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Playground will become a permanent game mode in Fortnite: Battle Royale

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Playground, for those unaware, is a new game mode in Fortnite: Battle Royale that allows players to enter the island alone, with only a couple friends, or as part of a random squad. The note on the Playground LTM entry revealed that Epic would only make the mode available for a limited amount of time, adding it to the roster of other things it would introduce, only to later remove. Read More »

Apple Won't Use Intel's 5G Chips

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This comes as Intel was considering Apple to be the "main volume driver" for the advanced chip. CHIPMAKER Intel has denied that it's halted production of its 5G modems after being snubbed by Apple. And even if MediaTek's 5G chips aren't as fast as Intel's, the data speeds would still be a significant increase from the average of 450Mbps available on current Qualcomm and Intel-equipped iPhones. Read More »

Samsung foldable phone with massive curved battery rumoured

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We've heard plenty of rumors circulating about the Samsung Galaxy X folding smartphone, which was revealed in a patent filing back in late 2016. There's also the Galaxy Tab S4 which could also be announced on the same date. The Korean conglomerate is said to have figured out a way to make large-capacity batteries that can store between 3,000mAh and 6,000mAh of power , reports ITHome . Read More »

The Next iPhones Will Come in Too Many Colors

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The super-sized iPhone X could come in another new color - gold - according to the note shared by 9to5Mac . The grey/black and white colors referred to by Kuo here likely point to the existing Space Grey and Silver color options which Apple already offers with the iPhone X. Read More »

Apps May Not Eavesdrop On You But They Record Screen Activities

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Researchers from the Northeastern University in Boston have discovered that some Android apps secretly record your mobile screen and share that data with third parties. Now, the bad news: They're doing something equally, if not more , creepy: recording your screen. An example of one such app is GoPuff , which is a Deliveroo-type service that specializes in sweet and salty snacks. Read More »

Google Says Cloud Computing Executive Diane Bryant Leaves

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Google confirmed that Bryant quit Tuesday after she led the Internet giant's cloud business for seven months. "We are grateful for the contributions she made while at Google and we wish her the best in her next pursuit". It brought in $16 billion in sales from processors for servers in data centers and other products in 2016. She is also on the board of United Technologies. Read More »

Kim Dotcom eligible to be extradited to United States, court rules

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The Court of Appeal said in its judgement: "An extradition hearing is not a trial on the merits, and the evidence relied on by the United States discloses a clear prima facie case to support the allegations that the appellants conspired to, and did, breach copyright wilfully and on a massive scale for commercial gain". Read More »

Huawei Amps Up New Honor RAM To 8GB

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The software update is now in beta, but should start arriving to all phones no later than July 15. Besides improving gaming performance, GPU Turbo will also support AR and VR applications, although that may need developers to code in support for specific devices. Read More »

We Happy Few Has Been Reclassified R18+ in Australia

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While the protagonists are classed as "Downers" due to their refusal to take the mandatory drug, players must manage their dosage in order to blend in. The Australian Classification Board has always been tough upon games that use sex or drugs in provocative ways. KitGuru Says: This is a particularly good win for Australian gamers, as the country seems unbelievably strict in comparison to other governing bodies. Read More »

Comcast alerts Xfinity Mobile customers of increased video and hotspot restrictions

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Those who are on the $45 unlimited plan won't be able to do much with the hotspot feature. Surprising no one, Comcast announced some imminent plan changes today which will surely make its customers hopping mad. For now, customers can contact Comcast for an "upgrade" to 720p video "on an interim basis at no charge". Xfinity Mobile will continue to let customers paying by the GB to use their hotspots with 4G data. Read More »

Fallout 76 Release Date, Cross-Play, Location, Updates

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Recently it was discovered that people who have ever played Fortnite on PlayStation 4 have been blocked from ever using that Epic account on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One . I wrote in favor of Forza Horizon 3's design in the past , as it's as close to "perfect" as I'd expect from a cross-play title, which is to say, knowing I'm even playing a cross-play title is essentially invisible to the eye. Read More »

Shenmue Remasters Get Release Dates

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However, the more interesting aspect of this store page is that the product has a release date listed on August 21, 2018. You'll be able to choose between classic or modern controls, they have scalable screen resolution, and for the first time in the U.S., you can play with Japanese audio. Read More »

Light Is Developing A Phone With 9 Cameras To Launch In 2018

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According to an article in The Washington Post , Light has multiple prototypes in the pipeline it is testing for launch sometime this year. There are less camera units on the phone equivalent but plenty of other tech inside. It had everything going for it: a boss who knows Android through and through, given that he was its cofounder; big aspirations for both mobile and smart home ecosystems; and a pretty slick, if a little flawed, smartphone. Read More »

Facebook is Shutting Down Hello, tbh, and Moves Apps

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The three apps being wound down include Hello, which Facebook launched in 2015 for Android users in the U.S., Brazil and Nigeria and which will be closed in a few weeks. A forcefully positive alternative to something like Yik Yak may have been admirable, but it clearly did not move the needle enough for Facebook over time. Read More »

