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Tech Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plain Text 21 March 2019
Author: 0 Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plain Text 21 March 2019

Facebook had stored millions of user passwords in plain text for years, the social media company confirmed on Thursday after a security researcher posted about the issue online. The internal investigation was first reported by Krebs on Security . "This caught our attention because our login systems are created to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable", Canahuati said in the blog post .

Tech HP's new Reverb VR headset has a lightweight design and high resolution
Author: 0 HP's new Reverb VR headset has a lightweight design and high resolution

According to RoadtoVR, the Reverb is the highest resolution headset among consumer models with a field of view in the 100-degree range (the Reverb has a 114-degree FoV). Just standing inside Microsoft's Cliff House environment, you can instantly see minute details with greater clarity, including something as mundane as the wood grain in the virtual floorboards.

Tech USA signs Intel for first Exascale computer
Author: 0 USA signs Intel for first Exascale computer

Named Aurora , the supercomputer is hoped to "dramatically" advance scientific research across a wide-range of sectors such a medicine, weapons development and energy. Argonne is constructing a new building on its campus near Lemont to house Aurora , and the actual hardware to build the computer will be brought in months before it is turned on.

Tech Epic Game Store Exclusives Coming to Humble Store
Author: 0 Epic Game Store Exclusives Coming to Humble Store

In short, it's a first-person sci-fi RPG that draws heavy inspiration from Fallout: New Vegas . Remedy's ambitious new sci-horror shooter IP Control is another big one crossing over (it too has been on Steam for a long while ). Epic says it won't take a cut out of sales from Humble as it does from its own store. Customers can link their Humble Store accounts to the Epic Games store for direct purchasing.

Tech VPN returns to make you the phantom of Opera
Author: 0 VPN returns to make you the phantom of Opera

And, most importantly, unlike other third-party VPN services, since its a free built-in service from Opera no login credentials are required to use the VPN, which makes the user experience more hassle-free. I have not used Opera as my web browser since the early BlackBerry OS days where Opera Mini ruled, but today, they announced some enhancements to their latest Android update that has me taking a look.

Tech Qualcomm's new chip to supercharge smart speaker performance
Author: 0 Qualcomm's new chip to supercharge smart speaker performance

Today, voice commands can control numerous devices, including wireless speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home , and home cinema products such as the Sonos Beam soundbar and select Yamaha AV receivers . This is combined with better performance and improved battery life. However, these SoCs wouldn't exclusively be dedicated towards smart speakers only as press renders suggest that these SoCs would come with audio, display and camera engines as well for manufacturers who plan to ...

Tech Activision and Tencent lift the lid on Call of Duty
Author: 0 Activision and Tencent lift the lid on Call of Duty

After briefly testing the game in China late a year ago, Activision is bringing Call of Duty: Mobile to the West on both the Android and iOS platforms. The new game was announced Tuesday during the Unity Keynote at the 2019 Game Developers Conference . Are you excited at the prospect of playing Call of Duty Mobile during your commute, or downtime away from your home console? Trailers for the game suggest frantic multiplayer action in the vein of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , teasing ...

Tech The Zelda Series is Crossing Over With Crypt of the Necrodancer
Author: 0 The Zelda Series is Crossing Over With Crypt of the Necrodancer

The rhythmic action-adventure game puts players in control of Link or Princess Zelda as they explore a randomly generated overworld and dungeons in their quest to save Hyrule. It's a new game based on Crypt of the NecroDancer by Brace Yourself Games . The Legend of Zelda is due out on the Nintendo Switch sometime in spring 2019.

Tech Cuphead Is Coming to the Nintendo Switch With Xbox Live Integration
Author: 0 Cuphead Is Coming to the Nintendo Switch With Xbox Live Integration

Cuphead is a run-and-gun indie game starring the brothers Cuphead and Mugman. Nintendo kicked off its latest Nindies Showcase in a big way today. Microsoft is working to bring Xbox Live features to Cuphead on Nintendo Switch. Given the early stage of our work with StudioMDHR, the Xbox Live features will appear in a post-launch update to Cuphead on Nintendo Switch.

