Facebook's child-friendly Messenger Kids app launches on Amazon Fire tablets in the U.S.

Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, which launched on iOS in December, is now coming to the Amazon Appstore in the U.S. Messenger Kids, as the name implies, is aimed at children under the age of 13, and features a variety of parental control options that allow parents to supervise the online interactions of their children. 

The app is a standalone experience that doesn’t require phone number verification or even a Facebook account to work. The only Facebook account needed is that of the parent who is going to set up the app and have access to their …


Apple iPhone batteries catch on fire yesterday and today at two different Apple Stores


For the second time in two days, an Apple iPhone battery exploded inside an Apple Store. Today, a room in the Apple Store in Valencia, Spain was filled with smoke after a battery inside an iPhone unit being repaired caught on fire. Workers at the store smothered the flames and opened the window to let out the smoke. While three firefighters and police arrived at the scene, their presence was not needed. There were no injuries as a result of the blast, which took place at 1:30pm local time.

On Tuesday, an Apple Store employee in Zurich, Switzerland received minor burns when a battery …

Thomas Fire becomes largest blaze in California history, during state's worst fire year

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California’s Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties has eclipsed the 2003 Cedar Fire as the largest wildfire in Golden State history, at a whopping 273,400 acres. This puts the blaze’s burned area as larger than New York City, and nearly the equivalent of the sprawling city of Los Angeles. 

The fire has destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 280 more. During the past week, firefighters have made significant gains, with the state reporting 78 percent containment as of early Sunday morning. The record size was eclipsed on Dec. 22, with additional growth possible before full containment is made sometime in early 2018. Read more…

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Skies around Disneyland turn orange as Anaheim Hills fire rages

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It’s not looking like the happiest place on earth today.

As historic wildfires rage across the state of California, guests at Disneyland in Anaheim are some of the latest to experience a pre-Halloween fright.

14 fires in northern California laid waste to some 1,500 structures over Sunday and Monday while Santa Ana winds put much of southern California in critical danger. In Anaheim, entire neighborhoods were evacuated while smoke billowed near the famous resort. 

Visitors have shared some of their photos of the smoky scene on social media.  Read more…

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Amazon announces Fire OS 6 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Amazon has just announced its new Fire OS 6, which is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The new version of the OS runs on the Amazon Fire TV Gen 3, but previous Fire TV devices (Fire TV Stick Gen 1 and 2, Fire TV Gen 1 and 2, and Fire TV Edition) will remain on Fire OS 5, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Unfortunately, the company confirmed that at this time, the previous Fire TV models will not be updated to the new Fire OS 6. There’s no mention of the Fire tablets though. Now that we’ve clarified that, let’s see what new features Fire OS 6 is supposed to bring.

Well, …

New Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet comes with Alexa hands-free, costs as low as $149


Amazon just announced a brand new Fire HD 10 tablet that replaces
the similarly-named model released back in 2015. Just like all of Amazon’s
tablets, the new Fire HD 10 is aimed at users on a budget, so it doesn’t offer
high-end features. Still, the device stands out by being the very first Fire
tablet to come with Amazon Alexa voice integration – this way, you’ll be able to
ask Alexa to perform various tasks for you, including pausing videos, play
music, read audiobooks, show weather reports, and so on.

 

The Fire HD 10 2017 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x
1200 pixels, and is …

State Farm sues Apple over an iPhone 4s that went on fire

The count of blazing smartphone batteries keeps growing. It was not a Galaxy Note 7 phone, but rather an iPhone that went on fire. Insurer State Farm filed court documents on Thursday, alleging that in April last year an iPhone 4s “failed” and “started a fire” at the home of a woman from Wisconsin, named Xai Thao.

Preliminary investigations, conducted by an unnamed body, apparently revealed that “a significant and localized heating event in the battery area…as well as remnants of internal shorting” caused the fire. The documents also contain that no other cause was identified …

Fire Emblem: Heroes gets 4 new characters dressed in wedding gowns

Nintendo has just released a trailer video of its latest update that introduces new characters to the Fire Emblem: Heroes saga, as part of its ‘Bridal Blessings’ in-game event. The event runs from May 30th till June 13th and brings four five-star female heroes, Caeda, Charlotte, Codellia and Lyn – all dressed in wedding dresses. It’s the wedding season after all!

The video shows off different offensive and defensive skills for each ‘bride’, and offers a few clips of the animation of their unique skills. All ladies have their own battle …

Sights, sounds, and fire from Google I/O 2017

Like previous events, Google I/O 2017 did not disappoint. Developers were greeted with a number of new features to the tools they use which, in turn, enhance the features we use every day. The biggest difference in the underlying theme this year was the absence of moonshot projects that we had grown accustomed to seeing yearly. That was counterbalanced significantly by the inroads Google continues to make in machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

That was the big push this year, enticing developers to get up to speed with the latest tools to feed, …

Ready your dogfighting skills, folks! Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore lands on Android

Deep Silver FISHLABS launched Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore on iOS devices back in December, but Android players were promised their own version two months ago when the developer opened up pre-registration on Google Play.

Although the developers promise intense space fights in stunning environments, the game barely runs within the parameters on some of the latest flagships available on the market like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Pixel XL, and OnePlus 3T.

If you have an older smartphone, you might experience low fps (frames per second) or it might not be compatible …