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Vroom: Gov't to Require Hybrid, Electric Cars to Make Noise Vroom: Gov't to Require Hybrid, Electric Cars to Make Noise
- November 16, 2016

It said the rule would particularly help blind pedestrians, or those with a visual impairment, detect electric cars and hybrids on the road. The rule demands that the cars make a noise when travelling either forwards or backwards at speeds of less than 30kmh (19mph). (more...)
Twitter Beefs Up Defenses Against Harassment, Trolls and Abuse Twitter Beefs Up Defenses Against Harassment, Trolls and Abuse
- November 16, 2016

The first is a Mute Keyword tool, which will stop users from receiving notifications for tweets they are mentioned in that contain specific words, phrases, usernames, emoji or hashtags of their choosing. More recently, Twitter permanently suspended the account of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos - but not before he directed a number of racist and demeaning tweets in the direction of " Saturday Night Live " star Leslie Jones . (more...)
Los Angeles High Schoolers Stage Walkout to Protest Donald Trump Los Angeles High Schoolers Stage Walkout to Protest Donald Trump
- November 15, 2016

Earlier, Los Angeles police warned of the impending demonstrations in a statement that stated: "It is very hard to ensure the safety of children when they leave the safe confines of their school campuses". We want our students to know they are not alone. But Portland, Oregon, has been the site of the most violent anti-Trump demonstrations, with a shooting and the arrest of 71 people on Saturday. (more...)
Try out upcoming functionalities with Skype Insiders Program
- November 11, 2016

Everyone else already in the program will start to receive the changes "over the next few weeks". "Our final change, my personal favorite, is that the Xbox Insider Program will soon be open to all Xbox users", Hanson said. The Xbox Preview Dashboard has also received a name change, and is now known as the Xbox Insider Hub. Since their introduction, the Windows and Office Insider programs have let people try out "the next release" of Windows and Office, providing an opportunity for ... (more...)
UK's Labour Party leader says government has no Brexit plans UK's Labour Party leader says government has no Brexit plans
- November 09, 2016

May also warned MPs that public discussion of the government's Brexit strategy would lead to a worse outcome in negotiations, in her first major public statement since Thursday's court ruling. Thursday's High Court ruling sparked an angry backlash from Leave campaigners and right-wing media. Under this, the two years of negotiations with the European Union are due to end in 2019, when the United Kingdom will leave the 28-member organisation. (more...)
Search goes on at property of confessed killer in S.C. Search goes on at property of confessed killer in S.C.
- November 09, 2016

Frances Bradley prays at the fence adjoining their properties in Woodruff, S.C. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. Earlier on Sunday, Kohlhepp had appeared in court charged with the murders of four other people at a motorcycle garage in 2003. The Spartanburg County Sheriff's website on Sunday says Todd Kohlhepp faces four counts of murder and a single kidnapping charge. His confession came a day before the 13th anniversary of the crime, which many feared would never be solved. (more...)
Audi appears to have cheated on Carbon dioxide emissions tests Audi appears to have cheated on Carbon dioxide emissions tests
- November 09, 2016

The device reportedly lowers mileage, thus causing higher Carbon dioxide emissions when the vehicle is not in the "rolling road" that official emission tests use. In terms of numbers, the software was created to notice if the wheel had turned by 15 degrees. Neither Volkswagen nor government regulators in the USA or Germany have acknowledged the presence of the software in Audi models. (more...)
Officials investigating fire near Dakota Access protest camp
- November 07, 2016

Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe say they'll keep protesting against the Dakota Pipeline through the coming winter months, building shelter and providing their supporters with food and heating. More than $1 million has been raised by a GoFundMe campaign launched by protester Ho Waste Wakiya Wicasa, who says the money will go to supplying the camp where protesters are living. (more...)
Clinton enlists Jay Z, Beyonce in push to attract young voters
- November 05, 2016

The potential appearance and campaign support could be the push Clinton needs to defeat her opponent, Donald Trump, who is now leading in the polls in Ohio. Clinton has created a correlation between she and Beyonce in the past, expressing how much she reveres the 20-time Grammy victor. "To all Americans, I say it is time for new leadership". (more...)
Nintendo Switch dual gaming device launched
- November 01, 2016

