Samsung updates the Notebook 7 Spin with faster processors and stylus support

From The Verge: Samsung released the original Notebook 7 Spin back in 2016, and while it didn’t exactly make waves when it came to design, it at least offered plenty of power at an affordable price. And ahead of CES this year, Samsung is announcing an updated version of the Notebook 7 Spin that adds a quad-core eight-gen Intel Core i5 processor and support for an Active Pen stylus, while also cutting down on the weight for a lighter design.

AT&T Announces Plans to Launch Mobile 5G This Year

From PC Mag: AT&T on Thursday announced plans to introduce mobile 5G service in 12 cities by the end of 2018.

"5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment," AT&T Technology and Operations President Melissa Arnoldi said in a statement. "We're moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more."

Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console in US history

From CNET: The Nintendo Switch has sold 4.8 million units within the first 10 months of its release in the United States, making it the fastest-selling console in US history.

In 2007 Nintendo's previous generation of consoles, the Wii, sold 4 million units in the US during the same 10 month timeframe.

Last month, the gaming giant announced it had sold 10 million units worldwide.

Chip Design Flaw Not Limited to Intel, Researchers Say

From PC Mag: The Intel flaw involves two vulnerabilities that can be used to steal your passwords, emails, and any other sensitive data you have on your computer, according to the security researchers who uncovered the bugs.

Intel also isn't the only vendor affected. One vulnerabilty, named Spectre, was found in AMD and ARM-based chips, too. The other vulnerability, dubbed Meltdown, was found mostly in Intel processors as far back as 1995; it's unclear whether AMD or ARM-based chips have the same problem.

Dell surprises with a redesigned XPS 13 that's thinner, faster and a little controversial

From PC World: Dell's XPS 13 is stepping out for 2018 with a major makeover. Maybe the company heard the cries of professional hardware reviewers about the XPS 13's two-year-old look (even though some companies have used the same basic design for nearly eight years)? Right. More likely, it was just time for this laptop to set some new trends in the areas of thin, light, and fast.

Blade thinks it’s cracked PC game streaming with the Shadow cloud computer

From The Verge: The history of PC gaming is littered with companies that thought they could get cloud-based streaming services up and running. From the famously failed OnLive to Sony’s somewhat lackluster PS Now to Nvidia’s still-in-beta GeForce Now service, no company seems to have cracked the code to getting streaming to work for games in the same seamless way that services like Netflix and Hulu made it work for videos.

Mad Catz, maker of gaming peripherals, is back from the dead

From CNET: It looked like an early April Fools' joke. Who would believe that Mad Catz, the bankrupt gaming peripheral company, would rise from the dead on "4.1.18"?

But the teaser trailer, which swept across rakish, angular renders of what was unmistakably a Mad Catz modular mouse, wasn't referring to April 1 -- but rather Jan. 4. Today, in other words.

Intel Chips Have a Major Design Flaw and the Fix Means Slower PCs

From PC Mag: Over the next few weeks there's a very good chance your PC or laptop is going to take a significant performance hit. The worst case scenario being it will get 30 percent slower. Worse than that is the fact you can do nothing about it as the slow down is a side effect of fixing a major design flaw in Intel processors.

LG gets a jump on CES by announcing its 2018 smart TV lineup early

From PC World: LG left the chute early today with pre-CES news about its 2018 smart TVs. A number of improvements are touted involving just about every buzz technology in the industry: HDR (High Dynamic Range), HFR (High Frame Rate, 240Hz, which refers to 240 frames-per-second refresh rate), Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

From CNET: Spotify has been sued for allegedly playing thousands of songs from the likes of Tom Petty, Neil Young and The Doors without permission.

Wixen Music Publishing, a song licensee, sued Spotify last week in California federal court, alleging the music-streaming startup is using its songs without the proper license or compensation to the music publisher. The lawsuit seeks $1.6 billion in damages.

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