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Grammarly. (Source: Grammarly)

Grammarly update brings UI revamp and more features

The popular Grammarly web app saw a UI revamp a short while ago. While the new minimalistic design does look better, that may have come at the expense of a slight hit to the user experience.
Google Family Link (Source: Google)

Google Family Link hits 27 new markets

Available for phones and tablets that run at least iOS 9 or KitKat, Google Family Link allows parents to control the content available on their children's phones and tablets that run Nougat or later. Launched in the US back in Sep...
Unreal was especially praised for its graphics and atmosphere upon release. (Source: GOG)

Download Unreal Gold for free for a limited time

It has been 20 years since the original Unreal first-person shooter appeared on PCs around the world. The classic game was released on May 22, 1998, and it spawned a whole franchise of best-selling titles. To celebrate Unreal’s bi...
Select Acer laptops will ship with Amazon Alexa pre-installed (Source: Acer)

Select Acer laptops will ship with Amazon Alexa pre-installed

Control your smart home with a compatible Acer laptop. The free update will begin rolling out today for Spin 3 and Spin 5 owners with more on store shelves beginning in June. Instead of offering the software as an option, however,...
The LG G6. (Source: Digital Trends)

LG rebrands the G6 as the G6 ThinQ but it's just a nominal change

LG is apparently now selling its older devices like the G6 and V30 with a ThinQ branding. Quite amusingly, the ThinQ-branded devices are exactly the same as they were at launch—there is nothing to differentiate them from the regul...
Ubuntu 18.10 - Communitheme new default interface (Source: Ubuntu blog)

Ubuntu 18.10 will come with a new default theme, improved power management, and more

Scheduled to arrive in October, Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" will still use GNOME but will come with a new default theme called Communitheme, improved power saving options, a faster first-time startup for apps installed as sna...
Semantic Machines team (Source: The Official Microsoft Blog)

Microsoft acquires conversational AI company Semantic Machines

Semantic Machines Inc. is a Californian company based in Berkeley that will join Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. However, it has been revealed that the Redmond giant will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in ...
Model posing with an unseen smartphone. (Source: OnPhones)

Xiaomi allegedly caught gaming promotional material for the upcoming Redmi Y2

According to a report by OnPhones, Xiaomi may have been using fake camera samples for its Redmi Y2 promotional content. This wouldn't be the first an OEM does something of the sort.
ZTE headquarters. (Source: Digital Trends)

Samsung open to selling its Exynos SoCs to ZTE

ZTE may have found a way out of its current troubles, as word claims that Samsung is willing to sell its Exynos SoCs to the company, in a bid to expand its ARM processor business.
Netflix HDR now supports 11 smartphones and a tablet

Netflix HDR support now available for the Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei's Mate 10 Pro, and the P20 family

The list of mobile devices with Netflix HDR support now consists of 11 smartphones and one tablet — namely the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 — and the last ones to be added are the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10 Pro, as well as the Sony Xpe...
Epic's "State of Mobile" post also introduces a customizable HUD and voice chat. (Source: Epic Games)

Fortnite coming to Android in summer

Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite will finally be making its way to Android. The battle royale champion is currently available on the PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and iOS platforms, with Android being a glaring omission so far. Ho...
Dragon Ball Legends for Android (Source: Google Play)

Dragon Ball Legends for Android hits the US

Less than a month after becoming the first Namco Bandai title to reach 3 million pre-registrations worldwide, Dragon Ball Legends is now officially available for Android users in the US. Europe and other markets will follow soon, ...
The successor to the Nokia 3 is in the works

The successor to the Nokia 3 is in the works

A tweet by tipster Roland Quandt has touted the existence of a successor to the Nokia 3. The Nokia 3.1 is said to be on the way and will be one of HMD's budget offerings for the year.
The LG V30. (Source: Android Guys)

New leak details the LG V35 ThinQ

LG unveiled the G7 ThinQ a short while ago. That device will not be carried by AT&T, though, with the carrier said to be signed up for an LG flagship that will be exclusive to it, in the form of the V35 ThinQ.
YouTube Music mobile app (Source: Official YouTube Blog)

YouTube Music now official, coming next week

YouTube Music will launch next Tuesday as a free ad-supported service, while YouTube Music Premium will come for US$9.99. At the same time, YouTube Red becomes YouTube Premium. The first wave of countries to get YouTube Music cons...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet still struggles to get Oreo (Source: Samsung)

Samsung halts the Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 lineup once again

Back in February, the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 lineup was halted. Now, the new firmware for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shares the same fate as more users located in Europe are complaining of bootloops that occur once t...
Facebook Stories archive feature coming to India, then the rest of the world (Source: Facebook via The Verge)

Facebook to debut Voice Posts, Stories archive, and cloud storage in India

Thanks to the new features coming to the Facebook app, its users will be able to save photos and videos directly to the Facebook cloud, share voice messages with friends, as well as to archive the Facebook Stories as needed. The n...
Samsung Bixby-powered smart home ecosystem (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung Bixby coming to ovens and robot cleaners this year

