GADGETS

CES Affirms That Assistant is Google’s No. 1 Focus

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2017 was a whirlwind year for Google. The Assistant is now on more than 400 million devices, and Google expanded ways to interact with the technology, using Android phones, Android Wear smartwatches, the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max. At CES 2018, the Assistant launched a varied category of products, including washing machines, […]

iPhone case can be turned into a flying drone

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iPhone case can be turned into a flying drone. New iPhone case can be transformed into a flying drone capable of taking selfies. (14) Related posts: Drone Operator Caused U.S. Army Helicopter Collision In case you missed it: iPhone X FaceID fails during demo Mophie’s new phone case charges wirelessly The iPhone 8’s Glass Back […]

Samsung Galaxy S9 to Be Revealed in February

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Samsung Galaxy S9 to Be Revealed in February The 2018 version of Samsung’s flagship phone will debut at the Mobile World Congress. DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Details on the phone are scarce, as well as whether their will be a larger, Galaxy […]

Apple on parental control against smartphone addiction

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Apple have planned to make parental control tools more robust after the tech giant was called to take action against smartphone addiction. (5) Related posts: Zuckerberg on Apple’s Privacy Fight : “We’re Sympathetic With Apple on This One” Apple Offering Discounted iPhone Battery Replacements Apple wants you to download its new security update immediately Apple’s […]

Fingerprint Sensors in the Screen are Here

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The first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor is kinda sorta here, and it’s probably not from whom you’d expect. It’s not an iPhone, it’s not a Samsung Galaxy device: instead, it’s a Vivo. The China-based company’s device works through a “Clear ID” optical sensor from Synaptics that’s hidden below the phone’s OLED display. Scanning […]

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Available for Pre-Order in The US on February 4

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Huawei has officially planted its flag in the US at CES 2018. Among its many announcements, the global manufacturer shared the price and availability of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This has been a long time coming for the Chinese company, which for years has enjoyed success around the world. The GSM-only Huawei Mate 10 […]

 

GAMING

Pokken Tournament Makes Additions

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As part of a new paid “Battle Pack” DLC, Nintendo announced on Thursday that two new playable Battle Pokemon will be added to the game in the coming weeks. This along with two new sets of support Pokemon. Along with a support team featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, on January 31st, the powerful Ghost/Steel Pokemon […]

Spotify Files For IPO Right Before $1.6B Wixen Lawsuit

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Spotify has quietly filed for their initial public offering. According to a report from news service Axios, the music streaming service filed late last month. Although the company has not publicly announced the IPO, reports indicate it will be a direct listing, suggesting that Spotify will avoid a publicity event. But their plans may linger […]

Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox One Kinect Adapter

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Back in October of last year, Microsoft decided to kill off the Kinect camera. It should come as no surprise the Kinect adapter used to connect the device to Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and PC has now been discontinued. In a statement to Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “After careful consideration, we decided […]

Nintendo Switch Nabs Fastest-Selling Home Video Game Console Title

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Nintendo Switch Nabs Fastest-Selling Home Video Game Console Title The iconic gaming company announced Tuesday that they broke the record by selling nearly five million units in ten months, The Switch — a hybrid home/portable console — debuted in early March for $299. It surpassed the Wii, another Nintendo console, which was released in 2006 […]

Your Gaming Laptop’s GPU Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think

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Gaming laptops — especially budget gaming laptops — tend to skimp on display quality. Even big manufacturers like Dell are guilty of slapping cheap TN displays on otherwise great gaming laptops. The display is the most important bottleneck for your games. A gaming laptop’s display is literally your window into the game world and as […]

Final Fantasy Ride Planned for Universal Studios Japan

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Japan always seems to get the best things. Starting on January 19, those who visit Universal Studios Japan will have a chance to check out the Final Fantasy Ride. This (virtual) roller coaster ride will give patrons a chance to live out their Final Fantasy… er… fantasies by immersing them in a unique virtual reality experience. […]

 

