Sci-tech


South Korea stocks surge, leading Asian market gains
- October 10, 2017

Institutional and retail investors limited the uplift as they each offloaded 561.4 billion and 310.2 billion won. LG Electronics, on the other hand, was down 1.9 percent to 103,500 won. It was up 0.9 per cent compared to last close at 1,145.4. Pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and IT shares all steadily increased. Ssangyong's global auto sales gained 8.4 percent over the year to 13,168 units in September, including local sales of 9,465 vehicles and exports of 3,703 units. (more...)
Android Wear watches no longer need OTA updates for new features Android Wear watches no longer need OTA updates for new features
- October 10, 2017

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Google was over and done with Android Wear , given the dearth of smartwatch news at its recent product launch event - not to mention the Android Wear section's subsequent removal from the Google Store . (more...)
It looks like Assassin's Creed: Origins has Loot Boxes It looks like Assassin's Creed: Origins has Loot Boxes
- October 10, 2017

Outside of the loot boxes, there was also a unique mummy skin for Bayek that was spotted during some of Origins' previews. Numerous multiplayer-focused games like the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Overwatch , Rainbow Six, and more all have various loot boxes and whatnot that can be used to gain new abilities, weapons, cosmetics, and more depending on the game you play, but Ubisoft is breaking the mold and showing confidence in their game by not putting in any Assassin's Creed ... (more...)
Two new Mazda concepts headed to Tokyo Motor Show Two new Mazda concepts headed to Tokyo Motor Show
- October 10, 2017

While not officially confirmed as the Mazda 3 concept, the company says the first show auto (above) in Tokyo is a "product concept model" in the form of a compact hatchback that "fuses next-generation technology and design". "In August, we announced Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030, our long-term vision for technology development setting out how Mazda hopes to use driving pleasure, the fundamental appeal of the automobile, to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society". (more...)
The Windows Phone might be dead, according to one Microsoft executive
- October 10, 2017

Belfiore confirmed that Microsoft had tried to incentivise app developers for the platform but that the number of users was too low to attract investment. The Windows Phone operating system used Microsoft's Metro UI and offered a smattering of live tiles for its homescreen. The Windows Phone 7 operating system was launched when Android wasn't the universally accepted operating system that we know today. (more...)
Snapchat's New "Context Cards" Transform Stories Into Interactive City Guides
- October 10, 2017

Snapchat has just unveiled Context Cards, a big feature that could completely transform the way people use the picture-sharing app. Now, when you view a Snap that's part of an "Our Story", Snaps that have contextual information available will have a "more" menu. (more...)
Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.3 To Bring Back The App Store Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.3 To Bring Back The App Store
- October 10, 2017

First off, users on Reddit pointed out that the current iTunes library won't be compatible after installing iTunes 12.6.3. This silent release of 12.6.3 is supposedly just for enterprise users who still need app support but, fortunately, it's available for download for all. (more...)
Destiny 2's Prestige Raid delayed due to bug fixing Destiny 2's Prestige Raid delayed due to bug fixing
- October 10, 2017

Apparently, there seems to be some kind of exploit, which the devs have to patch up. The Prestige mode difficulty of the Leviathan Raid will reportedly not offer any power level increases beyond 300 (305 with mods), though it does have different armor, a new shader, and emblems available to those who complete it. (more...)
Nvidia's new Pegasus AI computer is created to drive autonomous taxis Nvidia's new Pegasus AI computer is created to drive autonomous taxis
- October 10, 2017

The Pegasus comprises of four AI processor, including two of Nvidia's latest generation Xavier models with embedded Nvidia Volta GPUs, with two next-generation discrete GPUs designed specifically to accelerate deep learning and computer vision. (more...)
Microsoft brings Cortana to Skype
- October 10, 2017

If someone asks you to keep in mind to do something, Cortana will offer to set a reminder on your phone. Back when Google announced the Allo app , it had a special little feature sprinkled on top, which no other chat app had - the Google Assistant. (more...)
A phony ad-blocking Chrome extension infiltrated Google's official Web Store A phony ad-blocking Chrome extension infiltrated Google's official Web Store
- October 10, 2017

