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Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs from HP, ASUS and others

Initially available in the US, Alexa support will be available in the first quarter of 2018 via an update through the Acer Care Center software, with other locations getting Alexa support mid-2018. Similar to Acer, HP also recently unveiled the Pavilion Wave that is specifically created to offer voice interactions powered by Amazon Alexa . And you'll find Alexa on so many devices these days, from light bulbs to ovens to vacuum cleaners, but heading to Windows 10 PCs is a very big deal ... Read More »

Here's Why GoPro Is Giving Up on Drones

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Why would GoPro exit the drone market when the Karma seems to be a successful machine? The company was already forced to announce a price cut on December 10 for its core camera product, the HERO5, due to weak pre-holiday sales. To add to these problems, GoPro says that there's now "a hostile regulatory environment" both at home in the USA and overseas in Europe. Along with the job cuts and plans to get out of the drone business, GoPro released preliminary fourth-quarter results, which ... Read More »

DJI unveils new handheld camera stabilizer for your phone

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For many, they've completely replaced a point-and-shoot camera . DJI is aiming straight at the mobile & DSLR/mirrorless market with two new single-handed stabilizers. It's created to handle cameras as big as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV , but can also stabilize footage from popular mirrorless video cameras like the Panasonic GH5 and Sony a7S II . Read More »

Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L Designs and Specifications Leaked

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The images above have the fingerprint sensor mounted on the power button itself, which is a usual for Sony flagships, but also something that's not so welcomed in the US. On the front of the phone you'll find an 8-megapixel camera with 120-degree field of view, so you can get more friends and family, or landscapes into your selfies . Read More »

LG's little HU80KA projector can cast a big 4K picture

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The company's new and first-ever release in the 4K projector market didn't even have to wait until CES 2018 to get kicked out onto the public stage. And standard connectivity options include ports for USB, Ethernet and HDMI, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse. Read More »

LG's 65-Inch OLED TV Can Be Rolled Up, Hidden Away

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One of Microsoft's hopes these days is that users will upgrade to the new 4K TVs in the future in order to be able to take advantage of the new exciting Xbox One X console. Thanks to the huge internal investment by LG, its annual OLED TV panel shipments are expected to ramp from 1.7 million units a year ago, to reach 6.5 million in 2020. Read More »

Three Billboards wins best screenplay at Golden Globes

Newcomer " The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel " picked up Globes for best actress in a comedy and best TV series, comedy, though the show was up against stalwarts like "Black-ish" and "Master of None". "A new day is on the horizon", Winfrey said. The evening began with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as actresses showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment inside and outside the entertainment industry. Read More »

Samsung just announced a 146-inch modular TV

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In advance of CES 2018 which is set to officially kick off this week, Samsung has revealed two of its biggest display innovations for 2018: the 8K Q9S and the MicroLED "Wall" TV . There's also AI inside, which Samsung says will be able to "learn from itself" over time, which is scary and awesome, all mixed together. 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will also offer easier sharing and connectivity, via Samsung's IoT platform hub. Read More »

Some JFK international arrivals suspended after main break

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The airport confirmed worldwide flights into its terminal four had been suspended as footage emerged of water streaming from the ceiling and flooding the terminal floor. Travelers Saturday faced a series issues, including frozen equipment breakdowns, difficulties in baggage handling, staff shortages, and heavier than typical passenger loads, the port authority said. Read More »

Amazon and Google Probably Lost Money on Smart Speaker Sales Last Christmas

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It is now available on 400 million devices, "including speakers like Google Home, Android phones and tablets , iPhones, headphones , TVs , watches and more". Google in November rolled out an update that will allow you to use Home speakers as intercom systems in your house.People can now broadcast their voice from Google Assistant on smartphones or voice-activated speakers like Google Home . Read More »

