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Epic to introduce Fortnite Playground mode with respawn ability Epic to introduce Fortnite Playground mode with respawn ability
- May 26, 2018

Epic Games tweeted the news via the official Fortnite Twitter account, noting that the mode had some sort of "issue" that had forced the developer to disable the mode while the team investigates. In upcoming updates, 'Fortnite's Victory Royale screen will get an overhaul. We recognize it's still hard to identify enemy position in high-density locations (such as Tilted Towers) and we'll continue to iterate on this. (more...)
Apple launches privacy website for European Union users to access personal data Apple launches privacy website for European Union users to access personal data
- May 26, 2018

We intend to provide these capabilities to customers around the world in the coming months", Apple said . Currently, users outside of the European Union can only access the options to correct data or delete accounts. If you have appointments scheduled at an Apple Store or support cases with AppleCare, all those will be removed as well. Like deactivation requests, requesting to delete all data must be verified and takes up to seven days. (more...)
Snapdragon 710 chip brings AI to cheaper phones in June Snapdragon 710 chip brings AI to cheaper phones in June
- May 26, 2018

The new Snapdragon 710 processor will offer significant performance improvements over the previous mid-tier Snapdragon 600 series processors. Qualcomm partners already have access to the new Snapdragon 710 and the first phones to use it are due in the second quarter of the year, so basically any moment now. (more...)
President Trump to address US Naval Academy graduation President Trump to address US Naval Academy graduation
- May 25, 2018

Actually, Trump didn't win Nevada in 2016, but he did pronounce the Silver State's name correctly at the Naval Academy. "Contrast this to the personal and professional honor of the sitting president of the United States, who time and again makes small choices guided by self-interest, ego, impulse and immediate self-gratification", they write. (more...)
North Korea says it's still open to talks after Trump cancels summit North Korea says it's still open to talks after Trump cancels summit
- May 25, 2018

In Pyongyang, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said North Korea's recent criticisms of certain United States officials had been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric and that the current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit. (more...)
Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen on building self-driving vans Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen on building self-driving vans
- May 25, 2018

Experts see Apple's self-driving efforts as having fallen behind those of competitors. Apple has continued to ramp up its self-driving vehicle testing over the last few months, and now a report from The New York Times says the company has inked a deal with Volkswagen . (more...)
Kia Sportage facelift revealed, with diesel mild hybrid Kia Sportage facelift revealed, with diesel mild hybrid
- May 25, 2018

The all-new Kia Sportage 2018 has been unveiled in the United Kingdom with a fresh new design, technology and the addition of a mild diesel-hybrid powertrain. The new 2.0-litre EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain utilises electrification to supplement performance and improve emissions. This time around, the company has also introduced the new 1.6-litre diesel engine that comes as a replacement to the existing 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine. (more...)
Acer Announces New 13 and 15-Inch Chromebooks Acer Announces New 13 and 15-Inch Chromebooks
- May 25, 2018

The display comes with an additional display area for apps and tabs, as well as, a full-sized keyboard. It has a 15.6-inch screen, all-day battery life and an all-metal design. And if you like your laptops a bit bigger but with lower-quality specs, Acer is also releasing the Chromebook 15 and Chromebook Spin 15, which are just like the Chromebook 13 models except they feature a 15.6-inch, traditional 16:9 display in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. (more...)
Facebook two-factor authentication: now it’s taking security seriously Facebook two-factor authentication: now it’s taking security seriously
- May 25, 2018

The next time you log into Facebook from a new device, or after your cookies have expired, you'll need to open your authentication app to enter the code that shows up. "We continue to encourage enabling two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of protection to their Facebook account". SMS isn't generally considered the most secure method for 2FA because it's possible for hackers to take control of your SIM and transfer it to a new phone through a process that relies heavily on social ... (more...)
Motor Ferrari SP38 is the latest one-off Prancing Horse Motor Ferrari SP38 is the latest one-off Prancing Horse
- May 25, 2018

Designed by the Ferrari Design Centre on the chassis and running gear of the standard 488 GTB , this unique auto reflects the specific vision of a client with a deep passion for racing. Drawing inspiration from the venerable F40 is the flip-up rear clamshell, which loses its glass window and instead gains slats that allows engine heat to escape. (more...)
Apple rejects Steam Link app for iOS Apple rejects Steam Link app for iOS
- May 25, 2018

The Steamlink app was meant to allow gamers to stream games to their phones from their PCs. Apple has rejected the Steam Link app for iOS twice. Steam Link is the latest of Valve's efforts to make Steam games accessible outside the usual PC setup. If indeed this goes against Apple's guidelines, then all other remote desktop clients should be banned, too. (more...)
Apple repays iPhone users for full price battery replacements Apple repays iPhone users for full price battery replacements
- May 25, 2018

To those users, now Apple is offering a refund of Rs. 3,900. Before the saga happened, Apple battery replacements cost $79, so a $50 credit matches the now discounted $29 price. Apple apparently made that decision after an internal investigation found that the underfill was necessary to avoid the "manifestation of chip defects induced by bending because it reinforces the connections and prevents them from bending away from the substrate". (more...)
A Honda Civic Type R bakkie? Imagine no more A Honda Civic Type R bakkie? Imagine no more
- May 25, 2018

It was built by a specialist team from the Product Engineering department at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) factory in Swindon. Honda UK has stolen the show at the annual SMMT Test Day this year by showcasing a Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept, nearly a year after the launch of the standard road vehicle. (more...)
Apple Wins $539 Million From Samsung in Damages Retrial Apple Wins $539 Million From Samsung in Damages Retrial
- May 25, 2018

Seven years after the start of a global patent battle, a jury in a lower court in San Jose, California, delivered a verdict Thursday heavily favoring Apple in a trial that could reshape how companies view the value of patents that protect the shape and design of products. (more...)
TotalBiscuit Dies at 33 After Years of Battling Cancer TotalBiscuit Dies at 33 After Years of Battling Cancer
- May 25, 2018

His wife, Genna Bain, shared the unfortunate news on Twitter . On that channel, TheCynicalBrit, Bain posted videos on a variety of topics, from game discussions to industry trends. 'Thank you for reading, watching or listening and I will see you soon, along with Genna, on a stream or YT channel near you'. Regular features included "TotalBiscuit suggests trying." and "WTF is." - long-form videos giving viewers an in-depth look at a new title, delivered in a colloquial, amusing style. (more...)
HTC U12+ price and specs revealed on official website HTC U12+ price and specs revealed on official website
- May 25, 2018

Indeed, Newbyhouse hinted that falling notched-panel prices could mean cheaper HTC phones with that design in the future. Even though HTC U12 Plus got stellar ratings from DxOMark, it is not flawless. With the HTC U12 Plus you get a 6-inch 1440 x 2880 Super LCD6 display , while the HTC U11 has a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 Super LCD5 screen . The almost $1,000 smartphone does come with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory, so HTC may launch cheaper versions with less memory inside. (more...)
Tiahleigh Palmer: foster father Rick Thorburn gets life for murder Tiahleigh Palmer: foster father Rick Thorburn gets life for murder
- May 25, 2018

Thorburn's two sons and wife have also been jailed. The court heard Tiahleigh was first placed into care in 2010, aged seven. Rick Thorburn killed 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer in 2015. You took that from me, from our family and from Tiahleigh. The family maintained the secret in the months following the murder, which gained national attention. (more...)
PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Hasina inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Hasina inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan
- May 25, 2018

As per certain reports, both Prime Ministers will likely hold bilateral meetings. She said her country had allowed the refugees to enter on humanitarian grounds, but wants to repatriate them as soon as possible. India helped Bangladesh in the field of space technology and will be supporting in future too. "When approaching the dais I was thinking that this is the land of Rabindranath Tagore". (more...)
Kilauea lava streams into Pacific Ocean Kilauea lava streams into Pacific Ocean
- May 25, 2018

The gas "can seep into subsurface voids and explode when heated" or "emerge from cracks in the ground several feet away", the USGS said. Officials also said that crews had remained on the scene monitoring for gas releases and had detected no sign of hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and extremely risky gas. (more...)
Facebook, WhatsApp and Google accused of breaking new data protection law Facebook, WhatsApp and Google accused of breaking new data protection law
- May 25, 2018

But now GDPR day has arrived, dozens of USA websites are blocked in the EU. The threat of fines of up to €20m (or 4pc of a company's global turnover, whichever is higher) means many firms will need to rethink large elements of their business model in order to continue to do business with the bloc. (more...)