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01-22-2020 Business
Google takes on AWS and Azure in India with Airtel cloud deal

Google has inked a deal with India’s third-largest telecom operator as the American giant looks to grow its cloud customer base in the key overseas market that is increasingly emerging as a new cloud battleground for AWS and Microsoft . Google Cloud announced on Monday that the new partnership, effective starting today, enables Airtel to offer G Suite to small and medium-sized businesses as part of the telco’s ICT portfolio. Airtel, which has amassed over 325 million subscribers in India, said it currently serves 2,500 large businesses and over 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses and startups in the country. The companies did not share details of their financial arrangement. In a statement, Thomas Kurian, chief executive of Google Cloud, said, “the combination of G Suite’s collaboration and productivity tools with Airtel’s digital business offerings will help accelerate digital innovations for thousands of Indian businesses.” The move follows Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom operator, striking a similar deal with Microsoft to sell cloud services to small businesses. The two announced a 10-year partnership in August last year to “serve millions of customers.” AWS, which leads the cloud market, interestingly does not maintain any similar deals with a telecom operator — though it did in the past. Deals with carriers, which were very common a decade ago as tech giants looked to acquire new users in India, illustrates the phase of the cloud adoption in the nation. Nearly half a billion people in India came online last decade. And slowly, small businesses and merchants are also beginning to use digital tools, storage services, and accept online payments. According to a report by lobby group Nasscom, India’s cloud market is estimated to be worth more than $7 billion in three years. Like in many other markets, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are locked in an intense battle to win cloud customers in India. All of them offer near identical features and are often willing to pay out a potential client’s remainder credit to the rival to convince them to switch, industry executives have told TechCrunch. The three companies have also launched a range of tools and conducted training in India in recent years to help mom-and-pop stores easily build presence on the web. Last week, Amazon said it was investing $1 billion into its India operations to help about 10 million merchants come online.

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01-22-2020 Security
BEWARE OF MICROSOFT WINDOWS MALWARE, WARNS SINGAPORE REGULATORS

The Rundown Windows-Based Banking Machines Pose Risks for Attack Microsoft Windows 7 Holds Biggest Risk of Mining Malware Monero Mining Loses Profitability The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has recently issued a warning to financial institutions after 4 high-risk bugs were found in Microsoft’s Windows system. WINDOWS-BASED BANKING MACHINES POSE RISKS FOR ATTACK The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has warned of critical risks to legacy financial systems after Microsoft announced a patch of 49 bugs found in its Windows 7 system. The 4 main vulnerabilities, CVE-2020-0601 CVE-2020-0609 CVE-2020-0610 and CVE-2020-0611, affect all Windows users. It has been urged that all users update their systems with this latest patch. The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) outlined the severity of these vulnerabilities, according to an article by CIO. … successful exploitation of CVE-2020-0601 vulnerability could have allowed attackers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks and further decrypt confidential information on user connections to the affected software. The CSA continued, If the other three vulnerabilities were successfully exploited, attackers could perform remote code execution and take control of the affected systems. With these controls they can perform malicious activities, unauthorized installation of programmes. Further, they could have created rogue administrator accounts to view, change or delete data. So far, Windows-based systems have not exposed private keys, but the threat lies in using veiled Monero mining software. Examples include .wav files, as well as .jpeg. In one of the latest cases, a Taylor Swift photo was used to deliver a malicious payload. MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 HOLDS BIGGEST RISK OF MINING MALWARE But with more recent versions patched, Windows 7 usage remains one of the big risks. Daniel Goldberg, a senior cybersecurity researcher at Guardicore Labs, views the system as wide open to attacks. “The risks are crazy high to organizations facing this WAV-based attack if they are running a Windows 7 system after EoL,” Goldberg said for Forbes, “…before the quarter is over, there will be other vulnerabilities discovered in Windows 7 too that will not be fixed by Microsoft and will also be easy to exploit. The chief advice to mitigate the risk is to leave all Windows 7 machines offline, if they are critical. Exposure to the Internet means the machines can be exploited. In a more recent Forbes article, Microsoft has released a statement advising 400 million of its customers to buy new PC’s instead of updating their existing Windows 7 software. ...

