Amazon Cancels ‘Free’ Echo Dot

New reports reveal that Amazon has canceled the free Echo Dot. according to reports, the developer has concluded plans to cancel the free Echo Dot and has announced that the promotion is no longer in existence.

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This update did not seem very pleasing to many Echo Dot users, as the free Echo Dot promotion received a warm welcome among many Amazon fans. However, it will appear that the developer is not willing to take a different stand on this issue.

It is reported by Engadget that Amazon announced that it is canceling the zero-cost orders for the Echo Dot. The report added that the developer stated that the update informing customers about the free small smart speaker was a technical error

Meanwhile, other reports have revealed that fans who seized the opportunity after the surprise audible discount for the Echo Dot will not lose it all. This is because Amazon noted that it has resolved to give would-be buyers a $5 promotional credit.

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VW’s Electric Microbus Reportedly To Debut In 2022

New reports reveal that Volkswagen fans will likely see the company’s electric microbus in 2022. According to reports, the automobile giant is reportedly working on its electric microbus with the ID Buzz expected to launch in few years. This is an interesting update and fans are waiting eagerly for the debut of the buzz.

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VW’s Electric Microbus Reportedly To Debut In 2022

When the EV was unveiled by VW, many enthusiasts thought the idea, just like many others might never make it to the stage of production. However, it is reported by Engadget that the automobile maker recently announced that it has concluded plans to put the Microbus-inspired EV into production. Volkswagen added that the vehicle will likely have a 2022 debut date.

Although not much is currently known about the electronic vehicle, it is believed that the developer will likely drop some features of the buzz including the large wheels. But Volkswagen will reportedly continue with the semi-autonomous driving feature, four-wheel drive, and the ’60s-inspired styling. It is reported that the automaker has also stated that it will also debut a cargo variant of the upcoming vehicle.

Furthermore, it is believed that there will be much passenger room since the electronic vehicle will not feature a gas engine. Rumors have it that Volkswagen decided to produce the vehicle because it is on the same platform as other ID cars. This is because it will be less expensive to produce compared to the previous Microbus concept.
other ID models including the compact car and Crozz are also expected to make a debut soon. The upcoming electric microbus is targeted at Europe, China, and North America.

Google Home Just Added Support For Free Spotify Streaming

Latest updates reveal that Google Home has added support for free Spotify streaming service. According to reports, Google announced that it has added support for free Spotify streaming service to its smart home device. This is an amazing update for Google Home users and it also shows the developer’s commitment to making users comfortable.

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Google Home Just Added Support For Free Spotify Streaming

It is reported by TechRadar that although the free version of Spotify still gives frugal listeners an array of music, it is amazing to know that paying an additional $9.99 (£9.99 or AU$11.99) every month will allow users to listen to unlimited music on any device. Meanwhile, the new update also states that Spotify noted that it is removing this barrier for Google home, thus making the service free for users.

The company announced that Google’s smart speaker users will now have the access to stream Spotify for free using either free or Premium account. It is believed that the new update is advantageous to Google Home against competitors including the Amazon Echo speakers that still require users to have a Premium account in order to play Spotify tunes.

Google Home users who are interested in activating Spotify on their smart speakers will have to link their Spotify accounts to the smart device through the Google Home app. After that, users will need to set Spotify as the primary music streaming service via the application. It is reported that once the process is complete, google home users will be able to use voice commands to control almost everything including starting Spotify, knowing what artist is playing and enjoying favorite hand-crafted jams.

Furthermore, the new feature is only supported for users in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United States and the United Kingdom. It is being reported that while Google Home users can now enjoy Spotify for free, the barrier of the ad-supported Spotify, which allows users to play music on radio-style is still existing. Google Home users will have to upgrade to Spotify premium to enjoy unlimited control over tunes.

British Man That was Injured While Helping Finland Attack Victims Says He Is Not A Hero

New reports reveal that the man who was hurt while trying to help Finland attack victims says he is not a hero. The British man, Hassan Zubier who was injured while assisting victims of a suspected terror attack in Finland has said: “I am not a hero,” when he was addressed as such.

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British Man That was Injured While Helping Finland Attack Victims Says He Is Not A Hero

The attack occurred in the city of Turku, which is about 90 miles west of the country’s capital, Helsinki. It left two Finnish women murdered and seven others injured, including Hassan Zubier, in the knife rampage.

It is reported by The Guardian that a Sweden newspaper Expressen reveals that Zubier is a Kent-born paramedic who is now living in Sweden. The report also stated that the paramedic was stabbed while he was trying to save other people from the terror attack, including a woman who reportedly died in his arms.

“I am not a hero. I did what I was trained for. I did my best and more,” Zubier told the BBC. This is amazing as many would have jumped on the idea of being addressed as a hero. Meanwhile, it is reported that a Foreign Office spokesperson stated that “Our staff has offered support to a British man following an incident in Finland.”

