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1. Facebook Clamping Down On Engagement Bait Posts16:31[−]

Clickbait articles was a problem that Facebook had not too long ago, and the company was working on ways to try and clamp down on them. However it looks like theyve got a new bait problem in the form of engagement bait, which is where posts are created in a way to get people to engage with it.

For example youve probably come across posts that are captioned like, Click LIKE if you think that waffles are better than pancakes! or posts asking for a different reaction for a different image, like theyre trying to take a poll. This is something that facebook wants to cut down on, and will start pushing posts like these further down the News Feed.

According to the social media company, People have told us that they dislike spammy posts on Facebook that goad them into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions. This means that starting from now, posts that are deemed to be engagement bait will rank lower in the News Feed, and pages, publishers, and others who use engage in these kind of practices will also see their reach diminished for all their posts.

In a way this is similar to how Google works, in which that users who dont comply with their rules get ranked lower in search. Hopefully this will reduce the amount of spam that users seed on their feed, but we suppose alternatively users can always unfollow those pages or hide them if this doesnt work out.

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2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Rumored To Pack 3,200mAh Battery16:31[−]

2017s Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a 3,000mAh and a 3,500mAh battery respectively, which is decently-sized and more or less in line with what most other handset makers are releasing. Now were sure that some are probably hoping that 2018s Galaxy S9 and S9+ could change that, and that appears to be the case, but dont expect too much.

According to a post on Chinese website Digi.tech.qq.com (via SamMobile), apparently the Galaxy S9 could feature a 3,200mAh battery. There is no mention of the Galaxy S9+, but presumably it will be larger, but exactly by how much remains to be seen. What this means is that if the report is true, the Galaxy S9s battery will only be 200mAh bigger than its predecessor, which isnt really that much.

200mAh probably wouldnt make much of a difference considering the phone will be powered by the latest hardware, although we had previously heard that the new Exynos 9810 chipset is expected to be 15% more power efficient, so perhaps there could be a noticeable difference, but dont take our word for it.

That being said, we wouldnt be surprised if the Galaxy S9s battery wasnt that much bigger. We had heard that Samsung was planning on keeping the design similar to the Galaxy S8, which means that there isnt much space for a physically larger battery, but take it with a grain of salt for now and hopefully well have the official details soon enough.

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3. Obsidian Entertainment Promises No Microtransactions In Upcoming Game16:29[−]

Were sure many gamers are missing the good old days where when you buy a game, you get the game and thats it. These days developers and publishers are looking for ways to milk their customers for more money beyond the initial purchase, and this comes in the form of microtransactions where gamers can pay additional money for things like skins, costumes, powerups, and so on.

This has caused a bit of controversy in recent times, but the good news is that Obsidian Entertainments upcoming RPG will not have any of that. In a post on its forums, the developer has stated that there will not be microtransactions of any kind in their game. This was made in response to many gamers who were asking them about it, along with the recent controversy surrounding loot boxes and gambling.

Obsidian also speaks about their partnership with Private Division, their publisher (Take-Twos indie publishing arm) who they say never pushed them into introducing microtransactions to their games. For those unfamiliar with Obsidian, they are the developers behind titles like Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2 and its expansions, Pillars of Eternity 1 & 2, and also South Park: The Stick of Truth.

That being said, Obsidian is just one developer who is taking a stance against microtransactions, Whether or not well see other developers follow suit remains to be seen, but if you are interested in the companys upcoming RPG, know that you wont have to worry about microtransactions in it.

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4. Breath Of The Wilds Director Has Lots Of Ideas For Future Zelda Content16:26[−]

Now that the second DLC of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been released, were sure many are wondering about the future of the franchise. Is Nintendo working on a new Zelda title? Or could there be more DLCs in the works? It doesnt seem like it is clear, but the good news is that Nintendo still has plenty of ideas.

Speaking to IGN, Breath of the Wilds director Hidemaro Fujibayashi stated that at the moment, it is unclear if the future will contain sequels or just a continuation of Breath of the Wild. He was quoted as saying, I can’t say at this point if it will be in sequels or in continuations, or what form it will take, but I definitely have lots of ideas and lots of motivation right now.

He also spoke about how Nintendo had approached Zelda differently this time around, where they added DLCs to expand on the world and the content, versus having to start from scratch again. In the past, we always had to start from zero again, to completion. Usually we’d be thinking, oh, I wish we could add this, we could do that. What we couldn’t do in that game, we would start fresh in a new game. But because we did a DLC, we realized it’s a great way to kind of just improve that world, and kind of enhance it, and kind of raise it like your own child.

