"We have been monitoring the PC forums and social channels and while we're excited to hear that many of you are enjoying the game, we are disheartened that some of you are experiencing PC performance issues on some systems. We are actively working to provide an update to address your concerns. The patch and its release notes will be available in the coming days."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to recent criticism about his companyâ€™s role in the election results, calling it a â€ścrazy ideaâ€ť that fake news on its news feed had tilted the vote in the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.
â€śPersonally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any wayâ€”I think is a pretty crazy idea. Voters make decisions based on their lived experience,â€ť Zuckerberg said in an interview at theÂ Techonomy 2016 conference in Half Moon Bay, California.
Phaiser's BHS-730 Bluetooth Sport earbuds are both highly rated and dramatically discounted on Amazon. Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 4,600 people (read reviews), the list price of $160 has been reduced a significant 75% to just $39.99. The BHS-730 uses the highest quality hardware, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 and A2DP stereo transfer protocols to produce bigger bass, lighter-than-air treble, and perfect phone call clarity every time. Bullet-shaped Comply T-400 M memory foam tips provide total isolation from external noise. It's designed to withstand the toughest environments, and the earbuds are made from Aviation Grade Aluminum-Magnesium-Alloy which doesn't add weight. And a LiquipelTM Nano-Coating means it can be dropped into water and will live to see another day. The BHS-730's are magnetized, so they stick to each other and stay securely around your neck when you need to take them out of your ears. Along with the earbuds you get a generous 7 sets of ear tips, a 60-day "no questions asked" return policy, and a lifetime sweatproof warranty as well. See the discounted Phaiser BHS-730 now on Amazon.
But the fact is Vineâ€™s fate is still uncertain, and anyone who canâ€™t get enough of their seven second videos should back up their memories. Itâ€™s likely Twitter will provide a way for users to export and save their videos should the end truly come.
The best thing about PowerPoint is the animation. Building motion into slideshows makes them come alive like no static images could ever hope to do. Itâ€™s going to get even more interesting when PowerPoint gets 3D capabilities with the Windows 10Â Creators Update due in early 2017.
In order to make things move in PowerPoint, your objects need a path (called a motion path) to travel from one location to another. Setting up the motion path used to be tedious, but now itâ€™s a simple, straightforward procedure.
1. Create an object
First, you must either create an object or insert one from the online clip art collection or your hard drive.
Before Amazonâ€™s second-generation Fire TV Stick showed up for review, I thought it could be the cheap streaming device to beat. Amazon has claimed a 30 percent performance boost over the original Fire TV Stick, whose biggest problem was sluggishness. Apps took a long time to load, and were prone to bouts of freezing and stuttering. The device didnâ€™t seem built to last in an age of increasingly sophisticated streaming apps such as Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
The 2016 Fire TV Stickâ€”still priced at $40â€”alleviates those issues, but it doesnâ€™t completely solve them. And while Amazonâ€™s apps and interface are forward-thinking, they lack some of the nice touches that make competing devices such as the latest Roku Streaming Stick and or Googleâ€™s Chromecast worth considering.
Battlefield 4 stumbled out of the gate with connection problems. The less said about Battlefield: Hardline the better. But Battlefield 1 roars in your face and punches you in the gut, blending a surprisingly poignant single-player campaign with the massive, chaotic multiplayer experience the series is famous for, all set in World War Iâ€™s frantic trenches. Itâ€™s a strong frontrunner for 2016â€™s game of the year.
But Battlefield 1â€™s jaw-dropping gameplay isnâ€™t the only reason itâ€™s interesting. The Battlefield series has always been more PC-centric than its rival, Call of Duty, with gigantic 64-player battles, vehicular combat, private server rentals, and graphics settings galore.
Hereâ€™s a smartphone for people with very specific, even niche alliances: HTC has announced the Bolt, a 5.5-inch phone running Android 7.0 that will only be available via Sprint. Neither HTC nor Sprint are the most popular names in the mobile space, but the Bolt looks great, and HTC promises it will have screaming-fast speeds on Sprintâ€™s network.
