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Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera In Development Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera In Development
- July 27, 2018

Nikon mirrorless camera details were revealed by the company for the first time this week. Nikon started teasing what it's calling the "next generation full-frame mirrorless camera" earlier in the week when a delightfully detail-free video entitled "In Pursuit of Light" appeared on its special events page . (more...)
Xbox Adaptive Controller’s Accessible Packaging Revealed in Unboxing Video Xbox Adaptive Controller’s Accessible Packaging Revealed in Unboxing Video
- July 27, 2018

As detailed in a blog post , Microsoft acknowledges how essential items used in packaging like twist ties, tape, and thick plastic creates an extra challenge for those with limited mobility. We had to ask ourselves, "What does this packaging need to do?' That's where we began re-approaching our assumptions on what accessible packaging needed to be". (more...)
Leaked benchmarks show Intel is dropping hyperthreading from i7 chips Leaked benchmarks show Intel is dropping hyperthreading from i7 chips
- July 27, 2018

Videocardz turfed up some pretty comprehensive information on the new range of Core CPUs from the 9th-gen, including core counts, thread counts, clock speeds across varied numbers of activated cores and thermal design profiles (TDP). All three CPU will still be based off Intel's 8th generation Coffee Lake architecture, and as mentioned earlier, they are expected to launch alongside Intel's new Z390 chipset. (more...)
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Lapped Nurburgring In A Stunning 6:44.97 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Lapped Nurburgring In A Stunning 6:44.97
- July 27, 2018

Lamborghini has now officially confirmed that its manic new Aventador SVJ has broken the Nurburgring Nordschleife record for production vehicles with a lap time of 6m44s97. In a report published and removed by AMS , the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is said to have lapped the German track in 6:44.95. To put that in perspective, the standard Aventador S coupe has a claimed dry weight of 1,575 kilograms and produces 740 horsepower, giving a ratio of 2.12 kg/horsepower. (more...)
‘Fortnite’ Season 5, Week 3 Challenges Guide ‘Fortnite’ Season 5, Week 3 Challenges Guide
- July 27, 2018

This week you're asked to find a treasure map in Flush Factory, and follow it to find a bundle of Battle Stars. The third week of Fortnite season 5 is about to begin, and it brings with it the Fortnite week 3 challenges . On the off chance you genuinely don't know what clay pigeon shooting is, it's like a real-life sport where you shoot a clay pigeon (like a clay frisbee/discus) that's launched into the air by this machine. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 market availability in Europe tipped for August 24 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 market availability in Europe tipped for August 24
- July 27, 2018

The ad concludes with the date of Samsung's next Unpacked event , August 9, which is when the phone unveiling will take place. To use peripherals or an external monitor with the Galaxy S8 , Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8 , Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus requires the use of a DeX Station or a DeX Pad, but chances are that you will not need that expensive accessory when the Galaxy Note 9 is officially announced on August 9 . (more...)
Samsung has developed a new ‘unbreakable’ OLED display Samsung has developed a new ‘unbreakable’ OLED display
- July 26, 2018

UL is an official testing company for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor (OSHA) and helps manufacturers ensure their products meet standards or achieve specific levels of quality and performance. (more...)
Telstra overhauls its phone plans and offers up unlimited data Telstra overhauls its phone plans and offers up unlimited data
- July 26, 2018

The latest initiative forms part of the "Telstra 2022" strategy, which seeks to streamline mobile offers within the next three years. The Medium plan includes 30GB of data with Peace of Mind data included for AU$69 per month, with the same inclusions as the Small plan; while the Large plan costs AU$89 per month for 60GB of data, Peace of Mind data, one 12-month Foxtel Now starter pack , 2GB of global roaming data, and unlimited worldwide calls and texts to those destinations. (more...)
It’s official: April the giraffe is expecting - again! It’s official: April the giraffe is expecting - again!
- July 26, 2018

It seems April the giraffe has another bun in the oven. "The results are in and we are having a baby!" The owner of the park, Jordan Patch , announced the big news early Wednesday morning saying April is months into her pregnancy already and is expecting her fifth calf. (more...)
Facebook 'Experimenting' with Low Earth Orbit Satellites for Internet Access Facebook 'Experimenting' with Low Earth Orbit Satellites for Internet Access
- July 25, 2018

