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NASA drone race: Human pilot emerges faster than AI NASA drone race: Human pilot emerges faster than AI
- November 23, 2017

While Loo was more creative and nimble in his performance he, unlike his competitors, was limited by exhaustion. AI-powered recreational craft are still in their infancy, but a Google-funded NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory project aimed to give it a serious boost, with two years of research and testing ultimately culminating in a head-to-head race between an AI drone and one of the world's best drone pilots. (more...)
SC to hear plea against release of 'Padmavati' overseas SC to hear plea against release of 'Padmavati' overseas
- November 23, 2017

The movie pays tribute to the valour of Rajput queen Padmavati , played by Deepika Padukone . Uttar Pradesh's Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has already said that they will not let the film release in their state unless the controversial parts are removed and the necessary changes are made. (more...)
Honor 8 Lite Gets a Price Cut in India Honor 8 Lite Gets a Price Cut in India
- November 23, 2017

The Honor 8 Lite with its new price tag is available for purchase across major retail stores and online portals in India. Honor 8 Lite can be bough in black and blue colour options. The Honor 8 Lite comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display of 1080x1920 pixels resolution. Coming to the specifications, the Honor 8 Lite is powered by an octa-core Kirin 655 in-house SoC which is built on the 16nm process. (more...)
What are we thankful for this year? A lot What are we thankful for this year? A lot
- November 23, 2017

I am thankful that I can worship freely and offer praise to my Lord and Savior without reservation. I know things will be different this year. In a recent trip to Zion National Park, I was overwhelmingly grateful for the beauty of Zion Canyon. (more...)
Marvel Heroes Studio Gazillion Closed Down, All Employees Laid Off Marvel Heroes Studio Gazillion Closed Down, All Employees Laid Off
- November 23, 2017

The news was shared by an ex-employee who spoke with Massively OP . This obviously caused the termination of nearly everyone at the studio. Furthermore, Marvel Heroes could be shut down much sooner than initially thought according to a report from MassivelyOP , now that the studio has been nixed and its staff haven't been given their due recompense, including PTO (paid time owed) and an end to their medical coverage in a week. (more...)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus can be played for free this weekend Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus can be played for free this weekend
- November 23, 2017

The first-person shooter that once again puts you in the boots of B.J. Blazkowicz was loved by the overwhelming majority of critics, with some suggesting it could be a Game of the Year contender. These are both One X enhanced games and considering the Xbox One X is $649 by itself, you can't really go wrong. Picking up with BJ Blazkowicz where the first game left off, The New Colossus sees the Nazi stranglehold expanding to USA soil, and it's up to Blazko and the resistance to boot the ... (more...)
EBay has the best Xbox One S Black Friday deal out there EBay has the best Xbox One S Black Friday deal out there
- November 23, 2017

The console's standard retail price is $279.99, so you're really saving $110 if you go with this early Black Friday deal versus any other time of the year. The 4K-capable PS4 Pro won't be heavily discounted until the actual day, but you can still get a couple of free games if you buy right now. PlayStation Plus can be purchased in three- or 12-month subscriptions either with pre-paid cards or by hooking your PayPal or card details directly into your PlayStation ID on the Sony ... (more...)
Xiaomi to launch Desh Ka Smartphone in India on November 30 Xiaomi to launch Desh Ka Smartphone in India on November 30
- November 23, 2017

Both Redmi India and Manu Jain took to their respective Twitter handles to break the news. The company has however not revealed the name of the smartphone to be announced but we expect the Xiaomi Redmi 5A smartphone might be launched in the country. (more...)
Artificial lights increasing 'loss of night,' especially in some nations Artificial lights increasing 'loss of night,' especially in some nations
- November 23, 2017

To be exact, this owes to what the researchers call a "rebound effect". People may buy a vehicle that requires less fuel, then decide to drive it more often or move further from work, lengthening their commute. Due to energy and cost-saving benefits of these artificial lighting, more and more people are switching to artificial lights across the world, increasing outdoor lighting on a global scale. (more...)
Uber Security Chief Is Out after Coverup of Massive Hack Is Revealed Uber Security Chief Is Out after Coverup of Massive Hack Is Revealed
- November 23, 2017