At the time, SwiftOnSecurity reported, nearly 37,000 people had already downloaded this application. While the listing is no longer live, the knockoff developers still managed to convince 37,000 people to download it. Something similar happened two years ago, in 2015 . While Microsoft doesn't have enough extensions for its browser , Google has too many unwanted ones. (more...)
Downgrade to iTunes 12.6.3 if you want app support back Downgrade to iTunes 12.6.3 if you want app support back
- October 10, 2017

Apple made a decision to release iTunes version 12.6.3 because "certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps". iTunes 12.7 consolidated Apple's narrative for what the iTunes desktop program is really supposed to be. (more...)
Iron Banner Makes Destiny 2 Debut With These Gear And Armor Rewards Iron Banner Makes Destiny 2 Debut With These Gear And Armor Rewards
- October 10, 2017

Following the tradition of ancient armor brought to life, Destiny 2's Iron Banner appears to be homaging the samurai and Feudal Japan. To gain access to the Iron Banner event in the first place though, you'll have to have completed the main Destiny 2 campaign, have spoken to Lord Saladin in the Tower, and embark on the Iron Banner quest. (more...)
Hellblade Sales to Be Donated to Mental Health Charity
- October 10, 2017

Revenue from both the PS4 and PC versions will be given to Rethink . United Kingdom games developer Ninja Theory is giving all money made from Hellblade sales today to mental health charity Rethink. They help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. Some of the themes dealt with in Hellblade include psychosis, and mental health is explored through voices in Senua's head, as well as a bending of reality, something that the player ... (more...)
Nokia plans to cut up to 310 jobs, halt VR camera development Nokia plans to cut up to 310 jobs, halt VR camera development
- October 10, 2017

In terms of layoff the company said it will affect around 310 of the total 1090 employees working in Nokia Technologies across various markets. Disney, UEFA, Sony Pictures and other big-name companies nabbed one to create VR content, and other companies followed suit after Nokia dropped the price to $45,000. (more...)
Twitter is working on a bookmarking tool Twitter is working on a bookmarking tool
- October 10, 2017

Soon this feature will be launched by Twitter in near future which allow the users to keep a separate list of items, they want to see or check back. In the main menu channel, a bookmark section also appears, which has all the tweets saved. In a series of tweets posted on Monday night in the US, Coleman and product manager Jesar Shah said that the bookmarking feature has always been a top request, especially in Japan. (more...)
Apple releases new iTunes build to bring back app management support Apple releases new iTunes build to bring back app management support
- October 10, 2017

The company explains on its support page that the app-friendly iTunes 12 .6.3 is primarily aimed at businesses and enterprise companies who still need iOS app management support in iTunes. There is no technical support being offered for this version of iTunes, and it is unknown how long Apple will be making this build available. If you've already installed a newer version of iTunes, you can download this version of iTunes on your PC 32-bit or PC 64-bit . (more...)
Seagate's new 12TB HDD costs $530, aimed at 4K video Seagate's new 12TB HDD costs $530, aimed at 4K video
- October 10, 2017

Seagate has released three new hard drive models each with 12Tb storage, making it the largest and fastest hard drives now on the market. The BarraCuda Pro is aimed at desktop PC users, and in particular digital creatives who work with lots of very large files. (more...)
Gujarat Riots: Death penalty of 11 people commuted to life in prison Gujarat Riots: Death penalty of 11 people commuted to life in prison
- October 10, 2017

They were among 31 men convicted in 2011 who lodged an appeal at the High Court in the western state of Gujarat, where the fire and subsequent violence occurred, according to AFP. While pronouncing the judgement, Justice Dave said that the court has believed the statements of injured passengers, railways staff, local police, firemen, forensic experts, doctors and eight confessional statements, and has accepted the theory of conspiracy. (more...)
First trailer for TV's Jack Ryan First trailer for TV's Jack Ryan
- October 10, 2017

Executive produced by Krasinski, Carlton Cuse and Michael Bay among others, Jack Ryan will premiere in March 2018 on Amazon Prime. The role has been played on film by Alec Baldwin , Harrison Ford (twice), Ben Affleck and, most recently, Chris Pine , in 2014's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit . (more...)
YouTube Is Banning Gun Modification Videos After Las Vegas Shooting
- October 10, 2017

