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Tonight’s Videos Worth Watching, Double Feature! Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Review and Episode 6 of Tech Reviewers I Trust!

By Tim

Tonight we have 2 videos to share with you, both of them are related. The first is going to be on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 smartphone, a budget class phone with pretty darn good specs and the second is going to be on the reviewer, Redskull, who did the first video!

So one is from his channel and the second would be from our new channel. Make sure to like and subscribe to both channels!

The Redmi Note 5 is a pretty nice smartphone at an incredibly low price. It can be found for as low as $199 for the 3 GB Ram/ 32 GB Rom version. The slightly better version runs $229

Specs are as follows:

Display: 5.99 inch, 2160 x 1080 Pixel Screen
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8GHz
System: MIUI 9
RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Camera: 13.0MP front camera + 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual back cameras
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, E-compass, Fingerprint Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor
SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. 2 x Nano SIM card and 1 TF card can be inserted at the same time
Feature: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
Bluetooth: 5.0, WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz

So let us get right to the promised video(s).

and now the second featured video…

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Tim

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Razer Debuts Smallest Gaming Laptop, With 15.6 inch Diagonal, GTX 10 Series Card: Razer Blade

By Radu Iorga

Razer had a premiere today, by debuting a brand new laptop, the smallest of its class, with a 15.6 inch screen in the mix. It relies on an Intel hexa core CPU, 8th gen of course, together with GeForce GTX 10 graphics card. It measures just 16.8 mm in thickness and has great performance.

The Razer Blade 15 is placed right between the Blade 14 and the Blade Pro. It ships with a 15.6 inch screen, that provides a 144 Hz refresh rate and a Full HD or 4K resolution. By the way the screen can also be a touchscreen. There’s also an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU inside, 16 GB of RAM and up to 32 GB of RAM, as well as a PCIe SSD storage, with up to 512 GB capacity. You can go as high as 2 TB by the way and Windows 10 is the OS of choice.

Razer Blade 15 is fully packed with connectivity options: 3 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi ac. There’s also USB 3.1, Mini Display Port and a combo of headphones and microphone port, as well as HDMI 2.0b. Sticking to the Razer tradition, the laptop packs a Razer Chroma lit keyboard, with anti ghosting support. Front stereo speakers are here, plus a HD webcam and 80 Wh battery with support for NVIDIA Optimus tech.

The graphics cards include your choice of the GTX 1060 Max-Q or the GTX 1070 Max-Q. The laptop has a thickness of just 16.8 mm and it’s made of a single block of aluminum, via CNC process. It’s also resilient to scratches and finished in beautiful black. Heat dissipation is also available, plus there’s a special vapor chamber that aids with the cooling.

We have details about the prices below:

  • FHD (60Hz) + GTX 1060 + 16 GB RAM + 256 GB SSD = $1899
  • FHD(144Hz) + GTX 1060 + 16 GB RAM + 512 GB SSD = $2199
  • FHD(144Hz)+ GTX 1070 + 16 GB RAM + 256 GB SSD = $2399
  • FHD(144Hz) + GTX 1070 + 16 GB RAM + 512 GB SSD = $2599
  • 4K + GTX 1070 + 16 GB RAM + 512 GB SSD = $2899

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Acer Bringing Amazon Alexa to Windows PCs Starting May 23rd

By Radu Iorga

Tomorrow is a big day for Amazon Alexa, that’s coming to Windows PCs, to spite Cortana. Acer is pulling off this move, by launching the famous assistant included in the TV show Mr. Robot on its devices. This is a premiere, which we detail below.

Acer announced this week that Alexa will be rolling out new Windows 10 PCs, within the Switch, Swift and Aspire series, that have Amazon Alexa on board. This is big news for Amazon, that already had its assistant on phones, tablets and various smart speakers. Acer’s notebooks are the first in the industry to offer this support, even the Acer Spin 3 and Acer Spin 5 series, which are available at retailers right now.

