The Nighthawk RS300 and the Orbi 770 are the two new Wi-Fi 7 routers that Netgear has unveiled today. Both routers will have 2.5Gbps ports and Wi-Fi 7 features, like 320Mhz channels that can potentially double wireless speed for gear that supports them, but at a reduced cost this time.






Four 2.5Gbps ports are available on the Orbi 770 router: three are used to provide internet access to any wired devices, and one is used to connect to your modem. Each satellite mesh node has two 2.5Gbps connections as well, allowing you to wire additional devices directly to the main node or connect other devices to those. In contrast, the Orbi 970, its more costly predecessor, offers three 2.5 Gbps connections and two 10 Gbps ports. Additionally, according to Netgear, the Orbi 970 has up to 27Gbps of overall bandwidth, as opposed to the Orbi 770's 11Gbps, because it has an additional wireless band. However, this won't improve performance on any one device.





You'll need a phone, laptop, or other device with Wi-Fi 7 capability linked to the 6GHz band in order to take advantage of the 320MHz channels. Broader 240MHz spectrum is also available in the 5GHz band, but again, a Wi-Fi 7 device is required to utilize it. The Orbi 770 costs $999.99 for a three-pack, which is more affordable than Netgear's outrageous $1,699.99 for the Orbi 970, despite being more expensive overall.





Like the majority of mesh Wi-Fi 7 routers, these routers' main advantage is Multi-Link Operation (MLO), a new feature of the Wi-Fi 7 standard that enables simultaneous connections on two bands for quicker, more reliable connections. Although the Orbi and its satellites can connect to each other in this fashion, none of your pre-Wi-Fi 7 devices can directly benefit from MLO. As a result, you should have reduced band congestion in your mesh network, and in the event that one band fails, you will still have the other one.



Similar in features to the main Orbi router, but with a few notable variances, is the Nighthawk RS300, another tri-band router. The 5GHz band has a 160MHz channel bandwidth restriction, while the 6GHz band can still handle 320MHz channels. (That's still the fastest any non-Wi-Fi 7 device is likely to get, though.)





Three more ethernet connections (two 2.5Gbps and one gigabit) are located on the back for providing wired internet to your devices in addition to one 2.5Gbps port for connecting to your modem. In case you want to attach something to it, such a storage drive, it also features a USB 3.0 port. According to Netgear, it can cover up to 2,500 square feet, though its actual coverage will always depend on your home's layout and contents. It can also handle up to 100 devices. The Nighthawk RS300 costs $329.99, while the Orbi 770 is priced at $999.99 for a three-pack and $699.99 for a two-pack. According to the firm, they are currently available for preorder on Netgear's website and will soon be available at additional retailers.



Netgear's Affordable Wi-Fi 7: New Orbi Mesh and Nighthawk Routers



 Anker Anker has announced that a manufacturing flaw might potentially cause a fire, leading to the recall of their 321 Power Bank (PowerCore 5K, model number A1112). With one USB-C port and one USB-A port, the 321 is a little power bank. Anker is recalling all of the products even though it claims that "only a small number" manufactured after March 2023 are impacted.




To find out if you have this model, look for "Anker 321 Power Bank (PowerCore 5K, Black), Model: A1112" in the white writing printed on the bottom. Anker advises you to cease using it right away if you do. To stake your claim for a replacement 533 Power Bank that the firm is offering affected owners, fill out this form with your serial number included. Prior to going there, try to locate your proof of purchase, as it is said that this will expedite the process.




Just a friendly reminder: never discard your batteries! Not only is e-waste a major issue, but throwing out batteries can start fires. Anker provides a number of links so that you can dispose of them responsibly in different nations. (Those in the US want to dispose of theirs can visit Call2Recycle or the website of the Environmental Protection Agency.)




There are more recalls that Anker is currently running. The 535 Power Bank was also recalled by the firm last year after it was determined that it was most likely the cause of a house fire in Maryland.

Anker Recalls 321 Power Bank Over Fire Hazard Concerns

 



According to Netflix, second- and third-generation Apple TVs—which were released more than ten years ago—will no longer support the streaming service. In an email to clients, the business stated that the change is intended to "maintain the best possible Netflix experience." 




After July 31st, the shift is anticipated, according to reports from MacRumors and AppleInsider. The announcement was also posted on Netflix's support page. Apple already deems the first three generations of Apple TVs to be "obsolete," terminating hardware support seven years after a product is no longer sold.




