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Saturday 22 (Jul 2017)

Marvel's The Defenders Official Trailer 2 - [briefly]
04:26 AM EDT - Jul,22 2017 - post a comment

What do you get when a blind ninja, smart-ass detective, bulletproof ex-con and kung fu billionaire crosspaths? A new Netflix show featuring Marvel's very own The Defenders not to be confused with the Avengers. The four heroes from Netflix's Marvel street-level series have decided to band together to take on the forces of evil in the streets of New York. Looks to have a good mix of action and drama, maybe some technology involved.

Friday 21 (Jul 2017)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming on 23rd August - [mobile]
06:57 PM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment

Samsung Mobile is back to its standard practice of launching two major Galaxy smartphones every year, with the Korean mobile giant recently announcing that they will reveal the next member of the Galaxy family on the 23rd of August at the Samsung Unpacked event, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. And of course while not revealing the actual name of the upcoming phone, its pretty much expected that it will be the Galaxy Note8, the successor to the unfortunate Note7 – which was an excellent device when it didn't catch fire while you were using it. The success of the Galaxy S8 devices has clearly demonstrated that Samsung have emerged from the Note7 crisis with its reputation still intact, and from the animated GIF accompanying Samsung's 23rd August announcement we're pretty sure that the new Note8 will utilize the same edge-to-edge ‘infinity' chassis design of the S8 devices, though perhaps with a slightly bigger AMOLED screen, and the S-pen will be retained.

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone to Arrive In 'A Few Weeks' - [mobile]
06:54 PM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment

Andy Rubin today provided an update concerning the expected arrival of his new company's Essential PH-1 smartphone. "We've been hard at work getting everything ready and the good news is that we're now going through certification and testing with multiple U.S. and international carriers," said Rubin in an email to supporters. "You might be getting impatient to get your hands on your new Essential Phone (and I'm also impatient to get it to you!) but rest assured that you will have a device in your hands in a few weeks." Rubin said his team is "sweating the details and working long hours to get this device shipped." Rubin had previously committed to shipping the phone by the end of June. It now appears the device will arrive in August. The Essential PH-1 has a unique, magnet-based system for accepting modular attachments, such as a 360-degree camera, on the back panel. It includes a 5.7-inch quad HD screen with curved corners, Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual rear cameras. It will run a near-stock version of Android 7 Nougat and ship completely devoid of brand names or logos. Essential will sell the PH-1 directly to consumers, though Sprint also plans to carry the phone. It costs $699.

Miranda Kerr's Ultimate Pre-Wedding Detox - [briefly]
06:47 PM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment

So according to my sources, Miranda Kerr made this pre-wedding "detox" video for Vogue before she got married to the Snapchat dude

Bright - Official Trailer - [briefly]
06:54 AM EDT - Jul,21 2017 - post a comment

Humans, Orcs, Elves... everybody is just trying to get along. Get ready for the world of Bright, a new Netflix Original Film, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Coming to Netflix December 22th.

Thursday 20 (Jul 2017)

Blizzard Dropping XP and Vista Support - [gaming]
06:14 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment

Blizzard sent out a press release announcing that in October they will drop support for Windows XP and Vista in most of their games.
Starting in October of this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.

Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.

The games will not run on these older operating systems once they are no longer supported, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We'll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.

Jigsaw (2017 Movie) Official Trailer - [briefly]
06:11 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment

Jigsaw - In theaters October 27. Looks like time for a Saw marathon when this releases in the inevitable collectors pack.

The Snowman Official Trailer #1 (2017) - [briefly]
02:26 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment

The Snowman is a 2017 British crime thriller drama film directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Hossein Amini, based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Jakob Oftebro and Chloë Sevigny. Principal photography began on 18 January 2016 in Norway. The film will be released October 20th, 2017.

The Shape of Water - Official Trailer - [briefly]
02:25 PM EDT - Jul,20 2017 - post a comment

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.


