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Belkin Gives WeMo A HomeKit Upgrade Belkin Gives WeMo A HomeKit Upgrade
- January 09, 2018

Belkin told 9to5Mac back in May that it was "committed" to making WeMo products work with HomeKit after previously cancelling plans, then the company publicly shared plans to release a new WeMo Bridge that adds HomeKit support set for release by the end of previous year. (more...)
Mercedes-Benz India sells record 15330 units in 2017 (+16%) Mercedes-Benz India sells record 15330 units in 2017 (+16%)
- January 09, 2018

The performance and sports-car brand, Mercedes-AMG, achieved double-digit growth in 2017, reiterating Mercedes-Benz's strong dominance in the performance auto segment.Additionally, the new generation cars continued its success story with a high conquest rate, ensuring Mercedes-Benz remained the most preferred choice for the dynamic, affluent and young Indians, it said. (more...)
Lenovo's first Snapdragon powered PC Miix 630 unveiled today before CES 2018 Lenovo's first Snapdragon powered PC Miix 630 unveiled today before CES 2018
- January 09, 2018

The company announced at a press event, the new Miix 630 which will be coming with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor . Just recently, before the holidays kicked off, Qualcomm, the creator of the venerable Snapdragon SoC found in almost all flagship smartphones, officially announced its bright future inside Windows 10 notebooks and mobile devices. (more...)
Destiny 2 might be resurrecting Crimson Days Valentine's event Destiny 2 might be resurrecting Crimson Days Valentine's event
- January 09, 2018

At first blush, new ornaments is not a sign that Crimson Days is coming back, but the icon attached to the four new ornaments suggest the event is returning. This was a straight-up elimination mode with no love lost between players. The usage of past tense is because Bungie cancelled the seasonal event previous year to give the development team additional time to work on Destiny 2 . (more...)
HP Spectre x360 15 and ENVY x2 introduced at CES 2018 HP Spectre x360 15 and ENVY x2 introduced at CES 2018
- January 09, 2018

First is the HP Spectre x360 15 (image above), a prosumer-grade Windows Hello convertible powerful enough to handle 4K video production. The laptop has a fold-behind keyboard and can double as a tablet, with touchscreen optional. The durable and brilliant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display is strong and scratch-resistant for when creating on the go and using a touch display. The laptop is set for availability on 18 March with pricing starting at $1,370 (£1,010). (more...)
Qualcomm's new Bluetooth chip: up to 65% more battery life Qualcomm's new Bluetooth chip: up to 65% more battery life
- January 09, 2018

Qualcomm has provided double the horsepower inside of the QCC5100, which gives the Bluetooth chip the ability of improved active noise cancellation and hearing assistance. The chip is designed for true wireless headphones and what Qualcomm calls "hearables" - headphones with wearable-style smart features. This helps manufacturers reduce the development time for premium audio experiences in much smaller form factor designs. (more...)
Hyundai NEXO revealed as new fuel cell crossover Hyundai NEXO revealed as new fuel cell crossover
- January 09, 2018

These features include a new wide-angle camera on both sides of Nexo that provide the driver a view of blind spots in the gauge cluster. Yang said Hyundai is not in competition with Toyota during this early phase of fuel cell development, but rather the two companies will work cooperatively to promote hydrogen fuel cell cars. (more...)
Family Hub: Samsung latest's voice-controlled takes smartness to a next level Family Hub: Samsung latest's voice-controlled takes smartness to a next level
- January 09, 2018

Samsung's voice assistant was the common thread running its press conference at the big technology conference in Las Vegas. So, in the morning, if you ask "Hi Bixby , what's new?" the voice assistant will offer correct calendar appointments. (more...)
Sony's new A8F OLED follows up on the awesome A1 Sony's new A8F OLED follows up on the awesome A1
- January 09, 2018

Without a doubt the most impressive feature of Sony's previous OLED effort, the A1E, was its object-based HDR remastering. Sony's "Acoustic Surface" technology makes a return from a year ago, which effectively turns the entire front of the TV into a speaker rather than relying on downward-facing speakers. (more...)
Law firms circle Intel as CEO stock sales draw scrutiny Law firms circle Intel as CEO stock sales draw scrutiny
- January 09, 2018

These vulnerabilities could make it possible for a hacker to access sensitive information, like photos or passwords, from nearly every PC, phone, and tablet. "The collaboration among so many companies to address this industry-wide issue across several different processor architectures has been truly remarkable". (more...)
BMW has invented mid-drift refuelling BMW has invented mid-drift refuelling
- January 09, 2018

