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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.

Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone XR2 Price in US

Apple iPhone 11, 11 Max and XR2 Price in the US

According to foreign media sources, there are still more than two months left before the release of the new iPhone. According to the previous new iPhone conference time, it can be seen that the iPhone 11 is expected to hold a press conference on September 12.

In terms of the selling price, the international the version of the offer price is exposed, the iPhone XR2 starts at $986; the iPhone 11 starts at $1291; the iPhone 11 Max starts at $1421. This year’s price has been further improved compared with previous years. After all, the material cost has increased, and it is reasonable to adjust the price slightly. Moreover, the iPhone is not bad for a few hundred yuan.

As we all know, the iPhone 11 will use the rear-mounted Yuba three-camera combination to continue to use Liu Haiping. Sometimes it is ugly to the extreme. I hope this design style can be loved.

Xiaomi Released Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Edition

Xiaomi’s subsidiary Redmi recently launched a new limited edition K20 Pro. The Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Edition features a non-graded black back that is different from other colors.

A limited edition of the phone is being launched to pay tribute to the Marvel hero.

However, there is currently no comment on mobile phone prices and global availability.

Here’s a Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Review if you want check it out.

Let’s take a look at the packaging of the phone.

For the 6/64 GB variant, the Redmi K20 is priced at $289. However, the Avengers version is expected to be more expensive than the other versions. Let’s see what happens next. Stay tuned for more updates.

Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram suffer global downtime

Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram suffer global downtime

According to Newsweek, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffered major disruptions on Thursday, and images and video reports were not loaded, affecting users worldwide.

DownDetector is a platform for tracking website issues in real time, documenting the huge surge in some of the world’s largest social networking platforms. A large number of users expressed their frustration with mistakes and failures on Twitter – this is not the first major blackout this week.

These companies did not comment on the reasons behind these issues.

Interruptions on major social media platforms are unlikely to last long and should resume normal service soon.

US Lifts Ban On Huawei

The good part of this news is that the Huawei trade ban has been lifted. President Trump announced at a press conference that the US companies will once again cooperate with Huawei.

Huawei’s trade ban was promoted to Trump allowing US companies to do business with Huawei again

Trump said at the G20 summit in Osaka:

“We. Companies can sell their equipment to Huawei”

All Huawei mobile phone users can now breathe a sigh of relief. When Huawei and Google continue to work as before, they will be able to get security and system updates.

Google Maps Will Alert You If Your Taxi Goes Off-Route

Recently, we have learned that the Google Maps app now guarantees your safety by reminding you if your taxi is going off-route.

Google Maps has recently received a new update. The new update brings a feature that will alert you whenever your taxi or car transfers 500 meters. This is a very good security feature. After obtaining this update, a new and important change will occur, which will become the banner at the top, indicating:

“If your driver turns to 500 meters (0.31 miles), you will receive an alert.”

New WhatsApp Feature Will Let You Watch Videos in Separate Window

The new update will allow you to view the video clip in a separate pop-up window that will remain active as long as you are on the phone. The famous leaker WABetaInfo revealed the news.

What’s new in WhatsApp will change the way you watch videos in a chat
This new feature will let the video play on the window, and WhatsApp will continue to run in the background. If you have finished watching the video, you can turn it off by clicking the “x” button.

Both of these features are currently in beta and may be available by the end of the year. However, to take advantage of some of the new features of WhatsApp, download the WhatsApp beta 2.19.177 for Android from the Google Play Store.

FACEBOOK

Facebook Cut Its Ties With Huawei

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook announced Friday that it will separate Huawei from popular social networking apps to further comply with US sanctions and further isolate China’s leading technology companies that are considered a national security threat by Washington.

A social media giant has announced that President Donald Trump has taken a step further in order to ban Huawei from US technology exports, concerned about working with China’s intelligence services. “We are reviewing the Commerce Department’s final rules and the recently issued temporary temporary license, and are taking steps to ensure compliance,” a spokeswoman for Facebook told AFP.

The California-based company said that people with existing Huawei smartphones with Facebook applications will continue to be able to use and download application updates provided by Facebook.

Huawei has become the world’s second largest smartphone vendor due to security concerns from Washington, the move by Facebook is the latest. Last month, Google cut off the deal with Huawei and said it would be difficult to get major apps from major US companies.

