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Pandora is taking a page from Spotify's book and has unveiled a new plan that will let multiple family members have their own sub-accounts. The Pandora Premium Family Plan costs $14.99 per month, which is the same price Spotify asks for its family account. The new membership gives full access to Pandora Premium features for up to six people Read more...
It's widely accepted that admitting you have a problem is the first step in overcoming it. That applies to drug and alcohol addiction, though it can hold true in other areas as well. In that regard, developer Bluehole readily admits that its widely popular battle royale game, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, suffers... Read more...
One of the biggest criticisms of cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin in particular, is the highly volatile nature of digital coins. However, that's for investors and miners to worry about. A larger concern that is starting to draw increased attention is the power usage that comes from mining cryptocurrencies on a large scale... Read more...
On Friday, we reported that Microsoft has been actively blocking the Windows 10 April 2018 Update from installing on PCs that are running Avast antivirus software. At the time, Avast explained that it was working with Microsoft to come up with a software fix to address the issues, but added "unfortunately right now... Read more...
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been on the market for over seven months now, and given the interest in Google's home brewed handsets, it's a pretty safe bet a Pixel 3 is in the pipeline. It's also a given that the Pixel 3 will arrive with the next major version of Android, currently called Android P. If a couple of... Read more...
The next major iOS update will allegedly bring some functionality to the iPhone that will expand the use of the Near Field Communications (NFC) chip inside beyond making contactless payments. iOS 12 will allow the NFC chip inside the iPhone to unlock supported doors. This could be useful for people who work in jobs... Read more...
Valve launched the Steam Link app in beta on Google Play earlier this month and planned to bring the app to iOS as well. Initially, Apple approved the app for launch only to turn around a couple days later and pull that approval leaving Valve with no way to get the app onto iOS. At the time the denial was issued, all... Read more...
Ted Dabney (left) and Nolan Bushnell (right) With A Pong Cabinet, Alongside Fred Marincic And Al Alcorn Ted Dabney, a video game pioneer and one of the co-founders of Atari, has died after having just recently celebrated his 81st birthday. News of this death sent a ripple through social media after Dabney's friend... Read more...
The Trump administration recently announced that it has reached a deal with Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corporation. This deal would reduce the sanctions placed on the corporation and eventually allow American companies to provide exports to ZTE. However, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress believe... Read more...
What kind of video game elicits multiple play-throughs? Quantic Dream’s latest video game Detroit: Become Human offers players a variety of dialogue choices that can deeply affect the lives of characters in the game. Detroit: Become Human was released worldwide yesterday and has received generally favorable reviews... Read more...
Facebook is delving further into the artificial intelligence realm, and has announced that it is creating its own AI silicon that will directly aide in filtering out inappropriate Facebook Live videos as they happen. Over the past few years, Facebook Live hasn't just grown in popularity; many people appreciate just... Read more...
It's not often that the US Justice Department or FBI pleads with the public to do something, so when this happens, it's worth paying attention. This past week, the agency managed to thwart a botnet called VPNFilter by deactivating a domain that would have sent further instructions to routers belonging to ordinary folk... Read more...
This week EA and DICE announced Battlefield V and gave up lots of details on the game with one of the most prominent differences between this game and others being the inclusion of female characters on the front lines. That fact led many gamers to complain about historical inaccuracies and problems with women in the... Read more...
Earlier this week we talked a bit about an issue with an Amazon Echo device that had recorded an audio clip of a woman's conversation and then set the clip to a random contact on her contacts list. The woman was rightfully fearful of the Alexa voice powered device after that incident, and had vowed to never use it... Read more...
Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has published its latest report that looks at the overall GPU industry. The latest report shows that the GPU market increased year-to-year by a scant 3.4% while GPU shipments have declined compared to last quarter to the tune of 10%. That decline may show that the cryptocurrency mining boom... Read more...
It appears that T-Mobile has only recently squashed a rather serious bug that affected one of the company's subdomains used by staff. In this case, promotool.t-mobile.com was not password protected, allowing anyone that stumbled across it to access stored data. According to ZDNet, which first reported on the website... Read more...
It's not too often that we see epic deals on gaming notebooks, but Best Buy is currently running a promotion on the Acer Nitro 5 that made us do a double take. The laptop comes with some pretty stout specs and will only set you to back $599 (plus tax, of course). That price will get you a 15.6-inch Full HD... Read more...
Microsoft has not seen a ton of issues rolling out its April 2018 Update for Windows 10, though there have been some snags along the way, prompting the company to block the update on some machines. We saw that recently when Microsoft halted the update to machines running an Intel SSD 600p or SSD Pro 6000 series drive... Read more...
A controversial game has made its way to Valve's Steam store, and it is sure to spark a vigorous debate about common decency and what is acceptable as a freedom of expression. The game, Active Shooter, allows you to serve as a SWAT team member during an "active shooter" situation at a high school. While this might be... Read more...
One thing that's been interesting to watch at Apple is how its custom processors always seem to outperform their specs, compared to other chipsets on the market. It's a remarkable thing, and rumor has it that will again be the case when Apple releases upgraded iPhone models later this year. The company is reportedly... Read more...
The ThinkPad line of notebooks has a long, storied history, from its beginnings as an IBM product to Lenovo's continued refinements and improvements, generation over generation. ThinkPads are well known, often sought after products, especially by business-class road warriors, due to their no-nonsense design language... Read more...
We've barely had time to get our feet wet with the recently released April 2018 Update for Windows 10, though if you are anxious to see what Microsoft has in store for its next been upgrade, you can do so through its Windows Insider program. Microsoft has released yet another Redstone 5 build, which if sticking with... Read more...
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