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Chrome browser starts blocking disruptive ads

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The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook - a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far. Read More »

Facebook Messenger Kids Now Available on Android's Google Playstore

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Chat heads have since become a popular feature for messaging apps across the board (except for iMessage), and Google is now integrating them into Google Phone version 17, as reported today by 9to5Google . Many parents are concerned about their children spending too much time with their eyes glued to a screen, Messenger Kids has raised eyebrows. Messenger Kids is meant for children aged six to 12 so that they can safely communicate with family members and friends. Read More »

Ultimate Performance Mode Coming to Windows 10

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Microsoft has released fresh Insider builds. So if you were part of Skip Ahead before, you will be able to get the new Redstone 5 build without having to do anything. If you value the lifespan of your components and don't want to tax them too hard, however, it may be best to avoid heavy Ultimate Performance use for the time being. Read More »

Broadcom to propose six Qualcomm board nominees instead of 11

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Broadcom Limited ( AVGO ) said it will seek the election of six, rather than 11, nominees to the Qualcomm Inc. Broadcom has stressed that its $82/share offer will be withdrawn unless its proposed nominees are accepted at the March meeting or Qualcomm agrees to its offer. Read More »

Monster Hunter World on Switch too "difficult", says Capcom

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This allowed them to offer detailed and realistic environments, an aspect of the game that has mesmerized players. Moreover, porting it to the console is going to be very hard. Monster Hunter World has been widely successful on consoles - PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Alternatively it could be certain mechanics of Monster Hunter: World that might not translate so well when brought onto the Switch. Read More »

Chinese Mobile Phones Dethrone Samsung From Top Position in India

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India is the fastest growing smartphone market amongst the top 20 smartphone markets globally. The report further indicates that the Indian smartphone market resumed its double-digit growth after a temporary slowdown in 2016 caused by demonetization and a shortage of smartphone components. Read More »

Rolls-Royce's New Luxury SUV Will Be Called Cullinan After All

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The company had called its SUV programme Project Cullinan during development and surprisingly, the management has made a decision to stick with the name for the production version as well. One of the photos depicts a test mule climbing a muddy hill, a territory unclaimed by Rolls-Royces except for ones modified by privateer rally teams. Read More »

Lexus tops vehicle dependability study for seventh straight year

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Mass Market brands continue to close the gap with Luxury brands: The Mass Market average (143 PP100) is now just 7 PP100 behind the Luxury average (136 PP100). General Motors models receive five segment awards for the Buick LaCrosse , Chevrolet Equinox , Chevrolet Malibu , Chevrolet Traverse and Chevrolet Silverado. Read More »

Tinder's future feature will let women decide who makes the first move

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If you're exhausted of "swiping" for someone you find attractive, this app is for you. "Each day at noon, guys will receive up to 21 quality matches - known as "Bagels". "If you're out and see someone cute, you might talk to him or if you don't find someone attractive, you didn't talk to him", she said. "We wanted to bring back reality into the dating world". Read More »

Local lawmakers eye pension cost shift

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Passing a budget certainly hasn't been easy the past few years.and the state continues to face many fiscal challenges. Further reducing benefits for injured workers, lowering medical reimbursements and denying claims will only pad the insurance industry's profits while unfairly shifting the cost of caring for those hurt on the job onto the backs of the injured workers themselves and to taxpayers through Medicaid and other publicly funded programs - something IL taxpayers can not afford. Read More »

Amazon plans job cuts at Seattle headquarters

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The news of these corporate layoffs follows an eight-year hiring spree that took the company's employee count in its Seattle headquarters from 5,000 in 2010 to 40,000. The company is also in the process of selecting a location for a second headquarters , where it plans to hire up to 50,000 workers. Still, some Seattle-based employees describe an environment of belt-tightening. Read More »

Facial recognition is accurate, if you're white

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As noted by Georgetown University's Center for Privacy and Technology, these gender and racial disparities could, in the context of airport facial scans , make women and minorities more likely to be targeted for more invasive processing like manual fingerprinting. Read More »

Ride-hailing company Uber logs huge annual loss

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Net revenue grew to US$2.22 billion from US$1.38 billion in the same quarter-over-quarter comparison. Remaining a private company, Uber is not legally required to present its quarterly figures, but it has begun disclosing some earnings information in recent months. Read More »

Millions of Android phones were redirected to cryptocurrency mining site

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A particular group is seizing this opportunity to deliver one of the most lucrative payloads at the moment: drive-by cryptomining for the Monero (XMR) currency. The scourge of drive-by currency mining-in which websites and apps covertly run resource-draining code on other people's devices-shows no sign of abating. Read More »

Sicario 2 Director Hired To Direct Call Of Duty Film

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There's no release date set for the film, as a distributor and writer still need to be secured. Stefano Sollima's involvement will go a long way in legitimizing a Call of Duty movie, so hopefully this report ends up as true. "It's a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope. a big, tentpole, Marvel-esque movie". Sollima just finished up with Sicario 2: Soldado , the crime-thriller sequel to the original 2015 movie that will see Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro Gillick ... Read More »

