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All News for December 2018

You might not realize this, but there are four kinds of plagues. Most people are familiar with the first three—bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic. In 2017, the Essential Phone introduced a fourth kind of plague called The Notch! It infected Apple before spreading to more Android devices and was starting to get out of... Read more...
It looks as though Google is trying hard to clear out inventory of its previous generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. For the second time since October, Google is discounting the Pixel 2 series, this time with both models marked down to $599. That's a $50 discount for the Pixel 2, which debuted at $649, and a... Read more...
We all have our demons, though for most of us, they're internal minions that torture our thoughts—that's to say, we don't have actual demons following us around. Or do we? Programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse has built a script for iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaner that will turn your living space into a playable Doom... Read more...
Huawei is a Chinese company that makes smartphones and networking equipment, and has close ties to the Chinese government. A new report has surfaced that claims a deal between Huawei and the Washington Redskins NFL team was axed after a U.S. government complaint. The deal would have reportedly seen fans at the... Read more...
When the Sony PlayStation Classic was announced in October, the MSRP for the retro console was $99.99. When it launched, however, fans weren't that happy with the roster of games Sony packed inside, and sales didn't meet expectations. On Christmas Eve, the console saw significant discounts with many retailers selling... Read more...
Raspberry Pi developer boards have proven to be very popular with folks looking to build a project that needs a power-efficient and modest performing single-board PC. Raspberry Pi unveiled its Raspberry Pi Model 3 A+ last month for $25. The success of Raspberry Pi has spawned similarly designed products from a number of competitors looking Read more...
Goodbye notch, hello punch hole displays? 2018 was the year of the notch, and it looks as though 2019 will be the year of a more streamlined (and less obnoxious) patch forward. After previous entries including the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Nova 4, Huawei has stepped up to the plate with the Honor View... Read more...
“Microtransaction” is often considered a dirty word in the gaming community. Several developers have come under fire for unfriendly, and even predatory, practices. However, the controversy surrounding microstransactions will not prevent Electronic Arts from incorporating them into its games. Battlefield V will include... Read more...
Well, what do we have here? It looks as though a Chinese hardware OEM has jumped the gun by dishing out some specs on NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX Mobility lineup. The manufacturer in question is CJSCOPE, and the company has revealed specs for its HX-950 GX (15-inch) and HX-970 GX (17-inch) gaming... Read more...
In what could pass for a scene in a movie, a hacker managed to breach a school district's database and steal 10 years worth of personal data belonging to half a million students and staff. Only this wasn't a movie, it happened in real life. Had it been a movie, the hacker would likely have been revealed to be a... Read more...
Both Verizon Wireless and AT&T have officially activated their first 5G networks, which means that we'll soon be seeing first-generation 5G smartphones marketed to customers. Among the first will be a pair of smartphones from Samsung, which will operate on Verizon's 5G network. Verizon and Samsung announced their... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft released an emergency patch to fix a zero-day security issue in Internet Explorer. If left unpatched, an attacker could exploit the security hole to remotely execute malicious code on a victim's PC when visiting a compromised website. Releasing a patch was all well and good, except that there's an... Read more...
For a long stretch of time, we could pretty much predict what any new flagship smartphone would entail: a faster processor, better camera performance (sometimes with higher megapixel counts), and potentially more storage. Those things still mostly apply, but there's also the push to implement full front displays and... Read more...
Christmas has come and gone, and for a lot of folks out there, that means plenty of gift cards and cash burning a hole in their pockets. With this in mind, Best Buy has a very good deal going on a Google Home Hub and Nest bundle deal that can save you most of the purchase price of the Google Home Hub. The deal allows... Read more...
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