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Rocket League is becoming a real-life Hot Wheels set Rocket League is becoming a real-life Hot Wheels set
- February 14, 2018

No, the boost pads don't work, but at least it should come with an LCD scoreboard. Hot Wheels' partnership with Rocket League has given us the opportunity to reengage with older gamers who may have played with Hot Wheels as a kid. It looks like Mattel and Psyonix aren't ending their relationship here. "We're thrilled to further our partnership with Hot Wheels and bring Rocket League to life with this upcoming toy set", said Jeremy Dunham, Psyonix's vice president of publishing. (more...)
Chrome will start blocking disruptive ads tomorrow - here's how it'll work Chrome will start blocking disruptive ads tomorrow - here's how it'll work
- February 14, 2018

This will be in sync with the Better Ads Standards that were established by the Coalition for Better Ads . As long as the site is marked as Failing, Chrome will block all ads on pages from the site, while showing an "Ads Blocked" message to users. (more...)
X appeal? New BMW X4 SUV unveiled X appeal? New BMW X4 SUV unveiled
- February 14, 2018

The most frugal option, and our recommended choice in the current X4, is xDrive20d, which has claimed Carbon dioxide emissions of 142g/km and fuel economy of up to 52.3mpg. The former will return up to 47.9mpg on average, while the latter manages a maximum of 44.1mpg. Orders open on 15 February, with a starting price of £42,900 for an X4 20d Sport. (more...)
Rare says Sea of Thieves will never implement loot crates Rare says Sea of Thieves will never implement loot crates
- February 14, 2018

While you pretty much know what you're getting with the Xbox One version, there are several different configurations you could have with your PC and Rare listed out six different configurations you could have to get the game running. (more...)
Google brings AMP pages to Gmail: Here's how it will work Google brings AMP pages to Gmail: Here's how it will work
- February 14, 2018

AMP HTML is a subset of HTML for authoring content pages such as news articles in a way that guarantees certain baseline performance characteristics. Alphabet Inc ( NASDAQ:GOOGL ) has no doubt seen the success that Facebook-owned Instagram enjoyed by copying Snapchat's Stories format, and now it wants a piece of the action. (more...)
Nokia 8 officially launched in Indonesia Nokia 8 officially launched in Indonesia
- February 14, 2018

HMD Global is making sure its 2017 flagship Nokia 8 smartphone gets timely Android updates even in 2018. Nokia 8 Oreo Update V4.84AImportant: Above 50% battery power is recommended while updating to the new OTA firmware update. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos. (more...)
Android P will reportedly have a new look and embrace the notch Android P will reportedly have a new look and embrace the notch
- February 14, 2018

The move, Bloomberg reports, is part of a larger plan to bring in as many iPhone customers as possible over to Android , particularly in the high-end, premium segment of the market, where Apple dominates. These partners can also tweak the software to their specific needs, so not all Android phones will have notches. Bloomberg says developers will be able to integrate Assistant with their own apps when it Android P becomes available later this year. (more...)
Unilever Threatens to Pull Ads from Google, Facebook Unilever Threatens to Pull Ads from Google, Facebook "Swamp"
- February 12, 2018

Unilever will stop spending on digital platforms that "breed division in society or fail to protect children", Chief Marketing Officer Keith Weed plans to announce in a speech to the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif., on Monday. (more...)
Trump Administration Plans To Privatize International Space Station Trump Administration Plans To Privatize International Space Station
- February 12, 2018

As it prepares a transition plan, the White House said it "will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry". The ISS has cost the U.S. government over $100bn (£72.18bn) to build and operate over the years and to pull out of the project after spending so much on it is not something that will go down without opposition, notes the report. (more...)
What to watch from the Pyeongchang Olympics - Day 3 What to watch from the Pyeongchang Olympics - Day 3
- February 12, 2018

Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the USA government. It's by far the most sustained public presence for Kim, who had been something of a mystery to many South Koreans, despite her known role in North Korea's politburo. It was attention that evidently saw them get the boot from the festivities. Internet problems before and during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday night are being investigated as a possible cyberattack, officials said Saturday. (more...)
Nasa spacecraft takes farthest ever image from Earth Nasa spacecraft takes farthest ever image from Earth
- February 12, 2018

