H1Z1: Battle Royale has left open beta and officially launched as a free-to-play title on PlayStation 4.The premise of H1Z1: Battle Royale is essentially the same as all battle royale titles - be the last person standing.This means making use of abandoned vehicles, coveted airdrops, and avoiding the creeping toxic gas while completing challenges to earn in-game currency.The apocalyptic battle royale has been in open beta since May this year, with developer Daybreak Games boasting over 10 million new players in the first month alone.Much like Fortnite's battle pass, the H1Z1 battle pass lets players unlock up to 30 rewards across three different pass types/lines: free, premium, and PlayStation Plus.The free pass does what it says on the tin, allowing you to earn certain rewards without spending any money (though there are less rewards available).
Though we’ve been seeing a lot of PC gaming accessories coming out of Logitech lately, today the company is shifting its attention back to smartphones.While we wait on Apple’s own AirPower charging mat – which will be compatible with a variety of iOS devices – Logitech has launched a new wireless charging stand of its own.Dubbed POWERED, this new charging stand is primarily aimed toward folks using an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or an iPhone X.It was created as part of a collaboration with Apple, and its main selling point is that it isn’t simply a flat mat that you lay your phone on.Instead, POWERED stands your phone upright, allowing you to interact with its screen as it charges.This, as you can imagine, is useful for when you still need to use your phone but don’t want to be tethered to the wall or leaning over a flat charging pad.
Once a tester has input this data into Social Mapper, it begins to search for the employee’s online profilesInformation Security company Trustwave will launch an open-source intelligence tool that utilises facial recognition software to correlate social media profiles in order to preform penetration tests.A robust IT security infrastructure utilises penetration tests and red teams.Red teams are independent groups that probe your companies IT security to find vulnerabilities in your system.Part of the testing process is finding and exploiting personal breaches that fail to adhere to the company’s security policy and will open your system to threat actors.This can be done by tricking the employee on social media into divulging their email or phone number with voucher offers or similar perks.
Chromebooks are some of the most lightweight, affordable laptops around, but what exactly are they and should you consider buying one?Ultimately, it depends how you’re going to use your laptop.If you’ll mostly be browsing the web, working on documents and streaming video, then a Chromebook could be perfect – and very affordable.However, if you’re interested in advanced photo and video editing, gaming, or any other task that requires specialist software then you’ll need a Windows laptop or MacBook instead.You can spend over $1,000/£1,000/AU$1,300 on a Chromebook with powerful hardware, but it still won’t be able to run software from outside the Google Play and Google Chrome Stores.Rather than Windows or macOS, Chromebooks come with Google Chrome OS installed.
As the prices of SSDs (solid-state drives) have fallen over time, they are increasingly being used in laptops (and indeed desktop PCs).Once they were an expensive proposition, but no longer.That said, the majority of notebooks still run with traditional hard disks – particularly at the lower end of the market – but the number of SSD-toting portables is constantly increasing.And, if you’re looking to purchase a new notebook, that may well have make you wonder if you should get a laptop with an SSD.There are several different types of SSD, with different interfaces being used – SATA and PCIe, for example – and the latter is faster, but regardless of the model or interface, an SSD will be quick, whatever its flavor.Images will appear faster, game levels will load more swiftly, booting up will happen more speedily, not to mention resuming from sleep.
Ola outlines Europe expansion strategy (UK/India).Ride-hailing company Ola unveiled plans to launch in the UK, and said it will start licensed taxi and private hire services in Wales and Manchester soon.The firm intends to take those services nationwide this year, before considering other European countries, it added.In June, Ola launched in Australia – its first market outside India – and is now operating in seven cities there.The company, valued at US$7 billion, indicated recently that it expects to achieve profitability by the end of 2018.Alibaba said to be merging its food-delivery units to take on Meituan-Dianping (China).
