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Facebook 'Fixes' Algorithm, Lowers Priority For 'News Feed' Facebook 'Fixes' Algorithm, Lowers Priority For 'News Feed'
- January 16, 2018

The changes were announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg ( via a personal status update , fittingly) with a follow-up blog post by Facebook's head of news feed Adam Mosseri . Many news organizations, bloggers and businesses have grown reliant on Facebook to spread information - articles, videos, infomercials - to their followers without paying for ads. (more...)
Razer wants its smartphone to be a laptop Razer wants its smartphone to be a laptop
- January 13, 2018

The infamous gaming company is known for their wide variety of gaming peripherals including laptops, mice, displays , and more. With the phone docked, the entire Project Linda setup is 15 millimeters thick and weighs a little less than three pounds, the release noted. (more...)
Vuzix and Amazon Partner To Bring Augmented Reality Glasses with Alexa Support Vuzix and Amazon Partner To Bring Augmented Reality Glasses with Alexa Support
- January 12, 2018

So, the consumers are either forced to figure out things themselves or scour the web for blog posts or reddit posts offering some information about the new service. For instance, 61% of consumers say they don't interact with voice assistants because they aren't interested in them, according to data from Pew Research Center. (more...)
Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker
- January 12, 2018

Founded in 2013 , Redux Labs developed a technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components. So far, Redux has only been able to use its technologies inside PCs and some vehicle infotainment systems - but that could be about to change. Maybe the Pixel 3 will feature a new haptic system. (more...)
Secret Zuma Satellite Rumored to Be Lost Secret Zuma Satellite Rumored to Be Lost
- January 11, 2018

The Journal, which received the same statement, said the language pointed to normal rocket operations, suggesting the cause of any issue came from elsewhere. Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launchpad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight. The launch of the Falcon 9 for the classified Zuma mission, which was repeatedly delayed from its initial target date in November previous year, kicked off SpaceX's 2018. (more...)
Overwatch Gets New Skins Today; Marks The Start of A New League Overwatch Gets New Skins Today; Marks The Start of A New League
- January 10, 2018

For those wondering, that's a new skin for all 26 Overwatch heroes for each of the 12 Overwatch League teams. All players have received 100 free Overwatch League tokens , which are the game's new currency system specifically for the new skins. (more...)
Democrats force Senate vote on net neutrality repeal Democrats force Senate vote on net neutrality repeal
- January 10, 2018

Though Democrats now have enough support to force the resolution to a vote in the Senate, they have much steeper barriers to getting it adopted. They know, and they've loudly said, the proposed rules would harm innovation, restrict development, create paid "fast lanes" for companies willing to shell out big bucks for unhindered and preferential treatment and would leave in the "slow" lane any company or organization (or individual) unwilling or unable to pay more for equitable service. (more...)
Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple In August Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple In August
- January 06, 2018

Apple did not comment on his sudden departure and Jimmy Iovine has been tight-lipped on the reports . "We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone - men and women, young and old", said Apple and Iovine in a statement . (more...)
First blue moon total eclipse in 150 years coming January 31 First blue moon total eclipse in 150 years coming January 31
- January 05, 2018

On America's East Coast the eclipse will start coming into view at 5:51 a.m. and will give viewers in cities like NY only a small window to see the reddish moon . Unfortunately because of the location of the moon when the eclipse is set to occur, not everyone on the planet will be able to see it. America's West Coast will get the best look at the blood moon as the eclipse begins at 2:51 a.m. (more...)
Amazon Alexa now controls your microwave Amazon Alexa now controls your microwave
- January 05, 2018

Amazon has added cooking abilities to its Smart Home Skill framework, letting you control microwaves (and eventually conventional ovens) with your voice. "For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or 'Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high'". Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out. (more...)
Nokia 6 2018 Leaked ahead of Launch - First Look, Price, Specifications Nokia 6 2018 Leaked ahead of Launch - First Look, Price, Specifications
- January 05, 2018

