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Apple previews the upcoming iOS update, improvements to ARKit, battery, animojis Apple previews the upcoming iOS update, improvements to ARKit, battery, animojis
- January 27, 2018

In breaking digital health news today, Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records right on their iPhone. For now you can't send medical records from the app to a new doctor or some other health care provider you're considering. Apple has form in this area as they already provide several ways to see the condition of your laptop battery within macOS. (more...)
Egypt's military detains ex-general seeking to run for president Egypt's military detains ex-general seeking to run for president
- January 25, 2018

The army spokesman said "the armed forces will not overlook the blatant legal violations [Anan] has committed which are a serious breach of the laws of military service". He was convicted , and if that ruling is upheld on appeal he will be ineligible to run. Former military commander Sisi was elected in 2014, a year after he led the army to oust Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. (more...)
Missouri State student emails all 'Claudias' on campus after accidental Tinder swipe Missouri State student emails all 'Claudias' on campus after accidental Tinder swipe
- January 24, 2018

They said they created the T-shirt for all the new Hayden and Claudia fans who think his search was the most romantic thing ever. Well, Hayden knows that situation all too well as he accidentally left-swiped on a girl he shouldn't have - Claudia. (more...)
This government shutdown is historic for one big reason This government shutdown is historic for one big reason
- January 21, 2018

However Republicans then needed the support of at least 10 Democrats to pass the bill in the Senate . The move is likely to hit thousands of federal workers. more than President Trump ". Barring a last-minute miracle, the shutdown will begin at midnight, though many parts of government will continue functioning and "essential" employees will stay on the job. (more...)
Google is going to consider page load times in mobile searches Google is going to consider page load times in mobile searches
- January 20, 2018

Speaking of mobile overtaking desktop, the changes mentioned above, which are obviously focused on improving mobile-based experience, are critical steps for Google, if only because more people are using smartphones than computers nowadays for basic features, most especially a quick search query. (more...)
WhatsApp for Business app is now live in select regions WhatsApp for Business app is now live in select regions
- January 20, 2018

For everyone else, WhatsApp noted in a blog post that the app will roll out around the world "in the coming weeks". For now, the app is aimed at small businesses, with WhatsApp claiming that 80 percent of small firms in the launch regions already use WhatsApp to communicate with customers. (more...)
American Arab group condemns U.S. cut in aid to United Nations agency American Arab group condemns U.S. cut in aid to United Nations agency
- January 19, 2018

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in announcing the funding cut Wednesday at a briefing that the $ 65 million was being withheld but so far, not eliminated. President Abbas noted that Palestine would no longer accept the lead role that the USA government played in the mediation of the peace process between them and Israel after the Trump administration announced that they were going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel formally. (more...)
Samsung's AI Chips May Defeat its Competitors in Second Half of 2018 Samsung's AI Chips May Defeat its Competitors in Second Half of 2018
- January 19, 2018

Both the variants come with microSD card slots to expand memory up to 256GB. The device comes with a 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and the front camera is the exact same but lacks autofocus. The new chips are expected to make their debut with company's major smartphones that would set them apart from rivals. One of the important things that we find lacking is the pressure-sensitive on-screen home button with tactical feedback. (more...)
Global warming is real, according to NASA, which actually knows this stuff Global warming is real, according to NASA, which actually knows this stuff
- January 19, 2018

The two government agencies use different methodologies to calculate global temperatures, but by either standard, the 2017 results make the past four years the hottest period in their 138-year archive. "This heat had built up since the 1990s mainly due to greenhouse-gas forcing and possible remote oceanic effects ", said the scientists who authored the study from the University of Arizona, Princeton University, GFDL/NOAA and the University of MI. (more...)
The New 'Nintendo Labo' Will Allow Gamers To Custom Build Accessories The New 'Nintendo Labo' Will Allow Gamers To Custom Build Accessories
- January 19, 2018

Announced today (January 18), the Labo set contains 25 sheets of cardboard that players can turn, IKEA-style, into playable objects - such as a miniature keyboard, a fishing rod, a motorbike's handles and pedal, a small house, and a auto - by following instructions on their Switch screen. (more...)
Samsung unveils limited-edition Galaxy Note 8 for Winter Olympics Samsung unveils limited-edition Galaxy Note 8 for Winter Olympics
- January 18, 2018

Starting with the premise that "your phone is useful, but sometimes you need to put it down", Samsung this week introduced a new free app for its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. First Lady Kim Jung-sook quoted the International Olympic Committee's words at the G-50 PyeongChang Paralympics celebration in central Seoul on Thursday. (more...)
Google Uses AI to Find Your Fine-Art Doppelgänger Google Uses AI to Find Your Fine-Art Doppelgänger
- January 17, 2018

The phenomenon, which will probably dissolve as quickly as it appeared, climbed the ranks and was listed as the top trending app in Apple's App Store Monday morning. "Take a selfie and discover if your portrait is in a museum". Tap on Get Started and follow the instructions. The company also says it will not use data from the photo for any other objective, and will only store the photo for the time it takes to search for matches. (more...)
Democratic-Led States Go to Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality Democratic-Led States Go to Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality
- January 17, 2018

Circuit against the commission and the federal government. The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. Net neutrality proponents' rage towards the regulation's repeal has reached risky new heights; FCC chairman Ajit Pai his appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January reportedly due to death threats. (more...)
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 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...)