Wednesday 19 (Jul 2017)

Hottest Babes on the Internet #93 - [off-topic]
08:43 AM EDT - Jul,19 2017 - post a comment

Which one is hottest? ;-)

Samsung Pay Rings Up Support for PayPal - [briefly]
06:25 AM EDT - Jul,19 2017 - post a comment

Samsung and PayPal have announced that Galaxy smartphone owners can now use PayPal as a funding source for Samsung Pay. Samsung said all Samsung Pay users in the U.S. will have access to PayPal as a funding source, and it can be used to make purchases anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted. Samsung Pay uses both NFC and MST technology and works at most retail credit card terminals. Beyond retail locations, Samsung says a partnership with Braintree means Samsung Pay users can take advantage of PayPal to fund in-app and online purchases as well. PayPal support is being rolled out to the Samsung Pay service this week. Samsung Pay is available to Samsung's high-end handsets, such as the Galaxy S6, S7, S8, and variants, and Galaxy Note 5. Apple added support for PayPal to Apple Pay earlier this month.

Samsung Commits to Recycling Parts from Galaxy Note7 - [briefly]
06:24 AM EDT - Jul,19 2017 - post a comment

Samsung plans to extensively reuse, recycle, and recover, parts and materials found in last year's failed Galaxy Note7 smartphone. The company confirmed plans to recycle the phone earlier this year, but has now provided more details on exactly what it hopes to accomplish. Samsung said it will reuse parts such as the OLED display, memory components, and camera modules in future devices. Other components will be sold. Further, Samsung claims it can recover some 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, and copper from the recalled handsets. The company says it is committed to pursuing these efforts in ways that are eco-friendly. Samsung will begin the process of recycling the Galaxy Note7 this month. The phone was recalled last year after manufacturing flaws led to overheating batteries and fires. The news comes mere weeks before Samsung is expected to announced the Galaxy Note 8.

Tuesday 18 (Jul 2017)

Unlocked (2017 Movie) Official US Trailer – Orlando Bloom - [briefly]
03:08 PM EDT - Jul,18 2017 - post a comment

After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Unexpectedly, she is called back into action by her mentor, Eric Lasch (Michael Douglas), when the CIA discovers intel of another imminent attack. While “unlocking” the suspect, Alice discovers that the classified information she has uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, Alice turns to ex-soldier Jack (Orlando Bloom) to prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.

UNLOCKED is an action thriller directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O'Brien. Also featuring Academy Award® nominees Toni Collette (Best Supporting Actress, The Sixth Sense, 1999) and John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor - In the Line of Fire, 1984; Places in the Heart, 1993), UNLOCKED will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and on demand on September 1, 2017.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Trailer 2 - [briefly]
08:55 AM EDT - Jul,18 2017 - post a comment

The past will always find you. Watch the NEW #BladeRunner2049, in theaters October 6.

Selena Gomez - Fetish (Audio) ft. Gucci Mane - [off-topic]
08:50 AM EDT - Jul,18 2017 - post a comment

Don't eat your fingers Selena!!!! :-)

A Reddit user claims he has downloaded all 900TB of music - [briefly]
08:47 AM EDT - Jul,18 2017 - post a comment

Earlier this month, streaming audio platform SoundCloud announced that it would cut 40 percent of its staff and close its San Francisco and London offices, as part of an effort to stay independent and ensure long-term success. A few days later though, co-founder and CEO Alex Ljung admitted that these measures would only save the firm enough money to survive until the fourth quarter of this year. Fearing for the future of the site, one Reddit user who goes by the name of “makemakemake”, claimed on Reddit's “DataHoarder” thread that he has downloaded all 900TB of SoundCloud's public archive. He provided a 100GB log file to prove his accomplishment.

The Redditor used Google's cloud computing services and downloaded the files over a connection of 80Gb/s during the course of one weekend. Makemakemake does not plan to make the archive available to others, because as he claimed “it'd be quicker to download everything from [SoundCloud] yourself. Only have 10G to where the data is now.” The Reddit user is not the only one trying to archive SoundCloud, as according to The Verge, Archive Team has announced it will also make a backup of the company's vast database of music. Archive Team, founded by Jason Scott in 2009, is a group dedicated to the preservation of content housed by at-risk services.

