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Forget About iPhone 7! The God Of Smartphones Is Here & The World Is Going Crazy For It!

Some Apple loyalists were going crazy at 7th of September launch of iPhone 7 that boasts of a 3 GB Ram.

You’ll forget all about the iPhone 7 after hearing about this new phone.

A smartphone company called Turing has announced specifications for their new smartphone and it puts all the best phones of the world to shame.

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The Turing Monolith that’s going to be released in 2018 will boast of an 18 GB of RAM and 786 GB of in-built storage.

It will consist of 3 Snapdragon 830 processors, that’s about 6 times the processing of a regular phone.

In addition, The Turing Monolith will boast of a 6.4 inch 4k resolution screen. But that’s not where the specifications end.
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The company has announced that the phone’s rear camera will be 60 MP and the front camera will be 20 MP. Imagine taking a selfie with THAT!

Even in the power section, The Turing Monolith will have a 120 KWh battery, that’s way longer than most phones we use today.

The Turing Monolith will be available for the masses sometime in 2018 but its specifications have already taken the technology world by storm.

Samsung recalls all Galaxy Note 7’s due to exploding batteries

Samsung has announced that it will recall all Galaxy Note 7 devices after multiple reports of battery explosions while the device was charging. This news comes after the company had reportedly delayed shipments to investigate the issue — obviously the Korean manufacturer found reason to be concerned about the product.
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Lithium-ion battery chemistry is tricky stuff. Companies are extremely secretive about their chemistries and manufacturing components, looking for any method of gaining an advantage over their competitors. Samsung is recalling nearly all the devices, apparently, because it hasn’t been able to isolate the flaw to a single product or manufacturing flaw in a particular battery manufacturer’s process. While the number of affected devices is reportedly small, at just 24 per 100,000, thermal runaway in lithium-ion devices can ignite fires or leave third-degree burns on humans if the device is in a pocket when it ignites.
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Flames and third-degree burns now included!

Various US carriers have already responded to news of the problem with their own recalls and programs. AT&T states that it is still in the process of defining its exchange / return program and will have more information for customers soon. T-Mobile notes that customers who have purchased a Samsung Note 7 are eligible for full refunds on the device and all Note 7 accessories. Customers may keep the Netflix subscriptions they received with the order and all restocking and shipping fees are waived. Sprint states it will offer customers a “similar device” until the situation is resolved but does not mention explicit refunds (like AT&T, it promises to share more details in the near future). Verizon notes it will waive the restocking fee for any customer that wishes to return or exchange the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung is going to take a heavy hit for the recall, according to Reuters. Koh Dong-jin, head of the Samsung’s manufacturing business, told Reuters the recall would be worldwide and affect already-sold units, units in transit, and units still on store shelves. China is the sole exception — these devices apparently use different batteries and are not affected by the same problem. Koh wouldn’t confirm how many devices Samsung was recalling but noted that the company had already sold 2.5 million Note 7’s worldwide. “I can’t comment on exactly how much the cost will be, but it pains my heart that it will be such a big number,” he said.

The recall will have a significant impact on Samsung’s financials for the quarter but the company hopes long-term Note 7 sales will be unaffected. If you have a Note 7 we strongly recommend replacing it, even if you haven’t previously had problems — battery fires are nothing to take chances with.

‘Pokémon GO’s Upcoming ‘Buddy System’ Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To The Game

Buddies are important. Everyone likes a buddy. You might even play Pokemon Go with your buddies. But don’t you wish you could actually have buddies inside Pokemon Go? Don’t worry — they are coming. The buddy system, a wonderful feature that will allow us to upgrade our pokemon by walking and searching for pokemon, looks like it’s coming to Pokemon Go soon thanks to some impressive data mining.

According to Pokemon Go Hub, the buddy system making its way to your pocket will allow you to choose a pokemon to “bond” with. Essentially, it’s another step counting gameplay system, with your chosen Pokemon walking along with you as you hatch eggs and capture endless Ratatas. But, with your buddy, you’ll be able to earn candy which means you can more easily power them up and upgrade your chosen friend.

Pokemon Go Hub has the details (head over there for even more info):

  • Walking your Pokemon Buddy will award you with candy. The amount of candy is yet to be determined.
  • You can walk the same Pokemon Buddy multiple times, but there is likely a daily limit for obtained candy.

Basically, this is you and your buddy.

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It’s somewhat of a bummer to still be without trading and “real” combat, but this latest update will definitely allow you to carve out a stable of adorable monsters that you feel are truly yours. Now Niantic just needs to figure out what they’re going to do once those frigid, winter months keep trainers from trudging from pokestop to Pokestop.