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01-22-2020 Science&Technology
Google's Pixelbook Go now comes in a more expensive 'Not Pink' color

oogle's Pixel phones often come in the standard black/white, and another more interesting color. Last year it was Purplish and Oh So Orange for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 respectively. For the Pixel line of computers, the firm had typically stuck to a single professional looking color, till last year at least. The new Pixelbook Go debuted with both Just Black and Not Pink shades, albeit the latter was pending sale for quite a while. What color Pixelbook Go should you buy? Now, Google has finally made the Pixelbook Go available to purchase in Not Pink. Users are now able to buy it as long as they opt for the Core i5 or Core i7 Pixelbook Go options. Unfortunately, the firm will not be bringing it down to the starter M3 equipped Pixelbook Go, so you're looking at $849 if you want it in that color. Our favorite VPN service is more affordable now than ever before Google's Pixelbook isn't the only high-end Chromebook coming in an unconventional color this year. Samsung's well-specced and good looking Galaxy Chromebook will ship in a head-turning red later this year. While lower-end Chromebooks have sometimes spotted brilliant colors due to their education-focused nature, it's nice for users buying more expensive Chrome OS clamshells to have some choice too.

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01-22-2020 Science&Technology
Good news about the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung fans

With the next Galaxy UNPACKED event just a few weeks away, information about Samsung's Galaxy 10 successors is shaping up. One of the more divisive elements of the S20 series so far arguably has been its rear camera housing, not least because of its disorganised design. Thankfully, the reality may be slightly better thought out. The Galaxy S20 series is rumoured to have some seriously impressive camera tech, regardless of which version of you buy. All will come with a host of camera sensors, but the S20 Ultra will be the pinnacle in this regard with its 108 MP main camera and a sensor capable of 100X digital zoom. There have been multiple renders purporting to be the S20 series, with @OnLeaks' being some of the most trusted at this stage. The leaker showed off a newer and cleaner rear camera array in December than he did originally, and now @ishanagarwal24 reports to received information of what the final product will look like. Tweeting over the weekend, Agarwal reported the following: This image accurately represents how the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Camera setup looks like! It will be dual shade (grey matte like + black), and it honestly looks good (better than what I tried to make here lol). Yeah, 100X would be printed besides Periscope Camera. Below are some interpretations of what this design could look like. The size of the array appears to be unconfirmed currently, with Agarwal only confirming the colour and arrangement of the sensors. There is no word yet on whether the S20 and S20 Plus will have the same rear camera array, but it would not surprise us if they were at least the same shape. ...

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01-22-2020 Cars
Tesla Cybertruck is ‘incredibly cheap’ to bring to production, says manufacturing expert

Tesla Cybertruck could be “incredibly cheap” to bring to production, thanks to its novel body technology, according to a manufacturing expert. Sandy Munro is a manufacturing expert who rose to fame in the Tesla community after his breakdown of an early Model 3. At first, he made many unfavorable comments about Tesla before changing his tune and recognizing the automaker’s lead in electric vehicle manufacturing. Now Munro is turning his attention to the Tesla Cybertruck, even though the engineer has never actually had access to the vehicle. Instead, he is going off what Tesla has revealed about the upcoming electric pickup truck, like the fact that it’s equipped with a structural body shell: Cybertruck is built with an exterior shell made for ultimate durability and passenger protection. Starting with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass. Munro states that combining the body with the platform and the lack of paint should result in a significant reduction in capital expenditure to bring the vehicle to production. He has thrown some numbers around like ~$30 million of capital required to establish the production of 50,000 trucks versus $210 million for the Ford F-150. While the engineer doesn’t have enough detail to give an in-depth analysis, his comments were insightful enough to get the nod from Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Munro’s analysis of Tesla engineering is accurate, both pro & con. I think he will appreciate some elements of the Model Y body design. Even though Model Y shares most of its parts with Model 3, the design is still supposed to feature some interesting manufacturing improvements, and it will go into production before the Tesla Cybertruck. To hear Munro’s full comments on the Tesla Cybertruck, you can watch Autoline After Hours here:

