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Google Stadia Gaming Platform To Release On 19th November 2019

Google Stadia Gaming Platform will be formally released on November 19th. Google’s cloud gaming support, Stadia, eventually has its official launch date.

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Google Chrome: a new solution for consuming less RAM

Google Chrome is known for consuming the RAM resources of PCs using it. A new feature available on Canary wants to stem this phenomenon.

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Android 10: Google wants to impose its navigation by gestures

With Android 10, Google has finally reviewed its navigation gestures after a troubling first version on Android 9 Pie. It tries to impose on all manufacturers, who are doomed to hide their solutions in the depths of the parameters.

That said, many manufacturers have been working on developing their own version to cover this first mistake. While Google seeks to make the experience of its OS as close as possible between all mobiles, it discreetly imposes its version of navigation by gestures.

Google forces the use of its navigation by gestures

9to5Google makes us know that with Android 10 and the latest version of Google Mobile Services, manufacturers simply no longer have the option to offer their own navigation during the process of first booting a device. Only two options are allowed by Google: classic buttons, or navigation gestures.

Essentially, alternative navigation methods are allowed but must remain hidden. Only the most experienced users will have the curiosity to look for all this in the depths of the parameters. At least, it contributes to greater consistency between devices, and the disappearance of this ugly pill navigation.

Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives (finally) on PC in November!

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on PC on November 5th, with many special bonuses for those who have pre-purchased the game via the Rockstar Games Launcher from October 9th.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will benefit from a series of graphic and technical improvements on PC. You’ll also find access to the world of Red Dead Online, including all the content enhancements and updates released to date, including Western Careers and the bounty hunter, merchant and collector roles, which unlock rewards.

Available pre-purchase exclusively on  the Rockstar Games Launcher until October 22, pre-buy Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 9 from 17:00 (French time) and this date to take advantage of the limited-time offer to receive two free Rockstar Games games on PC from the following games:

Playstation: significant price reduction for PS Now

Playstation announces a price reduction for PS Now, its video game subscription service, which goes from 14.99 euros per month to 9.99 euros per month. It’s also an opportunity to add four iconic Playstation 4 titles: God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

As Stadia’s launch gets closer, Playstation does not sit idle and just announced a price cut for PS Now, its subscription service to access more than 700 games in unlimited thanks to cloud gaming.

Playstation aligns with Google Stadia

It is a nice drop in price that awaits us, with nearly 33% savings, enough to convince skeptics to be tempted by the subscription of Sony. Thus, the monthly fee drops to 9.99 euros instead of 14.99 euros , but we will also be able to pay 24.99 euros for three months, and finally 59.99 euros a year. These new rates are valid from 1 October 2019.

We will be able to find God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second Son , but also Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End from today on Sony’s subscription service until January 2, 2020.

3rd Party Keyboards in iOS 13 Sharing Data Without Consent

Apple has spotted a new bug that includes third-party keyboards are sharing the data without permission from iOS 13 and iPad OS.

Apple is currently working on a fix to kill this bug and has told the users to be careful.

According to the company, it is working hard to fix it and will soon roll out upcoming software updates to iOS and iPadOS.

In the upcoming software update. iOS 13.2 has entered beta testing and Apple is working to eliminate the error. Third-party keyboards, including Google’s Gboard, Microsoft-owned SwiftKey and Grammarly, play a vital role in Internet data sharing. …

Share WhatsApp Status Updates as a Facebook Story

Now WhatsApp users will be able to share the Whatsapp Stories updates directly to the Facebook story. Whatsapp is rolling out the new feature for WhatsApp users to share the story updates to Facebook Stories.

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Call of Duty Mobile To Release in October with a Battle Royale Mode

Call of duty mobile is set to release to compete against PUBG in October 2019 with a battle royale mode.

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Snapchat Introduces 3D Selfie Feature

Snapchat has launched a new feature called 3D Selfie, it will allow you to take snaps in 3D. Sooner or later all Snapchat users will get this new 3D camera feature.

The 3D mode adds dept to the photos.

Snapchat 3D Selfie Camera

This new photo feature will allow users to move their camera here and there to give more details to the photo.

Sadly, this feature is only available for Iphone users as of now and those androids which supports 3D photo capture.

iPhone 11 series is officially launched with three cameras

Designedly, the iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD screen. The real difference is on the back of the phone.

The huge camera module and the logo moved to the middle became the business card that it was recognized at a glance.

In addition, iPhone 11 also offers 6 new colors of red, black, green, purple, yellow and white, of which green and purple are the new color matching this update.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max continue the dual-camera route, with screen sizes of 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches, but upgraded to a Super Retina XDR (OLED) screen that saves 15% in power consumption, with a maximum display brightness of 1200 special.

According to Apple, the iPhone 11’s battery life will be one hour longer than the iPhone XR, making it the longest iPhone for Apple; the iPhone 11 Pro series is 4-5 hours longer than the iPhone XS series.

iOS 13 will be available on September 19: list of compatible iPhone

iOS 13 will be available on September 19: list of compatible iPhone

Apple has finally officialized the arrival on the market of its new devices. Tonight, we were able to discover the Apple Watch Series 5 or the new iPad.

But what has obviously unleashed the crowds was none other than the new iPhone 11, which supplants the iPhone Xr, plus the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. These will come out directly under iOS 13, which we already know the new features.

Here is the list of iPhone that will benefit from this new major update:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod Touch (7th generation)
WhatsApp Video Calls with Google Assistant

Users Can Now Make WhatsApp Video Calls with Google Assistant

If you say “Okay Googe, Send Whatsapp message” or if you say “Okay Google, Make a WhatsApp call” it will make a call for you.

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Facebook Is Removing Likes Counter Feature

In an attempt to stem the never-ending race at Like, which we find endlessly behind every publication, Facebook has decided to take an example on Instagram by considering, too, to remove its counter from posts.

