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The next iPhone might actually come in some interesting colors The next iPhone might actually come in some interesting colors
- July 05, 2018

The current iPhone X is only available in two colors: Space Gray and Silver. The last time that Apple released a lower-cost new iPhone model was the iPhone 5C in 2013. The entry-level 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will apparently debut in "grey, white, blue, red and orange". Renowned analyst and Apple-watcher Ming-Chi Kuo (who previously worked for KGI Securities, but moved to TF International Securities in April ) claims that Apple is gearing up to release a cheaper iPhone later this year in a ... (more...)
Wikipedia down in several countries in protest over EU’s new copyright law Wikipedia down in several countries in protest over EU’s new copyright law
- July 05, 2018

The overhaul of European copyright law is divided into several sections, one of which is the reform criticised by Wikipedia and others who have warned it will lead to blanket censorship by tech giants . There then take after transactions with part states for the last position, amid which the full degree of the law and whether it applies to Wikipedia will be worked out. (more...)
Honor 10 GT announced with 8GB of RAM, GPU Turbo software Honor 10 GT announced with 8GB of RAM, GPU Turbo software
- July 05, 2018

Also, the Honor 10 GT features GPU Turbo (GT) technology that significantly improves the graphics performance of the smartphone. Huawei is in the process of making it available to several Huawei and Honor phones through a software update. (more...)
We Happy Few gets approved for Australia We Happy Few gets approved for Australia
- July 05, 2018

It'll be available for purchase in Australia after all. Gearbox Publishing and Compulsion Games' We Happy Few was denied by the Australian Classification Review Board in May, which meant the game could not release in that region. Last week, however, the Classification Board announced that it would reconsider the ruling , and today it revealed that the appeal has been successful. (more...)
Asus Zenfone 5Z with Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6.2-inch notched display launched Asus Zenfone 5Z with Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6.2-inch notched display launched
- July 04, 2018

The Zenfone 5Z has all the features of a flagship smartphone . As per Flipkart listing, Asus ZenFone 5Z 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. It has a 6.59-inch amoled display giving it a screen to body ratio of 91%. While its 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is listed at Rs. 32,999. The smartphone will be exclusively available for purchase through online retailer Flipkart, with which the company has entered into a partnership earlier this year. (more...)
The Squirtle Squad Is (Kind Of) Coming To Pokémon GO This Weekend The Squirtle Squad Is (Kind Of) Coming To Pokémon GO This Weekend
- July 04, 2018

Sometimes Pokemon GO is at its best when it implements the simple things. For players who need a little more direction than that, we've put together a comprehensive guide full of all the intel you need for the big day. It's now unclear if they'll be the angular shades of Ash's Squirtle, or the round shades of the rest of the squad. Be sure to keep an eye out for this as the day progresses. (more...)
Samsung texting app sent user pictures to other phones on its own Samsung texting app sent user pictures to other phones on its own
- July 04, 2018

Users claim the issue stems from Samsung Messages , which is the default SMS app on all of Samsung's phones. What's even worse is that the app reportedly leaves no evidence of photos being sent, which means users won't know when their phone may have unwittingly sent sensitive photos to a friend or co-worker until some time has passed. (more...)
Japan gets three new 2DS XL designs, including a Minecraft Creeper Edition Japan gets three new 2DS XL designs, including a Minecraft Creeper Edition
- July 04, 2018

It comes with Animal Crossing: New Leaf -Welcome amiibo pre-installed. This 2DS will be released on July 19th and will run you 15,980 yen ($144.18 US). Of the three, the Creeper Edition seems the most likely to get a U.S. and European launch. One is centered around Mario Kart 7 , another carries an Animal Crossing theme, and the third taps into the ever-popular Minecraft . (more...)
FCC filings give further credence to new $400 Surface reports
- July 04, 2018

The filing, discovered by WinFuture, has few details, however, so there's a lot of speculation at this point. We may not see Microsoft's long-awaited "Surface Phone" this year , but it looks like new Surface devices are definitely on the way. (more...)
Sunday's Squirtle Community Day Will Feature The Squirtle Squad
- July 03, 2018

As a nice little reference to the original season of the Pokémon anime, a sunglasses-wearing Squirtle will become available in the game. Running on July 8th from 10-1pm United Kingdom, players will be able to catch Squirtle with an unannounced special move, as well as gaining triple stardust for catches, and lures activated during the event lasting for three hours. (more...)
Instagram Introduces 'You're All Caught Up' Feature Instagram Introduces 'You're All Caught Up' Feature
- July 03, 2018

Amusingly, the demonstration of the message they have wedges the notification between two posts. It's true that such a feature is long overdue considering the fact that the first complaints about the algorithm behind Instagram's Feed date from two years ago. (more...)
Grand Theft Auto 6 announced - but yeah, it’s a hoax Grand Theft Auto 6 announced - but yeah, it’s a hoax
- July 03, 2018

If a PC version got similarly hacked, I'd have to write this story all over again for Red Dead 3, and nobody wants that. More than likely this is the work of hackers who are trying to have a little fun at fans' expense. Of course, GTA 6 is bound to happen at some point, although right now developer Rockstar is firmly knuckling down on Red Dead Redemption 2 . What do you think of GTA 6 messages popping up in GTA Online? GTA VI is no doubt in development, but Rockstar isn't a company ... (more...)
Shenmue I &II HD Remaster Release Date Confirmed for August 21 Shenmue I &II HD Remaster Release Date Confirmed for August 21
- July 03, 2018

