-sized Google Home speaker
- October 05, 2017

The fabric seen on the front of the device was described as being "acoustically transparent" and feels extremely soft, seemingly being identical to the material covering the Google Home Mini . Well, now instead of having to strain your lovely operatic voice to cajole them into moving faster, you Google can help instead. Google is providing users a free 12 months subscription to YouTube Red . (more...)
Mysterious 'Google Clips' device leaked ahead of big announcement Mysterious 'Google Clips' device leaked ahead of big announcement
- October 04, 2017

Overall, the design isn't a dramatic departure from the Pixels of a year ago, but the Pixel 2 XL deserves more points here because its display looks a little more polished and modern than its smaller Pixel 2 sibling. Exactly year later, the Mountain View-based technology company is prepping up to unveil the next iterations of its smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. (more...)
Halo Mixed Reality Experience Coming Later This Month Halo Mixed Reality Experience Coming Later This Month
- October 04, 2017

Also detailed was AltSpaceVR continuing to work on PC and Mac in 2D mode, HTV Vive, Oculus Rift , Daydream by Google, and Samsung Gear VR . Halo: Recruit was announced as a launch title for the Windows Mixed Reality platform today, set to be launched via the Windows Store for free. (more...)
Messenger Lite lets more users dodge the data drain of Facebook's app Messenger Lite lets more users dodge the data drain of Facebook's app
- October 04, 2017

No explanation has been made by Facebook to publish IOS version of Lite or in such a study. Facebook's decision to release the app in these developed markets seems to be a strategic move. The app is under 10MB in size, and in use it should eat through less data than its non-Lite big brother. This app should appeal more to teens since they have to make do with data caps and limited speed. (more...)
Facebook Messenger Lite Android app now available in US, UK Facebook Messenger Lite Android app now available in US, UK
- October 04, 2017

It originally launched in five countries, Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, in October 2016. There's still no plan for an iOS version, though. The senior officials also told that the app would utilize much less data connection as matched to other social networking sites or applications. That is why Facebook has introduced a new " Lite " version of the Messenger app for #Android . (more...)
Here's Where to Buy Nintendo's SNES Classic When it Launches Here's Where to Buy Nintendo's SNES Classic When it Launches
- October 01, 2017

While the PlayStation Network has tried to import some of its best titles to the online store, that really only works if you have a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Maybe they'll try to sell these games piecemeal, assuming they can get the licenses at all. Star Fox 2 is available exclusively on the SNES Classic Edition, which brings together 21 of the best SNES games into one standalone console. (more...)
Amazon's Echo Plus packs in a smart home hub Amazon's Echo Plus packs in a smart home hub
- September 28, 2017

Amazon said September 26 that Google had made a change that day at 3 p.m. This again isn't anything that many users aren't used to already given that Alexa has already been a regular in millions of homes via the Amazon Echo range of speakers. (more...)
The Cubs Are Even Beating the Cardinals at Cute, Fuzzy Moments Now The Cubs Are Even Beating the Cardinals at Cute, Fuzzy Moments Now
- September 27, 2017

First, they eliminated their rivals the St. Louis Cardinals with a 10-2 win. Russell decided to make the delivery to Gudermuth when one of the Cubs clubhouse men came into the dugout with a new plate of nachos. That lead became 4-0 after Russell was doubled home by Jason Heyward. Lester provided six innings of excellent pitching and gave up just one run while scattering five hits, including two walks and four strikeouts. (more...)
Vodafone Qatar accepts orders for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
- September 21, 2017

And jobs [are] the ultimate things that create a great environment in a country. However, Kuo, whose note was earlier reported on by 9to5Mac, said that Apple's plan to invest in Touch ID will be predicated on how well its Face ID is accepted by its customers. (more...)
Mobile Call Connect Charges Slashed By Nearly 60%. How It Affects You Mobile Call Connect Charges Slashed By Nearly 60%. How It Affects You
- September 20, 2017

Losses to BhartiAirtel, Vodafone and Idea were estimated at over Rs 1,000 crore each. A majority of the members of the Cellular Operators Association of India are "extremely disappointed" by the reduction and intend to move court "as it is clearly detrimental", said Rajan Mathews, director general. (more...)
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona interest was 'complicated' Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona interest was 'complicated'
- September 18, 2017

The 25-year-old Brazil global was Barcelona's key transfer target but Liverpool rejected multiple bids from the La Liga side, saying the player was not for sale. "But it is also a great honour being here". In this case, like you all know, I was interested. Coutinho said that he was now focused on performing for Liverpool and Brazil national team but admitted that the transfer saga was a hard moment for him. (more...)
Galaxy Note 8 Gets Record Pre-orders In the US Galaxy Note 8 Gets Record Pre-orders In the US
- September 15, 2017

Then there's the iPhone X , which is the bold redesign Apple fans have been awaiting for three years now. The new top end Apple iPhone offering has glass on both the front and the back, and it has "surgical-grade" stainless around the sides which is no different from several other smartphones out there. (more...)
Treasury's Mnuchin says no tax cut for wealthy Treasury's Mnuchin says no tax cut for wealthy
- September 15, 2017

The request is especially eyebrow raising after Mnuchin's now-wife, Louise Linton, posted a photo of her and her husband disembarking from a government jet after a trip to Kentucky in August. The Treasury Department is reviewing the Fort Knox trip as well, ABC reported. Officials told the outlet that the unusual request could have cost about $25,000 an hour . (more...)
New Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Starts at Only $850 New Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Starts at Only $850
- September 12, 2017

Xiaomi is offering 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. Intel eight generation Intel Core i7 processor. Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM at CNY 5,599. The device comes with a magnesium alloy and the brand has added Harman Infinity speakers along with Dolby Atmos for an immersive sound experience. It also features full-sized arrow keys and dedicated functions keys for Home, End, etc, . (more...)
Samsung Kicks Off Preorders for Galaxy Note 8
- September 08, 2017

Samsung Galaxy C8 boasts a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, powered by a 2.39GHz octa-core processor whose model has not yet described and comes with Android 7.1 Nougat Out of the box. Despite having a price-tag that's considerably higher than the Galaxy S8 Plus, which can now be purchased unlocked for $750 and up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is worth the added cost, according to some reviews. (more...)

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