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Epic Games plans big changes for Fortnite end game

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The idea of resource caps in Fortnite sounds like an easy solution to the annoyance of watching players build a fort to the sky in order to win the majority of matches, but not every Fortnite player is thrilled by the idea. As Fortnite continues to excel across multiple platforms, and now stands as the most prominent free-to-play title on consoles, Epic has expressed interest in moving Fortnite forward within the esports scene. Read More »

Apple Delays AirPower Charging Mat Once Again Due to Technical Hurdles

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Apple briefly showed off its own wireless charging mat, dubbed AirPower, which is capable of charging multiple devices simultaneously. In fact, it seems that AirPower runs a "stripped down version of iOS" to handle power management. Plus, Apple would have then also had to bundle a wireless charger in the retail box which would have pushed its production cost up. To put this into context, Apple had reportedly planned on removing the iPhone's lightning cable entirely, previously ... Read More »

US Online Shopping Is About To Get More Expensive

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The state Senate passed a bill past year similar to the South Dakota law that the Supreme Court upheld. "It confirms we were on the right path", said Braun, who was chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee when that bill was written. Read More »

No Plans to Support VR on Xbox Consoles

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According to Nichols, it seems like Microsoft may be sticking to this PC gaming territory for awhile. Microsoft does not have any plans to bring virtual reality to its Xbox consoles. Following the breakout success of Oculus VR, whose Rift headset effectively launched the current resurgence of interest in virtual reality technology, Microsoft has been putting its support behind the technology via the launch of the Windows Mixed Reality platform. Read More »

Apple vs Pepper: App Store monopoly case heads to the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps. If Apple loses the case then there will be a knock-on effect on other monopolistic distribution channels, such as Amazon. Losing also means Apple could have to shell out millions of dollars in compensation, something it might want to avoid given it's just been slapped with a $6.6 million (AU$9 million) fine in Australia for ... Read More »

2 carriers set to end data sales to 2 firms

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To gain access to the data, prison officers visited an online portal and uploaded an "official document" showing they had permission to access the information. As such, we noted how if you were part of the #DeleteFacebook set but were still rolling around using a stock phone on an incumbent carrier network, you failed to understand that Facebook's casual treatment of private consumer data was the cross-industry norm, not some errant exception. Read More »

Samsung Galaxy X might cost $2000 and Cancelled Galaxy Project V spotted

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Despite the supposed leak apparently hinting at a major redesign for the "slightly dated" Samsung Galaxy S line, there were some sources, as reported by Android Authority , that doubted the leak. Talking about specifications, Samsung's S9 runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. There are 64GB/128GB and 256GB storage options, expandable via a microSD card. Read More »

Measure the length of objects using AR on any ARCore device

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As its name suggests, the Google Measure app leverages AR to measure surfaces using the camera of the device. "Then drag a length tool or height tool into the scene, and adjust it to the right size". Of course, the best measuring tape is the one you have with you, and if you don't have a physical tool handy, your Android phone can now act as a decent stand-in. Read More »

Supreme Court sales tax ruling to make online shopping more expensive

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Rauschenberger says the 1992 case allowed hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to go uncollected, putting businesses in the state at a disadvantage. The court, in a ruling authored by conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, revived a 2016 South Dakota law that required larger out-of-state e-commerce companies to collect sales tax , a mandate that the online retailers fought in court. Read More »

Google Maps stops users booking Uber rides inside its app

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The app offered full native integration with Uber: users were able to enter a location, identify their route, then check different Uber prices and request a ride - without ever leaving the Maps app. But that feature is getting axed, as was first reported by Android Police . There are now around 17 cab riding services globally, which utilise this feature in the maps app. Read More »

Nintendo invites Xbox to play and be "Better Together"

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This is probably one of the biggest additions because this is the first time the feature is available on a competing console. '. Fortnite players who had an Epic account on PS4 and have tried to play the new Nintendo Switch version of the game are reporting that they have run into a problem: They're not allowed to use the same account'. Read More »

Apple’s iOS 12 will let iPhones share your exact location with 911

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Partner firm, RapidSOS next generation 911 technologies will get integrated into iOS 12 in order to let the sharing of emergency location become faster and more precise. But they will soon, following a new edict from the FCC that states ALL mobile providers should be able to pinpoint a user's location within 50 meters by 2021. Read More »

Second-generation Audi A1 revealed

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The new-generation model - including aerial - is only 1.43 meters (4.7 ft) high. The regular A1 will feature a healthy amount of Audi's Quattro rallying heritage, such as a single-frame front grille and three flat hood slits reminiscent of the original 1984 Sport Quattro, but the S1 will take it to another level. Read More »

IOS 12 beta 2 is now available to developers

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The new software will be part of the ios12 update, so the consumer will not notice any changes. Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. To complement Apple's release, we now have full release notes to accompany the software, which includes what's new, what's fixed, and what's still broken, all according to Apple. Read More »

Steam Link is on sale for just $2.50

Just as the rumors foretold, the Steam Summer Sale has launched at last. My own number is a pretty paltry $750, but numerous games in my library came through bundle deals, review keys, and Steam sales . So, which games should you consider if you're looking to pick something up? Some indie games can sell for less than $1 during Steam Summer Sales, which means you could walk away from an afternoon of shopping with a dozen new games without spending more than $20. Read More »