Tech NVIDIA's next-gen RTX server pods pack 1280 Turing GPUs
Author: 0 NVIDIA's next-gen RTX server pods pack 1280 Turing GPUs

Integrating into game engines new features such as real-time ray tracing can accelerate the development process. RTX may have been off to a slow start, but this will apparently be the year of real-time ray tracing after all - especially with the upcoming NVIDIA driver update adding support to the GTX 10-series and new GTX 16-series GPUs.

Tech Oculus Rift S ups the resolution, adds built-in sensors for improved VR
Author: 0 Oculus Rift S ups the resolution, adds built-in sensors for improved VR

Speaking of room-scale, the Rift S packs Oculus' Insight technology, which allows you to enjoy room-scale VR without having to set up any external sensors. That extra performance will mean better visuals and some gaming exclusives for the Rift S , though of course the standalone, wireless experience of the Quest is more convenient.

Tech Amazon launches new budget Kindle
Author: 0 Amazon launches new budget Kindle

The new Kindle boasts the same six-inch touchscreen as the previous generation, with an identical 167 pixel-per-inch resolution. The new Kindle joins the refreshed Paperwhite as well as the $249 Kindle Oasis to round out the Kindle family.

Tech Apple releases 2nd gen AirPods with Wireless Charging
Author: 0 Apple releases 2nd gen AirPods with Wireless Charging

At first glance, the new AirPods 2 look very similar to the original Apple AirPods . They also promise better battery life in between charges, and even faster connectivity. If you switch between devices often, the new AirPods is two times faster to connect than the previous model that uses the W1 chip. Furthermore, the new wireless headset supports hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality enabling users to make phone calls, ask for directions, or simply change songs without touching anything.

Tech Google will now notify European users about the browser choices on Android
Author: 0 Google will now notify European users about the browser choices on Android

Companies who wanted to use that feature were also able to run adverts against the results, using a feature called AdSense for search. The new fine equates to 1.3% of Google sales past year, according to the Commission. "We've always agreed that healthy, thriving markets are in everyone's interest", he said. "For almost a decade, we've been in discussions with the European Commission about the way some of our products work", he says.

Tech Google to shut down this email service on April 2
Author: 0 Google to shut down this email service on April 2

With the Inbox app and Google+, the tech giant will also be pulling the plugs on its popular messaging app Google Allo and the Url Shortner tool this month. Along with the in-app notice, Google is offering a shortcut that opens the Gmail app for Inbox by Gmail users. It offered more advanced filtering, snoozing of messages, and more visual organization to the Gmail inbox.

Tech Specs of Samsung’s upcoming smartphone Galaxy A40 leaks online
Author: 0 Specs of Samsung’s upcoming smartphone Galaxy A40 leaks online

The Galaxy A20 carries various new improvements and comes with an octa-core Exynos 7884 SoC, dual rear camera and a 6.4-inch display. We expect the phone to go on sale in European as well as Indian market later this month. The Galaxy A20 uses the Exynos 7884 chipset, which is also used in the Galaxy A10 . This chipset can be viewed as a close competitor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450.

Tech New details about Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones appeared
Author: 0 New details about Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones appeared

The Pixel 3 Lite shares the same design aesthetics as its siblings, albeit with a single 8MP camera up front. Last week, the folks at XDA Developers spotted the "Pixel 3a" and "Pixel 3a XL" names while digging through some code in the Connectivity Monitor app on the recent Android Q beta release.

Tech New Zealand's Ardern vows justice for victims of mosque attacks
Author: 0 New Zealand's Ardern vows justice for victims of mosque attacks

She was addressing the gathering in Wellington, four days after the deadly Christchurch mosques massacre. "I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them", she said. The identity of a man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane has been suppressed by the High Court, although some United Kingdom media outlets have still named him, arguing the law does not apply in the UK.

