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Geminid meteor shower to light up the sky Geminid meteor shower to light up the sky
- December 15, 2017

It's not almost as comfortable to take in as the Perseids meteor shower, which happens in the summer. The meteor shower was named after the constellation Gemini because numerous meteors appear to come from that constellation. One skywatcher tweeted: "All i wanted to do tonight was sit outside and watch the Geminid meteor shower". The burned up dust and grit of the asteroid results in the massive meteor shower of the year. (more...)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 full specs leaked, launch possible in January 2018 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 full specs leaked, launch possible in January 2018
- December 15, 2017

As the company is riding high on the success of its recently-launched Redmi Y1 and Redmi 5 series , rumours about another major upgrade have fans on the edge of their seats. It comes with Fingerprint sensor on its back side. Complying with the new demand, the Redmi Note 5 will have a tall 18:9 aspect ratio FullView display with thin bezels and a large 5.99-inch display. (more...)
What New iMac Pro Means For Creatives, Developers What New iMac Pro Means For Creatives, Developers
- December 15, 2017

T2 also enables a new level of security by including a secure enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities. Featuring a next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an awesome 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3-D rendering and high frame rate VR. (more...)
X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra for high-speed internet X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra for high-speed internet
- December 15, 2017

The technology remained outside the commercial applications for long owing to distance, speed, and efficiency related problems, which are a thing of past going by the specs of SPOC links being offered to AP government. Currently, only 20 percent of residents in Andhra Pradesh have access to Internet. Google X is preparing to set up its Development Centre in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, to bring in high-speed internet and broadband connections to about 12 million households and 1,30,000 ... (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Sports Vertically Aligned Dual Cameras In Leaked Renders Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Sports Vertically Aligned Dual Cameras In Leaked Renders
- December 15, 2017

Ice Universe, which incidentally first delivered the real world pictures of Galaxy S8 , has tweeted that the South Korean company has killed a radical new design of upcoming S9 after it failed the internal test of the company. Will you be happy if Samsung reuses the Galaxy S8 design for the Galaxy S9 but tweaks the placement of the fingerprint reader? According to @ OnLeaks , the smaller Galaxy S9 would be coming with a single-rear facing camera. (more...)
Snapchat's latest tool lets you create AR animations Snapchat's latest tool lets you create AR animations
- December 15, 2017

The Lens Studio app will contain tutorials, templates and tips on how to create Lenses. While Lens Studio users keep the rights to their assets and design files, Snap holds the rights to the final Lens once it has been submitted. "We're really excited to take this tool, and make it as simple as possible for any creator out there to have a presence on Snapchat ". As its name suggests, the suite of augmented reality tools allows creators to make their own Lenses to use on Snapchat and ... (more...)
Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For 'Watch' Videos Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For 'Watch' Videos
- December 15, 2017

Facebook will also prioritize showing other videos from the same pages that users deliberately navigate to. Starting in January, they won't be included in any videos shorter than 3 minutes, and the first ad won't pop up until at least a minute into whatever riveting content you're consuming. (more...)
No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid
- December 15, 2017

The first of the four bands has been made available to the public. Using Breakthrough Listen's backend instrument on the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, the astronomers ran the first of four scans, or "blocks", of observations from 3:45pm to 9:45pm ET on December 13. (more...)
Samsung's $200 Bixby speaker go on sale 'early next year' Samsung's $200 Bixby speaker go on sale 'early next year'
- December 15, 2017

Though Google Home launched at the tail end of 2016, Google introduced two new models this year: the Google Home Mini and Home Max. In August 2017 - a couple years after Amazon launched the Amazon Echo and a year after Google launched the Google Home and months after Apple announced the HomePod - Samsung confirmed it was developing a smart speaker, too. (more...)
Apple is finally selling its own Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cables
- December 15, 2017

After years of fending off questions from its increasingly unhappy workstation customers, Apple has finally released an updated professional Mac. "In Malaysia, price starts from RM20,999 which is nearly double the price of a 27" iMac with a Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM (RM11,019). (more...)
Honor 9 Lite set be unveiled on December 21 Honor 9 Lite set be unveiled on December 21
- December 15, 2017

The phone appears to sport a glass back panel with horizontal dual camera configuration on the rear, and fingerprint scanner placed slightly in the middle. The phone would also feature a microSD card slot to expand the phone's memory. On the front, you will find an 8MP sensor with support for LED Flash. This time round, Huawei's sub brand Honor will be launching a mid ranger - the Honor 9 Lite , and it will happen this 21st of December before 2017 draws to a close. (more...)
'Pokemon Crystal' Coming To 3DS eShop In January 'Pokemon Crystal' Coming To 3DS eShop In January
- December 15, 2017

The game introduced many mechanics and techniques still used in the Pokemon franchise, and definitely deserves a purchase from those hardcore Pokemon fans. Oh, and Celebi can now be encountered "in an event" after beating the game. The feature began being including in Generation 3 and beyond but many forget that Crystal Version made the change first. (more...)
Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 9 get 3C Certifications Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 9 get 3C Certifications
- December 14, 2017

