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OPPO Reno Teardown reveals a lot of surprises
Posted by Ewdison Then on July 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

Smartphones have almost become boring affairs when it came to teardowns but not in a good way. Most of them tout increased durability and ruggedness but all of those are at the expense of easy repairability. Then along came popup cameras on smartphones that made opening them up slightly more exciting. JerryRigEverything gave the new OPPO Reno the usual teardown … Continue reading […]

Microsoft has a hologram that translates talks into another language
Posted by JC Torres on July 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

Holograms performing on stage in lieu of the unavailability of certain personalities isn’t unheard of but, given the context, it isn’t always considered appropriate either. That doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t room for such holograms in the near future. Microsoft seems to have thought of a use case that takes advantage of its various technologies, like HoloLens and Azure, … Continue reading […]

The Morning After: Reviewing Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's time to find out if Apple's new MacBook Pro is worth the money, plus we'll break down the controversy over G2A's business model. Meanwhile, Nintendo slipped in a Switch upgrade and an iconic Braun product l... […]

Microsoft will turn an Xbox Live sub into Game Pass Ultimate for $1
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:05 am

Microsoft has been pushing its Xbox Game Pass service recently, adding new features and confirming it will be expanding to PC. Bargain hunters have been in the know about a special offer for the service since it was announced at E3, but now, the comp... […]

Samsung launches high-capacity smartphone RAM built for 5G and AI
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 8:57 am

It has only been a few months since Samsung unveiled the highest-capacity smartphone DRAM yet -- a 12GB LPDDR4X package for premium devices -- but it's already following that up with a faster model of the same size. The Korean tech giant has started... […]

Japan reportedly pushes 'international network for cryptocurrency payments'
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 7:34 am

As governments around the world try to figure out how to deal with everything from Bitcoin to Facebook's Libra, Japan has usually been a step or two ahead in dealing with cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has been a legal form of payment there since 2017 and i... […]

Instagram is expanding its hidden 'Like' test to more countries
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 6:02 am

Instagram launched an experiment for Canadian users in April to try and find out whether hiding Like counts can benefit its users. While the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform hasn't shared its results with the public yet, it's now expanding that... […]

Samsung 12Gb LPDDR5 RAM starts production, ready for the Galaxy Note 10
Posted by Ewdison Then on July 18, 2019 at 5:09 am

As per Samsung’s tradition, it has started the slow dropping of teasers for its upcoming flagship. Its first hint focused on the S Pen and what may either be a camera on the pen or a tiny punch-hole camera on its face. Although this latest piece of news isn’t directly linked to the Galaxy Note 10, it could at least … Continue reading […]

Apple previews its 'Peanuts' series 'Snoopy in Space'
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 3:41 am

Apple isn't just using the Apollo 11 anniversary to hype up its live action shows. The tech giant has offered an early look at its Apple TV+ Peanuts cartoons with a short trailer for "Snoopy in Space." The clip underscores Snoopy's usual hijinks (m... […]

Galaxy Note 10 won’t ship with 45W fast charger but it does exist
Posted by JC Torres on July 18, 2019 at 3:34 am

While the Galaxy Note 10 has pretty much been leaked to death, including its availability, there are still some things that seem to be in debate. One of those is the charging capabilities of the phone whether it will include the brand new 45 watt charger that has been repeatedly leaked before. The good news is that such a charger … Continue reading […]

Microsoft demos its bid at creating 'secure' voting systems
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 2:50 am

Microsoft is keen to show that its election security system is more than just a theoretical exercise. The company has demonstrated the first voting system to use its ElectionGuard tech, promising a vote that's both easier and more trustworthy. The... […]

Galaxy A10e makes second US launch via Boost Mobile
Posted by Ewdison Then on July 18, 2019 at 2:19 am

Samsung’s Galaxy A series has been reimagined to become the company’s testbed for experimental technologies. At the same time, it replaced killed off the mid-range Galaxy J line and consolidated the budget phones under a Galaxy M brand. That said, not all Galaxy A phones are as eccentric as the recently launched Galaxy A80. Take for example the Galaxy A10e … Continue reading […]

