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AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi AMC Greenlights 6-Part James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi Into The Mainstream
AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi
by Charles Mohapel

It's only halfway into January 2017 and we're already looking forward to 2018, thanks to AMC giving the green light to a 6-part docuseries by director James Cameron on the evolution of Sci-Fi from Niche Market to Mainstream.

SpaceX Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return SpaceX Successfully Launches And Lands Falcon 9 Rocket At Sea
SpaceX Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return
by Charles Mohapel

For the first time since September 1, 2016 when a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with Facebook's $200 million Amos-6 satellite, was destroyed in a catastrophic accident on a launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida., SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket and then the first stage returned to Earth and landed on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.  It's good to see them succeeding once again.

Dern@CES2017: Some Things I'll Be Looking For/At This Year (Show Me The) Biggish Tablets, USB-C Gear, Mirrorless Cameras, Mobile Power, And More Please!
Dern@CES2017: Some Things I'll Be Looking For/At This Year
by Daniel P. Dern

It's mid-December, which means that the lists I'm putting together are what to look for, look at, and learn about at the fast-approaching CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 (http://www.ces.tech), the first week of January 2017, in Las Vegas.

Samsung Plans To Update The Galaxy Note 7 To Completely Kill Its Battery Next Samsung Update To Kill ALL Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones
Samsung Plans To Update The Galaxy Note 7 To Completely Kill Its Battery
by Charles Mohapel

Beginning on December 19th, the next Samsung update will effectively kill off all of the approximately 90,000 potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7 smartphones still in the hands of stubborn idiots from ever being able to recharge the battery. Working closely with all major carriers, all of these remaining phones should have received the update, all except people who don't update their phones and customers of Verizon who in their arrogance and stupidity, who have issued a very strange defiant message on their website.

New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Suffers From Serious Battery Issues What Is Causing Apple's New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar To Have Abysmal Battery Life?
New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Suffers From Serious Battery Issues
by Charles Mohapel

Although far from confirmed yet, a prime suspect for the abysmal battery life of the brand new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the discrete Radeon graphics chip.

Galaxy Note 7 Fires Likely Caused By 'Super-Aggressive Manufacturing Process' Possible Cause Of All Those Galaxy Note 7 Fires
Galaxy Note 7 Fires Likely Caused By 'Super-Aggressive Manufacturing Process'
by Charles Mohapel

Remember all those superthin iPhones and Samsung smartphones that had bending problems a couple of years ago due to the fact that they were designed to be so thin? Manufacturing engineering company Instrumental believes that similar design issues caused so many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire.

NASA Remembers American Legend John Glenn Col. John Glenn -- Semper Fi & Requiescat In Pace
NASA Remembers American Legend John Glenn
by Charles Mohapel

On December 8, 2016, the World lost a great man when John Glenn passed away at the age of 95.  Marine Colonel John Glenn flew 149 combat missions as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross six times.  Astronaut John Glenn, one of the first group of American astronauts known collectively as the "Mercury 7", he was the firsr American to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7.  Four times a Democratic Senator from Ohio, he was respected on both sides of the aisle.  In 1998, at the age of 77, he became the oldest human to venture into space as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Discovery.  God Speed, John Glenn.

New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time 'VSS Unity', Newest SpaceShipTwo Make First Solo Flight
New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time
by Charles Mohapel

On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic's new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first solo flight.  Named "VSS Unity", it is the replacement for the original SpaceShipTwo which was destroyed during a fatal test flight on Oct. 31, 2014.

Cheap and Dangerous: Avoid Risky Tech Purchases Tips - Make Sure Your Smartphone's Battery Doesn't Go Up In Smoke
Cheap and Dangerous: Avoid Risky Tech Purchases
by Charles Mohapel

These days the terms Caveat Emptor and Let The Buyer Beware should be on the minds and tongues of everyone buying consumer electronic products, ESPECIALLY those manufactured in China. Sometimes unscrupulous Chinese factory owners produce extra units of proucts they have been licensed to manufacture, but include inferior components in the extra units. Other times, they defective components and units that were supposed to be destroyed and sell them as "grey market" and "black market" products, especially online or through companies like Amazon (see our previous TechRevu.com article linked to this article).

Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests Shockingly, More Than 99% Of Fake Apple Chargers Fail Basic Safety Tests
Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests
by Charles Mohapel

A mark of 99% is normally considered "Excellent" -- EXCEPT when that is the FAILURE RATE!!!  When safety specialists UL (formerly known as 'Underwriters Laboratories') tested 400 fake Apple chargers, a shocking 397 of them failed a basic safety test, an astounding FAILURE RATE of 99.25%!!!  Back in October 2016, Apple complained of a "flood" of fakes being sold on Amazon, with Apple warning that these "alleged" fakes are potentially life-threatening.  Furthermore, according to BBC.com, Apple "is suing one of the vendors rather than Amazon itself."  That particular vendor is New York-based Mobile Star LLC.

