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Twitch plans to rope YouTubers with new tip system


Affiliates will benefit from " Cheering with Bits , " which is a micropayments system that allows viewers to purchase in-chat emoticons with real currency. Affiliates should make it easier for Twitch to encourage amateurs to improve the quality of their streams, get more people to visit the service, and produce copious amounts of content that it can monetize better than videos shared by amateur streamers. Read More »

Saints Row 2 is Free on GOG For the Next Several Hours


Since GOG is DRM free, you don't need a CD key or a physical copy, so this is a great opportunity if you have been curious about the game but didn't want to drop cash for it. Stand-alone expansion Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is also newly available on GoG. As part of the Deep Silver sale they're now running, you can pick up SRIV and Gat Out of Hell at 75% off. Read More »

Presidential election: After Nitish Kumar, now Sitaram Yechury meets Sonia Gandhi


Kumar was of the view that "there should be a joint opposition candidate for the top constitutional post and Sonia Gandhi being the leader of the largest opposition party should take the lead". "The idea is to come together although we do not have any candidate from left at the moment" CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said. Emphasizing that the post of presidential is critical, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday said all the Left-front has ... Read More »

Visa change highlights Central Coast's skilled labour shortage


The US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday said that that employers who sought visas for 2018 submitted only 199,000 applications this year, compared last year's 236,000 applications. "Nothing is being proposed that would impact or change the fiscal 2018 H-1B lottery that is now underway". A majority of them work in the tech sector - some for USA firms, others for Indian outsourcing companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, who provide services for huge swathes of ... Read More »

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices


Starting today, up to six people can connect their Google accounts to a single Google Home device . Similarly, if you signed in with Google Play Music , only one person's playlists could be accessed. Users simply say "OK Google " and "Hey Google " two times each, which are then analyzed by a neural network that is created to recognize certain characteristics of a person's voice. Read More »

HTC U render leaks online, shows off design

In line with previous leaks, the metallic frame of the HTC U will be embedded with sensors. It will run Android 7.1 Nougat with the company's Sense 9 over the top. It has been reported the Ocean will have high-end specs such as a 5.5-inch display along with a Quad HD resolution. HTC U might also integrate a special Sense AI Assistant to challenge the likes of Samsung Bixby, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, etc. Read More »

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro likely to be launched in India today

Even as the Samsung de facto leader and four other executives face corruption charges, the latest earnings preview showed the company's business is thriving. "Right now, it's about as good as it gets for Samsung", said Park Jung-hoon, fund manager at Samsung shareholder HDC Asset Management told TechWire Asia . Read More »

Russia's biggest search engine beats Google in antitrust case


Google's antitrust battle with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) led by Russian search rival Yandex came to a close Monday with the Mountain View, California company reaching an out-of-court deal. In Reuters report on this story today they've added that "As part of the agreement, Google will also develop a tool allowing users to choose a default search engine on their Android devices". Read More »

New York Uber drivers may get tips


Uber's refusal to launch an in-app tip option led the guild to launch a campaign a year ago with auto stickers and social media posts to let passengers know that they can tip and that gratuity is not included in their fare. Those charges and the proposed penalty are now subject to examination by an administrative law judge who will conduct further proceedings before recommending to the five-member commission itself what action, if any, should be taken against the company. Read More »

Korea starts celebrating birthday of country's founder


The country's hereditary leader Kim Jong-un, wearing a black suit and white shirt and a tie, welcomed his country's bravest as he addressed thousands of soldiers who took part in the parade honoring his grandfather. In a show of strength, the USA deployed the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters near the Korean Peninsula in response to recent North Korean missile tests. Read More »

Microsoft's much-awaited Windows 10 Creators Update is finally here

Microsoft's guidance is for users to wait until Creators Update is automatically made available to them . Biometric authentication scheme called Windows Hello for Business now comes with support for organizations that cannot use exterior authentication services like Azure Active Directory. Read More »

7.13 percent voter turnout recorded in Srinagar LS bypoll


Chief Electoral Officer of J-K, Shantmanu reviewed the arrangements for the re-poll at a high level meeting convened in Srinagar on Wednesday. The repolling had been ordered at these polling stations by the EC following large scale violence during Sunday's polls for the prestigious seat. Read More »

