Technology


Anker's MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable launches this month Anker's MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable launches this month
- February 05, 2019

You can toss this small option with USB-C Power Delivery into your bag without taking up much space at all, and it's only $19.99 today, which is about $8 less than it regularly sells for. The new 3 ft cable is available to pre-order now . If you were to buy chargers and USB-C cables from your smartphone's manufacturer, you'd soon spend more money on the accessories than on the handset. (more...)
Steam launches Lunar New Year Sale Steam launches Lunar New Year Sale
- February 05, 2019

Discounted titles include Far Cry 5 , Dark Souls 3 , and XCOM 2 , all of which are 75% off in the sale. It also has a whole section focusing on games created by Chinese developers including the free-to-play Ring of Elysium battle royale game. (more...)
Deep Silver Responds to 4A Games Developer's Statement on Metro Exodus Deep Silver Responds to 4A Games Developer's Statement on Metro Exodus
- February 05, 2019

Even THQ Nordic's publishing office (not to be confused with the THQ Nordic head office), Deep Silver's sister company, don't seem to agree with their autonomous corporate siblings and made clear on Twitter last Tuesday that the decision was nothing to do with them. (more...)
BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive First Edition revealed, bound for Oz BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive First Edition revealed, bound for Oz
- February 04, 2019

READ: Could this be the most elegant and sophisticated droptop yet? A total of 400 examples will be produced at the firm's Dingolfing plant between April and June 2019, with eight coming to South Africa from the second quarter of 2019. An "M Carbon" roof and an "M Carbon" exterior package, meanwhile, are optionally available. The interior design features also comprise the M leather-covered steering wheel as well as the BMW Individual Alcantara roof liner, each finished in the color Night ... (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus ‘almost’ official pictures pop up Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus ‘almost’ official pictures pop up
- February 04, 2019

Calling it the Samsung Galaxy S10E , the report stocks new suspected renders of the phone close-fitting design particulars and more. From the video, we see Samsung showing off different product concepts that could be released and the most notable device from the promo video being the Galaxy Fold, the highly anticipated foldable smartphone. (more...)
Microsoft Eager To Expand Xbox Live Cross-Platform Gaming On Switch Microsoft Eager To Expand Xbox Live Cross-Platform Gaming On Switch
- February 04, 2019

Presumably, the same functionality will be rolled out on Switch, iOS and Android, with social systems (friends lists, messages etc.), multiplayer and achievements to be integrated, expanding the userbase for Xbox Live in the process. By using Azure-hosted game servers and streaming clients like the PlayFab platform Microsoft acquired just a few days ago , Microsoft promises that "any Console Native game now shipping in the Microsoft Store on Xbox will be capable of streaming to a mobile ... (more...)
WhatsApp finally has the feature requested by many iPhone users WhatsApp finally has the feature requested by many iPhone users
- February 04, 2019

From there, all you have to do is enable Screen Lock. The latest update brings the anticipated biometric authentication that allows users to lock the WhatsApp on their iPhone models by deploying the native Face ID or Touch ID. This option can be accessed by navigating to Settings Account Privacy within the application and enabling the Screen Lock feature. The folks over at WhatsApp have chose to add an extra layer of security for those using the app and allow them to lock the app behind ... (more...)
'Fortnite' staged an entire Marshmello concert inside the game 'Fortnite' staged an entire Marshmello concert inside the game
- February 04, 2019

From there, players/concertgoers could enter "Showtime" mode, which took you to the in-game location Pleasant Park , where players could sit back, relax and enjoy the 10-minute show. Marshmello is no stranger to Fortnite , having one last year's " Fortnite Pro-Am". Will you be jumping into the Showtime Squads LTM in order to experience the encore performance of the Fortnite Marshmellow live concert event? Previous collaborations include Marvel (with the Thanos event), Wreck-it Ralph ... (more...)
Spotify In Talks To Purchase Gimlet
- February 04, 2019

Spotify has officially struck deals to acquire some original shows, for example, Amy Schumer's 3 Girls , 1 Keith, and is streaming a few shows, similar to the upcoming season of Crimetown , exclusively on its platform. Acquiring a dedicated studio like Gimlet would allow Spotify to keep on developing its own lines of original content and intellectual property, profiting from additional users and ad revenue, as well as from the follow-on effect of whatever else that IP could be turned into ... (more...)
29 Apps Just Got Pulled From Google's Play Store — MALWARE ALERT 29 Apps Just Got Pulled From Google's Play Store — MALWARE ALERT
- February 04, 2019