In 2019, Netflix discontinued supporting older gadgets, such as outdated Vizio and Samsung smart TVs and original Roku boxes. That occurred as a result of Netflix moving from Microsoft's PlayReady DRM to Windows Media DRM. Netflix does not provide a reason for their decision to stop supporting Apple TV models from the second and third generations at this time. However, because they are so old, neither generation has access to Apple's App Store. 




The corporation claimed to have made the call for security concerns in an email to The Verge. "To maintain our security commitment to our members, Netflix occasionally retires support for older devices," Kumiko Hidaka, head of Netflix communications, stated in an email.

Netflix to End Support for Older Apple TVs: What You Need to Know

 



Jeep debuted its first all-electric SUV for the North American market today in New York. While the $71,995 Wagoneer S was the main attraction, the carmaker also unveiled an off-road capable Trailhawk concept, which looked stunning on 31.5-inch tires. The menacing laser-cut roof rack, the 3D-printed tow hooks, the elevated suspension, the wheel caps, and a slew of other extras for gearheads and boulder lovers alike set the forest green SUV apart from the basic Wagoneer S.




For Jeep's toughest off-road vehicles, which come with more resilient parts and components, the trim name Trailhawk is typically used. A series of tests for maneuverability, articulation, and ground clearance are also frequently completed by Trailhawk vehicles, which indicates that they have been trail rated. And Jeep's interest in expanding those capabilities to its emerging battery-electric category is evident in the Wagoneer S Trailhawk concept.





While improving upon the Wagoneer S, the Trailhawk concept has many of the same attributes. The concept has an elevated suspension for improved ground clearance in addition to those 31.5-inch all-terrain tires. Both the front and rear of the car have tow hooks integrated in them, and working air extractors are designed for high-pressure situations. The panoramic sunroof has two panels to let in fresh air, or trail dust, as it were. The badging blends in seamlessly with the car, the hood decal is anti-glare.



With the Trailhawk concept, Jeep adds a sixth driver mode, called Rock, to its lineup for the Wagoneer S. In the center console, the mode selector is easily accessed by being emergency red. Additionally, the octagonal-shaped steering wheel has unique grips for those really tense times at the nine and three o'clock locations.


Off-roading on an electric vehicle is nothing new. Electric trucks from Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Rivian are advertised as being equally competent on gravel as they are on asphalt. Additionally, there is a section of the yearly King of the Hammers off-road tournament reserved for battery-operated rock crawlers. However, Jeep takes great pride in its powerful dirt-sprayer vehicles, so a plug-in model would make perfect sense.




Although the firm isn't committed to putting the Trailhawk idea into production, officials made strong insinuations during today's event that the off-roader might in fact someday turn into an actual electric vehicle. The Wagoneer S will come in multiple grades, with the fully loaded Launch Edition being the first, according to Jeep CEO Antonio Filosa.

Jeep Unveils All-Electric Off-Roader: The Wagoneer S Trailhawk Concept



 Acer and Asus are among the manufacturers of Chromebook Plus laptops that will receive the Gemini and AI features from Google's other devices. Google made this announcement on Tuesday. Upcoming Chromebook Plus laptops like this ones will offer new capabilities including generative AI-powered personalized wallpaper creation and Google's "Help me write" tool. It has also begun to emerge on older Android smartphones. Magic Editor on Google Photos is coming to Chromebook Plus as well.




It is not surprising to find Gemini integrated into Chromebook Plus, which is typically a more powerful (and more costly) Chromebook, as the firm had previously stated it would combine Gemini with the Chrome desktop browser. For quicker and more convenient access, Google added the Gemini symbol to the app shelf. Additionally, it is providing a complimentary 12-month subscription to Google One AI Premium, which grants users access to Gemini Advanced, 2TB of cloud storage, and Gemini integration with Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Gmail, to anyone purchasing a new Plus laptop.




Additionally, Google is releasing new features that are compatible with both the standard Chromebook and the Chromebook Plus. These features include the ability to create GIFs from screen recordings, a built-in view of Google Tasks, and a QR code setup process that allows your Android phone to share your Wi-Fi and login credentials with your new Chromebook.




