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Samsung targeting spring launch for QLED iTunes-ready TVs in Canada Samsung targeting spring launch for QLED iTunes-ready TVs in Canada
- February 15, 2019

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung will take the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. The full 2019 Samsung QLED TV lineup is listed below. Samsung seems to have evolved its QLED offering in everything from picture performance to smart offering, then, so the burning question is: could 2019 be the year it finally topples rival OLEDs? The Universal Guide features an improved AI algorithm ... (more...)
Software Pirates Violating Apple's Developer Program Rules, Distributing Hacked Apps Software Pirates Violating Apple's Developer Program Rules, Distributing Hacked Apps
- February 15, 2019

As uncovered by Reuters , similar violations of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program Agreement have made it possible for hacked versions of Spotify , Angry Birds , Pokemon Go , Minecraft , and "other popular" iOS apps to be distributed freely outside of Apple's official marketplace. (more...)
Apple to ship iPhones with only Qualcomm chips to German stores Apple to ship iPhones with only Qualcomm chips to German stores
- February 14, 2019

But in order to be able to bring them back to Germany, the company is leaving Intel's modems out in the cold and swapping them with Qualcomm parts. Qualcomm has frequently claimed Apple has violated its patents, while Apple says Qualcomm is abusing its dominant position in the market and charging extortionate fees. (more...)
Joker is Coming to Super Smash Bros. by the End of April Joker is Coming to Super Smash Bros. by the End of April
- February 14, 2019

Don't get too excited, though, as the vague release window was as much as Nintendo was willing to reveal. When is Joker coming to Super Smash Bros . As a reminder, Challenger Packs for Super Smash Bros . This has led many to believe that a representative from Square Enix's Dragon Quest series will be one of the new DLC fighters. (more...)
'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' remake is adorable 'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' remake is adorable
- February 14, 2019

The trailer, which pokes fun at the fact that slope surfaces were impossible to craft in the original Mario Maker, includes Luigi in the logo which implies some form of multiplayer. Yes, that's right - it claimed the game is available to download on your trusty old PSP right now, and that's just a load of rubbish. The game is under a gigabyte in size so it should only take a few minutes to download. (more...)
BMW X3 M & X4 M Arrive With Over 500 Horsepower BMW X3 M & X4 M Arrive With Over 500 Horsepower
- February 14, 2019

The photos also mention an X3 M Competition with an upgraded engine boasting 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS). Transmission follows in the footsteps of the latest M5, with power going to all four wheels through an eight-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic gearbox and M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with Active M Differential, the system having a rear-axle bias and offering two driving modes. (more...)
IBM's Watson AI services will now work on rival cloud offerings IBM's Watson AI services will now work on rival cloud offerings
- February 14, 2019

Companies established in the "pre-cloud" era- such as IBM, Red Hat , Oracle and Microsoft- stand to benefit from hybrid computing, as they can still sell their software and hardware, as well as cloud services. For example, based on internal study, 85% of Watson users are using open source languages and frameworks like Python, R, and TensorFlow, within the Watson family. (more...)
Hollow Knight Sequel Silksong Announced For Nintendo Switch Hollow Knight Sequel Silksong Announced For Nintendo Switch
- February 14, 2019

While the fact that something new and Hollow Knight-themed was already known, many assumed that it was DLC for the first game, which released in 2017. That's not all, however, as it also mentions new weapons, hunting quests, plenty of new monsters, and an entirely new (and very pretty-looking) kingdom to explore. (more...)
LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone will use its OLED display as a speaker LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone will use its OLED display as a speaker
- February 14, 2019

By using the entire screen as a speaker, the G8 ThinQ should deliver better audio clarity and more pronounced bass than other smartphones. The new screen/audio technology is called "Crystal Sound OLED". The issue is that up till today LG hadn't managed to deliver a device that didn't have some picture quality issues all while delivering competitive power efficiency. (more...)
Google's 2019 Hardware Includes a New Home, Watch, Security Camera Google's 2019 Hardware Includes a New Home, Watch, Security Camera
- February 14, 2019

As we know, Apple's high-priced iPhone sales are disappointing as consumers turn to lower-priced models. After playing with the premium smartphones for several years, now the Search giant is making a move with newer products in the market. (more...)
Chucklefish boss says Sony is responsible for lack of PS4 crossplay Chucklefish boss says Sony is responsible for lack of PS4 crossplay
- February 14, 2019

First, the good news - you can pick one up at Walmart for just $39.99 , the lowest price we've ever seen on the retro system. I don't believe right now there is any gating factor on that. Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden recently told Game Informer that cross-play, which is now in beta on PlayStation 4, is open to all developers and that there "isn't any gating factor" to it. (more...)
IBM's AI machine loses debate against a human IBM's AI machine loses debate against a human
- February 14, 2019

The lead investigator for Project Debater, AI scientist Noam Slonim, seemed pleased with how well IBM's technology performed. "But it was able to pinpoint relevant points for the debate". He added that the AI's arguments were "nicely phrased and contextualized", and that it could be "quite powerful" when used by humans. While Natarajan ended up winning the contest, the event successfully demonstrated that the computer was capable of making increasingly complex arguments, CNN reports . (more...)
Spyro Reignited Trilogy Could Be Coming to Nintendo Switch
- February 14, 2019

