One of the cheapest ways to play games in 4K resolution on Google’s new cloud gaming platform, Stadia, is through the Chromecast Ultra streaming stick. However, a few of Stadia’s early adopters report that their Chromecast Ultra has been abruptly shutting down and overheating while in an active game session. The users, which shared their experiences in a fairly popular Reddit thread, say that when they tried to manually reboot their Chromecast Ultra by unplugging and plugging it back again, they noticed that it was unbearably warm. The device is most likely suffering from thermal issues and getting overheated to the point where the only fallback is for it to switch off entirely. It doesn’t throw any warning either leaving players no option to save their progress in the game. “I was in the middle of a fight in Destiny 2 when suddenly my Chromecast died and lost connectivity to the network. I went to unplug it from the power and it was extremely hot,” … [Read more...] about Some Stadia users say their Chromecast Ultra is overheating and abruptly dying
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Last year, Pandora rolled out Pandora Premium, a $10 per month on-demand subscription meant to provide a more direct alternative to services like Spotify and Apple Music. The radio-like nature of the service is still there, but if you feel like paying extra, you can get a lot more control over exactly what you’re listening to at any given time. Unfortunately for computer-bound users, the service was only available on the Pandora mobile app. Now that has changed as Pandora has rolled out Premium on the web, complete with all the features offered in the mobile apps. Pandora says that Premium on the web has been the number one feature requested by its users, who can start using the new features on the service’s website immediately. Now Premium features like Search and Play, which offers customized search based on your listening history, and My Music, which lets you easily collect and catalog your favorite albums and artists, are available in a larger format that the streaming … [Read more...] about No longer mobile-only, Pandora Premium features come to the web
The launch of Apple’s iOS 13 may have been a pretty buggy release, but it looks like the launch of Android 10 wasn’t perfect either. According to new reports, Android 10 is breaking the Google Pixel 2’s ability to connect to Wi-Fi. A Google support thread notes that hundreds of Pixel 2 users are experiencing Wi-Fi issues after having updated to Android 10 — and the only way to resolve the issue seems to be factory resetting it. Some users claim that their device connects to a Wi-Fi network but can’t actually access the internet, while others suggest that Wi-Fi connections seemingly randomly drop. Interestingly, it seems like there is a range of Wi-Fi issues on the Pixel 2 after updating, instead of one issue that affects everyone. The thread notes that while Google has yet to issue a fix for the problem, some have been able to get replacement devices running Android 9. Of course, that’s not really a permanent solution, as Google will want Pixel 2 … [Read more...] about Android 10 update seemingly breaks Wi-Fi on the Google Pixel 2
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are two of the most powerful and feature-rich smartphones on the planet. If you’re investing hundreds of dollars into this flagship phone, wouldn’t you want to get the most out of it possible? Read on as we take a closer look at VR headsets, 360 cameras, wireless charging stations, and every other accessory that can send your Galaxy into the stratosphere. Gear VR Headset and Controller If you’re not interested in investing a small fortune in the Oculus Rift, Samsung’s Gear VR headset is a good place to try out a light virtual reality experience. While we’ve not seen an update for the Gear VR in over a year, the last model will work just fine with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Although you can use your eyes to navigate, the included controller tends to make things a lot easier. Right now there are well over 600 different apps, games, and experiences to immerse you into an all-new VR world. Buy one now from: Samsung Samsung … [Read more...] about The best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus accessories
Figuring out whether the things you read on the internet are true can be challenging. Thanks to a new web plug-in, determining whether stories were written by a human or an A.I. is now a whole lot easier. GPTrue or False is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets users select text on a website (50 words and more) and have it evaluated to determine the likelihood that it was written by OpenAI’s GPT-2 A.I. model rather than a human. GPT-2 is a text-generating algorithm that allows users to seed it with the start of a piece of text, such as an article from a newspaper, and then dreams up the rest in terrifyingly convincing fashion. While some have used it for creative purposes, such as generating ever-changing text adventure games, others are rightfully concerned about what it could mean for the spread of fake news. GPTrue or False runs the selected text through OpenAI’s GPT-2 Detector model, and then works out the probability that the text was human-generated … [Read more...] about Bot or not? This browser extension will identify text written by A.I.