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Amazon's Echo Speakers Are Spontaneously Laughing-And Users Are Spooked

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This was happening even without instructing Alexa, the voice assistant that's built-into the Echo , to wake up. Amazon Alexa-powered speakers have got a fit of the giggles and it's freaking out users . The spontaneous unprompted laugh has been described as "creepy", "evil" and "witch-like". Users have been posting about the issue on social media for the past two days, with one claiming he asked Alexa to turn off the lights, but instead heard a woman laugh. Read More »

Oculus Rift headsets are offline following a software error

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As of writing, it seems that you can only rely on a bit of peer support in the community forums (linked below). An expired software certificate has caused every Oculus Rift in the world to malfunction . If an expired certificate is the cause of the errors, Oculus will likely have to issue a patch in order to fix the problems. There are numerous complaints on Twitter from users who were working in VR but have seen their work days grind to a halt or those who were performing demos for ... Read More »

Teams of 20 game mode being added to Fortnite Battle Royale

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You can check out the twenty-five-second teaser trailer below. It is expected to have similarities to one of the earlier game modes which was 50 v 50, it was a fun and chaotic clash that saw two huge teams collide across the map. There's also a few things we don't know, such as the end time and date. This announcement arrives hot on the heels of the game's 1.47 update for PS4, but it actually has nothing to do with the Teams Of 20 mode. Read More »

Amazon Is Offering a Massive Prime Discount to Medicaid Recipients

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If you receive Medicaid benefits, you can now get Prime at a discounted rate as well. Of course, the discount on Prime is no big deal for Amazon. Amazon.com Inc. The discounted Prime membership is the latest effort from Amazon to expand its service to low-income families and individuals. Amazon Go does not accept EBT cards - yet. Read More »

Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite Android app

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Aimed at users who have older Android devices or slower internet connections, Messenger Lite first launched in emerging markets at the end of 2016. Still, some features are more necessary than others, and we shouldn't be surprised to see Facebook bring those to Messenger Lite. Read More »

Google Home UK Voice Calling Incoming!

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The latest news is that hands-free voice calling has been enabled for Google Home users based in the UK. There are a lot of Google Home features we absolutely love , but one that many were looking forward to most was hands-free calling. To start a voice call users say, "Hey Google, call", followed by the recipients name. Amazon's Echo does offer calling but only to phones that have the Alexa app installed or to other Echo speakers. Read More »

Xiaomi's Mi TV 4A starts at just Rs 13999 in India

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The panel offers a viewing angle of 178-degree and has a refresh rate of 60Hz. The 43-inch Mi TV 4A comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage , while the smaller 32-inch model offers 1GB RAM and 4GB of internal storage . What are not good features of the Xiaomi Mi TV 4? Xiaomi is set to extend its television offering in the Indian market. This is now true for their TVs as well. Read More »

Android P will Include Bluetooth HID Device Profile Service to Smartphones

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The relevant APIs for developers are unhidden which closely gives us an idea that they can even take advantage of this particular functionality on the devices running Android P. There's been talk about Bluetooth HID support for a few years now, but Google never supported the profile. And app devs can't create apps which are capable of making use of this service to double the smartphone for input. Read More »

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Will Support Wireless Charging

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The former has dual lenses positioned vertically on the top left edge for an iPhone X-inspired look, while the latter has a single snapper at the center. The alleged picture suggests that the phone will be featuring an iPhone X like horizontal dual-camera module. Also, the device is rumoured to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Read More »

Trump's Spy Chief Says Russian Meddling Is a White House Priority

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The intelligence chief said that "Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 USA midterm elections as a potential target". The finding has shadowed Trump's first 14 months in the White House amid multiple congressional investigations and a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Read More »

Chinese space lab might fall back to Earth this month

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China reportedly lost control of the unmanned space lab Tiangong-1 almost two years ago, in June 2016. Although experts have not yet determined exactly where the out-of-control module will land, an Aerospace report detailed that it will likely re-enter somewhere in the northern US states, parts of South America, northern China, the Middle east, central Italy, northern Spain, New Zealand, the south of Africa or Tasmania in Australia. Read More »

