Scientists create AI that can crush the world's best AI (at board games, thankfully) - CNET

Humans have mostly accepted that they will never be as good at chess as the robots, but now even the robots have to accept they will never be as good as other robots. A new artificial intelligence platform, known as AlphaZero, can learn the games of Go ...-- https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-create-an-ai-that-can-crush-the-worlds-best-ai-at-board-games-thankfully/

Call of Duty pros provide Black Ops 4 tips for multiplayer, 'Blackout' - Washington Post

Gaming can get old if you keep getting pummeled by tweens or spawn-camped by super squads. With the Call of Duty World League kicking off its season in Las Vegas this weekend, The Post asked several pro players from CWL team Evil Geniuses for their ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/06/call-duty-pros-provide-black-ops-tips-multiplayer-blackout/

PUBG's Vikendi snow map is playable tomorrow - PCGamesN

We've known the latest map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was a snow map named Vikendi for a while now, but we had no idea when we'd actually get to play it. Now a new leak has shown that Vikendi will actually be playable as soon as tomorrow, ...-- https://www.pcgamesn.com/playerunknowns-battlegrounds/pubg-vikendi-snow-map-release-date

Losing Out to Facebook and Snapchat, Google Tries to Clean Up Messaging - Variety

Google is going to phase out its messaging app Allo at the end of March and move any existing users to Messages, its new default Android SMS and chat app, the company announced this week. The move comes as Google is finding itself struggling to keep ...-- https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/allo-google-messaging-1203082638/

Why 40% iPhone Discount Is Bad For Apple - Forbes

Apple shares have fallen 26% from their October 2018 high and they're poised to fall further. You can argue that Apple's decline is due to factors beyond its control. For example, the White House threatened to endanger Apple by putting it in the cross ...-- https://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2018/12/06/why-40-iphone-discount-is-bad-for-apple/

DeepMind in AI breakthrough with smarter version of AlphaGo - Financial Times

DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence company, has announced two research successes — the strongest game-playing AI so far and the world's most powerful predictor of the shape of protein molecules — as it returns to its scientific roots ...-- https://www.ft.com/content/ac50f12a-f962-11e8-af46-2022a0b02a6c

Dow stages comeback from deep losses fueled by uncertainty on US-China trade deal - Washington Post

U.S. stock markets on Thursday spent most of the day deep in the red in an across-the-board rout triggered by the prospect that a U.S.-China trade deal was in jeopardy. Investor angst was fueled by the arrest of a Chinese executive that further ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/dow-extends-deep-losses-triggered-by-uncertainty-on-us-china-trade-deal/2018/12/06/4b946f8e-f95c-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html

The best Amazon devices of 2018 - USA TODAY

For years, Amazon has been the one-stop-shop for almost every kind of brand or product that you need. But in the last few years, Amazon itself has started to create its own products to sell alongside others. And with the huge popularity of smart home ...-- https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2018/12/06/best-amazon-devices-2018/2225159002/

Indian android apps seek more of your data than global counterparts - Economic Times

Some top Indian Android apps across categories seek as much as 45% higher permissions from users compared to their global counterparts. Access to SMSes, microphone and contact book were some permissions accessed by a significantly higher number ...-- https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/indian-android-apps-seek-more-of-your-data-than-global-counterparts/need-for-approval/slideshow/66971703.cms

Call of Duty pros provide Black Ops 4 tips for multiplayer, 'Blackout' - Washington Post

Gaming can get old if you keep getting pummeled by tweens or spawn-camped by super squads. With the Call of Duty World League kicking off its season in Las Vegas this weekend, The Post asked several pro players from CWL team Evil Geniuses for their ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/06/call-duty-pros-provide-black-ops-tips-multiplayer-blackout/

EKG, other heart health features come to Apple Watch - WJLA

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them when they have an irregular heartbeat. Apple announced the heart features in September, but didn't make them available until Thursday.-- https://wjla.com/news/nation-world/ekg-other-heart-health-features-come-to-apple-watch

The New 'Far Cry' Box-Art Just Leaked Online And It Doesn't Look Great - Forbes

As always, take the below image with a grain of salt. This is the leaked box-art for Ubisoft's new off-year Far Cry game, apparently called Far Cry: New Dawn. It could be a fake, but I suspect it's the real thing. Far Cry: New DawnCredit: Ubisoft. The ...-- https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/12/06/the-new-far-cry-box-art-just-leaked-and-it-doesnt-look-great/

'Red Dead Online' Is Giving Away Free Cash And Gold Bars As It Fixes Its Economy - Forbes

