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If you've been taking advantage of Microsoft's generous offer to provide free upgrades to Windows 10 for customers that use assistive technologies, the promotion is ending in a few days. Microsoft originally made Windows 10 free to all customers with a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x installed when it... Read more...
One of the great things about navigation apps on our smartphones is that they help us to easily get from Point A to Point B without having to really think much about it. They can automatically reroute you to save time, and take you through some off-the-beaten-path routes to avoid more congested roadways. The... Read more...
Another holiday season has come and gone, though not before Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer, hit a new shopping record. That seems par for course these days, which itself is pretty remarkable. The holiday season was also a boon for Amazon's Prime membership program. More than 4 million started a Prime... Read more...
Mozilla surprised a lot of people with Firefox 57, also known as Quantum. While it is customary for browser makers to hype up speed improvements with each new major update, oftentimes it's tough to tell a difference outside of running some benchmarks. Not so with the new and improved Firefox browser. Mozilla retooled... Read more...
Over the past few weeks, iOS enthusiasts that have clung to the practice of jailbreaking have anxiously awaited a public software release to "unleash the beast" so to speak. The first proof-of-concept untethered jailbreak was announced earlier this month by Alibaba’s Pandora Labs, which was based on the work of Google... Read more...
It didn't arrive in time for Christmas, but we aren't going to rag on LG for finally delivering the Android 8.0 Oreo update for V30 owner (the OS officially launched on August 21st). The OS has been available in preview form for V30 owners in LG's home market of South Korea, but today marks its first official release into the public realm. LG Read more...
Are you still unlocking your smartphone with a PIN or some other scheme that requires tapping or swiping the display? Maybe you've moved on to a fingerprint scanner. Either way, how primitive! Well, not really, but there does seem to be a hard push towards facial recognition. Apparently enough OnePlus 5 owners have... Read more...
More evidence has emerged pointing to Microsoft releasing a Surface Phone next year. The latest hint comes in the form of another patent application detailing a bit of additional information pertaining a foldable Andromeda device. In the patent, Microsoft talks about the increased demand that exists for larger... Read more...
If you are a Samsung fan and are looking forward to more details on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus that are expected early next year, a new leak has given up some additional information on the devices. According to this leak, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones will continue to have a 3.5mm headphone port integrated. The... Read more...
Analysts are hitting Apple and its suppliers hard this week, alleging that shipment forecasts for the high-end iPhone X smartphone have been slashed for Q1 2018. The reduced shipping forecast comes on the heels of lackluster demand for the high-end smartphone at the end of the holiday shopping season. Analyst Zhang... Read more...
Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, and for many, large family gatherings are a bit part of the holidays. Inevitably, large gatherings do have one caveat, though: finding a crowd-please song list for all to enjoy. Leave it to Amazon to give us another option - as long as you've added Alexa as a member... Read more...
Way back in 2015 (remember it?), Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman sat in front of a fireplace for a solid 45 minutes, sipping Lagavulin scotch. At the time, opinions differed on whether the pseudo advertisement was creative, effective, or just outright dull. It left a mark, regardless, and it seems Blizzard is... Read more...
It may be time for Christmas and other December holidays, but Tesla has decided to inject some Easter into the current season. Just days ago, the company released yet another Easter egg; and in this holiday season, it couldn't be more appropriate. Once the latest Easter egg is activated, your Tesla infotainment... Read more...
Facebook has rolled out a new tool that allows you to see if you liked any information that was linked to the Russian accounts accused of having been influential during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Russian government exploited social media, particularly targeting... Read more...
With the booming value of cryptocurrency, many hackers and nefarious actors are rolling out schemes to unwittingly trick regular web users into mining for them. The latest scheme to dupe people into mining cryptocurrency is taking advantage of Facebook Messenger via some slick malware.  The malware being... Read more...
AMD this year set the foundation for competing in the performance CPU sector with Ryzen, and it will build upon the underlying Zen architecture over the next several years, at least through 2020. Looking ahead to 2018, AMD and its manufacturing partners GlobalFoundries will transition from a 14-nanometer LPP process to 12nm LP, which it will Read more...
The ink has barely dried on the press release announcing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845, and there are already rumors swirling about its eventual successor: the Snapdragon 855. The Snapdragon 845 is built on a refined version of Samsung's 10nm FinFET process (an evolution of the tech used for the Snapdragon 835), however... Read more...
It's not as hard as it once was to procure content that takes full advantage of the latest crop of beautiful 4K televisions (and monitors), but to some, 4K is just half of the equation. The other half, of course, is HDR (high-dynamic range). With HDR, colors gamut coverage is delivered over a much wider area (hence... Read more...
A handful of Apple engineers fell from Cupertino's tree and into Google's hands earlier this year, and apparently 2017 wasn't about to end without another notable move taking place. Talented engineers commonly move around the industry, so many employer changes are uneventful, but when the person involved in a move is... Read more...
NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden has built a security app for Android phones that is mostly geared towards investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of being kidnapped or even killed, though anyone with a mind towards security can use it. The app is called Haven, and it leverages the... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are continuing to fight it out in court over patents and the huge sums of money that go along with licensing them for use in mobile devices today. The most recent turn of events in the Qualcomm vs. Apple case in courts right now came this week when U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins hit Apple... Read more...
The time has come for gamers and enthusiasts to ditch their 32-bit operating system (assuming you haven't already), because NVIDIA has announced that it will no longer support drivers for these operating systems. If you have been hobbling along on an old 32-bit version of an OS to save some money, perhaps Santa can... Read more...
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