Sci-tech


Your Amazon Echo is about to get way more useful Your Amazon Echo is about to get way more useful
- June 03, 2018

Majority are likely things you meant to say to Alexa such as asking to play a specific song, asking about the weather or the news. For example, if customer asks, " Alexa , where is the best surfing today near Santa Barbara?" Once a sufficient proportion of developers implement the new CanFillIntentRequestinterface in their skills, you'll be less likely to hear Alexa say, "Hmmm, I don't know that one". (more...)
Korean Report Claims the New LCD Apple iPhone Will Release in November Korean Report Claims the New LCD Apple iPhone Will Release in November
- June 03, 2018

That said, replicating the iPhone X design with an LCD screen will be tricky, and of course the iPhone X was itself delayed until November previous year, so the claim can't be entirely dismissed. However, that rumour is now perhaps looking less likely given that it was announced this week that Apple's upcoming handsets will include OLED displays. (more...)
Alfa's focusing on new SUVs and 8C replacement Alfa's focusing on new SUVs and 8C replacement
- June 03, 2018

While the Guiletta will remain, it will be supplemented by a C UV, no doubt to compete with Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Audi at the lower levels. A new Giulietta is planned as well as long wheelbase versions of the Giulia and Stelvio . (more...)
Red Dead Redemption 2 Preorder Bonuses Have Leaked, Include GTA$
- June 03, 2018

Microsoft quickly took down the page, but a snapshot of the page was taken before it went down . In that same vein, players also receive a cash bonus specifically for use in the Story Mode of Red Dead Redemption 2 . In fact, given that Sony have an exclusive marketing deal with Rockstar Games for Red Dead Redemption 2 , might mean the PS4 version of the game will have even more. (more...)
The Biggest Internet Trends to Watch in 2018
- June 03, 2018

Mary Meeker delivered her annual internet trends report at Recode's Code Conference, touching on everything from e-commerce to the "privacy paradox" facing big tech firms. In 2017, USA adults spent 5.9 hours per day using digital media, an increase over 5.6 hours in 2016, according to the report. Amazon took a 28% share of e-commerce sales in the United States a year ago, which were up 16% in 2017 from a 14% growth in 2016. (more...)
Mary Meeker internet trends report 2018 Mary Meeker internet trends report 2018
- June 03, 2018

The Echo's installed base in the US grew from 20 million in the third quarter of 2017 to more than 30 million in the fourth quarter. Amazon takes the biggest share 28 per cent while physical retail sales are still continuing to decline. Tech companies are facing a " privacy paradox ". The global average selling price of smartphones is also dropping. A key example Mary notes is Google and Amazon - Google is expanding beyond the ad services vertical into e-commerce through Google ... (more...)
Is Fallout 76 Written by the New Vegas Writer? Is Fallout 76 Written by the New Vegas Writer?
- June 03, 2018

That's all the concrete information they've given us so far though, and while details on the spinoff's plot and gameplay are properly starting to take formation thanks to some eagle-eyed fans as well as some substantiated leaks from inside the development studio itself, nobody has been able to assess for themselves how the latest Fallout project is shaping up. (more...)
Canon ends film camera business after more than 80 years Canon ends film camera business after more than 80 years
- June 03, 2018

It is noted that the production of these cameras actually stopped 2010. Don't worry, Canon , we get you: Film is kinda sucky. It is the first time since the 1930s that Canon has not sold a film camera. As for Canon, the company has promised to continue to offer fix on the EOS-1V until October 31st 2025, though that could end as early as 2020 for some, if parts and inventory run out sooner. (more...)
Big Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors so far Big Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors so far
- June 03, 2018

I guess the camera is the only real difference between these two smartphones. The phone is powered a 1.6GHz octa-core SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. Samsung's custom features will also get some tweaks with a new home screen, updated keyboard, and the new SmartThings app. The phone sports a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display with an 16:9 aspect ratio. (more...)
Buckle Up For The 3599-Piece LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Buckle Up For The 3599-Piece LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron
- June 03, 2018

It comes with logoed spoked rims, an 8-speed gearbox with moveable paddle gearshift, an active rear wing that can change position, and a W16 engine with moveable pistons. Priced at $350, the Lego Technic Chiron is available now exclusively from Lego's retail outlets and online store. The Speed Key can also be used to adjust the rear spoiler. (more...)
Motorola One Power photo shows the Android One iPhone X Motorola One Power photo shows the Android One iPhone X
- June 03, 2018