The Latest Version of Monopoly Is Cracking Down On Cheaters With A New Voice-Controlled Banker

For most people, Monopoly is less a board game and more a device that fuels family feuds. Almost every family breaks out the box around the holiday season, but it inevitably always ends in arguments and fallouts, followed by hours of not talking to each other.  A new study proves that it causes more fights than scuffed boats in an old west saloon.

On a creepy note, internet is replete with morbid tales of stabbings, break ups, and flipped tables after someone has stretched the rules (If you have heard of the 60-year-old New Mexican woman who repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend after accusing him of cheating at Monopoly.).

In an attempt thwart every Monopoly game from turning into fisticuffs, the Monopoly team recently conducted a survey of 2,000 board game players to find out the top ways fans cheat on the sly.

Monopoly decided to step up and turn the tables on avid cheaters. The upcoming Monopoly Voice Activated Banking Game, projected to be available by 1st July, 2019, adds a voice-activated top hat that acts as an omnipotent banker who oversees the game’s financial transactions. Under its stringent scrutiny, even the most ruthless thieves don’t stand a chance!

Basic gameplay is the same; you skip around the board, purchase properties, and construct houses and hotels on which your fellow players pay a rent when they land on them. Only, here, you Press one of the buttons on the hat and utter a command like ‘pay rent on Whitechapel road’ and leave it to Mr. Monopoly to respond and transfer the payment to an opponent’s account.

Let’s say you just landed on Trafalgar Square, you simply press the button that represents you as a player and let the top hat know of your intent; it will automatically subtract the requisite amount from your balance. Same goes for when you pick up a community card that entails you to pay your taxes or when “it’s your birthday and each player has to part with 10”.

Hasbro promises faster and more infallible gameplay as players will be able to trade and buy properties as well as erect hotels and houses faster through voice commands.

From the product description, we know that the set includes a game-board, 22 Title Deed Cards, 16 hotels, 16 houses, four Reference cards, one Get Out of Jail Free card, two dice, four player tokens, and a game guide. The board game accommodates two to four players at a time and is suitable for ages 8 and up.

For me, the silver lining is not having to slag off the thankless job of “banker” on to a Math-nerd friend. Now, you can trust the voice-activated hat to manage all your money and properties. Oh and since it doesn’t connect to the Internet, shed off all worries about eaves-droppers at Hasbro listening into you sayig horrible things to your family in a rage. Thank God for that. Fortunately, the game doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, so it won’t hurt to try it out on your next family rendezvous and fingers crossed, our voices won’t carry two blocks!

Oh, and just like good old  Mr. Monopoly, or formerly Rich Uncle Penny bags, the disturbingly anthropomorphic hat shouts “bankrupt” at you unceremoniously! Now that’s hilarious; I mean if it’s happening to your sister… ahem, I mean any opponent!

YouTube Moving Kids Content Out Of Its Main Site

The Kids Video and Family Video Blog channel on YouTube is one of the most popular channels on video streaming sites. However, in the past, YouTube had problems managing video for children. There are at least 6 channels for children, with 1.6 billion views per week.

Since 2015, when a series of disturbing videos and allegations of unsafe behavior have appeared on the YouTube Kids app, this issue has not been resolved.

However, this time, executives have stepped in and are looking for a solution.

Since February, YouTube and Google CEOs Susan Wojcicki and Sundar Pichai have decided to close comments on most children’s videos. This is the way to stop the spread of predatory comments. They also prohibit minors from going to work without an adult in the room.

US Lawmakers Forcing Facebook To Stop Launching Facebook Libra

A US lawmaker said that Facebook should postpone the launch of the Libra cryptocurrency – hours after the social network officially announced the project.

Libra, which will be launched next year, will allow people to pay through Facebook apps and WhatsApp.

But according to the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the company should wait until the US Congress to consider the project.

Facebook expressed its expectation to respond to questions from policy makers.

Democratic Party Congresswoman Maxin Waters said: “Considering the company’s past difficulties, I asked Facebook to agree to suspend any action on the development of cryptocurrencies until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to review these issues and take action.”

She cited the company’s history of disputes involving user data and called on Facebook executives to testify before her committee.