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01-22-2020 Science&Technology
Rumor: 6.7-inch iPhone 12 to be thinner than iPhone 11 Pro Max, more sizing details

A new supply chain report from Macotakara today sheds new light on the sizing details of the 2020 iPhone lineup. The report also includes one notable caveat compared to what other reports have widely claimed we can expect from the iPhone 12 lineup in terms of design. According to today’s report from Macotakara, it’s possible that the iPhone 12 lineup could have the “same housing design” as the iPhone 11, with the only differentiator being the camera technology. This contradicts previous reporting from Ming-Chi Kuo, who has said the iPhone 12 will feature a boxier design similar to the iPhone 4 as part of a significant chassis redesign. Today’s report goes on to say that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model will have a height that is “midway between the iPhone SE and iPhone 8,” while the 6.1-inch version will be midway between the iPhone iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will be “slightly taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max,” Macotakara says. In terms of thickness, the report says the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will be 7.4mm, which is notably thinner than the 8.1mm design of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The report also notes that the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will feature a camera system with a “bigger sensor than the rear camera of iPhone 11 Pro Max.” Today’s report does corroborate previous reporting from Kuo, saying that the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models will feature dual-camera setups. Kuo has also said there will be a separate variant of the 6.1-inch model that will feature a triple-camera setup, as well as a 3D time-of-flight sensor — as will the 6.7-inch model. Both Macotakara and Kuo have accurately foreshadowed upcoming iPhone features and designs in the past. This year, however, Kuo has heavily leaned on his reporting that the iPhone 12 will feature a that iPhone 4-like design. Macotakara had previously shared mockups of what an iPhone 4-like design could mean for the iPhone 12. One possibility is that today’s report is referring to the front-side of the iPhone 12. This would mean that we shouldn’t expect the notch to get any smaller with this year’s iPhone update. To make things as clear as possible, here’s what we currently expect for the 2020 iPhone lineup: “iPhone 9” with design identical to the iPhone 8, Touch ID, Home button – March 5.4-inch OLED iPhone, rear dual-camera – Fall 6.1-inch OLED iPhone, rear dual-camera – Fall 6.1-inch OLED, rear triple-camera and time-of-flight 3D tech – Fall 6.7-inch OLED, rear triple-camera and time-of-flight 3D tech – Fall

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01-21-2020 Games
Top 6 Family Friendly VR Games in 2019

Considered part of the top family-friendly VR games in 2019 are games which are friendly to all ages and at the same time inclusive and entertaining to other members of the family. The world of videogames has many different selections but mostly cater to adults. Although VR was just recently released, there have been such an amazing selection of games which makes the VR a fun platform to use. Here are the Top Family Friendly Games on VR 2019: 1. Acron: Attack of the Squirrels A great way to include the family without having to have multiple VRs, this game lets everyone in the room play even with just their own smartphones! Making use of its fun and cool graphics, this game brings kids into the nutty world of squirrels as they enjoy both the graphics and the gameplay. 2. Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs Definitely part of our list, the most entertaining and addictive game ever! Angry Birds is popular for not just their cute graphics but also because of how this game draws as further in to chase perfection! With an instant restart, you won't just get enough and just might end up playing level by level until you finally finish the whole game! This game is friendly to people of all ages and is a great way to teach kids about estimations. 3. BOGO As funny as it sounds, this game could actually be a way for your kid to enjoy having a pet without you having to clean up the mess! This game gives you a chance to take care of and play with a cute virtual pet! Imagine your kid having loads of fun taking care of their cute little pet while you won't have to worry too much about taking care of a real pet if you are not yet ready? 4. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets For kids of younger ages, this game is a great start! Not only does this game slowly introduce kids to VR, this game is also educational and teaches valuable lessons as well as develop basic skills in your kids while having so much fun at the same time! Getting too serious with learning sometimes is not that effective with children but putting the fun back in learning, they will probably hop on right away! 5. Half + Half This paeticular entry that made it to our top family-friendly VR games helps your child develop virtual social skills as they learn to make friends within the game! The wacky graphics and right body languages are being utilized to make this game even more entertaining. If your kid can not go outside that often, a great way to help them make friends is through online multiplayer games! 6. Spiderman: Far From Home VR Now who could say no to Spiderman!? Be the hero your kids want you to be by bringing home this game! Everybody loves Spiderman but being able to play him in VR? Well, that takes everything to a whole new level! Hope you find our list of top family-friendly VR games useful.

