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Google Assistant for iPad cranks up Siri's competition Google Assistant for iPad cranks up Siri's competition
- March 13, 2018

A version for iPhone debuted last summer, but today is the first time this software runs well on a tablet. However, that doesn't mean there aren't improvements to be found in the iPad version, as the iPad's bigger screen means that you'll be able to use the app in both landscape and portrait mode. (more...)
Apple's WWDC 2018 event will start on June 4th Apple's WWDC 2018 event will start on June 4th
- March 13, 2018

This marks the second year in a row WWDC has been held in the South Bay, after a long run at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Apple is planning to return to San Jose again in 2018, between June 4th and June 8th this time around. Also up for grabs will be around 350 WWDC Student Scholarships providing students and members of all STEM organisations an opportunity to earn a free ticket to WWDC. (more...)
Microsoft accidentally pushes Windows updates to users who opted to block updates Microsoft accidentally pushes Windows updates to users who opted to block updates
- March 13, 2018

As we draw ever closer to the release of Microsoft's next major version of Windows 10, the info dumps only grow more frequent and more specific. But according to reports, a Microsoft snafu ignored these settings and forcibly updated some users to Windows 10 v1709 (Fall Creators Update). (more...)
Oh, Dark Mode for YouTube Android App is Coming Soon Oh, Dark Mode for YouTube Android App is Coming Soon
- March 13, 2018

Back in January, we spotted YouTube preparing a dark theme for its mobile apps that would match the recently revamped desktop client. The company is today rolling out a new dark theme for YouTube on the iPhone, and it'll be bringing the new dark theme to Android devices sometime soon. (more...)
Airtel To Raise Rs 16500 Crore For Spectrum Payment, Refinancing Debt Airtel To Raise Rs 16500 Crore For Spectrum Payment, Refinancing Debt
- March 13, 2018

The board approved the issue of foreign currency bonds of up to $1 billion (Rs 6,482 crore) and sought fresh shareholder approval for issuance of non-convertible debentures of up to Rs 10,000 crore on a private-placement basis, the company said in a release to the BSE. (more...)
National Asset Management Inc. Increases Position in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)
- March 13, 2018

The stock increased 0.83% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $18.25. About 32.21 million shares traded. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has declined 0.52% since March 13, 2017 and is downtrending. The stock has "Neutral" rating by DA Davidson on Thursday, April 14. (NASDAQ:AMZN) on Monday, September 11 with "Buy" rating. The company was upgraded on Friday, May 13 by Raymond James. (more...)
Scientists discover 15 new planets orbiting red dwarf stars Scientists discover 15 new planets orbiting red dwarf stars
- March 13, 2018

Among these exoplanets, three were discovered to be super-Earths, which are slightly bigger in size than our own planet. A research team led by Teruyuki Hirano of the Department of Earth Sciences and Planets of the Tokyo Institute of Technology validated a few days ago the discovery of 15 new exoplanets in orbit around red dwarfs. (more...)
MoviePass CEO now denies the app tracked customers without their knowledge MoviePass CEO now denies the app tracked customers without their knowledge
- March 13, 2018

He confirmed that the app only checks the location of the customers when checking for the nearest participating theatre, and when they check in to the theatre, so the app can verify their credit card. "We never used it, and it was confusing to have it there", Lowe said. According to Lowe, about "half a dozen" customers said they canceled their service over the privacy concerns. (more...)
Microsoft is apparently facing 238 complaints of gender discrimination Microsoft is apparently facing 238 complaints of gender discrimination
- March 13, 2018

The complaints in question were made between 2010 and 2016, and include systemically denying pay increases and promotions to women working in the company. Microsoft said the plaintiffs' claims are not enough to warrant a class action lawsuit and claimed the company spent $55 million a year to "promote diversity and inclusion". (more...)
It Looks Like Another Magnetic Storm is Coming Our Way It Looks Like Another Magnetic Storm is Coming Our Way
- March 13, 2018

Magnetic storms are particularly tricky events since they also tend to disturb power grids. As per the stats published by Lebedev Institute of Russian Academy of Science representing a graph of solar activity, a slight uptick will be registered on March 18. (more...)
Matteo Renzi formally resigns as Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi formally resigns as Democratic Party leader
- March 13, 2018

