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Facebook's Onavo VPN is Causing Serious 'Spy Issues' for FB Users

Facebook's Onavo VPN is Causing Serious 'Spy Issues' for FB Users Yet the Onavo app also tracks data that it shares with Facebook and others, "including the applications installed on your device, your use of those applications, the websites you visit and the amount of data you use", according to its own privacy policies. [Full Article...]

Apple's New $349 HomePod Speaker Is Ruining Some Customers' Wooden Tables

Apple's New $349 HomePod Speaker Is Ruining Some Customers' Wooden Tables It told users to "try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method". That being said at the end of the day, it boils down to user preference and also how much you are willing to spend. As the tweet and other reports have noted , the HomePod leaves ring-shaped damage on wooden furniture. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. [Full Article...]

Google's Project Fi expands global coverage to 170 countries

Google's Project Fi expands global coverage to 170 countries Regardless you'll pay the typical $10/GB, regardless of where you are and SMS utilization is boundless, as well. The cost of voice calls varies based on the country. Google wants you to have one less thing to worry about on your next trip. Project Fi will even send out a notification to let you know if you are covered by the MVNO when you are going out of the country. [Full Article...]

Peter Thiel chooses better-fitting bubble in LA

Peter Thiel chooses better-fitting bubble in LA USA conservative billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel was reported to move himself and his investment firms from Bay Area close to San Francisco to Los Angeles, both in the western coast of the country. Thiel co-founded payment service PayPal and is known for funding the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that led to the shutdown of online news site Gawker. Since Trump's election in November 2016, the tech i... [Full Article...]

Experts say Messenger Kids received funding from Facebook

Experts say Messenger Kids received funding from Facebook It also helps that Facebook has designed Messenger Kids to be compliant with important child privacy laws like the US's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). At best, Facebook is doing just what it says: it's providing a secure chat experience for young folks under 13 - while also setting them on a very direct course to continue using Facebook . [Full Article...]

Nokia 6 With 4GB RAM Launched in India at ₹16999

Nokia 6 With 4GB RAM Launched in India at ₹16999 It now has two variants - 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage and 3GB RAM and 32 ROM. Nokia 6 will be available in India in a new 4GB RAM variant, as a Flipkart-exclusive. Even though the Nokia 6 doesn't match the sheer power of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, it offers better build & design and latest Android 8.0 Oreo software. [Full Article...]

Climate change causing global sea levels to rise rapidly every year

Climate change causing global sea levels to rise rapidly every year The researchers of the latest study revealed that Climate change results in rising sea levels in two ways. If there would be drastic changes in the ice sheets, then the projected sea level rise is likely to be higher. "The acceleration predicted by the models has now been detected directly from the observations". "The Topex/Poseidon/Jason altimetry missions have been essentially providin... [Full Article...]

Save Chroma City In de Blob On Nintendo Switch

Save Chroma City In de Blob On Nintendo Switch The game features a single-player story mode, as well as four-player splitscreen multiplayer with eight different modes. Having already been released on PS4 and Xbox One, publisher THQ Nordic is planning to bring the remastered version of de Blob to Nintendo Switch in 2018. [Full Article...]

Sea of Thieves will be running a playable scale test this weekend

Sea of Thieves will be running a playable scale test this weekend The scale test is going to be coming up this weekend, starting on February 16th, and going until February 18th. Rare is planning to hold a "scale test" for its open-sea multiplayer pirate adventure game from Friday, February 16 at 2:00am Pacific until Monday, February 19 at 2:00am Pacific. [Full Article...]

Skype security flaw 'ignored' by Microsoft could let hackers into your computer

Skype security flaw 'ignored' by Microsoft could let hackers into your computer An unprivileged (local) user who is able to place UXTheme.dll or any of the other DLLs loaded by the vulnerable executable in %SystemRoot%Temp gains escalation of privilege to the SYSTEM account. The company was able to reproduce the issue on their own computers. Perhaps the worse-still news for Skype users is that Microsoft can't actually patch the current Skype software to defend against t... [Full Article...]

