Technology


Instagram and WhatsApp brewing new 'stories' feature together Instagram and WhatsApp brewing new 'stories' feature together
- January 05, 2018

Similar to Stories, the video will disappear within 24-hours, users will be able to perform this cross-posting as long as the user connected to Instagram has a WhatsApp account. And now it looks like they're also testing out into bringing WhatsApp into the Stories party. "We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you", a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch . (more...)
Meltdown and Spectre flaws also affect all Apple Mac and iOS devices
- January 05, 2018

Download software only from trusted sources - in Apple's case, the official App Store - and be careful about clicking on unsolicited links. AMD has issued a statement since the vulnerabilities emerged, emphasising the company's commitment to information security but offered some assurances: "The research described was performed in a controlled, dedicated lab environment by a highly knowledgeable team with detailed, non-public information about the processors targeted". (more...)
Burnout Paradise Remaster Rumours Strengthen as Japan Gets a PS4 Release Date Burnout Paradise Remaster Rumours Strengthen as Japan Gets a PS4 Release Date
- January 05, 2018

Are you hoping that Burnout Paradise Remastered is more than just a rumor? So rest assured, this might be releasing on all platforms. Burnout Paradise first released in 2008 as an open-world raced for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. (more...)
Now You Can Directly Post Your Instagram Stories As WhatsApp Status! Now You Can Directly Post Your Instagram Stories As WhatsApp Status!
- January 05, 2018

A post by a local blog called TecnoBlog in Brazil that has been reporting several such sightings in the past has posted a picture with the Instagram Story on the left and the WhatsApp Status of the same on the right. Apparently, letting users share the same on WhatsApp will let the company generate more traffic, especially in the markets where WhatsApp is highly popular. (more...)
Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad T And L Productivity Laptops Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad T And L Productivity Laptops
- January 05, 2018

The ThinkVision X24 and ThinkVision P32u are priced at $249 (January availability) and $1,349 (March availability) respectively. Lenovo has introduced the updates in the ThinkPad X, ThinkPad T, and ThinkPad L laptop series. There's a cool new reason to consider Lenovo's ThinkPads. And if you're using the 14-inch L480 or 15-inch L580, you now have new choices for dedicated AMD graphics. (more...)
Amazon exploring Premier League options Amazon exploring Premier League options
- January 05, 2018

Allegedly, the potential entry of Amazon into the Premier League arms race is one of the reasons why BT and Sky chose to do the decent thing as of next year and enable all Sky Sports channels to be served on the BT TV platform as well as making it easier to get BT Sport on Sky; you'll no longer have to subscribe independently to BT. (more...)
Taco Bell adding $1 Nacho Fries to its menu Taco Bell adding $1 Nacho Fries to its menu
- January 05, 2018

Cheeseburger Deluxe. Like before, each entrée can be paired with chicken nuggets, french fries and a drink for just $4. 25, the fast food chain will serve $1 "nacho fries". Taco Bell has been unleashing all types of experimental items over the past year. If you're thinking, It can't get better than this, it gets better than this. (more...)
New Malware Targeting the Uber App New Malware Targeting the Uber App
- January 05, 2018

Long-running Android malware "Fakeapp" has a new tack to trick people into giving away confidential login information, by imitating Uber's user interface. "We don't anticipate such an app to be in wide scale distribution", the company said. Still, it's a good reminder for users not to download apps from untrusted sources - sticking to the Google Play store is a good idea - and to expect sophistication from malicious apps. (more...)
Apple's battery replacement offer to reduce 2018 iPhone sales Apple's battery replacement offer to reduce 2018 iPhone sales
- January 05, 2018

Apple has denied all allegations that it is slowing down older phones "deliberately", claiming to be "proud that Apple products are known for their durability, and for holding their value longer than our competitors' devices". The best way to find out the health of your iPhone's battery is to take it to an Apple Store. When both phones were shown to users, they were able to spot the burned parts of the Note 8's screen but couldn't identify them on the iPhone X . (more...)
OnePlus brings 'Sandstoned' 5T to the US OnePlus brings 'Sandstoned' 5T to the US
- January 05, 2018

