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Apple announces new warranty program for faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards
- June 23, 2018

If you already paid for your keyboard to get repaired Apple will give you a refund. "I would say it's THE issue on this computer", he told me. In the same vein, it is worth noting that, prior to the announcement of the program, repairs involved nearly exclusively swapping out the entire top case of the keyboard. (more...)
Apple's AirPower charging mat coming in September after long delays Apple's AirPower charging mat coming in September after long delays
- June 23, 2018

Thanks to their glass backs, these phones can be used with Qi-certified chargers to supply power to your phone via magnetic induction. Because it is designed as a mat to let users place up to three different products - iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods - anywhere on its top, it needs to accommodate multiple and differently sized chargers being placed all over the surface. (more...)
Ofsted head backs schools that ban mobiles in the classroom Ofsted head backs schools that ban mobiles in the classroom
- June 23, 2018

Ms Spielman is due to tell the audience at the Festival of Education at Wellington College that it was "entirely appropriate" for schools to use sanctions such as writing lines, detention or "community service" punishments such as picking up litter. (more...)
Latest US Supreme Court decision could hit SC wallets. Here's how Latest US Supreme Court decision could hit SC wallets. Here's how
- June 23, 2018

Cases in point: Amazon is now among the world's most valuable companies, and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the richest person in the world. For those who tend to patronize the biggest retailers, the ruling may not make much of a difference. Other internet companies opposed the law, saying the thousands of variances in local and state tax laws create an accounting nightmare for business owners. (more...)
Apple vs Pepper: App Store monopoly case heads to the Supreme Court Apple vs Pepper: App Store monopoly case heads to the Supreme Court
- June 22, 2018

The position of the plaintiffs is that Apple's complete control over application distribution on the iPhone has caused pricing inflation. You should definitely check out each of them - who knows, your favorite apps might be listed on table so hurry up! What is less clear is if the monopoly is distorting prices, and this is the important point about a monopoly that is working against consumer interest. (more...)
Fortnite - Bear, Crater, and a Refrigerator Shipment location explained Fortnite - Bear, Crater, and a Refrigerator Shipment location explained
- June 22, 2018

Here's a brief explainer for why this matters for those who may have just joined Fortnite with the Nintendo Switch port's release last week . Search to collect them then quickly get out of the area, as it'll be full of other players after the same reward and it's the ideal location for campers to rack up some easy kills. (more...)
Verizon Will Not Share Real-Time Location Data with Third-Parties Verizon Will Not Share Real-Time Location Data with Third-Parties
- June 22, 2018

The move comes just over a month after Sen. Wyden's May 8 letter also called on wireless carriers to investigate the issue after his own investigation revealed questionable data handling practices by a company called Securus Technologies. (more...)
Fortnite makes $100 million on iOS in just 90 days Fortnite makes $100 million on iOS in just 90 days
- June 22, 2018

Clash Royale remains undisputed at number 1 racing to $100 million Dollars in just 51 days. This means that it has now surpassed Tencent's Chinese heavyweights Arena of Valor (known as Honor of Kings in China) and Knives Out . Regular updates continue to change Fortnite , and the latest update, v4.4, adds the Stink Bomb item and more to Battle Royale . According to reports, PUBG has managed to gross only $5.2 million in revenue as the game has been struggling to find the right ... (more...)
YouTube Debuts Premieres To Let Creators Launch New Videos Within Live Streams YouTube Debuts Premieres To Let Creators Launch New Videos Within Live Streams
- June 22, 2018

With channel memberships, viewers pay a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 for access to things like unique badges, custom emoji, members-only posts and access to other custom perks offered by creators, like exclusive live streams, extra videos or shout-outs. (more...)
European Union takes first step towards passing controversial copyright law European Union takes first step towards passing controversial copyright law
- June 22, 2018

Key changes will include a right for publishers to claim compensation for snippets of their news and content being published by aggregators such as Google . Criticism has focused on two articles of the proposed new law. " Article 13 must go", Jim Killock, the executive director of the Open Rights Group, a digital rights organization, said in a statement. (more...)
No Plans to Support VR on Xbox Consoles No Plans to Support VR on Xbox Consoles
- June 22, 2018

In a separate comment to GameSpot, Spencer said he hadn't gotten many requests for mixed reality console games, but didn't close the door on MR games for Xbox One X . In June 2016, Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio , which turned into the Xbox One X in 2017. While Microsoft continues its investment on Windows Mixed Reality, the company recently confirmed in an interview that it is not bringing VR or MR to the Xbox. (more...)
Google's augmented reality-based Measure app comes to Android phones Google's augmented reality-based Measure app comes to Android phones
- June 22, 2018

But with advances in augmented reality tech in more mainstream handsets, a lot of things only Tango could do are trickling down to devices regular people use. "Tap the camera icon to snap a photo for later, or tap the trash icon to start a new measurement". Also, you can move closer to view the virtual line on the screen from different angles and once measured, you can take a photo to save the measurement. (more...)
Get ready for more sales taxes on online purchases Get ready for more sales taxes on online purchases
- June 22, 2018

