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Global Technology News for 13 Aug 2019

Fortnite update v10.10We’re only hours away from the Fortnite version 10.10 game update’s release time…or, at least we were until Epic discovered a bug at the very last minute. The company has been forced to delay... game update v10.10 so that it has enough time to fix this bug. That means the overpowered mech suit tweak will be delayed slightly, as will …
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Our galaxy's black hole spewedFLASH! Ah-ah! Came from Sagittarius.
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Astronomers just found a blackAt the heart of our home galaxy is a supermassive black hole that gobbles up anything that gets too close. It's huge, with a mass of 4 million times that of our Sun, but size is a relative thing when... we're talking about the universe, and astronomers just spotted a black hole in a distant galaxy that puts ours to shame. The galaxy, Holm 15A, sits around 700 million light-years away, making it somewhat difficult to study in detail, but what scientists know for sure is that the black hole in its heart is the largest ever discovered. In fact, researchers believe the black hole in Holm 15A is at least 10,000 times as massive as our home galaxy's black hole. In a new research paper, scientists led by Kianusch Mehrgan of the Max Planck Institute reveal that the black hole in Holm 15A is up to...
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Verizon to sell Tumblr toThe sale price is reportedly much less than the $1.1 billion Yahoo paid for Tumblr in 2013.
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Measles outbreak cases in theOn Monday, the World Health Organization published an update on the measles outbreaks occurring around the world. A number of countries have been hit by the disease, the worst instances being in... Ukraine, Madagascar, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also battling an Ebola outbreak. In addition, WHO reports that measles cases in the United States are …
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Jio plans to deploy Microsoft Azure in its data centres, connectivity infrastructure, and use it to develop cloud-based business solutions.
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Russian nuclear-powered cruiseAtomic research agency acknowledges "isotope power source" of "rocket engine" exploded.
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Yes, Snapchat is experiencing some issues

Android Central - 13 Aug 2019 22:15
What you need to know Yes, Snapchat is experiencing some issues. The major outages seem to be affecting users in Europe. The U.S. isn't seeing many outages but you could find yourself affected. Users... are saying they can't send or receive snaps while others say the app won't refresh. Snapchat is down for some users around the world. According to Down Detector, the outages mostly seem to be affecting users in Europe, but other parts of the world, including the U.S., could be seeing some issues as well. Here are the areas being affected the most according to Down Detector. The main issue seems to be the ability of sending snaps to other users. Other users report that they can't receive snaps or the app won't refresh. Down Detector still has Snapchat rated at a "Problems at Snapchat" level, so...
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Dark Mode For Facebook App on The Way

The Mac Observer - 13 Aug 2019 17:18
Dark Mode For Facebook App onDark mode for Facebook’s main app appears to be close. A researcher found the company is testing it for the Android version of the app, CNet reported. Surely an iOS version will follow too? Reliable... researcher Jane Manchun Wong found that Facebook is testing a darker color scheme on the Android version of its app. However, she noted that this feature seems to be in an “early stage of development” — it’s only appearing on the app’s Groups tab with some dark text displaying against a dark background, making it tough to read. So it might be a while before Facebook’s mobile dark mode gets a wide rollout.
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Robotic neck brace helps ALSEngineers at Columbia University have created a special robotic neck brace that is designed to give ALS patients back their range of motion. The brace is designed to hold the person’s head and... actively support them through their range of motion. The team says that the neck brace would bring an improved quality of life for the patients and help …
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Apple Expanding ContactlessApple today announced that students at 12 additional universities will be able to add their student IDs to the Wallet app in the coming school year, allowing them to get around campus and make... purchases using an iPhone or Apple Watch. The expansion includes Clemson University, Georgetown, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, University of San Francisco, University of Vermont, Arkansas State University, South Dakota State University, Norfolk State University, Louisburg College, University of North Alabama, and Chowan University. Students simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader anywhere physical student ID cards are accepted -- on and off campus. An optional Express Mode bypasses the need to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode, allowing for the...
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The use of the tech at King's Cross in London has raised privacy concerns.
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Is VR compatible with previousNo Man's Sky in VR is going to be amazing, but can I play the games I already have? No Man's Sky VR update is soon upon us, and we are all kinds of excited. Reports are coming in from the interwebs... that playing the game in VR is far better than anyone would have believed and is a game-changer for the game and VR in general. Now that is all well and good, but what about those of us who have spent countless hours building worlds already? Do we lose all our bases if we want to move over? Built from the ground up There is a lot of changes coming to No Man's Sky this year and the addition of VR has meant Hello Games has spent a considerable amount of time rebuilding the game so it works with VR from the ground up. This means that every part of the game, including your current saves, will be...
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Augmented Reality:Apple's CEO Tim Cook is all praise for augmented reality. When quizzed about his fascination for AR, during a company's earnings call meeting, he answered, "I see apps that make me want to go to K-12... again and repeat my schooling because it changes the game in the classroom.” Augmented reality is changing the game, […] The post Augmented Reality: Transforming Training with Immersive Experiences appeared first on ReadWrite.
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This is an incredible story. At the heart of it: Pornography. Yahoo bought Tumblr which, back in 2013, was a hotbed for pornography. Yahoo banned porn, and site traffic plummeted. According to the... linked Wall Street Journal article: Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to sell its blogging website Tumblr to the owner of popular online-publishing tool WordPress.com, unloading for a nominal amount a site that once fetched a purchase price of more than $1 billion. So what's a nominal amount? According to Axios: Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of online publishing tool Wordpress. A source familiar with the deal puts the price-tag "well below" $20 million, while another source puts it below $10 million. And according to this tweet, the price...
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What Happens When Apple LocksLuke Kurtis shares his story of how Apple disabled his account after he unknowingly bought a fraudulent iTunes gift card. Although he eventually got his account restored, it took two months to get it... back. Had I not taken advantage of my internal Apple contacts, I may not have gotten my account back. I spent a large part of those two months in a kind of grief, mourning not only the loss of a collection of media built up over a decade and a half, but also all the products I owned that no longer functioned as they were supposed to. The company I had given so much money to over the years could revoke my access to everything with just the press of a button. That’s pretty scary stuff. Now that Apple Card is a product, imagine getting locked out of your account, unable to pay off your Card...
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Tariff on iPhones Delayed Until December

