Sources: Microsoft developing Home Hub software feature for Windows 10 to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo

Sources: Microsoft developing Home Hub software feature for Windows 10 to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo


Zac Bowden / Windows Central:

Sources: Microsoft developing Home Hub software feature for Windows 10 to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo  —  Microsoft’s connected home ambitions with Home Hub lay far beyond just competing with Amazon and Google.  —  Rumors regarding a new Windows 10 feature called “Home Hub” …

The ‘USB Killer’ Has Been Mass Produced — Available Online For About $50

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The ‘USB Killer’ Has Been Mass Produced — Available Online For About $50

New submitter npslider writes: The “USB Killer,” a USB stick that fries almost everything that it is plugged into, has been mass produced — available online for about $50. Ars Technica first wrote about this diabolical device that looks like a fairly humdrum memory stick a year ago. From the report: “The USB Killer is shockingly simple in its operation. As soon as you plug it in, a DC-to-DC converter starts drawing power from the host system and storing electricity in its bank of capacitors (the square-shaped components). When the capacitors reach a potential of -220V, the device dumps all of that electricity into the USB data lines, most likely frying whatever is on the other end. If the host doesn’t just roll over and die, the USB stick does the charge-discharge process again and again until it sizzles. Since the USB Killer has gone on sale, it has been used to fry laptops (including an old ThinkPad and a brand new MacBook Pro), an Xbox One, the new Google Pixel phone, and some cars (infotainment units, rather than whole cars… for now). Notably, some devices fare better than others, and there’s a range of possible outcomes — the USB Killer doesn’t just nuke everything completely.” You can watch a video of EverythingApplePro using the USB Killer to fry a variety of electronic devices. It looks like the only real defense from the USB Killer is physically capping your ports.

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YouTube adds support for standard & 360-degree 4K live streaming, HBO working on Daydream app

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YouTube adds support for standard & 360-degree 4K live streaming, HBO working on Daydream app

After adding support for 4K HDR video earlier this month, YouTube is today launching support for 4K live streaming in both standard and 360-degree videos. The latter should be especially beneficial for VR, with more providers, like HBO, working on VR apps for Daydream.

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