Facebook Privacy Violations Could Result In Record-Breaking FTC Fine

Facebook Privacy Violations Could Result In Record-Breaking FTC Fine
Facebook is not exactly a pillar of privacy, that much is clear based on its history of blunders and subsequent apologies. Things may have finally come to a head, however, as the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mulls slapping Facebook with the agency’s biggest privacy fine to date, which would exceed the $22.5 million fine it

Source: Hot Hardware – Facebook Privacy Violations Could Result In Record-Breaking FTC Fine

Quake 2 Gloriously Revitalized Fully Ray Traced, Play It Now On GeForce RTX Cards

Quake 2 Gloriously Revitalized Fully Ray Traced, Play It Now On GeForce RTX Cards
If you’re of a certain age, then Quake 2 probably holds a special place in your heart. From its [at the time] state-of-the-art graphics, to its robust LAN multiplayer component, to its frequent use as a benchmark for graphics cards, Quake 2 built up quite the following.
Quake 2 was released over two decades ago, but is now being given a modern

Source: Hot Hardware – Quake 2 Gloriously Revitalized Fully Ray Traced, Play It Now On GeForce RTX Cards

Google Maps Is Getting This Great Waze-Like Feature

Google Maps Is Getting This Great Waze-Like Feature
Google Maps has been steadily adding new features to the app to give more functionality and match other offerings like Waze. One of the latest features that Google Maps added was speed limit indicators, but the catch was that initially those were only available in the San Francisco Bay area and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It appears that Google

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Maps Is Getting This Great Waze-Like Feature

Smartphone Sales Could Tumble In 2019 As iPhone Falters And Industry Shifts To 5G

Smartphone Sales Could Tumble In 2019 As iPhone Falters And Industry Shifts To 5G
Things aren’t looking great for the smartphone market overall in 2019. J.P. Morgan is predicting that the biggest impact in the sagging smartphone realm will be felt by high-end device makers like Apple and Samsung. A note from J.P. Morgan to investors predicts that iPhone units will decline year-over-year in 2019 due to extended replacement

Source: Hot Hardware – Smartphone Sales Could Tumble In 2019 As iPhone Falters And Industry Shifts To 5G

AMD Gonzalo Zen 2 Chip With Navi GPU Rumored For Next-Gen Xbox And PS5

AMD Gonzalo Zen 2 Chip With Navi GPU Rumored For Next-Gen Xbox And PS5
When it comes to AMD’s Zen 2 processor architecture, the company has only confirmed two product families to date. The first announced was the company’s second-generation EPYC family of server processors, and last week at CES the company previewed its Ryzen 3000 family of mainstream desktop processors. 
Now, thanks to hardware leaker APISAK,

Source: Hot Hardware – AMD Gonzalo Zen 2 Chip With Navi GPU Rumored For Next-Gen Xbox And PS5

Potential Google Pixel 4 With Notch-Free Display Revealed In Patent Filing

Potential Google Pixel 4 With Notch-Free Display Revealed In Patent Filing
Google launched its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones last Fall, and they were highly praised for their overall performance and stellar camera. However, the Pixel 3 XL in particular caught a lot of flak for its rather large and deep display notch which houses the speaker and dual selfie cameras.
In new patent filings that were uncovered

Source: Hot Hardware – Potential Google Pixel 4 With Notch-Free Display Revealed In Patent Filing

WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review: Network Storage On The Go

WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review: Network Storage On The Go
Western Digital is one of the world’s largest storage manufacturers with a wide array of products to meet their customer’s unique needs. Its My Passport Wireless line of external drives offer more than just convenient storage. With on-board Wi-Fi, battery, and SD card readers, WD bills them as working photographer’s best friend….

Source: Hot Hardware – WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review: Network Storage On The Go

Fortnite Is So Popular It Beats Out HBO As Netflix's Biggest Competitive Threat

Fortnite Is So Popular It Beats Out HBO As Netflix's Biggest Competitive Threat
Netflix might be the king of streaming, but what some might find surprising is which services the company views as its biggest business threat. Rather than name another streaming media service, Netflix said it primarily competes with Fortnite for screen time, and loses. How’s that for being frank?

“We compete with (and lost to Fortnite)

Source: Hot Hardware – Fortnite Is So Popular It Beats Out HBO As Netflix’s Biggest Competitive Threat

This Awesome Nintendo Switch Dock Is A Modded GameCube With Working Ports

This Awesome Nintendo Switch Dock Is A Modded GameCube With Working Ports
Do you have an old GameCube console sitting around that you’re not using anymore? If that is the case, and you also own a Nintendo Switch, you can literally hack (and saw) your old GameCube and give it a second life as a dock for your Switch, complete with working ports. That’s exactly what someone did, and it looks awesome.

