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Uber ex-CEO Kalanick plans to sell 29 pct of stake Uber ex-CEO Kalanick plans to sell 29 pct of stake
- January 05, 2018

Kalanick, who resigned as CEO last summer following controversy, would sell his shares as part of a tender offer between SoftBank and Uber that will value the company at $48 billion. One of the wealthiest people in the world on paper, Kalanick would become an actual billionaire for the first time as a result of the sale. Once the SoftBank deal is officially closed later this month, governance reforms will go into place that signficantly reduce Kalanick's role at Uber. (more...)
Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine leaving company, reports say Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine leaving company, reports say
- January 05, 2018

Apple, for the record, declined to comment; I haven't heard back from Iovine. Hits Daily Double first reported the news. While it still has a long way to go to catch up to Spotify , Iovine would leave Apple Music in pretty good shape. That success is, in part, due to Iovine's focus on content, including developing original programming. Iovine founded Beats, best known for its high-quality headphones, in 2008 with the rapper Dr. (more...)
Watch the Meltdown CPU exploit in action
- January 05, 2018

The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. The weakness uncovered by Google , by contrast, underscores the potential damage wreaked by vulnerabilities in hardware. (more...)
HP Recalls 50000 Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk HP Recalls 50000 Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk
- January 05, 2018

And according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice , "HP has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first degree burn to the hand". (more...)
Nintendo's Switch Is The Fastest Selling Gaming Console Ever
- January 05, 2018

Over 60 percent of Switch owners in the country own Super Mario Odyssey while more than 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . ONE HELL OF A COMEBACK is what Nintendo is going through at the moment as its Switch has become the fastest selling games console in USA history. (more...)
Exynos 9810: specs emerge for Galaxy S9 chip Exynos 9810: specs emerge for Galaxy S9 chip
- January 05, 2018

According to Samsung , Exynos 9810 now features stronger security and takes advantage of deep learning in order to improve the security features that we will eventually get to experience in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Meanwhile, the advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec) contains 10-bit HEVC (H.265), H.264, and VP9 codecs that offer 64 times more colours than the conventional 8-bit colour format. (more...)
First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month First Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years to occur this month
- January 05, 2018

It's not often that you get to say a "super blue blood moon " is coming. The next total lunar eclipse of a blue moon is said to occur on 31 December, 2028. Another trio comes in 2019. It appeared 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the supermoon on July 27 a year ago, with pictures of it posted on social media by people around the world. (more...)
Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L images and specifications leaked Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L images and specifications leaked
- January 05, 2018

On the other hand, we don't know much about the camera, except that the XA2 Ultra's main camera is 21MP big and the XA2 is equipped with a 7MP front camera. There will be dual 15-megapixel selfie sensors on the Xperia XA2 Ultra, according to Evan Blass . The successor to Xperia L will be officially unveiled as Xperia L2 . (more...)
LG HU80KA 4K Projector Stands Upright
- January 05, 2018

The CES 2018 tech show is all set to debut on January 9 at Las Vegas and go on till January 12. LG Electronics is committing to expanding its competitiveness in 4K UHD home projectors with the HU80K series, its first 4K UHD 1 projector, the recipient of CES' Best of Innovation award for delivering ultra-sharp video and a home cinema experience in a compact, attractive design. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Finally Revealed SpaceX Falcon Heavy Finally Revealed
- January 05, 2018

Ahead of the static fire test, the California-based spaceflight company released a drone video and high quality images of its new bird. That static fire test is not expected to take place until after the Falcon 9 launch of a classified payload codenamed "Zuma" from nearby Space Launch Complex 40. (more...)
New Hisense 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa New Hisense 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa
- January 05, 2018

Hisense has now been using its own TV platform on its smart TVs, with some running the Roku operating system . In addition, Alexa-enabled Hisense 4K Smart TVs will now offer a wide variety of voice features right out of the box. There are now 10,000 skills available for Alexa and the list continues to grow. "Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon", Amazon has stated. (more...)
Arrest Made in 'Swatting' Prank That Led to Fatal Shooting Arrest Made in 'Swatting' Prank That Led to Fatal Shooting
- January 02, 2018

Family members told the Wichita Eagle newspaper that Finch, a father of two, was the man killed. On Thursday, just such a call resulted in police fatally shooting Andrew Finch, whom police believed was involved in a hostage situation. "He was trying to do the right thing", said his mom, Lisa Finch. "That cop murdered my son over a false report". She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home. (more...)
'Bama defeats Clemson 24-6 at Sugar Bowl 'Bama defeats Clemson 24-6 at Sugar Bowl
- January 02, 2018

It was a real slug fest on the way to a 24-6 win for Alabama. It began with 308-pound defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne picking off a wobbly pass, the ball fluttering through the air after besieged Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was hit as a threw — a familiar sight on this night. (more...)
We don't slow phones with old batteries like Apple: Samsung, LG We don't slow phones with old batteries like Apple: Samsung, LG
- January 01, 2018

Earlier this week, Apple apologised for slowing down users' iPhones without their knowledge and offered a new battery replacement programme . "We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away". (more...)
Super moon rising on New Year's Day Super moon rising on New Year's Day
- January 01, 2018

A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it reaches its perigree, the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth. But that's not the only label of January 31's moon - that full moon also happens to be the second full moon of the month, an event that is often referred to as a "blue moon". (more...)
Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update
- January 01, 2018

Having said that, the update is rolled out over the air in batches, hence, not all Mi A1 users will get the update right away on their smartphones. Xiaomi only recently launched the Mi A1 in partnership with Google. If the OTA update takes time, the users of this smartphone can manually check for the update via Settings → About Phone → System Updates → Check for Update. (more...)
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tops $1 Billion Worldwide 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tops $1 Billion Worldwide
- December 31, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas now. Disney has earned back the $4.06 billion it paid to purchase Lucasfilm, five years after the acquisition, thanks in large part to the three new Star Wars films. By the end, there were numerous possibilities for Episode IX to go. Once there, you'll be able to take on missions that will determine the fate of the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, explore the vast and varied merchant market stalls in a grand bazaar, and/or just ... (more...)
IOF fire airstrikes on Gaza IOF fire airstrikes on Gaza
- December 31, 2017

While Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it's " too early " to name those culpable in the attack, he promptly blamed Tehran for the incident. "The missiles were fired at communities near the Gaza border Friday afternoon, coinciding with a memorial ceremony for IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, Hy" d . (more...)
Apple sorry for slowing iPhones, cuts battery price by $50
- December 30, 2017

Apple has apologized for their reaction to public outrage over a software update that intentionally slowed older iPhones, and has announced it will offer a $50 discount on iPhone batteries. LG and Samsung have issued statements declaring that they do not slow down their smartphones as their batteries age, reports PhoneArena. To rectify the situation, iFixit has chose to cut the prices of all of their iPhone battery replacement kits to $29 or less, effective immediately - directly ... (more...)
Samsung and LG Add Their Two Cents During Apple's Battery Debacle
- December 30, 2017

Apple admitted slowing some phones with ageing batteries but said it was to "prolong the life" of the devices. In the letter, Apple explained that a year ago, it delivered a software update aimed at improving power management during peak workloads "to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE". (more...)

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