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IHOP admits to faking IHOb name change for publicity IHOP admits to faking IHOb name change for publicity
- July 10, 2018

The company Twitter page had the following today on it: "We're giving away 60¢ short stacks on July 17 from 7a-7p for IHOP's 60th birthday". IHOP will continue to sell both pancakes and burgers. Afterward, that figure increased to 30%, the highest score since late 2012. "They're still there. They're on the cover of the menu", Rebelez said. While the change got plenty of hype online, and resulted in brick-and-mortar locations swapping out their signage in favor of the new brand name ... (more...)
Xiaomi gets off to a slow start with Hong Kong IPO Xiaomi gets off to a slow start with Hong Kong IPO
- July 09, 2018

Xiaomi priced the IPO at the bottom of the range it offered, in a deal worth $4.72 billion - the world's biggest technology float in nearly four years. Mo Jia, a Shanghai-based analyst with industry consultancy Canalys, said the weak debut was to be expected. Most recent floats in Hong Kong dropped below IPO prices. (more...)
To-Play Shooter Warframe Announced For Switch: Panic Button Porting To-Play Shooter Warframe Announced For Switch: Panic Button Porting
- July 09, 2018

The plot is centered around members of the Tenno, a race of ancient warriors who were kept in a deep cryogenic slumber for centuries. Their version of Warframe was announced at TennoCon, the game's third annual convention, and follows other free-to-play titles such as Paladins and Fortnite onto Switch. (more...)
Samsung to open world’s largest mobile phone factory in Noida today Samsung to open world’s largest mobile phone factory in Noida today
- July 09, 2018

The South Korean president Moon Jae-in is on an official visit in India. The company had first set up the plant in 1997 for manufacturing television sets in India. Keep in mind that the 120 million means feature phones as well. India's smartphone market grew 14% with total shipments of 124 million units in 2017, the fastest pace of growth among the top 20 markets, according to International Data Corp. (more...)
Fallout 76 doesn't mark Bethesda departure from single-player games Fallout 76 doesn't mark Bethesda departure from single-player games
- July 08, 2018

Creation Club probably won't reach the console. The head honcho of Bethesda was interviewed recently and it was found that mods will definitely not be arriving on the Switch platform. Bethesda thus is still not paying any attention to mod support for Skyrim which is a sad piece of news for avid gamers. Valve revealed its most played titles throughout 2018 so far, led by multiplayer games such as Dota 2, GTA V and PUBG which all managed to pull over 100,000 simultaneous players. (more...)
European specifications revealed for Suzuki Jimny Motors European specifications revealed for Suzuki Jimny Motors
- July 08, 2018

Replacing the 1.3-liter that we've found underpowered in our test drive of the previous generation, the 1.5-liter in the all-new Jimny delivers " ample torque at low revolutions ". The central console is centred around a seven-inch touchscreen at higher trim levels, which includes Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. The boot floor and the backs of the rear seats are coated in plastic for protection against dirt and stains. (more...)
Google's Duplex AI could soon be running call centres Google's Duplex AI could soon be running call centres
- July 07, 2018

A new report from The Information claims that some large companies are in the very early stages of testing Googles natural language voice assistant, Duplex, to be used in corporate applications such as in call centers to answer customer service questions. (more...)
OnePlus : 5 and 5T now have Treble in a stable manner OnePlus : 5 and 5T now have Treble in a stable manner
- July 07, 2018

The OxygenOS beta for both smartphones that features support for Project Treble can be downloaded on OnePlus' website . No OnePlus smartphone, up until now, supported Project Treble . In August previous year, Google engineers on an Android Developers Backstage podcast episode confirmed that they are working with OEMs to bring Project Treble to a mass level. (more...)
We Happy Few approved to be published in Australia We Happy Few approved to be published in Australia
- July 07, 2018

With Kickstarter involved in the game's funding, that would've been a whole mess. We Happy Few is scheduled to come out on August 10th for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The people in the game are depicted as violent psychopaths due to their overuse of the drug, and all have basically lost their humanity. "We are extremely pleased with the decision of the board and excited that our Australian fans and new players will be able to experience We Happy Few without modification". (more...)
Darwin Project Now Free-To-Play On Xbox One Darwin Project Now Free-To-Play On Xbox One
- July 06, 2018