Multiple user support card shows up for some Google Home users

According to The Next Web , Google Home is anticipating to set to support for multiple Google accounts. Users were in for a surprise earlier in the day when their Home app showed a new feature for multi-users. Google Home enables two-way interactions. It'd be handy but we're now out of luck on that front, as are a number of regions around the world where Assistant is available but Google Express isn't. Read More »

Uber Rider Who Threatened to Claim Rape Against Driver Banned


Dashcam footage shows how the driver endured over eight minutes of threats, abuse and racial slurs from the unruly passenger. "You just hit me in my face!" she screams. According to the new class action suit found by Ars Technica , Uber's software manipulates navigation data used to determine the "upfront" fare price, showing the customer a higher price than the driver . Read More »

Nvidia Titan Xp Comes With 12GB GDDR5X RAM


The GTX 1080, Nvidia's original Pascal-based flagship GPU, offers a "mere" 8.2 Tflops. As mentioned on macworld .com/article/3188147/components-graphics/is-this-the-graphics-card-for-the-future-mac-pro.html&v=1&out=https://blogs. The NVIDIA TITAN Xp is, finally, a fully-unlocked GP102 for the consumer market, which was previously exclusive to the Tesla P40 and Quadro P6000 graphics cards. Read More »

Emirates loans tablets to US-bound users


The service is available on non-stop flights from Dubai to all of Emirates' 12 United States destinations. Emirates' premium class passengers can use the supplied Microsoft Surface tablets equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 on board for free. Read More »

Could Spotify 'IPO' (without an IPO) as early as September?


Spotify , which has raised more than $1 billion in equity, was last valued privately at $8.5 billion in June 2015. Though that might not go quite as had been expected, according to sources who have spoken to the Wall Street Journal . It is now unclear whether a direct listing, as opposed to an IPO, would satisfy the terms of this agreement. Spotify is reportedly considering skipping out on its own IPO, in a controversial move that has left many experts scratching their heads. Read More »

Apple "Clips" has arrived - here's everything to know


Once you've decided what you want to do, there are several ways to edit and enhance your content. After selecting a Live Titles style, you're then supposed to hold down the record button and speak. But that's not a bad thing: it's a distinctly Apple-like approach to mobile video. This option was partly driven by the way people are watching video online now - text only, no audio - which makes sense. Read More »

Sprint Launches New Prices for Unlimited Data Plan


Sprint today lowered the cost of its unlimited data plan to $50 per month for a single line of service. "More than 90 percent of our customers are already choosing Unlimited", said Roger Sole, chief marketing officer at Sprint . " Sprint launched "50% off" in 2015 as a bold offer to attract customers, and it was extremely successful". With this bold move, Sprint is making wireless pricing easier for the consumer...and, as always, providing a compelling reason to switch. Read More »

Toy Story and Casino legend Don Rickles dies aged 90

He mastered a take-no-prisoners style of stand-up comedy - blasting hecklers as " hockey pucks ", most famously - that earned him the nicknames " Mr. Warmth " and "The Merchant of Venom". "Billy Sherbert is a combination of guys I've known", Rickles said, according to production notes published by AMC . He made his film debut in the 1958 drama Run Silent Run Deep and became a regular on Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts , as well as appearing on a number of late-night talk shows. Read More »

TASER changes name in shift to software, services for police


One of the most dominant police body camera companies now says it wants to put body cams on every US police officer for free. A recent Pew Research Center study painted a stark portrait of 21st-century policing. Procurement remains a cumbersome, uncertain process: Even as police work and technology has evolved, procurement can still rely on paperwork, presentations, and promises-not field testing by actual officers. Read More »

Car sales falling; buyers pay more for SUVs


Sequentially, sales were up 12 percent. Analysts have said the peak in demand suggests vehicle companies could struggle with delivering earnings momentum. In related news, Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. acquired 171,379 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 24th. GM has a 1-year high price of $38.55 and 1-year low price of $27.34. Read More »

Spider-Man PS4 Releasing in 2017


Speculation from NeoGaf states that because Insomniac's other game, Sunset Overdrive had a trailer at E3 2013, gameplay at E3 2014, and was released that fall, that Spider-Man might very well follow the same pattern. Now, many believe him to be the best on-screen version of the web-slinger that we've had. The tweet is from Ryan Penagos as well, in which he hints that his "final meeting" might have something to do with Spider-Man, though he wasn't particularly clear about it. Read More »