Yes, Diablo 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch

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Third-party developers have been lining up to bring their strongest games to Nintendo's hit console and unlike many of them, Diablo III is relatively old so its not likely to be too taxing on Nintendo's hardware. So, Diablo 3 on Switch? Plus, Blizzard is that clever. Following up on the story, sources have mentioned to Eurogamer that there is, in fact, a Diablo game being readied for the Nintendo Switch . Read More »

Amazon expands Whole Foods deliveries to Atlanta and San Francisco

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Following its acquisition of Whole Foods past year, Amazon made Whole Foods products available through its Prime Now service last month. Prime customers can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods Market available for free two-hour delivery. Read More »

AMD releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 WHQL drivers

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Radeon Chill, which AMD first released in late 2016 but has updated steadily over time, improves power efficiency in your gaming laptop or PC by dropping your frame rate when it detects lower-than-normal mouse and keyboard inputs. There are still some issues with the latest drivers, in Final Fantasy XV there is still major stuttering that can occur with some on-screen particle effects. Read More »

Range Rover SV Coupe Removes Two Rear Doors for More Style

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Fuel economy is rated at 19.2mpg with emissions of 341g/km. Land Rover claims the SV Coupe uses adaptive air suspension which has a standard 0.31-inch ride height. So it's just the small matter of that asking price; which is sufficient to buy his and hers Range Rover Sport SVRs - with enough change leftover for a Caterham Seven 310R. Read More »

Changing The Game! Apple Has Patented A Dual-Screen MacBook

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Pic: Getty ImagesApple is going to revive the MacBook Air, its mostly forgotten small computer. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the company is reportedly planning to release a cheaper model at some point in the second quarter of 2018. Earlier this year it was revealed Apple might be planning to kill off the MacBook Air as we now know it. "The 13" MacBook Air features a 1440×900 display and it is equipped with some USB A ports. Read More »

South Korea's Moon says Seoul must bolster defense against North

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The South Korean delegation led by national security director Chung Eui-yong was expected to head straight to Seoul's presidential palace to report to President Moon Jae-in. Kim invited Moon to North Korea for a summit, which Moon said the two sides should work towards. During the Olympics, Moon only said "let's not get too far ahead" on a summit and that the Koreas should create an unspecified "environment" for the talks. Read More »

Huawei Mate 10 gets P3,000 price cut, Pro model down by P2,000

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All smartphones in this series will be presented in Paris on March 27 of this year, but they are alleged to be not three, but four - three in the listed models I will add Huawei P20 Pro Porsche Edition. The standard model has been noted for its good value, sporting Huawei's flagship chip, the Kirin 970; and a top-rated camera while being priced in the low P30,000 range. Read More »

Instagram is preparing to launch a new feature

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If this feature were to be official, Instagram will turn out to be another messaging app by Facebook . That upcoming features could make Instagram an all-in-one app. Earlier today, they informed about the Video and Voice calling features from the piece of code embedded in the apk file. But if it does, it will resemble Snapchat even more. Read More »

Google is now integrated into the iMessage apps drawer

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What this extension does is allow iPhone users to perform Google searches without the need to exit the iOS app. If you haven't used it before, you'll need to enable the iMessage extension from app drawer by taping on the App Store icon (you can choose your favorite app shortcuts in the "more" menu.) Once enabled, all you have to do is tap on the Google icon to get a handy search box, along with shortcuts for checking out weather, nearby restaurants, as well as trending YouTube videos and ... Read More »

Xiaomi Aims to Sell Smartphones in the US This Year

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Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Xiaomi chair Lei Jun told one of its reporters: "We've always been considering entering the USA market". Would Xiaomi have more success than Huawei? It's expected that they do partner because it will give them a critical advantage in entering the US market. Read More »

