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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice getting free VR mode Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice getting free VR mode
- July 26, 2018

Starting July 31, owners of Hellblade can experience Senua's haunting adventure through psychosis in a brand new way: in virtual reality on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Ninja Theory honestly thought it would be a cool addition for fans. In the video Dominic Matthews, Commercial Director at Ninja Theory, notes: "Why did we do this?" It is the story of Senua, a traumatised Celtic warrior journeying into the Viking underworld of hel. (more...)
YouTube VR update adds Samsung Gear VR support
- July 26, 2018

By doing this, YouTube is opening up its extensive library of VR-supported videos to any Samsung device that is compatible with Gear VR, which is a great thing for both companies. This feature lets you watch and discuss videos in a virtual space with your friends and is accessible by click on the " Watch Together " icon under the play controls. (more...)
Samsung Unveils 'Unbreakable' OLED Display Panel, Certified by Underwriters Laboratories Samsung Unveils 'Unbreakable' OLED Display Panel, Certified by Underwriters Laboratories
- July 26, 2018

Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If there is a weak point on most smartphones, it would be the display as this is generally made from glass. Samsung claims that the fortified plastic in use here is very similar to glass in terms of its transitivity (how well light and RF can pass through) and hardness, while being dramatically more flexible. (more...)
Telstra announces AU$5b networks investment, launches new mobile plans Telstra announces AU$5b networks investment, launches new mobile plans
- July 26, 2018

The plan also comes with unlimited national and worldwide calls and texts and 10GB of roaming data. The M plan from the Mobile BYO plans offers unlimited calls and texts in Australia, 30GB of data with "peace of mind data" capped at 1.5Mbps speeds OR the ability to forego than and pay $10 per gigabyte of extra data without speed limits for $69 per month, and other inclusions. (more...)
Apple has apparently solved its latest MacBook Pro throttling problem Apple has apparently solved its latest MacBook Pro throttling problem
- July 26, 2018

Tuesday's Supplemental Update doesn't seem to have any impact on performance-all of Apple's previous claims (up to 70 percent of a speed boost on the 15-inch model versus last year's version, and 2x the performance on the 13-inch compared to last year's model) are still accurate. (more...)
Here's Why Facebook Is Thinking About Launching a Satellite Into Orbit Here's Why Facebook Is Thinking About Launching a Satellite Into Orbit
- July 25, 2018

Now social media giant Facebook is taking a significant step. Over the past few years, a host of companies have been working on launching "constellations" of smaller satellites into the low Earth orbit, between 160 and 2012 kilometers about the Earth, as a better way to connect the entire world's population. (more...)
Google infuses more AI into G Suite Google infuses more AI into G Suite
- July 25, 2018

The feature has already arrived for Google Docs users in the Early Adopter Program and will roll out to others in the future. Google is advancing its suite of apps for enterprise customers with new AI-powered features. It will also learn your address, and other frequently typed details to help you draft emails quickly. This feature should also be available to G Suite customers in the coming weeks. (more...)
Steam's upgraded chat client is now available to everyone Steam's upgraded chat client is now available to everyone
- July 25, 2018

Groups can now also have "channel" sub-categories, while invitations can be sent via email - which ties in nicely to the fact that the new chat system works in-browser, allowing users to communicate even from systems which do not have the native Steam client installed. (more...)
Mozilla exec says Google slowed YouTube down on non-Chrome browsers Mozilla exec says Google slowed YouTube down on non-Chrome browsers
- July 25, 2018

Cynics will suggest that Google has purposefully done this so that YouTube viewers will use its Chrome web browser (or YouTube app) to get the best experience. But there was none of that this time and given that Internet Explorer 11 is allowed to run the old YouTube interface, the fact that Firefox and Edge are being made to suffer is partly because it hasn't moved from the obsolete Shadow DOM Polyfill v0 to the current (and supported) v1. (more...)
Intel Core i7-9700K rumored to abandon hyper-threading Intel Core i7-9700K rumored to abandon hyper-threading
- July 25, 2018

According to the thread, the Core i9-9900K will have a 3.6GHz base clock and a tantalizing 5GHz single-core boost clock, along with a 4.7GHz all-core boost clock. All three chips in the table are said to have a TDP of just 95W. Dual-core boost steps down to 4.8GHz, quad-core boost drops to 4.7GHz, and 6-/8-core boost is dialed in at 4.6GHz. (more...)
Kano made a Harry Potter wand to teach kids coding Kano made a Harry Potter wand to teach kids coding
- July 25, 2018

While the kit is ideal for children as young as 6 years old, it's also suitable for Harry Potter-loving adults who are new to coding. Kano has launched a new coding kit that helps kids build their own magic wands. A block-based interface and a JavaScript inspector have been created to teach students the basics of coding, and help develop real world programming skills, and there are over 70 themed challenges to flick and swish through, including action from Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade ... (more...)
Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera In Development Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera In Development
- July 25, 2018

Nikon and rival Canon have both struggled to adapt to the burgeoning revolution in mirrorless cameras that's gained steam over the past few years, though, a shift led by Sony and its relentless refinement of its Alpha family of mirrorless bodies. (more...)
Audi unveils its stylish new weapon against BMW and Mercedes Audi unveils its stylish new weapon against BMW and Mercedes
- July 25, 2018

