Technology


California regulators consider charge on text messaging California regulators consider charge on text messaging
- December 13, 2018

The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the plan. "It's a dumb idea", said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. Residents lamented the potential tax, calling it "dumb" and "unfair". According to the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco-based business association, 46 percent of residents in the Bay Area are fed up with the cost of living and would consider relocating. (more...)
Verizon admits defeat with $4.6-billion AOL-Yahoo writedown Verizon admits defeat with $4.6-billion AOL-Yahoo writedown
- December 12, 2018

Verizon's Media business, branded Oath, has experienced increased competitive and market pressures throughout 2018 that have resulted in lower than expected revenues and earnings. The employees will get a salary of up to 60 weeks, bonus and benefits, depending on their length of service. "In connection with Verizon's annual budget process in the fourth quarter, the new leadership at both Oath and Verizon completed a comprehensive five-year strategic planning review of Oath's business ... (more...)
Vivo NEX Dual Screen Edition Goes Official Without Front Camera Vivo NEX Dual Screen Edition Goes Official Without Front Camera
- December 12, 2018

This is the successor to the Vivo NEX that the company announced earlier this year. After all, it wasn't too long ago that we saw a phones with an e-ink display on its rear - which just seemed impractical. The TOF camera not only allows the users to unlock the smartphone via the 3D Face Access feature in under 0.35 seconds by taking into account 300,000 nodal points. (more...)
Google Maps’ personalized ‘For You’ feature is now rolling out on iOS Google Maps’ personalized ‘For You’ feature is now rolling out on iOS
- December 12, 2018

Google has extended its "For You" tab in Maps to iOS users in 40 new countries and Android users in over 130 new countries. If you needed a bit of a social media boost in your Maps app, well, Google has you covered. If you're making a trip this holiday season, the For You can help you get a jump start on travel planning even before you take off. There's always a chance that your market isn't included in this first launch waves, but For You will likely be available in more countries down the ... (more...)
Citing support issues, Epic stops selling Infinity Blade games Citing support issues, Epic stops selling Infinity Blade games
- December 11, 2018

This groundbreaking trilogy took mobile gaming to new heights and pushed Epic Games in new, innovative directions. Considering that Epic Games is making a ridiculous amount of money from Fortnite , it's hard to believe that the company can't make the necessary effort to support what many think are some of the best mobile games around. (more...)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 Launches Next Month The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 Launches Next Month
- December 11, 2018

The Final Season episode one and episode 2 are now available on Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. However, the series was picked up by Skybound Games, who said they would be picking up where Telltale left off with the help of some former Telltale developers. (more...)
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition with 10GB RAM goes on sale December 13 OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition with 10GB RAM goes on sale December 13
- December 11, 2018

Inside the phone there is the Snapdragon 845 processor , 10GB RAM , 256GB storage and other bells and whistles that you can expect in a high-end phone nowadays. The McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 6T uses the same front and back cameras that we saw in the regular edition earlier. It's interesting OnePlus made a decision to launch a new charger alongside a limited edition smartphone like this, but it's a nice bonus all the same. (more...)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation: Absolute Zero Gets New Trailer Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation: Absolute Zero Gets New Trailer
- December 11, 2018

The update is version 1.09 and is 15.3GB. "Take the fight to a whole new level". We've also heard the community's requests for a path to earn Black Market Tier progression by playing Zombies, and we're happy to announce the Daily Tier Skip for Zombies! Operation Absolute Zero introduces an all-new Specialist, Zero, as well as Hijacked to Blackout, and much more. (more...)
New Microsoft Edge supports Chrome extensions, confirmed New Microsoft Edge supports Chrome extensions, confirmed
- December 11, 2018

Microsoft plans to roll out a preview build of the browser in early 2019, but it's unclear what, if any, of these features will be available at launch. Otherwise, it would have been hard to convince users to switch over from Firefox , back when it was the most popular browser on the block. Microsoft's future Edge browser will be based on the Chromium engine, and just as expected, it will support all Google Chrome extensions. (more...)
John Romero's about to make you a gift John Romero's about to make you a gift
- December 11, 2018

Sigil will be released in "mid February 2019". John Romero started mapping for Doom again a few years back, making a new take on Doom's E1M8 (the final level of the shareware episode) as well as a new version of E1M4 . The standard edition of the related fan box includes a 16GB USB that is themed like a 3.5-inch floppy disk, a two-disc jewel case with the free megawad and a Buckethead soundtrack, two stickers, and a standard-sized big box with Christopher Lovell artwork. (more...)
Google Plus will shut down four months sooner than anticipated Google Plus will shut down four months sooner than anticipated
- December 10, 2018

