Sci-tech


Cuba Starts Providing Internet on Mobile Phones Cuba Starts Providing Internet on Mobile Phones
- July 19, 2018

He further adds that the facility has further added to his convenience as now he can update the live status of the news. As per the ETECSA, the Cuban telecoms monopoly, certain consumers, including embassies and companies have also purchased mobile data plans since December, although it has not yet publicized the move. (more...)
IBM seeks US$167m from Groupon in dispute over early internet patents IBM seeks US$167m from Groupon in dispute over early internet patents
- July 19, 2018

An example of this would be signing into Groupon with a Facebook or Google ID. Addressing the jury IBM lawyer John Desmarais said: "Most big companies have taken licenses to these patents". A separate patent describes how to show applications and ads while reducing strain on servers. Out of these four patents, two were issued for Prodigy, an online service that offered access to a broad range of networked services, developed by IBM and many others. (more...)
BMW G310R Launched in India at Rs 2.99 lakh BMW G310R Launched in India at Rs 2.99 lakh
- July 19, 2018

The much-awaited BMW G 310R and the G 310GS motorcycles have been launched in India. For existing customers, who had bought their BMW Motorrad motorcycles between April 1, 2017 and July 17, 2018, the company is offering the same extended warranty, but for a price. (more...)
Future Windows Mixed Reality headsets will only need one USB-C cable Future Windows Mixed Reality headsets will only need one USB-C cable
- July 19, 2018

The new headset spec combines four lanes of HBR3 ("high bitrate 3") DisplayPort video (for a total of 32.4 gigabits per second of video data), along with a USB 3.1 generation 2 (10 gigabit per second) data channel for sensors and on-headset cameras, along with 27W of electrical power. (more...)
‘All-new Xbox hardware’ promised for Gamescom (it’s probably a gamepad) ‘All-new Xbox hardware’ promised for Gamescom (it’s probably a gamepad)
- July 19, 2018

You can tune in to the Inside Xbox stream from Gamescom in Cologne on August 21st at 7:30 AM PT / 10:30 AM ET on Mixer , Twitch , YouTube or on Xbox.com , where Microsoft will be streaming the show live. In the U.S., the Xbox One S 1TB Starter bundle including 3 months of Xbox game Pass, 3 months of Xbox live Gold and a free copy of the Rare Replay anthology was just $229.99. (more...)
Acura MDX receives mild tweaks as A-Spec variant debuts Acura MDX receives mild tweaks as A-Spec variant debuts
- July 19, 2018

The model boasts an A-Spec appearance package , an enhanced nine-speed automatic, and new interior and exterior color options among other features. Pricing for the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid will be announced next month. The interior features sport-bolstered seats in black or red leather with high-contrast stitching and black Alcantara suede inserts. Past year the adaptive dampers were only available on hybrid models. (more...)
Xaviant closing down The Culling 2, reviving The Culling 1 Xaviant closing down The Culling 2, reviving The Culling 1
- July 19, 2018

Basically, after this horrendous launch, Xaviant made a decision to focus on what people liked about The Culling . It quickly gained some popularity on Steam, but lost its players base to bigger PC battle royale titles like "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds". (more...)
Audi TT gets a light refresh with new standard tech, tweaked looks Audi TT gets a light refresh with new standard tech, tweaked looks
- July 19, 2018

Changes under the bodywork will see the diesel and petrol engines with the lowest power ratings dropped from the lineup as the 2.0 TFSI becomes the only engine in the range. There will also be a high-performance TT RS that's set to keep faith with the current turbocharged five-cylinder engine, but the updated version of the top TT model isn't due to arrive until 2019, and it's not clear if WLTP will have an adverse effect on the 394 bhp the 2.5-liter unit produces at present. (more...)
Corning announces Gorilla Glass 6 to be stronger than ever Corning announces Gorilla Glass 6 to be stronger than ever
- July 19, 2018

The company claims that it is their toughest glass till date. "This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage". Corning claims to have developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the challenge of multiple drops. (more...)
Next Nissan GT-R will be world's fastest super sports vehicle Next Nissan GT-R will be world's fastest super sports vehicle
- July 18, 2018

