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DirecTV Now FAQ: All the details on AT&T’s new streaming TV service

After months of hype with little substance, AT&T has launched DirecTV Now, a bundle of streaming channels that will compete with Dish Network’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. While AT&T bills its new service as “TV beyond your wildest dreams,” on paper it’s not markedly different from its competitors. We’ll have more to say about how well the service ... Read More »

AMD will sneak-peek its high-end Zen CPU in December, starting a new CPU war

That distant drum beat you’re hearing? That’s the sound of the coming CPU war. The latest beat came this morning, when AMD said it was holding a sneak peek of its high-performance Zen CPU in a few weeks. The preview will be streamed at 1 p.m. PST on December 13. You can sign up at AMD’s website to be clued in. ... Read More »

Router-killing Mirai botnet variant going worldwide, but slowing

The latest strain of Mirai, the malware that’s been infecting internet routers from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, has spread to devices in at least 10 other countries, according to security firm Flashpoint. The company has detected the new Mirai strain infecting internet routers and modems across the globe, including in the U.K., Brazil, Iran and Thailand. It’s still unclear how many ... Read More »

How to clear unwanted autofill entries in Google Chrome

+ A reader asks: “How do I clear autofill in a Chrome browser? I let a friend use my laptop and apparently he filled out some online forms. Now whenever I—the actual owner of the laptop—try to fill out forms, his information comes up in autofill. How can I get rid of unwanted information in autofill?” There’s an easy fix ... Read More »

Hands on: AT&T’s DirecTV Now service provides a reason to cut cable TV

I cut cable TV earlier this year and switched over to online streaming services. I’ve tried Dish’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, but will switch to AT&T’s new DirecTV Now service after it starts streaming on Nov. 30. The service was demonstrated at a media event in New York City on Monday, where I tried it out. You don’t ... Read More »

Android TV home screen bloat and how to fix it

MORE LIKE THIS Xiaomi Mi Box review: Android TV elevated with cheap 4K HDR streaming Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks HDMI-CEC: The secret to streaming-remote simplicity VIDEO How to repair Windows 10’s Master Boot Record When I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Box last week, one of my complaints was about the layout of the home screen. Instead ... Read More »

How to protect yourself on Twitter with its improved mute, report, and filter tools

By Glenn Fleishman | Follow Senior Contributor, Macworld | Nov 28, 2016 2:52 AM PT MORE LIKE THIS How to turn on Twitter’s quality filters and silence trolls Twitter beefs up its mute tools and abuse policies to help you proactively… iOS 5 Review: Ambitious Update Rings in the Changes VIDEO Fujitsu’s digital room lets you write on walls and ... Read More »

Google Play Movies is rolling out 4K rental and purchasing options

By Derek Walter | Follow Greenbot | Nov 18, 2016 11:02 AM PT Credit: Derek Walter MORE LIKE THIS Why your home theater PC still can’t stream 4K Ultra HD video Google’s 4K HDR Chromecast Ultra costs $69, and will launch in November Chromecast Ultra review: 4K HDR streaming with no frills VIDEO Computex 2015: Asus ZenWatch 2 could have ... Read More »

This week in games: Free Overwatch, free Elder Scrolls Online, and more Rainbow Six: Siege

MORE LIKE THIS The 15 most exciting PC games still coming in 2016 This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns This week in games: Diablo 4 whispers, Civilization VI launch VIDEO Microsoft Edge: How to manage Favorites We’re finally starting to wind down the year. Watch Dogs 2 hits PC in a week and ... Read More »

Five things AI does better than humans, from the mundane to the magnificent

AIs are giving us a kicking in board games and video games, but what else are they good for? An AI developed by Facebook researchers can rival humans when it comes to predicting whether wooden blocks will stay stacked — and where they will fall if they don’t. Credit: Facebook AI Research COMMENTS Peter Sayer IDG News Service Nov 16, ... Read More »