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Google at risk of £3bn fine over location tracking

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Google has given the following response for the change of language on the page. "We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centers". It also acknowledges that 'some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps'. That doesn't solve the ongoing challenge of disabling location services in other apps. Read More »

Zephyrus S gaming laptop unveiled by ASUS with thinner design

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In order to make room for all the components and fans necessary to keep a laptop this thin cool, Asus moved the keyboard to the front of the laptop similar to the original Zephyrus and brought back the digital touchpad/num pad. Like the Zephyrus, this laptop fits all of Asus's usual features, like Aura Sync RGB keyboard and system lighting as well as a HyperCool Pro cooling system. Read More »

The Diablo 3 Switch Port Took 9 Months

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Now that Blizzard is finally on board with the Switch this could open up a door for Hearthstone and more Blizzard sequels in the future. A Ganondorf armor transmog, Majora's Mask wings, and a cucco pet are also confirmed. Some kind of cross-save feature would be the dream, and I reached out to Blizzard to see if that's in the works, but our bet considering the current state of things, and that it wasn't mentioned anywhere in the information we received, is that it's a no. Read More »

Battlefield V's battle royale mode has the prettiest circle of death

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That technology hasn't quite been mastered yet I don't think, though it is a very pretty game, as you can see above. This may actually be our first look at Battlefield Royale , the game's battle royale mode . This latest traileris probably the one the studio should've led with back at E3. We could be looking at the start of EA's big awareness and marketing push for Battlefield 5 , which hasn't really been present thus far. Read More »

Diablo III: Eternal Collection Leaks For Nintendo Switch Ahead Of Announcement

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According to ResetEra , Forbes published then deleted a news post that said " Diablo III " will be coming to Nintendo Switch. It will launch at an MSRP of $59.99. Blizzard Entertainment did not immediately respond to our questions about the Forbes report. As for the other " Diablo " projects Blizzard teased, we'll likely hear more about those during BlizzCon 2018, which takes place November 2-3 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Read More »

Nvidia Clears Its Crypto Cloud

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The chip maker began experiencing a run on its graphics processors previous year, as booming value of cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum sparked a rush to build devices to "mine" said currencies. Nvidia's data centre chip business grew 83 percent to $760 million, beating estimates of $743.6 million. While data centers now account for a fifth of the company's revenue , Bloomberg noted, the gaming industry is still its main income source. Read More »

What Google changed in its location-tracking explanation

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When this option remains enabled, Google continues tracking your location. Now it says, " This setting does not affect other location services on your device , like Google Location Services and Find My Device". Users could, however, pause location tracking by turning off another setting, called Web and Apps Activity. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps . Read More »

‘Hacky hack hack’: Australia teen breaches Apple’s secure network

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He told others about his exploits on WhatsApp , and stored the stolen data in a folder named "hacky hack hack". The Crown prosecutor also acknowledged that Apple was "very sensitive about publicity". Once Apple detected his presence in their networks, the company contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the court heard. At Apple's request, authorities did not go into detail regarding the methods the teen used to break into the secure servers. Read More »

Nokia 6.1 receives a price cut in India

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As spotted by NPU , the Nokia 6.1 Plus global variants with model number TA-1116, TA-1103 and TA-1083 have appeared on both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications. The smartphone with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage is now priced at Rs 15,499, against its original price of Rs 16,999. The highlight of Nokia 6.1 Plus is the 5.8-inch LCD display with a notch, and resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. Read More »

The OnePlus 6T will launch on T-Mobile for $550 this fall

The OnePlus 6 - see our full review - is an outstanding smartphone that starts at just $529. We learned a few months ago that OnePlus was now negotiating partner terms with at least one USA carrier, but we didn't know which one. It's definitely worth pointing out that the OnePlus 6 is already compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T's GSM networks. Will the OnePlus 6T bring a sizable price hike, or something more consistent with OnePlus' previous incremental bumps? Regardless of that, ... Read More »

Google to Unveil Echo Show Competitor This Year

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In any case, this rumor comes from Nikkei Asian Review , which spoke to unnamed sources who told it that Google will look to have this display-equipped smart speaker ready to go by the ever-important holiday shopping season. The Google Smart Display will have the same functionality as other Smart Displays now on the market - or about to enter - with the ability to "play YouTube videos, check their calendars and view maps". Read More »

Google adds Confidential mode to Gmail app

Gmail did not respond to inquiries when the mode will arrive to iOS devices, but it should hit Apple devices. Gmail introduced the Confidential Mode for its users to facilitate communications involving sensitive information over mail, a feature in high demand given the current concerns regarding data security. Read More »

Verizon To Offer YouTube TV In 5G Broadband Rollout 08/16/2018

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The company expects home internet installations to begin in Indianapolis , Houston , Los Angeles and Sacramento in the second half of 2018. Sprint is collaborating with LG Electronics USA to deliver what the fourth-largest US mobile network operator said in its announcement will be the "first mobile 5G smartphone in the U.S.in the first half of 2019". Read More »

Capcom/Valve to fix Monster Hunter

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Monster Hunter: World was created in collaboration with Capcom Co. The only issue revealed is that regulatory officials have received "a large number of complaints" about the content, but with no more specific information it remains to be seen what precisely has caused the issue. Read More »

'Gobsmacked': 600 firefighters battle winter bushfires in NSW

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A spokesman for Bega Valley Shire Council said the fire at Bemboka was mainly burning through national park, and fire crews were hampered by the hard, rough and dry terrain. "It's certainly extremely dry", Mr Rogers said . 'Usually winter conditions are just rainy and it just blows roofs off, ' she said. Fire crews have been on high alert, after the entire state of New South Wales was last week declared as either "in drought" or "drought affected", bringing dry conditions. Read More »