Apps won't support the dark mode by "default": Google doesn't seem to want to force the UI change in an app and cause inadvertent issues, like black text on a black background - very Douglas Adams perhaps but not very useful for users. All used various tricks to prevent analysis, including packers (compression archives) and remote servers that were "encoded with BASE64 twice in the code". (more...)
Rumor Has It A Titanfall Battle Royale Game Will Release Soon Rumor Has It A Titanfall Battle Royale Game Will Release Soon
- February 04, 2019

Rumblings of the surprise release emerged after YouTube channel TheQuartering cited inside sources claiming the game would be announced on Monday, with numerous streamers, such as Shroud and Dr. It's claimed Apex Legends will have a similar approach to Overwatch in regards to micro-transactions, but it's unclear whether this means lootboxes. (more...)
Nokia 9 Pureview launch date announced, will be launched at MWC 2019 Nokia 9 Pureview launch date announced, will be launched at MWC 2019
- February 04, 2019

HMD Global has sent out media invites for a launch event on February 24 in Barcelona ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will start February 25. The FCC certified a new HMD phone – the Nokia TA-1157 – and revealed some of its specs. It will be one of the smaller handsets, measuring 149mm tall and 71mm wide (the Nokia 5.1 is 151.1 x 70.7mm, for reference). (more...)
Anthem Open Demo Won't Have VIP Test Issues, Says BioWare Anthem Open Demo Won't Have VIP Test Issues, Says BioWare
- February 04, 2019

Firstly, the developer is confident they will be prepared for the amount of players they're anticipating this weekend, with " more server capacity" available than they think they'll need. "We'll have messaging on our servers on our server status page ". The team has assured that the extortionate price of microtransactions uncovered during the recent beta, which itself had a whole host of technical issues , is not representative of the game's cosmetic pricing at launch. (more...)
Google+ Social Networking Site Shutting Down April 2 Google+ Social Networking Site Shutting Down April 2
- February 04, 2019

Google did not directly address the security concerns in its post, but a security flaw left almost 500,000 users data exposed to third-party app developers. Google is suggesting users download and save all their important content from their accounts. "While we bring consumer Google+ to a close, we are continuing our investment in Google+ for the enterprise", the firm said. (more...)
PS4 worldwide shipments top 94.2 million PS4 worldwide shipments top 94.2 million
- February 04, 2019

This latest sales number is just slightly less than the total number of units shipped (94.2 million a the end of last quarter) and could represent an inflection point for the console, which sold 800,000 more units this time a year ago. Sony's previous forecast of 17.5 million PlayStation 4s shipped in fiscal year 2018, which runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, remains unchanged. (more...)
Niantic expands Pokemon Go roster with Sinnoh evolutions Niantic expands Pokemon Go roster with Sinnoh evolutions
- February 03, 2019

It seems that the new Pokemon Go update comes out also with new Pokemon from the Sinnoh region and their respective evolutions. Niantic has also made balance changes for various moves in Trainer Battles, and certain Pokemon are now capable of learning new attacks. (more...)
Huawei sends out invites for MWC19, points at a foldable phone Huawei sends out invites for MWC19, points at a foldable phone
- February 03, 2019

Move over, notch. 2019 is all about 5G and foldable screens - the two buzzwords we keep hearing at every event, with every major announcement, and in every teaser. However, all of these are mere rumors at this stage and the final decision rests with Apple . This would be a completely different phone from the foldable phone we're expecting to see at the company's February 20 event just prior to MWC 2019 . (more...)
How to finish Fortnite's 'sundial, oversized coffee, and dog head' dance challenge How to finish Fortnite's 'sundial, oversized coffee, and dog head' dance challenge
- February 03, 2019

The final of these three locations you need to dance on in Fortnite for the week 9 challenges is the Giant Metal Dog Head . In this quick guide, we'll tell you where to find the Sundial, Oversized Cup of Coffee and Giant Metal Dog Head . (more...)
New ‘Overwatch’ Map Drops Players Into Elegant Paris New ‘Overwatch’ Map Drops Players Into Elegant Paris
- February 03, 2019

The futuristic version of France in the Overwatch Paris map is decidedly French with narrow alleyways and positively attractive architecture. It's on Overwatch's PC public test server right now, so get to it. The newest Overwatch map is taking the heroes straight to the City of Lights. Well, all your dreams are about to potentially come true, because Overwatch's new map is set in France's romantic capital city: Paris . (more...)
U.S. FCC faces tough questions from court on net neutrality repeal U.S. FCC faces tough questions from court on net neutrality repeal
- February 02, 2019

