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Sources say TikTok chooses Oracle bid over Microsoft

Sources say TikTok chooses Oracle bid over Microsoft

It is reportedly believed that the owner of TikTok has preferred Oracle over Microsoft as the US tech partner that could help keep the app operating in the US. Microsoft confirmed on Sunday that its bid to takeover TikTok’s US operations failed, removing it from the race before President Trump promises to follow through with a action plan to ban the app in the U.S. over spying concerns.

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Sony announces pricing for PS5 and its DualSense controller

Sony announces pricing for PS5 and its DualSense controller

Sony has finally released the price for their new Playstation 5 and DualSense controller after Microsoft released the price of their new Xbox series S/X. Sony has decided to price their flagship console at $499, the same price as the Series X, and their digital edition console (no optical drive) console at $399, $100 higher than the Series S. The DualSense controller prices at $70 per controller.

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Ship with no crew set to sail across the Atlantic

Ship with no crew set to sail across the Atlantic

One of the world’s first autonomous transatlantic voyages is set to be made by a full-size, fully autonomous research ship. IBM and a non-profit marine research organization, Promare, have worked together to build the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS). The ship will travel to Plymouth, Massachusetts after launching from Plymouth in the United Kingdom on the 16th of September, 2020.

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Astronomers detect giant planet orbiting a white dwarf for the first time

Astronomers detect giant planet orbiting a white dwarf for the first time

A Jupiter-sized giant planet has been found orbiting a white dwarf named WD 1856. Study of data obtained from NASA’s planet-hunting TESS satellite revealed it. This is the first time a planet has been found orbiting a white dwarf. Researchers say it is a surprising find as the planet avoided destruction. It also demonstrates that even dead stars can host planets with the right conditions for life.

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Apple updates AppleCare Plus signifigantly increasing its coverage

Apple updates AppleCare Plus signifigantly increasing its coverage

Apple has decided to expand their warranty program, AppleCare Plus, with a significant expansion in its coverage including an additional annual repair for accidental damage.

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Sony starts strong with their exclusive Final Fantasy XVI title at ps5 showcase

Sony starts strong with their exclusive Final Fantasy XVI title at ps5 showcase

A new take on the series as they make the theme more medieval than the classic sci-fi feel. A preview of the latest title for the Final Fantasy series announced that the game will be a ps5 exclusive and reportedly still available on PC. The turn-base was switched out with real-time fighting as seen on the Final Fantasy 7 remastered title and might be a theme for future titles of the series.

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Oculus Quest 2 VR headset launched for $299

Oculus Quest 2 VR headset launched for $299

The Oculus Quest 2 was announced at the Facebook Connect. The new VR headset comes with major improvements including 2k displays which run at 90Hz. The headset has been launched at a price of $299. It is also being reported that there will be two models, one with 64 GB of storage costing $299 and one with 256 GB storage costing $399. Preorders for the headset will begin from the 13th of October.

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Extensive vibration causes ’anti-gravity’ effect on fluids

Extensive vibration causes ’anti-gravity’ effect on fluids

It appears that an ’antigravity’ effect has been discovered. While an air-fluid system is being shaken vertically, heavy particles rise and lighter ones sink, and when shaken at 100hz or more a layer of fluid can be levitated above a layer of air. Moreover it seems as if objects can float upside-down on the lower layer of fluid ’as if gravity were inverted.’

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COVID-19’s neurological symptoms alarm scientists

COVID-19’s neurological symptoms alarm scientists

As per a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, ’The neurological symptoms (associated with COVID-19) are only becoming more and more scary’. While research is ongoing, the list of symptoms now includes stroke, brain haemorrhage and memory loss. A study from the University College London lists stroke and encephalitis as the most common neurological effects.

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