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Google Assistant for iOS Gets Support for Siri Shortcuts [u] Google Assistant for iOS Gets Support for Siri Shortcuts [u]
- November 21, 2018

Tap on the "Add to Siri " button and then proceed to record the voice phrase that you want to use to trigger Google Assistant. Make sure to go to the App Store and download the Google Assistant app and/or update your current Google Assistant app to the latest version. (more...)
How To Sign-In To Your Microsoft Account Without A Cumbersome Password How To Sign-In To Your Microsoft Account Without A Cumbersome Password
- November 21, 2018

Microsoft has announced that it is not only supporting Windows Hello (via its Edge browser) for logins, but also security keys that use FIDO2 (WebAuthn and CTAP2 are supported). When you click on this link you will be prompted to enter your password again, which is expected and should be done. Name your security key so that you can distinguish it from other keys. (more...)
Google study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025 Google study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025
- November 21, 2018

Google has begun looking beyond India to Southeast Asia for its "next billion" users. The Indonesian internet economy is forecast to grow to USD 100 billion by 2025, accounting for USD 4 of every USD 10 spent in the region, the report said. (more...)
Valve Discontinues Steam Link Streaming Hardware Valve Discontinues Steam Link Streaming Hardware
- November 21, 2018

Both devices were designed with the goal of tackling PC gaming in the living room. As a reminder, the Steam Link hardware " allows you to stream games from the Steam Library on your PC to any TV in your home ". Even with the Steam Link box, the strength of Valve's play was in the software and integration, so like so many other discrete devices over the past decade, the streaming STB's functionality has been subsumed by other smart devices. (more...)
Tumblr iOS App Disappears From App Store Tumblr iOS App Disappears From App Store
- November 21, 2018

However, no official statement about this has been released by Apple or WhatsApp as yet. Designers were asked to "publish your sticker app like any other app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and users who download and install your app will be able to start sending those stickers right from within WhatsApp". (more...)
Major Facebook Outage Affects Most Parts Of World Major Facebook Outage Affects Most Parts Of World
- November 21, 2018

It looks like Facebook and Instagram are now down for some. It's not clear right now how many users are affected. According to DownDetector , while the vast majority of users experiencing the outage located in the states and across Europe , users in South America and Asia are also experiencing downtime. (more...)
The Google Pixel 3 has a crippling camera bug The Google Pixel 3 has a crippling camera bug
- November 20, 2018

We have already witnessed several rumours and leaks of the possibility of Google unveiling a mid-range smartphone and now, a Russian tech blog, first spotted by XDA Developer , backs the rumours of the Pixel 3 Lite under-works. Some banking apps rely on the camera to do mobile check deposits, for example, but are encountering fatal error problems when they load. Google might be able to fix this issue with a software update, but so far user efforts like hard resetting the phone and ... (more...)
LG XBOOM WK9 smart display may finally be ready to launch LG XBOOM WK9 smart display may finally be ready to launch
- November 20, 2018

LG has partnered with Meridian Audio to deliver high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass, despite its compact size. B&H Photo Video has it listed even cheaper, at $196.99 with "holiday savings", although you still can't technically order the device from that particular retailer. (more...)
Google Photos for iOS gets portrait mode depth editing Google Photos for iOS gets portrait mode depth editing
- November 20, 2018

From now on if you have an iPhone and the newest iteration of Google Photos , pull up a portrait mode picture, tap the editing icon, and then tap it one more time to edit depth and focus through sliders. The new Google Photos update also brings the "Colour Pop" feature that Google demonstrated at its I/O 2018 back in May. Though it remains unclear, it seems like Google is handling all the depth-of-field processing behind the scenes given that images altered with Google Photos often look far ... (more...)
Samsung discounting Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 by $200 Samsung discounting Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 by $200
- November 20, 2018

A new report confirms that the Galaxy S10 smartphones will be available in four color options at the time of launch - Black, White , Yellow, and Green. The cheapest model of the Galaxy S10 will have 64GB of internal storage and no in-display finger print sensor. Later we got the pictures of the device which revealed that the device is one of the prettiest things on earth. (more...)
Skype calling and Pandora Premium arrive on Alexa devices Skype calling and Pandora Premium arrive on Alexa devices
- November 20, 2018