Nissan revealed a special model, the GT-R50, designed by Italian coachbuilders and design house, Italdesign, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , which features unique bodywork, a re-worked interior and an upgraded engine that now produces 530kW of power. (more...)
Microsoft Edge for Android update to add web page translation Microsoft Edge for Android update to add web page translation
- July 18, 2018

Windows Timeline is part of Project Rome - Microsoft's vision of turning the cloud into a device agnostic OS. But, right now, not much information is available about the launch strategy of Microsoft regarding the Android-powered devices. (more...)
Prime Day drives record traffic to Amazon's Australian site Prime Day drives record traffic to Amazon's Australian site
- July 18, 2018

It does not have access to Amazon's internal sales numbers. " Prime Day sales in the U.S. so far are bigger than ever", an Amazon representative confirmed in an email, adding that customers have purchased millions of Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot and others. (more...)
Uber driver who allegedly booted Republicans: 'Welcome to the resistance' Uber driver who allegedly booted Republicans: 'Welcome to the resistance'
- July 18, 2018

Drivers will receive a message so they know to look for, say, a yellow screen rather than a pink or green one. "And as we're exiting the vehicle he said, 'Welcome to the resistance!'" Stranded at the gas station, Godbey and his companions hailed a new Uber which got them to their destination. (more...)
Mobile beefs up its unlimited data plans with 70 more countries covered
- July 18, 2018

The new T-Mobile International Data Pass will be available starting on August 1st (check out the image at the top of this article), and the new countries get added to Simple Global on July 22nd. The carrier is also announcing that it is updating the number of countries and destinations that customers can roam to with unlimited 2G data and texting from 140 to 210. (more...)
Nokia X5 Goes Official With MediaTek Helio P60 SoC and Notched Display Nokia X5 Goes Official With MediaTek Helio P60 SoC and Notched Display
- July 18, 2018

This is the first smartphone from HMD Global that comes loaded with iPhone X-like notch. It is second X series notched display smartphone after the Nokia X6 that was unveiled in May. It also sports a dual-camera setup at the back that includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The front-facing sensor is 8MP with f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree wide viewing angle and supports AI portraits and beauty mode. (more...)
Toyota Supra will be offered with a four-cylinder, too…
- July 18, 2018

BMW and Toyota are jointly developing the vehicle, and we expect a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels . BMW will offer a wider range of outputs in its Z4 Roadster, with the addition of a 135kW 2.0 and 280kW Z4, according to the ZF document. Both will mate to an eight-speed automatic - specifically, the ZF 8HP. (more...)
Blizzard removes upfront fee for new World of Warcraft players Blizzard removes upfront fee for new World of Warcraft players
- July 18, 2018

You can scrutinise what it added to the game here. Blizzard appears has made a slight tweak to the pricing of World of Warcraft . If you want access to that - which launches next month - you'll have to cough up a little extra coin. Despite World of Warcraft's popularity, getting into the game was likely a daunting task for newcomers. Almost 14 years later, and Blizzard is finally changing that model by dropping the requirement to purchase the game first. (more...)
European Union hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules European Union hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules
- July 18, 2018

The source said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager would confirm the antitrust fine, which is almost double the previous record 2.4 billion Euro fine which the USA tech company received past year over its online shopping search service. (more...)
Google has produced Chrome users a nasty surprise Google has produced Chrome users a nasty surprise
- July 18, 2018

However, the tech giant have warned users ahead of the download's release. Google has chose to release an update for Chrome version 67, which would have closed the security gap, but that the browser is consuming a lot of memory (RAM). The good news here is - some new changes have already landed in the Chrome's nightly 'Canary' build and the redesigned Chrome is now available for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS that enables the new Material Design UI by default. (more...)
Facebook hires a chief engineer of Google to design its own chips Facebook hires a chief engineer of Google to design its own chips
- July 18, 2018

Prior to joining this, Rabii was responsible for developing the Visual Core chip that is used in Google's Pixel smartphones . According to his profile on LinkedIn, he joined Facebook this month as its VP and Head of Silicon . Facebook and Google's moves are part of a trend in which technology companies are seeking to supply themselves with semiconductors and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp. (more...)
Google Assistant update grabs NOW’s predictive cards Google Assistant update grabs NOW’s predictive cards
- July 18, 2018

