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Apple issues a patch to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones/iPads

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 08:03

On Thursday, tech giant Apple announced the release of a new patch for fixing a dangerous security vulnerability in iPhones and iPads.

The new patch has been issued by Apple against the backdrop of the findings by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab that the handset of a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident, Ahmed Mansoor, had been targeted with a hitherto unknown hacking mechanism.

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Bloomberg: Apple will likely eliminate the home button on 2017 iPhone

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 07:50

According to a Bloomberg report, the 2017 model of the Apple iPhone will probably come without the iconic home button.

Apple's reported decision to do away with the home button -- to which Apple fans have become accustomed over the last nearly ten years -- on the 2017 iPhone version is apparently a part of the company's dramatic revamp of the iPhone.

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AMD shares new details about its ‘Zen’ x86 core processor technology

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:09

At the Hot Chips 28 convention this week, AMD shared some additional details about its 'Zen' x86 core processor technology. The new details add to the information which AMD had previously released about the Zen CPU chip at a special press event during Intel's developer forum in San Francisco.

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Pinterest acquires article-saving app Instapaper for undisclosed amount

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 07:50

In a Tuesday announcement, Pinterest has revealed that it is acquiring article-saving app Instapaper. The acquisition will enable Pinterest to bring about notable improvements to the article-reading experience on its app.

The financial terms of Pinterest's acquisition of Instapaper have not been officially disclosed.

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Sony to increase PlayStation Plus subscription from Sept. 22

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:27

In a recent announcement made via the PlayStation Blog, Sony has revealed that it is making an upward revision in the pricing of its PlayStation Plus online gaming service in September.

The announcement implies that the current $50-a-year membership cost of the PlayStation Plus service is scheduled to increase next month. The increased pricing will go into effect on September 22, 2016.

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EFF thinks that T-Mobile’s new data plan could violate Net Neutrality principles

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 07:56

According to a Daily Dot report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is apparently apprehensive that the new 'T-Mobile One' data plan launched recently by US wireless carrier T-Mobile could violate the principles of Net Neutrality.

As per the report, the EFF's concerns about a possible violation of Net Neutrality principles by the 'T-Mobile One' data plan are seemingly rooted in the manner in which the plans enables data usage by customers.

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Facebook launches new standalone app for sharing photos/videos

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:07

In a move which will apparently enable Facebook to win over young users, the social network is rolling out a standalone iOS app - called 'Lifestage' - for sharing photos and videos.

The new Lifestage app is basically aimed at Facebook users aged 21 years and younger. The app allows the users to post photos and videos, and also to express their likes/dislikes, emotions, and friendships. The app opens directly to a camera screen, which is a clear indication of its focus on photos and videos.

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T-Mobile and Sprint are bringing affordable unlimited data plans

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 07:53

In an announcement made via their respective press releases on Thursday, US wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint said that they are reintroducing affordable unlimited data plans for their customers.

The announcements by T-Mobile and Sprint that they are bringing unlimited data plans back from extinction implies that the two carriers will offer competing unlimited data plans to wireless customers who are willing to relinquish video quality.

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9to5Mac report: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will hit the markets on Sept. 23

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 09:14

According to new information shared by 9to5Mac in a recent report, tech giant Apple will launch its much-awaited next-generation iPhones -- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- later than anticipated.  

The report, citing an unidentified source at AT&T, revealed that the iPhone 7 handset, and its bigger-screen, dual camera iPhone 7 Plus counterpart, will likely hit the markets on September 23, 2016.

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Intel introduced new VR reference design --- ‘Project Alloy’

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 07:43

During the course of its Keynote at the IDF event ion Tuesday, chip giant Intel announced a new virtual reality (VR) reference design called 'Project Alloy.'

Intel's new Project Alloy VR headset, which was demonstrated on stage by Intel at the IDF event, essentially underscores a wireless system which, as per the company, contains all the things which are needed by the users to immerse in a VR experience without extraneous components.

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Hacking group claims to have access to “full state sponsor tool set” of cyberweapons

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:48

In an Internet post released on Saturday, a hitherto unknown hacking group - which goes by the name 'Shadow Brokers' - has claimed that it has broken into a cyberespionage organization linked to the US National Security Agency (NSA).