Reports have that the attack which was described as “a likely terror act” by Finland’s security intelligence service also left an Italian, a Swede and Four Finns badly injured. Meanwhile, the police said the suspected attacker is an 18-year-old Moroccan man who appeared to have targeted only women. The police department added he was shot and arrested by police officers. Four other Moroccans that are suspected to be involved in the attack have also been arrested.

Apple To Stream Movie Rentals Shortly After Theatrical Launch

New reports reveal that Apple will likely have access to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts. According to reports, streaming movies from services like Netflix and Hulu would no longer be the major option, as Apple is reportedly in negotiation to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts. This is an amazing news and if the reports are to be considered, it means that viewers will now have access to stream movies shortly after they hit theaters.

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Apple To Stream Movie Rentals Shortly After Theatrical Launch

However, it is reported that the services will be available for a price. According to TechRadar, distributors like Apple and Comcast in collaboration with other studios like Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures are currently in talks with movie theaters to negotiate the release of new movies few weeks after their theatrical launch.

Meanwhile, not much is known about the upcoming service as the companies are yet to reveal any official statement confirming rumors and updates. According to Engadget, the rentals, which are expected to be available roughly 17 days after their theatrical debut will cost viewers $50, but the cost will be reduced to $30 within four to six weeks after the offer is made. Negotiations are still ongoing and it is still not clear when the service will be available. However, the deal will reportedly be finalized early next year.

This is not the first time Apple has tried to get movies added to its iTunes library quickly after their theatrical launch, as it was also reported in the fall of last year that the company was working on a project of a similar nature.

Galaxy Note 8 Appears Briefly On Samsung’s Website Ahead Of Wednesday Launch

Samsung has unveiled the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 on its official website. According to reports, Samsung recently posted an image of the highly anticipated phablet on its official website. However, the phablet only appeared briefly on the site as the developer removed the post shortly after.

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Galaxy Note 8 Appears Briefly On Samsung’s Website Ahead Of Wednesday Launch

There have been lots of alleged leaks rumors about the device but it seems the developer has decided to make things official by unveiling the device on its own website. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to launch next week and the new teaser has confirmed lots of previous leaks and rumors about the device.

It is reported by TechRadar that the link to the new teaser now leads to a blank page confirming that the developer has pulled the post off its website. Although the post did not seem to confirm much that is not already known about the upcoming device, it is believed that fans will get to know more when the device launches on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the recent teaser of the upcoming note 8 showed the United States unlocked version of the phablet with the model number UZKAXAA. It is reported by Peoplenetv that the model number matches those used for the unlocked Galaxy S8 devices in the United States. This could mean that the unlocked version of the new phablet will likely be released at the same time as the carrier models.

If this speculation is to be considered, it means the developer will not follow the traditional method of launching unlocked versions few months after the launch of carrier models. Although the developer is yet to confirm this, it is reported that the launch of the two versions at the same time is highly probable.

Microsoft May Launch Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition In The Coming Weeks

Latest updates suggest that Xbox fans would likely lay hands on the Xbox One X ‘Project Scorpio Edition sooner rather than later as Microsoft is currently working actively on the device. According to reports, the developer would likely launch a special Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition very soon. The new report comes courtesy of leaks posted on two German retail websites.

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Microsoft May Launch Xbox One X ‘Project Scorpio Edition In The Coming Weeks

However, it is reported by TechRadar that the listing which appeared on the websites have since been pull out by its owners. The report added that the leaks revealed that the developers will likely launch a unique version of the 4K-capable console any moment from now. As fans already know, Project Scorpio was the codename of the Xbox One X, it is now believed that the upcoming console could be a special edition of its predecessor.

Photos of the upcoming console were gathered by XboxDynasty from the websites before it was taken down. According to the leaked images, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition sports a blacked-out controller along with “Project Scorpio” in its middle in an electric green font. As readers can see, the console is also designed with similar markings with a seemingly textured, meshy finish different from the matte plastic casing of its predecessor.

It is believed that the upcoming the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition will likely be a limited-run console just like the Day One Edition that the developer released for Xbox One. The developer is also expected to reveal Xbox One X pre-orders information during its Gamescom 2017 press event scheduled for today Sunday, August 20, at 9 pm CEST / 8 pm GMT / 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT. Reports have it that Microsoft will open pre-orders immediately after the event. There is a possibility that the developer will also unveil the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition during Gamescom.

Study Finds That Long-term Testosterone Therapy Could Boost Urinary Health And Sexual Function

Long-term testosterone therapy may improve urinary, sexual function and the overall quality of life, a new study finds. According to reports, the new study finds a significant improvement in urinary and sexual function as well as the quality of life in hypogonadal men that undergo long-term testosterone replacement therapy.

Meanwhile, it is reported by Eurekalert that other men may experience an array of immediate signs and symptoms as a result of a medical condition known as male hypogonadism or Testosterone Deficiency (TD). The condition is linked to low levels of testosterone and symptoms may range from low energy, erectile dysfunction, depression, fatigue, to an increased risk of diabetes.

