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Google update allows Google Assistant to broadcast messages via Google Home speakers Google update allows Google Assistant to broadcast messages via Google Home speakers
- November 15, 2017

What's new is "your Google Assistant is getting in on the game". Google Assistant has received an update that allows users to broadcast their voice to any room in a house containing an Assistant-enabled smart speaker. Now the time has finally arrived when one can use this technology. For instance, if you tell Google Assistant "OK Google, broadcast it's dinner time", the Assistant will ring a virtual dinner bell on all of your Google Home units. (more...)
GameStop halts used-games subscription service GameStop halts used-games subscription service
- November 15, 2017

Customers who already bought the subscription will need to return their game and their pass to get a full refund. The company hasn't offered an explanation as to why its made a decision to halt the program, instead citing "program limitations" that necessitated the abrupt stop. (more...)
Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's $130B acquisition bid
- November 14, 2017

Qualcomm officially rejected the initial bid today, which was for $105 billion (it was originally reported to be around $130 billion). Despite that, it seems that Broadcom's offer wasn't enough for Qualcomm's board of directors. As such, Qualcomm expects to generate "significant additional value" for shareholders in the future, especially with the prospect of 5G networking on the horizon. (more...)
Xbox One X Sells 80000 In The First Week In The UK Xbox One X Sells 80000 In The First Week In The UK
- November 14, 2017

Save up to $329 on new Surface bundles: $329 off the Surface Pro i5 256GB and $229 off the Surface Pro i5 128GB . Microsoft has announced its Black Friday sale and, if you've been waiting to pick up an Xbox One S console, this one's for you. (more...)
Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky
- November 13, 2017

Venus and Jupiter will both be visible in the eastern sky, staying low on the horizon. If you have a telescope you may also just get the opportunity to catch sight of Jupiter's four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Anyone too far west of NY will miss the actual conjunction , though Venus and Jupiter will rise hight in the sky than for the United Kingdom: 12.8 degrees and 12.9 degrees respectively. (more...)
Twitter halts `broken' verification after tool helped trolls Twitter halts `broken' verification after tool helped trolls
- November 10, 2017

Ed Ho, general manager of Twitter's consumer products and engineering group also chimed in: "We knew it was busted as people confuse ID verification with endorsement". "We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience". (more...)
Study shows sheep can recognize celebrity faces Study shows sheep can recognize celebrity faces
- November 09, 2017

Those celebrities were journalist Fiona Bruce, actor Jake Gyllenhaal , former US President Barack Obama and actress Emma Watson . Sheep learnt to recognise Barack Obama after being shown his photo a few dozen times, said a study on November 8 which suggested our four-legged friends may be smarter than we think. (more...)
Call of Duty: WWII has Surpassed $500 Million During Opening Weekend Call of Duty: WWII has Surpassed $500 Million During Opening Weekend
- November 09, 2017

Along with the massive monetary figure, the first-person shooter also set a PlayStation 4 record by becoming the "best-selling digital full game", by units sold on day-one. Call of Duty: WWII already dominated the United Kingdom charts, making it all the way to the top, but now Activision has revealed just how well it did worldwide. (more...)
Miami cop knocks out woman with one punch
- November 08, 2017

An armed robber on a bicycle rolled up to man who had just walked out of a Northwest Miami-Dade food market, demanded money and then shot him in the face, police said. According to investigators, 39-year-old Diego Suarez-Perez had just finished purchasing goods Saturday morning at Tony's Food Market and was headed back to his vehicle. (more...)
Latest OnePlus 5T press renders give a better look at the phone Latest OnePlus 5T press renders give a better look at the phone
- November 07, 2017

But judging from all available information - nearly everything has been leaked about the upcoming OnePlus 5T smartphone that we nearly know exactly what it will look like. Admission to launch events is usually reserved for members of the press and company employees but it seems that OnePlus is going with a much different approach. (more...)
Mobile and Sprint finally, officially, say they definitely won't merge Mobile and Sprint finally, officially, say they definitely won't merge
- November 05, 2017