Facebook had been working on the Aquila drone to deliver internet access to remote areas. Now we know for certain that Facebook is behind it, as the company confirmed the Athena project to Wired , though it didn't elaborate on specific plans for the satellite. (more...)
Capcom unveils Collector’s Edition and Details on Resident Evil 2 Remake Capcom unveils Collector’s Edition and Details on Resident Evil 2 Remake
- July 25, 2018

No, Resident Evil 2 Remake is receiving the complete treatment, with a full visual overhaul, rivaling the most current titles in visual fidelity, redesigning the world and gameplay for a modern audience. "Maybe giving you the rat's eye view in the trailer might have given people the wrong idea!" CAPCOM's brand manager Mike Lunn told the GamingBolt news website at E3 that the game is not planned for the Nintendo Switch "at this time". (more...)
Valve's New Steam Chat Exits Beta, Available Now for All Users Valve's New Steam Chat Exits Beta, Available Now for All Users
- July 25, 2018

Introduced as part of a beta test, the new chat features included tweaks to everything from group chats to the invisible mode. Groups can be saved and returned to whenever, the same way you can do so today with many chat platforms. But the updates to Steam Chats don't stop with group chats. Though the new Steam friends list and social functions look somewhat similar to the way they did before, there are a few changes that users should be aware of: friends are now grouped by the games ... (more...)
Chrome just dropped a bomb on unencrypted websites Chrome just dropped a bomb on unencrypted websites
- July 25, 2018

Chrome 68 , which Google plans to release today, on July 24, will now flag HTTP sites as " not secure ". Sites that are secure using HTTPS will get a green "secure" label or a green label of the company name (depending on what type of security certificate is in use). (more...)
Samsung & Google Phones Have Faster Internet Than the Latest iPhones Samsung & Google Phones Have Faster Internet Than the Latest iPhones
- July 25, 2018

The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus also similar with download speed of 29.4 Mbps and 28.6 Mbps, respectively. The Bloomberg review of Ookla's data over the past three months shows that the Samsung Galaxy S9 had a 38.9 Mbps average download speed from 102,000 tests. (more...)
Apple Releases Fix for Throttling on New MacBook Pro Apple Releases Fix for Throttling on New MacBook Pro
- July 25, 2018

The problem affected all new MacBook Pro configurations and wasn't limited to specific applications, Apple said. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems. This is causing another issue called "Thermal Throttling" where the processor throttles in order to prevent permanent damage to the hardware. The company unveiled a software fix for the high-end devices and apologized. (more...)
Qualcomm’s 5G antennas just made a huge breakthrough Qualcomm’s 5G antennas just made a huge breakthrough
- July 24, 2018

Qualcomm said the development of these modules is a major milestone for the smartphone industry. Mm-wave transmissions are a crucial part of ultrafast next-generation mobile broadband, aka 5G: carriers with multi-gigahertz millimetre-wave bands can transfer more data per second over the air to and from handhelds and cellular towers, and handle more devices at once, than today's 4G/LTE technology. (more...)
Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition revealed for the US Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition revealed for the US
- July 24, 2018

This is the because the special edition 86 "is North America's highest performance 86 version thanks to some essential new parts". The 86 TRD Special Edition receives new Sachs suspension dampers, 18 by 7.5-inch wheels (up from 17 by 7 on the standard 86) and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires (instead of the standard Michelin Primacy HP rubber). (more...)
Snapchat is ending its Snapcash feature Snapchat is ending its Snapcash feature
- July 24, 2018

When the scribe presented the code to Snapchat, a spokesperson for the company confirmed that "Yes, we're discontinuing the Snapcash feature as of August 30, 2018". Snapchat, in partnership with the mobile payment company Square, first introduced Snapcash back in November 2014 as a way for users to send money to friends. (more...)
A physical key is the secret to Google employees' online security A physical key is the secret to Google employees' online security
- July 24, 2018

In a report from Krebs On Security (via Android Police ), it seems that in 2017, Google's 89,000+ employees have not suffered from any phishing incidents ever since the company started implementing the use of hardware security keys . That's a pretty big success for such a large company. You can use a security key with your own Gmail account. There are also slimline and Type-C models available. (more...)
Honor 9N launched in India; special offer with Jio, specifications and price Honor 9N launched in India; special offer with Jio, specifications and price
- July 24, 2018