This is information that we owe to the engineer Jane Manchun Wong, and that could mark the end of the race to Like on Facebook. Note that just like on Instagram, which already tests the tool successfully in several countries including Canada and Brazil, the number of Like would still be accessible to the author of the post, even in case of general deployment of the functionality.

Asked by the site TechCrunch, Facebook has confirmed his desire to test sustainably the removal of the counter of Like, but without giving further details on the subject. While the likes have long been the main engine of interactions on Mark Zuckerberg’s social network, the platform seems to have been detaching itself for some months – at least in part from its historical system, by curbing the pressure of counting Like and the ill-being that the latter can sometimes generate in the user.

For Instagram, the company had justified its choice by explaining the goal “that your friends focus on the photos and videos you share, not the number of likes they get.”

After months of waiting, its finally here – The Samsung Galaxy Fold is getting released!

After a long delay due to last moment discovery of embarrassing flaws, Samsung is now releasing its first fold-able phone. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally near and is just a few days away.

People began registering for the USD 2000 foldable smartphone recently in China. Samsung is to release the phone on September 6, 2019, which coincides with the opening day of the 2019 IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.

What a day to launch the new phone!

When was the release date chosen?

Yonhap News Agency reports Samsung and other mobile operators are discussing the launch date to be September 6 in South Korea itself. Samsung will use the event to showcase the revised model at the 2019 IFA electronics fair in Berlin.

At the moment, it seems as Samsung is quite confident to bring the release period earlier than anticipated. Earlier reports indicated the phone’s launch to be later in September.

The initial shipment of the Samsung Galaxy Fold for South Korean consumers numbers between 20,000 to 30,000 units. Its price in South Korea will be 2.3 million equal per unit (equal to USD$ 1902). Samsung is expected to launch the folding smartphone in China & the United States in September 2019 but at later dates.

Any corrections made in the Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has revealed a few corrections it made to the Galaxy Fold, including:

  • tucking in the protective screen layer,
  • addition of further metal layers beneath the screen to reinforce it
  • reduction of space between the body & the hinge.

The corrections to the model were made after reviewers reported major issues with the review units of the Galaxy Fold, such as broken, bulging & flickering screens. The reviewers also peeled off the protective screen layer by mistake, assuming that it was a screen protector. But it later turned out to be a key component of the phone’s display.

This is what caused the phone’s launch to be delayed.

Brief overview of the price and features of the Galaxy Fold

The current handset of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at USD$ 2,000, an amount most consumers are not willing to pay. Currently, it is not available to a larger segment of the population.

Samsung is planning to use an affordable design to reduce its price with an internal storage of just 256 GB. That is half of what the current Galaxy Fold offers (i.e. 512 GB).

Further specifications of the phone are:

  • A 7.3-inch primary flexible AMOLED display.
  • An operating system of Android 9.0 with one UI.
  • Uses a CPU of Snapdragon 855.
  • 12 GB RAM.
  • External display (which is closed) is 4.6 inches with HD+ display.
  • Main display is of 7.3 inches (QXGA +).
  • Rear Camera of 12 megapixel wide-angle (f1.5 to f/2.4), 12-megapixel telephoto (f/2.4) and 16 megapixel ultra-wide (f/2.2).
  • Closed front camera of 12 megapixel (f/2.2).
  • Open front camera of 10-megapixel selfie (f/2.2), with 8-megapixel RGB depth (f/1.9).
  • Fingerprint sensing power button.

It is currently available in the colors: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue.

Smartphones and other gadgets that are rivalling the Samsung Galaxy Fold

At the moment, Huawei’s Foldable smartphone Mate X was also scheduled to arrive in September. But, Huawei reported that it is unlikely to release any earlier than November. The only other competing gadget to the Samsung Galaxy fold is Apple’s foldable iPad.

Will Samsung capitalize on the smartphone market with the new & improved Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has fixed the problems in the hinge and in the screen with reinforcements & extra layers. It will hopefully survive thousands of folds it will endure without showing any signs of wear. It is confident that the Galaxy Fold will have a better life span as compared to the normal smartphone.

If the Galaxy Fold succeeds after the launch, then the phone will definitely be able to succeed and thrive in the market and win billions of hearts too.

Nokia Ranked No.1 Worldwide In Software and Security Updates

According to Counterpoint Research, Nokia is currently number one in security updates, currently, 96% of all Nokia phones are running Android Pie.

Data was collected by Counterpoint Research and their main focus was to maintain security and Android stability.

Nokia phones software updates

While, Samsung was able to rank second, as well as Xiaomi was on the third rank. Huawei was able to secure fourth place.

Now the question arises that which smartphone brand is taking less time in launching the Android Pie

YouTube is testing a queue feature for its videos

YouTube is testing a queue feature for its videos

Until September 10, anyone who wants it will be able to experience a queue feature on YouTube.

Until today, YouTube did not offer a video queue. To watch several videos of his choice, he had to create a playlist. Or get carried away by the suggestions of the service with its “  to follow  ” feature. This era of System D should soon be over. YouTube has announced the test of a real queue with its users.

Everyone can benefit from the test until September 10th. You need to go to youtube.com/new, which lists the experimental features offered by the platform, and press the ” try  ” button  in the “  create a queue  ”. From now on, when hovering over the thumbnail of a video, a small list icon titled “  add to queue  ” appears in the corner, just below the ” watch ” icon.  later  .

First Walmart and now, Amazon! The Story of Tesla Solar Panels Catching Fire

First, it was Walmart whose shops caught fire due to Tesla solar panels and that resulted in Walmart suing the electric car maker. Now, Amazon has also experienced a fire that stems from Tesla’s solar panels, as reported by CNBC.

