Microsoft Tests End-to-End Encryption in Skype Conversations

From PC Mag: Microsoft is partnering with encrypted communications app Signal on a new end-to-end encrypted messaging feature called Private Conversations.

In a short blog post, Microsoft announced that Private Conversations are now in preview for Skype Insiders. Skype users will be able to have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and text conversations, including the ability to upload multimedia files, using the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.

Samsung S-Ray speaker is like a death ray for your ears, without the dying part

From CNET: A new Samsung C-Lab project called S-Ray lets you to listen to your devices without disturbing others by beaming sound straight into your ears.

The company says the technology could be used with a number of different devices including a Bluetooth speaker, a phone cover and a personal neckband. It's a bit like the Bose SoundWear, except other people can hear the SoundWear while you're listening to it.

NZXT's debut motherboard is one of the most breathtaking motherboards ever

From PC World: NZXT makes motherboards now.

That’s the news—but saying “NZXT makes motherboards now” is perhaps the greatest understatement of 2018. (Hey, we’re only ten days in so far.) At CES this week, NZXT announced it’s done what’s almost impossible: Made a motherboard that looks good.

TiVo Adds Alexa, Google Assistant Control to its DVRs

From PC Mag: If you own a TiVo, you'll soon be able to control it through your Amazon Echo or Google Home. TiVo just announced Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility with its DVRs, enabling menu navigation and control with hands-free voice commands.

The Google Assistant, meanwhile, is also headed to the Dish Hopper, Joey, and Wally devices.

OnePlus CEO: We're going to start talking to US carriers

From CNET: OnePlus could be inching closer to breaking into the mainstream.

Pete Lau, chief executive of the niche Chinese phone manufacturer, said the company would begin talks with US carriers this year.

"If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment," he said in an interview at the Bellagio outside of CES on Wednesday. He declined to give any specific time frame for when a deal might be struck. (Lau spoke Chinese, and Carl Pei, co-founder and global director, served as the translator.)

Huawei Chief Slams US Carriers After Collapse of AT&T Deal

From PC Mag: The end of a rumored deal to sell Huawei phones through AT&T doesn't just hurt the Chinese company's plans for the US market. It also hurts consumers, Huawei said Tuesday.

"I think it's quite a big loss for us and also for the carriers, but it's more of a big loss for consumers," Richard Yu, chief of Huawei's consumer business group, said during a CES keynote.

Intel announces Optane 800P SSD for the rest of us

From PC World: We've been waiting for this: Intel announced the first consumer Optane SSD on Tuesday at CES.

Dubbed the 800P, Intel said two models of the 800P will ship in M.2 trim: a 58GB version and a 118GB version. Both will be bootable and will come with a two-lane (x2) PCIe configuration. The drives are rated to write more than 200GB per day.

Samsung Galaxy S9 launch confirmed for MWC in February

From CNET: Samsung will launch its 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to the company's mobile boss.

DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division, confirmed the phone will be unveiled at the trade show in February to ZDNet at CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Nvidia GeForce Now Finally Available for Windows PCs

From PC Mag: Last year, Nvidia decided it was time for cloud gaming to make a comeback and introduced GeForce Now. It's a service that allows you to transform underpowered hardware into a high-performance gaming rig by running each game in the cloud and streaming it to your machine.

Until now, GeForce Now has been limited to Nvidia Shield TV where you pay a monthly fee to access 100+ games. There is also a free beta period for the Mac, but as of this week Nvidia expanded it to include Windows PCs.

Razer's Project Linda turns the Razer Phone into a laptop

From PC World: Another CES, another Razer Prototype. Unlike last year’s three-screened laptop Project Valerie, Razer’s Project Linda, announced Tuesday, is something that might actually make it to market. Project Linda is a dock for your Razer Phone in the form of a laptop.


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