The key to HTCâ€™s speed claim is three-channel carrier aggregation, an LTE protocol that combines three bands of the wireless spectrum to widen the pipe, as it were, and deliver faster data for supported devices. HTC says it tuned the software that manages the Boltâ€™s LTE modem to get the most from its aggregation protocols. That may be especially helpful because the phone runs theÂ Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is no longer state-of-the-art.
At the end of an ugly presidential campaign the likes of which the U.S. has never seen, Facebook has acknowledged it has a lot more work to do in combating fake news on its platform.
The social network is a daily stop for tens of millions of voters and played an important role in shaping and reinforcing people's opinions. But sometimes, the information being shared was based on biased or outright fake news reports.
BuzzFeed unmasked a group of Macedonians who made up fake news stories about the election and shared them on Facebook to collect ad revenue. Meanwhile, a Twitter user posted ads suggesting that voters in favor of Hillary Clinton could avoid the line by texting their vote.
Satellite service provider Globalstar has dropped its controversial plan to launch a wireless network in the U.S. in part of an unlicensed band that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use.
The plan had alarmed supporters of those technologies who feared the network would interfere with them and effectively privatize unlicensed spectrum. Globalstarâ€™s TLPS (Terrestrial Low-Power Service) proposal was one of several ideas introduced in recent years to mix licensed and unlicensed uses of spectrum. While some have been ruled out, others, such as LTE-Unlicensed, are moving forward.
This cordless electric wine opener from Oster removes the cork in seconds with one-button operation, and opens up to 30 bottles before needing to be recharged. It features a foil cutter for easily removing seals and a comfortable soft-grip handle. Currently averages 4 out of 5 stars from over 4,000 people (read reviews). It's discounted 35% on Amazon, so you can get it right now for just $12.99.
Facebook has succeeded in transmitting data at almost 20Gbps between two towers in Southern California in tests of a technology key to its plans to deliver internet service to rural areas using drones.
The tests were conducted earlier this year and made use of frequencies in the so-called E-band, a group of millimeter wave frequencies between 60 and 90GHz.
Such signals are capable of high-bandwidth data transmission but are susceptible to attenuation from distance, weather, and obstacles, so they are typically used for short-range, point-to-point transmissions.
Facebook used a 60-centimeter dish to send data over a 13-kilometer link between Malibu and Woodland Hills.
The Windows 10 login password went amiss for Albert Pye and about a dozen others who wrote to me saying they couldn't log into their PCs. In every instance they had not touched their computer nor changed anything, yet all of a sudden their password or PIN was incorrect.
Microsoft hasnâ€™t acknowledged it specifically in its update log, so that makes me think itâ€™s a strange brew of circumstance and hardware/software malfunction, perhaps some problem with the installation of an update. These workarounds could help you.Â
First, try using the on-screen keyboard to enter your password or PIN, as Iâ€™ve read that could work when your regular input devices don't. Click the Ease of Access icon (it looks like a sort of clock with a dotted circle) in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.Â
In a perfect example of how public wireless networks can be dangerous for privacy and security, an Israeli hacker showed that he could have taken over the free Wi-Fi network of an entire city.
On his way home from work one day, Amihai Neiderman, the head of research at Israeli cybersecurity firm Equus Technologies, spotted a wireless hotspot that he hadn't seen before. What made it unusual was that it was in an area with no buildings.
It turned out that the hotspot he saw, advertised as "FREE_TLV," was part of the citywide free Wi-Fi network set up by the local administration of Tel Aviv, Israel. This made Neiderman wonder: How secure is it?
Hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, a suspected Russian cyberespionage team was blamed for targeting several U.S. think tanks with phishing emails designed to fool victims into installing malware.
On Wednesday, the phishing emails landed in the inboxes of dozens of targets associated with U.S. think tanks and non-governmental organizations, said security firm Volexity.
