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Valve Reveals Optional Monthly Subscription Service for Dota 2

Dota Plus will be replacing the Battles Pass from now on. A new subscription service called Dota Plus has been recently revealed for the free to play PC game Dota 2 , an evolution of the previously available Battle Pass granting several perks.

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Microsoft's Adding new Data Centers in Europe and the Middle East

The data centers would allow customers of Microsoft - which competes with Amazon and Google in the $260 billion cloud-computing market - to keep data in Germany , which has relatively strict privacy laws. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud. Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer, Etisalat says, "This alliance reinforces the UAE 2021 vision to become one of the top knowledge-based ...

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Monster Hunter World To Receive First Major Update Next Week

For those unfamiliar, Deviljho is a famous monster who first appeared in Monster Hunter 3 . Players will also be able to participate in "daily fun activities". Added "Return to Gathering Hub" (single player) and "Disband & Return to Gathering Hub" (multiplayer) to the options for "Select Return Destination" after a quest has been completed.

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Trump decision on Qualcomm raises red flag on megadeals

Before Trump's order, Broadcom had planned to relocate its legal headquarters to the United States, avoiding the need for a CFIUS review. But the United States is anxious that a takeover would dramatically reduce investment and research at Qualcomm , giving an advantage to China.

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Walmart shares rise; retailer announces home delivery expansion

In contrast, Google Express - which also supports Walmart among multiple other stores - offers free delivery for orders that meet the minimum spend of each store. This could put it at a disadvantage, but there isn't compelling evidence yet that speed offers a competitive advantage in grocery delivery. A recent study conducted by the Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen concluded that 70 percent of consumers will be grocery shopping online in as few as five to seven years.

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Twitch Prime adding more free games with monthly subscription

First up are the victor, Shadow Tactics , and strategy-RPG Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation . Born out of their Indie Amplifier program , those with a Twitch Prime will be able to receive five games for your PC gaming libraries that will be yours to keep forever.

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Google to ban cryptocurrency ads in June

According to her, this new technology has been critical in helping to scale enforcement for policies that prohibit monetization of inappropriate and controversial content. Fraudsters have moved into the cryptocurrency space to defraud internet users, and Google said it took down 3.2 billion adverts violating its advertising policies in 2017, almost double the number it removed in 2016.

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Redmi 5 Launch Event in India Today at 3 pm

We already know that the device will be an Amazon exclusive after the e-commerce giant published a launch page for the upcoming device. The upcoming Redmi 5 is being promoted by Xiaomi on social media as a "Compact Powerhouse" , with features such as big display, long battery life, fast processor, slim design, and good selfie camera in focus.

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Physics Pioneer Stephen Hawking Is No More, Dies Peacefully At 76

His courage and persistance with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. Already well-known in China, the British cosmologist two years ago further endeared himself to fans in the country when he opened an account on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, posting in both Chinese and English.

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YouTube is getting a dark theme for iOS and Android today

YouTube reportedly said Android users will be receiving the feature "soon" but did not specify an exact release date. YouTube has announced today its iOS and Android apps are finally getting access to a " Dark Theme ", which has been available on its desktop version of the site (but hard to find).

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Citi Bike, Other Bike-Sharing Data In 179 Cities Added

Ito claims its system "curates and integrates the disparate data of Bike Share schemes around the world" in real time into the navigation app . Apple has signed a partnership with Ito World to add bike-sharing data in Apple Maps in over 175 cities across 36 countries.

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Fitbit is launching a fitness tracker for kids

The watch features a "squircle" display, basically a square rounded at the edges. The Versa will be available in April. In addition to that limitation on iPhone users, the Versa and the revamped Fitbit software won't fix all of the problems that held the Ionic back.

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Nokia 9 could have an in-display fingerprint scanner and notch

The same source also confirms some past rumours that include Snapdragon 845 and an in-display fingerprint sensor for the Nokia 9. HMD Global, the company that holds the brand license to manufacture and sell Nokia handsets, seems to be jumping on the "notch-sporting-handset" bandwagon.

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Nintendo Switch updates to 5.0 with nothing exciting at all

The latest system update includes new user icons and makes downloading pre-purchased software easier than before. The Switch Parental Controls app - allowing users to access Parental Controls for their console - has been updated to v1.5 on iOS (and presumably soon to Android).

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Assassin's Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs Launch Trailer Is Suitably Sinister

To combat these new terrors, Bayek's level cap has been raised to 55, and seven new abilities can now be unlocked. Better get to granulating in the event that you need to handle the Shadows of the Pharaohs with any level of mastery. The greater part of this will pave the way to the last epic standoff with Queen Nefertiti, the pioneer of the undead armed force that has been tormenting Thebes.

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Team17 to publish sci-fi platformer Planet Alpha

Taking place on an unknown alien planet it's not only the exotic flora and fauna that impresses, but also the breathtaking volumetric fog, fire, and destruction effects. Adrian Lazar comments positively to the partnership, which allows the team to finally bring the game to players all over the world. Developing the game for over 4 years has been a roller coaster, so when we looked for a publisher we were very selective.

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BHP chief says Trump's tariffs a 'black day' for world trade

On Monday, Trump declared that he will use the tariffs as leverage in the negotiations to update NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, California's two largest export markets . "We [BHP] will live and die by what happens with free trade", he said. Still, he dismissed concerns about a trade war. He also cooled down some of the rhetoric coming from Trump about a potential trade war.

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Spotify will now let users edit song information

Spotify offers a free tier of service that is supported by ads. The new feature allows fans to suggest different information pertaining to the song including an artists alias, explicitness and more. Based on the pricing of company stock traded on private markets, the company, launched in 2008 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is valued at $23.4 billion.

