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New Standard Adds Low-Power Wireless Charging to NFC

Qi wireless charging has become the de facto wireless charging standard for gadgets like phones, earbuds, and more. However, just this week, the NFC Forum approved a new low-power wireless charging specification to help make it easier to charge smaller gadgets or IoT devices.The new standard is simply called the Wireless Charging Specification or WLC, and by using a 13.56 MHz base frequency, devices equipped...

6 open source web browser alternatives

Chrome and Firefox are on the list, but you'll find some other interesting options, too.Open source web browsers have come a long way since Microsoft dominated the web browser market with its closed source Internet Explorer (IE). For many years, IE was the standard browser for Microsoft's Windows operating system, while Safari (also closed source) was the default browser...

Excel’s new XLOOKUP function is now generally available

Microsoft announced that the new XLOOKUP function for Microsoft Excel is now generally available for Office 365 users. XLOOKUP was first announced back in August of last year and in November, at Ignite, Microsoft said it would hit general availability in the following months. It has been in testing with Office Insiders in the meantime.As the name might suggest to those already familiar with...

Bug in WordPress plugin can let hackers wipe up to 200,000 sites

Same bug can also let attackers gain access to the admin account. WordPress site owners who use commercial themes provided by ThemeGrill are advised to update one of the plugins that come installed with these themes in order to patch a critical bug that can let attackers wipe their sites. The vulnerability resides in ThemeGrill Demo Importer, a plugin that ships with...

Gmail finally makes it easier to search your email

Gmail’s search is getting a significant update that will allow users to more easily narrow results to help them find a specific email. Before today, users could type in search filters by hand (e.g. label: work, has: attachment, from:[email protected], etc.) or use the drop-down box to perform an advanced search. But these options were less obvious, cumbersome and therefore under-utilized by...

How 3D Game Rendering Works: Texturing

In this third part of our deeper look at 3D game rendering, we'll be focusing what can happen to the 3D world after the vertex processing has done and the scene has been rasterized. Texturing is one of the most important stages in rendering, even though all that is happening is the colors of a two dimensional grid of...

New Qualcomm Chip Could Make 5G MR a Very Cool Reality

Following yesterday’s look at the Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm is wrapping up its annual three-day tech summit by announcing a few other new Snapdragon chips: one for mixed reality and a couple for laptops.Of the two different categories, the new mixed reality-focused Snapdragon XR2 is easily the more interesting of the two, as Qualcomm claims its new chip is the...