Technology


Google Home and Chromecast Hit by Major Outage Google Home and Chromecast Hit by Major Outage
- June 28, 2018

It's not unusual for cloud services to go down at times due to software issues or data center problems, but it can be hard for users to get information when such an event occurs. Don't worry, you aren't alone and Google is working on a fix. Netizens have been reporting that even after a reboot the devices don't work, suggesting either the entire Home infrastructure has fallen over - which seems incredibly unlikely given that fact that it is Google we're talking about and it has massive ... (more...)
WPA3 is now available for certification, bringing significantly more secure networking capabilities WPA3 is now available for certification, bringing significantly more secure networking capabilities
- June 28, 2018

It's yet another incremental network security protocol upgrade and was necessary after WPA2 was cracked wide open early last year - eleven years after it was officially unveiled. WPA3 is the successor to the widely deployed WPA2 WiFi security model that was launched in September 2004. "The success of this will obviously depend on the implementation of the new standard", Woodward said. (more...)
Sony is working on a solution for its cross-play nightmare Sony is working on a solution for its cross-play nightmare
- June 28, 2018

Both Nintendo and Microsoft chose to play ball with one another, which means that Switch owners can play with their friends who happen to own an Xbox One . Xbox One " Fortnite " players can team up with Nintendo Switch " Fortnite " players to take on iOS " Fortnite " players - but the PlayStation 4 version won't work with Microsoft and Nintendo's platforms. (more...)
Telltale Games to allegedly drop its 14-year-old engine Telltale Games to allegedly drop its 14-year-old engine
- June 28, 2018

The choice not to move on to a new iteration of the proprietary engine, or something more mainstream squarely falls on former founder and CEO Kevin Bruner, who stepped down from his position in 2017 and was ousted from the board of directors this year. (more...)
Sony Shutting A Number Of Servers Used By PlayStation Games Sony Shutting A Number Of Servers Used By PlayStation Games
- June 28, 2018

Vita users can pick up Space Overlords with PS4 cross-buy, and Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma . This s a visual novel with plenty of shocking plot twists and requires mind-bending puzzles to be solved. You can get 1 whole year subscription for $59.99 or decide on a month-wise subscription that will be slightly more expensive. PS Vita - BigFest - You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 27th August 2018 . (more...)
Woman known as Woman known as "Permit Patty" hands in her resignation
- June 28, 2018

Ettel reportedly runs a business called TreatWell that sells weed for pets, and it is now in jeopardy. She told the Chronicle in 2015 that the company's practice was "kind of like 'don't ask, don't tell'". She did not want police to arrest the girl but was trying to find out what documentation is needed to sell water on the street, Laermer said. Second, she says, she acted out of frustration because the young girl had been outside of her (Ettel's) apartment building for hours, ... (more...)
Social Media Users Are On Instagram As Much As Facebook Social Media Users Are On Instagram As Much As Facebook
- June 28, 2018

Similar Web found that users in the USA spent almost as much time on Instagram's Android app as they did on Facebook over the month of June 2018. IGTV supports up to 60 minutes long videos, however, everyone can not upload 60 minutes long videos. Last week, Instagram signaled it was willing to take on the likes of YouTube and Snapchat with its new long-form video app , called IGTV . (more...)
Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle Apple and Samsung end 7 year long patent battle
- June 28, 2018

Apple and Samsung on Wednesday settled a seven-year patent dispute over Apple's allegations that Samsung violated its patents by "slavishly" copying the design of the iPhone. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court threw out the $399 million decision and ordered the case to virtually restart in San Jose. In the most recent stage of the case, Samsung was ordered by a federal jury to pay Apple $ 539 million in damages. (more...)
Mobile’s FamilyMode Paid Service Helps Parents Monitor Kids’ Mobile Activity Mobile’s FamilyMode Paid Service Helps Parents Monitor Kids’ Mobile Activity
- June 27, 2018

According to the Un-carrier, it came up with the service after noticing how challenging parenting in the digital age has become. FamilyMode can be used without the Home Base as well, with just the FamilyMode app. As mentioned earlier, this is going to be a paid service. On the other hand, consumers need to pay $20 up-front for the Home Base hardware component, Android Police has learned. (more...)
US Online Shopping Is About To Get More Expensive US Online Shopping Is About To Get More Expensive
- June 27, 2018