The process ends with UV light refining the texture of the phone. Like the Star Wars edition , the Sandstone White version is also a limited edition, so if you want to get your hands on one, you would do best to act quickly on January 9 when the phone will go on sale globally. (more...)
The OnePlus 5T now comes in a gorgeous Sandstone White The OnePlus 5T now comes in a gorgeous Sandstone White
- January 05, 2018

The video was meant to build hype for upcoming Sandstone finish OnePlus 5T with people describing the product as "smooth", "textured", "sand", "stone", and even something as clear as original OnePlus One Sandstone. Now, the company is introducing a new option - Sandstone White. Further, the specifications for the upcoming new variant of OnePlus 5T have also been listed on the retailer's website. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S8 to get Dolby Atmos support with Android Oreo Samsung Galaxy S8 to get Dolby Atmos support with Android Oreo
- January 05, 2018

The patent suggests that the pressure applied on the display will also have a pressure sensitive display to determine the force is applied on the screen. LetsGoDigital has discovered smartwatch patents filed by Samsung with WIPO. Additionally, the smartphones have a 16-megapixel camera sensor on the back with an f/1.7 lens. (more...)
Monster Hunter World update in Spring 2018 adds Deviljho Monster Hunter World update in Spring 2018 adds Deviljho
- January 05, 2018

With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version to launch worldwide on 26 January, the PC version of the game is set to be released this fall and will receive free updates including new monsters. An autumn 2018 release will give its chief competitor on PC, indie Monster Hunter-like Dauntless , a chance to establish itself when it soon enters public beta. (more...)
HP Recalls 50000 Lithium-Ion Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk HP Recalls 50000 Lithium-Ion Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk
- January 05, 2018

Hewlett Packard has announced a global recall of laptop batteries sold over the past two years, following reports of burn and fire risk - and the list includes models with non-user-replaceable batteries. If the validation process identifies a battery as being eligible for replacement, the BIOS update should be applied and the system should be rebooted. (more...)
Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk
- January 05, 2018

The only solution for the two security flaws circulating the tech sphere, known as Spectre and Meltdown , is to replace all CPU hardware, according to the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT ). The proof-of-concept requires BPF JIT to be manually enabled in the Linux kernel for AMD processors. These revelations create two problems for Intel . (more...)
Uber's Travis Kalanick to sell $1.4bn stake to Softbank Uber's Travis Kalanick to sell $1.4bn stake to Softbank
- January 05, 2018

The new investment, which will be finalized in January, was based on calculations valuing Uber at $48 billion, Bloomberg said. Uber co-founder Kalanick, who was ousted as chief executive in June, is selling almost a third of his 10 per cent stake in the ride-services company for about $1.4 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. (more...)
Mercedes-Benz G-Class photos leaked Mercedes-Benz G-Class photos leaked
- January 05, 2018

But the German vehicle maker could still have a surprise in store for us; a dual-cab version of the G-Class was spied testing in northern Europe earlier this year. A new off-road program called G-Mode, which adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and steering system as well as throttle input, will be added. (more...)
Say Hello To LG's Most Affordable 4K HDR Projector
- January 05, 2018

LG has just unveiled a beast of a projector that supports 4K HDR projection and comes with half the size of competing 4K projectors which LG said are a hassle to install and setup. Installation has been made flexible as well thanks to the projector's carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. While other 4K projectors are short and squat, the HU80KA is a much taller tower that appears to be created to sit directly on the floor rather than on a table or stand. (more...)
Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August
- January 05, 2018

Word of Iovine's departure first surfaced on the website Hits Daily Double , and was later confirmed by Billboard and Bloomberg . The move is likely timed to his Apple shares fully vesting, four years after he and partner Dr. A couple years ago, Jimmy Iovine talked about never having a chance at snagging rap star Kanye West with his longtime pal JAY-Z launching competitive service TIDAL. (more...)
Mad Catz Is Back in Business Mad Catz Is Back in Business
- January 05, 2018

Although many counted Mad Catz out, it's definitely great to see the company's resiliency and determination to keep making gaming gear even after suffering from such major financial losses in the past. Included among them will be the RAT Air (technically it's R.A.T. AIR, but we won't be doing that), an updated version of this torturous-looking monstrosity that features wireless operation powered through a "wireless activation gaming surface" as well as a USB option for those who'd rather ... (more...)
Paladins is getting a battle royale mode called Battlegrounds Paladins is getting a battle royale mode called Battlegrounds
- January 05, 2018

