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Apple TV 4K (2020) Tipped to Launch Very Soon, Specifications Leak Apple TV 4K (2020) Tipped to Launch Very Soon, Specifications Leak
- May 08, 2020

Given the latest (fifth) iteration of the Apple TV 4K launched in 2017, the hardware is well due an upgrade. The news comes from well-known Apple tipster Jon Prosser . Apple got no chill right now. Given Google's recent investments in cloud gaming via its Stadia platform, selling an affordable set-top box or dongle that is created to work with the service would help Google compete with a more powerful, gaming-oriented Apple TV 4K. (more...)
Apple’s virtual WWDC 20 will begin on June 22 Apple’s virtual WWDC 20 will begin on June 22
- May 07, 2020

This time, the Cupertino-based tech giant has decided to make the event free for all developers. The slight delay to the event likely also pushes back Apple's software testing cycle, which could be another indicator of this year's iPhones launching several weeks later than usual, as Bloomberg News has reported. (more...)
Microsoft Introduces New Surface Devices Microsoft Introduces New Surface Devices
- May 07, 2020

It has a 5MP front-facing camera with Windows Hello IR sensors and an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus. Both cameras can record 1080p videos. The smaller one has a Core i5 (8GB of RAM ) with integrated graphics or a Core i7 (16GB of RAM ) with a GTX 1650. (more...)
Forza Street Arrives, Has Free Goodies for Galaxy Owners Forza Street Arrives, Has Free Goodies for Galaxy Owners
- May 07, 2020

Like the Forza games for Xbox One (and Xbox 360 previously), it mainly centres on vehicle collection, with hundreds of different models available to win and add to your garage. Forza Street will also see you race other racers in the mobile community. For example, Galaxy S20 users will receive a 2015 Ford Mustang GT and a 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 with custom Galaxy paint, in-game credits, and gold (a $20 value). (more...)
Another 3.2 million filed new U.S. jobless claims last week Another 3.2 million filed new U.S. jobless claims last week
- May 07, 2020

Department of Labor reveals that Georgia and other states in the South have been particularly hard hit since the coronavirus pandemic brought the country's economy to a grinding halt. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance May 3 was $105.5 million. PUA claims will be backdated to the individuals' first week of unemployment, but no earlier than February 2 and will continue for as long as the individual remains unemployed as a result of COVID-19, but no later than the week ending ... (more...)
Facebook update crashes TikTok and other rivals Facebook update crashes TikTok and other rivals
- May 07, 2020

Some users said in a GitHub thread that the problem occurred after a change was made to the type of data that Facebook SDK's server provides when an app is opened. Countless iOS apps experienced problems launching Wednesday evening, according to multiple reports on Twitter and crowdsourced user reports on Downdetector . (more...)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 updated with Magic Keyboard - Laptop Apple MacBook Pro 13 updated with Magic Keyboard - Laptop
- May 07, 2020

However, it looks like Apple released the Macbook Pro 13 with the sole intention of discarding its keyboard. Apple however isn't able to commit to any firm shipping dates at the moment given the lockdown in place in different parts of the country owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. (more...)
Apple Maintains Lead After Smartwatches Defy Global Sales Slump Apple Maintains Lead After Smartwatches Defy Global Sales Slump
- May 07, 2020

However, its market share declined slightly from 14.9 percent to 13.9 percent. As such, Apple now claims 55% of the smartwatch market, representing a slight increase from the 54% it controlled in the same period one year ago, according to the research firm. (more...)
Xbox to Hold Xbox Series X First Look Event for Next Week Xbox to Hold Xbox Series X First Look Event for Next Week
- May 07, 2020

The May Xbox 20/20 update will also divulge more info about which games will support Smart Delivery , a feature that allows you to play games across both Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Redmond, Washington-based software giant, Microsoft is planning to hold a special Inside Xbox stream next week. "Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more details". (more...)
Elon Musk's Son Isn't Alone: See More Unique Celebrity Kids' Names!
- May 07, 2020