During E3, Microsoft unveiled FastStart for Xbox One , a feature that optimizes downloads so you can start playing before the download finishes. The survival-centric multiplayer game has gone free-to-play on Xbox One , much like the current Steam Early Access version . (more...)
Fortnite Playground v2: What Are the Playground Mode v2 Changes? Fortnite Playground v2: What Are the Playground Mode v2 Changes?
- July 06, 2018

Playground, for those unaware, is a new game mode in Fortnite: Battle Royale that allows players to enter the island alone, with only a couple friends, or as part of a random squad. With that said, it will be returning at some point and will become a full-fledged creative sandbox mode for players to hop into and just go absolutely nuts. (more...)
Airplane 'love story' takes off on Twitter with Texas residents Airplane 'love story' takes off on Twitter with Texas residents
- July 06, 2018

Seconds later, that exact same thing happened and the world was watching with them as they documented the interactions between the two strangers. Upon realizing the chemistry between the woman and a man seated next to her, Blair posted about it on her social media throughout the ride -- and the story quickly became an internet sensation. (more...)
Apple Reportedly Snubs Intel 5G Modems For 2020 iPhone Family Apple Reportedly Snubs Intel 5G Modems For 2020 iPhone Family
- July 06, 2018

But Intel is reportedly not going to be part of the first iPhone 5G model, and Apple's decision may have delivered a massive blow to Intel's expectations. The chip also integrates Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, aside from 4G. According to the report , the executives considered Apple as the main "key mobile customer" for its 5G modem and expected Apple to be the "main volume driver" for the product. (more...)
This year's iPhones could come in a few new colors This year's iPhones could come in a few new colors
- July 06, 2018

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that there will be three models, stating he predicts , "6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models and a 6.1-inch TFT-LCD model, all equipped with a full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera (front 3D sensing), as with iPhone X ". (more...)
Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Smartphone To Be Unveiled Before Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Smartphone To Be Unveiled Before Galaxy S10
- July 06, 2018

The company also said sales fell by 5 percent from a year ago, to 58 trillion won. In January, reports claimed that Samsung was looking to set the Galaxy X launch this December or early 2019. have also been weaker than expected, while the growth of semiconductor prices has been slowing. Beyond 0 is an entry-level model, so it's probably a "Mini" variant of Samsung's upcoming new flagship phone. (more...)
Apps May Not Eavesdrop On You But They Record Screen Activities Apps May Not Eavesdrop On You But They Record Screen Activities
- July 05, 2018

Instead, they came out with another chilling revelation that some apps make screen recordings and share those with third parties. Elleen Pan, Jingjing Ren, Martina Lindorfer, Christo Wilson, and David Choffnes from Northeastern University conducted an experiment for a year involving 17,260 Android apps trying to see if any of them use the phones' microphone to record audio covertly. (more...)
Diane Bryant quits COO position at Google Cloud Diane Bryant quits COO position at Google Cloud
- July 05, 2018

At the time of her departure, Bryant's Group was responsible for US$4.2 billion of Intel's quarterly $14.8 billion in revenue. "We are grateful for the contributions she made while at Google and we wish her the best in her next pursuit", a Google spokesperson told us when we reached out for comment. (more...)
Kim Dotcom loses latest legal bid to avoid US extradition Kim Dotcom loses latest legal bid to avoid US extradition
- July 05, 2018

The Court of Appeal has ruled Mr Dotcom, plus co-defendants, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato are eligible to be extradited for their participation in alleged criminal copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. (more...)
Honor 10 GT with 8 GB RAM unveiled Honor 10 GT with 8 GB RAM unveiled
- July 05, 2018

Apart from that, other specifications and design elements remained the same as its predecessor, the Honor 10 that was launched in May, this year, and only had 4GB or 6GB of RAM variants. It has a nice combination of features that people don't always expect in this price range including face unlock, a 5.7-inch 18:9 display with slim bezels, and a 3-card slot for 2 sims and a microSD card. (more...)
GTA 6 Release Date Messages Confirmed to be Fake GTA 6 Release Date Messages Confirmed to be Fake
- July 04, 2018

But what about the inevitable GTA VI? As this is a Rockstar game which uses the Rockstar Social Club messaging system, it's easy to believe the message is legitimate, but unfortunately it isn't. "Man, I'm just exhausted of modders all together", Crowley messaged me after sharing a screenshot of one of the fake messages. The impromptu announcement has only appeared in the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 versions of the game, which happen to be way more open to playing online with hacked ... (more...)
Low-cost Surface - more detail revealed - Processors and more Low-cost Surface - more detail revealed - Processors and more
- July 04, 2018