However, if you are expecting the 2018 refresh of the Nokia 6 to be drastically different from the original Nokia 6 , then you're in for major disappointment. Just like other Nokia smartphones , the Nokia 6 (2018 ) comes with stock OS - Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box - and has promised an Android Oreo update . (more...)
Samsung finally responds to Galaxy Note 8 battery issue Samsung finally responds to Galaxy Note 8 battery issue
- January 03, 2018

According to industry sources, Samsung is aiming to sell the following devices in 2018 (with smartphones expected to sell in the highest number). Samsung Galaxy On NXT features a 5.5 Full HD (1920×1080) 2.5D Curved Glass Display screen. (more...)
Analysts say there's a 40% chance Apple will buy Netflix Analysts say there's a 40% chance Apple will buy Netflix
- January 03, 2018

The other reason the analysts at Citi think Apple could target Netflix? Suva and Merchant estimate the deal would cost the company about a third of the cash freed up by Trump's tax plan, leaving Apple with plenty of assets to develop further content for the platform should they acquire it. (more...)
Nintendo Switch Mystery Game Listings Appear on Amazon Nintendo Switch Mystery Game Listings Appear on Amazon
- January 03, 2018

Curiously enough, the game has a release date of March 22nd 2018, which possibly contradicts Red Hook's claim, unless they plan on releasing the Crimson Edition following the standard edition. Ubisoft's strategy game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and the unique fighting game Arms were high on the list, and Nintendo fans haven't abandoned their 3DS systems just yet, either - Metroid: Samus Returns had stronger sales on Amazon than Assassin's Creed Origins and was just behind the ... (more...)
Reliance Jio beats Vodafone, Airtel to top 4G speeds chart Reliance Jio beats Vodafone, Airtel to top 4G speeds chart
- December 31, 2017

Idea continues to offer the highest 4G upload speeds in the country at 7.1Mbps, followed by 6.2Mbps for Vodafone . The plan includes unlimited call benefits on local, STD and roaming calls and 100 SMS per day. Other plans for Reliance Jio are Rs 399, Rs 459, Rs 499 and Rs 509, which have different validity periods and data benefits. Incumbent telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea keep coming up with new tariff plans and revise the existing ones to counter Jio's threat. (more...)
Lok Sabha approves law making instant triple talaq a criminal offence Lok Sabha approves law making instant triple talaq a criminal offence
- December 31, 2017

It also provides for "subsistence allowance" to Muslim women and custody of minor children as "may be determined by the magistrate". The only point on which the Opposition showed a semblance of unity was in its demand for sending the Bill to a standing committee for wider consultation. (more...)
Wind chill advisories continue; no warm up in sight Wind chill advisories continue; no warm up in sight
- December 31, 2017

Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 11. Brisk winds in the 10 to 20 miles per hour range caused wind chills to drop to bitterly cold levels between -20 and -30, with areas of central Wisconsin seeing dangerously cold wind chills near -35. To keep track of the current temperatures and wind chills, and see the detailed and only 10-day forecast for Madison, stay tuned to WISC-TV3, Channel3000.com, and the Channel3000.com First Alert Weather & Traffic app. (more...)
New year, blue Moon New year, blue Moon
- December 30, 2017

The first full moon will happen the evening of January 1 or the morning of January 2, thinking of where you are. Most days the moon is almost 238,855 miles from Earth, but during the supermoon it will be approximately 223,068 miles away, according to NASA . (more...)
12 years on, Mukesh gets back RCom in pieces 12 years on, Mukesh gets back RCom in pieces
- December 29, 2017

Anil's Reliance Communications (R-Com) said it had signed "definitive binding agreements" with Mukesh's Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJio) for the sale of wireless spectrum, tower, fibre and media convergence node (MCN) assets. Reliance Communications is promoted by Anil Ambani. As of June, Reliance Jio ranked fourth in overall market share (10.2% against Bharti Airtel Ltd's 23.5%), but it led in internet subscribers (28.6% versus Airtel's 21.9%). (more...)
WhatsApp would No More Be Functional on Some Blackberry Phones WhatsApp would No More Be Functional on Some Blackberry Phones
- December 28, 2017

Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time, the statement added. The company also mentioned that the older operating systems don't offer the capabilities it needs to expand its capabilities. (more...)
First non-contact wireless charging approval from FCC issued to Energous WattUp First non-contact wireless charging approval from FCC issued to Energous WattUp
- December 28, 2017

Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. The company's WattUp Mid Field transmitter can deliver power via radio frequency (RF) energy to WattUp-enabled electronic devices at a distance of up to three feet. (more...)
Reliance Jio Prepaid Recharge Plans Reliance Jio Prepaid Recharge Plans
- December 25, 2017

Jio Rs 299 prepaid recharge planJio's Rs 299 prepaid recharge plan offers unlimited and free high speed data of 56GBs for a period of 28 days. With the FRC 229 plan, Vodafone is providing its customers with 1GB 4G/3G/2G data per day, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited voice calls for 28 days. (more...)
Bus Plunges Into River in India, Killing Dozens Bus Plunges Into River in India, Killing Dozens
- December 25, 2017

More than 111,000 thousand people die in road accidents each year in India , the highest toll in the world. All the injured people have been shifted to the nearby hospitals for treatment. The incident took place early on Saturday when the bus, carrying around 45 passengers, was on its way to Lalsot from Sawai Madhopur. The exact cause of the accident will be ascertained after an inquiry. (more...)
Civilization VI Is Out On iPad, And It's $60
- December 24, 2017

And it's not the trial version or some joke-half of game. Civilization VI now costs $29.99 on the iOS App Store as part of a launch discount, with it slated to go up to its regular price of $59.99 on January 4. Single-finger scrolling works on lists and moving the map. More than that, Civilization VI on iPad has multiplayer (but it's LAN only right now). (more...)
Jio Happy New Year plan Jio Happy New Year plan
- December 23, 2017

When Xiaomi launched the Redmi 5A smartphone in India, Reliance Jio announced a Rs 199 tariff plan exclusively for the Redmi 5A users. Prepaid- The first affordable pack that the company offers is at Rs 309 in which the subscribers get 4G high speed data, 1 GB per day followed by 64 kbps after exhausting the limit, along with free unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls across all the operators. (more...)
Virginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls Virginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls
- December 21, 2017

Investigators said the pit bulls guarded her when they discovered Stephens' body. Sheriff James Agnew said after talking with Bethany Stephens' family for several hours Monday, they made a decision to release more details to the public. (more...)
Romantic Action Puzzler Catherine is Being Remastered for PS4 and Vita Romantic Action Puzzler Catherine is Being Remastered for PS4 and Vita
- December 20, 2017

Catherine: Full Body has been announced with a new website (in Japanese), which is now promising a broadcast on December 22 with more details. This full remake of the 2011 PS3 and Xbox 360 game will be coming sometime in the near future. (more...)
Dreaming Of A White Christmas? Here Are The Odds Dreaming Of A White Christmas? Here Are The Odds
- December 20, 2017

The chances of a white Christmas in the United Kingdom appear to be receding as weather experts forecast that this year could be one of the warmest Christmas days on record . Uncertainty is still high, so we can still easily be sitting around in short sleeves and shorts on Christmas Day. I would think that most folks like the idea of waking up Christmas morning to a white blanket of mood-setting snow. (more...)
Chrome will start blocking 'intrusive' ads starting February 15
- December 20, 2017

The company has now announced that its browser software will start blocking nonconforming ads on February 15. Chrome 64 is now scheduled to arrive on January 23 and Chrome 65 is slated to launch on March 6, suggesting Google will be turning on its browser's ad-blocker remotely, and possibly gradually for select users. (more...)
Central Intelligence Agency 'helped foil terrorist attack in Russia' Central Intelligence Agency 'helped foil terrorist attack in Russia'
- December 18, 2017

Petersburg, officials in both countries said. The U.S. warning allowed Russian law enforcement agencies to arrest the suspects before they could carry out their plans, the White House and Kremlin said. The cathedral is a popular tourist site. Russian media reported last week that the Federal Security Service had detained followers of the Islamic State group who had been planning a suicide bomb attack on Kazansky Cathedral on Saturday. (more...)
Forbes reveals OEM using Synaptics' in-display sensor Forbes reveals OEM using Synaptics' in-display sensor
- December 16, 2017

