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HOW APPLE CAN FIX ITS AWFUL PRE-ORDERING SYSTEM

If you were like me last night, you set your alarm for the dead of night. Then when the alarm went off, you wiped the crust from your eyes, opened your MacBook, hit refresh a bunch of times, looked at the clock, cursed Apple, switched to your iPad, spend a bunch of money, and went back to bed. This is how it’s been for quite some time now. It’s the same horrible process every September, as predictable as a mountain…

DELL IS SELLING OUR FAVORITE BUDGET GAMING LAPTOP FOR $800 RIGHT NOW

Bargains are in a bit of a lull before the holidays arrive, but there are still a few decent deals out there. Right now, Dell is offering a 15-inch gaming laptop with a Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card for $800, and IPS screen. That last detail—the IPS screen—makes this price particularly appealing, given our experience with the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming earlier this year. Back at launch, we loved its performance but…

IS WIRELESS CHARGING BAD FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE?

With Apple finally bringing native wireless charging to its iPhone lineup, the technology will become far more widely adopted, both among consumers and within corporations. Apple chose to use the Qi specification, which uses inductive charging technology, for its iPhone 8 and iPhone X lineup of smartphones. Samsung committed to the same specification for its flagship Galaxy smartphones; in all, about 90 smartphone models use Qi today, making it the industry's most popular among three standards. In addition to desktop charging stations…

Google deletes Android backups without notification if you don’t use phone

Thanks to a series of incremental improvements to its backup and restore feature, Google has made it fairly easy to migrate from one Android device to another without the hassle of setting up your handset all anew – that is, unless you leave your phone idle for too long. A miffed user has taken to Reddit to complain the Big G automatically deleted his backup without any notification. The incident took place after he purportedly parted with his Nexus 6P handset a few months back and…

CCleaner was hacked to spread malware to millions of users for a month

Now this is an ironic flub-up. Popular utility tool CCleaner (short for ‘Crap Cleaner’), which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports. The app, which touts more than two billion downloads and over two million active users according to parent company Avast, was infected with a malicious payload that made it possible to download and execute other suspicious software, including ransomware and keyloggers. While developer Piriform and Avast have already confirmed the…

You can now catch a Lyft even in rural areas in 40 U.S. states

  Lyft has been rapidly growing its reach throughout the United States in the last year and has just announced it has rolled out service to every corner of 32 states, making it available in every area there’s a road in 40 states. All 50 states offer some form of Lyft service but now even rural areas in most states can catch a Lyft. According to a company statement out today, Lyft can now pick up customers in 94 percent of the…

Transparent Nintendo Switch case is a nod to the ’90s

Gone are the days of Nintendo selling transparent consoles and controllers like the atomic purple Nintendo 64 controller or the fuchsia Game Boy Advance. Luckily, another company is picking up the slack. Third-party manufacturer Myriann has created transparent replacement cases for the Nintendo Switch, allowing people to transform Nintendo's latest console into a '90s dream machine. Take a look: Of course, installing the replacement cases will require a bit of screwdriving (and possibly some finagling). It's not just a snap-off, snap-on situation.…

Rumor Has It Vega Mines Ether Like A Beast, But It Could Be Fud

AMD’s Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards are slated for release on August 14, and the rumors of their potential performance are gaining attention. The most recent tease suggests that Vega could be a powerhouse at mining Ethereum, which could be true, but don’t get fooled by the hype. Earlier today, Overclock3D.net and Videocardz.com released reports that suggest that AMD’s upcoming Vega cards would offer incredible Ethereum mining performance, the likes of which no single GPU could ever dream of pulling off before Vega. Overclock3D.net…

You can now reply to Instagram Stories with photos and video

Instagram has updated its Stories feature with the ability to reply to stories with either photos or video. This means you can use all the creative tools found in the Instagram camera, including filters, Boomerang, rewind and stickers to show the original poster exactly how your really feel about what they’re sharing. The replies feature also lets you use a new sticker that actually contains the original Story you’re replying to, which can be resized and positioned anywhere in your frame. These…

At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics

Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. “We’re on the verge of new technological revolutions that could improve, virtually, every aspect of our lives, create vast new wealth for American workers and families, and open up bold, new frontiers in science,…

Microsoft wants to make iOS and Android even better

I recently talked about the reason that I'm "loyal" to Apple, insofar that I'm most comfortable using iOS and there are some features that I just don't want to give up (Control Center) by switching to another platform. The most troubling part of this is the fact that I still want to switch. I'm not completely immune to devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, or even the LG G6. My loyalty gets tested all the time. There's a saying that everything is…

Flagship is to power as budget is to battery: Which one is best for you?

Not too long ago, if you wanted to purchase a functional smartphone there was no doubt about it: you would need to shell out some fat stacks for the best of the best. While saving money on a cheaper smartphone was an option, it wasn’t necessarily a great option; most lower end smartphones exhibited terrible performance, often right out of the box. As somebody who spent a good two years using budget smartphones (not without countless hours of research, attempting…

Should Nokia be the “new Nexus”?

It’s only been a little over half a year since HMD Global resurrected the Nokia brand in mobile, and although the once colossal brand has had a relatively quiet start, a recent release by HMD Global suggests that it has its sights set on a bright future for the Nokia by having a close relationship with Google, possibly as the new Nexus, or something along those lines. The loss of Nexus wasn’t a big deal for most smartphone consumers, but for enthusiasts…

How important is the location of the fingerprint sensor?

I love fingerprint sensors. Generally speaking, I find the fingerprint sensor to be one of the best features of modern day smartphones. Although I wouldn’t consider it a great measure of security on its own, in addition to other security methods it’s a semi-secure and convenient feature for unlocking smartphones. And as smartphones have evolved, so have fingerprint sensors. Not only are sensors becoming more accurate at readings and faster at unlocking, but they’re also prone to another variable: their…

Prank experts build the app of your April Fools’ Day dreams

I know, I know, April Fools' Day has gotten so over the top, few pranks are actually funny (especially when they come a day early.) Sometimes, your best bet is to stick with the basics, like a good old-fashioned prank call. Successfully pulling one off is another matter, though. That's where a new app from Ownage Pranks comes in. Created by the masterminds behind the popular YouTube series of the same name, the app helps you send pre-recorded prank calls…

Here’s the deal with those colorful status updates on Facebook

If your Facebook News Feed is looking a bit more colorful recently, there's good reason: The company is thirsty for your precious personal content. Facebook has been rolling out a new way to post status updates since the end of last year. Write something in the "What's on your mind?" box and you'll be prompted to select a background color for the text, which gives the post a much more prominent slice of real estate in the News Feed. The…