Sci-tech


Alexa, Dolby Vision, and more Alexa, Dolby Vision, and more
- October 12, 2018

The hotly-anticipated new Xbox Avatars are coming to the system with a wide range of different body types, clothing, and accessibility options that will allow players to customize their Avatars to their liking. In addition to all the items that are available at launch, we also have a new Avatar Store where you can obtain even more new Avatar items, including licensed designs from Halo , Gears of War , and more. (more...)
Google Home Hub Review: Hands-on with New Smart Display Google Home Hub Review: Hands-on with New Smart Display
- October 12, 2018

That price puts the Lenovo's Smart Display at a higher cost than the Amazon's Echo Show , which goes for about $229. But if you want more accurate answers to questions, or options for calling and texting are most important to you, get the Echo Show . (more...)
Fortnite 's Android version is no longer invite-only Fortnite 's Android version is no longer invite-only
- October 12, 2018

Much like how the Beta operated on the iPhone earlier this year, Android users that wanted to play Fortnite originally needed to sign-up through Epic Games and receive an invitation code. If your phone isn't on the list, you can still give the game a try, and it could still work so long as it has Android 8.0 or later and at least 3GB of RAM. (more...)
Essential Now Building New Phone, Report Says, With All the AI Essential Now Building New Phone, Report Says, With All the AI
- October 12, 2018

Not so fast, because according to a report from Bloomberg , Essential's next phone could be anything but conventional. Apparently due to this very different approach the phone would be marketed as a product created to complement a user's existing smartphone, or one aimed at people who want to spend less time staring at a phone screen. (more...)
Huawei to sell servers with own chips in cloud computing push Huawei to sell servers with own chips in cloud computing push
- October 12, 2018

Bloomberg reported last week that some 30 USA companies' systems had been infiltrated by malicious chips inserted by Chinese intelligence agents. "The Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) designed and developed an AI-based "1 + 4 + N" smart city solution, which refers to one centre, four platforms, and additional innovative applications", Huawei said. (more...)
Instagram is using new tools to detect bullying on the platform Instagram is using new tools to detect bullying on the platform
- October 12, 2018

By proactively tackling the issue, Instagram is making a concerted effort to keep the toxicity that has plagued other platforms off its network. First, it was anti-cyberbullying attempted in captions and comments and now, Instagram is rolling out a feature that will use AI to block off bullying photos and videos on the platform too. (more...)
Razer Phone 2 is faster, brighter, louder, and flawless for Fortnite fans Razer Phone 2 is faster, brighter, louder, and flawless for Fortnite fans
- October 12, 2018

Moreover, this gaming device comes with the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC with Vapor Chamber Cooling that allows the heat to spread throughout the phone using the custom vapor chamber that increases the surface area for the heat to get dissipated. (more...)
Xiaomi Mi Box S gatecrashes the Made By Google party Xiaomi Mi Box S gatecrashes the Made By Google party
- October 12, 2018

Google's voice services can be called up using a button on the newly-designed remote; one that also now packs in a dedicated Netflix button and a Live TV button for tuning into your digital TV channels. This ultra-affordable bad boy nearly has it all, including "premium" Dolby and DTS-powered audio , so you may want to hurry and get your pre-order in. (more...)
Google+ social media platform to be killed following revelations of privacy flaw Google+ social media platform to be killed following revelations of privacy flaw
- October 11, 2018

The bug , discovered in March during an internal company review, could have allowed outside software developers - or people posing as outside developers - to learn the names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages of Google + users. (more...)
Asus's insane gaming phone to launch on October 18 for $899 Asus's insane gaming phone to launch on October 18 for $899
- October 11, 2018

Then, a few days ago we learned that the ASUS ROG Phone was getting ready to launch on October 18th and that it would be coming with a slew of (quite pricey) accessories for those who wanted in on the gaming smartphone ecosystem. The Mobile Desktop Dock will be priced at $229.99 Dollars, and allows gamers to connect ROG Phone to an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard. (more...)
Portal: New home device from Facebook Portal: New home device from Facebook
- October 11, 2018