It's nearly like a central hub for your day-to-day tasks, letting you take actions automatically without having to manually ask Assistant. Right up top will be your commute details, be it to work or for a meeting, but as you scroll down, you'll be provided with all the other reminders you need, in chronological order, including flight times, delivery information, bill payment reminders and more. (more...)
No Man's Sky Trailer Reveals Upcoming Updates No Man's Sky Trailer Reveals Upcoming Updates
- July 18, 2018

According to No Man's Sky creator Sean Murray , the team chose to call this update Next because "it's an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community". That will be even more true with the launch of Next, bringing a full multiplayer experience. Hundreds of new base parts have been added to No Man's Sky . (more...)
Hi-res render of Galaxy Note 9 surfaces: yellow stylus, blue phone Hi-res render of Galaxy Note 9 surfaces: yellow stylus, blue phone
- July 18, 2018

When such a leak comes around, it opens the floodgates for more damaging leaks in the days leading up to a new flagship's official unveiling, ruining any surprises that the maker of the device may have been planning. The front image shows the shattered screen of Galaxy Note 9 and the back has some minor scratches and dents. There's also a yellow S Pen stylus in the image, similar to the one in Samsung's event invitation . (more...)
Fortnite patch notes 5.0 Fortnite patch notes 5.0
- July 17, 2018

With Epic Games in the driver's seat and streamers putting out more quality content than ever before, there is no telling how large Fortnite can grow in the future. Its shooting profile makes it ideal for clearing groups of nearby enemies in mobile engagements. Along with these weapons, another slight change will be made to the game with the update, as well. (more...)
IPhones survive falls from plane and 450-foot swing ride IPhones survive falls from plane and 450-foot swing ride
- July 17, 2018

Sarvinder Naberhaus was flying in a vintage biplane as part of the American Barnstormers 2018 tour when she was using her iPhone to take pictures, only for it to fall out of her hands and out of the plane. A woman from Iowa found her phone in ideal working order after dropping it 1,000 feet from a plane. The second video from the U.S., from the city of Orlando in Florida, this time involving an iPhone 7 Plus. (more...)
Google introduces new job search feature for United Kingdom workers Google introduces new job search feature for United Kingdom workers
- July 17, 2018

Google has announced it has expanded Google for Jobs , which was introduced a year ago in the United States, to the United Kingdom. But the company says it hopes to attract more job-hosting sites by publishing guides that outline how to ensure new positions appear on the search tool. (more...)
Rumours Suggest That The Samsung Galaxy S10 Will Come In Three Sizes Rumours Suggest That The Samsung Galaxy S10 Will Come In Three Sizes
- July 17, 2018

It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of storage. Finally, the slate will have standard stuff like USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and so on. It's one of the worst-kept secrets in the phone industry: Samsung is hoping to eventually sell you a phone with a fingerprint sensor that lives underneath the screen. (more...)
Samsung Unveils Industry's First 10nm 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM Module Samsung Unveils Industry's First 10nm 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM Module
- July 17, 2018

Samsung officially announced its 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM chip for smartphones today. The 16Gb GDDR6 DRAM has been in volume production since December 2017, and the 16Gb DDR5 DRAM was developed in February. The memory also makes use of a speed-optimised circuit architecture that verifies and ensures the chip's ultra-high-speed performance. Additionally, these 10nm LPDDR5 RAM chips have been engineered to lower its voltage in accordance with the operating speed of the corresponding application ... (more...)
Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail
- July 17, 2018

Google had been testing a new feature that would theoretically prevent spam calls from ruining your day for a few months now. To use " caller ID and spam protection ", the user's phone may need to send information about their calls to Google . (more...)
Apple Celebrates World Emoji Day, Over 70 New Emoji Coming to iOS Apple Celebrates World Emoji Day, Over 70 New Emoji Coming to iOS
- July 17, 2018

The update includes more than 70 images of people, animals, food and other objects. Apple said it would also release emojis for a cold face and a face with three hearts. Apple's new Emojis include grey, red and curly haired people, as well as bald people. There are some more obtuse new designs too, notably a nazar symbol (to guard against the evil eye) and an infinity symbol. (more...)