As part of the October announcement, Google said it would shut down the consumer version of the social network in August. But Google says it will still notify affected users about the bug. The bug was apparently only live for six days, and Google claims that developers with access to the API weren't aware of it or misused the user data, which is certainly a good thing. (more...)
Google Pixel 3 Lite confirmed by tech leaker Google Pixel 3 Lite confirmed by tech leaker
- December 10, 2018

There is also no stereo speaker setup on the Lite duo, and there's only one selfie camera. On the part of design similarities between the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL , both models are found to have a volume rocker and a power/ lock button on the right, while a SIM tray is located on the left. (more...)
Monster Hunter World & The Witcher 3 Collaboration Coming Early 2019 Monster Hunter World & The Witcher 3 Collaboration Coming Early 2019
- December 10, 2018

In it, you can see a dragon-like monster named Rathalos flying across the ocean before reaching a previously undiscovered island of rock and ice. More information on the expansion will be shared next spring. The Appreciation Fest will also be coming up on the anniversary of the game's release in January 2019. It'll include fan-favorite features from the seasonal events, including a decorated Gathering Hub and special equipment that you can get from new quests. (more...)
Nokia 8.1 India launch: Price, full specifications and features Nokia 8.1 India launch: Price, full specifications and features
- December 10, 2018

As far as the specs are concerned, the Nokia 8 .1 comes packed with a 6.18-inch display with a Full HD+ (2246×1080) resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. HMD Global also points out that the Nokia 8 .1 has Google ARCore support. If that also ends up being the Indian price, that's costlier than last year's Nokia 7 Plus model. (more...)
Sydney man charged with alleged assault of woman captured on Fortnite livestream Sydney man charged with alleged assault of woman captured on Fortnite livestream
- December 10, 2018

The clip from his stream shows the streamer arguing with his partner and telling her to leave him alone, before escalating into violence off screen. Footage shared on Twitter showed the man shouting to someone who can not be seen "I said I'll be out soon". (more...)
Will the Galaxy S10 have a corner notch after all? Will the Galaxy S10 have a corner notch after all?
- December 10, 2018

Samsung has been talking and teasing the Galaxy A8s for a long time now. This, according to the report, indicates that we're likely looking at the Galaxy S10 (without Plus, as the Plus will have double front-facers). The company is unveiling the Galaxy A8s later today. As per the document uploaded on TENAA's portal earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy A8s , with model number SM-G8870, is seen from all angles. (more...)
Dauntless is Heading to Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch Dauntless is Heading to Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch
- December 10, 2018

After appearing on Epic Games Store, Xbox One , and PlayStation 4 in April next year, Phoenix Labs will be plotting course for the Switch and mobile devices. Finally, the Nintendo Switch and mobile versions will find a home on their platforms sometime in 2019. Phoenix Labs also announced Frostfall , a new expansion that will be available on December 6. (more...)
Regulation for facial recognition technology must start in 2019: Microsoft President Regulation for facial recognition technology must start in 2019: Microsoft President
- December 09, 2018

Cutting-edge facial recognition technology has recently made waves in the news with China implementing a sophisticated security initiative with over 200 million surveillance cameras capturing citizens' every move. " Lawful surveillance . We will advocate for safeguards for people's democratic freedoms in law enforcement surveillance scenarios, and will not deploy facial recognition technology in scenarios that we believe will put these freedoms at risk". (more...)
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Could Have Faster Charging Than OnePlus 6T OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Could Have Faster Charging Than OnePlus 6T
- December 09, 2018

As well as the leaked images, this source reiterates earlier rumors that the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will have 256GB of storage and 10GB of RAM (up from 8GB of RAM in the top standard model). The phone has also been teased to come with OnePlus' proprietary " Warp Charge 30" which will provide the phone with a day's worth of charge only in 20 minutes. (more...)
O2 offers compensation to customers affected by 4G outage O2 offers compensation to customers affected by 4G outage
- December 09, 2018