It will launch on August 16, according to the listing. Well, that is, assuming it is coming out; don't take this as official until we hear from Activision. The Reignited Trilogy seems to be following the same release date path as the Crash Bandicoot N' Sane Trilogy . So things are looking up for Spyro's Switch fans. (more...)
Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered Arrives Next Month Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered Arrives Next Month
- February 14, 2019

If you're keen on getting back to assassinating the bad guys with flourish and flair, you'll be able to pick up Assassin's Creed 3 Remastered on March 29, 2019. What's more, Assassin's Creed Odyssey season pass holders will get the game completely for free! Rumors about an upcoming Nintendo Direct means that it is possible that Ubisoft will share an official announcement soon. (more...)
The Division 2 open beta takes place in March The Division 2 open beta takes place in March
- February 13, 2019

Headlines about an open beta for The Division 2 made the rounds today after a community developer mentioned an "open beta" during a livestream . Plus, if you didn't get a chance this past weekend, it means everyone can sample the game before it launches in March. (more...)
Google release 12 new official themes for the Chrome browser Google release 12 new official themes for the Chrome browser
- February 13, 2019

Why Google didn't offer these years ago is unclear, but the firm released 12 colorful new themes for its Chrome web browser this week. The same is true for Chrome for Mac OS X 10.14 or newer as dark mode support will be introduced as well. (more...)
Watch The Latest Nintendo Direct Here Watch The Latest Nintendo Direct Here
- February 13, 2019

It will begin at 2pm PT/4pm CT/5pm ET. There aren't now any additional details on what to expect from the Nintendo Direct otherwise, but given that there are plenty of new titles coming to the system on the horizon, there are a lot of games to choose from to expand upon. (more...)
Gmail's new right-click tricks let you reply without reading the whole Gmail's new right-click tricks let you reply without reading the whole
- February 13, 2019

Gmail users have to select emails and wait for other options to appear at the top of the screen to activate them. While useful, that's almost not enough, as that menu alone could feature additional options that could boost your productivity. (more...)
Apple Reportedly Having News Service Event on March 25 Apple Reportedly Having News Service Event on March 25
- February 13, 2019

The Journal said it also has concerns but has had productive conversations with Apple , according to the report . Apple is reportedly planning a media event at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25, according to sources familiar with the matter. (more...)
2019 iPhone Models to Keep Lightning Port, Bundled 5W Charger 2019 iPhone Models to Keep Lightning Port, Bundled 5W Charger
- February 13, 2019

Sadly, hopes might be dashed by a new report which suggests that Apple will in fact retain its Lightning cable and slower 5W USB-A charger . On the flip side, of course, Apple also benefits from keeping its MFi program alive, charging licensing fees to accessory partners who want to use the Lightning connector, and the company only recently allowed third-parties to produce and sell their own USB-C to Lightning cables, using a new C94 Lightning connector that Apple introduced to its partners ... (more...)
Official Samsung Galaxy S10 cases leaked Official Samsung Galaxy S10 cases leaked
- February 13, 2019

We've already seen countless of leaks of the exterior and now the folks at GSMArena have managed to get their hands on what appears to be the full spec sheet for the latest Galaxy S10 trio. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10e comes with a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12MP 1/.5 main camera with variable aperture and a secondary 16MP f/2.2 camera for ultra-wide-angle. (more...)
OnePlus may reveal a gaming-focused 5G smartphone prototype at MWC OnePlus may reveal a gaming-focused 5G smartphone prototype at MWC
- February 13, 2019

We're now less than two weeks away from MWC 2019, and almost all major smartphone makers will make their presence felt. One in particular is a prototype 5G phone from OnePlus , which the company plans to showcase at this year's Mobile World Congress . (more...)
NRG player sets Apex Legends solo kill world record NRG player sets Apex Legends solo kill world record
- February 12, 2019

They have now teased a special event for the game soon. The game is here to compete against likes of PUBG and Fortnite . Dizzy killed over half the players on the server. The PC version's active users jumped from an average of 1,000 up to 3,500; the PlayStation 4 version's rose from 3,000 to 5,000; and the Xbox One version's doubled from 5,000 to 10,000. (more...)
Motorola Moto Z3 Play and Moto G4 Plus Gets Latest Android Updates Motorola Moto Z3 Play and Moto G4 Plus Gets Latest Android Updates
- February 12, 2019

Its increased size means it'll be less manageable for those will smaller hands. From left to right we have the G7 Play , the G7 Power, and the standard G7. The pricing of the G7 Power, however, seems a little odd. The notch on the G7 Play is yet larger compared to that of the G7 Power. Then you need to consider the G phones. (more...)
Microsoft Teases a Possible HoloLens 2 Announcement at Mobile World Congress Microsoft Teases a Possible HoloLens 2 Announcement at Mobile World Congress
- February 12, 2019

The original HoloLens remains at present, at best, a hobbyist device, primarily reserved for enterprise users, while the Windows Mixed Reality program headsets from the likes of Acer and ASUS are more consumer-facing takes on the headset concept. (more...)