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Nintendo Switch outsold PS4 and Xbox One in July

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 18 Aug 2017 4:19

Nintendo Switch outsold PS4 and Xbox One in July Nintendo's latest gaming console, Nintendo Switch, has been near impossible to get in some parts of the world for some time now. In July, Nintendo finally managed to produce more units for retailers - and the results were impressive: Switch outsold both PS4 and Xbox One in July.

NPD Group, who tracks the console sales, says that two factors were there to push Switch to the #1 spot: first of all, the supply of the units hasn't been on par with the demand and now that problem has finally been solved by Nintendo. Secondly, Splatoon 2 has gained massive momentum and has made the console interesting even for the "hard-core gamers".

At the same time, the upcoming SNES Classic is already sold out - the year 2017 seems to treat Nintendo pretty well.

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Nokia releases its latest flagship phone - here's Nokia 8

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Aug 2017 15:26

Nokia releases its latest flagship phone - here's Nokia 8 HMD Global who currently has the rights to use iconic Nokia brand in its phones, released its latest Android flagship phone just moments ago.

New Nokia 8 is a direct challenger to other Android-based flagship models in the market and is priced accordingly - and packs pretty familiar features, too.

Nokia 8 has a heatpipe-cooled Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM memory and a 5.3-inch QHD (2560 x 1440px) Gorilla Glass 3 display. It ships with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded with microSD memory cards.

According to HMD, the phone is meant for "content producers" - not meaning people who write blogs for living, but people who use social media actively and post lot of a/v content to net. This means that HMD has made an extra effort to make sure all the audio and video features of the phone are on par with the top models in the market.

Both, front and rear camera can record video and capture still images at the same time without video recording suffering from this. Both cameras can be operated at the same time and can be viewed on screen simultaneously. To enhance the "multi-dimensional" video recording, Nokia 8 also supports Nokia OZO surround audio recording.


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Secret code found in WhatsApp beta - adds support to payment transactions

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 11 Aug 2017 5:39

Secret code found in WhatsApp beta - adds support to payment transactions Mobile payments have been the de facto method of making person-to-person payments in developing countries for more than a decade now - and the rest of the world is catching up, it seems. Obviously, the fact that most people in developing countries don't have a bank account, but most of them have access to a mobile phone has created such seemingly weird disparity between the industrial countries and developing countries.

Now, tech companies around the world have finally decided to jump he bandwagon before the market has matured. Facebook introduced payment transactions to its Messenger app in United States and is rumored to expand the service to India soon.

Facebook's other messaging product, WhatsApp hasn't made such move previously - until now. People have dug through the latest Android beta version's code and have found out that the app has hidden feature to support UPI payment model, standardized in India.

Beta version has TOS clauses that ask user to approve WhatsApp's payment policy and user's own bank's payment policy before proceeding with transactions.


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Microsoft announces a new edition of Windows 10 - aimed for "real pro" users

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 11 Aug 2017 4:12

Microsoft announces a new edition of Windows 10 - aimed for "real pro" users Microsoft has announced a new edition of Windows 10, aimed for power users. The new version, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations has four major selling points over existing editions.

Firstly, there is ReFS (Resilient file system), a file system that provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. Using its integrity streams, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of your data on the other drive to correct and protect your precious data.

Second major selling point is the support for NVDIMM-N memories that allow super-fast read and write times - and are non-volatile, meaning that the memory keeps the data even when the power is switched off.

Thirdly, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations adds a new, faster mechanism for sharing files called SMB Direct, which promises to improve speeds of sharing large files. SMB Direct requires network adapters to support Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). It will reduce the load sharing the files puts on CPU and moves that load to the network adapter instead, resulting faster sharing and lower latency.


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Browser war veteran Opera updates - Opera 47 released

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 11 Aug 2017 3:53

Browser war veteran Opera updates - Opera 47 released Browser war veteran, Norwegian Opera browser has been updated. New version, Opera 47, brings only handful of improvements, as Opera - just like all other browser vendors - have shortened their release cycle recently.

New features include the ability to export bookmarks, a pretty standard feature among browsers, but one that as been missing from Opera for some time now. Also, Opera 47 promises a smoother video playback for Windows 7 and macOS users.

Furthermore, the "recently closed tabs" list has increased to list 32 recently closed pages from the previous limit of 10 pages. Other improvements are merely cosmetic - some fine-tuning of colors, brightness, etc of the browser's user interface.

