Technology


Microsoft may roll-out Adblock Plus-integrated Edge Microsoft may roll-out Adblock Plus-integrated Edge
- June 27, 2018

Just a week after Microsoft replaced its MSN News app for iOS and Android with a redesigned app called Microsoft News, it looks like the Windows 10 MSN News app will soon be getting the same treatment. Nevertheless, there have already been five million installs of Microsoft Edge for Android , though we'd suspect the vast majority of them were curiosity, and that markedly few have switched from the default Chrome browser. (more...)
Supreme Court ruling lets states collect sales tax from online purchases Supreme Court ruling lets states collect sales tax from online purchases
- June 27, 2018

With the larger sites having to pay sales taxes, smaller businesses have a bit more of an even playing field, especially if they have tech-savvy local marketing ads on Google and content-rich sites that attract prospective customers. Carl Davis, research director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a non-partisan think tank, told Business Insider the Trump Store's sales tax collection policy is "a textbook example of the problem that this ruling is meant to address". (more...)
SCOTUS Ruling Changes Sales Taxes for Remote Retailers SCOTUS Ruling Changes Sales Taxes for Remote Retailers
- June 27, 2018

The decision is a win for state and local governments assuming they rewrite their tax laws to take advantage and a loss for consumers. Another issue left open by the Supreme Court is whether states may pursue sales tax retroactively. The Trump administration backed South Dakota in the case, urging that Quill be overturned or at least limited to catalog sales. He said this ruling from the Supreme Court should not affect their customers much, if any. (more...)
The $159 Nokia 3.1 comes to the US July 2 The $159 Nokia 3.1 comes to the US July 2
- June 27, 2018

June 25, 2018- HMD Global , the home of Nokia phones, has today announced that the new Nokia 3 .1 will be available to buy from Amazon and Best Buy for $159 starting July 2. The Nokia X6 comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants and includes 32GB and 64GB of internal storage respectively. The whole front is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 3, and while it's not exactly a slim-bezel design, HMD is still equipping it with an extra-tall 18:9 aspect ratio display . (more...)
Aston Martin's $304,000 DBS Superleggera takes on Bentley and Ferrari Aston Martin's $304,000 DBS Superleggera takes on Bentley and Ferrari
- June 27, 2018

The elegantly named DBS Superleggera not only fills the sizeable performance gap left by the Vanquish S departure, it also resurrects two historically significant Aston names in the process: DBS , which dates back to cars of the late '60s, and Superleggera ("lightweight" in Italian), which evokes innovative coachbuilding of the past. (more...)
Nintendo is giving away a Labo-inspired Switch to crafty fans Nintendo is giving away a Labo-inspired Switch to crafty fans
- June 27, 2018

They also announced the categories for the second Nintendo Labo Creators Contest. By selecting this option, you can play the game in TV mode using the Motorbike handlebars, or just insert your Switch directly into the Motorbike's dashboard to play it on-the-go. (more...)
Instagram Launches Video Chat, Topic Channels, New Camera Effects Instagram Launches Video Chat, Topic Channels, New Camera Effects
- June 27, 2018

And while Instagram didn't have an exact launch date for those features, it looks like all of the testing went well, because the company is rolling it all out beginning today. This includes a "For You" channel, which has a mix of posts tailored to your interests. If you'd like to remove a topic channel, press and hold the channel and select "Mute" from the menu. (more...)
The Supreme Court just caused stocks of online retailers to tumble The Supreme Court just caused stocks of online retailers to tumble
- June 27, 2018

Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair allowing states to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores. The nation's highest court previously had determined that out-of-state retailers who don't have a physical presence in a state, such as a store or warehouse, couldn't be forced to collect that state's sales tax on purchases. (more...)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 rumors: 16GB RAM in a smartphone Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 rumors: 16GB RAM in a smartphone
- June 26, 2018

The test platform for the Snapdragon 1000 is slated to utilise 16GB of RAM, two 128GB flash storage modules, 802.11ad gigabit Wi-Fi and gigabit LTE. This chip is expected to power Windows 10 PCs with ARM-based architecture in the future; however the exact timeline remains a mystery. Unfortunately for Intel, the company already has its hands full with 10nm manufacturing struggles and the growing popularity of ARM-powered PCs. (more...)
Bentley announces Bentayga Pikes Peak Edition to honor record-setting run Bentley announces Bentayga Pikes Peak Edition to honor record-setting run
- June 26, 2018