Specifications for the USA are yet to be announced but in other markets Audi will offer its latest Q3 with three gasoline engines and one diesel. The new Navigation Plus system can use info from Google Maps to give real-time traffic data as well as information about the destination, including photos, reviews and business hours, etc. (more...)
Burglary crew hits Apple store in Costa Mesa Burglary crew hits Apple store in Costa Mesa
- July 25, 2018

He added that the thieves had perused the store for about 15 minutes before they began taking the iPhones and iPads. An off-duty cop was at the scene and tried to detain the men in the front of the store, but failed. Jony Ive along with Foster + Partners will have to at some point in time rethink their open store design and policy of dropping product locks before one of these robberies go wrong and customers get injured. (more...)
No Man's Sky NEXT Update Is Available to Download Now on PS4 No Man's Sky NEXT Update Is Available to Download Now on PS4
- July 25, 2018

Hello Games says that you can now build a base "anywhere on any planet", and that there are hundreds of new base parts that you can use to give your base a unique look or layout. It seems that many people did return to No Man's Sky or are trying it for the first time, and they're enjoying it, too. Push down on your d-pad, and a menu will appear. (more...)
Internet sensation April the giraffe is pregnant again Internet sensation April the giraffe is pregnant again
- July 25, 2018

April, who is 17 and enjoys carrots, has become a huge star and boasts her own website and clothing line. Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., hinted April may have been pregnant in late June when zoo staffers sent the animal's feces to a lab for testing. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaks out in trio of new images Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaks out in trio of new images
- July 25, 2018

How expensive? Well, if a report made by WinFuture's Roland Quandt is accurate - and Quandt does have a near-flawless track record when reporting on mobile industry news and leaks - the Samsung Note 9 pricing will start in Europe at €1050. (more...)
Blockchain company Tron buys BitTorrent Blockchain company Tron buys BitTorrent
- July 25, 2018

Justin Sun's official announcement on the acquisition stated: "Proud to announce BitTorrent and uTorrent are now part of the Tron family". We believe that joining the TRON network will further enhance BitTorrent and accelerate our mission of creating an Internet of options, not rules. (more...)
Apple’s iPhones trail Samsung, Google devices in internet speeds Apple’s iPhones trail Samsung, Google devices in internet speeds
- July 25, 2018

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL weren't far behind, with average download speeds of 34.4Mbps and 33.9Mbps. Here's an area where smartphones from rival device makers like Samsung and Google best Apple's premium device, according to new data from Ookla LLC, which shows that iPhones are lagging behind rivals when it comes to which phones have the most blazing internet speeds. (more...)
Openreach to cut price of fast broadband Openreach to cut price of fast broadband
- July 25, 2018

The incentives, which BT said go "beyond regulator Ofcom's pricing controls on Openreach's super fast broadband", are supposed to give a financial leg-up to its CPs when they upgrade their customers to superfast broadband. "The FTIR's analysis indicates that, without change, full fibre broadband networks will at best only ever reach three quarters of the country, and it would take more than twenty years to do so", said Wright. (more...)
'We just don't know': Pathologist can't say how Karen Ristevski died 'We just don't know': Pathologist can't say how Karen Ristevski died
- July 25, 2018

Mr Ristevski was speaking to police when she got there and the next day, she said, he appeared disengaged, even from his daughter Sarah. But Professor Cordner said it was still possible Ms Ristevski died from head injuries. A bid to suppress telco evidence in a committal hearing to determine whether accused wife-murderer Borce Ristevski will stand trial has failed. "In your statement, you indicate Mr Ristevski told you it happened upstairs?" Mr Fisher said it's part of a story Mr ... (more...)
Samsung pips Xiaomi as Apple reports mere 1% share in Q2 2018 Samsung pips Xiaomi as Apple reports mere 1% share in Q2 2018
- July 25, 2018

The world's second-most populous country just so happens to also be the second biggest smartphone market , behind China, but ahead of the U.S., so naturally, when Xiaomi defeated Samsung in regional shipments during last year's final quarter, the chaebol took notice. (more...)
Apple solves MacBook Pro 2018 throttling issue with software patch Apple solves MacBook Pro 2018 throttling issue with software patch
- July 25, 2018

Following a week of getting dragged on YouTube and Reddit for a performance throttling issue, Apple's new MacBook Pro 2018 is now rid of the problem through a software patch. The Tame Apple Press confidently reported that Jobs' Mob had a special tool for 2016 and 2017 models of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that allows Genius Bars and Apple Authorised Service Providers to recover user data when the logic board fails, but the SSD is still intact. (more...)
For shame: You’ll never believe the sites still on HTTP For shame: You’ll never believe the sites still on HTTP
- July 25, 2018

For Android and iOS users there's the Site Isolation feature created to add belt and braces in the fight against the Spectre vulnerability comes to mobile after debuting in Chrome 67 desktop but it does impact on the performance of the browser - initial reports suggest as much as 13 per cent. (more...)
Qualcomm mmWave antennas promise 5G for next-gen smartphones Qualcomm mmWave antennas promise 5G for next-gen smartphones
- July 24, 2018

They support beam forming so that while a hand may block one, others pick up the signal so that a consistent high level of wireless performance is provided. The QTM052 mmWave antenna modules by Qualcomm work in tandem with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem to help overcome the challenges associated with mmWave. (more...)