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James Bice 2021-07-25
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"There's so much we had to leave out. Really, what this needs is a six-hour limited series."
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James Bice 2021-02-23
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I wouldn't count your marsupials before they leave the pouch but one group thinks they've photographed an entire family.
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James Bice 2020-09-30
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If you’re after a great Android phone for a reasonable price, there are two models that stand out: the OnePlus Nord and the Google Pixel 4a. The OnePlus device will appeal to people who want power and specs, effectively bang for their buck. But, personally, I’d choose the Pixel 4a every time. Usability rules all. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Google’s “a” range of phones. I’ve written before how I believe these models are its best fit in the smartphone industry — and the Pixel 4a is no exception. I truly believe it delivers what much of the public…

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James Bice 2019-10-14
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I love the original Watchmen graphic novel so much, it's the one comic I always lend to friends -- and never get back.

So now, with the new trailer for the show that dropped Friday, I couldn't be more excited for a new chapter of the Watchmen story in the shape of a TV adaptation on HBO, debuting Oct. 20.

Damon Lindelof, the man behind Lost, is in charge, and it could end up being the love letter to the comic fans like me have been waiting for.

Created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins in 1986, the Watchmen comic had a huge impact as part of a wave of grown-up comics that changed the idea of what comics could be, and paved the way for today's comics-obsessed era.

The beautiful graphics, gritty storyline and engaging characters all add up to the ultimate dark and reflective antihero comic readers weren't used to seeing.

Even as a kid I was bored with the usual antics of Superman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman.

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James Bice 2021-07-07
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The Test Drive series is back, and it wants a piece of the arcade racing pie from Forza.
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James Bice 2021-02-18
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I was 15 when I first had sex with a man. I’d snuck off to London’s Heaven nightclub with the express intent of ridding myself of my ‘gay virginity’, a goal I achieved fairly easily with a visiting American photographer. 

Later that week, I watched with rising panic the Horizon documentary, A Killer in the Village. It warned of a new disease that was killing gay Americans. At that time, the disease did not have a name. We now know it as AIDS. 

The government’s ’Don’t Die of Ignorance’ HIV advertising campaign, featuring icebergs, a tombstone and a doom-laden voiceover, came out a couple of years later when I was in my first year at university. At the same time Section 28, inserted into the Local Government Act in an attempt to ban “the promotion of homosexuality”, started making its way through Parliament. The “gay plague”, as the tabloids dubbed it, was all the justification needed for politicians, journalists and religious leaders to condemn our sick and short lives. Homophobia had gained a powerful weapon. 

My love life at the time was complicated and messy, and often fuelled by alcohol and poor judgement. I considered myself to be safe – I almost always used condoms but there were slips and breakages and mornings where I woke up with only hazy friends of the night before. It was chaotic but mainly it was fun.

Death and grief were bound up in my experience of being young and gay. And it didn’t even feel odd – a community dealing with fear and loss was the only one I knew.

And then my friends started dying. Death and grief were bound up in my experience of being young and gay. And it didn’t even feel odd – a community dealing with fear and loss was the only one I knew.  

It was worse for others. I’m younger than the generation that suffered the greatest loss to AIDS but still old enough to lose count of the friends that I lost. I went to more funerals of my contemporaries in my twenties and thirties than I did in my forties or, so far, in my fifties. 

The friends at the heart of It’s A Sin are all about five years older than me, I share many of their experiences. I had their same dreams and desires, and I made their mistakes. I still picture those I lost: wise, twinkly Mick, a member of the Gay Liberation Front and the first person I knew with HIV; Roy, who denied his illness beyond the time when all of his friends knew; Paul with his huge blue eyes and even bigger heart. I think of David who took his own life rather than face lingering death, and I think of Derek, who loved beauty but lost his sight. I think of Ian, always the smartest but kindest man in the room, and of handsome James – and his legendary parties. 

It’s daunting at any time to reflect on those terrible days when there was no effective treatment. Perhaps it is particularly difficult now, at a time when disease and death are all around us again. Covid, like HIV is affecting some communities more than others. Within these communities, unresolved grief crashes against new losses. 

Just as we fought for greater acceptance of LGBT people, we now must fight to end HIV stigma if we are to end this epidemic. I can think of no better way of honouring those who died.

