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Living With the Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router

Synology is best known for its storage products, but it has been producing mesh-capable routers for several years. I've been working with their newest model, the Synology RT6600ax, for several months, and it is both rock-solid and easy to administer. The post Living With the Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router appeared first on ExtremeTech .

5 Aug 2022 11:31 pm
EA Pays Lip Service to Single-Player Games, but Live Services Are More Profitable Than Ever

Although CEO Andrew Wilson claimed solo experiences are still part of its DNA, EAs chief financial officer Chris Suh cut him off at the knees, noting that most of the company's revenue comes from so-called live services. The post EA Pays Lip Service to Single-Player Games, but Live Services Are More Profitable Than Ever appeared first on ExtremeTech .

5 Aug 2022 7:33 pm
Microsoft Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11

The widget will show off new Game Pass arrivals and upcoming departures in a handy desktop carousel. The post Microsoft Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11 appeared first on ExtremeTech .

5 Aug 2022 6:48 pm
MIT Researchers Say All Network Congestion Algorithms Are Unfair

Legitimate network management has to go beyond penalizing people for using more data, but researchers from MIT say the algorithms that are supposed to do that don't work as well as we thought. The post MIT Researchers Say All Network Congestion Algorithms Are Unfair appeared first on ExtremeTech .

5 Aug 2022 6:09 pm
Tencent and Logitech Are Developing a Handheld Cloud Gaming Device

By offloading all the rendering to a server, cloud gaming can turn almost any screen into a portal for your gaming obsession, and Logitech wants in on the action. The post Tencent and Logitech Are Developing a Handheld Cloud Gaming Device appeared first on ExtremeTech .

4 Aug 2022 10:31 pm
Samsung Adds Amazon Luna to Its Smart TV Gaming Hub

As promised, Luna is now available on compatible Samsung smart TVs. The post Samsung Adds Amazon Luna to Its Smart TV Gaming Hub appeared first on ExtremeTech .

4 Aug 2022 9:13 pm
AMD to Unveil Ryzen 7000-Series CPUs in August, Sales Begin Sept. 15

The company will be reportedly launching four Zen 4 CPUs in August, which will go on sale in September. The post AMD to Unveil Ryzen 7000-Series CPUs in August, Sales Begin Sept. 15 appeared first on ExtremeTech .

4 Aug 2022 5:46 pm
Intel to Unveil Wi-Fi 7 in 2024, Will Double the Speed of Wi-Fi 6E

A lot of people aren't even using Wi-Fi 6E yet (aka 80211.ax), but Intel is already testing its successor; Wi-Fi 7. The post Intel to Unveil Wi-Fi 7 in 2024, Will Double the Speed of Wi-Fi 6E appeared first on ExtremeTech .

3 Aug 2022 10:33 pm
Study Reveals Why Anti-Piracy Campaigns Dont Work

Some people would, in fact, download a car if they could. The post Study Reveals Why Anti-Piracy Campaigns Dont Work appeared first on ExtremeTech .

3 Aug 2022 9:01 pm
Microsoft: Activision Blizzard Has No Must Have Titles

A recent filing with New Zealands Commerce Commission reveals Microsoft's perspective on Activision Blizzard's portfolio of games. The post Microsoft: Activision Blizzard Has No Must Have Titles appeared first on ExtremeTech .

3 Aug 2022 8:01 pm
Diablo Immortal Player Drops $100K, Becomes Too Powerful to Find a Match

One streamer spent big on Immortal, and he's won the game. His prize: being too overpowered to play with anyone else. The post Diablo Immortal Player Drops $100K, Becomes Too Powerful to Find a Match appeared first on ExtremeTech .

3 Aug 2022 5:45 pm
Intel Says It Wont Hit Arc Discrete Sales Goals, Blames Its Drivers

Intel tried to use the software stack from its integrated GPUs for Arc, and it did not work out well. The post Intel Says It Wont Hit Arc Discrete Sales Goals, Blames Its Drivers appeared first on ExtremeTech .

2 Aug 2022 9:59 pm
Sony: Microsoft Acquiring Call of Duty Could Influence Users Console Choice

Call of Duty, which currently has about 100 million players across several different platforms, might influence users console choice if acquired by Microsofts Xbox, Sony told Brazil's antitrust watchdog. The post Sony: Microsoft Acquiring Call of Duty Could Influence Users Console Choice appeared first on ExtremeTech .

2 Aug 2022 9:14 pm
Samsungs Repair Mode Will Hide Your Data From Sketchy Repair Techs

The new Repair Mode will keep your private data private, no matter who's going to be tinkering with your phone in the repair shop. The post Samsungs Repair Mode Will Hide Your Data From Sketchy Repair Techs appeared first on ExtremeTech .

