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WATCH: Rockstar drops latest Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer

Written by James Delahunty @ 03 May 2018 6:53

WATCH: Rockstar drops latest Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer Rockstar Games is whetting our appetite again with the release of the third official trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, coming later this year.

The game follows the exploits of the Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they flee the law following a botched robbery in the western town of Blackwater. Federal officers and skilled bounty hunters are in pursuit as the gang rob, steal and fight their way across the heartland of America.

During the turmoil, Arthur must decide between his own ideals and his loyalty to the gang as growing divisions among the members threaten their survival.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been dated for release on October 26, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PC Gamers unfortunately are still in the dark on plans (if any) to release it on their platform.

Here's the trailer:


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PlayStation 2 classics come to PS Now

Written by James Delahunty @ 02 May 2018 8:14

PlayStation 2 classics come to PS Now Sony's cloud-gaming PSN platform has its first batch of PlayStation 2 classic titles.

Most of us who owned a PlayStaion 2 during that generation of gaming consoles tend to remember it fondly. Of course, it had very limited network abilities later in its life cycle compared to the typically always-connected consoles we have now. Even it's major rival - Microsoft's original Xbox - arrived later with several advantages over it, and of course the graphics are what you'd expect from two generations ago. All that considered, the PS2 still was fun and had a lot of excellent games to choose from.

Those who had a PS2 and now have a PS4 and PS Now subscription will be happy to know that PS2 classics will be rolling out on the service to compliment the 650+ titles available.

Initially, PS Now will offer the following PS2 titles:

  • Ape Escape 2
  • Dark Cloud 2
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Limbo
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics
  • Sine Mora EX
  • Siren
  • The Last Blade 2

Here is Ape Escape 2 running on PS Now.


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WhatsApp to get group video calls soon

Written by James Delahunty @ 02 May 2018 6:58

WhatsApp to get group video calls soon It has been revealed that WhatsApp will soon have a coveted group video calls feature at the Facebook Developer Conference (F8 2018) in San Jose.

Having had video chat available for users of WhatsApp for a couple of years now, the absence of a group video calls feature has been noticed. It is particularly puzzling given that WhatsApp's Groups are very popular and a key strength of its service. For those who wanted to turn their Group communication to video, they would need to switch to another service.

At F8 2018, Mubarik Imam, head of growth and partnerships for WhatsApp, revealed that WhatsApp will have Group video calls within a few months time. WhatsApp will also get Stickers soon.

Not much was revealed about Group video calls except that from the images shown it appears to support at least four participants.

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Nintendo Switch being investigated for alleged patent infringement

Written by James Delahunty @ 02 May 2018 6:45

Nintendo Switch being investigated for alleged patent infringement The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has opened an investigation into Nintendo over alleged patent infringement following a complaint from Gamevice.

Gamevice manufactures the Wikipad and a selection of snap-on controllers for mobile gaming devices. It sued Nintendo last year for alleged patent infringement, but the lawsuit was later dropped. However, the U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating Nintendo's Swtich after a complaint from Gamevice.

The Wikipad manufacturer is requesting a cease and desist order against Nintendo to block the import of Swtich hardware into the United States.

According to the ITC website, the body has made no ruling on the validity of the complaint and will conduct an evidentiary hearing to determine whether Nintendo is in violation of the Tariff Act of 1930.

"The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant," the ITC press release reads.

"The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders."


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Windows 10 gets an update with new Timeline feature

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 28 Apr 2018 12:03

Windows 10 gets an update with new Timeline feature Microsoft has revealed that they are releasing the next update for Windows 10 soon. In fact, the update simply called April 2018 update is available starting on Monday, the last day of April.

Obviously the update comes with loads of smaller bugfixes and optimizations but there's also one big, entirely new feature. Microsoft calls the new feature Timeline, and according to the company it "helps you easily find what matters to you across your devices".

You might ask what does this exactly mean? Well, with Timeline, you can go back up to 30 days to find whatever you are looking for. The feature lists the files and other content you've been using in the past month by activity.

It also allows catching up to your work on the go whether you are using and iOS or Android device, as long as you use Microsoft Edge or Office 365.

Other major changes include a mute tab option in Edge browser as well as Focus Assist feature that allows you to silence social media and other notifications while you are trying to be productive.

There's also an improved Dictation feature that works with any text field within Windows 10 or any app.

You can read more about the update here.


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Tesla Autopilot boss leaves to join Intel

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 27 Apr 2018 12:01

Tesla Autopilot boss leaves to join Intel One of the key individuals behind Tesla's future is without a doubt the VP of Autopilot Jim Keller. Keller has been leading the development of autonomous driving chips inside Tesla, which many would agree is one of the key advantages of Teslas.

Now the semiconductor giant Intel has managed to lure Keller into leaving Tesla.

