Gaming 

PlayStation PS5 release news, Xbox One X games boost, new Nintendo reveal?

The PS5 release date has not yet been confirmed by Sony, who are still riding high with their PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles. While nothing official has been confirmed about the new gaming machine, the tech giant has gone as far as to say that there will be a followup to the popular PlayStation 4. While no one is expecting any big reveals for the PS5 in 2018, things could start getting interesting in the years following. Some analysts believe we could see major reveals from Sony and Microsoft as…

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Top Stories World 

Why parents should think twice before endorsing Facebook’s kid-friendly app

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE These days, parents trying to keep their kids safe must worry not just about bike helmets and cars speeding down streets, but online predators and ads targeting kids. Facebook clearly had these parental worries in mind when they rolled out Messenger Kids, which does not include ads and allows parents to control their kids’ contact list. The press release, with its pictures of kids trying on Snapchat-eque dog filters, implicitly argues that the app is squeaky-clean fun. In terms of ads and contacts, it could…

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Technology 

OnePlus 5T has this major advantage over the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2

The OnePlus 5T has got the Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8 beat in one key department, according to one report. The OnePlus 5T is the latest slick Android device from the Chinese smartphone start-up, releasing last month with a glorious screen. The device, which is an upgrade from the OnePlus 5 that was launched in June, boasts a six inch AMOLED screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen on the OnePlus 5T looks like OnePlus’s take on Samsung’s Infinity Display which debuted with the…

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Lifestyle 

Samsung’s Amazon Echo rival might FINALLY have a release date, here’s when

Samsung are planning on releasing their first ever smart speaker and rival to the Amazon Echo in the first half of next year, according to reports. People familiar with the plans said the Bixby-powered device will synchronise TVs, smartphones like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, and other Samsung gadgets. Bixby is Samsung’s digital assistant that rivals Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant. The Samsung smart speaker will allegedly also have a strong focus on audio quality as well as managing connected smart appliances like lights and locks….

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Technology 

Forget Android Oreo upgrade, Google upgraded your phone with THIS awesome feature

Google this week pushed-out an update to a slew of older hardware, including smartphones running 5.0 Lollipop. The update brings the impressive AI assistant that powers the Pixel and Google Home, Google Assistant, to the devices. Assistant was an exclusive for the Google Pixel smartphone range when it launched back in October 2016. Google later rolled-out the virtual assistant to other devices rolling Android 7.0 Nougat, before expanding availability to handsets running 6.0 Marshmallow earlier this year. However, these are still relatively new smartphones, like the Galaxy S7 and HTC…

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Technology 

Galaxy S9 – Worst Galaxy S8 feature could be fixed by Samsung with next smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to launch next year, with the follow-up to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ expected to be revealed early 2018. It’s believed that the South Korean tech giant will use the Mobile World Congress (MWC) to lift the lid on the Galaxy S9 and family of smartphones. Or, alternatively, Samsung could reveal the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at CES in January – before an official launch event in March. Both smartphones are tipped to have a dual-curved display, like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+…

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Gaming 

Sony PS4 update: What exactly does PlayStation 4 system update 5.03 do?

Sony has released a brand new system update for the PlayStation 4. PS4 system update 5.03 is available as a mandatory update for PlayStation 4 owners. Unfortunately, however, unlike the last major update, version 5.03 doesn’t appear to do an awful lot. According to the anemic patch notes, update 5.03 “improves system performance”. It’s bad news for fans hoping that the new system update would let users change their PSN names. This particular feature should be available within the next year. The news comes as Sony is dealt a blow…

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Lifestyle 

iPhone jailbreak REVEALED by one of Apple’s biggest rivals

A Google security researcher has published details of an exploit found in iOS 11.1.2, which could enable iPhone owners to jailbreak their smartphones. When users jailbreak an iPhone or iPad, the software restrictions imposed by Apple on its iOS operating system are removed. This enables root access to the depths of the iOS system itself, as well as allowing users much greater customisation of the operating system, and the ability to install unapproved apps and extensions not available in the App Store. Apple ends all warranty and support when an…

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Technology 

Star Wars Last Jedi fans will LOVE this new Google feature (but not everyone can try it)

Google has rolled-out an update to its camera app on Android that’s sure to appeal to Star Wars fans. To celebrate the cinematic release of The Last Jedi, the eighth instalment in the hugely-popular film series, Google has launched a slew of augmented reality stickers. These stickers are included in the camera app as part of the latest Android 8.1 Oreo update. However, only those with the latest Google-branded smartphones – the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL – will be able to take advantage of the new feature. Google…

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Space 

Ariane 5 launches four Galileo satellites in year-end Arianespace mission

WASHINGTON — Arianespace performed its eleventh and final launch of the year today, sending four Galileo European navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit. The launch, which took place at 1:36 p.m. Eastern from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, brings the Galileo constellation to 22 satellites, though four are not currently in use. Arianespace used an upgraded version of the Ariane 5, called “Evolution Storable” or Ariane 5 ES, modified further to support the deployment of Galileo, including enhancements for a nearly four hour long “ballistic” or non-propulsive transport…

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