The inaugural models for this are the Acer Spin 5 and Acer Spin 3 devices, with availability slated for May 23 and the 26th respectively. Amazon Alexa has also been confirmed as supported on the Acer Nitro 5 Spin convertible gaming notebook line next month. Plus, the Aspire All in One PCs are also expected to get a similar treatment. We’re not 100% sure how well Alexa integrates with Windows 10 PCs and how much it lets you access from the OS.

A comical moment would have having Alexa start up Cortana or viceversa. Alexa can be asked to manage smart home devices from the PC, including lighting, thermostats and home appliances, all of that via voice. Amazon could have released Alexa in the Microsoft Store, to put it on all device brands, but Microsoft is probably not a big fan of that. In the meantime we expect Cortana to get an upgrade and become smarter, like Google Assistant did recently.

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Sony shrinks its Digital Paper tablet down to a more manageable 10 inches

By Devin Coldewey

I had a great time last year with Sony’s catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that’s perfect for reading PDFs and other big documents, but one of my main issues was simply how big the thing is. Light and thin but 13 inches across, the tablet was just unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my advice, Sony is putting out a smaller version and I can’t wait to try it out.

At the time, I was comparing the RP1 with the reMarkable, a crowdfunded rival that offers fantastic writing ability but isn’t without its flaws. Watch this great video I made:

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/themes/techcrunch-2017/features/shortcodes/vidible-callback-js.php?id=0

The 10-inch DPT-CP1 has a couple small differences from its larger sibling. The screen has a slightly lower resolution but should be the same PPI — it’s more of a cutout of the original screen than a miniaturization. And it’s considerably lighter: 240 grams to the 13-inch version’s 350. Considering the latter already felt almost alarmingly light, this one probably feels like it’ll float out of your hands and enter orbit.

More important are the software changes. There’s a new mobile app for iOS and Android that should make loading and sharing documents easier. A new screen sharing mode sounds handy but a little cumbrous — you have to plug it into a PC and then plug the PC into a display. And PDF handling has been improved so that you can jump to pages, zoom and pan, and scan through thumbnails more easily. Limited interaction (think checkboxes) is also possible.

There’s nothing that addresses my main issue with both the RP1 and the reMarkable: that it’s a pain to do anything substantial on the devices, such as edit or highlight in a document, and if you do, it’s a pain to bring that work into other environments.

So for now it looks like the Digital Paper series will remain mostly focused on consuming content rather than creating or modifying it. That’s fine — I loved reading stuff on the device, and mainly just wished it were a bit smaller. Now that Sony has granted that wish, it can get to work on the rest.

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Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

By Devin Coldewey

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity internet activation service.

Security researchers Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson reported the issue to ZDnet.

The site is meant to help people setting up their internet for the first time: ideally, you put in your data, and Comcast sends back the router credentials while activating the service.

The problem is threefold:

  1. You can “activate” an account that’s already active
  2. The data required to do so is minimal and it is not verified via text or email
  3. The wireless name and password are sent on the web in plaintext

This means that anyone with your account number and street address number (e.g. the 1425 in “1425 Alder Ave,” no street name, city, or apartment number needed), both of which can be found on your paper bill or in an email, will instantly be given your router’s SSID and password, allowing them to log in and use it however they like or monitor its traffic. They could also rename the router’s network or change its password, locking out subscribers.

This only affects people who use a router provided by Xfinity/Comcast, which comes with its own name and password built in. Though it also returns custom SSIDs and passwords, since they’re synced with your account and can be changed via app and other methods.

What can you do? While this problem is at large, it’s no good changing your password — Comcast will just provide any malicious actor the new one. So until further notice all of Comcast’s Xfinity customers with routers provided by the company are at risk.

One thing you can do for now is treat your home network as if it is a public one — if you must use it, make sure encryption is enabled if you conduct any private business like buying things online. What will likely happen is Comcast will issue a notice and ask users to change their router passwords at large.

Another is to buy your own router — this is a good idea anyway, as it will pay for itself in a few months and you can do more stuff with it. Which to buy and how to install it, however, are beyond the scope of this article. But if you’re really worried, you could conceivably fix this security issue today by bringing your own hardware to the bargain.

I’ve contacted the company for comment and will update when I hear back.

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