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Android N Is Now Officially Android Nougat: What To Expect Once It Launches

Android N is now Android 7.0 Nougat, continuing the tradition of naming Google's mobile operating system after sweet treats. It is expected to launch in the fall with new features such as VR mode and Doze on the Go.


Apple Is Thinking About Buying Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service Amid Spotify Tension

Apple is said to be in talks with Tidal to purchase the music streaming service, which is owned by rap mogul Jay Z. Purchasing Tidal would provide Apple Music with more firepower as it competes in the cutthroat music streaming industry.


'Pokémon Go' Beta Closes: Here's What Testers Had To Say About The Game

The field test for augmented reality game 'Pokémon Go' ended on June 30. Here is what a variety of testers had to say about the highly anticipated game, which will be released this month for the iOS and Android.

Video Games

Tesla Model S Driver Killed In Crash While On Autopilot Mode: First Self-Driving Car Fatality

The NHTSA launched an investigation into the Autopilot system of Tesla Motors, as a Model S driver was killed in an accident while the feature was activated. The incident is the first death related to a self-driving car.

Car Tech

'BioShock: The Collection' Leaked Again Directly From 2K Games Right Before Official Announcement

Information regarding 'BioShock: The Collection' once again leaked, this time directly from the official 2K Games website. The company then finally made the official announcement for the upcoming set.

Video Games

VLC Media Player App Is Finally Available For Windows 10, Xbox One Version Coming Soon

The Universal Windows 10 app for VLC is now available for download in the Windows Store. The software will have most of the features available in the iOS and Android versions, including the capability to play back almost any file format.

Apps/Software June 30, 2016

Multiplayer 'Friday The 13th: The Game' Could Still Be Getting A Single Player Mode

The Kickstarter campaign for 'Friday The 13th: The Game' did not reach the stretch goal of unlocking a single player mode. According to the title's co-creator though, the feature could still come to the game in the future.

Video Games June 30, 2016

Grab An Unlocked Dual SIM Galaxy S7 Edge For Only $590 In This eBay Offer

An eBay listing is selling the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Duos for only $589.99. The units being offered are brand new ones, and are powered by Samsung's proprietary Exynos 8890 chipset.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 30, 2016

HTC Establishes Vive Subsidiary, Helps Form $10B Investment Group: All For The Future Of Virtual Reality

HTC has established the HTC Vive Tech Corporation unit and helped form the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance. These moves were made for the future of the burgeoning virtual reality industry.

Gadgets June 30, 2016

Apple Under Investigation In South Korea: What Did It Do This Time?

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission announced that it is investigating Apple on certain matters. While the FTC's chairman did not disclose further details, rumors say that the investigation hinges on the contracts that Apple signed with the country's carriers.

Apple June 30, 2016

Twitter Is Also Getting Into the VR, AR Game: Former Apple Designer To Lead The Charge

Twitter is now also getting into the virtual reality and augmented reality industries. To lead the charge, the company has hired former Apple designer Alessandro Sabatelli to become Twitter's Director of VR and AR.

Apps/Software June 29, 2016

Smart Billboards In Japan Can Show Ads Based On Car Models Passing By

Upcoming smart billboards in Japan will be able to display advertisements depending on the makes and models of the vehicles that are passing by. The system that will power the billboards utilizes a combination of deep learning and big data.

Business Tech June 29, 2016

The iPhone 7 Will Have A Force Touch Home Button, Rumors Say: What Does That Mean?

According to a new report, the iPhone 7 will have a Force Touch home button. What exactly does that mean, and what is Apple thinking in making such a change?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 29, 2016

'System Shock' Remake Now Up On Kickstarter, Targets To Raise $900,000

Night Dive Studios has launched a Kickstarter page for the remake of legendary PC shooter 'System Shock.' The remake, which will be a modern take on the 1994 classic, already has a playable demo available.

Video Games June 29, 2016

HTC Could Be Spinning Off Its VR Business: How Will That Help The Vive?

HTC earlier denied rumors that it is spinning off its virtual reality business. New statements made by a company executive, however, have revived speculations that HTC will create a new unit that would handle the Vive VR headset.

Business Tech June 29, 2016

US-Bound Tourists, Heads Up: Your Social Media Accounts Will Be Inspected

Tourists entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program may soon be asked to reveal their social media identifiers. The proposal looks to provide further protection against terrorist activities.