Amazon also revealed that it has no further plans to install any more solar panel systems following the incident. However, Tesla claims that incident is isolated.

Somehow, Tesla’s claims of Amazon’s incident being isolated are dumbfounded. In the past week, Walmart has filed a lawsuit against Tesla. Walmart alleges that the fires at sever of its stores were due to the solar panel systems, and the company had Tesla install them on more than 200 of its stores across the states.

What Happened at Amazon’s Redland, California Warehouse?

Amazon discloses Tesla solar panels on the roof of one of its warehouses caused a fire last year. Such adds to the scrutiny of Tesla’s solar panel business following Walmart’s lawsuit filed against Tesla last week which has condemned the electric car giant’s solar business to the bottom of the barrel.

Amazon revealed to Bloomberg in an email on Friday that one of Tesla’s installed solar energy systems installed at its Redlands, California warehouse caught fire in June 2018. Representatives from the e-commerce giant declined to comment in public regarding the incident but have somehow confirmed that the company will no longer be working with Tesla anymore.

Following the news of Walmart suing Tesla, both companies released statements that they are in talks to resolve the issue. However, the issue has become serious since Walmart has suffered damages at 7 of its stores which also resulted in these stores getting closed temporarily.

The Amazon warehouse incident somehow looks to be a small-scale incident and the e-commerce behemoth revealed that it has a relatively smaller number of solar panel systems installed in comparison to Walmart.

Walmart installed Tesla’s solar panel systems from its subsidiary SolarCity some time ago and Tesla acquired the solar energy company in 2016, aiming to create a one-stop shop for everything solar.

However, things are not rosy for Tesla as its acquisition of SolarCity back then for USD$ 26 billion is marred by controversy that still goes on today. Elon Musk’s first cousins Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive were the brains behind SolarCity and Musk held 1/5th of the company’s shares valued around USD$ 575 million at the end of the year 2015.

Such does not spare either Tesla or its subsidiary SolarCity. The operations of SolarCity are not going well as its parent Tesla had hoped. It faced issues in production due to technical challenges a year ago. A recent report says that Tesla has been exporting most of the solar cells it has produced made at its Gigafactory in New York, instead of using them for Solar Roof installations.

A representative from Tesla communicates the following to Business Insider:

“All 11 Amazon sites with solar from Tesla are generating energy and are proactively monitored and maintained. Last year, there was an isolated event that occurred in an inverter at one of the Amazon sites. Tesla worked collaboratively with Amazon to root cause the event and remediate. We also performed inspections at other sites, which confirmed the integrity of the systems. As with all our commercial solar installations, we continue to proactively monitor the systems to ensure they operate safely and reliably.”

How Much Does Walmart’s Lawsuit Add to Tesla’s Woes?

Walmart filed a lawsuit against Tesla claiming its solar panels were responsible for fires at seven of its stores. Such has forced the retail giant to take off solar panels from all of its 240 stores where they were installed by Tesla.

Walmart released the following statement in its complaint against Tesla:

“To this day, Tesla has not provided Walmart with the complete set of final ‘root cause’ analyses needed to identify the precise defects in its systems that caused all the fires. The number of defects, however, is overwhelming and plainly indicative of systemic, widespread failures by Tesla to meet the standard of care, as set forth in the governing contracts, as to the solar systems installed at Walmart’s stores.”

Tesla is yet to respond to Walmart’s complaint.

Will Tesla Survive the Onslaught Through Its Latest Tactics?

Last summer, Tesla started ‘Project Titan’ which is known be an attempt in quietly replacing defective solar-panel parts across the United States, as per documents seen by Business Insider.

However, Tesla’s solar business has been hit by a sharp drop in sales. CEO Elon Musk is yet to tweet about the complaints. Instead, he announced a refurbished pricing plan as a way to boost the slowdown in the solar business.

Somehow, no one seems to be convinced by Elon Musk’s statement.

Not Another One! Facebook And Instagram Developing a New App Called ‘Threads’

Who would have thought that Facebook would be developing another new messaging app? And this time, it is doing so to rival Snapchat. This app will be named ‘Threads’.

Facebook is reported to be developing Threads as a new messaging app. It is aimed at helping users share more information more often with their close friends. Those close friends will be picked up from the close friends’ list users have on Instagram and Facebook.

What is the functionality of Threads?

Threads is created to automatically share close details, such as location, internet speed, battery life and the like. The app also shares typical social media posts such as text and pictures. Threads is intended to work with the ‘close friends list’ of users listed on Instagram.

Threads will act as a companion to Instagram. Currently it is in testing at Facebook

Threads is engineered as Instagram’s ‘sister’ app and invites users to share close details with their close friends using Instagram’s creative tools. The app includes an opt-in ‘automatic sharing’ feature allowing people on the app user’s close friends list receiving regular updates, about where the person is, and vice versa.

Threads also allows users to update their respective statuses manually, with those statuses being shown in the main feed along with the messages. The app will show online users with a green dot, allows users to quickly read stories shared by friends and also includes its own camera function.

It is the latest in apps automating status sharing through mobile phone sensors & one-tap status sharing. In 2014, a similar app called ‘Status’ tried doing the same thing as Threads, and in 2015, Danny Trinh’s free app took another yet similar approach.

Why are Facebook & Instagram developing Threads?

After facing years of sustained & rising criticism in its negative role in the promotion of political propaganda, false news, false information, spam content, failure to stop large-scale data breaches & verbatim genocide, Facebook signaled major changes which are currently in progress.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this year that his company would be improving Facebook’s privacy.

Facebook has also started a project aimed at merging the services of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. Such will allow users to send messages instantly across these apps without the need for switching between the apps. The apps will remain separate, but their messaging functionalities will now be under one umbrella.

