Wireless carriers may soon boost speeds with a bunch of free spectrum

From The Verge: Wireless carriers are expected to start boosting LTE speeds and augmenting their 5G rollouts later this year with a swath of spectrum that, as of this week, is finally ready for commercial use. Many popular phones — including Apple’s iPhone 11, Samsung’s Galaxy S10, and Google’s Pixel 4 — already support the spectrum, so it’s possible people in the US will start benefiting from the new deployments later this year.

Avast Defends Data Harvesting, Plans to Get Users to Agree to It

From PC Mag: Avast plans on exploring "further changes" to the company's practice of selling users' browser histories to third-party companies. But in the meantime, the antivirus vendor will try to opt more users into the data-sharing, despite the privacy risks.

On Tuesday, the company published a blog post in response to a PCMag-Motherboard investigation into how Avast's free antivirus products can expose your website clicks to corporations and market research companies.

Google to translate and transcribe conversations in real time

From CNET: Google on Tuesday unveiled a feature that'll let people use their phones to both transcribe and translate a conversation in real time into a language that isn't being spoken. The tool will be available for the Google Translate app in the coming months, said Bryan Lin, an engineer on the Translate team.

Right now the feature is being tested in several languages, including Spanish, German and French. Lin said the computing will take place on Google's servers and not on people's devices.

Cooler Master Launches MasterAir G200P & MasterFan MF120 Halo

From Cooler Master Press Release: Cooler Master introduces the MasterAir G200P Low Profile CPU cooler and the MasterFan MF120 Halo ARGB case fans.

MasterAir G200P: Designed for Small-Form Factor

The MasterAir G200P is a 39.4 mm low-profile CPU cooler designed for small form factor cases and compact PC builds. Built with a powerful 92mm squared PWM fan to maximize top-down cooling, the G200P features a wide fan speed range that is fine-tuned for maximum airflow, overall cooling performance and silent operation.

Zoom vulnerability would have allowed hackers to eavesdrop on calls

From The Verge: Cybersecurity research company Check Point Research says in a report out today that it found security flaws in videoconferencing platform Zoom that would have allowed a potential hacker to join a video meeting uninvited and listen in, potentially accessing any files or information shared during the meeting. While Zoom has addressed the issue, the report raises deeper concerns about the safety of videoconferencing apps that require access to microphones and cameras.

Report: iOS 14 to Support Same iPhone Models as iOS 13

From PC Mag: Apple's software-focused WWDC event in June is where the company is expected to announce the next versions of its iOS and iPadOS. It's over four months until WWDC, but there's already news of which old Apple devices will qualify for an upgrade.

As 9To5Mac reports, the supported device list comes via a rumor reported on French website iPhonesoft. If true, it's good news for anyone still relying on a very old iPhone such as the iPhone SE or iPhone 6S. Apparently Apple is set to repeat what it did with iOS 13 last year and support the exact same range of models.

GM will spend $2.2 billion to build electric and autonomous vehicles at Detroit plant

From The Verge: Last week, GM-subsidiary Cruise unveiled the Origin, its first self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals. At the time, the company’s CEO Dan Ammann promised to reveal production details in the days to come. Well, today’s the day, with GM announcing plans to spend $2.2 billion to retrofit its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for the production of autonomous and electric vehicles.

YouTube Offers Some Premium Users Free Channel Memberships

From PC Mag: One of YouTube's main rivals is Twitch, and it looks as though YouTube is thinking about stealing one of Twitch's better ideas for its Premium subscribers.

As 9to5Google reports, some YouTube Premium subscribers are being offered a free channel membership every month. Premium users pay $11.99 per month in return for no ads, video downloads, and background play for video and music.

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