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Facebook is shuttering M, its personal assistant aided by AI and humans

Facebook is shuttering M, its personal assistant aided by AI and humans At best, M automatically inserted fairly standard features like polls, stickers and location information. When M launched as a beta, the smart assistant had a ton of potential when compared to other smart assistants at the time. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the M Concierge service is dead, but he chalked it up to the company not getting what it wanted from M, and he said it's not at al... [Full Article...]

S&P keeps New Year's rally alive, Dow eases

S&P keeps New Year's rally alive, Dow eases The legislation's corporate tax cut is not necessarily as dramatic as it seems, because most corporations don't end up paying the full 35 percent rate. The positivity spilled over into Europe with London scaling another record pinnacle at 7,733.39 points, before turning lower amid a United Kingdom government reshuffle. [Full Article...]

Zuckerberg aims to 'fix' Facebook

Zuckerberg aims to 'fix' Facebook The goal is part of his yearly personal challenge , which is mainly focused on fixing Facebook's problems. Clearly, Zuckerberg and his company needs to fix the damage to its reputation, which he attributes to "too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools", as in the company's confusing policy monitoring hate speech . [Full Article...]

3.3 million faulty inflators added to Takata airbag recall

3.3 million faulty inflators added to Takata airbag recall According to NHTSA , the recalls issued by Japanese air bag maker Takata began in May 2016 and will continue through December 2019, bringing the number of affected air bags to between 65-70 million. According to John Buretta, the independent monitor overseeing the recalls, at least 20 million recalled Takata airbags still had not been replaced as of mid-September. [Full Article...]

Wireless charging nears unification as Powermat cedes to Qi

Wireless charging nears unification as Powermat cedes to Qi But with Powermat joining the Wireless Power Consortium, we are now moving on from wireless charging's version of VHS vs Beta or Blu-ray vs HD DVD. That means, from today onwards, wireless charging - particularly in smartphones - should become simpler. [Full Article...]

New PS4 Beta Incoming, January Console Launch and Future PC Version

New PS4 Beta Incoming, January Console Launch and Future PC Version Not to worry, CAPCOM is having on last final beta event next weekend. In addition, there will also be a special controller released, which was originally intended for the special PlayStation 4 bundle that was introduced a year ago. Now, you will get a chance to fight Nergigante , the flagship elder dragon. The steel dragon Kushala Daora is a beast with a body covered in metal plates and has t... [Full Article...]

Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition coming to PS4 and Xbox One It looks like Final Fantasy XV will be repackaged as some sort of complete edition in the near future, according to a recent ESRB rating for " Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition ". No further information has been found yet, but check back with GameZone for more updates as they arrive. For those looking to pick up the latest edition of the Final Fantasy series, it may be worth waiting a lit... [Full Article...]

VTech to settle charges it violated children's privacy

VTech to settle charges it violated children's privacy The Federal Trade Commission said today that the electronic toymaker VTech Electronics has agreed to settle for a fine of $625,000 , to be paid within the next seven days, after charges that it violated children's privacy. On Learning Lodge, close to 2.25 million parent accounts in the US and nearly 2.9 million related kid profiles could have been compromised, Steinorth wrote in an email. [Full Article...]

Metal Gear Survive Gets a New Single-Player Trailer

Metal Gear Survive Gets a New Single-Player Trailer While many have already written Metal Gear Survive off, those willing to give it a chance will have an opportunity next week, more than a month before its official launch. Whether it's chopping down trees in order to create makeshift weapons or setting up research facilities that can create automatic turret weapons, each time I see Metal Gear Survive I get a stronger and stronger inkling that ... [Full Article...]

Halo TV Series Still in Development, Showtime Insist

Halo TV Series Still in Development, Showtime Insist Showtime CEO David Nevins told TV Guide that he had seen scripts for the show and that the series would still come eventually, but didn't reveal specific information on the series as a whole. But it's a bit comforting to know that all hope has not been lost to see a legit version of Halo . The only other live-action Halo -related show that has been made was Halo : Nightfall , a short ... [Full Article...]