Multiple consoles can also link together - two can connect when four people want to play two-to-a-screen, or four can connect together with each player using their own. Any price above $300 is considered to make the Nintendo Switch a failure. This allows you to use each as smaller remote controls of their own on the go through a built in kickstand or even a vehicle mount. (more...)
Microsoft Unveils the Windows 10 'Creators Update' Microsoft Unveils the Windows 10 'Creators Update'
- November 01, 2016

The picture display is impressive delivering 13.5 pixels per inch which is 63% more than a 4K television. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that his company aims to empower every person and every organisation on the planet. It can also be placed on the screen to bring up a graphical interface of selectable commands with compatible software. There was also a rehashed Surface Book with 30% more battery power, a 3D Paint application, a new VR headset for a surprisingly low price of $299 ... (more...)
You can now collect physical versions of Titanfall 2 weapons You can now collect physical versions of Titanfall 2 weapons
- November 01, 2016

Secondly, the GfK charts do not count digital sales, so Titanfall 2 may be doing better on the PS Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Origin. Analyst Doug Creutz writes, "We are downgrading EA shares ... In its second week since release, EA and DICE's Battlefield 1 is the number one selling game on the United Kingdom sales chart. Titanfall 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. (more...)
Microsoft Offers Surface Discount for MacBook Trade-Ins
- October 28, 2016

There's no specific time frame for the update just yet but it's available for free with Surface Studio pre-orders. Late past year, with fast-growing adoption of Surface devices by a number of different business sectors, Microsoft kicked off a Surface Enterprise Initiative with Dell and HP to expand its service offerings for the device line. (more...)
Beam streaming and custom tournaments coming to Xbox Live Beam streaming and custom tournaments coming to Xbox Live
- October 28, 2016

While the Xbox One has the ability to play Blu-rays, the Xbox One S tops its predecessor since it comes with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Of course, before closing out the Xbox and gaming portion of these announcements, Microsoft made sure to mention that their console has been the best selling device in the United States and other regions for three straight months. (more...)
Judge OKs $14.7B Settlement in VW Scandal Judge OKs $14.7B Settlement in VW Scandal
- October 27, 2016

Judge Charles Breyer of the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to the settlement agreement between Volkswagen and private plaintiffs represented by a Court-appointed Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L TDI vehicles. (more...)
Nintendo cuts profit outlook as yen strength offsets Pokemon Nintendo cuts profit outlook as yen strength offsets Pokemon
- October 27, 2016

Nintendo's latest results come days after its shares sank as a sneak peak at its long-awaited new console left gamers and analysts underwhelmed. On Wednesday, Kyoto-based Nintendo reported a JPY 5.95 billion ($57 million or roughly Rs. Japanese firms that do business overseas such as Nintendo have been hit hard by a rally in the yen in recent months, shrinking the value of their foreign-earned income when repatriated. (more...)
Kim Kardashian Makes Her First Public Appearance Since the Robbery Kim Kardashian Makes Her First Public Appearance Since the Robbery
- October 27, 2016

She was spotted shortly after being held up at gunpoint in Paris and robbed of several million dollars worth of jewels, shuttling from Paris to NY to Los Angeles, but then all went quiet. Mrs. She is now more anxious than ever about protecting the kids. The 36-year-old star was tied and locked up in the bathroom, while the robbers stole jewellery worth $6.7 million. (more...)
Dreamworld boss called out by victim's family member over lack of contact
- October 27, 2016

Asked if there were any earlier problems with the ride, Todd Reid, an inspector with Queensland Police, said: "I'm not aware, but that will be part of the investigation". Ms Dorsett told Fairfax Media that Ms Thomas called after the meeting, offering to pay for the funerals and offering honest and genuine condolences. (more...)
Kelly gives 49ers week off for bye despite 6-game skid Kelly gives 49ers week off for bye despite 6-game skid
- October 26, 2016

