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Cortana, Meet Alexa: Digital Assistants Will Talk to Each Other Cortana, Meet Alexa: Digital Assistants Will Talk to Each Other
- August 30, 2017

Alexa will play music , answer questions, get news and local information, control smart home products, and other tasks from voice-enabled products. Then again, Bezos, who pitched the idea of an unprecedented Amazon - Microsoft partnership to a surprisingly receptive Nadella way back in May 2016, admitted in a New York Times interview he didn't also reach out to Google and Apple . (more...)
'No More Heroes' sequel hits Nintendo Switch next year 'No More Heroes' sequel hits Nintendo Switch next year
- August 30, 2017

This will actually be the first game he has directed since the original No More Heroes , which is reason enough to get excited about Travis Strikes Again . There was a new trailer and some more details, but the project still remains a bit of a mystery, especially with the intriguing details Nintendo dropped in today's livestream. (more...)
Is Uber's New CEO Already Doomed? Is Uber's New CEO Already Doomed?
- August 30, 2017

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) stopped Uber's operations in mid-August, after it accused the company of flouting an order to stop accepting new driver applications. "I was not a contender for this job until the weekend - and I'm not even sure I was then". In an email to Expedia staff, Khosrowshahi said he was "scared" and had "forgotten what life is outside of this place [Expedia]". (more...)
The first water-resistant BlackBerry phone is coming this October, sans keyboard The first water-resistant BlackBerry phone is coming this October, sans keyboard
- August 30, 2017

They continued using QWERTY keyboards, which many people prefer over all-touchscreen phones because of convenience. Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry recently launched its flagship smartphone KEYOne in India at Rs 39,990. The phone would likely be some sort of successor to the DTEK50 and DTEK60 phones, launched in 2016, both featuring full touchscreens. The BlackBerry handset will see the daylight in the next two months, and might even boast of water-resistant capabilities. (more...)
BMW unveils new Mini design for electric powered auto BMW unveils new Mini design for electric powered auto
- August 30, 2017

China is also reportedly looking for electric vehicle manufacturers to accelerate production for viable alternatives to petrol and diesel-fuelled cars as it looks to cut its poor air pollution record. The electric Mini is also set to go into production within the next two years at the company's Oxford plant in the UK. Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, said: "With its characteristic go-kart feel and powerful ... (more...)
Nissan follows Ford into the Chinese electric vehicle business Nissan follows Ford into the Chinese electric vehicle business
- August 30, 2017

Editor's Remarks: Dongfeng Auto is one of China's "Big 3" state-owned vehicle makers, with sales of over three million units in 2016, and manufacturing joint ventures with Honda, Renault and Peugeot-Citroën. The new company eGT is planned to be based out of Shiyan, Hubei Province in central China. The electric vehicles will be made at Dongfeng plant, which has a production capacity of 120,000 vehicles a year, from 2019. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S9 will get a dual-camera like the Note 8 Samsung Galaxy S9 will get a dual-camera like the Note 8
- August 30, 2017

So far, according to Samsung , this feature extends to the Note 8's native apps, for now. Given the argument that the Note 8 is more of the S8+, a new argument has come up - should you wait for the Google Pixel 2 XL instead of buying the Note 8? However, the firmware update isn't expected to come to the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 5 , Galaxy Note 4 , Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy A3 (2015), Galaxy A5 (2015), Galaxy A7 (2015), Galaxy A8 (2015), Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), ... (more...)
Movie Studios Want Apple To Charge Big Bucks For 4K Movies Movie Studios Want Apple To Charge Big Bucks For 4K Movies
- August 30, 2017

According to people familiar with the matter, the Hollywood studios are not happy with the pricing offered by Apple for 4K movies. Apple may be unveiling the latest version of their Apple TV on September 12 , but the exact cost of watching ultra-high definition movies on their upcoming 4K television-friendly streaming media device is a reported source of conflict. (more...)
MediaTek has announced the Helio P23 and P30 packages MediaTek has announced the Helio P23 and P30 packages
- August 30, 2017

There are a few differences between the P23 and P30. The two chipsets are aimed at delivering performance, power efficiency, dual camera photography, dual SIM, and dual 4G VoLTE capabilities to mid-range smartphones. Dual cameras are a thing, like them or not, and MediaTek is capitalizing on this trend by adding support for it in the P-series. Helio P30 chipset also features a new Vision Processing Unit (VPU), a dedicated 500MHz digital signal processor paired to the Image Signal ... (more...)
Harvey Causing Gasoline Price Increases In Pennsylvania
- August 30, 2017