Maurizio Martina , the outgoing agriculture minister who was named as the Democratic Party's interim leader, made clear that the center-left would not take part in any new government, as Renzi had insisted before his resignation. "Do you think a League voter wants Gentiloni in power?" While the 5-Star Movement has said it would speak with anyone willing to find common ground, the League, led by Matteo Salvini, has indicated it is far from the 5-Stars on key issues, including how to make ... (more...)
Valve introduces a Dota 2 subscription program with various benefits Valve introduces a Dota 2 subscription program with various benefits
- March 13, 2018

Dota Plus goes for $4 per month, with discounts for six and 12-month subscriptions. "In the past we released two types of Battle Passes, ones that revolved around the Majors, and one around The International". The Plus Assistant will also suggest which ability to select at each level. Dota Plus will also give players access to a "Death Summary" screen that will provide "a second-by-second timeline of incoming damage, stuns, and other disabling effects" that led to the death of the hero. (more...)
Redmi 5 to be available on Amazon.in from tomorrow Redmi 5 to be available on Amazon.in from tomorrow
- March 13, 2018

The company also claims that MIUI 9 will make the phone work smoothly without any lags by dynamic resource allocation based on app's priority level and also make the apps to load faster than before. Notably, Xiaomi has reportedly already started rolling out the MIUI 9 to some of the mentioned smartphones. For now, we don't know whether Xiaomi will again choose the flash sale model for selling the smartphone online or stick to regular selling method that does not annoy potential buyers who lose ... (more...)
Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to ZenFone 4 Pro Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to ZenFone 4 Pro
- March 13, 2018

The benchmark listing reveals the key specifications of the smartphone and these seem to be surprising. The Android Oreo update is being pushed out in stages so it might take a while before it reaches your device. These scores are somewhat similar to the ones we have seen on the Vivo X20 Plus and other smartphones that make use of the Snapdragon 660 SoC. New information about the ZenFone5 Max suggests this is a mid-range handset rather than a top-tier one. (more...)
Invictus RG Acquires Shares of 3273 Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE)
- March 13, 2018

The stock increased 0.42% or $0.24 during the last trading session, reaching $58.05. About 213,695 shares traded. HRG Group, Inc. (NYSE:HRG) has risen 28.87% since March 12, 2017 and is uptrending. Grand Jean Mgmt reported 0.36% stake. TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: "California State Teachers Retirement System Reduces Holdings in Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE)" was originally reported by Week Herald and is owned by of Week Herald. (more...)
Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) Director Sells 94723 Shares of Stock
- March 13, 2018

The stock increased 0.88% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $24.12. About 234,696 shares traded. Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO ) has risen 63.33% since March 9, 2017 and is uptrending. Bancshares Of Ny Mellon Corporation reported 0% stake. Hightower Advisors Limited Liability Com reported 23,809 shares stake. Apollo Global Management (NYSE APO) traded up $0.55 during trading on Friday, hitting $33.56. (more...)
Spotify launched in South Africa Spotify launched in South Africa
- March 13, 2018

Based on the pricing of company stock traded on private markets, the company, launched in 2008 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is valued at $23.4 billion. Similar to rivals Apple Music and Deezer who already operate in Israel, Spotify will charge NIS 20 per month for a premium subscription. ITWeb is attending the official launch on Tuesday and will provide more details as they become available. (more...)
Hubble Space Telescope Is Now Watching An Astonishing Far-Distant Spiral Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope Is Now Watching An Astonishing Far-Distant Spiral Galaxy
- March 13, 2018

In the constellation of Cetus , a 350 million light years away, a pair of barricaded spiral galaxies has just commenced a stupendous merger and this image dangles them in a single moment, frozen the confused spray of gas, dust and stars thrown up by the gravitational forces dragging the two galaxies together. (more...)
Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced, Introducing New Monster Hunt Mode Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced, Introducing New Monster Hunt Mode
- March 12, 2018

A trio of Hearthstone developers went into the forest to discover the secrets of The Witchwood , the new expansion for Hearthstone . The expansion will feature 185 new cards and is based around the Worgen cursed city of Gilneas in World Of Warcraft. (more...)
Neil deGrasse Tyson drops truth bombs on Flat Earthers, and it's glorious Neil deGrasse Tyson drops truth bombs on Flat Earthers, and it's glorious
- March 12, 2018

The astrophysicist then went on to joke that "something doesn't square" as there are plenty of people who claim the sun, moon , and other planets to be round but not the Earth. He also pointed out that when a ship sails away across the horizon, it eventually disappears because it drops below the horizon as it travels around Earth. (more...)
Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF
- March 12, 2018