Facebook Lists are about to make your news feed way more annoying

Facebook Lists are about to make your news feed way more annoying These lists can be used for all sorts of things, such as creating a list of New Year resolutions or goals, or perhaps a wishlist of places you want to travel, or maybe even a wishlist of things you want to buy, and so on. But one problem with that strategy is that people have been posting less personal content over the years. Over 2016, Facebook had reportedly lost over 15 percent of users. [Full Article...]

Solar eclipse 2018: When is the next solar eclipse?

Solar eclipse 2018: When is the next solar eclipse? When a total solar eclipse takes place , the moon blocks sunlight from reaching the Earth's surface and causes darkness for a minute or so. In a total solar eclipse the moon moves in between the sun and the earth in such a way that the sun's rays can not reach the earth. [Full Article...]

Apple plans FaceTime improvements for iOS, HomeKit support for macOS

Apple plans FaceTime improvements for iOS, HomeKit support for macOS Engineers are being given more discretion to push back features that aren't ready. Bloomberg reports that Apple will refrain from forcing engineers to follow a strict release schedule every year and instead focus on the next two years of updates for iPhones and iPads. [Full Article...]

Nelson raps Trump's NASA budget, plan to privatize space station

Nelson raps Trump's NASA budget, plan to privatize space station A new $150 million program would support those commercial partners working on development. But key USA legislators and space experts are expressing concern about the plan. Boeing , which has been involved with the ISS since 1995, also has a stance on the matter. "The Coalition is encouraged by the focus on deep space exploration in the FY19 budget request, which establishes a strong role f... [Full Article...]

Google To Block All Ads on Sites With Most Disruptive Ads

Google To Block All Ads on Sites With Most Disruptive Ads Websites with full-page ad interstitials, ads that unexpectedly play sound, and flashing (animated) ads risk being graded as "Failing" and having all ads blocked in Chrome after a 30-day warning period. It also detailed how the ad blocker - what it calls an "ad filter" - would work. With that information in hand, the company created an algorithm that checks for policy violations on a samplin... [Full Article...]

Instagram tests screenshot alerts for Stories

Instagram tests screenshot alerts for Stories The stats include demographic information, like age and locations, as well as contextual details comparing their followers to others on Snapchat . The redesigned app was rolled out to 40 million users as of last week, and all its users will have it by the end of this quarter. [Full Article...]

Sea of Thieves will never have loot boxes, Rare says

Sea of Thieves will never have loot boxes, Rare says If I put it down, it'll come back. In additional Sea of Thieves news, this comes on the heels of an announcement that Rare does not plan to ever include loot boxes in their games. In so many games, you create characters using a raft of customisation options, tweaking sliders to pick from a variety of faces, body types and skin colours, among many other things. [Full Article...]

BMW reveals redesigned X4 crossover: bigger, stronger, lighter

BMW reveals redesigned X4 crossover: bigger, stronger, lighter Boot space has also been upped by 25 litres to 525 litres . All X4s get standard sport seats, with the X4 M40i getting upgraded M-specific chairs. Four-wheel drive is standard across the range. The 20d, priced from £42,900, offers 190hp, gets from 0-62mph in eight seconds, has official combined fuel economy of 52.3mpg, and Carbon dioxide emissions of 142g/km. [Full Article...]

Nokia 9 : Its design confirmed by stolen photos

Nokia 9 : Its design confirmed by stolen photos The lineup is expected to include the Nokia 1 , and upgraded Nokia 6 , and Nokia 8 Sirocco which is said to be more like a tribute to the older Nokia 8800 Sirocco launched back in 2006. Don't expect too much from this entry-level phone. The flagship comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inter... [Full Article...]

Qualcomm's latest mobile modem promises 'fibre-like internet speeds'

Qualcomm's latest mobile modem promises 'fibre-like internet speeds' But as Qualcomm pointed out to us in its presentation on the chip in San Diego last week, it's the underlying technologies making those speeds possible that really matter. The Snapdragon X24 supports up to seven carrier aggregation (topping things like Samsung's latest Exynos chipsets , which supported six carrier aggregation) and 4x4 MIMO antenna arrays on up to five aggregated LTE carriers,... [Full Article...]


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