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3rd November 2017

Why Call of Duty WW2 bosses won’t ‘shy away’ from history

Bosses of the new Call of Duty say being truthful to the violence of WW2 honours those who fought. – Source

Apple shares hit record as iPhone X launches

The tech firm also predicts a strong holiday season as the high-end iPhone X hits shelves. – Source

Google Play readying audiobook support, dedicated app and game notifications

Google Play Store version 8.4 began rolling out yesterday, bringing with it only a few minor tweaks. Among these were some UI changes and a revamped Editor’s Choice section. However, some code buried within the latest version has hinted at some larger changes to come in the future, as highlighted by Android Police.

It looks like Google is gearing up to support audiobooks for the first time on the Play Store. These are said to become available alongside the regular Play Store eBooks and are expected to include both free and paid audiobooks. It’s a move that could strengthen the Play Store’s position as an alternative to Amazon’s Kindle Store, which has included audiobooks for years.

Editor’s PickGoogle is facing a possible class action lawsuit over Pixel 2 XL screen issues

Google may need to brace itself, as a law firm appears to be sizing up a possible class action lawsuit. The main target? Yes, it’s those widely-reported Pixel 2 XL screen issues.

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Meanwhile, it looks like Google Play may soon support dedicated notifications direct from app developers. These are likely to appear on the action bar when you enter the Play Store (not clogging up the already too busy notification tray), along with a counter showing the number of unreads. Seemingly, this could be used to give devs a channel through which they could post updates about upcoming app news or features; games like Pokemon GO, which feature semi-regular events, may be able to put this to good use.

Rounding off the potentially upcoming features is an “auto-update” mode for system apps only — allowing users to get their core apps updated while being able to be more selective over the updates for the apps they downloaded separately. It’s a feature that could be useful for those who like to read over changelogs before installing, or removing, third-party apps.

We don’t know when exactly these new features may arrive, but would you like to see them roll out in Google Play sometime? Let us know in the comments.

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Soft bricks: Some Pixel 2 XL units reportedly ship without operating system on board

According to some amusing and rather odd reports, some users have received Pixel 2 XL units that came with no… Android operating system on board. Yes, it boggles the mind, but a redditor going by the name of MAKES_PEOPLE_MAD had their brand new Pixel 2 XL device greet them with a “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” message right out of the box, which is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day.
Accompanying the message is a security link to Google’s support page, which indicates that “The operating system on your device has been changed or … – Source

Tor’s next-gen onion system works to keep servers hidden

The dark web is no longer just a marketplace for illicit drugs, weapons, and other nefarious material. Mainstream media and social networks, from The New York Times to Facebook, are also using it to give users an anonymous way to access their sites…. – Source

New Nokia Steel Limited Edition models now available

New Limited Edition models – Full Black and Rose Gold – for the Nokia Steel smartwatch are now available to purchase from the company’s official website. The former costs $129.5, while the latter will set you back $149.95.

An additional wrist band (in leather) is also available for both models, but that’ll cost $50 for the Full Black variant and $30 for the Rose Gold variant. For more information or if you want to place an order, head to the Source link below.

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Is Apple really giving away your Face ID data to developers?

The Apple iPhone X uses Face ID, an innovative and highly advanced system to get a unique 3D scan of your face that allows the phone to recognize it is you looking at it in a split second. Having that data stolen is naturally a big privacy concern, but Apple has gone out of its way to reassure customers that their Face ID data never leaves the phone and is securely, encrypted on the phone itself.
But now, reports have surfaced that Apple will actually give your face data to developers. Publications of all ranks including the likes of Reuters … – Source

OnePlus 5’s new OxygenOS 4.5.14 update adds security patches, optimizations

Although everyone is talking about the upcoming OnePlus 5T, the Chinese company continues to work hard to improve the Android experience of its customers. The OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship of the smartphone brand, at least until the 5T gets released, and one that’s been more popular than OnePlus thought it would be.

That should be one of the reasons the OnePlus keeps delivering software updates that add new features, improve existing ones or simply fix some things that didn’t work as intended.

