Sci-tech


Facebook is Testing 'Things in Common' Label For New Friends Discovery
- August 29, 2018

Facebook notes that this works only on public posts, and labels only pull information that has been made public by the user. Now, the social network giant wants you to extend your friend list further by letting you talk to strangers that have "things in common". (more...)
Gamers react to shooting at Madden event Gamers react to shooting at Madden event
- August 29, 2018

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh issued a public statement that referenced yet another mass shooting that occurred at a newspaper in Annapolis just a short drive away from Katz's hometown: "Our community grieves for the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's horrific shooting in Jacksonville ". (more...)
LG G7 One Android One Smartphone With Snapdragon 835 SoC Goes Official LG G7 One Android One Smartphone With Snapdragon 835 SoC Goes Official
- August 28, 2018

It's clear that the G7 One is the more premium device and the Android One tag makes it more exciting than its Fit brother. The LG G7 One is a high-end Android One smartphone with Snapdragon 835 chipset underneath. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. A 64GB storage version is dubbed LG G7 Fit +, but that doesn't change the fact that both of these phones are identical in size to each other, and to the LG ... (more...)
WhatsApp Messages Saved on Google Drive Are Not Encrypted WhatsApp Messages Saved on Google Drive Are Not Encrypted
- August 28, 2018

Further more the messaging app guarantees privacy protection to its users from third parties who try to invade your data and itself from reading the messages but your chat, the app said, is no longer safe and encrypted once you backup your data on google drive. (more...)
Google is launching ‘Minis’ in Gboard - personalised stickers built from a selfie
- August 28, 2018

All you do to create a Mini is take a selfie, and the stickers are automatically created, designed to match your skin tone, hair color, hairstyle, eye color, face shape, facial hair and more. Make sure your Gboard is up to date in Google Play and let us know if you see it. This feature may actually sound familiar to some of you, and that's why it has been available as part of Google's Allo app for a while now, since past year, actually. (more...)
Chinese search giant Baidu to ban crypto discussions on its forums Chinese search giant Baidu to ban crypto discussions on its forums
- August 28, 2018

According to a report by the Beijing business news outlet China Times , Baidu is now filtering, deleting and banning any cryptocurrency-related publications on its Reddit-like Baidu Tieba forum platform. How both Alipay and Tencent monitor crypto trading is now unclear. China began its crackdown on cryptocurrencies in September past year when it banned domestic cryptocurrency exchanges and initial coin offerings from the country. (more...)
Epic Slams Google For Irresponsible Disclosure Of Active Fortnite Security Flaw Epic Slams Google For Irresponsible Disclosure Of Active Fortnite Security Flaw
- August 28, 2018

According to Google's documentation, its security team shared a screen recording with Epic on 15 August demonstrating a way to fool the games' Android installer into loading malware . So Google helped Epic fix its blunder even though the app wasn't provided via the Google Play store, and it's still Epic the one that's unhappy? The reason that report window is so big is so app developers have as much time as possible to make sure users have the proper updates , protecting them from ... (more...)
Unified Korea team grab historic gold at Asian Games Unified Korea team grab historic gold at Asian Games
- August 28, 2018

The unified Korean 500m women's dragon boating team has won a gold model in the Asian Games - the first time the north and south have combined to win top prize at a multisport competition. "Tokyo 2020 will be held in our country, so athletes are trying to get good results at the Olympics", added Ikee, who will be taking a rest before the World Championships in South Korea next year. (more...)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Special Edition announced for the US Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Special Edition announced for the US
- August 28, 2018

Just like the GameCube controller, a Smash Bros . logo is included on the Pro edition, albeit with a translucent white colour scheme. Pre-orders are not live yet, but you can check out details over on the official Smash Bros. Since it'll cost $30 at all of them, you can pick your favorite and order away! But what if you prefer the Switch Pro controller, or want an extra one on hand? Were you excited to find out King K. (more...)
How Much Time Do You Spend on YouTube? Find Out Now How Much Time Do You Spend on YouTube? Find Out Now
- August 28, 2018

Time watched stats are based on your watch history. The category can be found under your account, which is located at the top right corner. After taping on Time watched, YouTube didn't hesitate to show me how productive my weekend was. It still can be found under the Notifications category in Settings , but it's still nice to see all Digital Wellbeing tools together. Another recently added feature will combine all your daily YouTube push notifications into one "scheduled digest" that ... (more...)
Streets of Rage 4 announced by Dotemu Streets of Rage 4 announced by Dotemu
- August 28, 2018

