Google Stadia is set to debut on November 19. That launch already had several caveats, however, including the fact that not everyone who pre-ordered the Founder's Edition bundle will receive their hardware in time for the platform's debut. Now the company has said that many of Stadia's multiplayer-centric features won't be ready in time for the game streaming platform's launch either.The additional information about Stadia's launch arrived during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with Stadia product director Andrey Doronichev and Beri Lee, who "look[s] after the Publisher experience on Stadia," on Reddit. Doronichev and Lee revealed that many of Stadia's features aren't ready in time for launch and said that several won't make their debut until some time in 2020.So what are the missing features? There are many, including numerous aspects of Stadia's multiplayer experience. The platform's achievement system won't arrive until 2020, nor will a State Share feature that lets people share … [Read more...] about Google Stadia’s Upcoming Launch Looking Increasingly Incomplete
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Given that both the iPhone and iPad are both descendants of Apple’s iconic iPod digital music player, it stands to reason that these devices are also great music players. But much like the iPod itself, playing music on iOS using Apple’s built-in apps is only a satisfying experience if you stick with the limited file formats that Apple favors. Any attempt to stray from these will result in considerable frustration. Fans of lossless and hi-res audio often find themselves at odds with their iOS devices because of these limitations. Still, despite Apple’s lack of helpfulness on this issue, it is possible to play lossless FLAC files in iOS. Our handy guide will give you all the tools you need, letting you know exactly what FLAC files are, what their advantage is, and most importantly, how to play them on your iOS device. What are FLAC files, and what are their advantages? (Note: If you’re already generally familiar with FLAC files, feel free to skip to the next … [Read more...] about How to play FLAC files on all of your iOS devices for the best lossless sound
Another week, another devastating, industry-shaking, cybersecurity threat. This week’s is particularly haunting, though — the resurrected corpse of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, aptly known as ZombieLoad. It’s been over 16 months since the original Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were revealed, and little has been done to assure us our PCs are safe. Each of us has to make a choice between performance and security. That really sucks. The Hyper-threading problem Unlike in 2018, the major companies’ products affected by this vulnerability have responded quickly. Statements and patches from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, and Intel were all released on day one of the publishing of the discovery. It’s great to see Intel confidently announce the problem it discovered and present the available solutions to its customers. There are, however, performance compromises to some of these solutions. Dips in performance (or far worse) were common in the … [Read more...] about Zombieload forces a choice between performance and security. What will you do?
Less than a year and a half since Intel had its first public meltdown after finding the highly publicized Meltdown and Spectre security flaws, researchers have discovered a new security vulnerability called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) — which leaves computers dating back to 2008 vulnerable to eavesdropping attacks. Fortunately, Intel learned its lesson from the first Meltdown discovery, and it finds itself better prepared to address the recently published security flaw that, if unpatched, could leave computers — ranging from laptops to cloud-based servers — exposed to eavesdropping by an attacker. Back from the grave A series of updates were recently deployed to address the newly uncovered security flaw. Whether you’re on a Windows PC or a Mac, you should stay up to date with your security patches to mitigate the risk of attack. Business customers operating their infrastructure from the cloud should check with their service providers to ensure that … [Read more...] about ZombieLoad is Meltdown resurrected. Here’s how to secure your PC right now
Things have changed quite a bit since GoPro shipped its first product — a wrist-mounted 35mm film camera — in 2005. Now, long after moving to digital and having gone through multiple generations of cameras, adrenaline junkies all over the world have flocked to GoPros for their versatility and durability. From a supersonic skydive from the stratosphere to your morning bike commute, a GoPro is the perfect camera for capturing whatever your most exciting adventures are. But what about all those nifty GoPro videos you see online that have the production value of a Planet Earth episode? While many of those possess a bit of professional postproduction, there’s still a few GoPro tips and tricks we recommend employing to turn your basic videos into masterpieces. These won’t necessarily make the Academy come calling, but, hey, you need to start somewhere, right? Use a mount This is perhaps the single easiest way to spice up a GoPro video, and can definitely … [Read more...] about The best GoPro tips and tricks