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Everything we know about the PlayStation 5 (so far)

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. While it’s kept a tight grasp on most details on its next-generation gaming console, Sony has unveiled a few details about the next PlayStation. Given that the company is going to skip E3 this year, we’re not likely to see the console in 2019. Still, it’s exciting to see what’s next from one of gaming’s biggest companies. Here’s everything we know thus far about the so-called PlayStation 5. Hardware upgrades First, I think it’s …read more

Exploring the dark underbelly of smart home technology

This past holiday season, AI-powered devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home were among the hottest gifts across any product category – a trend that speaks to the rising popularity and acceptance of smart home technology in the U.S. But as innocuous as it all seems on the surface, does a darker reality exist beneath the surface? Some would say yes – and that it’s only a matter of time before our smart homes become too smart for our own good. Smart Home Tech Adoption Rates on the Rise It’s estimated that the smart home market was worth around… …read more

Technology and parenting: addressing the friction

Raising children has always been tough work. Whether in ancient Greece or modern America, there have always been distinct cultural challenges that come with parenting. Each generation of parents must deal with a new set of issues. It just so happens that one of today’s biggest issues is the ubiquitous and addictive nature of technology. Children and Technology: A Peek Behind the Numbers According to a study from Common Sense Media on the use of technology by children under the age of eight, 98 percent of homes with children now own at least one mobile device (up from 52 percent… …read more

Microsoft removes Huawei laptop listings from its online store

Google may have killed Huawei’s ambitions to become the world’s top smartphone brand, but Microsoft is quietly following suit. The Windows maker has stopped selling Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop in its online store in the wake of the US government’s blacklisting of the Chinese firm. A listing for the laptop has vanished from the Microsoft Store, and searching for “Huawei” doesn’t return any results either. Microsoft, for its part, hasn’t made an official statement regarding whether it plans to block Windows 10 updates for Huawei laptops. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this story if …read more

CHEAP: Level up your gaming arsenal with 20% off Acer products

Are you jealous that your friends have a better gaming rig? Or do you just want to get a swanky monitor to utilize that powerful GPU you have? Well, if you head to Acer’s site you can get up to 20 percent off on their gaming products including laptops, desktops, and monitors. If you’re looking for a machine to game on the go, you can go for a Predator Helios 300 powered by the Intel’s Core i7-8750H processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. You could also choose more powerful options like the Predator Helios 500 or the Predator Triton …read more