As opposed to using facial recognition technology, it uses computer vision to discern people in the frame. The product can be used to call anyone on Facebook Messenger , allowing users to connect with family and friends, even those who don't have Portal . (more...)
Microsoft embraces open source community by joining Open Invention Network Microsoft embraces open source community by joining Open Invention Network
- October 11, 2018

With Microsoft's contribution of 60,000 patents, the OIN has seen its patent library multiple nearly 50 times over. Enterprise cloud computing depends heavily on Linux and other open-source technologies, and any type of patent dispute involving open-source technology would send shock waves through the system. (more...)
WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to crash app while answering a video call WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to crash app while answering a video call
- October 11, 2018

As the vulnerability in WhatsApp for Android was fixed on September 28th and iOS on October 3rd, Google Project Zero was able to disclose the vulnerability to the public. WhatsApp's " Status " feature allows users to share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. "We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WhatsApp to resolve this issue", WhatsApp said in an email statement to Reuters. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy A9 launched with four rear cameras: Specifications, features Samsung Galaxy A9 launched with four rear cameras: Specifications, features
- October 11, 2018

The fingerprint sensor is also located on the back. Buyers will be able to choose from color options include Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink. Samsung is also including AI Scene Recognition for identifying the subject and adjusting settings instantly for a better photo. It measures 162.50 x 77.00 x 7.80 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 183.00 grams. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S10 will get the neural processor second generation Samsung Galaxy S10 will get the neural processor second generation
- October 11, 2018

On October 11, Samsung will launch their first four-rear camera system device A9 in the premium segment (above 30,000 rupees). Samsung is expected to trim down bezels on the Galaxy S10 even more, while the device probably will not ship with a display notch, same as its predecessors. (more...)
Overwatch's LEGO Bastion comes with a little bird and everything Overwatch's LEGO Bastion comes with a little bird and everything
- October 11, 2018

It's not the first LEGO product to be revealed by Blizzard, but Omnic Bastion is the first kit that can be purchased with the set available now through the Blizzard store . This model comprises of 182 pieces, including either a tile or sticker that denotes the set as a Blizzard exclusive. Blizzard's first LEGO set available for purchase is only being sold in limited quantities though, so any Bastion mains who want the LEGO brick set will have to secure theirs before supplies run out. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy A9 goes official with four rear cameras Samsung Galaxy A9 goes official with four rear cameras
- October 11, 2018

Under the hood is the unspecified octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. The cameras are also aligned on the left side of the phone, similar to that of the new Apple iPhone iPhone XS - but definitely much bigger. A 3.5mm headphone jack is included on the bottom of the device, along with this phone's loudspeaker, and a charging port. The device features rounded display corners, while its power / lock and volume up / down buttons are placed on the right. (more...)
HMD Global’s Nokia 7.1 can make a flawless budgeted Windows phone replacement HMD Global’s Nokia 7.1 can make a flawless budgeted Windows phone replacement
- October 11, 2018

Being a part of Google's Android One program, the Nokia 3 .1 Plus runs stock Android Oreo. Now, HMD Global has released a new teaser ahead of the event, indicating that the Nokia 7.1 Plus may sport a large display and big battery as well. (more...)
Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 8110 banana phone launched in India Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 8110 banana phone launched in India
- October 11, 2018

Firstly, there's no notch here. The leaked images of the device suggest a metal chassis sandwiched between two glass slabs and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. HMDGlobal also surprised with the arrival of Nokia 8110 4G phone in India. It has a curved body and a slider up front covering the keypad. However, there have been a few design and hardware tweaks to make it look a lot more fashionable and relevant over 20 years later. (more...)
How to Watch Samsung Galaxy A9 Launch Live Stream
- October 11, 2018

More triple rear camera phones have been released afterward but some manufacturers are bent on setting a new record by releasing a phone with a quadruple rear camera system. Security-wise, the device comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back as well as face recognition. "We live in a world where phones are central to who we are and how we interact in the world", he said. (more...)
Hacked Supermicro system at United States telecom firm Hacked Supermicro system at United States telecom firm
- October 11, 2018