See, Tesla has been buying their chips from Nvidia but while doing that they've been investing heavily in their own chip R&D. Jim Keller has been the person who has been leading the effort to create their own proprietary chip that would not only fit their need better but would be cheaper to produce.

Keller has not revealed exactly what was the reason for departure from Tesla, but apparently Intel offers something better. Whether it is personal chemistry, heftier bonuses, problems with the program, or a better work environment, Tesla will likely miss Keller dearly.

Now the company has to find another chip guru to replace Kellers undeniable expertise in semiconductors. Prior to Tesla Keller worked at AMD where he lead the development of Zen architecture and PA Semi where he was developing Apple's system-on-chips.

One thing is for sure: Keller hasn't started hating autonomous driving all of a sudden since the new job at Intel is in the exact same field.

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Google updated Gmail with new look and features

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Apr 2018 9:07

Google updated Gmail with new look and features Google has introduced its email service, Gmail, one of the services largest updates ever. Gmail's UI and feature set has been fairly stagnant over the years and was definitely due a revamp.

The more modern look includes rounded elements, clearer and larger fonts, and updated icons. What you are really happy to see, though, are the new features.

Gmail now offers a snooze feature for specific email threads, integrated rights management (IRM) for business oriented users, and email specific two-factor authentication (2FA) among other things.

Snooze works exactly as you would expect. You'll be pausing the notifications for a specific thread until you have time to focus on your emails again.

There's also a new feature called nudging that allows Gmail to recognize emails that need attention, and might save the user a lot of trouble.

One of the more requested features, however, is automatically destroyed messages. A feature which was popularized by Snapchat, of course, has made it to Gmail but is a little bit different as you might imagine.

Unlike on Snapchat, Gmail allows the user to determine how low the message will be viewable and can block forwarding the email. The feature is called confidential mode, and it works with both Gmail users as well as other email providers users via https.


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WhatsApp will soon ban users who are under 16

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 25 Apr 2018 1:41

WhatsApp will soon ban users who are under 16 WhatsApp will soon start banning users who are under 16 year old. The change is related to European Union's GDPR legislation and how WhatsApp has decided to implement it.

The change will affect only those who live in European Union. Previously the age limit in Europe has been 13. The upcoming GDPR privacy legislation doesn't require companies to raise the age limit, but it has special clauses aimed at protecting minors. Thus, Facebook - who owns WhatsApp - has decided that it is easiest to simply raise the age limit across Europe.

Ibn coming weeks users of WhatsApp within European Union will be faced with a questionnaire asking for their age and also to agree with new, GDPR-compliant terms of service.

GDPR is one of the biggest privacy legislation changes in the World, giving EU citizens rights to their data and restricts how companies can use the data they have collected.

GDPR gives EU member states the right to choose the age of data handling consent (when the person is deemed capable of giving consent for companies to have his/her data collected) to be between 13 and 16 years, but apparently Facebook/WhatsApp has decided that it is easier to simply raise the age limit to 16 all across European Union rather than to deal each country's age limit separately.

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Google is revamping Chrome's UI, here's what to expect

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 24 Apr 2018 15:28

Google is revamping Chrome's UI, here's what to expect Google's Chrome has been the market leader in web browsers, especially the desktop versions, for a long time, and for a very good reason. Frequent updates and Google's track record of bringing new features while not forgetting to keep it speedy and secure has been the winning formula.

Now the search giant is readying a new update that will bring an updated look to the browser. The early version, called the Canary, has revealed that Google is moving towards a UI look with rounded edges.

This look, that resembles earlier Firefox builds from few years back, also features a darker tone for tab bar. There's also a new + button on Windows and Linux on the left side of the tab bar.

Unfortunately at this point we don't know when exactly this new UI look is going to hit the stable version. If you'd like to move to it already you can install the Chrome Canary v68 and change the options from chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md to "refresh."


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Apple issues worldwide recall: Battery issues with a MacBook Pro model

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 22 Apr 2018 12:20

Apple issues worldwide recall: Battery issues with a MacBook Pro model Apple has today issued a worldwide battery replacement program, or a recall, for one of its MacBook Pro models. The computer in question is the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar.

According to the company some of the laptops have a component that has been deemed prone to failure. The component is only said to be found in some more specific versions but cannot be entirely isolated so the recall is issued to all 13-inch MacBook Pro models without Touch Bar that have been produces between October 2016 and October 2017.

While Apple denies that there is any risk of safety involved, one should definitely return the device to be repaired. The repair is largely as simple as switching the battery, but other issues with the laptop might have to be fixed before the replacement.

You can check whether your MacBook Pro is indeed part of the replacement program by visit Apple's official site. In order to check the status you'll need the serial number which can be found from the Apple menu item "About This Mac."

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Google ready to give up and copy iMessage

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 21 Apr 2018 14:11

Google ready to give up and copy iMessage Google's mobile operating system is the most popular around the world, but it is not without faults, far from it. Many of you are familiar with the Android's fragmentation problem, also known as "where are the damn updates?!", but there are some other key issue too.

