Technology


Mercedes' new A45 S AMG will top out at 416 horsepower Mercedes' new A45 S AMG will top out at 416 horsepower
- January 05, 2019

Step up to the hotter S version and Mercedes will reward you with a massive 421 PS (310 kW) or 416 hp, which is mighty impressive from only a four-cylinder engine. Previous details on the vehicle tipped 8-speed dual clutch transmissions. Despite giving up 73 hp, the A35 still manages to close in on the current A45's performance credentials with a 0-62 miles per hour time of 4.7 seconds. (more...)
Half-Life 2 Episodes writer Erik Wolpaw is back at Valve Half-Life 2 Episodes writer Erik Wolpaw is back at Valve
- January 04, 2019

Wolpaw is most notably known as one of the co-writers for Half-Life 2 and Portal , and his return was confirmed by Shack News after discovering that he had been credited in the Valve card game Artifact . Half-Life 3 has become somewhat of a holy grail for gamers. Not necessarily because the franchise was the best franchise to have ever existed, but because on some level we know we're never going to get it, so we want it even more. (more...)
Bethesda settles lawsuit alleging that Westworld ripped off Fallout Shelter Bethesda settles lawsuit alleging that Westworld ripped off Fallout Shelter
- January 04, 2019

The case has now been settled, however: Bethesda and Behaviour released a joint statement yesterday saying that the "have amicably resolved the lawsuit Bethesda brought against Behaviour and others related to the Fallout Shelter and Westworld mobile games". (more...)
Former Hearthstone developers working on new Marvel game
- January 04, 2019

Normally this would be the part where I say we'll likely have to wait a while to learn much more about the game, but Second Dinner's trying hard to do the "small and fast" thing even as it links up with corporate titans, so who knows? The only details that the devs have teased in relation to this new Marvel game is that, along with being able to feature Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men, it also might include the more niche heroes such as Throg, the Mighty Frog of Thunder. (more...)
Xiaomi triple folding smartphone allegedly depicted in video Xiaomi triple folding smartphone allegedly depicted in video
- January 04, 2019

Not to mention that Samsung's biggest rivals, including Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, and a variety of other China-based OEMs are all working on foldable handsets of their own. Blass says it's unclear whether the device in the video is legitimate, and whether Xiaomi indeed made it. "Hot new phone, or gadget porn deepfake?" The rumored Xiaomi foldable phone appears very flexible on the video and can be easily folded into three screens. (more...)
Samsung's clever new monitor frees up desk space without a wall mount
- January 04, 2019

Total screen curvature across the 49 inches of display is 1800mm and it supports PBP (Picture-By-Picture), allowing two video sources to be shown simultaneously on the same panel. Combine that with some insane thin bezels (everywhere except on the bottom) and a neat cable management system (through the monitor's arm), and you get a really interesting option for anyone that's lacking for space or simply building a minimalist work environment. (more...)
Smash Data Miners Uncover DLC Fighter Code Names Smash Data Miners Uncover DLC Fighter Code Names
- January 04, 2019

We have a better idea on who they may be, however, thanks to their codenames. Jack may be a reference to Jack Frost, the mascot monster of the Shin Megami Tensei series. With Dragon Quest XI launching on Switch in the future, this also wouldn't be too surprising. Super Smash Bros Ultimate second DLC character has been discovered through datamining the game files, so the secret is now out in the open. (more...)
Apple sets App Store sales record during holidays, despite disastrous quarter Apple sets App Store sales record during holidays, despite disastrous quarter
- January 04, 2019

Existing members who now use iTunes as a method of payment can continue to do so. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, announced that the company's App Store sold games and apps worth $1.22 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. (more...)
Google Chrome Getting a Native Dark Mode in Windows 10 Google Chrome Getting a Native Dark Mode in Windows 10
- January 04, 2019

Kasting has now confirmed on Reddit that a dark mode for Windows is in the works. The main issue with implementing the dark mode so far has been Chrome's 'Incognito mode.' Incognito traditionally has a dark appearance, so the Chrome team needs to find a way to differentiate browsing in dark mode from browsing in incognito. (more...)
‘Fortnite’ Season 7, Week 5 Challenges Guide ‘Fortnite’ Season 7, Week 5 Challenges Guide
- January 04, 2019