Instagram launches hour-long videos as it celebrates one billion users

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That is what's already happening on YouTube , which has become the world's most popular video outlet since Google bought it for $1.76 billion almost 12 years ago. Instagram made a decision to build a standalone property, because longer videos are not something people typically want on the main app, where videos are limited to 60 seconds. Read More »

Apple, Nintendo, Disney, Instagram — Business Briefs

For a detailed list of rules and guidelines, check out the official Nintendo Switch Family Showdown Contest page . Feeding on the popularity of live competitive gaming, the House of Mouse has launched Nintendo Switch Family Showdown , a new USA contest where select families battle head-to-head in a series of Nintendo game challenges broadcast across Disney's linear and digital platforms. Read More »

Details on LG's first ever Android One smartphone leaked

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Interestingly, LG has gone ahead and has released the kernel source code of Stylo 4, a device that has not yet launched. The rumored device won't be an entirely new smartphone, but an Android One variant of the LG Q7 , which was officially unveiled about a month ago . Read More »

States can now force you to pay online sales tax

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The US Supreme Court on Thursday gave states the ability to require online and out-of-state retailers to collect and send them state sales taxes. The ruling overturned a 1992 Supreme Court precedent and potentially paves the way for consumers to pay more for their online purchases. Read More »

Mobile and Sprint explain why they need to merge

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Competitive Carriers Association Steven Berry, in a statement , praised T-Mobile's commitment to partnering with smaller carriers on 5G deployments and said it the group focused on "reasonable roaming agreements, access to spectrum, handset and device availability, and other infrastructure, backhaul and USF considerations". Read More »

Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo ran on single GTX 1080 Ti

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In CD Projekt RED's other colossal action-RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the world had different HUBS, so it wasn't a truly seamless open world. Cyberpunk 2077 was undoubtedly the star attraction at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2018) this month. Read More »

Octopath Traveler's new playable demo is out now

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In an age of games demanding additional purchases to see the whole experience, it's always a comfort to hear that a game doesn't have DLC plans before it's finished and out in the world. " We've made it so you can finish the game in one playthrough ", he explained. Published by Nintendo, it's a classic JRPG developed by Square Enix in collaboration with Acquire. Read More »

Garmin's Fenix 5 Plus watches help you survive mountain climbing

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Battery life varies between them, with the Fenix 5S Plus getting up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and up to 4 hours in GPS and music mode, the Fenix 5 Plus managing up to 10 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS and music mode, and the Fenix 5X Plus apparently capable of up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS and music mode. Read More »

Mazda MX-5 Miata Packs More Power And New Safety Tech

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The most significant change is as discussed in that Japanese drive , the 2.0-litre engine now boasting 184hp at 7,000rpm and redlining at 7,500. The latter is said to provide "richer sound quality". Pricing and full specifications will be announced at a later date. Mazda assures us this revised unit has also been "acoustically tuned". The 1.5-liter mill was also reworked, but the brand doesn't say anything else about it. Read More »

Huge iPhone X Plus Looks Like the One to Beat

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However, this model is supposed to the iPhone X for masses and will be relatively more affordable. South Korean media publication The Bell reports that the Cupertino giant is expecting to ship 45 million 6.4-inch iPhone X Plus devices, 30 million 6-inch LCD iPhone devices, and 25 million 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor devices. Read More »

Suzuki reveals next-gen Jimny SUV

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The teaser site also previews a new variant of the Jimny called the Jimny Sierra, which is fitted with the four-cylinder engine, bodywork with wider fenders plus integrated side steps and 15-inch wheels. Suzuki didn't give a production location for the new model. There's a new Suzuki Jimny on the way this year, ahead of which Suzuki has released a couple of photos so we know what to expect from the new Jimny. Read More »

Galaxy Note 9 might have a variant with 512GB internal storage

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Judging by the image , it sure doesn't look like something designed in 2015. It's not an attractive phone, and even in 2016 when Samsung may have been actively working on Project V, it wouldn't have attracted many admiring glances. There have been rumours of Samsung launching a foldable smartphone for sometime now, and the South Korean tech giant had recently teased that it could release a foldable device this year. Read More »

With the Oppo Find X, slider phones are officially back

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The Oppo Find X doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, so it relies on a 3D facial scanning feature for authentication. Oppo says this will be the first phone it sells in the North American and European markets, with more specific pricing and launch dates getting unveiled at a later date. Read More »

AMD offers Threadripper trades for Intel's 8086K

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Our competitor recently kicked off a sweepstakes to celebrate the first 40 years of the x86 processor by giving away 8,086 limited edition processors. "But, we're ready to take it from here", AMD said, emptying both barrels of the shade shotgun at Intel's direction. What exactly those steps are won't become clear until June 25, so watch that page on that date to find out what you need to do. Read More »

Facebook to begin rolling out autoplay video ads to Messenger users

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But remaining "in control" does not mean you'll be able to opt out of Messenger ads altogether-it just means you can hide a given ad, report it, or manage your targeting preferences, like on any other Facebook app. Messenger service with ads will be an important part of the company's long-term revenue growth. As the ads will be targeted to the users, questions are being raised on how the data collected will not be misused by companies and Facebook itself in wrong ways. Read More »