Could this be an attempt by Facebook to mask its numerous failures? It is becoming highly probable that Facebook is doing so by making an impression in the general public that it is moving on from being an open public forum to a close one shielding users’ information.

The concluding point – Will Thread survive or face another rollback?

There are doubts among the general populace about the survival of threads after its inception. Such became evident when the social media giant ended its support for Direct, which was a camera-first app that not only resembled but mimicked Snapchat.

Direct was unveiled in 2017 and was tested in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey & Uruguay. However, the launch of direct was canceled before a global release was to occur. There is ambiguity in whether Threads will be launched or not.

There is a likelihood that Facebook might end the development of the app before giving it to the general public (as it did with Direct). However, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserted back in March that he sees private messaging as the company’s future.

Threads appears to be part of the efforts of Facebook’s latest vision of making private messaging become a reality.

Will Facebook succeed this time? Or will it falter with just another failed launch?

Best Instagram Marketing Strategies

Best Instagram Marketing Strategies to Promote Your Niche-Focused Business

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platforms currently making to the frontline of the Internet. With more than a billion accounts, Instagram has created quite an impact especially among teens. It has become a social networking website that one just can’t ignore. It has now become an integral part of our lives and what’s more? It has also become quite the resource to promote business. 

However, not every brand on the Instagram market has earned its significant liberty to rapidly grow as some have. Doesn’t it make you wonder what some of these major brands are doing that’s working out for them? I am also eagerly interested just as you are. So, I took some time off from my busy schedule and performed the necessary research. Here are a few Instagram marketing strategies to help you promote your business effectively on Instagram. Now, you can also turn 0 to 100 real quick. 

Build a Community Around Actionable Hashtags

It is a great strategy that is most commonly observed being practiced by some of the major brands. 

Actionable Hashtags

To best explain the concept, let’s consider Nike. The business chose to run their Winter Campaigns captioned as “Choose Your Winter.” Nike used a hashtag campaigning method titled as #runfree campaign which really attracted a great number of audience and before you know it, the hashtag became quite the trend. Nike benefited from the hashtag by building its own community around it. 

You as a starter brand can do the same as well. Pick out hashtags or create the ones that are really impactful. Now custom-tailor your brand campaigns to favor these hashtags and run your campaigns. 

For example, Infatuation is a trendy restaurant review website found back in the year 2009. These guys weren’t quite the popular review sites on the Internet block, but with their hashtag #EEEEEATS, they created a significant impact and earned their popularity. The hashtag give them quite the virality. 

Be an Empath, and Relate to Your Followers

Most brands and businesses are empathic so they aim to understand their target audiences. By knowing the teeny tiniest bit of details and happenings in their life, they are able to create Instagram posts that are quite an attraction for them. As a brand, I am sure you’ve already established a few buyer personas of your own, and you already have an idea of what your average lead may look like. 

However now, it is that time when you have to seek why they are present on Instagram. Are they coming to Instagram because they want to kill boredom or are they there to check on their friends? 

A great example of empathy on Instagram is

empathy on Instagram is

So how can brands become empathic? 

Let’s assume that one of your clients love cakes and he or she gets super excited when they see one on their Instagram feeds. You are a cake selling brand and hence, you take some snazzy looking images of the cake. Now, just optimizing your Instagram campaign to show those images on client’s feed isn’t going to be enough. What you require is a bit of captioning and an Instagram harpoon. 

What are Instagram harpoons? These are humorously designed and well-written social captions. 

For instance, 

“Who would love to have this CAKE on a Sunday Breezy Morning with her beloveds? #sundaybreezymornings #fonduecakes #cakeseason 

Your Biography Plays a Significant Role

When you are creating your Instagram bio, just keep in mind that you design them a whole lot differently than your Facebook & LinkedIn profile. Your Instagram shouldn’t contain any boring details such as your long lasting Resumes and professional qualifications. What audiences nowadays are basically seeking is how human-like is the brand and can it connect with the audience requirements?  

For example, check how Mesmereyez, halloween contact lenses selling business has done it correctly.

To make your brand bio details shine out among your competitors, you can use a mix of emojis and humorous single-liners and create a more humanized connection between yourself and the audience. 

Why Not Share Videos on Your Instagram

The video feature on Instagram is not anything new but it has gained some significant popularity over-time. Many brands who are promoting their businesses on Instagram are leveraging the power of short 15-second videos to ensure that their brand message is heard loud and clear on social podiums. 

For example, here’s a video campaign that Oreo ran earlier this year. 

The campaign was pretty much designed to promote a chance to win something with Oreo. 

However, you can use video in different number of ways instead. You can use a video to promote a product launch taking place, for example, over here Oreo is marketing one of its maple creme cookies.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1bbsOclSdw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Or you can share some behind-the-scenes funny moments like Oreo did with Wiz Khalifa. 

You can even embed these Instagram videos on your website, if you have one. That’s the only puzzle which you are missing out on, to complete your perfect Instagram marketing circle once and for all. 

Promote Your Instagram Just About Everywhere

Creating a profile on Instagram and marketing your content consistently isn’t going to get you anywhere. If you want people to see your profile or reach out to you, then you need to make sure you promote your Instagram in other places as well. For instance, if you have a homepage or different product pages interconnecting to your social networks, put your Instagram social icon there as well.

Start internally by asking your stakeholders to share your Instagram account using relevant business hashtags. Learning the art of hashtagging is significantly important, and businesses who know how to leverage that art are the ones that expressively grow then those who don’t put their focus on it at all. 

Include your Instagram icon in your email signatures, on your social profiles, in your business cards, on websites and just about everywhere which can give your Instagram profile a good exposure. 