So far The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been one of 2017s most popular games, where it has received near-perfect review scores, so if you havent check it out yet perhaps now might be a good time to do so.

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5. Oculus Rift Bundle Discounted To $37916:25[−]

When virtual reality (VR) headsets were first launched, they werent exactly cheap, not to mention that back then, you would require a pretty powerful PC in order to support it which in turn made the whole process a rather pricey one. These days things are cheaper, and in fact Oculus has decided to make its Oculus Rift bundle cheaper by discounting further.

Until the 20th of December, those who are interested in picking up the Oculus Rift headset will only have to pay $379. Prior to this, the regular price of the headset was at $399, and while it isnt as cheap as Black Fridays sales where it was priced at $350, $379 isnt too bad of a price to ask for those looking for a dedicated VR headset.

However like we said, this deal is only valid until 11:59 pm PT on the 20th of December, 2017, so if you want to take advantage of it you can head on over to Oculus website to get your hands on it. For those wondering, the Oculus Rift bundle will include the headset itself, touch controllers for navigation, along with two sensors, although Oculus is recommending that users get a third sensor for full room-scale potential.

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6. BBM Users Can Now Hail An Uber Within The App13:16[−]

On our smartphones, basically every app has its own purpose, which means that if you wanted to calculate something, youd have to interrupt whatever youre doing to pull up the calculator app. However weve started to see companies try to integrate more functions within their apps, like Google Maps and Uber.

However it looks like Ubers integration isnt ending with just Google Maps because BBM has announced that Uber will now be integrated into their app as well. What this means is that if you use BBM, you will be able to hail an Uber within the app itself as opposed to having to close the app and launch the Uber app.

According to BBMs announcement on its blog, With Uber on BBM, you and your friends can keep the conversation going while seamlessly requesting for an Uber ride in BBM. Taking your next ride is as simple as sending a message or a sticker! However it should be noted that this feature seems to be limited to Indonesia for now, where the messenger app is still somewhat popular amongst the locals.

Were not sure if there are plans to bring it to other markets, but given BBMs decline in popularity over the years, especially in the West, it seems unlikely, but well keep an eye out for it anyway just in case.

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7. This Girls Boyfriend Challenged Her Father To A Game Of Guilty Gear13:15[−]

Trying to make a good impression with your partners parents can be tricky, and it is doubly important if your partner is someone you plan on being with for the long haul or marrying. However it seems that over in Japan, a rather interesting situation has happened, according to a series of tweets by @buppa_stone (via Siliconera).

According to the tweets, buppa_stones daughters boyfriend came over to their house for dinner one evening, and apparently both parties discovered their love for Guilty Gear, in which apparently the boyfriend then challenged the dad to a game. His tweet reads, This kid seems to be challenging me to Guilty Gear, and I will punish him for it. Im hiding in the toilet at the moment, but I am going to take him on. Also, he proves the theory that Slayer users are brats, I wont forgive him.

It turns out that buppa_stone is a real pro at Guilty Gear and ultimately beat his daughters boyfriend 10-6. Ive been playing since the first game, so Im not losing to some middle schooler. (lol) I won, so he cant be my girls boyfriend. Unfortunately it seems that only he was the only one to be happy about his victory, as the rest of his family wasnt so amused, where he was apparently kicked out of the house and left to find his own dinner.

Now we cant be sure how authentic this story is or how accurate it is since it has been translated from Japanese to English, but it is still rather amusing anyway. Given that were seeing more gamers in this generation, we wouldnt be surprised if more parents started challenging their childrens partners or even the kids themselves to video game matches in the future.

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8. Hey Google Hotword Rolling Out To More Users13:15[−]

If you wanted to activate voice search on Android, in the past the command would be OK Google. However when Google introduced the Google Home, the hotword became Hey Google, which created a bit of confusion as users might sometimes confuse between the two, especially if either device are in proximity of each other.

However the good news is that Google is finally unifying its commands. According to a report from Android Police, it appears that the Hey Google hotword is rolling out to Android users. What this means is that if you have an Android device, you can now choose to use Hey Google as your hotword of choice, meaning that you wont have to juggle between OK Google or Hey Google moving forwards, although like we said, this could create some confusion if you have a Google Home and Android handset within earshot of each other.