Throughout the remainder of the year, Google has promised to add more functionality to ChromeOS for Chromebook Plus devices. That includes Gemini's "Help me read," which is intended to summarize PDFs and respond to follow-up queries, and the company's AI face and gesture tracking system, "Project Gameface," which was made available to Android developers earlier in May. Additionally, Chromebook Plus devices will come with a new Focus feature that includes the ability to share open windows and programs across all of your devices, independent of operating system, as well as a Do Not Disturb mode.


Google Gemini Comes to Chromebook Plus

 



There are many of examples on social media of Google's new AI Overview product stating strange things, including advising people to put glue on their pizza or to eat pebbles. Users are reporting that a large number of memes vanish from social media soon after they are uploaded, which is because to Google's disorganized rollout, which forces them to manually disable AI Overviews for particular searches as they are posted.




This is strange because, according to CEO Sundar Pichai, Google has been testing AI Overviews for a year. The feature was first made available in beta as the Search Generative Experience in May 2023. During that time, the business has processed over a billion inquiries. However, Pichai has also stated that, "driven by hardware, engineering, and technical breakthroughs," Google has reduced the cost of providing AI answers by 80% during that same period. It seems possible that early optimization occurred before the technology was ready.





Google maintains that the majority of the "high quality information" that users receive from its AI Overview tool. Where appropriate under our content policies, Farnsworth also confirmed that the company is taking swift action" to delete AI Overviews on specific inquiries. "We are using these examples to develop broader improvements to our systems, some of which have already started to roll out," he added.


An AI founder who preferred to remain anonymous said, "A company known for being at the cutting edge and shipping high-quality stuff is now known for low-quality output that's getting meme'd,"




It's true that Google is in a difficult position. With Satya Nadella's now-famous "we made them dance" comment, Bing pioneered AI search before Google, while OpenAI is purportedly developing its own search engine, a new AI search firm is valued at $1 billion, and younger people are apparently migrating to TikTok in quest of the greatest experience. it to compete is obviously there in the organization, and it is what leads to clumsy AI launches. Marcus draws attention to the fact that Meta released Galactica, an AI system in 2022, but it had to be taken down soon after it was introduced since, among other things, it advised people to consume glass. Sounds recognizable.




Google has grand plans for AI Overviews — the feature as it exists today is just a tiny slice of what the company announced last week. Multistep reasoning for complex queries, the ability to generate an AI-organized results page, video search in Google Lens — there’s a lot of ambition here. But right now, the company’s reputation hinges on just getting the basics right, and it’s not looking great.


“[These models] are constitutionally incapable of doing sanity checking on their own work, and that’s what’s come to bite this industry in the behind,”

 Marcus said.

Google Races to Correct Strange AI Responses in Search Results



 The wearable computer company, Humane, which received negative reviews for its AI Pin model, is currently looking to sell its firm. As to a Bloomberg article, the company, headed by Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, two former Apple workers, is reportedly "looking for a price of between $750 million and $1 billion."






After the $699 AI Pin's launch, which has been mostly criticized for its sluggish response and a user experience that falls far short of the always-on, wearable AI assistant notion that its founders had promised, that could be a difficult sell. The product was promoted, at least in part, as a means of helping consumers become less reliant on their smartphones and become more present.






CosmOS, Humane's proprietary operating system, is designed to run on the AI Pin. It connects to an AI model network in order to retrieve voice search results and determine what the built-in camera is pointing at. In certain interactions, the wearer's inner palm is projected with a laser "display" beam from the gadget. Maintaining the device's functionality requires a monthly subscription.






The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, is reported to be working with renowned Apple designer Jony Ive on an unconnected project that could better highlight AI's potential. According to the Bloomberg article, Humane has raised $230 million from investors. Investors placed Humane's 2023 market worth at $850 million, but that was before the company's debut product received harsh criticism from critics. 


While there are some creative and innovative ideas therein, the hardware of the AI Pin has shown poor battery life and overheating problems, and the software is underbaked and overly unstable. As promised, Humane will release firmware upgrades to fix some of the bugs. To improve the intelligence of the gadget even more, OpenAI's GPT-4o model was released just last week.






Considering the amount that the firm is trying to raise, the range of possible purchasers for Humane appears to be somewhat small. While big language models and generative AI are becoming more and more common, Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft are all making great strides into the AI space. However, it's unclear how much value Humane's intellectual property would actually add to any of their continuing initiatives.


