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Google will add security metadata to apps from the Play Store Google will add security metadata to apps from the Play Store
- June 22, 2018

In some countries where internet connectivity isn't that good, it makes the installation of apps straight from the Google Play Store "iffy". If you have a Google Home, you can start listening to a podcast on your phone or tablet and then transfer to the Google Assistant-enabled speaker. (more...)
Nintendo and Disney Are Collaborating on a Nintendo Switch Game Show Nintendo and Disney Are Collaborating on a Nintendo Switch Game Show
- June 22, 2018

According to Business Insider , the upcoming show will be titled " Nintendo Switch Family Showdown " and will bring four families together to compete with eachother in a selection of Nintendo Switch games. During the E3 Conference, Nintendo revealed that there is a new Super Smash Bros . game heading to the Nintendo Switch . As of May, the Switch has sold over 17 million units, increasing Nintendo's profit by 500 percent. (more...)
Smash Bros. Ultimate GameCube controllers and adapters are up for pre-order Smash Bros. Ultimate GameCube controllers and adapters are up for pre-order
- June 22, 2018

It turns out these headquarters received a bomb threat after this unidentified fan got angry with the company for removing Super Smash Bros from the store. You would be surprised how many Switch games can be played with a GameCube controller right now ( Mario Kart 8 Deluxe , Kirby Star Allies , Sonic Mania , to name a few). (more...)
Bitcoin could 'bring the internet to a halt,' banking group warns Bitcoin could 'bring the internet to a halt,' banking group warns
- June 21, 2018

That's one of the messages from a new report by an organization that represents dozens of the world's central banks. The BIS noted in its quarterly review: "What makes currencies credible is trust in the issuing institution, and successful central banks have a proven record of earning this public trust". (more...)
Algeria goes offline to stop students cheating
- June 21, 2018

Blackouts will continue throughout the exam season, from 20-25 June. Internet services had been cut "in compliance with instructions from the government, aimed at ensuring the high school diploma tests run smoothly", public operator Algerie Telecom said. (more...)
LG Q7 Android One Smartphone to Soon Launch in the US LG Q7 Android One Smartphone to Soon Launch in the US
- June 21, 2018

The information doesn't come as a surprise since a rumor that dates from January 2017 claimed Google plans to launch a mid-range Android One smartphone and that LG might be among the first manufacturers to build it. Android One has seen a few select models arrive in the States so far, including some of Nokia's devices, as well as Motorola's Moto X4 on Project Fi a year ago. (more...)
Sprint, T-Mobile Officially Ask FCC Permission To Merge Sprint, T-Mobile Officially Ask FCC Permission To Merge
- June 21, 2018

In particular, Layer3 faces higher costs, especially for licensing content, than its major MVPD rivals because its smaller customer base does not provide the scale needed to leverage volume discounts. "We can not relinquish our leadership here and the New T-Mobile will deliver on these capabilities within the first couple of years of bringing these two companies together", T-Mobile CEO John Legere wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. (more...)
With Billions At Stake, Supreme Court Rules States May Tax Online Retailers With Billions At Stake, Supreme Court Rules States May Tax Online Retailers
- June 21, 2018

Looking for news you can trust? Numerous largest online retailers, such as Amazon, already pay sales taxes because they have enough of a physical presence in most states through their network of warehouses and distribution facilities to qualify as taxable by states. (more...)
From Le Mans to the Road: Toyota's 1000HP Hypercar is Coming From Le Mans to the Road: Toyota's 1000HP Hypercar is Coming
- June 21, 2018

The potent GR Super Sport concept is based on the Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid LMP1 vehicle and is powered by a combination of a 2.4-litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor for a whopping total output of 735kW. The company's Toyota Gazoo Racing division has confirmed that a production model based on its GR Super Sport concept is in the works. That puts it into a very rare league of cars that produce more than 700kW, among others including the 708kW LaFerrari, the 843kW Valkyrie ... (more...)
Audi A1 Sportback to Sell from 20000 Euros Audi A1 Sportback to Sell from 20000 Euros
- June 21, 2018

