Google updates Home Hub, Assistant to take on Alexa for the holidays

From CNET: The Google Home Hub will now help you decide what to cook. It can save your favorite recipes. You can respond to broadcast messages and tell your significant other to pick up a missing ingredient. You can speed up the playback of your favorite podcast so it finishes by the time you're done in the kitchen, and then Assistant can help entertain your kids with stories and Easter eggs when it's time for bed.

G.SKILL Announces DDR4-4266 64GB (8x8GB) and DDR4-4000 128GB (8x16GB) Memory Kits

From G.Skill Press Release: G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd. is excited to announce two world-class extreme speed high capacity memory kits - DDR4-4266 64GB (8x8GB) and DDR4-4000 128GB (8x16GB) for the latest Intel® Core™ X-series processors and X299 motherboards. Both kits are equipped with high performance Samsung B-die ICs and are validated on the ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE II motherboard with the Intel Core i9-9920X and Core i7-9800X processors, respectively.

Valve Pays Hacker $20K for Bug That Generated CD Keys

From PC Mag: Steam contained a rather serious security flaw until recently that made it possible for an attacker to generate an activation key for any game available on the digital store with no payment necessary. Luckily for Valve, a security researcher discovered the bug first and has been duly rewarded for reporting rather than exploiting it.

Google outage pushed traffic through Russia, China and Nigeria

From CNET: Google suffered a brief outage and slowdown Monday, with some of its traffic getting rerouted through networks in Russia, China and Nigeria.

Incorrect routing instructions sent some of the search giant's traffic to Russian network operator TransTelekom, China Telecom and Nigerian provider MainOne between 1:00 p.m. and 2:23 p.m. PT, according to internet research group ThousandEyes.

HTC Vive unveils standalone VR headset, collaboration app for the enterprise

From ComputerWorld: HTC Vive has launched a handful of enterprise-focused products, with a new standalone “mobile” VR headset, developer tools and a collaboration app that promises to connect remote employees.

The Taiwanese company last week announced that the Vive Focus head-mounted display will now ship in the U.S., following a launch in China earlier this year.

How often do you use meal delivery services?

Very regularly
26% (35 votes)
Once in a while
42% (57 votes)
Almost never
32% (44 votes)
Total votes: 136

ROCCAT Horde AIMO Review

Years ago, before I had any idea of how a computer works, my brother started to play World of Warcraft. I would always enjoy watching my brother play different video games. From Star Wars: Phantom Menace, to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, I tried to play the games, but I was horrid at them. One game I wish I could replay was this pod racing Star Wars game, which held hours of fun. This game took you to different planets to race and you could choose from a myriad of racers. World of Warcraft was the next great game I always wanted to play, but never could. Instead, I only watched my brother and his friend play it. They grinded through all the levels to reach the 60 level cap. I was too young to have a subscription and I would only be able to play a few minutes here and there. The highest level I achieved was level 10. All this mystery created a strong draw throughout my teenage years as I attempted many different ways to play the game. Finally, when I could buy the subscription, I started to play quite a bit. I did not have too many other friends at the time who played WoW, but I did not even get that far either. After finally being able to play the game fully and completely, I was not excited about it anymore. It was as if everything making the game attractive, disappeared like a mist. With every expansion since then, I would always return and play a bit more, even though I would not play that much on the expansion itself. The faction my brother and his friend played on followed me throughout the whole experience, never moving away from the Horde. Today, we have a product from ROCCAT called the Horde AIMO. Will it live up to the Horde's glory as brutish, but strong willed and ready for action? Read on to find out!

New Apple patent hints that rumored over-ear headphones could be reversible

From The Verge: Apple’s been rumored to be working on a pair of its own over-ear headphones for a while now, but details on the rumored product have been pretty slim beyond the basic concept. A newly granted patent, titled “System and method for automatic right-left ear detection for headphones,” may hint at what Apple is planning, though. It describes a pair of headphones that would be reversible, automatically adjusting which ear cup is the right or left based on how you put them on, via 9to5Mac.

Samsung Shows Off Foldable Phone With 'Infinity Flex Display'

From PC Mag: Samsung today finally showed off its foldable phone: a device that can convert from a handset to a mini tablet through the use of two displays.

The device uses what Samsung calls an Infinity Flex Display and functions like a book. When closed, it resembles a compact smartphone. But open it up for a 7.3-inch flexible display, which Samsung says will support three active apps at once.

Samsung did not announce a launch date or pricing, saying only that the Infinity Flex Display will begin mass production in the coming months.

T-Mobile says it's blocked 1 billion scam calls

From CNET: T-Mobile says it's ready to block more scam calls.

On Thursday, the wireless carrier said it had integrated new spoof identification technology into its network to better guard customers against scam calls. The company also said it'll comply with the Federal Communication Commission's request to employ technology that'll detect illegal caller ID spoofing.

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