To that second point, Microsoft has just announced that Skype calling is now available via Alexa, with Amazon's Echo hardware supporting basic Skype calling. To use Pandora on Alexa devices, just begin a command with "Alexa" followed by asking her to play either Pandora or a specific song, album, or genre that you want. (more...)
Instagram Is Purging Fake Followers Obtained Through Third-Party Apps Instagram Is Purging Fake Followers Obtained Through Third-Party Apps
- November 20, 2018

Instagram influencers are arguably the heart and soul of brand-consumer relationships on the app, but often it's hard for brands and advertisers to determine who the real influencers are. Such measures, the post continues, will be ongoing. "Recently, we've seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience", Instagram said in a post on its corporate blog. (more...)
Apple and Microsoft fixing serious iCloud bug Apple and Microsoft fixing serious iCloud bug
- November 20, 2018

Unfortunately, after users installed the latest version in the system, they started facing issues while using iCloud. You'll also have trouble if you have F5 VPN software installed. It's not clear what the exact problem is, how it persisted even after the operating system update was delayed a month, or when it will be fixed. Over the last month, Microsoft's done an awesome job of convincing people to never install Windows again , after a data-deleting Windows 10 update made it through QA. (more...)
Apple’s new iPad Pro folds like paper in new bend test video Apple’s new iPad Pro folds like paper in new bend test video
- November 19, 2018

The bending test video starts with the Apple Pencil that breaks with a surprising amount of ease; only slightly more than the force it takes to break a normal wooden pencil was needed to break the Apple Pencil. The tablet survived the first two tests as does pretty much every other smartphone that Zack gets his hands on. Regardless, the headline-grabbing feature of the video is the bending of that poor iPad Pro. (more...)
Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept unveiled Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept unveiled
- November 19, 2018

Clearly, Lamborghini occasionally likes to deliberately cross its memos. Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept race vehicle gets detailed. Larger air intakes help keep the twin-turbo V8 cool while it makes 650 CV and 850 Nm of torque. There's no word on performance data - or indeed where the lightweighting has occurred - but an already sub-four-second to 62mph SUV with, presumably, no interior will probably be mighty punchy. (more...)
Fallout 76 Players Launch Three Nukes and Possibly Crash Server Fallout 76 Players Launch Three Nukes and Possibly Crash Server
- November 19, 2018

Earlier this week, the same group of players became the first group to launch a nuke at a Fissure Site; causing a massive Scorchbeast Queen to spawn in a special timed event. Well, the players who launched that nuke chose to triple their efforts by launching three nukes, one from each of the missile silos, all at the same time. (more...)
Apple cuts production orders for all new iPhones
- November 19, 2018

In 2017, overestimating demand for the then-new iPhone X, the tech giant cut orders for its first OLED smartphone by as much as 20-million units. Reports on the internet are attributing the reduction in production to the "lower-than-expected" demand of the latest devices. (more...)
Fallout 76 Update Plans for the Balance of 2018 Revealed Fallout 76 Update Plans for the Balance of 2018 Revealed
- November 19, 2018

As a result of the patch being released, anyone attempting to play the latest installment of the Fallout franchise on November 19 will find that logging in and playing are impossible until further notice. This update will be large compared to what we expect for patches going forward. While you've likely obliterated any potential data caps already, there's good news on the horizon, with Bethesda stating future updates "should be much smaller in comparison". (more...)
Oppo R17 Pro India Launch Expected Soon, Features Triple Rear Camera Setup Oppo R17 Pro India Launch Expected Soon, Features Triple Rear Camera Setup
- November 19, 2018

The Oppo R17 Pro comes with a new fog gradient color scheme that uses 3D fog glass and a new condensing grading process. As expected, the ColorOS 5.2 based Android 8.1 Oreo OS is what the phone runs on which features the AI battery management for extending its battery performance. (more...)
Samsung patent offers proof of Galaxy S10 selfie camera hole Samsung patent offers proof of Galaxy S10 selfie camera hole
- November 19, 2018

In a lot of them, the camera opening is placed near the top left corner rather than a central position. For the latter, we're getting one of our first looks at the Galaxy S10's final design thanks to newly discovered patent filing images. (more...)
Realme U1 Launching Exclusively on Amazon India on November 28th Realme U1 Launching Exclusively on Amazon India on November 28th
- November 19, 2018

