Pandora Premium is now available on Amazon Echo devices

From The Verge: Pandora Premium subscribers will now be able to stream music through Amazon Echo devices and third-party Alexa speakers that support the service, Pandora tells The Verge. Users will be able to stream songs, full albums, and playlists from Pandora’s on-demand service to Echo devices, and you can now set Pandora as the default music library on Alexa.

YouTube Introduces Free, Ad-Supported Movie Streams

From PC Mag: Google has been offering movies for sale through YouTube for years, but last month that changed when the video-sharing website quietly started offering select movies in ad-supported form.

As AdAge reports, YouTube decided to introduce free, ad-supported movie streams because it's what users want, with Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube, stating "We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies. Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user?"

Netgear has invested in a kid-tracking tech startup, Jiobit

From CNET: A kid tech company founded by ex-Motorola executives has just gotten a nod from one of the tech industry's biggest names.

Netgear, probably best known for its consumer routers and modems, was part of a group that invested $6.5 million in Jiobit, a company that makes GPS trackers that can be put on children's clothes. Overall, Jiobit has raised $11 million since its founding in 2015.

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Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

"What is the difference between a PDF file and a pedophile?" a Grade 6 kid asked me. I was a little dumbfounded given I have personally never thought of this question before. "You can be safe around one and not the other," I replied. Sometimes, you have to give it to little boys to draw two completely unrelated things to one another, and regardless of what is on his mind, he certainly got the pronunciations right. Thankfully, there is little correlation between the two beyond that, even if they sound similar to a certain extent. About three years ago, I took a look at the Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB hard drive. In the WD6001FZWX review, I said "the latest flagship consumer drive from Western Digital is seriously fast for a mechanical hard drive" and it was "delivered with class-leading performance for power desktop users". Today, we will take a look at the Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB. While they are both called Western Digital Black, in the same way there is little correlation between a PDF file and a pedophile, these two products could not be more dissimilar. The Western Digital Black WD6001FZWX 6TB was a big and heavy 3.5" mechanical hard drive that runs hot and sucks power at 7,200 RPM, while the Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB is a slim M.2 2280 NVMe solid state drive that does not even require an external power connector. But will the latest from Western Digital continue to take home the performance crown among its solid state peers? Read on to find out!

SilverStone Lucid LD01 Review (Page 1 of 4)

If there is one thing you need to know about the drive between Calgary and Yellowknife, it is the fact there are unpaved portions of highway in the Northwest Territories. In one section of these roads, I was driving when all of a sudden I heard a loud ping and crack. I gasped aloud and the rest of the passengers looked up front. Smack in the middle of the windshield was a sizable chip, measuring about one or two centimeters. With my typical “Type A” personality, I started internally freaking out. I knew this could be taken care of because I was covered by my credit card insurance, but I still worried about what I had to do next. When we got to our next stop, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan came over to inspect the damage. He looked at it and laughed saying, "Thank goodness it is a rental!” Clearly, we had two different lines of thought, but I knew he was right. Even if the chip was on the car he rented, he would probably still be as nonchalant about it. As you can see, you can have two different perspectives that will affect your outcome. As we have seen with recent computer cases, the trend is often moving towards premium materials. One approach to this could be a slow and steady route by incorporating more metal and a glass panel for a revision of the same case. On the other hand, case manufacturers could just go straight to the edge by going glass and metal everywhere. This is what we have with the SilverStone Lucid LD01. Unlike my situation, these two different approaches result in different outcomes, but they target the same goal. Is SilverStone's approach a winning option or will we find some figurative chips and cracks when we are finished? Let us read on to find out!

Nintendo Isn't Making an N64 Classic

From PC Mag: In 2016, Nintendo gave us the NES Classic, and we bought millions of them. Then is 2017, Nintendo gave us the Super NES Classic and we bought even more millions of those. The two Classic systems have combined sales of over 8.8 million, so you might be surprised to hear we aren't getting an N64 Classic next.

Microsoft opens the door to better Windows on ARM apps

From The Verge: Microsoft is removing one of the big limitations of Windows on ARM this week by allowing developers to create 64-bit ARM (ARM64) apps. Developers will be able to recompile existing win32 or Universal Windows Apps to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM hardware. That means 64-bit app performance should get a lot better, as long as developers take the time to recompile.

Text message database reportedly leaked password resets

From CNET: A massive database managing millions of text messages was reportedly discovered unsecured, exposing sensitive information such as password resets and two-factor security codes.

Vovox, a San Diego-based communications company maintained the server, which was left unprotected by password, offering anyone knowing where to look a real-time glimpse at a steady stream of text messages, TechCrunch reported Thursday. The unsecured server was discovered on Shodan, a search engine for publicly available devices and databases, TechCrunch reported.

Roku TV Wireless Speakers launch November 16th for $200

From The Verge: Roku’s wireless speakers designed to work exclusively with Roku TVs will ship beginning tomorrow, the company announced today. The set, which includes two speakers, a Roku voice remote, and the new Roku Touch tabletop remote, will sell for $200. But if you purchase between this coming Sunday and Cyber Monday, Roku is discounting it down to $150.


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