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Ring of Ire: Apple's HomePod Can Damage Furniture

Ring of Ire: Apple's HomePod Can Damage Furniture There have been multiple reports that if the Apple HomePod is placed on top of a wooden object, the smart speaker may leave white rings on the surface. In other words, you're placing it wrong. In a test room with a HomePod, an iPhone, and an Apple Watch, spoken queries intended for the HomePod would trigger the screen of the other devices to light up, but then the HomePod would usually handle ... [Full Article...]

Winter Olympics: Satisfied Kim Jong-un thanks South Korea

But other commentators say Pyongyang's Olympic show (leader Kim Jong-un also sent his sister) is a deliberate attempt to court South Korea , thereby driving a wedge between it and traditional ally the U.S., at a time when the White House has been talking extremely tough on North Korea and its nuclear weapons threat. [Full Article...]

Sea of Thieves gets one more beta test before March 20 debut

Sea of Thieves gets one more beta test before March 20 debut Even though this may sound problematic for players think of it from the brightside, we get to hit the high seas once more before the launch and the debut is only about a month away. The developer says to expect sessions being interrupted, inability to join the game at certain times throughout the weekend, and issues when using shops in-game. [Full Article...]

Microsoft's Bringing Windows Defender ATP to Windows 7

Microsoft's Bringing Windows Defender ATP to Windows 7 Given the boosted functionality and fresh but familiar user interface of Windows 10 , we'd also expect people to make the upgrade. The company calls it "a unified endpoint security platform that helps stop breaches". Microsoft adds that the company is adding more insights for enterprise IT security teams. The two OS versions will reach the end of extended support in January 2020 and 2023, res... [Full Article...]

Feeling the Love with Messenger | Facebook Newsroom

Feeling the Love with Messenger | Facebook Newsroom Not only this, your partner will appear first on the "Active" section of Messenger , so you can chat out your feelings faster. Once a couple confirms that they are in a relationship, Messenger will automatically open up a chat between the parties. [Full Article...]

S.Korean court sentences ousted president's friend to 20 years in prison

S.Korean court sentences ousted president's friend to 20 years in prison The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Choi, who is at the centre of the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Park, to a 20-year imprisonment and fined Choi 18 billion won (16.6 million USA dollars). [Full Article...]

Japanese skater vows to prove innocence in Olympic doping

Japanese skater vows to prove innocence in Olympic doping A doping test showed that Saito tested positive for acetazolamide, a diuretic that can hide the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Saito has left the Olympic Village and agreed to a provisional suspension, but also issued a strong denial and vowed to fight to clear his name. [Full Article...]

Black Caps' Williamson proud to beat 'very strong' England

Black Caps' Williamson proud to beat 'very strong' England Trent Boult grabbed two wickets on successive balls to help New Zealand to a 12-run win over England in their Twenty20 tri-series match at Wellington Regional Stadium on Tuesday. Williamson's innings included four sixes as he and Guptill put on 82 for the second wicket. Chris Jordan ended up with bowling figures of 1-34 in four overs, with Tim Seifert taking 15 runs off his last over. [Full Article...]

Fortnite: Battle Royale is Temporarily Removing A Weapon

Fortnite: Battle Royale is Temporarily Removing A Weapon Last weekend, the game hit a new milestone by recording a massive 3.4 million concurrent players. Thus, seeing the encouraging reactions from the fans, the company now plans to come out with more limited time modes, which it internally refers to as LTM, notes Polygon. [Full Article...]

How Apple's HomePod compares to the competition

How Apple's HomePod compares to the competition You get your phone close to the speaker , and set up begins. After a series of tests with a in an untreated room, Alam found the HomePod to sound better than the KEF X300A, a generally well-regarded bookshelf speaker that. That's a hard question to answer for a few reasons. While Apple has made this process "magical", it's not something you do daily. Anyone willing to mutilate a $350 gadg... [Full Article...]

IOS 12 to bring Animojis and tabs to the iPad

IOS 12 to bring Animojis and tabs to the iPad The iPad, for example, will go without "significant" upgrades in iOS 12 , it's suggested, with Apple's tablets waiting until 2019 for that to happen. In recent times, the iPhone owners faced a number of glitches such as not being able to take calls or a bug that caused iPhones to crash past year. [Full Article...]

Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 showed another render

Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 showed another render As we have indicated, the official is expected to occur on 14th February 2018. But the name "redminote5" was spotted in the code of the Mi.com website , leading to speculations on the handset's arrival. The India launch's media invite says that the event will start at 11:30am on February 14 , while a tweet by. Redmi Note 5 will be officially launching in India first, since in the China the c... [Full Article...]

Android P will embrace the notch, leading to visual UI overhaul

Android P will embrace the notch, leading to visual UI overhaul Android P will more tightly integrate Google Assistant as well as improve battery life and decrease the platform's CPU footprint. Google's intentionally building a "dramatic redesign" to capitalise on the anticipated lack of new features in Apple's upcoming iOS 12. [Full Article...]

YouTube TV adds more channels and markets but gets a price bump

YouTube TV adds more channels and markets but gets a price bump Google is betting that its strong sports offering will help win over more subscribers, said Heather Moosnick, director of content partnerships, YouTube TV . However, those of you who have already signed-up with YouTube TV will continue to pay the original sum. And the service will soon be available in over 100 markets, a huge increase over previous year. [Full Article...]

U.S. intelligence agencies are still warning against buying Huawei and ZTE phones

U.S. intelligence agencies are still warning against buying Huawei and ZTE phones So far, none has been provided. By using these phones, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray argues, it opens up the potential for "foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks". [Full Article...]

Some early details on Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 might've just leaked

Some early details on Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 might've just leaked The feature basically maps uses facial features of a user and superimpose it in a form of animated emoji. Another rumor has now surfaced which suggests that the Galaxy S9 may have stereo speakers . With the Galaxy S9 launch so close, it is time to look forward at the next phone Samsung will have to offer - the Note 9. This " 3D Emoji " function can be used while using texts or messengers inst... [Full Article...]

Sea of Thieves Won't Have a Character Creator

Sea of Thieves Won't Have a Character Creator 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. It's true that Sea of Thieves is a game created with cross-play and Xbox Play Anywhere features in mind. In addition, you'll always know what you're purchasing in the shop, no surprises. [Full Article...]

X appeal? New BMW X4 SUV unveiled

X appeal? New BMW X4 SUV unveiled Three full-size seats are fitted in the rear compartment of the X4, providing passengers with an additional 27 millimetres of legroom over the previous model. CO2 figures for the xDrive30d range from 156 to 163g/km depending on spec, with the less efficient M40d pumping out 170 to 173g/km. BMW has revealed the 2018 model of its "Sports Activity Coupe" or say SUV-coupe, the X4, with a host of... [Full Article...]

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 LTE modem trounces fibre broadband speeds

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 LTE modem trounces fibre broadband speeds Which, I think we can agree, are both desirable. Qualcomm , the world's largest mobile chipmaker, unveiled a new ingredient for future phones that will help devices zip through photo uploads and video streaming at up to double the speed of today's LTE capabilities - without needing a certified 5G phone. [Full Article...]

HTC's smartphone president, Chialin Chang, resigns

HTC's smartphone president, Chialin Chang, resigns In a statement, HTC said Chang had chose to leave to take a different career path. As for the reason behind Chang's decision to resign, the release says he is leaving due to "personal career path". His position seemed useless as HTC sold nearly all of its smartphone design and engineering team to Google . HTC hasn't officially quit the smartphone business just yet, but with the Google deal and ... [Full Article...]


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