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Free Luigi's Balloon World expansion is now available for Super Mario Odyssey Free Luigi's Balloon World expansion is now available for Super Mario Odyssey
- February 23, 2018

This title, however, won't be released on the Switch until February 27. Available to download now, the update adds a brand new mini game as well as some new outfits for Mario and a couple of new filters for Snapshot Mode. It adds new outfits and Snapshot mode filters, as well as a whole new minigame, called Luigi's Balloon World . Keep reading and you can take a look over the leaked info that Nintendo's Australian website published. (more...)
Qualcomm teases what its Snapdragon 845 can do for VR Qualcomm teases what its Snapdragon 845 can do for VR
- February 22, 2018

Although we first heard about the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform in December, seeing the reference design gives us a glimpse of what to expect in the next generation of mobile VR headsets. Qualcomm has kicked off a raft of new announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress , including their new AI Engine powered by both new, and existing Snapdragon processors. (more...)
Windows Phone 7.5, 8.0: Microsoft just killed push notification services Windows Phone 7.5, 8.0: Microsoft just killed push notification services
- February 20, 2018

Your phone will not receive additional live tile updates . Just 15 months later the company wrote off $7.6bn as it became apparent that it could not kickstart a market for Windows Phone handsets, even when sold at bargain prices. Are you still using a Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0 device? Once this happens: Your phone will no longer receive notifications . Microsoft completed its $7.2bn acquisition of Nokia in April 2014 shortly after appointing Satya Nadella as CEO . (more...)
Exhausted of texting? Google tests robot to chat with friends for you Exhausted of texting? Google tests robot to chat with friends for you
- February 14, 2018

The Reply app is from Area 120, a group at Google focused on quickly iterated experimental products that the public are able to test. Smart Reply is not something new. As well as single-tap responses Google is planning to enable automatic replies , for example letting people know when you are busy and can't get to your phone. (more...)
Battery Health Settings Now Live Battery Health Settings Now Live
- February 11, 2018

Since news of the battery throttling news broke previous year, zozens of class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple in the US, the governments of Italy, France, and South Korea have begun examining any anti-consumer behavior, and the US Securities Exchange Commission has requested information from Apple regarding potential securities disclosure violations. (more...)
Microsoft bringing one-click Bluetooth accessories pairing to Windows 10 Microsoft bringing one-click Bluetooth accessories pairing to Windows 10
- February 10, 2018

Elsewhere there is a new clock and a choice of dark, light or current Windows colour themes. Users should go to Settings, then to Privacy then to Diagnostics & feedback. Make sure it uses the discrete GPU. Effectively, all the various alternatives to passwords that Microsoft has shoved under the Windows Hello banner will be absorbed into Windows S, which was recently turned from a fully fledged (and not widely used) operating system in its own right to a Windows 10 mode. (more...)
PS4 Firmware 5.50 Features Detailed PS4 Firmware 5.50 Features Detailed
- February 08, 2018

Pocket-lint has had a chance to play with the PS4 system software 5.50 beta and, among other features, it includes the option to restrict play time for children. Additionally, Sony is adding a "This PS4" tab that lists all your apps that are installed on your PS4, and a "PS Plus" tab that clarifies which games you own from the PS Plus Monthly Free Games service. (more...)
Barcelona ace Rakitic in Mourinho, Guardiola talks about Manchester move Barcelona ace Rakitic in Mourinho, Guardiola talks about Manchester move
- February 06, 2018

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King Mohammed VI Congratulates Atlas Lions on Winning CHAN 2018 King Mohammed VI Congratulates Atlas Lions on Winning CHAN 2018
- February 06, 2018

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Experts Want Facebook To End Its Messaging App For Kids Experts Want Facebook To End Its Messaging App For Kids
- February 02, 2018

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Samsung is Reportedly Working on Chips for Cryptocurrency Mining Samsung is Reportedly Working on Chips for Cryptocurrency Mining
- February 02, 2018

Samsung is keen to capitalise on the cryptocurrency boom. The chips known as Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are being specifically designed by Samsung to perfectly suit cryptocurrency mining. Kwon Yong Choi, the vice president of Samsung's display unit, brushed off reports that it would be affected by Apple reducing its orders for the pointless iPhone X saying the screen business was not dependent on any one client. (more...)
Android users can now tell Alexa to text someone Android users can now tell Alexa to text someone
- February 01, 2018

Customers can ask Alexa to send messages, and Alexa will figure out how to route it appropriately. The catch is that the messages only work through Android phones , once the messaging capability is activated in the Alexa app in the phone. (more...)
Jaguar's I-PACE EV has a Tesla-rivaling charge rate Jaguar's I-PACE EV has a Tesla-rivaling charge rate
- February 01, 2018