The hacking group is also offering to sell what it claims is a trove of hacking tools used by an NSA-tied cyberespionage organization.

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Niantic to issue permanent bans to Pokémon Go gamers who violated its TOS

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 07:43

This week, game developer Niantic Labs posted a note to its website, revealing that it is issuing permanent bans to Pokémon Go gamers who violate the Terms of Service (TOS) of the outrageously popular mobile game which was launched in July.

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HPE acquiring SGI in a $275 million deal

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:58

In a move which will give Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) a substantial boost in big-data analytics and high-performance computing, the company said in a Thursday announcement that it will acquire HPC server maker SGI.

Sharing details about the financial terms of the acquisition, HPE said that it will pay approximately $275 million - or $7.75 per share - for acquiring SGI, in a cash and debt deal. SGI has a workforce of nearly 1,100 employees across the world.

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Snapchat facing widespread backlash for ‘yellowface’ filter

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 08:54

Social media platform Snapchat is facing widespread criticism for a newly-launched 'yellowface' filter which promotes racist stereotypes of Asians.

The criticism being faced by Snapchat for the new 'yellowface' filter - which was launched earlier this week - marks the second widespread backlash which the company is facing for a filter in recent months. Earlier, in April, Snapchat was widely criticized for rolling out a Bob Marley filter which several people said was the equivalent of 'digital blackface.'

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Intel is acquiring deep-learning startup Nervana Systems

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:22

On Tuesday, chip giant Intel revealed in an announcement that it is acquiring California-based deep-learning startup Nervana Systems. The acquisition will apparently help Intel gain some of the lost ground in the artificial intelligence (AI) arena, which currently is one of the newest trends in the tech sector.

The financial terms of Intel's acquisition of Nervana Systems have not been officially disclosed, but the value of the deal is estimated to be more than $350 million.

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Niantic updates Pokemon Go to version 1.3; brings several improvements

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 08:08

In a Monday announcement, Niantic Labs said that it has updated its Pokemon Go smartphone game to version 1.3, introducing a number of notable improvements, tweaks and fixes to the July-launched game.

The most significant addition which Niantic has made to the Pokemon Go game in the updated version is that in-app dialogue option has been introduced, to remind gamers -- who may be playing the game while driving -- not to play the game when they are driving their vehicle at a high speed.

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Google debuts Olympic-themed interactive doodles --- 2016 Doodle Fruit Games

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 07:59

In coincidence with the opening of the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, Google has launches a series of Olympics-themed interactive mini games --- the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games.

The 2016 Doodle Fruit Games are fun mini games which show up to the users when they open the Google app on either the Android or iOS devices. The users can click on the Google Doodle to play a number of games including tennis, mini golf, swimming, hurdles, and water polo.

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Google to shut down ‘Together’ feature in Android Wear on Sept. 30

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 07:19

According to a development first reported by Android Police, tech biggie Google plans to shut down the 'Together' watch face feature in Android Wear - the company's operating system for wearable devices - next month.

According to the report, the Android Wear OS' 'Together' watch face feature will be shuttered by Google with effect from September 30, 2016.

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T-Mobile believes its wireless coverage will match Verizon’s coverage in next one year

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 09:34

During the course of an exclusive interview on Thursday, Neville Ray - the Chief Technology Officer of T-Mobile - said that, within the next one year, the wireless coverage of T-Mobile will be able to match the industry-leading wireless coverage offered by Verizon.

The statement by Ray has come against the backdrop of the fact that T-Mobile's LTE network currently covers approximately 311 million people - in theoretical terms, not the actual number of subscribers - whereas Verizon's LTE coverage is available to a few more million people.  

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Latest Weibo leak highlights subtle design changes coming to iPhone 7

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:48

Chinese microblogging service Weibo has recently leaked some new information about Apple's forthcoming next-generation iPhone -- iPhone 7 -- which will likely be unveiled by the bigwig tech company in September.

The latest Weibo leak related to iPhone 7 comes within days of an earlier-this-week leak by the microblogging site which - citing an unidentified Foxconn insider - had revealed that iPhone 7 will come with a non-mechanical home button. That leak also said that iPhone 7 will not be a completely waterproof handset.

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