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Google Offer Phone Trade-in Policy In Time For New Pixel Device

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Google Offer Phone Trade-in Policy In Time For New Pixel Device

With the Google Pixel 2 gearing up to launch in about two weeks, you may be ready to retire your current phone in anticipation. All signs point to Google trying to make the process smoother. The company launched a trade-in program (scroll down on the right-hand side of the page for details) for those who send in their old phone when buying a new Google Pixel(here’s our review of the first Pixel). Even though this comes ahead of the Pixel 2 launch, it’s likely Google will extend... 

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T-Mobile, Sprint Edge Closer To Merger

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile, Sprint Edge Closer To Merger

 T-Mobile US Inc is has moved closer to agreeing on tentative terms to merge with Sprint Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers. The transaction would significantly consolidate the U.S. telecommunications market and represent the first transformative U.S. merger with significant antitrust risk to be agreed since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in January. The progress toward... 

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Londoners Want Uber Back, Sign Petition

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Londoners Want Uber Back, Sign Petition

Half a million people have signed an online petition in under 24 hours supporting Uber’s bid to stay on the streets of London, showing the company is turning to its tried-and-tested tactic of asking customers for help when it locks horns with regulators. London’s transport authorities stunned the powerful start-up on Friday when they deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service for safety reasons and stripped it of its license from next week, although it can continue to operate while it appeals. The... 

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Is Valve’s Steam Dominance Killing PC Gaming

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Valve’s Steam Dominance Killing PC Gaming

Earlier this week I wrote about a recurring problem in games, and what I was going to do as a member of the media to try and fix it. Today I’m going to talk about something I’m doing to fix it as a customer and gamer. I hadn’t intended to write a follow-up piece, but I hit a bit of a breaking point this week with the one-two punch of PewDiePie dropping the n-word on stream and Bungie removing a white supremacist symbol from its Destiny 2. Both events are part of a wretched pattern... 

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Is The Ryzen 5 APU On The Horizon

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The Ryzen 5 APU On The Horizon

Details of a new Ryzen 5 APU, with onboard Radeon Vega Graphics, has been spotted on Geekbench, giving both a hint of its performance, and specifications. It is not really a big deal as we have been pretty much been predicting this spec for ages.  The Ryzen 5 2500U APU boasts four cores and eight threads, and 4MB of L3 cache, and runs at 2GHz. On Geekbench, the APU scored 3561 in single-core performance, and 9421 running on all cores. The 2000 series of APUs will be launched around the time of CES. Courtesy-Fud  Read More →

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Astronomers Ponder The Role Of Physics In Life

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Ponder The Role Of Physics In Life

Understanding the origin of life is arguably one of the most compelling quests for humanity. This quest has inevitably moved beyond the puzzle of life on Earth to whether there’s life elsewhere in the universe. Is life on Earth a fluke? Or is life as natural as the universal laws of physics? Jeremy England, a biophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is trying to answer these profound questions. In 2013, he formulated a hypothesis that physics may spontaneously trigger chemicals... 

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Google Assistant Comes To Bose Premium Headphones

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Assistant Comes To Bose Premium Headphones

Last month Bose accidentally leaked shots in a newsletter of what appeared to be a new version of its top noise-canceling headphone, the QuietComfort 35. The tip-off was an extra button on the headphones that tech sleuths speculated had something to do with a possible voice assistant. Now Bose has officially announced the not-so-secret QuietComfort 35 II or QC35 II and told us that the new “Action” button on the left ear cup allows you to connect to your Google Assistant without... 

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Google Acquiring Pixel Smartphone Making Unit of HTC

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Acquiring Pixel Smartphone Making Unit of HTC

Alphabet Inc’s Google confirmed that it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones – its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure. The all-cash deal will see Google gain 2,000 HTC employees, roughly equivalent to one fifth of the Taiwanese firm’s total workforce. It will also acquire a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property and the two firms agreed to look at other areas... 

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Skype, WhatsApp Calls Allowed Again In Saudi Arabia

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Skype, WhatsApp Calls Allowed Again In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government has rescinded its ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said. All online voice and video call services – such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber – that satisfy regulatory requirements were set to become accessible overnight. However, on Thursday morning, Viber appeared to remain blocked inside the kingdom, and WhatsApp worked only when connected... 

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Is MediaTek Falling Behind

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is MediaTek Falling Behind

According to Digitimes, the outfit is not going be able to release anything using these technologies in 2018, as it has moved to focus on the mid-range smartphone market segment. MediaTek has shifted its R&D resources to the Helio P series mobile chips designed for mid-range devices, and put the development of its high-end Helio X series on hold.  Alll this could be a warning that Taiwan’s IC design industry growth could be limited. MediaTek has been a leading Taiwan-based IC designer... 

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Is nVidia Planning A Geforce 1070 Ti

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia Planning A Geforce 1070 Ti

According to the newest leak, Nvidia may be working on a GTX 1070 Ti, which could put a lot of pressure on AMD’s RX Vega lineup. The alleged GTX 1070 Ti was originally spotted as a part of a specifications list on My Drivers site, caught by PCPer.com, and is listed as the Asus GTX 1070 Ti Strix O8G. While there were no precise details regarding the card, the O8G in the name suggests it packs 8GB of memory. Further rumors suggest that it could be based on the latest GP104 GPU and pack 2304 CUDA... 

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Astronomers Find Titanium Oxide On Aline Planet

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Titanium Oxide On Aline Planet

For the first time ever, titanium oxide has been spotted in an exoplanet’s skies, a new study reports. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile detected the substance in the atmosphere of WASP-19b, a huge, scorching-hot planet located 815 light-years from Earth. The presence of titanium oxide in the atmosphere of WASP-19b can have substantial effects on the atmospheric temperature structure and circulation,” study co-author Ryan MacDonald,... 

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YouTube Introduces Fan Sponsorship Service

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Introduces Fan Sponsorship Service

YouTube Gaming fans will now be able to directly donate money to their favorite eligible creators with sponsorships, the company announced.  A monthly $4.99 payment gives fans perks such as custom emoji and access to exclusive live chats. Fans can also purchase digital goods directly from the channels. In order to be eligible, creators must be over 18 years old and have a Gaming channel which is monetized and enabled for live streaming. The channel must also have over 1,000 subscribers. Early... 

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T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Talks Heat Up

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Talks Heat Up

T-Mobile and Sprint are a hot topic in the world of wireless. The nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers are in active discussions for a merger, according to a person familiar with the talks. It could take anywhere between three and five weeks before the deal might be made official, although there’s no guarantee it will go through. CNBC’s David Faber was the first to report on the talks. A merger would mark the culmination of years of flirting between T-Mobile and... 

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Amazon Is Developing It’s Own ‘Smart Glasses’

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Is Developing It’s Own ‘Smart Glasses’

Amazon.com Inc is busy developing its first wearable device – a pair of ‘smart glasses’, the Financial Times reported earlier this week. The device, designed like a regular pair of spectacles, will allow Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to be summoned anytime at all places, the report said, citing people familiar with the plans. There would be a bone-conduction audio system in the device to allow the wearer to hear Alexa without inserting headphones into his or her ears, according... 

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