The answer for the most recent attempt involved sticking an extra fuel tank in the record vehicle - a Toyota GT86 - but BMW has come up with a more interesting answer to the question. We'll be sure to let you know the result. As the teaser video explains, the rules have changed as drivers are allowed to stop and fill up the tank, but BMW hasn't done that, nor has it installed a bigger fuel tank as the Bavarians believe that would have been boring. (more...)
Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's Naa Nuvve First Glimpse teaser Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's Naa Nuvve First Glimpse teaser
- January 09, 2018

Directed by popular ad filmmaker Jayendra , the film is presented by Mahesh Koneru under his banner East Coast Productions and is bankrolled by Kiran Muppavarapu and Vijay Vattikuti. "We have excellent music from Sharreth and lovely visuals courtesy of P.C. Sreeram", said Kiran Muppavarapu, who is one of the producers. Kalyan Ram looks very classy, it probably is his classiest look yet. (more...)
Google Assistant now available across over 400mn devices Google Assistant now available across over 400mn devices
- January 09, 2018

However, the Google Home Mini which is priced at just $49 in the U.S. must have sold in millions. Google stated this news in a blog post. In Addition, Google also announced that its Assistant is now running on 400 million devices. "Your Assistant now gives you the power to voice control more than 1,500 compatible smart home devices from over 225 brands", the search engine added. (more...)
Facebook kills its Facebook kills its "M" virtual assistant
- January 09, 2018

The company says M - which was able to make restaurant reservations, book plane tickets and, for a short time, draw pictures - has largely served its objective. We're taking these useful insights to power other AI projects at Facebook. The company confirmed the news in a statement to The Verge . Every day, for billions of people, Facebook counts on AI to make sense of text, speech, photos and videos. (more...)
Facebook founder Zuckerberg to explore cryptocurrency & encryption to improve platform services Facebook founder Zuckerberg to explore cryptocurrency & encryption to improve platform services
- January 09, 2018

That first year the economy was in a deep recession and Facebook was not yet profitable. He felt like he need to get serious about making the platform better for everyone. The well-intentioned precautions are in place, but sometimes they can be exploited. It wasn't so much about him back then either, but about the social platform he created. (more...)
Wall St struggles to gain further as healthcare Wall St struggles to gain further as healthcare
- January 09, 2018

Among the more active industries were utilities which rose 0.9% and technology, where a 0.4% rise supported the Nasdaq. The S&P 500 inched higher Monday, extending this year's run of records . That will also boost the economy and most businesses by lifting spending. Which stocks were in focus? Earlier in the day, the shares lost about a third of their value, hitting a record low at US$5.04, after GoPro announced preliminary fourth-quarter revenue that was well below expectations and said ... (more...)
Wireless charging nears unification as Powermat cedes to Qi Wireless charging nears unification as Powermat cedes to Qi
- January 09, 2018

The company is a leading player in the AirFuel Alliance , a wireless charging standards body that formed in 2015 with the merger of two other organizations, the Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Association. Samsung's Galaxy series, for example, long included both Powermat and Qi support, with the promise that no matter what the standard of pad you came across, it would probably be able to recharge your phone. (more...)
Marsh brothers explain frantic century celebration Marsh brothers explain frantic century celebration
- January 09, 2018

Mitchell added: "My take was I pretty much went for the high five and Shaun went for the hug and we were somewhere parked in the middle and had a quick split-second level of panic and hugged again after that". The Marsh boys became the first Australian brothers since Steve and Mark Waugh in 2001 to score hundreds in the same innings of a test. Shaun Marsh could have been forgiven for thinking his Test career was over two months ago, but will wake up on Sunday just two runs away from a ... (more...)
Kit Harington thrown out of a bar in NY
- January 09, 2018

He appears to be disruptive while pushing people away from him and leaning against a pool table. Video obtained by TMZ shows the 31-year-old British actor being restrained by a group of people after he allegedly banged on a pool table and grabbed other patrons' pool cues. (more...)
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition to be announced? Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition to be announced?
- January 09, 2018

There's no mention of a PC version , though that's not surprising since the core game isn't out on home computers until Q1 2018. As there is already an extensive amount of DLC available for the standard edition of Final Fantasy XV , purchasing the Royal Edition could potentially be a great saving in terms of additional content. (more...)
Microsoft drops Bitcoin support Microsoft drops Bitcoin support
- January 09, 2018