2 Aug 2022 7:47 pm
Valve Bans Game Awards and Review Scores From Steam Listing Visuals

Developers will no longer be allowed to prioritize their games' various accolades in primary listing visuals. The post Valve Bans Game Awards and Review Scores From Steam Listing Visuals appeared first on ExtremeTech .

1 Aug 2022 9:32 pm
Google Cracking Down on Spam and Scams With New Play Store Rules

Most of the Android malware scares we hear about originate in shady third-party marketplaces, but that doesn't mean there's nothing suspicious in the Play Store. The post Google Cracking Down on Spam and Scams With New Play Store Rules appeared first on ExtremeTech .

1 Aug 2022 6:30 pm
Analogue Pocket Gets the Worlds First Video Game From 1962

The world's oldest video game is now available on a sought-after handheld game machine -- and no, I don't mean the Steam Deck. Developers have released the iconic 1962 game Spacewar! on the Analogue Pocket. The post Analogue Pocket Gets the Worlds First Video Game From 1962 appeared first on ExtremeTech .

1 Aug 2022 5:07 pm
Democrats Introduce Bill to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

New legislation could bring back Obama-era net neutrality rules, as well as give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) more authority over broadband services. The post Democrats Introduce Bill to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules appeared first on ExtremeTech .

30 Jul 2022 12:30 am
FTC Sues Meta to Prevent it from Using Acquisitions to Expand its Virtual Reality Empire

Meta wants to acquire a popular VR company with a killer workout app, but the FTC says the dilution of competition is an antitrust violation. The post FTC Sues Meta to Prevent it from Using Acquisitions to Expand its Virtual Reality Empire appeared first on ExtremeTech .

29 Jul 2022 11:45 pm
Rumor: Is Google About to Kill Stadia?

'Killed By Google' suggests the end is nigh for Stadia. The post Rumor: Is Google About to Kill Stadia? appeared first on ExtremeTech .

29 Jul 2022 10:17 pm
Googles Plan to Phase Out Third-Party Cookies in Chrome Delayed to 2024

Google's Privacy Sandbox won't be ready as soon as the company hoped. Instead of phasing out third-party cookies this year, it's pushed that deadline back to 2024. The post Googles Plan to Phase Out Third-Party Cookies in Chrome Delayed to 2024 appeared first on ExtremeTech .

29 Jul 2022 5:00 pm
Samsung Galaxy S23 May Ditch Exynos Chips in Favor of Snapdragon Globally

Exynos haters might get their wish for a global Samsung flagship with Snapdragon instead of Exynos. The post Samsung Galaxy S23 May Ditch Exynos Chips in Favor of Snapdragon Globally appeared first on ExtremeTech .

29 Jul 2022 4:15 pm
Intel Arc Tech Talk Focuses on VRR, HDR, and HDMI 2.1

Intel has dropped more info on its upcoming Arc discrete graphics cards, while showing it running Death Stranding at 100 FPS at 1440p. The post Intel Arc Tech Talk Focuses on VRR, HDR, and HDMI 2.1 appeared first on ExtremeTech .

29 Jul 2022 3:45 pm
Meta to Clash With Apple Over Open or Closed Metaverse

Artist's depiction. Colored light trails sold separately. Living room decor will not transform to match image Mark Zuckerberg sees a war brewing between Meta and Apple over the future of the internet as we all know it. The post Meta to Clash With Apple Over Open or Closed Metaverse appeared first on ExtremeTech .

29 Jul 2022 3:00 pm
Meta Increasing Quest 2 Price by $100 on August 1st, Will Include Beat Saber

You'll get one of the best VR games free with the Quest 2, but that hardly makes up for such a substantial increase at this late stage. The post Meta Increasing Quest 2 Price by $100 on August 1st, Will Include Beat Saber appeared first on ExtremeTech .

28 Jul 2022 7:21 pm
Russia is Running Out of Usable Keyboards

Should the Russian government have seen this coming when it implemented its parallel imports strategy in response to various tech sanctions? Probably. The post Russia is Running Out of Usable Keyboards appeared first on ExtremeTech .

28 Jul 2022 7:17 pm
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Press Renders Have Leaked Ahead of August Launch

We now have what appear to be official renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 smartphone. If you've seen the Flip3, you'll know what to expect. The post Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Press Renders Have Leaked Ahead of August Launch appeared first on ExtremeTech .

27 Jul 2022 10:47 pm
NFT Group Blocked from Minecraft Vows to Make Its Own Version of the Game

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack. Image by Microsoft. NFT Worlds, which has made a business of selling crypto-infused Minecraft content, is in search of a new path forward and may have to pivot by creating its own NFT-based version of the game. The post NFT Group Blocked from Minecraft Vows to Make Its Own Version of the Game appeared first on ExtremeTech .