The routine calibration frame of the "Wishing Well" galactic open star cluster, made by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager ( LORRI ) on December 5th, was taken when New Horizons was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers, or 40.9 astronomical units) from Earth - making it, for a time, the farthest image ever made from Earth. (more...)
Winter Olympics: New Zealand's Winter Olympic uniforms a 'let down' Winter Olympics: New Zealand's Winter Olympic uniforms a 'let down'
- February 12, 2018

Pence - who sat just feet away from Kim Yo Jong at the Olympic opening ceremony, with neither apparently speaking to the other - has also been critical of the North's participation in the games, seeing it as an attempt to create a division between the United States and the South. (more...)
Researchers develop new malleable e-skin self-healable, recyclable Researchers develop new malleable e-skin self-healable, recyclable
- February 12, 2018

Several types and sizes of wearable e-skins are at present being produced in labs around the world as researchers identified their utilities widely ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical types of equipment. Assoc Prof Xiao and his colleagues are improving on the e-skin's texture - it is soft but not as stretchy as human skin - and also working to make the material easier to manufacture and embed in prosthetics or robots. (more...)
US wants to privatize International Space Station
- February 12, 2018

A budget request to be issued Monday by the Trump administration will call for $150 million to be spent on the ISS in the 2019 fiscal year, and more in succeeding years, "to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS ... (more...)
Jason Day ties for second at Pebble Beach Jason Day ties for second at Pebble Beach
- February 12, 2018

After opening with 67-67-69, the 32-year-old began T3, two back of co-leaders Dustin Johnson and eventual champ Ted Potter, Jr. "I'm hitting it as well as I have done in a long time". Jason Day made two late birdies in the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro Am to grab a share of second place in the tournament. "All in all, still a good week, you know, T-two I guess is not bad, but I would have liked to put a little bit more pressure on Ted today", Johnson said. (more...)
IOC President carries Olympic flame ahead of Winter Games IOC President carries Olympic flame ahead of Winter Games
- February 11, 2018

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Saga Prefecture that dialogue between the two Koreas must be "based on the premise that North Korea will change its basic nuclear and missile policies". Kang made the remark during a dinner meeting Saturday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian while explaining the consistent efforts South Korea is making to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and promote peace on the peninsula, her office said. (more...)
Tesla Posts Worst-ever Quarterly Loss Tesla Posts Worst-ever Quarterly Loss
- February 11, 2018

During the final three months of 2017 the company delivered only 1,542 Model 3 cars , compared to 29,967 motors overall. Elon Musk's personal "Midnight Cherry" Roadster became the first consumer vehicle sent into space. The next problem for Tesla is to start making some money. At an estimated cost of $90m per launch, the Falcon Heavy has the potential to dramatically shake up the satellite market, as well as take manned spaceflight beyond Earth orbit for the first time since the ... (more...)
Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims
- February 11, 2018

But Kelly's hold on his post seemed the shakiest since he took the job in July, in part because several West Wing aides have had their faith shaken by his handling of the Porter accusations. Trump also stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence. Some senior White House officials were generally aware of the allegations before Trump found out a report surfaced on DailyMail.com, a source familiar with the matter said. (more...)
Hawai'i Telescope Spots SpaceX Tesla Roadster in Flight Hawai'i Telescope Spots SpaceX Tesla Roadster in Flight
- February 11, 2018

The head of SpaceX compared the Falcon Heavy architecture with modern computer systems used by Google or Amazon, in which the failure of one device does not affect the performance of the whole system. "By hopper tests, I mean kind of like the beginning of the Grasshopper program for Falcon 9... it will go up several miles and come down". The orbit has the power to drive the automobile to a distance close to Mars . (more...)
Elon Musk posts photo of vehicle in space Elon Musk posts photo of vehicle in space
- February 11, 2018

The payload of a Tesla Roadster with a space-suited mannequin at the wheel was certainly indulgent; a clever and opportunistic marketing ploy with little scientific goal. Two of the three boosters made it back to Earth and landed simultaneously, in a technological ballet so handsome that many conspiracy theorists said it could not be real. (more...)
Canada could collect multiple medals Sunday at Winter Games Canada could collect multiple medals Sunday at Winter Games
- February 11, 2018

