Jan 20, 2023
Sony’s affordable new Walkman can make your digital music sound better than ever

Sony is making the most of music streaming with its latest Walkman, the NW-A306, featuring a new sound engine that can enhance your favorite tracks from your chosen streaming service.

Digital music has made it incredibly convenient to carry your entire audio library with you, and using one of the best music streaming services takes that convenience a step further – now your songs don’t even need to take up virtual space so you can listen to them anywhere you want (provided you have internet access).

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Jan 19, 2023
A new Xbox Series X update has just arrived that could save you money

A new sustainable power saving method has just arrived on the Xbox Series X that promises to be up to 20x more efficient than existing power consumption modes without impacting performance.

The new shutdown update, which has reached all Xbox Insiders on Xbox Series X, aims to reduce power consumption when the system is turned off. Dubbed “the first carbon-inclusive console,” this sustainability mode means you can download updates and Xbox Series X Games through the night using significantly less power than in normal sleep mode.

As a reference system, Xbox Series X consumes about 10-15W in sleep mode. The new power-off mode consumes just 0.5W of power while providing the same basic functionality.

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It’s not just Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Insiders who can take advantage of the new shutdown mode as this update is also available for Xbox One platforms. This means that if you’re looking to save money on older Microsoft systems and you’re an Xbox Insider, you’re also catered for. Note that boot times will be slower when this setting is enabled on older systems.

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Jan 18, 2023
Fake ChatGPT apps are everywhere in the Android and iOS app stores

If you’ve spent any time on social media lately, you’ve probably seen countless videos showing the types of things ChatGPT can do.

Launched in late 2022, OpenAI has provided ChatGPT for free in research preview format.

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Jan 17, 2023
The iPhone 16 Pro could represent the next huge leap in iPhone design

Apple made perhaps the biggest change to iPhone design in years with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, as those phones finally got rid of the notch and replaced it with Dynamic Island’s innovative island. But the ultimate goal could be to completely hide Face ID and camera components, and we may see the next step in that direction with the iPhone 16 Pro.

This is evident from the report on electric (opens in a new tab) (by Pocket Lint (opens in a new tab)), which states that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have Face ID components hidden under the screen, similar to how many Android phones now have fingerprint scanners under the display.

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Jan 16, 2023
How VPN services affect internet speed

More and more people around the world are using the best VPN services every day. Whether they want to bypass online censorship, increase their online privacy, unblock foreign streaming platforms, or combine everything, connection speed will always be critical for all users.

As for how it works, a VPN encrypts all data leaving your device and then decrypts it once it reaches its destination.

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Jan 15, 2023
Hacked Twitter: Here’s how to protect your account

Amid shocking internal revelations about content moderation practices and massive data breaches, Twitter is finding it hard to stay out of the public eye.

This time the culprit is last week’s cyberattack, which is over 200 million Twitter user logins (opens in a new tab) be compromised. In particular, email addresses used to set up accounts were stolen and given away for free on a hacker forum.

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Jan 14, 2023
Sony’s patent would tell you to yell at your TV to skip commercials

Imagine being trapped in a commercial hell where the only escape is your voice. Who would cook something like that?

According tweet (opens in a new tab) viewed over 18 million times, it was a brilliant idea from Sony. I almost spat when the tweet showed up in my feed. This is not a full patent, just an illustration from one that shows someone sitting on a couch watching a TV show where one person shoots someone else (weird to have such unnecessary violence in a patent). The McDonald’s ad, represented of course by a giant hamburger, appears on the screen with the message “Say ‘McDonald’s’ to end the ad.” The TV viewer enthusiastically jumps to his feet and shouts “McDonald’s” before returning to the on-screen violence.

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Jan 13, 2023
PC sales plummet in 2022 and even Apple is not safe

The global PC market has seen a marked decline amid economic concerns on a global scale in 2022, according to new analyst data.

Latest numbers from Channels says total worldwide desktop and notebook sales fell year-on-year to 285.1 million, down 16% from 2021.

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Jan 12, 2023
Hundreds of fake AnyDesk sites send Vidar malware to steal information

A large spoofing campaign aims to distribute Vidar’s information theft tool to as many endpoints as possible.

A cybersecurity researcher at SEKOIA, going by the pseudonym crep1x, discovered the campaign and raised the alarm on Twitter. In a short Twitter threat, the researcher said he had uncovered over 1,300 domains all impersonating major software brands to push malware (opens in a new tab).

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Jan 10, 2023
These new Google Meet filters are like something out of your worst nightmare

Google Meet presented three new face filters for some reason videoconferencing software and all without exception are quite off-putting.

behind announcement (opens in a new tab) on Google Workspace Blog updates, Google Meet users can now choose a diary or a strawberry instead of a head if they wish, or be cast as a bunny in the office.

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