Internet June 28, 2016

Google Introduces Project Bloks: Toys That Will Teach Kids How To Code

Google developed Project Bloks as a platform to teach children the fundamentals of coding at an early age. The system is made up of three elements, namely pucks, Base Boards and the Raspberry Pi Zero-based Brain Board.

Google June 28, 2016

Sorry Xbox Fitness Fans: Microsoft To Shut Down Service Next Year

Microsoft announced that it will begin to scale back support for Xbox Fitness, which provides users with in-home workout routines. The service and all its associated content will be shut down on July 1, 2017.

Video Games June 28, 2016

Facebook Unveils New Featured Events Lists In 10 Cities: Chosen By Humans, Not Computers

Facebook introduced a new Featured Events section that will highlight upcoming events in a city. What would set the list apart is that it will be curated by actual humans, not algorithms.

Apps/Software June 28, 2016

Skullcandy Approves $177M Purchase Offer By Incipio: Any Other Takers?

Skullcandy has approved a purchase offer worth $177 million from accessory company Incipio. Will another company make a bigger offer to acquire the headphone and headset maker?

Business Tech June 27, 2016

Singapore Airlines Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing: Engine Then Bursts Into Flames

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 to Milan was forced to head back to Singapore for an emergency landing. The aircraft safely touched ground, but its right wing and engine caught fire moments after it landed.

Business Tech June 27, 2016

Apple Celebrated The San Francisco Pride Parade By Giving Away Rainbow Apple Watch Bands

For this year's LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco, Apple gave away rainbow Apple Watch bands to employees. The accessory will not likely be released into the market, though that may change because of the massive interest in the product.

Apple June 27, 2016

Smartphone For $4? It's Real, And It's Shipping Out On June 30

Ringing Bells will begin to ship out the Freedom 251 in India on June 30. The smartphone, which comes with a $4 price tag, packs a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of expandable memory, 1 GB of RAM, and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 27, 2016

Google Chrome Exploit Makes Pirated Netflix, Amazon Video Shows A Possibility

Security researchers have found a flaw on the Google Chrome browser that makes it possible to pirate copyright-protected videos. The bug allows users to record content from Netflix and Amazon Video despite protection systems in place.

Google June 27, 2016

FBI Budget For Surveillance Tech To Reach Close To $1B: What Is The Money Spent On?

With the request for additional budget of over $100 million for next year, the budget of the FBI's Operational Technology Division inches closer to $1 billion. The amount has been revealed in a roundtable discussion on encryption.

Security June 26, 2016

Facebook, Google Tuning Systems To Eradicate Extremist Content: How Will It Work?

Facebook and Google have started to use automated processes to eradicate extremist content from their platforms. The system is the same one used to seek and delete copies of copyright-protected videos.

Google June 26, 2016

'Civilization VI' To Release On Oct. 21: Here's What We Know So Far

The next entry in the popular real-time strategy franchise, 'Civilization VI,' will feature a new way for gamers to build cities. The goal of the title, of course, remains to be world domination.

Video Games June 26, 2016

After Citizens Vote For Brexit, UK Asks Google 'What Is The EU?'

The citizens of the United Kingdom have voted for the country to leave the European Union. However, it seems that they only thought of the implications of their choice after the polls closed.

Internet June 25, 2016

Sweden Launches First Electric Highway System: Another One In California Soon?

Siemens and truck manufacturer Scania have launched the first ever electric highway system on a public road in Sweden. The system will propel hybrid trucks over a 1.25-mile stretch, while charging up their batteries.

Car Tech June 25, 2016

Sipping Wine While Reading A Book? Barnes & Noble Will Make That Happen With New Concept Stores

Barnes & Noble revealed plans to open four new concept stores with expanded food menus. Customers will also be able to drink wine or beer while reading through their books.

Business Tech June 25, 2016

YouTube Launches Mobile Live Streaming For Big Names: Other Users To Get The Feature Soon

Google-owned YouTube has launched live streaming for its mobile app, placing the service in competition against Facebook's Live Video and Twitter's Periscope. The feature will be integrated into YouTube's mobile app, making it easy to use.