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01-21-2020 Science&Technology
T-Mobile Alerts Users Who Plans to Unlock the Bootloader of their OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren

T-Mobile's OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren owners should be more cautious of unlocking their device through unlocking its bootloaders because other people are capable of boot loading their mobile devices for ROM and rooting. According to the latest news, unlocking the bootloader of the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G from T-Mobile prohibits it from attaining future system updates from T-Mobile. Root of the problem with unlocking the bootloader of the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G The problem starts when the phone's bootloader is unlocked, and all other data of the user of the phone gets deleted. This will include different essential files stored on the phone. This means that some files needed for the effective official update of T-Mobile phones may not be successful. Problems with downloading system updates on the phone may be impossible because of the loss of relevant files from unlocking the bootloader for ROM updates. The process of unlocking the bootloader is also known as the factory reset. It is a component of the 'master reset' of the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren. Users of the phone should be cautioned that performing this act unofficially or through other means allowed by the phone's manufacturer is not good for the phone. It results in a break or a disruption to the official updates made available by the manufacturer of the phone. The 'master reset' function entirely deletes the user data panel. It eliminates a relevant image type of file with some of the apps of OnePlus phones. This type of file is not that important to keep the phone functioning based on its main features. However, it is a required file for the successful update of the system of OnePlus of T-mobile. Unauthorize manipulation of the T-mobile phone stops it from operating at its optimum potential. This makes the OnePlus phone unable to install the system update from T-mobile. What Happens to the OnePlus Phone System Update upon Unlocking the Phone's Bootloader Upon unlocking the bootloader, the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren phone initiates a security function. Upon the initiation of the security functions of the phone after the bootload unlocks, system updates cannot be properly downloaded and installed. What is a bootloader unlock? An unlocked bootloader allows a user of a phone to manipulate the 'root' of a device. If a device is 'rooted,' it means that the user will have limitless access and manipulation to the operating system to a phone or device. An unlocked bootloader allows unlimited access to all the hidden stored files on the phone, including all the saved features on the phone's user interface. It allows for easy manipulation of the phone's files and system. ...

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01-20-2020 Politics
Prince Harry expresses 'great sadness' following news he and Meghan are no longer working...

...members of royal family (CNN)Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, expressed "great sadness" Sunday evening in his first public statement since Buckingham Palace announced he and his wife, Meghan, would give up their royal titles and would not represent the Queen as working members of the royal family. "The UK is my home and a place that I love," Harry said in a speech at a charity event in London. "That will never change." "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly," he said. "It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option." "Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding," he said. "Unfortunately, that wasn't possible." Earlier in this month, the couple announced they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family, split their time between the United Kingdom and North America and work toward becoming financially independent. Under the agreement announced Saturday, Harry and Meghan will also pay back 2.4 million pounds (about $3 million) of British taxpayers' money used to renovate their home, Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate. Harry made the remarks at a dinner for Sentebale, the charity he started in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help AIDS orphans. "I've accepted this, knowing that it doesn't change who I am or how committed I am," Harry said Sunday of his family's future. "But I hope that helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life." "I was born into this life," he said, "and it is a great honor to serve my country and the Queen." "When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing," he said, referring to Princess Diana, who died in August 1997 after a car she was in crashed while being pursued by members of the paparazzi. "You've looked out for me for so long," Harry said, "but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us." "I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months." ...