Shenmue III is expected to launch sometime in 2019. At the time of publishing, if you visit this Microsoft store page , you'll see Shenmue I & Shenmue II listed as releasing on 21st August 2018. Shenmue II arrived in 2001 on Dreamcast and was ported to the original Xbox a year later. The re-release will stay true to the originals with modernized features including fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user ... (more...)
Facebook is shutting down tbh, Hello and Moves due to Facebook is shutting down tbh, Hello and Moves due to "low usage"
- July 03, 2018

Perhaps most notable is the shutdown of the fitness tracking Moves application, which Facebook acquired in April of 2014 as Apple's own push into health and fitness tracking picked up steam. It enables people to combine information from Facebook with contact information on their phone. It's an anonymous social media app for high school students in the US. (more...)
Third-party developers able to scan Gmail accounts Third-party developers able to scan Gmail accounts
- July 03, 2018

It's not news that Google and most of the other top email providers enable outside developers to access the inboxes of users. Last year, Google said that it will keep the privacy of its users paramount and would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements. (more...)
HTC Lays Off 1,500 Employees In Latest Money Saving Reorganization Attempt HTC Lays Off 1,500 Employees In Latest Money Saving Reorganization Attempt
- July 03, 2018

Smartphone maker HTC plans to slash around a quarter of its global workforce through job cuts at its manufacturing unit in Taiwan , in a bid to better manage resources as the company continues to battle dwindling sales. Over the years, consumers and tech enthusiasts alike have seen the market share of HTC in the smartphone space decline. Last month, under pressure from investors who were growing anxious about increasing losses and lower sales - March and April saw revenues drop 50 per ... (more...)
Some Samsung users say their phones randomly sent photos to contacts
- July 03, 2018

A Reddit user reported said their Samsung phone sent their entire photo gallery to their girlfriend. Specifically, the photos were sent over Samsung's stock text messaging app . "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it", a Samsung spokesman told us. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG". (more...)
WhatsApp rolls out new feature letting only group administrators send messages WhatsApp rolls out new feature letting only group administrators send messages
- July 03, 2018

WhatsApp, in this respect, is less useful for large groups of strangers as it still shows the phone numbers of everyone that joined. There will be a menu option of Send Messages under the Group Settings , which will have two options: " Only Admins " and "All Participants". (more...)
Instagram Launches "You’re All Caught Up" Feature
- July 03, 2018

Below that checkmark, though, there will be older content beyond the 48 hour cutoff, along with existing posts you've already scrolled through. We've heard that it can be hard to keep track of your seen posts. One of the main complaints was that an algorithm-based feed encourages mindless browsing and confusion about what posts are new or unseen. That brings us to Instagram's announcement from today, which praises the new " You're All Caught Up" feature that should make it easier for users to ... (more...)
Facebook bug unblocked blocked users on 800,000 accounts Facebook bug unblocked blocked users on 800,000 accounts
- July 03, 2018

Those who were unblocked could not see content that a user shared with their friends, but they could see "things posted to a wider audience", Facebook said, such as photos shared with friends of friends. Users will be notified if the bug was linked to their accounts and will receive a Facebook notification "encouraging them to check their blocked list", the company said. (more...)
Leaked Email Describes The Secret Microsoft Andromeda Project Leaked Email Describes The Secret Microsoft Andromeda Project
- July 02, 2018

Andromeda is rumoured for a release this year, which is ambitious to say the least. The Andromeda device's operating system was rumored to be included in an upcoming update for Windows 10, but Foley said that is no longer the case, which casts major doubt on the Andromeda device's viability any time soon. (more...)
Essential issues several Android updates only hours after Google Essential issues several Android updates only hours after Google
- July 02, 2018

It's the second day of July and we've got your monthly security patches ready to go! Google on Monday released Android P Beta 3 (Developer Preview 4) out into the wild. It is 100% live as I just pulled it. With Project Treble, the Android beta program is available on more devices than in previous years. You can now install it on the Essential Phone , Google's Pixel family of phones , Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21UD, Vivo X21, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. (more...)
Comcast Xfinity Mobile will throttle your hotspot speeds and lower video resolution Comcast Xfinity Mobile will throttle your hotspot speeds and lower video resolution
- July 02, 2018

Xfinity Mobile still has one of the cheapest single-user unlimited data plans, at $45 per month, and the Verizon network that it runs on has arguably the best coverage nationwide. This is something we see with just about every carrier in the USA, but the changes to mobile hotspot use is a bit more damning. Surprising no one, Comcast announced some imminent plan changes today which will surely make its customers hopping mad. (more...)
Fortnite Shares New Playground LTM Update Fortnite Shares New Playground LTM Update
- July 02, 2018

The team will keep chugging around the clock and into the weekend, and we will make this thing work as soon as we can. Playground Mode is the latest LTM for Fortnite: Battle Royale, dropping you and three other players onto the BR map for an hour, during which respawns are enabled and you can build and mess around within the sandbox as much as you like until the Storm begins to close in after 55 minutes. (more...)
Spotify tests lite version of app in Brazil Spotify tests lite version of app in Brazil
- July 02, 2018

That's particularly important for cheaper smartphones, which tend to have less memory, and people who use metered mobile data . A similar approach is used by Google and Facebook with their "Go" and "Lite" apps respectively, allowing the apps to be used with even slow internet connections and on data plans that don't have a lot of available bandwidth. (more...)