Monday 17 (Jul 2017)

Intel's next generation CPUs will feature more cores - [hardware]
06:00 PM EDT - Jul,17 2017 - post a comment

According to CPCHardware, the Intel Core i5 8400 will feature 6 CPU cores and 9MB of L3 Cache, won't support Hyper Threading, will be clocked at 2.8Ghz, and its TDP will not be exceeding (theoretically) 65W. On the other hand, the Intel Core i5 8600K will also feature 6 CPU cores and 9MB of L3 Cache, won't support Hyper-Threading, will be clocked at 3.6Ghz and its TDP will be at 95W. Regarding the Core i7 CPUs, CPCHardware revealed two models: Intel Core i7 8700K and Intel Core i7 8700. The only difference between them is that the non-K version will be clocked at a lower frequency (Core i7 8700K is reported to be clocked at 3.6Ghz whereas the non-K version will be clocked at 3.2Ghz). Apart from that, they feature the exact same features. Both of them come with 6 CPU cores and 12MB of L3 Cache, support Hyper-Threading, and offer a TDP of 95W. What's also interesting here is that according to CPCHardware, this CPUs will be compatible with the LGA 1151 socket, meaning that those already owning these mainstream motherboards will be able to upgrade to the newest CPUs without any issues.

Sunday 16 (Jul 2017)

Burning Model Rocket Engine Underwater - in 4K Slow Motion - [off-topic]
03:04 PM EDT - Jul,16 2017 - post a comment

In case you're wondering what would happen if you ignited a model rocket engine and put it in a fish tank, this glorious, glass-shattering explosion is the answer.

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Sneak Peek - [gaming]
02:36 PM EDT - Jul,16 2017 - post a comment

Today, at the D23 Expo gaming panel, Disney and Lenovo announced an augmented reality headset coming soon for mobile platforms. Disney has also partnered with Lenovo and LucasFilm to create the AR headset that was demonstrated during the panel. Goslin promised unprecedented Star Wars experiences coming with it. The headset allows players to slot their phones horizontally into it and look through the reflection. They then premiered prototype footage featuring Hol0-Chess and AT-AT battles on Hoth, all happening atop a living room landscape.

Meet the 13th Doctor - Jodie Whittaker - [briefly]
02:26 PM EDT - Jul,16 2017 - post a comment

Seems like a decent actress, but it is such obvious pandering. First they cast a black female lesbian as the companion and now they are casting a woman as the Doctor.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind the Scenes - [briefly]
04:03 AM EDT - Jul,16 2017 - post a comment

Go behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In theaters December 15.

Racing Drone Sets Guinness Speed Record at 163 MPH - [briefly]
03:57 AM EDT - Jul,16 2017 - post a comment

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has managed to build the fastest drone in the world: the DRL RacerX, which is actually capable of reaching a top speed of 179.6 MPH, has claimed the Guinness World Record at 163 MPH

Saturday 15 (Jul 2017)

Facebook Hints At S$300 VR Headset For The Masses - [briefly]
10:53 AM EDT - Jul,15 2017 - post a comment

The impending VR headset from Oculus is designed to be a gadget that anyone can carry in a bag, and take out during a flight to enjoy some movies and games; and (of course) get updated on social media in VR. Facebook is hoping that the new kit will advance VR just like how Apple advanced smartphones.

The device's design and features are not finalised yet, so details are scant. But the new headset is rumoured to be completely wireless and even lighter than the Gear VR headset, which requires a Samsung phone to operate.

Mark Zuckerberg is betting that VR will be instrumental in the future of Social Media. But great VR headsets today are either too unaffordable or too cumbersome (shout out to the HTC Vive here). Even Facebook's Oculus Rift needs an expensive PC to work, piling more than a thousand dollars on the cost.

At less than S$300, this exciting VR headset from Oculus is priced far lower than the HTC Vive, and half of Sony's popular Playstation VR.

New Apple macOS malware alters the operating system - [security]
06:37 AM EDT - Jul,15 2017 - post a comment

A recently-discovered macOS malware called OSX Dok, which alters the operating system to subvert the security measures put in place, has now started mirroring banking websites according to researchers, in an attempt to steal sensitive information from machines which are infected by it. The malware which uses 'phishing' and 'man in the middle' attacks to sneak onto an unsuspecting user's computer, was discovered back in May by ESET. Initially, it only tricked people into allowing access to their keychain, but since then, has morphed and is now targeting their bank accounts

Apple, however, has continued to revoke the certificates that the malware used to gain access to the underlying system, but this seems to have had little to no effect on it so far. Researchers noted that the group behind the malicious program has continued to get new certificates; what they described as a 'surge in activity' with new compromised certifications being purchased daily.