It'll also take centre stage at the Geneva Motorshow on March 6. Jaguar confirms the vehicle will be capable of being recharged from zero per cent to 80 per cent in around 45 minutes using a 100kW DC charger. Jaguar is finally going to reveal the production version of the I-Pace concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Ian Hoban, Jaguar vehicle line director, said: "Not only will the I-Pace charge quickly enough for our customers to carry out their everyday lives, it will offer ... (more...)
Apple to release HomePod speaker on February 9 Apple to release HomePod speaker on February 9
- January 25, 2018

First announced last June , the HomePod was expected to go on sale before the end of 2017, but Apple delayed the launch to 2018 to fine-tine the new product. While the Max is such a large speaker that costs $399, the HomePods $349 price point is closer to the Max's than the most expensive Echo speaker (Echo Plus), which is $150. (more...)
Intel Random Restart Bug & Data Center Performance After Patches Intel Random Restart Bug & Data Center Performance After Patches
- January 19, 2018

It will provide beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week. On Jan. 11, Intel confirmed that some older Intel CPUs - specifically, Broadwell and Haswell - that had been updated with Intel's Meltdown and Spectre firmware patches were rebooting more frequently than they should be (see Spectre Reversal: AMD Confirms Chips Have Flaws ). (more...)
Weather warning issued for north and northwest Weather warning issued for north and northwest
- January 18, 2018

Earlier today the area affected was the extreme west of West Sussex but this has recently been extended to cover all of the South.of England. The Met Office warns that frequent and heavy hail and snow showers are likely to affect many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland from Monday evening. (more...)
Compared to its Amazon counterparts, the Echo Spot isn't that different Compared to its Amazon counterparts, the Echo Spot isn't that different
- January 17, 2018

It's softer form makes it nicer to look at than the Echo Show , but it's important to recognise the difference between these two devices. The Echo Spot made its debut alongside other Amazon Echo models back in September 2017, but so far it has been available only in the United States. (more...)
Google's Arts & Culture App Is Driving The Latest Viral Selfie Trend Google's Arts & Culture App Is Driving The Latest Viral Selfie Trend
- January 16, 2018

Yes, it is a great app for art and history lovers alike, but guess what made Arts & Culture so popular lately? The Google Arts & Culture app still seems to be perfecting the feature and are likely to become more accurate in the future. It's also very shareable. Google uses pattern recognition to recognise faces and provide similar portraits from its database, which has been procured from museums and other institutions. (more...)
HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans
- January 09, 2018

This device is the premium experience missing from the VR market today - up to the next level in every way. While it keeps the same shape as the basic Vive , the Pro comes in a new blue shell and, more importantly, has built-in headphones, dual mics and an amplifier, promising to offer some nice 3D spatial audio. (more...)
Google says it sold over 6 million Home speakers since mid-October Google says it sold over 6 million Home speakers since mid-October
- January 09, 2018

It's pretty easy to guess that the Home Mini was the most popular among the three since it was on sale for $29 throughout the holiday season. High tech companies are now pouring millions of pounds into developing voice-controlled smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home , in the belief that the limited two-way conversations that they can hold will soon become more complex and life-like. (more...)
How to Watch Saints vs. Panthers How to Watch Saints vs. Panthers
- January 08, 2018

Historically teams are (13-7) when it comes to sweeping the third game in the National Football League playoffs. Because that's what the Saints do. Newton was off target with almost all of his receivers against Atlanta, but that was especially so with Olsen. New Orleans is lead by a two-headed monster at running back between rookie standout Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. (more...)
Suspects arrested in Troy Quadruple homicide plead not guilty to murder charges Suspects arrested in Troy Quadruple homicide plead not guilty to murder charges
- December 31, 2017

Four people found dead on Boxing Day (26 December) in an upstate NY basement apartment have now been identified, and are thought to be victims of what police are describing as a quadruple homicide . According to the Albany Times-Union , police were called to the home at 158 2nd Avenue about 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday. The four were found dead Tuesday in an apartment they shared in Troy , just north of Albany. (more...)
Chinese Ride-Hailing Biz Didi Snags $4B From Investors Chinese Ride-Hailing Biz Didi Snags $4B From Investors
- December 23, 2017

The new injection of cash gives Didi a staggering valuation of $56 billion, according to a person familiar with the deal. The company has already raised $13 billion from investors including Alibaba, Tencent and Apple, and added that this newest round will go towards developing its artificial intelligence technology, as also worldwide expansion and green vehicle initiative. (more...)
Synaptics: In-display fingerprint sensor to launch in 2018 'tier one' flagship Synaptics: In-display fingerprint sensor to launch in 2018 'tier one' flagship
- December 18, 2017

