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Google calls Nest's hidden microphone an 'error' Google calls Nest's hidden microphone an 'error'
- February 21, 2019

On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider it had made an "error". "Security systems often use microphones to provide features that rely on sound sensing". The change coincided with the announcement that it was now compatible with Google Assistant . The microphone came to light after Google launched a software update allowing users to control the Nest devices with their voices. (more...)
Epic Games yanks Fortnite ads from YouTube over child-predator controversy Epic Games yanks Fortnite ads from YouTube over child-predator controversy
- February 21, 2019

The company removed their pre-roll ads from YouTube after learning that the ads were being featured in questionable videos involving young girls. The total amount spent on ads for the videos mentioned was less than $8,000 in the last 60 days, a YouTube spokeswoman told Bloomberg . (more...)
LG Q60, K50, and K40 announced ahead of MWC 2019 LG Q60, K50, and K40 announced ahead of MWC 2019
- February 21, 2019

The front-facing camera in the LG Q60 and LG K50 is located in a water drop cutout to make maximum use of the FullVision display for comfortable viewing, playing and communicating while slim bezels make all three phones comfortable to hold and use one-handed. (more...)
Facebook introduces new location privacy controls for Android Facebook introduces new location privacy controls for Android
- February 21, 2019

Launch the Facebook app on your phone, and then go to Settings and Privacy and tap on Settings . In order to allow users to have more control of their location data, Facebook today announced new location controls on its Facebook app for Android. (more...)
Vivo V15 Pro first impression: Eye-catching design with feature-rich camera Vivo V15 Pro first impression: Eye-catching design with feature-rich camera
- February 21, 2019

Similar to what we saw in the Vivo NEX , the front camera on the Vivo V15 Pro will also come with a motorized mechanism. Vivo has unveiled its latest flagship product, the Vivo V15 Pro , just a few hours before the official release of the highly anticipated Galaxy S10. (more...)
Rumor: Nintendo To Bring Back a 'Dead and Buried' Game Rumor: Nintendo To Bring Back a 'Dead and Buried' Game
- February 21, 2019

Scalebound's IP was owned by Microsoft, and it seems unlikely that they would just hand it over to either Nintendo or PlatinumGames. Following last week's impressive Nintendo Direct, rumours began circulating that Nintendo was reviving a publicly cancelled game. (more...)
Xiaomi Unveils Mi 9 SE; Comes With Snapdragon 712 SoC Xiaomi Unveils Mi 9 SE; Comes With Snapdragon 712 SoC
- February 20, 2019

It also features under-display fingerprint sensor. There is also an all-new NFC chip, NXP SN100T, to data sharing and payments support at a 30 percent faster speed than the previous NFC chip. On the front, Xiaomi Mi 9 will sport a 24-MP Sony IMX576 sensor. The interesting bit about the DxOMark report is the fact that the Mi 9 is now the best smartphone for taking video. (more...)
You may want to hold off buying a 5G phone until 2020 You may want to hold off buying a 5G phone until 2020
- February 20, 2019

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm is already leading the 5G charge with key technologies such as the Snapdragon 855 chip for phones that can be configured with an X50 5G modem for faster cellular data speeds. The QAT3555 enables better antenna impedance tuning with the multitude of antennas expected to be employed in 5G devices. Qualcomm competes with Intel Corp. (more...)
The Huawei P30 will be announced on March 26th in Paris The Huawei P30 will be announced on March 26th in Paris
- February 20, 2019

Now, the upcoming Huawei P30 and P30 Pro have surfaced online with model numbers ELE-L29 and VOG-L29 respectively, MSP reports. The global launch event was announced on Twitter with the tagline, "Rules were made to be rewritten". (more...)
Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition Renders & Specs Surface Online Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition Renders & Specs Surface Online
- February 19, 2019

For Xiaomi fans, the excitement levels were spiked with some official first look at the upcoming flagship, the Mi 9 , and it doesn't stop at that. The camera has a 6-element lens configuration and 0.8 microns pixel size that would become 1.6 microns for 12MP photographs. (more...)
16,000 Cheaters Already Banned From 'Apex Legends' 16,000 Cheaters Already Banned From 'Apex Legends'
- February 18, 2019