The Supreme Court's ruling related to online sales taxes is a common-sense approach that modernizes existing limitations on the taxation of e-commerce sales and will facilitate collections in our global, technology-driven economy. This also may impact eBay sellers. As many as 24 states and their local governments could see tax revenue gains of at least 1 percent, according to Fitch's research. (more...)
Facebook gives up on building internet drones
- June 27, 2018

Now, the program is dead. Facebook has ended its involvement in building internet connectivity-boosting drones in the United Kingdom over concerns about excess competition, shutting the doors of its plant in Bridgwater for good and laying off staff as a result. (more...)
Microsoft's improved facial recognition tech aims for inclusion Microsoft's improved facial recognition tech aims for inclusion
- June 27, 2018

The improvement comes as people have raised concerns that current facial recognition systems perform best on males with lighter skin and worst on females with darker skin, said Microsoft. "We talked about different strategies to internally test our systems before we deploy them", explained Hanna Wallach, a senior researcher in Microsoft's NY research lab. (more...)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Now Unplayable On Macs Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Now Unplayable On Macs
- June 27, 2018

The Windows version of Metal Gear Rising: Reveangance is still functional. This means that the game can only be accessed with an online connection as it requires a successful contact with a server that TransGaming established. Unfortunately, Transgaming has since shut down, as have the servers the in-game DRM on Mac attempts to reach out to. Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance is available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs. (more...)
States unequal winners in online-tax ruling States unequal winners in online-tax ruling
- June 27, 2018

As online purchases mushroomed, traditional retailers like Sears and Kmart have had to shrink their footprints in many communities that relied on them for jobs and real estate taxes. In April 2017, Amazon began collecting sales tax nationwide in the 45 states with sales tax, reports The Verge . If you enjoyed the illicit thrill of avoiding the 6.25 percent IL sales tax on Internet purchases of running shoes or steaks, you'll mourn the court's opinion in South Dakota v. (more...)
PUBG drops copyright lawsuit against Fortnite in fight over battle royale PUBG drops copyright lawsuit against Fortnite in fight over battle royale
- June 27, 2018

In fact, on Wednesday, the developer shared its latest batch of patch notes for v4.5 of the game, which includes an interesting new mode, a new weapon type, and a Save the World finale. Dual Pistols are also making their way to the Battle Royale this week, and look like they could be a top-tier choice for players who want to inflict a great deal of damage with a single button press. (more...)
Nokia 3.1 Arrives July 2 and Costs Just $159 Nokia 3.1 Arrives July 2 and Costs Just $159
- June 27, 2018

Now, on checking we think that it may be the Nokia X6 and perhaps HMD plans to launch Nokia X6 as Nokia 6 .1 Plus globally. Subtle but striking metal accents are matched with dual diamond cuts for a premium finish. HMD Global - the firm behind the resurgence in Nokia-branded smartphones - had already confirmed that it would be bringing face unlock to the new Nokia 6 .1 at a later date, but it's good to see the company rolling out the feature to more of its devices. (more...)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shows why Nintendo Labo is a must-have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shows why Nintendo Labo is a must-have
- June 27, 2018

That's exactly what Nintendo revealed this week. It's part of a new contest from Nintendo, tied to the Nintendo Labo line of cardboard-based Switch peripherals. Turning the handlebars changes direction, while twisting the right handlebar accelerates. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit are available for the Nintendo Switch. (more...)
Video Chat and New Camera Effects Now Available in Instagram Video Chat and New Camera Effects Now Available in Instagram
- June 27, 2018

While a lot of negative attention has been poured onto Facebook, the Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing network has managed to stand by itself and slide out new features and capture the headlines. There's a new For You channel which essentially combines the best posts from your interests, and then the other topic channels that consist of other posts. (more...)
Florida retailers cheer Supreme Court online sales tax decision Florida retailers cheer Supreme Court online sales tax decision
- June 27, 2018

With the courts ruling, internet companies can now be required to collect states sales tax in states where they don't have a physical presence. How will this affect your wallet? The ruling is a victory for big chains with a presence in many states, since they usually collect sales tax on online purchases already. (more...)
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera official: 715hp Super GT Aston Martin DBS Superleggera official: 715hp Super GT
- June 27, 2018