Mozilla 57.0.4 version addresses Spectre and Meltdown Malware flaws

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Apple has confirmed an Intel glitch has affected all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. Further updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS will be released to limit the threat of the vulnerabilities, Apple said. "Though Intel have vowed to make every machine virtually immune to known superbugs such as Spectre and Meltdown , there are reports emerging today that shares were sold just before the vulnerability came to light". Read More »

Famous Tokyo fish market holds final auction

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The bluefin tuna, weighing 405 kg and sourced from Aomori prefecture, was bought at a per kilo price of 90,000 yen by Yukitaka Yamaguchi, an intermediary for the wholesale fish merchant firm Yamayuki, reports Efe news. The market's shift to a new facility on a former gas plant site on Tokyo Bay has been repeatedly delayed due to concerns over soil contamination. Japanese are the biggest consumers of the torpedo-shaped bluefin tuna, and surging consumption of sushi has boosted demand, as ... Read More »

Intel facing multiple class action suits over chip security flaw

Researchers found that the flaw left no traces in "traditional log files", making it near impossible to know if a computer's memory was exploited. "It will not take long for the security flaw to be exploited in the wild". Hardware fixes are, by nature, much slower and more hard (and more expensive!) than software fixes. However, Google has a list of computers that won't receive the update because they are older models. Read More »

CAF President Ahmad gives strong defence for axing two awards

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Ahmad refuted earlier submissions that captains didn't vote by saying the two categories were only left out to promote competition for players and avoid corruption in the refereeing department. Interestingly, the top three nominees are being put to a public vote to decide the victor of this year's African Footballer of the year 2017. The Awards will take place at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC) with Egypt's Mohamed Salah , Senegal's Sadio Mane and Gabon's Pierre-Emerick ... Read More »

Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR) Rises 0.629% for Jan 5

When it comes to stock picking strategies, investors might be best served to make sure that they have done the actual research themselves. Vanguard S&P 500 ETF has a twelve month low of $206.54 and a twelve month high of $251.40. Investors may use various technical indicators to help spot trends and buy/sell signals. The RSI was developed by J. Welles Wilder, and it oscillates between 0 and 100. Read More »

Intel Chips Security Flaw to Slow Down Everything, Everyone Once Fixed

Some say performance speeds of Intel computers with older processors could slow down by as much as 30 per cent, though newer Skylake processors might not have face a severe impact. Intel has responded to reports that a "bug" within its processors can not be cured with a firmware update and the only fix is an OS patch that may slow down your machine by up to 30%. Read More »

Nissan's New Vehicles Will Read Your Mind

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Of course, we won't know for certain just how well Nissan's Brain-to-Vehicle interface will perform until it's unveiled at the CES. Nissan says the technology will use a special headset worn by the driver to monitor brain signs, and can also be used if and when a auto is in autonomous mode - changing in-car comfort settings if it senses discomfort. Read More »

Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling Console Ever in US

Since its release last March, the Nintendo Switch has become a runaway hit. The Switch has been bolstered by an incredibly strong lineup of first party games. The title was released in 2013 for Nintendo 3DS family consoles as a follow-up to the award-winning The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past , originally released on Super Nintendo. Read More »

DHS cellphone border searches jumped 50 percent in 2017

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Customs and Border Protection said in a new policy Friday that puts some firm limits on the extent of border searches. But the agency stressed the searches represent just a tiny fraction - 0.007 percent of arriving global travelers - out of more than 397 million. Read More »

World leaders will not be banned from Twitter

The protest came after Trump kicked off the new year with a Level 5 tweetstorm , taking shots at everything from Iran's government to the "Fake News Media", but on Tuesday night the Tweeter-In-Chief chose to brag that his "nuclear button" is larger and more powerful than North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un's . Read More »

Sensex ends at life-time-high of 34153.85 pts on sustained buying

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Globally, in the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.55 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang gained 0.18 per cent, while China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.23 per cent in their early deals. "Sensex and Nifty touched record highs in early Friday trade, mirroring the gains in world equities". On the currency front, the Indian rupee strengthened by three paise to close at 63.37 against the United States dollar from its previous close at 63.40. Read More »

