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Level Up: Nintendo Switch scores 10 million sold

Level Up: Nintendo Switch scores 10 million sold That number is still dwarfed by Nintendo's motion-controlled Wii , which sold over 100 million units over its lifespan. The video game company has wholly disregarded the new consoles that their longtime business rivals, Sony and Microsoft, released and continued to focus on the Nintendo Switch . [Full Article...]

Amazon's Alexa now has music alarms, just like your bedside radio

Amazon's Alexa now has music alarms, just like your bedside radio Alternatively, you can ask Alexa to wake you up with songs or radio stations from Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM and iHeartRadio. In addition, it pushes the cute and circular Amazon Echo Spot , which will be launched on December 19, as the alarm clock of the future. [Full Article...]

Google Maps will soon track your public transit journey in real time

Google Maps will soon track your public transit journey in real time Google has been testing real-time notifications for transit journeys, according to TechCrunch . According to the report , Google Maps users in transit mode will get notifications updates similar to driving mode, such as reminder to get off a bus or train when he/she gets close to a stop. [Full Article...]

NASA to reveal major breakthroughs from its alien-hunting programme

NASA to reveal major breakthroughs from its alien-hunting programme Kepler has spent the last several years collecting data on thousands of nearby stars in order to find planets orbiting around them. Very little further information was given about the announcement, which will take place on Thursday. "The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google ". NASAs's Kepler Space Telescope has been searching for habitable planets since 2009. [Full Article...]

Google removes Chrome Apps from desktop PCs

Google removes Chrome Apps from desktop PCs Recently, the Chrome apps were suspended on many platforms except for the Chrome OS. Well, prior to that officially happening, Ars Technica reports that the Apps section of the Chrome Web Store has shut down. Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons. Google will replace Chrome Apps with Progressive Web Apps , this fe... [Full Article...]

Honor unveils its flaghsip View 10 smartphone, India launch on January 8

Honor unveils its flaghsip View 10 smartphone, India launch on January 8 The Honor 7X has a dual-16MP primary camera on the back, and an 8MP selfie snapper with support for gesture-operated capture control; wave at the phone and it'll take a selfie a few moments later. A pretty clever workaround which is functional and looks very tidy. The Honor 7X had already made its debut in China in late November and it's largely unimpressive, but the Honor View 10 tells a comp... [Full Article...]

Facebook's Messenger Kids: Parents grapple with social media dilemma

Facebook's Messenger Kids: Parents grapple with social media dilemma Jeremy Hunt told Facebook "stay away from kids" today after the social network unveiled its first ever app aimed at pre-teen children. Marketing mattersFacebook said Messenger Kids will not display any advertisements or it will not collect data for marketing, though it will collect some data so that the app can necessary to run the service. [Full Article...]

Singapore first in Southeast Asia to get Amazon Prime membership programme

This is an interesting move by Amazon as they're clearly targeting some 600 million Singapore residents, but they still don't have their own Amazon country site. While subscribers will get access to same day deliveries via Prime Now, it will only apply to some 5 million items from the worldwide selection, compared to over 50 million in the U.S., with free shipping if they spend S$60 ($45). [Full Article...]

Ep. 25: Net Neutrality with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Ep. 25: Net Neutrality with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Blumenthal and Hassan were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hi... [Full Article...]

Google Sends 60-Day Warning To App Developers, Brands

Google Sends 60-Day Warning To App Developers, Brands Safe Browsing warnings will appear "on apps and on websites leading to apps that collect a user's personal data without their consent". Developers of applications that handle personal user data, including email addresses, phone numbers or other device data will need to include a message alerting users to that fact and provide their own privacy policy as well. [Full Article...]

Apple files countersuit against Qualcomm regarding processor patents

Apple files countersuit against Qualcomm regarding processor patents More recently, Apple reviewed its answer to Qualcomm's grievance with accusations of its own. That case accompanied a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones that use competing Intel chips because of the alleged patent violations. [Full Article...]

U.S. shopping season starts with record high online sales

U.S. shopping season starts with record high online sales So, too, did the efforts retailers have made to attract shoppers to their websites and stores. "A lot of things can change between now and then. We have nearly five weeks to go [until Christmas], lots of things can change, but we are certainly encouraged to start off from a position of strength". [Full Article...]

Best Black Friday 2017 Gaming Deals: PS4 Pro for $349

Best Black Friday 2017 Gaming Deals: PS4 Pro for $349 From BOGO video game sales to pre-order specials, we're covering it all in the hopes of saving you some money this holiday season. The release of Xbox One X has now made it possible to finally play Dark Souls on a console with mostly stable 30 fps. [Full Article...]

Facebook to let users see if they followed Russian 'troll farm' pages

Facebook to let users see if they followed Russian 'troll farm' pages The Internet Research Agency, which is based in St. Petersburg, allegedly used social media as part of a wider Russian plot to sow divisions within the USA ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. The moves should signal to lawmakers that they are taking the issue seriously. And more than 140 million people on Facebook and Instagram potentially saw Russian-sent stories because friends interacte... [Full Article...]

Google collected user data through cell tower for 11 months

Google collected user data through cell tower for 11 months In an email, Google spokesperson said, " In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery ". On a routine basis, we discover that apps have been hacked , that they're using our data unethically , or that more information is being shared or tracked than initially realized. [Full Article...]

Ubisoft details plans for Rainbow Six Siege Year Three

Ubisoft details plans for Rainbow Six Siege Year Three I remember writing last year (around the same time, no less) that Rainbow Six Siege would be getting a second year of DLC. Little is known beyond its co-op nature, with the tease suggesting a potential new threat for players to deal with beyond the standard versus or AI terrorists along with special cosmetic items to collect. [Full Article...]

Tesla Pickup Truck Shown During Semi Reveal

Tesla Pickup Truck Shown During Semi Reveal A photograph of Tesla's new roadster . Unlike the previous version of the Roadster, Tesla's first model which went out of production in 2012, this auto will have four seats. The company is still working on production issues with its Model 3 . Tesla has unveiled an electric lorry with production due to begin in the United States in 2019. [Full Article...]

Global carbon emissions set to rise again after falling flat

Global carbon emissions set to rise again after falling flat Carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise this year after a three-year pause, scientists said on Monday at United Nations climate talks, warning that " time is running out", even as White House officials used the occasion to champion the fossil fuels that drive global warming. [Full Article...]

Zuma to be launched into orbit

Zuma to be launched into orbit The US government will be launching Zuma into space on Thursday. Launch Window: 10 p.m. " SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission", said SpaceX spokesman John Tayor. Zuma satellite mission patch. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a land-based return after sending the payload into orbit. Mysterious CLIO payload shrouded beneath 4-met... [Full Article...]

IPhone X Face ID allegedly hacked by Vietnamese cybersecurity firm

IPhone X Face ID allegedly hacked by Vietnamese cybersecurity firm As can be seen in the video below, it appears to trick Face ID on the first attempt. Each capture hones the AI's ability to distinguish the owner from an imposter. It only took Vietnam-based cybersecurity experts from Bkav a few days to figure out the vulnerabilities of the authentication mechanism and create an extremely creepy mold of a hacker's face. [Full Article...]


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