He can be found directly to the east of Tomato Temple and is surrounded by smaller rocks. And one of those who figured out how to solve Fortnite search between giant rock man crowned tomato and encircled tree was Hidden_Masters. There's also a crowd of trees just to the south of this location. Before you get ready to start getting down, we've got some important facts to make you aware of: this might be a task anyone can tackle in Epic's world-conquering battle royale game , but you ... (more...)
Google's next OS, Fuchsia, will run Android apps
- January 03, 2019

A file posted on the Android Open Source Project suggests that the search giant is implementing a specially made version of Android Runtime (ART) - the architecture used by the apps - in the upcoming operating system, as previously reported by 9to5Google . (more...)
Over 350 devs collaborate on game-a-day Meditations project Over 350 devs collaborate on game-a-day Meditations project
- January 03, 2019

The project features numerous talented developers, with their games being revealed across the year. The rules for the developers were that the games had to be short: it should take no more than five minutes to complete, and have no text. PC gamers can play a small game every day during 2019 through a new project called " Meditations " with every game being different from the last. Once the day has passed, the game is unavailable until next year. (more...)
First Details on Slightly Mad Studios' New First Details on Slightly Mad Studios' New "Mad Box" Console Revealed
- January 03, 2019

It looks like the Xbox Two and PS5 just got a powerful new challenger... What do you think about the Mad Box? Additionally, the company is now evaluating offers from unnamed investors to grab the funding needed to see the Mad Box to market, and says that the team is eyeing a worldwide release for the system, which includes, in Bell's words, "areas that are, let's say, not particularly open to other vendors at the moment". (more...)
Google wins FCC approval to deploy Project Soli sensors in public Google wins FCC approval to deploy Project Soli sensors in public
- January 03, 2019

Imagine grabbing and pulling a virtual slider in thin air. According to the FCC, Google's Soli motion sensor, "will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology". No one is doubting the usefulness of Project Soli's sensors, but Google has had to wait to deploy the technology at scale because of concerns raised by Facebook Inc. (more...)
Apple AirPower Wireless Charger Misses 2018 Release Window Apple AirPower Wireless Charger Misses 2018 Release Window
- January 03, 2019

The charger, which has been named "Power Drum" will reportedly be able to charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously. These diagrams were found in the FCC website . The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has just given a regulatory approval to an upcoming battery powered bank and wireless charger that goes by the name AT&T power drum. (more...)
Fallout 76 Nuclear Silos Have Been Temporarily Disabled Due to a Bug Fallout 76 Nuclear Silos Have Been Temporarily Disabled Due to a Bug
- January 02, 2019

The changeover took place on New Year's Day. Bethesda is looking into an issue with nuke codes in Fallout 76 . According to players nukes worked just fine in Fallout 76 till December 31, but from January 1, the codes stopped working. Fighting through heavily fortified silos to rain nukes down on different parts of the map is Fallout 76's main end-game activity, and nearly two months after release, it's one of the only things keeping most diehard fans around, since enemies found in the ... (more...)
Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally overtaken decade-old Windows 7 OS Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally overtaken decade-old Windows 7 OS
- January 02, 2019

Windows 10 was lagging behind Windows 7 , arguably one of the most popular versions of Windows to date. Overall, Windows has 86.2 per cent of the market, with Mac OS holding 10.65, Linux (all versions) at 2.78 and Chrome OS on 0.32. We still can't overlook the fact that Microsoft's Windows 10 has been growingly steadily over the years, and the company's Windows as a Service plan has worked out pretty well. (more...)
Ohio Man Alleges Apple iPhone XS Max Exploded In His Pants Pocket Ohio Man Alleges Apple iPhone XS Max Exploded In His Pants Pocket
- January 02, 2019

Where another colleague in his company then helped out by putting out the fire with an extinguisher. At the time of the incident, he was on a lunch break in a break room with a colleague. "I called back the next day and since the team member who I had spoken to only worked Sun-Wed, I asked to be directed to a supervisor". It is important to note that Hillard did not submit his burnt iPhone to the Apple Store since he was unsatisfied with their resolution. (more...)
Google Celebrates New Year’s Eve With Playful Doodle Google Celebrates New Year’s Eve With Playful Doodle
- January 02, 2019

Monday's animated Doodle stars a pair of pachyderms happily using their trunks to prepare for their party - one blowing up balloons, while the other makes sure there isn't too much popcorn lying around. Behind them there is a wall which has a clock which is about to strike 12am and a wall hanging with the Google logo. Today will be the New Year's Eve and we hope that you must have some wonderful plans. (more...)
Google is testing group calling in Duo Google is testing group calling in Duo
- January 02, 2019

