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Where there is a will, there is a way, and that is proven time again when it comes to pirated software. In earlier days, that entailed cracking copyright protections on an assortment of programs—games, productivity tools, and so forth. That still exists, of course, but nowadays some of the focus has shifted to mobile... Read more...
Apple is now having to face the music with respect to iPhone sale in Germany. Earlier this year, Qualcomm won an injunction against Apple for patent infringement due to the Intel 4G LTE modems used in its iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus devices. The injunction resulted in Apple having to pull the... Read more...
At this point, we know that Apple has been working on a streaming service for several years. It was delayed back in 2015 with reports indicating that the delay was due to negotiations for local content. The service will have original programs that Apple has made with a strict insistence on the shows refraining from... Read more...
Earlier this week, Samsung announced their new 2019 lineup of 4K and 8K televisions using a display technology they call QLED. The term QLED looks suspiciously like OLED, but do the two technologies actually have much in common? After fielding a few questions about this on our website and social media, we want to... Read more...
When the Rivian R1T pickup and its R1S SUV counterpart were first revealed back in late November, many were understandably skeptical. After all, we’ve heard a lot about “Tesla Killers” over the years, but none has really stepped up to the challenge… yet. But according to a new report, Rivian could soon be getting a... Read more...
Gamers who have been holing out for prices on the Xbox One X to go down before they jump into 4K gaming might want to take advantage now. Newegg has the Xbox One X bundle that includes a single controller and a copy of the maligned Fallout 76 game for $349.99, which is a $150 discount off the normal $499... Read more...
It looks as though Apple's autonomous vehicle efforts still have a ways to go before they can compare with the best in the industry. The numbers are in, and Apple reported more self-driving vehicle disengagements than any other company. Apple’s 62 vehicles experienced a grand total of 69,510 disengagements. A... Read more...
Last year was a big year for hacks of high profile services like Facebook. In late 2018, Facebook announced that a hack had occurred that left the private messages of 81,000 accounts up for sale. Now, photography website 500px has announced that it was hacked last year and that at least some data on all of its users... Read more...
In somewhat of a surprise announcement, Google is pulling in the reins of its Android Things platform and will now focus solely on smart speakers and smart displays, as opposed to the Internet of Things (IoT) category as a whole. The reason it is a bit of a surprise is because the IoT market is rather larger, and... Read more...
When we think of the Raspberry Pi single-board PC platform, we think of an efficient system running something like Raspbian. However, for those that have wanted to explore the vast world of Windows 10 with a Raspberry Pi, you’ve primarily been limited to restrictive builds like Windows 10 IoT Core. But a developer by... Read more...
You know what is coming soon from Samsung. And guess what? Samsung knows you know, as well. The company states as much in no uncertain terms on a new reservation webpage, in which you can sign up to reserve the next Galaxy device. It is not a pre-order page, as no money is exchanging hands, but you can jot your name... Read more...
Thanks to key game franchises such as Call of Duty, Overwatch, and even Candy Crush, publisher Activision Blizzard was able to rake in a record $7.5 billion in revenue last year, which is nearly half a billion dollars more than it collected in 2017. Nevertheless, layoffs are coming in a bid to reach the company's... Read more...
If you’re sick and tired of hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S10, here’s an Android device of a different flavor that will also be announced later this month. We now have some official renders of the production version of the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone.  The images come courtesy of everyone’s favorite gadget leaker... Read more...
Amazon and iBuyPower had an oopsie-daisy moment earlier today when, for a brief period of time, the latter hawked a couple of systems with unannounced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards on the former's website. The premature listings are the latest in a long line of evidence that NVIDIA is getting ready to launch more... Read more...
The smartwatch market is booming according to research firm The NPD Group. When they first hit the market, smartwatches were seen as an unnecessary (and expensive) accessory for a smartphone, but as companies have pivoted towards more fitness- and health-centric features, that market has expanded at a rapid clip. In... Read more...
It's been rough for Activision Blizzard in recent months. The company's stock price tumbled in late 2018 as it announced a mobile game called Diablo Immortal that few fans of the company were excited about. Bungie then announced that it was parting ways with Activision Blizzard and that it would keep the rights to the... Read more...
AT&T is giving a status update of sorts on its nascent 5G wireless network. The second-place U.S. wireless carrier first lit up its network in December in the following markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco. 5G... Read more...
EA isn't happy with Battlefield V and its performance; the game was called out as the big reason that the company fell short of its earnings goal and its stock tanked. EA was lucky enough that Apex Legends launched and brought its stock back from the a steep nosedive. EA is still working on Battlefield V and... Read more...
There are some things that you can take for granted from BMW. One of them is that its cars are luxurious; even the less expensive 2- and 3-Series cars are posh compared to the standard fare from most automakers. BMW also makes some very fast cars like the 2020 M340i that it rolled out last November. One of the most... Read more...
Google is currently offering its Pixel 3 smartphones with a special offer. If you are buying just one smartphone, this deal will not help you, but you if you are in the market for two of these smartphones you can pick up the second device with up to a 50% discount. As a quick recap, Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL... Read more...
Google has already given its popular Gmail service a visual and functional overhaul, having refreshed the design in April of last year. It's also steadily been adding new features, such as Smart Compose and a native offline mode. Perhaps even better, Google is adding more options to the right-click context menu in... Read more...
Huawei released its Mate 20 series of smartphones late last year, consisting of the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Lite. The Lite and Pro versions are the base and flagship models, respectively, while the Mate 20 we're looking at here today is the middle child. When comparing the Mate 20 to the Mate 20 Pro you can see Huawei has... Read more...
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