However Android users will get to choose between the hotwords, so if you want you can still keep using OK Google to differentiate between devices. Note that Google began testing Hey Google for some Android users back in October, and we guess testing went fine as it is rolling out to more users now. If this is something you want to check out, then head on over to Settings > Google > Search > Voice to make the changes.

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9. Alleged Render Of The Sony Xperia XZ2 Confirm All-Screen Design13:14[−]

We have been hearing rumors that for Sonys next-gen flagship smartphone, they will be introducing a new design, one that will follow the trend of the phones were seeing these days, which is an all-screen design with minimal bezels. Now thanks to an image uploaded onto Slashleaks (via Techiestate), we might have an idea of what to expect.

For the most part it seems that Sony has somehow managed to retain its signature look, but as you can see and assuming the image is accurate, the bezels on the sides of the phone are considerably thinner, resulting in a phone with an edge-to-edge display. That being said, we cant say for sure if this image is the real deal, so obviously take it with a grain of salt for now.

However according to Slashleaks, the handset in question is said to be the Sony Xperia XZ2, which is the successor to this years Sony Xperia XZ1. This is a high-end handset from Sony, which means that we can probably expect similar specs in its successor as well, presumably the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 as its chipset of choice, and if the current trend is anything to go on, 4-6GB of RAM.

Were not sure if Sony plans on introducing a dual camera design, but well have to wait and see. No word on when the handset will be announced, but CES and MWC 2018 are around the corner so perhaps well learn more then.

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10. New Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Renders Leaked13:14[−]

Last week thanks to renders that were based on factory CAD schematics, we have a rough idea of what the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 could look like. Now thanks to more renders obtained and published by @OnLeaks, we have a clearer idea of what we will be able to expect from Samsung come 2018.

Right off the bat we suppose whats obvious is that the Galaxy S9 will not differ too greatly in design compared to the Galaxy S8. This is in line with what we have been hearing, although some slight changes would be to thin out the lower bezel in which it will make the screen slightly bigger, but otherwise nothing will change.

It also appears that Samsung will be keeping the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, so for those hoping to see an in-display sensor, you might have to keep waiting. Also whats interesting is that despite the Galaxy Note 8 featuring dual cameras on the back, the upcoming Galaxy S9 appears to maintain its single camera design.

Were not sure why Samsung isnt bringing dual cameras to the Galaxy S9, but if you were hoping for that you could be disappointed. Safe to say you should probably take this with a grain of salt for now, but if the rumors of a February launch are true, we wont have to wait much longer for the official word.

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11. ARMS 5.0 Update Expected By End Of Year With New Character05:56[−]

When Nintendo first launched ARMS, the game came with a decently-sized roster, although with subsequent updates released, Nintendo has introduced a bunch of new characters to the game, with the latest release coming just last month. However it looks like Nintendo isnt quite done with their updates yet.

In a tweet by the Nintendo of Europe account, it looks like Nintendo has a new update in the works that will bump the game up to version 5.0. As you can see in the trailer video above, this update will introduce a new mystery character, although its hard to tell who this character is based on the teaser, although some in the comments are claiming that it is Springtrons creator (the character was introduced last month).

Either way we should find out soon enough because the tweet has stated that the update will be released by the end of the year, and given that were in the third week of December, it shouldnt be too long and should arrive in time for the holidays, so if youre looking for some time to kill during the holidays and catch up on some gaming, then this update could be worth looking forward to.

It is unclear if there will be any other changes made to the game apart from the addition of the new character, but well keep our eyes peeled.

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12. Researchers In Japan Develop Glass That Can Heal Itself05:55[−]

Smartphones with broken/cracked displays is probably one of the more common accidents that happen, although smartphone makers have been trying to make up for it by using glass that is sturdier and less prone to cracking. However despite their best attempts, cracks still happen, but that could change in the future thanks to researchers in Japan.

Developed by Professor Takuzo Aida and his team at the University of Japan, these researchers have developed a glass that can actually heal itself. The concept of glass healing itself isnt exactly new, but this development does sound like it has quite a bit of promise. The substance created is called polyether thiourea and it features the hardness of glass, with the difference being that when pressed together and having pressure applied on it, after a new moments it will heal and will be like new again.

So far what weve seen in terms of self-healing materials is that for the most part, they can only heal superficial scratches, meaning that anything deeper and you can forget about it. From what we can tell about this polyether thiourea, it seems that it works with completely broken pieces, so in the event that your screen shatters into pieces, pressing it together will put it back.