The latest OxygenOS 4.5.14 update has one important task: to … – Source

HTC will go back to making dual camera phones in 2018

HTC was one of the first companies to start making phones with two rear cameras working in tandem to create a better image, but rather than expanding on that technology and making it better, it gave up on it.
The HTC One M8 had a dual camera system way back in 2014, with the second camera used for measuring depth and making it possible to create a depth effect, not unlike what we have on modern phones.
Well, it will go back to making dual-camera phones next year, in 2018. HTC will “definitely be releasing a dual-camera … – Source

Samsung offers a free Gear VR or DeX Station with any Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchase

If you plan to buy a high-end Samsung smartphone, there are plenty of offers that you can take advantage of, not to mention that you’ll most certainly be getting better deals on Black Friday if you wait until the end of the month.

Samsung is now running a promotion that would allow customers who purchase one of its 2017 flagships to get some free stuff in the process. The deal is only available in the United States via Samsung’s online store.

While the South Korean company does mention that this is a limited time offer, it doesn’t say when it will end. In … – Source

The Morning After: Friday, November 3rd 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

The iPhone X arrives today, but the morning’s big X news is all about Xbox. We have our review of the new One X ready (roughly 25 years after the debut of a certain cartoon), plus a look at what happened to Dona… – Source

BBC to stream 1,000 extra hours of live sport each year

The BBC continues to reduce the amount of public money it spends, it’s led to some notable sporting events being cut from its programming. It’s already been forced to drop the rights to big-name British golfing tournaments, Formula 1 and perhaps the… – Source

WhatsApp goes down for many across globe – CNET

Asia and Western Europe appear most disrupted. – Source

Mapbox acquires Mapdata to help it expand into AR maps

Two weeks after announcing $164 million in funding, mapping data startup Mapbox has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired MapData, a neural network-based mapping startup based out of Minsk in Belarus. It will be using the deal spearhead the opening of a new office in the city and the hiring of more engineers; and to help build its next big product, an SDK that will let… Read More

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MIUI 9 is starting its global rollout today to some Xiaomi devices, here’s a schedule for all the rest

The newest version of Xiaomi’s MIUI software is starting its slow, gradual rollout to a hefty bevy of the company’s Android devices. Interestingly, even the Xiaomi Mi 2 released in 2012 is getting a taste of the new software, which is quite the impressive feat and truly a proof that China’s giant is rather committed to continued software support for its devices.
MIUI 9 is introducing a hefty amount of features. including split-screen multitasking, redesigned bundling notifications and quick replies (coming later with a subsequent software update), new animated … – Source

Samsung Galaxy Note8 sales in South Korea hit one million mark

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 went on sale in the company’s home country of South Korea towards the end of September. So it’s been just over a month, and fresh reports say that over a million Note8 units have already been sold in the country.

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OPPO R11s and R11s Plus revealed with 18:9 displays, 16 MP and 20 MP dual-cameras

Hot on the heels of the OPPO F5 launch in India is news of another OPPO introduction: the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus. These smartphones were launched in China yesterday as sequels to the OPPO R11 released only a few months back. Unlike that device, the R11s and R11s Plus have a bezel-less design and arrive with some upgrades in the photography department.

The R11s comes with a 6.01-inch display at 2160 x 1080 (FHD+) resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and is said to have an 85.8% screen to body ratio. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage space (expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card).

You’ll also find a 3,205 mAh battery inside with VOOC Flash charge technology, as well as a fingerprint scanner and headphone port. Further, it’s running with OPPO’s ColorOS 3.2 UI based on Android Nougat.

Editor’s PickRecent Oppo patent reveals a novel take on the folding phone concept

We’ve heard that a number of manufacturers working on phones with flexible displays, including Samsung and LG. These rumors have been floating around for some years now without any products that use the technology seeing …

The standout feature of the R11s is arguably its cameras. On the rear, you’ve got dual 16 MP and 20 MP cameras with f/1.7 apertures, 2.0µm pixels and dual-LED flash. OPPO says that both cameras are capable of taking shots independently depending on the current light conditions (unlike other dual camera setups where one camera acts as monochrome or telephoto lens). The 20 MP camera is optimized for low-light conditions while the 16 MP camera is the “everyday” shooter.

The front camera comes in at 20 MP front, and it’s not only high-resolution but arrives with what OPPO’s A.I. Beauty Recognition tech. This is said to “provide users with millions of different beautification effects,” and will make personalized adjustments for each photo/user.

The R11s Plus, on the other hand, is almost identical to the R11s except that it houses a 6.43-inch display, 6 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Overall, they sound like impressive devices, and they’ve got a strong display game going on. That said, they do house some potential caveats: notably the use of microUSB rather than USB Type-C, and a lack of NFC connectivity.