In the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in USA history, it emerged the gunman had modified his weapon to make it fire like an automatic rifle. To make a dent in the pile of videos it has to remove, YouTube will probably need to rely on its users to proactively flag such media, and that will take time. (more...)
ESL, Hulu partner to bring original eSports content to streaming audiences ESL, Hulu partner to bring original eSports content to streaming audiences
- October 10, 2017

Hulu isn't the first to add more esports content to their lineup, but they're certainly looking to make the most of it by touching on several different areas in the world of competitive games. In a Nielsen study , esports fans were found to watch an average of 3.5 hours per week of gaming content. Hulu and ESL both hope to cash in on this ever-growing industry by catering to young audiences responsible for the majority of viewership. (more...)
Mexico kept probing, but were denied by Iraq's resilience at the back Mexico kept probing, but were denied by Iraq's resilience at the back
- October 10, 2017

At half-time, we knew we had to attack and draw level. The Mexican team has very good players. Guerrero echoed what Mexico coach Mario Arteaga said after the match. "It is always hard to begin a World Cup". There are a lot of nerves. While the European side - England - will play the first match against South American outfit Chile at 1700 hours, Iraq will have an acid test against the the winners of 2005 and 2011 editions Mexico in the second match of the night at 2000 hours on the same night. (more...)
Capital Research Global Investors Reduces Position in Huntsman Corporation (HUN)
- October 10, 2017

The company has a Return on Assets (ROA) of -7.90%. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.81%. About 1.08M shares traded. Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN ) has risen 91.88% since October 9, 2016 and is uptrending. On July 24 the stock rating was upgraded to "Overweight" from "Sector Weight" in a statement from KeyBanc. Capital Research Global Investors reduced its position in shares of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN ) by 5.2% during the 2nd quarter, according to ... (more...)
Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) Worth Watching Stock
- October 09, 2017

About 7.11M shares traded. Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) has declined 8.36% since October 9, 2016 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 37.34% the S&P500. ORCL was included in 92 notes of analysts from July 30, 2015. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC raised their price objective on shares of Oracle Corporation from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, September 15th. (more...)
Wildlands Server Downtime, Free Weekend Detailed Ahead of Ghost War Launch Wildlands Server Downtime, Free Weekend Detailed Ahead of Ghost War Launch
- October 09, 2017

Ghost War recently had an open beta, and will be released tomorrow, October 10 for all Ghost Recon: Wildlands owners for free - that includes those participating in the free weekend. The Ghost War is a 4VS4 mode where strategy is as important as skill . Players need to use one of the 12 classes and defeat enemies across eight unique maps. (more...)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Download Size On PC Is Rather Ridiculous Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Download Size On PC Is Rather Ridiculous
- October 09, 2017

From our initial run throughs, the Express Online was left impressed by the new gameplay additions and Fortress takedowns. Shadow of War is a pretty big game. According to Gamespot, this doesn't rule out the possibility of the game coming to the hybrid console someday, however. From a recap on the original story and the iconic characters, to the expansive open world and all of the new features, Bruz has it covered in the Middle-earth: Shadow of War 101 Trailer. (more...)
Google clarifies why it dumped the 3.5mm headphone jack
- October 09, 2017

On the other hand, the larger Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch QHD+ (2880x1440) pOLED display with 3D curved glass and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. But for Pixel 2 owners, Google has come up with something really solid. No notifications are displayed on the Apple iPhone screen in order to ensure there is no distraction for the user. (more...)
Details on Project Aurora Details on Project Aurora
- October 09, 2017

According to Hilmar Veigar P├ętursson, CEO of CCP Games , the company has been trying for years to port the EVE Universe to mobile devices in a way that will not only please fans but also make excellent use of mobile devices as a platform. (more...)
Loon Internet Balloons to Launch in Puerto Rico Loon Internet Balloons to Launch in Puerto Rico
- October 09, 2017

Iris Irizarry (l.) and Evelyn Andujar (r.) try to get cell phone reception in the wake of Maria on October 4, 2017, in Utuado, Puerto Rico . Engadget added that it needed to integrate with a telecommunications partner's network in the Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to let the balloons provide voice and data service to a user's phone. (more...)