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Google buys smartwatch technology from Fossil Google buys smartwatch technology from Fossil
- January 18, 2019

The search giant was also rumoured to launch its own Pixel-branded smartwatch that was proven wrong when the Pixel 3 smartphones launched. The nature of the technology that's now exchanging hands hasn't been disclosed, though the agreement is understood to be exclusive in nature and not even Fossil may be able to use the said solution moving forward without licensing it to Google. (more...)
Apple wildly underestimates demand for cheap iPhone batteries Apple wildly underestimates demand for cheap iPhone batteries
- January 18, 2019

The blame was placed on worsening economic conditions in China, the current USA trade war, and Apple's $29 battery replacement program. Apple CEO Tim Cook said iPhone battery replacements caused some of the downturn in iPhone sales last quarter. (more...)
To-play arena: How does Fortnite rack-up a $3-billion profit? To-play arena: How does Fortnite rack-up a $3-billion profit?
- January 18, 2019

After using these security tokens to access a player's account in Fortnite , hackers could then take actions such as buying in-game currency, according to the report . For all its massive, $2.4 billion success, Fortnite has stumbled a bit on the esports scene, partly because it's not ready for prime time but also because of Epic's habit of capricious rule changes and updates that catch pros by surprise. (more...)
Things We're Excited About in the Next PUBG Xbox Update Things We're Excited About in the Next PUBG Xbox Update
- January 18, 2019

PUBG Mobile is also brought many updates to the Chinese New Year themed version including night mode for Vikendi Snow Map, and also a cooperative mode where players airdrop together and have mini quests like to defeat monsters and dragons to get new loot to help them win the game. (more...)
Is Is "10 Year Challenge" helping Facebook mine data?
- January 18, 2019

The challenge has been widely shared on both Twitter and Instagram, with various hashtags - from #HowHardDidAgingHitYou to #10yearchallenge to #GlowUp. But that whole set of profile pictures could end up generating a lot of useless noise. Read O'Neill's full "10 Year Challenge" column on Wired . Is the 10-year challenge a part of something bigger or just a harmless meme? Facebook did not start this trend , and the meme uses photos that already exist on Facebook. (more...)
After Lawsuit From Bethesda, The Westworld Mobile Game Is Shutting Down After Lawsuit From Bethesda, The Westworld Mobile Game Is Shutting Down
- January 17, 2019

The mobile game based on the HBO's Westworld show is being shut down, the Westworld mobile game's team announced. Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit against the two parties responsible for the creation of the Westworld mobile game. If you're sad at missing out on the game, don't be. "If you have any in-game currency, keep in mind to use it before the game goes offline on April 16, 2019". (more...)
Unlock the World of Kingdom Hearts at Tokyo's Disney Ambassador Hotel Unlock the World of Kingdom Hearts at Tokyo's Disney Ambassador Hotel
- January 17, 2019

More Kingdom Hearts themed furniture like a table will also be placed around the room. The rooms aren't as over-the-top as one would expect, but feature enough artwork to satisfy any fan. The official website has given us a glimpse into the Kingdom Hearts sanctuary. It's now unknown exactly how many rooms feature this design, but it has been confirmed that there are "multiple" Kingdom Hearts rooms. (more...)
Motorola Razr is making a comeback as a foldable smartphone Motorola Razr is making a comeback as a foldable smartphone
- January 17, 2019

For now, there are not any details on what the Motorola's latest Razr phone will look like. Chinese phone maker Royole announced its FlexPai foldable smartphone toward the end of 2018, but it's still in the pre-order phase today. WSJ says that the device is now being tested, but could launch as early as next month. This is going to take some tricky design work to pull off properly. (more...)
Will OnePlus 7 camera feature 10X hybrid optical zoom? Will OnePlus 7 camera feature 10X hybrid optical zoom?
- January 16, 2019

As found on My Drivers and translated by The Verge , Oppo sent out of series of media invitations captioned essentially "ten times the view, see you soon", above the date of the scheduled event - January 16. It's not clear if the company will launch a commercial device or show off the technology with a prototype device. While no specifics regarding the new technology have been revealed just yet, we would assume that the new 10x technology will use light refraction in a reflective prism to ... (more...)
Google Fi texts will be more like iMessage thanks to RCS upgrade Google Fi texts will be more like iMessage thanks to RCS upgrade
- January 15, 2019

Google has been the driving force behind RCS adoption for the past two years, so it has always been confusing that the company's own MVNO network didn't support the technology. You can find a big list of RCS "Chat" features at this post . Verizon, for example, now offers RCS on all its phones through the Message+ app, but it only works when messaging another person on a Verizon device. (more...)
UCLA gymnast breaks the internet with unbelievable routine UCLA gymnast breaks the internet with unbelievable routine
- January 15, 2019

But her incredible routine hides a heartbreaking story of an Olympic Games hopeful who once lost the passion for her sport. She had another impressive M.J. These were all things I had heard before I'd even got injured", Ohashi said. "I couldn't accept myself, gymnastics was my worth, it was my life and I hated myself". (more...)
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from today Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from today
- January 15, 2019

In other words, after the January 2020 deadline, Microsoft will stop shipping security updates as well, meaning that Windows 7 will be left unguarded in case vulnerabilities are discovered. Unlike in past years, there is no "new" version of Windows on the horizon - Microsoft has been updating Windows 10 on a regular basis with new features since its 2015 debut. (more...)
Another PS4 Game Now Supports Cross-Play Another PS4 Game Now Supports Cross-Play
- January 14, 2019

