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May 14, 2019 7:24
Annual Video Gaming Convention Did Not Disappoint For one weekend every summer, Seattle transforms momentarily into the mecca of video gaming when the PAX West convention hits town. If you were unable to attend this year's convention or did not have enough time there to experience everything, here are some highlights of the great new technology, video games and happenings that were showcased there: Google Stadia Many people were understandably skeptical when Google first announced Stadia earlier this year. After all, 4K video game streaming may sound terrific in theory, but in actuality it seemed more like a pipe dream. But you can put down those pipes, as Google demonstrated at PAX West that Stadia is indeed for real. As long as you have a 35 Mbps Internet connection, Stadia works really well. Google's booth at PAX West included 80 PixelBooks connected to HD monitors, and gamers were able to...
May 07, 2019 7:22
On September 10, Apple held their annual event for announcing their most important products at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. Here are the main 6 products that they announced. iPhone 11 Scheduled to be released on September 20, the iPhone 11 is Apple's new baseline phone, and it will sell for $699. You can look at it as the upgrade to Apple's popular iPhone XR. The device will come with Apple's latest high-end mobile chip, the A13 Bionic processor, and it has a 6.1" LCD display with a resolution of 1,792 by 828 pixels. The phone also comes with dual 12 MP ultra-wide and wide cameras that have 2x optical zoom, and it is available in the following colors: Black Green Yellow Purple Red White iPhone 11 Pro The iPhone 11 Pro will come in two models: the 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max. They are effectively upgrades...
April 24, 2019 7:30
Data Breach Exposes Information About 80 Million American Households Sadly, massive data breaches have become so common that they usually surprise no one. But the latest breach is surprising lots of people because, as of now, no one knows who is behind it. On April 29, Ran Locar and Noam Rotem — who are a pair of security researchers — announced in a blog post that they had found an unsecured database on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform that was publicly accessible. This 24 GB database reportedly contains personal information about 80 million American households. This personal information includes among other things: Full names Full addresses Longitude and latitude coordinates of the addresses Dates of birth and ages Marital statuses Homeowner statuses and dwelling types Income bracets In response to the disclosure, Microsoft announced through a spokesperson that they had notified the database's owner and that this person or persons had...
April 17, 2019 7:28
There is a brand-new viral app for teenagers. It is called YOLO, and it has skyrocketed to the top of the U.S. app charts just one week after it was launched. But not everyone is in love with it. Some worry that it may be susceptible to abuse. Built upon the Snapchat's Snap Kit platform, which allows app developers to integrate their apps with Snapchat, YOLO authenticates users through Snapchat. It also uses Bitmoji profile images so that users can add an "ask me anything" sticker to the Snapchat stories that they post. It works like this: once a story is posted, friends of that user can ask this user an anonymous question through the app, which the user can then answer back through the use of another sticker. Supposedly, this is all the rage at high schools at the moment. The app is eerily similar to Sarahah. Back in...
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