This discovery came about when the researchers were attempting to develop a new type of adhesive. That being said, were not sure if there are plans to commercialize this material, but so far it looks pretty promising with a bunch of potential applications.

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13. Nintendo Says Switch Sales Are Unprecedented For The Company05:54[−]

The Nintendo Switch is less than a year old, but last we heard, Nintendo was boasting that the console had managed to sell 10 million units worldwide, putting it well on track to beating the Wii Us lifetime sales within a year. In fact the Switchs success seems to be something that even Nintendo could not have predicted.

Speaking to CNN Tech, Nintendo of Americas President Reggie Fils-Aime was quoted as saying how it was unprecedented for the company. According to Fils-Aime, “The fact that we reached 10 million units sold on a global basis and we’re not fully through the holidays is unprecedented territory for Nintendo. The pace is one of the fastest in our own history and in gaming history.”

He also credited the consoles success to its portability which allows gamers to play it on the go (or docked at home), and also its lineup of games, where titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been rated as one of the best games of 2017. Super Mario Odyssey has also since been received extremely positively, selling as many as 2 million copies within 3 days of its release.

P.J. McNealy, CEO of Digital World Research also believes that the launch of the Switch was done at the right time, helping it to gain ground in an already competitive market. “The Switch is in a position to become the second console in households. The PS4 and Xbox One are in year four, while the Switch is a new console with great first-party titles. Nintendo’s strategy coming in was to load up on [games], such as Mario and Zelda, which help carry hardware sales for several holidays. The company nailed it this year.”

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14. Rainbrow Is An iPhone X Game That Leverages The TrueDepth Camera05:53[−]

In order for Face ID to work on the iPhone X, Apple had to create a pretty complex setup that they are calling TrueDepth, which is basically an array of cameras and sensors that effectively help to map the users face properly in order to authenticate them. This is also used in the Animoji feature, but now it looks we have another use for the TrueDepth system.

Developed by Washington University computer science graduate Nathan Gitter, he has created a game for the iPhone X called Rainbrow which basically uses the TrueDepth camera to play. How it works is that gamers will use their eyebrows to move an emoji face up and down the screen to collect stars, while avoiding other emojis.

As you can see in the video above, raising ones eyebrows will move the emoji upwards, while keeping their face neutral will maintain their position, and furrowing your brows will make your emoji character jump down. We reckon it will probably be a rather tiring game and wouldnt be surprised if you walked away with some muscle cramps, but at the same time it is a pretty clever idea and a great way to leverage the TrueDepth system.

Rainbrow is not the first app to use the TrueDepth system and ARKit. Previously we have seen a glasses maker use the system to help recommend frames for its users.

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15. The Rodem Robotic Wheelchair Is Not Like The Others05:51[−]

When you think of robotic wheelchairs, you might think of wheelchairs that come with a control by its side that lets the user steer their chair to whatever direction they want, but for the most part despite how hi-tech a wheelchair can be, the way users sit in it has never really changed, at least until now.

Tmsuk has recently developed a wheelchair called the Rodem and as you can see in the video above, the way users sit on this wheelchair looks more like it is giving them a piggyback ride. It is a rather unconventional design, but apparently one that will make it easier for users to reach for things, versus if you were to sit back in a more conventionally-designed wheelchair.

The Rodem can also be controlled using a smartphone so that you can call it to you when you need. It also features a 9.3-mile range before needing to be recharged, and can go up to speeds of 3.7MPH, although it does have an 8 hour charge time which means that you will probably need to plan your day in advance lest you run out of juice halfway.

There are also some limitations to its use, where those who lack upper body mobility probably wont have much use for it. The Rodem is currently available in Japan where it is priced at ?980,000 (about $8,700), and is expected to eventually find its way to the UK in 2018.

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16. Samsung, LG To Announce New Phones At CES 201804:40[−]

CES is just around the corner and if youre hoping to see some new phones at the event, your wish could come true. According to a report from Korean publication ETNews, they are claiming that both Samsung and LG are expected to introduce new phones at the upcoming event, although there is a chance it might not be flagship-material.

The report claims that Samsung will be using the event to launch their new Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus handsets which we have been hearing about recently. So far what we know about the handset is that it is expected to adopt the infinity display design and will also come with Samsungs Bixby digital assistant.

As for LG, the company will apparently launch a new lineup of K-series handsets which are the companys low-mid range offerings. They are also expected to debut LG Pay with the K-series lineup. Details are scarce about the new K-series lineup, but we expect those details should be revealed in due time.

