John Propps

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Chinese game apps are spreading abroad like wildfire and the US has become one of their top markets.From the first half of 2017 to the first half of this year, Chinese game makers raised their profits by 52% in the US earning more than $600 million, according to new data from App Annie.Downloads of Chinese games in the US iOS App Store and Google Play Store increased by 54% during the same time.This follows the overall trend of Chinese mobile games going abroad.According to an earlier report from App Annie published July 31, during the first half of 2018, mobile game publishers hit $2.6 billion in overseas revenues from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, a 40 percent year-on-year hike.Overseas expansion has become a necessity, according to the report, as China experiences a slowdown in domestic mobile game revenues.
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The Moto Face Unlock app has surfaced on the Google Play Store.The app should offer an easy way for Lenovo to keep facial recognition functionality updated and bug-free.Don’t expect the same level of sophistication as face unlock efforts from Apple and Samsung.Many Moto phones already have pre-installed facial recognition functionality, but the brand has decided to bring a new Moto Face Unlock app to the Play Store anyway (h/t: Android Police).The app appears to use only the single front camera for authentication, so don’t expect anything as advanced as Apple’s Face ID or even Samsung’s Intelligent Scan technology.Nevertheless, you’ll need to visit your device’ security settings menu to give the feature a try, Lenovo says on the Play Store listing.
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These days it’s almost too easy for anyone to get the latest updates from social media and news sites at their fingertips.But, sometimes, those fingers might be busy with something else just when you’re dying to find out the hottest news on your favorite tech craving.Furthering the age of voice, Google is pushing out a new update that ties together its newly revamped Google News with the ever so helpful Google Assistant so that all you need to say is “Hey Google” and you’ll never have to fear missing out on the important stuff in life.Our ancestors will probably call us lazy and spoiled.Where they had to wait the next day or the next few hours for “news” (technically history by then), all we have to do is to Google, Facebook, or Twitter for hopefully not-fake news.Sometimes the most important things in life need your hands and half your attention.
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Fortnite for Android was released Thursday during Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 reveal.And at least until Monday, it'll be available exclusively on Samsung phones.Installing the game will take a few unexpected steps, since Epic Games is skirting the Google Play store in favor of the Samsung Games Center, but once you boot things up, rest assured that your favorite battle royale title made it to Android intact.I had a chance to play a few games on a Galaxy S9 Plus, and I found that Fortnite easily runs as smoothly as it does on the iPhone, with crisp graphics and controls that manage to work as well as any third-person shooter could using on-screen controls.Everything from the Battlepass to squads to the in-game items is identical to what you'll find across every version of the game, so Epic is continuing its efforts for parity as it maintains cross-play across most platforms.The biggest potential sticking point was the battery drain.
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For the last five years, instant messaging app Slack has found success as the app that employees at startups and big companies alike use to talk to each other.That success has led the company itself to growth: TechCrunch reported Wednesday that the company is looking to raise $400 million in an upcoming round, which would bring the company's value to $7 billion — that is, $2 billion more than the valuation it achieved when it last raised funding in late 2017.As this chart from Statista shows, Slack's user base has been growing exponentially since 2015, with the most impressive uptick coming in the last year.Also of note is that while Slack offers a free version, about 25% of its total userbase pays up for the premium tiers.However, it faces stiff competition: Microsoft Teams, included in the Office 365 suite, is rapidly nipping at Slack's heels.Jenny Cheng / Business Insider
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NEW YORK CITY—I have touched a Galaxy Note9, and I'm back to talk about it.Samsung's flagship smartphone for the back-half of 2018 was announced earlier today, with headline features like, uh, a new S-Pen?It's "new," and Samsung hopes that will be good enough.The display is huge and beautiful, although the 0.1-inch increase this year is something you'll only notice by looking at the spec sheet.Samsung will gain a lot of fans this year by just standing still and not adopting any of the controversial smartphone trends that are spreading across the industry in 2018.The phone still has a headphone jack, and it hasn't adopted a notch design, both of which are two big actual differentiators for the phone this year.
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Samsung has a new wireless charger, and it’s designed to recharge two devices simultaneously.Announced alongside the new Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch, the Samsung Wireless Charging Duo looks set to beat Apple’s long-announced but still unavailable AirPower wireless mat to market.That has grooves that help hold a smartwatch in place, but there’s actually no requirement to be using a wearable or, indeed, a Samsung product at all there.The whole thing uses the Qi wireless charging standard, so any Qi-compatible device – including an iPhone X – will work.That 15W isn’t shared, either: each pad gets up to the maximum, individually.Samsung will offer it in black and white, and it’ll be up for preorder alongside the Note 9 tomorrow, August 10, and ship by the end of the month.