Combine that with earlier reports about Microsoft preparing a new Surface tablet and it seems likely that this FCC filing has something to do with the company's latest-and-greatest addition to its Surface lineup. The tablet is expected to drop the Surface Connector in favour of standard USB-C. Microsoft hasn't confirmed anything yet, but reports suggest that there will be an LTE model of this cheaper Surface. (more...)
Asus launches AI-powered flagship ZenFone 5Z in India at Rs 29,999 Asus launches AI-powered flagship ZenFone 5Z in India at Rs 29,999
- July 04, 2018

The Asus Zenfone 5Z was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. As mentioned above, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. (more...)
Pokemon GO will soon feature a Squirtle with sunglasses Pokemon GO will soon feature a Squirtle with sunglasses
- July 04, 2018

We wish you the best of luck. Squirtle's Exclusive Move is Hydro Cannon . Make sure to evolve during the active time window if you want to secure it. Be sure to claim your rewards and clear out a space for these quests if you want to see them. That's everything we know at this point! Good luck out there and do not forget to stay hydrated. (more...)
Samsung Phones Are Sending Random Photos to Other People Samsung Phones Are Sending Random Photos to Other People
- July 04, 2018

It only gets noticed by the users when they receive some response from the recipient of the random photos. One person said the app sent their photo albums to their girlfriend at 2.30am without them knowing - there was no trace of the transfer on the phone , although it showed up in their T-Mobile US account. (more...)
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye priced at $72,995 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye priced at $72,995
- July 04, 2018

The vehicle can also be equipped with all-wheel drive for an additional $3,000. That'll bring the price up to $30,295. The Redeye is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Among the list, the summer performance tires add $695, the optional 3.09 rear axle adds $1,095, a painted black hood costs $1,995, and the Widebody package adds $6,000 for it's extra 3.5 inches. (more...)
The Shenmue 1 & 2 remaster release date has been confirmed The Shenmue 1 & 2 remaster release date has been confirmed
- July 03, 2018

In case you weren't aware of, Shenmue I & II will re-release as a collection and will come complete with the original feature set that defined modern gaming, including enthralling jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, and RPG elements in addition to memorable mini-games. (more...)
Facebook is shuttering three of its apps, including Moves Facebook is shuttering three of its apps, including Moves
- July 03, 2018

But here's a quick obituary for all three anyway. Tbh ("to be honest") was downloaded 5 million times in the United States in its first nine weeks, before being bought by Facebook for an undisclosed sum. Moves was originally launched in 2013, and Facebook acquired the app for an undisclosed sum in 2014. Facebook has a long track record of acquiring apps and later closing them, said Jack Kent, analyst at IHS Markit. (more...)
Google’s Gmail allows third-party developers to read your emails Google’s Gmail allows third-party developers to read your emails
- July 03, 2018

While many of these companies in question utilise machines to go through users emails for keywords and phrases, some of them have it done manually by their employees. It's not news that Google and most of the other top email providers enable outside developers to access the inboxes of users. Google's mail service has always been criticized for the invasive practices of the company, which runs nearly entirely on employing all the data it collects on users to attract advertisers and target ... (more...)
Fortnite's Playgrounds LTM is returning later today Fortnite's Playgrounds LTM is returning later today
- July 03, 2018

But it looks like the mode will roll out internationally later today, according to an update on Reddit . As previously mentioned, Epic meant to launch Playground mode alongside Fortnite's 4.5 patch last Wednesday; however, shortly after the mode went live, it was pulled from the rotation due to technical issues, and it has remained unavailable since. (more...)
HTC to Cut 1500 Jobs as Revenue Continues to Decline HTC to Cut 1500 Jobs as Revenue Continues to Decline
- July 03, 2018

Somewhat inevitably then, it has gone for the fastest and easiest way to do just that by getting rid of a huge amount of its fixed costs, ie: staff and their wages. HTC hopes that by doing this, the company would be able to turn a profit as it said it would by this year. It's important to note that the 1500 affected staff are not from team that went over to Google to work on the latter's Pixel smartphones, as part of the US$1.1 billion (~RM4.05 billion) deal that the two companies agreed ... (more...)