I know many of my contemporaries have struggled to watch It’s A Sin, the grief still too raw – but I cannot help but view the showthrough the lens of my own experience. Like Richie, I was a struggling young actor, living in a London flatshare while AIDS dug itself progressively deeper into my life. I recognise the trauma and medical challenges faced by those who received an AIDS diagnosis before there was effective treatment. Many who survived sustained permanent damage and are now living with that. With over 20,000 deaths from AIDS in the UK alone no drama could tell all of our stories – or encompass all of that grief – but I feel it comes close to mirroring my own. 

For me, It’s A Sin isn’t a drama about AIDS – it’s a drama about homophobia. The show illustrates how fear, hatred and intolerance of homosexuality, attitudes which were then widely shared across all regions and social classes, combined with a virus to kill people like me and people like my friends. It was AIDS that killed those men, but it was homophobia that allowed it to happen – and that led to so many men dying alone.

I try to honour the legacy of those lost. Without those warriors who willingly trialed experimental drugs we would not have the medication that now saves lives, including my own. Because of those trials we now have PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). 

Ending HIV infections within a generation is an ambitious but achievable goal. Effective treatment prevents transmission. PrEP can keep you free from HIV. But we still need to dismantle the barriers to testing, prevention and treatment that the stigmatisation of people living with HIV creates. 

An HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence – we need to share the good news that a treatment will prevent AIDS. We must challenge fear by ensuring that everyone knows effective treatment means that we can’t pass HIV on to our sexual partners. Just as we fought for greater acceptance of LGBT people, we now must fight to end HIV stigma if we are to end this epidemic.

I can think of no better way of honouring those who died.

Matthew Hodson is the Executive Director of aidsmap, a charity providing information about HIV and AIDS. Follow him on Twitter at @matthew_hodson

Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected]

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James Bice 2020-09-22
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After teaching for 25 years, yes, moving my classes online has been weird. But then I found moments of gratitude.
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James Bice 2019-09-13
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And while a lot of noise was made about the handsets' creepy-looking camera setups, the 11 Pro's polarizing Midnight Green color and the obnoxiously termed "slowfie," there were a few other iPhone 11 features that flew under the radar.

The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have Wi-Fi 6

Similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus, the new iPhones have the next generation of wireless networking known as Wi-Fi 6.

As CNET Senior Editor Ry Crist puts it, "Devices that support Wi-Fi 6 still speak that same Wi-Fi language to talk to each other -- they just talk faster and more efficiently than before."

Compared to Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6: "supports faster top transfer speeds; lets devices send more information with each individual transmission; lets routers and other access points service more devices at once; helps sensors and other wireless gadgets conserve battery power by scheduling transmissions; and facilitates better, faster performance in dense, crowded environments like airports and stadiums."

Wi-Fi 6 isn't officially certified yet, and Wi-Fi 6 routers are very expensive.

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James Bice 2021-06-24
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I’m sure you’ve already heard the news: John McAfee was found dead in his Barcelona prison cell. Catalonian authorities stated they believe McAfee took his own life. Things aren’t that simple though. I mean, with John McAfee and the internet involved, how could they be? Already, there are conspiracy theories circulating — many of which were started by McAfee himself. He tweeted about suicide just a couple of months ago. And even seems to have “predicted” his demise in a tweet from 2019: I’m struggling to think of anything that’s more McAfee than this tweet. #McAfeeDidntKillHimself and Epstein (another famous figure who…

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James Bice 2021-02-02
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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will stick to a faithful retelling of the game’s story and already-made DLC, with no new narrative elements on the way. Speaking about the enhanced trilogy during a briefing, project director Mac Walters said while the team did consider incorporating new content, ultimately, BioWare decided against it. “Honestly we had looked at, is there stuff on cutting room floors and things like that that we could bring in?” Walters said. “And a lot of times that isn’t really in a state where you can just resurrect it and use it. It actually would require rebuilding from scratch and at that point you’re diverting effort away from the remastering of everything else.”

That also applies to hopes that the game might...

Continue reading…

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James Bice 2020-08-12
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James Bice 2019-09-01
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A great gaming laptop offers a decent design and strong performance for uninterrupted gaming, which is exactly why we've chosen the Dell G5 15 as our top pick.

Unfortunately, given how demanding some games can be, many gaming laptops are very expensive because they include top-tier hardware.

A budget of $1,000 should be more than enough to get you a great gaming laptop that can handle the vast majority of games you'll want to play for years to come.

When you're buying a gaming laptop, there are a number of things to consider.

