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Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: Solid Design and a Clean Aesthetic

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:11 -0500

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With a 14" foldable display, an 8th-gen Core i7 CPU, and a premium-looking design, the new Lenovo Yoga 920 is aimed at business professionals who want a sleek laptop that is a solid companion on the go and for use in the board room, too.

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Patched Laptops: Testing Meltdown & Spectre Patches on Ultraportable-Class Hardware

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:00 -0500

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You've probably seen our coverage and tests over the past few weeks on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, or more specifically the performance drops you can expect from the patches that address these issues. We've already covered what you can expect on modern desktop systems, however today we'll be diving...

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Driving Survival adds a welcomed twist to the survival horror genre

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:36 -0500

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In a world of cookie-cutter game development and innumerable sequel generation, it is nice when we happen upon a game that is truly unique. Very few developers these days seem to surprise us with an innovative idea. Studio MDHR managed to pull it off last September with the release of...

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Images of Microsoft's scrapped 'Xbox Watch' project have surfaced

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:46 -0500

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Smartwatches launched with some pretty lofty ambitions. Many of the devices promised to pack the functionality of a smartphone into one sleek and stylish package. While that goal has arguably been accomplished in a way, the devices haven't proven to be quite as revolutionary as many enthusiasts initially thought.

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Update: Intel now says to stop installing Spectre patches due to reboots

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:14 -0500

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Update (1/22): In what's unfortunately turning into a big disaster for Intel -- security issues aside -- in rushing with a fix for the Spectre flaws, the company has discovered and now identified the cause of random restarts in systems that have installed the microcode update.

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Aetna files $17 million settlement over low-tech privacy breach

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:11 -0500

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Nowadays when we hear of a data breach, we think of hackers getting into a database and releasing private information, or a company posting customer information on their website without proper security measures in place. However, not all data outings involve hacking or IT incompetence. Sometimes information leaks come in...

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Die With Me is an app you can only use when your phone's battery is almost dead

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:33 -0500

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Exclusivity. That’s the only logical explanation behind a new app that’s shooting up the Android and iOS App Store charts.

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Connected toymaker Sphero lays off dozens following disappointing holiday sales

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:54 -0500

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You might expect a connected toymaker like Sphero to have quite a successful sales period over the holidays - particularly with how popular their Star Wars-themed gadgets had proven to be over the course of 2017.

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iPhone 6 Plus owners needing repairs may qualify for a 6s Plus upgrade

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:13 -0500

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Nobody likes having to get their phone repaired. Even if it is covered under warranty, the hassle of taking it in and waiting for it to get fixed is often an annoyance most would rather skip. For this reason, several companies, including Apple, have a large stock of refurbished phones...

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Fruit Ninja meets Guitar Hero in upcoming VR game Beat Saber

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:41 -0500

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Rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution have proven incredibly popular with players over the years. What’s great about these types of games is that once the novelty wears off, all that’s needed is a fresh gimmick to get people interested again. Such appears to be the case...

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Government shutdown delays SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test fire

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:55 -0500

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Government shutdowns are never a particularly pleasant experience. The suspension of certain government programs and the furlough of numerous non-essential government employees are just a couple examples of this.

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Tractor beam breakthrough could allow for levitating humans

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:27 -0500

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Engineers from the University of Bristol have successfully demonstrated the ability to trap objects larger than the wavelength of sound in an acoustic tractor beam (in not-so-scientific terms, we’re talking about levitation using sound waves).

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The latest version of Denuvo DRM has been cracked

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:04 -0500

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If you're into playing AAA gaming titles, you've likely heard of Denuvo and their anti-tamper technology. It hasn't had a very strong track record given that previous generations have consistently been cracked. The newest release of the software, Denuvo 4.8, has now also been cracked.

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Sony and Nike announce limited edition Paul George sneakers

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:34 -0500

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Gamers and sneakerheads alike will soon have yet another way to express their love of the game courtesy of Sony and Nike.

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You may be able to mute the HomePod's always-on microphones

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:55 -0500

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Smart speaker fans have been looking forward to Apple's upcoming HomePod since it was first announced last year. Unfortunately, the company missed their initial December 2017 release target and delayed the launch until sometime in 2018, a move that may have allowed the competing Amazon Echo and Google Home product...