The study which was conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health (BUSPH) in collaboration with a group of urologists in Germany, investigated the effects of long-term testosterone replacement therapy on sexual function, urinary health and the overall quality of life in men that has been diagnosed with symptomatic testosterone deficiency.

It is reported that the new study involved 650 men who were in their 50s and 60s. While some of the participants had unexplained testosterone deficiency, the hypogonadism of others was as a result of known genetic and autoimmune causes. “It is thought that testosterone treatment in men may increase the prostate size and worsen lower urinary tract symptoms,” professor of urology at BUSM, Abdulmaged Traish, Ph.D., said.

Interestingly the researchers found that even with an increased prostate size, there were fewer urinary symptoms like incomplete bladder emptying, frequent urination, weak urinary stream and waking up at night to urinate in the group of participants who received testosterone therapy.

Furthermore, the authors also discovered in an objective test that this group of participants emptied their bladders more fully compared to those that did not receive testosterone treatment. The therapy also lead to an increase in sexual health and the overall quality of life. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Urology.

Gunmen Launch Attack On EFCC Offices In Nigeria

New reports state that unknown gunmen have attacked corruption agency offices in Nigeria. According to reports, security operatives in Abuja, the country’s capital stated that unidentified gunmen staged an attack on the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC is the agency manned with the duty to combat corruption and economic crimes in the country.

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Gunmen Launch Attack On EFCC Offices In Nigeria

It is reported by The BBC that an unnamed source at the agency told its correspondent that the gunmen who launched the attacked shot sporadically at the empty offices. This is because the attack took place early in the morning before workers resumed their duties for the day. The source added that the gunmen left a letter that is addressed to one of the officials of the anti corruption agency stating that they would kill him.

Although the gunmen did not specifically state the reason behind the threat, the agency has reasons to believe that the attack could have something to do with some cases it is currently prosecuting in court. Meanwhile, The BBC added that a spokesperson for the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Uwujaren stated that no arrests have been made as at the time the information was obtained.

Furthermore, this is not the first time an incident like this has happened as a senior executive officer of the agency was also shot at in June. The attack occurred in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in the southern part of Nigeria, but the official survived. It is no news that the agency has been actively involved the current administration’s fight against corruption.

According to reports, it has recovered lots of illegally obtained money from popular individuals in Nigeria. The agency recovered $43m in a flat in Lagos during one of its operations back in April.

Study Finds That High Sugar Consumption Leads To Increased Cost Of Dental Treatment

Sugar consumption is rapidly increasing all over the world, notwithstanding the negative impact on both the dental and general health. Another point of consideration is the huge amount of money being spent to maintain a good dental health across the globe.

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Study Finds That High Sugar Consumption Leads To Increased Cost Of Dental Treatment

A recent joint study conducted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG (BRAIN AG) finds that a swelling amount of money is currently being spent on dental treatment worldwide. The research was conducted within the strategic alliance NatLifE 2020 and was partly funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

It is reported by Science Daily that the new study finds that the cost of dental treatment globally is running up to 172 billion US dollars, which is equivalent to 128 billion euros. The report added that around 23 billion US dollars (17.2 billion euros) is spent on dental treatment every year in Germany alone.

While conducting the study, the authors analyzed representative data on gum inflammation (parodontitis), the prevalence of caries, tooth loss, costs of treatment, burden of disease and also data on sugar consumption in 168 countries across the world for the year 2010. They went ahead to calculated the share of total costs that can be attributed to the excessive consumption of sugar.

Meanwhile, it is reported by Medical Express that the researchers did not only focus on white household sugar but also on the hidden sugar contained in the processed foods like ice cream, bread, soft drinks, pastries, ketchup, cakes and frozen foods.

“The data shows a clear correlation between the consumption of sugar and the incidence of caries, parodontitis and, as a result, tooth loss. For every additional 25 grams of sugar consumed per person and day – which amounts to roughly eight sugar-cubes or a glass of sweetened lemonade – the costs of dental treatment in high-income countries increase on average by 100 US dollars (75 euros) per person and year,” lead author of the study, Dr Toni Meier from the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the MLU said.

Furthermore, the study authors found that the average daily sugar consumption in Germany is between 90 and 110 grams per person, thus making the costs of dental treatment 281 US dollars (210 euros) per person every year. They stated that other countries with similar consumption levels are Denmark (238 US dollars, 178 euros), Switzerland (402 US dollars, 300 euros), and the United States (185 US dollars, 138 euros).

The researchers believe that following the recommendation of the World Health Organization that a person should only consume 50 grams of sugar per day would go a long way in reducing the cost of dental treatment across the world. They found the highest levels of sugar-related dental illness in Guatemala, Mauretania, and Mexico. The study authors published their findings in the International Journal of Dental Research.