At $2.83, the average price in the Eugene-Springfield area almost matched the state average, the report said. By 5 p.m. Tuesday, the range was still the same although the distribution had changed with the majority boosting their prices by a dime to 12 cents in a matter of hours. (more...)
Ways Google Maps Now Makes it Easier to Find Parking Ways Google Maps Now Makes it Easier to Find Parking
- August 30, 2017

The icon is a small circle with the letter P that changes colour depending on predicted parking availability: red suggests parking will be limited, while blue means finding a spot will be medium-difficult. The Android app now has a "find parking" button on the direction card that is displayed once you search for your location. Here are the first 25 cities in the United States where the "find parking" feature should be available right away: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, ... (more...)
Eat more fat, fewer carbs, says multi-nation, multi-year health study Eat more fat, fewer carbs, says multi-nation, multi-year health study
- August 30, 2017

Comparatively, diets with high total fat intake (people getting 35.3 per cent of their energy from fat) had a 23 per cent lower risk of death compared to low fat diets (11 per cent energy from fat). That said, the study demonstrates "how complex" it is to try and determine health based on simple measures of macronutrient breakdown. Many factors contribute to these diseases but diet is one of the few that can be modified to lessen risk. (more...)
Google unveils new augmented reality platform to take on Apple's ARKit Google unveils new augmented reality platform to take on Apple's ARKit
- August 29, 2017

Even Pokémon Go , a smash hit when it was released in the summer of 2016, doesn't do a great job of mixing virtual creatures with reality as you see it through your smartphone screen. But Tango required specialized hardware and after seeing its limited appeal and adoption, Google has chose to retire it. This will allow developers to adjust the the lighting and maybe even color of the virtual objects projected onto the real world, giving it a more realistic appearance and delivering a more ... (more...)
Ford & Domino's Team Up for Self-Driving Pizza Deliveries Ford & Domino's Team Up for Self-Driving Pizza Deliveries
- August 29, 2017

A fleet of research vehicles will begin deliveries in September as the two firms explore how customers respond to and interact with self-driving cars. Customers in the test area will be chosen randomly when they order a pizza, and will get a phone call to confirm they want to participate. The one-month trial "is the first step in an ongoing process of testing that we plan to undertake with Ford", said Patrick Doyle, Domino's president and CEO. (more...)
Volvo Adds Carbon Components to 2018 S60 and V60 Polestar Volvo Adds Carbon Components to 2018 S60 and V60 Polestar
- August 29, 2017

The high-performance sedan and wagon gain a smattering of aerodynamic addenda made from carbon fibre, along with a few other visual tweaks inside and out. No changes have been made to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine used to power the S60 and V60, so the 0-62mph dash for the models still take 4.7sec and 4.8sec respectively. (more...)
Share Fake News on Facebook, Lose the Right to Buy Ads Share Fake News on Facebook, Lose the Right to Buy Ads
- August 29, 2017

Facebook was criticized previous year for its role in helping to spread of fake/false news. Back in April, Facebook announced various steps it was taking to tackle the fake news issue, including using machine learning to help spot spam accounts, improving its ability to detect fake accounts, and more. (more...)
Apple Reported to Ready 4K Apple TV Upgrade Apple Reported to Ready 4K Apple TV Upgrade
- August 29, 2017

The new Apple TV will also support apps that enable live TV streaming. Furthermore, Apple has lagged heavily behind rivals on content creation, with 4K UHD content from Apple not even being worth mentioning since it doesn't yet exist for the consumer market. (more...)
Halo Mixed Reality Experience in Development Halo Mixed Reality Experience in Development
- August 28, 2017

Virtual reality enthusiasts know that Steam is a great place to enjoy cutting edge immersive experiences. Though Dell isn't blazing the trail as the first Mixed Reality headset on the market, it is aiming to set itself apart from the pack by offering some uniqueness. (more...)
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 live photo allegedly leaks Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 live photo allegedly leaks
- August 28, 2017

Several rumors and leaks suggest that the impending Mi Mix 2 will feature thinner bezels than the Mi Mix. Meanwhile, we wait for the launch of these two smartphone , recently Xiaomi has released the Beta version of the MIUI 9 Global ROMs for the second batch of devices. (more...)
Galaxy J7 (2016) tipped to get Google mobile OS v7.0 soon Galaxy J7 (2016) tipped to get Google mobile OS v7.0 soon
- August 28, 2017

While some might think that Samsung will be more cautious about its press renders after leaking one of them, Samsung did exactly the opposite because another press render of Galaxy J7 Plus was leaked. The device is expected to offer at least 3000 mAh battery with fast charging capability via UBS type C port. But days after its announcement, several of its features were leaked online . (more...)

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