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Google Allo for Web Rolls Out for Android Only

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This isn't the first time we've seen Allo's desktop version, though. We've actually been expecting this since last February when Nick Fox , Google's VP for Communications teased us with a photo that they're working on it. With that said, something like a web client and multi-device syncing could make for a difference in getting you and I to take it for a serious spin after this year since it launched. Read More »

Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend

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On this night, the moon will be around three-quarters full, making it trickier to spot the shower in the sky. On Sunday, astronomy enthusiasts were treated to the Perseid meteor shower . In general, the Perseid meteor showers have 80 meteors an hour. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", Scagell said . It's said to be happening over the next two nights also so have a look and enjoy! The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with ... Read More »

HTC Unveils Vive Standalone VR With Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

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If that wasn't enough, Standalone Vive VR headset will not require users to tether their phones to it, either: which means, ideally, it should be the closest that it can get to a standalone VR headset for now. While this headset is part of the Vive family, there will nearly certainly be marked differences from the now on the market. While the platform from HTC will be exclusive to China, it's likely the hardware will be similar to the reference design with Daydream . Read More »

Star Party: Learn how to safely see upcoming solar eclipse

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It has been a whopping 99 years since the last total eclipse crossed the continental USA from coast to coast. The last time a total eclipse was visible in the US was in 1979. Also, just as the Sun's radiation can damage unprotected eyes, it can also damage unprotected equipment. "The sun will look like a thin crescent moon", Lattis said. Read More »

The last orca calf born in captivity at SeaWorld has died

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The company further noted that pneumonia is "one of the most common causes of morbidity and illness" in whales and dolphins - both in the wild and in captivity. SeaWorld welcomed Kyara into the world in April, heralding the calf's birth to 25-year-old Takara as " an exciting and emotional day for us ". The plan is for their performances to be phased out by 2019, with a program of more "natural orca encounters" for guests, going forward. Read More »

Watch the New 'Game of Thrones' Comic-Con Trailer

There are six more episodes in this season of Game of Thrones , which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO . Usually it's the reality TV villain who "didn't come here to make friends", but sometimes that's even true of superheroes. Christie later said Tormund would need to show major morals to win Brienne's heart. The actual panel wasn't almost as revealing, since the cast is sworn to secrecy about what's coming up, but Sophie Turner had some interesting thoughts about Sansa Stark's ... Read More »

Doom 6.66 Patch Unlocks All Multiplayer DLC; Price Dropped

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Players will also find improvements to the in-game HUD and various menus. They delivered nine maps, three more guns and three playable demons, plus armor customizations and special abilities. Veteran players will have the option of keeping all of the items they have unlocked (or paid for) prior to this progression change, or doing a full reset to experience the new progression system. Read More »

OPEC Forecasts 1.3% Oil Demand Growth Next Year - Finance News

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A similarly-minded Bob Dudley , chief executive officer of BP, reiterated the familiar criticism that markets must stop taking into account data on a weekly basis, and that the harsh reality is inventory levels globally "are so high", discouraging him from any position other than crude prices remaining more or less where they are now. Read More »

China Celebrates KFC's 30th Anniversary By Creating a Smartphone

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What's so special about this limited edition? The feature will be exclusive to Huawei devices until the end of the month. KFC has been through a lot in China these past several years, but it certainly has a lot to celebrate now, given that it appears to have weathered the storm caused by food handling allegations levied against its suppliers in China , among other issues. Read More »

Stanton to defend HR Derby title short on sleep

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The most evenly-matched matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby is Minnesota's Miguel Sano (+1000) against Kansas City's Mike Moustakas (+1400). "Judge is +175 and the No. 2 seed in the Derby, facing the Marlins" seventh seed Justin Bour (+1600). His 30th home run of the season broke a Yankees rookie record that had stood for 81 years. Read More »

Andy Murray pulls out of second match at Hurlingham with sore hip

Andy Murray's sore hip is the latest in a string of health and injury problems the Scot has faced since becoming world number one last November. "He was hitting two days ago with Dimitrov and hitting the ball great". When the Wimbledon main draw begins Monday, Murray will have had just one competitive match under his belt in a little over a month. The world No1 continues to be frustrated by that lack of matches he has had on grass following his straightest loss to the Australian "lucky ... Read More »

