Inside a Berlin ‘Gaming House’ – Where E-Sports Elite Hone Their Skills

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Living on site with colleagues for months on end sounds like a nightmare for many, but Berlin is becoming home to a growing number of ‘gaming houses’ within the e-sports community. Germany’s capital, which is hosting the European championships of the world’s most popular online video game ‘League of Legends’ until the end of March,
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Russian ‘Sovereign Internet’ Bill Gets First Approval

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Russian lawmakers backed tighter Internet controls on Tuesday to defend against foreign meddling in draft legislation that critics warn could disrupt Russia’s Internet and be used to stifle dissent. The legislation, which some Russian media have likened to an online “iron curtain,” passed its first of three readings in the 450-seat lower chamber of parliament.
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SoftBank Reports Rise in Operating Profit on Rising Valuations of Its Investments

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Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp announced a $5.5 billion (roughly Rs. 3,900 crores) share buyback on Wednesday as it reported a 60 percent rise in quarterly operating profit buoyed by rising valuations for its technology investments. SoftBank Group said it would repurchase 112 million shares worth JPY 600 billion ($5.5 billion) in the next 11 months, or
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Go-Jek makes first close of Series F round at $9.5B valuation

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Go-Jek,  the Indonesia-based ride-hailing company that is challenging Grab in Southeast Asia, has announced the first close of its Series F round, as TechCrunch reported last week. The company isn’t revealing numbers. Sources told us last week that it has closed around $920 million, but we understand that today that the round is at over $1 billion. Go-Jek is
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Linking Drivers and Customers the Easy Way

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Throughout America, trucks are busy hauling and delivering all sorts of cargo, such as grain, bulk freight and crushed stone. For a business that routinely deals with such transportation, it would most likely operate a fleet of trucks and drivers. However, this solution would not be feasible for individuals or companies that transport goods on
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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) May Get Android 9.0 Pie Update, Geekbench Listing Tips

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It appears that Samsung’s flagships in the Galaxy Note and Galaxy ‘S’ series are not the only smartphones set to receive the Android 9 Pie update. Apparently, Samsung is also planning an OS upgrade for the Galaxy A7 (2017) which was spotted running Android 9 Pie on Geekbench a few days ago. The mid-range smartphone’s
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Asus ROG Phone May Soon Get Android 9.0 Pie Update, Geekbench Listing Tips

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Users of Asus ROG Phone may be in for a surprise, as it seems that the phone could be getting an Android 9.0 Pie update soon. Popular phone benchmarking site, Geekbench, had results for an ROG Phone running Android 9, which usually is a pretty good giveaway that the update can be expected soon. The
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CES 2019: Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music LTE Smartwatch Launched

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Garmin at CES 2019 announced its first LTE-enabled smartwatch. The company, a leading player in the field of navigation devices and GPS sports watches, partnered with the US-based telecom operator Verizon Wireless for this launch. The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is the first LTE-enabled smartwatch from Garmin. In case you’re wondering who this is for,
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KhaaliJeb Is a New UPI Payments App That Wants to Appeal to Students

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A bootstrapped startup based in Bengaluru has launched a UPI app called KhaaliJeb. The app is available on Android and is free to download, and the founders say the target audience is primarily students. KhaaliJeb’s banking partner is Kotak Mahindra Bank and as with any UPI app in India, it has been approved by the
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HP Omen 15 Gaming Laptop, Spectre x360 15 With OLED Display Launched at CES 2019

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HP has launched its latest range of laptops at CES 2019, including the new HP Omen 15 gaming laptop and the productivity-centric HP Spectre x360 15. While the former features a 240Hz display which will appeal to gamers, the latter sports an OLED display that also supports HDR. The HP Spectre x360 is expected to
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