Google will issue a fix for Pixel 2’s buzzing sounds heard during calls

From The Verge: Google is releasing a fix in the coming weeks to remove a faint buzzing sound that appears during phone calls on some Pixel 2 devices. A community manager posted a short message on the Pixel User Community forum confirming the fix, stating, “We’re rolling out a software update in the coming weeks which eliminates a faint buzzing sound on some Pixel 2 devices when the phone is placed to your ear during a phone call.”

HomePod delay clouds Apple’s smart speaker future

When will electric cars become more popular than gas/diesel cars?

Within the next 5 years
13% (17 votes)
In the next 5-10 years
34% (45 votes)
More than 10 years
45% (60 votes)
It will never happen
8% (10 votes)
Total votes: 132

GAMDIAS Hermes M3 RGB Review

I think it is pretty funny how unfamiliar things can seem after not doing it for a long time. For example, this past week I attended a local hockey game. As my friend was already downtown, I could either take the bus or drive to the train station, then take a train to the arena. As gas prices had risen sharply, I decided to take the bus. Taking my old route, I jumped over my fence and ran out to the bus stop. While I did not forget how to ride a bus, I did forget a lot of the small things that accompany taking public transit. The first thing was forgetting the fact I could text the transit's service to check when the next bus would come. After doing so, I realized I arrived at the bus stop was way too early. Next, I forgot the time delta between the estimated time of arrival and the actual time, as my bus was more than five minutes late. Thankfully, the bus still got me to where I needed to go and I was on my way. Even though I used to take public transit every day in my post-secondary days, I found it amusing how much I had forgotten about it. Similarly, when we received the GAMDIAS Hermes M3 RGB, there were some unfamiliar things here, despite them not being so unfamiliar. GAMDIAS markets this product as the "World's First 87 keys RGB Low-Profile Keyboard" and while I am quite familiar with tenkeyless keyboards, I have not used a low profile keyboard since the Tesoro Gram Spectrum. So I have to ask, what is this one like? Read on to find out!

Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 Review (Page 1 of 4)

If you ask me what is the most useful course I have taken in graduate school, I would like to say it is Optimization Theory, which I have learned how to optimize one or multiple parameters of a complex system. It is easy to consider just one parameter, since there is no need to worry about sacrificing other parameters. However, optimization problems are not so easy to solve if there are several objectives. You cannot just focus on one objective. Often times, if one objective is satisfied, other objectives may get affected destructively. For example, in wireless communication systems design, there are two objectives: One is related with throughput; the other energy consumption. Yes, you can implement all the fancy technologies such as massive multiple-input and multiple-output antennas, high complexity coding schemes, and even machine learning algorithms. However, all of those technologies that can help increase the throughput will also increase the radio overhead, and consequently, energy consumption. Nobody wants a cell phone that only has five minutes battery lifetime; meanwhile, the phone will not be very useful if it can only transmit five bits per hour. You have to really balance the throughput performance and the cost of achieving the throughput. Therefore, at the end of the day, there is no single solution that can easily satisfy all objectives. Instead, trade-off must be made so the overall result is good for its application. To design a gaming mouse, at least two objectives should be considered, namely, the aesthetic perspective and the ergonomic perspective. In order to come with a good ergonomic design, the shape of the mouse should be determined according to the feeling of the operating hand, such that there will not be much room left for the aesthetic perspective. Now there comes the question: Does the design of today's review unit, the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520, achieve the optimal point of both aesthetic and ergonomic perspectives? Let us find out.

Apple’s latest iOS update fixes iPhone X screen responsiveness in cold weather

From The Verge: Apple has just released iOS 11.1.2, which, as promised, fixes an issue where screens on iPhone X devices could become unresponsive in cold weather. Afflicted users noted reports of iPhone X displays freezing up when suddenly taken outside into cold environments, before resuming normal activity a few seconds later.

Intel's New Modem Could Push iPhone 12 to 1.6Gbps

From PC Mag: Over the past two years, since it started using Intel's modems in the iPhone 7, Apple has locked its modem feature set to what Intel provides. Today, Intel promised a doozy: a 1.6Gbps LTE modem scheduled for mid-2019, just in time for the iPhone 12. That's a faster LTE connection than anyone, including Qualcomm, has promised.

EA ditches microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II

From CNET: Electronic Arts has announced it is turning off all in-game purchases on Star Wars Battlefront II, on the eve of the game's worldwide launch, after a massive outcry from fans.

The company confirmed the news in a blog post late on Thursday, admitting that the microtransactions it built into the first person shooter were "overshadowing an otherwise great game."

HTC launches Vive tracker bundles

From The Verge: HTC has launched Vive Tracker bundles, opening its tracker device to everyday consumers for the first time. The Vive Tracker is a small interchangeable motion tracking accessory that can attach to any object in real life, and works with the HTC Vive VR headset. The tracker creates a wireless connection between the object and headset and allows the player to then use the object in the virtual world, which is pretty awesome. The tracker can also be attached to a DSLR camera to create mixed reality videos.

Kickstarter Launches Patreon-Like Drip Subscription Service

From PC Mag: Almost two years ago, Kickstarter acquired a startup called Drip, designed to help music fans support artists through subscriptions. Now, Kickstarter is relaunching Drip to help more creators get paid.

Similar to services like Patreon, Drip is designed for ongoing funding rather than a one-time campaign; it can help people "fund and build a community around their ongoing creative practice," Kickstarter Creator and Principal Founder Perry Chen wrote in a blog post.


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