Google has a long history of disputes, mostly about control and regulation issues; but nothing is bigger than what it is about to face right now – an antitrust charge courtesy of The European Union. The charges are reportedly directed towards the company's Android mobile operating system.
In a report from USA Today, the antitrust charges are actually the second in two years, but this time, the allegations focus on Google using its Android OS to be able to influence and force consumers, particularly mobile users to use it and abandon desktop computers. In the process, Google is accused of eliminating competitors by requiring gadget manufacturers to install the Google search engine and their web browser on the devices, and in turn, these manufacturers are to be provided with lucrative incentives if they use Google as the default search engine in their devices.
But similar to previous accusations, Google responded by saying that all the agreements they have with manufacturers are voluntary in nature. But if EU wins this, the giant tech company might have to pay billions of fines. However, the more significant implication is that it may be forced to make some alterations in doing business with other companies. more >>
Nubia, a brand under Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE, announced its international website, Nubia.com, during the January CES 2016 in Las Vegas. This prompted observers to say that the company may be looking at expanding its market beyond Asia and China soon. Last April 19, the company unveiled the Nubia Z11 Mini, a smartphone with decent specs, an impressive camera and an equally impressive price – less than $300. According to a Tech Times report, one can pre-order a Z11 Mini for only $281.99 through the Nubia Mobile website.
The Nubia Z11 Mini is said to be the successor of last year's Z9 Mini. The new device was originally rumored to be announced with other devices included in the Z11 line, such as the standard Z11 and the Z11 Max. ZTE however only unveiled the Z11 Mini recently.
The device features a 5-inch full HD display with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 64-bit octa-core processor and an Adreno 405 GPU, paired with 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is huge at 64 GB and with microSD support, can be expanded to up to 200 GB. Its main camera is a Sony IMX298 with 16-megapixels, while its selfie camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. It has an all-metal body, and has a 2,800 mAh non-removable battery. more >>
After months of rumors and speculation, "Mafia III" has finally been announced by publisher 2K Games, with a release date for current generation consoles and PC set on October 7. According to a report in Polygon, the open-world crime game is set in New Orleans in the 1960s, at a time when the Italian Mafiosi are trying to take over the crime business from the locals.
The New Orleans in "Mafia III" is one that is in the middle of a war between local African-American mobsters and the Italian mob. Because of casualties on the side of the locals, a local Vietnam veteran and former military man Lincoln Clay is out to take revenge on the Italians, in the name of his fallen comrades. Players will play the role of Lincoln Clay in the game, as he plots his revenge, as well as build his own crime empire.
A teaser trailer titled "One Way Road" gave a glimpse of the game's story and setting – New Orleans at that time was wrought with racism and prejudice and the game naturally reflected. According to a report in GameSpot, game developer Hangar 13 said this was intentional because they wanted to depict what was really going on during that time. They however said that they do not "intend to sensationalize racism." more >>
The latest leak that came out about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is the protection that will reportedly carry. According to a Forbes report, the phablet is said to have the same protection that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has, which is IP68 indicating it is dust-resistant and water-resistant.
If reports are true, the Galaxy Note 6 will be the first phablet of Samsung to have that protection. Only the latest flagship phones of Samsung are IP68 certified.
When it comes to the phablet's screen, rumors range from the outrageous (6-inch with 4K support) to the more likely, which is a screen that larger than 5.5 inches and has a Quad HD display. According to another report in TechAdvisor, the phone will likely have two types of processors available depending on where it is released. This is the same configuration as the Note 5, which offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon variant and an Exynos variant. In the case of the Note 6, it is rumored to be powered by either an Exynos 8890 chipset or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset. Another rumor points to a 6 GB RAM. more >>
A soon-to-be mother from Evansville, Indiana, has reported seeing an image resembling Jesus Christ on the cross in the sonogram image of her baby boy.
Aley Meyer told 14 News that she started noticing the image in the sonogram only after someone pointed it out to her during a baby shower.
"We took a picture of it and blew it up on my phone to get a closer look and it is so much detail. You can see the hair and his legs crossed and everything," Meyer exclaimed. more >>
Apple has upgraded its 12-inch Macbook, which is now available with newer and faster processors, longer battery life and perhaps the most notable new feature, it also comes in Apple's signature color, rose gold, which was originally reserved for its iPhones. According to a report in The Verge, the upgrade comes one year after the device's initial release.
Under the hood, the new Macbook is powered by Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors, which range from 1.1 GHz for the entry level configuration and goes up to 1.3 GHz. These new processors are part of Intel's Skylake generation which is reported to bring "somewhere between 10 to 20 percent processing improvement,'" according to another report in Wired. The new Macbook is also equipped with faster memory modules which run at 1886 MHz, compared to the previous version's 1600 MHz memory modules. In terms of graphics processing, this year's Macbook has the more powerful 515 module also of Intel, which is said to bring 25 percent better performance.
Apple promises better battery life on the new Macbook, with estimates of 10 hours while web-browsing and 11 hours while watching movie continuously. These estimates are an hour better than the older Macbook model. According to The Verge, this additional hour may likely be due to the newer and faster processors. more >>