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How to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4

Dec 16, 2021

Although gaming doesn’t jump to mind when talking about a virtual private network (VPN), there are myriad uses for one on your PlayStation 4. With a VPN, you can connect to servers around the world, allowing you to shop the PlayStation Store in other regions and pair up with players on the other side of the globe. Plus, a VPN encrypts your internet connection, protecting your personal data from anyone spying on your connection, and it can get past internet service provider speed throttling. Un ...read more

How AWS Marketplace is pushing faster product innovation

Dec 16, 2021

AWS held its re:Invent event last week in Las Vegas, one of the first big in-person IT conferences since the pandemic started in March 2020. One piece of news from the show that didn't get much fanfare was that contact-center-as-a-service vendor Talkdesk is now available in AWS Marketplace. While another vendor being in Marketplace may seem like a regular day's business, given there are more than 1,600 software partners currently listed, what is interesting is how companies such as Talkdesk, ...read more

Marking another first, Blue Origin sends six spacefliers on a single suborbital trip

Dec 16, 2021

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship lifts off from West Texas. (Blue Origin via YouTube) Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture guided another suborbital space trip into the record books today — a trip that also marked a giant leap toward making space tourism routine. When Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship lifted off from Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas, every one of the crew capsule’s six seats was filled for the first time ever. During the reusable craft’s previous t ...read more

Beware: That snazzy HDMI 2.1 monitor might not have HDMI 2.1 features

Dec 16, 2021

HDMI Licensing, LLC An HDMI specification ideally tells you what bandwidth and features to expect a device or cable to support—but with a new change in licensing, HDMI 2.1 monitors may no longer deliver the performance you expect. Instead, you could end up with a display that conforms to earlier specs despite being branded as HDMI 2.1. As discovered by TFT Central, the HDMI 2.0 spec has been retired. All of its features are now considered a subset of HDMI 2.1, the only label acce ...read more

The best USB-C monitors for 2021

Dec 16, 2021

The amazingly versatile USB-C port is more necessary than it’s ever been. From battery charging to ultra-fast data transfers, we’ve gotten used to USB-C, and it has become important to find accessories that include USB-C connectivity. Even some of the best monitors have been a little slow to jump on the USB-C bandwagon, but there are now a number of strong options on the market. After hundreds of monitor reviews, our top USB-C pick is the affordable Dell 27 Ultrathin — although we also ha ...read more

Barclays taps HPE GreenLake to host its private cloud

Dec 16, 2021

Barclays has chosen HPE to host its global private cloud platform, the technology giant said Thursday, giving it another major customer win for its GreenLake "everything as-a-service" platform.  The bank will use GreenLake to host thousands of apps and more than 100,000 workloads -- including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), SQL databases, Windows server and Linux -- across Barclays' strategic hubs in the UK, USA and Asia. Barcklays has adopted a hybrid multi-cloud strategy aimed at creat ...read more

GeekWire Podcast: We assess the AWS outage, take an AI quiz, and try Amazon’s Halo View

Dec 16, 2021

This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Is the world relying too much on Amazon Web Services? We take stock of the fallout from the big AWS outage (which was the subject of a detailed explanation from the company Friday afternoon, after we recorded). Plus, what’s your AI IQ? We test our own artificial intelligence literacy in a new online quiz from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle. Read more in this story by our colleague Alan Boyle. And finally, we try on ...read more

Best USB microphones for streaming: Upgrade your stream with high-quality audio

Dec 16, 2021

Rob Schultz / IDG Whether you’re streaming games to Twitch, YouTube, or another platform, your audience needs to hear you clearly over the gameplay. (The same holds true if you’re holding live chat sessions or talking with your viewers as you work on a project.) And unfortunately, microphones built into laptops, webcams, and even headsets just don’t sound as good compared to a full-size microphone sitting close to your mouth. The good news is you don’t have to spend a l ...read more

‘League of Legends’ creator Riot Games buys Seattle-area office for $114.1M, will employ 400

Dec 16, 2021

(Riot Games Image) The creators of the computer game League of Legends have acquired a 156,000 square-foot office near Seattle in Mercer Island, Wash. Riot Games confirmed to GeekWire that it paid $114.1 million for the Mercer Park Workplace office building, its fourth U.S. hub. The new Seattle-area office will eventually be a “world-class facility” for Riot, which maintains more than 20 branch offices around the world in addition to its headquarters in Los Angeles. Riot plans to hire ...read more

Green Monday: Learn how to make money by podcasting, just $20 with code

Dec 16, 2021

StackCommerce Podcasters can potentially earn thousands of dollars for every episode they record. But getting your show to earn that kind of income takes time and a lot of hard work. And you need skills too, like the kind you can accrue with The 2022 Professional Podcast Masterclass Bundle, discounted by an extra 20 percent with code for Green Monday. This beginner-friendly training package features ten courses that introduce students to the world of podcasting. They’ll learn h ...read more

IBM and Samsung say their chip breakthrough could give phones 'week-long' battery life

Dec 16, 2021

IBM and Samsung have teased a new vertical transistor design "breakthrough" they reckon could transform the semiconductor industry and give Moore's Law a few years' more life.  The companies hailed the vertical transistor design as a major benefit to smartphones because it could reduce energy use by 85% compared to finite or fin field-effect transistors (finFET) used in today's chips.  As ever-smaller chips become more densely packed with transistors, engineers are running out of space, accor ...read more

Tornado rips through Amazon warehouse in Illinois, causing deaths

Dec 16, 2021

Updated below with statements by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy. Multiple people died after a tornado severely damaged an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Ill., late Friday. Police confirmed fatalities but it’s not yet clear exactly how many people died. Update: Six workers are now confirmed dead, Reuters reported. Amazon issued this statement from spokesperson Kelly Nantel in response to a GeekWire inquiry: “We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon ...read more

Green Monday: Learn how to make money by podcasting, just $20 with code

Dec 16, 2021

StackCommerce Podcasters can potentially earn thousands of dollars for every episode they record. But getting your show to earn that kind of income takes time and a lot of hard work. And you need skills too, like the kind you can accrue with The 2022 Professional Podcast Masterclass Bundle, discounted by an extra 20 percent with code for Green Monday. This beginner-friendly training package features ten courses that introduce students to the world of podcasting. They’ll learn h ...read more

All Fortnite chapter 3, season 1 quests

Dec 16, 2021

As part of Fortnite chapter 3, a new challenge system has emerged. While it’s fundamentally similar to past iterations, it’s presented in a different format than before. All the quests will appear in-game as the season goes on. This is a slight change from before, which required you to visit specific NPCs on the map to begin quests. You’ll still find character quests, but this time, they simply show up from the Quests screen automatically. Each week, more seasonal quests will be added, f ...read more

A crypto company got into bed with the Los Angeles Lakers: Then it shot an insult

Dec 16, 2021

Crypto King James? Screenshot by ZDNet It's the time of year when we think about what's to come while desperately trying to forget the year that's ending. In tech, some things stayed the same -- Microsoft treating its customers badly, for example -- and some things offered dazzling new dawns. You're surely into crypto, right? How could you not be? It's the future of, well, money and finance. Or, at least, of speculation. It surely wasn't surprising, then, that the home of a thousand ...read more