NBC revives ‘A.P. Bio’ for its streaming service
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 1:50 am

Dropping A.P. Bio is never a good idea. NBC has approved the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy for a third season -- but will feature it exclusively on its upcoming streaming platform, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The network just last month ele... […]

Xiaomi Mi A3 brings 48MP camera, FoD sensor to Android One
Posted by JC Torres on July 18, 2019 at 1:27 am

Android One phones come with better assurances of software updates but they don’t always bring some of the latest, let alone the best, smartphone features in the market. For the few OEMs that do ship them, Android One phones are often relegated to the midrange category. To some extent, the newly announced Xiaomi Mi A3 is now different except for … Continue reading […]

Google removes seven Russian stalking apps from Play Store
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 18, 2019 at 12:25 am

Avast, a security company best known for its antivirus software, has announced that Google removed a number of stalking apps from the Google Play Store found by the security company. A total of seven stalking apps were found in the app store — four on Tuesday and another three on Wednesday — enabling anyone to stalk kids, partners, employees, and … Continue reading […]

Oakland bans city use of facial recognition software
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 12:18 am

Oakland, Calif. is now the third US city to ban the use of facial recognition technology. The city passed an ordinance yesterday that prohibits the use of the technology on the grounds that it is often inaccurate, potentially invasive and lacks stand... […]

Fortnite received a major UI design update in version 9.40
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 17, 2019 at 11:40 pm

Epic released Fortnite update version 9.40 early on Wednesday morning, bringing with it the new tactical shotgun variants the company teased earlier in the week, as well as a new skin and some other changes. The most notable addition was a new user interface design, one that’s sharp and clean with simplified access to the most important menus. The new … Continue reading […]

Google pulls stalking apps from the Play Store
Posted on July 17, 2019 at 11:13 pm

It's one thing to voluntarily share your phone activities with friends and family, but some app developers have been encouraging far more sinister uses. Google has pulled multiple people-tracking Android apps from the Play Store after Avast discovere... […]

Hulu will add NASA TV to its television lineup this week
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm

Hulu is going to make it easier to watch NASA TV by offering the channel on its live television service. NASA TV is freely available for anyone to access, but many people are unaware of how to watch it, the primary method being the NASA TV website. With Hulu’s addition, subscribers will be able to turn on and watch the … Continue reading […]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 leak points to NEW design
Posted by Chris Burns on July 17, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Finally, an Android tablet that doesn’t just deliver the same formula again, and again. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 was leaked today in three colors, one each of a silver, a blue, and a pink. We’ve not yet confirmed the color names, but that’s basically what’s shown in these first images. And they’ve all got their own S Pens that … Continue reading […]

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV and Coupe get power and tech upgrade
Posted by Chris Davies on July 17, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Mercedes-AMG is giving its GLC 43 family of SUV and Coupe models a revamp for the new model year, massaging the V6 biturbo engine for more power, upgrading the cabin tech, and promising better driving dynamics. Both the 2020 GLC 43 SUV and the 2020 GLC 43 Coupe will get the automaker’s latest AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo, here good for … Continue reading […]

Netflix mobile-only plan confirmed – but it’s not for you
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 17, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Following months of speculation about its intentions, Netflix has confirmed that it will be launching a cheaper mobile-only subscription plan for customers who only watch the service on phones and tablets. It’ll be a great option for increasingly mobile consumers who aren’t interested in watching on a TV, but there’s one big catch: you won’t get access to the plan. … Continue reading […]

Human test makes chimps watch TV together, chimps become friends
Posted by Chris Burns on July 17, 2019 at 9:47 pm

A certain level of bonding occurs between human beings when they share an experience together. This might seem obvious – it should, if you’ve ever experienced anything significant in your life with a person who is now a good friend. The study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed how this bonding is deeply … Continue reading […]

WHO declares Ebola global health emergency: What you need to know
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 17, 2019 at 9:06 pm

In mid-June, the World Health Organization convened a group of experts to determine whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Despite contention between the group, at least based on a previous release from WHO, the organization ultimately decided it wouldn’t make such a declaration. … Continue reading […]