Rocket League's cross-play support on all platforms, including the PlayStation 4, is in effect now with cross-platform parties expected to be detailed soon. More information will be shared at a later date. It's finally happened! Sony has switched on cross-play for Rocket League , meaning PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC can all play together. (more...)
Apple required a $1bn 'incentive payment' for iPhone contract, Qualcomm CEO claims Apple required a $1bn 'incentive payment' for iPhone contract, Qualcomm CEO claims
- January 14, 2019

Antitrust regulators argue that Qualcomm's deal with Apple is symptomatic of the way Qualcomm behaves more generally, with anticompetitive practices created to block out rival chipmakers. No offense to [Intel] but we don't want to be single supplier with them. In any case, both Qualcomm's requirement that a customer license its patents before buying the actual product, and Apple's billion-dollar incentive request sound a bit excessive, so we'll see what the court will decide in the end. (more...)
The Ford Explorer ST Whips Up 400 Horsepower, Looks Pretty Sweet
- January 14, 2019

Ford's Performance team has added another SUV to its roster in the form of the 400-hp ST version of the all-new, rear-drive-based 2020 Explorer. After revealing the all-new 2020 Explorer at an independent event last week, Ford has detailed the performance-focused ST edition and fuel-sipping hybrid at the Detroit auto show . (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S10 Leaks Tip LPDDR5 RAM, Storage, and Camera Details Samsung Galaxy S10 Leaks Tip LPDDR5 RAM, Storage, and Camera Details
- January 14, 2019

The translated messages read " The future unfolds " and " February twentieth ". However, a report claimed that Samsung will also unveil its much-awaited foldable smartphone at the event. Well, apparently it means Samsung's "ultra flagship" would be possibly the most powerful and feature-packed smartphone ever released. Ahead of the event, Samsung has started drumming up support for the upcoming device, and in the process of doing so, the Korean firm has dropped a subtle hint that suggests ... (more...)
Samsung shows off the new Galaxy M, its first notched phone Samsung shows off the new Galaxy M, its first notched phone
- January 14, 2019

Millennials comprise people who reached adulthood in the early 21st century. "This new range has been inspired by millennials and designed in India", Samsung India Senior Vice President Asim Warsi told PTI. Following Samsung's 2018 announcement of a few new types of notched "Infinity" displays, reliable sources started suggesting that the Galaxy M series may be adorned with Infinity-V type displays (a.k.a.as a "waterdrop" notch). (more...)
Kingdom Hearts 3 epilogue coming in Week 1 update Kingdom Hearts 3 epilogue coming in Week 1 update
- January 14, 2019

The secret ending will only be able to be seen when players have completed the game along with extra requirements that need to be completed. But excitement aside, it looks like the work might not yet be complete because Square has plans to launch an epilogue patch the very next day. (more...)
Apple’s long-delayed AirPower charging mat might finally be in production Apple’s long-delayed AirPower charging mat might finally be in production
- January 14, 2019

Apple's AirPower wireless charging pad has reportedly entered production. That did not happen due to technical hurdles in the development process. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. (more...)
Employees At Amazon's Ring Have Apparently Been Spying On Customers Employees At Amazon's Ring Have Apparently Been Spying On Customers
- January 14, 2019

While this was happening with the Ukraine team, executives and engineers were granted overreaching access to live feeds from some customer cameras. Thanks to a report from The Intercept , Ring customers should be more anxious about the company's employees watching them than anyone else. (more...)
Ronda Rousey Rumored For Voice Role in Mortal Kombat 11, Stock Up Ronda Rousey Rumored For Voice Role in Mortal Kombat 11, Stock Up
- January 14, 2019

After a teaser trailer at The Game Awards, WB Games and Netherrealm have unveiled Mortal Kombat 11's cover art. The cover to Mortal Kombat 11 features Scorpion, the ethereal ninja warrior, jumping towards the player (spear in hand) with the iconic dragon logo that has become synonymous with the franchise in the background. (more...)
[Update] Unity Changes Terms of Service to Block SpatialOS Tool from Improbable [Update] Unity Changes Terms of Service to Block SpatialOS Tool from Improbable
- January 13, 2019

Section 2.4 of Unity's software terms of service forbids streaming or broadcasting Unity software, including the Unity Runtime, if it's executed or simulated by a remote server and transmitted over any network to an end user device without a separate license from Unity. (more...)
Fallout 76 players find secret items from glitchy "developer room"
- January 13, 2019

What was Found in Fallout 76 Dev Room? Though the hacked room hasn't been officially addressed by Bethesda, EuroGamer reports that the company is beginning to take action against players who have breached the secret dev quarters and stolen valuable unreleased items. (more...)
VLC has three billion downloads VLC has three billion downloads
- January 13, 2019

VideoLAN , the non-profit organisation behind the VLC media player, set up a dedicated booth at CES 2019 where a counter created using multiple smartphones and tablets kept a tab on VLC's download figures across all platforms. That would mean that 2D movies could have a virtual environment which would resemble the experience of a theater, with support for headsets such as HTC Vive. (more...)
Monster Hunter World’s Witcher collaboration event now has a start date Monster Hunter World’s Witcher collaboration event now has a start date
- January 13, 2019

Monster Hunter: World is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Capcom has only said that it will eventually come " at a later date ". As seen on the " Monster Hunter " official Twitter , the first half of events of the " Monster Hunter World " anniversary is an anniversary hub world added with a limited time event quest . (more...)