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New measurements show that what was thought to be a brown dwarf – essentially a “failed star” that is too small to generate nuclear fusion, but too big to be a planet – might be a planet after all.Scientists recently took another look at four nearby brown dwarfs, as well as this strange object, which is located only 20 light-years from Earth.The new observation demonstrated that the weird object actually straddles the boundary between planet and brown dwarf.That’s cool, but even more perplexing is how all five of these objects ended up with their intense magnetic fields.Scientists recently used the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array in New Mexico to observe four brown dwarfs, plus the proposed planet-brown dwarf crossover, for seven hours each.The radio emissions from these objects indicated they could have magnetic field strengths perhaps 200 times greater than Jupiter’s – which is already far stronger than the Earth’s.
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The Emma’s Diary case was part of ICO’s “Data Analytics for Political Purposes” investigation.The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Emma’s Diary £140,000 for illegally selling and collecting personal information belonging to a million people.The case formed as part of ICO’s investigation into “data analytics for political purposes”.Lifecycle Marketing, who were trading as Emma’s Diary, stated in the ICO document that it was circulated and distributed “870,000 copies” a year as a “mother-and-baby publication”.How Was The Information Sold?Emma’s Diary, who specialised in providing advice for pregnancy and childcare for mothers sold 1,065,220 records to Experian Marketing Services.
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One of the many things that make animated Disney movies so memorable are the exotic locations.Some are real, like Paris in Ratatouille.Others are fantasy, like Arendelle in Frozen.But no matter if the settings are real or fictional, the places in those movies are places we’d love to visit.That’s where “Dream Destinations” comes in.It’s a new exhibit of Disney travel posters presented by Gallery Nucleus and Cyclops Print Works.
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It is, to some extent, rushing to plug up the holes of its ship with the Galaxy Note 9 later this day, a Galaxy Watch perhaps later this month, and, of course, the already announced Galaxy Tab S4.But if so, then Samsung is in bigger trouble than it might have presumed based on the early reviews of the slate that’s supposedly meant to replace your laptop.Almost all the reviewers seem to agree: the Galaxy Tab S4 is a good Android tablet.Its specs are from last year and while that might normally be a deal breaker, the 4 GB RAM is definitely pushing it when it comes to the Galaxy Tab S4’s key feature.Despite the AKG branding, phoneArena found the quad speakers to quite disappointing, lacking the punch you’d expect from an iPad Pro rival.And without a fingerprint scanner, Samsung’s less than accurate iris and face recognition makes unlocking the tablet a chore.
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A leaked email suggests the European Commission will revive efforts forcing manufacturers to standardize smartphone chargers, after previous commitments were simply disregarded.Back in 2009, 14 smartphone manufacturers signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing themselves to switch to a common charging port for handsets released from 2011.The deadline passed, and while similar letters of intent emerged in 2013 and 2014, the frustration of iPhones and Androids having different chargers continues to plague the digital society.According to Reuters, EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager is sick of the situation.“Given the unsatisfactory progress with this voluntary approach, the Commission will shortly launch an impact assessment study to evaluate costs and benefits of different other options,” the leaked email states.As the vast majority of devices now use micro USB-B or USB-C for some newer devices, the gripe does seem to be directed at Apple.
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Not only was he hospitalised after allegedly being poisoned, a breach exposed the data of people who bought into his cryptocurrency - despite him labelling it "simple and secure".The McAfee founder also has a crypto-wallet which he had described as "unhackable", offering $250,000 to anyone who could break in and steal the coins.Well someone has broken into it, and now it's running the original Doom.It's not the first time the wallet has been hacked, despite the bold claims McAfee has made, because as we all know labelling something as "unhackable" doesn't make it true.But this time the device was hacked into by 15-year old security researcher Saleem Rashid, and used that opportunity to port Doom to the device.In recognition of @Bitfi6 and @officialmcafee and their prestigious @PwnieAwards accolades, we'd like to show you @spudowiar playing DooM on his BitFi secure wallet!
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As regular readers know, the Vega+ is the flagship product of Retro Computers Ltd, the company which took £513,000 in crowdfunded cash from members of the public to produce handheld ZX Spectrum-themed gaming consoles.With public interest at an all-time high in what the company has actually produced during the ongoing scandal, El Reg acquired one from an RCL customer for review purposes.Supplied with 18 games, our review console (lent to us by an RCL customer who wishes to remain anonymous) was finished in black plastic with a very bright screen, on which we will say more later.We found it necessary to use a prodding device to access the two buttons, which appear to operate on release rather than depression.Resistance from the buttons is enough to make you stop playing it after quarter of an hour.The screen goes from a Retro Computers splash screen to the home screen, a blank white page displaying “ 1982 Sinclair Research Ltd”.