But how it will play out in the thicket of state tax laws remains to be seen. Ahead of the court ruling, IL enacted a budget that counts on $150 million in new tax revenue - to come from out-of-state internet retailers - for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1. (more...)
Epic Games wants to evolve Fortnite's current meta, especially in the endgame Epic Games wants to evolve Fortnite's current meta, especially in the endgame
- June 22, 2018

In its most recent blog update , Epic is keen to express that Fortnite must support "a wide range of play styles and counterplay" in order to thrive. They added, "We are exploring changes to weapon balance and resource economy, like e.g. resource caps". There is much to be done because despite its wild success, the game still is in Early Access phase! "Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off", Epic said in a blog post. (more...)
Google Maps Drops In-App Uber Booking 06/18/2018 Google Maps Drops In-App Uber Booking 06/18/2018
- June 22, 2018

It is not clear why Google and Uber which company took the decision to shut it down. Both Google and Uber are silent for now, the only official pieces of information being present on Google's support page about the "Request a ride" feature in Google Maps . (more...)
Minecraft on Nintendo Switch gets Xbox Live Achievements and Gamerscore Minecraft on Nintendo Switch gets Xbox Live Achievements and Gamerscore
- June 22, 2018

The PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console hardware platform in May in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group . Yet Sony continues to refuse to allow PlayStation consoles to get in on the fun when it comes to playing with Microsoft or Nintendo consoles. (more...)
IOS 12 Will Share Your Location with 911 During an Emergency Call IOS 12 Will Share Your Location with 911 During an Emergency Call
- June 22, 2018

Upwards of 80% of 911 calls are made from mobile phones. The new feature will allow the dispatchers to better locate Chicago callers who use their iPhones. The company recently announced a partnership with Uber, which adds a button for calling 911 inside of the ride-hailing app. Google did a pilot program with RapidSOS recently, but does not now include the option in Android . (more...)
Xbox One won't get VR support after all
- June 22, 2018

When Microsoft launched the Xbox One X , there was a great deal of talk specifically about its suitability for virtual reality. "We don't have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality", Nichols said in conversation with GamesIndustry.biz. (more...)
Reggie says Nintendo Switch Online is the successor to the Virtual Console Reggie says Nintendo Switch Online is the successor to the Virtual Console
- June 22, 2018

Alongside their current headset models, Turtle Beach also announced two other new products at E3 this year: the Recon 200 and Stealth 300 headsets, both optimized for Battle Royale gaming on Switch, specifically with Fortnite . Currently, the game has no cross-platform play. More than 125 million people have already tried out Fortnite , and the game has been downloaded more than 2 million times on the Nintendo Switch thus far. (more...)
BMW 630d Gran Turismo launched at Rs. 66.50 lakh BMW 630d Gran Turismo launched at Rs. 66.50 lakh
- June 22, 2018

The BMW 630d is powered by a 3.0 L diesel engine that puts out 265 hp and 620 Nm. M Sport - Rs 73.7 lakhs. BMW has now introduced the diesel 6-series Gran Turismo, badged as the 630d, at Rs 66.50 lakh. The 6 GT is meant to be BMW's answer to the Mercedes-Benz E-class in India, which is only available in long-wheelbase form. It comes with a leather-wrapped dashboard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control and iDrive Touch, BMW Apps and Apple CarPlay ... (more...)
Apple releases second betas for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12 Apple releases second betas for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12
- June 22, 2018

These are identifiers for a new generation of Apple Watch devices and this becomes clear when you look at the current Watch3,1 through Watch3,4 identifiers. Let's dig in. Also, password autofill gets a redesigned interface in iCloud keychain. It didn't take long for Mac and iOS prodigy Guilherme Rambo - a maven among software developers - to unearth some particularly interesting tidbits that may hint to an upcoming Apple Watch refresh. (more...)
Algeria switches off internet connections nationwide during high school exams Algeria switches off internet connections nationwide during high school exams
- June 22, 2018

The 2016 exam season was marred by widespread cheating, with exam questions published on social media before or at the start of the test. The whole nation of Algeria went offline on Wednesday for the start of high school exams, the first in a series of internet blackouts to stop the possibility of students cheating. (more...)
This ‘free’ game earned more than $1 million per day This ‘free’ game earned more than $1 million per day
- June 22, 2018

With smartphone gaming offering serious revenue streams of late, popular battle royale game Fortnite has made headlines by generating over $100 million in revenue within just 90 days of its launch on Apple's iOS App Store. PUBG on mobile doesn't count yet because it has only been on iOS for 60 days now and hasn't reached $100 million, yet. It makes " Fortnite " the third most successful mobile launch ever, behind Supercell's " Clash Royale " and Niantic's "Pokémon GO". (more...)
Steam Summer Sale 2018 looks set to start today
- June 22, 2018

Instead of having daily deals and flash sales on certain games, all of the deals seem to be permanent from the beginning to the end-at least so far. That means that games you added through Humble Bundle and other services are not calculated into the total figure. (more...)
Instagram launches IGTV which can host content an hour long
- June 22, 2018

Mr Systrom also announced a new feature enabling some users to share long-form videos up to one-hour long. All Instagram users will be able to post on IGTV vertical videos up to 10 minutes long - with only users with 10,000 or more followers able to take advantage of the 60-minute length. (more...)