You can download the latest version of Opera from our download section. Download links:

Opera, 64-bit Windows version

Opera, 32-bit Windows version

Opera, macOS version

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Today is AfterDawn's 18th birthday

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Jun 2017 6:07

Today is AfterDawn's 18th birthday Wow...! It is exactly 18 years now since our site was launched to public for the first time. Yes. Eighteen. In a world where thousands and thousands of new websites get launched each week and thousands of sites fold as well, it seems like an eternity. And how amazing these years have been..

Think about it. When our site launched back in June, 1999, most people were using Altavista for "googling" (yeah, Google had been launched, but it was still just "one of the search engines"), "social media" meant probably watching TV with your friends in your living room and idea of Netflix-style on-demand video service with thousands and thousands of movies and series seemed like a daydream after eating something unsuitable.

But yeah, here we are, still kicking. We've seen world change and our site change as well. Tech trends have appeared and disappeared - and we've tried to cover most of those during all these years.

But we have always had our loayl readership. You guys who visit our site regularly, read our news, share them, participate in comments, in forums and give us feedback. Because of you and your feedback, we have made it through all these years.


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Phone from Android's original creator revealed: The Essential Phone - specs and pics

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 30 May 2017 7:51

Phone from Android's original creator revealed: The Essential Phone - specs and pics Andy Rubin, the man who originally created the Android operating system, has been developing his own phone for some time now. The Verge finally got the final details and pictures of the product, called The Essential Phone.

The Essential Phone is everything you'd expect from a modern flagship Android phone: edge-to-edge display, minimalistic unibody design, massive storage, etc..

The exact specs that are known by now:

  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • bundled 360-degree camera that will connect to the top of the phone
  • Qualcomm 835 processor
  • 13Mpix dual-camera at the back where the other camera has Huawei-like monochrome sensor
  • 8Mpix front camera capable to capture 4K video

Only real nag with the specs is the fact that phone wont have 3.5mm audio jack, following the footsteps of Apple's iPhone.

Phone will be available at U.S. first, with the price tag of $699. Radio internals are supposed to be compatible with all U.S. operators. When exactly the phone will be available for sale isn't known yet.

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Spotify was hacked! Check here if your Spotify account details were leaked

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 24 May 2017 6:53

Spotify was hacked! Check here if your Spotify account details were leaked We built a tool to check if your Spotify account has been leaked, along with its password details, to public. Today, a list of more than 6'000 Spotify accounts were posted to public, with unencrypted passwords and subscription country details.

Our tool contains only the account names of the leaked accounts, so you can simply search for your Spotify account name to see if you were among those that were hit by the leak.

If your account is in the list, you must change your password immediately. This includes not only Spotify, but all the other services too where you might have used the same password in the past.

Spread the word and use this tool:

Check if your Spotify account details were leaked

Also, makse sure you use the latest Spotify client.

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Bitcoin breaking records - man bought a pizza with bitcoins back in 2010, those bitcoins would be worth $20M today

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 22 May 2017 8:08

Bitcoin breaking records - man bought a pizza with bitcoins back in 2010, those bitcoins would be worth $20M today Bitcoin is breaking valuation records this Spring, as the cryptocurrency's valuation has risen from May 2016 valuation of appx $440 to record-breaking $2'135 as of today.

Business Insider tells a story about a Bitcoin enthusiast called Laszlo Hanyecz who bought two pizzas from Papa Johns back in May, 2010 for 10'000 bitcoins. Back then, the value of those coins was approximately $40. Today, the same amount of bitcoins would be worth more than $20 million.

That transaction is considered as the first "real world" purchase of good where bitcoins were used.

Bitcoin to USD valuation from May, 2016 to May, 2017

Bitcoinin to USD, 05/2016 - 05/2017

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Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 May 2017 5:47

Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange Swedish prosecutors released a statement today saying that they will drop the preliminary investigation against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

"Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the office said in its statement.

Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador's embassy in London, since 2013. The lawsuit accusing him of rape in Sweden, has been pending for almost 7 years. Assange has denied the claims and stated that it is a manhunt against him and WikiLeaks.

Shortly after the release of the statement, Assange posted a photo of him smiling, to his Twitter account:

While the European Arrest Warrant issued for Mr Assange has been withdrawn by the Swedish prosecutor, Assange will still be arrested when he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy by British police on a separate warrant for failing to appear in court years ago.

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"Last Warning!" - Evil scam targeting entrepreneurs and others in Facebook

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 May 2017 6:42

"Last Warning!" - Evil scam targeting entrepreneurs and others in Facebook During the past 24 hours, there has been a massive wave of phishing attempts targeting Facebook page owners, such as entrepreneurs and hobby groups.

Unlike most other previous scams, this one is quite believable. Pae owner gets a notification from a fake Facebook account called "Notification Page" claiming that unless user takes action her/his Facebook business page will be taken down within 24 hours. permanently.

