Technology

March 22, 2019

Huawei leaks full P30 particulars by itself web site

Huawei just can’t catch a break with the P30, its upcoming flagship that’s due to be revealed next week. Yesterday, Evan Blass spotted that an event page for the phone on the Huawei website was posted live early (as noted by 9to5Google), confirming the rumors that the phone would feature a quad-camera array, and detailing features including improved nighttime recording, and a new “dual-view” video mode.
March 22, 2019

This intelligent rip-off lets advertisers earn money by draining your Android cellphone

Remember when we learned it was theoretically possible for a webpage — or app — to steal your processor cycles to mine cryptocurrency, potentially draining your battery and cellular data in the process? BuzzFeed reports that ad networks have figured out a similar scam — one that lets lucrative, power-hungry video advertisements hide behind traditional banner ads in Android apps, so users don’t even know they’re there.
March 22, 2019

Cult role-playing recreation Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines is getting a sequel in 2020

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, the cult role-playing game from 2004, is getting a sequel. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 sounds a lot like Bloodlines: you’ll take the role of a fledgling vampire in the “World of Darkness” role-playing universe, then survive a war between vampire clans with a combination of special powers and old-fashioned combat. The action is set in Seattle instead of Los Angeles this time, and the game itself is slated for a 2020 release on PC and consoles.
March 22, 2019

Walmart is reportedly trying into launching its personal cloud gaming service

Cloud gaming services are one of the biggest topics in tech this week, and yet, you wouldn’t necessarily expect that Walmart would enter the fray. Google’s announcement of Stadia, its upcoming game-streaming service, is already being intercepted by a report at US Gamer. “Multiple sources familiar with Walmart’s plans, who wish to remain anonymous” tell USG that Walmart is at least exploring the possibilities of launching its own cloud gaming service to compete with the likes of Google’s own.
March 22, 2019

Norway will set up the world’s first wi-fi electrical automotive charging stations for Oslo taxis

Norway’s capital city of Oslo will be the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make a zero-emission cab system by as early as 2023, according to Reuters. Norway wants to go even further than that, however, and is mandating that all new cars sold in the country be all-electric by 2025.
March 22, 2019

Tesla brings again its buyer referral program — with fewer free automobiles

Tesla killed off its customer referral program on February 1st, citing high costs — presumably because the company was giving away dozens and dozens of $250,000 cars for free — but in a typical Elon Musk about-face, the company just announced it’s bringing the referral program back with a few tweaks on top.
March 22, 2019

Nintendo Labo VR hands-on: digital actuality goes DIY

Nearly one year after the launch of Labo, Nintendo’s DIY cardboard accessory line for the Switch, the company is releasing its fourth kit: an introduction to VR for kids. While we tend to think of virtual reality as isolating, Nintendo’s Labo VR Kit reimagines the VR experience with “simple and shareable” minigames designed to get multiple people playing and interacting.
March 22, 2019

WeChat might get much more enjoyable exterior China with international mini video games

WeChat, China’s ubiquitous messaging and payments platform, is now opening up its mini games platform to developers worldwide — meaning that WeChat outside of China could soon get a lot more interesting. The mini games platform is a tab inside the WeChat app where users can enjoy basic games like Tetris, and it’s part of what makes WeChat so addicting within China.
March 22, 2019

Comcast pronounces $5-per-month Flex streaming platform for wire cutters

Days before Apple announces an expanded plan to sell video service subscriptions, Comcast has unveiled Flex, a streaming platform targeted at non-cable customers who have signed up for the company’s broadband internet. Flex costs $5 monthly and also comes with a set-top streaming box that includes Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, and other apps; you also get Comcast’s X1 voice remote as part of the service. It launches March 26th for all Comcast Xfinity internet customers nationwide. CNBC originally reported that such a product was coming back in November.
March 22, 2019

Epic Games Store chief says they’ll ultimately cease paying for unique PC video games

Developer Epic Games has been shaking up the industry in more ways than one since launching the massively popular and influential Fortnite in 2017. Starting last December, the company has been using its newfound wealth from the battle royale hit to fund its PC marketplace, the Epic Games Store, which offers game developers a more generous 88-12 percent revenue split than the competition.