Facebook asks if it should let paedophiles use it to groom children

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Stacey Steinberg, a law professor at the University of Florida and author of Sharenting: Children's Privacy in the Age of Social Media , says the Facebook survey sent a "terrible message" and, worse yet, normalizes predatory behavior. Okay, Facebook. Tell me more. The survey is reminiscent of a similarly distasteful question posed by Google last November, when the company took down a survey which showed people pictures of four young children and asked them to choose which one they liked ... Read More »

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scheduled for Tuesday

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The company said it will not attempt a landing of the Falcon 9 first stage during this launch. Plus it's going to a high orbit about 22,000 miles (around 35,700 kilometers) above Earth known as geostationary orbit. The construction of the SpaceX launch facility near the Boca Chica beach is underway and going well. SpaceX targets to make the site operational by late 2018. Read More »

Apple's new $5 billion headquarters has a glass problem

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The San Francisco Chronicle learned about the crashes when it obtained transcripts of 911 calls that referenced three employees who injured themselves on the walls. At least three people who have taken headers into the wall have required paramedics, with some needing stitches to close cuts on the head and facial areas. Read More »

Mercedes-AMG GT '4-Door Coupe' teased again

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Mercedes-Benz recently announced a mid-cycle update for its C-Class sedan , and - surprise, surprise - those changes aren't just limited to the standard C300. The V6 is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends the power to all four wheels. The C43 can be had with three aerodynamically designed light-alloy wheel options exclusive to AMG in 18- or 19-inch varieties. Read More »

WhatsApp is extending deadline to delete messages

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Its only shortcoming, in the opinion of users, was the seven minute time limit. The instant messaging application had introduced the locked recording feature to WhatsApp for iOS a year ago. The Locked Recordings feature for the iOS users was made available previous year, however, it did not make its way for Android. "Recipients may see your message before it's deleted or if deletion was not successful", the firm warned past year. Read More »

Warner involved in heated exchange with de Kock

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Warner is seen, nearly raging and gesticulating at de Kock who is a few flights down, coming up with the Australian openers. The International Cricket Council ( ICC ) have yet to comment on the issue or a charge against Australia spinner Lyon for dropping the ball onto a prone De Villiers after he was run out before lunch on Sunday. Read More »

Android P: Google's first developer preview set for mid-March release

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The mid-March timing would not be shocking of course as past year we saw the first developer preview of Android O on March 21st. Google is all set to launch the next version of its mobile operating system called Android P. Admittedly, this could also just be wishful thinking on my part as I personally cannot stand the notch design trend, but naturally support for a notch in the OS doesn't necessarily tell you anything about the Pixel hardware as Google was bound to support the feature ... Read More »

Nokia 9 2018 Price & Release Date

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However, to some people that rumored Nokia 9 (2017) has been launched by the company with a name Nokia 8 Sirocco. It is also rumored to arrive with 18:9 aspect ratio display screen with 3D glass back and front. It also comes with updated camera specs which includes a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.75 aperture and a 13-megapixel secondary telephoto sensor with an f/2.6 aperture. Read More »

Big load of nothing: Stephen Hawking describes what came before the universe

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As current instruments cannot look that far back, only mathematical models can be used to understand the big bang including what happened before it. "There is nothing south of the South Pole, so there was nothing around before the big bang". He believes that there has "always been something" but that from the point of view of humanity, it just seemed like the Big Bang produced the universe from nothing. Read More »

Bayonetta 2 graphics comparison: Nintendo Wii U vs Nintendo Switch

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There were obviously many more games that were released on the Switch but those are some nice highlights. The Nintendo Switch has had a monumental first year where it has already outsold it's predecessor the Wii U in lifetime sales , and Nintendo is already stating their big plans for this year. Read More »

Florida school-safety bill debated

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Democratic lawmakers attempted to put the gun restriction into a bill , SB 7026 , that would invest money in mental health and school safety programs. They eventually approved the legislation for a final vote on Monday. The Legislature wraps up its annual session on Friday. Scott Beigel, the teacher and Long Island native fatally shot while trying to save his students during last month's school shooting in Florida, will be honored Wednesday with a candlelight vigil at Huntington Town ... Read More »

