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.

Apple will replace old iPhone batteries, regardless of diagnostic test results

From The Verge: Apple has started offering battery swaps for $29 (a month earlier than promised), after apologizing to customers for slowing older iPhones down as the batteries aged. However, the company did not clarify how it qualified batteries as eligible for the discounted replacement, as the Apple Genius Bar uses a diagnostic test to check whether a battery can retain 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles.

Google Gets Fuchsia OS Running on Pixelbooks

From PC Mag: Google currently supports two operating systems: Android and Chrome OS for smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks, But it has a new OS in development called Fuchsia, and documentation recently appeared showing developers how to run it on a Pixelbook.

Very little is known about what Fuchsia is or what Google intends to do with it. It's even been suggested Google isn't quite sure yet. But as Chrome Unboxed reports, Fuchsia is quite different as it uses the Zircon microkernel and therefore isn't like Android and Chrome OS which run on a Linux kernel.

WeChat accused of storing users' chat histories

From CNET: Tencent Holdings has denied that it stores chat histories from WeChat, China's most popular messaging app.

The accusation came from Li Shufu, chairman of car company Geely, which owns Volvo. Shufu was quoted in Chinese media on Monday saying that Tencent's chairman "must be watching all our WeChats every day".

WeChat denied the "rumor" in a post on social media, quoted by Reuters. "WeChat does not store any users' chat history. That is only stored in users' mobiles, computers and other terminals," a representative for the company wrote.

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Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Most of the time, things can be done by in more than one way. In other words, no one can really claim his or her method is the only way unless he or she wants to show some kind of authority over others. Well, there is something in this world can only be done in one way, and that is more related with our spiritual needs. However, considering this article is a keyboard set review, let us not carried away by other subjects, haha. Speaking of using different methods to achieve one goal, as a huge car fan, how can I come with an example by not talking about cars? Basically, in order to increase horsepower of an engine, two ways can be applied: One is to keep the engine naturally aspirated but with a higher redline; the other is to rely on forced induction such as a turbocharger to increase power. Both ways have its pros and cons. Higher RPM engines have no turbo lag and they all sound very good, while manufacturing costs are also usually high due to the requirements of low friction and vibration control. The forced induction method is relatively cheaper and easier to do. Aftermarket turbo kits can easily be purchased anywhere, and the installation can even be done in your garage. The downside of a turbocharged engine is the turbo lag, which makes the car very slow before the boost builds up. We can see a similar thing for keyboard design. Different ways can be used to deliver a good typing experience. For today’s review unit, the Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 keyboard and mouse combo, the keyboard uses an unconventional design to achieve the "being tactile and clicky" design goal. Cooler Master’s innovation is referred to as "mem-chanical" switches. How do those mem-chanical switches feel on the MS120? Let us read on and find out!

Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown drama, will offer $29 battery replacements for a year

From The Verge: Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the “misunderstanding” around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admission that it was, in fact, slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down,” says the company. “We apologize.”

Nintendo Appeal Fails in $10M Wii Remote Patent Lawsuit

From PC Mag: When the Wii was first announced, gamers were left scratching their heads as to what Nintendo had done to its home console. Gone was the traditional gamepad, replaced instead by a motion controller called the Wii Remote (also commonly referred to as a Wiimote). The Wii went on to be extremely successful, but more recently Nintendo has been fighting a patent lawsuit because of that innovative Wii Remote.

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