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Google to shut down its smartphone AR platform 'Tango' Google to shut down its smartphone AR platform 'Tango'
- December 19, 2017

Project Tango , while impressive sounding from the early days, failed to take off properly. Google has today taken down the official Project Tango website, and through its twitter account announced that support is being discontinued on March 1, 2018. (more...)
Apple fans hoping to buy AirPods this Christmas could face disappointment
- December 19, 2017

If Mum, Dad or whoever else loves you enough to buy you a £159 prezzie has planned ahead there should be no problem. A slew of high street retailers including John Lewis, Argos and O2 are now out of stock of Apple AirPods. With Christmas on Sunday and many last-minute shoppers hoping to pick up AirPods for under the tree, many consumers are forced to shop elsewhere, most notably auction site eBay, where many re-sellers have jacked up the price of the units, as high as $350. (more...)
Kaspersky challenges DHS software ban in court Kaspersky challenges DHS software ban in court
- December 19, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September issued a directive ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days. This has harmed its reputation and revenue, and Kaspersky believes that such actions violated the U.S. Constitution, more specifically the right to due process. (more...)
IPhone prices rise by up to 4.3% after Customs duty hike
- December 18, 2017

According to Apple , the average price rise is around 3.5 percent, with the iPhone 6 seeing the highest price increase in percentage terms (4.3 percent), while the 256GB iPhone 8 has seen a price increase of only 3.1 percent. The latest iPhone X (64GB model) is now available for Rs 92,430, as compared to Rs 89,000, whereas the top-end model with 128GB storage is priced at Rs 1,05,720, up from Rs 1,02,000. (more...)
Microsoft Surprises Nine-year-old Who Gave Up Xbox To Donate Blankets Microsoft Surprises Nine-year-old Who Gave Up Xbox To Donate Blankets
- December 18, 2017

In what is the season of goodwill, Microsoft has given a 9-year-old boy a Christmas to remember after he gave up his Xbox One present to buy blankets for the homeless. After combing through all the items Mikah began to cry, along with family members reflecting on their good fortune and obstacles they have overcome. Mikah gave up his Xbox so that he could give over sixty blankets. (more...)
Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Issues Reported After Android 8.1 Oreo Update
- December 18, 2017

The offered discounts are applicable to all available colors for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL . Do you think Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL prices should have dropped to between $400 and $600 already, especially after the issues the phones have had since their debut in October? Customers can also receive up to Rs 3,000 on exchanging their OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T smartphone. (more...)
Glovista Investments LLC Decreases Stake in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) Glovista Investments LLC Decreases Stake in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA)
- December 18, 2017

It has outperformed by 18.91% the S&P500. Hermes Investment Management Ltd increased Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd ( BABA ) stake by 25.96% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Finally, Sandy Spring Bank raised its position in shares of Alibaba Group by 1.4% during the second quarter. 378,482 were accumulated by Chevy Chase Trust. (more...)
SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule to Resupply ISS SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule to Resupply ISS
- December 18, 2017

Moving forward, the company plans to launch its Falcon 9 missions from SLC-40 and its Falcon Heavy flights from 39A. For the first time , SpaceX has reused a Falcon 9 for a NASA launch, and this is also the first time it has sent a reused Dragon capsule to the ISS . (more...)
Google launches ARCore Developer Preview 2 and end support for Project Tango Google launches ARCore Developer Preview 2 and end support for Project Tango
- December 17, 2017

Now, as Google shifts its focus to ARCore , software becomes the big driver of AR, which means that you can expect to see Augmented Reality show up as a feature on a large number of Android handsets. So, to help the developers to narrow down their development process, the company is focusing on a single project to offer much better support for the platform development. (more...)
ISS astronauts will get their own Star Wars premiere-in space ISS astronauts will get their own Star Wars premiere-in space
- December 17, 2017