Already available in smartphones, TVs, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, the Samsung Bixby virtual assistant will also be added to the company's robot cleaners and ovens by the end of this year. Samsung remain...
Coming Soon: Open a Linux terminal directly from File Explorer. (Source: Microsoft)

Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' Insider Build will allow launching a Linux terminal directly from File Explorer

Windows 10 users who depend on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for development work will soon have an easy access to the Linux terminal thanks to a popular User Voice request. Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' builds will hav...
The Redmi Note 5 will be succeeded by a Redmi Note 6. (Source: XDA)

Dubious list of upcoming Xiaomi smartphones surfaces

An image showing a list of upcoming Xiaomi devices have surfaced. While there are items on the list that make some sense—Redmi Note 6, Redmi Note 6A, Redmi 6 Plus—a few others cast doubt on the veracity of the entire thing.
The main playable character, Walker, has special abilities given to him by nanotrites. (Source: Bethesda)

Bethesda release gameplay trailer for Rage 2

An official gameplay trailer for Rage 2 has been released by Bethesda Softworks, and it is bound to delight fans of the first game. The first-person shooter has been developed in conjunction with id Software and Avalanche Studios,...
The Huawei Mate SE. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei Mate SE receives full Oreo update

Huawei sent out the full, stable Oreo update to users of the Honor 7X a few weeks ago. The next device on the list is the Huawei Mate SE, an upgraded Honor 7X designed for the North American market.
Finally cracked the 5% barrier. (Source: Google)

5.7% of Android users now on Oreo, data shows

Google Play analytics for the month of May have been released. Going by the data, the percentage of users on Oreo has grown to 5.7%, nine months after the version of the OS was released. Quite surprisingly, the Nougat user base al...
Freezing my Whatsapp.

Mysterious black dot message crashes Android and iOS apps

A body of text running around the Internet a few days ago put the fear of all things holy into Android users, as it froze—and sometimes crashed—applications with maximum impunity.
Trion Worlds also developed and published games like Rift, Defiance, and Atlas Reactor. (Source: Trion Worlds)

Trove joins the battle royale club

Trove, an MMORPG from Trion Worlds, will soon be offering a type of battle royale mode for players. A “Bomber Royale” mode has been announced for the popular game, and it will be made available in summer as part of a large expansi...
Firefox Quantum 60 for Windows 10 - About window

Firefox 60 now available for download with sponsored stories, better Android performance, and more

The recently unleashed Firefox 60 is the first Extended Support Release version since Firefox 52, so it brings more than a year's worth of new features for personal, mobile, and business users. The most important changes are the s...
John Legend (Source: Getty Images)

John Legend coming to Google Assistant later this year, six new voices already available

Thanks to the recent introduction of six new voice choices, Google Assistant now features a total of eight such options — four female and four male voices. Even more, Sundar Pichai has confirmed at Google I/O that John Legend's vo...
Steam has over 150 million registered accounts. (Source: SiliconANGLE)

Steam game streaming is coming to smartphones

A press release from Valve has revealed that the company intends to release two new apps, one of which will allow gamers access to their Steam media libraries on smartphones. The Steam Link app is expected to be released in the we...
Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps

Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps

Chromebooks may become the best Android development tools later this year. Google is planning to roll out native Linux support to the Chrome OS-powered machines later this year, allowing coders to build software for Chrome OS and ...
As Thanos, a player can leap high into the air and deliver a massive blow to the ground. (Source: Express)

Epic issue Fortnite Android beta scam warning and Thanos gets nerfed

A representative for Epic Games has confirmed that an email inviting people to participate in a Fortnite Android beta is a phishing scam. Gamers have been warned not to share any personal information if they receive such an email....
Twitter might get encrypted messages soon

Encrypted messages apparently coming to Twitter

Although the company's representatives declined to comment so far, it looks like the "Secret conversation" option that was recently spotted inside the Twitter for Android application package is ready to bring encrypted messaging c...
Buffett called bitcoin a "nonproductive asset." (Source: Worldnews)

Gates and Buffett bully bitcoin

It appears neither Bill Gates nor Warren Buffett are the greatest fans of bitcoin. Both men have been recently reported saying rather disparaging things about the famous cryptocurrency, which may have prevented bitcoin from achiev...
The landscape for PUBG's latest map has a southeast-Asia influence to it. (Source: Steam)

PUBG offers chicken fun while Fortnite invites Thanos

A news post on Steam has revealed the name for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds upcoming map: Sanhok. The developers are opening an experimental server for the map from May 10 to May 14, giving PUBG fans the opportunity to test the l...
iPad Pro with notch - unofficial render, iOS 13 to bring new iPad-centric features

Upcoming iOS 13 update to include a new home screen, various iPad-focused features

