Apple HomePod Clears FCC Hurdle, Faces Tough Battle Against Amazon Echo And Google Home

Apple HomePod Clears FCC Hurdle, Faces Tough Battle Against Amazon Echo And Google Home
When Apple first announced its HomePod smart speaker in June of last year, the company said it would be available to purchase starting in December, initially in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Well, December has come and gone and we are not into early 2018, which is the new launch time frame listed on the HomePod’s product

Source: Hot Hardware – Apple HomePod Clears FCC Hurdle, Faces Tough Battle Against Amazon Echo And Google Home

Snapchat Threatens Jail Time For Leakers After Publication Of Internal User Metrics

Snapchat Threatens Jail Time For Leakers After Publication Of Internal User Metrics
Snapchat isn’t having any of it, when it comes to employees leaking confidential data. The parent company of the popular app, Snap Inc., has laid down the law with a new company-wide memo that tells employees that it could seek jail time against them and that they could be personally financially liable if they leak company information to the

Source: Hot Hardware – Snapchat Threatens Jail Time For Leakers After Publication Of Internal User Metrics

Amazon Adds Full Alexa Voice Integration To Android Devices With App Update

Amazon Adds Full Alexa Voice Integration To Android Devices With App Update
Fans of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant tend to take advantage of it the more convenient it is to utilize, so it’s been a bit frustrating for Android users who’ve had very few good options (if any at all) up to this point. Actually, things are still not perfect, but at least we’re getting somewhere with a recent update to the app that is

Source: Hot Hardware – Amazon Adds Full Alexa Voice Integration To Android Devices With App Update

Facebook Asks Users To Rate Trustworthiness Of News Outlets So It Can Take Out The Trash

Facebook Asks Users To Rate Trustworthiness Of News Outlets So It Can Take Out The Trash
Facebook made an announcement about a week ago noting it was ready to make some big changes in how it handles the News Feed. These changes were welcome by most users, but the social network isn’t stopping there. Facebook is now calling on users to help it ensure that the news you see in your feed is from quality sources.

This is what Facebook

Source: Hot Hardware – Facebook Asks Users To Rate Trustworthiness Of News Outlets So It Can Take Out The Trash

NVIDIA Tells Retailers To Sell To Gamers, Not Cryptominers As GPU Shortage Causes Extreme Price Gouging

NVIDIA Tells Retailers To Sell To Gamers, Not Cryptominers As GPU Shortage Causes Extreme Price Gouging
There are many examples today of how PC gaming isn’t dying. You only have to look towards the eSports market to understand how alive and well the ecosystem is. Games like PUBG are being played by the millions, and naturally, that’s making many more want to explore the PC gaming world.

Try and take one guess as to why GPU prices are so rough

Source: Hot Hardware – NVIDIA Tells Retailers To Sell To Gamers, Not Cryptominers As GPU Shortage Causes Extreme Price Gouging

These Malicious Google Chrome And Firefox Extensions Are Near Impossible To Manually Remove

These Malicious Google Chrome And Firefox Extensions Are Near Impossible To Manually Remove
Isn’t it nice when malware authors make it easy to remove their dirty code? Sometimes all you have to do is open the Control Panel and uninstall the offending program, just like any other application. And for browsers, simply nuke the extension that is causing trouble. Unfortunately, some recent browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox are

Source: Hot Hardware – These Malicious Google Chrome And Firefox Extensions Are Near Impossible To Manually Remove

Intel Coffee Lake H Core i9, Core i7 And Xeon Mobile Processor Specs Leak

Intel Coffee Lake H Core i9, Core i7 And Xeon Mobile Processor Specs Leak
Intel apparently has some additional Coffee Lake processors incoming that are destined for laptop machines and mobile workstations, at least according to a recent leak on the interwebs. Intel’s Coffee Lake-H processors range from the quad-core Core i5-8300H on up to the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK on the consumer side, and include some tasty

Source: Hot Hardware – Intel Coffee Lake H Core i9, Core i7 And Xeon Mobile Processor Specs Leak

Google Pushes Fix For Wi-Fi Slowing Bug Plaguing Chromecast And Google Home

Google Pushes Fix For Wi-Fi Slowing Bug Plaguing Chromecast And Google Home
Over the past few weeks, complaints have been pouring into Google’s support communities and reddit concerning Google Home and Chromecast devices flooding home Wi-Fi networks with packets of data, causing their internet speeds to slow to crawl. Thankfully, Google has responded late this week with a fix to address these slowdowns.
“In certain

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Pushes Fix For Wi-Fi Slowing Bug Plaguing Chromecast And Google Home

Google's Fuchsia OS That Could Eventually Displace Android Captured On Video

Google's Fuchsia OS That Could Eventually Displace Android Captured On Video
When it comes to operating systems for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks we all know what Google has to offer. We have Android for tablets and smartphones and then you have Chrome OS for notebooks and desktops. We also know that Google is working on another operating system that might be the replacement for both Chrome OS and Android called

Source: Hot Hardware – Google’s Fuchsia OS That Could Eventually Displace Android Captured On Video

Amazon Hikes Prime Monthly Membership Fee To $12.99

Amazon Hikes Prime Monthly Membership Fee To $12.99
If you’re a subscriber to Amazon’s popular Prime membership service, we’ve got some good news and bad news for you. The good news is that if you pay the yearly $99 rate for Amazon Prime, your out-of-pocket costs aren’t going to change one iota. However, if you pay the monthly rate, your costs are about to jump.
The monthly price for Amazon

Source: Hot Hardware – Amazon Hikes Prime Monthly Membership Fee To .99

Apple Backpedals After Initially Rejecting Wehe iOS App That Scans For Net Neutrality Violations