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Microsoft announces education-focused laptops starting at $189

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:14 -0500

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Google found a bit of an untapped market with their cheap yet efficient line of Chromebook devices. They're essentially stripped down laptops with limited storage that keep users locked into Google's app ecosystem. Rather, users operate within Chrome the vast majority of the time, downloading and using apps obtained from...

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Opera adds cryptojacking prevention feature to its mobile browsers

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:46 -0500

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Earlier this month, the Opera browser received an update that blocks hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts within websites’ JavaScript code. Now, the same feature is rolling out in its mobile browsers: Opera for Android and Opera Mini.

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Researchers have discovered a way to synthesize medicine using a 3D printer

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:16 -0500

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If researchers from the University of Glasgow have their way, you may never need to drive to the store to pick up a bottle of Advil again.

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Microsoft is being hit hard by US sanctions on Russia

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:51 -0500

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As home to many global technology giants, the United States offers a friendly market for businesses to engage in international trade. Unfortunately for Microsoft, politics can sometimes get in the way of doing business. Sanctions on Russia as a response to hacking activity and involvement with Ukraine have created great...

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Facebook asks users to determine trustworthy news sources

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:05 -0500

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Facebook is about to start a new plan of attack against fake news that will once again see it ask users for help. In a post by Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO explains that he wants the social networks’ members to determine the trustworthiness of news publications.

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Samsung denies Italian watchdog's claims that it throttles older phones

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:08 -0500

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Samsung has hit back over claims that it purposely slows down its older devices as a way of encouraging owners to upgrade to the latest models. Both the Korean company and Apple are being investigated by Italy’s antitrust body over alleged ‘planned obsolescence.’

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Hotel bans bloggers following feud with YouTuber over free stay

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:14 -0500

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It’s fairly common for so-called ‘social media influencers’ to receive free goods and services in exchange for reviews and promotions, but one café/hotel in Ireland has banned all bloggers after a YouTuber asked for a free five-night stay.

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Ming-Chi Kuo: low demand could see Apple discontinue the iPhone X this summer

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:12 -0500

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Could the iPhone X become one of Apple’s most short-lived smartphone? That the opinion of renowned KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes low demand for Apple’s flagship might result in production ceasing this summer.

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Weekend tech reading: Controlling a quadcopter w/ hand gestures, securing IoT devices, reverse engineering FPGAs

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:27 -0500

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Controlling a quadcopter with hand gestures Typical uses of augmented reality devices involve inserting and manipulating digital content in the physical world. I wanted to go one step further and use an augmented reality device to manipulate a physical object. A quadcopter seemed like a natural choice, given my interest...

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Amazon's cashier-free grocery store finally opens to the public

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:15 -0500

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After more than a year of testing and a major delay, Amazon is finally opening its cashier-free grocery store to the general public tomorrow. ‘Amazon Go’ promises no lines, checkouts, or registers thanks to its “Just Walk Out technology,” which allows shoppers to pick up items from the shelves and...

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Nvidia is asking graphics card retailers to prioritize gamers over miners

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:58 -0500

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We know that demand from cryptocurrency miners is a huge factor behind the incredibly high graphics card prices we see right now. In an attempt to combat this phenomenon, Nvidia is asking its retail partners to limit the maximum number of GPU sales to two per person.

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TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring Review

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:06 -0500

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Smart home assistants are quickly gaining traction among consumers and as a result, so are their smart home accessories. To go along with an Amazon Echo Dot, I picked up a pair of the TP-Link HS110 Smart Wi-Fi Plugs that can be used for remote control of devices from anywhere...

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Airbnb drops 4,760 San Francisco listings in light of new home rental laws

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:43 -0500

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If you're an Airbnb host that rents out your residence in San Francisco, you might be affected by a new set of laws recently implemented by the city. The laws were intended to stem the growth of the city's "acute housing crisis" by preventing Airbnb hosts from renting their homes...

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PUBG to ban 100,000 cheaters in a single wave

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:11 -0500

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has seen massive growth over the past few months but that hasn't been without growing pains. The game has been plagued by performance and optimization issues. As the dev team focuses on these, this has left more room for cheaters to exploit the game. In their latest community...

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Weekend Open Forum: Have recent CPU security concerns made you reconsider your next build?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:45 -0500

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely heard of the massive Spectre and Meltdown security flaws. They affect nearly all modern CPUs and can allow hackers to view sensitive data stored on your computer. After the vulnerabilities were discovered, the response from manufacturers was swift and wide reaching....

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