The 49ers (1-6) take a six-game losing streak into this week's bye, and they next play November 6 at Levi's Stadium against the New Orleans Saints (2-4). Kaepernick has become one of the most polarizing figures in the National Football League, but his play could overshadow everything else, and he had better hope that's the case, or else his National Football League career could come to a silent close. (more...)
World No.1 Angelique Kerber thrashes Simona Halep in WTA finals World No.1 Angelique Kerber thrashes Simona Halep in WTA finals
- October 26, 2016

Halep hopes to make it out of the round robin stages of the WTA Finals for the second time in three appearances. Nishikori, losing finalist to Roger Federer in 2011, played a controlled power game to earn a place in the second round, breaking open the second set after a tight first against the world number 77. (more...)
At least 3 dead after tour bus, truck crash in California
- October 24, 2016

Throughout the morning, firefighters struggled to reach victims. Photos show the front of the passenger bus pushed into the semi-truck's trailer. The crash with the big rig caused the passenger compartment of the tour bus to peel back from its undercarriage for approximately one third of the vehicle's length. (more...)
Sony Launches PlayStation Tournaments Feature on PS4, Starts With NBA 2K17
- October 24, 2016

Players need to have a PlayStation Plus membership, along with a copy of the game, and register or link an existing ESL account to compete. Tournaments feature will kick off the first Major tournament with National Basketball Association 2K17, to celebrate the beginning of the National Basketball Association season. (more...)
Samsung eyes LG Chem batteries after Note7 debacle
- October 22, 2016

There were 39,000 Galaxy Note 7 devices distributed to Canada and reports are saying that 70-percent of them have been returned and that consumers had problems with four of them overheating. Meanwhile, Samsung has reportedly given a mandate to its employees and suppliers to keep mum about the Galaxy S8. The gadget may even be released in February alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 . (more...)
Nintendo 'Switch' gaming system arrives in March
- October 21, 2016

As revealed alongside the trailer, the Nintendo Switch will have a lot of developers working on games for the system. Switch also features two detachable Joy-Con controllers on either side of its display, offering loads of gameplay options. (more...)
Samsung Note 7 Recall in US Expands to Replacement Phones Samsung Note 7 Recall in US Expands to Replacement Phones
- October 20, 2016

Samsung announced a recall of 2.5 million units of the oversized Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in early September after several devices exploded or caught fire. Samsung usually releases a new iteration of the Galaxy S series in spring, so the company may have to provide a strong incentive to sell the 6-month-old phones, such as lowering their prices. (more...)
Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- October 19, 2016

But there's also a new emphasis on style, with both the 5.0-inch and 5.5-inch Pixel handsets sharing the same look - something we couldn't say past year for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Long-press on your home screen and select Wallpaper to view the various options. It's shocking and magical when it works, and it's just the first step in Google's ambition to create a personalized Google for everyone. (more...)
Netflix Shares Surge 19% as International Subscriber Growth Accelerates
- October 18, 2016

While that is a boost from the year-ago quarter's 2.74 million subscribers, it is a relatively small gain considering that it launched in more than 130 countries in between. The video company said the revenue contribution from China licensing will be "modest". The company hasn't posted positive free cash flow in two years, and free cash flow deteriorated to negative $489 million in the third quarter as the company spent more on those exciting original shows. (more...)
US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from air travel
- October 16, 2016

Passengers will be barred from carrying the Note 7 on planes, in hand luggage or in checked baggage on domestic flights and worldwide flights to or from the United States, the agency said . The company also announced to halt sales of the smartphone altogether. Samsung India is finally informing the Preorder customers that the Note 7 will not be going on sale in India, and is offering up replacement devices along with freebies to keep its consumers happy. (more...)
Samsung sends fire-proof boxes for Galaxy Note 7 returns
- October 13, 2016

But reports that the replacements were catching fire led Samsung to announce it was stopping sales of the devices. It said consumers are alternatively entitled to a full refund for the Note 7 and accessories for the Note 7 . According to a September 13 report by Bloomberg , Samsung blamed the Galaxy Note 7's problems on "a minor battery manufacturing flaw". Since Samsung is unlikely to be able to re-design and re-release a new flagship smartphone to replace the Galaxy Note 7 before ... (more...)
Microsoft may launch new Surface PC at an October 26 event Microsoft may launch new Surface PC at an October 26 event
- October 11, 2016

