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Amazon posts big Q2 earnings beat but misses revenue target Amazon posts big Q2 earnings beat but misses revenue target
- July 27, 2018

Highly profitable ad sales were another bright spot in the three months to June. "We've seen a greater-than-expected efficiency in a lot of our spend in things like warehouses, data centres, marketing". The markets were jittery ahead Thursday after Facebook spooked investors by warning of slowing sales growth in the second half of the year as it focuses on " putting privacy first ". (more...)
Wildfire forces entire California town to evacuate; suspect arrested
- July 27, 2018

One of the fires McGlover allegedly started is the Cranston Fire , which is actively burning on Federal land in the San Jacinto Ranger District, and is now 4,700 acres with zero percent containment. The San Bernardino National Forest had clouds that reached up to 50,000 feet, creating its own lightning storm as a result. Helicopters and planes dumped water and fire retardant on the area. (more...)
Samsung’s unbreakable smartphone display panel is now certified by UL Samsung’s unbreakable smartphone display panel is now certified by UL
- July 27, 2018

The latter attach a glass-covered window to their display that can easily break on impact. UL's certification revealed that Samsung Display's unbreakable display passed the rigorous real-time durability test which is based on military standards that are set by the U.S. (more...)
Facebook wants to launch own Internet satellite Facebook wants to launch own Internet satellite
- July 26, 2018

Billions of people around the world still lack access to an affordable, quality internet connection, and Facebook's mission to provide the same has not been without controversy so far. The company plans to have an micro-satellite constellation of about 12,000 satellite covering the Earth to beam Internet on the ground. Now, with this confirmation, Mark Zuckerberg will be going head-to-head with SpaceX of Elon Musk - who he had a beef with - and Softbank-backed OneWeb, both of which are ... (more...)
Google Stopped Phishing And Ditched Passwords With This $20 Device Google Stopped Phishing And Ditched Passwords With This $20 Device
- July 25, 2018

A Google representative told Krebs on Security that physical security keys are now being used for all work-related account access since early 2017. Once more websites begin using the WebAuthn API , physical keys may become commonplace. If U2F tokens are such an effective way to boost security, why do so few people beyond Google use them? And while poorly configured internal security controls allow attackers to move from system to system once they compromise a user account, standards ... (more...)
Apple iPhones trail behind Samsung and Google smartphones in download speeds Apple iPhones trail behind Samsung and Google smartphones in download speeds
- July 25, 2018

However, some of you might not know that another benefit of the Snapdragon 845 chip is faster cellular performance. That's important because it takes into account a ton of conditions that might otherwise affect a sterling connection speed, like network congestion and the distance a device is from cell towers. (more...)
Microsoft's Next-Gen 'Scarlett' Xbox Consoles To Reportedly Include Dedicated Streaming SKU Microsoft's Next-Gen 'Scarlett' Xbox Consoles To Reportedly Include Dedicated Streaming SKU
- July 25, 2018

Having a lower cost console could allow for greater accessibility. But the catch here is that Microsoft thinks it has figured out how to handle the latency sensitive aspects of gaming. Of course, Microsoft will reportedly still release a traditional, dedicated Xbox console alongside it with all of the graphics and processing hardware inside the box. (more...)
Fallout 76 beta will begin this October Fallout 76 beta will begin this October
- July 24, 2018

Everyone who does pre-order will eventually gain access to the beta at some point, however. The team did not reveal the content that will be available in the beta, although we do know that Bethesda will start selecting those that have pre-ordered the game in October. (more...)
Here's What's New in Fortnite's Playground Mode Here's What's New in Fortnite's Playground Mode
- July 24, 2018

For example, dealing 1000 damage will unlock a "Birthday!" emote while playing 14 matches nets you 5,000 XP. In Battle Royale , the Battlebus has been decorated to join in with the birthday celebration and after players drop out they will also find cake slices dotted around the map which add +5 to both health and shield once consumed. (more...)
Here's the Mi A2 Lite Here's the Mi A2 Lite
- July 24, 2018

Let's dive in to see the devices in a bit more detail. After a successful run in India with its first generation Mi A1, India's number one smartphone brand Xiaomi is gearing up to launch its successor Xiaomi Mi A2 globally. Both of which feature an aperture of f/1.75. Meanwhile, the front comes with a modest 5MP selfie camera that supports AI portrait mode. Mi A2 is backed by a 3,010mAh battery. (more...)
Uber, Lyft suspend driver who secretly livestreamed his passengers on Twitch Uber, Lyft suspend driver who secretly livestreamed his passengers on Twitch
- July 24, 2018

