A veteran of the great console wars of the ’90s, Jovan honed his tech skills dissecting his father’s tools and gadgets. When he’s not busy imposing order and discipline on the KommandoTech cohort, he enjoys making music in his shed, playing JRPGs, and writing hard sci-fi. Jovan is a bona fide hardware surgeon capable of dismantling his laptop and putting it back together in a matter of minutes. With a couple of screws left over, of course.
Text, Don’t Call: Messaging Apps Statistics for 2020
Chances are your phone has already vibrated a few times since you started reading this article. Messaging apps statistics also tell us there’s a huge chance that some of those messages came to your phone through an app owned by Facebook. Corporate consolidation in the tech sector is particularl
DOJ repeals historic antitrust decree in film industry
The Justice Department has announced that it will review the Paramount Decrees, which are outlined in the 1948 settlement of a suit charging movie studios with monopolistic control over movie theaters. The Supreme Court ruled that eight companies held an unfair monopoly over the other studios, vi
Disney prioritizes ‘creative instincts’ when greenlighting projects
Netflix proudly describes itself as a data-driven company that relies on analytics to create TV content that will please subscribers. A glance at the company’s achievements demonstrates that the approach works. Nonetheless, executives in charge of the new Disney+ streaming service say they woul
Hackers target 100+ nursing homes in ransomware attack
A ransomware attack has hit a tech services provider, locking more than 100 nursing homes out of patient records, payroll systems, and medication-ordering services. Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Virtual Care Provider notified clients of the attack the day after it was discovered. About 20% of the co
Microsoft releases developer guidelines for dual-screen apps
Microsoft doesn’t expect to ship its Surface Duo and Surface Neo before the 2020 holiday season, but it is already helping developers prepare software designed for two-screen use. Both the Duo and the Neo will feature Microsoft’s foldable-screen technology that allows apps to expand to full w
Russia to ban sale of devices lacking Russian software
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has approved legislation banning the sale of smartphones, computers, smart TVs, and other devices that do not have Russian software installed on them. The ban applies not only to Russian-made gear, but to electronics manufactured by other countries.
Commerce Dept. OKs Windows sales to Huawei, but not Android
Microsoft is one of roughly 70 companies granted a limited trading license with Huawei by the U.S. Department of Commerce.   The license was granted after the Commerce Department said in July that it would allow some manufacturers to resume sales to the Chinese telecommunications giant, previou
Researchers develop tactile sensor based on vision tech
A tactile sensor that uses cameras instead of pressure pads to measure the force being applied to a surface has been demonstrated by researchers at ETH University of Zurich. The technology could service as the basis for soft robotic skins or prosthetics that use computer vision algorithms instead
Corsair Announces the iCue LS100 Smart LED Strips
Corsair Components has introduced a line of smart LED strips to provide ambient lighting for PCs and media installations. Corsair’s LS100 smart lighting strips use the company’s iCUE software to customize and synchronize lighting effects. The $120 LS100 starter kit includes a controller, t