Month: February 2017

Intel's 8th-gen 'Coffee Lake' chips reuse 14nm process as other Core CPUs ease into new tech

February 14, 2017

Normally, Intel launches one new microprocessor every year. But Intel is quietly signalling that PCs shipped during the holiday 2017 season could feature one of two new designs, using either its aging 14nm process or the upcoming 10nm technology. The two new names to add to your Intel vocabulary include Cannon Lake, a 10nm chip […]

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Google supercharges saved places in Maps with customization and sharing

February 14, 2017

Over the past few months Google Maps has gone from great to really great. First we got in-app Uber hailing, then a parking availability feature that helped us plan ahead for places that don’t have dedicated spaces. And finally last week Google tweaked the interface to help us get directions even quicker. But its newest […]

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Razer brings Robin phone into its nest with Nextbit acquisition

February 11, 2017

Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new in the tech world, but every now and again, one comes along that makes us raise our eyebrows. The news that gaming company Razer was purchasing Android phone maker Nextbit certainly falls into that category. While the exact terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, Nextbit will continue to […]

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Chrome's next release will make DRM mandatory

February 11, 2017

An interesting problem has come to light for Google Chrome users, revolving around the browser’s built-in DRM scheme for accessing content on services such as Netflix. With Chrome 57, the next major Chrome release, Google will disable the plugin settings page chrome://plugins. That means anyone who wants to disable any built-in plugins, including the DRM […]

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Google pushes out 7.1.2 beta, but Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won't get it

February 11, 2017

While many Android phones are still waiting for the first taste of Nougat, Google is pushing ahead on the latest version of Android for its Nexus and Pixel devices. Or rather, most of them. Available for users enrolled in the Android Beta Program, the next release is, according to Google’s blog description, “an incremental maintenance […]

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Super Mario Run gets an easy mode, pulls in the big bucks for Nintendo

February 11, 2017

Super Mario Run is getting an easy mode, thanks to an update rolling out Tuesday on iOS. This is great, because as adorable as the game is, it can be kind of hard, especially for kids. Nintendo says easy mode will be “pressure free” so you can just explore the levels without dying over and […]

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Slack finally launches its enterprise edition

February 11, 2017

After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. On Tuesday in San Francisco, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product, aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances. Grid allows business administrators to set up each team inside their organization […]

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Gmail will push users further away for XP and Vista

February 9, 2017

Google quietly announced Tuesday that Gmail will stop supporting older versions of its Chrome browser soon, in a move that will put another nail in the coffins of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Users of Chrome version 53 and older editions of the browser could start being redirected to the basic HTML version of Gmail […]

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In treason case, Russia alleges security experts aided U.S.

February 9, 2017

Two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and a cybercrime investigator from Kaspersky Lab have reportedly been charged with treason for helping U.S. intelligence services. The arrests of Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of the computer incidents investigation team at Kaspersky, and Sergei Mikhailov, the deputy head of the Information Security Center at the […]

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Oculus cleared of stealing VR secrets in ZeniMax lawsuit, but still must pay $500 million

February 9, 2017

Nearly three years after ZeniMax first filed suit against Oculus for “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology,” the case has finally drawn to a close—though likely not to ZeniMax’s satisfaction. Oculus is cleared of any charges related to stolen assets and expertise, and thus can presumably continue to sell its Oculus […]

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