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Pandora’s Free Users Can Now Listen To On-Demand Music

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Pandora is now allowing users on its free tier to access its on-demand music streaming service, but there’s a catch. Those who don’t pay $10 per month for Pandora Premium will now be able to listen to on-demand music from Pandora as long as they watch a 15 second pre-roll video ad. All users on the free tier as well as Pandora Plus users can now take advantage of this.

When users search for a specific song, album or playlist or have one recommended by the app, the will be able to unlock a Pandora Premium listening session after watching a video ad for 15 seconds.

This will let them enjoy music from their favorite artists without having to pay $10 for the unlimited on-demand streaming tier. During the session, users can listen to uninterrupted music in the background of their mobile device.

If users search for a new artist, album or song or click on a social media or email link for an album or song, they will have to watch another 15 second pre-roll video ad before unlocking another listening session.

Pandora has 72 million users on its free and Plus tiers. It will be hoping that this move convinces some of them to move to the Premium tier and pay $10 for the service. Spotify has had great success with its free tier converting users into paid subscribers, Pandora will hope to achieve something similar with this move.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Update Brings New Characters

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Lenovo and Disney announced the Star Wars: Jedi Challenge augmented reality game experience in August. The game is produced by Disney and is powered by Lenovo’s hardware. The package contains a Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, and Tracking Beacon for $199. The game itself is going to receive an update soon with new Star Wars planet and characters. The update has been confirmed merely a day before the upcoming movie is due to open in cinemas across the globe.

A new planet Crait, that will be seen for the first time in The Last Jedi, is now available in this AR game. It brings three new levels, the First Order AT-M6 walker, and new enemies.

Players can challenge two elite Praetorian Guards to a battle at the same time and can also duel with the Riot Control Stormtrooper and First Order Stormtrooper Executioner.

Porgs, the cute little intergalactic species that this trilogy has introduced to the universe, are making their way to this augmented reality experience as well.

This new content expansion for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is going to be released at some point next month. A precise date has not been provided as yet. The expansion will be available through the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges mobile app.

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Update Brings New Characters , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Armed Robbers Steal $1.8 Million In Virtual Currency

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Virtual currency is just as susceptible to being stolen as any stacks of dollar bills that you might have hidden under your bed. Thieves can make off with your digital wallet and if they have the necessary information, they can transfer the virtual funds in their own digital wallet. That’s exactly what Louis Meza and an accomplice did to their victim. They stole $1.8 million worth of ethereum virtual currency from his digital wallet.

The thief has since been charged with robbery by the Manhattan District Attorney. Meza and his accomplice allegedly help the victim up at gunpoint, lured him into a vehicle and stole his keys, cellphone, and wallet. Meza used the keys to enter the victim’s apartment and steal his digital wallet.

The DA’s press release mentions that Meza knew the victim and was also aware that he had a lot of money tied up in ethereum. “Meza insisted on ordering a car service for the victim, who entered a minivan after parting ways with Meza,” after meeting him on the evening of November 4th the press release said.

Meza has been charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, computer tampering, and computer trespass.

“This case demonstrates the increasingly common intersection between cyber and violent crime,” said NY County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, cautioning that this type of time will become increasingly common as values of cryptocurrencies continue to surge.

Armed Robbers Steal $1.8 Million In Virtual Currency , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android 8.1 Causing Multi-Touch Issues For Some Users

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Google released Android 8.1 Oreo for its Pixel and Nexus devices earlier this month. The new update fixes some issues and adds a couple of minor features. It appears to be causing problems for some users as well. Some Pixel owners have been complaining about multi-touch issues on their devices after they updated them to Android 8.1 Oreo. They’re complaining that the update broke multi-touch on their devices.

Some of the affected Pixel owners have taken to Google Forums and Reddit to complain that the multi-touch feature of their handsets was broken by the Android 8.1 update.