Twitter Egg Hatches Into Neutral Human Silhouette


Once Twitter had decided on a design, the company decided to make it as colourless and bland as possible to encourage users to upload their own image, and give "less prominence to accounts with a default profile photo". Everybody knows that Twitter has a harassment predicament - and while the service has attempted things like banning brutal account users (both on a provisional and permanent basis), it hasn't absolutely settled the concern. Read More »

Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a Thursday news briefing that Walsh is the only senior official now slated to leave the administration. The only apparent evidence that Walsh did not support Trump's election was a private meeting the RNC held with reporters before Trump's victory, in which she shared the committee's own forecast models that predicted he would lose the election by about 30 points. Read More »

Decisions on tuition, Uber, juvenile justice loom in Albany


Popular ridesharing service Lyft has announced that it's gearing up to introduce a new opt-in feature called Round Up & Donate, which will let you make charitable contributions whenever you take a ride. A spokesperson told The Verge that riders will be able to pick a charity from a list provided in the Lyft app and change their charity of choice at any time . Read More »

Verizon, AT&T pull Google ads


The carrier's decision follows similar moves by the British government and major United Kingdom advertisers to temporarily end their campaigns with Google until the Internet giant develops a better way to prevent ads from being entangled with unacceptable content, like videos uploaded to YouTube by terrorist and white supremacist groups. Read More »

Senate votes to repeal broadband privacy rules

When Wheeler, an Obama appointee, left the FCC in January ahead of President Donald Trump's inauguration, Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai took his seat as chairman - and againbegan criticizing the privacy rules, just like he did after the October vote . Read More »

Some PS4 titles will soon be available on PC


The PlayStation 3 launched in Japan and North America in November 2006, and in Europe in March 2007. Much of the PS3's early life was marred by a high retail price and reports that it was hard to develop for, but the console enjoyed a resurgence of sorts later on thanks to high-quality exclusive titles like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Journey, LittleBigPlanet, and The Last of Us. Read More »

Successor Rumored To Launch in June 2017


Moreover, the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will reportedly be a thin device with USB-C ports, and will be upgraded to a seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors, with a 4K display option. Microsoft and Intel have had a long working relationship, with previous Surface Pro devices packing the latter's Core i3, i5 and i7 chips. That includes a new, even more premium model of Surface Book , dubbed the Surface Book with Performance Base, which launched in the fall of 2016. Read More »

India's largest flag can been seen from Lahore in Pakistan


India's tallest flag post was inaugurated by Punjab minister Anil Joshi. Nonetheless, the tallest tricolor promises to be yet another another attraction at the Attari-Wagah worldwide border, which already sees thousands of tourists from both countries during the daily retreat ceremony. Read More »

Twitter's latest anti-troll update brings new filters and proactive monitoring


The site will also give users more control over what they see in their notifications, as they can now opt not to receive notifications from the types of accounts typically created for the sole goal of harassing others. Twitter has received scrutiny over the past several years for the proliferation of harassment on its website, which culminated in high-profile users like actress Leslie Jones temporarily leaving Twitter after enduring significant abuse. Read More »

FCC Chairman Pai pledges 'light-tough' regulations for 5G


The hearing will examine the challenge of connecting Americans, especially in rural communities, to transportation and information networks. "5G will require a lot of infrastructure". Pai said that net neutrality injected tremendous uncertainty into the broadband market and uncertainty was the enemy of growth. Nonetheless, the FCC had put these plans under the regulatory microscope. Read More »

Amazon Web Services Outage Causing Widespread Internet Issues

Apparently, Amazon's own services were affected as well and it first had to fix the ability to update the service health dashboard. Amazon Web Services , the popular storage and hosting platform used by a huge range of companies, reported that it is experiencing intermittent outages. Read More »

Google Research aiming to 'remove' headsets within VR environment

And through the use of the concept of " mixed reality " - using your VR device's external cameras to convey what's happening inside and outside VR - you can now have an environment that's a mixture of virtual and real world. "With this new technology, we're able to make a more complete picture of the person in VR". The blank, robotic VR masks seen in mixed reality videos could soon receive a facial fix that's pretty cool but also kind of creepy, just like any good advancement in ... Read More »