Instagram is the future’s way forward for businesses. It is not only growing at an immense pace but more than half the society is actively using it on a daily basis. Businesses who fails to pay attention to Instagram marketing often suffer a business backlash. It’s because they normally leave a large market untapped! If you haven’t invested your time in Instagram advertising and marketing, now is the time. 

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KFC introduces artificial meat and also sends it for free

According to Bloomberg News, KFC announced that it will cooperate with the artificial meat company Beyond Meat.

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eFootball PES 2020 on mobile platforms in October

The PES franchise will be back on mobiles in October, to the delight of football fans. Konami has planned to incorporate many of the new features of the PC version and consoles.

eFootball PES 2020 will appear on iOS and Android at the end of October. Konami is stepping up the pressure by promising that the PC and console versions will also be available for mobile platforms.

Always in the radius of the gameplay, the simulation will be more realistic with improved behavior in the grip of the ball and an artificial intelligence better controlled for the game in defense.

PES 2020 will select a game or derby every week, players can then choose a team and try to win rewards.

Several clubs will appear in the game, under agreements with Konami. This will be the case of Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich and Juventus of Turin. They will be added to the already available clubs like FC Barcelona.

Google To Disable Youtube Messaging Feature from September 18

Google announced that it will soon turn off YouTube private messaging. This decision is for two reasons. 1) Not many people use YouTube Messaging. 2) Most children are using this feature, which brings them security issues.

This feature was launched in 2017; however, due to the availability of other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, this feature is not universal. Although Google has not yet announced the official date, it is rumored that the feature will be closed after September 18.

YouTube is a video streaming platform that no one can complete. But this feature is not just for such a platform. After reanalysis, the company decided to stop using the messaging option. In addition, YouTube plans to focus more on improving public conversations than on wasting resources on this available feature.

Do not sleep with your smartphone charging in bed

Shortly after falling asleep, a 19-year-old woman from Michigan (United States) woke up with burns and a severe pain in her neck. Thinking that this wound was due to her collar, she pulled it out and headed for local emergencies. The source of this evil was actually different.

After examination, this injury was actually caused by the charger of her phone whose cable was under her pillow. The power supply was plugged into the power grid, but the phone was not charging at that time. According to the doctors quickly established the link:

We think that his injury was caused by the electric current from the charger, the end of which probably touched his collar, which allowed the current to pass“.

As a result of this incident, the doctors remind that “all devices using a USB charger can cause this type of accident“.

In addition, a study revealed at the beginning of the year that many generic chargers do not pass the electrical safety tests. It is therefore advisable to avoid first-price chargers of unknown brands to favor those of manufacturers or trusted and reputable third-party brands.

WordPress Buys Tumblr For $10 million

The site was worth more than $ 1 billion six years ago. It has been bought by the publisher of WordPress for only a few million.

The site was bought by Yahoo in 2013 for $1.1 billion. Tumblr was at the peak of its popularity, before falling to be sold for only a few million to Automattic, the publisher of WordPress. The exact amount of the transaction is not known, but the American press agrees that it would be a priori less than $ 10 million, less than 1% of the amount that Tumblr was worth there six years.

Finally, Automattic recovers Tumblr for a pittance, and the publisher of WordPress has said that the return of explicit content on the site was absolutely not in the program. The company simply said it would take over some 200 employees of the site, and that the services and features of Tumblr and WordPress would connect them without further clarification.

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Play Pass: Google is testing a $ 4.99 subscription

It seems that Google has some ideas behind the head to improve its Play Store. As Android Police tells us, the Mountain View company is currently testing a monthly subscription called “Play Pass” giving us access to countless games and even usually paid applications on the Google Play Store. This service will cost $ 4.99 per month, with a free 10-day trial, and will not only allow users to get their hands on as much paid app as they wish but will also be exempt from ads and other purchases in-apps.

If Android Police says that with the “Play Pass”, we can get their hands on paid applications, the target remains the mobile players with a wide offer covering all categories. Google could also offer new games to push its users to subscribe to its subscription. Obviously, Google could simply add a “Explore Google Play Pass” section in its Play Store, and should not launch an app dedicated to this new service, according to the screenshots of Android Police.

New WhatsApp Scam Gives Free 1000GB of Data

Recently we have realized a new round of scams on WhatsApp. The report shows that a message has been circulating, claiming that it will provide 1000GB of free mobile data for the follow-up users. Fraud is done through fraudulent websites through fake websites that also provide other fraudulent means for well-known brands.

Beware of the new WhatsApp scam!

Once the user clicks on the link, they are immediately redirected to a website asking them questions to prove their eligibility for 1000GB of “free” data. Officials warned users to be wary of such fraud because their purpose was to involve users in “click fraud.” By redirecting fraudulent users to their website, fraudsters can create fake ad clicks and then generate revenue for the operators of any campaign.

It is important for users to understand any such fraud, as they can greatly harm them and even violate their privacy.

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CONFIRMED! TikTok To Launch Their Own Smartphone This Year

The company ByteDance behind the virus video-sharing app TikTok will soon launch its own smartphone.

A few months ago, rumors about equipment were common, but now the spokesperson of the Chinese giant officially confirmed this development.

They said the device is working to extend the company’s product portfolio beyond news and video applications.

The company’s representative did not say much about the function of the phone, but the Chinese outlet “Financial” reported that under the leadership of former Smartisan executive Wu Dezhou, the company’s development lasted seven months.

In other words, we do want the phone to offer some ByteDance-owned apps, from TikTok and IM Feiliao to the news app Jinri Toutiao, and possibly music streaming services.

Basically, if the device does not provide the ideal software/hardware, people may not purchase it when they choose to install the same ByteDance application on a better device.

Is WhatsApp Offering 1000 GB Of Free Data On Its 10th Birthday? Don’t Fall For The Scam

WhatsApp just turned 10 and this hasn’t escaped the notice of cybercriminals. It appears that some party-poopers are not interested in the cake; they are just looking for ways to exploit the anniversary.