Before May wrapped up, a leak shed some light on an upcoming Motorola smartphone called the One Power. Motorola is reportedly preparing its second Android One smartphone, dubbed as the Motorola One Power . If it is the latter, it could mean that Motorola aims to create a niche market of Android One phones. The phone will allegedly be first released in the U.S., followed by a rollout in global markets later. (more...)
Is Google getting out of the tablet business? Is Google getting out of the tablet business?
- June 03, 2018

What took many people by surprise however, was fact that Google dropped the Tablets section of its website without any sort of announcement. The writing may have been on the wall when Google failed to list any tablets among the devices able to access the Android P developer beta, but this surely confirms that Google is done with slates. (more...)
Samsung announces the launch date of Galaxy Note 9 Samsung announces the launch date of Galaxy Note 9
- June 03, 2018

Pricing is expected to be around CNY 3,500 ($545/€465). The Galaxy A9 Star Lite, on the other hand, has been priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 28,200). The Galaxy A9 Star is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage. Galaxy J4 provides an adjustable front LED flash, which helps to capture better selfies by adjusting the LED flash as per the ambient lighting conditions. (more...)
IOS 12, just like Android P, is also about IOS 12, just like Android P, is also about "Digital Health"
- June 03, 2018

We don't yet know much about the update, likely to arrive as macOS 10.14, but Bloomberg notes that the focus will be on integrating the software more deeply with iOS. They also get to talk directly with Apple's engineers about their own apps and projects. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called it "big and profound", and the company released its first tools to let software developers make AR apps a year ago. (more...)
Nintendo launches first Pokemon game for the Switch Nintendo launches first Pokemon game for the Switch
- June 03, 2018

Yes, this is Pokemon in its most casual form, but then when you're targeting free-to-play on mobile platforms it has to be. How it's Like Pokemon Go! Let's Go brings back the much beloved traditional Pokemon Battle system against NPCs and fellow humans. (more...)
Anthem has got a teaser trailer for its new trailer
- June 03, 2018

That's right, we're delivering an unseen trailer that delves into the risky world of Anthem . This new trailer will also show more about the story as well as the monsters/characters that we'll be fighting throughout the game. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET. The blog post teases a focus on combat, flying mechanics, and loot - systems we haven't really seen in action yet. EA will also be showing gameplay footage to build off of the game's reveal previous year, an "in-depth" display of the game's combat ... (more...)
Facebook is shutting down its notorious 'trending' feature Facebook is shutting down its notorious 'trending' feature
- June 03, 2018

John Thune (R-SD) - after it was revealed that the editors in charge of Trending repeatedly discriminated against news stories of interest to conservatives, while promoting progressive stories. Since then, the social network has repeatedly said it is committed to focusing on only high-quality news sources, including those it believes are the most trusted by a broad range of users. (more...)
Google Neighbourly aims to bring trusted answers to Indian neighborhoods Google Neighbourly aims to bring trusted answers to Indian neighborhoods
- June 03, 2018

Neighbourly is rolling out as beta in the Play Store today to users in Mumbai India . It is Google's belief that it is becoming harder and harder for people to get information about their locality and neighbourhood because cities keep changing a lot, along with the people who live in them. (more...)
BBC iPlayer to stream World Cup matches in Ultra HD BBC iPlayer to stream World Cup matches in Ultra HD
- June 02, 2018

The Ultra HD option will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis and access will be limited to just "tens of thousands of people". Those with a 40Mbps+ internet speed may also try out the BBC's other trial during the 2018 World Cup, which will be all to do with virtual reality . (more...)
Facebook to pull plug on 'Trending' topics
- June 02, 2018

Alex Hardiman, Facebook's head of news products, said that the feature which was only available in five countries had only accounted for an average of 1.5 percent of clicks to a media outlets page. A Breaking News label will appear on stories from 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India, and Australia. "Breaking news has to look different than a recipe", Hardiman said. (more...)
Jeep to launch nine new or revised models by 2022 Jeep to launch nine new or revised models by 2022
- June 02, 2018

