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Facebook and Instagram outages strike again Facebook and Instagram outages strike again
- November 21, 2018

We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can". Another declared: "Anyone else's Facebook down?" Small, short outages usually happen every so often to all of the social media giants. An error message declared the social media site was down for maintenance. But how about you, are you able to use Facebook or Insta right now? On downdetector .com, a site where users can report website outages, reports flowed in from as far as away Ethiopia, Australia, and the Philippines. (more...)
Xboom AI ThinQ WK9 is LG's answer to the Amazon Echo Show Xboom AI ThinQ WK9 is LG's answer to the Amazon Echo Show
- November 20, 2018

LG has partnered with Meridian Audio to deliver high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass, despite its compact size. In fact, LG markets the WK9 more as a speaker that's also a smart home device, rather than the other way around. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy A9 India launch: What to expect, how to watch livestream Samsung Galaxy A9 India launch: What to expect, how to watch livestream
- November 20, 2018

The device comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants and is priced at Rs 36,990 and Rs 39,990 respectively. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) made its official debut in Malaysia in October. At this price point, Galaxy A9 will be competing against the likes of OnePlus 6T and Asus Zenfone 5Z. Samsung Galaxy A9 has a Full HD+ 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display. (more...)
Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership
- November 20, 2018

Well, it looks like it took the companies two months to bring Skype calling to Alexa devices. It's not just Microsoft, of course. Starting this week, Skype calling is available to Alexa devices, allowing users to call friends and family on Skype or call mobiles and landlines in up to 150 countries worldwide. (more...)
Google Photos can now adjust background blur on Portrait Mode pics Google Photos can now adjust background blur on Portrait Mode pics
- November 20, 2018

At least, not by way of Apple , anyway. Now, the Portrait Mode depth control editing has made its way to Google Photos for iOS. With the newly updated Google Photos app. Users who have anything but an iPhone with an "X" in its name now have a great reason to install a Google app on their iPhone. You will get the edit slider when you hit the edit button again situated beneath the light and color bars. (more...)
Instagram Purges Fake Followers Acquired Through Third-Party Apps Instagram Purges Fake Followers Acquired Through Third-Party Apps
- November 20, 2018

Instagram influencers are arguably the heart and soul of brand-consumer relationships on the app, but often it's hard for brands and advertisers to determine who the real influencers are. It's possible that some people may have inadvertently shared their credentials with third-party apps, hence why offending accounts aren't automatically being deleted. (more...)
First Photos From Pixel 3 Lite Camera Leaked First Photos From Pixel 3 Lite Camera Leaked
- November 20, 2018

Rozetked says the draw with the Pixel 3 Lite is that it'll be a low-priced phone with a flagship-caliber camera - so these images may go a long way toward backing up that claim. But, this time the chassis of the device would be made up of plastic, not of aluminum and glass. The new model , which appears to be the " Sargo " that was spotted recently in the teardown of the ARCore app, has thick bezels - just like last year's Pixel 2 . (more...)
You can now place Skype calls using Amazon Alexa
- November 20, 2018

As always, we'll be covering the sale extensively and will be bringing you the best Black Friday deals once they go live this weekend. Some 46% of products were cheaper than their Black Friday price on at least one day during the six months afterwards. (more...)
Holy sheets: Multifactor authentication bug locks out Office 365 users Holy sheets: Multifactor authentication bug locks out Office 365 users
- November 19, 2018

Pete Banham, cyber resilience expert at Mimecast , commented: "Incidents like today's Azure multi-factor authentication issue pose serious productivity risks for those sticking to a software-as-a-service monoculture". Engineers are continuing to monitor for a reduction in user authentication errors as a result of this hotfix. Without the ability to securely log in, knowledge worker employees are unable to do their jobs. (more...)
Newly launched iPad Pro can seemingly bend and break very easily Newly launched iPad Pro can seemingly bend and break very easily
- November 19, 2018

In fact, the video showed the iPad Pro bending "like a piece of paper" without a lot of effort. Zack Nelson, the YouTuber behind popular channel JerryRigEverything , has chose to apply the idea to Apple's brand new iPad Pro . Apple's critical darling appears to bend pretty easily under the right amount of pressure, which you might expect but is no less visceral to watch. It's unusual for Zack to do this for a tablet, but the results are very interesting nevertheless. (more...)
Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept is a road course dominating SUV Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept is a road course dominating SUV
- November 19, 2018

They just came up with the mental SC18 about which you can read here and now they have also announced the ST-X which is a racing version of their latest SUV, the Urus . But by doing so, the Concept will now be capable of better performance both on and off the road. The vehicle itself has been "mechanically optimized" and comes with FIA-approved safety gear inside the vehicle. (more...)
Apple reportedly slashes production orders for iPhone XR and XS
- November 19, 2018

Now playing: Watch this: How deep can the iPhone XS and XR go? Reports on the internet are attributing the reduction in production to the "lower-than-expected" demand of the latest devices. Like Lumentum, Apple suppliers Qorvo and Japan Display have also cut their profit estimates, due to an unnamed large customer shrinking its orders - all three saw their stock value fall as a result. (more...)
Windows 10 October 2018 Update has broken iCloud Windows 10 October 2018 Update has broken iCloud
- November 19, 2018

The issue is an incompatibility between the latest version of Windows 10 and the latest version of the iCloud software, version 7.7.0.27. Now, Microsoft is blocking devices with iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27) from getting the software update and has also advised the consumers not to attempt any manual installation until the issue is resolved. (more...)
Google to soon allow users to comment on search results Google to soon allow users to comment on search results
- November 19, 2018

