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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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Why Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is such a big deal

Why Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is such a big deal

It's been a big Tuesday for the game industry. This morning, Microsoft announced that it has entered a deal to purchase Activision Blizzard, the largest third-party games publisher in the world. Microsoft is paying nearly $70 billion for Activision Blizzard, making the $7.5 billion it paid for ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries a year ago look like a paltry sum.

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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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White House brings free N95 masks to pharmacies across the US

White House brings free N95 masks to pharmacies across the US

Amid the ongoing surge of the Omicron variant, the White House has announced it is making a supply of free N95 masks available at local pharmacies. Throughout the pandemic, health agencies around the world have continued to emphasize the benefits of wearing masks in public as a way of slowing the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, not all masks are created equal, with the N95 being the gold standard, in terms of the protection offered.

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GM’s EV charging fix uses hydrogen where the grid falls short

GM’s EV charging fix uses hydrogen where the grid falls short

General Motors has announced three new projects that'll leverage the company's hydrogen-based fuel cell technology for a variety of clean energy applications. Though this tech has largely revolved around zero-emissions vehicles, GM envisions additional uses for its Hydrotec-based power generators, ones that would replace traditional "dirty" gas and diesel generators at everything from construction sites to outdoor concerts.

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How to Fix Windows 11’s Most Common Issues

How to Fix Windows 11’s Most Common Issues

Arguably, Microsoft jumped the gun with Windows 11, which had its share of issues and bugs at launch. Some of them were fixed in consequent updates, while others persist even today. Window 11 cannot be called flawless after months of tinkering around since some issues still persist and are reported by users on forums from time to time.

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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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Crypto Browser Project brings Opera to the Web3 universe

Crypto Browser Project brings Opera to the Web3 universe

Opera today announced the beta launch of its new "Crypto Browser Project." As you might imagine, Opera's Crypto Browser comes with a built-in, native cryptocurrency wallet, and while that might be an obvious talking point for it, the browser is also a way for Opera to jumpstart its Web3 ambitions. While the browser is launching in beta today on a handful of platforms, Opera has also outlined the way forward as it moves through this beta test.

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The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid surprised me

The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid surprised me

Selling patience as a virtue to the super-rich who make up Bentley's clientele seems like a challenge even for the etiquette-schooled British automaker, but with the promised shift to full electrification still a few years out, it's cars like the new 2022 Flying Spur Hybrid which will bridge gasoline and green. Eventually, Bentley plans to retire its V8 and W12 gas engines altogether but, until that happens, the third addition to the Flying Spur line-up offers a taste of what's to come.

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Microsoft Edge takes ‘huge step’ toward stopping hacker threats

Microsoft Edge takes ‘huge step’ toward stopping hacker threats

Microsoft has just released an update for the Microsoft Edge Beta Channel with a focus on security, with Microsoft adding a new browsing mode to Edge that will emphasize staying safe from various online attacks. Protective measures added to the browser will allow the admins of various networks to protect the users from zero day threats. The term "zero day threat" is used to describe previously unknown threat which exploits flaws in the software which are only discovered during a cybersecurity attack.

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What Exactly Is Blockchain?

What Exactly Is Blockchain?

Cryptocurrency and blockchain have taken the world by storm, with people making and losing fortunes according to the value of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, and countless others, as outlined by Fortune. While cryptocurrency (and NFT projects) may get the lion's share of media coverage, closely associated is blockchain technology. The two go hand-in-hand, but blockchain has far wider applications and uses for all types of businesses (via Investopedia). In fact, according to Blockdata, 81 of the top 100 companies globally are already using blockchain technology.

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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout likely nixes CEO Bobby Kotick

Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout likely nixes CEO Bobby Kotick

Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a whopper of an announcement, revealing that it's paying nearly $70 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard. The acquisition comes at a controversial time for Activision Blizzard, as it finds itself in the middle of a sexual harassment and abuse scandal that has resulted in several high-profile departures. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has resisted calls for his resignation or firing throughout this scandal, which begs the question: Now that Microsoft is taking over, what happens to him?

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