OnePlus 6 specs revealed: Snapdragon 845, 256GB of storage to go with its notch

From PC World: While it's still likely several weeks away from being announced, we already have a pretty good picture of the OnePlus 6. After divulging that its next handset would indeed include a notch in the screen for the camera, the company has dropped a few more tantalizing details about its next phone, and it's taking yet another cue from Apple's iPhone X.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify to Congress on April 11

From CNET: Mark Zuckerberg just switched from "maybe" to "attending" for a congressional hearing.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday morning that the Facebook CEO will be testifying on April 11, at 10 a.m. ET. Zuckerberg has faced massive pressure to answer to lawmakers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that erupted last month. A whistleblower had revealed that Facebook's data privacy policies allowed for the UK-based analytics firm to use unauthorized information from 50 million users.

Cryptocurrency Mining Extensions Banned From Chrome Web Store

From PC Mag: Google is banning extensions that mine cryptocurrency from the Chrome Web Store.

Until now, Google has allowed cryptocurrency mining extensions as long as mining was the extension's only purpose, and users were adequately informed about this behavior, Google's Extensions Platform Product Manager James Wagner noted in a Monday blog post.

Intel's debut 6-core Core i9 CPUs could push gaming laptops past 5GHz speeds

From PC World: For years, PC gamers have needed to pick a poison: Buy a desktop with the most powerful components available, or sacrifice some performance for a laptop they could take on the road. Intel’s new six-core mobile Core i9 chip, its fastest notebook CPU ever, paves the way for 5GHz gaming laptops, making that decision even tougher.

Mozilla's Firefox Reality browser is where VR meets the web

From CNET: Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the Firefox web browser, said Tuesday it's building a new web browser. This one, though, won't run on your computer in the traditional way. Instead, it's built "from the ground up" to work with new VR and AR headsets, which bring computer images so close to your eyes that they trick your brain into thinking you're in a virtual world. It's called Firefox Reality, and it should arrive this summer, Mozilla said.

Report: MacBooks to Get Apple-Developed Chips, Dropping Intel

From PC Mag: Future Mac computers will eventually ditch Intel chips for Apple-developed processors, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The company plans on making the switch by as early as 2020. The goal? To make Macs, iPhones and iPads work more seamlessly together, according to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources.

The Apple-developed chips could also pave the way for MacBooks with better battery life. But the plan deals a blow to Intel, which has been producing chips for Macs since 2005.

Google Is Shutting Down

From PC Mag: URL shorteners have become commonplace on the web as a way of making otherwise very long web addresses easily shareable. This was especially important on Twitter when web link characters used to count. Google offered its own URL shortener called back in 2009, but the search giant just announced it is shutting down and being replaced.

Facebook is building a tool to fight advertising without consent

From CNET: Facebook is building a certification tool that will require advertisers confirm they received user permission before using emails to target advertising on the huge social network.

The tool, reported earlier by TechCrunch, will be part of Facebook's Custom Audiences program, which allows advertisers to upload lists of hashed customer data, such as email addresses. Facebook then matches that data against its users, allowing advertisers to target individuals on the social network for advertising.

Cloudflare launches DNS service that will speed up your internet

From The Verge: Cloudflare is launching its own consumer DNS service today, on April Fools’ Day, that promises to speed up your internet connection and help keep it private. The service is using, and it’s not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Cloudflare claims it will be “the Internet’s fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service.” While OpenDNS and Google DNS both exist, Cloudflare is focusing heavily on the privacy aspect of its own DNS service with a promise to wipe all logs of DNS queries within 24 hours.

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