Users will be Able to Recover their Instagram Hacked Accounts

Instagram is testing a new in-app account recovery process. This process will help restore Instagram hacked accounts.

As part of the new testing process, in order to recover, users are asked to fill in their personal information, such as their original email address or phone number, and then send their six-digit code to their chosen contact information.

This new method helps ensure account recovery even if the hacker changes the username and contact information associated with the account.

According to reports, through this new process, Instagram also intends to prevent hackers from using email or phone numbers to take over accounts from different devices.

Currently, users have to wait for a recovery email or fill out a support form to recover a hacked account, which is actually a long and time-consuming process.

Get Xbox Ultimate Game Pass Almost FREE for Up to 3 Years

Are you an enthusiastic XBOX player?

Rumors have it that the Xbox Live Gold and the Xbox Game Pass are now officially merging together and transforming into a single subscription.

You can now have a single $15 a month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription plan which will include all PC games and Xbox games alike.

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However, what you may fail to realize is that you can upgrade your subscription up to three years of Xbox Live gold subscription plan for $1.

Here’s what Microsoft has announced on its official announcement page,

New members and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console members can join or upgrade today and get their first month for just $1. Additionally, if you’re a current Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member, and have prepaid months on your account, you’ll get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate credit for those months when you upgrade.

Source: news.xbox.com

According to Microsoft’s FAQ,

“As an Insider benefit, when you join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to give feedback, we will apply any prepaid time you have on Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass or both toward Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, up to a maximum of 36-months.”

Source: news.xbox.com

It is a dream come true for all those who have the Xbox Live Gold subscription. If you have an existing Gold subscription on the Xbox Live, you can easily convert that into a Game Pass Ultimate when you apply for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 1-month for $1 deal on the Microsoft account.

The Benefits of Getting an Xbox Ultimate Pass

Here’s what you are going to get when you will activate your Xbox Ultimate Pass.

  • You will get instant access to a 100 games on Xbox one.
  • The PC version of the Game Pass which is in the beta.
  • Access any title of the Xbox Game on the day of its release.
  • Access to Gold titles on Xbox which means more free games.
  • Complete online multiplayer support for Xbox Players.

How to Avail this Amazing Deal!

This online method of securing a deal was first identified Slickdeals thread.

Since the time, the trick has been revealed people have started using this deal and as a result, and many of them have easily landed with 404 errors.

So if you are all up for doing this practice until you get it right, here it is:

  • Start at your main Microsoft account page.
  • Go to the “services and subscriptions” tab at the top of the page — this will show what you currently subscribed to (or not).
  • Before applying the 1-month-for-$1 deal to your account, extend your Xbox Live Gold subscription by buying additional months. 
  • You can get 12 months of Live Gold for $60, although there are a few Live Gold deals out there that can bring the cost down to less than $50 for 12 months (CD Keys, Rakuten and Costco). Some people also have Microsoft Rewards they can convert into months of Live Gold. (Get separate 6- or 12-month codes, but opt for the latter where possible.)
  • You’ll want to get to as close to June 17, 2022, as your Xbox Live Gold expiration date to maximize the deal.
  • So, yes: You’ve now spent as much as $180 for 3 years of Xbox Live Gold ($60 x 3). But, you would’ve presumably spent that anyway. 
  • You can get an extra month of Xbox Live Gold when you turn on auto-renew (recurring billing) when adding months to your account. You should be given the option after inputting a purchased digital code for 12 months of Gold, for example.
  • In your account settings, check when your Xbox Live Gold subscription is due to expire. Again, that’s under the “Services and Subscriptions” tab.   
  • Once you’ve confirmed you’ve extended your Xbox Live Gold subscription to the desired amount, click on the link for the 1-month-for-$1 for Game Pass Ultimate deal.
  • Once that deal is applied to your account, your Xbox Live Gold subscription will be converted to Game Pass Ultimate — and Game Pass Ultimate should be available for the length of your Live Gold subscription. You won’t have to pay anything for up to 36 months.
  • After whatever date your Game Pass Ultimate is listed to expire, you’ll have to pay $14.99 a month to continue it.
  • You can opt not to auto-renew your Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
  • If you opt not to continue Game Pass Ultimate, you could go back to subscribing to only Xbox Live Gold. 

