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Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail

Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail

It's the year 2018 and for some reason we're still dealing with spam and robocalls. Fortunately, if you use Android, Google's Phone app has a new feature that helps significantly reduce the number of calls that will appear on your home screen. You might still get a voicemail from them now and then, but that's easier to deal with than actually answering the call. The app now has a setting that will detect spam calls and automatically send them to voicemail.

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HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

The current big challenge for virtual reality technology is to work in large rooms. The next dream for the future, however, is likely to be multi-room experiences, where users can wander between rooms or other connected spaces without issue. This is probably still a couple of years away, but HTC has shown off a small example of how it could work, with a demonstration featuring a Vive Pro, multiple base stations, and a beta of SteamVR 2.0.

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Noble unveils M500 concept with 550hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V6

Noble unveils M500 concept with 550hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V6

Noble isn't quite the household name when it comes to sports cars, but that's because the small British manufacturer has only been producing one model, the V8-equipped M600, since 2009. They showed up to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, with the new M500 concept that's designed to be the "friendlier little brother" to the M600, and more of an affordable, entry-level model. Just keep in mind that Noble charges over $400,000 for the M600.

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New MacBook Pro True Tone feature works with LG UltraFine, Thunderbolt displays

New MacBook Pro True Tone feature works with LG UltraFine, Thunderbolt displays

New 2018 model MacBook Pros were revealed by Apple this week, and, along the latest processors and RAM upgrades, one of the biggest new features is True Tone display technology. Originally introduced on the iPad Pro, the feature allows the laptops to keep colors consistent regardless of changes in ambient light. While not part of the MacBook Pro's announcement, it was later revealed that the laptops can extend this True Tone technology to several external displays.

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Facebook lures Google engineer to head its own chip development

Facebook lures Google engineer to head its own chip development

One of the more recent trends in Silicon Valley is for the biggest tech companies to bring chip development in-house, rather than rely on third-party suppliers like Qualcomm and Intel. Apple has been doing this years already, and Google is already looking to catch up, but it seems the latest to have interest in developing its own processors is Facebook. Earlier this year it was revealed that the company had plans to start designing custom chips for consumer hardware, and now they've made a fairly big hire.

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Konami kills fan remake of Silent Hill: P.T. for PC

Konami kills fan remake of Silent Hill: P.T. for PC

Gaming fans may remember back to 2014 when Konami released a demo on the PS4 called P.T., or "playable teaser," for a new Silent Hills game. The demo was eventually pulled and the entire Silent Hills project, which was being worked on by both Hideo Kojima and director Guillermo del Toro, was cancelled. However, for some time now a fan has remaking the demo for the PC, aiming for a "100 percent playable and accurate" experience. But sadly, this too, has been killed by Konami.

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New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

As you may have heard, Apple released new MacBook Pros earlier this week, featuring the usual processor and RAM updates, along with True Tone displays. Less touted, however, was an "improved third-generation keyboard" which only promises to offer a quieter typing experience. Apple didn't say anything about making real changes to the keyboard's butterfly switch mechanism, leaving us wondering if they'd even addressed the recently acknowledged "sticky key" problem. As it turns out, they did.

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Maserati Levante GTS debuts with Ferrari V8 and 550hp

Maserati Levante GTS debuts with Ferrari V8 and 550hp

If you've had your eye on the Maserati Levante Trofeo SUV but the $170,000 price tag was a bit too much for your budget, consider yourself lucky. At this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Maserati announced a "budget friendly" model in the form of the 2019 Levante GTS, which sacrifices 40 horsepower for a price that starts at roughly $120,000.

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Niantic’s Ingress is getting an anime series on Netflix

Niantic’s Ingress is getting an anime series on Netflix

Niantic is widely known for creating Pokemon Go, but the developer first made its name with Ingress, the augmented reality mobile game that served as much of the foundation for hit Pokemon title. Late last year the studio announced it was working on Ingress Prime, which will serve as both a sequel and revamp of the original, and feature improvements from Pokemon Go. Now Niantic has also announced an Ingress anime series is debuting this fall on Netflix.

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McLaren eSports program tests drivers with PC simulators and mobile games

McLaren eSports program tests drivers with PC simulators and mobile games

While professional soccer and basketball teams getting involved in eSports is nothing new, McLaren's racing division is leading the automotive world's investment in pro gaming. The carmaker has announced a new expansion to its "Shadow Project" eSports program, which is touted as a "search for the brightest and the best racing talent in eSports."

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Warframe port on its way to Nintendo Switch

Warframe port on its way to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Switch console continues to be successful in attracting a wide range of indie games and big-name titles from other platforms, and now it's landed another port of the latter. Warframe, the popular sci-fi third-person shooter, is coming to the Switch. The announcement was made by the game's developer and publisher Digital Extremes at this weekend's TennoCon, an expo dedicated to the fan community.

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Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

It appears that Japan's private rocket industry still has ways to go before it catches up with the US's SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Saturday, the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its MOMO-2 rocket, only for the vehicle to come crashing down in the seconds after liftoff and burst into flames. The incident took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the second launch attempt by Interstellar Technologies.

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