It's got a new anime-like style with hand-drawn visuals, but it's unmistakably Streets of Rage . There's no word yet on platforms, price, or release date for " Streets of Rage 4 ". Paris-based company Lizardcube and Montréal-based Guard Crush Games are collaborating with Dotemu on development. Also, it's not yet clear if there will be playable characters beyond Axel and Blaze. (more...)
Galaxy Note 9 iFixit teardown reveals a powerhouse battery Galaxy Note 9 iFixit teardown reveals a powerhouse battery
- August 28, 2018

The device was announced last week and it comes just a few days after the company's flagship Galaxy Note 9 was launched in India. The main competition, in terms of price, will be the OnePlus 6. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is the global variant of the Galaxy A9 Star , which was launched launched in China a couple of months ago. (more...)
Another report pegs September 12 for Apple's annual iPhone event Another report pegs September 12 for Apple's annual iPhone event
- August 27, 2018

Apple's plans for the iPhone suggest the company has shifted its strategy from adding millions of new iPhone users to gradually increasing average iPhone prices, Bloomberg reports. All three will look similar to the iPhone X that was launched past year, although one of them will have an aluminium frame in place of steel body and will be relatively cheaper. (more...)
Xbox All Access Offers Console And Game Pass For A Subscription Xbox All Access Offers Console And Game Pass For A Subscription
- August 27, 2018

At those prices, you'll end up paying about $530 for the Xbox One S , versus about $640 if you were to purchase the console, Gold, and Game Pass separately. Now information has started appearing on official Microsoft websites, including the U.S. digital storefront. If you want out of the deal before the 24 months are up, you will have to pay the remaining cost of the hardware. (more...)
Google Pixel 3 XL Leaks Again With Detailed And Sexy Unboxing Video Google Pixel 3 XL Leaks Again With Detailed And Sexy Unboxing Video
- August 27, 2018

However, more than a month before the event, it looks like nearly everything about the bigger sibling, the Google Pixel 3 XL has leaked out on the internet. In particular, the Pixel 3 XL has been especially prone to posing for the camera. The video gives a good look at the Pixel 3 XL from all angles, including closeups of its dual, front-firing speakers and the large notch at the top of the display. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Receives Android Oreo 8.0 Update in Brazil Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Receives Android Oreo 8.0 Update in Brazil
- August 27, 2018

The new price is reflected on the Amazon India website as well as the official Samsung e-store. Overall sales of the Galaxy S9 in the first half of 2018, recorded at 19.2 million, were down 9.4 percent from the 21.2 million units that the Galaxy S8 sold in the first half of 2017. (more...)
DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Drones DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Drones
- August 27, 2018

Flight time has received a bump, with either drone able to stay in the air for up to 31 minutes before the batteries need some juice. DJI has officially launched the Mavic 2 Pro And Mavic 2 Zoom camera drones. The Mavic 2 Zoom , on the other hand, has a smaller camera sensor that's capturing closer footage using its optical and digital zoom. And, as an added bonus, both variants come with 8GB of onboard storage. (more...)
BMW reveals new Z4 roadster BMW reveals new Z4 roadster
- August 27, 2018

In Pebble Beach, the Munich-based premium carmaker presented the exclusive BMW Z4 M40i First Edition. It's then paired with an eight-speed sport automatic transmission although it is yet to be known if a six-speed manual will also be available. (more...)
Pebble Beach 2018: Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow Pebble Beach 2018: Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow
- August 27, 2018

Created to pay homage to the original Silver Arrow, a highly-successful Mercedes-Benz W125 racer from 1937, the EQ Silver Arrow is an all-electric , single-seat beauty. For this a virtual racetrack is superimposed onto the real roadway on the panoramic screen and the driver sees their opponent either ahead of them or behind them as a "ghost". (more...)
Fortnite is offering an in-game reward if you enable 2FA Fortnite is offering an in-game reward if you enable 2FA
- August 27, 2018

While Fortnite is promoting this security feature, Epic Games was widely criticized by security experts after it made a decision to take the game off the Google Play Store and encourage Android players to sideload the app instead. If you want to get the Boogie Down Fornite emote for free then it's super easy - all you have to do is enable two-factor authentication on your Fortnite/Epic account. (more...)
The Pixel 3’s second front camera will be used for ‘Super Selfies’ The Pixel 3’s second front camera will be used for ‘Super Selfies’
- August 27, 2018

