Technology


Google Assistant is about to get a whole lot more useful Google Assistant is about to get a whole lot more useful
- January 11, 2019

US DTH broadcaster DISH has revealed that it's building the Google Assistant into its Hopper family of receivers. It's part of a big promotional booth for the Google Assistant , which is the thing that talks back to you when you talk to your phone or Google home . (more...)
How to watch LG's CES 2019 press conference live on Monday morning How to watch LG's CES 2019 press conference live on Monday morning
- January 11, 2019

Numerous products are years away from a spot in your living room (unless you are a fabulously wealthy early-adopter), but they give a peek into what we'll be binging on in the future. LG is committed to improving customers' lives with innovative home entertainment products led by its award-winning 4K OLED TVs, ULTRA HD TVs and webOS TVs. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S10 image leaked Samsung Galaxy S10 image leaked
- January 11, 2019

There has been lots of speculation about the direction Samsung may go with their flagship this year. The smartphone will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Galaxy series and the expectations are quite high. Of course this year, like every year in the past, the hottest new devices of the year will be nowhere to be found in Las Vegas this week. According to some of the previous leaks, Samsung is rumoured to launch three different variants of S10 along with a special 5G variant. (more...)
New software can track down users who share Netflix accounts illegally New software can track down users who share Netflix accounts illegally
- January 11, 2019

While Synamedia says it will help providers shut down large-scale, for-profit account sharing run by fraudsters, regular users will also be targeted for "upselling". The system could let the company operating it specify how many users should be able to use a single account, which comes in handy for various family plans. (more...)
Nokia 8.1 Plus renders show a punch-hole screen Nokia 8.1 Plus renders show a punch-hole screen
- January 10, 2019

There's also, thankfully, a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top edge. Pre-installed with Android 9 Pie , consumers can expect to have straight forward, pure Android experience as well as security guarantee by Google due to the fact that the Nokia 8 .1 is an Android One device. (more...)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 gets Bluetooth certification ahead of launch Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 gets Bluetooth certification ahead of launch
- January 10, 2019

The popular line-up that features phones like Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 6 Pro will now operate separately, similar to Xiaomi's Poco sub-brand. Processor: The Note 7 is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 512 GPU . (more...)
Say goodbye to disruptive ads in Google’s Chrome browser from July Say goodbye to disruptive ads in Google’s Chrome browser from July
- January 10, 2019

While Chrome will automatically filter ads on sites that fail their ad experience reports , users can ultimately decide if they see ads on blocked sites. "In the U.S., Canada, and Europe, website owners have successfully been able to make changes to the ads on their sites". Google says that at the beginning of January 2019, two-third of non-compliant publishers have now made the necessary changes and only one percent of reviewed sites had their ads filtered. (more...)
Mobile is taking on phone scammers with new Caller Verified technology
- January 10, 2019

Customers that have been updated with the carrier's new technology will now see a " Caller Verified " label when a voice message has been confirmed as a real phone call and not one generated by scammers. According the TransNexus firm, STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs ) use "digital certificates, based on common public key cryptography techniques, to ensure the calling number of a telephone call is secure". (more...)
IBM takes small - but steady - steps to quantum commercial viability IBM takes small - but steady - steps to quantum commercial viability
- January 10, 2019

It's a cryogenically cooled, nine-foot-tall and nine-foot-wide cube that tackles some of the practical challenges involved in operating a quantum computer . Later this year, IBM will also open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial customers in Poughkeepsie, New York. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem. (more...)
Samsung demos Digital Cockpit platform at CES 2019 Samsung demos Digital Cockpit platform at CES 2019
- January 10, 2019

According to one report out of CES , there's still additional work to be done. All of this can be done right from the SmartThings app on the mobile phone . CES is the first major trade show of the year. Many of Samsung's 2019 appliance will come with better Bixby integration, users will now be able to automate common household tasks. (more...)
Alien: Blackout Is a New Survival Mobile Game Coming Soon Alien: Blackout Is a New Survival Mobile Game Coming Soon
- January 10, 2019

Outsmart the ideal hunter by making perilous choices. Guide Amanda through Weyland-Yutani space station with the blood thirsty Xenomorph, saving crew members or leaving them behind will determine the outcome of your story. Although it's possible the new game could ignore this entirely you would've thought using the same character means it is going to be a continuation of some sort. (more...)
Audi Showcase Virtual Reality Features at CES 2019 Audi Showcase Virtual Reality Features at CES 2019
- January 10, 2019

