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Facebook Revenue Soars As Time Spent on Platform Plummets

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People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook . Facebook said it ended the quarter with 2.13 billion monthly active users, up 14% from the year-ago period. Think your friends would be interested? "The business is doing great at the present time but there are all these problems that are building and it's expressed in the reduction in time spent", said Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research Group. Read More »

Assassin's Creed Origins team confirms New Game+ is coming at some point

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Sometimes it's pin on the map busywork sometimes there's a concerted amount of effort put into it, but I've generally been enjoying most of the things Origins throws at me. Recently, we have received the first DLC for the game and covered it in an article. Assasin's Creed is one of Ubisoft's most prolific franchises. Read More »

Over 700000 rouge apps removed from Google Play Store in 2017

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Google was able to do that through machine learning created to weed out apps with inappropriate content , malware and copycats , Andrew Ahn, the Google Play product manager, said in the blog post. When Google says that automation is "aiding the human reviewers in effectively detecting and enforcing on the problematic apps", we believe this change of tack could perhaps be the most crucial bit. Read More »

U.S. supports reunified Korean Peninsula - but no nukes

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The North sent the notification a day after an advance team led by Samjiyon Orchestra chief Hyon Song-wol returned to Pyongyang after examining concert venues in the South. On South Korea's biggest portal website Naver, "Pyongyang Olympics" has become one of the top trending terms in recent days. Kang appeared to dismiss the risk of a war out of hand, saying that she is "certain" the United States would consult with South Korea before carrying out any unilateral attack on the North, and ... Read More »

Mattis Promises to 'Hold the Line' on North Korea

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Some analysts have said North Korea may be using the talks to attempt to drive a wedge between the USA and South Korea. The U.S. has welcomed recent breakthrough talks between the two Koreas but vowed to maintain its campaign of punishing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure aimed at isolating the North Korean regime and forcing it to abandon its nuclear ambitions. Read More »

Microsoft set to launch new Xbox Elite Controller

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After some pictures were leaked by an anonymous user, it was seen that the second version will come with a USB-C port for charging, three-level Hair Trigger Locks, three-profile switch, Bluetooth support for Windows 10 and, of course, longer key travel for the paddles. Read More »

Parents of Murdered College Student 'Express Solidarity With LGBTQ Community'

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The Orange County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday is filing one felony count of murder with a sentence enhancement for using a knife against a 20-year-old accused of killing high school classmate Blaze Bernstein . "We are in solidarity with our son and the LGBTQ community", the Bernsteins added. Bernstein's body was found Jan 10 in a shallow grave after investigators said the recent rains had exposed part of his body, the Orange County Sheriff's Department announced. Read More »

Turns out your Chromecast could be killing your home network

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However, this is not the case, if we believe the constructive information provided by the TP-Link team. Devices by Netgear , Linksys , Synology , TP-Link, and Asus are said to be affected. To fix the problem of dropped WiFi connections because of Google Cast , a bunch of router companies are already pushing out updates (some in beta), so feel free to check with your router company's forums or support site (some links are below too). Read More »

Ford reveals facelifted Ranger in U.S. guise

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But in the USA, demand for mid-sized pick-Ups is growing hugely (over 80 per cent up in the last three years), so the Ford Ranger is heading back in to the U.S. The new Selectshift 10-speed automatic is standard. Unlike the Tacoma, Ford won't offer a manual transmission. It sends power and braking to each individual wheel to help the FX Off-Road Ranger crawl over surface when things get technical. Read More »

Porn Malware Discovered in Google Play Game Apps, Some Aimed at Children

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The most downloaded malicious Android games include Five Nights Survival Craft , Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft. The bug also leads user towards signing up for premium services that charge the user's account for their services. In a similar way to the scareware tactic presented above, the malicious app initially displays a pop-up ad, which attempts to persuade the user to register for this service. Read More »

All jewels stolen from Paris's Ritz hotel recovered

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The three inside were then blocked when they tried to flee through another door, the official said. The overall value of the jewels on display was estimated at about 4.5 million euros ($6.8 million). The hotel was bought in 1979 by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, whose son Dodi was also killed in the fatal crash. The hotel's management has declined to comment on the robbery. Read More »

On-demand: Watch the Nintendo Direct Mini here

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There will be touch-screen functionality similarly to how the iOS version, though you can still play with a controller. The newest DLC will include a new story mode that finally includes Donkey Kong properly into the story. This will be the first Mario Tennis with a story mode since Mario Tennis on the Game Boy Advance. If you choose to find one, you are given 30 seconds to search for a balloon another player has hidden. Read More »

Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

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The changes are meant to maximize the amount of content with "meaningful interaction" that people consume on Facebook , Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive, said in an interview. On the other hand, passively scrolling through social media does not. The first changes will be observed on its News Feed, which will show more posts from friends, family and groups. Read More »

Google buys a firm that turns screens into speakers

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The transfer of shares was confirmed on December 13 based on United Kingdom regulatory filings. On Wednesday night, a report revealed on Bloomberg quietly that Google acquisition of "Redux" could have major implications down the road. The sound quality is said to be "decent". On its LinkedIn page , Redux claims to have been granted at least 178 patents, with more than 50 patents still pending. Read More »

Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

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In 2018, Intel will expand its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for mainstream 2x2 and 4x4 home routers and gateways for cable, xDSL, fiber and consumer retail devices. Its first chipsets will be based on Draft 2.0 of the 802.11ax standard, which will be more mature than infrastructures based on Draft 1.0, meaning better compatibility and interoperability with client devices. Read More »

Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review

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Talking about the smartphones, the Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra differ in terms of some of the specifications. The two selfie centric smartphones succeed last year's XA1 and XA1 Ultra and improve upon them in key areas such as battery , cameras and processor. Read More »

"Acer announces their latest 11" Chromebook ahead of CES 2018

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The aptly titled HP Chromebook 11 G6 and HP Chromebook 14 G5 can't twist and turn quite like the Chromebook x360 , and they're obviously way less powerful than Google's Pixelbook , improving however on the 11 G5 and 14 G4 with 7th Gen Intel processors and USB-C connectivity. Read More »

Kanye West to Kim Kardashian: "You Cannot Wear Big Sunglasses Anymore"

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After years of remodeling and redesigning, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West and their family have finally moved into their Hidden Hills home. "Wasn't even blasted on social media or anything. So Kim Kardashian West bought "tiny little glasses". You show the world anyting is possible. "Thank you for sharing your journey", West wrote in the note. Read More »

Assassin's Creed Origins Could Be Getting A New Game + Mode

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Many of you guys know that the first DLC for Assassin's Creed: Origins will be out this month and it is called The Hidden Ones . Assassin's Creed Origins gets its fist expansion pack, The Hidden Ones , sometime during January. Other than that, a new option to sell outfits will be implemented to the game. Additionally, the level cap has been increased from 40 to 45. This expansion will include a new area and story, alongside a number of other updates set to come out in January. Read More »

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Detailed and Dated

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We revealed March 20 as our launch date and made a star of an unsuspecting chicken with a swashbuckling trailer , kicked off pre-orders , revealed how you progress through the world of Sea of Thieves , and showed off our haunting Limited Edition controller . Read More »

Acer launches thinnest laptop with 4G, plus new convertible, Chromebook

Apart from the major new announcements, Acer revealed that it is set to sell the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition (SW713-51) in the United States at a starting price of $1,699 (approximately Rs. The Company also added a new Chromebook 11 and revealed U.S. availability for the previously-announced switch 7 Black Edition and predator Orion series. Read More »

Saints defeat the Panthers 31-26, advance to NFC divisional round

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The Atlanta Falcons will face the Philadelphia Eagles on the other side of the NFC bracket, with the victor advancing to face either the Vikings or Saints in the NFC Championship game. "You look at what they've been doing over the last four or five weeks". An early dagger, courtesy of Ted Ginn Jr . He played for Carolina in 2013 and in 2015 and '16. Read More »

11 killed in avalanche in Kashmir

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As per reports on Zee News, three soldiers went missing when the outpost in the Gurez region was hit by a huge avalanche of snow. However, army and police launched a rescue operation and the beacon officer, MP Singh of 109 RCC, was found under the snow and was straight away taken to MI (a mini military hospital) room Chowkibal. Read More »

HP voluntarily recalls 50000+ computer batteries posing fire and burn hazards

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For the most part, HP notes the affected batteries are non-replaceble, which is a current trend among increasing thin and light laptops . HP says they have received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring. In the meantime, HP recommends all users make sure their laptops have been switched in to "battery safe mode". Critically, though, the modern obsession with thin-and-light - and, to be less generous, built-in obsolescence - means that numerous above models have ... Read More »

Apple App Store harvested your cash on New Year's Day

The startup has now stopped accepting new customers. The Apple acquisition is really exciting for the Apple fans amid legal troubles and iOS issues in the recent past. That being said neither Apple nor Buddybuild has given any specific timeline of when will that happen. It works through various channels like GitLab, BitBucket, and GitHub. Read More »

Amazon Alexa will soon let users control ovens and microwaves

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HOME INVADER Amazon has announced an update to its Alexa API that could see the AI assistant arrive in your, er, microwave . Now you can build skills to enable customers in the USA to control their microwave ovens using Alexa. The catch, as you might imagine, is that your ovens and microwaves need to support this feature, and nearly all "smart" versions now don't. Recent reports reveal that Whirlpool will be among the first appliance brands to feature Alexa integration, enabling ... Read More »

LG to unveil 88-inch 8K OLED display at CES 2018

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While it is more a tech demo unit rather than a consumer product at present, the 88-incher shows what is capable with OLED technology and how it can be utilised in future, when 8K content becomes more readily available. The company has claimed that its QLED TVs are better than OLED TVs. LG Display is now the sole large-size OLED display maker in the world. Now we have curved screens, 4K resolutions, multiple HDR standards, and quantum or nano particles. Read More »

All 50 states agree to use AT&T first responder network

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AT&T has stated it expects to spend about $40 billion over the life of the deal to build, deploy, operate and maintain the network. Governor Sununu said, "By moving to opt-in today, New Hampshire will retain AT&T's commitment to build 48 new tower sites across the state". Read More »

Snapchat may bring 'Stories' to the web

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To further boost engagement and gain more users, the company is designing a feature that allows users to share stories outside the main app. Snapchat Stories are videos from publishers and personalities that stay up for a 24-hour period and typically highlight special events. Read More »

Library of Congress Says It Will No Longer Archive Every Public Tweet

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With help from Twitter itself, the institution acquired all public tweet text (including by countless members of Congress and several USA presidents) published between 2006 and 2010 and a promise to do the same in the years to come. "With social media now established, the Library is bringing its collecting practice more in line with its collection policies". But the Library of Congress will stop archiving every tweet on December 31, 2017. Read More »

First AC local train starts in Mumbai on the Borivali Churchgate route

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However, from the new year, there will be eight fast services between Churchgate and Virar, three fast services between Churchgate and Borivli, and one slow service between Mahalaxmi and Borivli. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220. 3 fast services have been scheduled between Churchgate and Borivali, which will halt at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri stations, in both directions. Read More »