Tech companies and almost half a dozen USA states are clashing with the Trump administration in federal court over the repeal of net neutrality , a set of rules aimed at preventing big internet providers from discriminating against certain technology and services. (more...)
Fortnite: Where the Season 7 Week 9 Secret Star Location Is Fortnite: Where the Season 7 Week 9 Secret Star Location Is
- February 02, 2019

Considering it's finally out in the wild, it should come as no surprise that the week 9 loading screen has the Snowfall Prisoner skin front and center. This one is now a pretty standard challenge and lets you pick your poison as far as where you want to complete it. Land in Retail Row, take out fellow players in Retail Row. (more...)
Sony Reveals PS4 Shipments Have Now Passed 94 Million Units
- February 02, 2019

Sony has long maintained it doesn't expect the PS4 ever to catch up with the PS2's overall sales success, mainly because the market lifespans of gaming consoles have gotten shorter and shorter with each generation. Although numerous units sold this quarter did so at a discount, or as part of other seasonal promotions, Sony more than made up for it in software. (more...)
Apple's 2020 iPhone will have a more powerful 3D camera, report says Apple's 2020 iPhone will have a more powerful 3D camera, report says
- February 02, 2019

The report pointed out that Apple is developing a new feature that can use additional pixel data to provide tools that automatically fix photos or videos to accommodate objects that "may be accidentally cut off from the original lens". Huawei already has its P20 Pro and Mate 20 series smartphones, while Samsung released its mid-range Galaxy A7 previous year. In the worst case, I expect Apple to abandon iPhone 5s , but giving up on the 6s and 6s Plus at this point doesn't seem to make sense. (more...)
Apple says Group FaceTime will be back next week, bug Apple says Group FaceTime will be back next week, bug
- February 02, 2019

Apple finally reached out to the Thompsons after nine days of silence and a public statement saying they were aware of the issue. "We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue", according to the statement. (more...)
Million PlayStation 4 Consoles Shipped Worldwide as of December 31, 2018
- February 02, 2019

With these numbers in mind, Sony plans to hold steady with its projection of 17.5 million PS4 consoles being shipped in the 2018 fiscal year, which began on April 1, 2018 and will end come March 31, 2019. He added that the drop in PlayStation 4 sales were offset by strong software sales for the quarter. It's also 15% higher than Q3 of FY2017. The Game & Network Services segment was the top contributor in terms of sales among all of Sony's businesses, and the second-best in terms of ... (more...)
Ubisoft Apologises for Controversial Marketing Email for The Division 2 Ubisoft Apologises for Controversial Marketing Email for The Division 2
- February 02, 2019

The main body of the communication discussed missions that players would be able to complete, but its subject line read "come see what a real government shutdown looks like in the private beta", referring to the game's post-apocalyptic version of U.S. (more...)
Puma unveils Fi self-lacing trainers Puma unveils Fi self-lacing trainers
- February 02, 2019

Ever since, we've worked tirelessly on improving the functionality, the user interface and the durability of the shoe. "The industrial grade fiber support system and a forefoot lockdown band provides you with an optimal hold". "We want to learn what those things are from people who have experienced it". Also know as Fi, Fit Intelligence is the successor of AutoDisc, which launched two years ago. (more...)
MIT Teaches a Robot to Play Jenga MIT Teaches a Robot to Play Jenga
- February 02, 2019

However, the robot was not able to use the same strategy as a human player would in a competitive game, such as removing a block that would leave an opponent with a particularly hard task in the next round. MIT engineers successfully taught a robot how to play Jenga using machine learning and sensory hardware. Whoever topples the tower by taking out a block first loses the game. (more...)
Facebook Not Sorry for App that Spies on Teens Facebook Not Sorry for App that Spies on Teens
- February 02, 2019

In doing so, Apple closed off Facebook's efforts to sidestep Apple's app store and its tighter rules on privacy. On Tuesday, uncovered a Facebook Research VPN app that was to its users via Apple's Enterprise Developer Program. "We are in the process of getting our internal apps up and running" a spokeswoman told the BBC . Google's " Screenwise Meter " ignored this and would gather data on websites visited, IP addresses and cookies beyond Google's own employees. (more...)
Hitman leads PS Plus February 2019 lineup Hitman leads PS Plus February 2019 lineup
- February 01, 2019

As well as all the items listed previously, you'll also be getting stealth murder simulator Hitman: The Complete First Season , and medieval hack-and-slash-athon For Honor , where knights, vikings and ninjas go toe-to-toe in multiplayer melee combat. (more...)