Monster Hunter World Now the Best-Selling Game in Capcom History

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We told you about three weeks ago that this title managed to sell six million units relatively quickly after its debut. The franchise now sits at the amount of 48 million copies globally, which means it can reach quite easily the milestone of 50 million units when it releases on PC this fall, or even earlier if the buzz keeps working as it's done until now. Read More »

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway return to present Best Picture at Oscars

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After last year's monumental cock-up, where La La Land was accidentally announced as the victor instead of Moonlight , the Bonnie And Clyde stars were invited back for a second time. The Oscars have certainly seen their fair share of freaky moments over the decades, but nothing like last year's disaster during the presentation for the biggest award of the evening. Read More »

Amazon to cease selling Google Nest's smart home devices

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Nest employees who were on the call ended the discussion under the impression that the decision had come from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, although Amazon's retail team didn't explicitly say that at any point, according to a person familiar with the call. Read More »

Toyota to spend $2.8B on autonomous driving software

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Aisin Seiki , Denso Corporation and Toyota have signed a memorandum of understanding on the plan. The auto company said Friday it will establish joint venture Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development this month with autoparts makers Aisin Seiki and Denso, both Toyota group members. Read More »

Apple to launch the cheapest Macbook Air this year!

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Even the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air model's price starts from $899 in the United States, and roughly Rs 58,000 in India. Details on the upcoming MacBook Air is thin at this point, but a new report from KGI Securities analyst corroborates a similar report from DigiTimes . Read More »

Exoplanet found with a lot more water than expected

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In their endless search for Earth-like planets, NASA astronomers have stumbled upon a unique exoplanet some 700 light-years away from our planet. Although the researchers had predicted they would see water vapor, they were surprised by the amount that they found. Read More »

Councils battle to keep roads open as Emma meets the Beast

Winds are predicted to ease, but light snowfall is likely to spread northwards during the latter part of the night. The forces of the so called " Beast from the East " and " Storm Emma " have combined across the United Kingdom, closing roads, rail services and some of the region's busiest airports. Read More »

Snap Working on Two New Spectacles Versions

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Snap is working on two new Spectacles products right now. Snap is working on two new versions of its Spectacles camera-enabled glasses, according to a Friday report from business news site Cheddar . This hat-trick iteration is allegedly being tested with a new design - aluminium being one of the material options possibly present - as well as a dual camera setup for 3D depth effects. Read More »

Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

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A major nor'easter packing wet, heavy snow has sent tree limbs crashing down, closed schools and left more than 100,000 customers without power across upstate NY. The National Weather Service says winds are expected to peak Friday afternoon after drastically increasing during the day. Rhode Island was also under flood and wind watches. Read More »

Become Human will be released on PS4 in May

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David Cage has previously worked on similar genre games with Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls . The game follows three android beings who were created to obey but suddenly start feeling emotions. In this game, the player will control three separate androids with very different scopes and perspectives within the story. Detroit is by far the most ambitious title ever created by Quantic Dream as they pushed their limits by creating the most bending game ever made. Read More »

Amazon Wants to Bring Real Time Translation to Alexa

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In other words, in the above example, Alexa would consider the Japanese's culture, which is more formal and conservative than American culture. For example, if a user from the U.S.is only capable of speaking English but he is at an event in Japan, Alexa will be able to help that user hold a conversation in Japanese. Read More »

National Grid warns United Kingdom is running out of gas

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Matt Osborne, principal risk manager at TPI Inenco, said the situation "may last a couple of days". That increase in demand was coupled with unplanned outages to supplies coming from Norway, the Netherlands, and Belgium, leading to the National Grid warning. Read More »

Windows 10 KB4090007 is now available, download offline installer

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Most probably, the Meltdown attacks are due to a vulnerability tracked as CVE-2017-5754, and the Spectre attacks are a combination of CVE-2017-5753 (Variant 1) and CVE-2017-5715 (Variant 2). But unlike Microsoft, Intel doesn't directly ship those patches to end users - it uses its network of PC makers and motherboard vendors to distribute them, after the appropriate testing by each vendor. Read More »