Tech Apple Updates iMacs with new Hardware, Doesn't Include its New Security Chip
Author: 0 Apple Updates iMacs with new Hardware, Doesn't Include its New Security Chip

If you want to walk into a store to pick one up, then Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will begin selling them in the week beginning March 25. Apple today announced the updated iMac line up with improved performance to take on Microsoft Surface Studio 2. Bump that top-end 21.5-inch iMac to a 3.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor , 32GB of RAM, Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory, and a 1TB SSD, and the price ends up at $3,349.

Tech Apple Heart Study: Wearable technology can safely identify atrial fibrillation
Author: 0 Apple Heart Study: Wearable technology can safely identify atrial fibrillation

When comparing Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings, the pulse detection algorithm (indicating a positive tachogram reading) has a 71% positive predictive value. Approximately 2000 of the participants of the study received notifications from their smartwatches regarding an irregular heartbeat . Stanford described this as "an important finding given concerns about potential over-notification".

Tech Nvidia brings a little RTX DirectX ray tracing to GTX graphics
Author: 0 Nvidia brings a little RTX DirectX ray tracing to GTX graphics

NVIDIA mentioned that it always knew there was a possibility for ray tracing to be on older hardware, with the vendor stating that the first demo was performed on a Titan Z. Remedy Entertainment has released new footage of Control , which mainly showcases GeForce RTX Real-Time Ray Tracing, but also gives fans a glimpse into some new gameplay.

Tech Apple Fires Back at Spotify Over App Store Antitrust Complaint
Author: 0 Apple Fires Back at Spotify Over App Store Antitrust Complaint

However, a European Union Spokesperson stated that they had received Spotify's complain and are now reviewing it. " Apple also routinely blocks our experience-enhancing upgrades" which includes access to Apple services such as Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch.

Tech Exynos 7884-powered Samsung Galaxy A20 launches in Russian Federation
Author: 0 Exynos 7884-powered Samsung Galaxy A20 launches in Russian Federation

It is the latest member of Samsung's A-series of smartphones launched in Russian Federation. The device will be powered with an Exynos 7884 octa-core processor (with two high power cores clocked at 1.6GHz and six efficiency cores with a clock speed of 1.35GHz) coupled with 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of onboard storage that can be extended further up to 512GB via microSD card.

Tech You'll soon be able to play Call of Duty on your smartphone
Author: 0 You'll soon be able to play Call of Duty on your smartphone

The game's development is being handled by Tencent's award-winning Timi studio, who you may recognize as the team behind PUBG's mobile release. The mobile experience will include 60FPS gameplay. There has been a few over the years, including Call of Duty: Strike Team and Call of Duty: Heroes. Since the iPhone took off all those years ago, there have been numerous Call of Duty clones that haven't lived up to the hype.

Tech Xiaomi announces the Black Shark 2 gaming phone
Author: 0 Xiaomi announces the Black Shark 2 gaming phone

Given the fact that the Black Shark 2 will be making its way here in just two weeks time, it shouldn't be that long a wait before we find out which configuration and colour we will be getting. Besides, it packs a 4,000mAh battery and measures 163.61x75.01x8.77mm. The base variant with 6GB RAM is priced at 3199 yuan (US$ 476 / Rs. 32,710 approx.), the 8GB version for 3499 yuan (US$ 521 / Rs.

Tech Team Sonic Racing Customization Options, Animated Series Revealed
Author: 0 Team Sonic Racing Customization Options, Animated Series Revealed

However, the developer didn't come empty-handed. With no other Sonic titles to show off, the focus was firmly on Sumo Digital's upcoming Team Sonic Racing with not one, not two but three videos involving the racing game. Are you excited to take Team Sonic Racing for a spin? Players will be able to customize their vehicles with custom horns, mod pods, power ups, skins, various paint jobs, etc.