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'Left 4 Dead' studio Turtle Rock returns with 'Back 4 Blood' 'Left 4 Dead' studio Turtle Rock returns with 'Back 4 Blood'
- March 14, 2019

Interactive Entertainment, which said it's thrilled to partner with Turtle Rock and help advance the co-op zombie genre. Have you been eagerly awaiting the next big thing from Turtle Rock at all? Left 4 Dead developers Turtle Rock Studios have announced a "next-generation" successor to their popular co-op shooter. (more...)
Take-Two Interactive shares jump after Sony acquisition rumors Take-Two Interactive shares jump after Sony acquisition rumors
- March 14, 2019

As the news has begun circulating, Take-Two shares have begun climbing, jumping almost 5.4% since the rumor broke. The MarketWatch authors further confirmed this by saying that Kulina's original note was their source. At this stage, it's not clear what an acquisition would mean. Home to such brands as GTA and Red Dead Redemption's Rockstar Games and sports giant 2K Games, the very thought of Take-Two Interactive being drafted into the Sony family had tongues wagging over the possibility ... (more...)
EA reportedly paid $1 million to have Ninja stream Apex Legends EA reportedly paid $1 million to have Ninja stream Apex Legends
- March 14, 2019

It's not coming out today. The amount underlines the increasingly cut-throat fight for dominance of the free-to-play battle royale genre that, through Epic Games' global smash hit " Fortnite ", has pushed major publishers like Electronic Arts to change how they do business. (more...)
Canadian province of Ontario to ban cellphones in class from September Canadian province of Ontario to ban cellphones in class from September
- March 14, 2019

Education consultation surveys from previous year suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources. In France, students are now forbidden from using their phones in the classroom or even during breaks. The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards ... (more...)
250 researchers warn: Airpods could cause cancer 250 researchers warn: Airpods could cause cancer
- March 14, 2019

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer , but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer. "My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation", said Prof Jerry PhillipsUniversity Of Colorado, who is among the large group of scientists to have signed a petition. (more...)
Facebook and Instagram Face Historic Outages Facebook and Instagram Face Historic Outages
- March 14, 2019

When Did the Outages Begin? Users of Facebook Inc. and two of its popular side shoots, Instagram and Messenger, experienced technical difficulties around the globe for hours on Wednesday. "Facebook's ad section was not functioning either, and it led to an internal error when you tried to buy an ad", the website reported . It appears users all over the world are reporting problems. (more...)
Google Makes Hardware a Second-Class Citizen, Several Devices Now in Doubt Google Makes Hardware a Second-Class Citizen, Several Devices Now in Doubt
- March 14, 2019

One source claims that the Create team had a " bunch of stuff in the works ", and that the movement of employees away from the project is indicative of the company "par [ing] down the portfolio" of products. The report comes not long after a shoddy launch of Google's latest tablet running its Chrome operating system (OS): the Pixel Slate . Right now, the Google Pixel phone project doesn't seem to be impacted by these changes, but the people with knowledge of the restructuring told the ... (more...)
Drugs Put a Stop to Judgment Sales in Asia Drugs Put a Stop to Judgment Sales in Asia
- March 14, 2019

Taki was arrested for alleged cocaine use which, given Japan's extremely tough drug laws, could result in a seven-year prison sentence. Investigators were first tipped off about the actor's drug use over a year ago, and are now searching his phone to learn more about the extent of his drug use. (more...)
'Fortnite' will force PS4 and Xbox One players to fight each other 'Fortnite' will force PS4 and Xbox One players to fight each other
- March 14, 2019

As with all significant updates , this patch does require downtime , which usually takes around one or two hours. Recently, the developer announced that the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite would feature cross-play between all platforms, even Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro, which feature 60 frames per second (FPS) modes. (more...)
Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world
- March 14, 2019

Google, which announced Lookout previous year, designed the app to provide more independence to roughly 253 million people worldwide who are blind or visually impaired. Thanks to AI, Lookout speaks items as it detects, making it easy to focus on daily tasks and easily navigate without obstacles. For now, you can download it on the Play Store, or manually grab it from APK Mirror if you don't live in the USA or don't have a Pixel and want to try it out. (more...)
Google reveals site for its GDC 2019 game-streaming service announcement Google reveals site for its GDC 2019 game-streaming service announcement
- March 14, 2019

