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Ubisoft says new Beyond Good & Evil game is in the works

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2016 3:29 am

Beyond Good & Evil was such a surprise when it arrived, so the news directly from Ubisoft that there's a new Beyond Good & Evil game in development, I can't help but get a little excited.




Ubisoft said on their official Facebook page: "If you've been waiting for news about BG&E... well, here you go! We are delighted to confirm that Michel Ancel is currently working with the Ubisoft Montpellier Studio on a new Beyond Good & Evil game".

iPhone 6 Plus explodes, shoots fire from its screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2016 1:33 am

It seems to be common these days for smartphones to blow up, and it's not just limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, with an iPhone 6 Plus owner in Fresno, California having her iPhone 6 Plus blow up next to her... while she slept.




Yvette Estrada was sleeping when she heard a flash and then flames leaping from her bed, coming from her iPhone 6 Plus which was on charge. She explained: "I heard a sizzling, then we heard the pop and the whole fire was coming out of the screen", adding that her husband put the fire out by throwing the phone into a sink, adding: "He put water on it and told me to call 911".


The fire and heat from the iPhone 6 Plus got so hot that it damaged the nearby dresser, a pair of glasses, and two Apple Watch stands.

This is how much biggest tech companies earn per second

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2016 1:31 am

Tech companies earn lots of money, that's no news. The value of these companies exceeds even the largest oil giants. Earlier this year, Apple announced their last quarter's profit - $18.4 billion, which is the highest amount for a public company ever.




To help us mortals understand these large amounts, Penny Stocks Lab made a great visualization showing how much companies like Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and many others, earn per second.


Together all the listed companies earn around $2360 a second, or around $141.600 per minute. The largest piece of the cake, about 50%, goes to Apple.

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Mafia III framerate to be unlocked this weekend

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2016 12:29 am

As reported yesterday, Mafia III has launched with a 30 FPS cap on PC, but a fix is on the way. Turns out you won't have long to wait at all, according to a statement released by developer Hangar 13.




"We currently have a patch running here at the studio that includes 30, 60, and unlimited frames-per-second options in the video menu, among other improvements for the PC version of Mafia III," it says. "We're verifying the patch now to ensure everything is working as expected. If everything goes well, we expect the update to go live this weekend. We will be keeping the PC community up-to-date on the status of the patch throughout the weekend and thank you for all the feedback!"


While launching with a mandatory 30 FPS cap is less than desirable, the quick turnaround is nice to see and should mean the debacle is all but forgotten before long.

Hangouts demoted in Google Apps package, Duo gets nod

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 11:26 pm

Google recent sent out an e-mail to its Mobile Services partners indicating Hangouts will no longer be required to be bundled with hardware. Rather, video calling app Duo will take its place.




"Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products," it reads. "This change will take effect on December 1, 2016."


What's also interesting is Google's text messaging app Allo isn't getting the nod alongside Duo; for whatever reason, the company is content to not push the text side of their new communication apps in this regard, at least for the time being.

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Facebook launches a standalone app for events

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 10:02 pm

Every day, more than 100 million people use Facebook events, so it made perfect sense for Facebook to introduce it as a standalone app.


Facebook events app is perfect for users who like to have a better overview of the upcoming events, but Facebook doesn't require you to download the app to be able to use Events in your Facebook app, at least not for now.




When you open Events, you can see the events your Facebook friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the pages you like, and updates from events you're already connected to. You can also browse the events based on your interests or location. Events app features an interactive map that will help you browse trough the events easier, something that the Events feature in Facebook's main app doesn't have.

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Facebook named privacy villain of the year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 9:03 pm

The Belgian Big Brother Awards 2016 yesterday unanimously granted the title of 'ultimate privacy villain of the year' to Facebook, as decided by the public and a professional jury.




"We nominated Facebook for the award because their default settings are noxious for privacy," explained Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights. He later remarked, "Facebook is a multi-billion dollar company that has one commodity - you!"


Digital rights and freedoms association EDRi describes Facebook as having "access to a wide range of personal data, and it tracks your movements across the web, whether you are logged in or not."

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iBand+ helps you lucid dream, sleep better

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 8:00 pm

The Kickstarter gadget iBand+ wants to help you lucid dream as well as sleep easier and better. A three-part solution, it requires a headband, pillow speakers, and an app, all of which combine to monitor your mind and body.



Once you hit REM sleep, audio-visual cues play which make you aware you're dreaming without waking you up, which should result in better sleep. Additionally, music plays during different stages of sleep to help you achieve more satisfying rest, each carefully chosen for the given stage.


Finally, the app offers "a glimpse into [your] physical and mental state that could disclose potential health and sleep problems."

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NASA sets a date for their next ISS crew launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 5:27 pm

NASA has set a date for their next International Space Station crew launch - October 19th. The initial launch was planned for September 23rd, but because of technical difficulties with the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft it was postponed.




A statement from Roscosmos, the governmental body responsible for the space science program of Russia and general aerospace research, explains the cause of the delay and determines that the spacecraft is now ready for the launch:


Based on quality assurance tests of MTV Soyuz MS-02, the specialists of Rocket and Space Corporation Energiya determined that the control equipment was activated by the landing system cable, which was jammed during the test operations. After the cable malfunction had been fixed, engineers ran a full trial of the space ship.

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VR Funhouse gets 2 new levels and Oculus Touch support

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 4:33 pm

This week at Oculus Connect 3, NVIDIA announced that VR Funhouse, an extremely fun virtual reality game, will support Oculus Touch. There are also two new levels coming to the VR Funhouse - HotShot Basketball and Wall Walker Toss.




More than 100,000 gamers have downloaded VR Funhouse since its release in July, and now, with the support for Oculus Touch, more developers and gamers can join in the fun.

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