Like we said, these arent flagship phones because last we heard, the Samsung Galaxy S9 has been rumored for February. As for the LG G7, we had heard that it was planned for January but the report does not mention it. It is possible the phone could be announced, but since nothing is confirmed its probably best to take it with a grain of salt.

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17. Grammarly Keyboard Now Available For Android Devices04:38[−]

Last month Grammarly rolled out its keyboard for iOS devices, and for Android users who were looking forward to using it as well, the good news is that Grammarlys keyboard app is now available on Android as well and can be downloaded for free via the Google Play Store if thats something youre interested in.

For those unfamiliar with Grammarly, it is basically an online service that helps you check your grammar and corrects any mistakes it might find. Grammarly later decided to take its features and put it into a smartphone keyboard, which means that fixing your grammatical mistakes will be a lot easier.

According to the company, theyve described the keyboard as a personal editor that integrates seamlessly with all your mobile apps and your mobile browser. Whether youre responding to an important clients email, posting a Facebook message for the world to see, or texting your boss, youll always look polished and professional, even on your phone.

Whether or not you will find this useful is up to you, but if youre hoping to avoid embarrassing tweets, emails, or blog posts that are grammatically incorrect, especially when it comes to a professional setting like at work, then perhaps it could be worth checking out.

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18. Instagram Rolls Out New Festive Tools For The Holidays04:37[−]

With the holidays coming up on us, it looks like Instagram is in the mood for some celebration as the company has announced that they will be rolling out a bunch of creative tools to help celebrate the holidays. This comes in the form of new Super Zoom effects, new Face Filters, Stickers, and Color filters.

With the new Super Zoom effects, users will be able to choose from more sound effects, such as Bounce, Beats, or TV Show. As for Face Filters, this is where it gets interesting. Youll see three new face filters to get into the festive spirit celebrate the occasion with balloons bursting with confetti, try out different holiday makeup looks or even draw a heart in snow-frosted glass for a friend.

There will also be new stickers that users can use to adorn their Stories with, such as a cup of hot chocolate with floating marshmallows, a pair of knitted gloves, a snowman, and more. There will also be new Color filters which appear to be available only to iOS. If you have an iPhone, youll also see an updated set of color filters in the camera. Simply tap the camera icon in the top left of the screen or swipe right from anywhere in feed. Once youve captured your moment, swipe left or right to discover different color filters then tap next to add to your story or send to friends directly.

The updates should be live, or should be in the process of rolling out so do keep an eye out for them.

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19. Google Assistant Can Give Directions Based On Your Method Of Commute04:36[−]

Google Maps can give users directions based on their method of commute. Since walking, cycling, public transport, and driving all use different roads (it wouldnt be advisable to walk along the highway, or it wouldnt be efficient to use the same route that a bus might take), Google Maps gives users those options when trying to map out a route for users.

The good news is that if you use Google Assistant for getting directions, youll be pleased to learn that Google has recently rolled out a new settings option for Assistant that will help make it easier. With these settings, users can choose a default method of commute, such as driving, taking public transport, walking, or by bike.

Based on this, Assistant will default to using that method of commute when giving you directions. There are also two different settings, where one can be used for work, and the other for other directions. For example if you typically take public transport to work/school but drive on the weekends, you can differentiate those and Assistant will swap between depending on the directions you ask for.

This feature appears to have been enabled server-side, meaning that no action will be required from the user, so fire up the Assistant settings if this is something you want to set for future trips.

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20. Vivo Will Be First To Use Synaptics In-Display Fingerprint Sensor04:36[−]

Last week Synaptics announced that they have begun mass producing its in-display fingerprint sensor, and that a top 5 smartphone maker would be using their tech. The company did not name names, naturally, but this led to speculation that it could be Samsung given the companys interest in the tech.

However as it turns out, Samsung might not be the company that Synaptics was hinting at. In a report from Forbes, it seems that Vivo will actually be the first company that will be taking advantage of the new sensor. This is according to the reports author Patrick Moorhead who had a hands-on experience with a pre-production Vivo handset.

According to Moorhead, it seems that it was a pretty positive experience. The Clear ID experience was fast and simple- I pressed the right side button to wake, a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone, I touched it, and it let me in. He also expects that Vivo will further improve upon it ahead of its release.

While it is still possible that Samsung could be looking to use the tech as well, note that we have seen some alleged renders of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and from what we can tell, Samsung will still be keeping the fingerprint sensor at the back, suggesting that maybe in-display sensors wont be arriving for the handset just yet.

