Author Archives: Josh Hawkins


Your iPhone could accept contactless payments in the future

Your iPhone could accept contactless payments in the future

Apple is working on a service that will let you accept payments directly through your iPhone, according to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg. Gurman's sources say that the tech giant has been working on the feature since 2020, when it purchased Mobeewave, the Canadian startup behind new tech for smartphones that lets them accept contactless payments from credit cards.

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Microsoft issues dire Office 365 phishing warning

Microsoft issues dire Office 365 phishing warning

Microsoft 365 customers could be at risk. The company has issued a warning for users of its office service, noting on Twitter that a potentially malicious app, currently called Upgrade, is going around via phishing emails sent to hundreds of Office 365 customers. Microsoft says the email asks for users to grant OAuth permissions to create inbox rules, write emails, read emails, and create calendar items. Additionally, it asks for permission to read your contacts.

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Samsung baked a fingerprint scanner into a credit card

Samsung baked a fingerprint scanner into a credit card

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, Samsung Electronics introduced its first all-in-one biometric payment card. The card utilizes a smart all-in-one fingerprint security system, which combines a fingerprint sensor with a secure processor and a secure element. This helps add an extra layer of authentication for payment cards.

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What is HDMI 2.1a and how is it different from HDMI 2.1?

What is HDMI 2.1a and how is it different from HDMI 2.1?

Technology is always evolving and that includes the tech we use to connect our streaming players to our televisions. HDMI has become a staple in homes that play video games or watch TV. As this tech evolves, though, it has become more and more confusing. In fact, the most recent update to HDMI 2.1a has created even more confusion. What exactly is HDMI 2.1a and how is it different from the previously released HDMI 2.1?

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Microsoft’s original Surface Duo foldable finally gets Android 11

Microsoft’s original Surface Duo foldable finally gets Android 11

Microsoft has finally released the Android 11 update for the original Surface Duo. The foldable smartphone was meant to get the update in 2021, but Microsoft missed that original deadline. Now, though, Surface Duo owners will finally be able to take advantage of the changes that Android 11 brings to the foldable.

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This WiFi 7 demo is genuinely exciting

This WiFi 7 demo is genuinely exciting

MediaTek has finally given us our first look at WiFi 7 technology and it's looking very exciting. The new tech is based off IEEE 802.11be, which is expected to be rebranded WiFi 7 closer to release. Based on the new showcase that MediaTek has shared, WiFi 7 should give us a wireless connection capable of emitting the same possible speeds and bandwidth of wired/ethernet connections.

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Here’s how to clear your router history

Here’s how to clear your router history

Your wireless router is basically the gateway to your internet connection and sometimes you might want to clear your router's history. If you're looking to clean out the history log on your router, then you're going to need to follow a few steps. Luckily, the process isn't that difficult, but you'll need a couple of key bits of information to get started.

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PlayStation 2021 Wrap-Up reveals your stats, but it won’t be around for long

PlayStation 2021 Wrap-Up reveals your stats, but it won’t be around for long

PlayStation gamers can now see a complete breakdown of their gaming stats from 2021. Sony launched its PlayStation 2021 Wrap-Up on Thursday, giving players access to a complete showcase of the hours they spent playing PlayStation games, as well as the five titles they played the most. Wrap-up also provides a lot of information about the trophies earned throughout the year.

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Google’s AR headset plans just leaked: Meta, meet Project Iris

Google’s AR headset plans just leaked: Meta, meet Project Iris

The last few years have been a blur of rumors, leaks, and announcements about augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets. For the most part, Google has remained pretty quiet. A bit of news has broken this week, making it appear that Google plans to join the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and other tech giants in the AR hardware game.

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Should you buy or rent a modem?

Should you buy or rent a modem?

Getting new internet service can be a bit of a hassle. Not only do you have to schedule tech support appointments to install your service, but you also have to figure out where you're going to put your modem and possibly a router if the modem doesn't have one in it. Of course, there are other things to worry about, too.

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Oculus Quest v37 update adds unexpected Apple support

Oculus Quest v37 update adds unexpected Apple support

The latest Oculus software update for the Quest 2 headset has arrived and it brings several additions to the virtual reality headset. Chief among these additions is official support for the Apple Magic Keyboard. Oculus originally added support for some keyboards back in update v28. Now, though, update v37 will bring support for the Apple Magic Keyboard to the VR environment.

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Google Nest white noise changed: Here’s the larger issue

Google Nest white noise changed: Here’s the larger issue

Over the weekend, multiple users took to the Google forums to complain about changes to Google's white noise ambient sound file. According to the comments, the old file had been replaced by a new one, which had a harsher cutoff and took longer to loop, resulting in users being awakened or disturbed in the process. Furthermore, users reported that the new sound was muffled and harder to hear compared to the old one, so it didn't work as well. Users quickly took matters into their own hands, with one user even going so far as to create a one hour and 12 hour loop of the sound for others to play.

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