Netflix and YouTube streaming video is about to get a lot faster

From CNET: Tech's biggest companies -- including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Cisco and Netflix -- have finished the first version of video compression technology called AV1, and now they're ready to use it to speed up your streaming video.

Foxconn Is Buying Belkin for $866M

From PC Mag: US consumer electronics company Belkin could soon be in the hands of well-known Taiwan-based manufacturer Foxconn if a deal announced today gains approval.

According to the Financial Times, Foxconn subsidiary FIT Hong Teng will acquire Belkin for $866 million in cash. As part of the deal, FIT will benefit not only from Belkin's existing business, but also over 700 patents as well as gaining control of the Linksys, Wemo, and Phyn brands.

Firefox extension keeps Facebook from tracking you on the web

From CNET: Mozilla has released a Firefox tool called Facebook Container to stop the social network from seeing what you do online beyond Facebook's own site.

Facebook, like Google and other companies, can track you when you visit many websites -- for example, on those that have a Facebook like button. It means Facebook gets more than just very personal data it can use to target ads based on your profile.

The first Chrome OS tablet is here

From The Verge: Chrome OS has run on laptops, desktops, convertibles, and all-in-ones, but until today, it hasn’t run on a tablet. That changes with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet to run Chrome OS.

Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 is very much meant to rival the iPad, and that’s particularly notable since it’s being announced just one day before Apple is supposed to announce a new low-cost model.

What to Expect From Apple's Chicago Education Event

From PC Mag: Apple is holding a launch event on Tuesday, March 27 in an unusual place: Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. (Those are Lane Tech kids pictured above, in a photo from Apple.) Why? Back in December, Apple announced that it was working with the city of Chicago to bring Swift coding classes to 500,000 local students, and the company most probably wants to show off products for schools.

Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices

From The Verge: Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for years. Several Twitter users have reported finding months or years of call history data in their downloadable Facebook data file. A number of Facebook users have been spooked by the recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, prompting them to download all the data that Facebook stores on their account. The results have been alarming for some.

Uber to sell its Southeast Asia business

From CNET: Uber has lost more Asian territory.

After letting go of its Chinese operations in 2016, the ride-hailing giant said Monday it has signed a deal to sell its businesses in Southeast Asia to Grab, its rival in the region.

Grab will take over all of Uber's businesses, including its ride-sharing, food delivery and payments and financial services in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, according to a statement.

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Antlion Audio ModMic 5 Video Review

In this episode of our new series here at APH Networks, Alex takes a look at the Antlion ModMic 5 gaming microphone. Ready to turn any regular headphone into a gaming headset?

Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Review (Page 1 of 4)

I was recently at a Christmas party when I asked my friend who oversaw the equipment whether I could play some music over the speaker system. "Of course," my friend replied. "It is all yours after this song." A few minutes later, I dropped by the booth again as he moved aside to hand me control of the station. When I picked up the cord with the 3.5mm auxiliary audio jack to plug it into my phone, I quickly realized I forgot something. "Actually, I cannot DJ anything," I said. "I have an iPhone X." My friend laughed as he switched the input back to his device. Ever since the birth of the iPhone 7, there has been considerable controversy in the consumer world on whether the removal of the headphone jack was justified or not. For me personally, I argued it was a good thing; we cannot stick to legacy technology forever instead of moving on to more convenient industry-standard interfaces like Bluetooth. Even when I had an iPhone 6, I rarely used the 3.5mm jack. For headphones, I used the excellent V-MODA Crossfade Wireless and later, the Crossfade II Wireless. In the rare occasions I used earphones, I used the Focal Spark Wireless. Thanks to Apple's push of wireless technology in their phones, more audio manufacturers are producing Bluetooth earphones. As such, today, we have yet another set of wireless earphones in our labs. The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT is the company's latest addition to their vast portfolio of audio products for about $100 at press time. How will it compare to other similar priced in-ear monitors like the Focal Spark Wireless? Read on to find out!


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