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Graphics card pricing may finally go down as cryptomining hardware demand wanes

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:20 -0500

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Getting into high-end PC gaming has never been particularly cheap but it's gotten even more expensive recently due to skyrocketing hardware prices. In late 2017 and early 2018, Nvidia's high-end GPUs such as the GTX 1080 or the 1080 Ti could be found on Amazon for upwards of $1,000.

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E-waste recycler Eric Lundgren loses appeal, must serve 15-month sentence and pay $50,000 fine

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:58 -0500

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Eric Lundgren, the well-known e-waste recycler at the center of a counterfeit software dispute with Microsoft, has come up short in a federal appeals court. As a result, he will have to serve a 15-month prison sentence and pay a fine of $50,000.

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Automatic savings app Digit will now let you passively pay off your credit card debt

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:23 -0500

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Automatic savings apps are nothing new. Typically, these apps either round-up your purchases to the nearest dollar and put the difference into a savings account or they regularly deposit a predetermined amount of money into your virtual in-app savings wallet.

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Sonic Mania Plus dashes into stores July 17

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:40 -0500

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Sega on Wednesday announced that Sonic Mania Plus, an expanded version of last year’s retro-inspired Sonic platformer, will arrive this summer.

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Hackers make off with $13,000 in Ethereum with a BGP/DNS one-two punch

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:03 -0500

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Tuesday morning between the hours of 12:00 am and 2:00 am EST, internet traffic to MyEtherWallet was being redirected to servers in Russia. Any users who ignored the unsigned SSL certificate warning presented when visiting the site during this time were surprised and saddened to find their Ethereum wallet drained dry.

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Amazon introduces $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition with child-friendly Alexa and a year of FreeTime Unlimited

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:16 -0500

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Amazon last fall expanded its Echo line of smart speakers with the addition of nearly half a dozen new models including the Echo Spot alarm clock. On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant further diversified the category with the introduction of a new Echo Dot specifically for children.

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Windows 10 update preview suggests Microsoft could be working on another mobile device

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:20 -0500

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Microsoft could be planning to bring a lightweight version of Windows to devices with smaller storage capacities, according to Engadget.

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New 'YouTube Remix' service reportedly set to replace Google Play Music this year

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:53 -0500

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Reports that Google Play Music is set to be replaced by a music subscription service called YouTube Remix have been circling for a while now. According to a new article from Droidlife, it will happen before the end of this year, with current Play Music users being forced onto the...

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Rumored Fire TV Cube is real, Amazon confirms

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:10 -0500

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Rumors surfaced last September claiming Amazon was working on two new media streaming devices – a mid-tier dongle and a flagship streamer that would carry a cube-shaped form factor. The former debuted a few weeks later with the latter expected to arrive in time for the holidays (or perhaps in early 2018).

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Nvidia is using deep learning to reconstruct missing parts of photos (and it's very accurate)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:28 -0500

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Retouching images is often synonymous with Adobe Photoshop but Nvidia holds the hardware required for advanced manipulation techniques. Using an enhanced deep learning technique, "image inpainting" allows for sections of images to be removed and filled with realistic software-generated infill.

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May Xbox update to enable 120Hz display support

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:54 -0500

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Many in the video game industry have turned their attention to the annual E3 expo but as Microsoft recently pointed out, there’s still plenty of time between now and mid-June for developments to unfold. Take the May Xbox update, for example.

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These top VPNs can help you secure your web traffic, at the best possible speeds

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:03 -0500

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The Internet has become an essential tool for our daily lives whether you want to find information, do business, stay connected with friends and family, and the number of things you can accomplish keeps growing every day. However, the technological advancements that have granted us this level of connectivity haven't...

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Iran wants citizens to swap Telegram for domestically made app featuring "Death to America" emojis

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:24 -0500

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We’re used to hearing about Russia’s ongoing fight with Telegram, but it isn’t the only country that has a problem with the messaging service. Iran blames it for spreading the civil unrest that caused massive protests in December. As such, it is promoting a new domestically produced communications app that...

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Opera's new Touch mobile browser makes one-handed web surfing easy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:37 -0500

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While “one-handed web browsing” might sound like a euphemism for a popular internet-based activity, many phone owners would prefer being able to surf the web without requiring both hands, especially while out and about. Step forward Opera and its new Opera Touch browser.