Featured image via Photo: Nintendo

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iPhone 7 launch date is CONFIRMED ! Apple to unveil its new smartphone next week

Apple appears to have confirmed the launch date of its long-awaited iPhone 7

Apple has sent out media invitations for an event next week, where it is widely expected to unveil its next flagship handset – the iPhone 7 .

The event is taking place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 7, at 10am local time, (6pm BST).

Apple often likes to include a hidden message in its invitations, but this one gives very little away.

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It carries the tagline “See you on the 7th” – which may allude to the name “iPhone 7”, as well as the date.

It also features a number of translucent coloured dots outlining the top portion of Apple’s logo, which may relate to the rumour that Apple is planning to introduce new coloured handsets.

In photography, this out-of-focus effect is called bokeh. It is usually hard to create with a phone camera, suggesting that the iPhone 7 could feature an upgraded camera lens.

However, these dots could also be water droplets, which would be relevant if Apple was planning to launch a waterproof iPhone.

Rumours have been swirling about the iPhone 7 for many months, with numerous rumours and leaked photos adding fuel to the frenzy.

The most persistent (and controversial) rumour is that Apple is going to get rid of the headphone socket.

This means you will either have to buy a pair of headphones that use a Lightning cable, get an adapter, or use Bluetooth headphones.

There are a lot of rumours that the iPhone 7 will get a camera upgrade – but this may only apply to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, not the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

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Verizon Announces $4.8 Billion Deal for Yahoo’s Internet Business

Verizon Communications Inc. will acquire Yahoo Inc. by a $4.8 Billon deal, according to media reports.

US internet firm Yahoo announced in February to be looking at “strategic alternatives” for its core internet business.

Yahoo’s search and advertising operations buyed.

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US telecoms giant Verizon Communications is to buy Yahoo, according to media reports.

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Verizon declined to comment on the reports.

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The two firms were reported on Friday to be in exclusive talks.

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Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo four years ago.

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Chief execute Marissa Mayer, who joined in 2012, has made little progress in returning the company to profit.

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Yahoo has struggled to keep up with the changing internet advertising landscape.

Last week it reported a $440m loss in the second quarter, but said the board had made great progress on strategic alternatives.

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Yahoo shares have rallied since it announced the sale.

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BGC analyst Colin Gillis: “We expect any offer in the range of $5-plus billion should be accepted by the Yahoo board to bring the process to a close”

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Verizon has agreed to pay $4.8 billion to acquire Yahoo.

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Verizon plans to annouce deal early Monday, ending months of speculation.

This Is How Apple & Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site

Feds charge 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin over his involvement in piracy website KickassTorrents.

When you’re the owner of the world’s biggest torrent-sharing site, the last thing you’d expect to land you in trouble would be a totally legitimate (and legal) purchase via iTunes. But that’s what happened to 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin a.k.a “tirm,” owner and operator of KickassTorrents (KAT), who was yesterday arrested and charged in Poland for criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. He’s been accused of illegally reproducing and distributing hundreds of millions of copies of movies, video games, TV shows and music albums totalling more than $1 billion. The US is now waiting to extradite him.

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ounded in 2008, the site has slowly grown to become the biggest torrent-sharing website in the world. It finally took the mantle in 2015 after The Pirate Bay experienced multiple raids, battled lengthy spells of downtime and its three founders were arrested. KAT counts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors and is estimated to be the 68th most frequently visited website on the internet — according to Alexa.

In a 48-page criminal complaint (PDF) filed with the U.S. District Court in Chicago, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reveals how it was able to track Vaulin. Jared Der-Yeghiayan, a special agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, was tasked with tracking the man behind KAT and it’s his report that attempts to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Vaulin should be brought to justice. This is how it played out.

The fake ad

From November 2015, an undercover IRS Special Agent spoke with a KAT representative about hosting an advertisement that would direct visitors to an undercover site. An agreement was made and the ad, which purportedly advertised a program to study in the United States, would be placed on individual torrent listings for $300 per day. When it finally went live on March 14th 2016, a link appeared underneath the torrent download buttons for five days. It was a short campaign, but it was enough to link KAT to a Latvian bank account, one that received €28 million ($31 million) in deposits — mainly from advertising payments — between August 2015 and March 2016.

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This back-and-forth also enabled investigators to identify an important point of contact: the email address pr@kat.cr. Not only was it linked to website enquiries, it was the email associated with KAT’s social media presences such as Facebook. Agents were able to obtain records from Facebook that showed the “official.KAT.fanclub.” page was almost certainly associated with KAT.