Kaspersky Lab Launches Its Own Secure Non-Linux-Based Operating System
Antivirus Firm Kaspersky Launches Its Own Secure Operating System
by Charles Mohapel

After 14 years in development, Kaspersky Lab finally released their own secure non-Linux-based op...cont

Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Cause Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly A Million Routers Offline
by Charles Mohapel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the current Flavor-of-the-Day and not surprisingly it resulted in...cont

Android App For Tesla Cars Makes Stealing Them Much Easier Due To Owners Being Tricked
Researchers Show How To Steal Tesla Car By Hacking Into Owner's Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

In September 2016, Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab managed to hack a Tesla Model S&nbs...cont

With More Than 13,000 New Accounts Affected Daily, More Than1 Million Google Accounts Have Been Hacked By 'Gooligan' Android Malware
Over 1 Million Google Accounts Hacked by 'Gooligan' Android Malware
by Charles Mohapel

Open source Android is the most widely used operating system for smartphones and tablets, but tha...cont

Warning All Windows 10 Users -- Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption Is Vulnerable To Attack!
Press Shift + F10 During Windows 10 Upgrade To Launch Root CLI & Bypass BitLocker
by Charles Mohapel

If you're a Windows 10 user who relies on Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption softwa...cont

Firefox And Tor Have Patched Newest Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability
UPDATE Firefox And Tor To Patch Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability
by Charles Mohapel

In late November a new Zero-Day Vulnerability affecting users of Firefox and the cont

Apple Announces Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues With iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues
by Charles Mohapel

As of November 20, 2016, Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s phones may un...cont

GoPro Recalls Its Brand New Karma Drone
GoPro's Karma Drone Just Came Out -- And Now It's Getting Recalled
by Charles Mohapel

Famous for its industry-leading action cams, GoPro has sold about 2,500 Karma drones in the 16 da...cont

Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
Samsung Kills Off Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

When Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone began catching fire, Samsung paid attention and did a...cont

Samsung Issues Worldwide Recall After At Least 35 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Batteries Explode
The FAA Is Considering a Ban on Samsung's Exploding Smartphones
by Charles Mohapel

While Samsung's Android smartphones don't have the cachet of Apple's iPhones, you kno...cont

SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion -- Here's What They Said
SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion
by Charles Mohapel

On September 1, 2016, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, complete with Facebook's $20...cont

Three Separate 'Zero-Day Vulnerabilities' Mean You Should Update To iOS 9.3.5 IMMEDIATELY
Why You Should Update Your iPhone Right Now
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2or later, or iPod touch (5th generation) or later, you ne...cont

Hackers With Inside Access Can Now Steal Data By Eavesdropping On Your Computer's Hard Drive
Hackers Can Now Steal Data By Listening To The Sound Of A Computer's Hard Drive
by Charles Mohapel

If you thought that isolating a computer from the Internet and air-gapping it would keep it secur...cont

So You Think Your Keyless Automobile Is Secure? Think Again!
A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens
by Charles Mohapel

Discovered by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and from the University...cont

Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic On Hardness Scale, Test Shows
Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic
by Charles Mohapel

If you plan on buying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it is known to be among the first smartphone...cont

QuadRooter Vulnerability: 5 Things To Know About This Android Security Scare
Qualcomm Quadrooter Bug Affecting 900 Million Android Phones To Be Patched Next Month
by Charles Mohapel

Previously Android users had to worry about the nasty "Stagefright" exploit, but now it's so ...cont

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming On Tuesday August 2nd
Microsoft Is Updating Windows 10 Again, In Its Latest Bid To Win You Back
by Charles Mohapel

If you're one of the millions of PC users still running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 who willfully i...cont

LastPass Password Manager Proves Vulnerable To RCE Attacks
LastPass Password Manager 'Zero-Day' Bug Hits The News
by Charles Mohapel

If you use LastPass Password Manager, you may have already been exposed to attacks ranging from D...cont

BlackBerry's New DTEK50 Touted As The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone
BlackBerry Announces The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone -- DTEK50
by Charles Mohapel

On July 26, 2016, BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry DTEK50, touted as "The World's Most Sec...cont

Apple Releases iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and iTunes 12.4.2 Updates
Apple Releases iOS, El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes Updates
by Charles Mohapel

Reacting to the very real threat of "Stagefright" for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods, Apple rele...cont

Tech News/Leads

Apple To Release Three iPads Next Quarter (AAPL, IBM) Apple Expected To Release Three New iPads In Second Quarter Of 2017 Apple To Release Three iPads Next Quarter (AAPL, IBM)

With Apple releasing new MacBooks and the iPhone 7 family, iPad users have been feeling like thei...more

Norway Will Be First Country To Shut Down FM Network, Go All-Digital Norway To Switch From FM To All-Digital Radio Second Week Of January Norway Will Be First Country To Shut Down FM Network, Go All-Digital

The second week of January will see Norway becoming the world's first country to switch from ...more

