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Wayne Murphy

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Writer and specialized in Mobile Phones (iOS, Android, BB etc), who was with the TND team since it's inception. Other than Blogging, he is also pursuing his graduation on Business Management at CA, California University. All posts by Wayne

Google Updates its iOS App to Run Faster

Google’s app for iOS has just been updated, and unlike previous upgrade occasions, today’s version brings some interesting new features to the table. One of the most additions that you can immediately see the effect of is the support for fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) pages to the app. This launch was previously teased by Google, following universal AMP integration ...

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Traditional Automakers Invest in Ride-hailing Services

Tuesday, May 24, was a good day for ride-hailing companies, as two car manufacturers announced they’d bought stakes in this business. One of them was Volkswagen, which invested $300 million to Gett (ex-GetTaxi), a black cab and ride-hailing company whose largest markets are in Israel, London, and Moscow. Then there was Toyota, which committed an undisclosed sum in Uber and ...

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Microsoft Finally Brings Minecraft To China

Gamers in China – rejoice! You will soon be able to enjoy creating things out of virtual blocks as Minecraft will finally be launched in your country. The three-way partnership between Microsoft, Sweden-based game studio Mojang, and Chinese Internet company NetEase was announced on Friday, making a lot of gamers go berserk with joy. Minecraft has been around for a ...

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Android Pay Finally Comes to the UK

Google’s Android Pay – the company’s smartphone payments system – has finally been launched in the UK on Wednesday, some eight months after it was first made available to customers in the US. Thanks to the long-awaited launch, Android phone owners will now be able to benefit from the same perks as iPhone and Samsung owners – which, by the ...

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Game Company Partners with Acer to Develop New VR Headset

We are witnesses of a booming new era: virtual reality is upon us and a lot of the major players in the tech industry are now jumping on the bandwagon. On their side of the story, mobile companies also seem to be convinced that their business won’t survive is they don’t dabble in virtual reality, which has led some of ...

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BMW to Launch its First Autonomous Luxury EV by 2021

'BMW M5'

BMW recently pledged to develop its first autonomous luxury vehicle that is fully electric by 2021. The plan comes as a response to challenges posed by Audi, Mercedes, and other car makers that are now also working on their first EVs. Plus, there’s the Tesla Motors menace, whose stylish electric vehicles have already grabbed a sizable chunk of the EV ...

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MIT and Disney Researchers Create Faster RFID Toys

Maybe it was not Disney’s best idea to get into publishing digital games, but that doesn’t mean the company has decided to call it quits when it comes to researching the best ways to make those. Disney researchers have partnered up with researchers from MIT and Carnegie Mellon, and they have come up with a solution that would make RFID-based ...

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Facebook Moments Comes to Canada and Europe

According to an announcement made by Facebook this morning, Moments – the network’s private photo-sharing application – has been made available in all countries worldwide. The giant social platform has launched a new tweaked version of Moments in the EU and Canada. Why tweaked, you ask? Because in the U.S. and other international versions of the application, Facebook has included ...

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Huawei Launches P9 Luxury Smartphone in Indonesia

The Chinese tech giant Huawei has just unveiled the latest model of its luxury line of smartphones, the Huawei P9, at the Huawei Consumer Business Group 2016 Southern Pacific Conference in Bali, Indonesia. The gadget was first presented in London early last month. The smartphone maker now plans to roll out the device not only in Indonesia, but in other ...

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Authorities Force Calif. Woman to Unlock her iPhone with Fingerprint

'iPhone 5S'

A court just ordered Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, a California woman whose boyfriend is reportedly involved in a series of shady businesses as a member of the Armenian Power gang, to use her fingerprint to unlock her seized iPhone. Authorities argued that the procedure was not counter to the Fifth Amendment because self-incrimination only refers to passwords not biometrics. According to the ...

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