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Project Scorpio Will Pack Internal PSU and 4K Game DVR

If you're looking forward to the next Xbox One (Project Scorpio), you're not alone. There are some nice and quite major improvements on this next build. Improvements include 4K game recording and an integrated PSU which will make the unit much more portable and tidy. It will also be able to be used as a 4K Netflix streaming box and Netflix currently limits that feature to select hardware. There are a few more note-worthy details at the link below.

Microsoft's Beam streaming service has been running public 4K stream tests for some time, and it's now fair to assume it will not only be PC streamers who will benefit. Project Scorpio's Game DVR will allow you to stream and record clips in 4K resolution with 60FPS, according to our sources, which is a massive, massive step up from the 720p, 30FPS you get on the current Xbox One.

Source: WindowsCentral


Preinstalled Malware on Select Android Devices

If you are buying a new Android device, be aware that some malware may already exist on the device. No, this is not a hoax - it is real and really irritating. The sad thing is that the malware is shipping on brand name devices - not cheap, third-rate products from chinese companies. In fact, Samsung is probably the most popular manufacturer on the list. If you want a clean device, make sure you check out the list below to know which ones to avoid at the very least.

Most of the malware found to be pre-installed on the devices were info-stealers and rough ad networks, and one of them was Slocker, a mobile ransomware. Slocker uses the AES encryption algorithm to encrypt all files on the device and demand ransom in return for their decryption key. Slocker uses Tor for its C&C communications.

Source: CheckPoint


Google Hangouts Not Going Anywhere - For Now

Google has killed a few of their projects that I really have liked over the years, and the latest rumor was that Hangouts was going away. Google Allo and Dua are their latest messaging product that is aimed toward business, but for now they say, Hangouts will stick around for the consumer market. I'm not holding my breath, and since they un-merged SMS and Hangouts, it's all been downhill from there.

In case you were still scratching your head over yesterday’s announcements from Google about the new direction for Hangouts, we have some additional info to offer that will save your scalp from bleeding. In short, Hangouts for consumers will still apparently be a thing (for now), while Allo is (for now) around for the “long, long run.”

Source: Droid-Life 

Quake Champions Will be Free - Or Not

With our annual LAN event coming this week, it's interesting to see that Quake Champions is in the works and the latest intel shows that this will be a Free to Play game - unless you want to buy extra characters for the game. While these characters don't offer a lot of extra features as far as ability and dynamics, they will allow you to skin up your player and change things around a bit. It's almost like a League of Legends idea - some characters free, but you'll have to buy (or maybe earn) other unlocks.

“At its core, it’s a free-to-play game,” Willits said, “with the option to buy the Champion Pack and just get in and play with all the Champions. There are a number of Quake players that just want to play their Quake, right? And they are familiar with the business model of our previous games, and they are totally fine. ‘I want to buy the game. I want to start playing. I want to have access to all the Champions.’

Source: Polygon

Alexa Dodges CIA Question

When you have a device like Amazon's Alexa, or Google Home - or even an iPhone with Siri, or a Google Assistant device, you really have no security and you're just kidding yourself if you think that these big companies are reporting stuff to people if they are asked. While it's not proof that Alexa works for the CIA, it's pretty odd that it just plain dodges the question. Of course since this video got a lot of coverage, Amazon has programmed a different response now, and that means its all fine, right?

Just remember, someone is always listening. Whether it's Vizio, Samsung, Siri, Google or Amazon; someone is always listening.

Windows 10 is Advertising Platform

Up until recently, I never had a big issue with Microsoft's Windows 10 OS, but lately I've been getting a bunch of spammy adds in the File Explorer, reminding me to use OneDrive and other Microsoft services that of course I have to pay for. While it's true that they have the right to offer me their services, I do expect that when I pay for an OS, I will get it ad-free - unless I have malware. Apparently, that Malware is called Windows 10. I'm not the only one irritated by this.

Don't believe what Microsoft tells you -- Windows 10 is not an operating system. Oh, sure, it has many features that make it look like an operating system, but in reality it is nothing more than a vehicle for advertisements. Since the launch of Windows 10, there have been numerous complaints about ads in various forms. They appear in the Start menu, in the taskbar, in the Action Center, in Explorer, in the Ink Workspace, on the Lock Screen, in the Share tool, in the Windows Store and even in File Explorer.

Source: BetaNews

Tenda PH3 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Kit

We have just posted our review of the Tenda PH3 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline kit. This little kit helps you expand your network to places where wireless won't go, and where you can't run a dedicated wired network. While it's not the fastest kit we've ever seen, it certainly is the easiest on your wallet! Take a look at our review and see what $40 can get you in the Powerline Networking game!

In addition to the three LED indicators which show power, LAN and Powerline status, there is a GB Ethernet port and a "Pair" button on the front and bottom of these units. They are that simple and easy to use and setup. The kit comes synchronized and all I had to do was plug them in. If for some reason, you don't get a "Powerline" LED indicator, simply press the pair button on each of the units and you'll soon be connected. It is really that easy...

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Raspberry Pi turns 5

The Raspberry Pi project turned 5 at the end of February and to celebrate the occasion, they've announced the Raspberry Pi Zero W. The Zero model has been out for a bit now, along with its really low $5 price tag and the Zero W will be a little bit of an upgrade, the biggest feature being built-in wireless functionality. The price tag on the Zero W model will be $10 officially which is pretty incredible for a device that small with those features. If you haven't already had the chance to try out a Raspberry Pi device, I'm not sure what you are waiting for as they are a very inexpensive gadget that a simple Google search will show you thousands of projects you can do with them. Official release information of the Raspberry Pi Zero W can be found here.

Today is Raspberry Pi’s fifth birthday: it’s five years since we launched the original Raspberry Pi, selling a hundred thousand units in the first day, and setting us on the road to a lifetime total (so far) of over twelve million units. To celebrate, we’re announcing a new product: meet Raspberry Pi Zero W, a new variant of Raspberry Pi Zero with wireless LAN and Bluetooth, priced at only $10.

Streaming TV surpasses Pay TV

Streaming TV has hit a milestone, they've finally surpassed the number of people who are using "Pay TV" services (cable, satellite, etc.). 68% of Americans now subscribe to a streaming video service compared to 67% who subscribe to some sort of traditional TV service. Obviously there are quite a few who subscribe to both, but it just goes to show how popular streaming TV has become. The Consumerist has more on the new numbers.

It’s been about two years since America’s major cable companies started seeing their internet service customers outnumber their pay-TV subscribers, and now a new survey claims that streaming video subscriptions in the U.S. have overtaken cable and satellite subscriptions.

This is according to the Consumer Technology Association — formerly the Consumer Electronics Association, the huge trade group behind CES International and other shows — which says that the results of its latest study show that 68% of Americans are subscribed to some sort of streaming video service, putting it a hair’s breadth ahead of the 67% of the country subscribed to a pay-TV package.

PS4 Update

If you are a PS4 owner you'll be noticing a new update today to get your system up to 4.5. Included in the new update is a new feature for PS4 Pro consoles that enables "Boost Mode" which in a sense supercharges old games for improved framerates. Also included for all PS4 users is support for external hard drives as well as a few other goodies. TrustedReviews takes a closer look at the new goods PS4 users are getting today.

The 4.5 System Update allows console owners to connect external hard drives for the first time. This means it’s possible to expand storage without replacing the hard drive within the PS4.

The second major update is exclusively for PS4 Pro owners. Boost Mode will offer improved performance for PS4 games released before the Pro, including higher frame rates.

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