One user even mentions that this issue was present in the first developer preview of Android 8.1. If that really is the case, it’s surprising to see that the issue wasn’t caught before the firmware was rolled out to the public.

The users say that this problem is most noticeable when they’re playing games that rely on multi-touch input. It’s also noticeable in other apps that require using multiple fingers to get things done.

The temporary fix that these users found is simple. They just rolled back their devices to Android 8.0. This rules out any hardware-based issues on the affected devices.

Google appears to be looking into the issue as a community manager at the Pixel User Community has confirmed today. However, it’s unclear how long it might take for the company to send out a fix for this.

Android 8.1 Causing Multi-Touch Issues For Some Users , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Volvo’s Self-Driving Car Experiment Reportedly Being Scaled Back

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Volvo is one of the many major car manufacturers working on self-driving cars. The company had previously announced a rather ambitious experiment involving its self-driving cars. It was planning to deliver 100 autonomous SUVs to real people in Sweden for testing. Volvo was going to launch this program in 2017 but according to a new report, the Drive Me program is now being scaled back.

The company had originally announced that it would deliver 100 of its XC90 self-driving SUVs to real people in Sweden. It would later provide a similar number of cars to families in China and the UK. All of the participants of this program would test the cars that would have been capable of running in “unsupervised” autonomous mode on select pre-approved freeways.

Volvo says that the Drive Me program will now be launched in 2021 instead. A report by Automotive News mentions that the company is also reducing the number of self-driving cars that will be involved in this project.

The report says that Volvo will be giving these cars out to 100 people and won’t be giving out 100 cars over the next four years. They won’t be fully self-driving either. The cars will be Level 2 semi-autonomous so they will offer functionality similar to commercially available semi-autonomous driving systems in Europe and the United States.

Volvo will eventually give participating families vehicles with higher levels of automation but that’s going to take time. The ambitious plan of throwing them into the deep end, so to speak, with fully autonomous cars has been shelved for now.

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This Miami Condo Can Only Be Bought With Bitcoin

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Bitcoin is now accepted a whole lot more than it was just a few years ago. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the virtual currency lately, particularly since the price of Bitcoin has been shooting up like crazy over the past few weeks. There’s no other way to describe it. While some say that this is a bubble, others continue to throw their weight behind Bitcoin. Take the owner of this Miami condo for example, the person will only accept Bitcoin in exchange for parting with the condo.

This penthouse condo in Miami has been listed on the real estate website for Redfin. Don’t be fooled by the $33 price because that’s just too good to be true for a property like this.

The seller actually wants 33 Bitcoins for the condo. At the existing price of Bitcoin, that’s about $563,000. The price of Bitcoin is very volatile so if there’s a temporary pullback, someone who has that much money locked up in Bitcoin can score a good deal.

The property has been described as a “spectacular 1 bed/1.5 baths Penthouse unit with high ceilings, unobstructed Biscayne Bay view & Miami skyline.” The listing mentions that the seller is “only accepting Bitcoin.”

This can turn out to be a disaster for the condo’s owner if there’s a big move in the price and it goes down significantly. On the other hand, they might make bank if someone does take the condo off their hands for 33 Bitcoin and the price continues to surge rapidly in the days to come.

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iMac Pro Goes On Sale, Shipments Arrive December 27th

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Many power users who swear by the iMac have been waiting to get their hands on the new iMac Pro. The company had promised to release the powerful new iMac before the end of this year and it’s going to follow through on the promise. Apple has now started selling the iMac Pro online and shipments are slated to arrive by December 27th.

The iMac Pro is a professional-grade desktop that’s powered by 8 Intel Xeon processing cores coupled with 32GB of RAM. That’s what the $4,999 entry-level model gets you.

The first orders placed through Apple’s online store starting today will arrive just after Christmas. At this point in time, the orders are estimated to arrive by December 27th.