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Xiaomi promises to give excessive profits back to end users

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:57 -0500

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has come out with an interesting proposition right before its initial public offering. Any income beyond five percent of after-tax profits will be given back to users. The five percent profit cap is only applicable to Xiaomi's consumer hardware products and does not include revenue from...

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Google becomes latest company to swap its gun emoji for a water pistol

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:15 -0500

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Back in 2016, one of the changes in iOS 10 was the swapping of Apple’s realistic-looking revolver emoji with a green water gun. It’s taken a couple of years, but it seems other companies are now following in the iPhone maker’s footsteps.

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iOS 11.3.1 fixes unresponsive iPhones with aftermarket screens, improves security

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:53 -0500

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A minor point update for iOS improves the security of your iPhone/iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.

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Google's Gmail update has arrived: self-destructing messages, snooze, and much more

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:05 -0500

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Google has just revealed the big update to its email service, following reports earlier this month that it was set to redesign Gmail with a new web interface and features. Visually, the Gmail web app is receiving a cleaner new look, bringing it closer to Google’s Material Design initiative, but...

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Rebellion announces release date for Strange Brigade

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:36 -0500

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Last summer, ahead of E3 2017, Rebellion unveiled its newest project — Strange Brigade. The studio has just posted a new trailer for the game introducing the story and announcing the release date.

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Warmind, Destiny 2's next DLC, adds a new horde mode, weapons and more

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:41 -0500

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Bungie on Tuesday during a Twitch livestream unveiled the second major expansion for Destiny 2. Dubbed Warmind, the add-on will introduce new narratives, features, enemies, items and more.

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SEC hits Yahoo with $35 million fine for failing to disclose massive 2014 data breach

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:55 -0500

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If you haven't been keeping tabs on Yahoo lately, you wouldn't be alone. With the exception of the massive 2014 data breach that exposed the personal data of roughly 500 million users, the company has all but dropped off the map for many.

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Philips' 43-inch Momentum monitor is the first to carry DisplayHDR 1000 certification

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:19 -0500

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Philips on Tuesday became the first monitor manufacturer to announce a display carrying VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification.

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Instagram is rolling out their 'Data Download' tool to web users

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:31 -0500

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Data privacy has become the focus of quite a bit of debate lately. Following Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, many users have become concerned about how companies handle their data online.

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Android Studio 3.1.2 irons out the bugs

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:18 -0500

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Google just released Android Studio 3.1.2 to solve various bugs like indefinite hanging during exit. A couple of issues related to Instant Run have also been dealt with. You can download and read the complete release notes here.

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Dark Souls: Remastered will be offered at a 50 percent discount to some PC gamers

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:35 -0500

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Bandai Namco earlier this year unveiled a remastered version of Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to 2009’s Demon’s Souls. We’re still waiting on its arrival but on Tuesday, supporters of the series got a bit of good news.

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Fortnite developers continue to troll comet watchers with unlisted feature in latest patch

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:54 -0500

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Epic Games has been trolling Fortnite players for nearly a month with this comet business. In case you are not up to speed on the event, let me recap what has been throwing players into a tizzy.

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Spotify rolls out on-demand listening functionality to free users

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:11 -0500

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In the wake of Spotify's recent IPO, you may think the company would focus mostly on their paid customers to boost revenue. However, the company has a different strategy in mind, according to Engadget.

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Facebook publishes the internal guidelines it uses to police content

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:38 -0500

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Facebook on Tuesday published the internal guidelines used by its community operations team to police content shared on the social network. The tech titan for years has shared its community standards policy with users but this marks the first time that Facebook has shared the guidelines it uses to enforce...

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Samsung introduces the 970 Pro and 970 Evo series NVMe SSDs

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:59 -0500

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Today Samsung Electronics introduced the third generation of its consumer SSD line with the release of the 970 Pro and 970 Evo. Both utilize the latest V-NAND technology available and feature new Phoenix controllers.

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VLC 3.0.2 improves hardware decoding for Mac

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:50 -0500

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VLC is one of the most popular media players in the world and this new version has quite a few improvements for all platforms. Chief among them is enhanced hardware decoding for macOS which is now faster and supports more samples while reducing crashes.

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