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Apple doubles the iPhone SE storage to 32GB and 128GB

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

Apple has doubled the internal storage capacity of the iPhone SE. The news was announced on the iPhone SE's one-year anniversary.




Apple has doubled the current iPhone SE storage from 16GB to 32GB, and from 64GB to 128GB. The good news is that the price of the phone will remain the same, meaning that the 32GB version will cost you $399, while the 128GB version will be priced at $499.


The new version of the iPhone SE will be available beginning Friday, March 24th, at Apple Stores and their online website.

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Apple launches red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Apple has introduced a new color option for its iPhone 7 lineup - red.




For the past ten years, Apple has offered a line of RED products, including red phone cases, whose sales have contributed to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.


From March 24th, both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in red color, and every purchase will contribute to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation.


The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

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Tesla to discontinue the cheapest Model S

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

Tesla Motors has announced that they are discontinuing the Model S with 60 kWh battery pack.




The Moel S 60 kWh was introduced a year ago as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. According to the company, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75 kWh.


The company stated that in order to simplify the ordering process for their customers, they will be removing the 60 kWh option from their lineup.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ promotional photos leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 21 hours ago

First of all, I think we can all agree that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the most leaked phones in a while. Now that that's been said, a new day brings a new leak, this time in the form of promotional photos that Samsung will use to market their latest devices.




The images don't show anything we haven't seen before, just confirm previous rumors. Both devices will have curved edges, minimal bezels, and additional button on the side for virtual assistant Bixby that the company officially announced and confirmed that it would be featured on the upcoming devices.


The pricing of the devices has also been unveiled by famous leaker Evan Blass, so prepare to cash out around $860 for the Galaxy S8 and $966 for the Galaxy S8+.



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Nokia 3310 will hit markets in mid-May to early June

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 22 hours ago

As most of you probably know, the iconic Nokia 3310 is coming back. HMD Global decided to launch a modern version of the popular devices. It will still be a pretty basic phone, but re-designed.



Of course, to keep the integrity of the device, the Nokia 3310 will come with the Snake game.


The company unveiled the device in Barcelona during MWC, stating that the suggested price would be 49 euros, or around $50. However, they didn't mention when the phone will be hitting the markets.

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Report: Sony made publishers hide PS4 game install sizes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days ago

Back in 2013, Sony made a big deal about the PS4 being able to play games as you download them--play as you download, or Play Now, as it was called. It sounded great on paper, but in practice, it was quite frustrating to early adopters, and now we might know why: Sony might have made publishers literally obfuscate the install progress of digital games.



Even four years later in 2017, digital downloads on consoles aren't where they need to be. Both PSN and Xbox LIVE are slow and clunky--but it was much worse back in the old days. At the PS4's hey-day, Sony apparently mandated that games publishers hide the actual download install rates of digital games and just show the "Play Now" progress. I can confirm this happened. I still remember downloading all 50GBs of Wolfenstein: The New Order on PS4 back in June 2014 and my PS4 literally lying to me and telling me the game was "installed". About 20 minutes in my gameplay was interrupted with a message telling me the install wasn't finished. You actually used to have to jump through a bunch of menus just to see how much progress your downloads had made.


Interestingly enough, Jim Sterling might've uncovered who's to blame for this: Sony themselves. "According to a source I have at a publisher, Sony mandated the games aren't allowed to immediately reveal they're not yet ready to play. This orders publishers to make their games appear ready even when they're not. The idea behind this is for Sony to maintain the appearance of fulfilling that promise of playing games before they're fully downloaded," Sterling said in a recent Jimquisition episode.

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New 'flow' battery tech: powers and cools chip at once

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

The future of batteries could be similar to what scientists from IBM and ETH Zurich university are showing off, with the scientists building a new "flow" battery that both powers, and cools a processor.



The new "redox flow" batteries use "liquid electrolytes are normally used on a large scale to store energy", reports Engadget - with Harvard researchers recently creating one that can last over 10 years with little degradation, making it perfect for storing solar/wind energies. ETH Zurich and IBM found two liquids that work with both "flow-battery electrolytes and cooling agents that can dissipate heat from chips in the same circuit", Engadget continues.


Doctoral student Julian Marschewski explains: "We are the first scientists to build such a small flow battery so as to combine energy supply and cooling".

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Brain scans can now predict box office success of movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 8 hours ago

So, we're now at a point where scientists can scan our brain waves while we watch movie trailers - and are able to pretty accurately predict whether that movie will be a box office success... or whether it'll bomb.




Researchers from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management have been working on a method of scanning brain waves of moviegoers, scanning over 120 of them wearing EEG brain monitors while they watched movie trailers, scanning their brain wave patterns. The researchers used this data, to see how well the trailers were keeping the attention of the viewers, and how similar the viewers' brain waves were.


This provided them with something called "neural similarity", and was a great way of predicting whether the final movie would be a box office hit - as those with more neural similarity made more money at the box office, with better engagement. The team tested over a dozen movie trailers, with X-Men: Days of Future Past coming in at #1 on the brain scans, while Mr. Peabody and Sherman came in dead last. The researchers added that neural similarity ratings accurately predicted the box office performance of both of these movies, and that this technology is at least 20% more accurate at predicting box office success than "less scientific" survey options.

TSMC won't decide until 2018 whether it builds US plant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

TSMC has teased that it will be shifting some of its manufacturing to the United States in the near future, but now the company has decided it won't make a decision on its shift to the US until next year.




TSMC boss Morris Chang said back in January that it was looking to the US as a new place for a manufacturing plant, but TSMC spokesperson Michael Kramer has now come out and said that the company will decide in the "first half of 2018" if it will invest over $16 billion in a new production facility in the United States.


Kramer told Reuters: "We won't make a decision until next year. We would sacrifice some benefits if we move to the States. But we have flexibility in Taiwan. If an earthquake happened for instance (in Taiwan), we could send thousands of people here as support, whereas it's harder in the States". Reuters points out that TSMC receives around 65% of its total revenue from the US, so building a manufacturing plant in the US makes a whole lot of sense.

For Honor: unlocking everything costs $732, or 2.5 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

Ubisoft released For Honor last month, with the melee combat focused action game receiving decent praise from critics and gamers - but the microtransactions that Ubisoft have implemented are... well... bad.




If you were to unlock everything in For Honor, including the Emotes, Executions, Effects, Outfits, and Ornaments - it would cost $732 in real money, or 2.5 years. Reddit user bystander007 worked it out, with the average hero requiring 91,500 steel (For Honor's in-game currency) to unlock everything - for one Hero. There are 12 heroes in total, so 12 x 91,500 = 1,098,000 of in-game currency - but you can buy Steel with real money, too.


For every $100 you pump into For Honor, you'll get 150,000 steel - but then you'd need $732 worth of real money converted into steel to hit 1,098,000 - a crazy amount of money.


But don't worry, if you don't have the money to unlock everything in For Honor - you've got time on your side, right? Well, with 1-2 hours of average playtime 5-7 days per week, it would take 900+ days to unlock everything - over 2.5 years in total. If you were a fully dedicated For Honor player, you're still cut off - as Ubisoft designed the game for around two hours worth of rewards per day. This means you can earn around 23,550 of Steel in a week - and would still require nearly an entire year of playing For Honor to unlock it all.

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