ESET Researchers received a WhatsApp message offering 1000GB of free internet data to celebrate the 10th Birthday of WhatsApp. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a case of WhatsApp generosity as it is purported to be, and nor is the offer genuine. It is a scam that many unwittingly fell prey to.

Given that 10 is a big number and gifts to loyal members were in order, it would be a piece of cake to get an unwary user carried away by the fraudulent promotion.

What does the message say?

The message says, “WhatsApp Offers 1000GB Free Internet!” with a link to click for more details. Here’s what raises the red flag; the link isn’t an official WhatsApp domain, which makes us suspicious that all isn’t what it seems. However, given that many businesses have a propensity to run their promotions through third party organizations, in an attempt to validate fraudulent plays like the one we are just talking about, it’s not surprising to see that so many people clicked through.

Those who did, found themselves at a landing page, carrying the WhatsApp logo, and announcing: “We offer you 1000 GB free internet without Wi-Fi! On the occasion of our 10th anniversary of WhatsApp.” Not only is the message poorly composed, it is overlaid by a hideous yellow countdown sticker, listing the number of rewards left, creating a sense of urgency, and a survey question on the side asking how you found out about the offer.

Once the user is done answering all the questions, a pop-up explains that the promotional message must be shared with at least 30 other WhatsApp users before the user qualifies for the promotional giveaway.

Is any malware installed?

Upon further delving into the matter, ESET researchers found no evidence of any malicious software running at the back, or of any scraped personal information that could be changed at any time by the perpetrators. For now, the culprits seem content to “rack up bogus ad clicks that ultimately bring revenues for the operators”, asserts ESET. As expected, the fraudulent campaign is hosted by a domain that houses a plethora of brand-led so-called promotional offers from famous brands like Rolex, Nestle, and Adidas.

“What strikes us right off the bat here is that the URL that comes with the message is not an official WhatsApp domain,” the researchers said on Monday. Even though it is not uncommon for brands to run promotions through third parties from time to time, it is always prudent to check the company’s website to make sure any promotion is valid and real.

Can WhatsApp prevent this kind of scam?

This is yet another instant that proves how deep the degeneration of digital marketplace is. Even a highly secure app like WhatsApp can be vulnerable to easy exploitation by malicious actors. Some say that the “freemium” pricing strategy that offers free of charge services to all users, has been detrimental to both cybersecurity and privacy.

Even though ESET has guaranteed that the scam hasn’t phished for credentials, who is to say this won’t be the case next time as well. This seemingly innocuous prank could have done so much more damage. If that happened, you could end up losing significant sums of money and access to internet accounts– because hackers could gain control of your online identity. Cyber-boffins also warn that the scammers could potentially install “malicious software” on your device as well via the link.  

“The whole 1000 GB for WhatsApp 10th birthday seems legit,” Thornton-Trump says, “I mean who pays for WhatsApp? It’s a great attack to phish for credentials to WhatsApp and then pivot to other services on the largely correct assumption a common password will be used across all the victim’s accounts.”

So, the question remains: How can WhatsApp make sure this kind of scam doesn’t happen again?  The only thing WhatsApp can do is start a cyber counterintelligence campaign, go out in public and admit to users that this is a scam. Education seems to be our only hope in circumventing such wide scale frauds.

Everything Interesting to Know About the Ghost Recon Breakpoint

The next series which is about to come out in the Tom Clancy’s breathtaking thriller is none other but the Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Set to build on the same environment and gaming engine on which the Ghost Recon Wildland has been built, the game is about to bring a military survival aspect into life. There is so much what’s about to take place in the new Breakpoint sequel putting a deeper focus at what’s it like to battle out in an open world battle-field with constant threat awaiting you at the horizon. 

The game is going to be a little different from the previous versions because the battle mode in it is about to get more tactical. This battle is about to travel from Bolivia into the Pacific island of Auroa. The island is home to a Skell technology facility and your story begins when your helicopter crashes somewhere on the island. With limited gear, you may now have to survive the enemy threat all around. 

And guess who you are about to face in this game? 

Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) is about to make the game a whole lot challenging for you.

As far as the Release Date is Concerned… 

For all those tactical combat survival gameplay fans out there, there is some happy news waiting for you just around the corner. And for the record,  Ubisoft has recently confirmed the game is set to launch on the 4th of October, 2019. The game is going to appear on all platforms including PC, Xbox One and PS4 likewise giving an ultimate experience to gamers from around the world.  

And that’s not all there is to it for all the Breakpoint fans out there, 

Alongside the release of the new cinematic trailer featuring Jon Bernthal’s character as Colonel Cole D. Walker during E3 2019 event, the game developers also presented exciting news for fans out there. 

Breakpoint’s Beta version is apparently set to release at least a month before the official release on the 5th of September 2019. To access beta, players will have to register themselves before the date. 

The access for the beta version will be available to all those who register themselves only may it be through PS4, Xbox or PC. If you’re a fan of Ghost Recon and would love to get your hands on the action before the official release, you can pre-purchase the game and get your hands on the beta too. 

Gun Shots, Drones and Celebrities?! Is there More? 

The official trailer for the Ghost Recon Breakpoint reveals several in-game features and explains what players can expect from the game. To be precise, one thing is for sure that we are about to see some interesting gun battles, tactical takeouts, and extreme survivability. If you have a knack for stealthy action, then Breakpoint has got it along with battles using helicopters, planes, speedboats and advanced technology. And talking about celebrities, we’ve got Bernthal who appears as a masked poncho at the end of the cinematic trailer. Happens to be that Mr. Bernthal is about to lead his own team of wolves to find you and gun you down. 