Released Wednesday, The Last Jedi has been ranked pretty well. The downlink speeds-the rate at which ISS can send data to ground stations-is a blazing 300 megabits per second. "Don't have a definitive timeline yet". Huot tells Inverse the screening will take place per the usual process, which is essentially an extraterrestrial version of Blockbuster where digital files are ferried into space to be screened on either a projector or laptop screen. (more...)
"Potentially Hazardous" Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Back Again, But Don't Worry
- December 16, 2017

Don't worry though, the asteroid is still completely safe and if the conditions are right you might even catch glimpse of it passing by Saturday night. Phaethon will fly past Earth today. It also passes extremely close to the sun itself. The space rock has been named after the son of the Greek sun god Helios who pulled the sun across the sky. (more...)
Google Assistant now coming to older Android 5.0 Lollipop phones
- December 16, 2017

Google Maps provide turn-by-turn notifications for driving directions and now, the addition will make the app send a push notification when the user is approaching their stop. Meanwhile, Google users will recall that the smart assistant app was also previously added to devices running with Android Lollipop's successor, 6.0 Marshmallow, last February. (more...)
Facebook: social media scrolling can make you feel bad Facebook: social media scrolling can make you feel bad
- December 16, 2017

Social media addiction is a real problem for some people, for example, while others accuse services like Facebook of being a waste of time. Rather than disregard the research that has been published on the negative effects of social media, the post acknowledges that both sides of the argument do exist - but ultimately concludes that "According to research, it really comes down to how you use the technology". (more...)
This is how Google AI helped NASA discover two exoplanets This is how Google AI helped NASA discover two exoplanets
- December 16, 2017

The newly found planet has made our Earth's solar system and Kepler-90's solar system quite similar as both have eight planets revolving around their orbit. "Machine learning really shines in situations where there is so much data that humans can't search it for themselves", Shallue said. "In our own solar system , this pattern is often seen as evidence that the outer planets formed in a cooler part of the solar system , where ice can stay solid and clumped together to make bigger and ... (more...)
Customs duty on mobiles, electronic items hiked Customs duty on mobiles, electronic items hiked
- December 16, 2017

Reports inform that the customs duty on some other items such as electric filament and discharge lamps has also been tweaked. The government has increased customs duty on various items including mobile phones, a finance ministry notification said- a move that will hurt the Cupertino-based giant Apple the most. (more...)
Google AI Researchers and NASA Discover Two New Planets Google AI Researchers and NASA Discover Two New Planets
- December 16, 2017

Kepler-90 is a sun-like star, but all of its eight planets are scrunched into the equivalent distance of Earth to the sun. "(It was) an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers 'learn, '" NASA explained in a press release . (more...)
Next week's Monster Hunter Next week's Monster Hunter
- December 16, 2017

While the previous beta was for PlayStation Plus subscribers only, Capcom is bringing Monster Hunter: World to PlayStation 4 again with an open beta. The title is slated to have it's open beta next week, so make sure you have a portion of space if you wish to give it a try. If you still have the beta client from the first beta, Capcom added that you will be able to use the same client to play the second beta. (more...)
Hidden Red Dead Redemption 2 mission found in GTA Online code Hidden Red Dead Redemption 2 mission found in GTA Online code
- December 16, 2017

Beating this challenge will unlock a GTA $ reward and an exclusive variation of the weapon in Red Dead Redemption 2 . That's why Rockstar is keeping fans interested with goodies like the Double-Action Revolver, which can be unlocked in GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption 2 when it's finally out. (more...)
SpaceX launches recycled rocket to space station SpaceX launches recycled rocket to space station
- December 16, 2017

The mission, which was delayed from its original target date of December 12 after the SpaceX team made a decision to take more time to verify proper operation of its second stage full system, took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at SpaceX's newly refurbished SLC-40 in Florida at 10:36 AM EST. (more...)
Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers
- December 15, 2017

Facebook is rolling out the snooze option now, and based on my experience with the service, I'm sure a lot of you will find a good use for this. If you're exhausted of putting up with a particular person, group or page for a while, just click the menu in the upper right-hand corner of their latest post and click " Snooze " and you won't see anything from them for 30 days. (more...)

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