Google June 24, 2016

Have You Tried Prisma Yet? This App Transforms Photos Into Paintings In The Style Of Famous Artists Using AI

An iOS app named Prisma transforms photos into paintings that look like they were done by famous artists. The app does not simply apply filters though, as it uses a deep learning method known as convolutional neural networks.

Apps/Software June 24, 2016

Strategy Game 'Civilization V' To Conquer High Schools As 'CivilizationEDU'

Strategy game 'Civilization V' will soon have an educational version titled 'CivilizationEDU,' which will be released next year. The game will tap into its historical components to provide students with further learnings.

Video Games June 24, 2016

BitTorrent Launches BitTorrent Now For iOS, Android And Apple TV: Stream Music And Video From Indie Artists Legally

BitTorrent has unveiled BitTorrent Now, a new app for the iOS, Android and Apple TV. The app will allow users to stream music and videos legally, as uploaded by independent artists and filmmakers.

Apps/Software June 24, 2016

Want To Send Counter-Strike As A Gift For This Year's Steam Summer Sale? Sorry, You Can't, and Valve Explains Why

Valve's Steam Summer Sale 2016 is now in full swing. However, gamers looking to purchase 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' and send it to a friend as a gift will not be allowed to do so.

Video Games June 24, 2016

Uber Will Tuck Away Surge Pricing By Telling Riders How Much They Would Pay Upfront

Uber is replacing surge pricing notifications with a prompt that reveals the fare that riders would expect to pay upfront. This does not mean that the ride-sharing service is dropping the controversial surge pricing system though.

Apps/Software June 24, 2016

From Smoke Alarms To Water Detectors: Roost To Release Smart Home Device That Will Help Identify Leaks

Roost has unveiled the Smart Water and Freeze Detector, which looks to help homeowners save on repair work due to water and freeze damage. The device will cost $49.99 and will begin shipping in the fall.

Smart Home June 23, 2016

Christina Grimmie Fans Petition For Nintendo To Name 'Legend of Zelda' Character After Fallen Singer

Fans of fallen singer Christina Grimmie are petitioning for Nintendo to include a tribute to her in 'Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.' Nintendo is aware of the petitions and has issued a response.

Video Games June 23, 2016

Will Signing Up As An Uber Driver Make You Rich? Not Really, According To New Report

A new report by Buzzfeed reveals that Uber drivers are not making as much money as previously thought. Estimates used in the report were based on leaked internal price modeling information and calculations provided by Uber itself.

Business Tech June 23, 2016

Amazon Reveals New $80 Kindle: Thinner, Lighter And With Bluetooth Audio Support For Blind Users

Amazon has unveiled a new version of its entry-level Kindle that will cost as low as $80. The updated e-reader is thinner, lighter and brings back accessibility to blind readers through Bluetooth audio support.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 23, 2016

YouTube Went Down For 15 Minutes, For The First Time In Years: Was It Hackers?

For the first time since November 2013, Google-owned YouTube experienced a major global outage that prevented video lovers from accessing the video-sharing website. What did Google say was the reason behind the 15-minute downtime?

Google June 23, 2016

Twitter Releases Engage: Standalone Analytics App To Make Life Easier For Celebs, Power Users

Twitter has unveiled the standalone analytics app Engage, which will make life easier for celebrities and power users. The tool, however, is only currently available for the iOS and the United States App Store.

Apps/Software June 22, 2016

Check Your Amazon Accounts: Apple Starts $400M Payout in eBooks Settlement

Apple has started to push out the payments to affected consumers in settlement of the e-book price fixing lawsuit filed against the company. Apple will pay $400 million to customers and $50 million in legal and state fees.

Apple June 22, 2016

BMW Introduces Home Energy System That Recycles i3 Electric Vehicle Batteries: Look Out, Tesla Powerwall

BMW unveiled a home energy system that will recycle used batteries of the i3 electric vehicle. The system will work similarly to the Tesla Powerwall, which Tesla Motors announced last year.

Car Tech June 22, 2016

Overwatch Competitive Play Beta Now Out For PC Players: Here's How To Join

Blizzard has released the Public Test Region of 'Overwatch' for North America, allowing players to try out the beta version of the new Competitive Play. However, only PC gamers are so far allowed to join.

Video Games June 22, 2016

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