As the game depicts, Colonel Walker (Jon Bernthal) happens to be a Ghost gone rogue and that makes things quite a lot more challenging for the players. You, as a Ghost, have to battle another Ghost who is equally equipped with the same talent just as you’re. So, in a way, you will be battling someone who holds the same expertise and similar strategic mind just as you do; who knows where and how the danger is going to come around knocking right at your doorstep. One way or the other, you gotta have to stay careful and on your toes. 

Eager to learn where Bernthal comes in? Why not download the latest Wildlands DLC Operation Oracle where you and Bernthal will co-op missions together. Learn how your buddy ex-ghost turns rogue. 

Everything Interesting About the Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

So what’s in store for all the eager fans of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint just waiting to play this game? 

Semi-Permanent Injuries

Unlike any other Ghost Recon game, the Breakpoint injuries are going to be lethal and will affect your overall gameplay. If your character takes a lot of damage in the Ghost Recon Breakpoint, you will get inflicted with a semi-permanent wound. Such wounds will impact your aim sensitivity to your movement speed. The severity of the wound will eventually decide how bad you are going to perform. 

Injuries can happen through a stab, a gunshot wound or even while traversing the landscape. Suppose that you slip and take a fall 20ft below in a ditch and break your leg, be prepared to crawl your way out. 

There is no particular news on how players can get themselves injured, there might be many others that we aren’t aware of now. But, the only way to heal is by using ailments, syringes or back to Bivouacs. 

Create Bivouacs Around the Map

Speaking of Bivouacs, these are temporary shelters usually built using leaves and a prop to set up the tent. Mountaineers and soldiers often make bivouacs when they are in a battle or busy hiking. 

In Breakpoint, be prepared to create bivouacs across the entire map of the game. 

It will be a place for your character to rest and heal up on injuries. Here, they can also improve their character’s class as well as improve his gears. Bivouacs will also work as a fast-travel point for the players. So, the next time they are about to embark on a mission, they can easily travel to a nearby Bivouac instead of crossing the entire map on foot. 

More Military Vehicles & Better Loot Drops

In Ghost Recon Wildlands, there are plenty of military vehicles but only a few come with mounted weapons. However, in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, things are about to change because you will see more armored vehicles, attack helicopters, and jeeps with mounted weapons. If that’s not all, then better be prepared for some drones and other advanced technologies which will be on the go to hunt you down. 

Another great thing about the Breakpoint is going to be enemy loot drops. Unlike Wildlands, enemy goons will drop different rarity weapons. Not clearly sure what stats they will hold, they will turn out to be uncommon weapons which players wouldn’t be expecting to get their hands-on easily in the game. 

One more interesting thing about the game is that it will contain interesting gear and cosmetics. As a new player, you can access these cosmetics and gears by simply unlocking chests across the map.  

Exciting New Way to Camouflage 

Are enemies about to chase you down and you can’t find a natural cover nearby? Why not blend in with the mud on the ground. In the new Breakpoint, you will have the ability to cover yourself in mud so it becomes difficult for your enemies to spot you. It is not quite an interactive new add-on, but it is definitely something new which hasn’t been adopted by any of the previous versions of Ghost Recon. 

The camouflage is just another trick up your sleeve which you can make use of in dire situations. 

But that’s not all where Ubisoft draws the line with its magnanimously amazing release of the new Ghost Recon Breakpoint; players are about to see some raids where four players can co-op together. Not only that, players will have a new way of breaching enemy compounds and will experience class-based progression during the game. And that’s not all, because there will be more so stay tuned. 

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Wolfenstein Youngblood Trending On Top After It Released On Xbox One and PC and

Wolfenstein Youngblood is a sequel to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The game took place decades after the first game, followed by the B. J. Blazkowicz twins. Their father was missing and they came to him.

This game is held in France, allowing you to pick up weapons again against the Nazis and kill them with some crazy violence. Fortunately, Wolfenstein: Youngblood offers online cooperatives so you can work with friends.

You can now buy Wolfenstein: Youngblood for $30 at Amazon or Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced, running on the system at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. In order to maintain the frame rate, the title uses dynamic resolution. However, if you want clear image quality, you can choose to turn it off.

Huawei To Launch First 5G Phone in September

Huawei To Launch First 5G Phone in September

According to the latest report, the phone has entered the testing phase. In addition, sources claim that their development is nearing the final stage. Zhao Ming, president of the company, said:

“2019 will be the year that 5G will take off in China, so the honor will bring its own equipment using the next-generation network.”

In addition, the upcoming mobile phone still relies on the internally developed Balong 5000 5G modem. It will reach 4.6 Gbps in the main 5G band and 6.5 Gbps in the high-frequency band. If that’s the case, the performance of 5G phones will be incredible.

President Zhao Ming also confirmed that the performance of mobile phones will be extraordinary. At the same time, the design of the device will bring new standards in mobile phone manufacturing. Therefore, 5G Phone by Honor is expected to bring new and better designs and outstanding performance. There is no further statement about it. Let’s see what happens next. Until then, please stay tuned for more updates.

These Huawei Devices Getting Stable EMUI 9.1 Update

The new update brings some software improvements, bug fixes and GPU Turbo 3.0. The interface also includes improved graphics to provide a better game at the expense of battery life.

7 Huawei and 3 honor devices will receive EMUI 9.1 update

It also comes with EROFS (Extensible Read Only File System), which increases read speed by 20%. However, the update is very heavy and you need 2 GB of system storage.

Below is a complete list of devices that will be updated.

  • Honor 10
  • Honor V10
  • Honor Play
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei nova 3
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design

Instagram To Hide The Like Counts With New Update

Instagram is testing in several countries to determine whether hiding similar numbers and the number of views received by the video will have a positive impact on users.

The company is expanding its experiments from Canada to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Brazil.

While users can still see the number of likes and views they receive on a post, their followers can only see their own name “and other people” instead of a similar count.