Apple Backpedals After Initially Rejecting Wehe iOS App That Scans For Net Neutrality Violations
After blocking an app in the App Store that was designed to alert iOS users of net neutrality violations, Apple took a second look at the application, called Wehe, and decided it was acceptable after all. However, the developer of the app, Dave Choffnes, is still unclear on why exactly Apple chose to banish Wehe from the App Store, which underscores

Source: Hot Hardware – Apple Backpedals After Initially Rejecting Wehe iOS App That Scans For Net Neutrality Violations

OnePlus Says 40,000 Customers Exposed To Credit Card Security Breach

OnePlus Says 40,000 Customers Exposed To Credit Card Security Breach
OnePlus is currently in the midst of investigating a credit card payment processing breach on its website, and we’re now learning the full scope of the vulnerability. As promised, and adhering to its commitment to providing full disclose, OnePlus says that anyone that entered their credit card details (card numbers, expiry dates and security

Source: Hot Hardware – OnePlus Says 40,000 Customers Exposed To Credit Card Security Breach

Dark Caracal Global Malware Espionage Campaign Targets Thousands Of Android Users

Dark Caracal Global Malware Espionage Campaign Targets Thousands Of Android Users
Well this is disturbing—researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security company Lookout have discovered a cyber-espionage campaign that has been operational since 2012 and is aimed at Android users. The campaign, dubbed Dark Caracal, has infected thousands of Android devices in more than 20 countries, resulting

Source: Hot Hardware – Dark Caracal Global Malware Espionage Campaign Targets Thousands Of Android Users

PUBG Devs To Ban 100,000 Cheaters In A Glorious Single Wave, Blue Zone Tweaks Inbound

PUBG Devs To Ban 100,000 Cheaters In A Glorious Single Wave, Blue Zone Tweaks Inbound
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds took the gaming industry by storm with its addicting battle royal game play, attracting gamers in droves. Unfortunately, there have been some annoying issues, both on the performance side (bugs have been a constant problem) and in terms of cheaters ruining the fun for everyone else. The latter is bound to happen

Source: Hot Hardware – PUBG Devs To Ban 100,000 Cheaters In A Glorious Single Wave, Blue Zone Tweaks Inbound

2.5 Geeks 1/19/18: Intel-AMD Hybrid Chip BENCHMARKS, CES 2018, KILLER Gaming Rigs, Crypto-Coin Madness And More!

2.5 Geeks 1/19/18: Intel-AMD Hybrid Chip BENCHMARKS, CES 2018, KILLER Gaming Rigs, Crypto-Coin Madness And More!
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks, we talk about the first benchmarks with the Intel/AMD hybrid Core i7-8705G in Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1, we cover some more highlights from CES 2018 including some killer gaming rigs from Maingear, Xidax, and Origin PC, what to make of all the crypto-currency madness and the roller-coaster

Source: Hot Hardware – 2.5 Geeks 1/19/18: Intel-AMD Hybrid Chip BENCHMARKS, CES 2018, KILLER Gaming Rigs, Crypto-Coin Madness And More!

AMD Hit With Lawsuit Over Deafening Silence On Spectre And Meltdown CPU Exploits

AMD Hit With Lawsuit Over Deafening Silence On Spectre And Meltdown CPU Exploits
AMD is facing a class action lawsuit related to recently disclosed chip vulnerabilities that have companies scrambling to release security patches. Those patches can potentially hamper performance, though the ire of the lawsuit against AMD is that it initially kept quiet about its chips being susceptible to both variants of Spectre, thereby

Source: Hot Hardware – AMD Hit With Lawsuit Over Deafening Silence On Spectre And Meltdown CPU Exploits

LG Patent Shows Folding Device That Can Morph From Smartphone To Tablet

LG Patent Shows Folding Device That Can Morph From Smartphone To Tablet
LG has a new patent that is making the rounds that shows a device with a dual purpose. The patent describes the device as a “mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half.” The original filing for the patent was in July of 2017, and the patent was just published on January 12, 2018.

There are two different versions of

Source: Hot Hardware – LG Patent Shows Folding Device That Can Morph From Smartphone To Tablet

U.S. Video Game Industry Soars To $36 Billion In Revenue For 2017

U.S. Video Game Industry Soars To $36 Billion In Revenue For 2017
The NPD Group has published a few new reports that look into the performance of the video game industry in the U.S. for 2017. It was a good year for gaming hardware and software makers with significant growth: total revenue in the industry hit $36 billion for the year. That $36 billion number represents growth of 18% compared to 2016. The

Source: Hot Hardware – U.S. Video Game Industry Soars To Billion In Revenue For 2017

Amazon Presents Shortlist For $5 Billion Second HQ, Did Your City Make The List?

Amazon Presents Shortlist For $5 Billion Second HQ, Did Your City Make The List?
Amazon is scouting locations for its second North American headquarters (HQ2), and today, the company narrowed down the finalists to 20 metropolitan areas. A total of 238 communities submitted proposals to be in the running for the honor to host what would be a huge investment from Amazon.
Amazon says that it will “work with each of the candidate

Source: Hot Hardware – Amazon Presents Shortlist For Billion Second HQ, Did Your City Make The List?

Microsoft's AI Bot Channels Its Inner Picasso By Drawing What You Tell It To

Microsoft's AI Bot Channels Its Inner Picasso By Drawing What You Tell It To
We all know that Microsoft has made some incredible advances in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few years. However, the software giant is taking things to the next level with new AI that was developed using a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN). Put simply, Microsoft calls the AI a “drawing bot”.
The drawing bot is

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft’s AI Bot Channels Its Inner Picasso By Drawing What You Tell It To