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Nvidia Shield Tablet losing charm for game users

WASHINGTON: Tablets are losing their luster to smartphones. The bigger the smartphone you own, the more reason to say “why bother?” to the larger, almost always identically-powered slate that’s just a bigger screen with better battery life, sans cellular data. And while we’re now using computers more with great machines like inexpensive Chromebooks, the same question applies: Why bother with ... Read More »

US mission to hunt criminals by spying on cell phones continues

  WASHINGTON: The U.S. government is allegedly utilising fake cell towers attached to planes to secretly scan cell phones in the hunt for criminals. The spy program has been in effect since 2007 and uses Cessna aircrafts equipped with devices that mimic cell phone towers of communications companies, which then trick phones into providing unique registration information. “Cell phones are ... Read More »

IBM signs deal worth $325m for 2 Supercomputer 5 to 7 times faster

NEW YORK: IBM has just signed a deal worth $325 million with the Department of Energy to manufacture two supercomputers that leverage technology from NVIDIA and Mellanox. The machines, which are known as Sierra and Summit, make use of IBM’s new supercomputer technology, and also include NVIDIA’s processing accelerators and Mellanox’s high-speed networking systems. The supercomputers will be installed at ... Read More »

iPhone 6 Plus is better equipped than Galaxy Note 4

NEW YORK: Samsung’s Galaxy Note is H2 flagship, keen to assert its superiority over an already feature-rich Galaxy S. iPhone 6 the situation is similar though, the Plus is better equipped than the vanilla iPhone 6. Apple iPhone 6 Plus over Galaxy Note 4: Thinner – 7.1mm vs. 8.5mm, Slo-mo video – 240fps mode vs. 120fps mode, 64GB and 128GB ... Read More »

People like iPhone 6 more than iPhone 6 Plus

NEW YORK: No doubt, the Apple’s latest handsets are the most favourite devises these days. But do you know which is the best one, iPhone 6 or iPhone Plus? The answer is iPhone 6 as the devices of this model have been sold more than the later …  so far. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners report, at least in ... Read More »

Now skip traffic jams thru 124mph hybrid flying car

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia: Now you cannot excuse in office for arriving late due to traffic jam as here comes a 124mph flying cars that will help you skip the gridlock by flying you over the vehicles on roads. The concept of flying cars is not new as even in 1928, motoring pioneer Henry Ford said: ‘Mark my word. A combination airplane ... Read More »

BMW unveils new model of 798cc F 800 R for 2015

BERLIN: BMW has launched new model of twin-cylinder roadster F 800 R with more power. The 798cc engine has been “retuned” to produce 90 horsepower at 8000 rpm, up from 87 horsepower; peak torque remains at 63 foot-pounds and internal ratios for first and second gears have been shortened to improve acceleration. The updated chassis now has an inverted fork ... Read More »

567-horsepower BMW X5M, X6M achieve 20% better fuel economy

BERLIN: BMW has updated the X5 and X6, two fraternal twins in the line up, and now will give a world debut to their respective M versions. The X5 is a traditional midsize SUV, while the X6, riding on similar running gear, shows off a coupe-inspired body style. The M versions of these cars come with more powerful engines, functional ... Read More »

400 horsepower BMW M2 to launch with turbocharged 6-cylinder engine

BERLIN: The German automaker BMW is all set to launch another racy two-door with 2016 arrival of the M2 Coupe to challenge Mercedes-AMG A45 and the second generation Audi RS3. The upcoming RS3 will likely follow in the footsteps of the Clubsport Concept and boast a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine under the hood. The powerplant, similar to the one used ... Read More »

Google and Android plan to roll out Lollipop 5.0 in Nexus 8

NEW YORK: Many are sure that Google and Android are planning to take the world by storm with the Nexus 8.Android has declared they will be rolling Lollipop 5.0 out devices in the next couple of weeks. Out with the Google range HTC have happily confirmed their flagship models the HTC One “M8) and (M7) are also receiving the android ... Read More »

Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 for PC price EUR 53.94 at Amazon

PARIS: Amazon’s two of the biggest releases this year on Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 are making their way to PC. Forza Horizon 2 for PC is priced at EUR 53.94 whereas; Sunset Overdrive is yet to be given a price. Amazon leaks don’t always turn out to be true but considering the history of Xbox titles ... Read More »

BMW to usher in new era of battery-powered cars

BERLIN: Though BMW is not selling its i3 and i8 battery-powered cars. Yet, it has already established a leadership role in the electric car world. Thus to put the company on the top echelon of EV-makers, the BMW is moving faster than Tesla or Nissan toward an entire suite of plug-in cars. It’s been six months since the BMW i-branded ... Read More »

With Current, Facebook feels like part of Mac OS X user interface

NEW YORK: President Obama finally announcing his support of regulating Internet service as a utility, rather than as an  information service. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler subsequently came out against that proposal, which must be frustrating for the President who appointed him. Next up, we ruminated about the crazy changes happening at Microsoft, inspired by the company making its .NET framework ... Read More »

Wal-Mart’s Vudu launching huge franchise, fans can buy 400 Disney, Pixar, Marvel movies

LOS ANGELES: Walt Disney Co’s cloud-based movie storage service will give customers the ability to add purchases from Vudu, an online store operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Films bought on Vudu will be integrated with the Disney Movies Anywhere service starting on Jamie Voris, Disney Studios’ chief technology officer, said at an event where the company highlighted mobile initiatives. Disney ... Read More »

Samsung likely to unveil Wrist Phone like smartwatch

LONDON: Samsung Electronics Company has been making another run at that perennial technogeek dream, the wrist communicator, with plans in the next few months to unveil a smartwatch that works as a stand-alone phone. Samsung’s watch-phone will be able to make and receive calls without being tethered to a smartphone, something most smart watches on the market now can’t do, according ... Read More »

US grants $425m IBM, Nvidia to build 150-petaflop supercomputers

OHIO: IBM and Nvidia have been awarded $425 million by the US Department of Energy to build two brand-new supercomputers that leverage IBM’s Power 8 CPUs and Nvidia’s upcoming Volta GPUs. The two computers Summit, which will be built at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sierra, built at Lawrence Livermore will have peak performance of around 150 petaflops when they’re ... Read More »

$99 phone case transforms mobile into instant printer

LONDON: Now you can turn your mobile into an instant printer with $99 device case. The case turns digital images into physical photos at the touch of a button, without the need for a data connection. And the French firm is working on an augmented reality feature that will also play videos around printed shots. Prynt has been designed by ... Read More »

Samsung to integrate BlackBerry encryption to Knox software for better Android security

The two companies announced a new security focused partnership that will bring BlackBerry’s encryption system to businesses using Samsung’s Galaxy smart phones. Beginning early next year, Samsung will integrate BlackBerry’s BES12 end-to-end encryption service, into its own Knox software. Knox, which Samsung licenses to enterprise customers, adds an extra layer of security to Android devices though the service has been ... Read More »

Microsoft launching web version of Skype

LONDON: Users will soon be able to use Skype from a browser without having to download anything. Microsoft announced that it will soon launch a web-based version of the video-conferencing platform. The new version of Skype, which is still in beta, allows users to log in to their existing accounts from Skype’s website when using Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet ... Read More »

5yr-old British Pakistani becomes Microsoft professional

LONDON: Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant’s exam when he was just five years old. Ayan, now six, whose father is an IT consultant, has set up his own computer network at home. He told that he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one ... Read More »