In this way, Instagram is designed to try to reduce the low self-esteem that is usually ignited by young users of the platform.

FaceApp Now Holds 150 Million User’s Personal Information

For all those who haven’t turned themselves into an old version yet and published it on Facebook, you are the few who still haven’t handed over your personal information to a company called the FaceApp. 

Yes, FaceApp holds personal information on more than 150 million individuals from around the world. 

What is FaceApp?

FaceApp is a smartphone app which allows individuals to apply different filters on their own pictures and friends. The app has gained significant popularity over the course of time because of one of the filters. This filter allows users to transform their youthful images into an older version of themselves.

It is a fun app that offers a few laughs to everybody but recently, cybersecurity experts have shown significant concern. They did a bit of research and found that the app is constructed by a company called Wireless Lab located in Russia, and according to its terms and conditions, the company holds complete authority to use your information in any possible way they think they would want to use it. 

Why is FaceApp a Greater Risk for the Audience? 

Here’s a snippet from their terms and conditions policy. 

Do you remember how the Cambridge Analytica scandal stirred up? Many Facebook users unknowingly participated in the “This Is Your Digital Life” personality quiz later to find out that by using this app, they can allow third-parties to gain access to data from them and their friends. 

This is what led to the great debacle of Facebook and hence, Facebook was called upon by the govt. 

Robert Siciliano, a security awareness expert t Safr.Me. says, 

“Consumers just think it’s fun and blindly share. Any app gathering data points that could lead to facial recognition should be a concern especially when it’s being by government agencies”

Siciliano further added, 

“There has been a lot of worry regarding Russian-based companies whose hands are being forced by the Russian government [when] they require backdoor access to the companies’ data and servers,”

FaceApp has earned its popularity previously from different other filters that it has to offer. For instance, the app is pretty accurately known for gender change or skin lightening effects. 

But, the aging filter has hands down swept a massive chunk of appreciation from the fan club. 

It has gone pretty viral and attracted the attention of over a million users. 

Even celebrities such as Jonas Brothers and rappers like Drake have posted their old selfies. 

What these celebrities and individuals fail to understand or realize is that once these pictures are uploaded to the cloud, the user has lost his/her control over the image. And that is the greatest risk of using this app.

Why You Should Be Extra Careful When Using the FaceApp?

FaceApp’s privacy policy states that,

“may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.”

Personal information falling into the wrong hands can have some real detrimental effect to your well-being. Imagine your images are circulating around weird websites in the state of Russia? 

Let’s not forget that it is the same government which was accused to interfere in 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Anywhere in the app’s privacy policy, the organization hasn’t mentioned even a single clause that states what measures are they taking to safeguard user content stored on servers. 

Instead, they casually claim that the information can be transacted and used cross borders. 

What if Your Images Are Used for Facial Recognition? 

FaceApp states that it can use any image, in any way they want. It means that your images can be used to market different products in advertisements, they can be included as free stock photos on different websites, in fact, it can be used for facial recognition which may end you up in losing data. 

As the app states, 

“to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed”

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Vivo S1 Launches with 32MP Selfie Camera

The Global Vivo S1 is a redesigned Vivo Y7s. The global version comes with a 6.38-inch FHD + resolution Super AMOLED display and the Helio P65 SoC. Let’s take a look at the other specifications of the phone.

The phone has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are also some improvements in the global version. This 25MP pop-up camera was replaced by 32MP. However, it does not have a pop-up camera, but the camera is located in the drop recess. However, the rear camera was also replaced by a 16 MP shooter to capture beautiful photos.

Improvement does not stop there. The global Vivo S1 version comes with a display fingerprint scanner. The phone is also equipped with a powerful 4,500 mAh battery instead of a 3,940 mAh battery.

The phone uses the Android Pie-based Funtouch OS 9, which provides a complete Google service. The left button can be used to activate the company’s own assistant, Jovi, with just two clicks and Google Assistant.

The global S1 uses Cosmic Green and Skyline Blue colors. The phone will first land in Indonesia for $260.

79% Companies Are Still Using Windows 7

From July to 2020, Windows 7 will stop receiving official Microsoft support, which is likely to result in a large number of devices without security patches.

The study also highlighted how 79% of companies wait for Microsoft to release updates before installing them. Considering that some people are worried that a bad patch may cause trouble for their internal activities, the question of the reliability of the update may be behind.

The company said it expects 99% of the software running on Windows 7 to fully support Windows 10 and the remaining 1% will help.

Customer support for Windows 7 will still be available after January 2020, but the annual cost will be higher. In the first year after EOL, organizations will have to pay $50 for each Windows 7 device and then double it next year.

Fiverr Now Offering Coaches For Fortnite and PUBG Players

Fiverr International is making great use of “Fortnite” and “PUBG” by contacting online game experts who will help them complete the game while helping the company earn some money in the process.

Fortnite and PUBG have achieved great success worldwide. Both games have an arena-style survival concept called “fighting royale” where 100 gamers are placed on the island to fight each other for survival.

Starting at $5, players can register on the site to learn survival skills and how to choose the best landing point and gun.

Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo has just introduced a smaller, more affordable Switch model Switch Lite.

Switch Lite integrates controls and does not support video output to TV. Having said that, Switch Lite is designed for handheld gaming design. You can only support handheld mode games in the Nintendo Switch Library and easily identify them via the Handheld Mode icon.

Switch Lite features a 5.5-inch 720p touchscreen display and battery life of approximately 3 to 7 hours, depending on the game you play. Due to the more energy-efficient chip layout, the battery mileage is slightly better than the Switch (about 2.5 to 6.5 hours).

Switch Lite will be available on September 20th and will retail for $199.99 in three colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. Screen savers for Switch Lite will also be available.