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Have you noticed your Android handset depleting its battery at a faster clip than usual? If so, the culprit could be a recent update to Google Play Services. There have been multiple reports of unusually fast battery drain on various Android phones running Google Play Services 18.3.82, suggesting there is a bug with... Read more...
Microsoft is warning Windows users of several new "wormable" exploits similar in style to BlueKeep, two of which are tagged as critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. As with BlueKeep, which Microsoft patched a few months ago, the exploits exist within the Remote Desktop Services protocol (formerly known... Read more...
Sony has been surprisingly vocal about its upcoming PlayStation 5, first giving us details about the game console back in April. We know that the PlayStation 5 will be a 4K gaming beast, it will be based on AMD Ryzen 3000 and Navi architectures, and that it will have an incredibly fast SSD to dramatically lower game... Read more...
Apex Legends fans are not happy with EA and Respawn Entertainment thanks to high prices for that the loot being doled out in the current Iron Crown event. The problem that gamers have is in how Apex Legends has priced the items and how they are handed out.  It costs players about 700 Apex Coins to open each Iron... Read more...
The FAA has a history of banning devices from commercial flights that are covered in a recall that poses a fire risk. A fire in a commercial aircraft flying at altitude is a major hazard, to say the least. In the past, the FAA banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, and now the agency has issued a ban that prevents... Read more...
Much like Apple, Google, and Amazon have admitted to paying contractors to listed to audio from their respective digital assistants, Facebook is now coming clean about its own similar practice. In a new report today, Facebook confirmed that it has been using paid contractors to listen to audio clips obtained from... Read more...
Google is taking a page out of Apple's playbook and is taking time to poke fun at some of the stereotypical things that the Windows operating system falls short on for some users. To do so, it brought in Bill Nye (yes that Bill Nye) to poke fun at Windows for things like slow booting and hints at poor virus... Read more...
While we can usually count on mobile SoC performance increasing year-over-year on the latest iPhones and Android-based smartphones, one thing that hasn’t seen a dramatic increase is battery life. While smartphone OEMs have been able to allow for super-long runtimes with massive lithium-ion batteries (like the... Read more...
SnapChat has once again redesigned its Spectacles, both in form and function. The newly announced Spectacles 3 feature a sleeker and more stylish look than either of the two previous generation models, also up the ante with dual high definition cameras to "capture depth and dimension the way our eyes do," in three... Read more...
If you have any aspiration of owning a DJI Mavic drone, brace yourself for having to fork over several hundred dollars, or even over a grand—MSRPs range from $799 for the Mavic Air all the way up to $1,899 for the Mavic 2. Accessories and add-ons are extra. A cheaper variant may be in the wings, however, with rumors... Read more...
The gang over at OnLeaks frequently ferrets out new images of smartphones well before they launch. The latest leaked renderings the publication has for us to check out are allegedly of the LG G8X smartphone. OnLeaks notes that the renderings are "maybe" the G8X, so these could possibly be of another device. The... Read more...
Fortnite Season 10 launched to much fanfare earlier this month, and it brought with it a number of changes to the island and the game mechanics. Perhaps the biggest change, however, was the addition of the B.R.U.T.E. mech, which is ideally controlled by two players. Players have complained profusely about the... Read more...
You never know what you might find when poking around the Internet. Case in point, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing by Nintendo appears to suggest that old school SNES games could be headed to the Switch Online service, where several original NES already live. Wouldn't that be neat? Nintendo has... Read more...
Artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be invading every aspect of our lives from enabling partial and full self-driving cars, to fueling the search engines we use, to more mundane tasks like running algorithms on our smartphone to optimize battery life. AI can be used to augment many of the tasks we perform on a daily... Read more...
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