Commenting on his run, Millen said: "When I reached the first double-apex right hand corner after the start and felt the grip from the tyres and the surface I knew we were on a good run". The Black Specification is included, replacing all exterior chrome with gloss black components and adding a carbon fibre splitter, side skirts, diffuser and rear spoiler. (more...)
Apple just released the first iOS 12 beta to everyone Apple just released the first iOS 12 beta to everyone
- June 26, 2018

Memoji , the personalized Animoji that are supposed to look like you or "the real you", according to Apple , are also part of today's iOS 12 public beta . Once installed, iOS 12 will automatically update as new beta versions are released, but it is important to make sure you install the updates as they arrive, as bugs are fixed on a regular basis and older versions will no longer be supported. (more...)
Google makes file transfers four times faster in Files Go Google makes file transfers four times faster in Files Go
- June 26, 2018

It also included AirDrop-like wireless file sharing functionality, but the data transfer speeds were not impressive when compared to AirDrop . Sometimes though, you may just need those files, but not regularly and you don't want them to be deleted, so with this update Google is making it easier to share those files. (more...)
Security researcher bypasses iPhone's limit on passcode attempts Security researcher bypasses iPhone's limit on passcode attempts
- June 25, 2018

And if the wrong passcode is entered too many times, the device gets wiped. Hickey initially took to Twitter to share what he believed were incredible findings: a way to "brute force 4/6digit PIN's without limits" [sic]. Hickey's exploit would be another black eye for the iPhone and iPad maker, which has been in a cat and mouse chase with the makers of one recently revealed phone unlocking tool . (more...)
Xbox One mouse-and-keyboard support could be rolling out soon Xbox One mouse-and-keyboard support could be rolling out soon
- June 25, 2018

The documents reveal a presentation from Microsoft in partnership with Razer that shows off Razer mouse and keyboard designed specifically for the Xbox One. According to Windows Central , the presentation stated that these features were supposed to become available for game developers in the XDK update shipped in April while a public rollout was scheduled to hit with the Fall update. (more...)
Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones Apple is working on noise-canceling AirPods and over-ear headphones
- June 25, 2018

Apple's latest music-focused device, the HomePod , was also delayed, and has seen sluggish sales so far - although reviewers praised the sound quality. 88,000 crores) in the 2017 fiscal year. Apple is trying to increase the range that AirPods can work away from an iPhone or iPad, one of the people said. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S10 Likely to Come with All-screen Next Year Samsung Galaxy S10 Likely to Come with All-screen Next Year
- June 25, 2018

The "go" mention could be a hint towards Google Android Go OS integration. FBI Director Chris Wray was quoted by Gizmodo as of February this year as stating that the intelligence community does not trust Huawei and ZTE phones - devices from Chinese manufacturers - on American telecom networks, implying they may be siphoning user data overseas. (more...)
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 price, specifications, features, comparison Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 price, specifications, features, comparison
- June 25, 2018

Xiaomi even released an LTE variant of the tablet which is priced slightly higher than the Wi-Fi variant. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 sports a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture LED flash, 1.25-micron meter pixel size, PDAF, and low-light enhancement while at the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel selfie camera with fixed focus. (more...)
Google Chrome on Android can Now Auto-Download Articles for Offline Reading Google Chrome on Android can Now Auto-Download Articles for Offline Reading
- June 25, 2018

New feature automatically downloads any information, then the user can see it, if you cannot connect to the Internet. Unfortunately, in the latest update to Chrome for Android, Google has also removed the option to disable suggested articles in the homepage of the app, which means that suggested articles will always be shown even when they aren't relevant in many cases. (more...)
Messenger Kids updated and launched in two more countries Messenger Kids updated and launched in two more countries
- June 25, 2018

But first let's mention that Facebook plans to make Messenger Kids available in Spanish and French in all three countries where it's been launched until now: Canada , Peru , and the United States. 20 organizations including CCFC, ACLU, and others, rallied together and submitted a letter to the social media company calling them irresponsible and requested the app to be taken down. (more...)
General Motors to make new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico General Motors to make new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico
- June 25, 2018