T-Mobile made a revised offer, which Sprint is considering, the Journal said. Sprint Corp (S.N) and T-Mobile US Inc ( TMUS .O) said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger USA wireless to rival market leaders, leaving No. (more...)
Note 8 Freezing for Some Users, Samsung Promises Fix Note 8 Freezing for Some Users, Samsung Promises Fix
- November 04, 2017

The crucial question, of course, is when Samsung plans to roll out a final, stable version of Android Oreo for all Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus owners, because it took until January before Android Nougat reached Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users this year. (more...)
Far Cry 5 will fully support co-op
- November 01, 2017

The entire game will be available in co-op once the first mission is finished, which both players will need to do before teaming up. You also couldn't play campaign missions. When it comes to the Far Cry games, Ubisoft has always tried to include some form of co-op. This means that even though co-op is limited to two players, the host can hire an additional AI ally to keep them company while raining destruction upon Hope County. (more...)
The Last of Us Part II gets new trailer The Last of Us Part II gets new trailer
- October 31, 2017

Listen: The Last of Us isn't exactly a frolic through a field of flowers. While we're happy to see that progress is being made on The Last of Us Part II , the trailer now leaves us with many questions. Last but not the least - the fourth character that we saw is voiced by Laura Bailey - Naughty Dog did reveal the in-game name for her, but smartly CENSORED it. (more...)
Spelunky 2 announced for PS4 Spelunky 2 announced for PS4
- October 31, 2017

To start with, Guacamelee 2 was revealed, followed by a realistic Hotline Miami-like game called The Hong Kong Massacre , and a game where you control the flow of time called The Gardens Between . This year's event falling in the same week the company's great rival released "the most powerful games console ever made" was evidently an accident of timing too good to turn down, however. (more...)
76ers' rookie Fultz (shoulder) out indefinitely
- October 31, 2017

The Sixers initially announced Wednesday he would miss three games and be reevaluated this coming Tuesday. Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely with soreness in his right shoulder. He started the regular season as a reserve and averaged 19 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists over the team's first four games before being sidelined. (more...)
OnePlus 5T Launch Expected On November 16th
- October 30, 2017

According to a recent report the OnePlus 5T will launch on the 16th of November 2017. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has released a tweet to reveal what could be an upcoming feature of OnePlus 5T . It is suspected to touch the fingerprint sensor to the rear board also the choice of a bezel-less display. So we can safely say that it will retain the same configuration of OnePlus 5 - a 6GB RAM variant with 64GB onboard storage and a 8GB RAM variant with 128GB internal memory. (more...)
Did interstellar object just visit our solar system? Did interstellar object just visit our solar system?
- October 29, 2017

An asteroid? A UFO piloted by little green aliens? It would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers. By looking more closely at the route, the NASA team worked out more: that it had come from the direction of the constellation Lyra. (more...)
Microsoft cloud annualized run rate passes $20 billion Microsoft cloud annualized run rate passes $20 billion
- October 27, 2017

Microsoft said commercial cloud annualised revenue run rate reached US$20.4b in the quarter. Total revenue climbed 12 percent as profit rose 16 percent. Surface revenue by itself was up 12% from a year ago, which is good news for Microsoft following a dip in the previous quarter . PiperJaffray analysts Alex Zukin, Scott Wilson and Taylor Reiners had expected 30 percent growth in Office 365 commercial revenue, which would have been down from more than 40 percent in revenue growth in the ... (more...)
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp coming to your phone in November Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp coming to your phone in November
- October 27, 2017

Instead of Tom Nook, however, Pocket Camp has OK Motors , where you can purchase major upgrades that expand your RV's interior and allow you to trick out your in-game camper. Set to be released in late-November, you can pre-register for Pocket Camp and be one of the first people to be reunited with all your favorite anthropomorphic animal friends. (more...)