Ignite The Artist Within: Capture Creatively, Share Easily With The New Nikon D5600 Nikon Introduces New 24.2MP D5600 DSLR At CES 2017 Ignite The Artist Within: Capture Creatively, Share Easily With The New Nikon D5600

On January 4, 2017, Nikon introduced the new ...more

Explore and Experience Nikon Innovation at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show Nikon Introduces New D5600 DSLR, Plus COOLPIX W100 and COOLPIX A300 Explore and Experience Nikon Innovation at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

On January 4, 2017, Nikon introduced the new New 24.2MP D5600 DSLR, plus the 13.2MP COOLPIX W100 ...more

PwC Sends 'Cease And Desist' Letters To Researchers Who Found Critical Flaw Security Research Firm Discovers 'Critical' Flawed Security Tool, Threatened With Legal Action PwC Sends 'Cease And Desist' Letters To Researchers Who Found Critical Flaw

We really don't understand the actions of auditing and tax giant PwC, who upon being informed...more

DARPA's Tail-Down Drone Set For Vertical Launch In 2018 Northrop Grumman's Tern UAV Expected To Launch From Navy And Marine Corps Ships In 2018 DARPA's Tail-Down Drone Set For Vertical Launch In 2018

In conjunction with DARPA and the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR), Northrop Grumman&...more

27+ Essential Lightroom Shortcuts For Improving Your Workflow MakeUseOf and Adobe Invite You To Become A Creative Cloud Photography Plan Member Today 27+ Essential Lightroom Shortcuts For Improving Your Workflow

For many people, Adobe Photoshop and its related products (Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Elem...more

Windows 10 Update Broke DHCP, Knocked Users Off The Internet Microsoft Issues New Patch For Last Week's Faulty Patch Windows 10 Update Broke DHCP, Knocked Users Off The Internet

On December 13th Microsoft issued Patch #KB3206632 in response to significant problems caused by ...more

Western Digital Announces High-Capacity 12TB, 14TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Western Digital Subsidiary HGST To Introduce 12TB, 14TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Western Digital Announces High-Capacity 12TB, 14TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives

In December 2015, Western Digital subsidiary HGST introduced the World's First helium-filled ...more

Return Of Incandescent Light Bulbs As MIT Makes Them More Efficient Than LEDs Will MIT's Next Gen Incandescent Light Bulbs Replace Energy-Efficient, But Underperforming LEDS And Fluorescent Bulbs? Return Of Incandescent Light Bulbs As MIT Makes Them More Efficient Than LEDs

Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb of the 20th Century may have been State-of-the-Art at...more

MindShift Gear's New TrailScape is Outdoor Photographers' 'Go To' Backpack MindShift Gear Introduces TrailScape 18L Outdoor Photography Backpack MindShift Gear's New TrailScape is Outdoor Photographers' 'Go To' Backpack

On October 17, 2016, MindShift Gear announced...more

Microsoft's New Surface Studio PC Is A Creative Dream, Wants To Kill The iMac Microsoft's Hot New Surface Studio Takes Dead Aim At The iMac Microsoft's New Surface Studio PC Is A Creative Dream, Wants To Kill The iMac

For many creative people, the 27-inch  iMac is the current tool of choice.  Microsoft i...more

MindShift Gear Introduces New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack MindShift Gear's New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Rear-panel Opening for Smaller Camera Gear MindShift Gear Introduces New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack

On October 17, 2016, MindShift Gear announced the SidePath, a lightweight outdoor photography bac...more

'Most Serious' Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever Is Under Active Exploit (Updated) Eleven Year Old Linux Vulnerability Finally Fixed In October By Linus Torvalds 'Most Serious' Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever Is Under Active Exploit (Updated)

Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, announced on October 20, 2016 that he had corrected an 11 y...more

New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort, and Portability Think Tank Photo Introduces New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort, and Portability

On September 13, 2016, Think Tank Photo released the latest in its product line for drone owners,...more

Leica's New Sofort Camera Elevates Instax Instant Photography

One would not normally put Leica Camera AG and Instax instant photography in the same sentence bu...more

Think Tank Photo Releases Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag For Commuter and Regional Aircraft

On September 13, 2016, Think Tank Photo released the Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Ba...more

Kodak To Market New Cameraphone In Europe

On October 20, 2016, Eastman Kodak Company and Bullitt Group unveiled the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone,...more

Think Tank Photo Releases Pair Of Third Generation Award-winning Airport Rolling Camera Bags

Once again Think Tank Photo has taken its outstanding products and introduced improved versi...more

Apple's New iPhone Doesn't Have A Headphone Jack, Introduces New Proprietary Technology

When Apple introduced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, 2016, the 3.5mm hea...more

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus, The Best, Most Advanced iPhone Ever

On September 7, 2016 Apple introduced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, complete with enhanced ...more

Apple Updates The Apple Watch, Introduces New Apple Watch Series 2

For anyone not satisfied with any of the first generation Apple watches, Apple is pleased to anno...more

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