Here are the best gaming laptops under $1,000:

Best gaming laptop under $1,000 overall: Dell G5 15

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James Bice 2021-05-25
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NSFW is an acronym that means "not safe for work" and often serves as a warning for viewing content in a professional or public setting.
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James Bice 2020-10-28
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Apple took an unpopular decision this year by removing the wall charging brick from the iPhone 12 and new Apple Watches citing environmental reasons. Now Samsung, after mocking its rival, is set to follow the same course. Citing a report from the Korean site ChosunBiz, Sammobile said that Samsung is considering removing both the wall charger and earphones from the upcoming Galaxy S21’s box. Apple kept the iPhone 12’s price the same as the last year’s models and charged the official cable from USB-A to USB-C with the lightning port on the other end. So, in case you didn’t own a…

This story continues at The Next Web

Or just read more coverage about: Apple,Samsung
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James Bice 2019-11-13
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The system continues to use the dynamic handoff system that trades power for battery life on the fly.

The new power supply delivers an additional 12w of power and there is a new thermal system to compensate for that.

The monitor features the same 500 nit maximum brightness, P3 color gamut and True Tone tech as the current 15”.

Most of these devices are pretty much thin enough.

The new array consists of six speakers arranged so that the subwoofers are positioned in pairs, antipodal to one another (back to back).

There is remarkably little hiss present here and artists that use the MacBook as a sketch pad for vocals and other recording are going to get a really nice little surprise here.

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James Bice 2019-07-30
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The woman suspected of stealing more than 100 million people's data from Capital One bank clued in the FBI because she boasted about a hack onGitHub, Slack, and Twitter, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors on Monday.

Capital One revealed on Monday that the data of some 106 million individuals had been compromised in the breach, which occurred in March.

Among the many online clues left by the suspect, Paige Thompson, was a Twitter direct message which read:"[sic] Ive basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, fucking dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it."

Capital One disclosed that a breach on March 22 and March 23 had impacted 100 million people in the US and a further six million in Canada.

A complaint filed on Monday in Seattle, Washington revealed the alleged perpetrator to be one Paige Thompson, formerly a software engineer for Amazon Web Services.

Read more: Amazon's cloud was at the heart of the big Capital One hack, even though it doesn't seem to be at fault

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James Bice 2021-07-25
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"There's so much we had to leave out. Really, what this needs is a six-hour limited series."
James Bice 2021-06-24
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I’m sure you’ve already heard the news: John McAfee was found dead in his Barcelona prison cell. Catalonian authorities stated they believe McAfee took his own life. Things aren’t that simple though. I mean, with John McAfee and the internet involved, how could they be? Already, there are conspiracy theories circulating — many of which were started by McAfee himself. He tweeted about suicide just a couple of months ago. And even seems to have “predicted” his demise in a tweet from 2019: I’m struggling to think of anything that’s more McAfee than this tweet. #McAfeeDidntKillHimself and Epstein (another famous figure who…

This story continues at The Next Web
James Bice 2021-02-23
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I wouldn't count your marsupials before they leave the pouch but one group thinks they've photographed an entire family.
James Bice 2021-02-02
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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will stick to a faithful retelling of the game’s story and already-made DLC, with no new narrative elements on the way. Speaking about the enhanced trilogy during a briefing, project director Mac Walters said while the team did consider incorporating new content, ultimately, BioWare decided against it. “Honestly we had looked at, is there stuff on cutting room floors and things like that that we could bring in?” Walters said. “And a lot of times that isn’t really in a state where you can just resurrect it and use it. It actually would require rebuilding from scratch and at that point you’re diverting effort away from the remastering of everything else.”

That also applies to hopes that the game might...

Continue reading…

James Bice 2020-09-30
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If you’re after a great Android phone for a reasonable price, there are two models that stand out: the OnePlus Nord and the Google Pixel 4a. The OnePlus device will appeal to people who want power and specs, effectively bang for their buck. But, personally, I’d choose the Pixel 4a every time. Usability rules all. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Google’s “a” range of phones. I’ve written before how I believe these models are its best fit in the smartphone industry — and the Pixel 4a is no exception. I truly believe it delivers what much of the public…

This story continues at The Next Web

Or just read more coverage about: Android,Google
James Bice 2020-08-12
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Bytednace Tiktok India AI research
Bytedance isn't just Tiktok. The Beijing-based company is the world's most valuable tech startup. Here are seven things you should know about it.
James Bice 2019-10-14
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I love the original Watchmen graphic novel so much, it's the one comic I always lend to friends -- and never get back.