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Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk met the head of Japanese mega-investor Softbank in 2017 to discuss a potential investment in the company, including the possibility of taking it private.Masayoshi Son held talks with Musk in April last year on the matter, but discussions on taking Tesla off the public stock market failed to progress due to "disagreements over ownership", sources close to the matter told Bloomberg.Musk shocked the world on Tuesday with a single tweet in which he said he was considering taking the electric vehicle manufacturer private, despite the company never having made a profit.The move sparked a rise in Tesla's share price, ballooning up 11 per cent before trading was temporarily suspended.The company lost some of those gains yesterday as analysts remained sceptical on Musk's ability to drum up enough funding.One source said Musk had proposed a structure to Softbank which would have given him "disproportionate" control over the company with supervoting rights.
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John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ cryptocurrency wallet – the one with a $250,000 bug bounty on it – has been cracked to run the iconic game DOOM, courtesy of a teenage security researcher.Self-described adversarial thinker Saleem Rashid is credited with hijacking it – a hacking prodigy just 15-years old.Keep in mind, Bitfi’s wallet is meant be the world’s first ‘unhackable’ device, supposedly doubling as a secure cryptocurrency storage solution.But as we already know, this is hardly the case.In recognition of @Bitfi6 and @officialmcafee and their prestigious @PwnieAwards accolades, we'd like to show you @spudowiar playing DooM on his BitFi secure wallet!Now, while there is surely a massive reward for breaking into a Bitfi wallet – it can only be claimed if the cryptocurrency it is meant to protect is removed.
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Changes that confirm what many have known for years, perhaps decades: The Academy is out of touch in significant ways.Only one movie that captured the zeitgeist in a way that somehow felt timeless and of its time.Mad Max: Fury Road is almost certainly the best action movie ever made.It's a brain-leaking visual masterpiece, a pitch-perfect exercise in universe building, a feminist call to arms, an allegory of misguided masculine power structures disguised as a two hour long series of explosions.It's perfectly edited, perfectly paced.It contains outstanding performances: Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe.
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Shenzhen-based marketing firm CN Solomo Technology (欣所罗门科技) has issued an apology after the popular short video app Douyin filed a lawsuit against it for spreading false information.Douyin issued an official statement (in Chinese) on Tuesday regarding the rising number of false allegation and accusations against its app over the past two weeks.The company said over 1000 posts and articles on Weibo, Baidu’s Bai Jiahao (百家号), and other platforms were found containing fabricated content, some of which have become viral posts.These posts, which implicated that Douyin purposefully let pornographic and inappropriate content run rampant on its platform to attract attention and traffic, have negatively reflected on Douyin’s brand.In one post headlined as “four-year-old daughter paralyzed after father accidentally dropped her while reenacting a viral video for Douyin,” was, in fact, an image of a father carrying his daughter who had climbed out the window and accidentally fell.Another article also falsely accused Douyin of putting up a video of a couple conducting “off-limits” behavior in a public park.
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Despite having known about the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities for roughly six months, Intel and other chip giants still hadn't warned the US government's cybersecurity nerve-center by the time The Register blew the lid off the design flaws.The chip designers had been alerted to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities months before, around June 2017, but kept everything hush-hush under a strict embargo as they worked on squashing the bugs.On Tuesday, January 2, after piecing together snippets of Linux kernel source code changes, mailing list posts by software engineers, and clues whispered to us by industry insiders, El Reg broke the news that operating system makers were scrambling to rewrite portions of their software to mitigate what came to be known as Meltdown and Spectre.That sparked another mad dash in the tech world, as the vendors that had planned to go public with patches, mitigations, and details of the design blunders in seven days' time were now forced to scrap their embargo – and move disclosure forward to January 3.This timeline is according to industry bods appearing on a panel on Wednesday evening at this year's Black Hat USA hacking conference in Las Vegas.And, for what it's worth, us vultures were not aware of any embargo, and did not receive any guidance from Intel's PR team despite contacting it while preparing the piece.
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Colin Huang is the founder and CEO of a shopping app called Pinduoduo, which is used by as many as five million people in China every day.When Huang's company went public in late July at $24 a share, it was valued at just under $24 billion, making Huang the 12th richest person in all of China.All of this took him less than three and half years.While it may seem as though Huang's success occurred overnight, one early investor in Huang's company, Ron Cao of Shanghai-based venture firm Sky9 Capital, says that Huang's foundation as an entrepreneur was decades in the making.Huang spent several years in Silicon Valley working as an engineer at Google in the early 2000s, which Cao suggests might have led to his well-rounded knowledge of international markets.Cao describes Huang as a "serial entrepreneur" who previously built three companies: two shopping startups and a gaming studio called Xunmeng.
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