February 23, 2018

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Apple buys cobalt to secure long-term battery supplies


The sources in the report claim that Apple is looking to sign contracts to secure several thousand metric tons of cobalt a year, for up to five years, or maybe even longer. Cobalt demand from the electric vehicles industry is also forecast to grow from to 95,000 tonnes by 2026 from 12,000 tonnes previous year, according to consultancy CRU. Read More »

Canadian PM Trudeau, family visit Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat


The social media-savvy Modi, who has 40.4 million Twitter followers, is also yet to tweet a welcome message to Trudeau as he does customarily for other leaders. From the moment the Canadian PM landed in New Delhi to his latest trip to Gujarat, Justin Trudeau has faced a series of snubs from Modi govt. He said that although Mr Modi had "breached protocol" to personally greet foreign leaders in the past, he could not be expected to greet every visitor that came to India. Read More »

U.S. vs. Canada History: All-Time Head-to-Head Results In Olympic Gold Medal Games


Heading into the game the US had been one-for-11 on the powerplay during the tournament. "The rivalry has been there since I was born", said 22-year-old U.S. "To be perfectly frank, there's not anything new that we're going to throw at our players now", he said. Sweden scored in the ensuing power play, regaining a lead it continued to build toward a 6-1 win. Read More »

Swype Keyboard is now discontinued


As or now, are you still using the Swype keyboard app on iOS? We've reached out to Nuance for confirmation and more details, and we'll update this post when we hear back. Either way, if you look through any of the recent reviews for Swype, it appears as if the app is struggling. Sadly, all good things come to an end. Read More »

Gmail Go is the latest member of Google's Go app family


So, Gmail Go is almost half in size than the regular Gmail app that we have been using for the past so many years. But overall, there doesn't seem to be too many noticeable differences between the two apps, in terms of feature set. Gmail Go will still allow you to have support for multiple accounts, automatically filter social and promotional emails while prioritizing emails from friends and family, receive new mail notifications, have access to 15GB free storage, and read and respond both ... Read More »

U.S. govt plans to privatize International Space Station


Under the administration's budget proposal , released Monday, NASA would stop paying for the space station by 2025. To do that, NASA is requesting a $150 million budget for fiscal year 2019 to "enable the development and maturation" of the commercial entities that will take part in the project and make sure the ISS will be fully operational until the turnover. Read More »

This record-breaking photo was taken from 6 billion km away


In a span of just a few hours on December 5, the craft trained its camera first on the glittering " Wishing Well " star cluster (seen below) and then on two objects in the Kuiper Belt (seen above), the huge band of rocks and dwarf planets that rings the outer fringes of our solar system. Read More »

Google Takes AMP with the "Stories" Format


Moreover, AMP Stories doesn't support advertisements at the moment, something which shouldn't be too hard for Google to figure out before the public launch . This lack of monetization on AMP stories could hurt its early adoption among publishers. Among the initial wave of publishing partners, Meredith said it would first launch AMP Stories for People , the celebrity/lifestyle brand it obtained after closing the acquisition of Time Inc . Read More »

VLC 3.0 Vetinari is out, 3 years in the making


You can download VLC from the Play Store (at the below widget), the Amazon App Store , or VideoLAN's website . The new update also brings support for Blu-ray Java menus, 360-degree video playback , 3D audio, HDR, HDR tone-mapping, and more. Read More »

Apple HomePod Launches With Big Sound-and Even Bigger Questions


Apple has four new HomePod commercials called: Equalizer , Distortion , Bass , and Beat . That's because unlike Sonos products, the Homepod only natively integrates with Apple Music, and no third-party music service. An Apple spokesperson promised us that the functions will be "coming this year in a free software update". Users can play tunes from Spotify, yes, but it's not integrated properly on there. Read More »

Florida man says Apple AirPod earphone blew up


He suddenly took off both the sides, placed them down and went to seek help. You look at Apple 's wireless Bluetooth powered AirPods and you think that here is a benign device that could never cause a problem. "It's the craziest thing I ever went through", said AirPods owner Jason Colon. "But I'm sure that since it hangs down, it could've been [my] ear lobe, you know, my ear lobe could've been burnt". Read More »

Wednesday Apple Rumors: Second iOS 11.3 Beta Available to Public Testers


However, users have complained about multiple issues with the 10th anniversary iPhone since its launch. They recently brought iOS 11 .3 Public Beta 2 and it is available now. With this information, coupled with the Battey Health settings , users now have more control over their iPhone's power than ever before. In the letter, the company revealed that it would consider extending its reduced-cost battery replacement program beyond 2018. Read More »

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 coming in 2018, key sources say


This year's Call of Duty game is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, multiple sources have confirmed to Eurogamer . Call of Duty: WW2 is currently out now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One , however Activision and Treyarch already have job listings for Call of Duty 2018 . Read More »

Spec Comparison: Huawei Mate 10 vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro


According to a new report from Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, Verizon was facing pressure from the USA government and it ultimately caved, canceling all plans for the Mate 10 Pro. In celebration of Valentine's Day, the Chinese company is bringing in the Mate 10 Pro Pink Gold. In terms of functionality, both the regular and Porsche version are nearly the same, but the latter is encased in glass and also expands up to 256 GB. Read More »

Nets Trade Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee


He also has played for Cleveland. His now is putting up 7.1 points , 4.6 rebounds and shooting 54.6 percent from the field in only 16.7 mpg. He is in the final year of a deal that pays him $1.89 million while Zeller makes $1.7 million this season and gets $1.9 million next season. Read More »

Spotify Launches New App Featuring Its Most Popular Playlists


Spotify is clearly focusing on ease of use with Stations as the app will automatically begin playing music when you open it and create playlists tailored to your tastes based on the songs you've "liked" in the past. Spotify is testing an app that sees it move firmly into Pandora's territory. Strangely whether you're a free listener or a Premium subscriber you won't be able to skip tracks, so whatever you're streaming you have to commit or find a new playlist. Read More »

Battle for Azeroth releases this summer

The standard edition is priced $50/€45, while the deluxe will set you back $70/€60. Digital Deluxe owners will get a host of goods for other Blizzard games as well. You also get player icons for Kul Tiras and Zandalar; along with sprays featuring Anduin, Sylvanas, Jaina, and Varok Saurfang artwork. We recently had an opportunity to speak with World of Warcraft designers about the new Allied Races and the new level-scaling system. Read More »

On the talking whale


A team of worldwide researchers have taught a female orca whale to imitate human speech, documenting what is considered to be a world first in a paper published Wednesday. When we tried "hello" and she did the sound... some emotional responses came from the trainers. It's not a children's movie, but an actual orca emitting human (ish) words. Read More »

Celestial spectacle: 'Super blue blood' moon to end January

A full moon is when we see its entire lit-up side. Totality will occur at 4:52 a.m., when the moon is fully immersed in the Earth's shadow. On Jan. 2, we had our first full moon of the month, and on Wednesday we'll have a blue moon. The total lunar eclipse , which occurs about every year or two, is the most palpable of the three events and at the center of Wednesday's pageantry. Read More »

No Muslim youth involved in Gurugram school bus case


I am not someone who has ever been excited so much about box-office numbers but I have to say that this time I am. Executive Magistrates and police forces have been deployed at sensitive places. He condemned the violence but kept his attack sharply on the ruling BJP in Haryana which, like some other BJP-ruled states, tried to ban the movie but were ordered to back off by the Supreme Court. Read More »