Environment Canada extends extreme cold warning

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As of now, Environment Canada says temperatures in that range are expected from the night of Jan. 4 to the morning of Jan. 5 and again from the night of Jan. First, we're still under extreme cold warning. With a wind chill of -35, exposed skin can freeze in less than ten minutes. The weather agency also reminds residents if it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside. Read More »

What you need to do about newly discovered computer chip flaws

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Intel told BI that the sale was not related to the two flaws, which are present in all Intel processors dating back to 1995. And Steve Grobham, chief technology officer at security firm McAfee, said that the revelations affected the "foundational modern computer building block capability" which enforced protection of the computer's operating system. Read More »

Apple confirms software slows phones with old batteries

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That's essentially what iStore is telling South African iPhone owners in the wake of news from the U.S. that Apple has offered to slash the price of out-of-warranty replacement batteries from the usual $79 to just $29. Interestingly, while Apple's initial announcement stipulated it would only make the offer available to customers "whose batteries need to be replaced", MacRumors has confirmed that the discount is available to all users, regardless of the current health of their phone's ... Read More »

Trojan Alert! Banking app on an Android phone? Beware of this

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Attackers have taken notice of this and have followed suit . As per Quickheal, more than 1,200 incidents of malware affecting computing as well as mobile devices were reported in 2017 alone. Once a user has the newest variant of Fakeapp on their device, it will consistently pop up a prompt for the user to input their Uber login information. Read More »

Spotify boasts 70 million subscribers as stock market listing looms

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Prior to joining Spotify , Blom spent a number of years as an executive at EMI, eventually rising to the role of CEO of EMI Nordic. Spotify will become a publicly traded company via an unusual direct listing rather than a cash-generating initial public offering, the hope seemingly being that the former approach will come with less risk. Read More »

WhatsApp connects billions on New Years

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The features, which are the clones of rival app Snapchat, now boast numbers nearly twice the size of Snapchat that has 173 million daily active users. "We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you", a spokesperson said. Read More »

Intel says performance impact of security updates not significant

Nearly every computing machine on this planet is affected by the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws, including Apple products. Apple confirmed tonight (Jan. Current updates to macOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, and Apple is working on providing better protections against Spectre. Apple says it has already "released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown". Read More »

Burnout Paradise is being remastered and it's coming to PS4

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It has been many years since Criterion moved on from the Burnout series. While the speed and crashes were present and correct, it also favored an open-world approach rather than the short, sharp racing challenges of its predecessors. Gematsu reports that the tentatively titled Burnout Paradise HD Remaster will be available in the East Asian country on March 16. However, this is the first official confirmation of the game and its release date. Read More »

The New ThinkPad from Lenovo Features Webcam Security Covers

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The new ThinkPad lineup is powered by 8th-generation Intel Core processors and brings more modern designs to the market. Lenovo ThinkPad T series offers high-end security, to be a business-friendly offering. All the updated ThinkPads start arriving later in January. The Lenovo T-Series is the company's mid-range business line, with a blend of performance, efficiency, and value. Read More »

Taco Bell Releases Nacho Fries For Limited Time

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Taco Bell is introducing its own twist on French fries in stores nationwide later this month as it looks to widen its dollar menu options. "We believe passionately that people should have more than just the ability to eat for $1; they should feel like they can feast for $1", Marisa Thalberg, Taco Bell's chief marketing officer, said in a statement at the time. Read More »

Apple's battery replacement offer to reduce 2018 iPhone sales: Barclays

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It also costs $29, though, but one reason to go for it is because it also has kits available for the older models that Apple's program doesn't support such as the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c. Apple has slashed the price of replacement batteries for many older iPhones . Note that your older iPhone may not be throttled if you're running an older version of iOS. Read More »