I'm excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP! It all kicks off on March 19th at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern, and we'll cover the news here at Gamnesia. It could be that Project Stream and Project Yeti work together in some way, and the GDC event will see Google launching a hardware product along with the commercial version of Project Stream . (more...)
Chrome 73 finally supports dark mode on Mac Chrome 73 finally supports dark mode on Mac
- March 14, 2019

My current data savings are around one percent due to the numerous websites now running HTTPS; that number should shoot up with this update in Chrome 73 (which should hit Google Play in the coming days). Aside from Dark Mode rollout and new media playback options, Chrome 73 adds other notable features for both users and developers alike. Those are just a few of the reasons we've seen the new color scheme adopted across operating systems, browsers and social media sites in recent months. (more...)
Xbox One Phantom White controller is official: Pre-order now Xbox One Phantom White controller is official: Pre-order now
- March 14, 2019

Indeed, the updated Game Bar can now show you how much battery you have left in your Xbox One controller, just like it works on the console. Anything you want to do on your PC is basically just mirrored through your Xbox One. It supports games from all storefronts including Steam-purchased games, only restricting protected video content like Netflix or Hulu. The Wireless Display app offers a variety of latency options to best match the type of content that will be streamed from the PC to the ... (more...)
Google Releases Android Q Beta 1 Google Releases Android Q Beta 1
- March 14, 2019

Android Q , which won't have a name or version number until closer to release, doesn't have any significant visual changes as we saw in Android Pie. However, this is the first beta. Instead, this beta has developer-focused tools and options. And it will offer a new Wi-Fi performance mode for when low latency is important, such as during real-time gaming, voice calls, and the like. (more...)
Facebook filed a lawsuit against the Ukrainians Facebook filed a lawsuit against the Ukrainians
- March 14, 2019

But the suits give Facebook a chance to defend itself against charges of being lax with privacy and security, explaining how users have been victimized by hackers - not the platform itself. This amount according to the civil complaint was what Facebook spent in removing the malicious plugins from its website past year. Facebook recalled that it announced that some user's accounts had been compromised on October 31st, 2018. (more...)
Facebook & Instagram Experiencing Worldwide Outages Facebook & Instagram Experiencing Worldwide Outages
- March 13, 2019

We can confirm that Facebook's Workplace and Work Chat apps are also affected by this outage. The problems were happening across the globe, with large parts of the United States and Europe affected, according to outage tracking website Down Detector . (more...)
Huawei P30 Pro passes by AnTuTu Huawei P30 Pro passes by AnTuTu
- March 13, 2019

This is comparable to what you get with Apple Watch Series 4. Huawei's latest smartwatch measures 46.5 mm x 46.5 mm x 10.6 mm while the wrist coverage is between 14cm and 21cm. As a result, there's an apparent lack of third-party apps. The company has also unveiled two fitness trackers, named Band 3 Pro and Band 3e, alongside the smartwatch. (more...)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro first sale today: Price, specifications, features Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro first sale today: Price, specifications, features
- March 13, 2019

The Redmi Note 7 Pro starts at Rs 13,999 and offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. With both Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro going on sale together today, it needs to be seen if either of the devices eats into the sale of the other. Xiaomi had claimed to sold over 200,000 units of the Redmi Note 7 during its first sale hosted last week. Redmi Note 7 Pro is available in Nebula Red, Neptune Blue and Space Black colour options. (more...)
Global outage hits Gmail, Google Drive Global outage hits Gmail, Google Drive
- March 13, 2019

A spokeswoman for Google said it was aware of the problem and people should visit the Google status dashboard for details. We'll let you know as soon as we have more information. By midnight ET, users in countries all around the world discovered themselves having non-working Gmail accounts. The issues were not isolated to Gmail for some people. (more...)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Announcement Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Announcement
- March 13, 2019

During today's episode of Inside Xbox , it was revealed that the Master Chief collection will be coming to PC, not only via the Microsoft Store , but also through Steam . Halo is coming to PC. According to its description, The Master Chief's story is brought together with a total of 67 campaign missions plus more than 120 multiplayer maps (including the original Halo Combat Evolved maps) and Spartan Ops maps. (more...)
Firefox Send encrypted file transfer service is free for everyone Firefox Send encrypted file transfer service is free for everyone
- March 12, 2019