Along with the powertrain tech, Jeep will begin offering Level 3 autonomous driving in 2021 that it is developing in partnership with BMW. Jeep's plans leave room for a fourth unannounced halo model. The Jeep Renegade is due for a mid-model update, and a development vehicle has been spotted undergoing tests in the Swiss Alps. China will be a big focus for Jeep before 2022; the company will launch two China-specific models, as well as launching plug-in hybrid and fully electric ... (more...)
Canon shutters 80-year history of film cameras
- June 02, 2018

Before the digital revolution, it was the camera of choice for many top photojournalists and sports shooters, and it still holds its own even today. The EOS-1v was Canon's last professional-grade film SLR. But it also adds that it may refuse fix after October 31, 2020 due to lack of replacement parts. You'll probably still be able to pick up a used EOS-1V online, but like all vintage gear, it's going to be a lot more expensive than when it was available. (more...)
Fortnite for Nintendo Switch Confirmed for E3 2018 Reveal Fortnite for Nintendo Switch Confirmed for E3 2018 Reveal
- June 01, 2018

In a move that won't surprise anyone, it looks as though Epic Games chose to port its hugely successful free-to-play game Fortnite over to the Nintendo Switch . It appears that's about to change , with the Korean game ratings board (via Resetera ) having revealed they've rated the game for Switch. The titles shown for the E3 2018 show floor include Dragon Ball FighterZ , Fortnite , Killer Queen Black , Paladins , and Overcooked 2 . (more...)
Intel launches Optane DIMMs up to 512GB Intel launches Optane DIMMs up to 512GB
- June 01, 2018

As such, it's created to inhabit a new tier between conventional DRAM and external storage. Designed, as with the first Optane products, for use in the data centre, Intel's Optane DC Persistent Memory puts Optane flash storage technology onto a DRAM-style dual inline memory module (DIMM). (more...)
Qualcomm Reveals the World’s First Dedicated XR Platform
- June 01, 2018

Qualcomm will only emphasize on simpler controller mechanism, 3DoF and 360-degree videos for the development of the lower priced XR1 chipset. The platform also features the capability to reduce noise, optimize 3D rendering. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 which is in phones like the OnePlus 6 and the Mi Mix 2s is vastly powerful compared to XR1. Qualcomm touts the platform as the "world's first dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform", which is meant to bring AR and VR to the mainstream in an ... (more...)
Facebook kills troubled 'trending' topics feature
- June 01, 2018

Facebook is set to kill its "trending" news section next week after four years and is testing a new breaking news feature that could replace it. The Today In section, which is being piloted in 33 USA cities, is driving an average of 8 percent more traffic outbound from Facebook to the publishers themselves. (more...)
Nordisk Film acquires Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios Nordisk Film acquires Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios
- June 01, 2018

Things will continue to tick along pretty much as normal, albeit with Nordisk chief Mikkel Weider joining the board and Avalanche having gained additional financial stability. Just Cause 4 with an even bigger budget? The studio has also expanded into publishing with games like TheHunter. 'This is a milestone in our 15 year long history, ' said Sundberg. (more...)
Apple's WWDC 2018 will reportedly be hardware free Apple's WWDC 2018 will reportedly be hardware free
- June 01, 2018

This falls in line with all the earlier rumors we've heard so far and really fills us with optimism that, you see, Apple could actually release an iPhone SE 2 this year. Plus, we'll tell you everything we think we know about iOS 12, and stick around for our ears-on, gaping-jaw review of stereo HomePods. Writing for Bloomberg , he says "a new suite of gadgets is unlikely" because the MacBooks aren't ready and an iPad Pro with Face ID will also come later. (more...)
Arm Mali-G76 GPU deep dive Arm Mali-G76 GPU deep dive
- June 01, 2018

More technical details about the new GPU have been provided in a blog . According to the company, it delivers laptop-class performance while maintaining the power efficiency of a smartphone. The Mali-G76 is built on the Bifrost architecture and boasts of ARM's highest ever GPU performance. While Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon 835 has helped deliver mobile-like battery life and 4G connectivity to these laptops, early reviews have found their performance to be on par with Intel's ... (more...)
Bugatti unveils cheapest ever Chiron - costs RM1,999
- June 01, 2018

With 3600 Lego pieces in the box, this is a monster of a model to build that will easily eat away a weekend. The 1:8-scale model of the world's fastest vehicle candidate is over 56 cm long, 25 cm wide and 14 mm high and, at a whopping 3,599 pieces, is probably the most detailed Lego model you can buy. (more...)