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Google's next Android phones could look just like the iPhone X
- February 14, 2018

Initially iPhone X users questioned the need for the notch or a cutout at the top of the screen, but they are now growing used to it. The Android update, due later in the year, will also more tightly integrate Google's digital assistant, improve battery life on phones and support new designs, such as multiple screens and foldable displays, the people said. (more...)
Apple's Wearables Business Revenue Is Fortune 300-Class Company Says Tim Cook Apple's Wearables Business Revenue Is Fortune 300-Class Company Says Tim Cook
- February 14, 2018

The sweeping tax reforms passed by Congress in late December included a provision lowering the rate on companies' overseas cash to 15.5 percent, below the 21 percent paid on profits made in the U.S. Most recently, and thanks to the Apple Watch Series 3, cumulative Apple Watch sales have exploded in recent months. Again, without any sort of underlying knowledge of just how many watches Apple sold at any point it's hard to extrapolate something solid from that. (more...)
Qualcomm's X24 Modem can Reach Speeds of 2 Gbps Qualcomm's X24 Modem can Reach Speeds of 2 Gbps
- February 14, 2018

It supports 60 MHz envelope tracking for up to 3x uplink carrier aggregation channels with simultaneous High Power User Equipment (HPUE) support in Band 41, to deliver power-efficient connectivity for mobile devices. We've asked Qualcomm if it can divulge more about its rollout plans for the Snapdragon X24 and will report back if we learn anything new. That means for a fully 5G-like experience, you're going to need the X24's variety of 4G, as well . (more...)
All-new BMW X4 is longer, sleeker and sportier All-new BMW X4 is longer, sleeker and sportier
- February 14, 2018

All engines come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and M Sport suspension is on all models. There's a wide array of available powertrains - three petrol and three diesel units, with power outputs between 135 kW/184 hp and 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption combined: 9.0 - 5.4 l/100 km [31.4 - 52.3 mpg imp]; Carbon dioxide emissions combined: 209 - 142 g/km). (more...)
Samsung's Galaxy S9 to Come with Animoji Style 3D Emoji Samsung's Galaxy S9 to Come with Animoji Style 3D Emoji
- February 14, 2018

The Galaxy S9 will apparently arrive with what's being called " 3D emoji ". It's said that Samsung will reveal the exact name for this 3D emoji feature at the launch event. In this case, there would be a bottom-firing speaker and another built into the earpiece. The earlier leak pointed that Samsung was planning to use Dolby Surround Sound Speakers. (more...)
Sea Of Thieves PC Requirements And Recommended Specs Announced Sea Of Thieves PC Requirements And Recommended Specs Announced
- February 14, 2018

Mike Chapman, the design director, was pretty categorical while talking with PC Gamer . One of the reasons for this is that Sea of Thieves will be part of Xbox Play Anywhere , Microsoft's program that allows console gamers to play that title on either their Xbox or their PC. (more...)
Google launches its own Snapchat-like 'stories' Google launches its own Snapchat-like 'stories'
- February 14, 2018

To give AMP Stories a try, head over to g.co/ampstories and search for a content provider from the above list to take a peek at what it will look like. The AMP extension in question is simply called Stories. Once a user is done viewing an AMP Story , swipe down from the top to return to the Google search page. (more...)
Android flagships will get a graphics bump from the Snapdragon 845 Android flagships will get a graphics bump from the Snapdragon 845
- February 14, 2018

According to new benchmarks' listing, the Snapdragon 845 uses Cortex-A75 and A55 CPU. In system performance tests carried out by AnandTech , the CPU showed gains of around 14% compared to the SD835 present in the Galaxy S8 , although the Pixel 2 did close the gap, and even bested the new SoC in one benchmark. (more...)
Nokia 8 officially launched in Indonesia Nokia 8 officially launched in Indonesia
- February 14, 2018

A few months ago, it was announced that it would get Android 8 .1 instead of Android 8.0. The Nokia 2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat but Android Oreo will be ready soon. The Nokia 8 is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. To review, the Android phone boasts a 4100mAh battery, 5.0-inch 720p screen, 1GB RAM, quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor, 5MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear shooter. (more...)
Chrome's ad blocker will go live February 15, here's how it works Chrome's ad blocker will go live February 15, here's how it works
- February 14, 2018

There are those observers that have been quick to label Google's efforts in the space as an additional "adtech tax", especially reports on the emergence of the Better Ad Experience Program have claimed this could certification could come with a cost of $5,000 per year. (more...)
Android P will introduce support for smartphones with a notch Android P will introduce support for smartphones with a notch
- February 14, 2018

Further, Android P will improve the battery life on Android devices. We first saw it on the Essential Phone , which was released before the iPhone X . The Apple iPhone X is a successful device as seen from the recent quarter results where Canalys estimates Apple to have sold 29 million units of the iPhone X despite supply issues. (more...)
Sunday Snow Totals Throughout the Chicago Space Sunday Snow Totals Throughout the Chicago Space
- February 14, 2018

