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Amazon Prime Subscription Increases to $12.99 a Month

Amazon Prime is getting more expensive for monthly subscribers.   Amazon today raised the price of Prime from $10.99 a month to $12.99. The price of a yearly subscription is still $99, so no change there. Meanwhile, Prime Student now costs $6.49 a month, up from $5.49. The price of an annual Prime Student subscription is remaining the same at $49.   Prime offers free, two-day shipping on...

YouTube Is Demonetizing Small Channels, And That's A Good Thing

YouTube has announced changes to its monetization program, telling content creators with small channels that they'll no longer be able to monetize unless they can grow their subscriber base to above 1,000 subscribers, with 4,000 hours of view time in the past 12 months.   This is a new benchmark, the previous being a set 10,000 lifetime views in order to join the YouTube Partner Program and...

A weird glitch is making Google hardware devices get stuck in sleep mode and then overload WiFi networks with data

Several of Google's hardware devices, including the popular Chromecast video streaming dongle and the new top-of-the-line smart speaker, appear to suffer from a glitch that can temporarily freeze a consumer's home wireless network.   Numerous owners of the devices have recently reported experiencing WiFi network issues, and several tech blogs say Google is to blame.   On Tuesday, a maker of...

Windows Meltdown-Spectre Fix: How To Check If Your Av Is Blocking Microsoft Patch

Antivirus firms are gradually adding support for Microsoft's Windows patch for the Meltdown and Spectre attack methods that affect most modern CPUs.As Microsoft warned this week, it's not delivering its January 3 Windows security updates to customers if they're running third-party antivirus, unless the AV is confirmed to be compatible with it.Microsoft's testing found some antivirus products...

Intel Processor Bug Leaves All Current Chips Vulnerable And Its Fix Saps Performance

If an Intel processor from the last decade is powering your desktop, laptop or other PC, or perhaps servers in your data center, chances are you’re going to have to deal with a new vulnerability and hardware-level chip bug that is currently out in the wild. As Brandon Hill at HotHardware reports, the bug also affects virtually all operating systems from Windows, to Linux and MacOS. Further,...

The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2017: You Sweet, Misguided Fools

Every year, SplashData compiles a list of the most popular passwords based on millions of stolen logins made public in the last year. And each time, we own ourselves. Hard. 2017 is no exception.   You probably already know the top two choices: Based on more than five million leaked passwords, they are “123456” and “password.” There are also some new additions this year, including...