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Better Battery Life, Faster and Informed Updates

Unlike previous year, Google has not showed up any early developer preview of Android 8.0, and the only official tease is of the " Oreo " naming, which to is far from confirmation. Other features worth mentioning include a picture-in-picture mode for phones (the feature came to tablets last year), "adaptive" app icons that should look native to multiple phone launchers, better keyboard navigation for devices like Chromebooks and support for autofill apps. Read More »

Analyst says all 2017 iPhones to feature Lightning ports and fast charging

So chances are the Lightning connector will not be there. As such, users considering to buy a new smartphone would be better off waiting a few month for the new device which is expected to come out in September this year. Another example is the 30-pin connector that matched the iPod's which was wider than the Lightning port used by iPhones now. It will have the same type of connector on Mac and other iOS devices. Read More »

Snapchat owner's stock leaps 41% on USA stock market debut


CEO Evan Spiegel and Co-founder Bobby Murphy will have complete control over voting shares of the company. Snap Inc.'s debut on the NYSE this morning looks like a big hit, and has been described as "the biggest tech listing in years". The feature, which was previously unique to Snapchat, plays photos and videos shared by users in a loop for 24 hours before they disappear. Snapchat had 161 million daily active users (DAUs) in the last month of the quarter that ended on December 31, 2016. Read More »

Microsoft To Bring Mixed Reality To Xbox One, Project Scorpio In 2018


This is a little different from Microsoft's Hololens , as that doesn't require a PC connection and uses on board processing. Gesture tracking, another key pillar of the HoloLens experience, is also missing from the Acer HMD. "Windows Mixed Reality" is Microsoft's new name for the "Windows Holographic" platform, but the technology is more generally known as augmented reality. Read More »

Spotify Hi-Fi in limited testing for a premium price

Another screenshot, this time on Imgur, shows the same pricing tier and benefits, save for the free vinyl record, which is replaced by exclusive presale concert tickets. When/if this new lossless audio option will go live for subscribers is anyone's guess at this point. While users have been excited by the new offering, it doesn't appear to be functional yet. Read More »

IPhone 8 to get OLED screen and USB Type-C?

A USB-C cable can handle power, data and video on a single cable with a single connector. Apple is expected to ditch the Lightning connector from the next-generation iPhone, believed to be the iPhone 8 or iPhone X . This means that Apple would create a new division in its iPhone line, opening up the scope for new peripherals and apps, but also causing confusion and frustration by throwing a new port into the mix. Read More »

Wild trade for Hanzal and White

Hanzal played in ten seasons with the Coyotes, amassing 313 points in 608 games. That 2019 fourth-round pick becomes a third-rounder if Minnesota wins one playoff round this spring and a second-rounder if it wins reaches the West final. White has a 42.9 5v5 CF% on the fourth line this year, or -4.69% relative to the rest of the team. "It's been a good 10 years, but I'm really looking forward to being in the playoffs and stepping on the ice to help Minnesota", said Hanzal, per Morgan . Read More »

Nick Kyrgios sprays 'biased' umpire at Marseille Open

Pouille and Tsonga have only met once before, Tsonga winning on the clay in Monaco last season. The French tennis player will become father for the first time in his life between late March and early April, and at the moment his presence in the first two Masters 1000 events of the year, Indian Wells and Miami , as well as in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Great Britain, is uncertain. Read More »

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom US launch has been delayed

For selfie enthusiasts, the smartphone comes with 1.4μm pixels that helps capture more light. The new ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) has been designed for people who love taking selfies and are constantly updating their social network pages. It has a modest 5-inch display, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB/32 GB storage variants. Talking about the cameras, the smartphone sports 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and LED flash. Read More »

Binding of Isaac Delayed on Nintendo Switch, No Longer a Launch Title


It was confirmed in a blog post by Nicalis, the developers behind the game. The case initially came with a reversible alternate cover and two sheets of stickers featuring the game's characters. The system's starting library is already sparse, and even though the delay is minor, it's a shame to see the array of titles available on day one shrink further. Read More »

