Microsoft allowed to sell software to Huawei once again

From The Verge: Microsoft has been granted a license to export software to Huawei once again. The software giant was caught up in a long line of US-based technology companies that have been forced to comply with President Trump’s executive order to crack down on Chinese tech companies.

“On November 20th, the US Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to Bloomberg. “We appreciate the department’s action in response to our request.”

VIPER GAMING by PATRIOT Announces Sponsorship of ICBA and AVGL Esports Series

From Patriot Press Release: VIPER GAMING by PATRIOT announced that they are sponsoring a brand-new initiative formed by The Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA) and American Video Game League (AVGL). This new partnership aims to transform college bookstores into hubs for an esports tournament series.

CORSAIR Announces iCUE Software for macOS

From Corsair Press Release: CORSAIR today announced that its industry-leading CORSAIR iCUE software is now available for macOS, unlocking the full potential of CORSAIR mice, keyboards, headsets, and more for Mac users. Available as a free download, iCUE enables users to completely personalize their peripherals – increasing productivity, customizing aesthetics, improving gaming performance, and more.

Apple’s HomeKit gets its first DIY security system

From The Verge: Abode has announced that the long-awaited HomeKit support is now available for its Iota home security system. The update adds the ability to manage and view the status of the system through Apple’s Home app and Siri voice commands on iOS, macOS, the Apple Watch, and HomePod devices. The company says it plans to bring HomeKit support to its Gen 1 and Gen 2 systems in the future, but no timeline was provided.

T-Mobile and Comcast broaden anti-robocall feature

From CNET: T-Mobile and Comcast have teamed up with voice and messaging services provider Inteliquent to demonstrate the first end-to-end call over three networks using the Shaken/Stir framework, which validates where calls originate. The news is a big step forward in implementing the technology, which many hope will slow the growing pace of annoying robocalls.

Microsoft is bringing Gmail, Google Drive, and Calendar to

From The Verge: Microsoft is planning to integrate Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar into its web mail client. The software maker has started testing this integration on some accounts recently, and Twitter user Florian B was able to access it today. After a quick setup process, you simply link a Google Account to an account, and Gmail, Drive documents, and Google Calendar will all be automatically displayed inside on the web.

Need Your Kids to Focus? Comcast Xfinity Expands Wi-Fi Control Tools

From PC Mag: Are your kids online too much? If so, Comcast's Xfinity broadband service is introducing a new feature to help parents better control when their children can access the web on their various electronic devices.

Comcast is rolling out a new "Downtime Scheduling" mode for the Xfinity xFi service, which lets customers control Wi-Fi access in their homes. Although kids will hate it, the new tool promises to help parents eliminate distractions during dinner, homework time, or upcoming holiday engagements.

Uber will reportedly audio-record US rides for safety

From CNET: Uber will apparently start recording audio during rides in the US, as part of the ride-hailing company's recent safety push. The feature will let users opt in for trips and come with a warning that journeys can be recorded, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The past few years have seen hundreds of Uber passengers and drivers alleging sexual assault during rides -- several lawsuits have been brought against Uber by people saying they were raped and groped by drivers.

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