But overall, the reviewer says, the final product will look exactly like the pre-production unit. As far as the design of the phone is concerned, the Pixel 3 XL will look a lot like the Pixel 2 XL . The phone - just like the Pixel 2 XL - will come with a single camera of the back paired with a dual LED flash. Leaks suggest that the rear camera will be 12.2MP and the front cams will be 8.1MP each. (more...)
Windows 95 app lets you relive the past on Windows, Mac, Linux Windows 95 app lets you relive the past on Windows, Mac, Linux
- August 27, 2018

While the wish list text link is now live on the video game and app product pages in Microsoft Store, the feature does not appear to be functional just yet, with nothing actually happening when it is clicked upon. There's no need to boot into another operating system, and no need for virtual machines. The Windows EXE works like a standalone file, so it's quick to load up without installing anything. (more...)
Watch Nvidia’s RTX 2080 announcement livestream here Watch Nvidia’s RTX 2080 announcement livestream here
- August 26, 2018

Nvidia made a splash at its GeForce event on Monday by formally (and finally) introducing its GeForce RTX 2000 series of graphics cards, powered by its Turing GPU architecture with real-time ray tracing capabilities. The biggest part of the keynote was about the newest feature of the Nvidia Geforce, Ray Tracing, which is the idea behind the change from the GTX to the RTX. (more...)
Verizon slowed our data as we fought massive wildfire, chief says Verizon slowed our data as we fought massive wildfire, chief says
- August 25, 2018

While battling the Mendocino Complex Fire , Bowden said his department's OES 5262 mobile communication center sent and received five to 10 gigabytes of data through a wireless router daily. Despite pleas from the firefighters, Verizon lifted the cap on data speeds only after Santa Clara agreed to switch to a more expensive data plan. "This situation has nothing to do with net neutrality or the current proceeding in court", the statement added. (more...)
Samsung: This our first Android Go phone, meet the Galaxy J2 Core Samsung: This our first Android Go phone, meet the Galaxy J2 Core
- August 24, 2018

As expected, Samsung is calling the display on this device as Infinity Display. The camera department will consist of a dual camera module featuring 16MP primary sensor and 24MP secondary sensor along with a 24MP selfie shooter. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star takes on the likes of OnePlus 6 , Honor 10 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z in the Indian market, but sadly, all the three smartphones pack much powerful processors . (more...)
Mobile experienced a data breach on August 20th Mobile experienced a data breach on August 20th
- August 24, 2018

Credit card numbers, social security numbers and passwords weren't accessed, the company noted. T-Mobile USA announced a security breach late last night. No other details on the incident have come out. Although no hard numbers on the number of compromised users are given in the statement, T-Mobile answered an info request saying that less than 3% of its 77 million customers have been affected, or roughly 2 million people. (more...)
Ace Combat 7 gets dramatic trailer, January release date Ace Combat 7 gets dramatic trailer, January release date
- August 23, 2018

Developed utilizing Unreal Engine 4 and trueSKY technology, Ace Combat 7 applies the latest evolution of its graphics engine in conjunction with the power of the latest generation of gaming consoles and PCs to create immersive aerial battlefields. (more...)
Nvidia Unveils All-New RTX Series GPUs Nvidia Unveils All-New RTX Series GPUs
- August 23, 2018

The company says the RTX 2080 is designed for overclocking and the RTX 2070 will offer more performance (for ray tracing ) than the Titax XP card. Bringing real-time Ray Tracing to games is a significant development in terms of making games more realistic, but game designers will have to bake it into the game, as it's not something that could just appear on an older title with this new GPU. (more...)
Australia Bans China’s Huawei From 5G Network Rollout Australia Bans China’s Huawei From 5G Network Rollout
- August 23, 2018

Huawei has said it would never hand over Australian customer data to Chinese spy agencies, but the government's statement said no combination of security controls sufficiently mitigated the risk. The deal came less than a month after it refuted claims by some Australian lawmakers that it posed a security risk, calling the criticism "ill-informed" in an open letter in mid-June. (more...)
Lawsuit: Firefighters' internet slowed during wildfire Lawsuit: Firefighters' internet slowed during wildfire
- August 23, 2018

Just days after the massive Mendocino Complex Fire ignited in Northern California, fire officials were getting desperate in their emails to Verizon Wireless . Murphy said that firefighters were able to work around the problem by using their own devices, but he is concerned about what will happen if others see their data throttled during an emergency. (more...)