A few days ago, Synaptics announced that it's ready to mass-produce a fingerprint sensor that can be placed under the display of a smartphone, teasing that a top five smartphone maker is going to use the technology later this year. The whole setup also uses the built-in accelerometer in the phone and other sensors to know when to activate the fingerprint reader and light up the appropriate part of the display. (more...)
LG V30+ smartphone first impressions LG V30+ smartphone first impressions
- December 15, 2017

The internal memory of the LG V30 + stands at 128GB and since it is going to be enough storage, LG has not included a microSD card slot. To recall, the LG V30 and V30+ were launched at IFA 2017 in August this year. Fingerprint sensor is ergonomically placed at the rear. On the front sadly you have to make do with a 5MP wide angle lens. The display of the phone also supports HDR10 and Always-on Display feature and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. (more...)
Google warming up to China again, announces new AI center
- December 15, 2017

The announcement was made during the Google Developer Days China 2017 via a Google Blog post by Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist for AI and machine learning at Google Cloud. The Google AI China Center will also support the AI research community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, and working closely with the vibrant Chinese AI research community. (more...)
Biggest meteor shower of year due tonight Biggest meteor shower of year due tonight
- December 15, 2017

This year the moon is only in a thin crescent and it doesn't rise until 3 am. This special meteor shower can be seen all around the world , reaching its peak between 7:30 p.m. The bright and intensely colored meteor will move slower than average from the Gemini constellation. British Columbians, it's your view the the Geminids meteor shower! The radiant point is where the meteors appear to originate, but since they streak across the sky, it's not necessary to find it. (more...)
Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update, fixes a bug in HomeKit Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update, fixes a bug in HomeKit
- December 14, 2017

Last week, 9to5Mac reported a vulnerability in iOS HomeKit, which allowed for unauthorised control of HomeKit-connected accessories such as smart locks and smart lights. You won't find any new front-facing features in these updates; they focus on bug fixes and stability improvements, as their version numbers imply. Further, if your device runs beta software, you may have to remove "beta profiles" and then reboot before manually checking for the update. (more...)
Google Assistant Heads to Tablets, Older Android Phones Google Assistant Heads to Tablets, Older Android Phones
- December 14, 2017

According to the company, Google Assistant will be rolling out to the tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat or 6.0 Marshmallow over the coming week. The Assistant is available on smartphones running Lollipop as part of an update to the Google Play Services . Announced back alongside the first generation Pixel smartphones, Google Assistant was exclusive to Pixel devices. (more...)
Nintendo Makes Comeback As Nintendo Switch Sales Total 10 Million Nintendo Makes Comeback As Nintendo Switch Sales Total 10 Million
- December 13, 2017

The Nintendo Switch , or How Nintendo Got Its Groove Back, is now in the hands of about 10 million people worldwide. The Switch has clearly exceeded Nintendo's wildest expectations, and today the consolemaker confirmed that notion with a few sales numbers. (more...)
Trump wants to send man back to the moon - and eventually Mars Trump wants to send man back to the moon - and eventually Mars
- December 12, 2017

Trump vowed his new directive "will refocus the space program on human exploration and discovery". The Trump administration takes this stance, as explained by Vice President Pence in October. Budget problems has been on ongoing issue for NASA for years. SpaceX launches rockets for customers including Nasa, commercial satellite operators and the American military. (more...)
Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam
- December 10, 2017

If the deal is real, Shazam would be the highest-profile Apple acquisition since it bought Beats in 2014. Apple has more cash on hand than any other company on the planet, and some of that cash may go towards acquiring Shazam . Reports of Apple's interest in Shazam surfaced on the same day that Apple announced that longtime executive Jony Ive will resume day-to-day management of the company's design team. (more...)
SoulCalibur VI Is Going Back To The Game's Roots, More Details Here SoulCalibur VI Is Going Back To The Game's Roots, More Details Here
- December 09, 2017

It marks nearly 20 years since the game originally came out on the arcades back in 1998. Our arena was our playground and there was no better time to do so as players created their characters, customized their characters, and even their fighting styles. (more...)
The best games of this year at the Game Awards 2017 The best games of this year at the Game Awards 2017
- December 09, 2017

