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All News for October 2019

60 Starlink satellites prior to deployment. (Image courtesy SpaceX) SpaceX has announced that it is confident that it will be able to start offering broadband service in the United States by mid-2020 using a constellation of laser-connected Starlink mesh satellites. Reaching that goal will require the company to... Read more...
There's a good old fashioned nerd fight brewing between the eggheads at IBM and Google. Don't worry, it's not physical—it's a war of words and theoretical concepts. What sparked the debate is Google's claim of achieving "quantum supremacy" with Sycamore, a system outfitted with a 53-qubit processor and how it performs... Read more...
LG has announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphone in a market that is dominated (in mindshare) by devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 4 and Apple iPhone 11. However, LG has something different up its sleeve with the new G8X ThinQ, and that comes courtesy of its dual-screen... Read more...
Google's flagship Pixel 4 lineup has been out a week now, and as anticipated, the new phones debuted with 90Hz displays. The higher refresh rate puts the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in gaming phone territory, even though these are not classified as gaming handsets. Interestingly, however, it's been discovered the... Read more...
When it comes to home Wi-Fi routers, the newest trend is the prevalence of mesh routers, which allows you to more evenly spread coverage thanks to the use of a base station and one or more satellites. In the recent weeks, we've seen new low-cost mesh routers like the Netgear Orbi Dual-Band and the Nest Wifi. The... Read more...
Gamers have been waiting in anticipation for Doom Eternal since the game was announced at E3 2019. When Doom Eternal was announced at the show, the launch date was set for November 22, 2019. That launch date unfortunately has already been abandoned, and id Software is trying to soften the blow for gamers. Since the... Read more...
Today's smartphones are powerful little devices, particularly at the top end where price tags can extend into four-digit territory. But why should users with deep pockets have all the fun? They shouldn't, and ARM is on a mission to bring features and capabilities once reserved for premium devices into the mainstream... Read more...
Google recently launched its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which are its two newest flagship Android smartphones. The Pixel 4 family brings a number of new features to the table including 90Hz displays, Face Unlock, and radar-driven motion/gesture sensing tech, but one of the most talked about features of any Google Pixel... Read more...
Spotify has announced that is it bringing back its Google Home Mini offer, but this time around, the offer is available to more subscribers. Spotify Premium subscribers on Premium Individual and Premium Family master accounts can now get the free Google Home Mini. The caveat is that the giveaway is while supplies... Read more...
The Echo Dot has always been one of our favorite smart speakers, as it is a relatively affordable entry point for Amazon's Alexa ecosystem. The current third-generation Echo Dot has an MSRP pf $49.99 and regularly goes on sale for $29.99 (or $19.99 during Black Friday promotions). However, Amazon's latest deal on the... Read more...
The release of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot is right around the corner: the game launches for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms on October 25th (Friday). In preparation for this big day, NVIDIA is rolling out its latest GeForce Game Ready driver (440.97 WHQL). These new Game Ready drivers are... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is teaming up with The Walt Disney Company to offer subscribers of its unlimited wireless plan a free year of Disney+, the upcoming streaming service that goes live on November 12, 2019. The freebie perk also extends to new Fios Home Internet and 5G home Internet customers, Verizon announced... Read more...
Lest there be any doubt about the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta landing on Galaxy Note 10 devices in the near future, including the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 5G, Samsung Korea confirmed it is "coming soon." This is actually the first time Samsung has come right out and said an Android 10 beta is bound specifically for the Galaxy Note Read more...
Intel has been cranking out miniature Next Unit of Computing (NUC) systems for several years now, dating back to when Sandy Bridge was relevant in the CPU space. These small form factor (SFF) PCs keep getting better with each new generation. So, what's next? Well, based on an extensive leak from a user in China, Intel... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular browser on the planet, but that isn't stopping Mozilla from making a number of crucial updates to its venerable Firefox browser. Mozilla announced today that Firefox 70.0 is now available for download for Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms.  Before we get into the new features... Read more...
At this point, we are reasonably confident NVIDIA will extend its Super refresh strategy over to its GeForce GTX family of Turing cards, and it appears the GeForce GTX 1660 is first in line. Following numerous leaks on the subject, the latest unofficial chatter is NVIDIA will introduce a GeForce GTX 1660 Super model... Read more...
A team of researchers has built something that no one wanted. What they created was a prototype smartphone case that is made of artificial human skin called Skin-On. The case and its artificial skin can be used to control functions on an Android smartphone using pinching, squeezing, and prodding of the artificial... Read more...
NVIDIA has announced a new high-performance cloud-native platform at Mobile World Congress called the NVIDIA EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform. The EGX platform is designed to allow organizations to harness streaming data from factory floors, manufacturing inspection lines, and city streets to securely deliver what... Read more...
Consumers have an abundance of options when it comes to new smartphones these days, and it often seems like the designs and specs for all of these phones run together. Many OEMs are trying to stand out from the pack with their displays, either going with hole-punch cutouts, notches, or pop-up mechanisms for their... Read more...
Steam has announced a new feature is now available for gamers to check out. The new feature is called Remote Play Together, and it gives players a way to play compatible games with up to four friends in split-screen. Steam notes that under ideal circumstances, more than four people can play at the same time. The coolest part is that only Read more...
We've seen some rather diminutive PCs come across our news desk, but this one has to take the cake for its trim dimensions. iLife, which is a Chinese PC OEM, recently pulled the wraps off its MP8 Micro PC, and its most definitely lives up to the name.  Although we don't have the dimensions presented right in front... Read more...
We've been hearing quite a bit about NVIDIA's upcoming "Super" refresh of its GeForce GTX Turing family of graphics cards. Over the past few weeks, we seen leaks concerning Zotac's upcoming GeForce GTX 1660 Super-based gaming card, and ASUS is already reportedly ready to unleash a number of new SKUs based on the GPU. Today, we're getting Read more...
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