WebAssembly wins! Google pulls plug on PNaCl

From InfoWorld: For Google, it is time to ring out the old and ring in the new when it comes to running native code in the browser. To this end, Google is making the WebAssembly portable code format its solution for native code going forward, displacing the company’s Portable Native Client (PNaCl).

Skype's major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats

From PC World: Microsoft announced a major redesign of its Skype app on Thursday, helping users foster an improved social network of sorts among their best friends, while an army of helpful bots stands ready to offer recommendations and cat GIFs.

How many wireless access points do you have at home?

1
77% (109 votes)
2
16% (22 votes)
3 or more
7% (10 votes)
Total votes: 141

Linksys WRT3200ACM Review (Page 1 of 5)

A couple of years ago in my BitFenix Flo review, I wrote about we know how to "optimize the individual rate allocation to every node in a multi-device MIMO wireless network using fancy techniques like SLP-PA", but "might run into a bit of trouble setting up a $20 Wi-Fi router we buy from the local computer store". By "we", of course, I mean my colleagues -- including Technical Editor Hai Wang, who is doing his PhD right now -- in the Wireless Networking Research Laboratory at the University of Calgary, who are supposedly experts in the field of wireless communications. However, the biggest irony that we are faced with today is not necessarily due to any assertions we cannot figure out how to set up a $20 Wi-Fi router we buy from the local computer store, which all of us have no issues with doing, but rather the fact me being the Editor-in-Chief here at APH Networks for over a decade has never covered a Wi-Fi router for review. As someone who does research in the area of wireless networking, how much more fitting can it get for me to spend some time looking at Wi-Fi routers on this website? As we come together for the first time in the history of this online publication, let us take a look at the Linksys WRT3200ACM. The Linksys WRT3200ACM is not only one of the company's upper tier routers, but being the spiritual successor to the famous WRT54G, is also one that is open source ready for you to load in DD-WRT or OpenWRT at your discretion. Read on to find out how it fares!

ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye Review (Page 1 of 4)

As some of you readers may know, I have a sister who is three years older than me. Due to this age gap, I never was in the same school as her once she left elementary school until we were both in university. As the younger one, I sometimes end up with the same teachers as my sister. Whenever this happened, the teacher would ask, "Your name is Aaron Lai... is your sibling (A random name) Lai?" I would always laugh this off and reply no. It was quite rare if the teacher could actually guess who my sister was, and I think only my band teachers knew I was related to my sister. More recently, the company I am working for hired an intern with the same last name. Upon finding this out, one of my co-workers turned to me and jokingly said, "Hey Aaron, is this your cousin?" While some might see this as a bit racist, I do not feel offended at this, because to me it is either a joke or an actual question. In addition, it is very possible we are cousins, except very long lost, haha. Names are a peculiar thing in the fact they often have some sort of meaning or purpose, and thus similarly named items will cause people to expect some sort of relationship between the two things. Today, we have the ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye at APH Networks. Sharing the same Kone name as the recently reviewed Kone EMP, a very natural question would be to ask what is similar and different between the two mice. We had a generally very positive conclusion with the EMP, so I can only hope the Pure Owl-Eye is just as excellent. Thankfully, now is the time to find out, so let us get on with it!

LG joins NFC payment party with LG Pay

From CNET: Apple and Samsung have been fattening their pockets with digital wallets for years, and now LG wants in.

The company rolled out LG Pay in South Korea on Friday, it said in a statement. South Korean users of the LG G6 will be the first to be able to use the service.

LG Pay allows users to register up to 10 of their frequently used cards, including credit, membership and transportation cards. To make payment with LG Pay, users tap their phone against a credit card terminal and scan their fingerprint.

Motorola's Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods

From PC World: The surprise smartphone hit of 2016 wasn’t the Galaxy S7 or the Google Pixel. Rather, it was a mid-range phone from Motorola with a big gimmick: magnetic mods. LG’s modular phone concept spectacularly failed with the G5, but the $450 Moto Z Play hit the sweet spot, with a nice cross-section of add-ons and a much easier swappability than LG’s removable chin.

Now Motorola is back with the Z2 Play, a thinner, lighter, faster, and more expensive sequel to the Z.

Intel's Compute Card puts a PC in the palm of your hand

From CNET: Intel has had enough of chips that sit hidden away inside your PC. It wants you to be able to feel the processing power in your hands, and take it with you wherever you go.

Enter the ComputeCard -- a modular card designed to slide in and out of notebooks, PCs, connected appliances and even intelligent whiteboards to provide ultra-portable computing and connectivity. And you'll be able to get it by August.

This Chinese giant wants to take on Apple, Samsung in the US

From CNET: Most people in the US have never heard of Huawei, let alone know how to pronounce the name. The Chinese technology giant wants to change that.

Huawei (pronounced "wah-way") is the world's third biggest smartphone brand thanks to its strength in China and Europe. But if it wants a chance at closing the gap between itself, Apple and Samsung, it needs to crack that US market. And Huawei knows that.

Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector

From PC World: Since we last heard about the Xperia XZ Premium at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S8, the HTC U Ultra, and the LG G6 have all begun shipping. But over the past few months, Sony has been putting the finishing touches on its own flagship phone, as well as its touch-based projector (which will still can't believe is a real product). And now, we finally know when they're going to arrive and how much they're going to cost.

They're not cheap.

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