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21. Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Get Discounted Up To $75 On The Google Store03:30[−]

If you were thinking of grabbing yourself a new phone for the holidays, youll want to move fast especially if youre hoping for it to be delivered on time. If youre also looking to save some money, it seems that Google is feeling the Christmas spirit because they have discounted both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The Pixel 2 is normally priced at $649 for the 64GB model if you were to buy it from Google directly. However it seems that the handset is now listed for $599 which is a savings of $50. As for the Pixel 2 XL, the handset is normally priced at $850, but it is now priced at $775 which results in a savings of $75 which actually makes it a pretty good deal.

Note that both of these variants are the 64GB model, so if you wanted the 128GB model youll have to top up an extra $100, but otherwise those are the savings you can expect. Those prices can be further reduced with trade-ins, but if you dont plan on trading in your phone then thats the cheapest it gets from Google.

Were not sure how long this deal will last, so if you want to get in on it before it expires, head on over to Googles website for the details.

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22. BEAM Is A Smart AMOLED Button That You Can Wear03:29[−]

Technology that we can wear is definitely something that could happen in the future. In fact companies such as Google are working together with clothing makers on literal wearable tech. That being said, there is a company looking to hop on board called BEAM Authentic in which they have launched a button that you can wear on your clothes.

The device is called BEAM and like we said, it is essentially a button that you can pin onto your clothes. BEAM will feature a 400×400 AMOLED screen which can be used to display all kinds of things, such as GIFs, logos, and so on. It also comes with a function button which presumably will allow you to do certain things with your phone.

It also comes with built-in accelerometers, sensors, and a 24-hour battery life. Were not sure what it could be used for, but presumably it does have some potential for advertising purposes. It could also be used at events, where its dynamic display could change according to the event which helps make it reusable, or it could simply be a novel fashion accessory.

However BEAM does not come cheap and is priced at $99, but if this is something you think you might be interested in, head on over to its website where for every purchase, $3 will go towards three selected charities.

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23. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opens With $220 Million03:29[−]

It probably goes without saying that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the most anticipated movie of 2017, where even if youre not necessarily a Star Wars fan, youd probably have heard of it and might even check it out to see what all the fuss is about. That being said, this is also why it doesnt come as a surprise to learn of the movies financial success.

According to studio estimates, it seems that The Last Jedi was a hit financially and managed to pull in $220 million during its opening in the North American box office. This makes the movie the fourth movie to open above the $200 million mark in the US, with the first place going to its predecessor, The Force Awakens which managed $248.8 million, followed by Jurassic World which managed $208.8 million, and The Avengers which pulled in $207.4 million.

As for how it is doing internationally, The Last Jedi is said to have made $230 million in international ticket sales, which means that so far its total ticket sales are sitting at around $450 million, and possibly climbing as the movie continues to screen. It is unclear as to how much the movie could potentially earn, but we reckon hitting the $500 million mark shouldnt be too difficult. So, have you seen The Last Jedi yet? Share your thoughts in the comments below (no spoilers!).

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24. Tesla Introduces Fair Use Policy For Its Supercharger Network03:28[−]

Teslas Supercharger network has been designed to help electric cars recharge so that when they go on long journeys, they wont have to worry about running out of battery in the middle of the highway, assuming theyve been stopping and recharging when necessary. However what the company doesnt want to do is for commercial cars to hog its network.

The company has recently introduced a new fair use policy for its Supercharger network, where cars used for commercial purposes are discouraged from using it. Tesla has defined commercial cars as electric cars used as a taxi, for ridesourcing or ridesharing (like Uber, Lyft, etc.), for commercial deliveries, for government purposes, or for any other commercial venture.

However the good news is that this only applies to new or used Tesla cars that have been purchased after today, which means that existing fleets such as those used by Tesloop will have no problems using the network. This new policy comes after quite a few Tesla owners complained about commercial services that hogged the Superchargers, with some even leaving the vehicles overnight and taking up spaces that others could use.

That being said, Tesla did state that they have plans to offer an alternative to the Supercharger network for commercial vehicles in the future.

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25. Apples AirPods Have Been Sold Out Until January 201803:26[−]

If you were hoping to get someone a pair of AirPods in time for Christmas, it looks like youd be be out of luck because according to reports, Apples AirPods have been sold out until January 2018 via the official Apple Online Store. This means that youll have to go through a third-party retailer to get your hands on it, assuming others havent thought about that already.