While we don't have official gameplay available (yet), the new mode will be available in 2018 for free to anyone who plays Paladins which is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Besides the announcement of new game modes to Paladins , you can also expect a new hero to be added to the game. Finally, a new mount type, Battle Cats, is coming this year. (more...)
Apple acquires Buddybuild, plans to shut down Android support soon
- January 05, 2018

The company will also be discontinuing support for Android app development on March 1, likely as part of the acquisition deal. That aspect of the service will be sunset in March. As of now, the start-up offers services and products that more or less resemble Apple's TestFlight, a tool that enables app developers to share test beta app builds. (more...)
Nokia 3310 4G specifications revealed via updated TENAA listing Nokia 3310 4G specifications revealed via updated TENAA listing
- January 03, 2018

Talking about the display, the Nokia 3310 4G is fitted with a 2.4-inch TFT, non-touch display with a screen resolution of 240×240 pixels. The application's directory points to the existence of four unreleased smartphones: The Nokia 9, the 7 Plus, the Nokia 4, and the Nokia 1. (more...)
Iran blocks Instagram, Telegram as protests rage on Iran blocks Instagram, Telegram as protests rage on
- January 03, 2018

In the on-going protests in Iran which have seen mass demonstrations across the country, which led to the arrest of dozens of protestors, the government has gone ahead and blocked access to some social media sites. Durov said that the public channel @amadnews was suspended after participants were found to be promoting violence. Hours later, Durov tweeted that AMADnews had been suspended, and warned users to "be careful - there are lines one shouldn't cross". (more...)
Lyft to Offer Self-Driving Rides in Las Vegas During CES Lyft to Offer Self-Driving Rides in Las Vegas During CES
- January 03, 2018

Lyft is expanding its partnership to nuTonomy's parent company Aptiv to demonstrate self-driving cars in Las Vegas next week when the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 will be in town. Unlike past year, when the vehicle was limited to a single 6.3-mile loop, the cars will take drivers to more than 20 destinations between January 9 and 12. (more...)
Apple Purchases Developer Tool Firm Buddybuild, Team to Remain in Canada Apple Purchases Developer Tool Firm Buddybuild, Team to Remain in Canada
- January 03, 2018

In a blog post , Buddybuild said its team would remain in Vancouver, and would be joining Apple "to build awesome developer tools for the entire iOS community". Of the $17 billion generated in Q3 from apps globally (excluding China), Apple accounted for around $11 billion of it, according to App Annie . Apple has always made courting developers a cornerstone of the strategy for its platforms. (more...)
Apple offers $29 replacement batteries immediately Apple offers $29 replacement batteries immediately
- January 03, 2018

Apple said Thursday it would offer a $29 battery replacement it promised would immediately return an iPhone 6 or later model to its original performance. Apple's Apology is the final nail in the coffin. In response, iFixit, the popular DIY site and source for replacement iPhone components and tools, has also reduced the prices of its battery replacement kits. (more...)
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite planned for second half of 2018 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite planned for second half of 2018
- January 03, 2018

China really didn't want Pokemon Go coming to the mainland. Since developer Niantic didn't have a local partner in China, it wasn't able to launch the game in the world's largest smartphone market. That game had the potential to appeal to a very wide range of people, he said. As some of you may know, foreign games can't be officially released in China without a Chinese distributor or publisher being attached to the product. (more...)
Audi hints at new flagship coupe to take on BMW 8 Series Audi hints at new flagship coupe to take on BMW 8 Series
- January 03, 2018

Over the past decade, the majority of the German auto giant's models have shared an nearly identical design, the magazine says. BMW is expected to put the large 8 Series coupe into production at some point this year and if sales take off, Audi could follow it with its own flagship coupe. (more...)
Fornite Battle Royale Latest Update Adds Silenced Pistols Fornite Battle Royale Latest Update Adds Silenced Pistols
- January 03, 2018

Sneaky Silencers is a new limited time mode for Fortnite Battle Royal that will make your inner stealthy hitman shine. This Limited Time Mode is available January 5 and ends on January 8 . Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, the frequency of Bush drops - that is, the item which brilliantly, hilariously enables you to roam around disguised as a bit of shrubbery - will be greatly increased. (more...)