The R11s is going on sale in China on November 10 in the red, black and champagne colors above but there’s no word yet on a wider release. The handset will cost CNY 2,999 (~$450) in black and champagne or CNY 3,199 (~$482) for the red model. The R11s Plus will go on sale November 24 for CNY 3,699 (~$560).

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More than a million Galaxy Note 8 units have been sold in South Korea already

The Galaxy Note 8 has been on the shelves for just over a month in South Korea, but it’s been already reported that over a million units of Samsung’s best smartphone to date have already made their way to local users’ pockets.

Roughly 23,000 devices have been sold each and every day in Samsung’s home market, making the Note 8 one of the most popular devices locally, which hints at a rather strong momentum.
In South Korea, the Note 8 goes for a million KRW, which translated to roughly $979. Aside from the regular Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and … – Source

Qualcomm is suing Apple (again), claims it shared software with rival Intel

The legal war between Qualcomm and Apple has escalated yet again. This time the San Diego chipmaker is suing Apple for allegedly sharing proprietary Qualcomm technologies with its market rival, Intel.

In the lawsuit, filed on November 1st, Qualcomm is accusing the iPhone maker of breaching a software license contract. To back up its claim, Qualcomm says it has email in which Apple requested confidential documentation. Bloomberg reports that the email included an Intel engineer in the distribution list.

Qualcomm also claims that the contract between the two companies permits it to audit Apple’s handling of its software, but the Cupertino giant has reportedly refused any such requests.

Editor’s PickWhy are Apple’s chips faster than Qualcomm’s? – Gary explainsGenerally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different. The newly launched iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X all use Apple’s in-house …

It’s unclear what kind of damages Qualcomm is seeking from the lawsuit, but considering the recent legal battles between the two companies, it’s fair to expect that Qualcomm is after a hefty sum as compensation.

The bad blood between the two kicked off in January when Apple levied a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm. The chipmaker later countersued, sought injunctions to halt the sale of iPhones in both the US and China, and launched a further lawsuit accusing Apple of copyright infringement.

While Qualcomm is predominantly known for its chipsets designed for Android hardware, Apple has used both Qualcomm and Intel modems for different iPhone models. This particular lawsuit also centres around Qualcomm software that allows mobile chips to work with other parts of a device and interact with networks.

A recent Wall Street Journal report noted that as a result of the legal feud, Apple is apparently looking to ditch all Qualcomm components in the near future.

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Apple scores record-high fiscal Q4

Right when Apple started shipping its flagship iPhone X, the company also announced its fiscal Q4 results. Cupertino reported a revenue of $52.6 billion between July and September, a 12% increase year-on-year. International sales accounted for 62% of the income.

According to the report, Apple sold 46.67 million iPhones, 10.3 million iPads and generated $8.5 billion via its Services in the fiscal quarter. This marks an all-time high revenue for services that include digital content, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services.

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas…

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Add-ins for Outlook on Android are a welcome addition

Outlook on Android was already a solid mail client, but it has gotten even more powerful with the addition of add-in support .

Microsoft has steadily been improving the Outlook app that is available on Android devices. Recently, they added support for add-ins which allow users to perform tasks without having to jump into a different app.

In addition to support for add-ins that were already available in other versions of Outlook such as Evernote and Trello, Microsoft has also brought support for Wrike, JIRA, MeisterTask, Gfycat, and MojiLaLa.

Add-ins are free to use and work with the already existing Outlook app on Android. They’re only available for and Office 365 commercial accounts but Gmail support is on the way. Here’s our thoughts on Outlook’s latest… addition.

Smooth as silk

The best thing about add-ins is that they just work. They’re easy to setup, easy to use, and in our testing worked consistently and quickly. A personal favorite is Gfycat, as there isn’t much I ever say that can’t be said in a GIF.

To setup add-ins you open the settings icon and then scroll down to add-ins and pick the ones you want to use. Within emails there is a box icon that opens up a menu with all the different add-ins you’ve enabled.

Add-ins are aimed to skip the process of having to open another app and to that end they serve their purpose. For example, using the Trello add-in extracts information from an email and enters it into the details for a card.

Another handy add-in is Microsoft Translate, which can translate an entire email at once without having to copy and paste text into a new app.

A good start

As is the case with apps, having more options is always better. The add-ins that are already supported within Outlook on Android are very nice but over time we need to see the library of supported add-ins grow for it to be a viable part of Outlook for mobile. There are plenty more add-ins available for the desktop versions of Outlook, so hopefully developers will take the initiative to build adapt those add-ins for the Outlook’s mobile apps.

