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Streaming-box app comparison: Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Fire TV vs. Android TV

By Jared Newman | Follow TechHive | Nov 17, 2016 2:09 AM PT MORE LIKE THIS App comparison: Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV TV Everywhere apps aren’t just for cable subscribers Roku Express review: A nice gift for your frenemies VIDEO How to repair Windows 10’s Master Boot Record App selection should be one of the biggest ... Read More »

Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn’t tilt the elections

Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn’t tilt the elections Facebook’s news feed is facing criticism for allegedly influencing some users in favor of Donald Trump Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Samsung event in Barcelona on Feb. 21, 2016. Credit: Facebook 1COMMENT John Ribeiro IDG News Service Nov 11, 2016 7:18 AM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to ... Read More »

Facebook vows again to fight fake news post election

At the end of an ugly presidential campaign the likes of which the U.S. has never seen, Facebook has acknowledged it has a lot more work to do in combating fake news on its platform. The social network is a daily stop for tens of millions of voters and played an important role in shaping and reinforcing people’s opinions. But sometimes, ... Read More »

Worries and uncertainty cloud outlook for digital privacy under President Trump

Some legal experts are worried Trump could abuse the NSA’s surveillance powers, but we just don’t know Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 31, 2016. Credit: Gage Skidmore 6COMMENTS Michael Kan IDG News Service Nov 9, 2016 4:53 PM When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, ... Read More »

YouTube adds HDR support to make videos more vibrant

YouTube’s adding another buzzword to its stable of video technology. The Google-owned service already rolled support for 4K resolution, 360-degree video, spatial audio, and 60 frames-per-second videos (in a hat-tip to gamers) in recent months. Now, YouTube’s pulling the trigger on high-dynamic range (HDR) videos, nearly 7 months after Netflix first introduced HDR support. HDR’s the up and coming display technology for ... Read More »

Mozilla promises a next-gen Firefox engine that will deliver huge improvements

Mozilla’s Firefox chief promised massive leaps in the web browser’s performance via “Project Quantum,” an entirely new web engine that will power Firefox beginning in 2017. Quantum, according to David Bryant, the head of platform engineering at Mozilla, will take full advantage of modern PC and mobile hardware, exploiting parallelism to run processes across multiple cores and the GPU. Quantum ... Read More »

How to watch the MLB playoffs and World Series without cable

Update: With the World Series tied up, the Indians face the Cubs in Chicago tonight in game three. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 pm Eastern time. Plug an antenna into your TV tuner and you can watch the games on Fox. Live outside the range of TV broadcast towers? Look to one of the streaming-TV services that carry FS1: ... Read More »

Intel wants to make its Internet of Things chips see, think, and act

Rolling out the internet of things means using devices as our eyes and ears and even asking them to make decisions for us. The chips at the heart of those devices play critical roles, and on Tuesday some of them got better at their jobs. While ARM introduced two minuscule processor architectures with security features borrowed from larger chips, Intel ... Read More »

Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an “unfair and deceptive” business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The companies, including Disney’s Maker Studios and DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV, use popular “influencers” on YouTube to pitch products, aimed at children worldwide, with videos that “masquerade” as unsponsored content, ... Read More »

Windows: When no growth is an improvement

Microsoft yesterday said that revenue in the September quarter for the More Personal Computing group was down 2%, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines and the fifth contraction in the last six quarters. Windows revenue, which accounts for the bulk of More Personal Computing’s (MPC) total, was flat. But that was an improvement over the prior quarter, when sales ... Read More »