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Google giving out $50 Play vouchers due to delays in Pixel shipments

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 01 Nov 2016 0:05

Google giving out $50 Play vouchers due to delays in Pixel shipments Earlier this week, Google announced that its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have sold out of pre-orders, with demand much higher than expectations.

Due to the lack of supply, shipments have been delayed and Google is sending affected customers some Play Store credits to apologize.

If your phone is not being shipped by its promised date, you should be receiving an email with $50 of store credit, which can be used on media like movies, music, and apps.

See the attached screenshot of emails that affected users have received:

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Google reveals actively exploited Windows vulnerability

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 31 Oct 2016 23:19

Google reveals actively exploited Windows vulnerability Google has revealed details of a 0-day vulnerability in the Windows operating system that it claims is being currently exploited.

The search giant disclosed the flaw to Microsoft just 10 days ago, but Microsoft has not yet released a patch or even an advisory.

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LG, Samsung fight for new Apple OLED business with large investments

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 31 Oct 2016 22:11

LG, Samsung fight for new Apple OLED business with large investments Both LG Display and Samsung will combine to invest about $12 billion USD in flexible OLED tech this year in an effort to win orders for the upcoming Apple iPhones.

The investments are a record high and analysts believe the companies will continue in a "do or die" fight to become the leader in the market.

Samsung is currently the clear leader in the market for small and mid-sized OLEDs, accounting for over 90 percent of units sold. The company will make an additional $4 billion investment this quarter alone. LG, on the other hand, will make a similar investment this quarter to make sure facilities are ready for manufacturing of hundreds of millions of displays for Apple.

Apple is expected to adopt flexible OLEDs for their 10-year anniversary model of the iPhone next year, moving away from "retina" LCD screens.

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The Nintendo Switch's controller has a 6.2-inch, 720p display

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 31 Oct 2016 21:29

The Nintendo Switch's controller has a 6.2-inch, 720p display Information about Nintendo's Switch console continues to trickle out ahead of a full information launch in January, and now we know some more details about the detachable controller.

The controller features a 6.2-inch, 720p display with capacitive multi-touch. This is a big step away from the 3DS and Wii U, which had less precise resistive screens.

Additionally, the Switch's screen is standard 10-point multi-touch, allowing for gestures if Nintendo chooses to support them.

It will be interesting to see what Nintendo has up their sleeve on January 13th during the more in-depth unveiling of the console's features.

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New Pokemon games are most pre-ordered in Nintendo history

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 20:34

New Pokemon games are most pre-ordered in Nintendo history Even though they are still a month from release, the new Pokmon Sun and Pokmon Moon have set the record for most pre-ordered game in Nintendo history.

In addition, the demo of the game is the most downloaded 3DS demo, ever, as well.

The games are set for launch on November 18th in NA and November 23rd in the EU.

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Sony introduces three new 1TB PS4 bundles for the EU market

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 19:07

Sony introduces three new 1TB PS4 bundles for the EU market Sony has announced three new PS4 bundles for the EU market, each including Uncharted 4 and a 1TB HDD.

The first bundle includes the critically acclaimed titles Driveclub and The Last of Us: Remastered. The second is aimed more at kids and family and includes a 1TB PS4, Uncharted 4, Driveclub and Ratchet & Clank.

Finally, and what I assume will be the most popular of the bundles, "combines adventure, gothic horror and sci-fi exploration with our bundle that offers a 1TB PlayStation, Uncharted 4, Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition and No Man's Sky." That bundle also comes with an in-ear headset.

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Apple to sell LG 4K and 5K monitors

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 18:36

Apple to sell LG 4K and 5K monitors Apple has announced it will begin selling LG displays for their power users, including 4K and 5K models.

The company discontinued its Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, effectively leaving the external monitor business. Apple will now partner with LG and co-market the displays, giving it a stamp of approval for use with Mac products.

Apple will have retail exclusivity for the two UltraFine displays, at least to start. The 21.5-inch 4K model is available for $700, and the 27-inch 5K model will go on sale in December for $1,300. Both will work with the newly announced MacBook Pros, using a single USB-C cable for power, data and video.

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B&N to create new Nook device with Google Play Store access

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 12:25

B&N to create new Nook device with Google Play Store access Just a few months after bookseller Barnes & Noble shut down their own Nook App Store, the company appears to be readying a new device that has access to the Google Play Store.

The new Nook has just passed through the FCC and is codename "Nook Tablet 7," and the FCC posting makes it clear that the new tab will run Android including access to the Google Play Store, allowing for the download of a billion apps.

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Apple raises Mac prices in UK due to falling pound

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 11:50

Apple raises Mac prices in UK due to falling pound Apple has raised the price of their entire Mac line in the UK, citing the falling value of the pound following the surprise Brexit vote this summer.

