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Facebook Is Hoping You'll Drop $500 on Its Smart-Home Device

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According to Cheddar , Facebook is apparently gearing up to enter the home device market in a big way with "Portal", the company's video chat box. The product is designed for the home and is meant to help families stay connected through video chats and the use of other social media platforms. Read More »

Samsung to launch the Galaxy S9 next month at MWC 2018

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Samsung is not the only firm developing foldable smartphones. Samsung a year ago confirmed that the company was aiming for release sometime in 2018, but noted that this wasn't guaranteed ... While Samsung has seen incredible sales with their current generation of phones, the fact remains that they haven't really done anything extraordinary with their past couple launches. Read More »

Ford's new diesel F-150 boasts best torque in class

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Ford will offer a diesel engine in its top-selling F-150 pickup for the first time in mid-January, a 3.0-litre Power Stroke V6 unit that promises to deliver best-in-class torque and towing numbers while still sipping fuel at an estimated 9.5 L/100 km on highways, according to the manufacturer. Read More »

VTech faces US$650000 fine over broken data laws

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The company, however, did not encrypt any of this information. In November 2015 , VTech revealed the compromise of its Learning Lodge, an app store with games and educational content, as well as Kid Connect, a service that lets parents communicate with children via connected toys. Read More »

Closed Beta to Set Sail on January 24th

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If you pre-ordered Sea of Thieves digitally from the Xbox Store, the beta will automatically appear in your game library 24 hours before it begins. We revealed March 20 as our launch date and made a star of an unsuspecting chicken with a swashbuckling trailer , kicked off pre-orders , revealed how you progress through the world of Sea of Thieves , and showed off our haunting Limited Edition controller . Read More »

Google's Partners With Lenovo and Yi to Make VR180 Cameras

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Developed to leverage Google's new VR180 format , the stereoscopic, 3-D camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video that lets anyone who views it immediately transport to new and wonderful places. It's basically a powerful Android smartphone inside of a Daydream VR headset . The latter example is no coincidence: Google and Lenovo tapped Alcon Media Group to release the a VR game called Blade Runner: Revelations. Read More »

BMW M5 Reclaims Guinness World Record With World's Longest Drift

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That's the length of your typical work day, except the entire time you'd have to be holding a drift in a 600 hp super sedan. BMW has drifted into the record books. As the video (above) shows, the support M5 featured a custom refuelling system that allowed an engineer to fill the new M5's tank on the move. "We're excited to have played a part in Johan and BMW recapturing this record". Read More »

Apple says it looks out for kids, as investors cite phone 'addiction'

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The activist investors are urging Apple to develop software that limits time use of its digital products and to fund research to look into links between anxiety levels and excessive smartphone use. The letter is also clear that Apple is not exclusively to blame for the growth in smartphone use among children, nor the increase in addiction of them. Read More »

At CES, Sony's 2018 A8F OLED TVs still promise peak picture

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The new TVs boast OLED panels with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 and support for Dolby Vision HDR. Sticking to Sony's wonderfully consistent naming sequence for its TVs, the new models are called the X900F-Series (as opposed to 2017's X900E-Series, or 2016 900D) and they will represent this year's replacements to the X900E. Read More »

Twitch Is the Exclusive Streaming Platform for the Overwatch League

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Competitive Overwatch is getting to be a popular esport to watch (though I'm more of a Rocket League fan myself). Today Blizzard has launched the new content alongside the new skins. The two-year period will include the league's first two seasons. For the first two seasons, Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party provider for Overwatch League . Read More »

Razer's Project Linda is an insane laptop/Razer phone hybrid

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Still, a full keyboard a bigger screen are really nice, and Razer is looking to mix two of their most popular products together to make that happen. You'll want to make sure you have the Razer Phone in correctly, and all the way down, otherwise the USB-C port won't go into the phone correctly. Read More »

I tried the first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor

The next generation biometric technology has been developed by Vivo's global partner Synaptics . The company in December announced that it entered mass manufacturing with its optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID. Senior VP, Vivo , Alex Feng detailed the technology in a press release and said that it is aimed at solving the industry's challenge of offering a convenient authentication experience. Read More »

CES 2018: Lenovo introduces new ThinkPad and ThinkVision Portfolio

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The display remains at 14-inches, but it received significant upgrades. Inside, you can opt for up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. Every one of these new ThinkPad X1 spins offers a solid range of connectivity, including a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports (and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on all but the X1 Tablet). Read More »

Google Is 'Searching' for Its Lost Company Bikes

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There are around 1,100 Google bikes on the campus, but 100 to 250 bicycles are stolen every week, according to the company's estimates. From July to November, Google recovered between 70 and 190 bikes a week, or roughly two-thirds of the bikes reported off campus. Read More »

TCL to launch Roku sound bar

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Pricing has not yet been announced on any of the new TCL products. TCL has revealed the first product in its new Alto line of audio devices. All models in these lines feature support Dolby's HDR format, Dolby Vision. Aside from the 6 series, TCL also announced the 5 Series which replaces the S series of televisions it now has. "The 5-Series has television sizes ranging from 43" to 65". Read More »

Sennheiser unveils new HD 820 model

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Both the HD 820 and the CX 6.00BT will be available here with the CX 6.00BT landing here in early February for AU$169.95 and the HD 820 in June with pricing yet to be confirmed. You have a controller with a microphone and the earbuds also feature voice notifications about the battery status. "The company's proprietary speaker system powers the CX 6.00BT and delivers clear, detailed sound with an enhanced bass response", an Android Police report. Read More »

BlackBerry announces USA availability for the Motion and a bronze-colored KeyOne

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No details on these devices have been revealed, but TCL does have some news to share about two existing BlackBerry Android phones. The handset will be available direct from BlackBerry in the U.S. TCL has also cooked up a limited edition version of the BlackBerry KEYone . The Motion comes preloaded with Android 7.1 but will be updated to Android 8 .0. Read More »

CES 2018: DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Promises Stabilised Videos At Only RM520

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The two-way mobile clamp lets you easily pivot between landscape and portrait orientation so that you can chose the most engaging full-screen format for your audience. DJI has unveiled two new stabilisers for DSLRs and smartphones at CES 2018 , the Osmo Mobile 2 and the Ronin-S. "A new ¼" universal screw mount means that you can use the gimbal in conjunction with any tripod, and a zoom slider means it's now possible to completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle. Read More »

Windows 10 fixes for Meltdown and Spectre are breaking some AMD computers

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The update for Windows 10 version 1709, KB4056892, provides a range of fixes and updates, and addresses security issues affecting the operating system. According to reports from users, the unbootable problem appears to happen with specific AMD models. In its blog post, the software giant said the patches had caused computer screens to freeze up, or have so-called "blue screen errors" on Windows 10, Windows 8 .1 and Windows 7 . Read More »

Assassin's Creed Origins 'The Hidden Ones' Expansion Coming Soon

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More Trial of the Gods events await players as well. If you haven't picked up Assassin's Creed Origins yet, I highly recommend it. Ubisoft has not set an exact date for The Hidden Ones' arrival, but we're expecting it sooner rather than later - Trophies for the expansion have already been spotted out in the wild. Read More »

PUBG players will soon be able to report cheaters in replay mode

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Earlier this week, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds ( PUBG ) received its fourth major update on Xbox One, following its debut via the Xbox Game Preview program. Xbox One players have been waiting to hear more about the status of their PUBG patch that was recently sent to Microsoft for certification. This patch addresses these issues, referring specifically to "memory crashes" and "improvements to performance". Read More »