The black grille and trim of the RS look nearly sinister, but even in bright chrome on the Premier trim, looks striking. We don't normally write about SUVs, but you can't deny how impressive this new Blazer is, inside and out. The Blazer name was attached to some of Chevy's earliest SUVs , and has always been associated with old-school ruggedness. As for the other tech, there's the ability to open all the windows from the key fob, while an automatic heated steering wheel and automatically ... (more...)
Bethesda Suing Warner Bros. Interactive & Behaviour Interactive Over Westworld Game Bethesda Suing Warner Bros. Interactive & Behaviour Interactive Over Westworld Game
- June 24, 2018

Both Fallout Shelter and the Westworld game share a developer: Behaviour Interactive. Part of Bethesda's lawsuit attempting to show that the character models in both games look the same. Bethesda also argued that there are visual similarities between Fallout Shelter and Westworld , and it pointed to a March 2018 post from Kotaku to support its case. (more...)
Pokemon Go finally gets trading - but not for everyone Pokemon Go finally gets trading - but not for everyone
- June 24, 2018

Pokemon GO Trading is possibly one of the most requested featured to be added to the popular mobile game. The new features are expected to begin rolling out this week so keep an eye out for it. First of all, you'll need to level up your friendship with the person you want to trade with. The trading feature itself isn't meant to be easy. But if you were excited to be able to finally swap Pokemon monsters with your friends , you'd better dial down the celebration. (more...)
Supreme Court rules states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax Supreme Court rules states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax
- June 24, 2018

The 5-4 ruling is widely seen as a victory for brick-and-mortar stores, who previously said that online retailers' ability to skirt sales tax collection gave them an advantage. Congress, as the court acknowledged, could enact a broad-based law for state sales tax collection. Even if you're a small online seller with a presence in a single state, should you immediately start collecting sales tax from your out-of-state buyers? Shirzay believes the verdict will "level the playing field a ... (more...)
Microsoft Abandons Xbox VR Plans Microsoft Abandons Xbox VR Plans
- June 24, 2018

According to Nichols, the company believes that VR is still better suited for the PC rather than the Xbox One , due to the former being a more open platform that has more companies investing in VR for. But if you were holding out hoping to get some VR action on the upcoming next-gen Xbox, you will likely be waiting a long time. Now years later, Microsoft has slowed its pace. (more...)
Steam Summer Sale Starts Today! Steam Summer Sale Starts Today!
- June 24, 2018

Okay, go! Jump onto Steam for the Steam Summer Sale , which is going on now. Alongside the primary attraction of the sale, Valve often offers up an interesting little mini-game to coincide with the cut-rate pricing that attracts the attention of dedicated Steam players across the world. (more...)
Samsung is testing an Android Go device Samsung is testing an Android Go device
- June 24, 2018

Named Samsung Galaxy s10 , it is going to be the 10 anniversary of the very popular Samsung Galaxy S flagship series. Samsung claims that the display panel uses vibration and bone conduction technology to produce the sound which comes out from a designated area of the screen . (more...)
Internet shut down across Algeria to stop pupils cheating in exams Internet shut down across Algeria to stop pupils cheating in exams
- June 23, 2018

The planned shutdown of the Internet will happen in the country until Monday, while in the country to pass state exams for high school students. Algeria had turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating. (more...)
Apple Admits MacBook Keyboard Fail, Offering Repairs and Refunds Apple Admits MacBook Keyboard Fail, Offering Repairs and Refunds
- June 23, 2018

Eligible Models To identify your computer's model and to see if it is eligible for this program, choose Apple () menu About This Mac. Worse, the butterfly keyboard design is endemic unreliable. Apple forums are overflowing with reports of Geniuses who have told customers that Apple is "collecting data" on the issue. In April 2018, Johnston wrote a follow-up story that even after a replacement of her first keyboard, problems arose again, and she sold the laptop back Apple. (more...)
Fortnite's Developer Wants Fewer Matches to End in Building Fights Fortnite's Developer Wants Fewer Matches to End in Building Fights
- June 23, 2018

As of yet, Epic Games have not confirmed an official Fortnite Android release date or a beta testing period. Namely, the company echoed the concerns of many Fortnite players that most Fortnite games ultimately boil down to two players trying to build the biggest fort possible while exchanging shotgun and rocket blasts. (more...)
Avalara stock soars following Supreme Court e-commerce sales tax decision
- June 23, 2018

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said the ruling is bad for small business, as it opens the door for states to establish a "privatized tax-collecting bureaucracy". See Sales Taxes Report 22 (indicating that "costs will likely increase the most for businesses that do not have established legal teams, software systems, or outside counsel to assist with compliance related questions"). (more...)