Apple’s involvement

Using basic website-tracking services, Der-Yeghiayan was able to uncover (via a reverse DNS search) the hosts of seven apparent KAT website domains: kickasstorrents.com, kat.cr, kickass.to, kat.ph, kastatic.com, thekat.tv and kickass.cr. This dug up two Chicago IP addresses, which were used as KAT name servers for more than four years. Agents were then able to legally gain a copy of the server’s access logs (explaining why it was federal authorities in Chicago that eventually charged Vaulin with his alleged crimes).

Using similar tools, Homeland Security investigators also performed something called a WHOIS lookup on a domain that redirected people to the main KAT site. A WHOIS search can provide the name, address, email and phone number of a website registrant. In the case ofkickasstorrents.biz, that was Artem Vaulin from Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Der-Yeghiayan was able to link the email address found in the WHOIS lookup to an Apple email address that Vaulin purportedly used to operate KAT. It’s this Apple account that appears to tie all of pieces of Vaulin’s alleged involvement together.

On July 31st 2015, records provided by Apple show that the me.com account was used to purchase something on iTunes. The logs show that the same IP address was used on the same day to access the KAT Facebook page. After KAT began accepting Bitcoin donations in 2012, $72,767 was moved into a Coinbase account in Vaulin’s name. That Bitcoin wallet was registered with the same me.com email address.

What happens now?

Homeland Security has already asked that the seven KAT domains named in the complaint are forfeited for their role in facilitating piracy. Verisign is expected to seize the .com and .tv domains, while Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests will be sent to registrars in Costa Rica, Tonga and the Philippines. Homeland Security then expects those sites to be redirected to a server of its choosing.

Right now, KickassTorrents appears to still be up, at least via the numerous proxy services that support it. However, it’s probably only a matter of time until it becomes a lot harder to find. While investigators already had a lot of evidence before they added the iTunes transaction to the mix, the idea that a legal media purchase could be the undoing of a piracy king kinda breaks the irony meter.

“Fancy Fence” Gate That Disappears Into Ground

This may look like a pretty normal fence at first, but there’s a twist… It opens by retracting the gate into the ground, making it disappear completely!

Titled ‘Fancy Fence’, the system was created to provide people with privacy and safety, while looking simple and elegant at the same time. What we love most is that the gate opens and closes really quickly, the installation of a complete fence takes, surprisingly, less than 24 hours, and, well, it makes your house feel like a true secret base!

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon GO But Were Afraid To Ask

So everyone is shuffling around furiously swiping at their phones and bragging about their Vaporeon and you’re just sitting here like “What’s a Pokéball?”

It’s okay. You’re in the trust tree. All of your Pokémon questions will be answered in time.
Long story short, Pokémon GO is a phone game that’s taking over people’s lives.
It’s an “augmented reality” game that uses real-world aspects and overlays the magical, slightly deranged world of Pokémon in a thinly-veiled ploy to get people out of their houses and exercising for once.

What do you do with them?
The game gives you a limited amount of Pokéballs. You can trap wild Pokémon by throwing balls at them using a flicking motion with your finger. It’s extremely frustrating. Sometimes they try to resist, other times they go quietly into that good night and you are rewarded points and other goodies.

The plural of Pokémon is Pokémon, not Pokémons. Although it is funny to say, if you are intentionally trying to sound like someone’s out-of-touch aunt (which is definitely an aesthetic, no judgment).
Anyway, the app, which is free to download and play, uses GPS to make a cartoony map of your neighborhood and basically anywhere you go. In this colorful, slightly Big-Brother-y version of reality, Pokémon are interspersed throughout, and when you come within range of a Pokémon you can “approach” them and they will show up on your phone.
The game uses your phone’s camera, so you will get the very disconcerting impression that there is a ghost Pokémon flapping or undulating directly over your desk, your bath water, your local place of worship, etc. and only you can see it. It’s very “6th Sense.”

While the Pokéhoarding aspect is certainly enough to keep you in the game for hours like a kawaii FitBit, you can actually use your Pokémon to fight other people’s Pokémon and earn all sorts of other items and bragging rights.

Points and Pokéballs. You are losing me, friend.
Okay so you have an avatar, which is basically you if you were a sexy animated Pokémon trainer. Your little guy or gal gets experience points when you do stuff, which makes them a more powerful Pokémon trainer and allows them to “level up.”
Here’s the important part: To get more Pokéballs, you walk to different “Pokéstops.”
Pokéstops are usually at interesting places around your city or community. Let’s say you were walking down Main Street, Whereverville. You might find a Pokéstop at a popular store, landmark, work of art or other point of interest. There are several in the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta alone. Don’t be jealous.
The ideal gameplay strategy is to walk around, trying to cover a lot of ground to get to different Pokéstops and come across different Pokémon who might be hiding in your path.