The first Aston Martin Superleggera model, a DB4 introduced in 1961, had an ultralight body made using techniques developed in Italy. The 2019 DBS Superleggera is the company's new halo model, a lightweight super GT dressed with sculpted carbon fiber body panels and an apparently really angry twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet. (more...)
AI Bots Seek to Beat Top Human Players at Dota 2 AI Bots Seek to Beat Top Human Players at Dota 2
- June 27, 2018

This enables the AI to learn the intricacies of the game, considering that it is far more complicated than board games like Chess and Go. The same setup was adopted in a much smaller scale past year when OpenAI rolled out an artificial intelligence system that proved capable of beating the best Dota 2 players in the world in 1-on-1 matches. (more...)
Elon Musk's secret SpaceX school for child entrepreneurs, AI experts and coders Elon Musk's secret SpaceX school for child entrepreneurs, AI experts and coders
- June 27, 2018

Pupils at the private school include Musk's sons, some children of SpaceX employees, and some other children in the L.A. area. After taking his five children out of school in 2014, Musk founded Ad Astra as a school project dedicated to the next generation of child geniuses. (more...)
Apple starts Indian iPhone 6s production and plans a third local model Apple starts Indian iPhone 6s production and plans a third local model
- June 26, 2018

With Apple mulling the addition of more models to the Made in India category, Wistron is expected to expand its capacity to accommodate the orders from Apple. In April, the companies reportedly trialed Indian production of the iPhone 6s Plus , but they have apparently not started manufacturing that model locally. (more...)
Microsoft's giant honking Surface USB-C dongle costs 80 freaking bucks Microsoft's giant honking Surface USB-C dongle costs 80 freaking bucks
- June 26, 2018

And since it has only one Type-C port, you can't even use a Type-C charger simultaneously with a second Type-C device to work around this issue. And you do not need it. Overall, Microsoft's Surface USB-C adapter looks to be rather bulky and expensive compared to other USB-C dongles on the market, likely due to the Surface Connect port. (more...)
The Public Beta for iOS 12 is Here The Public Beta for iOS 12 is Here
- June 26, 2018

But we usually have to wait a few weeks for the public beta to be released. To try out iOS 12 you'll need an iPhone 5S or newer, iPad mini 2 or iPad Air or newer, or a sixth-generation iPod touch. The next step is to switch over to your iOS device and open beta.apple.com/profile. For one, this is a public beta , so expect there to be software bugs here and there. (more...)
Microsoft Edge for Android crosses 5 million downloads Microsoft Edge for Android crosses 5 million downloads
- June 26, 2018

Microsoft also confirmed the feature's rollout to the stable versions of iOS and Android would happen very soon. Redmond has chosen to use Eyeo's AdBlock Plus software, which is easily the most popular adblocking software available on the market. (more...)
Bentley announces Bentayga Pikes Peak Edition to honor record-setting run Bentley announces Bentayga Pikes Peak Edition to honor record-setting run
- June 26, 2018

Needless to say, if you wish to purchase a Bentayga W12 just like Rhys Millen's (minus the safety equipment), you can. Following Rhys Millen's 10min 49.9sec run in an nearly completely standard Bentayga (it featured minimal modifications for safety), Bentley will offer W12 versions of its luxury SUV with bespoke features inspired by that vehicle. (more...)
Google makes file transfers four times faster in Files Go Google makes file transfers four times faster in Files Go
- June 26, 2018

But the transfers themselves are also significantly faster now, with Google claiming speeds of up to 490 MB/s - four times the speed that was previously offered. The new updates for Files Go are available now in the latest version of the app. For starters, phones will connect much faster with one another, now averaging at just five seconds. (more...)
Fortnite Playground Mode Fortnite Playground Mode "Coming Soon"
- June 25, 2018

Playground mode has been mentioned before but this announcement means we can expect this to come out as early as tomorrow, following this week's patch. There's still no exact date on when the new mode will debut in Fortnite but we can at least get excited about the fact that it's just on the horizon. (more...)
Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog
- June 25, 2018

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the victor of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California. "Her mother saw her attractive picture on pet finder and HAD TO HAVE HER!" the dog's official entry says. The special dog won a trophy and a $1,500 prize. (more...)