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Microsoft is now aggressively pushing Windows 10 upgrades Microsoft is now aggressively pushing Windows 10 upgrades
- March 03, 2016

If you work for a large company, your system administrators are likely monitoring these updates, so Windows 10 won't automatically download without their OK. The company has been noted for its "aggressive" campaign to ensure computers use the system in the past and has come in for flak over some of its practices, including "nagging" users to convert, using covert software updates and creating potentially misleading pop-ups leading users to download it. (more...)
Forza 6 free-to-play 'Apex' version coming to PC Forza 6 free-to-play 'Apex' version coming to PC
- March 03, 2016

Why is it free? The PC isn't exactly short of racing games, with Assetto Corsa, Project C.A.R.S. and DIRT Rally all providing a serious challenge for anyone with a racing wheel, let alone anyone trying to play on a keyboard. Microsoft has teased its next Forza game that will be revealed at E3 2016. "We've added new gameplay mechanics and race modes that make it more approachable for a new audience". (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6S Comparison; Release Date for Galaxy S7
- March 02, 2016

While the LG G4 came with some exclusive attention given to its camera capabilities, with the LG G5, the company has introduced a completely new sensor on the device, making the smartphone one of first of top tier Android flagships to come with the feature. (more...)
'The journey isn't over,' says astronaut on his return home 'The journey isn't over,' says astronaut on his return home
- March 02, 2016

The men hugged their crewmates goodbye and floated into their Soyuz capsule at 4.43pm EST (9.43pm GMT) along with Volkov, who had been in space for five and a half months. During that time, the ISS crew conducted more than 400 scientific experiments, but Kelly and Kornienko were assigned a whole range of separate experiments as part of NASA's Journey to Mars research programme. (more...)
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Announced, Free-to-Play on PC
- March 02, 2016

And to be clear about the "free" aspect of Apex , this is not a "free-to-play" title which comes with all those connotations of microtransactions and the funneling of users toward spending money in order to "win". Now we care about the fact that Quantum Break is not an Xbox One exclusive anymore, tomorrow we won't, as there won't be any boundaries between the Xbox and Windows brand: they will just be one single platform. (more...)
Facebook Moments Photo-Sharing App Now Gets Video And More Facebook Moments Photo-Sharing App Now Gets Video And More
- March 02, 2016

But the latest update to the app now adds video sharing capabilities, so you don't need to wait for your friend to upload a video to YouTube or email the file to you. This brings it closer in competition with the Google Photos app which can be used for the same objective as this application. Moments also added new uploading settings, one of which lets you specify Wi-Fi as your preferred upload option (avoiding using up your cellular data cap). (more...)
Facebook's News Feed Algorithm Now Gives Preference to Live Video Facebook's News Feed Algorithm Now Gives Preference to Live Video
- March 02, 2016

Vibhi Kant, Facebook's Product Manager, and Jie Xu, Software Engineer, made this announcement through a blog post issued on Tuesday, explaining that this change is necessary in order to expand the popularity of live videos . Facebook will also show the number of views on the live streaming video. The Facebook Live Videos have been around the website for almost a year now, as the celebrities and journalists got this update last summer, followed by the everyday iOS users, and now the ... (more...)
LCD Soundsystem, Kendrick Lamar, and Arcade Fire Headlining New NYC Panorama Festival LCD Soundsystem, Kendrick Lamar, and Arcade Fire Headlining New NYC Panorama Festival
- March 02, 2016

Panorama is the brainchild of Goldenvoice , the producers of the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Three-day general admission costs $369, and VIP tickets will set you back $769. Festival-goers can buy passes to be able to get to the festival via ferries or shuttles from Brooklyn. The new festival will feature "top music performances, technology-inspired installations and delicious eats to celebrate New York City's position as both a capital of ... (more...)
Watch a Live Stream of Astronaut Scott Kelly Returning to Earth
- March 02, 2016

He'll climb into the return capsule a few minutes before 4:30 with cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, who are also headed back to Earth. "I have taken a lot of pictures because I've been up here for a long time", he said at a recent press conference. Understanding how astronauts recover after long-duration spaceflight is a critical piece in planning for missions to deep space. (more...)
Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 Postponed Again, Here's Why Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 Postponed Again, Here's Why
- March 02, 2016