As it turned out, with the two Koreas celebrating a moment of unity, the United States was left outmaneuvered by an adversary and out of step with an ally. Kim Yo-jong is the 30-year-old sister of Kim Jong-un and the first member of her family to go to South Korea since the 1953 ceasefire paused the Korean War, according to The Guardian . (more...)
Trump signs bill ending USA government shutdown Trump signs bill ending USA government shutdown
- February 11, 2018

The 240-186 vote sends the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it. It also extends the US government's borrowing authority until March 2019, sparing Washington politicians hard votes on debt and deficits until after mid-term congressional elections in November. (more...)
Space enthusiasts celebrate successful rocket launch Space enthusiasts celebrate successful rocket launch
- February 11, 2018

He has a passion for space exploration. One said: "It might even have just been another satellite in orbit". As of the end of past year, Tesla is estimated to have sold 155,000 to 170,000 vehicles in the U.S. It's an animation of where Musk's auto was supposed to go - how it was all supposed to work, and, for the most part, did work - on launch day. Experts are wondering how long the auto will last since it is being exposed to all of the harsh elements of space. (more...)
SpaceX could save NASA and the future of space exploration SpaceX could save NASA and the future of space exploration
- February 10, 2018

A University of Hawaii telescope on Mauna Loa recently spotted an unusual object hurtling through space: Elon Musk's midnight-cherry Tesla Roadster . "It'll be game-over for all other heavy-lift rockets". But the space agency viewed commercial development of this rocket as "competition" and refused their offer. (more...)
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to summit North Korea leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to summit
- February 10, 2018

President Donald Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting at South Korea's presidential Blue House in Seoul , South Korea, November 7, 2017. Kim Yo Jong, left hakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path", he said. (more...)
Blue Whale-Size Asteroid Set to Pass Earth Blue Whale-Size Asteroid Set to Pass Earth
- February 10, 2018

It will be the second time this week an asteroid buzzes us. The asteroid which measures up t 40m in size was discovered only five days ago and is due to skim past the Earth on Friday. 2018 CB isn't a mass-extinction type of asteroid, though it's an interesting one for astronomers. That was the case at Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013; the incoming object - an intense fireball as it entered the atmosphere - caught everyone by surprise. (more...)
Lindsey Vonn turns to these top Norwegian male racers for dating advice Lindsey Vonn turns to these top Norwegian male racers for dating advice
- February 10, 2018

With all Vonn's travails - she figures, given all her injuries, she has spent three complete years in rehab - it was easy to downplay her potential impact here. And then Vonn, Red Bull athlete, disappeared the Coke bottle next to her microphone on the dais. For all you pooch lovers out there check out @vonndogs on Instagram. (more...)
Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, as United States tech firms head north Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, as United States tech firms head north
- February 10, 2018

When Axelrod pushed him on what might constitute "red lines" on NAFTA , Trudeau was reluctant to give specifics, instead gesturing broadly at labor rights and ensuring that workers feel the benefits of a deal. Axelrod said numerous students at the institute he founded identify with Trudeau and his brand of politics. U.S. President Ronald Reagan stands with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the annual G7 Summit in Toronto on June 19, 1988, five months after they signed the ... (more...)
Again? Yup. What to know about the overnight budget shutdown
- February 10, 2018

Donald Trump was cool with it and made a decision to sign it, but Paul Ryan chose to be the little obstacle and put it off long enough, or create enough debate or doubt about it that he let the government shut down, and again this was a very short shutdown , just a matter of hours, but it was the second time in four weeks that the federal government shut down. (more...)
Court Orders Arrest of Innoson Chairman Court Orders Arrest of Innoson Chairman
- February 10, 2018

In a ruling by Justice Mojisola Dada, the court ordered that Chukwuma be produced in the next adjournment for probable arraignment over alleged forgery. Justice Dada has however adjoured the case till March 1. However, Chukwuma said the judge who issued his arrest warrant, erred in law, adding that due process ought to have been followed in his arraignment. (more...)