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Microsoft launches GroupMe on Xbox One

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The U.K.'s Xbox head Harvey Eagle said in a recent interview with that he "can't guarantee that stock will be available in launch week for people to just walk into a store and pick up". The is the high-end version of Microsoft's Xbox games console with souped-up specs aimed at the next generation of gaming. Users can even use mobile apps to control Kodi on a PC, just like controlling a TV with a remote. Read More »

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Sets a Record of 3M Concurrent Players on Steam

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When looking at the data from SteamSpy , there over 26 million Steam accounts in possession of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds , so it stands to reason that the bans represent a pretty significant portion of that user base. Today, the game shattered its previous concurrent-players record by more than double the amount, peaking at 3,106,358 this morning, according to Valve's game-selling platform. Read More »

Snapchat allows you to create your own (editable) review of 2017

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The name sounds pretty self-explanatory, doesn't it? Similar to social media giant Facebook's "timeline", this feature is public for all friends on the platform. But seeing the trend, once Snapchat rolls out this feature, it won't take long for them to allow users the same option. Snap also reported a record low in monthly crash rates on both Android as well as iOS, a year after Snap started tracking the metric. Read More »

WhatsApp will not work for these smartphones users after December 31, 2018

WhatsApp has detailed its plans for older mobile operating systems , with less than a week before the end of the year. The decision won't mean instant death for the WhatsApp app on those platforms, but it does mean the end is in sight. WhatsApp announced a similar move at the end of 2016, ending support for older mobile operating systems including from BlackBerry and Nokia. These included Android 2.1 and Android 2.2; Windows Phone 7 and Android 2.1 and Android 2.2; and Windows Phone 7. Read More »

Tidal will be completely free for 12 days starting on Christmas

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Most trial offers request a valid credit card so they can charge you for the service when you forget to cancel. Needing only just an email address, and no credit card, prospective members can activate a preview account on TIDAL .com beginning December 25, 2017 through January 5, 2018. Read More »

'Rolling Stone' bought by Penske Media (who own 'Variety,' 'Deadline' & more)

Singapore-based social music company BandLab Technologies has failed in its aim to become the majority owner of Rolling Stone after the magazine's founder, Jann Wenner , sold his controlling 51% interest to Penske Media . Well before that stain on its reputation, however, Rolling Stone suffered significant growing pains in adapting to the digital era. "I'm confident that the setup we have now is the best possible setup for the future of Rolling Stone ". Read More »

App Store now requires games to share loot box odds

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In that vein, and following in the footsteps of a similar ruling by the Chinese government , Apple has updated its policies for games hosted on the App Store, and now requires loot crates to clearly indicate to users the probability for obtaining each type of loot in the game. Read More »

Samsung Electronics Announces Mass Production Of Its 10nm DRAM

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Samsung Electronics announced on December 20 that it began to mass-produce 10-nanometer class (1y-nm), 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM last month. The new 8Gb DDR4 features the highest performance and energy efficiency for an 8Gb DRAM chip, as well as the smallest dimensions . Read More »

Nokia 9 To Feature Dual Selfie Camera

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The Nokia 7 featured front and back curved glass, and the Nokia 9 is also expected to follow the same design language. The Nokia 9 is likely to feature IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. Nokia 9 and Nokia 6 are probably the company's most anticipated devices of 2018. Now, the fresh information is that the upcoming Nokia flagship smartphone will feature dual selfie cameras as seen on the newly leaked render . Read More »

Magic Leap Finally Reveals Mixed-Reality Tech; S*** Sounds Bananas

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The next step after smartphones is nearly certainly some form of "AR": Augmented Reality . For years, Magic Leap has raised astronomical rounds of funding from the likes of Google and Alibaba , Fidelity and JP Morgan. They've built up quite a bit of hype ( some say too much hype ) for their promise to deliver a headset that uses light field technology to project digital objects so that they looks like real, physical objects occupying actual space in your world. Read More »

Xiaomi's Redmi 5 Plus may actually be the Redmi Note 5

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The Xiaomi India MD also said that the company has notched up record sales this year in India, including sales of four million handsets in the one month period of Diwali, which is the first-ever for any smartphone brand in India. The Mi Mix 2 features a 5.99-inch FHD+ bezel-less display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM 128GB storage, 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera powered by a 3400mAh battery. Read More »

Facebook Rolls Out New Tools to Stop Unwanted Friend Requests & Messages

The set of new features will go a long way in providing stronger cyber-security, especially on Facebook , to women and journalists who often fall prey to online harassment and cyber-stalking. Davin added in his note that "The person who blocked the original account is in control, and must initiate contact with the new account for them to interact normally". Read More »