Annual Florida manatee count breaks record for third year in a row

ORLANDO | Florida wildlife officials are encouraged by the results of a recent survey that counted 6,620 manatees in the state. The 2017 survey represents the third consecutive year with a minimum count higher than 6,000 manatees. "We're happy that the manatee is doing well, and we just want the government to follow the requirements ". The proposal of changing the status is not only meant to recognize the progress, but it is also intended to promise ourselves that we will keep the ... Read More »

Zuckerberg envisions Facebook as a 'global community'


Last year, Facebook came under fire amid accusations that fake stories on the social network helped Donald Trump win the USA presidential election. On Thursday, he published a 6,000-word "manifesto" in defense of both Facebook and its underlying mission to connect the world, open digital borders, and knock down the walls between people across the globe. Read More »

Miami Dolphins trying to trade Branden Albert before releasing him


Brought in as a pass rusher, the former No. 1 overall pick collected just 1 1/2 sacks last season and was set to cost the Dolphins $10.5 million against the cap in 2017. None of the recent releases were complicated decisions for the Dolphins because of age, injury history, or lack of productivity. The Herald reports the Dolphins are also releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Read More »

Missing teen girls found dead on Indiana hiking trail

The girls were identified on Wednesday, but authorities are not yet releasing the cause or manner of their deaths. Search parties scowered the area Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, and the search ended early Tuesday afternoon when the two bodies were found about three-quarters of a mile from where the girls were last seen, police said. Read More »

Beware exploding whales: New Zealand issues warning after mass stranding

I understand they're concerned about people's welfare. More than 400 pilot whales swam aground and became stranded on Golden Bay's Farewell Spit Thursday, sparking a massive rescue operation. Whales appear to have stayed out at sea following a mass stranding over the weekend. According to the BBC , the environmental group Project Johan has a plane flying over the bay to keep track of the movements of the whales that have been successfully refloated. Read More »

Republicans Introduce Bill to "Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency"

Around 30 employees at EPA's Chicago office joined a protest organized by the Sierra Club and the American Federation of Government Employees to protest Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination. "Time and again, I've seen constituents unknowingly subject themselves to the oppressive jurisdiction of the EPA by doing simple things". "No agency has more integrity when it comes to using science and being transparent than the EPA". Read More »

Final Fantasy XV Regained Its Development Costs Within a Day of Release

We're talking the multi-millions, folks - perhaps the most expensive game in the company's history (and that's including the forthcoming Kingdom Hearts III even). As for now it's great to see that there are game engines out there that have the potential of bringing even more realism to upcoming or even today's games. Read More »

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner 'fought Trump's LGBT order'


Kushner and Ivanka pushed for the White House to release a statement of its intentions, according to the report. "That's where the decision is ultimately being made". "But on this one, our base is wondering why Obama's executive order would be allowed to stand?" After a draft executive order leaked and went public, the LGBT community was braced for an executive order that would take away their protections against discrimination by businesses. Read More »

Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary drops out

Mr. Viola is now the Chairman and CEO of Virtu Financial and is one of the nation's foremost leaders in electronic trading. Viola owns the NHL's Panthers and is a majority shareholder in Virtu Financial and Eastern Air Lines. The businessman is a 1977 graduate of West Point, the USA military academy, and helped found the Combating Terrorism Centre, a privately funded research wing of the school focused on "counterterrorism policy and strategy" and "ways to confront the dynamic threat ... Read More »

HBC reportedly makes takeover approach to Macy's; shares rise

Discussions between Macy's and Hudson's Bay are preliminary and may not lead anywhere, according to the Wall Street Journal . But now, things could be changing, because Macy's stock surged more than five percent on Thursday. The department store world has been pummeled by a host of major changes in shopping patterns: Much of our spending is moving online, and these businesses have struggled to grab market share in that arena. Read More »

Homeland Security chief: Parts of border wall will be transparent

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview last week that he didn't rule out Mexico helping finance a wall but said the US would likely "front the money". "I saw the initial couple of cuts on them probably on Tuesday maybe Thursday, knew it was coming soon and then it came, ' Kelly said, replying "not at all" when asked if he was 'blindsided" by its release. Read More »

Fallout 4 Update 1.9 Next Week Brings PS4 Pro Support

Bethesda has announced a couple free updates for Fallout 4 , and the biggest one offers a graphics upgrade to the PC version of the game. In order to prepare PC gamers for this upcoming pack, Bethesda revealed the system requirements for it. Read More »