The link in such "notification" leads to a phishing fake, looking like an official Facebook page, asking user's Facebook credentials. After user enters the credentials, the people behind the scam can then hijack the user's business page and extort money from the user for returning the ownership.

Below is a screenshot of such message:

Facebook scam

Notification message reads:


Your account has been reported by other users, security system received a report that your account has violated Facebook's policy. Please confirm your account by clicking the link below:


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Most popular news in March: Edge - top hacked browser, how to become super memorizer, magic helicopters and more

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 03 Apr 2017 3:49

Most popular news in March: Edge - top hacked browser, how to become super memorizer, magic helicopters and more AfterDawn has operated a news aggregator service called HIGH.FI since 2014. Service has grown steadily, month after month, during these past 3 years and in March, it - once again - made a new record with users clicking on more than 1.6 million headlines through it.

As we gather news from thousands and thousands of news services, the statistics the service generates are sometimes extremely interesting. We thought you might ant to take a look at what people clicked on during March and compiled a top20 list of headlines.

These headlines get read through our website, our Android news app and our Windows Phone app as well as through several 3rd party projects that use our news aggregator API.

Anyway, here are the charts...

Top 20 news during March, 2017

  1. Microsoft Edge: Most Hacked Browser At Pwn2Own 2017 (Tom's Hardware)
  2. Lucy Lawless almost unrecognisable ahead of mardi gras (Mail Online)
  3. Lisa Kudrow Apparently Wasn't 'F**kable' Enough For One 'Friends' Guest Star (Huffington Post)
  4. Best smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy today (Pocket-lint)
  5. AMD Ryzen Gaming Performance In-Depth: 16 Games Played at 1080p & 1440p (TechSpot)
  6. How to become a super memorizer – and what it does to your brain (The Guardian)
  7. Courtney Stodden poses in nude nightie for Instagram (Mail Online)
  8. Samsung Internet browser is now listed on Google Play Store, and it supports Nexus phones (PhoneArena)
  9. Charlize Theron dazzles in low-cut black at Hong Kong gala (Mail Online)
  10. Imogen Thomas flaunts bust in swimsuit on Instagram (Mail Online)
  11. Kylie Jenner posts cheeky new belfie on Instagram (Mail Online)
  12. 'Magic helicopter' appears to fly without using its rotors (Mail Online)
  13. Nokia flagship with Snapdragon 835 lands in June in two sizes, rumor says (GSMArena)
  14. Mass Effect Andromeda's animations have already reduced it to a laughing stock (VG247)
  15. Davina McCall shows off her bikini body on Instagram (Mail Online)
  16. Poll: Is Microsoft invading your privacy with Windows 10? (WinBeta)
  17. The Root Trump Tweets on International Women's Day and It Might Be His Worst Tweet Ever | The Muse W (Kotaku)
  18. Netflix has figured out how to stream video on bad connections (TechnoBuffalo)
  19. Beware of 'time travel' texts from 2003, experts warn (Mail Online)
  20. First gay NBA player to come out calls Amar'e Stoudemire a 'braying jackass' (Sporting News)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's website or through our Android app.

Other countries

HIGH.FI also supports several other languages and has big following in several countries. Here are the charts for March in some of ur other countries:

Top 5 news in Sweden in March, 2017

  1. Lundaforskare avslöjar: Den stora smällen kan drabba Jorden när som helst (Sydsvenskan)
  2. Seger för Djurgården mot HIF – efter Källströms "skänk" (FotbollDirekt)
  3. Hennes pojkvän levde dubbelliv – i 16 år (SVT)
  4. Trump krävs på svar – kan bli en av de största skandalerna någonsin (Nyheter24)
  5. Ica slänger ut Gevalia – för dyrt (Dagens Industri)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Swedish version or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Italy in March, 2017

  1. Suicida a 16 anni per cyberbullismo, il padre posta la foto dell'agonia (Tiscali)
  2. Napoli-Real Madrid, la proposta hot della Saulino ai difensori partenopei (Il Giornale)
  3. Le prime pagine della stampa di tutto il mondo mostrano l'orrore di Londra (L'Huffington Post)
  4. Malena la Pugliese seduce Rocco Siffredi (o viceversa?) sull'Isola dei Famosi: galeotta fu la crema... (
  5. L'evoluzione degli smartphone: le bizzarre innovazioni di LG (AndroidPIT)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Italian version or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Netherlands in March, 2017

