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Microsoft is beefing up its Azure bandwidth, video encoding for Project xCloud game streaming

Microsoft won’t begin public testing its promised game streaming service until 2019, but the company already is doing work on the “intelligent cloud” piece of the infrastructure in anticipation of that offering. On October 8, Microsoft officials said via a blog post that “Project xCloud” would be available to external testers some time in calendar 2019. Microsoft officials (re)confirmed the… Read more →

At last! A Facebook device in my kitchen (and bedroom)

In the halcyon days of tech, Facebook crept into your life and just wouldn’t leave. You hardly knew it was there. It sat quietly and allowed you to ramble loudly about every (positive) aspect of your life and every (negative) aspect of other people’s. It’s comforting, therefore, that the company this morning released its first attempt at a smart speaker… Read more →

Google shuts down Google+ after API bug exposed details for over 500,000 users

Google announced it is shutting down the Google+ social network after the company’s engineers found an API bug that might have exposed some private profile data for more than 500,000 Google+ users. The bug was located in the Google+ People API The company said the bug was located in the Google+ People API. By default, Google+ users can grant access… Read more →

It’s 2018, and network middleware still can’t handle TLS without breaking encryption

An academic study published last month shows that despite years worth of research into the woeful state of network traffic inspection equipment, vendors are still having issues in shipping appliances that don’t irrevocably break TLS encryption for the end user. Encrypted traffic inspection devices (also known as middleware), either special hardware or sophisticated software, have been used in enterprise networks… Read more →

Porto Seguro shuts down Brazil’s first MVNO

Brazil’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Porto Seguro Conecta will end its operations. The initiative led by local insurance giant Porto Seguro was introduced in 2013 as an add-on to the company’s insurance products, with packages ranging from 5GB to 50GB. Telecom Italia’s Brazilian mobile operator TIM was the infrastructure provider for the service and will inherit the MVNO’s… Read more →

RHA enters the fully wireless headset market with the TrueConnect earbuds

Image: RHA top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 CES and MWC are over and it’s time to clear the dust and see what smartphones are leading the pack this year. Read More Apple was not the first to release fully wireless earbuds, but its AirPods clearly excited the masses and also influenced others to make even better wireless… Read more →

Alcatel 3T 8 launches as T-Mobile’s first 600MHz tablet on 12 October for just $150

TCL Communication announced the Alcatel 3T 8 Android tablet and it looks to be a compelling low-cost tablet that will provide fun for the whole family. At just $6 a month for 24 months, $150 full price, it’s tough not to consider this tablet and its LTE connectivity. Image: Alcatel The Apple iPad dominates the tablet market with a few… Read more →