Nintendo Switch Online companion app launched on Android and iOS

Do you own a Switch handheld game console? If the answer is yes, then you’ve probably already purchased the highly-anticipated Splatoon 2, which is expected to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch on July 21.

Well, it looks like Nintendo has just released Switch Online companion app for its handheld game console. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and it’s been designed to boost the online gameplay experience on the Nintendo Switch.

For example, if you play Splatoon 2, you will be able to take advantage of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service, which will …


Subscriber data on 14 million Verizon customers leaked online, what should you do

UpGuard, the cyber security firm that discovered leaked voter data last month, is at it again, this time going after a Verizon partner that exposed up to 14 million accounts for the world to see. An ill-configured security setting on a cloud server led to having the subscriber data of millions of Verizon customers who phoned customer service in the last six months visible online without protection. 
The data includes phone numbers, names, and, more worryingly, PIN codes that give access to said accounts. Verizon said that no ID theft has occurred because of the …

Online courses for small business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs

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Whether you run a small business or are just working on a great side hustle, maintaining an exceptional online presence is crucial. Carving out time for online courses may seem like the last thing on your mind, but the more you know, the more you’ll be able to do.  

One University of Washington study that 87 percent of respondents attributed improvement in their employment situation to their participation in an online course.   

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Pictures of Microsoft's cancelled Surface Mini tablet surface online

Back in the good old days of 2014 (oh, how time flies!) Microsoft was setting up for a launch of not just one, but two tablets running its Windows RT operating system — the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Mini. But for one reason or another, the latter of the two got scrapped at the very last moment, as CEO Satya Nadella had little confidence in its success in the crowded small tablet market.

But while we’ve heard official confirmation of the device’s existence, we’ve never actually seen a prototype in action — until now, that is. Pictures obtained by …

Tinder's new premium feature is basically a cheat code for online dating

Imagine if you could see which Tinder users have liked you before you decide whether to give them the thumbs up or the thumbs down. 
Feels just like a ‘God Mode’ supercheat, especially if you’re a picky one. 

Well, for a price, you will be able to do just that – Tinder just unveiled a new premium subscription dubbed Tinder Gold, which is basically the same as the existing Tinder Plus, but with one rather important novelty. That’s the “Likes You” feature, which will allow paying subscribers to see what other users of the dating app have …

Amazon patent blocks consumers from comparing prices online while inside a store

Consumers shopping for books at Borders often use their phones or tablets to do a bit of comparison shopping by calling up Amazon’s website. There is no telling how much business Amazon has generated this way. Ironically, Amazon has recently received a patent for an algorithm making it harder for shoppers to check out competitors’ pricing online while at an Amazon owned retail store.

The patent makes it more difficult for a shopper hooked up to the store’s Wi-Fi network to visit the website belonging to an Amazon competitor. The Physical Store Online Shopping Control patent analyzes …

Snapchat Spectacles invade Europe, available online and from quirky vending machines

From an average guy’s point of view, Snap’s Spectacles might look like nothing more than plastic sunglasses with an embedded video camera. To Snapchat fans, however, the colorful pair of shades could be a great extension to the popular service, allowing them to add events to their timeline from a unique, first-person perspective. And now, more people can get their hands on them. 

After starting the sales of Spectacles with a single vending machine in the US last November, now Snap Inc. is making them available in Europe. Snapbots, as these machines are called, …

Moto X (2017) variant appears online as model number XT1805; device sports 4GB of RAM

We have previously shown you images of a phone that is allegedly the Motorola Moto X (2017). With the model number XT1801, the device is rumored to carry a 5.5-inch display featuring a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). A Snapdragon 625 chipset powers the unit with 3GB of RAM inside. Today, another variant of the Moto X (2017) has surfaced, this one sporting the model number XT1805 and featuring 4GB of RAM. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the device, a fingerprint scanner in front and the front-facing selfie snapper has a flash of its very own.

This version of the Moto X (2017) …

Update to S Health brings a new name and online access to doctors 24/7 (U.S. only)

Samsung has updated its S Health app that has been available in the Google Play Store. First of all, it now goes by the name of Samsung Health. And it has added a new feature that allows users in the U.S. to speak to a doctor 24/7. The app will be pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. Even those Android users with a different brand printed on their phone or tablet can load Samsung Health on their device, as long as they are running Android 4.4 or higher.

The app tracks your physical exercise and movements, analyzing your daily activities to make sure you are on the …

Get schooled online by celebrities like Steve Martin, Shonda Rhimes

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If you learn from the best, you’ll become the best. That’s the theory, anyway. 

The online education site MasterClass is all about finding your inner genius by learning from experts in their fields, even if it is only online. Want to learn tennis via video? Then who could be better than Serena Williams.

While it’s not offering extensive coding lectures like Khan Academy, MasterClass has upped their online class offerings with 12 different celebrities in the past year. In March, they announced an acting class with Steve Martin and a few more star-powered courses are on their way. Read more…

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