SOCIAL

Disney Sheds Board Members

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The CEO of Twitter and COO of Facebook are leaving Disney’s board due to conflicts of interest. On Friday, the entertainment giant announced that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and chief exec Jack Dorsey will not not be seeking re-election to its board. The shakeup comes as Disney gears up to launch a digital streaming […]

Facebook News Feed Changes Become Latest Blow to Publishers, Brands

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Facebook’s decision to refocus its news feed to show more posts from friends and fewer posts from brands and publishers could be a seismic shift, with the potential to strike a major blow to publishers and businesses. The social network has become an important way for brands, media companies and other content creators to reach […]

Zuckerberg Reiterates Promise to Make Facebook Better

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“We need to refocus the system,” is how Mark Zuckerberg explained the dramatic changes he plans to make to Facebook’s News Feed in an interview with The New York Times yesterday. “We want to make sure that our products are not just fun, but are good for people.” It’s as close to an admission as […]

Zuckerberg: Facebook will Change News Feed

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg his social media platform is trying to foster “meaningful interaction” and make the site more of a force for good. The company plans to give more prominence to status updates and photos shared by users’ friends and family, while at the same time playing down news articles or anything published by […]

Facebook Pays Damages in Controversial Case

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Facebook agreed to pay unspecified damages to a teenager whose naked photo was shared on the social network. The image of the Northern Irish teen was apparently obtained through blackmail. it was reportedly shared on a “shame page” multiple times from November 2014 to January 2016. The case is believed to be the first of […]

Microsoft and Signal Team Up to Bring End-yo-End Encryption to Skype

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As an extra layer of security, Skype has released a preview of end-to-end encrypted “Private Conversations.” Currently available for Skype Insiders, users will now have more protection over the content they send within conversations. Using Open Whisper System’s Signal Protocol, Private Conversations provides end-to-end encryption for Skype audio calls, along with any text messages, images, […]

STARTUPS

Google Home Will Officially Arrive in Australia Mid Year

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During all the announcements made on day one of Google IO 2017, the global internet giant slipped into the mix that Google Home, it’s popular AI-assistant speaker, will officially be available in Australia starting mid year. That date means it could well arrive before Amazon’s local retail launch — which may be when the Amazon’s […]

ENTERPRISE

Ford wants Electric Vehicles by 2022

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Ford Motor Co (F.N) will increase significantly its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, Chairman Bill Ford told reporters on Sunday at the Detroit auto show. This is up from a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020. The investments will be made in full electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. […]

NASA’s New X-ray Navigation to Guide Robots in Space Travel?

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NASA wants to use X-ray navigation to guide robotic ships through outer space. (9) Related posts: NASA Astronauts On Space Station To Speak With Cub Scouts Michigan Students Get to Speak with NASA Astronauts on ISS Space has Never Sounded Scarier Than on NASA’s Halloween Playlist NASA Will Use a Previously-Flown SpaceX Rocket for Its […]

Waymo Returns Home

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The streets of San Francisco are getting a bit more crowded with cars, but not with drivers. After taking some time away from the West Coast, Waymo is finally bringing its autonomous vehicle technology back to the place it all began — San Francisco. “Now that we have the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving […]

Will Uber Take to the Sky?

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Eco-friendly electric cars have been around for years. Now it seems that what works on roads may soon be showing up in the skies. An all-electric single-engine airplane recently made its inaugural test flight in Australia. The plane is powered by two lithium-ion batteries and can fly at speeds of almost 100 miles per hour […]

Former Uber Security Staffers Cast Doubt on Spying Claims

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The former security chief of Uber swore in a closed legal proceeding that he knew of no attempts to steal trade secrets from anyone. That including Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo. He also added that he would be “shocked” if stealing had occurred. In a deposition taken in mid-December near San Francisco, Joe Sullivan, who was […]

Streaming Services are Killing Off the DVD and Blu-Ray Industry

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DVDs may be headed for the same fate as VHS cassette tapes, as consumers change their viewing habits and binge on a variety of video streaming services. US consumers spent nearly $6 billion more on subscription services like Netflix and HBO Go last year than they did on DVD and Blu-ray. Sales of all physical […]