Friday 14 (Jul 2017)

Border Patrol Agents Cannot View Your Cloud Data - [crime-law]
04:15 PM EDT - Jul,14 2017 - post a comment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are not allowed to access or view consumer data that is stored in the cloud, such as social networks and email. The agency admitted as much in a letter sent by acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan to Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rand Paul of Kentucky. The Senators posed several questions to the agency early this year after Americans reported a surge in border agents asking people to unlock their phones and even share social media passwords upon reentering the U.S. McAleenan insists officers are allowed to search phones without consent and without a warrant. For the most part, they are looking for information regarding terrorism, drug trafficking, and child pornography. However, the agency is limited to viewing content that is saved directly to the device, such as call logs, text messages, and photos. "Border searches conducted by CBP do not extend to information that is located solely on remote servers," wrote McAleenan. This means Americans' Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts are off limits to border patrol agents. McAleenan admitted that Americans do not have to unlock their devices or hand over their passwords, but they do so at the risk of losing their device, which may be detained by border patrol agents. The agency insists that phone searches are "exceedingly rare."

Narcos - Season 3 Teaser - [briefly]
03:52 PM EDT - Jul,14 2017 - post a comment

Season 3 of "Narcos" will focus on the Cali Cartel, the biggest cocaine cartel in history. The new season will stream on Netflix on September 1.

Viking launches a 50TB 3.5-inch SAS SSD - [hardware]
06:31 AM EDT - Jul,14 2017 - post a comment

Viking Technology has managed to develop an SSD with 50TB of storage, and it may just be enough to tremble the faint-hearted data hoarders. Viking has dubbed the new drives as the Ultra-High-Capacity Silo SSDs - or UHC-Silo, in short. The drives are using planar multi-level cell NAND flash chips, and Viking claims that it can endure one drive write per day (DWPD), every day, for five years. As for the speed, the drives are rated to deliver up to 500MB/s of sequential read and 350MB/s of sequential write. Unfortunately, these drives aren't exactly for the average consumers – they are meant for datacenters instead; they come in the 3.5-inch form factor, with a 6Gbps SAS interface. They are also not the fastest drives out there, but the capacity should make up for it. Viking says that these drives can help datacenters reduce their power, space, and cooling costs by up to 80% per terabyte, thanks to the low power consumption of less than 10W when idle, and 16W when at work.

Thursday 13 (Jul 2017)

AMD Threadripper Pricing Unveiled - [hardware]
04:44 PM EDT - Jul,13 2017 - post a comment

AMD unveils specs, pricing, and availability details for its Ryzen Threadripper 16-core, 32-thread and 12-core, 24-thread silicon, and you're looking at a saving of up to $1,000 compared to the equivalent Intel chip. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which will have 16-cores/32-threads and runs at 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz in precision boost mode) will be priced at $999, while the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which has 12 cores/24 threads and runs 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz in precision boost mode) will retail for $799. These prices are substantially cheaper than the equivalent Intel silicon. Crunching the numbers here, these prices mean that the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X will cost $700 less than the equivalent Intel Core i9-7960X chip, and a whopping thousand dollars less than 18-core/36-thread Core i9-7980XE. At the more modest end of the spectrum (if you can call it that) the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X costs $400 less than Intel's Core i9-7920X, and $600 less than the Core i9-7940X. Both chips will be shipped unlocked for ease of overclocking, and both will use AMD's new Socket TR4, and will feature quad channel DDR4, and feature 64 lanes of PCI Express. Both the chips and motherboards are slated to be available in August, with Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition system pre-orders starting July 27.

First Trailer for Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes - [briefly]
04:02 PM EDT - Jul,13 2017 - post a comment

The OFFICIAL TRAILER for the AT&T Original MR. MERCEDES is here! From Executive Producers Stephen King, David E. Kelley and Jack Bender comes the story of a demented serial killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails. This forces the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Catch the premiere on AUDIENCE Network August 9th at 8pm ET/PT on DIRECTV CH. 239, U-verse CH. 1114 or streaming on DIRECTV NOW.