Another mode found in the files is called "Survival", with other Apex Legends fan-ran Twitter account RealApexLeaks stating that we might see a host NPC (non-playable character), which there are eight to choose from. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game . Even without evidence, moderators will still investigate the player. However, it would seem its popularity has come with a side-effect, one of mistaken identity. (more...)
AI news-writing system deemed too unsafe to release AI news-writing system deemed too unsafe to release
- February 18, 2019

The algorithm, GPT-2, was trained on some 8 million web pages, according to the new research. Following the 2016 presidential election, real journalists worked to expose the fake news that human charlatans wrote and spread across the Internet for the LOLS and for profit. (more...)
LG puts foldable phone on hold, focusing on LG puts foldable phone on hold, focusing on "optional" dual displays instead
- February 18, 2019

The successor to the V40 ThinQ will reportedly be one of the first phones capable of connecting faster 5G wireless networks and is likely to be announced at Mobile World Congress on february 24 during LG's press conference. Thanks to Evan Blass , we not only know that the phone in question is the LG V50 ThinQ , but we can also see an image of the phone prepared for 5G that will arrive later this year. (more...)
Beware of this fake Apex Legends mobile app Beware of this fake Apex Legends mobile app
- February 18, 2019

As mentioned, the patch also implements some important bug fixes, including remedying holes in the map that you could fall through, and areas where you could get stuck. Addressed a number of stability and performance issues. Shortened duration of Bloodhound's Eye of the Allfather clones to remain in the world by 1 second. (more...)
16-inch MacBook Pro coming 16-inch MacBook Pro coming
- February 18, 2019

Kuo's report, 2019 will see the release of Apple's biggest MacBook since 2012. The new display will have a Mini LED-like backlight design, and might be the "pro display" Apple's Phil Schiller spoke about when announcing the new Mac Pro , which is also scheduled to arrive this year. (more...)
Unopened Super Mario Bros. copy from 1985 sells for $100G Unopened Super Mario Bros. copy from 1985 sells for $100G
- February 18, 2019

While the game itself isn't all that rare, this particular copy is, being one from an early 1985 test launch of the NES console in NY and Los Angeles . The person selling the game - who wishes to remain anonymous - has been on the record as stating he would never sell the cartridge for less than six figures , blissfully unaware of how you can play Super Mario Bros . (more...)
Samsung unveils its thinnest, lightest tablet ever Samsung unveils its thinnest, lightest tablet ever
- February 18, 2019

On the processor side, it comes with Snapdragon 670 Octa-core processor which is suitable for performance and power consumption on portable devices. This hints that the new tablet will be soon be followed by a Tab S5 with the full beans - a launch alongside the new Galaxy S10 range at MWC19 perhaps? The 10.5-inch display on the device is surrounded by thin bezels, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 81.8%. (more...)
'Fortnite' players can get the next Battle Pass for free 'Fortnite' players can get the next Battle Pass for free
- February 18, 2019

The Fortnite Season 8 battle pass has yet to be revealed, but that hasn't stopped Epic Games revealing some big news. Limited-Time Mode, LTM rotations, the Team Rumble LTM, and new Overtime Challenges available until 27th February that offer the chance to earn a free Battle Pass, as well as five cosmetic rewards including a Vines Contrail. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy M30 to launch in India on February 27 Samsung Galaxy M30 to launch in India on February 27
- February 18, 2019

The small LED flash isn't part of the camera island, but it's positioned right below the triple camera. We need to wait for few more days to get all the information of the same at the launch event scheduled on 27th February at 6 PM. The existing Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 smartphones were launched in January for a starting price of Rs. 10,990 and Rs. 7,990, respectively. The display panel on the new model will also be the Super AMOLED one - unlike the LCD panel available on the Galaxy M10 ... (more...)
Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO is reported to debut with a foldable smartphone Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO is reported to debut with a foldable smartphone
- February 18, 2019

Notably, Samsung has also announced the release of its foldable smartphone on February 20 in San Francisco. We had heard from Xiaomi and Huawei prepping for their foldable modes, and now Vivo joins the race through its sub-brand iQOO . (more...)

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