South Korean Court Jails Ex-President Friend

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The trials of the country's ex president and her close associate have gripped South Korea and roiled the country's political and business elite. The massive scandal involving Choi and Park triggered weeks of street protests calling for Park to step down. Read More »

Facebook executives paint a grim picture for news publishers

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There has been a lot of uncertainty among the media about just how much changes to Facebook's News Feed, created to emphasize interactions between friends and family, will ultimately affect traffic to the companies that rely on the social media giant to build and grow their audiences. Read More »

Shraddha Kapoor Starts Shooting For 'Batti Gul Metre Chalu'

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The two actors have already started shooting for the film. Apparently she loved her role so much that she not only agreed to accommodate the dates required by postponing the Nehwal bio-pic, she also agreed to take a price cut for the chance to work with the director of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha . Read More »

Facebook shares end higher as German court rules platform broke privacy laws

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Under privacy settings, some privacy settings - like location service - were pre-selected on new accounts. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network's data consent policies to be invalid. In addition, in the privacy settings, boxes that allow search engines to link to the user's timeline were already checked, meaning that a user's profile could quickly and easily be accessed by anyone. Read More »

'Overwatch' Free Weekend Schedule

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It's a pretty great weekend to play, since Blizzard is also hosting the " Year Of The Dog " Lunar Event for players. If you haven't played Overwatch previously, you may get the chance to this coming weekend. The event will run from February 16th to 19th. At a time when the division between our hobby's constituents seems more visible than ever, Overwatch reminds us that we're more alike than different - if we let them, games can bring us together. Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S9+ spotted on AnTuTu with Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM

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In terms of integer performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC scores an average of 31 percent higher absolute performance compared to its predecessor. The SoC beats Snapdragon 845 with a single core score of 3,648 points and multi-core score of 8,894 points. This year's flagship phones like Samsung's Galaxy S9 look set to be fast , based on preview benchmarking tests of Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 chipset . Read More »

Key executive behind Samsung Pay and Bixby joins Google

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Rhee said he aims to harmonize Alphabet's various projects related to the Internet of Things, or IoT, a term that encompasses any device that accesses data online. " More people use Bixby ", he said. Eventually, he was made the head of Samsung's R&D team 1, which worked on software and services. Samsung Electronics has promoted 221 senior executives, the most since 2013, with 99 of them from the highly profitable semiconductor business. Read More »

Olympian Erin Hamlin's Making History & We Are Officially Obsessed

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The two athletes were not part of Friday's festivities in Pyeongchang , South Korea, when Team USA's delegation appeared during the parade of nations. In Remsen, the local junior and senior high opened their doors before dawn Tuesday morning so students could pack the gym and watch their hometown compete for her second medal. Read More »

Square Enix dropped a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3

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It is not like Kingdom Hearts 1 level of customisation, but more in tune with how you could accessorise Aqua in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep . Fans were also treated to a second trailer teasing a mysterious exchange between Riku and King Mickey and the announcement of a new theme song by worldwide sensation and series veteran singer Hikaru Utada, titled " DON'T THINK TWICE ". Read More »

New YouTube TV Channels Come With a Price Hike

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Google hasn't disclosed the number of subscribers that have signed up for YouTube TV since it launched in April 2016, initially in just five markets . And the service will soon be available in over 100 markets, a huge increase over previous year. NBA All Access and MLB.TV will become optional paid add-ons soon too. Read More »

Tim Cook Dodges Questions About Future Dividend Hike

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But Apples board of directors and management are "committed" to increasing their annual dividend payment to shareholders, he added. Apple is hoping to gain more ground on Spotify with an internet-connected speaker called the HomePod. While Apple Pay has an "extraordinary future ahead of it", the acceptance of mobile payments has taken off slower than he expected, Cook said. Prodded by the lower rate on foreign profits, Apple will pay a $38 billion on its repatriated cash and use some of ... Read More »

Sea of Thieves PC System Requirements and Recommended Specs Revealed

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The assertion comes from design director, Mike Chapman, who seems to consider loot boxes as "a form of gambling". Sea of Thieves will also be the first game to launch on Microsoft's dedicated subscription service, Xbox Games Pass , putting the project in an interesting position for the company. Read More »

Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi LED TV 4 (55) make global debut

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Unlike the iPhone X , the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a sloping frame around the camera module. Now, a year later, the Chinese smartphone maker has launched the Redmi Note 5 , which brings incremental upgrades to keep up with the latest trends, without breaking the price barrier. Read More »

Google is good at building phones but bad at selling them

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With Pixel phones not available in many global countries, it's not unlikely Google is working on a longer-term strategy. Last month, the price of the first-generation Rs 76,000 Pixel XL "quite black" colour variant was slashed by Rs 36,000 on e-commerce platform Amazon in India. Read More »

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door confirmed for Geneva reveal

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Now just weeks after announcing the new G, Stuttgart (or should that be Graz, Austria, where the G has been manufactured since 1979...) is ready to show off the Mercedes-AMG G63. With the driver's package fitted, the G63 has a top speed of 149mph. And around the sides, you'll notice wheels up to 22 inches in diameter, flared fenders, and twin side-pipe exhausts. Read More »