27 Jul 2022 8:17 pm
Uber Avoids Criminal Charges by Admitting to Data Breach Cover-Up

The data breach occurred back in 2016, and Uber has faced the possibility of criminal prosecution ever since. The post Uber Avoids Criminal Charges by Admitting to Data Breach Cover-Up appeared first on ExtremeTech .

27 Jul 2022 8:15 pm
Rumor: Nvidia Preparing 800W Titan-Class Beast GPU

It'll probably make the RTX 3090 seem cute in comparison. The post Rumor: Nvidia Preparing 800W Titan-Class Beast GPU appeared first on ExtremeTech .

27 Jul 2022 8:14 pm
Some Pixel 6a Phones Can Be Unlocked with Unregistered Fingerprints

According to multiple reports, the latest Google phone can be unlocked with a fingerprint -- any fingerprint, even if it's not the one you registered or one that belongs to someone else entirely. The post Some Pixel 6a Phones Can Be Unlocked with Unregistered Fingerprints appeared first on ExtremeTech .

27 Jul 2022 7:39 pm
Google is Rolling Out Improved Android Tablet Apps

After neglecting large-screen devices for most of the intervening years, the company has announced new, tablet-friendly versions of some of its most popular apps. The post Google is Rolling Out Improved Android Tablet Apps appeared first on ExtremeTech .

26 Jul 2022 8:45 pm
Chess-Playing Robot Breaks 7-Year-Old Opponents Finger

Talk about a sore loser. The post Chess-Playing Robot Breaks 7-Year-Old Opponents Finger appeared first on ExtremeTech .

26 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
Meta to Allow Mature Content in Horizon Worlds

The metaverse doesn't exist in any substantive way yet, but the VR-based Horizon Worlds is probably the closest thing we have right now, and Meta is making a big change to the content policy. Going forward, developers will be allowed to create mature content for the platform. The post Meta to Allow Mature Content in Horizon Worlds appeared first on ExtremeTech .

26 Jul 2022 7:34 pm
OnePlus Confirms Its New Phone Wont Have Trademark Mute Switch

The upcoming OnePlus 10T has been revealed in official renders, and something's missing: the iconic mute switch is gone. Oh, OnePlus has its reasons, but fans of the company aren't having it. The post OnePlus Confirms Its New Phone Wont Have Trademark Mute Switch appeared first on ExtremeTech .

26 Jul 2022 7:27 pm
Amazon Seeks to Reinvent Health Care With Purchase of One Medical

Perhaps one day when you go to the doctor your groceries will be waiting for you. The post Amazon Seeks to Reinvent Health Care With Purchase of One Medical appeared first on ExtremeTech .

26 Jul 2022 7:10 pm
Intel: Arc High-End Desktop GPU Launch Now in Sight

Intel says the day we've all been waiting for is finally visible on the horizon. The post Intel: Arc High-End Desktop GPU Launch Now in Sight appeared first on ExtremeTech .

25 Jul 2022 9:30 pm
Nvidias GeForce Now Rolls Out 120FPS Gameplay to All 120Hz Android Phones

If you've already got a library of games, GeForce Now could be the best way to stream them, particularly now that it supports higher frame rates and smoother gameplay on Android phones. Nvidia has announced that all Android phones with 120 Hz screens can now stream at 120 FPS. The post Nvidias GeForce Now Rolls Out 120FPS Gameplay to All 120Hz Android Phones appeared first on ExtremeTech .

25 Jul 2022 8:30 pm
Enormous Video Game Collection to Enhance Universitys Research and Course Offerings

An educational institution in Canada is now able to offer students a firsthand tour through video game history, thanks to the recent acquisition of a famous 14,000-title collection. The post Enormous Video Game Collection to Enhance Universitys Research and Course Offerings appeared first on ExtremeTech .

25 Jul 2022 7:37 pm
Google Reverses Course on Play Store Permissions Change

Having developers divulge their plans for your data is a good thing, but relying on that exclusively to inform consumers is a very bad thing. Google seems to get that now -- the company has announced that the full permission list is returning to the Play Store. The post Google Reverses Course on Play Store Permissions Change appeared first on ExtremeTech .

25 Jul 2022 4:30 pm
Two Senators Call for a Ban on Predatory Data Caps

Naturally, there are some carve-outs for network management, but the real problem is the low likelihood of passage. The post Two Senators Call for a Ban on Predatory Data Caps appeared first on ExtremeTech .

25 Jul 2022 4:00 pm
Diablo Immortal Finally Launching in China After Mysterious Delay

Blizzard and its Chinese partners have reportedly been given permission to launch Immortal in China, which is the largest gaming market in the world. The post Diablo Immortal Finally Launching in China After Mysterious Delay appeared first on ExtremeTech .

25 Jul 2022 3:00 pm