One of them is something that is perhaps not discussed enough, the messaging mess. For iPhone users both SMS and instant messages are as simple as 1, 2, 3 – you use iMessage and that's it.

On Android over the years you've been through dozens of applications that designed for different purposes by different teams for different kinds of people. Finally Google has decided to call it quits and just go with what Apple has determined to be the best practice.

The best practice, of course, is the way of the iMessage – and don't get me wrong there are no perfect solutions as will become evident. When using iMessage you'll send messages and pictures over the internet for blue dot contacts (with iOS device) and over the cellular network for green dot contacts (non-iOS users).

The same will apply to Google's new messaging app that is called Chat, according to a scoop by The Verge. Chat will be released somewhere between 6 and 12 months from now, and will be replacing Google's current messaging apps on all Android devices.


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iPhone 5S gets iOS12 update after all?

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 21 Apr 2018 8:21

iPhone 5S gets iOS12 update after all? For many years, the Autumn release of new iOS operating system update has also meant that at least one of the iPhone models will be cut off from receiving the latest OS version, officially killing the product's support.

As the inevitable iOS 12 update is approaching, the next in line to be retired would be iPhone 5S, released back in 2013.

However, it seems that there's going to be a change to the familiar pattern and none of the iPhone models would be cut off this time around. At least if believe this Reddit discussion where a redditor had found out that latest WebKit tests specifically state that iPhone 5S running on iOS 12 is part of the test suite.

If true, the change would make iPhone 5S the most updated iPhone model ever. It has gone through five major iOS updates and if iOS 12 really comes to it, it would be the phone's sixth major iOS version.

iPhone 5S was released in September, 2013. If the iOS 12 really supports iPhone 5S, the model's lifespan would be more than half a decade.

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LG to release first ever phone with dedicated Google Assistant button

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 20 Apr 2018 14:27

LG to release first ever phone with dedicated Google Assistant button Perhaps nothing is a bigger focus point for technology giants these days than artificial intelligence. Companies try to integrate smart, and often learning, systems to almost all facets of modern technology.

Google has been at the forefront of this AI revolution for years, and one of the more important achievements is the Google Assistant. Google Assistant is of course an ever-learning voice assistant just like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, or Samsung's Bixby.

You can talk to Google Assistant nowadays via Google Home devices but more importantly on hundreds of millions of Android phones. The company has been looking to integrate Assistant more seamlessly with smartphones, but traditionally you'd have to first wait for the features to be applied to their own Pixel line of smartphones.

However, according to CNET, the second largest Korean manufacturer, LG, is about to release the first ever phone, dubbed LG G7 ThinQ, to feature a Google Assistant button. Then again, Google's last year's Pixel 2 phones have a squeeze sensing feature that opens up the Assistant.


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Netflix beat growth estimates, Amazon boasts 100 million Prime members

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 19 Apr 2018 9:32

Netflix beat growth estimates, Amazon boasts 100 million Prime members Netflix revealed their quarterly results this week, and even most of the more positive analysts didn't guess how well the three month period has gone for the streaming giant. Adding around 7.4 million new subscribers it was a whole million ahead of Wall Street estimates.

This means that Netflix's global user base has grown to around 125 million even when the company has in the recent past increased some of its pricing. However, Netflix is definitely not without competition these days, and Jeff Bezos wants to makes this clear.

Following the Netflix reports, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos unexpectedly revealed some stats about Prime memberships. Previously the company has stayed quiet about the subscriber counts but Bezos decided to share with investors that Prime subscribers have surpassed 100 million.

One doesn't know if the sudden urge to reveal membership details came because of Netflix's recent announcements but it does put Amazon's prowess into perspective. Obviously Prime membership offers much more than the Grand Tour toting video streaming service, which is continuing to invest in original content.

While Amazon isn't all in on the video streaming quite like Netflix and its $8 billion investment in programming, it definitely has potential to make Netflix's future seem a bit more uncomfortable.


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Oops! Russia tries to block Telegram - blocks thousands of innocent addresses (and Telegram still works)

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 18 Apr 2018 7:14

Oops! Russia tries to block Telegram - blocks thousands of innocent addresses (and Telegram still works) Russia has banned popular messaging app Telegram and tries to block it as well as it can. This week, Russia blocked tens of thousands of IP addresses in order to block its citizens' access to Telegram - and failed.

At first, Russia's communication authority Roskomnadzor blocked tens of thousands of IP addresses that belong to Amazon's cloud services. Later, Roskomnadzor blocked yet another bunch of IP addresses, thus time those that are used by Google's cloud services.

The result?

Now Russians cannot access to thousands of unrelated web services, online games and more. Even some Russian banks are on the block list.

And yes, Roskomnadzor own website was hosted on one of the blocked IP addresses, too, so it wont work either..


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