LG Electronics and Sprint work on 5G readiness

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As global mobile carriers scramble to commercialize the next generation 5G network by early next year, smartphone makers are preparing to launch phones that run on 5G. Some of the carriers have already announced plans to setup the infrastructure needed in several cities. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told ZDNet that the carrier's 5G deployment across 30 cities this year - Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas are to have the service by 2019 - is "moving well", with the 600MHz LTE rollout ... Read More »

New Fortnite Soaring 50s Mode Takes to the Skies

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Whether or not it will be as controversial in practice remains to be seen, but if fans dislike it, then Epic could remove the heavy sniper rifle from the game to rework it. May the best aim win! Intriguingly, alongside the rifle's addition, Epic has removed scopes for assault rifles. This suggests it's trying to widen the gap between play styles, forcing players to choose between long-range weapons with slow firing rates, and short-range weapons with faster firing rates. Read More »

Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

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He said that T-Mobile is offering other companies to "come and learn from us" so they can similarly overhaul their call service. T-Mobile has also teamed up with Live Nation to give customers access to last-minute tickets at concerts, as well as deals for discounted concert tickets at select amphitheater shows. Read More »

Motorola Announces iPhone X Clone P30

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The Motorola P30 has been in the news for all wrong reasons. The front comes with a notch that's slightly narrower than the iPhone X, and a base that houses the Motorola's logo, probably to avoid a scathing lawsuit from the guys at Apple. Read More »

Nvidia teaser suggests GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week

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Whitted's algorithm - multi-bounce recursive ray-tracing - is intensively computationally heavy. Nvidia has been touting Ray Tracing for months now, after the company started pushing hard into development tools for their users that could further leverage the expensive but gorgeous lighting rendering technique. Read More »

China stops approving new video, phone games

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The slumps followed the halt in sales Monday of Capcom fantasy " Monster Hunter: World " by Tencent subsidiary WeGame, on the orders of Chinese regulators. One potentially promising area is payments, where monthly active users stood at 800 million as of June. "The major disappointment was the top line, and that's on top of estimates being hugely guided down from about a month ago", said Billy Leung, an analyst with Haitong International Securities Co.in Hong Kong . Read More »

Samsung Launches Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB Base Model

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Samsung also upgraded the integrated S Pen stylus, which gains Bluetooth Low-Energy connectivity for a wider range of on-screen presentation and creativity capabilities. Last week, T-Mo revealed what it's got in store for this coming T-Mobile Tuesday , which includes a free one-night disc rental from Redbox and a Reebok discount. Read More »

Google Pixel 3 XL

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You can discover photos of the phone , visible below, which confirms numerous rumors such as the presence of a notch and a thin bottom border . Sure, that notch certainly is an "eye-catcher" and some resort to calling it an ugly part of the phone, but we feel that if Google was going to be launching a flagship that will provide future customers with an enlarged screen estate, the least they could do is outfit it with a large cell underneath the hood. Read More »

Bethesda's Using The Elder Scrolls: Legends to Encourage Cross-Play Support

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Potentially, this could put the PlayStation 4 release of the game in jeopardy, given Sony's resistance to allowing cross-platform play with other consoles. Locking out other console networks potentially discourages individual, "locked in" players from moving to competing consoles where they'd be cut off from their friends. Read More »

Civic Sport headlines Honda’s style and safety tech upgrade

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It gets a piano black lower front fascia and side pod accents, while the sedan throws in a rear deckled spoiler and a splitter-style rear lower bumper with a chrome polygonal exhaust finisher echoing that of the Civic Si. Larger 18-inch (+1 inch) 10-spoke alloy wheels with Berlina Black finish complete the Sport's more aggressive look. Its engine is the same 2.0-liter naturally aspirated I4 that the base trim uses, mated to the buyer's choice of a CVT or six-speed manual. Read More »

Higher-end Chromebooks will be able to run Windows 10

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A manufacturer Windows license is generally cheaper, but Chromebooks tend to undercut Windows laptops on price, and having Windows pre-installed would certainly raise the cost of a Chrome OS device somewhat. Of course, most of the entry-level Chromebook devices wouldn't support Campfire as it will need more than 16GB of storage. There are also signs that the process of dual booting will be simple enough for anyone to use, even if the feature is geared toward power users. Read More »

Spotify may soon let free users skip ads

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When an ad break comes up, users will be able to choose whether they see or hear the ad in question, or whether they want to skip the ad all together. A Spotify spokesperson tells Gizmodo that the company "will consider expanding" its ad skipping experiment "to additional markets in the future". Read More »

Lenovo introduces ThinkPad P72 VR-ready laptop with up to 128GB RAM

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Processor options include 8th gen Core and Xeon processors, but Lenovo is mum on exactly what parts will be available other than calling out Core i9 parts specifically. The P1 will land at the end of the month starting at $1,800. The first of these, the P72, replaces the previous P71 model. As for connectivity , you get HMDI, two USB 3.1 ports, along with two thunderbolt Type-C ports, making the ThinkPad P1 ideal for the office as well as home. Read More »

Google tracks your movements even if you’ve turned location history off

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If you give it permission to, Google Maps will track you everywhere you go. When Location History is turned off, "places you go are no longer stored", a Google support page says . The AP's findings were confirmed by computer-science researchers at Princeton University. Now, more than ever, we need to be wary about what data of ours is shared, and when, and to whom. Read More »