The first new feature will be video chatting for groups of users to compete with Apple's Group FaceTime in iOS 12, and the second feature is a low-light mode for better video chatting even when you don't have flawless lighting. Meanwhile, there are also reports out today that a low-light mode - similar to how this feature works in other apps - could likewise be on the way to Google Duo. (more...)
Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the slowest growing Windows 10 ever Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the slowest growing Windows 10 ever
- January 01, 2019

Either way, as can be seen by AdDuplex's recent data above, only 6% of users are now on the October Update, and a bit more than 80% of the April 2018 update, leaving a significant portion on older and possible unsupported versions of Windows 10. (more...)
Fortnite New Year’s Eve event drops a ball, forces players to dance Fortnite New Year’s Eve event drops a ball, forces players to dance
- January 01, 2019

Here's how the ongoing in-game event works. " Fortnite " will feature a ball drop and fireworks at the top of every hour as the New Year reaches all 24 time zones. This event confused some Fortnite players who play the game in parts of the world where it'll be 2018 for many more hours. "Happy New Years early I guess", another wrote. (more...)
Netflix Stops offering in-app Subscription for iOS Users Netflix Stops offering in-app Subscription for iOS Users
- January 01, 2019

Existing users who still have their subscriptions active will still have the option to pay via iTunes . The new change, which will come into play in the near future, will prevent new and resubscribing customers from paying for their subscription natively within the app. (more...)
Days of 'Fortnite' Day 14 Challenge and Reward Revealed Days of 'Fortnite' Day 14 Challenge and Reward Revealed
- January 01, 2019

By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. Not even Fortnite has let slip the opportunity himself and a fourteen days themed event has been launched: "The 14 Days of Fortnite ". "Login everyday to see what's new! ". (more...)
TripAdvisor, Kayak and Other Android Apps Found Violating EU Privacy Law TripAdvisor, Kayak and Other Android Apps Found Violating EU Privacy Law
- January 01, 2019

The information includes the app's name and the user's unique ID with Google. 61 percent of the apps that were tested were sending data to Facebook as soon as the user opened the app. Aside from being extremely unethical, this practice also infringes on rules from Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation, which were introduced in May. (more...)
WhatsApp will stop working on these phones from today WhatsApp will stop working on these phones from today
- January 01, 2019

If you are using any mobile phone running on Nokia S40 platform, WhatsApp will no longer be available from today. The Facebook-owned messaging platform announced that it would stop investing to develop the app for these phones, in a blog post on December 30. (more...)
Huawei P Smart 2019 introduced for the United Kingdom Huawei P Smart 2019 introduced for the United Kingdom
- January 01, 2019

The smartphone will be available for buying from January 2 in European markets with a price tag of 249 euros (~$285). The highlights of the device include water drop shaped display notch and AI backed dual rear camera set up. The Huawei P Smart (2019 ) measures 155.2 x 73.4 x 8mm and it houses a 6.21-inch waterdrop notch screen. It is very unusual to note the device comes in a single memory configuration of 3GB RAM + 64GB internal memory. (more...)
Assassin's Creed Invades Monster Hunter Assassin's Creed Invades Monster Hunter
- January 01, 2019

While these limited-time events are usually announced far in advance, the latest arrived as a quest that was seemingly snuck into the game this week. For those like me that are suckers for solid stats, there is a small downside. Monster Hunter is getting a dash of stealth and stabs for its most recent crossover event. According to this item's description, "Increases movement speed and allows you to hide quicker". (more...)
China Restarts Video Games Approvals After Months-long Freeze China Restarts Video Games Approvals After Months-long Freeze
- January 01, 2019

The list of newly approved games was dominated by small and medium developers, with no titles from Tencent and NetEase . That pushed Tencent's offers up by as much as 4.6 percent, putting the gaming to social media giant on course at its steepest daily share price hike in the period of over a month. (more...)
Apple iPhone XS Max allegedly catches fire in owner’s trousers
- January 01, 2019

The victim (during his lunch break) had suspected a weird smell originating from his phone in the rear pocket, due to which he felt some good amount of heat. To add insult to injury, Hillard was also told that if he didn't let them take the phone, they could make no promises that any progress would be make with the phone, let alone his affected clothing. (more...)