Government Wants More And More User Data From Facebook

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We continue to carefully scrutinize each request we receive for account data - whether from an authority in the U.S., Europe, or elsewhere - to make sure it is legally sufficient. The first half of 2017 witnessed 52 Internet disruptions in nine countries, as opposed to 43 disorders in 20 countries in the second half of 2016. Copies of the NSLs, as well as the government's authorization letters are available for download below. Read More »

John McCain, Fighting Brain Cancer, Likely to Miss Vote on Tax Overhaul

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The House and Senate are expected to approve the final tax bill by midweek. McCain's absence is not expected to derail Republican efforts to pass the bill, despite a razor-thin majority in the Senate. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said last week that they will vote for the measure after indicating earlier that they would not. After his summer surgery, McCain rebounded quickly, returning to Washington and entering the Senate on July 25 to a standing ovation from his ... Read More »

"Hey Google" voice command widely rolling out in Google Assistant

Google is looking into the matter and it's expected to address the issue soon. The 64 GB model of the regular-sized Google Pixel 2 usually runs at $649, while the usual sticker price of the larger Pixel 2 XL says $850. More specifically, some Pixel 2 XL owners have noticed that turning on the smartphone's always-on display feature fixes the speed of the fingerprint scanner, Android Central reports. Read More »

Now you can tell Facebook to ignore your face

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The new facial recognition features will be available in your settings soon, but not in Canada or the European Union where Facebook does not offer facial recognition. When a new photo or video shows up on Facebook, it is compared to the template to determine who it is. Their argument is that this option will give individual users more power over what gets posted of them online by informing you when someone posts a picture of you on the site, even if you don't know them. Read More »

Amtrak Train Derails on Highway Bridge in Washington State

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But she cautioned that several of the roughly 100 people taken to area hospitals were in critical condition. A footage of a local TV showed that at least one rail auto fell off a bridge over a traffic-clogged highway. "We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway", he said. Monday was the first day of expanded service on the Amtrak Cascades line. "Emergency! We are on the ground", said the train's conductor. Read More »

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola amazed by Kevin De Bruyne against Tottenham

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Kieron Dyer says he was on more money at Newcastle United in 2002 than a top Tottenham Hotspur player he spoke to last season. "Fortunately it was just a kick", Guardiola told a news conference of that incident. He said: "His performance today, I have no words, no words to describe what he has done with the ball, how many assists, and his ability to switch play". Read More »

This will be first smartphone manufacturer with inscreen fingerprint sensor

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A lot of people speculated that Samsung is going to be that brand because it faced a lot of heat previous year for the awkward placement of fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus . Supposedly twice as fast as Face ID, Clear ID reads the user's fingerprint from beneath the screen, all without interrupting anything displayed. He had to press the power button to wake up the phone, post which a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone. Read More »

Kaka retires & speaks out on possible AC Milan return

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AC Milan hero Kaka has announced his playing retirement. "Father, It was much more than I could ever imagined". After playing AC Milan Kaka nearly joined to Manchester United. "The fact that I have had success as a professional player does not mean that I will be a good director, so I want to prepare for it from now on; study, monitor, be closer to some clubs, especially one where I played". Read More »

Looking forward to the Microsoft surface laptop tablet or whatever

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Considering that the patent focuses on the hinges of the device itself, fans are expecting Microsoft to release more information in the coming months. Beyond that, though, the way this hinge is designed allows for no gap or bezel at the fold, allowing for the display to be "seamless" in a sense, even when it isn't flat. Read More »

Uber alleged to have used covert unit to steal secrets

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Known as the ThreatOps team, the group of security workers "remotely accessed confidential" data, "impersonated riders and drivers" to explore the other platforms' "key functions", "stole supply data" in order "to boost Uber's market position", and obtained code to decipher how the rival apps function, reports Business Insider. Read More »

GTA Online Gets Red Dead Redemption 2 Mission And Weapon

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However the cost of each of these new tech options and enhancements can add up quickly and the folks over on the GTA Online subreddit have a handy breakdown of the costs associated. It also hid a special treasure hunt that would yield the Double-Action Revolver, which bears the Boles Overland Stagecoach Co. inscription, previously noted in Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots . Read More »

Google is officially shutting down Tango AR after three years

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The reason behind Google dropping support for Project Tango is ARCore. The official support for the Project Tango will come to halt from March 1, 2018. As Google was working with phone makers to develop Project Tango-ready hardware, rival Apple pushed forward with its own AR efforts. Still, as sad as this news is for AR enthusiasts, not to mention early adopters and owners of devices, like the Lenovo Phab2 Pro or the Asus Zenfone AR , there is an upside to the story as well. Read More »

Give the Christmas Spirit at a Purple Kettle Close to You!

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More than 1,400 families were included this season. Morrow says she's been coming to the Christmas Depot for nine years and is grateful they're up and running this year. He handed down an antique bell that's more than 50 years old. "This certainly is a very generous donation from our 'Riverbend Midas, ' and I hope that it will inspire others who have the resources to do likewise". Read More »