The high-octane, big money, star-studded world of the Premier League is back on our screens to shake off any lingering World Cup hangovers, and we're here to help you live stream all the football action.Pep Guardiola has added Riyad Mahrez to his squad and the Community Shield to his trophy cabinet since City were crowned 2017/18 champions, though big-spending Liverpool could provide a fierce challenge at the top of the table with their string of reinforcements.At the other end of the table, smart recruitment from newly-promoted Fulham and Wolves may lift them clear of a relegation dogfight, though fellow new-boys Cardiff will need to pull off a shock if they're to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.Whatever happens, we're here to help you catch all the televised games via a live stream wherever you are in the world – even as far as Australia, where SBS will be showing some games for FREE.Football's back and in the words of your favourite player's Twitter account, we go again.Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from anywhere
If ever there was a real life wonder woman, it was actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, which is probably one of many reasons Gal Gadot wants to play her in a new TV show.Deadline reports that Gadot, best known for her role as the DC character Wonder Woman, is close to a deal to star and executive produce a limited series for Showtime about the cultural legend.Sarah Treem, creator of The Affair, is in talks to write the show.Though Lamarr is probably best known for her three decades of work in Hollywood, on films such as Samson and Delilah, Ziegfeld Girl, and Come Live With Me, it was her work beyond the silver screen that was the most important.Alongside film composer George Antheil, Lamarr helped create a radio guidance system for torpedoes, ideas of which are now used in wifi and GPS.It’s quite the real-life story, and one that Gadot has reportedly wanted to tell for a while.
The days of smart assistants shrugging at your trivia questions are numbered.Amazon is currently rolling out a new support feature to its Alexa-enabled devices, which will dredge up previous questions you asked when Alexa gains the necessary knowledge to answer them.Users were already able to keep track of their conversations with Alexa in the Alexa smartphone app, which lists every question put to the assistant and the answer given in response.Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Home: the battle of the smart speakersThe new Answer Update feature will be opt-in, with Alexa asking users if they want to turn on the feature when faced with an unanswered question.You’ll then be able to disable the feature at any time by saying “Alexa, turn Answer Update off” – if intermittent reminders of your own trivial questions begin to get on your nerves.
Kaminario widens hardware component baseAll-flash array software vendor Kaminario has enlarged its certified hardware stack for the NVMe-based K2.N storage platform.It is then 5-in-1 – featuring backup hardware, software, storage, built-in global data deduplication, and backup-to-cloud functionality.The US business was founded in 2012 and has more than 10,000 deployments worldwide.Customers include Honda, Coca Cola, China Airlines, Microsemi, and others.Nakivo has over 3,000 channel partners in 137 countries.
SoftBank-backed Appier acquires Indian martech startup – Tech in AsiaWhat happened: Appier, a leading AI solution provider based in Taiwan, has acquired Indian content marketing startup Qgraph for an undisclosed amount.The two also announced on the same day the launch of AIQUA, a new automated content marketing platform that they jointly built after the acquisition that took place earlier this year.The platform, now available across the Asia Pacific, aims to help companies better engage their users with AI-based messages across channels.Why it’s important: Founded in 2012, Appier now operates in over 14 markets in Asia and claims to serve over 1000 global brands.The acquisition of Qgraph not only adds capability to Appier’s existing products line but also helps the company consolidate its business in Asia.
Today, rice paddies and sugar fields have largely replaced taro patches in Hawaii, but it’s making a serious comeback in He‘eia north of Honolulu.Through this partnership between government, community groups, and academia, participants hope to revive an ancient sustainable land management system to improve the region’s water quality.It would demonstrate that traditional knowledge can help tackle some of Hawaii’s most pressing environmental challenges, from collapsing coral reefs to invasive species.This taro restoration project is the first of 29 sites in NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve program—which focuses on protecting the ecosystems where freshwater meets saltwater—to integrate Native management practices to more modern ecological restoration efforts.Sections of land managed according to this ancient model include everything from the mountains above to the ocean below—the idea being that everything connected by the flow of water should be treated as a single system.The research partners—which include the Hawai‘i Institute for Marine Biology and the Native Hawaiian cultural preservation nonprofit Kako‘o ‘Ōiwi—ultimately, aim to improve the region’s water quality, which has been degraded by runoff and urbanisation.
Deadpool 2 is now available to watch at home, along with an extended Super Duper Cut of the movie that adds extended scenes and different jokes.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.The X-Men trainee movie starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz arrives via digital stores like like iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon and Fandango Now.See Deadpool 2 on AmazonYou can link any of the aforementioned digital stores to Disney's Movies Anywhere service, giving you the ability to watch your purchased copy on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV or any other device that supports at least one of those digital stores.If you want to buy a physical copy of Deadpool 2, you will have to wait until Aug. 21 when the movie arrives at stores on 4K Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD.