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Western Digital Releases Second-Gen WD Black SN750 NVMe Gaming SSDs Up To 2TB

Western Digital Releases Second-Gen WD Black SN750 NVMe Gaming SSDs Up To 2TB
Western Digital is back with a new second-generation WD Black Gaming SSD, and it is promising some high-end NVMe PCIe performance for gamers at price points that won’t break the bank. As with the previous generation, the new WD Black SN750 is a completely in-house design using Western Digital’s 64-bit TLC 3D NAND, firmware and SSD controller.
The

Source: Hot Hardware – Western Digital Releases Second-Gen WD Black SN750 NVMe Gaming SSDs Up To 2TB

Google's Free Play Store Credit Promo Returns For Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Owners

Google's Free Play Store Credit Promo Returns For Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Owners
In the lead up to last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Google offered Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners Play Store credits. Fast forward to now and it appears Google is once again gifting some Pixel 3 and Pixel XL owners a $2 credit (or more) in the Play Store that can be redeemed on any app or game that costs more than $2 (or the

Source: Hot Hardware – Google’s Free Play Store Credit Promo Returns For Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Owners

Microsoft Admits Defeat With Cortana, Eyes Mashup AI With Google Assistant

Microsoft Admits Defeat With Cortana, Eyes Mashup AI With Google Assistant
Kenny Rogers famously sang about knowing when to hold your cards and knowing when to fold ’em (and run). Microsoft appears to be taking that lesson to heart in the digital assistant space, and rather than try to usurp Amazon’s popular Alexa with its current set of cards, it has decided to play a different hand—going forward, Microsoft will

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft Admits Defeat With Cortana, Eyes Mashup AI With Google Assistant

Microsoft Announces End Date For Windows 10 Mobile Support As It Focuses On Android And iOS

Microsoft Announces End Date For Windows 10 Mobile Support As It Focuses On Android And iOS
Remember the Windows 10 Mobile operating system? Just a few years ago, Microsoft was billing it as a credible alternative to Android and iOS and delivered some relatively cool features like Live Tiles on the lock screen and its Continuum mode that allowed users to extend their smartphone to a desktop experience.
However, Microsoft has for

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft Announces End Date For Windows 10 Mobile Support As It Focuses On Android And iOS

Verizon To Gift Customers With Free Spam And Robocalling Prevention Tools

Verizon To Gift Customers With Free Spam And Robocalling Prevention Tools
It doesn’t matter what smartphone you prefer or what carrier you use; all smartphone users have to deal with robocalls and spam on their devices. Verizon wants to make it easier for its customers to end spam and robocalls and will be providing its third-party spam and robocalling protection for free starting in March.

Verizon says that

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Toyota Admits Tesla Model 3 Is Killing Prius Sales, But Doesn't See Growth In EV Sector

Toyota Admits Tesla Model 3 Is Killing Prius Sales, But Doesn't See Growth In EV Sector
It appears that Toyota still doesn’t quite know what to make of electric vehicles (EVs). The Japanese auto giant was among the first to deliver a production hybrid vehicle to the public with the Prius. The Prius rode a wave of popularity starting with its first-generation and peaking with its third-generation.
However, as traditional internal

Source: Hot Hardware – Toyota Admits Tesla Model 3 Is Killing Prius Sales, But Doesn’t See Growth In EV Sector

Google Digs Up $40 Million To Acquire Fossil Smartwatch Tech In Battle Against Apple Watch

Google Digs Up $40 Million To Acquire Fossil Smartwatch Tech In Battle Against Apple Watch
It looks as though Google is starting to get serious [again] about its Wear OS and the smartwatches that use the operating system. The Fossil Group announced today that Google is purchasing $40 million worth of intellectual property that pertains to its [in-development] smartwatch technology.

Fossil is one the most prominent manufacturers

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Digs Up Million To Acquire Fossil Smartwatch Tech In Battle Against Apple Watch

Google Hikes G-Suite Productivity Software Pricing For The First Time Ever

Google Hikes G-Suite Productivity Software Pricing For The First Time Ever
Google’s G Suite has long been a cheaper alternative to Microsoft’s Office 365 plans. However, this price gap is quickly shrinking. Google recently announced that it will be increasing the price of G Suite Basic and Business by 20 percent. This is the first time Google has upped the pricing in over a decade.

G Suite Basic Edition will increase

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Hikes G-Suite Productivity Software Pricing For The First Time Ever

2.5 Geeks 1/17/19: Best Of CES 2019, Intel-AMD Acquisition Rumor Craziness, EVGA Nu Audio & More!

2.5 Geeks 1/17/19: Best Of CES 2019, Intel-AMD Acquisition Rumor Craziness, EVGA Nu Audio & More!
On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Paul and Dave will be running down the Best of CES 2019, some crazy rumors about Intel and AMD, EVGA’s cool Nu Audio sound card and more!

Show Notes:
04:41 – HotHardware’s Best Of CES 2019: Laptops, Displays, Systems And More
52:21 – EVGA NU Audio Review: Crisp, Clear, Sound

Source: Hot Hardware – 2.5 Geeks 1/17/19: Best Of CES 2019, Intel-AMD Acquisition Rumor Craziness, EVGA Nu Audio & More!

Google Android Q Leaks With System-Wide Dark Mode And Revamped Location Permissions

Google Android Q Leaks With System-Wide Dark Mode And Revamped Location Permissions
We’re expecting to hear a lot about the next version of the world’s most popular operating system — Android Q — at the Google I/O conference in the spring. However, we’ve been given a tiny taste of what we can expect when Android Q makes its first public debut in a couple of months.
The folks over at XDA-Developers have managed to get their

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Android Q Leaks With System-Wide Dark Mode And Revamped Location Permissions

Microsoft's Windows 10 Preview Build Decouples Cortana And Search Functions

Microsoft's Windows 10 Preview Build Decouples Cortana And Search Functions
Microsoft has started pushing out a new preview build of Windows 10 (build 18317) to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring, and with it comes a pretty big change. The latest preview build separates Search and Cortana in the taskbar so they can be developed independently.

“Some Insiders have had this update for a few weeks

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft’s Windows 10 Preview Build Decouples Cortana And Search Functions