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Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun

The gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that Microsoft promised earlier this week, with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features, is rolling out—but with some game-breaking bugs, unfortunately. What’s officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring also includes a number of more general improvements, including a version of Edge that will read your ebooks aloud and a ... Read More »

Qualcomm CEO slams Apple for ‘without merit’ lawsuits

Senior executives at Qualcomm slammed Apple on Wednesday for lawsuits filed in the last week alleging the smartphone chip-maker significantly overcharged it for licensing fees. The spat saw cases filed last Friday in California and this week in Beijing and were top of mind when Qualcomm conducted an earnings call with analysts on Wednesday. For 15 minutes, Qualcomm executives criticized Apple’s moves, ... Read More »

Chrome, Firefox start warning users when websites use insecure HTTP logins

The war on insecure webpages has begun, and Mozilla fired the first shot. Recently, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 51 to its mainstream user base. With the new release comes an insecure warning on any page that offers a login form over an HTTP connection instead of HTTPS. Chrome plans to follow suit with version 56, expected to be released to ... Read More »

Google Home gets smarter with Belkin WeMo and Honeywell thermostat support

Google Home is bumping up its smart home capabilities to better compete with Amazon’s Echo lineup. The search giant just announced that you can now use Home to turn on Belkin WeMo products such as smart plugs and light switches. Google Home is also supporting Honeywell thermostats for those times you need to turn up the heat without getting off ... Read More »

Netflix now lets you save downloads to your Android phone’s SD card

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D-Wave’s $15 million quantum computer runs a staggering 2,000 qubits

For D-Wave, the path to quantum computers being widely accepted is similar to the history of today’s computers. The first chips came more than 30 years ago, and Microsoft’s Basic expanded the software infrastructure around PCs. Quantum computers are a new type of computer that can be significantly faster than today’s PCs. They are still decades away from replacing PCs and ... Read More »

Samsung details 8-point battery safety check for all new devices

Now that Samsung has finally come clean on the cause of the Galaxy Note7 fires that spawned a global recall and a months-long flight ban, the focus can finally turn from blame to prevention. To safeguard against future issues, Samsung has implemented an 8-point Battery Safety Check Test, which “involves putting our batteries through extreme testing, inside and out, followed ... Read More »

30 tasty tips for Android Nougat: Get more out of your Android phone

Mmm…Nougat. What better way to start a new year than with a fresh flavor for your favorite Android phone? Google’s latest major Android release may have officially launched last fall, but if you’re like most folks, you’ll probably be getting your first taste of Nougat—also known as Android 7—in 2017. If you want timely Android updates, Google’s own Nexus and ... Read More »

Microsoft’s upgraded Beam game-streaming service goes live, taking on Twitch and YouTube

Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, Beam, has now pushed its “Pro” upgrade live to all users, featuring streams with up to 1440p resolution at 60Hz and integration with Xbox Live. Microsoft’s purchase of Beam last summer came as something of a surprise, given that the company seemed satisfied with its relationship with Amazon’s game-streaming service, Twitch.tv. Even with the upgrade to Beam.pro, ... Read More »

How does China respond to US chip threats? With a $30 billion factory

For China, actions speak louder than words, especially in the escalating chip battle with the U.S., which has been hurling out verbal threats in recent months. The Chinese chip infrastructure is getting a serious boost from Tsinghua Unigroup, which is investing US$30 billion in a new foundry to make chips. The state-owned Tsinghua Holdings is a majority shareholder in Tsinghua ... Read More »