Despite missing out on the chance to be the first company to adopt this technology, Samsung is also expected to join the party with a device of its own that is based on the in-display fingerprint scanning technology. Vivo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to drop a physical fingerprint scanner, normally used to unlock your phone, in favour of one embedded inside the screen. (more...)
Dumi Masilela tops SA's Google searches in 2017 Dumi Masilela tops SA's Google searches in 2017
- December 16, 2017

Hurricane Irma was the storm that ravaged the Caribbean and Florida Keys in September. The No. 1 searched person was a man accused of sexual harassment. The website's most searched people included Lauer , Meghan Markle and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein . And surprisingly, the making of slime was the most searched for How to. (more...)
Play nicely children; Google and Amazon having trouble with that sharing thing
- December 08, 2017

For Amazon Echo Show owners, well, as you can see from the image above, your access has already been cut. Now that YouTube is again blocked on the Show and on Fire TV, Amazon might have to come to the bargaining table. These smart home devices directly rival Amazon's smart home products. This isn't the first disagreement Google and Amazon have had regarding YouTube. (more...)
Amazon Prime Video App And Apple TV Finally Come Together Amazon Prime Video App And Apple TV Finally Come Together
- December 07, 2017

Right now, as we're just a few weeks away from 2018, so most probably Amazon and Apple sure are cutting it close here. All you have to do is install the app. Prime Video requires tvOS 11.1 or higher, which can be downloaded in Settings System Software Update on your Apple TV. Summer came, but the app was nowhere to be found. (more...)
Mega Man X Series Hitting Nintendo Switch in 2018 Mega Man X Series Hitting Nintendo Switch in 2018
- December 05, 2017

According to the publisher, Mega Man 11 features tight side-scrolling action gameplay the series is known for while completely revolutionizing the experience for modern consoles. Capcom 3 and its Ultimate version. The anniversary celebrations don't stop with the thrilling announcement of Mega Man 11! We can only hope a new Mega Man X title is on the way though, but this is definitely a start becasue fans have been waiting for this news for a long time. (more...)
Amazon launches new tool aimed at people creating VR and AR apps Amazon launches new tool aimed at people creating VR and AR apps
- November 28, 2017

This is not a simple 3D content creation tool like Microsoft's Paint 3D or Google's Poly , it is a whole suite of tools and services with which one can build multi-platform experiences that run on hardware like the Oculus, HTC Vive , and iOS devices using WebVR compatible browsers and Android devices using ARCore . (more...)
Original Pixel phones getting update to new features Original Pixel phones getting update to new features
- November 25, 2017

The Pixel has 2,770mAh battery and is claimed to deliver up to 26 hours of talk time on single charge. A Google product manager indicated that if you use up to 10% of the battery in a few hours, the gadget will estimate that the level of per-hour usage will be constant. (more...)
Apple HomePod smart speaker launch delayed until 2018 Apple HomePod smart speaker launch delayed until 2018
- November 20, 2017

Highlighting the security of HomePod at the launch, the company said: "The device will always listen for a "Hey, Siri" prompt to activate, information won't be sent to Apple's servers until after that command is heard". The Apple HomePod has been delayed to early 2018, giving rivals Amazon and Google a huge advantage in the smart speaker race. It's unclear why the product has been delayed, but it will miss the holiday rush. (more...)
The Next 10 Years Of Star Wars Movies Are Being Planned The Next 10 Years Of Star Wars Movies Are Being Planned
- November 04, 2017

At last, Luke is back aboard the Millennium Falcon. Then there's a voiceover from Kylo Ren, the villain of the third trilogy, saying "let the past die". As reported by the Wall Street Journal , theaters that show the next entry in the Star Wars series must hand over a 65 percent share of the ticket-sales revenue to Disney. (more...)
Apple reports earnings after the bell Apple reports earnings after the bell
- November 03, 2017

While Apple has dabbled in expanding its promotional strategy before-like when it blitzed the fashion industry trying to sell the Apple Watch as a fashion statement as well as a device-this kind of all-out promotion is very new for the company, so we'll have to wait and see how it pays off when retail sales begin Friday. (more...)
The Legend Of Zelda Nintendo 2DS And Game Bundles Announced The Legend Of Zelda Nintendo 2DS And Game Bundles Announced
- November 02, 2017

First up is a new Zelda themed 2DS which includes a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition is a more expansive version of the Nintendo Switch game. It includes a sound selection CD, metal game case, and art book for $99.99 Dollars. For those people, Nintendo is offering up a special limited edition Nintendo 2DS, colored in Link green. (more...)
Amazon's home invasion continues with Amazon Key Amazon's home invasion continues with Amazon Key
- October 26, 2017

The new Amazon security camera will begin shipping to USA customers on November 8. Amazon Key is now only available to Amazon Prime Members . Amazon Key will make customers' lives easier in many ways-not just through delivery. The new service could offer a major advantage for city occupants who've had bundles stolen from their doorsteps or simply drenched by rain. (more...)

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