Xiaomi Music has reached a copyright transfer agreement with NetEase Cloud Music, continuing the trend of music sharing among platforms after the government banned unlicensed music streaming in 2015.The agreement will give Xiaomi access to music from HIM International Music and Tianyue Media, including such artists as SHE, Hebe Tien, Yoga Lin, Power Station, and Where Chou.While Xiaomi Music is not a dominant player in the market, it was the first Chinese smartphone manufacturer to obtain licensing rights to Warner Music’s catalog, shortly after signing agreements with Sony and Universal.With a smartphone penetration rate of 92 devices for every 100 individuals, China’s music streaming industry is enormous.Over 86% of users listen to music on their mobile phones, creating an increasingly competitive market for music streaming businesses, which is dominated by players including Kuguo Music and QQ Music.This competition has resulted in various license infringement lawsuits and counter-suits between QQ Music, NetEase Music, Alibaba’s Xiami Music, and Kuguo Music, and competitors in the market.
This year has seen some rather curious smartphones, like the OPPO Find X and Vivo NEX S. When it comes to curiosities, however, the ASUS ROG Phone probably takes the cake.No, it has no elevating camera but it does have an unorthodox design and a set of accessories that truly marks it as a gaming smartphone.ASUS has practically revealed all about it except its availability.Finnish carrier Telia, however, may have jumped the gun and revealed at least one critical piece of the puzzle, which probably shouldn’t surprise anyone.Yes, it does sport the latest specs, like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, a 90 (not 120) Hz 6.8-inch FHD+ (not QHD+) AMOLED screen, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, dual cameras, the works.But it also has features you won’t find in other phones, gaming or otherwise.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame could be strong with the Force, if Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has his way.Hamill suggested Monday that the destroyed star for President Donald Trump be replaced with one for his fellow Star Wars actor and friend Carrie Fisher.She doesn't currently have a star on the famous sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard embedded with five-pointed stars honoring various celebrities."How about replacing it with someone who really earned it?Like Carrie Fisher," the Luke Skywalker actor tweeted.Hamill floated the idea in reference to news of an upcoming vote by the West Hollywood City Council on a resolution that urges removal of President Donald Trump's star, which he received in 2007 for his work as producer of the Miss Universe pageant.
The exclusive release of the mega-hit game Fortnite won’t be exclusive to the Galaxy Note 9, it seems.Instead, at first at least, the game will also be available to a single Android tablet.That tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, a device that’s set to hit stores at right around the same time as the Galaxy Note 9.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the latest in a line of “Tab” devices from Samsung that span back to the year 2010.Back then it was a sort of a big deal to roll with a sort of tablet in the weeks and months before the iPad was first delivered unto an unsuspecting populous.But here in 2018, the tablet fad seemed to have come and went, save Apple’s epitomes entry in the market.
In its more than 20-year history, the Evolution Championship Series – better known as Evo to most – has become the place to be for fighting game fans and competitors.Naturally, that means that it’s also become a good place for gaming companies to announce new products, especially if those products are related to the fighting genre.It comes as little surprise, then, to see Razer announcing a new version of its Panthera fighting stick at Evo this year.Officially dubbed the Razer Panthera Evo, this is essentially a souped up version of the original Panthera for PS4.The buttons in particular are getting a pretty big upgrade, as they’ve been changed to Razer Mechanical Switches.On top of that, Razer is also touting a new case design and the addition of a headphone jack.
Last night at Evo 2018, Capcom took the stage to make a surprise announcement: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition‘s season 3 character lineup is wrapping up with two new fighters.Many fans probably expected the season to end with the addition of just one character, making this a pleasant surprise for Street Fighter adherents and one that got the crowd at Evo amped up.Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that these two new characters are available beginning today.Capcom’s Toshinori Ono debuted both characters on stage during the popular fighting game event last night.The first character coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is G, the self-proclaimed “President of the World.” G’s appearance has a few things in common with that of Abraham Lincoln, including a moustache-less beard and a tall top hat.Abraham Lincoln, we’re guessing, didn’t quite have the fighting prowess of G. G’s abilities can all be improved by increasing his Presidentiality level during a match, which is accomplished by using G Charge and absorbing power from the Earth.