Lastly, keep in mind that the Microsoft patent figures noted in our cover graphic and social media links are conveying a Microsoft concept and not the actually look of the end device. The company will debut the Surface All-In-One at an event on 26 October. These are expected to come in 21, 24 and 27-inch sizes sporting a consumer friendly version of Microsoft's Surface Hub. (more...)
Alec Baldwin as Trump Defends Vulgar Comments During SNL 'Cold Open' Alec Baldwin as Trump Defends Vulgar Comments During SNL 'Cold Open'
- October 09, 2016

You've really got to give credit to SNL for taking on something like this, especially so soon after the whole story hit. Following Trump's apology video early Saturday , some predicted a spin on that video would make up the show's cold open. (more...)
Suspected radioactive leak at Delhi Airport Suspected radioactive leak at Delhi Airport
- October 09, 2016

Teams of NDMA, NDRF, emergency response team of department of Atomic energy and team from Atomic energy regulatory board were rushed to the airport to check the reported leak. An NDRF release said there is nothing to panic and there is no effect on the passenger area. A regular consignment of 16 packets of sodium molibdate for cancer treatment arrived by Air France AF 226 last night at 2230 hrs. (more...)
Air raids pound rebel-held Aleppo as Syria army begins assault Air raids pound rebel-held Aleppo as Syria army begins assault
- October 06, 2016

It was gathered that the incident left no less than seven people, including three children dead. The United States has laid the blame squarely on Russian Federation for the incident. The war has ground on for almost six years, drawing in world powers and regional states. But Russia's apparent decision to abandon the latest peace process could signal it now thinks that victory is in reach, at least in the western cities where the majority of Syrians live. (more...)
[ELLIOTT ACTIVISM] Elliott gives Samsung good reason to speed up restructuring
- October 06, 2016

Samsung Life Insurance, a life insurer of Samsung, rose 1.91 percent. Samsung declined to comment on whether it was in direct contact with $27 billion fund Elliott on the latter's approach. Unlike the Samsung C&T battle, where the majority of shareholders were domestic investors, 11 of Samsung Electronic' s top 20 shareholders are global investors, according to Thomson Reuters data. (more...)
Amazon Game Studios Announces First Three Games Amazon Game Studios Announces First Three Games
- October 01, 2016

At TwitchCon today, Amazon Game Studios Vice President Mike Frazzini announced the first three games being developed by Amazon's game division. The game publishing arm of the retail giant also confirmed that it has two other projects in the works for the PC... (more...)
This is Volkswagen's electric auto for 2020
- September 30, 2016

The I.D concept had been much trailed and has been already spoken of as being "as revolutionary as the Beetle was 70 years ago". Wolfsburg fervently hopes that it will be part of a rebuilding programme to revive VW's tarnished image in the wake of the "Dieselgate" scandal. (more...)
Google hints at new Pixel smartphones with upcoming event Google hints at new Pixel smartphones with upcoming event
- September 29, 2016

HTC will be handling the Pixel smartphones. As we reported earlier, sources also say that Google is also planning to drop the Nexus branding. Rumours suggest Google has a number of new products in the pipeline, including the new Pixel and Pixel XL. (more...)
Regulator Launches Samsung Phone Recall
- September 29, 2016

You can also exchange your Galaxy Note 7 with a new Note 7 which has been approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. USA officials say about 97 percent of Note 7s sold in the US are affected. An employee helps customers purchase a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 at its store in Seoul, Sept. (more...)
Customers recommended to stop using Samsung Galaxy Note 7
- September 29, 2016

This comes as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a nationwide recall on Friday, urging consumers to immediately stop using their current Note 7s and turn them off. Baxter said that replacement phones will be available no later than 21st September. Samsung says that it is committed to replacing the recalled units, so that will be their focus first. (more...)
PlayStation Plus games for October 2016 confirmed PlayStation Plus games for October 2016 confirmed
- September 29, 2016

However, it seems as though the tides may be turning on the free games offerings front for PS Plus- whether or not this has something to do with the price rise is of course not yet known. Vita titles included in the promo include visual novel Code: "Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and interactive story Actual Sunlight, which is described as being about:love, depression, and corporation". (more...)