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01-20-2020 Science&Technology
I tried Microsoft's new browser on my MacBook and got a peculiar surprise

Please lay down on my newly-upholstered purple chaise-longue, clutch at this small glass of Moscatel and answer me this: How did you decide which browser to use? I'm not sure too many people would have an instant response. Nor to this one: Do you remember the moment when you switched from Safari to Firefox? Or Firefox to Chrome? Or from Internet Explorer to Dear-God-anything-else. I can remember using Internet Explorer in long-gone times. Soon, it just felt dreary, which is quite an achievement for a browser. I can then remember being long loyal to Firefox before its inability to handle video -- at the time -- thrust me into the slightly grubby clutches of Google's browser. It was evidently better and quicker. But I only used it to watch videos. I wasn't going to give Google my whole life. I preferred, of course, for Google to take it anyway with its myriad of intrusive tentacles. Eventually, Firefox caught up, I went to confession and returned full-time to the browser with a sliver of a soul. Last week, however, Microsoft suddenly thrust a new Edge beneath my eyes. Despite it being based on Google's open-source Chromium, it turned my head. Why not, I thought, experiment a little? Why not see if it could play with my relatively new and already decrepit MacBook Air. I stare at a browser for a considerable part of my day. I know it's supposed to be unobtrusive, yet I'm always hoping some peculiarly imaginative force will reinvent elements of technology that have become foundational. The first stroke of imagination was the last I'd expected. As I began the downloading process, I got this peculiar greeting: Pobierz nowa przegladarke Microsoft Edge. ...

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01-20-2020 Science&Technology
Samsung’s Galaxy Flip Beats Motorola’s Razr With Two Features

In December last year I wrote about how Samsung has to solve the Motorola Razr’s biggest potential problem: battery size. It looks like the Korean company may have done just that if the latest leaks are accurate. The very nature of clamshell-style - flip up - foldable phones dramatically limits the size of the battery they can house. They’re small, compact devices that extend into bigger ones. And, since lithium-ion batteries aren’t (yet) flexible, manufacturers will have to find a compromise between bulk and battery life. It looks like Samsung has either made a chunkier phone than Motorola or used some other form of technological sorcery to cram a bit more power into the Flip. Regardless of the obvious advantage this would give Samsung, it still has a battle on its hands - not least because of the nostalgic value that comes with Motorola’s Razr. So what else can the Flip do to see off Motorola’s foldable phone? Shamelessly undercut Samsung isn’t afraid of directly taking on competition to gain a small advantage over a rival product. The long list of now discarded gimmicky features - and the dramatic iPhone-like design change in 2015 - are proof enough of Samsung’s willingness to duke it out in the mud. Price, too, is an area it’s happy to compete on and I suspect the Flip won’t be any different. The original Galaxy Fold cost $2000, which Motorola undercut by $500 a few months later. The Flip could - perhaps should - cost less than the Razr, even if by a nominal amount. A report came out late last year that said Samsung’s Flip will cost under $1000 - I think that’s unlikely but I’m confident it will be cheaper than Motorola’s device. Competition in the foldable market has already started to crash prices and only three devices are officially out. There’s too big a potential market, especially for a company that can produce the first genuinely affordable foldable phone , for Samsung to pass up the opportunity to undercut its main rival. It doesn’t just have to be the headline price that Samsung cuts, either. The Korean company happily bundles Spotify subscriptions or a free pair of Galaxy Buds with its phones during the holiday discount season. It could easily throw in one of its many accessories for free as an extra incentive. A better Experience Superior specifications and a lower price would put the Flip far ahead of the Razr, but Motorola does currently have a better repair and replacement policy than Samsung's Galaxy Fold. Samsung’s replacement cost for the Galaxy Fold is $149, whilst Motorola is offering free, fast, replacements for damaged screens (provided its within warranty). Given how fragile foldable displays are, Motorola’s policy should be the minimum manufacturers offer - especially a company with the resources that Samsung has. ...

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01-20-2020 Science&Technology
Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

Now that Huawei is effectively cut off from Google, how is going to provide navigation on its phones? By finding a non-American partner, of course. TomTom has revealed that it struck a deal with Huawei to provide maps, navigation and traffic data for the Chinese manufacturer's apps. The arrangement had been struck a while back, according to TomTom's Remco Meerstra, but hadn't been revealed until now. The company declined to share more details. It's not shocking that Huawei would forge a partnership like this. With the US blacklisting Huawei over alleged security concerns, the Chinese firm had to either find a global navigation partner or else accept that its map software would be limited at best. At the same time, it's still big news. Even if Huawei will still miss out on the Google apps that are often important to success outside of China, it won't have to worry so much about losing vital functionality.

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01-01-2020 Science&Technology
Hands-On With Salt's Apple TV Remote Replacement

The Apple TV 4K is a fantastic little set-top box that has an easy-to-use interface, an App Store, and options to watch all kinds of content, but there's one major flaw with the device - the Siri Remote. Apple unveiled its ¿Siri¿ (or ¿Apple TV¿) Remote with touch surface in 2015 alongside the fourth-generation ¿Apple TV¿, and it's never been a particularly popular accessory. With that in mind, Swiss company Salt created an alternative ¿Apple TV¿ Remote, which we managed to get our hands on. Salt is a Swiss telecommunications company that offers the ¿Apple TV¿ 4K in a broadband TV bundle for its customers. There's no way to order this remote in the United States or countries other than Switzerland - it's designed only for Salt customers. According to Salt, the Salt Remote was designed in close collaboration with Apple after the Salt TV customer base complained about the poor usability of the default remote that comes with the ¿Apple TV¿. Available for just under 20 Swiss francs, the Salt Remote looks more like a traditional remote than Apple's version, and it's made from a simple black plastic with buttons for controlling multiple functions. It is designed to connect to the ¿Apple TV¿ out of the box and requires no pairing to set up. It's both wider and longer than the ¿Siri¿ Remote, so it's harder to lose, which is probably a good thing for most people given how easy it is to misplace the ¿Siri¿ Remote. ...

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01-01-2020 Games
Pokémon GO Buddy Adventure: How to Increase Buddy Levels and Unlock Other Perks

In a December blog post, Niantic introduced an all-new feature on their hit AR video game: the Pokémon GO Buddy Adventure. Set to roll out worldwide in 2020, the Buddy Adventure feature lets Trainers explore the Pokémon GO universe side by side with their Buddy Pokémon like never before. "Since launching Pokémon GO, this might be the most collaborative feature we have had with The Pokémon Company," said Ryuta Hiroi, Niantic's lead product manager on the project. "Even with your phone in your pocket, you'll feel like your buddy is right beside you!" Lena Verstappen, their tech artist on the project, shared that they created each Pokémon in a "deeply respectful way." "It's almost as if each Pokémon were a family member!" she said. "How they eat, how they walk, and even where the Best Buddy Ribbon should be placed on each Pokémon's body-all of this and more was taken into account when crafting an as-immersive-as-possible experience." Buddy Adventure in a Nutshell In a press release published by the Pokémon GO Team, Buddy Adventure is an elevated bonding experience where Trainers and their chosen buddies can explore the world and grow side by side as they journey in a richer Pokémon world. Watch the promo video below: The Buddy Levels Here are the Buddy Levels you can unlock: Good Buddy: On this level, you'll see your buddy on the map following right behind you. Great Buddy: On this level, you'll be able to tap your buddy for help, like bringing your items in Pokémon encounters. Ultra Buddy: On this level, your buddy can point you to interesting places nearby and bring you Souvenirs. Best Buddy: On this level, you and your buddy will have a Best Buddy Ribbon. Your Best Buddy can get a CP boost in combat as long as they're assigned as your Buddy Pokémon. How to Increase Buddy Levels For starters, Trainers have to feed their buddies Berries to increase their Buddy Level to Good Buddy. You can increase your Buddy Level by doing the following: Playing With Your Buddy Pokémon Feeding Your Buddy Pokémon Treats Battling and Exploring With Your Buddy Pokémon How to Unlock Other Buddy Adventure Perks Your buddy has various moods. When you reach the highest mood (excited), you as a Trainer can unlock the following Perks: Cut the Distance It Takes for Your Buddy to Find Candy Double the Number of Hearts Earned per Action Earn Bonus Hearts Buddy Adventure Playing Tips Feed Your Buddy - To feed and interact with your buddy, click the Play button on the new buddy profile page. Play With Your Buddy - Apart from feeding them, you can also play with your buddies. Turn on your AR+ feature to see what your buddy does when you interact with it. Each Pokémon has its own quirks and ways to express itself, so watch closely to get acquainted with their expressions and movements. ...