  1. Uitslag van testdag zes, inclusief bandencompounds (GP Update)
  2. Volledige uitslag testdag, inclusief bandencompounds (GP Update)
  3. Antivirus: wat is de beste virusscanner? (Computer! Totaal)
  4. Volledige uitslag van testdag vier in Barcelona (GP Update)
  5. Koeman haalt genadeloos hard uit naar de KNVB (

Get more news from website or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Denmark in March, 2017

  1. Wozniacki-formuen er eksploderet: Nu taler Caroline om det vilde beløb (Ekstra Bladet)
  2. Danskere står bag kæmpe musiktjeneste i Afrika (Børsen)
  3. Her går nøgen model ned langs stranden - men hvor mange opdager egentlig at hun ikke har tøj på? (M!)
  4. Asger Aamund: Derfor sidder Løkke i en ualmindelig grim klemme (Berlingske)
  5. Sex-skandale truer Hollywood-stjerne (Ekstra Bladet)

Get more news from website or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Finland in March, 2017

  1. Tästä syystä WhatsApp on ilmainen – Alkaa tehdä nyt rahaa (Puhelinvertailu)
  2. Shokkikäänne: Kasmir olikin yksi Axl Smithin uhreista! (Stara)
  3. 8 niksiä: Näin teet wifi-verkostasi nopeamman (Digitoday)
  4. Vaimo ällistyi, kun poliisi näytti turvakameran kuvan – härski totuus perheen lomamatkan taustalta alkoi paljastua (Ilta-Sanomat)
  5. Toimittaja tekeytyi naiseksi ja viestitteli Axl Smithin kanssa – näin Axl käyttäytyi! (Como)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Finnish version or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Estonia in March, 2017

  1. OTSE | Mehhiko ralli: Ott Tänak tõusis kolmanda päeva alustuseks kohe neljandaks (Õhtuleht)
  2. Toyota viskas keset MM-rallit valge rätiku ringi (Postimees)
  3. OTSEBLOGI: Kas Tänak püsib Mehhiko rallil täna tehnilistest probleemidest prii? (Delfi)
  4. Mart Müürisepp «Verona» sarjamisest: ma tegin selle postituse naljaga! (Postimees)
  5. Suri näitleja Lembit Ulfsak (Postimees)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Estonian version or through our Android app.

Want to get your language supported?

We're always interested to expand our HIGH.FI news aggregator to new language areas. If you're willing to help us to get our service translated and to find news sources for a new language, get in touch!


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Messenger drops support for most Windows Phone models, permanently

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 28 Mar 2017 5:54

Messenger drops support for most Windows Phone models, permanently Facebook has announced that it will stop supporting the Messenger platform for Windows Phones running WP8.1 or older. As over 75 percent of Windows Phone models are still running WP8.1 or older, rather than the new Windowd 10, this effectively kills the instant messaging app for WP.

Furthermore, the Facebook's flagship application versions still supporting messaging through the app itself (rather than forcing users to use Messenger's own app) will stop working by end of March, 2017. This change includes also all older versions of Android apps. So, if you have postponed updating your Facebook app in order to keep using Messenger through it, you are running out of time now. Facebook made the announcement through its Messenger blog.

The blow to WP platform is hard - and even harder, considering the fact that Microsoft itself dropped Skype's support for WP8.1 earlier this month.

Facebook will send an email to affected users and suggest alternative routes, such as switching to a new phone, updating to Windows 10 (an option which is out of reach for most WP users, due small RAM capacity in most sold devices) or using Messenger through desktop browser.

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iPhone storage full? SanDisk has a solution

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 27 Feb 2017 8:09

iPhone storage full? SanDisk has a solution At the ongoing Mobile World Congress, SanDisk has released a flash memory storage solution for iPhone and iPad that connects seamlessly to the iOS device.

iXpand Flash Drive series connects at USB3 speeds to iPhone or iPad via Lightning connector and has storage capacity of up to 256GB.

256GB version costs £170 or €210 in Europe, $200 in United States. With the "clip" form factor, the memory stick attached seamlessly to the iDevice. It also has USB connector in case one wants to transfer the files to PC - and obviously, via Lightning connector, you can connect the stick to Mac, too.

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Here it is: New Nokia 3310

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 26 Feb 2017 15:06

Here it is: New Nokia 3310 HMD Global, company that holds the global license to use Nokia's brand in phones, has announced today a comeback of the iconic Nokia 3310 phone.

New 3310 follows the old Nokia 3310's footsteps and is anything but a smartphone - a feature phone using Nokia Series 30 operating system, with physical keys and $50 price tag.

Unlike it predecessor, new 3310 has a 2.4" color display (QVGA LCD display), has 2Mpix cameraat the back of the phone and has a flashlight. Connectivity has only support for 2G networks.


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