The Mac Observer - 13 Aug 2019 16:44
Tariff on iPhones DelayedApple’s stock price rose after the US Trade Representative said a new tariff would not be applied to items like iPhones until December.
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Sci-Fi Looking Robotic NeckAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gherig's disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects muscle strength and control, eventually leaving patients unable to even hold... their own heads up. To improve their quality of life, researchers and engineers at Columbia University have created a...
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A future iPhone could lose theA future version of the iPhone could eliminate the controversial notch from the top of the screen, with Apple hiding sensors behind the display itself and allowing them to function via the use of... 'light transmitting windows.'
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Smartphones, laptops, and gameThe delay will last until December 15. What you need to know The U.S. is delaying phones, laptops, and more from its China tariff list. These removals are due to "health, safety, national security and... other factors." The delay will last until December 15. The United States and China are in the midst of a trade war, and in the tech space, one of the most severe effects of this has been the impending trade tariffs on various gadgets. However, according to the United States Trade Representatives as of August 13, tariffs on certain technology products are being delayed. Of the items being delayed from the tariffs, these include "cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing." These items won't be affected by the...
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Adobe updates Camera Raw andAdobe has released a slew of updates to Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic, all focused on on improving performance and workflow.
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You cannot pay your Apple CardApple's new credit card has been making headlines for its slick design, its unique features, and the mere fact that it's a credit card from Apple for the past few weeks. But despite being hyped up by... the company as the ultimate payment solution, it lacks basic functionality that anyone who has ever owned a credit card would expect it to have. As BuzzFeed News explains, the Apple Card exists, at least in part, to keep you locked into the iOS ecosystem. The only way to access your balance, your transaction history, and even your ability to pay your bills is through the Wallet app on your iPhone. This might make sense in theory, but if you lose your iPhone or, even worse, someone steals it, there's no web portal from which to pay your bills. You simply aren't able to make a payment online. At...
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British Airways E-TicketingA vulnerability in British Airways' e-ticketing system could enable a bad actor to view passengers' personal data or change their booking information.
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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Foldable Smartphone Stabiliser

Photography Blog - 13 Aug 2019 16:00
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 FoldableThe DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is a portable, foldable mobile phone stabiliser that makes an ideal lightweight companion for all of life's adventures. Osmo Mobile 3 is available now priced at £99/€109 for... the standard version which includes Osmo Mobile 3, a wrist strap, storage pouch and anti-slip pads or £119/€129 for the Osmo Mobile 3 combo which includes all the components of the standard version along with the Osmo Grip Tripod and the Osmo Carrying Case.
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Fortnite fans will have to wait longer for this week’s version 10.10 patch. The update was scheduled to roll out this morning at 4 a.m. ET, but has been delayed by Epic Games due to “last minute... issues.” Fortnite’s tenth season has gotten off to a rough start, with the vast majority of players well […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
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