Until then, add-ins are a useful but limited addition to Outlook on Android. But if you use any of the services that are currently supported, add-in support is a big boost to productivity.

Summing things up

Overall, add-ins work well and are a natural addition to the Outlook experience on Android that’s been available on other devices for a while.

Hopefully, Microsoft sees similar support from developers for add-ins optimize for mobile to what they’ve seen for other versions of Outlook.

The best Microsoft apps for Android

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Thor: Ragnarok review: A quirky take on by-the-books fantasy-hero fare

Enlarge / You wouldn’t like Thor when he’s electric. (credit: Marvel Studios)

For nearly a decade, the Marvel comic universe has flourished in film by striking a very gentle balance between serious and silly. Heart and sarcasm appear in equal measure between Marvel’s many epic superhero fistfights. These films take no shame in laughing at their odd, over-serious origins—and do so with obvious love and reverence for their source material.

Yet there comes a time when even that kind of solid filmmaking starts to feel rote, and that’s the unfortunate place Thor: Ragnarok lands. It’s by no means a bad film, and it’s more nimble, entertaining, and likable than Marvel’s lesser-but-still-fine films of late (Ant Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron). In spite of solid performances, appreciably kooky content, and a few scene-stealers, this third Thor film ultimately feels disposable, as opposed to a full-of-stakes entry like Captain America: Civil War or a wow-that-was-fun blast like Spider-man: Homecoming.

Not just the god of hammers

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TripAdvisor admits deleting post warning of rape and assault

TripAdvisor is the go-to website to visit when you want to look up hotel and resort reviews. Based on what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel unearthed, though, you might want to do more digging beyond the review portal next time you travel. According to… – Source

Amazon shuts down Fresh grocery delivery service in some areas – CNET

The move comes shortly after the company’s $13.2 billion Whole Foods acquisition. – Source

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up on high-power charging network

BMW Group, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, and the Volkswagen Group (with subsidiaries Audi and Porsche) will join up to create a high-power charging network for electric vehicles called “Ionity,” which will build and operate around 400 charging stations across Europe by 2020. The collaborative venture formed by the automakers is intended to make it easier for Europeans to manage… Read More

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Millie Bobby Brown and the Kardashians are each others’ biggest fans

What is this, a crossover episode?

SEE ALSO: The ‘Stranger Things’ cast has some strong feelings about the Season 2 ending

On Tuesday night Millie Bobby Brown (a.k.a. Eleven from Stranger Things) went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and revealed that she loves Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

It was only a matter of time before the Kardashian clan saw this.

I love you @milliebbrown, you are so adorable! Thanks for watching #KUWTK! We are huge fans of yours also!! @jimmyfallon #Okurrr

— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) November 2, 2017

OMG @milliebbrown we love you bible!!!!

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) …

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Donald Trump reacts to his Twitter account being taken down for 11 minutes

Everything happens on Twitter these days.

SEE ALSO: American hero deactivates Trump’s Twitter account on their last day

Donald J. Trump responds, Trump-style, on Twitter after a Twitter employee (who was on his last day at the company) deactivated his Twitter account.

“My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact,” the President tweeted.

My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) …

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How to use Apple’s iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

The new $1,000 iPhone X is real and it’s official, and… it comes with no home button.
This is the future: an edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less design that features a prominent cutout at the top, and an iPhone that is operated by gestures more than ever before.
So… how do you use the button-less new iPhone X?
There are a few main gestures that you need to learn in order to get started using an iPhone X. All of them are very intuitive and easy to learn, so it should only take a few moments to get used … – Source

Australia cockatoos chew billion-dollar broadband

The Australian parrots have damaged infrastructure worth tens of thousands of dollars. – Source

Suspected burglar found stuck in a chicken shop vent

Imagine To Catch a Thief, but instead of Cary Grant it’s a guy stuck in a vent for hours and hours.

SEE ALSO: Police accidentally retweeted an illegal live stream featuring porn

On Thursday West Midlands Police arrested a suspect in Birmingham, UK, in a rather odd position.

Here’s what we found when we were called to a burglary in progress today

— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) November 2, 2017

According to the police press release the suspect had been stuck there for a nightmarish seven hours, and had to call to passers-by for help.

“Police were called after a member of the public spotted a pair of legs sticking out from DFC Chicken on Rookery Road in Handsworth at around 8.20am today, 2 November,” said the statement. …

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