A hacking group called APT 29 or Cozy Bear was behind the attack, according to Veloxity. This is one of the same groups that security experts say was also responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee and is allegedly tied to the Russian government.
Instagramâ€™s addition of Snapchat-style Stories has proven to be a welcome new featureâ€”according to Instagramâ€™s data, more than 100 million people create Stories every day. So itâ€™s no surprise that Instagram is building up Stories even more: On Thursday, the app rolled out an update that adds Boomerang compatibility, mentions, and links to Instagram Stories.Â
Boomerang is a standalone tool built by Instagram that lets you create a quick video that loops forward and backwardâ€”perfect for sharing in your main feed, but itâ€™ll make for a fun story component as well. Select that option from your stories camera to capture a Boomerang clip. (You have to have the Boomerang app installed to use this feature.)
Googleâ€™s major push into home automation and artificial intelligence has been sort-of realized with the Google Assistant. It lives inside of the Pixel and Google Home, but thatâ€™s just the start. The company wants to enable your favorite apps and services to connect with it so you can issue voice commands that simplify numerous day-to-day tasks.
The destination at the end of this journey is a little clearer with Google recently announcing that Actions on Google will be available for developers next month. This will enable them to create voice commands from the Google Assistant for their apps and services.
Don't roll the dice with those cheap chargers you find in the impulse section near the cash register. This one from Maxboost is an Amazon #1 best seller with 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 5,100 people (read reviews). Amazon indicates that its typical list price of $15.99 has been reduced 38% to $9.99. Keep this 24W / 4.8A USB car charger in the glove box, and know that you'll have juice for your tablet, phone, or other USB mobile device any time you need it while on the road. It features dual USB ports, a compact rugged design, and intelligent circuitry to prevent against short circuiting, over-heating, over-currents, and over-charging. See this highly rated and discounted dual port USB charger now on Amazon.
Microsoftâ€™s Holiday Update for the Xbox One eliminates the need to organize a gaming session in your buddyâ€™s den. Instead you can do it online, with a slew of social features designed to connect past and future friends.Â
Microsoft began rolling out its so-called Holiday Update on Thursday, adding features such as Clubs, Looking For Group and other features to its network of Xbox One consoles and the Xbox app for Windows 10. If you donâ€™t have it already, your box should be getting it soon.
Microsoft announced some of these features at its E3 presentation in June, introducing them into the Xbox Preview Program a bit later. That latter program has been renamed the Xbox Insider Program, similar to the Windows Insider Program, and is now available to all.
Samsung is a major believer in the adage â€śgo big or go home.â€ť
According to several reports the company is building two phablet-sized phones with dual-edge screens for the upcoming Galaxy S8 line. VenturebeatÂ says one model will come in at an eye-popping 6.2 inches, with the smaller variant at 5.7 inches.
At least the bigger model, to be called the Galaxy S8 Plus, will also reportedly ditch Samsungâ€™s long-standing home button and capacitive keys for on-screen navigation.Â
If there was a sleeperÂ trend for mobile devices in 2016 it would have to be the notion of bendable mobile devices, and it appears Samsung wants in on this trend. SamMobile recently came across a Samsung Korean-language patent showing a phone that folds in half. The Samsung-focused site believes these patent drawing could be evidence of the rumored Galaxy X smartphone.
Technology trade groups are already pushing out their policy priorities for President-elect Donald Trump's administration, even though his campaign rarely touched on IT issues.
With Silicon Valley largely opposed to Trump during the campaign and his tech policy agenda paper thin, policy recommendations from tech trade groups may be an exercise in wishful thinking. Still, several tech groups congratulated Trump on his unexpected victory and expressed optimism about this presidency.
One point of optimism for the tech industry was the Trump campaign's last-minute addition of telecommunications networks to a long list of infrastructure projects he hopes to fund. Other infrastructure projects on Trump's list include roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports, pipelines, and the electricity grid, and it's unclear how he plans to pay for the plan, given that Trump also has promised large tax cuts, and whether telecommunications networks would be a priority.