Now if you thought that maybe you could try your luck at a brick-and-mortar Apple Store, it seems that the reports are also claiming that for the most part, the AirPods have also sold out in most retail stores around the world. You could try your luck or maybe give the stores a call before you go.

MacRumors even points out that even third-party retailers such Best Buy and Macys are sold out of the headphones, but for those who absolutely want it, AT&T appears to have some in stock but customers will have to pay an extra $15 for express delivery if theyre hoping to get it in time for Christmas.

It seems that despite initial skepticism about the design and price of the AirPods that they seem to be really well-received. Some are even claiming that the AirPods are dominating the wireless headphone market as a result.

Apples AirPods Have Been Sold Out Until January 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

26. 2018 Battlefield Game Wont Be Bad Company 300:47[−]


It was reported recently that the 2018 Battlefield game is going to be Bad Company 3. The assumption came from a YouTube video which suggested that Bad Company 3 is going to be the new Battlefield title that comes out next year. The video provided purported details about the next title which are now reportedly said to be not true.

Eurogamer hears that while an idea for Battlefield Bad Company 3 existed, it’s not in development. The video had suggested that the game would have a “mid and post-Vietnam conflict” with game modes like Conquest, Operations, Rush, and Team Deathmatch.

There would also have been era-appropriate guns, tighter maps, character classes like Assault, Recon, Engineer, and Support as well as LAVs, modern tanks, helicopters, and more.

There have been plenty of rumors about Bad Company 3 but they have been shot down in the latest report. DICE Sweden is reportedly working on the next Battlefield title and it’s expected to be set in the second World War.

That won’t be surprising at all, given that the current Battlefield game has been very well received with its World War 1 setting receiving a lot of praise.

There’s no official confirmation about any of this from the studio or the publisher and that’s not surprising, we still have a few months to go before an official announcement becomes due.

2018 Battlefield Game Won’t Be Bad Company 3 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

27. Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Sensor Issues Reported After Android 8.1 Update., 17 .[−]


It hasn’t been long since Google started rolling out Android 8.1 for the Pixel and Nexus devices. It seems that there are still a couple of bugs that should have been addressed before the firmware was sent out the door. Some Pixel 2 XL owners have taken to Google’s official support forum to complain about a slowdown in the performance of the handset’s fingerprint sensor after updating it to Android 8.1.

It was also reported earlier this week that some Pixel owners were reporting multi-touch issues after updating their handsets to Android 8.1. No new update has since been rolled out to address those issues and now we’re hearing about speed issues with the Pixel 2 XL’s fingerprint sensor.

Many Pixel 2 XL owners have complained on the official forum about the slowdown in the fingerprint sensor’s performance after updating to Android 8.1 compared to Android 8.0. It’s unclear what’s causing this but it could be a bug in the software.

A temporary fix that some users have discovered involves turning on the handset’s always on display. This feature does tend to take up battery life so those who don’t want to spend their battery life on this feature should sit tight as it shouldn’t be long before a fix arrives.

A Google representative on the support forum has confirmed that the team knows about the issue and that it will be reaching out to affected users to obtain bug reports so they can isolate the issue and fix it.

Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Sensor Issues Reported After Android 8.1 Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

28. Best Free PDF Editors For PC, Mac, Linux, Android & iOS., 17 .[−]

The PDF format lets us view a document as it was intended to be seen. But sometimes, we need to edit one to make small changes and we need some of the best free PDF editors for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android to let us modify the PDF files (which include abilities like – editing the text, adjusting/adding images, splitting the PDF file, merging PDFs, annotating documents or adding a signature to the PDF document).

While we do know that the premium PDF editors offer more features with no restrictions but for a set of basic PDF file modifications, we can help you find a free edition that can get the job done.

Hence, we present you the list of the best free PDF editors for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, & iOS. You should also check out our separate list of best PDF editors for Mac to know about some more tools.

List Of Free PDF Editors For Windows/Mac/Linux

1. LibreOffice (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)

LibreOffice is one of the best free Office alternatives to Microsoft Office suite. You also get the ability to open and edit the PDF files. If your PDF file contains just pictures/graphics, LibreOffice will automatically suggest the drawing tools to let you modify it. In case of text-oriented documents, you will get the necessary word formatting tools to help you edit it.The user interface may not be the best around but LibreOffice is a free-to-use open-source software with no purchases required.

