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  1. Nielsen says ‘The Office’ was the most popular streaming series of 2020 Image Credits: Bryce Durbin / TechCrunch Because streaming services only release viewership numbers selectively, and because each one uses its own methodology, it can be hard to compare the popularity of different streaming shows and movies. So Nielsen, which provides the standard ratings for traditional TV (and is working to combine those ratings with streaming data), is offering some apples-to-apples comparison today at CES by releasing its own lists of the most popular streaming
  2. Apple sold a load more Macs in 2020 as its break from Intel paid off Rosy figures for last year – and Q4 in particular (Image credit: Future) Apple sold a whole load of Macs throughout 2020, according to new figures from an analyst firm – and Tim Cook’s company was likely helped by the launch of new PCs powered by Apple’s own M1 chip (which has been very well-received). Canalys has just produced its overview of the global PC market for Q4 2020, which summarizes the entire year as well, and shows that
  3. Pirate sites lost quite a bit of traffic in 2020. A detailed analysis of the yearly trend shows that visitors from search engines dropped by roughly a third. Interestingly, it appears that Google's algorithm updates did most of the damage. When the file-sharing boom started twenty years ago, most ‘sharing’ took place in dedicated applications such as Napster and Limewire. This software was embraced by millions of people, mostly through word-of-mouth advertising and news reports. A few years later, when the first torrent sit
  4. Nvidia in 2020: year in review Ampere made a very impressive entrance – but not without issues (Image credit: Future) In the consumer space, Nvidia’s year has been dominated by one big launch: that of the RTX 3080. There were two sides to the coin in this case, the first being the incredible power and performance uplift provided by these GPUs, which was quite frankly startling. But the flipside was that this astonishing feat was tainted by severe stock issues and failing to meet customer demand for these graphics cards by a long shot.
  5. Ransomware in 2020: A Banner Year for Extortion From attacks on the UVM Health Network that delayed chemotherapy appointments, to ones on public schools that delayed students going back to the classroom, ransomware gangs disrupted organizations to inordinate levels in 2020. Remote learning platforms shut down. Hospital chemotherapy appointments cancelled. Ransomware attacks in 2020 dominated as a top threat vector this past year. Couple that with the COVID-19 pandemic, putting strains on the healthcare sector, and we witnessed ransomware exact a
  6. 10 great games from 2020 for your new Nintendo Switch Chess, coffee, and cute critters Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge We’re now at a point where you can comfortably describe the Nintendo Switch as “mature.” It’s no longer a new device, but one several years into its life, with a robust and varied line-up of games available. There’s a good chance you picked up a Switch to play one of Nintendo’s tentpole franchises — whether that’s Super Mario, Animal Crossing, or Pokémon — but there are a lot of different kinds of experiences available on the tabl
  7. 2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr Between glimpses of a medical cure and winning science’s shiniest prize, this proved to the gene-editing technology’s biggest year yet. Illustration: Tracy J. Lee; Elena Lacey; Getty Images It will be difficult to remember 2020 as anything other than the year Covid-19 drew the world to a socially distanced standstill. But while thousands of life scientists pivoted to trying to understand how the novel coron
  8. A look back at the best laptops of 2020 It's once again that time of the year — the time to take a look back at what happened in 2020. For laptops, we've added a 'most innovative' category just to talk about some of the really fun things that OEMs are doing, and we added a 'best for creators' category. We're also getting rid of the 'best tablet' category, combining it with 'best thin and light', and combining 'best 15-inch convertible' and 'best 15-inch clamshell'. Finally, 13-inch categories are becoming 'compact'. Best thin and light Microsoft Surface Pro X (starts at $9
  9. Best new board game apps of 2020 The best board gaming action... on your phone or computer. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. The 2020 global pandemic might seem like an ideal time for new board game app releases, but the increasing development time for more complex games means we're going longer between initial announcements and final releases than we have before. Below, I’ve ranked my nine best new board game apps of 2020 based on app quality, play experience, and purch
  10. The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020 These are the games, both old and new, that we relied on to blow off steam, to hang out online, or just to feel better this year. IN ANY NORMAL year, a list of the 10 best recently released video games would adequately encompass that year in games. Not in 2020. The best way to describe the way we consumed games in 2020 was as “comfort food.” Sticking the same pack of over-buttered popcorn in the microwave every day after work just to feel something. Ordering a 4-pound bag of childhood-favorite shoestring licorice on Amazon a
  11. Here are the five biggest tech disappointments of 2020 With the year drawing to a close, it's a good time to view the year in tech in retrospective. While we had some truly amazing technology grace our lives this year - and you can have a look at some of it here -, 2020 also had its fair share of disappointing tech products, services, and happenings in general. In this piece, we'll look at five of the biggest tech disappointments of 2020. Note that this is very much dependent upon personal preferences so you obviously may not feel as strongly about
  12. Here are the five coolest tech innovations of 2020 As we inch ever closer to the end of the year, it's always fun to look back at the cool things that happened in the past 12 months. Sure, this year may have had more than its fair share of negative moments, but in the technology world, things kept moving and we saw a lot of cool products make it to the market. In this article, we're taking a look at the five coolest innovations in technology that we saw this year. Before we start, let us clarify that the coolest innovations aren't necessarily the