Aerobic Workout - [off-topic]
12:38 PM EDT - Jul,13 2017 - post a comment

As if these videos weren't dated and uncomfortable as it is... LOL

Watch Neill Blomkamp’s "Zygote," the 3rd Oats Studios Short - [briefly]
12:34 PM EDT - Jul,13 2017 - post a comment

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has released the third and final Oats Studios Volume 1 short. "Zygote" should be interesting for fans of Aliens and The Thing: the creature they managed to design is pretty horrific

Wednesday 12 (Jul 2017)

iPhone Owners Can Now Make Payments via PayPal - [internet]
06:51 PM EDT - Jul,12 2017 - post a comment

PayPal today announced that it has added support for Apple accounts. The change means people who use the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices will be able to make purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks using their PayPal account. Customers need only add PayPal as their payment method in order to take advantage of the service. PayPal says the new payment option is simple to setup and use, and can be set as the default service for making purchases across Apple devices and services. Support for PayPal is hitting Canada and Mexico today, and will reach the U.S. soon.

Tuesday 11 (Jul 2017)

Freedom from Wires: The wireless-charging Dell Latitude 7000 - [hardware]
05:11 PM EDT - Jul,11 2017 - post a comment

Dell is unveiling more details on a new lineup of Latitude 2-in-1s designed to give businesses a “PC first, tablet second” mobile device experience without compromising on design, performance or security. The Windows-based 2-in-1 category is thriving as companies abandon tablets in the office and place more value on the productivity and flexibility offered by 2-in-1 PCs. Dell Latitude 2-in-1s take it to the next level by offering industry-leading security, manageability and service features that enterprise customers truly care about, including the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, world-class security via multi-factor authentication, encryption and malware protection, full device serviceability and mobile broadband options.

All-Electric Lucid Air Prototype Hits 235 MPH - [briefly]
01:30 PM EDT - Jul,11 2017 - post a comment

The Lucid Air, an all-electric supercar by Lucid Motors, is considered by some to be a legitimate Tesla challenger. A new video taken at the Transportation Research Facility in Ohio suggests that it certainly has potential: the Air can be seen running at speeds of up to 235 MPH, which is significantly faster than the Model S's top speed of 155 MPH.

Microsoft 365 bundles Office and Windows together - [briefly]
06:38 AM EDT - Jul,11 2017 - post a comment

Microsoft is announcing Microsoft 365 today, a new way for businesses to purchase Office and Windows together. While the software giant has sold Office 365 and Windows 10 to businesses in many different ways, Microsoft 365 Enterprise combines Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility and Security features into a single subscription. Microsoft is also offering Microsoft 365 Business, which will debut in public preview on August 2nd and includes Office 365 Business Premium alongside security and management features for Office apps and Windows 10 devices. Both bundles are being announced today Microsoft's Inspire partner conference today, which hosts 17,000 attendees together to discuss Microsoft's many partnerships. Microsoft 365 Enterprise will be available for purchase on August 1st, with pricing dependent on the specific plan and “other factors.” Microsoft 365 Business will be available in public preview on August 2nd, with a full release set for later this fall. Microsoft 365 Business will cost $20 per user, per month.

Microsoft is also launching its Azure Stack today, allowing businesses to host their own hybrid cloud. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all creating integrated systems to run Azure Stack and host apps and services on hardware that's located alongside a business' current infrastructure. The first systems will start shipping in September.

Monday 10 (Jul 2017)

Tesla Owner too Stupid to Buy New Tires - [briefly]
05:37 PM EDT - Jul,10 2017 - post a comment

Goodbye Tesla Model S. We LOVED this car. Super sad to see it go but it is time.

Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttles Captured on Drone Footage - [briefly]
05:34 PM EDT - Jul,10 2017 - post a comment

And you have to wonder if these guys are going to get visit very soon!

