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Month: March 2020

Become the Top Dog in the Online Multiplayer Strategy Game ‘Bark Park’ that’s Launching Next Week

Anybody who has taken a dog to a dog park knows that it’s like its own alternate universe from the rest of the world. And I’m not talking about the dog owners, although that is an entire sitcom waiting to happen, but the dogs themselves adhere to a strange social structure that only they understand. Everyone wants to pee on all the things, claiming territory as their own only to have it reclaimed by some other dog mere moments later. It’s like a land battle, and probably could make for a really good video game premise. Hey! That’s exactly what Ancient Games are doing with their upcoming title Bark Park. You play as one of several dogs in a dog park with the goal being to drink water from the fountain in order to pee on the trees in the park, hopefully having more trees claimed as your own when the round is over. It’s a cute dog-themed twists on a “territories” style multiplayer mode, as you can see in the following trailer. Of course, since you’re a dog, you have multiple “weapons” at your disposal like a bark to stun other dogs or pooping to distract them away from taking a territory. And as you can see there is extensive dog customization options, which I totally approve of, and seeing as this is by some of the same...

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Apple buys Dark Sky, immediately announces removal from Android

Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps for Android. It started life on iOS and came to Android in May 2016. The app offers some excellent weather features including one of the most unique radar views of any weather app. Enjoy it while you can, because you won’t be able to for much longer. Dark Sky announced its acquisition by Apple in its blog for an undisclosed amount. The developers also outlined the future of Dark Sky and, well, the outlook is cloudy with a 100% chance of closure. The iOS app isn’t changing at all. It’ll remain available in the Apple App Store. However, they are removing both the Android version and the Wear OS version on July 1, 2020. The app will continue to function until the deadline and any subscribers at that time will get a full refund of their $2.99 yearly subscription. In addition, the website is also closing down. We would recommend some weather apps that use Dark Sky’s API, but that is also closing down at the end of 2021. When it rains, it pours, as the old saying goes. I hope everyone was wearing their thunderwear, because Dark Sky closing is snow joke. It will be mist. Dark Sky is a beloved app for Android users, even after its rocky start as being one of the first weather apps...

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The trade ban takes its toll — Huawei reveals revenue shortcoming for 2019

Huawei’s having a rough time right now. Amid the current US trade ban, it’s slowly been losing momentum in recent months. The company just released its 2019 financial report, and though Huawei is still quite profitable, sales numbers are not where the company would like them to be. The annual financial report reveals that Huawei’s 2019 global sales came in at nearly CNY 859 billion (~$121 billion), and the company scored a net profit of almost CNY 63 billion (~$8 billion). Though that’s a 5.6% increase over 2018’s global profits, Reuters reports that this is the smallest profit increase the company has seen in three years. Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu told CNBC that the company had missed its own sales goals by around ~$12 billion. Though Huawei initially projected revenue of approximately ~$123 billion at the start of 2019, it was preparing to revise that target to ~$135 billion by April. Then the trade ban threw a wrench in the company’s target sales goals when it went into effect in May. Huawei’s not giving up, though. The company invested more than 15% of its total revenue back into research and development, bringing last year’s total R&D spending to nearly CNY 132 billion (~$19 billion) and its decade R&D spending to more than CNY 600 billion (~$85 billion). Read also: COVID-19 pandemic leads to 40% drop in smartphone sales...

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Great deal: Grab the OnePlus 6T unlocked for $299

OnePlus has long made phones with flagship specs at closer to midrange prices, and now the OnePlus 6T is more affordable than ever before. Woot is offering it brand-new and unlocked for just $299 right now. The OnePlus 6T was one of the earliest devices to have an in-display fingerprint sensor and a very small notch for the front camera. You barely notice it at the top of the large 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display with an 86% screen-to-body ratio. Internally, it packs a Snapdragon 845 chip, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. While the OnePlus 6T does not have wireless charging, the 20W Fast Charge capability is a nice touch. You can fully recharge the 3,700mAh battery in under 90 minutes and get right back to your day. You can capture every crisp detail on the dual 20MP and 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization and Nightscape feature. The selfie-shooter also packs a 16MP lens and Studio Lighting for picture-perfect portraits. This deal is on the unlocked version of the OnePlus 6T so you can bring it along to the carrier you already trust. Check out the specifics via the widget below. OnePlus 6T – Unlocked Unleash the power of OxygenOS with the OnePlus 6T. It features a Snapdragon 845, 3,700mAh battery, and a 6.41-inch screen for the best experience. You can get an all-day charge with 20W Fast...

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A current WhatsApp hack could put your friends and family at risk

WhatsApp is one of the best messaging services you can use. It’s been around for more than 10 years, and people all around the world use it every day. Unfortunately, WhatsApp’s popularity makes it a prime target for attackers. That’s exactly what’s happening right now as a current WhatsApp hack is putting users’ accounts at risk. What is the WhatsApp hack? According to The Telegraph, Bad actors have been stealing WhatsApp accounts through what’s called social hacking. This is when attackers use already hijacked Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, etc. accounts to contact victims, posing as their friends or family. An attacker pretends they are having a difficult time getting into their WhatsApp accounts, and trick the victim into handing over their WhatsApp security verification code by claiming it’s the attacker’s. This social hack gives the bad actor full access to the victim’s WhatsApp account, which they can then use to manipulate the victim’s other friends and family into giving them money, sharing their bank account numbers, etc. Read also: RCS vs WhatsApp: Thoughts from a long-time WhatsApp user Although this WhatsApp hack has been used before, it’s particularly harmful right now since attackers can use the current coronavirus pandemic as leverage when conning victims’ friends and family. The Telegraph reports that hackers are currently using it across the UK, but there is no reason why they couldn’t use it elsewhere....

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