However, it may take some time to reflect on all the users. Snapchat also said they are waiting for a response from the Giphy team to look into the issue and the company needs to make sure this does not happen again. We've reached out to Giphy for comment but haven't heard back. The racist GIF discovered in the image database highlights the difficulty that social media platforms face in policing the activity of millions of users - especially those that depend on user-generated content ... (more...)
Apple acquires magazine subscription app Texture Apple acquires magazine subscription app Texture
- March 12, 2018

It's unclear how Apple will integrate the service or what it means for Apple News. The Cupertino, California, company aims to top $50 billion in annual services revenue by 2021, and a magazine subscription service would likely contribute to that. (more...)
McLaren to reveal fastest-ever auto later this year McLaren to reveal fastest-ever auto later this year
- March 12, 2018

Sadly, all the 106 units of the McLaren BP23 had been allocated even before the auto was officially announced in November 2016 at an ex-showroom price of Rs £1.6million (₹ 14.41 crores). The Woking-based automaker has thus confirmed - while revealing new sketches of the car's three-seat layout - the model will be capable of at least 243 miles per hour (391 kph). (more...)
Shadow of the Colossus 2018 team is working on another remake Shadow of the Colossus 2018 team is working on another remake
- March 12, 2018

With Thrush's comments, he confirmed that Bluepoint is working on a remake that will be bigger in scope compared to Shadow of the Colossus , which may be hard to imagine given the titanic undertaking that the project required. Or, it's possible the trademark has something to do with a (said while whispering) PlayStation 4 remake. Miyazaki, often pestered with questions of a Demon's Souls remake , also has pointed out that such a decision can only come from Sony , who own the rights to the ... (more...)
Twitter blocks accounts for Twitter blocks accounts for "tweetdecking"
- March 12, 2018

Further the report clarifies that numerous suspended accounts have got a number of followers, and the number of the followers is quite high and reaches in hundreds and thousands even some accounts have followers in millions. This behavior is against rules of Twitter . This is seemingly no longer appropriate, account to Twitter's terms of service . "The platform's spam policy covers many different types of bad behavior, including the posting of "duplicative or substantially similar ... (more...)
Bose AR Glasses Announced - Augmented Reality Audio in Sunglasses Bose AR Glasses Announced - Augmented Reality Audio in Sunglasses
- March 12, 2018

The glasses are backed by the Bose AR platform that comes with a singular goal of improving daily life by providing relevant information. At SXSW, Bose unveiled a prototype AR smartglasses which is rather surprising as the company is an audio company, but the glasses do not stray far from their roots as it is said to add an audible layer of information and experiences to what you see rather than displaying information for the user. (more...)
Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June
- March 12, 2018

This is the same as the current generation MacBook Pro . That's a lot higher than the 1440 x 900 in today's Air and it's even sharper than the 12-inch MacBook's 2304 x 1440. Quanta will produce 70% of the units of the new MacBook Air 2018, while Foxconn will produce 30% of them, and the new laptop should be announced at WWDC 2018 in June. (more...)
Google Duo gets a new 30-second Video message update Google Duo gets a new 30-second Video message update
- March 12, 2018

The company informs that the shared video messages will automatically disappear within a day after it's seen. After watching the video message, the receiver may tap the "Call now" button to instantly call the sender. Google Pay Request doesn't seem to be present here, despite the fact that there was a "Request" string in our teardown. Check your respective app store to grab the latest version so as to start video messaging through Duo. (more...)
Honor Brings Face Unlock Feature For Honor 7X
- March 12, 2018

The smartphone will be made available in Black, Red, Gold and Blue colour options. Huawei Honor 7C runs on Android 8 Oreo with a layer of Emoticon EMUI 8 UI. It has a dual camera setup with 13 megapixels primary sensor and 2 megapixels secondary sensor. The storage is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card. (more...)
Google is tweaking its search bar on its mobile site Google is tweaking its search bar on its mobile site
- March 12, 2018

Fashion brands continue to release new hardware running the OS, but it's been a hot minute since a major tech company has put any real time or effort into releasing new products with it. There are entirely too many ways that Google Lens now available on the mass-based Android can be misused, and it is the company's responsibility to ensure they start taking measures to avoid that from happening. (more...)