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Call of Duty: Mobile has had a colossal launch week, racking up more downloads than any other mobile game in history, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.The game has reportedly achieved over 100 million downloads since going live at the beginning of this month.That easily beats out the launch-week figures that Sensor Tower recorded for games that will be Call of Duty’s biggest rivals.While PUBG Mobile, for example, got 28 million downloads in its first week, its rollout was staggered across regions.The mobile version of Fortnite, meanwhile, was downloaded 22.5 million times, but it was only available on iOS at first.Worth noting that this is without a China launch either.
On Monday, SideChef, a cooking and meal planning app that won the Google Play Editor’s Pick for “Best Apps of 2017,” announced that it is collaborating with Bacardi to create curated cocktails for the SideChef platform.Users of SideChef can now find easy, step-by-step drink recipes developed by Bacardi on the app.Bacardi is the largest privately held spirits company in the world and the first spirits brand to partner with SideChef, though the app has partnered with companies like Electrolux, LG, GE, Haier, V-Zug, and Bosch Home Connect in the past.“The SideChef smart recipe format’s user-centric design is optimized for cooking education and the unique needs of food preparation.The collaboration with Bacardi creates new possibilities for home cooks to interact with the platform beyond food preparation and explore the future of at-home mixology,” the company said in a press release.Mixology is quickly becoming a popular hobby for at-home entertainers thanks to vloggers like Tipsy Bartender, who has nearly 4 million followers.
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Iraq sent 70% of the country offline on Wednesday and blocked social media in an attempt to quell protests sweeping major cities.Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram were inaccessible from 12:30 p.m., according to internet freedom monitor NetBlocks, and by 7 p.m., 70% of the country was offline.13 people are dead and hundreds injured after the protests which started near Baghdad's famous Tahrir Square on Tuesday were met with government resistance.The Iraqi demonstrators say corruption, abysmal public services, and high unemployment has forced them to act.Iraq cut off the internet for 70% of the country and blocked multiple social media sites on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent anti-corruption protests spreading further across the country.Baghdad, Iraq's capital, is currently in the grip of deadly protests concerned with government corruption and the dire state of public services.
When you’re decorating for Halloween you probably don’t think about dressing up your doorbell for the occasion, but maybe you should if you have a Ring Video Doorbell.Now you can add an Addams Family signature Chime tone to your Ring to celebrate the new The Addams Family film coming out on October 11.This feature has to be activated and works with systems that use Ring Chime or Ring Chime Pro (Wi-Fi-enabled speakers for your Ring Video Doorbell), though there is an app version for your Ring notifications.When activated, your Ring Chime will play the classic Addams Family song instead of a tone, complete with the creepy du-du-du-duhs and snaps.If you’re really excited to use this new feature during Trick-or-Treat, don’t worry.The new Addams Family tone is available now through the end of November.
Google may soon launch an app that will ensure a user's safety during car crashes.An automatic car crash detection feature was found in an app that has since been removed from the Google Play Store.XDA Developers discovered the feature -- the unannounced "Personal Safety" app on Monday.The app description read that it was "an app for Pixel phones to help users stay safe and connected to first responders and emergency contacts."Personal Safety is an app for Pixel phones that helps you stay safe and connected to first responders and your emergency contacts.If your phone detects that you've been in a car crash, it can help reach 911 for you.
After introducing $3 per month mobile-only plan in India, Netflix is experimenting with a new strategy to lure more subscribers – free episodes for non-registered users.The streaming company is offering to show the first episode of its new series, Bard of Blood, for free even if you’re not a Netflix subscriber.The company said the free offering is only for a limited time:At Netflix, we try different ways to bring people closer to great stories.We believe many people will find the thrilling story of spy Kabir Anand very appealing and are excited to make the first episode of the series available to everyone for a limited time.In the future, we will consider if we will do this for other films and series.
Google is all set to unveil its next-gen flagship devices dubbed Google Pixel 4 lineup next month.The official launch event called “Made by Google” is scheduled for October 15.The Pixel 4 series will bring radical changes in the design department along with the new advanced facial recognition system.Apart from these, Google Pixel 4 lineup will be the first one to come with motion detection called Soli which will allow users to control the device using hand gestures.Google is calling it “Pixel Motion Sense”.Additionally, we are also aware of the possible gestures and settings of the feature thanks to the previous leak.
Phosphorus is an essential resource for the world's food production.Yet, no international institutions govern the Earth's limited resources.An international team of 40 phosphorus experts now express their concern and call to action.Phosphorus in the form of phosphate is essential for the existence of all plants, animals and humans.On the other hand, we waste so much of it that it pollutes our water resources on a global scale.Large amounts of phosphate end up in Nature's waterways and must be removed from wastewater.
Now a team of Penn State researchers have a model that can locate the best place for the wind farm and even help with 24-hour predictions of energy output."Normally, people planning to build a wind farm will look for good terrain and an average wind speed that is not too strong and not too weak, but consistent," said Guido Cervone, professor of geography, and meteorology and atmospheric science."We found a more accurate and efficient way to look at wind predictability at specific locations, a key factor when considering building a new wind farm.Location, for general electrical output, is important, but being able to predict how much wind energy the farm will be able to produce 24 hours in the future is also important.Electricity suppliers purchase the energy produced by wind farms and want reliability.Wind farms routinely sell their electrical output to the suppliers, but they would also like to be able to schedule, 24 hours in advance, how much power they will produce.