Transactions fees have skyrocketed from a few cents a few years back to tens of dollars, making Bitcoin nearly unusable for microtransactions, where some users end up paying a large percentage of the transaction total as a transaction fee. (more...)
Metal Gear Survive Beta Begins Next Week, New Trailer Released Metal Gear Survive Beta Begins Next Week, New Trailer Released
- January 09, 2018

Konami and IGN have shared a new video, showcasing 5 minutes of gameplay footage from the single-player campaign of Metal Gear Survive . Konami says that Metal Gear Survive will be holding a beta programme, on both PS4 and Xbox One, between January 18 and 21 (as yet, it has not detailed precise start and end times). (more...)
Hi-Rez announces battle royale mode Paladins: Battlegrounds Hi-Rez announces battle royale mode Paladins: Battlegrounds
- January 09, 2018

With the Battle Royale genre instantly translating to big bank, this is a logical step for the developers and the future of the beloved Xbox exclusive franchise. With so much of comparisons focusing exclusively on PUBG but skimming over games like Fortnite , it's also very likely that the similar titles are responsible for much of those cursory looks. (more...)
Showtime Still Working On Halo TV Series Showtime Still Working On Halo TV Series
- January 09, 2018

Steven Spielberg was meant to be the executive producer of the series with Neill Blomkamp rumored to be directing the pilot episode . However, a new interview at TV Guide with Showtime's Gary Levine should set some minds at ease. No other names have been attached to the project since it was announced, however. It seems doubtful the series would revolve around the adventures of Master Chief, since those stories are usually reserved for the games themselves. (more...)
Dragon Ball FighterZ PC system specifications released Dragon Ball FighterZ PC system specifications released
- January 09, 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ might be coming out this month but the people in Bandai Namco aren't done plugging the game yet. Dragon Ball FighterZ uses a 2.5D animation art style, meaning that, while characters are rendered in a 3D environment, they feature the traditional and iconic Dragon Ball anime art style. (more...)
Bruno Mars, The Killers and Muse to headline BottleRock Bruno Mars, The Killers and Muse to headline BottleRock
- January 09, 2018

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST. 3-Day passes start at $349 and VIP upgrades are available for $749 with access to the VIP Village, VIP viewing decks, VIP-only restrooms and much more. Three-day general admission passes for the festival - also featuring a variety of food, wine and beer options - start at $349, up $40 from previous year. (more...)
PUBG: FPP Solo arrives on Xbox One PUBG: FPP Solo arrives on Xbox One
- January 09, 2018

According to the official post from the dev team on the Battlegrounds forums, the patch will be available for all players after a roughly half hour period of maintenance, which is scheduled to start at 1 am PST/4 am EST on January 8. "We know there is still work remaining in order for us to reproduce and address all remaining issues", reads the patch notes' intro. You can take a look at the full patch notes underneath the gallery. (more...)
Uber set to relaunch autorickshaw service in India Uber set to relaunch autorickshaw service in India
- January 09, 2018

Customers will have the option to book auto-rickshaw rides through "AUTO" option on Uber platform. In its previous avatar, Uber's auto offering was available in New Delhi, Coimbatore, Indore and Bhubaneswar. In addition to the three-wheeler service under Ola Auto and taxi cab service where it offers on-demand short distance conveyance in hatchback, sedan and luxury cars, outstation trips and rental, Ola now has a bus service under Ola Shuttle, a two-wheeler service under Ola Bikes. (more...)
Alexa Is Coming to Wearables Thanks to Amazon's New Developer Kit Alexa Is Coming to Wearables Thanks to Amazon's New Developer Kit
- January 09, 2018

Amazon has confirmed that Vuzix's device is the first product of its kind to be Alexa-enabled. Amazon has announced a major new step for their framework in 2018 with the release of a new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit for developers to make it easier than ever for Alexa to be added to a wide range of hardware, especially devices that are mobile in nature. (more...)
Doogee V, the 1st phone with on-screen fingerprint sensor, unveiled Doogee V, the 1st phone with on-screen fingerprint sensor, unveiled
- January 09, 2018

Evan Blass (@evleaks) also took to Twitter this morning to show us a render of the Doogee V. There are a few differences between the two designs shared by both leakers but they both have a almost identical front. Something that even Samsung couldn't get right with its upcoming Galaxy S9. The weird design aside, the most interesting part about the phone is that it has got that in-display fingerprint sensor. (more...)