Google lets third-party developers read users’ private Gmail messages

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According to the report , apparently it has become "common practice" for marketing companies to scan the emails of their users, although we suppose common isn't necessarily good. It pointed the BBC to its developer policies, which state: "There should be no surprises for Google users: hidden features, services, or actions that are inconsistent with the marketed goal of your application may lead Google to suspend your ability to access Google API Services". Read More »

This "Mobile Airbag" Deploys Automatically When Your iPhone is Dropped

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A patent for it has already been registered though, so it could eventually make its way to the market. So, Frenzel began looking into developing a system to prevent dropped phones from breaking. The springs can easily be folded back into their holsters when you pick up the phone. Notably, the " mobile airbag " or AD case is now not available for purchase yet. Read More »

Galaxy Note 9 S Pen features may include music playback control

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As it can be seen in the new images, the Galaxy Note 9 features a dual edge curved screen with slim bezels at the top and bottom like the Galaxy Note 8 . There is an 8MP selfie snapper at the front with an LED flash. A similar claim was also posted on Twitter by the same source in which it's said that since the S Pen has Bluetooth support, it will have a feature that one wouldn't expect from a stylus. Read More »

Glitch in Samsung Messages App Sends Photos to Random Contacts

Furthermore, the messages do not leave any trace that they were sent, leaving phone owners clueless on what just went out of their devices. One small example of that is a new Samsung phone bug that texts the user's photographs to random people in their contacts lists without them knowing it. Read More »

HTC Announces Massive Layoff of 1,500 Employees

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Over the years, consumers and tech enthusiasts alike have seen the market share of HTC in the smartphone space decline. The smartphone brand said it submitted a layoff report to labor authorities in Taoyuan, where HTC is based, and vowed to abide by the law in carrying out the plan. Read More »

Android P Beta 3 released: We’re getting closer

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We're also rolling out a new Android P Beta build that includes July security patches , the latest Google Code Drop and improvements to Android Auto. Provided you have a compatible device, you can sign up for the Android Beta Program here . If you've already joined, then you should get an update that the Beta 3 release is available. Read More »

Here's the OnePlus 6 in attractive new Red Color

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OnePlus just announced a new, flaming red version of its latest high-end champ, the OnePlus 6 . For that price, you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. As the color red represents courage and inner confidence, this red model also shows power. We didn't want the shade of red to be overly bright, which can feel visually burdensome. Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to be Released on August 9

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It has an 8-megapixel camera at its back, and a 5-megapixel camera up front. As per the review by Eldar, the Galaxy Note 9 will look a lot like its predecessor Galaxy Note 8 and will flaunt a similar curved Super AMOLED Infinity display but with improved visibility in sunlight. Read More »

What you need to know about California's tough new data privacy law

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California voters in November will get to weigh in on whether the state should continue its practice of changing the clocks twice a year after Gov. They say the policy will likely need future revisions and should be enacted through the legislative process instead of through a ballot initiative. Read More »

Red variant of OnePlus 6 could be arriving on July 2

OnePlus has shared on Twitter a unusual and colorful 15-second clip that's a pretty obvious indicator we'll be seeing a red variant of the OnePlus 6 in the near future. Putting all of this together gives away that the OnePlus 6 red variant could be launched early next week. With the addition of red, users will have a total of four options to choose from. Read More »

Renders of the Motorola One, another Moto Android One device, leak online

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You can see the differences in both in the image above, with the Motorola One pictured on the left and the Motorola One Power on the right. There's a significant amount of bezel at the bottom where the Motorola logo resides. No believable leak on the specs yet but the Motorola One Power is said to arrive with a large 6.2-inch screen with a 2280 x 1880 resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM , 64GB onboard storage, 5MP and 12MP dual rear shooters, 8MP selfie camera, and a ... Read More »

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign revealed

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At the back, the quad circular tail lamps have been kept to identify it as a GT-R, but the curves around it have been created to make Godzilla more muscular to deliver a visually higher striking impact. "Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree", Nissan says. The engine is mated to a dual-clutch six-speed transmission. Read More »

Google invests $22 mn in feature phone OS,'KaiOS'

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According to the CEO of KaiOS, Sebastian Codeville, the investment from Google would assist in an improved rate of development of deployment of KaiOS-powered smart feature phones globally that can enable connectivity with a large population which is still unable to access the internet noted profoundly in the emerging markets. Read More »

Huawei wants to be the leader of 5G technology

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There's no actual phones coming from the events, but we still get some interesting technology announcements. Presently, the company is expecting the network connectivity and low-latency problems to be tackled by the end of the year so that the process of development can be boosted up by a significant level. Read More »

Whatsapp 'Send Messages' Group Controls Officially Rolling Out on Android, iPhone

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An administrator of a group can select the "Only Admins" option, which will only allow the administrator to send messages in a group. WhatsApp groups can include up to 256 participants. Still, the fact that WhatsApp requires users to provide a phone number to join groups - anyone's number can be looked up by any group member - is one issue when it comes to creating or joining public groups. Read More »

Microsoft’s Panos Panay teases the Surface Phone on Twitter

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The document reportedly reveals that Andromeda will be a pocketable device - one which you won't need a bag to lug around from place to place. Alas, Andromeda, if it's indeed real, is still being developed inside Microsoft, and there's still the possibility of things changing. Read More »