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If Wing has its way, autonomous drones will soon save residents of two towns in Southwest Virginia a trip to the drug store and bakery.The Alphabet X lab graduate will next month launch a pilot to make available on-demand delivery from FedEx Express, Walgreens, and Sugar Magnolia.And on the FedEx Express side, recipients living within designated Christiansburg zones who opt in will receive some shipments via drone, in customized boxes.Wing says most deliveries are fulfilled within about 10 minutes.“[This will] demonstrate the benefits of drone delivery by improving access to health care products, creating new avenues of growth for local businesses, and exploring ways to enhance efficiency of last-mile delivery service,” wrote Wing in a Medium post.“Christiansburg was selected as the pilot location in part because of Wing’s ongoing partnership with Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), located in nearby Blacksburg.”
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte defended a deal allowing a Chinese state-backed telecommunications company to construct and manage communications towers on bases belonging to the military in a statement to journalists on Wednesday.Why it matters: In stark contrast to the US-led campaign cautioning against China’s involvement in the construction of 5G networks worldwide, President Duterte rejected claims that China Telecom could use its position to spy on the Philippines military.Details: The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) signed a relevant memorandum of understanding last week with Dito Telecommunications, a consortium led by domestic conglomerate Udenna Corporation and China Telecom.The deal would allow Dito Telecommunications, previously known as Mislatel, to install bases and relay towers on military bases.The AFP has similar deals with two homegrown telecom firms, Globe Telecom and PLDT-Smart, the AFP told local media.The memorandum is still awaiting approval from the Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who was traveling abroad when the agreement was struck and reportedly not informed about it.
Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.There has been plenty of chatter around Google‘s upcoming Pixel 4 phone.In June, the company teased its design and confirmed it’ll have a dual-camera setup.A recent leak also suggested the device will feature an astrophotography mode.There’s no official announcement on the launch date yet, but you certainly expect Google to launch it next month.However, that means you’ll find a ton of deals on last year’s Pixel 3.
A lot of important news happened this week in the world of cybersecurity, but let's start with this: It's becoming increasingly hard to collect the money Equifax owes you from the settlement over its disastrous breach.You can still get your $125, or even more.Despite the hoopla over Apple's latest iPhones, the biggest iOS news this month might be the recent large-scale hacking campaign against it.And while IoT security has surprisingly improved of late, it still has a long, long, very extremely long way to go.A new look at the 2016 cyberattack that triggered a blackout in Ukraine showed that the intended results may have been far more explosive than what transpired.And national security adviser John Bolton has left the White House.
Apple has hidden a little message for its fans in a short video following its Tuesday event where it unveiled the iPhone 11 Pro and its bigger sibling the Pro Max.As reported by TechCrunch, the Easter egg was first spotted by a Reddit user.The video hiding the Easter egg, posted by Apple on YouTube Tuesday afternoon, condenses the almost 2-hour Apple event down to a 2-minute wrap-up.It's been viewed by almost 13 million people as of publication.The Easter egg sits at around minute 1:25, and reads: "Error 09102019: This is just a thought.But it might be nice to have some sort of Easter egg message in here for the hard core Apple fans that will stop the video."
Today, HuaweiBlog reported that at the IFA2019, Huawei announced which models will be updated to EMUI 10 and when they will be getting their updates.We know that there is a serious problem related to the US restrictions, and maybe in the nearest future, Huawei will switch to its own OS, Harmony operating system.But the company has also announced it will take only a couple of days to provide a new system to the users.Anyway, at the moment, Huawei smartphones still run on the UI based on Google’s mobile operating system.And we are waiting for an improved user experience as well as new features.As for the first batch to get EMUI 10, the Huawei P30/P30 Pro has opened the beta testing this month.
Most development project requires at least one front-end and one back-end developer.Full-stack developers are paid generously for their ability to handle both sides of the coin.To learn how to become one, the Beginner’s Full-Stack Engineer Certification Bundle is the perfect starting point.You can catch this bundle while it’s 94% off this week.You’ll get up to speed with all the full-stack essentials like Next.js, Angular, MongoDB, TypeScript, and Bootstrap.You’re even taught step-by-step on how to build a complete responsive website from the ground up.
Audits are becoming a trend in the VPN industry as providers look to legitimize their claims and PureVPN is the latest company to undergo an independent audit.PureVPN is committed to the online privacy and security of its users and as part of that commitment, the company hired the California-based Certified Information Systems Auditor Altius IT to perform a security audit of both its systems and its no-log policy.Last year, the VPN provider revised its privacy policy to become a zero-log VPN company and it now reads:“We DO NOT keep any record of your browsing activities, connection logs, records of the VPN IPs assigned to you, your original IPs, your connection time, the history of your browsing, the sites you visited, your outgoing traffic, the content or data you accessed, or the DNS queries generated by you.”In addition to PureVPN, other VPN providers including NordVPN and ExpressVPN also have no-log policies and keep no records of their users' activity online.After updating its privacy policy to become a zero-log VPN, PureVPN received thousands of queries, emails, support tickets and feedback from its customers and visitors to its website regarding its internal logging policies.
Semiconductors represent the cornerstone technology of the information age.These tiny devices power the world’s modern economies by serving as the data-processing brains in a wide range of products, from personal computers and smartphones to cars and spacecraft.Despite hefty investments in the semiconductor industry over the years, China remains dependent on the US for high-end integrated circuits.Zhou Zhiping, a Peking University professor of microelectronics, spoke to the South China Morning Post on the sidelines of the Smart China Expo held last month in the southwestern city of Chongqing.Zhou was a founder and vice president of production of the Hengnan Transistor Factory in China from 1971 to 1978 and a guest scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US from 1987 to 1989.He is now a Changjiang professor at Peking University and guest chief scientist of Chongqing-based semiconductor firm United Microelectronics Center.
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