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12-16-2019 Cars
Watch Ford F-250 Diesel 4x4 In Tug Of War Battle Against Tesla Model X

Can the diesel Ford-250 Super Duty out tug the Model X? While we wait for the official rematch between the Ford F-150 and Tesla Cybertruck, this tug of war challenge shows the Model X against Ford's F-250 four-wheel-drive diesel truck. The switch to a 250 instead of a 150 comes after news of the Cybertuck being classified as medium-duty surfaced. When Tesla debuted its Cybertruck, it released a video showing it beating a Ford F-150 in a tug-of-war contest. The challenge was not without controversy though and Tesla CEO Elon Musk agreed to repeat the test at a later time. Ford even chimed in and then the automaker backed down from the challenge. The official rematch has not taken place yet and perhaps it won't, but there's been no shortage of attempted retakes at pitting a Tesla against a Ford truck in some form or another. The video (skip forward to 3:30 for the tug of war action to begin) clearly shows us that this is indeed a four-wheel-drive Ford F-250 diesel truck. Perhaps even more importantly, the truck is put into 4-wheel-drive low, which provides it with the best chance of beating the Model X. Two tug-of-war challenges are shown in the video and each one has a different result. In the first tug off, the Model X, with its instant torque, wins the matchup. To make the second attempt a bit more fair (or unfair, as some will say), the diesel truck is revved up while holding the brake down. This puts the truck in its powerband. At go, the brakes are released and the F-250 easily takes the win. One win for the Tesla and one for the Ford. After watching the video it seems safe to conclude that the Cybertruck would likely beat the F-250 due to the fact that it should weigh considerably more than the Model X. At least that's how we see it, but let us know your thoughts in comments.

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12-14-2019 Games
Microsoft’s next Xbox is Xbox Series X, coming holiday 2020

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is officially called Xbox Series X. Microsoft revealed the name and console design on stage at the Game Awards today. The console itself looks far more like a PC than we’ve seen from previous Xbox consoles, and Microsoft’s trailer provides a brief glimpse at the new design. The console itself is designed to be used in both vertical and horizontal orientations, and Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, promises that it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.” Microsoft used the Xbox Series X to showcase Hellbade 2, a new game from Ninja Theory that is being developed for its next Xbox console. While Microsoft has revealed the design here, the company isn’t revealing exact specs beyond what has been discussed previously. The Xbox Series X will include a custom-designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. Microsoft is also using an SSD on Xbox Series X, which promises to boost load times. Xbox Series X will also support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support. Microsoft also revealed a new Xbox Wireless Controller today. “Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people, and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple,” explains Spencer. This updated controller will work with existing Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs, and will ship with every Xbox Series X.

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