World of Tanks Using HoloLens Mixed Reality - [gaming]
04:07 PM EDT - Jul,10 2017 - post a comment

Today World of Tanks developer Wargaming released a video showcasing a Mixed Reality experience that they exhibited at TankFest 2017 at the Bovington Tank Museum. The developer collaborated with the museum to restore an ultra-rare World War II tank Sturmmörserwagen 606/4 mit 38 cm RW 61, nicknamed 'Sturmtiger.' Then they created a mixed reality experience using World of Tanks assets and even a view of a map together with Microsoft HoloLens to have the tank look like it was entering the hangar, and showcasing the interior and mechanical features of the massive steel beast.

Sunday 09 (Jul 2017)

Why Next-Gen Consoles Need Ryzen CPU - [gaming]
03:19 PM EDT - Jul,09 2017 - post a comment

Microsoft has customized Jaguar for Xbox One X...but it's still a CPU of the same generation with the same fundamental limits in place. It's an open secret that AMD's Ryzen architecture is the way forward, and the smart money is on one Zen CCX module containing four cores running eight threads making up the CPU component of the next-gen APUs in the PC space. Implementation will vary - perhaps dramatically so on a console - but the current Ryzen processors are based on two CCXs in a single package, opening the door to four, six and eight core processors, depending on which bits AMD chooses to disable.

This article proposes that significant improvements in simulation (i.e., world generation) are required to take games to the next level, and this feat may only be accomplished with better CPU technology: GPU advancements are not the only factor.

The Best Keyboard Ever Is Back - [hardware]
04:13 AM EDT - Jul,09 2017 - post a comment

Brand New Model F Keyboards now available through the end of 2016! Head to modelfkeyboards.com where orders will be accepted now through the end of December! You will be ordering a made-to-order, factory customized keyboard with your own choice of color, layout, and keys.

Friday 07 (Jul 2017)

Samsung unveils Galaxy On Max with a "flagship camera" - [mobile]
04:52 PM EDT - Jul,07 2017 - post a comment

Powered by a MediaTek Helio P25 (2.39GHZ, 1.69GHz Octa-core) processor, the phone packs 4GB RAM coupled with 32GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB through a microSD card. It features a 5.7-inch full HD 1080p display and comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The key feature of this phone is its "flagship camera". It has a 13MP f/1.7 rear camera and a 13MP f/1.9 front-facing shooter with an LED flash. It is to be seen how this device stacks up against other phones in terms of camera and if it really has a "flagship camera". Moreover, the device has a metal unibody, 3300 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor which supports Samsung Pay Mini. The phone will cost INR 16,900 (about $260) and will be up for sale on July 10 on Flipkart

Josephine Skriver Is The World's Hottest Instagram Model - [off-topic]
04:45 PM EDT - Jul,07 2017 - post a comment

Josephine Skriver looks smoking hot!

Thursday 06 (Jul 2017)

The best pics on the Internet #232 - [off-topic]
03:56 PM EDT - Jul,06 2017 - post a comment

All pictures are carefully handpicked

Red Hydrogen One is a Phone With a "Holographic" Display - [mobile]
03:02 PM EDT - Jul,06 2017 - post a comment

Red - a company known for its high-end professional video cameras — today announced its entry into the phone space with the Hydrogen One, a high-end Android phone with a 5.7-inch "holographic" display that promises glasses-free 3D. While the display supports traditional stereo 3D, it also supports a new 3D-like "holographic" technology created by Red called Hydrogen 4-View (H4V). The phone body sports Red's distinctive industrial design and comes in either aluminum or titanium. The Hydrogen One will support snap-on modules for shooting both high-resolution video and H4V content. It will also integrate with other Red products, serving as a touchscreen controller and monitor for Red cameras. The phone also has USB-C and a microSD memory card slot. It will ship in early 2018 and can be pre-ordered now in a limted-time offer for $1,195, or $1,595 for the titanium version.