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 specs leaked online

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Interestingly enough, LG is said to provide the display panels for the Pixel 2 line, which aligns with reports of Google investing at least $880 for OLED screens. Also known as "Walleye", the Pixel 2 will be fitted with a 4.97-inch 1080p FHD display, similar to the 2016 Pixel. The Pixel and Pixel XL were highly anticipated devices, but ultimately they were primarily a first-generation, introductory release for Google , and though they weren't wholly-spectacular, we regarded them a " ... Read More »

Afghanistan declares Sunday first day of Eid-ul-Fitr

The declaration from the Saudi Supreme Court is expected shortly. "It's been a nice month of worshipping, a month of giving, and now it will be a wonderful celebration", Parramatta Islamic Cultural Association president Neil El-Kadomi said on Friday. Read More »

Nasa telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

Understanding how frequent planets like our own will help NASA develop the next telescope that will directly image planets like Earth. Kepler has been surveying the Cygnus constellation since 2009 , and during that time scientists have found more than 5,000 potential exoplanets in an area of the sky about 3,000 light-years away from Earth. Read More »

Tracking the tropical system in the Gulf

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Windward Islands. This system is not expected to play any direct role at all in our weather at any point in the next several days. A tropical wave in the central Atlantic also has an increasing chance of developing into a tropical cyclone . There is a likelihood that a tropical storm could develop in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico early next week. Read More »

Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift

Dr Gargash said the UAE named 59 individuals walking free in Doha who had been identified as terrorists or financiers of terrorism, including 14 who are sanctioned by the US State Department and nine by the UN. Al Jazeera is a state-funded broadcaster owned by the government of Qatar. They also urged their citizens to return to their respective countries, disrupting the lives of thousands in the region and restricting their freedom of movement. Read More »

Cape Town coastal resort fire kills five people, including two children

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He said details of the deaths were unclear but all available staff had been deployed to deal with the fires‚ including staff that had been on rest breaks. Clinton Manuel, Knysna's fire chief, said his teams were struggling to contain numerous fires. Firefighters battling the rampant and vicious fires that broke out in Knysna are considering water bombing areas, as they are still not under control, and could begin to spread again. Read More »

Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

Apple's deep community of developers helps it compete against Google and Amazon . The Siri watch face uses machine learning and goes on to determine the information most useful to the user of the watch. It's more than a smart speaker , though, according to Apple . The app will also display the speed limit of the road you're driving on and let you know what lane you should be in. Read More »

Apple Watch will sync with your treadmill to share workout data

A new Music App: Apple acknowledges that music wasn't an Apple Watch strong suit. This new version of the app include auto-set for pool workouts, personalized achievement updates, and smarter coaching. This solution should fix that issue by making sure both devices have access to the most accurate data. Besides that, Apple also announced that new watch faces that are joining are from popular characters Toy Story. Read More »

Families searching for missing loved ones after attack

Police were called to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at 10.33pm on Monday, shortly after the end of the performance. The bomb wielded by Abedi was created to kill and maim as many people as possible; numerous survivors suffered shrapnel wounds and ball bearings were found at the scene. Read More »

Niantic Teasing Legendary Pokemon For This Summer

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During the 21st Annual Webby Awards , Pokemon Go's Global Product Marketing Lead, Archit Bhargava , provided a very short hint on the subject. " This summer will be legendary ", says Niantic. "I can say with certainty that we will see more of that this year", said Niantic's CEO, John Hanke in an interview (via NintendoEverything ). Fans are also treated to a doubled amount of Pokestops and Candy that they can get from the Buddy Pokemon . Read More »

LG X venture is a rugged Android phone that's launching this week

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It will be sold exclusively on AT&T network . LG's aim with the X Venture was to build a phone that suits the needs of the outdoor explorer, or anyone that just wants a good device that can handle the life of an adventurer. As far as the cameras are concerned, the LG X venture packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. QuickButton works differently depending on how it's pressed - short press for Outdoor Essentials, long press for settings and ... Read More »

Qualcomm sues four Apple contract manufacturers

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Qualcomm in a statement said that the license agreements with the manufacturers in many cases were entered into before Apple sold its first iPhone and Apple is not a party to the agreements. These royalties amount to a tax on the manufacturers' use of baseband processors manufactured by Qualcomm's competitors, a tax that excludes these competitors and harms competition. Read More »

Vive Unveils New Wireless, Standalone VR Headset

It is working with HTC, the company that made the Vive VR headset for PC, and Lenovo on hardware. Current VR headsets, including Facebook Inc.'s Oculus Rift and Google's own Daydream system, require a PC or phone. As for how well it will work or how it compares to existing VR headsets, we don't yet know. In addition, you also won't need to install external tracking devices around the room. Read More »