The nature of the game also means you may be tempted to loiter and tresspass a little. How far are you willing to go for a Pokémon? Kayaking in a fountain? Sneaking in a neighbor’s backyard? It’s happened. One guy has even made a few dubious friends after his home — a refurbished church — was designated a Pokémon Gym. We’ll save you a question: A gym is a place where you can take your Pokémon and fight them with other nearby people’s Pokémon.
Anyway, this poor guy now has people parked in front of his house at all hours, tapping on their phones like lunatics in a quest to be the very best. (That’s a Pokémon reference. You wouldn’t get it.)

Addicted to your smart phone? See how the light of a mobile phone affects the body and brain!

Before we go to bed, we like to check out all our the social media, send a few texts of our friends or loved ones, to be sure that we did not miss anything, and so on. How the smart phone affects your body?

Bright blue light emitted from the smart phone is essentially the same light that the sun radiates, and because of this the brain receives information that it is still a day. Thus, even when you think you’re deadly tired and you could not keep your eyes open, if you look on your smart phone you will be awake soon after.

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As a result of this light on the smart phone screen, it stops your brain from the release of melatonin, a hormone that is used to induce sleep, and prevents you fall asleep.

Experimental studies have revealed that the average person who uses a mobile device before going to sleep can actually have trouble falling asleep.

What is more interesting is that this effect is more prominent in teenagers. People who are in their adolescence are much more sensitive to the effects of light than adults. So, watching TV shows, playing video games can make awakening in the morning one of the hardest things for teenagers.

Science recommends that you turn off all devices with blue light for two hours before you go to the bed. Thus your body will start to release melatonin at appropriate times. You will notice, things will be very different after adaptation to this way of life, but you will have the best rest in bed.

Guy Beat Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone & Even The Developers Didn’t Think It Was Possible

There is a certain breed gamer out there, and as soon as you tell them that something can’t be done – they’ll take that as a personal challenge to try and prove you wrong. Just ask Todd Howard, the lead dev on Fallout 4.

“I can’t tell you that you can play the whole game without violence – that’s not necessarily a goal of ours,” Howard told The Guardian last summer, while Fallout 4 was still in development.

Well, plenty of Fallout junkies were chomping at the bit to get their chance to prove Todd Howard wrong, and it’s finally happened. Previous games of Fallout were more pacifist-friendly, but Fallout 4 isn’t quite as in-depth when it comes to decisions and consequences, per se.

In other words, Fallout 4 wants to turn you into a murderer, by design, but…
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The host of The Weirdist Youtube channel, Kyle Hinckley, had other plans…

Kyle set out to beat Fallout 4 from start to finish without killing anyone. Granted, there are certain plot points (no spoilers) where somebody has do die, but Kyle found clever ways for the game to not attribute those deaths to him.

He told Kotaku that “My first attempt was dismal.” One of the early quests requires the player to kill all of the raiders in a particular area, but Kyle realized that he could just bypass them – he didn’t actually need to kill them.
However, after 75 hours he realized that he backed the wrong faction which resulted in him having to take six lives – which is no good, obviously, when you’re going for a no-kill run, but armed with a few mistakes under his belt and more experience, Kyle was ready to strike out into the Wasteland for what would be his perfect run, and he even recorded it in case there were any doubters.

Here’s the covered “Kill count: 0” screenshot.
Strategies involved things like trapping radroaches instead of killing them, so that they couldn’t follow him – and the game still treated it like a kill without Kyle having had to kill them. Or, at other parts in the game, he lead enemies into one another so that they just started duking it out while he escaped quietly, and peacefully, out the back.

How did he level up to get really useful perks, when most of the game’s experience points are earned through combat? Easy, settlements. He built the same structures over and over to grind out levels. This play-through also involved a lot of saving, failing, then re-loading the save.

The Wasteland Whisperer perk allows you to calm certain enemies, but it doesn’t always work, and often takes several tries.
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The toughest part was probably when he had to (very minor spoiler ahead) kill Kellogg. There was no way around Kellogg dying, so Kyle lured him into a series of mines, but he had to make sure those mines didn’t kill Kellogg. Then, Kyle brainwashed a series of enemies and had them finish Kellogg off. Sounds easy enough, right? Nope, this fight alone took 5 hours to complete since Kellogg kept healing himself.

You can watch the entire run on The Weirdist channel, here’s the first part to get you started: