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Samsung, Intel Join FTC’s Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm

Intel and Samsung have both joined the FTC’s lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the smartphone SoC and wireless modem manufacturer of engaging in practices that violate antitrust law. Fair disclosure requires me to note that Intel’s brief is impossible to read without chortling. Anyone who recalls AMD’s antitrust lawsuits against Intel may have a similar problem, given Intel’s smug dismissal of AMD’s complaints at the time, compared with the outraged tone it takes in its own court filing against Qualcomm. According to Intel, Qualcomm has: [M]aintained an interlocking web of abusive ...

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2018 Honda Odyssey First Drive Review: Tech Makes It the Ultimate People Hauler

The 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan may be the long-distance cruiser of choice for larger groups, rather than an SUV. Honda has crafted a vehicle capable of quiet, comfortable travel for six to eight. A raft of entertainment technology helps the passengers pass time, while a nearly state-of-the-art set of driver assists lightens the load. In a game of leapfrog among the just-launched 2018 Odyssey, the year-old Chrysler Pacifica, and the aging but refreshed Toyota Sienna, the race favors Honda. Chrysler has a lot going for it, including hide-away second row ...

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Aquantia Wants to Put 5-10 Gigabit Ethernet in Your PC

Aquantia, a manufacturer of high-speed transceivers and general proponent of high-speed network controllers above and beyond the gigabit-class NICs that are included on just about every motherboard these days, wants to push wired PC connectivity to the next level. To that end, they’ve announced a new pair of add-in cards that would move ethernet support off of the motherboard and back on to separate PCI Express cards — albeit at much faster transfer rates than anything you can buy in the consumer market today. Aquantia’s new AQtion single-port network cards ...

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What Is Mixed Reality, and Can It Take Augmented Reality Mainstream?

The term “mixed reality” has been thrown about a lot as of late, but pinning down a precise definition has proven elusive. After spending the day at Stanford University’s SCIEN-hosted workshop, which was full of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) luminaries, it appears the one thing everyone can agree on is there isn’t a standard definition for either term. Let’s see if we can do a bit better. AR now covers a broad spectrum, from Instagram Stickers and Pokemon Go, to sophisticated onsite walkthroughs of rooms of virtual ...

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ET deals: Lifetime Premium Subscription to Disconnect for $49

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Research Suggests Mars Formed in the Asteroid Belt

Earth and Mars are very different planets right now, but they’re both small, rocky planets in the inner solar system. However, a new study suggests Mars may also have different origins than Earth. Researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology claim that analysis of Mars’ composition supports the idea that it was originally formed in the asteroid belt, and then migrated to the inner solar system. This could alter much of what we know about the early eons of our little corner of the cosmos. The team, led by planetary scientist ...

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Rumor: Intel Planning 12-Core Core i9 CPUs to Challenge AMD’s Ryzen

Since it launched in early March, AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 families have blown holes in Intel’s midrange and high-end desktop product segments. It was only a matter of time until Chipzilla retaliated, and a leaked slide from a German presentation suggests that Intel is stepping up its own Skylake-X HEDT (High End DeskTop) platforms. According to the leaked information, Intel will offer a top-end 12-core Core i9-7920X, with 24 threads and 16.5MB of L3 cache, with 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Base clock and turbo frequencies are all TBD, ...

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Netflix No Longer Available to Rooted, Unlocked Android Devices

Update:  The “unlocked” devices Netflix is refusing to support may refer to bootloader-unlocked devices rather than carrier-unlocked devices. Carrier unlocking refers to the practice of allowing a device purchased from one company to run on another company’s network, while bootloader unlocking allows a smartphone to run a completely different version of Android (or in some cases, an entirely different operating system).  Not all phone manufacturers lock their bootloader and some manufacturers that do lock their bootloaders don’t lock every single SKU they manufacture. It is unclear if the new Netflix ...

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Registering a Domain Accidentally Triggered Ransomware’s Kill Switch

A new and aggressive form of ransomware started infecting computers late last week. The UK’s national Health Service (NHS) and Spanish telco Telefónica were among the most high-profile victims of the WannaCry malware, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0.  As bad as the infection was, it could have been much worse if not for a security writer and researcher stumbling upon its kill switch. All he had to do  in order to neuter WannaCry was register a domain. Like most ransomware, WannaCry is designed to encrypt a user’s important files when ...

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MP3s Didn’t Just Die, Corporate Claims to the Contrary Notwithstanding

MP3’s have been a fixture of the internet and the broader technological landscape since many of us first got online. While largely supplanted by newer audio compression schemes, including some that feature lossless encoding, MP3 is the fallback option for when you need an audio format that’s guaranteed to play on virtually anything from any era. It was surprising, therefore, to see an announcement from NPR over the weekend that the MP3 was “officially dead,” even if the headline included the proviso “according to its creators.” A quick jaunt over ...

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