Audi claims the A1 Sportback's boot is 65L more accommodating than before at 335L, which expands to 1090L with the second row seats folded, thanks to the bigger footprint. The Audi smartphone interface, which is standard for all versions, integrates iOS and Android smartphones using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into an environment in the MMI programmed specifically for them, and offers two USB interfaces. (more...)
Resident Evil 2 E3 2018 gameplay video Resident Evil 2 E3 2018 gameplay video
- June 20, 2018

Lunn also did not specifically mention native 4K, so it's unclear what the final resolution of the game will be on Xbox One X . In comparison, Resident Evil 7 is Xbox One X enhanced and runs at 4K 60FPS . According to brand manager Mike Lunn, Resident Evil 2 does indeed feature two modes on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X . The first is a purely visual mode that caps the frame-rate at 30fps, while pushing the resolution to 4K. (more...)
Don't Expect Octopath Traveler to Get Any Future DLC Don't Expect Octopath Traveler to Get Any Future DLC
- June 20, 2018

As expected, a few interesting nuggets had surfaced during the chat. Masashi Takahashi stated in an interview with Dengeki Online that there is no now planned DLC for the game, and the "product version is the finished product". "There will be people who find some places easier because they went at it earlier, while those who play through the area later on will find a harder challenge". (more...)
Instagram's new long-form video hub, IGTV, expected to launch today Instagram's new long-form video hub, IGTV, expected to launch today
- June 20, 2018

According to TechCrunch , the new channel will launch with clips from independent creators who have a sizeable following on Instagram, as well as professional "content houses". Instagram also shares how businesses, creators, and more can "leverage" the new platform, reiterating its massive user base. Instagram users will be able to discover and explore the full-screen, longer-form video in the app's Explore section and not Instagram's main feed - a move the company said it made because ... (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Front Panel Leak Shows Even Smaller Bezels Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Front Panel Leak Shows Even Smaller Bezels
- June 20, 2018

Last night, the usually reliable IceUniverse shared an alleged leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's screen panel on Twitter. It certainly looks like a real Galaxy Note accessory, and Ice Universe has a terrific track record. Elsewhere, the design of the Note 9 doesn't differ to drastically to its predecessor. The Note 9 display is rumored to increase from 6.3 inches on the Note 8 to 6.38 inches. (more...)
You can soon stink up Fortnite with brand-new Stink Bombs You can soon stink up Fortnite with brand-new Stink Bombs
- June 20, 2018

Like most other grenades, they'll drop in stacks of three and have a maximum stack limit of 5. Epic Games has also made a big change to rocket launchers in the new update, nerfing the effectiveness of the weapon. With such rapid growth, new players are joining the Fortnite train at a rate of knots but they often find themselves heavily outskilled by the players that have already had months of practice. (more...)
Mazda MX-5 to get 15% power hike and more safety kit Mazda MX-5 to get 15% power hike and more safety kit
- June 20, 2018

Thanks to these upgrades, the automaker says the 2019 MX-5 is "more responsive and aims to be more engaging to drive". We know MX-5 purists want to pore over every iota of updates on their beloved roadster, but let's start with what we don't know: pricing, gas mileage and full soup-to-nuts specifications - except weight, which Mazda says is up just 7 pounds for 2019. (more...)
"Apple expects 45 million preorders of the 6.5" OLED iPhone
- June 20, 2018

Then there will be the iPhone X with 6.1-inch screen. If one were to give credence to the latest leaks and rumors doing the rounds, Apple Inc might have made a decision to scrap its iPhone SE project. Whether the less expensive 6.1-inch model will sport an LCD display or an OLED display is a point of contention. These two will carry OLED displays and undoubtedly a hefty price tag, especially the 6.5-inch model which is rumored to have a new triple camera setup to enhance the AR ... (more...)
Auto News: New Generation Suzuki Jimny To Debut In Japan Next Month Auto News: New Generation Suzuki Jimny To Debut In Japan Next Month
- June 20, 2018