This solution was initially presented by the official CNET network.

Even though, you may have spent a total of $180 and a buck up for this deal. However, based on the Xbox Live Gold costing almost $5 a month you can use the game pass ultimate which costs about $15. You can save up to $360.

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Pokemon Sleep: A Pokemon Game to Give You Entertainment While You Sleep

The Pokemon company has created some of the most amazing marvels in the land of anime; Venusaur, Charizard, Pikachu, Arbok, Nidoqueen, Meowth and Sandslash to name a few.

Above all, Pokemon comes with a sacred motto, “Gotta Catch Em All!” 

Keeping this particular motto in mind, the Pokemon company earlier released a mixed reality game known as the Pokemon Go. The game enabled players to walk around the city and catch their favorite Pokemon characters in different locations. The game created quite a buzz all around the world.

Now, the CEO of the Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara has introduced a fairly new concept.

Imagine if your sleep time can turn into a complete entertainment?

How Will the New Pokemon Sleep App Work?

As the app’s official description states,

“Pokemon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay,”

The new app is currently in its development phase. Little is known about the app, but from what we have heard, the app will track the player’s sleeping pattern and then use that collected information to deliver a remarkable gameplay experience to its users. It will collect data based on how long the user slept, and at what time they will wake up to play the game. Then, Pokemon Sleep will adjust the gameplay accordingly to deliver just the right gaming experience that a user was seeking.

Right after Nintendo observed an amazing success of its Pokemon Go app in the year 2016, Tsunekazu came forward with the idea of capitalizing its budget towards improving the gaming experience for its users. At one of the Tokyo conferences, he revealed that the app will focus on improving an individual’s sleep cycle and then enable them to lead a healthier lifestyle then they are already living.

“Fun Fact: Do you know that there are 340 million units of various Pokemon games sold since 1996?”

In conjunction with the Pokemon Sleep app, a new device called the Pokemon Go Plus Plus will also get launched. This peripheral device will track and monitor your sleep patterns and is set to release in 2020. 

It is just a matter of time until the game launches. Pokémon fans are incredibly fascinated and are dearly waiting for the massive launch. With the New Pokemon Sleep app, they will be able to train their Pokemon even when they are fast asleep.

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Huawei Honor 20 Sold 1 Million Units In 14 Days Amid US Ban

A month ago, the Honor 20 series was launched. Currently, Honor 20 is only available in China, but sales are good. Huawei has confirmed that more than 1 million Honor 20s have been sold in just 14 days. Surprisingly, Honor 20 reached 1 million in a very short time.

The sub-brand also reported that sales of Honor 20 Pro will begin tomorrow.

Honor 20 days to reach 1 million in 14 days

The upcoming Honor 20 Pro will have 8 GB of RAM and two storage options – 128 GB or 256 GB. The prices for the two models are RMB 3,199 (€412/$460) and RMB3,499 (€450/$505).

Huawei Facing 60% Fall In International Shipments

According to a report by Bloomberg on Sunday, Huawei is preparing to reduce international smartphone shipments by 40% to 60%.

The Chinese technology company is studying various options, including launching the latest models of its overseas smartphones.

The report said that the technology giant’s marketing and sales managers internally expect smartphone sales to drop to 40 million to 60 million this year.

At that time, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the restrictions “may slow down, but only slightly” growth.

A similar US ban on China’s ZTE, which weakened the business of Huawei’s small competitors, was weakened before the restrictions were lifted earlier last year.

Huawei laptop launch canceled after US ban

According to Mashable, Huawei’s projected laptop release has been lifted in light of the recent US ban on the company’s purchase of parts and materials from US companies.

Richard Yu, CEO of their commercial consumer group, told NBC that the company’s plans to launch the new MateBook product have been put on hold indefinitely.

Since all of Huawei’s previous MateBook products are based on Intel chips, it can be assumed that Huawei is unable to obtain the necessary components of the new MateBook model, although there are reports that the company has stocked enough products to last at least three months.

In addition, in May, Microsoft stopped launching Huawei notebooks in its online store, which further damaged Huawei’s notebook business.

Huawei will not Launch laptops Due to the US Ban

Huawei plans to launch its laptops a long time ago, but it seems that Chinese tech giants will have to wait longer. Due to the US ban, the company decided not to launch its laptop.

