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A new mesh WiFi hardware system for the home debuted at the Amazon hardware event held this week. The system is from a company called Eero, which Amazon acquired earlier this year. At the event, Amazon also announced that Eero hardware will be launching in Europe for customers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the... Read more...
They were rumored earlier this week, but now we have confirmation of the Echo Buds from Amazon. These are the company's wireless earbuds in the same vein as the Apple AirPods and the Samsung Galaxy Buds, however, they incorporate noise-canceling technology (something that we can't say for the AirPods) thanks to Bose... Read more...
Amazon today announced a slew of new Alexa-powered devices, including new members of the Echo family. The first of which is the new Echo Dot with Clock, which as its name implies, features an LED clock integrated in the front (peeking from behind the fabric). With respect to design, it looks nearly identical to last... Read more...
Microsoft continues to add new features and functions to the 20H1 update that is headed to Windows 10 next year, and if you are a member of the Windows Insider program, you can test them out through preview builds. The latest preview build, version 18990, introduces a few more goodies to the mix. The latest build... Read more...
How do you defeat “deepfakes”? According to Google, you develop more of them. Google just released a large, free database of deepfake videos to help research develop detection tools. Google collaborated with “Jigsaw”, a tech “incubator” founded by Google, and the FaceForesenics Benchmark Program at the Technical... Read more...
The ink is barely dry on the launch of Apple's new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro smartphone families, but there are already whispers about their successors, which will arrive around this time next year. Not surprisingly, these new rumors are coming from a well-connected insider with knowledge of Apple's supply chain:... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch Lite launched to retail a few days ago, and a subsequent teardown analysis gives hope Nintendo may have addressed a Joy-Con drift issue that can affect the original Switch and the more recently revised version. We also get to see what's involved in cracking open and performing a DIY repair on the... Read more...
The list of graphics cards based on NVIDIA's newest generation Turing GPU architecture has been growing, first with the expansion into GTX territory, then with the release of faster Super models to its GeForce RTX series. As it pertains to the latter, there have been rumors of NVIDIA refreshing its GeForce GTX series... Read more...
Late last week, we learning that AMD would release its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors in November. At the same time, the company announced that its Ryzen 9 3950X -- which was supposed to launch in late September -- would also arrive in November.  "We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our... Read more...
On the same day Apple released an incremental update to iOS 13, the company also issued a notice warning millions of iPhone and iPad users of a security issue that has not yet been resolved. The issue affects third-party keyboard apps in iOS 13 and iOS 13.1, on iPhone, iPad, and iPad touch devices. "Third-party... Read more...
Android and iOS gamers who are fans of the Mario Kart franchise can now download Mario Kart Tour on both Android and iOS devices. Some fans of the game already had it installed on their Android and iOS devices ready to go. The catch was that the servers needed for the game to work weren't live. The game does... Read more...
Microsoft is getting ready for the future of gaming that will allow you to stream your favorite games to multiple devices. A preview is underway with Xbox Console Streaming Preview and Project xCloud Preview that will start in October 2019. The previews are a first look and will allow the streaming of Xbox games to an... Read more...
PC gamers often don't want to play games on a console and hold out in hopes of a decent port. There are so many console gamers and only a few consoles to develop for, so developers tend to go that route on many games to start. One perfect example is Red Dead Redemption 2. The game launched on Xbox and PS4, while... Read more...
If you're looking for the ultimate Android gaming phone on the market, the ASUS ROG Phone II is now available to purchase in the United States... and it actually costs less than a new Apple iPhone 11 Pro. The smartphone is priced at $899, which undercuts the iPhone 11 Pro by $100 (it's also $200 cheaper than the... Read more...
Although the adoption of Windows 10 has been somewhat slower than Microsoft had originally envisioned, we can't help but be impressed with its numbers regardless. Microsoft today announced that Windows 10 is now running on over 900 million active devices around the globe. When we last got an [official] update on... Read more...
Facebook is making a major investment into mind control, and while that would normally scare the spit out of us, we are actually optimistic about this latest venture. Or acquisition, we should say—Facebook has agreed to acquire CTRL-labs, a brain-computing startup that developed a wristband users can control with... Read more...
Microsoft has published a pair of rare security updates off its normal update cycle. The two patches are to fix serious security flaws in Microsoft Defender and Internet Explorer. The updates are rare because they are off Microsoft's steadfast schedule of releasing major security updates on the second Tuesday of every... Read more...
It'd be a gross understatement to say that retro gaming has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic mini-consoles or the Switch Online's NES and SNES catalogs might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about older games, but the House of Mario is... Read more...
Boston Dynamics never fails to impress with its family of robots that include the Spot Mini "robot dog" and the more humanoid-esque Atlas. When it comes to the latter, we've seen it walking around a lab, picking up items, withstand abuse from its human handlers, jump on boxes, and even perform backflips. Today... Read more...
In a perfect world, data caps would not exist—we would all have access to a wide open spigot of data at a low price. Here in the real world, however, it is not that simple—unlimited data plans, while widely available, can be more than some willing users are willing to pay. Hence why there is a new (sort of) Low Data... Read more...
Do not fret about that voice you are hearing in your head, it is just Alexa, the helpful digital assistant that dutifully works for Amazon. Oh, what's that, there aren't any voices in your head? Well then, give it time and perhaps there soon will be—Amazon is apparently working on a set of wireless earbuds with Alexa... Read more...
In some respects, smartphone design has stagnated, save for a few attempts to dish up new form factors and innovative features, such as folding displays. Xiaomi did not go that route, though it did just unveil the Mi Mix Alpha, a beautifully rendered concept handset described as a "bold imagination for the future of... Read more...
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