  13. By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day A pandemic is no reason for hackers to hold off cyberattacks against everything from government bodies to healthcare providers. Cybersecurity may be far from many of our minds this year, and in light of a pandemic and catastrophic economic disruption, remembering to maintain our own personal privacy and security online isn't necessarily a priority. However, cyberattackers certainly haven't given anyone a break this year. Data breaches, network infiltrations, bulk data theft and sale, identity theft, and ransomwa
  14. The next-gen PlayStation was Sony's "biggest console launch ever," but many gamers have been unable to get one. The PlayStation 5 has been out of stock at most retailers since Sony launched its next-gen console earlier this month, but the company on Wednesday promised that more inventory will be available before 2020 ends. Sony didn't offer any hard numbers, so we don't know what its "biggest console launch ever" means yet -- the PS2 and PS4 will likely remain its most successful consoles for the next few years -- nor do have a sense of how
  15. Bug bounty hunters hacked a NETGEAR router and a Western Digital network-attached storage (NAS) device on the first day of the Zero Day Initiative’s Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 hacking competition. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competition has been turned into a virtual event and Pwn2Own Tokyo is actually coordinated by ZDI from Toronto, Canada, with participants demonstrating their exploits remotely. On the first day of the event, the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7800 router was targeted by Team Black Coffee, Team Flashback, and teams from cybersecurity firms S
  16. Brave Browser, the privacy-focused web browser, announced today that it grew in usage by over 130% in its first year of the release of its 'Stable' version. On November 13th, 2019, Brave Browser released its first Stable version after it had already accumulated 8.7 million monthly active users (MAU) and 3 million daily active users (DAU) during its Beta period. Over the past year, Brave Browser saw an incredible 130% growth to reach 20.5 million monthly active users (MAU) and 8.7 daily active users (DAU) as of November 2020. Brave Browser
  17. The pandemic has accelerated adoption of a number of technologies, from online grocery to multiplatform gaming to streaming services and more. But one industry that has not benefited is traditional pay TV. According to new research from eMarketer, the cable, satellite and telecom TV industry is on track to lose the most subscribers ever. This year, over 6 million U.S. households will cut the cord with pay TV, bringing the total number of cord-cutter households to 31.2 million. The firm says that by 2024, the number will grow even further, reaching 46.6 million total co
  18. TechSmith Camtasia Camtasia Studio is the complete professional solution for recording, editing and sharing high-quality screen video on the Web, CD-ROM and portable media players, including iPod. With support for a variety of video standards, you can ensure your content delivery now and in the future. Easily record your screen, PowerPoint, multiple audio tracks, and webcam video to create compelling training videos, screencasts, and presentations without ever leaving your desk. With the power of interactive Camtasia Studio videos, you can deliver high-quality content
  19. Apple is said to be holding off releasing an iPhone which can connect to 5G until at least 2020, giving its rivals the chance to steal a lead on the tech giant for speedier service. In the three months to September 30, Apple sold 46.9m iPhones According to Bloomberg, the next iPhone being released by Apple will not connect to 5G networks, and the company is expected to wait at least a year after the initial deployment of 5G technology. Rivals Huawei and S
  20. Systemd? It's the proper technical solution, says kernel maintainer The Linux kernel has around 27.8 million lines of code in its Git repository, up from 26.1 million a year ago, while systemd now has nearly 1.3 million lines of code, according to GitHub stats analysed by Michael Larabel at Phoronix. There were nearly 75,000 code commits to the kernel during 2019 which is actually slightly down on 2018 (80,000 commits), and the lowest number since 2013. The top contributors by email domain were Intel and Red Hat (Google's general gmail.com aside) and the to
  21. The $249 wireless earbuds were originally expected to be out in time for the holidays. Microsoft has apparently decided to delay the launch of its Surface Earbuds. The $249 wireless earbuds, which the tech giant unveiled in October, won't be coming out until sometime in spring next year, said Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay in a tweet Thursday. The earbuds were originally expected to launch this year. "Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time...sometimes more than we planned on," Panay wrote. "To en
  22. Ignite 2019: Microsoft details its efforts to level the playing field against cyber attackers. Microsoft announced the brand change from Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender in March after giving security analysts the tools to inspect enterprise Mac computers for malware via the Microsoft Defender console. Rob Lefferts, corporate vice president for Microsoft's M365 Security, told ZDNet that Microsoft Defender for Linux systems will be available for customers in 2020. Application Guard is also coming to all Office 365 documents. Previously
  23. Here are the 62 brand-new emoji for 2020 We're up to 3,304 total emoji, which should show up in your next big OS update. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 6 images. Unicode Emoji 13.0 has been finalized, and with it come 62 totally new emoji plus 55 gender and skin tone variants. The 117 new glyphs bring us to 3,304 total emoji, surely covering every tiny-image-communication-need you could possibly have (Right? Right??). As usual, the standard has just been finalized, but platform vendors like Apple, Goog
  24. This may be a transcendent year for SpaceX Company may attempt 50% more launches than any previous year. Enlarge / NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. NASA In the early years of SpaceX at its first factory in El Segundo, the company had a mock-up of a spacecraft that it intended to one day take humans into space. The company's engineers called the capsule Magic Dragon, an allusion to the folk song "Puff, the Magic Dragon." The dope name didn't stick—but t
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