Snag discounted Nest routers in Google’s Memorial Day sale

Snag discounted Nest routers in Google's Memorial Day sale

News Brig gave the Google Nest WiFi a score of 84 when we reviewed the device last fall. Google’s latest router is easy to set up, and its new, more attractive design allows it to fit in neatly in almost any home. The router also doubles as a Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker — though some people will … Read more

Windows 10 basics: how to customize your display

Windows 10 basics: how to customize your display

If you’ve just bought a new laptop, one of the first things you’re probably going to want to do is personalize how it looks. Windows has plenty of options for customizing what you see when you open up your device. You can choose a lock screen, use a photo or other image as your wallpaper, … Read more

Google releases Action Blocks to aid people with cognitive disabilities

Google releases Action Blocks to aid people with cognitive disabilities

Google’s flurry of accessibility updates goes well beyond improvements to Maps. It’s releasing its long-promised Action Blocks feature (above) as an Android app, greatly simplifying Google Assistant tasks for people with cognitive and motion disabilities. You can call a family member, turn the lights off or take a selfie with a single tap on the … Read more

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: perfect for work-from-home life

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: perfect for work-from-home life

Microsoft achieved something very impressive with the original Surface Headphones: the company was able to leapfrog veterans of the noise-canceling headphone market (like Bose and Sony) with an ingenious method for controlling them. With a twist of the smooth-turning dial on either ear cup, you could adjust volume and the level of active noise cancellation. … Read more

Vivo explains the X50 Pro’s gimbal-like camera stabilization

Vivo explains the X50 Pro's gimbal-like camera stabilization

Specifically, this micro gimbal mechanism consists of a magnetic frame controlled by voice coils (similar concept to conventional OIS but further refined), along with a suspension bracket connected to the base with double ball bearings. Together, these enable X- and Y-axis tilt angles of up to 3 degrees each, which is apparently three times that … Read more

Unproven strategies lead the race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Unproven strategies lead the race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Last week, President Trump stood in the Rose Garden and told the assembled press corps that hundreds of millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of 2020, just seven months away. “It’s called Operation Warp Speed. That means big, and it means fast,” Trump said. It’d be a scientific … Read more

Surface Book 3 15-inch review: Beautiful, yet limited

Surface Book 3 15-inch review: Beautiful, yet limited

Take the new hardware. The Surface Book 3 features Intel’s quad-core 10th generation Ice Lake CPUs, which max out at a 3.9GHz Turbo Boost speed. (Those chips also appear in the Surface Laptop 3, an ultraportable that doesn’t even pretend to handle heavy lifting). The MacBook Pro 16-inch, on the other hand, offers Intel’s recent … Read more

Grandmother posting Facebook photos of her grandchildren violates GDPR privacy rule, court says

Grandmother posting Facebook photos of her grandchildren violates GDPR privacy rule, court says

A grandmother in the Netherlands has until this weekend to remove photos of her grandchildren from her Facebook page, or she’ll face daily fines, after a judge found she was violating the European Union’s strict online privacy rules, the BBC reported. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does not generally apply to personal or … Read more

Facebook creates Workplace Rooms for professional video calls

Facebook creates Workplace Rooms for professional video calls

Last week, Facebook launched Messenger Rooms, a video chat service and potential Zoom competitor. Now, Facebook is bringing video chat to Workplace, its Slack alternative. Today, the company introduced Workplace Rooms, a “virtual meeting space,” where users can host video calls with up to 50 people.  There’s no limit on how long the meetings can … Read more

Windows 10 is adding a slew of accessibility upgrades in May

Windows 10 is adding a slew of accessibility upgrades in May

On that note, Narrator, Windows 10’s built-in screen reader, is likewise getting a couple of enhancements. To start, Microsoft says it has made the tool sound more natural by reducing the number of pauses it makes when reading a section of text. The company claims Narrator is also better at correctly pronouncing words thanks to the … Read more