So now, with the new trailer for the show that dropped Friday, I couldn't be more excited for a new chapter of the Watchmen story in the shape of a TV adaptation on HBO, debuting Oct. 20.

Damon Lindelof, the man behind Lost, is in charge, and it could end up being the love letter to the comic fans like me have been waiting for.

Created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins in 1986, the Watchmen comic had a huge impact as part of a wave of grown-up comics that changed the idea of what comics could be, and paved the way for today's comics-obsessed era.

The beautiful graphics, gritty storyline and engaging characters all add up to the ultimate dark and reflective antihero comic readers weren't used to seeing.

Even as a kid I was bored with the usual antics of Superman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman.

James Bice 2019-09-01
img

A great gaming laptop offers a decent design and strong performance for uninterrupted gaming, which is exactly why we've chosen the Dell G5 15 as our top pick.

Unfortunately, given how demanding some games can be, many gaming laptops are very expensive because they include top-tier hardware.

A budget of $1,000 should be more than enough to get you a great gaming laptop that can handle the vast majority of games you'll want to play for years to come.

When you're buying a gaming laptop, there are a number of things to consider.

Here are the best gaming laptops under $1,000:

Best gaming laptop under $1,000 overall: Dell G5 15

James Bice 2021-07-07
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The Test Drive series is back, and it wants a piece of the arcade racing pie from Forza.
James Bice 2021-05-25
img
NSFW is an acronym that means "not safe for work" and often serves as a warning for viewing content in a professional or public setting.
James Bice 2021-02-18
img

I was 15 when I first had sex with a man. I’d snuck off to London’s Heaven nightclub with the express intent of ridding myself of my ‘gay virginity’, a goal I achieved fairly easily with a visiting American photographer. 

Later that week, I watched with rising panic the Horizon documentary, A Killer in the Village. It warned of a new disease that was killing gay Americans. At that time, the disease did not have a name. We now know it as AIDS. 

The government’s ’Don’t Die of Ignorance’ HIV advertising campaign, featuring icebergs, a tombstone and a doom-laden voiceover, came out a couple of years later when I was in my first year at university. At the same time Section 28, inserted into the Local Government Act in an attempt to ban “the promotion of homosexuality”, started making its way through Parliament. The “gay plague”, as the tabloids dubbed it, was all the justification needed for politicians, journalists and religious leaders to condemn our sick and short lives. Homophobia had gained a powerful weapon. 

My love life at the time was complicated and messy, and often fuelled by alcohol and poor judgement. I considered myself to be safe – I almost always used condoms but there were slips and breakages and mornings where I woke up with only hazy friends of the night before. It was chaotic but mainly it was fun.

Death and grief were bound up in my experience of being young and gay. And it didn’t even feel odd – a community dealing with fear and loss was the only one I knew.

And then my friends started dying. Death and grief were bound up in my experience of being young and gay. And it didn’t even feel odd – a community dealing with fear and loss was the only one I knew.  

It was worse for others. I’m younger than the generation that suffered the greatest loss to AIDS but still old enough to lose count of the friends that I lost. I went to more funerals of my contemporaries in my twenties and thirties than I did in my forties or, so far, in my fifties. 

The friends at the heart of It’s A Sin are all about five years older than me, I share many of their experiences. I had their same dreams and desires, and I made their mistakes. I still picture those I lost: wise, twinkly Mick, a member of the Gay Liberation Front and the first person I knew with HIV; Roy, who denied his illness beyond the time when all of his friends knew; Paul with his huge blue eyes and even bigger heart. I think of David who took his own life rather than face lingering death, and I think of Derek, who loved beauty but lost his sight. I think of Ian, always the smartest but kindest man in the room, and of handsome James – and his legendary parties. 

It’s daunting at any time to reflect on those terrible days when there was no effective treatment. Perhaps it is particularly difficult now, at a time when disease and death are all around us again. Covid, like HIV is affecting some communities more than others. Within these communities, unresolved grief crashes against new losses. 

Just as we fought for greater acceptance of LGBT people, we now must fight to end HIV stigma if we are to end this epidemic. I can think of no better way of honouring those who died.

I know many of my contemporaries have struggled to watch It’s A Sin, the grief still too raw – but I cannot help but view the showthrough the lens of my own experience. Like Richie, I was a struggling young actor, living in a London flatshare while AIDS dug itself progressively deeper into my life. I recognise the trauma and medical challenges faced by those who received an AIDS diagnosis before there was effective treatment. Many who survived sustained permanent damage and are now living with that. With over 20,000 deaths from AIDS in the UK alone no drama could tell all of our stories – or encompass all of that grief – but I feel it comes close to mirroring my own. 