The UK regulator in charge of data privacy is looking into the major hack of Uber's user data, opening up yet another front in the ride-hailing firm's battle to manage one of its most successful markets. Last year, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid hackers almost $17,000 after their network was infiltrated and disabled. More alarmingly, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 in exchange for destroying the files and, according to The New York Times , made the hackers sign ... (more...)
Sledgehammer reveals its plans for next week's Call of Duty Sledgehammer reveals its plans for next week's Call of Duty
- November 23, 2017

If, like me, you're thinking this is the daftest idea ever, apparently the site has already received numerous sign-ups, for players wanting a better K/D ratio, new weapons unlocked or a high Prestige level. Likely, you will only be able to get the higher level loot crates through microtransactions, while regular players will have to stick with lower tier ones. (more...)
Nokia 2 India price revealed Nokia 2 India price revealed
- November 23, 2017

The Nokia 2 will be up for grab at the price of Rs. 6,999 in India. Running the Nokia 2 is a stock version of Android 7.1 Nougat with a promised update to Android 8.0 Oreo. The Nokia 2 is going to be available globally with an average global price of €99. It will be available starting tomorrow i.e. November 24, at major brick and mortar retail stores in the country. (more...)
Silvio Berlusconi's political comeback takes him to human rights court Silvio Berlusconi's political comeback takes him to human rights court
- November 23, 2017

Lawyers for the Italian government, on the other hand, argued that Berlusconi's punishment was fully in line with the law. His lawyers appeared at the court in Strasbourg in France on Wednesday to argue that applying an Italian law that bans convicted felons from public office to Berlusconi - who was found guilty of tax fraud - is unfair, since the law was adopted after he committed his crimes. (more...)
NASA Unveils Farewell Images of Saturn, Its Rings And Moos NASA Unveils Farewell Images of Saturn, Its Rings And Moos
- November 23, 2017

The ice-covered moon Enceladus - home to a global subsurface ocean that erupts into space - can be seen at the 1 o'clock position. Following the F ring clock-wise from Epimetheus, the next moon seen is Janus. You can (and definitely should) check out the full-sized high resolution version of the image, and if you feel like learning a little bit about the planet's features and its rings, a handy annotated version of the same image has been provided by NASA as well. (more...)
Baby Volvo SUV enters production Baby Volvo SUV enters production
- November 23, 2017

The XC40 will arrive alongside the XC60 and XC90, polishing off Volvo's SUV catalog. Volvo has started production of its new XC40 SUV in Europe with deliveries expected to commence from early 2018. Volvo claims that these technologies make the XC40 one of the best equipped small premium SUVs on the market. In addition to this, 363 robots have been installed, including one nicknamed " The Beast " that lifts the XC40's lower body to a conveyor belt close to the ceiling. (more...)
Telecom companies seek more time to implement Aadhaar-based re-verification Telecom companies seek more time to implement Aadhaar-based re-verification
- November 23, 2017

This new facility will be available from December 1. However, bringing the 1.18 billion mobile subscribers complete the process is a herculean task and the latest efforts by telecom operators aim at easing up the process in areas where accessibility and education are lower. (more...)
Vodafone Rs 199 recharge offer Vodafone Rs 199 recharge offer
- November 23, 2017

The telecom giant has come up with a new recharge pack of Rs 199 in Delhi-NCR circle for prepaid users that comes with bundled data too. According to the plan, users will get 1GB of high-speed 4G data for a validity of 28 days along with unlimited calls across the country, You can make 250 minutes of calls per day and 1,000 minutes per week. (more...)
This is our first confirmed visitor from another solar system, NASA says This is our first confirmed visitor from another solar system, NASA says
- November 23, 2017

The interstellar visitor has an approved name: Oumuamua (OH'-moo-ah-moo-ah), which in Hawaiian means a messenger from afar arriving first. Combining the images from the FORS instrument on the ESO telescope using four different filters with those of other large telescopes, a team of astronomers led by Karen Meech of the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii found that 'Oumuamua varies in brightness by a factor of ten as it spins on its axis every 7.3 hours. (more...)
'Flowing' water on Mars could actually be sand, reveals study 'Flowing' water on Mars could actually be sand, reveals study
- November 22, 2017

Experts at the US Geological Survey concluded there was never enough water to support life after analysing dozens of images of the Red Planet's streaky surface. A flow due to liquid water should readily extend to less steep slopes. However, RSL remain puzzling. The new report describes possible connections between these traits and how RSL form. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini could be on the cards Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini could be on the cards
- November 22, 2017

