OnePlus backdoor means hackers could take over your phone

From CNET: Hackers who get hold of some OnePlus phones can get virtually unlimited access to their files and software through use of a testing tool called EngineerMode the company evidently left on the devices.

HTC reveals standalone Vive Focus VR headset and cancels Daydream plans

From The Verge: HTC has officially revealed the Vive Focus, its all-in-one VR headset. As previously announced, the Vive Focus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking. It should be the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset to see release, though HTC isn't saying exactly when it'll be available.

Firefox's big-bang update brings you speed and a new look

From CNET: Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox Quantum, and even if you long ago switched to Google Chrome, it's worth giving the browser upgrade a spin.

Why? First and foremost, version 57 of the open-source browser is faster -- twice the speed of Firefox 52 from March as measured by the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark. Mozilla knows Chrome won many of us over with performance, but after months testing it, I can affirm Firefox 57 delivers its promised big bang.

MMO Tera Disables In-Game Chat Due to Malware Threat

From PC Mag: Ask anyone to name a massively-multiplayer online game and chances are their response will be World of Warcraft. But there are many more MMOs out there that have been running for years and continue to attract millions of players. One of those games is Tera, developed by Bluehole Studio and published by En Masse Entertainment.

Qualcomm rejects $105 billion takeover bid from Broadcom

From CNET: Qualcomm to Broadcom: Take your billions and go homecomm.

The board of directors at Qualcomm, the world's largest maker of chips and processors for phones, unanimously rejected a massive unsolicited takeover bid from Broadcom, which makes chips for everything from cable modems to set-top boxes and digital video recorders.

Google’s Pixel Buds have started shipping

From The Verge: It might feel like Google is following Apple’s script right now: remove the headphone jack from your flagship phone, ship the phone with a depressingly bad dongle adapter, and announce a new pair of revolutionary Bluetooth headphones to divert the you-caused frustrations of your customers into additional retail transactions. But Google took things to a whole new level with the Pixel 2: it didn’t even include a cheap pair of USB-C headphones. For all I know, many Pixel 2 owners have never even heard music.

Facebook Takes on Yelp With Newly Rebranded 'Local' App

From PC Mag: Got no plans this Friday night? Facebook wants to help you find something to do.

The social network last year launched a standalone app called Events to help users discover activities — from festivals and 5Ks to neighborhood fairs and nightlife. Today, that app is getting some Yelp-like features and a new name: Facebook Local.

As TechCrunch pointed out, Events was never hugely popular with users: SensorTower data indicates it only received about 100,000 downloads. Facebook is likely hoping to have more success with Local.

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Edifier S2000 Pro Review (Page 1 of 4)

Do Asians really not age? A few weeks ago, I was hanging out with a few of my friends who are currently in their first year of university. There were a few new people in our group as well when someone brought up the topic of the age difference between me and one of the girls. "Probably around the same age," he said. "Maybe one or two years of age difference at most." Although this probably was not the first time it happened, we still looked at each other and laughed. "Make it ten years," I said, much to the surprise of my audience. Another time, the same topic came up on the age of me and another guy. "You do not look like you are in first year," said the person we were talking to, referring to my friend. "How old do you think I am?" I asked him. "Twenty-two?" he replied. "Nah, he is eighteen and I am nine years older." Although Asians generally do not age -- we probably look exactly the same from the time we are eighteen to around forty -- there are at least a few things that change as time progresses. I can assure you I have grown quite a bit in maturity since 2008, and at least on the academic end of things, I have received two degrees in the meantime and are currently working on my third one. When I first saw the Edifier S2000 Pro desktop computer speakers, I had a hard time distinguishing between it and the S1000DB, because, as it would be with Asians for a span of two decades in age, look exactly the same. But are they actually the same, or are they really different? Read on to find out!

TP-Link Deco M5 Review (Page 1 of 5)

Over the past month or two, I have been playing table football, or foosball, during my breaks in the office. While I never considered myself to be terrible, when I got shutout repeatedly by several people, I knew I also had lots to learn. For one, it took me a while to get used to this table, as I had become used to the cheaper, lighter bars. I also was accustomed to different rules, such as no scoring on first touch and no five bar scoring. I know you might be reading this as just a list of excuses, but I really was not used to this change. However, one thing I really struggled with is our table's three goaltender bar. My issue is the fact opponents can, whether intentionally or by accident, fire the ball to make it ricochet it of the side goaltenders and into the net. These edge goalies would end up backstabbing me quite a few times. If you take a look online, there is also no ruling to which layout is official and both number of goaltenders has been widely accepted. Thankfully, real life football does not have this issue, though own goals do happen from time to time. Today, we have the TP-Link Deco M5, which features not one, but three router units. This mesh router system is designed for all three of the units to work in tandem to deliver wireless and wired networking over a more spread out area without any issues we might see in the traditional tandem of a router and extenders. Will the TP-Link Deco M5 be a decent set of three to work well together, or will they just end up backstabbing each other in performance? This question and more will be answered in today's review!


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