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Hearthstone's next expansion sees players enter The Witchwood

While it's unclear whether this new mode will make use of the Dungeon Run's procedurally generated dungeon-building systems, Hearthstone's Lead Missions Designer Dave Kosak hinted at revisiting the format in an interview with Gaming Trend last month.

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Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

In making a limited announcement about the new product now, Microsoft says that it is giving companies time to forward allocate their budgets. To help participants see you more clearly, the system will blur out a distracting background, putting the focus of the video on you rather than any clutter behind.

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Apple Acquires Texture Online Magazine Subscription Service

Apple Inc will buy digital magazine service Texture, which lets users read titles for a monthly subscription fee, the iPhone maker said on Monday. The app works for Android and iOS devices. Apple's Eddy Cue will be on a panel today at SXSW, so most likely we will hear him discuss this deal. Individual subscriptions to publications like The Washington Post are now available inside News, but this acquisition creates the potential for an official Apple service, similar to Apple Music, that ...

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Facebook secures exclusive live baseball rights

The games will air on weekday afternoons, and MLB Network will produce the broadcasts to ensure TV-level quality. It's the first time a major USA league has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook, which has been building a portfolio of live sports.

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Philips Hue outdoor range lights up just in time for summer

Philips' new outdoor lighting range will be available in the United States and Europe in July starting at $29.99. The bulbs will be available in multi-color or white and will ship in July. Finally, Calla is a bollard light, created to provide path or driveway lighting. Once plugged in and connected to your Hue bridge, you'll be able to control them through your Hue app, changing brightness, warmth, and color with touch or voice controls.

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Microsoft's Xbox One spring update loaded with new features

Many modern TVs have a low-latency "game mode" which turns off any special processing of image and motion that the TV does for movies or other programs. Microsoft demonstrated this during the company's Inside Xbox stream today , and the mode will switch back once a game isn't running. We have Low Framerate Compensation, which for almost 20 FreeSync monitors can sustain smooth gameplay down to around 25 FPS.

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California Special Mustang drops just in time for spring break

Ford was so impressed by one particular dealer's rendition, they put it into production in 1968 and dubbed it the California Special. This year, however, on top of the signature California Special side stripe and rear fender vent, the muscle auto gets a B&O Play 12-channel speaker system customized to the acoustics of the car's interior and a transmission equipped with rev-matching technology.

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Apple to Launch New Entry-Level MacBook Soon

These start at a much more entry-level price of £949 ($999) compared to the Pro's £1,249 ($1,299). The report explicitly refers to the product as a 13-inch MacBook, not MacBook Air . Said panel, by the way, should come from LG Display, even though Apple may have initially struck a supply deal with an unspecified "China-based maker".

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Google honours British chemist Perkin with sketch doodle on his 180th birthday

Wikipedia said "through failing in trying to synthesise quinine for the treatment of malaria, he became successful in the field of dyes after his first discovery at the age of 18". Furthermore, the colour purple had been a signifier of aristocracy, prestige and even royalty since ancient times, and it had been especially expensive and hard to produce as the requisite dye, Tyrian purple , since it was made from the glandular mucus of certain molluscs.

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Is Amazon Alexa laughing at you?

The basic idea is simple, and obvious in hindsight. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these five seconds to indicate that she's listening. It will also program Alexa to preface its simulacrum of human emotion with the phrase: "Sure, I can laugh". Amazon says Alexa will only respond to a follow-up commands if she's "confident" that it is a legitimate request and not just background noise.

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Could Google have a rebrand in store for Android Wear?

The screenshot shows Google Play Services' Nearby feature that pops up when it detects a new Android Wear watch can be paired, but as you can see from the image below, it references Wear OS and shows a new colorful logo that sort of mimics the Google Assistant's branding.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Get Android 8.0 Oreo Starting March 30th

Nonetheless, the company has now implemented the latest Android 8.0 Oreo OS, along with the TouchWiz UI for the smartphones but the other leader smartphone from past year was left out of the Oreo update. "New and / or enhanced features" have been implemented, but we do not know which features the changelog is talking about because they are not mentioned.

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March Madness 2018: Complete NCAA Tournament First Four, first round TV schedule

It's only big win this season: at Gonzaga in January. Under Bennett's watch, Virginia has become a perennial powerhouse in college basketball again. But before jumping too far ahead, the Wildcats will wait to see who comes out of the play-in game between LIU Brooklyn and Radford as the victor. That's the most appearances of any Big Ten team.

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Juno spacecraft providing 'unprecedented' info — Tour Jupiter

These cyclones have been spotted near the planet's poles, which have been a mystery for a while now. Using data gathered from Juno's sophisticated suite of instruments, researchers have found that Jupiter's storms aren't confined to the uppermost layers of the Jovian atmosphere.

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Chelsea see off Palace to get back on the winning track

They dominated the ball and had seven attempts at Wayne Hennessey's goal in the opening 20 minutes, albeit without truly testing the Palace goalkeeper. The defeat leaves the Eagles stranded in 18th place, one point adrift of Southampton in 17th. The win moves Chelsea to 56 points as they ended their two-match losing run in the Premier League whereas Palace's losing streak is up to four games and they remain in the bottom three.

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Super Smash Bros. coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year

Suddenly, one of the characters turns around to see famous Nintendo characters Link and Mario standing behind her. A spin-off of No More Heroes, a series that appeared on Nintendo's Wii, will also be released for Switch in 2018, with the title Travis Strikes Again.

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Notch-Less Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Render & Real-Life Images Appear

If we talk about this new Wireless charging support feature, Xiaomi has itself tipped this new feature by sharing a poster from their official Weibo's account . So yes, the new Mi Mix 2s will feature a top notch at the upper right corner and not at the middle just like other smartphones. There is a small, nearly unnoticeable notch there, at least based on the leaked video below.


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