Verizon and CenturyLink also denied finding backdoored Supermicro hardware in their datacenters, Motherboard reported . The chip was reportedly uncovered by security expert Yossi Appleboum, who was hired by the telecommunications company. (more...)
Meltan Mystery Box announced: new Special Research coming, new videos, new mystery Meltan Mystery Box announced: new Special Research coming, new videos, new mystery
- October 11, 2018

After Ditto taking on this Pokemon's form appeared in the wild in Pokemon Go , The Pokemon Company revealed the new Pokemon and revealed that it was part of a tie-in between Pokemon Go and the upcoming Pokemon: Let's Go games for the Nintendo Switch. (more...)
Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience
- October 11, 2018

Google's is a bit smaller though, with a seven-inch display where Lenovo's comes in eight and 10 inches. It sports a 7-inch touch screen, a speaker, and far-field microphone array to let you use Google Assistant . You can use it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or anywhere else. Being able to do that without holding your phone up is obviously a better experience - but it remains to be seen if it's something that would make shoppers pick one smart display over another. (more...)
Microsoft invests in Southeast Asia's ride-hailer Grab Microsoft invests in Southeast Asia's ride-hailer Grab
- October 11, 2018

Microsoft has a history of partnering up with ride-hailing services, the company invested and partnered with Uber in the year 2015 and in 2017, it started working with Ola to build a connected vehicle platform and also to provide in-car entertainment through its Azure cloud-computing service. (more...)
'Pokémon Go' adds Sinnoh region critters from 'Diamond' and 'Pearl' 'Pokémon Go' adds Sinnoh region critters from 'Diamond' and 'Pearl'
- October 11, 2018

That's mostly composed of the starter trio of Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup, and not three but nine legendary Pokemon, including Arceus, Dialga, and Giratina, just to name a few. The first set of changes increase your chances at capturing Pokemon in the wild. Defense values have also been slightly retroactively reduced for most Pokemon. (more...)
Stardew Valley is coming to iOS and Android Stardew Valley is coming to iOS and Android
- October 11, 2018

The mobile version lacks mod support and multiplayer content, but adds touch-related tweaks. "It's the full game, not a cut down version, and plays nearly identically to all other versions", says Barone. A release window for Android was not provided. It will feature no additional in-app purchasing and will be released on October 24 . It's unclear whether the Android version will take the same approach or deliver a free-to-play solution. (more...)
Metro by T-Mobile’s first order of business is 5G in 2019 Metro by T-Mobile’s first order of business is 5G in 2019
- October 10, 2018

Starting from $30 a month and heading up to $60, the various plans are data-centric, aiming to appeal to teenagers and millennials. "5G is going to be huge". Prime members also receive unlimited free photo storage with Amazon Photos. As for the $50 plan, it will only get you a 5GB mobile hotspot and Google One. (more...)
Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show
- October 10, 2018

The other major product announced was Google Home Hub , a device that's something of a hybrid between a smart speaker and a tablet , which is created to sit at the center of what Google repeatedly called "the thoughtful home" (it avoided use of the word "smart"). (more...)
Fortnite Skull Trooper set REVEALED Fortnite Skull Trooper set REVEALED
- October 10, 2018

But leaks from Fortnite dataminers have revealed that the Fortnite Skull Trooper will be making a big splash in Fortnite season 6. It was thought that in an effort to curb these account sales, Epic would simply bring back the Skull Trooper and Ghoul Trooper, instantly lowering their rarity and desirability. (more...)
Fallout 76's Microtransactions Can Only Be Used to Buy Cosmetic Items Fallout 76's Microtransactions Can Only Be Used to Buy Cosmetic Items
- October 10, 2018

Here is Hines' explanation about the currency. But if you don't really have the time to do that though then you can just buy Atom bundles and be on your merry way to getting a new look. We can see Vault 76, the vault players will emerge from, on the upper left side of the map. You'll be persistent too, as Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines has confirmed that once you assign your SPECIAL points, you can't respect them. (more...)