FCC filings confirm LG is making the Google Pixel 2 XL


It’s not long until Google unleashes a whole new barrage of Pixel phones at the world Whilst details surrounding the HTC-made Pixel 2 have slowly dripped out, not much is known about its larger sibling, the Pixel 2 XL The documents didn’t reveal much about the upcoming device They only confirmed the Pixel 2 XL will support T-Mobile’s new LTE frequency band, Band 71 which, as I understand it...

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX’s successful rocket landings


SpaceX has now managed to land a total of 16 Falcon 9 first stage orbital boosters, and it’s been a while since it lost one in the attempt But things didn’t always go so smoothly: It took a number of failures, resulting in what are cheekily known in the industry as ‘rapid unscheduled disassembly events’ (aka explosions) for SpaceX to refine its process Those attempts are now available to recap in...

SpaceX just published the most expensive blooper reel ever


SpaceX has never been a company that glosses over their failures – probably because rockets that explode are pretty visible failures Now, Elon Musk’s company has taken this transparency to a whole new level: A blooper reel Set to the intro tune of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, ‘How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster’ takes us through the chronological history of every failed rocket landing...

Samsung launches $300M autonomous driving fund, puts $90M into TTTech


Not to be outpaced in the connected car market by other tech giants, today the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung , announced two major pieces of news to further its place in the next generation of automotive technology It has launched the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund , a $300 million fund to back startups and other interesting bets in the automotive market Alongside this, Samsung...

Report: Google is launching a payment app in India next week


The app (whose name translates from Hindi to mean ‘fast’) is expected to feature a digital wallet where you can store currency, integration with India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to allow for money transfers at no cost, and a simplified checkout system Tez will apparently also be available on desktops, Chrome and as a standalone Android app In addition, it’s slated to be integrated into...

That massive Equifax breach could have been easily avoided


Credit: Shutterstock Last week, credit reporting firm Equifax admitted that 143 million US consumers’ personal records were exposed in a security breach over a couple of months earlier this year What it didn’t reveal at the time, was just how callous it had been in protecting that private data The company learned that its attackers took advantage of a security flaw in the Apache Struts Web...

Google is reportedly releasing a localized mobile payment service in India


The publication claims Google ‘Tez’ — meaning fast in India — will offer a comprehensive set of payment options beyond existing products like Google Wallet or Android Pay Tez, for one thing, will include support for Unified Payments Interface (UPI) — a payment system backed by the government — and other consumer payment services including Paytm and MobiKwik This is a big deal because Google...

Magic Leap reportedly looking to raise even more cash, this time at a $6 billion valuation


Investors may not be done shoveling money into Magic Leap’s augmented reality ambitions quite yet The Plantation, Florida-based startup is reportedly in talks with Singapore-based Temasek Holdings to raise upwards of $500 million, valuing the AR company at around $6 billion, Bloomberg reports Sources also told Bloomberg that Magic Leap will likely begin shipping devices to a “small group of...

Senator Franken asks Apple for privacy guarantees around Face ID data


A friendly letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to Apple requests that the latter provide a few more details on the tech behind its Face ID system, which allows users to unlock their iPhone X using facial recognition It’s very far from a nastygram; the Senator pretty clearly just wants to cover a bit more ground than Apple had time for in its presentation yesterday To offer clarity to the...

Nintendo offers new Super Mario Odyssey details and demo of Square’s intriguing ‘Project Octopath Traveler’


Nintendo announced a few items today to hold gamers over until the holiday season — and to appease would-be SNES Classic buyers It announced a few details of its most anticipated upcoming games and even a demo (remember those) of a throwback title from Square Enix that caught everyone’s eye way back at the Switch launch event First was a nod to retro gamers with the Arcade Archives: Mario Bros...

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