Tech


As Fortnite Playground Issues Continue, Epic Replaces Another Limited-Time Mode As Fortnite Playground Issues Continue, Epic Replaces Another Limited-Time Mode
- June 29, 2018

While more details on the event haven't been revealed, there is a huge rocket in the area, so it looks like a launch and related aftermath could bring new changes to the game. The development team have now confirmed that fans will have to wait until later today (June 29) to hear more on when the popular LTM will be coming back on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch and iOS. (more...)
Overwatch’s Newest Hero is a Hamster…And it’s Absolutely Adorable Overwatch’s Newest Hero is a Hamster…And it’s Absolutely Adorable
- June 29, 2018

Blizzard has done a great job keeping Hammond's identity a secret, but I've figured it out. For Overwatch players on the PC, Wrecking Ball is available now on the Overwatch PTR. He rolls around his insanely lethal escape pod (ball?) much like any pet hamster would, only he laughs like something out of an ACME cartoon after unleashing rounds of hot lead into the enemy team. (more...)
The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a daily-driver Demon The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a daily-driver Demon
- June 29, 2018

The new 2019 Challenger range will start to arrive in dealerships in Q4 2018. Both Hellcats get 20 x 9.5-inch SRT Low Gloss Black lightweight performance wheels as standard; new 20 x 9.5-inch split five-spoke wheels with Brass Monkey finish are optional. (more...)
Google Could Be Preparing to Take On Sony, Microsoft in Console Wars Google Could Be Preparing to Take On Sony, Microsoft in Console Wars
- June 29, 2018

Google Fiber would allow the company to control the traffic of its gaming service from its data center to the individual homes of users. Kotaku recently reported some of Google's plans, revealing what seems to be a bold strategy from the search giant. (more...)
Porsche 919 Evo annihilates Nurburgring lap record Porsche 919 Evo annihilates Nurburgring lap record
- June 29, 2018

The very probable record-breaking lap took place this morning, so we'll have to wait a while for official confirmation. But Bellof's record proved no match for the latest in racing prototype technology, as the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo shattered his mark by a massive 51.88 seconds by posting a time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds around the 12.9-mile track, carrying an average speed of 145.3 miles per hour. (more...)
The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Is A GT-R 'Without Limits’ The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Is A GT-R 'Without Limits’
- June 29, 2018

The roofline has been lowered by 2.13-inches and sports a lower middle section. Not according to Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president for global design who commented: "Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way - wrapping one of Nissan's best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding". (more...)
Comcast internet, video, voice goes down for some USA customers Comcast internet, video, voice goes down for some USA customers
- June 29, 2018

View Comcast service outage mapThe company did not give a reason for the outage Friday or respond to a request for more information. Thousands of reports of the outage have appeared on the website Down Detector . We've asked Comcast, Charter Spectrum and Verizon if they could shed some light on what happened but did not immediately hear back. The outage earlier this month lasted through much of an afternoon before it was largely resolved by the following morning. (more...)
OnePlus 7, not OnePlus 6T, will have this future-proof feature
- June 29, 2018

The company wouldn't commit to a support timeframe for its devices, which made investing $400-500 in one of its devices a bit of a gamble. Here in the U.S., most of the wireless business, including phone sales, takes place directly through carriers. (more...)
News Amy Hennig Leaves EA, Goes Independent News Amy Hennig Leaves EA, Goes Independent
- June 29, 2018

While it was reported by Kotaku that Hennig was in discussions about her future at EA, she confirmed to Eurogamer than she departed earlier this year. Would you like to have seen Hennig's Star Wars game see the light of day? Hennig hinted at VR projects as a possibility but didn't go in depth about what to expect. (more...)
Student Invents a 'Mobile Airbag' That Deploys When a Device is Dropped
- June 29, 2018

He wanted a case that is smaller and advanced instead of being big and bulky. Frenzel's AD (Active Dampening) phone case utilizes a set of four spring-loaded, bi-directional bumpers that automatically extend from the corners of the case when the integrated sensors detect that it's falling. (more...)
Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Design Revealed Through 360-Degree Renders Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Design Revealed Through 360-Degree Renders
- June 29, 2018