Jabra's Alexa-powered Elite 65t buds might be the true AirPods killers

Jabra's Alexa-powered Elite 65t buds might be the true AirPods killers Both models have up to 5-hours of battery life, while there's a charging case that'll double the life force. There is also an integrated accelerometer for tracking features when linked with the Jabra app. Music can be personalised through a dedicated Jabra Sound + application, with a music equaliser built in. One of our favourite pairs of earphones from a year ago is about to get a little m... [Full Article...]

Facebook founder Zuckerberg to explore cryptocurrency & encryption to improve platform services

Facebook founder Zuckerberg to explore cryptocurrency & encryption to improve platform services Last year, he visited every USA state he hadn't been to yet. His list of targets at the social network included abuse and hate; interference by nation states , and, making sure visiting Facebook was time well spent. He sees cryptocurrencies as a big opportunity for ordinary people everywhere to seize and recapture the control of their lives. It's easy enough to point out where Facebook need... [Full Article...]

Dragon Ball FighterZ PC system requirements revealed

Dragon Ball FighterZ PC system requirements revealed Some highlights include a variety of moves that utilize Goku Black's signature energy blade and an attack that has him pairing with his partner in time, Zamasu. A welcomed inclusion are a variety of characters who would be considered relatively low-level fighters by today's standards. He can team up with his Dragon Ball Super ally, Zamasu, for a giant orb of energy that could be his version of... [Full Article...]

Muse, The Killers to headline 2018 BottleRock Napa Valley festival

Muse, The Killers to headline 2018 BottleRock Napa Valley festival The lineup also features Incubus , Bleachers , The Head and the Heart , Phantogram , Billy Idol , The Revivalists , Missio , Manchester Orchestra , The Struts , Alice Merton , New Politics , COIN , Welshly Arms and Mondo Cozmo . [Full Article...]

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Xbox One Patch Offers 'Slightly' Better Frame Rate

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Xbox One Patch Offers 'Slightly' Better Frame Rate While it by no means brings the game to perfection, developers say they are now working "diligently to elevate the overall player experience". Specifically, the new update consists mostly of "quality of life" fixes while also working to improve performance and memory crashes that the Xbox One version has been known for since it debuted in December. [Full Article...]

Sennheiser HD 820 goes all out with Gorilla Glass back at CES

Sennheiser HD 820 goes all out with Gorilla Glass back at CES The company's accrued 70-plus years of audio experience have culminated into the HD 820 . Open-back headphones have a special place in any audiophile's heart, but sometimes a closed-back pair are more appropriate. The HD 820 low capacitance, impedance matching cable ensures seamless performance, as stated by Sennheiser. Offering up to six hours of playing time, the CX 6.00BT can be fully ch... [Full Article...]

Amazon Alexa going mobile with new developer tools

Amazon Alexa going mobile with new developer tools The kit will make it easier for OEMs to integrate Alexa into their headphones, smartwatches, fitness devices, etc since they will be able to connect directly to the Alexa Voice Services through the Amazon Alexa App on the connected smartphones. [Full Article...]

IPhone X Inspired Doogee V Announced With In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

IPhone X Inspired Doogee V Announced With In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Frequent leakster Evan Blass was the first to bring the Doogee V to the world's attention. Noted tipster Evan Blass also shared a picture of the Doogee V. The phone has a vertically arranged dual camera system on the back, similar to the leaked images of the Galaxy S9 Plus. Geskin says the rear cameras are dual 21MP sensors while the ones in front are dual 16MP sensors. [Full Article...]

HTC VIVE 1.5 - What We Know SoFfar

HTC VIVE 1.5 - What We Know SoFfar HTC's Vive Pro is also backwards compatible with both 1.0 and 2.0 SteamVR tracking, and you can use up to four base stations for room tracking on the Vive Pro . Okay okay, this is all still theoretical, but remember that cryptic tweet I mentioned earlier? Therefore, let's see what we might expect next. The first of its kind, the current HTC Vive incorporates a display of 2,160 x 1,200 - or 1,2... [Full Article...]

JBL Everest headphones feature built-in Google Assistant

JBL Everest headphones feature built-in Google Assistant Just use commands or phrases like, "Volume up" or "Tell me about my day or "Play pop music". Audio quality and comfort should be well up to the usual JBL standard, and battery life is up to 25 hours for the over-ears and up to 8 hours for the in-ears, with connectivity via Bluetooth 4.1. [Full Article...]


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