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2. Sejda PDF Editor (Windows / Mac/ Linux / Web Version)


Yet another open-source initiative. Sejda PDF editor is primarily an online PDF editor which offers a standalone (offline) desktop application as well. You will get the ability to add text, links, images, shapes, and signatures. You also get to edit the existing text with the ability to fill up PDF forms. The free version (both online and offline) are restricted to 3 tasks per hour with a maximum file size limit of 50 Mb (or 200 pages).

Sejda's Official Site

3. PhantomPDF (Windows-only: 14-days Trial)

If you want a full-fledged standalone PDF editor application for a while (say for just a few tasks once in a lifetime with a lot of things to edit or modify) – then you should definitely download the PhantomPDF application. You just have to fill up a form typing in some basic personal details and your download should start automatically.

PhantomPDF

4. PDFescape (Web Version)

PDFescape is an online PDF editor which lets you do all the basic tasks like editing the existing text, adding images and so on. While it does offer a desktop counterpart but you won’t be able to utilize it for free. You need to have the premium edition in order to able to edit the PDFs on your Windows machine.

PDFescape Download

5. PDF-Xchange Editor (Windows)

PDF-Xchange Editor is yet another awesome PDF editor with a free version offered. The free edition lets us utilize almost every basic feature required to modify a PDF file. You also get to use the features that generally requires a license. But, when you do use them, your PDF document will have a watermark embedded. So, if you want to use every feature without adding watermarks, you have to purchase a license for that.

PDF-XChange Editor

The Best Free PDF Editor For Android & iOS

Adobe Acrobat Reader (Android & iOS)

Adobe Acrobat Reader is the most reliable PDF reader/editor for your smartphone. If you have a mission-critical document to handle on-the-go with basic editing tasks like filling up the form, putting a signature or adding annotations, there’s nothing better than Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Download:

Additional Recommendation: OfficeSuite (Android & iOS)

While there are free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat reader but they could really mess up the formatting sometimes. Still, if you want to try other free PDF editors available, I would mention OfficeSuite for your Android / iOS device.

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Wrapping Up

No matter how great these free PDF editors are, they will definitely lack certain features which premium PDF editing tools offer – which is essential for an enterprise. Do you prefer the free PDF editors or the paid ones? Which PDF editor do you use? Let us know in the comments below.

Best Free PDF Editors For PC, Mac, Linux, Android & iOS , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

29. Xiaomi Reportedly Developing Snapdragon-Powered Windows 10 PC., 17 .[−]


It was confirmed late last year that Windows 10 PCs powered by the next-generation Snapdragon chip will be released in 2017. HP and ASUS are two major manufacturers who are developing Windows 10-powered PCs touting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. Lenovo is said to be working on a Snapdragon 835-powered PC itself as well. If a new report is to be believed, Xiaomi is working on something similar.

There isn’t a lot of information available about this new Xiaomi notebook at this point in time. It can reasonably be assumed that it’s going to be light, thin, and possibly fanless. It may also offer instant-on functionality, long battery life, and support for 4G LTE.

Chinese OEM Xiaomi started selling laptops not too long ago and its thin and light PCs have received a good response from the market. It has only launched models powered by Intel processors so far.

It has traditionally undercut its competitors on price and that’s what the company is expected to do with its Snapdragon-powered PCs as well.

Xiaomi is yet to confirm if and when this Windows 10 PC running a Snapdragon chip is going to be unveiled. With the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 just around the corner, it’s possible that we might see the machine being unveiled in Las Vegas next month.

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30. BMW Spending $118 Million On A Track For Self-Driving Cars., 17 .[−]


BMW is really digging deep into its pockets to keep up with the rapid changes in the automotive industry. The company recently revealed that it’s going to invest $240 million to build more efficient electric car batteries. The company has now said that it’s spending $118 million to build a test track for its self-driving and electric cars. The track is going to be located in the Czech Republic.

The track in the Czech Republic is going to be BMW’s first vehicle testing project in eastern Europe. The track will span 1,200 acres and it’s going to be a proving ground for the company’s autonomous cars. The development work is going to pick up steam at the start of the next decade, the company has confirmed.

The company already has testing facilities near its Munich headquarters as well as in France and in Sweden. However, they’re no longer sufficient to accommodate its expanding tests of autonomous cars.

BMW is aiming to launch its highly automated iNEXT model in 2021. It’s working with the likes of Intel, Delphi, and Mobileye to further its work on driverless cars. BMW is also planning to offer as many as 25 battery-powered vehicles by 2025. It plans on making half of them fully electric.

BMW Spending $118 Million On A Track For Self-Driving Cars , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.


 
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