Android's July Security Patches Are Here - [security]
03:00 PM EDT - Jul,06 2017 - post a comment

Google today provided details about its July 2017 security patches for Android devices. The patches plug a significant number of security holes that threaten all Android devices. Google found a significant number of vulnerabilities, of which it classified a dozen as critical, or able to remotely execute code. Many of the problems are related to specific hardware and the associated software drivers that control them, for example, a Broadcom WiFi driver, an HTC sound driver, and an Nvidia video driver. Google is pushing two separate patches to cover these vulnerabilities, one dated July 1 and the second dated July 5. Google is distributing the patches directly to its own Nexus- and Pixel-branded devices first. Google has already posted factory images for download directly from its web site. Over the air downloads will appear soon. Google's handsets will receive both patches in a single download. Google said to its knowledge none of these security holes have been exploited. Google has already given the patches to its OEM partners. Android handset makers are responsible for updating their own hardware with the patches.

Microsoft is cutting up to 3,000 more jobs - [briefly]
12:54 PM EDT - Jul,06 2017 - post a comment

Earlier this week, details emerged of another major restructuring at Microsoft, focusing on the company's global sales teams. Massive job cuts were rumored to be part of the firm's latest restructuring, and today, Microsoft confirmed that a large number of people will indeed lose their jobs. Microsoft told CNBC that as many as 3,000 jobs will be cut from its global workforce, primarily in its sales division. Most of those positions facing the axe will be outside the United States. The company is making significant changes to its sales teams to reflect changes in both its product line-up, and how its customers are buying its products. Microsoft will be focusing more heavily on sales related to its Azure cloud platform, and its restructuring is designed to align the company's sales teams with those ambitions.

Wednesday 05 (Jul 2017)

Volvo will manufacture only electric and hybrid vehicles - [technology]
05:57 PM EDT - Jul,05 2017 - post a comment

As more automakers embrace environmentally friendly cars, Volvo has announced it is going one step further. From 2019, every one of its new cars will be either fully electrical or a hybrid, bringing a 'historic end' to its manufacturing of vehicles that possess only internal combustion engines.

Malfunction at Micron's Fab-2 plant could raise global DRAM prices - [briefly]
05:55 PM EDT - Jul,05 2017 - post a comment

According to a recent report from electronics supply and manufacturing blog Evertiq, production at Micron's Fab-2 fabrication plant in Taiwan's Taoyuan City was suspended on July 1 due to the malfunctioning of a nitrogen gas dispensing system that led to the contamination of wafers and equipment within the facility. DRAMeXchange estimates that Micron Technology Taiwan, also known as Inotera, has suffered a production capacity loss of around 60,000 wafer starts per month as a result of the malfunction. Labeled as a conservative estimate, this equates to around a 5.5 percent cut in the global DRAM production capacity for the month of July. So, what does the shutdown mean for consumers?

With supply down, pricing in the memory market is only going to increase (remember what happened to the hard drive market after the devastating flooding in Thailand several years back. Inotera is also a major manufacturer of Micron's LPDDR4 products used to build iPhones which means that the shutdown could impact shipments of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8.

South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchange has been hacked - [briefly]
05:53 PM EDT - Jul,05 2017 - post a comment

Just as South Korea is reportedly getting ready to regulate and legalize cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, news have emerged that Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the country has been hacked. Data from 30,000 customers has been compromised and according to the BBC, the data is being used to fool users into letting thieves steal funds from their accounts.

In a separate report BraveNewCoin explains that Bithumb users were victims of "voice phishing," where someone phoned them up saying they worked for Bithumb and scammed them out of funds. The breach is reported to have occurred in February, and is said to have involved an employee's home PC rather than computer servers at the firm's headquarters. Bithumb says it discovered the breach on June 29 and reported it to the authorities the next day. The exchange claims that the number of affected people represents approximately three percent of customers.

The cumulative amount of bitcoins traded at Bithumb last year were estimated at 2 trillion won (US$1.74 billion). They are one of the five largest bitcoin exchanges in the world and hosts over 13,000 bitcoins worth of trading volume daily, or roughly 10 percent of the global bitcoin trade. Bithumb has promised initially to cover losses of up to 100,000 won (about $86) per customer, and will cover any remaining amount of money lost once it has been able to verify it.

Top 5 things HTC U11 does better than the Galaxy S8 - [mobile]
05:49 PM EDT - Jul,05 2017 - post a comment

Alex takes a look at five ways the new HTC U11 beats the current top dog of the Android world, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

And then some other dude at Android Central tells us why that crappy list of 5 things is meaningless as the Galaxy S8 is the best.

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