Amazon has started to tease the launch of the Realme U1, which re-affirms that the Realme U1 will be an Amazon Exclusive smartphone. Talking about the optics, the Realme U1 device is expected to sport a 25MP sensor upfront as the company has claimed that the device will be the most powerful selfie camera ever. (more...)
Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch set for November 22nd Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch set for November 22nd
- November 19, 2018

So, this is the first time when we are receiving two generations of Redmi Note in a single year. Overall, Note 6 Pro is finally getting the long-awaited notch in the Note series, and the Note 5 Pro successor is looking unbelievable with the notch. (more...)
Become One of Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers in Summer 2019 Become One of Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers in Summer 2019
- November 19, 2018

Naturally, Shadowbrigners follows the last expansion, Stormblood . The expansion will also include a host of new features, including a New Game+ mode where players can replay the main story quests but at a much higher difficulty. which of course strengthens the connection to the Viera . There's a hint of FF11 coming along as well, with the new "Trust" system that allows players recruit select NPCs to join them in solo duty instances. (more...)
Best Samsung Black Friday Deals 2018 Best Samsung Black Friday Deals 2018
- November 19, 2018

For the rest of the money, you can get a rebate card, for which you can file a claim on the T-Mobile Rebates page using the promo code "COSTCOSAMSUNG". When you add the third phone line, it will work. You can register for the beta in the Samsung Members app (Samsung+ for folks in the US). Of course, this solution isn't ideal since it won't detect any changes in lighting happening while you're using the phone and correct the brightness on the fly, but it's still better than nothing. (more...)
New Fallout 76 Update Patch Releasing This Monday New Fallout 76 Update Patch Releasing This Monday
- November 19, 2018

The party was a collaborative effort between Marshall Libraries, the College of Information Technology, digital humanities and the Marshall English Department. West Virginia Tourism officials are hoping to promote the state to a wider audience with the game's launch. Following the announcement, Bethesda gave a message of thanks to the state of West Virginia; "Your handsome state has been an incredible canvas for Fallout 76 ", says the studio; "and the support from your community has been ... (more...)
Fortnite Season 6 Week 8 challenges: Visits, dancing, and shooting Fortnite Season 6 Week 8 challenges: Visits, dancing, and shooting
- November 19, 2018

Now that players are picking their favorite foods with the latest LTM and business is back to usual following the Halloween event, it's time to get back to the Battle Pass objective. Completing challenges is the quickest way of levelling up through the various Battle Pass tiers and earning the plethora of cosmetic items associated with those tiers. (more...)
Instagram leaks passwords belonging to some members in plaintext Instagram leaks passwords belonging to some members in plaintext
- November 19, 2018

The new Download Your Data tool that allows users to receive that information may have left some users' passwords exposed. The report further revealed that the passwords were sent to Facebook's servers as well. "This is very concerning about other security practices inside of Instagram because that literally should not be possible". The breach is the latest in the line of security issues to hit Facebook, which last announced a breach in September. (more...)
Tens of millions of SMS messages laid bare as database gets exposed Tens of millions of SMS messages laid bare as database gets exposed
- November 19, 2018

Vovox, a San Diego-based communications company maintained the server, which was left unprotected by password, offering anyone knowing where to look a real-time glimpse at a steady stream of text messages , TechCrunch reported Thursday. The database was only taken offline once TechCrunch got involved. Each record was meticulously tagged and detailed, including the recipient's cell phone number, the message, the Voxox customer who sent the message and the shortcode they used. (more...)
Nintendo Has No Plans to Release an N64 Classic Right Now Nintendo Has No Plans to Release an N64 Classic Right Now
- November 18, 2018

Fils-Aime explained a bit more about how the whole "Classic" series came about in the first place in an interview with Kotaku . Before his comments, there were rumors that Nintendo was planning to bring back the console, just like it has recently done with others. (more...)
PlayStation 4 Black Friday Deals Already Live at GameStop and Walmart PlayStation 4 Black Friday Deals Already Live at GameStop and Walmart
- November 18, 2018

There's little doubt that Sony won this console generation, that's for sure; it already surpassed the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3 (around 83 million) and it's only slightly behind the PlayStation 2's impressive 87 million units sold in its first five years. (more...)