Microsoftâ€™s latest Windows InsiderÂ build 14965Â is showing a "virtual touchpad" feature that could replace the mouseâ€”or in any case, make life easier for Windows tablet users.Â It puts a touchpad on your tablet screen, so you can use that instead of a mouse whenever you connect your device to a larger display.
Features that pop up in builds don't always make it to final versions, of course, but this feature is intriguing. From the sounds of it, first-time setup is fairly easy. When a tablet, such as the Surface Pro 4, is connected to an external display, open the Action Center and tap on the Project Quick Action tile. This will extend the Windows desktop to the external display. Next, long-press the taskbar on your tablet. When it appears select Show touchpad button.
Regulations to protect people from falling drones moved a little closer to takeoff at the European Parliament on Thursday.
Ensuring drone safety took on a new urgency this week, with GoPro's recall of its Karma drone after unexplained mid-air power failures caused a number of them to drop out of the sky.
Under the European Union's proposed regulations, drones will have to be registered so that their owners can be identified. While that won't in itself stop drones from falling, it could lead pilots to take their responsibilities more seriously, legislators hope.
This bias lighting strip, currently discounted by 64% on Amazon from $49.99 down to just $17.99, reduces eye-strain caused by differences in picture brightness from scene to scene in movies, shows and games, by adding a subtle backlight to your monitor or TV. The LED lights can be changed with up to 20 color selections customizing and setting the mood of your workspace. The strip is easy to install and can be cut to size and plugs directly in the USB port of the TV or monitor. Just Plug-and-play!
Mike wants to save a video from Facebook. Luckily if youâ€™re using a desktop or laptop PC itâ€™s quite easy.
I can almost hear you saying, â€śHold on Joshâ€”when I watch a Facebook video on my PC there arenâ€™t any links to save it!â€ť Correct, but all you have to do is trick your browser into thinking youâ€™re browsing Facebook on your phone. Here are the steps:
Right-click any non-Youtube video and select Show video URL
Universal remotes have been around in one form or another for decades. Harmony introduced the first one that could be easily reprogrammed via the internet back in 2001. Sevenhugs CEO Simon Tchedikian says his company has come up with an even better idea: A universal remote that automatically configures itself to control whatever device you point it at, whether itâ€™s a smart TV, a smart light bulb, or a connected speaker.
â€śThe Smart Remote is for anyone who lives in a smart home,â€ť Tchedikian said during a recent demo. â€śYou might be able to control all your devices with your smartphone, but your kids donâ€™t have a smartphone. Your wife does, but she hasnâ€™t kept up with all the apps needed to control everything. With the Smart Remote, you just point at the device you want to control, and the remoteâ€™s touchscreen will display the appropriate user interface to control it.â€ť Haptic feedback will help you master the remote.
Virtual Reality isnâ€™t yet a mainstream phenomenon. Sure, Samsung has sold (and given away) a lot of Gear VR headsets. TheÂ Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are building momentum, and Playstation VR is off to a strong start. Itâ€™s all good news for VR fans, but weâ€™re still a long way from hundreds of millions of daily users.
Itâ€™s always been difficult trying to find the right category for Microsoftâ€™s hybrid tablet/laptop Surface Book. And now with the new Surface Book i7 in hand, itâ€™s even harder to figure out just what square hole to put this round peg into.
Before we get too far into the review, let me say that the Surface Book i7 is incredibly fast for a laptop in its class, offering no less than twice the performance of the original Surface Book, which itself outstripped all others in its day. Even better, it has stupidly long battery life that bests all the laptops weâ€™ve tested.
Done. Fini. Move along, right? Well, not quite.Â The world isnâ€™t the same as it was a year ago and the Surface Book i7â€™s competitors have been hard at work too, and there are aspects of Microsoftâ€™s hybrid device that arenâ€™t perfect.