A well-known source for Samsung leaks has released some information on Weibo that we could be getting a little S9. The phone may release earlier than expected, with prolific leaker Evan Blass suggesting that we could see a release as early as Q1 2018 - a release that's a good amount faster than usual. (more...)
Tencent secures PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Chinese exclusivity Tencent secures PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Chinese exclusivity
- November 22, 2017

VentureBeat reports that Tencent will run the game's Chinese servers and assist developer Bluehole in tackling the proposed Chinese regulations that at one stage looked as if could result in the game's banning in China . After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations , South Korea's PUBG Corp. and Chinese mega-company Tencent have signed a publishing agreement. This is similar to the situation we saw with Counter Strike: GO in China where Perfect World had to remove and edit some elements ... (more...)
Google's Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals Google's Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals
- November 22, 2017

But Google still has some exciting deals on the software side of things. The deals start now and will be running through November 27 in select markets. For movies and TV, Google is offering 50 percent off on any one movie to own as well as a 25 percent discount on a TV season, starting November 23. (more...)
Apple research gives a peek at its self-driving auto plans Apple research gives a peek at its self-driving auto plans
- November 22, 2017

At the same time, Apple has been opening up a bit more about its machine learning efforts, publishing papers to its own blog highlighting its research, and now also sharing with the broader research community. That adds costs and processing bottlenecks. The researchers say they've achieved better results so far than other methods, something that could one day make self-driving cars both cheaper and safer. (more...)
OnePlus Smartphones Will Not Support Google's Project Treble OnePlus Smartphones Will Not Support Google's Project Treble
- November 22, 2017

Basically project treble reduces the time that the OEM takes to deliver the update to its users. However, the company did not specify precisely how many devices it sold. When asked by a fan if the OnePlus 5T will feature Project Treble , Adam Krisko, company's Beta program Project Manager replied "No, we are not now supporting treble and do not plan to for these devices". (more...)
EFCC vs DSS: I can't be deterred -Magu EFCC vs DSS: I can't be deterred -Magu
- November 22, 2017

After declining their invitations, the anti-graft agency consequently stormed Mamman Nasir Street to arrest the duo when its officials clashed with men of the DSS. The source explained that "shortly after the EFCC operatives arrived, the DSS reinforced its security presence at the property, with the deployment of about 30 armed operatives". (more...)
Black Friday: Best Buy Hours 2017 Black Friday: Best Buy Hours 2017
- November 22, 2017

Here are the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals we can find. Once you've signed up for a My Best Buy account (or logged in if you signed up previously), you can browse through dozens of deals on Best Buy's website, from TVs to laptops to tablets to headphones. (more...)
Google Lens in Assistant now rolling out to Pixel phones Google Lens in Assistant now rolling out to Pixel phones
- November 22, 2017

Thankfully, Lens is about to get a lot more useful now that it's finally being integrated within Google Assistant . Google Lens is also available in Google Photos so you don't have to fret if you missed the moment, as long as you didn't miss taking a picture. (more...)
Belgium Rules Loot Boxes As Gambling, Wants Them Banned In Europe Belgium Rules Loot Boxes As Gambling, Wants Them Banned In Europe
- November 22, 2017

The answer is yes. In the report, Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens went on record saying that he wishes to push for a complete ban of loot boxes in video games. However, with Europe taking action, the folks in the USA are far more likely to take action. Time will tell if the decision gains momentum in Europe. (more...)
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is out now for Android and iOS Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is out now for Android and iOS
- November 21, 2017

Unlike Super Mario Run , Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a free-to-play game - or to use Nintendo's nomenclature, "free to start". Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is free to download from the App Store. Numerous game's residents will want particular items in the camp before you can invite them to visit, which means you need to get out there and earn the crafting materials necessary to build those needed decoration items. (more...)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom Gameplay Trailer Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom Gameplay Trailer
- November 21, 2017

As Capcom puts it, Black Widow has access to a number of evasive moves, meaning she won't be easy to catch during a match. Winter Soldier relies on ground combat techniques, with a Metal Shield that can protect him. These upcoming characters will join previous DLC additions Black Panther, Monster Hunter and Sigma, alongside each of the six character's premium costumes. (more...)