Underneath the metal and glass body, we can expect the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, with no word on RAM nor internal storage. One two-lens imaging system will still be part of the package, with the new images and previous reports pointing to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL having a dual-camera setup on the front. (more...)
US Online Shopping Is About To Get More Expensive US Online Shopping Is About To Get More Expensive
- June 29, 2018

In a case called South Dakota v. Wayfair (.pdf), the US Supreme Court today overruled a 1992 decision, Quill v. Heitkamp , that prevented states from requiring online retailers to collect sales tax when there was no physical business presence in the state. (more...)
Google leads $22 million investment in KaiOS, the OS powering Reliance JioPhone Google leads $22 million investment in KaiOS, the OS powering Reliance JioPhone
- June 29, 2018

Facebook, Google Assitant, maps, search and digital payments. India's popular smart-feature phone 'JioPhone' also runs on KaiOS which has helped popularize and grow the operating system in the country. Given the form factor, KaiOS notes that "having an intelligent voice assistant on an affordable mobile phone is truly revolutionary as it helps overcome some of the limitations a keypad brings". (more...)
Oculus TV App Now Available on Oculus Go VR Headset Oculus TV App Now Available on Oculus Go VR Headset
- June 28, 2018

Oculus TV can be downloaded for free from the Oculus Store, and upon opening it, you'll be transported to a virtual living room of sorts where you'll be faced with a screen that equates to a 180-inch TV if you were viewing it in real life. (more...)
Asus Zenfone 5z to launch in India on July 4 on Flipkart Asus Zenfone 5z to launch in India on July 4 on Flipkart
- June 28, 2018

A Flipkart listing has confirmed the launch of Asus Zenfone 5Z on July 4 at 12.30 P.M.in India. Asus has finally brought one of the latest Zenfone 5 devices to the USA - say hello to the Zenfone 5Q! While the Honor 10 is also sold on Flipkart , the OnePlus 6 is sold on Amazon India . (more...)
Sony is 'looking at possibilities' for total cross-platform play Sony is 'looking at possibilities' for total cross-platform play
- June 28, 2018

At the conference a reporter from Eurogamer asked Layden about the cross-play issue. "We're looking at a lot of the possibilities", he said. "You can imagine that the circumstances around [crossplay and third-party accounts] affect a lot more than just one game". (more...)
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2500 is purpose-built for kid watches Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2500 is purpose-built for kid watches
- June 28, 2018

Kedia says Qualcomm expects the number of kids watches to grow with the rollout of Wear 2500, since those devices will become more powerful. The new processors are essentially mid-tier options within each series, and they offer better performance than some of the entry-level options in the market. (more...)
New world’s fastest vehicle? Koenigsegg tease ‘more capable’ Agera RS replacement New world’s fastest vehicle? Koenigsegg tease ‘more capable’ Agera RS replacement
- June 28, 2018

The sketch shows the rear profile of a focussed, low-slung machine with a large rear wing and a rear-splitter with wide tires. Koenigsegg hasn't confirmed the name of the vehicle but it has locked in a full debut for the 2019 Geneva motor show in March next year. (more...)
Amazon finally brings voice control to Alexa iOS app Amazon finally brings voice control to Alexa iOS app
- June 28, 2018

Amazon's voice-based assistant, Alexa continues creeping out users. At launch, the feature was limited to Android . Besides allowing iOS and Android users to use Alexa through the Alexa app, Motorola Moto Z users can buy a Smart Speaker Moto Mod featuring Alexa. (more...)
Google Home and Chromecast device now offline Google Home and Chromecast device now offline
- June 28, 2018

Affected users have been tweeting at Google for most of the afternoon so it appears the issue is significant enough to sufficiently trouble Google's engineers. Did you enjoy your Slack outage this morning, perhaps with an extra helping of memes ? As of publication, this writer couldn't find the cast button on any sites he checked. (more...)