His channel featured multiple cameras on the dashboard, both facing out onto the street, so viewers could see where the vehicle was heading, as well as facing the passengers themselves. Apparently, she would help him moderate any Twitch comments that were overtly homophobic and racist, and yet, having users rate women from 1-10 was somehow okay?! Gargac reportedly streamed most of his more than 700 rides, with customers reportedly including children, college students, and public figures ... (more...)
Sony announces industry-first 48MP smartphone camera sensor Sony announces industry-first 48MP smartphone camera sensor
- July 24, 2018

Sony , one of the largest suppliers of image sensors for smartphones , has just announced the upcoming availability of its new IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for handset cameras. At 1.6µm as a combined pixel, you'll still be able to get a 12-megapixel photo where the LG G7's image would be reduced to 4 megapixels. Of course, this isn't ideal for daytime shots, so the image signal processor will perform array conversion in brighter environments for more detailed images with the 48MP ... (more...)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Adds Breath Of The Wild Crossover Content Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Adds Breath Of The Wild Crossover Content
- July 23, 2018

Nintendo's recent Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drive could have something to do with upcoming mobile release Mario Kart Tour . The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild content has come to the game with update 1.6.0. A trailer of Link's newest additions is seen in the trailer below. When Mr. Takahashi said to expect more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe updates, he wasn't kidding. (more...)
Trump threatens European Union for 'taking advantage' of the US Trump threatens European Union for 'taking advantage' of the US
- July 23, 2018

Moving away from Android will also likely take a long time, as many developers and device makers, including Samsung and LG rely on the OS, so Google will not be able to stop supporting it right away. The president is due to conduct crunch talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House next week, where he could choose to bring up the Google fine again. (more...)
You can now sign-up for the PS4 update 6.00 beta test You can now sign-up for the PS4 update 6.00 beta test
- July 22, 2018

It looks like Sony is now readying PS4 system update 6.0 very soon because the company is already taking in registrations for beta testers this month. Follow the links below to sign-up for PS4 system software Update 6.0. You can do it no matter if you're coming from Japan, the U.S., or Europe. (more...)
Leak confirms next Samsung smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch Leak confirms next Samsung smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch
- July 22, 2018

According to The Bell a merger would mean Samsung's flagship release would be limited to once a year, rather than every six months as the situation is now. However, nothing can be said for sure. The Gear moniker is nearly certainly set to be dropped for the Galaxy Watch name, and the release date would appear set for 9 August, but the actual look of the device and the software that will be packed inside is still somewhat up in the air. (more...)
Alphabet Alphabet "hatched" startup to deliver balloon-based Internet service to Kenya
- July 22, 2018

Loon finally graduated from X this month, becoming an Alphabet company in its own right. The Loon service uses balloons, powered by an on-board solar panel. No solid timeframe for deployment or details of the financial aspect of the deal has been released, but Telkom Kenya will provide the internet signal to be deployed in remote areas using the solar-powered balloons. (more...)
"Fortnite" Has Earned Over $1 Billion
- July 21, 2018

For some perspective, this means that Fortnite has now made more money than several of last year's highest worldwide-grossing blockbuster films, including "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: Homecoming", and "Wonder Woman;" and more than double the gross worldwide earnings of the latest Star Wars flick, "Solo". (more...)
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a phone for people with enormous hands Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a phone for people with enormous hands
- July 20, 2018

The phone has now been showcased in China and comes with a 6.9-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display that has a ratio of 18:9 and an IPS panel. For the front, it features an 8-megapixel camera for selfies with a soft LED flash, 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture. In terms of specs, the Mi Max 3 is still definitely in mid-range territory. (more...)
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 offers improved durability for next-gen mobile devices Corning Gorilla Glass 6 offers improved durability for next-gen mobile devices
- July 20, 2018

Corning said Gorilla Glass 6 has similar scratch resistance and other properties to the older glass. Glass is found in pretty much every modern tech product-displays rely on it, of course, and companies like Apple have shown a fondness towards using glass for a phone's entire body (see: iPhone 4, iPhone X). (more...)