Hulu will add NASA TV to its lineup of live channels
Posted on July 17, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, you'll have another way to tune into NASA TV's live stream. Hulu will carry the feed on its live TV service as of July 19th, and a selection of video-on-demand material will arrive on... […]

Tetris 99 is getting a physical release later this year
Posted by Eric Abent on July 17, 2019 at 8:25 pm

On top of everything else that Nintendo announced today, the company also confirmed that Tetris 99 will be getting a physical, retail release later on this year. Tetris 99 was launched last year as something of a carrot-on-a-stick for Nintendo Switch users – though the game is free-to-play, you need to be a Switch Online subscriber to play it. If … Continue reading […]

Netflix Q2 report points to price hikes for lower than expected growth
Posted on July 17, 2019 at 8:14 pm

Netflix just released its financial results for the second quarter of 2019 (PDF), and a number that jumps out is that its service grew by 2.7 million subscribers. That's a problem for shareholders because in its last report, the company predicted it... […]

Apple renews ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for a third season
Posted on July 17, 2019 at 8:09 pm

America's road trip with James Corden and his celebrity guests isn't over yet. Apple has renewed the CBS-produced Carpool Karaoke for a third season, reported Variety. The short-form singalong show was the tech giant's first original series on Apple... […]

Spotify’s new Disney Hub offers sing-alongs, classics, Marvel music
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

Spotify has launched a new Disney section in its catalog, enabling users to search for and stream Disney content spanning from the classics through modern day hits. All of the content is collected under the service’s new Disney Hub, which can be accessed in a large number of countries where the service is available. The Disney Hub offers Disney sing-alongs … Continue reading […]

AI learns to solve a Rubik's Cube in 1.2 seconds
Posted on July 17, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have created an artificial intelligence system that can solve a Rubik's Cube in an average of 1.2 seconds in about 20 moves. That's two seconds faster than the current human world record of 3.47 sec... […]

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Netflix shares plunge as global growth falls short, U.S. customers shrink
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:56 am

Netflix Inc said on Wednesday it lost U.S. streaming customers for the first time in eight years and missed targets for new subscribers overseas, an announcement that jarred investors ahead of looming competition. […]

TSMC expects 5G to drive earnings, flags South Korea-Japan spat as risk
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:46 am

Taiwan's TSMC forecast that robust demand for 5G chips will drive a stronger second-half even as it anticipates a dispute between Japan and South Korea involving chip-making materials to be a big source of uncertainty. […]

G7 urges strict Libra regime, eyes minimum tax
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:37 am

Digital currencies like Facebook's Libra must be held "to the highest regulatory standards" to ensure they are not used to launder money and that users are protected, a Group of Seven taskforce urged on Thursday. […]

Stablecoins like Libra must be held to highest standards: G7
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:37 am

Stablecoins like Facebook's Libra can foster financial inclusion but they must be held "to the highest regulatory standards" to ensure that they aren't used to launder money and that users are protected, a Group of Seven taskforce on the issue concluded. […]

Exclusive: Ping An-backed Lufax to ditch P2P lending on regulatory woes - sources
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

Lufax, one of China's largest online wealth management platforms that is backed by financial giant Ping An Insurance , plans to exit its once-core peer-to-peer lending (P2P) business, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. […]

Japan to lead development of SWIFT network for cryptocurrency: source
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

Japan's government is leading a global push to set up an international network for cryptocurrency payments, similar to the SWIFT network used by banks, in an effort to fight money laundering, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday. […]

G7 finance chiefs agree to tackle digital tax challenges: summary
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

G7 finance ministers agreed to address the tax challenges raised by the digital economy and push ahead with plans for a minimum corporate tax level, a draft of the chair's summary seen by Reuters said on Thursday. […]

EBay beats second-quarter revenue estimates
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

(This July 17 story corrects paragraph 2 to say second-quarter revenue was up, not down) […]

Vodafone wins EU approval for Liberty Global deal
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 9:28 am

Vodafone secured on Thursday antitrust approval from the European Union for its $22 billion bid to buy Liberty Global's cable networks in Germany and central Europe after offering concessions in May. […]

Japan-South Korea gloom spurs worries of 'never seen before' chip price spike
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 9:12 am

