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Falcon Heavy has passed another critical milestone on the way to its maiden flight. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter this afternoon that Falcon Heavy the static fire "was good" and that it generated "quite a thunderhead of steam" in the process. Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated... Read more...
Privacy has become a major concern for computer users, so Microsoft has announced that it has new features that are rolling out right now to Windows Insiders and will become part of the next major update for Windows 10. These new features are rolling out ahead of Data Privacy Day and include the Diagnostic Data Viewer... Read more...
We are going to be live in a few hours shooting the next episode of our 2.5 Geeks podcast. In this episode, we are going to have a special guest -- Bob Grim of Killer Networking will joins us to chat about the new Killer Wireless-AC 1550 module co-developed with Intel. We will also discuss the new Intel and Samsung... Read more...
SpaceX was sent into defense mode last week after the Zuma spy satellite, which blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, failed to achieve orbit. The satellite reportedly tumbled back to earth, breaking apart during re-entry. However, the U.S. Air Force this week is giving a vote of confidence to... Read more...
Mozilla ended 2017 with a bang by retooling its Firefox browser with a focus on speed with the release of Firefox 57. Now called Firefox Quantum (it is okay to still refer to it as simply Firefox), Mozilla's browser is noticeably faster than previous versions—over twice as fast, according to Mozilla. It is a solid... Read more...
When it comes to streaming your personal media library in your home or anywhere in the world, Plex is one of the most popular apps available to handle all of the heavy lifting. Today, Plex announced that it is expanding its reach with support for Google's Daydream VR platform. To get started, you will of course need... Read more...
Who says adventure gaming is dead? Certainly not this editor, who grew up playing classics such as Maniac Mansion, The Secrete of Monkey Island, Space Quest, and the list goes on. And certainly not Google, which turned its interactive Maps service into an adventure game of sorts to promote its upcoming Google I/O 2018... Read more...
If you have ever wondered why some products contain warning labels that anyone with a lick of common sense would already know, get a load of this—an iPhone user in China was shopping for a new battery when he decided to put a potential replacement in his mouth, and bite down on it. The battery then exploded in his... Read more...
It’s not often that Apple previews an upcoming iOS release, especially a point release, outside of major events WWDC. However, the circumstances regarding recent events surrounding performance throttling with worn batteries on older iPhones has forced Apple's hand somewhat. So today, Apple is giving us a preview of... Read more...
The European Commission has been known to levy stiff penalties on some of the world's biggest technology firms over various anticompetitive practices, with Qualcomm now being the latest. In a press release issued today, the European regulatory agency announced it was fining Qualcomm €997 million, equivalent to more... Read more...
Tinder is a popular dating app that matches people up using swipes. If you thought that all the people you were swiping left or right on were private and only you and the people you swiped knew about them, you might be wrong. Security researchers have found a flaw that could allow those swipes to be captured and... Read more...
Details on the coming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones from Samsung has been leaking frequently over the last few months as production ramps for the official launch. The latest leak has given up some details on the ISOCELL mobile imaging sensor that Samsung will be using inside the smartphones. The sensor is said... Read more...
Few things are more frustrating for mobile device users than having to log on and off Wi-Fi while searching for a network fast enough to support what your current activities. Android Oreo 8.1 can now show you Wi-Fi network speed before you even connect to a network. The new feature is rolling out now and the... Read more...
During the summer of 2017, Radeon Technologies Group head Raja Kodori took a leave of absence from the company, and we later learned why -- he had taken a position at Intel as the head of the newly-formed Core and Visual Computing Group. While that was definitely a big blow for AMD, the company has announced the... Read more...
It appears that the fallout from Intel's release of BIOS updates to address Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities continues to rain down on the PC community. Most recently, Dell has advised its customers against installing BIOS/microcode updates that have been distributed to address Spectre (Variant 2). If you... Read more...
We are barely into 2018 and already there is a new capacity king in the microSD storage arena. Integral Memory, a storage player in the United Kingdom, has introduced a 512GB microSDHC/XC card so mobile phone and tablet users can bump up their device's storage capacity by half a terabyte. The card also dethrones the... Read more...
Intel is refreshing its mainstream NVMe-based solid state storage line-up with a brand new SSD targeting mobile and desktop platforms, that has much higher performance but lower power consumption than its predecessors. The Intel SSD 760P series of solid state drives being introduced today combine the latest Intel 3D... Read more...
Ubisoft is getting ready to release Far Cry 5 in just a couple of months, and as that day draws the near, the developers decided to share some additional information about the PC version, including what minimum specs you will need to run the game and what is recommended to maintain 60 frames per second. Also of... Read more...
DJI was almost able to make it to today’s Mavic Air announcement without any leaks, but details managed to bubble to the surface yesterday morning. The Mavic Air is truly a hybrid device from DJI, combining the 4K recording prowess and folding legs of the Mavic Pro with the diminutive size of the Spark. And as you’d... Read more...
Engineers at Oculus, Facebook's virtual reality division, have invented a new unit of time. No, we are not kidding. For what possible purpose, you ask? Called a flick (frame-tick), the new time measurement is supposed to help media creators and anyone else involved with video to measure an individual frame duration... Read more...
It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for Apple's HomePod AI smart speaker, but it appears that calmer waters lie ahead. Apple announced today that the HomePod will be available in stores beginning February 9th. The HomePod was originally supposed to launch in December 2017, but Apple couldn't meet that original deadline. “We can’t wait for Read more...
Acer has students and educators in its sights with the introduction of two new Chromebook models, including the Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 11 Spin, and a Chromebox mini PC. All three are primarily aimed at the education segment, a place where Chrome OS and, by extension, Chromebooks have thrived due to their... Read more...
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