For pay-as-you-go mobile broadband customers, there will be a 10 per cent discount on a Bolt On purchase - additional call, text or data bundles - that can be purchased at any time. It added, 'An initial root cause analysis indicates that the main issue was an expired certificate in the software versions installed with these customers. (more...)
Google eliminates a number of battery draining apps from Play Store Google eliminates a number of battery draining apps from Play Store
- December 09, 2018

It's not a good time to be an Android user who frequents the Google Play Store for apps. According to Google, around 0.03 percent of all Android devices run Ice Cream Sandwich which works out to be roughly 6 million if you consider Google's estimation of 2 billion active Android-powered units. (more...)
These could be the first photos of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus These could be the first photos of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- December 08, 2018

Moving on to what you cant see – the performance of the chipset. But the bad news is that the Galaxy S10 will, just like all the other phones, drop the 3.5mm headphone jack. Chances are that all Galaxy S10 units will ship with QHD+ Super AMOLED panels, though, while all of them will include Android 9 Pie and Samsung's One UI skin. (more...)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 revealed, and it's only on Switch Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 revealed, and it's only on Switch
- December 08, 2018

Marvel Entertainment has revealed Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 , the latest in the series of squad beat 'em ups that began on the PS2, PS3, Xbox, and Xbox 360. Marvel has resurrected a long-gone comic book action-RPG series: Marvel Ultimate Alliance . But unlike in the movie, it's not only the Avengers that are involved, naturally. (more...)
Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production
- December 08, 2018

Compared to the concept, the exterior has barely changed, but the interior looks much closer to that of the stock GT-R - the motorsport-style gauge cluster is gone, and in its place is a regular GT-R cluster, with a proper infotainment screen by its side once more. (more...)
A New MAGIC: THE GATHERING Esports Program Is Coming In 2019 A New MAGIC: THE GATHERING Esports Program Is Coming In 2019
- December 08, 2018

Announced earlier tonight during the Game Awards , the 2019 Magic Esports season is created to appeal to fans of both the digital and tabletop versions of Magic , consisting of four digital and six tabletop tournaments called Mythic Championships. (more...)
‘Hades’ Is The Latest Isometric Action Game From Supergiant ‘Hades’ Is The Latest Isometric Action Game From Supergiant
- December 08, 2018

It seems that the gaming and mobile industry has adopted a 70/30 convention nearly arbitrarily. Fortnite creator Epic Games has opened an online store to sell video games for PCs. Epic Games announced that it will give away a free game every two weeks in 2019; means, anyone who installs the Epic Games Store on their device may grab these games free of charge and add them to their account. (more...)
Crash Team Racing Remaster Announced, Release Date Revealed Crash Team Racing Remaster Announced, Release Date Revealed
- December 08, 2018

It'll be out June 21, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One . In addition, the game will feature some incredibly handsome visuals, as you can see when the game transitions from classic Playstation to its new HD settings. Beenox has rebuilt and remastered the original game. We'll add it here when it appears. While you can unlock Nitros Oxide and his kart as in-game rewards from Adventure Mode in the standard edition, the digital-only Nitros Oxide Edition comes with them unlocked ... (more...)
Rockstar To Rebalance Red Dead Online Economy; Gives Players Free Cash Rockstar To Rebalance Red Dead Online Economy; Gives Players Free Cash
- December 08, 2018

The company has provided a new update for the beta including some good news for those of you looking to make a nice buck within this world. 'We appreciate all the continued feedback we are receiving on the Red Dead Online Beta. Additionally, some pelts, skins, and fish values have been balanced, as have horse reviver items and pamphlets. This isn't the last of the changes being made to " Red Dead Online ", with efforts continuing over the course of the beta. (more...)
Dragon Age 4 Announced Dragon Age 4 Announced
- December 08, 2018

A new Dragon Age is coming it was announced at the Game Awards with the hash tag The Dread Wolf Rises. The short teaser doesn't show much, a few figures dissolving into ash, and a painting showing a familiar figure staring down the silhouette of a big black dragon. (more...)
CSGO is now Free To Play; Battle Royale introduced as Danger Zone CSGO is now Free To Play; Battle Royale introduced as Danger Zone
- December 08, 2018

There is an additional paid CS:GO Prime Status subscription that comes with special access to exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapons cases. How does CS:GO going free to play affect me? As in other battle royale titles, players will need to navigate around a constantly shrinking zone. Most battle royale games follow a familiar pattern: Up to 100 players are dropped into an expansive map and forced to scavenge for weapons they can use to (hopefully) wind up the only survivor. (more...)