All files uploaded to Mozilla's servers are encrypted, the browser maker said . Firefox Send features end-to-end encryption, enabling users to send sensitive documents they may otherwise be uncomfortable uploading, such as financial papers or business reports. (more...)
Android Q Beta Could be Released Later Today for Pixel Devices Android Q Beta Could be Released Later Today for Pixel Devices
- March 12, 2019

A year ago, when Google had launched the Android P Beta Program, its Pixel range of smartphones had received the update immediately. To recollect last year's Google I/O Developer's meet was hosted at nearly the same time. Malchev did not reveal the names of the companies that might be added or even how many of them would be added, but the number is expected to be higher than the seven companies from the Android Pie beta testing. (more...)
Twitter Unveils its new prototype beta testing app Twttr for the public Twitter Unveils its new prototype beta testing app Twttr for the public
- March 12, 2019

Known as twttr , the new social messaging app is the firm's attempt to reach out to its most engaged users and work to build a Twitter via committee. If you want to participate in the programme, you can still apply . Participants will share what they have seen on the app and it could prove to be invaluable to see what Twitter is working on back at headquarters. (more...)
Google Allo Says Google Allo Says "Goodbye" Today
- March 12, 2019

Since none of you ever used it, this shouldn't be a painful few hours of final moments. The information is as official as it gets, as it is featured on a banner on Google's own Allo website. If you did not use Allo on your current phone but you had backed up your previous Allo conversations on Google Drive or iCloud. Exporting media will save photos, videos and other files. (more...)
355,000 Apex Legends Cheaters Banned On PC, And That's Just The Beginning 355,000 Apex Legends Cheaters Banned On PC, And That's Just The Beginning
- March 12, 2019

There will also be skins, though it's unclear how many or how they will be obtained. This is when players will hop into a match long enough to get to the character selection screen, spam links to hacks or other illicit software, and then drop out of the match and disconnect. (more...)
Huawei Watch GT to get new variants at P30 launch
- March 12, 2019

Huawei claims that the Watch GT will last for over 2 weeks on a single charge with Global Positioning System set to off. Huawei Watch GT costs less than half of Apple Watch 4's asking price. That's primarily because there isn't an app store, and Huawei hasn't said if there will be one in the near future. Huawei Watch GT is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.4 and above. (more...)
Thousands protest in Russia against plans to tighten restrictions on internet Thousands protest in Russia against plans to tighten restrictions on internet
- March 12, 2019

The government claims that this will improve cybersecurity and prevent foreign meddling in Russian affairs, yet many have deemed it an online "iron curtain" that could be used to suppress dissenting voices. The government says the so-called digital sovereignty bill will reduce Russia's reliance on internet servers in the United States. The bill calls for the creation of a system that would protect Russian Federation in the event of cyberwar while also filtering Internet traffic to the ... (more...)
Meet Reno, Oppo’s new sub-brand which launches on April 10 Meet Reno, Oppo’s new sub-brand which launches on April 10
- March 12, 2019

It's a trend for most companies to have sub-brands or spin-offs. Some time ago, OPPO had already indicated that it would introduce a new smartphone next April. Early Monday, Shen Yiren, VP at Oppo took to Weibo to reveal the name of the sub-brand along with a caption stating that the first phone in Reno's catalog will be launched soon. (more...)
Windows 10 to Automatically Remove Updates That Cause Problems Windows 10 to Automatically Remove Updates That Cause Problems
- March 12, 2019

The update that is causing the issue will also be blocked from being installed automatically for 30 days, during which time Microsoft will hopefully fix any issues with the update. In addition, as a countermeasure for future issues caused by the uninstalled updates, Windows will also blacklist them from installing during the next 30 days. (more...)
The Galaxy S10's face unlock can be easily duped The Galaxy S10's face unlock can be easily duped
- March 12, 2019

Additionally, both The Verge and Unbox Therapy's Lewis Hilsenteger were able to unlock Samsung's Galaxy S10 using a simple video with the face of the device's owner, a method to circumvent the face unlock that seems to have the highest percentage of success among the three we've already mentioned. (more...)