Well, that's about to change! According to a new help document , Google is gearing up to launch a new feature which would allow users to leave comments on search results. The name on your About me page shows with your comments. That is, of course, if the commenters managed to phrase it in a way that fits Google's comment policies. (more...)
Fallout 76 is Temporarily Down For Maintenance Later Today Fallout 76 is Temporarily Down For Maintenance Later Today
- November 19, 2018

Below you can find all the upcoming changes that will be coming to Fallout 76 in 2018. There's no word on whether the game will be offline for minutes or hours, but the downtime for "maintenance and updates " will see Bethesda implementing the " November 19 Patch ", improving performance and stability across all platforms. (more...)
'Fallout 76' Players Crash Servers by Launching 3 Nukes at Once 'Fallout 76' Players Crash Servers by Launching 3 Nukes at Once
- November 19, 2018

However, most players that make the attempt aren't getting much for results, since they are crashing the server by doing so. Earlier this week, the same group of players became the first group to launch a nuke at a Fissure Site; causing a massive Scorchbeast Queen to spawn in a special timed event. (more...)
OPPO Teases to Launch its First R-series Smartphone in India OPPO Teases to Launch its First R-series Smartphone in India
- November 19, 2018

Over the past few years, Oppo hasn't released the R-series smartphones in India, so it'll be a comeback for Oppo R series phones after the Oppo R5. India is the also biggest foreign market for most of the Chinese companies including OPPO. In terms of dimensions, the Oppo R17 Pro 157.6x74.6x7.9mm and weighs 183 grams. On the rear, we get to see a 12MP primary sensor with a variable aperture with a 20MP secondary sensor and a TOF 3D sensor. (more...)
WhatsApp Sticker Apps Reportedly Being Removed From App Store WhatsApp Sticker Apps Reportedly Being Removed From App Store
- November 19, 2018

The issue was first reported Friday by tech blog PiunikaWeb , which pointed to user reports that the app wasn't working and noted that some users were "not able to turn off Safe Mode". The app disappeared from Apple's App Store shortly after the issues above were highlighted, prompting many to suspect that Tumblr was removed as it was deemed to have broken App Store's policies on inappropriate content. (more...)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Sale Happening On November 23 Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Sale Happening On November 23
- November 19, 2018

Xiaomi will launch it's new Redmi Note 6 Pro smartphone in India on November 22. Camera: The new smartphone, which has been previously launched outside India, is incorporated with four cameras - two primary and two for selfies. The highlight of the 2107-based MIUI 9 was "Lighting Fast", this time too, Xiaomi is promising same if not more in the Android-based MIUI 10 will make the devices more responsive in terms of app loading and more. (more...)
Realme U1 Launching Exclusively on Amazon India on November 28th Realme U1 Launching Exclusively on Amazon India on November 28th
- November 19, 2018

Nothing about the specs is mentioned but as per the earlier speculations, the Realm one is touted be coming with an FHD+ resolution along with a 19:9 aspect ratio on its display along with the water drop notch. On the back, the smartphone is most likely to feature a dual camera setup with a 16 MP primary RGB sensor and a 2/5 MP depth sensor to offer portrait mode or photos with a varied depth of field. (more...)
Rapper 2 Milly considers legal action against Epic over Fortnite dance emote Rapper 2 Milly considers legal action against Epic over Fortnite dance emote
- November 19, 2018

Rapper 2 Milly is known by many for his viral dance craze called the " Milly Rock ". Everybody was just like, 'Yo, your dance is in the game. The move, renamed " Swipe It " in the game, is among over 100 different emotes available for purchase in the game for $5. (more...)
Fallout 76: What Happens After Release? Fallout 76: What Happens After Release?
- November 19, 2018

The governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, has decided to make this post-apocalyptic celebration official, formalising it with a proclamation that you can read below. Unlike the previous Fallout games, this new game will be an online multiplayer game which is the total opposite of what the previous games had been about. (more...)
Fortnite Challenge Guide (Week 8, Season 6): Fish Trophy Locations Fortnite Challenge Guide (Week 8, Season 6): Fish Trophy Locations
- November 19, 2018

Many players are wondering when this season will end as we approach week 10 of the Battle Pass challenges . Completing challenges is the quickest way of levelling up through the various Battle Pass tiers and earning the plethora of cosmetic items associated with those tiers. (more...)
Tens of millions of private text messages and security codes exposed Tens of millions of private text messages and security codes exposed
- November 19, 2018

Voxox's failure to secure its database highlights just some of the many problems with SMS-based verification and shows why companies have moved away from it in favour of two-factor authentication. Mike Godfrey, chief executive at security firm Insinia Security, said: "With text messages used for two factor authetication, we all knew this was a bad idea because hackers can get access to text messages". (more...)
Researchers develop neural network training method to generate effective fingerprint fakes Researchers develop neural network training method to generate effective fingerprint fakes
- November 18, 2018

They trained this network to recognize realistic images by feeding it lots of them. It feeds forward into additional "layers" of nodes if the output meets a certain threshold. The paper suggests this technique could be used to create replicated fingerprints that could be used in something akin to a "dictionary attack", but instead of software that runs millions of popular passwords through a system, a DeepMasterPrints-inspired tool could run several fake fingerprints through a system to see ... (more...)