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Nintendo combines portable and home gaming with Switch

Nintendo has announced a new gaming system that combines a portable handheld device with a dock to use at home. Nintendo Switch will be released in March. The gaming giant released a preview video of the console Thursday. The company says the Switch features a dock to connect the system to a TV. Users can lift the device from the dock and use it in portable mode as well. The Switch comes with detachable controllers. It also features single and multiplayer capabilities. Nintendo says an exact launch date, price and more specifics will be released later.

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Internet rights group pushes for open competition in telco industry

MANILA -- An Internet rights advocacy group is asking the government to urge the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to review the telecommunication deal of PLDT, Globe Telecom and San Miguel Corp (SMC) and provide guidelines that will reallocate radio frequencies to allow the entry of new competitors in the industry. Democracy.Net.PH explained that an open competition in the telecoms industry will provide consumers more options for faster and affordable Internet access. Engr. Pierre Tito Galla, co-founder and co-convenor of Democracy.Net.PH, stated that the present telecoms industry is dominated by PLDT/Smart and Globe Telecom which control radio frequency waves or spectrums that are crucial in the operation of mobile Internet services in the country. The group stated that with the acquisition deal of Globe and Smart of the 700MHZ frequency band of SMC, they …

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Samsung smartphone found emitting smoke at Japan airport

TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry said Friday that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone belonging to a foreign passenger was found emitting smoke at Kansai International Airport in western Japan earlier this week. No one was injured in the incident. According to the ministry, the smartphone started to emit smoke around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, shortly after its owner tried to detach the battery at a security check point for international flights. It is believed to be the first such incidence in Japan, though a series of similar incidents had been reported overseas with the Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean electronics giant has halted production and sale of this specific model of smartphone which has not been sold in Japan. Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has prohibited passengers from bringing …

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Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year

DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses. The company hinted at the venture earlier this week when it announced that all of its cars would come equipped with hardware needed to drive themselves. The company says in a disclaimer that use of Teslas to make money with ride-hailing or sharing will be allowed only on Tesla's own network. Details will be released next year. A Tesla spokeswoman wouldn't comment on the matter. Tesla announced Wednesday that all cars including the lower-cost Model 3 would have more cameras, sensors, radar and computing power so they can drive themselves. Software would be updated over the internet to allow the cars to do more as the features are tested.

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We’re Afraid of Getting Hacked, but We’re Not Doing Much About It

A hack at Sony Pictures that exposed more than 170,000 emails in 2014 derailed a much-hyped film's release and prompted a months-long industry freakout. A hacking incident at Yahoo now threatens to derail a sale to Verizon. WikiLeaks' releases of Democratic officials' hacked private emails are providing near-endless fodder for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. And yet, while large numbers of Americans appreciate the threat of getting hacked, they don’t seem to be changing their behaviors in any appreciable way. That’s a key finding of a new poll of views of online privacy, funded by Craig Newmark, the founder of classified-ad website Craigslist. The poll, overseen by Rad Campaign, a creative agency, and Lincoln Park Strategies, a research firm, found that trust in social networks has declined over the past two years, even …

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Apple: Many ‘genuine’ Apple products on Amazon are fake

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon.com and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit. The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit filed by Apple against a New Jersey company on Monday over what Apple says are counterfeit products that were sold on Amazon. In the lawsuit, Apple says Mobile Star imprinted Apple logos on cables and chargers that "pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock." It says the chargers and cables were being sold on Amazon as genuine Apple products. Apple says it purchased the products on Amazon and later told the online retailer that they were fake. Amazon then identified Mobile Star as the source. Amazon isn't named in the suit, but said in a …

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Pokemon Go no more? : Australian professor

SYDNEY -- A lack of new features to replace the ones removed in the once popular Pokemon Go game is largely the main reason behind the game's rapid decline in popularity, an Australian finance professor said on Wednesday. The game's huge draw has soured since its launch in July, but losing almost a third of daily users by mid-August. By mid-September, according to Bloomberg, its daily downloads had declined from a peak of 27 million users to 700,000 while its daily revenues (for the game) had fallen from 16 million U.S. dollars to two million U.S. dollars a day. While many mobile games, especially those triggering a worldwide craze, suffer declines in usage over time, the precipitous decline in Pokemon Go, despite still generating strong revenue, has seen it be labeled a …

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Facebook now lets you buy food, movie tickets on site

Facebook will now allow Americans to order a meal, buy movie tickets or make an appointment at the hairdresser without having to leave the social networking site. The US company announced Wednesday the addition of new tools on the site to allow users to link directly with businesses. For example, a pizza can be delivered with a simple click of the "order" button on the restaurant's Facebook page. Provided, however, the restaurant uses delivery.com or Slice. For other shops such as spas or hairdressers, customers can request an appointment, which the merchant will confirm using Facebook Messenger, the company's mobile messaging application. Some businesses also may add a button to their page allowing customers to ask for a price quote. And Facebook has entered a partnership with Fandango to allow for the purchase of …

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Sugar maker’s breakthrough facility gets power from biomass gas

A sugar company in Negros Oriental now boasts a breakthrough renewable energy facility that further harnesses gas produced from biomass to produce electricity. Called the Fluidized Bed Gasification (FBG) system, it was unveiled by the Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company (RBSMC) in its muscovado sugar production facilities in Pamplona, Negros Oriental. It was funded with a P990,000 grant from the Department of Science and Technology–Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST–TDI). In the FBG system, the Philippines’ first such facility, agricultural wastes are burned upon introduction of a limited amount of oxygen, producing carbon dioxide and energy. This drives a second reaction—the gasification stage—wherein waste materials are further converted into hydrogen and additional carbon dioxide. “I see several advantages to powering our turbines with synthetic gas produced by ITDI’s FBG System. These are 100 percent reduction of …

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Tesla’s Musk Deepens Panasonic Ties With Solar Parts Deal

Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled plans to collaborate with Panasonic Corp. to make solar-energy components for SolarCity Corp., bolstering Elon Musk’s final push to merge the automaker and solar company. Production of photovoltaic cells and modules for solar-energy systems used by SolarCity will begin in 2017 at SolarCity’s factory in Buffalo, New York, Tesla said in a statement late Sunday. The deal would be a win for Panasonic, which has shifted away from consumer electronics products to focus on housing, car information systems and car batteries. Musk, who is Tesla’s chief executive officer and chairman and chief financier of SolarCity, has proposed combining the two companies to give consumers one-stop shopping for an electric car as well as the solar-powered electricity that will power it. But Tesla’s bid to acquire SolarCity has been …

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