Monthly Archives: August 2019

  • Elon Musk and Jack Ma disagree about AI's threat

    Alibaba's Jack Ma and Tesla's Elon Musk took opposing views of the risks and potential rewards of artificial intelligence at an event in Shanghai. The Chinese entrepreneur said he was "quite optimistic" about AI and thought it was nothing for "street smart" people like them to be scared of. "I...
  • ASRock DeskMini 310 Series review: Bigger on the inside

    Most small-form-factor PCs force you to make some kind of compromise - usually in the area of performance. Space constraints often don't allow for adequate cooling, which means that CPU speeds are throttled to prevent overheating. In the case of this miniature marvel from ASRock, however, this is most certainly...
  • Huawei's next phone won't have Google apps

    Huawei's next flagship smartphone will not come with Google's popular apps including Maps and YouTube. Google confirmed that due to a US government ban on sales to Huawei, it could not license its apps to the Chinese smartphone giant. It also means the next Huawei phone will not have access...
  • Gigabyte Aero 17 Rocks 9th Gen Core i9, GeForce RTX, And NVIDIA Studio Street Cred

    Gigabyte has launched its latest notebook computer and the machine is aimed directly at the content creators out there. The machine is called the Aero 17, and it has a 17-inch chassis in the same space as some other 15-inch offerings. The chassis is 2.1cm thick and offers a Nanoimprint...
  • This Google Play App's Ticking Malware Time Bomb Just Exploded Leaving 100 Million At Risk

    There's trouble brewing in the Google Play Store... again. This time the threat comes from CamScanner, which for quite some time has been a popular app that allows Android users to create PDF documents using optical character recognition (OCR) technology. The app was developed by Chinese firm CC Intelligence. However, in recent...
  • Apple Offers Rare Apology Over Siri Voice Recordings And Promises User Privacy Changes

    Apple is a company that prides itself on protecting user privacy, and has gone so far as to call out the competition with huge billboards to drive that point home. However, Apple is not exactly without fault when it comes to protecting user privacy as we found out last month with...
  • OPPO Reno2 Launches With Quad Rear Cameras, 5X Hybrid Zoom And Shark Fin Selfie Cam

    Over in India, smartphone maker Oppo is releasing its new "Reno2" series (stylized without a space), with a global launch planned sometime later. According to Oppo, the Reno2 models are about "unleashing creativity." It aims to accomplish that by giving users access to a quad-camera configuration with a 5X Hybrid...
  • Gaming faces its #MeToo moment

    Game developers are highlighting sexual harassment in the industry after several people accused colleagues and peers of assault and abuse. Many women came forward and shared their experiences online, after a developer posted a blog alleging she was raped by a colleague. The allegations cannot be detailed for legal reasons...
  • ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Router Review: A WiFi 6 Monster

    We are no longer on the cusp of Wi-Fi 6 (otherwise known as 802.11ax) connectivity -- it has arrived -- just not in earnest yet. It will take some time before the Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) standard is truly shoved aside in favor of the new kid on the block, the...
  • Apple 'sorry' that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

    Apple has apologised following revelations that it paid third-party workers to listen to voice recordings of Siri users. The practice known as "grading" has been used by several tech firms as a way of improving the quality of speech recognition. However, Apple, Google and Microsoft all halted such work recently...

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