A specific launch window for the fifth attempt was not discussed. SpaceX scrubbed three attempts last week. "Our team will continue working with the Air Force's Launch Weather Officer to evaluate the best available opportunity for flight in the coming days", he said. (more...)
Android Pay coming to the UK Android Pay coming to the UK
- March 01, 2016

Apart from that, the technology works in a similar way to Apple Pay: users can load their Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards details on a smartphone with NFC. In theory, it should be available at any retailer that lets you use contactless payment, including the London Underground, trains, and buses. Non-Barclays account holders can as well make the contactless payment without a phone, primarily, this involves using the Bpay payment service, combined with a special key fob, wristband ... (more...)
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Makes Its Debut in Geneva The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Makes Its Debut in Geneva
- March 01, 2016

The biggest difference, of course, is the roof. While the C-Class Cabriolet that rolled out on stage was the 220D diesel-powered model, aesthetically it's identical to the gasoline powered vehicle we'll see in the U.S. In European markets, there will be 8 different engine options available with the C-Class Convertible. The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission can be ordered by customers for all the models in the range. (more...)
Chinese phone makers to use Samsung's Edge displays
- March 01, 2016

The S7 and S7 edge share nearly identical specs, but they no longer share the same 5.1 inch screen size as the S6 models. Check out this official Samsung Galaxy S7 launch video. The new Xperia range will hit shops in the summer and feature the things tech fans really want from their devices. Both manufacturers offer always-on display technology showing various notifications including the time and date while your phone is sitting on a desk. (more...)
'Deadpool' takes on all comers at box office
- February 29, 2016

Having already grossed $235.4 million domestically, " Deadpool " - made with just $58 million - is poised to become one of the most successful R-rated movies ever. 3. The violent comic-book movie isn't getting lost in translation, topping the foreign box office for the second weekend in a row to the tune of $85 million. (more...)
HoloLens Development Edition to launch next month HoloLens Development Edition to launch next month
- February 29, 2016

The fact that developers interested in writing augmented-reality apps for the HoloLens will soon get access to headsets is a necessary step on the product's road to consumer availability, but doesn't tell us anything about when the final product will go on sale. (more...)
Tougher, better Galaxy S7 edge Tougher, better Galaxy S7 edge
- February 29, 2016

Phone makers used to guarantee upgrades by making phones bigger and bigger - but phones can't get much bigger for one-handed use. While exploring the MWC show floor, we had the chance to see a great number of new smartphones, mostly high-end and mid-range models. (more...)
Microsoft Axe Plan To Bring Android Apps To Windows Microsoft Axe Plan To Bring Android Apps To Windows
- February 29, 2016

This enables developers to easily share common app code across their iOS, Android and Windows apps while still delivering fully native experiences for each of the platforms. Is this a step in the right direction, or evidence of a stumble? Microsoft wants its software to run everywhere, not just Windows, and its latest acquisition is another step towards that goal. (more...)
What Apple vs. Federal Bureau of Investigation is NOT about
- February 29, 2016

Cook afterward said, "there's much more work to do on diversity across the company". "We are a staunch advocacy of privacy", he said. "Being hard doesn't scare us". It's going to be Christmas Eve for awhile". Cook hadn't said anything publicly about the dispute since his interview with ABC's David Muir on Wednesday. (more...)
United States space-endurance champ says he could do another year
- February 29, 2016

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's ended his year in space by taping a Benny Hill-inspired video in space , while wearing a gorilla suit. After more than 300 days in constant micro-gravity, US astronaut Scott Kelly is confident human travel to Mars is "clearly doable". (more...)
SpaceX SES-9 Mission Is Now Scheduled for Sunday Evening SpaceX SES-9 Mission Is Now Scheduled for Sunday Evening
- February 29, 2016

Thursday's countdown scrubbed less than two minutes before a planned blastoff. The second attempt, was to take place on Thursday, but was called off just minutes before the launch time. SES-9 is SES's largest satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. There was no immediate word on when SpaceX might try again. Translation: We think our rocket will most likely explode into bits when it tries to land itself. (more...)

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