Apple hasn’t made the iMac Pro available for pickup just yet so customers who are interested in purchasing one will have to place an order online. Apple will deliver the computer to them for free by December 27th. It’s unclear if the company’s stores will be stocking the iMac Pro anytime soon.

It also features a Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB VRAM and 1TB of flash storage. Configurations that are also going to ship before the end of this year include the 10 core 3.0GHz model with up to 4TB of storage, 128GB of RAM, and a Vega 64 graphics processor with 8GB of VRAM.

The iMac Pro features a 5K display with a 5120×2880 pixel resolution and 500 nits of brightness. It has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, a SD card slot, three USB 3.0 ports, and a standard headphone jack.

iMac Pro Goes On Sale, Shipments Arrive December 27th , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Gets Content From The Last Jedi

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017

The much awaited upcoming Star Wars movie is going to open in cinemas across the globe tomorrow. Ahead of the movie’s release, EA has now released the first free season of Star Wars Battlefront 2 which brings content from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It brings a couple of characters from the movie and also adds new locations to Battlefront 2.

In The Last Jedi season of Star Wars Battlefront 2, players will have to choose if they want to fight for the Resistance or the First Order. This choice will then be linked to recurring challenges that will reward players on both individual and faction levels.

Finn, the Stormtrooper with a conscience that was introduced in The Force Awakens, is now available as a playable hero for the Resistance. Captain Phasma is playable as a villain leading the First Order.

Players can unlock both players without credits by logging in during the first free season of Star Wars Battlefront 2. New locations are included as well. Players will find the Battle on Crait as a new Galactic Assault match while D’Qar is a new intense Starfighter Assault arena.

Also available for free with The Last Jedi season is a small single-player expansion. Players can continue Iden Versio’s journey through the First Order’s rise to power in Star Wars Battlefront 2: Resurrection.

The new content is now available for Star Wars Battlefront 2 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Windows 10 Gets A Native OpenSSH Client

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Microsoft has gradually been making Windows 10 more developer friendly. It has added the SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, and Fedora Linux distributions alongside the bash command line. The company is now making another addition that developers will certainly like. Microsoft is adding a native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. The native client is already available as a beta option in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and it can be enabled easily.

For those who are unaware, OpenSSH is a connectivity tool for remote login with the SSH protocol. All traffic is encrypted to reduce the change of eavesdropping and connection hijacking. The Secure Shell or SSH is a cryptographic network protocol for running network services securely over unsecured networks. Remote login to computer systems is the best known use case for SSH.

A native OpenSSH client in Windows 10 means that developers will no longer have to download third-party clients like PuTTY to access remote servers.

ServeTheHome has created a video showing how the client can be enabled in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It’s in beta at this point in time but it works well enough.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed as yet when its native OpenSSH client for Windows 10 is going to be out of beta. It may not be long before that happens.

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Ataribox Pre-Orders Have Been Delayed

Adnan Farooqui December 14, 2017


Atari fans who were looking forward to pre-order the company’s new console today will be disappointed to find out that the Ataribox pre-orders have been delayed. The company was supposed to start taking pre-orders for its new machine from today but it appears that development problems have forced Atari to delay the pre-orders. The company has confirmed this in an email that it sent out today.

The Ataribox console was confirmed earlier this year. It has a wooden box much like the classic 2600 console. The console will offer players a new experience while staying true to Atari’s heritage.

Atari previously sent out emails to interested customers informing them that they will be able to place pre-orders for the Ataribox starting December 14th. The console itself is supposed to be released at some point next year. The company will charge around $300 for it.

Atari has now sent out a new email today announcing that the pre-orders have been delayed because it needs more time “to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves.” It wants to ensure that the Ataribox lives up to fans’ expectations.

Therefore, it’s delaying pre-orders so that it can take the extra time to sort out the problems that this product is facing. Atari hasn’t confirmed a new launch plan yet. It says that one will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ataribox Pre-Orders Have Been Delayed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.