It's time for the first Red Dead Online update, the one where Rockstar tries to rebalance the economy so that beans aren't worth more than gold and so that salmon isn't the only thing in the game worth its weight in...beans, I guess. Tomorrow Rockstar ...-- https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2018/12/06/red-dead-online-is-giving-away-free-cash-and-gold-bars-as-it-fixes-its-economy/

Microsoft Retools Edge, But Internet Explorer Is Forever - WIRED

Chrome dominates the desktop browser space, notching over 60 percent market share over the last year or more. But in November of this year—as in, about a week ago—second place went to Internet Explorer, at a hair over 11 percent. But that's just ...-- https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-edge-browser-chromium-internet-explorer/

Epic Games Store being developed by Steam Spy founder, Sergey Galyonkin - GameDaily.biz

When Epic Games announced the launch of its own digital storefront last week, many developers praised the platform's favorable revenue split. Epic promises that devs will receive 88 percent of a game's sales, while it will take the remaining 12 percent.-- https://gamedaily.biz/article/436/epic-games-store-being-developed-by-steam-spy-founder-sergey-galyonkin

How Google can clean up its messaging mess after Allo's shutdown - PCWorld

Google would like us to think of its messaging strategy as a work in progress. What it's progressing towards, I don't know. Amongst all the changes, additions, mergers, and rebranding its series of messaging apps have gone through over the past few ...-- https://www.pcworld.com/article/3326068/google/google-messaging-allo-hangouts-messages.html

'He's an idiot' - Manchester United legend Paul Ince slams Paul Pogba and claims fans have turned on him. - Independent.ie

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has branded Paul Pogba 'an idiot' an suggested most of the club's supporters will be pleased if the French World Cup winner leaves Old Trafford. United manager Jose Mourinho dropped Pogba from his line-up ...-- https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/hes-an-idiot-manchester-united-legend-paul-ince-slams-paul-pogba-and-claims-fans-have-turned-on-him--37602266.html

Fortnite is being sued for appropriating dance moves from black artists - Quartz

Rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, for allegedly using and profiting from, without permission, a dance move he created. The dance move in question is the “Milly Rock,” which 2 Milly—whose real name is Terence ...-- https://qz.com/quartzy/1486659/fortnite-sued-for-using-milly-rock-dance-in-swipe-it-emote/

Why 40% iPhone Discount Is Bad For Apple - Forbes

Apple shares have fallen 26% from their October 2018 high and they're poised to fall further. You can argue that Apple's decline is due to factors beyond its control. For example, the White House threatened to endanger Apple by putting it in the cross ...-- https://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2018/12/06/why-40-iphone-discount-is-bad-for-apple/

Amazon Music customers can now talk to Alexa more naturally - TechCrunch

Amazon Music, reportedly the third-largest subscription-based music service worldwide, is doubling down on voice. The company is today announcing the launch of a new set of features that will allow Amazon Music customers to chat with Alexa in a more ...-- https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/06/amazon-music-customers-can-now-talk-to-alexa-more-naturally/

New Windows 10 1809 update rolls out: Mapped-drive bug finally fixed - ZDNet

This device is unable to play the requested video. Windows 10. Microsoft open sources the inference engine at the heart of its Windows machine-learning platform · New Windows 10 1809 block: This time it's Cisco's next-gen AMP malware shield · Windows ...-- https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-windows-10-1809-update-rolls-out-mapped-drive-bug-finally-fixed/

More Bad News From Apple As iPhone XR Price Slashed - Forbes

Adding to the signs that the newest iPhones are not meeting Apple's internal sales targets, let alone the lofty ambitions of significantly increasing the annual sales of the iOS-powered smartphones, details of the actions taken by Tim Cook's team to ...-- https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2018/12/05/apple-iphone-xr-discount-iphone-xs-iphone-xs-max-price-sale/

Xbox Game Pass headed to 'every device' says Xbox lead Phil Spencer - Windows Central

Xbox Game Pass has grown to be a core pillar of Xbox One, delivering a Netflix-style library of games for a flat monthly fee. With over 100 games onboard and new Microsoft-published games headed to the service at launch, the service touts growing value ...-- https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-game-pass-headed-every-device-says-xbox-lead-phil-spencer

Fallout 76 Customer Personal Information Leaked by Bethesda Support - NDTV

Fallout 76 customer details have been leaked by Bethesda's tech support system. The loophole allowed some Fallout 76 customers to access parts of Bethesda's support system. This includes being able to view personal information such as e-mail addresses, ...-- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/games/news/fallout-76-customer-personal-information-leaked-by-bethesda-support-1958806