Memory chip spot prices have risen for the first time this year, indicating grim warnings of "never seen before" spikes and a supply disruption could come to pass as a dispute between South Korea and Japan drags on. […]

China's Didi plans to relaunch Hitch service with new safety features
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 8:27 am

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Thursday it was proposing to relaunch its Hitch carpooling service with added safety features, almost a year after suspending the service following the murder of a female passenger by her Didi driver. […]

Truckmaker Volvo lifts market view, picks Samsung for batteries
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 8:22 am

Sweden's AB Volvo raised its market forecasts for North America and Europe on Thursday, as higher trucks and construction equipment deliveries helped it to top profit estimates. […]

SAP says big margin gains to wait until 2020, shares down 10%
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 8:15 am

SAP told investors not to expect a major improvement in margins before next year as the German business software group reported a 21% decline in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, sending its shares sharply lower. […]

Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan for India
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 7:24 am

Netflix Inc said on Wednesday it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India within the next three months to tap into a price-sensitive market at a time the streaming company is losing customers in its home turf. […]

Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop: Europol
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 5:12 am

European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals' mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into discussions earlier when communications networks are modernized, the new head of Europol told Reuters. […]

SoftBank's Son says Japan lacks investment opportunities, is AI 'developing country'
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 4:33 am

SoftBank Group Corp founder and Chief Executive Masayoshi Son said on Thursday that there is a dearth of investment opportunities in Japan, which he said is lagging in the race to develop artificial intelligence (AI). […]

Wirecard deal with AUTO1 first fruit of SoftBank alliance
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 4:31 am

German payments company Wirecard AG said on Thursday it was teaming up with car-dealing platform AUTO1 Group to offer digital financial services to consumers, in its first alliance with a company backed by Japan's SoftBank Group. […]

Online bank N26 extends latest funding round in expansion push
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 4:11 am

Berlin-based N26 said on Thursday it raised an additional $170 million in its latest funding round, driving up its valuation to $3.5 billion, as the online bank looks to speed up expansion to markets outside Europe including the U.S. […]

U.S. Senator Schumer asks FBI, FTC to probe Russia's FaceApp over security concerns
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 3:22 am

U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called on the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, a face-editing photo app developed in Russia, in a letter sent on Wednesday. […]

Qualcomm set to face second EU antitrust fine shortly: sources
Posted on July 18, 2019 at 2:13 am

Qualcomm, the world's no.1 chipmaker, could be hit with a second EU antitrust fine as soon as Thursday for blocking a rival from the market more than a decade ago, people familiar with the matter said. […]

Microsoft warns 10,000 customers they’re targeted by nation-sponsored hackers
Posted by Dan Goodin on July 18, 2019 at 12:20 am

Hacking remains a tool of choice for influencing elections, company warns. […]

Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on July 17, 2019 at 10:00 pm

SEM images showed strange bead-like particles that could also play a role. […]

WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergency
Posted by Beth Mole on July 17, 2019 at 9:14 pm

"It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts." […]

Painted-on salt provides glowing thermometer for tiny things
Posted by Chris Lee on July 17, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Fast and tiny temperature changes visible in the glow of a 2D salt. […]

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific
Posted by Beth Mole on July 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Just three drug makers and six distributors were behind the flood. […]

Turkey crosses “red line,” gets booted from F-35 partnership
Posted by Sean Gallagher on July 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm

Erdoğan's welcome of Russian missiles puts nail in coffin of F-35 buy. […]

Xiaomi’s Mi A3 brings stock Android, OLED display for €249
Posted by Ron Amadeo on July 17, 2019 at 7:26 pm

It seems like a solid midranger, but we worry about the 720p display. […]

Censored Chinese search project is “terminated,” Google rep testifies
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on July 17, 2019 at 6:33 pm

The project drew criticism from elected officials and Google employees. […]

New archaeological layer discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows
Posted by Kiona N. Smith on July 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

The story of the only undisputed Norse site in the Americas just got more complicated. […]

The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America
Posted by Eric Berger on July 17, 2019 at 5:14 pm

If Apollo 8 failed, NASA's Moon dreams would crumble. […]