Author: Shivendra Singh

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Amazon UK opens preorders for SNES Classic

Nintendo’s SNES Classic, which comes with a more vibrant console and controller color scheme in Europe, is now up for preorder on Amazon’s UK storefront. The page, which says the product is sold by Amazon EU S.a.r.L. (the company’s official European trading name), appears to have gone live sometime in the last hour.

Pricing is listed on the page as £79.99 ($101.76), but the final amount with shipping mysteriously comes out to around £71.61 ($91.10). Amazon is limiting purchase quantities to one unit per account, but it specifically says it will not ship to the US.

Still, it’s a bit up in the air whether North American customers can actually buy this version. Going through the process with a US shipping address doesn’t raise any red…

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Uptime, an app that makes your YouTube videos interactive, is now available to the public

Uptime, an app developed under Google’s Area 120 incubator, is now available to the public. The iOS app debuted in early March as invite-only. Uptime basically takes existing YouTube videos and makes them more interactive by letting you watch them with your friends. You can see where — time-wise — your friends are in a video as compared to you. You’ll also see reactions in the form of sparkles or different cartoon faces. It looks a lot like Facebook Live reactions or Anchor claps. So far, the app isn’t available on Android.

I just downloaded Uptime, and it seems there aren’t many active users, which makes sense, I guess. None of my friends are on it, and I couldn’t find any videos that have active engagement happening. Maybe over the…

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Nintendo promises ‘significantly more’ SNES Classics than NES Classics — but there’s a catch

Didn’t grab the NES Classic last year? Your chances of getting an SNES Classic are going to be better. But don’t sleep on the console: the mini SNES may have the same fate as its predecessor.

In a comment to The Verge (and first reported by Kotaku), a Nintendo representative confirmed that the company will ship “significantly more” Super NES Classic Editions than the notoriously limited run of the NES Classic Edition. However, there’s a catch.

According to the statement, Nintendo will ship Super NES Classic Editions from the hardware launch on September 29th to the end of 2017. “At the this time,” the statement continues, “we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.”

While it might sound backwards…

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Facebook adds animated reactions and filters to Messenger video chats

Facebook is updating video chat in Messenger today with some new features, including live filters, animated reactions, and the ability to directly save screenshots.

The reactions take the five reaction emoji from Messenger — a heart, a smiling face, a surprised face, a crying face, and an angry face — and animate them as an overlay on your face. For example, the crying emoji will cause animated tears to fall from your eyes, while the heart creates a halo of exploding hearts around your head.

Similarly, users will be able to apply Instagram-like filters to the live video chat, along with Snapchat-style augmented reality masks. (These have already been part of Messenger for a while.) This marks a rare time when Messenger…

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Lyft is now suggesting more convenient pickup locations, because a little walking won’t kill you

Lyft is updating its app to direct users to more convenient pickup locations in the interest of helping drivers avoid one-way streets and other obstacles that tend to slow down trips. Users will still have the option to specify where they want to be picked up, but Lyft will try to persuade them to change locations by including the amount of time they’ll save on their trip if they agree.

Lyft promises the suggested pickup locations will only be “a short walk away,” and that the option to accept or skip the suggestion will still be “totally up to you.” The app will automatically calculate the walking time to new location, including added time for crosswalks, and forecasts time saved. Still, the aim of this latest update is to optimize…

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube launch anti-terrorism partnership

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube have launched a partnership aimed at combating terrorists online. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism builds on several existing initiatives, which are designed to scrub terrorist recruitment material from the internet and promote counter-narratives to potential recruits. The forum is supposed to make it easier for its members to cooperate with each other, as well as with governments, smaller companies, and non-governmental organizations.

The forum’s scope is supposed to evolve over time, but its core goals include improving technology for detecting terrorist material, creating best practices for addressing “extremism and online hate,” and sharing information about members’ respective…

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Despite destroying two army bunkers in Sikkim, Chinese military accuses India of damaging border peace

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The Chinese military today accused the Indian Army of stopping the construction of a road along the Sino-Indian frontier in Sikkim and said the move has “seriously damaged” border peace and tranquillity.

“After India’s independence the Indian government repeatedly confirmed in writing that both sides have no objection to Sikkim border,” a People’s Liberation Army statement said.

China’s building of the road was completely an act of sovereignty on its own territory, India has no right to interfere, it said.

“The Indian attempt to stop the construction of road has seriously damaged border peace and tranquillity,” the statement said.

“(We) hope that India will meet China halfway and do not take any actions to complicate the boundary problem, and jointly maintain momentum of good development of bilateral relations,” the statement added.

Tension mounted in a remote area of Sikkim after a scuffle broke out between personnel of the Indian Army and the PLA, leading to Chinese troops damaging bunkers on the Indian side of the border.

The incident happened in the first week of June near the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim after a face-off between the two forces, which triggered tension along the Sino-Indian frontier, official sources in New Delhi …read more

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Gulmarg ropeway tragedy: In-charge officials says safety norms followed, accident ‘an act of God’

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A day after seven persons died in a tragic cable car crash in Gulmarg in Kashmir, officials incharge of the ropeway claimed that safety norms were followed and the accident can be best explained as an “act of God”.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had yesterday ordered a probe into the incident in which four of a Delhi family and three local youth had lost their lives.

“There was no deviation from the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). The weather suddenly turned bad and strong winds caused the uprooting of a tree that fell on the cable,” Director, Tourism, Mehmood Shah said.

General Manager of the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation, Reyaz Ahmad, said the accident was an “act of God”.

“We always follow the safety manual and never operate the cable car if any risk is involved. The uprooting of the tree due to abrupt blowing of high velocity wind, which led to the accident, can at best be explained as an act of God,” Ahmad said.

Police have registered a case into the incident and started investigations into whether there was any violation of SOP.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has yesterday ordered a probe and also announced ex-gratia relief of Rs five lakh in …read more