Audi partnered with Disney to demonstrate the VR system at CES with an interactive game called " Marvel's Avengers: Rocket's Rescue Run" that immerses players wearing VR headsets in a computer-generated spaceship surrounded by an asteroid field. (more...)
BMW 7 Series facelift leaked ahead of debut BMW 7 Series facelift leaked ahead of debut
- January 10, 2019

An updated version of BMW's 7-Series has been revealed via an early leak. The signature kidney grille has also been updated to the brand's new standards and looks bolder than before. Interiors look largely identical to the pre-facelift model. While the diesel engine makes 265PS/620Nm, the petrol unit is good for 326SP/450Nm. In the worldwide market, BMW will reportedly offer a new 745e iPerformance plug-in hybrid version. (more...)
DJI debuts Smart Controller for drones with built-in display DJI debuts Smart Controller for drones with built-in display
- January 10, 2019

You get the standard dual control sticks, the directional nub control, and buttons to power on the remote and bring the drone back home; a Pause button freezes the Mavic 2 in place. The Smart Controller aims to replace a regular controller, smartphone/tablet, cable, and sunshade with an integrated solution. The DJI Smart Controller is also capable of livestreaming to social media platforms, with a built in microphone, as well as video playback through the HDMI port up to 4K 60p to ... (more...)
Lenovo’s Smart Clock is the Google Assistant’s answer to the Echo Spot Lenovo’s Smart Clock is the Google Assistant’s answer to the Echo Spot
- January 10, 2019

So yes, for now at least, this first wave of Google-y smart clocks has some notable limitations. The smart clock also comes with a 6W speaker for playing music and supports over 10,000 products and 1,000 partners and brands including Chromecast. (more...)
Huawei unveils ARM-based CPU Kunpeng 920 Huawei unveils ARM-based CPU Kunpeng 920
- January 10, 2019

We will obey laws and restrictions in local markets, and eventually make products that are recognized and welcomed by customers", Xu told CNBC in a Monday interview. The Ascend 910 is also designed for data centers, but serves a different function than the new Kunpeng 920 . Huawei infers the main part of its income from selling telecommunications equipment and smartphones. (more...)
Windows 10 Will Soon Reserve Storage for Seamless Updates Windows 10 Will Soon Reserve Storage for Seamless Updates
- January 10, 2019

Microsoft's latest change to the Windows Update ecosystem isn't about improving its clearly lax quality control processes, though, but rather ensuring that the updates can be installed once released - and to do so it's going to steal a bit of your storage space. (more...)
PlayStation 4 sales close in on 100 million milestone PlayStation 4 sales close in on 100 million milestone
- January 10, 2019

NINTENDO'S SWITCH may have grabbed the limelight of late, but Sony's venerable PlayStation 4 is still the king of the games console hill, with the Sony nearing 100 million units sold. In addition, the company announced that its PlayStation Online service has more than 90-million active users (this includes individuals who play on the company's previous PlayStation 3 console). (more...)
Lenovo’s new Yoga S940 has curved glass, unique gaze-tracking features Lenovo’s new Yoga S940 has curved glass, unique gaze-tracking features
- January 10, 2019

It remains to be seen how successful it is going to be, but judging from the features mentioned above, the Yoga A940 is like to become one of the best rivals to the Studio. The Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED (images above) will set you back $1,649.99 and will be available starting April 2019, but sadly not in the U.S. (more...)
Second grader wins $30,000 college scholarship for dino Google Doodle Second grader wins $30,000 college scholarship for dino Google Doodle
- January 10, 2019

She and other finalists visited Google for the day and got to meet with the company's designers. A green-and-red-striped Tyrannosaurus Rex, some sort of lion-Triceratops hybrid, an oversized egg, a sad-looking Diplodocus, a wildly out of proportion spade and what may or may not be a Stegosaurus were skillfully rendered by Ms. (more...)
New Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Officially Unveiled New Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Officially Unveiled
- January 10, 2019

Measuring in at 4,688 mm long, 1,830 mm wide and 1,439 mm tall, it's 48 mm longer, 53 mm wider and two mm shorter than the C117. The 2019 CLA is 48mm longer, 53mm wider, has a 30mm longer wheelbase and sits 2 mm lower. The MBUX now gets an Interior Assist function, which operates via gesture control. Smart functions include the switching on/off of the reading lamp by briefly extending a hand towards the rear-view mirror and illuminating the map light when the driver reaches over towards ... (more...)
The Division 2 will release on the Epic Store, not Steam The Division 2 will release on the Epic Store, not Steam
- January 10, 2019