Suzuki Australia has yet to confirm whether the Jimny, which was first devloped in 1970 and has been hugely popular in Australia during its lifetime, will be offered locally. The SUVs will be officially launched in July 2018 in Japan, following which they will be launched in many other worldwide markets. Industry sources suggest they will include the 1.2-litre and 1.0-litre turbo petrol units now available in other Suzuki models, and will not include a diesel option, Suzuki having dropped all ... (more...)
Galaxy Note 9 will come with 512GB storage in these markets Galaxy Note 9 will come with 512GB storage in these markets
- June 20, 2018

It also remains to be seen if Samsung will add 8GB of RAM to the mix on the 512GB model. As mentioned, pre-booking has already begun in China. The Galaxy J4 16GB is now listed on Amazon.in for Rs.9,990, down from its list price of Rs.10,990. (more...)
Cyberpunk 2077 PC Specs for E3 Demo Revealed Cyberpunk 2077 PC Specs for E3 Demo Revealed
- June 20, 2018

So, what does it take to run Cyberpunk 2077 at that level of visual fidelity? The demo was played via an Intel Core i7 8700K (not overclocked) PC with 32GB of DDR4 memory and an Nvidia GTX 1080Ti and managed to hit 30 fps at 4K. But given how dense and detailed CD Projekt RED is planning to make Cyberpunk 2077 - with an array of buildings you can enter, no less - the fact that you won't be greeted by a loading screen when changing scenery is an incredibly welcome one. (more...)
How to watch the Oppo Find X launch live stream today How to watch the Oppo Find X launch live stream today
- June 20, 2018

The new Oppo Find X is an all-screen truly bezel-less smartphone that comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 percent. There is no fingerprint scanner anywhere on the Find X which means users will rely on the device's facial recognition system in order for authentication. (more...)
PUBG on Discount for the First Time; Introduces Event Pass PUBG on Discount for the First Time; Introduces Event Pass
- June 20, 2018

PUBG has already moved 50 million units of its game across PC and Xbox One consoles and has hit 87 million daily players. After mimicking Fortnite's Battle Pass on mobile earlier this week, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is set to introduce a paid, timed event with the arrival of the new Sanhok map on Friday, June 22: it's called Event Pass , and it helps you unlock more cosmetic customisations. (more...)
Intel responds to AMD’s trolling over Core i7-8086K sweepstakes Intel responds to AMD’s trolling over Core i7-8086K sweepstakes
- June 20, 2018

As part of the festivities, Intel announced a sweepstakes in which it would give away 8,086 CPUs during a 24-hour span. Twitter spats can turn ugly in a hurry, as we've all seen, but this exchange between AMD and Intel is proof that it doesn't have to go down that way. (more...)
Love Facebook Messenger? Now, get used to autoplaying ads Love Facebook Messenger? Now, get used to autoplaying ads
- June 20, 2018

As of May, Messenger was ranked as the third most popular mobile social networking app, with a monthly mobile audience reach of nearly 106 million. They're meant to catch your eyes when you scroll through the messages. It's a theme that cropped up again and again when CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April. This comes as Facebook is still reeling over the controversial data leak with Cambridge Analytica. (more...)
PS4 Cross-Play Restrictions Are All About Money, Says Ex-Sony Dev PS4 Cross-Play Restrictions Are All About Money, Says Ex-Sony Dev
- June 19, 2018

The ex-boss of Daybreak Game Company, formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, said that he saw the rationale first-hand when he was at the company. PlayStation 4 users who had linked their console to their Epic account found that they were unable to log in on their Switch console, meaning their progress and purchases would have to started from scratch if they wanted to use their Switch. (more...)