Interestingly, the Honor 9N processor does not support Huawei's recently announced GPU Turbo technology , which the company claims to boost graphic performance by up to 60 per cent and processor efficiency by 30 per cent. Honor India may launch the device in two storage variants, the 64GB and 128GB along with the option for expandable storage with the help of microSD cards with a capacity of up to 256GB. (more...)
Rumor: Microsoft Developing Two Next-Gen Xbox Consoles Rumor: Microsoft Developing Two Next-Gen Xbox Consoles
- July 24, 2018

The second "console" that the company is working on is a lower-powered device that is now planned to ship with the next generation device that is designed for game-streaming. Some other work is being done on the networking side as well, ensuring that Scarlett Cloud is physically closer to Microsoft's Azure network of servers to reduce latency in multiplayer. (more...)
Rocket League Loot Crate Drop Rates Revealed Rocket League Loot Crate Drop Rates Revealed
- July 24, 2018

Rocket League die-hards and collectors alike would have to open countless crates for the opportunity to get even a single Black Market Item. Chance of receiving Painted attribute: 25%. Chance of receiving Certified attribute: 25%. Our Crate system uses a three-step process. Rare items have a 55% chance of dropping, Very Rare is is 28%, Import is 12%, Exotic is 4%, and Black Market items have a 1% drop rate. (more...)
Rumour: Next-generation Nvidia Graphics Cards To Launch In August Rumour: Next-generation Nvidia Graphics Cards To Launch In August
- July 24, 2018

This speculative suggestion comes from YouTuber, Gamer Meld , who claims that they received an email from an Nvidia add-in board partner about the release date of the cards being pushed back. Thankfully, you might not have much longer to wait before the first GTX 11 series arrives. One is the mention of a GeForce GTX 1180 + SKU. However, it could also reinforce the rumor of the July 30 reveal. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy J8, Galaxy J6 Sales Top 2 Million Units in India Samsung Galaxy J8, Galaxy J6 Sales Top 2 Million Units in India
- July 24, 2018

Samsung have not yet confirmed the rumor, nor released information on pricing. We have had a few blurry pictures of the Galaxy Note 9 leaked but today we have seen a HD "unboxing" leaked, confirming some details and revealing even more. (more...)
"Fortnite" Commemorates Its First Birthday With Celebratory Update
- July 24, 2018

If players check the challenge page they'll see it didn't register at all. Coinciding with the game's first anniversary, Epic is rolling out the v5.10 patch on all platforms-PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS-today, July 24, which will kick off a special, limited-time birthday event and introduce other new content to the battle royale game. (more...)
Xiaomi Mi A2, A2 Lite launched: India availability, specifications and more Xiaomi Mi A2, A2 Lite launched: India availability, specifications and more
- July 24, 2018

When Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 back in September 2017, it also revealed the company's sales figure for the month. While not much has changed from the Mi A1 to the Mi A2 , there are still a few things that the company has chose to differently with the latter. (more...)
Nintendo Sues Operator of ROM Sites Over Video Game Piracy Nintendo Sues Operator of ROM Sites Over Video Game Piracy
- July 24, 2018

Now, the Japanese giant has launched a lawsuit against two ROM sites, one of which has already shut down. After the suit was filed , LoveROMs was updated to remove all Nintendo-affiliated links, including ROMs and emulators, and the site announced on its social media channels that "all Nintendo titles have been removed from our site". (more...)
Fallout 76 beta kicks off this October Fallout 76 beta kicks off this October
- July 24, 2018

Given that it's Fallout and there's a curiosity factor to the newfound multiplayer focus, even with the pre-order requirement, I could see this being a huge beta. Amazon and Gamestop preorders (and possibly others, but those are the only ones I checked) are for digital editions, so obviously you'll be downloading it from somewhere, and I certainly expect that it will come to Steam. (more...)
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar might have a data recovery problem MacBook Pro with Touch Bar might have a data recovery problem
- July 24, 2018

Users are always encouraged to backup their data, but it's still nice to have a last chance option to recover any data that didn't get backed up yet. If your logic board fails, the data on your SSD won't be accessible, so backup regularly to avoid a potentially awful situation. (more...)
Openreach to cut price of fast broadband Openreach to cut price of fast broadband
- July 24, 2018

We want everyone in the United Kingdom to benefit from world-class connectivity no matter where they live, work or travel'. Under its newly-published proposals, United Kingdom gov is calling for all new homes are kitted out with fibre broadband , for reforms to the regulatory environment for full-fibre broadband that will "drive investment and competition", and for operators to be given a " right to entry " to rented properties to ensure tenants can receive "fast, reliable connectivity, ... (more...)