Just like every year, Consumer Electronics Show i.e. CES 2018 is just a few weeks away, we may get to see some glimpses of these upcoming Nokia based smartphones from HMD Global . Especially when it might come with Dual SIM support. Additionally, it could be offered with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32GB, which will be expandable. (more...)
Google Assistant lands on older Android phones Google Assistant lands on older Android phones
- December 14, 2017

Specifically, you'll need to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher on your device to support the Assistant and your tablet will need to run at least Android 6.0. On phones, the assistant was already running Android 8.0 Oreo , 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. Google's push to put the Google Assistant everywhere continues. (more...)
Google Assistant is coming to ageing Android smartphones and tablets Google Assistant is coming to ageing Android smartphones and tablets
- December 14, 2017

Specifically, you'll need to be running Android 5 .0 Lollipop or higher on your device to support the Assistant and your tablet will need to run at least Android 6.0. Additionally, Google has announced that it will be rolling out the Assistant to even more phones than before, now looping in Android Lollipop users for the fun. (more...)
Apple to Purchase Music Identification App Shazam Apple to Purchase Music Identification App Shazam
- December 14, 2017

The companies didn't disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday. Apple Inc. issued a statement describing Shazam as "natural fit" with its services. It has about 250 employees working at its London headquarters and seven other offices in the U.S., Australia and Germany. The most obvious short-term play for Apple is to keep the existing Shazam service, but make it more Apple-focused. (more...)
Injustice 2 gets a free 4-day trial and a 50% discount Injustice 2 gets a free 4-day trial and a 50% discount
- December 14, 2017

Unfortunately there does not appear to be a free trial for PC gamers, at least not in this capacity, but hopefully there will be later. Injustice 2 is NetherRealm at its very best. It offers the first three chapters of the story mode and the full suite of multiplayer options. New players will also have access to the full roster of characters, apart from Brainiac who you unlock for completing the story. (more...)
Apple reveals $5000 iMac Pro will go on sale on Thursday
- December 14, 2017

The iMac Pro is powered by high-performance Intel Xeon processors with AMD Graphics card. You can go upto 128 GB of RAM and 4 TB of Memory Storage option. As far as its specifications are concerned, the new iMac Pro's base model features an exciting set of features including an 8-core Intel Xeon with 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory. (more...)
Italian astronaut Nespoli back on Earth (2) Italian astronaut Nespoli back on Earth (2)
- December 14, 2017

During his time aboard the orbital complex, Bresnik ventured outside the space station for three spacewalks . The crew also grew larger versions of a protein linked to Parkinson's disease. Nespoli has logged 313 days in space on his three flights. The Soyuz MS-05 capsule carrying the crew of Paolo Nespoli of Italy, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Russian Federation and Randy Bresnik of the U.S lands in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, December 14, 2017. (more...)
Shark found in wild could be 512 years old Shark found in wild could be 512 years old
- December 14, 2017

These 28 sharks were examined by the use of radiocarbon dating of the eye lenses of the shark's eyes and this helped the scientists locate which was oldest of them all. The shark would have been alive during major world events like the founding of the United States, the Napoleonic wars and the sinking of the Titanic. (more...)
THIS cars scored the first ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating THIS cars scored the first ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating
- December 14, 2017

In the full width frontal test ANCAP rates front passenger protection as good or acceptable, but steps rear passenger chest protection down to a marginal result. Mr Avery commented: "This is a tale of two Citroens". This, Avery told us, "reflects the fact Euro NCAP has moved on, and Fiat hasn't with the Punto". (more...)
Crytek sues Star Citizen devs for copyright infringement, breach of contract Crytek sues Star Citizen devs for copyright infringement, breach of contract
- December 14, 2017

Although both teams claim to have moved away from their engine, onto Amazon's Lumberyard, Crytek disputes this, claiming that the studio continues to use their engine despite having removed all mention of it from their marketing materials, putting them in breach of the contract they originally signed. (more...)
The Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY) Earns Daily Media Impact Rating of
- December 14, 2017

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc . was covered by a number of analysts recently, 0 rated the stock as Buy, 0 rated Hold, 0 rated sell and 0 gave an Underperform. The dollar index, a gauge of the buck against a basket of peers, was down 0.1 per cent to 93.83, while yields on United States 10-year Treasuries were down 0.7 basis points to 2.369 per cent. (more...)
Will the 2018 Nokia 6 introduce this controversial new feature?
- December 14, 2017

That, as we're sure you'd agree, is a significant improvement on the 5.5-inch Full HD screen (16:9) and Snapdragon 430 CPU found on the original Nokia 6 , which launched back in January 2017. This again isn't surprising as the Nokia 6 has been appreciated for its build quality and classy look. Its design will be similar to Nokia 7 . The fingerprint reader of the HMD phone will also be relocated from the front to the back. (more...)
Nintendo is reportedly looking to increase its mobile game output Nintendo is reportedly looking to increase its mobile game output
- December 14, 2017

The rapid growth has put pressure on Nintendo to build its presence in mobile games, even though the area is usually less lucrative than its traditional core business of selling consoles for hundreds of dollars and game software at roughly $60 a pop. (more...)