For me, It’s A Sin isn’t a drama about AIDS – it’s a drama about homophobia. The show illustrates how fear, hatred and intolerance of homosexuality, attitudes which were then widely shared across all regions and social classes, combined with a virus to kill people like me and people like my friends. It was AIDS that killed those men, but it was homophobia that allowed it to happen – and that led to so many men dying alone.

I try to honour the legacy of those lost. Without those warriors who willingly trialed experimental drugs we would not have the medication that now saves lives, including my own. Because of those trials we now have PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). 

Ending HIV infections within a generation is an ambitious but achievable goal. Effective treatment prevents transmission. PrEP can keep you free from HIV. But we still need to dismantle the barriers to testing, prevention and treatment that the stigmatisation of people living with HIV creates. 

An HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence – we need to share the good news that a treatment will prevent AIDS. We must challenge fear by ensuring that everyone knows effective treatment means that we can’t pass HIV on to our sexual partners. Just as we fought for greater acceptance of LGBT people, we now must fight to end HIV stigma if we are to end this epidemic.

I can think of no better way of honouring those who died.

Matthew Hodson is the Executive Director of aidsmap, a charity providing information about HIV and AIDS. Follow him on Twitter at @matthew_hodson

Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected]

James Bice 2020-10-28
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Apple took an unpopular decision this year by removing the wall charging brick from the iPhone 12 and new Apple Watches citing environmental reasons. Now Samsung, after mocking its rival, is set to follow the same course. Citing a report from the Korean site ChosunBiz, Sammobile said that Samsung is considering removing both the wall charger and earphones from the upcoming Galaxy S21’s box. Apple kept the iPhone 12’s price the same as the last year’s models and charged the official cable from USB-A to USB-C with the lightning port on the other end. So, in case you didn’t own a…

This story continues at The Next Web

Or just read more coverage about: Apple,Samsung
James Bice 2020-09-22
img
After teaching for 25 years, yes, moving my classes online has been weird. But then I found moments of gratitude.
James Bice 2019-11-13
img

The system continues to use the dynamic handoff system that trades power for battery life on the fly.

The new power supply delivers an additional 12w of power and there is a new thermal system to compensate for that.

The monitor features the same 500 nit maximum brightness, P3 color gamut and True Tone tech as the current 15”.

Most of these devices are pretty much thin enough.

The new array consists of six speakers arranged so that the subwoofers are positioned in pairs, antipodal to one another (back to back).

There is remarkably little hiss present here and artists that use the MacBook as a sketch pad for vocals and other recording are going to get a really nice little surprise here.

James Bice 2019-09-13
img

And while a lot of noise was made about the handsets' creepy-looking camera setups, the 11 Pro's polarizing Midnight Green color and the obnoxiously termed "slowfie," there were a few other iPhone 11 features that flew under the radar.

The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have Wi-Fi 6

Similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus, the new iPhones have the next generation of wireless networking known as Wi-Fi 6.

As CNET Senior Editor Ry Crist puts it, "Devices that support Wi-Fi 6 still speak that same Wi-Fi language to talk to each other -- they just talk faster and more efficiently than before."

Compared to Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6: "supports faster top transfer speeds; lets devices send more information with each individual transmission; lets routers and other access points service more devices at once; helps sensors and other wireless gadgets conserve battery power by scheduling transmissions; and facilitates better, faster performance in dense, crowded environments like airports and stadiums."

Wi-Fi 6 isn't officially certified yet, and Wi-Fi 6 routers are very expensive.

James Bice 2019-07-30
img

The woman suspected of stealing more than 100 million people's data from Capital One bank clued in the FBI because she boasted about a hack onGitHub, Slack, and Twitter, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors on Monday.

Capital One revealed on Monday that the data of some 106 million individuals had been compromised in the breach, which occurred in March.

Among the many online clues left by the suspect, Paige Thompson, was a Twitter direct message which read:"[sic] Ive basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, fucking dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it."

Capital One disclosed that a breach on March 22 and March 23 had impacted 100 million people in the US and a further six million in Canada.

A complaint filed on Monday in Seattle, Washington revealed the alleged perpetrator to be one Paige Thompson, formerly a software engineer for Amazon Web Services.

Read more: Amazon's cloud was at the heart of the big Capital One hack, even though it doesn't seem to be at fault