Huawei has indicated that it is not affected by orders passed by the United States. But it seems that the company is in a certain crisis because it must cancel the launch of Huawei notebooks.

Waiting for Huawei laptop will not end soon

Initially, the company’s CEO, Richar Yu, expressed his interest in Huawei’s upcoming MateBook. However, the plan has now changed and the device will be suspended for a while.

Mozilla Firefox Is Launching Their Paid Version

Mozilla will launch an advanced version of its highly acclaimed Firefox browser this fall. In an interview with German media T3N, the company’s CEO Chris Beard said the company plans to launch a new version in October, with features including VPN and secure cloud storage.

The company has experimented with VPN services by partnering with ProtonVPN and offering a $10 subscription. Now, the company is considering providing a certain amount of free VPN bandwidth to help you get started, and then charge an extra fee in the form of a monthly subscription.

There is no news about pricing yet, but a premium version of Firefox focused on privacy seems to be an enticing product, and it is difficult to avoid being tracked by digital devices at the time, and there are a lot of data leaks.

Huawei’s New Nova 5i Coming With Android! Full Specs

Huawei keeps on launching new handsets as per users’ needs. Huawei also gaining real progress with Huawei’s own fast-charging solution.

The latest 40W capabilities are likely to be launched in Huawei’s upcoming Series, Nova 5 series. Moreover, the smartphone maker is getting ready to launch another smartphone launching as Huawei Nova 5i. Previously, it showcased on AnTuTu and Geekbench. Now Huawei Nova 5i Specs showcased on TENAA.

Huawei Nova 5i Specifications

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OayQBuIjnao
  • 6.4-inch FHD+ IPS display
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 6 or 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 24MP main, 8MP secondary, 2MP depth sensors and a TOF camera
  • Fingerprint
  • 3,9000 mAh battery
  • EMUI with Android 9 Pie.

YouTube, Gmail & other Google services are down in North America and Europe

Google services, that includes YouTube, Gmail, and Snapchat, have been down for a few hours Sunday afternoon. The US has been most affected, according to reports.

Internet users complained of unable to access services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and the Google search itself.

As per Google’s Status Dashboard, Half of the Google services were down, with only Google Cloud Search and Google+ showed as working properly.

“Order Now” Button for Instagram Stories To Be Launched Soon

Nowadays, Instagram is launching new stickers for stories. This time a new Instagram Order sticker has released out for some IG users as it is in the beta phase.

Instagram Order Sticker for Stories will trigger in-app purchases

However, when purchase sticker will be officially released by Instagram, they will surely share the real reason, So let’s wait and watch.

This Is How Apple’s Foldable Device Will Look

It looks like Apple will release the foldable iPhone when it is sure that the device is ready to perform in users’ hands.

Apple’s Foldable iPhone will launch in 2020

A few months back, Apple’s foldable iPhone video came out on the internet. We saw a sleek foldable device in the video. We get different patents from other tech companies but when it comes to Apple, the plans of the tech giant are always hidden. However, finally, we have come across Apple foldable phone patent.

Hongmeng Launch Date: June 2019

Finally! The moment we have been waiting for is here! Huawei just announced that Hongmeng will release on June 2019.

After Trump government tried to put Huawei down by banned any sort of trade between the company and the United States.

As per Huawei’s new press release, they made it clear that they had finished making Hongmeng back in 2018 January. But they kept it as Plan B.

They made it clear that they had been working on it for last 7 years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1WuGyasl9U

The MD and Vice President of Huawei Middle East said that Hongmeng was our Plan B, and now that the right time arrived, it is better if we implement our plan B as Android and US have cut ties with us.

TikTok Launching Their Own Smartphone

TikTok is set to launch its own smart phone filled with their own apps. The financial times claimed that this new phone will be android.

CEO of TikTok and ByteDance has also confirmed that they have sealed a successful deal with a Chinese based smartphone maker, Smartisan. And they have also hired their employees to help them build a better phone.

But after Huawei Ban, TikTok is making their platform more US-friendly so they do not face the same consequences which Huawei is facing right now.

Amazon and Facebook both released smartphones but they were called back soon after their launch and TikTok will surely face the same problem with their smartphones.