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Microsoft Xbox To Work Directly On Internet-Linked TVs

Microsoft Xbox To Work Directly On Internet-Linked TVs

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Microsoft on Thursday said it is working on software to let people play Xbox video games on internet-linked televisions without the need of consoles. The news came as Microsoft and other video game industry heavyweights prepare to show off coming titles at an annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) being held virtually beginning Saturday due to the pandemic. “As a company, Microsoft is all-in on gaming,” chief executive Satya Nadella said in introducing the plan. “Three billion consumers look to gaming for entertainment, community, creation, as well as a real sense of achievement, and our ambition is to empower each of them, wherever they play.” Microsoft has been playing on the strength of its Xbox unit as it vies with Luna and Stadia cloud gaming services run, respecti...
Facebook Working On Smartwatch

Facebook Working On Smartwatch

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Facebook on Wednesday confirmed it is working on a smartwatch that might on day connect with augmented reality glasses being developed by the leading social network. Facebook Reality Labs is investing in ways to make AR glasses more useful, unit head Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said in a tweet responding to a Verge report that the social network is aiming to unveil a smartwatch next year. features will include cameras, and it will integrate with Facebook apps such as image-centric social network Instagram, according to the Verge. “We’ve said we want AR glasses to be truly useful — we’re investing in technologies across the board that will make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive,” Bosworth tweeted. He cautioned that research doesn’t always result in a finished produ...
Global Internet Outage Caused By Customer Change Of Setting

Global Internet Outage Caused By Customer Change Of Setting

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A worldwide internet outage affecting major websites was caused by a “customer configuration change” which triggered a “bug” in a key delivery network, the technology firm at the center of the mishap said Wednesday. Nick Rockwell of US-based tech firm Fastly said in a blog post that the outage was “broad and severe” after the glitch resulting from “a valid customer configuration change.” The outage lasting about an hour took down media and government websites, including the White House, Britain’s government site, the New York Times, Reddit and Amazon. The outage highlighted the dependence of much of the global internet on a handful of “content delivery networks” which help speed up websites. Rockwell said a Fastly software update from last month contained “a bug that could...
Tesla Scraps Plan On Model S Plaid Plus

Tesla Scraps Plan On Model S Plaid Plus

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Tesla has abandoned a plan for an ultra-deluxe Plaid+ version of its Model S vehicle, according to founder Elon Musk. Musk said in a tweet Sunday that the juiced-up Plaid is “just so good,” that there is no need to go further with the Plaid+ model. The planned Plaid+ priced at $150,000 would have achieved a range of 830 kilometers (515 miles) with acceleration to 96 kilometers (60 miles) per hour in just two seconds. The Plaid model set to go on sale June 10 will sell for around $120,000 with a range of 624 kilometers, with the same acceleration capacity as the Plaid+. “Model S goes to Plaid speed this week,” Musk tweeted. “Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good.” He claimed the new model is the “quickest production car ever made of any kind.” Tesla’s ...
Jeff Bezos To Travel To Space Next Month

Jeff Bezos To Travel To Space Next Month

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday he will fly into space next month on the first human flight launched by his Blue Origin rocket firm. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” Bezos said on his Instagram account. Blue Origin said Bezos and his brother Mark will travel on the first crewed flight of the company’s New Shepard capsule. The company is auctioning off the third spot, and that bidding is already at $2.8 million with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries. The trip will last a total of 10 minutes, four of which passengers will spend above the Karman line that marks the recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space. After lift-off, the capsule separates...
Twitter Introduces Subscription Service With ‘Undo’ Tweet Feature

Twitter Introduces Subscription Service With ‘Undo’ Tweet Feature

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Twitter on Thursday introduced its first-ever subscription service, which has been dubbed “Blue” and offers added features for prolific tweeters, as it seeks to diversity its revenue streams beyond advertising. The feature — initially only available in Australia and Canada — could enable the social network to rely less on ads or promoted posts that disrupt the real-time flow of tweets that are a huge part of the global, one-to-many messaging platform’s appeal. “We’ve heard from the people that use Twitter a lot, and we mean a lot, that we don’t always build power features that meet their needs,” product management director Sara Beykpour and product manager Smita Mittal Gupta said in a blog post. “Well, that’s about to change.” Monthly subscriptions to Twitter Blue cos...
itel Launches itel P37, Adds Laptop And Smart Earbuds To Portfolio

itel Launches itel P37, Adds Laptop And Smart Earbuds To Portfolio

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The ideal smartphone must offer freedom and fun, and it must be fashionable, sleek and stylish. Global smartphone giant, itel understands this philosophy and has moved a step further to ensure you and other mobile phone users can truly enjoy better life as its new itel P37 launches in Nigeria. The itel P37 is the brand’s response to your need for a device that is durable, tough and sturdy, and yet extremely flexible with amazing dynamic features that give you full control during work and play. Its breath-taking ultra-slim design at 8.9mm and 197g in weight, coupled with picture-perfect finishing, gives you that confidence you desire as you step out in style. What you get… What is a smartphone without battery power? With the P37, you get a whopping 5000mAh super-strong lithium...
Microsoft Announces Retirement Of Internet Explorer

Microsoft Announces Retirement Of Internet Explorer

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Microsoft said it is retiring Internet Explorer, the browser it created more than 25 years and which is now largely abandoned as people instead use competitors like Google’s Chrome or Apple’s Safari. “We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” the company said in a blog post Wednesday, referring to its other browser. “Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft said. People ribbed Internet Explorer in tweets on Thursday. “RIP Internet Explorer, I never used it, but after it dies we can’t make fun of it anymore,” wrote someone with the handle Arcad...
Snapchat Hits 500mn Monthly Active Users

Snapchat Hits 500mn Monthly Active Users

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Snapchat, the social network popular with young smartphone users, said Thursday it has 500 million monthly active users amid surging growth in many parts of the world. The platform, which has expanded its offerings beyond its original disappearing messages, had not previously announced a figure for monthly active users, but had said last month it had 280 million daily active users. “We now reach over 500 million monthly active users, and nearly one of every two smartphone users in the United States is on Snapchat,” chief executive Evan Spiegel said in opening parent firm Snap’s partner summit. “In the US, France, UK, Australia, and the Netherlands, Snapchat is becoming an indispensable part of people’s lives, reaching 90 percent of 13- to 24-year-olds, and 75 percent of 13- t...
Amazon’s New Africa HQ Site Facing Indigenous Backlash

Amazon’s New Africa HQ Site Facing Indigenous Backlash

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A legal battle is looming over plans to build Amazon’s multi-million-dollar African headquarters on land cherished by South Africa’s indigenous Khoi San people. Amazon is setting up its African HQ in Cape Town — a project with the promise of thousands of jobs in a country where unemployment is cripplingly high. City authorities last month approved the construction of a nine-storey business and residential complex on a greenfield site that will be anchored by Amazon. Its offices will provide total floor space of 70,000 square metres (7.5 million feet) — equivalent to almost 10 football pitches. But some of the country’s first inhabitants, the Khoi Khoi and San — whose presence in the southern tip of the continent has been dated by archaeologists to thousands of years — &nbs...