Category: Tech News

US Army Halts Use Of DJI Drones Due To Cyber Security Concerns

DJI is the most well-known company in the consumer quadcopter market, and their business has exploded over the last five years as drone technology improves and general pricing gets more affordable. Since the technology has become so advanced, even the Army has been utilizing DJI models sold right off the shelf for military operations like reconnaissance, engineering support, communications and fire support. While they Army gained great functionality out of these consumer drones for a small cost, a recent memo urged all Army personnel to immediately stop all use of DJI products via the following order:  “cease all use, uninstall...

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Overwatch’s ‘Summer Games’ 2.0 Event Launches August 8th

Last year, Overwatch held their first seasonal event during the 2016 Summer Olympics dubbed the ‘Summer Games' which introduced limited time skins along with a fun Rocket League inspired ‘Lucioball' game mode. A new video was just uploaded to Blizzard's YouTube channel giving a developer update that announces the Summer Games 2.0 event will return on August 8th running through the 29th. If you missed out on last year's skins which arguably had some of the best (such as American McCree or Russian Zarya), you'll be able to purchase them at a discounted rate of in-game credit for the...

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Amazon’s Fire TV Will Soon Be Able To Show Live Home Camera Feeds

Amazon has been on top of the business world lately with their expansion into new ventures and current market domination with both their AWS infrastructure and their Alexa voice assistants. The most recent Echo Show device to be released was the first of Amazon's voice assistant line-up to offer a screen for a viewing and with this came support for viewing live video feeds from smart home Wi-Fi cameras. In a press release posted earlier today, Amazon is bringing this same functionality to their Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV sticks and Fire TV Edition Smart TVs in the near future....

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Blizzard Will Release ‘StarCraft: Remastered’ On August 14th For $15

Starcraft is arguably the best real-time strategy game ever and it was one of the original sources of gaming competition with a massive e-sports scene overseas. The original title debuted back on March 31st in 1998 thus making the franchise over 19 years old. On April 19th, Blizzard delivered their first patch to the original in 8 years which made the title completely free to play for anyone regardless of whether they bought a license key in the past. While this was a cool way for veteran gamers to reminisce and new players to discover the franchise for the first...

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‘PlayStation Plus’ Price Raise Begins In Europe On August 31st

Sony's premium online gaming service, ‘PlayStation Plus‘ will soon see a price hike in Europe following the same increased in the US membership which rolled out last September. Members in the UK will see the monthly price jumping up from £6 to £7, the quarterly price from £15 to £20, and the yearly membership increases from £40 to £50. In other European nations, the price is rising to €8, €25 and €60, respectively. These price hikes will be taken into effect on August 21st, 2017. For those unfamiliar with PlayStation Plus, it is a premium membership much like Xbox Live that...

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Blizzard Shows Off ‘Garrosh’ Hero Spotlight For ‘Heroes Of The Storm’

While Blizzard's hit first-person shooter, Overwatch is a fan favorite raking in millions of dollars each month for the company, their MOBA dubbed Heroes of the Storm is still pumping out new content each month in the form of more heroes, skins, maps and brawl modes. The next hero coming to the nexus is the iconic war chief of the Horde, Garrosh initially introduced in Warcraft and also appearing as the default hero for the ‘warrior' class in their digital card title, HearthStone. In HOTS, Garrosh takes on the warrior role as well, bringing a new solo tank opportunity thanks...

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‘Strava Premium’ Includes Insurance For Devices Damaged While Cycling

The popular fitness-tracking app Strava has added some new benefits for their Premium subscription including accidental damage coverage to phones or GPS devices that are damaged while recording cycling activity with Strava. This perk is offered in conjunction with Sunday's Insurance and available for Premium members located in the US, UK, and Australia. Regarding the fine print, it isn't the best coverage as the insurance only kicks in if your device is broken during “a bicycle impact or crash in which your bicycle is sufficiently damaged to be non-functioning without repairs and/or you need medical treatment.” Along with the stiff coverage,...

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Avast Acquires Piriform, The Company Behind The Popular ‘CCleaner’ Software

While we've reviewed several premium optimization and maintenance software for both Mac and PC, CCleaner has always remained the best free alternative providing a great deal of features and ease of use without the need to spend any money. CCleaner's parent company, Piriform, has established a name in the industry not only with their optimization software but also with their other free programs like Defraggler (defragmentation tool), Recuva (file recovery software) and Speccy (a detailed hardware specification analysis tool). In a move that will either make or break the future of their products, Piriform as a whole was acquired...

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Microsoft Debuts Their First Smart Thermostat Backed By Cortana

Companies like Nest and Honeywell have been very successful in the smart home market with their smart thermostat products, but there is plenty of market share left for new competitors within the space. Microsoft has just announced a new smart thermostat called the GLAS which is both sleek and functional. Built in conjunction with Johnson Controls (the company that made the first electric room thermostat), the GLAS incorporates Cortana voice controls alongside Windows 10 IoT core operating system and Azure Cloud computing services. One of the coolest features in the GLAS is the translucent display which is also a...

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Netflix To Focus On Original Content As Subscriber Count Tops 103.95M

Cord-cutters are on the rise, and Netflix has become the go-to resource for many to consume their video content. In a recent earnings report & interview (embedded below), the streaming giant stated that they grew from 99M to 104M users during the second quarter of 2017 with most of the success attributed to their original content. Furthermore, of the 104M subscribers, they now have more international customers than domestic (US). Within the investor PDF, Netflix discussed their focus on producing more original content and their previous decisions to cancel an underperforming series: “as much as we dislike ending a series...

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