Though the game won't be hitting Steam officially, Ubisoft notes in a press release that any pre-orders placed on platforms other than Uplay and the Epic Game Store will still be honored, despite the recent semi-exclusivity announcement. From a user standpoint, this isn't good news. Now that 2019 is underway, it looks as though things have gotten even better since it has been announced that every game in the Epic Games Store will be part of the Support-A-Creator program that was made ... (more...)
Nintendo to Launch Yoshi’s Crafted World & Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn in March Nintendo to Launch Yoshi’s Crafted World & Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn in March
- January 10, 2019

The game has you play as Mario's favorite green dinosaur, who's tasked with exploring a big world that's made from household items like boxes and paper cups, with stages loaded up with puzzles and hidden treasures. The game also supports co-op play like many of Nintendo's modern platformers, though for Yoshi's Crafted World , you'll be limited to just two-player co-op. (more...)
AMD Announces Radeon VII: 7nm Vega Coming to the Consumer Market AMD Announces Radeon VII: 7nm Vega Coming to the Consumer Market
- January 10, 2019

Here's everything we know so far. While we all had assumed ( based on the logo trademark ) that it would be called Radeon Vega II , it is in fact called Radeon VII . The company even showed off Devil May Cry 5 running at 4K getting more than 60fps, though that was very hard to tell on a 720p 30fps stream of the keynote. (more...)
No, Samsung isn’t pre-installing Facebook on your phone No, Samsung isn’t pre-installing Facebook on your phone
- January 10, 2019

So, here's some old news - many Samsung phones come with the Facebook app pre-installed and you can't delete it, just merely "Disable" it. Samsung's another app, the Galaxy S4 app, gathered less info about your friends but it did seek their birthdays, status updates, events, photos and videos. (more...)
Google Assistant Now Lets You Check-In to Flights by Voice and More Google Assistant Now Lets You Check-In to Flights by Voice and More
- January 09, 2019

You start by saying "Okay Google , German interpreter", (or Spanish, French, etc.), and Google Assistant is able to detect the languages being spoken and translate back to the other person using voice and text. You can check out all the new updates to Google Assistant here. The Google Assistant update will allow owners of those select Sonos speakers who use Google's smart home ecosystem to play playlists, podcasts and radio stations hands-free just by using their voice. (more...)
Tesla Car Hits and Destroys Autonomous ‘Promobot’ Robot At CES Tesla Car Hits and Destroys Autonomous ‘Promobot’ Robot At CES
- January 09, 2019

The name might ring a bell: we've told you about Promobot's robot earlier in December , when we introduced him to you as the robot who shook hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin and is capable of recognizing over 20 emotions. And wow! A robot on the track! The robot suffered some serious damage, as parts of its body, head, arm mechanisms, and movement platform were completely destroyed. (more...)
Rumour: Resident Evil 2 PS4 Demo Could Release This Week Rumour: Resident Evil 2 PS4 Demo Could Release This Week
- January 09, 2019

Whatever you do, an in-game timer will constantly tick down from 30 minutes. You can check out the official trailer for the 1 Shot Demo just below. He must survive the zombie hordes while finding a way out of the station. Even if you exit and restart it, the Resident Evil 2 demo will remember how much time you've spent in game. (more...)
Overwatch Overwatch "Bastet" follows Ana, confirms Soldier: 76 is gay
- January 09, 2019

Near the story' end, they head out on a new mission, with Ana wearing a cool new Bastet costume, in tribute to the Egyptian goddess. One person pointed out on Twitter that publisher Blizzard Entertainment may have been hinting at Soldier: 76's sexuality since 2016. (more...)
New suppressed sniper rifle to be introduced to Fortnite Battle Royale soon New suppressed sniper rifle to be introduced to Fortnite Battle Royale soon
- January 09, 2019

The Suppressed Sniper comes in both Epic and Legendary rarities, and you'll find it as floor loot and in chests, vending machines, and supply drops. The low-rarity Burst Rifles and the Six Shooter will now join a huge list of vaulted Fortnite weapons, which also include the defunct Crossbow, Tactical Submachine Gun, and Drum Gun. (more...)