Is Fortnite stealing black dance culture? The creator of the 'Milly Rock' argues yes in a new lawsuit. - Washington Post

In the summer of 2015, rapper 2 Milly went “Milly Rocking” on every block in Brooklyn, turning the hip-hop two-step into the viral dance of the summer. People started doing the “Milly Rock” on fire escapes, on top of cars, in the end zone after scoring ...-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/06/is-fortnite-stealing-black-dance-culture-creator-milly-rock-argues-yes-new-lawsuit/

Galaxy M20's Front Panel Leaks, Reveals Waterdrop Notch - Android Headlines

A leaked image of the display panel of the Samsung Galaxy M20 shows that the handset will feature a waterdrop notch above its screen. This leak corroborates with previous rumors which claim that the Galaxy M20 will be the first smartphone from the ...-- https://www.androidheadlines.com/2018/12/samsung-galaxy-m20-front-panel-leak.html

Simba SC players win praise for overcoming Swallows - IPPmedia

The Belgian tactician hailed his charges for showing commitment throughout the encounter despite their 4-1 win over the Eswatini outfit in the first leg match held in Tanzania last week. He pointed out his team's concentration is now on the coming ...-- https://www.ippmedia.com/en/sport/simba-sc-players-win-praise-overcoming-swallows

The Cut deletes bizarre article that called Priyanka Chopra a 'global scam artist' - Independent Online

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have started to irk some with their oversaturated wedding content, but a writer for the Cut took her displeasure to such a bizarre extreme in an article published Tuesday afternoon that intense backlash flooded social media.-- https://www.iol.co.za/entertainment/celebrity-news/international/the-cut-deletes-bizarre-article-that-called-priyanka-chopra-a-global-scam-artist-18407791

No OnePlus 5G phone for Verizon in the first half of 2019 - CNET

The OnePlus 6T is an exclusive for T-Mobile. But future OnePlus phones could still hop to Verizon. Juan Garzon/CNET. It seems like a perfect marriage. OnePlus has announced it'll launch its 5G phone in the first half of 2019. Verizon can't stop talking ...-- https://www.cnet.com/news/no-5g-oneplus-5g-phone-for-verizon-in-the-first-half-0f-2019/

New Far Cry Game Teased for The Game Awards 2018 - NDTV

It's been barely a year since Far Cry 5 but Ubisoft is teasing a new Far Cry game already. The open-world shooter franchise is usually known for its somewhat modern settings and dark humour appears to be going for a post-apocalyptic spin. A teaser ...-- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/games/news/new-far-cry-game-teased-for-the-game-awards-2018-1958855

Microsoft Breaks Its Flagship PC With New Windows 10 Update - Forbes

Some Surface Book 2 owners may be a bit grumpy this week after a routine Windows 10 cumulative update left their shiny convertible laptops displaying nothing more than a BSOD. It's yet another black eye on what has been a ceaseless string of ...-- https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/12/06/microsoft-breaks-its-flagship-pc-with-new-windows-10-update/

Xbox boss Phil Spencer made gaming matter to Microsoft - VentureBeat

You may have noticed that Xbox boss Phil Spencer is throwing around Microsoft's hefty wallet. The company has made a number of acquisitions over the last year to shore up its first-party game development. And Spencer explained that he earned the right ...-- https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/05/xbox-boss-made-microsoft-love-games/

Video Shows ISS Robot CIMON Going Rogue At The International Space Station - Infosurhoy

by Denis Bedoya | Dec 6, 2018 | Science | 0 comments. The AI-powered robot CIMON was sent to the International Space Station in June to serve as an interactive assistant to ISS crew members. It was designed to answer questions and help astronauts with ...-- http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/science/video-shows-iss-robot-cimon-going-rogue-at-the-international-space-station/

Samsung's White Galaxy Note9 Won't Stay Exclusive To Taiwan - Android Headlines

The all-white Samsung Galaxy Note9 had surfaced several times thus far, and ultimately got launched in Taiwan last month. Well, it seems like that phone will not stay exclusive to Taiwan after all, as it is coming to India later this month. Samsung's ...-- https://www.androidheadlines.com/2018/12/galaxy-note9-first-snow-white-coming-to-more-markets.html

Xiaomi Phone With 48-Megapixel Camera Launching in January, President Confirms - NDTV

Xiaomi is looking to launch a new smartphone that will sport a 48-megapixel camera sensor. Xiaomi's President Lin Bin has shared a photo on Weibo confirming this new development. At the Qualcomm 4G/5G summit in October, Xiaomi India head Manu ...-- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/xiaomi-phone-with-48-megapixel-camera-launching-in-january-president-confirms-1958854