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We must say, we came away pretty impressed with what Huawei had to offer with its MateBook X Pro in our recent review, which happens to pack in a lot of current-generation hardware into a thin and light frame for not a lot of money (at least compared to its rivals). The MateBook X Pro shows that Huawei is getting... Read more...
Mesh networking is starting to take a foothold in the home market, but the technology has actually been around for quite sometime. In fact, you have most likely been connected to a mesh network at some point in time without even realizing it. Hotels, universities, and malls have been using the tech for years to keep... Read more...
It seems as though PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was all the rage last year with online gamers, then Fortnite came long to rain on its parade. With Fortnite now gathering up the lion’s share of attention from gamers these days, PUBG engagement has been cut in half since the start of 2018. Developer Bluehole is... Read more...
Intel and its partners have been busy mitigating Spectre and Meltdown, which are two types of speculative side-channel CPU attacks that, if exploited, could potentially expose a user's sensitive data. Most of the mitigations have already been put in place. Other similar vulnerabilities have started to emerge, however... Read more...
Stronger wireless security is headed to homes and businesses. That's because the Wi-Fi Alliance this week formally introduced Wi-Fi Certified WPA3, the next generation of Wi-Fi security with new capabilities to bolster personal and enterprise wireless networks. The new standard builds upon and ultimately replaces... Read more...
We are suckers for cars with an insane amount of horsepower a la the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but we also have a sweet spot for cars that simply look spectacular from nearly every angle. Combine those two qualities, and you have a real winner as witnessed by the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, which leaked... Read more...
Data breaches have become way too common, and we are not just talking about personal accounts being compromised through phishing attacks, malware, and the like. Companies with an online presence (so pretty much every company in the world) are targets, and since many sites require that you register with an email... Read more...
A few days after NVIDIA posted a birthday message to Alan Turing on Twitter (and perhaps teasing that what its next generation GeForce GPUs will be called), a picture of purported prototype GeForce card appeared on the web (shown above). If the picture is legitimate, then it is the first look at an upcoming GeForce... Read more...
For those of us that have bought new laptops or convertibles in the past two years or so, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports have become commonplace. While USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals aren't nearly as ubiquitous as those using USB-A, it's nice to have the ports built-in. Microsoft, however, has been reticent to adding... Read more...
Nintendo has been peddling the slick Labo cardboard builders set since early this year and it has proven to be popular. Labo allows gamers young and old to build very cool cardboard creations that can be used as interactive controllers for video games played on the Switch. Nintendo is now announcing that Mario Kart... Read more...
Apple has rolled out the very first public beta of its upcoming iOS 12 software for iPads and iPhones. This marks the first time that people outside the Apple developers community have had access to iOS 12. Apple fans can download the new software and use it now. Naturally, with the word "beta" attached to the software, there are caveats Read more...
We haven't heard much about the Tesla Semi in recent months, but development of the revolutionary electric vehicle (EV) is still ongoing and new interest in the vehicle sparked this week in a tweet. Despite the "production hell" that Tesla is currently experiencing with the Model 3 -- along with accusations... Read more...
Organization and management are key elements in any classroom. Google just announced several new updates that speak to the wishes of users of Google Classroom. The updates range from the ability to add and lock quizzes to better organizing classwork assignments. Google plans to release three new pages for their... Read more...
Ask any PC gamer who stays far away from consoles why they don’t play console games and many of them will tell you it’s all about the controls. Once you are used to a mouse and keyboard, gaming with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One wireless controller on shooters isn’t particularly smooth. Consoles gamers have also long... Read more...
It's not quite the Skynet that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned us about, but researchers from the Musk-based OpenAI initiative have made a breakthrough in AI algorithms using Dota 2 as a testbed. OpenAI's achievement is remarkable due in part to its scope. Most AI versus human matches -- be it go or a computer game --... Read more...
Over the weekend, Epic Games sent Fortnite players an in-game message announcing it will soon be launching a new game mode called 'Playground' to "Let your creativity run wild on your own private island!" The upcoming mode will be available for a limited time, perhaps as early as tomorrow, though it's not clear... Read more...
Apple's AirPods were initially announced back in 2016 and eventually achieved widespread availability in early 2017. The wireless earbuds are powered by Apple's W1 SoC, provide decent audio quality, and allow you to access the Siri digital assistant without pulling out your iPhone. A new report suggests... Read more...
The Essential Phone introduced the concept of a notched a display, which Apple later popularized with its iPhone X. After that, several notable Android Phones from various manufacturers followed suit, and so a trend was born. Not everyone is crazy about the notch, though. In fact, many people downright despise it... Read more...
Nobody outside of Intel truly knows that is going on behind closed doors in Santa Clara. Nevertheless, the web is never short on rumors or speculation, and right now the unsubstantiated chatter is centered on Intel's upcoming Z390 chipset for Coffee Lake. While initially intended as a new chipset with a few additional... Read more...
AT&T is riding high after its big win against the U.S. Justice Department in its effort to acquire Time Warner. While the transaction was able to go through without any stipulations placed on the combined companies, some of AT&T's past bad acts are rising to the surface thanks to some investigative reporting. AT&T... Read more...
Micron is now mass producing next generation 8-gigabit (Gb) GDDR6 memory chips that will be used in a broad range of applications, the company announced today. The significance of this is that it means Micron is right on schedule with its next-gen graphics memory rollout—Micron in December of last year stated that its... Read more...
Google is rolling out something akin to DRM for Android APKs as a way to verify that apps originated from the Play Store. Rogue apps that are malware-ridden are running rampant these days, so this is just an extra layer of security that Google is implementing to help safeguard Android users from attacks. The new... Read more...
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