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Jim Rossman: Are you getting new phone fever?

A question I get asked a lot this time of year is, "Should I upgrade my phone or should I wait?"

With Apple announcing new iPhones recently and Samsung and Google announcing new phones in the last few weeks, it is easy to get "new phone fever," but how do you know whether it's really time to upgrade?

With some new phones costing well over $1...Read more


CNET: The best monitors you can get for under $200 in 2020

With the pandemic showing few signs of ending soon, it's looking like working or studying from home may be a long-term thing. Luckily, if you've suddenly found yourself on a tight budget, you can still find a decent monitor for less than $200. But act fast if you find a cheap monitor you want - thanks to so many people currently working from ...Read more


Gadgets: Fun accessories for new iPhone

With any iPhone launch comes the fun of getting accessories to dress them up and keep them protected. And with the recent launch of the iPhone 12, there's plenty to choose from.

Smartish is an iPhone accessory company known for clever, innovative products that are useful in so many environments.

Smartfish is never short on great names and ...Read more


Preview: 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' has a notable sci-fi influence in its design

Although "Assassin's Creed Valhalla" is grounded in history, the inspiration for its structure comes from a game set in the stars. In my conversation with the project's level design director, Philippe Bergeron, "Mass Effect" kept coming up as we discussed the layout of the Ubisoft's upcoming game.

It makes sense if you think about it. The ...Read more


Review: 'Crash Bandicoot 4' brings an old formula back to fans

When it comes to video game mascots, Mario will always be king while Sonic runs a close second. Master Chief is part of that constellation and, somewhere down the line, fans end up with Crash Bandicoot.

The onetime face of PlayStation has never reached that rarified mascot strata, but his resume is surprisingly expansive. He's appeared on ...Read more

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High-profile streamer Quibi is shutting down after subscriber struggles

LOS ANGELES — Less than seven months after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched Quibi to remake the business of short-form video, the nascent streaming service is shutting down, the company said Wednesday.

Katzenberg and Whitman told investors Wednesday afternoon that Quibi, which raised $1.75 billion to tackle the growing digital ...Read more


Sound Advice: High-tech gifts for the outdoor cooking enthusiast

Q. I read your article about the Panasonic Multi-Oven and absolutely love the concept. Do they make a version that mounts under kitchen cabinets?

- L.J., Estell Manor, New Jersey

A. The Multi-Oven has a vent in the back that releases hot air, so this must be taken into account when mounting. Panasonic offers the NN-CD87KS trim kit, which ...Read more

Adobe unveils authentication tool in battle against deepfakes

Adobe Inc. debuted a software tool to help media creators prove their images are real, the latest move by the maker of Photoshop to combat the spread of deepfake technology.

An attribution tool for Photoshop and Behance, a social-media service owned by Adobe, will be available for testing in the coming weeks and generally released in 2021, the ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: What to do if your copy of Windows 10 is obsolete

Q: I keep getting a message on my PC, which has Windows 10 version 1903. It says "Your version of Windows 10 is nearing the end of service. Restart now to get a newer version of Windows. Otherwise we'll try to restart outside of your active hours. Just make sure to leave your device on and plugged in." How do I know if I should allow this?

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Looking beyond smartphones; Qualcomm launches new tech for 5G network gear

SAN DIEGO - Qualcomm is best known for making processors that power the cellular connection in smartphones. But with the emergence of faster 5G technologies, the company now plans to broaden its reach with a new lineup of chips and software for 5G network gear.

At its 5G Summit event on Tuesday, Qualcomm announced that it would offer ...Read more

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Apple, Google worked as 'one company' on search deal, US says

The U.S. government's antitrust assault against Google reveals new details about a secretive, multibillion-dollar deal between the internet giant and Apple Inc., the world's largest technology company.

The Justice Department's lawsuit, filed Tuesday, targets paid deals Google negotiates to get its search engine to be the default on browsers, ...Read more

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Google's search default deals threatened by US antitrust suit

The Department of Justice filed its highly-anticipated antitrust case against Google Tuesday, focusing on payments Google makes to ensure its search engine is the default choice on millions of phones and computer internet browsers made by other companies.

The payments are a little-known part of how Google does business. Cutting them off could ...Read more


Botnet fights back after Microsoft's election security takedown

A week after Microsoft Corp. led a global attack against one of the world's most prolific malware groups, the company says it's winning an ongoing battle to temporarily destabilize the malicious botnet ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

When Microsoft and its coalition of partners attacked the infrastructure supporting the popular ...Read more

Pivoting solely to semiconductors, Cree sells its LED business for up to $300M

DURHAM, N.C. - Durham semiconductor company Cree said Monday that it has sold off its LED products division for up to $300 million, a move that caps a years-long move of divesting from its LED and lighting business.

The company is selling its LED business to SMART Global Holdings, in a deal that will give Cree staggered payments over the next ...Read more

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A new coronavirus fear? Strain seen in swine has potential to jump to humans, study finds

RALEIGH, N.C. - An emerging coronavirus strain that causes gastrointestinal illness in swine - and is especially dangerous to baby pigs - could wreck the pork industry and has the potential to jump species and infect humans, a University of North Carolina study has found.

The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy...Read more


Twitter's disinformation fight begins. It's far from over

Twitter and Facebook, criticized for years over their hands-off approach to content, are coming under fire in 2020 for taking too heavy a hand in policing what's shared on their platforms. Call it growing pains.

The latest flashpoint comes to us courtesy of the New York Post. On Wednesday, the paper published a story that included unverified ...Read more

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YouTube follows Facebook in fanning QAnon, but with caveats

YouTube will ban videos that promote QAnon and other conspiracy theories, but only if they target specific people or groups, seeking to crackdown on potentially dangerous misinformation after criticism the service helped these fringe movements expand.

The decision comes a week after Facebook Inc. said it would remove accounts associated with ...Read more


Jim Rossman: There are a few ways to listen to your music from the cloud

I received a follow-up question to my column about copying songs from CDs to your computer's hard drive.

"I'm writing in regard to your recent column about ripping CDs. I have done that with my CDs and they are on my Mac Mini. My question is can they be stored on the cloud so I can listen to them on my iPhone when I am elsewhere?"

There are ...Read more


CNET: The best dashcams that you can buy in 2020

If you've ever fallen down the rabbit hole of watching amazing dashcam videos on YouTube, you might have considered the advantages of buying one for your own car. A dashboard camera is still something of a rarity in the US, but major auto electronics brands such as Pioneer and Kenwood have dipped their toes into the market.

And why wouldn't ...Read more


Gadgets: Not your average flash drive

Kingston Technology's DataTraveler 2000 cvUSB 3.0 encrypted keypad flash drive is not your average flash drive. It might be the best and most important flash drive you can own.

It's available in storage sizes up to 128GB ($234), which is great but what makes it so valuable is multiple layers of security keeping data safe and secure starting ...Read more