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Are Apple employees listening to your conversations? There is a chance that whatever you say is not just between you and Siri. An Apple whistleblower recently revealed that contractors listen to Siri recordings and frequently hear private information. According to an interview in The Guardian, Apple hires... Read more...
SpaceX has been doing very well with its contract missions to send satellites into Earth orbit and supplies to the International Space Station. This week SpaceX tested its strange-looking stainless-steel starship prototype called StarHopper. The test was the first time that StarHopper had flown without tethers holding... Read more...
If you're down for a bit of a walk down memory lane in the first-person shooter genre, Bethesda and id Software are serving up a hot plate of retro goodness today. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Doom's launch, re-releases of Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 are being made available across all major gaming... Read more...
The cord-cutting movement is going strong, and people all around the world are shedding cable and satellite TV programming. The problem is as more people cut the cord and went with streaming options, prices for internet connectivity have gone up, and pricing on streaming services continually increase. AT&T's... Read more...
Global warming, nuclear warfare, and a new plague are potential ways that the human race can come to an end, to name just a few. Or an asteroid could barrel into our home planet and leave in its wake mass destruction, causing an extinction event. It's the thing of science fiction, but also real-life. In fact, a rock... Read more...
Hot on the heels of news earlier this week that the U.S. Department of Justice was on the verge of approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the news was confirmed this morning. The merger is valued at $26 billion, and will create a strengthened third-place wireless carrier to better compete with #1 Verizon and #2... Read more...
Microsoft may have been looking forward to the weekend a bit too much, and got careless in the process. How so? The Redmond outfit accidentally pushed out an internal test build of Windows 10 (build 18947) to 32-bit machines in the Windows Insider program, and with it came a peek at a new Control Center that might be... Read more...
Pine64 has made a name for itself by producing single-board PCs that are competitive with the incredibly Raspberry Pi family. Single-board PCs are well-known not only for their relatively affordable prices, but also their versatility when it comes to empowering new form-factors. Pine64's latest venture is with what... Read more...
Apple on Thursday announced that it is acquiring Intel's modem chip business for $1 billion, a move that makes sense for both companies—Apple is dead set on developing as much of its iPhone hardware in-house as humanly possible, and Intel has said on numerous occasions that it is now a datacenter company. What is... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet has posted its most recent quarterly earnings, and things are looking good for the company. Alphabet reported revenue of $38.9 billion, growth of 19% year-over-year. Profits for the company reached $9.9 billion, up 201% compared to last year when Google was hit with the massive $5... Read more...
A new family of Galaxy Note devices is headed to retail next month, and while Samsung has not yet officially announced its Galaxy Note 10 lineup, it is already accepting reservations. Incidentally, the reservation page also tips an upcoming promotion—if you trade in your existing smartphone, you can save up to $600 on... Read more...
Unless you've been living under the rock for the past 18 months, then you know that Intel has a number of discrete graphics cards in the works that will cover a broad number of market segments, from the desktop to the data center. The first products to hit the market will likely be Xe-based GPU accelerators that will... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm haven't exactly been the best of friends in recent years, but the former needs the latter's modems for its iPhones. The need for modem chips was part of the reason for the settlement reached between the two companies earlier this year that saw both dropping a number of lawsuits hurled at each other... Read more...
Apple is widely rumored to launch a new 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year. It will serve as the flagship of Apple's professional notebook lineup and will likely start at around the $3,000 price point compared to a $2,399 for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Now, the ever-reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is indicating that... Read more...
Over the last few years, the infotainment systems inside cars, trucks, and SUVs have become increasingly complex and powerful. They are even getting their own dedicated chipsets from major brands, like the Samsung Exynos Auto V9 that was unveiled in January. New research suggests that while new infotainment system... Read more...
Some Nintendo Switch owners have been having a hard time with their Joy-Con controllers due to an issue described as "controller drift." The drift phenomena is where the controllers sense movement, and make characters on-screen move, even when the analog sticks aren't being touched. A class-action lawsuit has been... Read more...
When we last reported on NVIDIA's SHIELD TV, a revised version of the 4K media steamer leaked via Google Play carrying the codename mdarcy. Although not much was revealed about what this new SHIELD TV would offer, it was determined that it would at least receive a revised version of the NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC. Today... Read more...
Vivo makes some relatively attractive smartphones, ones that follow the usual premium script, as well as uniquely designed handsets like the Nex Dual Display. The company's upcoming Nex 3, however, is going to flaunt some sexy glass. That is according to a couple of new Twitter posts by prominent leaker Ice... Read more...
Let's face it; not everyone needs to buy a flagship smartphone these days to check their email or browse the internet. Even "value-laden" flagships like the OnePlus 7 Pro start at $669. For those that can get by with much less, Motorola continues to crank out budget phones that can be had for well below $200.  The... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 10 launch is just around the corner (less than two weeks from now), and of course that means a rush of leaks and rumors in the homestretch. Notable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) is yet again the source of a Galaxy Note 10 leak, this time in regards to a freebie phone offer through... Read more...
If you have ever been harassed while playing an online game, you are far from alone. That is not to say that this revelation will come as any consolation, but according to a new study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a not-for-profit civil rights organization, harassment in online games is disturbingly... Read more...
AMD renewed competition in the CPU space back in 2017, when its Zen-based Ryzen processors stormed the scene a couple of months earlier than originally anticipated. These processors combined good enough single-threaded performance with many core architectures at attractive prices. If you needed king-of-the-hill... Read more...
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