According to Grimes , the lawbreaking A-12 portion of the name means "Archangel", named after the couple's favourite aircraft. In real life and in-game, the A-12 and subsequent SR-71 are flawless fits for what Musk and Grimes proffer to admire in aircraft: "No weapons, no defenses, just speed. (more...)
Facebook Might Launch Smaller Oculus Quest VR Headset in 2020 Facebook Might Launch Smaller Oculus Quest VR Headset in 2020
- May 07, 2020

Although it's possible to run Boneworks on PC and display it via the Quest, those without the necessary hardware are left asking: "Can you play Boneworks on Oculus Quest without a PC?" The company is also supposedly working on an augmented reality headset that could launch in 2023, Bloomberg said. (more...)
Transition to cloud now ‘an existential question — IBM
- May 07, 2020

Clients across industries can now fully realise the benefits of edge computing, including running AI and analytics at the edge to achieve insights closer to where the work is done. IBM also forms IBM Edge Ecosystem and IBM Telco Network Cloud Ecosystem . Note: To better support our customers, this blog page will be updated as new features are rolled out, pointing to other useful options for Service Providers to leverage the security and flexibility of this platform. (more...)
NFC just learned a new trick - wireless charging NFC just learned a new trick - wireless charging
- May 07, 2020

That's because the NFC Forum has just approved a new specification that enables wireless power transfer at rates up to 1-watt. The NFC Forum has come up with one, as it announced the approval of a wireless charging specification that will let you charge your devices via NFC chips instead of dedicated wireless coils. (more...)
IRS asks for return of stimulus checks distributed to deceased loved ones IRS asks for return of stimulus checks distributed to deceased loved ones
- May 07, 2020

Federal stimulus payments sent to people who have died must be returned, the Internal Revenue Service said in new guidance released Wednesday. Dozens of readers have reached out to ask why deceased spouses, parents and siblings have received $1,200 stimulus checks or direct deposits to bank accounts kept open to settle estates. (more...)
Arkansas opening unemployment benefits for self-employed, independent contractors
- May 07, 2020

In total, NY state has distributed over $4.6 billion in benefits to New Yorkers between March 9 and April 30, including through traditional unemployment insurance and new federal programs like Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provides benefits for those not covered by traditional unemployment insurance; Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides an additional $600 per week for all benefit recipients; and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which provides 13 ... (more...)
Telefonica to merge its British mobile operator O2 and Liberty’s Virgin Media Telefonica to merge its British mobile operator O2 and Liberty’s Virgin Media
- May 07, 2020

The Guardian report does the following sums; "A deal between Virgin Media and O2 would bring together the mobile operator's 34m customers, the largest network in the United Kingdom, with the cable operator's 5.3m broadband , pay-TV and mobile users". (more...)
Google release an unexpected DP4 for Pixels, Beta coming on June 3 Google release an unexpected DP4 for Pixels, Beta coming on June 3
- May 07, 2020

While the session will nearly certainly be geared toward developers - Google is even soliciting questions from Android app makers via Twitter using the #AskAndroid hash tag - we'd expect the Android 11 preview to be a lot like the on-stage demos for Android updates that highlight each year's Google I/O event. (more...)
Lenovo's gaming smartphone shown off in leaked videos
- May 07, 2020

The huge leak was published by the folks over at XDA Developers and indicates the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor and - like the OnePlus 8 Pro - will feature super fast LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage . They also show the handset's two speakers which will supposedly deliver stereo sound. Further, the report reveals that there will be a SIM card tray alongside the primary USB-C charging port at the bottom of the Lenovo Legion phone. (more...)
5G Conspiracy Theories Quashed As 'Disgusting Fake News' By UK Government 5G Conspiracy Theories Quashed As 'Disgusting Fake News' By UK Government
- May 07, 2020

These conspiracy theories spread despite the fact that, as PCMag's Sascha Segan points out , citywide 5G was in the United States before China, coronavirus is spreading in countries that do not have 5G connectivity and, in the U.S., "5G" is simply different encoding on signals used for the past century. (more...)
Mast fire probe amid 5G coronavirus claims Mast fire probe amid 5G coronavirus claims
- May 07, 2020

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is unsafe fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after masts in several parts of the country were torched. 5G is the next generation mobile phone network and it promises much higher connection speeds, lower latency (response times) and to be more reliable than the creaking 4G networks we have now. (more...)

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