For example, the 2015 edition 13-inch Macbook Air is now 949, up from 849 last week, despite not being updated. More significantly, the older model MacBook Pros w/ Retina all saw increases of 300, despite Apple launching new models to replace them and the Mac Pro, which was last updated in 2013, saw a price increase of 500, from 2,499 to 2,999, an outrageous figure for the old computer.

Says Apple: "Apple suggests product prices internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, local import laws, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business. These factors vary from region to region and over time, such that international prices are not always comparable to US suggested retail prices."

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English Uber drivers win case to be classified as employees

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 11:27

English Uber drivers win case to be classified as employees A London employment tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers will be classified as employees rather than self-employed in England and Wales, thus entitling them to holiday pay, a national minimum wage, and paid breaks.

Uber says it will appeal the decision that could affect 40,000 drivers. In all nations where it operates, Uber considers its drivers as self-employed contractors rather than employees.

The GMB Union brought the case claiming that "the notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common 'platform' is to our mind faintly ridiculous."

For now, the decision only affects two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who successfully argued that Uber controlled their actions, and they should have basic workers' rights.

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Mozilla launches 'Project Quantum' to accelerate browsing speed, efficiency for Firefox users

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 10:54

Mozilla launches 'Project Quantum' to accelerate browsing speed, efficiency for Firefox users Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind the popular Firefox browser, has announced the start of "Project Quantum," an effort to accelerate browsing speeds using Firefox.

"We are striving for performance gains from Quantum that will be so noticeable that your entire web experience will feel different," said David Bryant, Mozilla's head of platform engineering. "Pages will load faster, and scrolling will be silky smooth. Animations and interactive apps will respond instantly, and be able to handle more intensive content while holding consistent frame rates. And the content most important to you will automatically get the highest priority, focusing processing power where you need it the most."

Quantum will use Firefox's current Gecko engine as its base, but will also take features of the company's experimental Servo browser engine. The first updates will launch in the first half of 2017, adds Bryant, who also says Android devices will see better performance and lower power consumption, a win-win for battery-life-conscious consumers. "We do think Project Quantum will be especially significant on mobile, as for example best use of available hardware can have considerable potential benefits for battery life," Bryant added.

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LG Mobile has its worst loss ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2016 10:43

LG Mobile has its worst loss ever Thanks to sluggish sales of the flagship G5 smartphone, LG Mobile had its worse loss ever, a loss so bad it destroyed the company's overall profits.

The division took a loss of $389.4 million for the Q3 2016, its worst quarter since the Great Recession. The division has not been profitable since the Q4 2014.

Overall profits for LG fell 61 percent due to the mobile division, to $252.7 million.

Is it time for LG to step out of the mobile business? Motorola, HTC, Sony and BlackBerry all learned that hard way that there are really just a few players that can compete.

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This is the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Written by Matti Vhkainu @ 29 Oct 2016 14:00

This is the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Apple unveiled this week the next generation MacBook Pro. As you might imagine it is more smaller, thinner, lighter and more powerful than ever before. It also has one completely new feature, the Touch Bar.

Apple celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first notebook by releasing a new MacBook. The new MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch variants with lots of customizability as expected. One thing that separates the cheapest 13-inch version from the other is that there is no Touch Bar in it.

But what is Touch Bar? The Apple's new groundbreaking feature is a touch screen above the updated keyboard with new flatter butterfly mechanism keys. The Touch Bar replaces the old function keys which are still available on the Touch Bar by pressing the function button and shows different functionality depending on the application and even inside the applications.

For example, in Safari the Touch Bar can show bookmarks, open tabs or quick links to most used features. In Mail app the Touch Bar shows for example CC suggestions or autocomplete depending what you are doing. The software developers can obviously use Touch Bar in their own way to make the application more intuitive.

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Sony PlayStation Vue now available on Android TV

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Oct 2016 23:57

Sony PlayStation Vue now available on Android TV Sony streaming IPTV service, PlayStation Vue, is now available on Android TV.

The service will be available on all devices that use the Android TV platform, including smart TVs and set-top boxes.

PlayStation Vue offers 55 to 100 channels for $30 to $75 per month.

With the new announcement, PlayStation Vue is now available on the PlayStation 3 and 4, iOS, Android, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast.

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Nintendo promises many more hardware accessories for the Switch console

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Oct 2016 23:23

Nintendo promises many more hardware accessories for the Switch console Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has teased that there is a lot more to come with the Switch console, suggesting that the tablet and Joy-Con controllers are part of something much larger.

"By no means was that everything,"
Kimishima said about their unveiling event from last week. "It may be appropriate to call them accessories. Or it might be better to call them add-on hardware. It's probably more correct to call them accessories. You can assume that there will be a wider array."

It will be interesting to see what the company has in store, and we should know everything on January 13th during their special event. "What we haven't shown you yet is the software lineup," added Kimishima. "When we make new hardware, how it works with our software is critical. This is what we weren't able to show. We want people to touch the device in January and experience the software for themselves."

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