Although iOS 12 beta is not available yet for the public, a recent leak revealed a few details about its successor. According to this leak, iOS 13 "Yukon" will come with an updated Files app, a home screen redesign, tabs in apps l...
Fortnite Season 4 now official, coming soon to Android (Source: Epic Games)

Fortnite for Android to arrive in a few months

Available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a few months already, Fortnite has recently reached iOS devices, after a short invite-only beta period. Now, it looks like the invites for the Android beta are going out already, so...
Good to see Huawei keep its promises. (Source: XDA-Developers)

Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Honor 8, and Honor 6X now receiving Oreo beta updates

Huawei is currently sending out Oreo beta updates to users of the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Honor 6X, Honor 8, and Honor Note 8 in China. The Oreo update will likely be the final update these devices receive.
Turn 10 Studios was founded in 2001 and is a subsidiary of Microsoft. (Source: Turn 10 Studios)

Forza Motorsport 7 update introduces a new free car

The latest update for Forza Motorsport 7 is live worldwide, and it brings a new free car to all the game’s players. Fans of the game can now get their hands on the wheel of a 2018 Honda Civic Type R. The popular racing title, deve...
Screen Sketch tool in Windows 10 build 17661 (Source: Windows Experience Blog)

New Windows 10 preview build already available, features improved snipping and screenshot taking

Although the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (build 17134.1) still has to reach most users of Microsoft's operating system, the members of the Windows Insider Preview program can already take the build 17661 for a spin. Its highlight...
Google Assistant in Wear OS (Source: Google - The Keyword)

New Google Assistant features and actions coming to Wear OS

More than one year since the arrival of Google Assistant to smart wearables thanks to Google Wear 2.0, Wear OS receives a whole new set of features for smartwatch users. The highlights of this update include Google Assistant smart...
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to get Oath bloatware on Verizon Wireless

The Oath bloatware is coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets on Verizon

All Verizon Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets will soon be pre-loaded with the following Oath apps: Newsroom, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, and Go90. Although the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, it has ...
PUBG has been losing ground to Fortnite in terms of revenue and active player numbers. (Source: GameSpot)

PUBG reveals new weapon but is still losing war against Fortnite

A new weapon has been revealed as part of the latest patch for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), but it seems not even original content can help Bluehole’s game in the battle royale war against Fortnite. According to analysts,...
Action Launcher 35 home screen (Source: Action Launcher)

Action Launcher 35 arrives with Android P looks and features

Chris Lacy's Action Launcher app has reached version 35 and, although Android P is still a few months away, this launcher comes with a dock and search bar inspired by the upcoming major iteration of Google's mobile operating syste...
The US$1.7 billion in funds has come from fewer than 200 investors. (Source: Bitcoin News)

Telegram cancels plans for public ICO

A report by the Wall Street Journal has stated that Telegram has scrapped plans to carry out an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for the public. Apparently, because the two coin presales that have already been carried out for private i...
Kratos has to deal with beasts found in Norse mythology in the latest God of War game. (Source: Sony)

3.1 million units of God of War sold in first three days

According to Sony, 3.1 million copies of God of War have been sold in the first three days of the game’s release. The latest installment in the famous franchise was launched on April 20 and has been met with critical acclaim. The ...
Cambridge Analytica was founded in 2013 as an offshoot of the British company SCL Group. (Source: Huffington Post)

Cambridge Analytica ceases operations

A press release from Cambridge Analytica and parent company SCL Group has stated that all the firm's operations have ceased. Insolvency applications have been filed in the UK and bankruptcy proceedings will soon commence in the US...
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook's smart speakers coming in October

The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal forced Facebook to delay the launch of its first smart speakers, which are now scheduled to arrive in October, loaded with the Facebook M artificial intelligence software solution. These smar...
Analysts believe Red Dead Redemption 2 will become one of the highest-selling games of the year. (Source: Rockstar)

New trailer released for Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games has released the latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. The dramatic clip offers a glimpse into the game's gritty open-world environment and seems to hint at some of the expected gameplay the title will offer, su...
How to block annoying ads and secure your PC in any OS

How to block annoying ads and secure your PC in any OS

The recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has proved that user data can be harvested and used for any purpose by almost anyone without explicit consent. Therefore, it is imperative that one secures his/her online experience ...
Telegram down in Iran for good (Source: The Next Web)

Iran joins Russia as the second country to ban Telegram

It looks like a certain type of governments does not like Telegram at all since Iran is now banning the popular encrypted messaging service that was recently taken down in Russia. Telegram has about 40 million users in Iran and ha...
Facebook dislike/downvote button under testing on mobiles in New Zealand and Australia (Source: Daniel Van Boom/CNET)

The downvote button now tested by some Facebook users in Australia and New Zealand

The testing of the downvote button continues with a limited number of Facebook users, but now this feature rolls out to those in Australia and New Zealand. Just as before, this button allows the users to provide feedback about the...

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