An additional inch of snowfall is expected until then. "Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving". After Friday's heavy snowfall, which brought more than 10 inches of accumulation to portions of northern IL and northwest IN, the winter storm picked back up late Saturday, bringing 3 inches of new snow by 6 a.m. (more...)
Trump administration aims to privatize International Space Station Trump administration aims to privatize International Space Station
- February 12, 2018

NASA now spends about $3-4 billion per years to run it, and the government has spent around $100 billion on it total since the ISS was first launched into low-Earth orbit in 1998. But some questioned who would want to take over the station. Another barrier to sale is the ISS's worldwide partners. In 2014, the Obama administration supported funding for the station through 2024, and the potential transfer of the ISS to private hands would mark a significant step in the trend toward ... (more...)
Steps to Get Old Version of Snapchat Back Steps to Get Old Version of Snapchat Back
- February 12, 2018

Android users are out of luck. After user received an updated version of the app, the company has been facing a backlash from all across the globe due to complicated features and the streaks they lost because of the update. Snapchat now shows localised Snap Stories from creators and the community. If you head onto the website, you'll be able to see videos from all around the world, all of which were shared using Snapchat . (more...)
Winter Olympics 2018 medals table: Latest standings from PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics 2018 medals table: Latest standings from PyeongChang 2018
- February 12, 2018

Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in men's luge. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics, bringing the Games back to the United States for the first time since Salt Lake City hosted in 2002. -Alpine skiing: Men will compete in downhill skiing (Live starting at 8 p.m., NBC). The Netherlands, who swept the Ladies' 3,000m in Speed Skating, are in second with five medals. (more...)
New Horizons probe captures images at record distance from Earth New Horizons probe captures images at record distance from Earth
- February 12, 2018

But they're arguably among the most incredible photographic images ever. Anyone who's passionate about astronomy and outer space knows that few things can compare to the grandeur and beauty of deep space photography, and on that front, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is doing great work. (more...)
[PyeongChang 2018] EXO, CL to perform at Olympics closing ceremony [PyeongChang 2018] EXO, CL to perform at Olympics closing ceremony
- February 12, 2018

In a fascinating development, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister made a show of attending the Games' opening ceremonies this weekend in Pyeongchang, South Korea , along with her nation's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam. (more...)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 render leaked ahead of February 14 launch Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 render leaked ahead of February 14 launch
- February 12, 2018

If the latest report is what to be considered, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has come in the new leaks. As far as the specifications are concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is rumored to come with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD full-HD+ display with the screen resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. (more...)
Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang
- February 12, 2018

If one of the athletes wanted to defect, the time is right - but that's not likely to happen, experts say. The rival countries did send representatives to the opening ceremonies, with USA vice-president Mike Pence and North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam both in attendance. (more...)
Flexible 'e-skin' can heal itself Flexible 'e-skin' can heal itself
- February 12, 2018

Consisting of a translucent thin band, the electronic skin (abbreviated E-skin) tries to mimic numerous human skin's properties and functionalities and can be used in a wide range of applications. This latest e-skin is special because it's recyclable - and that's an important added bonus if you consider that in the U.S. alone, 16 billion pounds of electronic waste was created in 2014. (more...)
Australian government also hit with crypto mining malware Australian government also hit with crypto mining malware
- February 12, 2018

Security researcher Scott Helme today published his discovery of 4275 government websites across the globe that have been hijacked by Coinhive. Manchester.gov.uk, NHSinform.scot, agriculture.gov.ie, Croydon.gov.uk, ouh.nhs.uk, legislation.qld.gov.au, the list goes on. (more...)
International Space Station could be privatized under Trump administration plan
- February 12, 2018

It's not clear how putting the station in private hands would work, since the ISS is an global program involving a number of other countries. The administration will reportedly ask for $150 million in the 2019 fiscal year in its budget request on Monday. (more...)
The Newest: Trump says 'mere allegation' can shatter lives
- February 11, 2018

Despite Trump's insistence to brush off Porter's violent past as "mere allegations", the fact remains that both of his former wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, have evidence to back up their claims in the form of graphic photos of abuse and a 2010 protection order, respectively. (more...)
Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal
- February 11, 2018

In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen. The president made a follow-up tweet minutes later, calling for the election of more Republicans in the upcoming 2018 elections. "Tonight, you could feel the frustration and embarrassment growing in Congress as we exposed the hypocrisy of Republicans who are joining in an unholy alliance and spending free-for-all with Democrats at the expense of the American people and our party's supposed principles", Paul tweeted Friday night. (more...)
The vehicle SpaceX sent towards Mars takes a wrong turn The vehicle SpaceX sent towards Mars takes a wrong turn
- February 11, 2018

The mission comprised the first test of the huge rocket, powered by 27 engines in three first-stage boosters strapped together. I want to also applaud Musk's ability to capture the public's attention and imagination. Crew Dragon will launch on a Falcon 9, the rocket SpaceX has flown since 2010. But Musk said Tuesday that he's planning to hit NASA's latest target of launching astronauts on Crew Dragon by December. (more...)