But that wasn't the biggest Zelda-related news of the night, as The Champions' Balled expansion was also unveiled and scheduled for released today. Breath of the Wild's second DLC pack was released yesterday following the release of the expansion's new trailer at the Game Awards . (more...)
Scientists have discovered an unbelievable black hole Scientists have discovered an unbelievable black hole
- December 08, 2017

This massive object, 800 million times more massive than the Sun, is now the most distant quasar ever found, and as a result, it is the earliest one ever observed. "They're rare, but they're very much there, and we need to figure out how they form", said Priyamvada Natarajan , an astrophysicist at Yale University who was not part of the research team. (more...)
Windows 10 on ARM PCs will ship with Windows 10S Windows 10 on ARM PCs will ship with Windows 10S
- December 06, 2017

HP and Asus have announced the first Windows 10 PCs running on ARM - Snapdragon 835 - and they're boasting about instant-on, 22 hour battery life, and gigabit LTE. Now though, you'll be able to get an Always Connected PC with an AMD processor and Qualcomm modem. Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that ... (more...)
Meet Micromax Bharat 5, the Rs 5555 Competitor to Xiaomi Redmi 5A Meet Micromax Bharat 5, the Rs 5555 Competitor to Xiaomi Redmi 5A
- December 04, 2017

There's Adreno 308 GPU for enhanced graphics performance . Xiaomi Redmi 5A is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery , that is claimed to give up to 8 days of standby time. On the optics front, the Nokia 2 , as well as the Bharat 5 , come with cameras that on paper at least fail to excite. Connectivity options are- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio-jack, Micro-USB and Global Positioning System. (more...)
LeClerc and Ericsson earn Sauber seats LeClerc and Ericsson earn Sauber seats
- December 03, 2017

Formula Two champion Charles Leclerc will graduate to F1 with Sauber next season. Charles Leclerc , 20, will make his Formula One debut as a full-time driver in the 2018 season driving for Sauber . Giovinazzi is still part of the Sauber line-up, with the Italian taking on the role of third driver and set to participate in a number of Friday practice sessions during the 2018 season having raced twice at the start of this year in place of the injured Wehrlein. (more...)
Google's Play Store is banning apps that contain lock screen ads Google's Play Store is banning apps that contain lock screen ads
- December 02, 2017

Datally is an upgraded version Google's Triangle app, which was released on an experimental basis in Philippines in June 2017. Google has stated that the apps which do not adhere to its new Lockscreen Monetization policy would be removed from the Play Store . (more...)
You Can See An Enormous Supermoon Illuminating Vancouver This Weekend You Can See An Enormous Supermoon Illuminating Vancouver This Weekend
- December 01, 2017

On November 14, 2016, the moon was closer to Earth than at any time in nearly 69 years. On Sunday, Dec. 3 is when the moon will become totally full and at its brightest, specifically at 10:47 a.m. But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night. In fact, the change in the moon's apparent size throughout its orbit is imperceptible to the unaided eye. (more...)
HTC U11 Users Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update Starting Today HTC U11 Users Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update Starting Today
- November 29, 2017

There is no word on when the final stable version of the Oreo update will reach both V30 and V30 + phones, but it is at least a couple of weeks away. It seems that the new Finnish startup takes the word, launching the Android 8.0 Oreo package for its flagship among the first, alongside industry-heavyweight companies. (more...)
Ryan Murder Case: Conductor's Wife Alleges he was Tortured By Police Ryan Murder Case: Conductor's Wife Alleges he was Tortured By Police
- November 24, 2017

Ashok Kumar was on Wednesday released from jail after a Gurgaon court granted him bail. Ashok was granted bail against a bond of Rs 50,000. The incident sparked a public outcry after which Gurugram police arrested Ashok, alleging him of killing the second standard student. (more...)
Google has been tracking Android users even with location services turned off Google has been tracking Android users even with location services turned off
- November 23, 2017

Quartz added that this has been happening since the beginning of 2017 and the result is that Google , which is behind Android , has access to data about individuals' locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy. (more...)

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