Humane's AI Pin Company Seeks Buyer After Lackluster Launch

 



Samsung apparently felt compelled to join the discussion after learning that Apple had offended a lot of people with the "Crush" advertisement, which was released last week and featured sculptures, instruments, and arcade games all crammed into a sleek new iPad Pro with an OLED screen. An executive from Apple later issued an apology, stating that it "missed the mark."






 Creatives such as Hugh Grant and others who saw a too literal portrayal of Big Tech's oppressive control over art, copyright, and history, fueled by the strength of generative AI technologies, were among those who responded favorably. Conversely, there were many who were enraged by the notion that there had been any sort of reaction at all.






In retaliation, the Samsung Mobile account on X shared this video with the hashtag #UnCrush. According to Ad Age, BBH USA produced and Zen Pace directed the film. In a scene evocative of the conclusion of Apple's major hydraulic press disaster, a woman is seen stumbling over rubble and spilling paint. She then sits down to hum and play guitar, perhaps with the help of notes on her Galaxy Tab S9 and the might of Galaxy AI.






Whatever your stance on the great iPad ad controversy, it's entertaining to watch Samsung once more attempt to expose a gap in Apple's defenses. After removing advertisements concerning iPhones losing the in-box charging adapter, Samsung's marketing department appeared to run out of steam. The company's lawyers said that this nonsense "drove Apple crazy." Mocking that recognizable notch has simply more impact than more recent attempts, such as a browser-based Galaxy test drive for iPhone users.

Samsung Strikes Back: The 'UnCrush' Response to Apple's iPad Pro Ad

It would be easy to move files between two PCs as if they were one unit if you could merely plug a USB cable between them and move your mouse pointer between their screens. Indeed, it is possible and has been for some time now, but Thunderbolt Share from Intel might soon give that concept a major boost. Intel has licensed the right to use this proprietary software, which laptop, desktop, and accessory makers can include in new hardware packages. It may be installed on two Thunderbolt 4 or 5 computers, linked to them via a Thunderbolt connection, and allows you to drag and drop files at Thunderbolt speeds, sync data between them, and share your mouse, keyboard, displays, storage, and other USB devices. Sharing an internet connection is not permitted, though.






According to Intel, mirroring a PC's screen to another at 1080p quality and 60 frames per second with minimal compression and low latency is also possible. If a direct link isn't convenient, the PCs can also connect via a Thunderbolt dock or monitor. It's worth noting that a computer must not only be certified Thunderbolt compatible, but also have an Intel processor. "Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 connections might work, but we just really can't guarantee it and we won't be offering support for it," says Jason Ziller, the head of Intel Thunderbolt.




Nonetheless, the app is necessary, and Intel will charge OEMs an additional license fee to bundle it with new hardware alone. This is useful in a limited number of contexts because it requires the purchase of a certain set of Thunderbolt computers or accessories! On the other hand, Intel claims that any Thunderbolt Share PC you purchase comes with two licenses, or two with any accessory. The reason the software is an upsell, according to Ziller, is that Intel wants to thoroughly test and validate it with PC manufacturers "to make sure it's a great experience."




The initial partners in PCs are Acer, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, and peripheral vendors Belkin, Kensington, Plugable, and Promise Technology. A Thunderbolt cable coupled with the Bravura Easy Computer Sync program, which allows drag and drop and remote computer control, is already sold by Plugable. Previously, some of those companies sold "Easy Transfer" cords made to move from one computer to another. How would Thunderbolt Share stack up, I wonder.




Exploring Intel's Thunderbolt Share and the Future of PC Connectivity

 


This year, Motorola's Moto G Stylus 5G is back with some significant spec increases and a striking new look. The $399 model of this year retains old features like a headphone jack and microSD card slot while adding wireless charging and an improved screen.





Still, the G Stylus 5G is a large phone. A 6.7-inch screen is included with it. This year's 6.6-inch LCD has been replaced with a 1080p panel with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The large 5,000mAh battery can be charged at 15W wirelessly and 30W quickly via cable connection. The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset, which is strangely the same as the one in the model from last year, powers the 2024 Stylus 5G. Though phone manufacturers don't frequently switch to the same chipset twice in a row, this one at least has 8GB of RAM instead of just 6.






There are also some enhancements to the paired stylus. As per the press release from Motorola, the stylus's user interface is enhanced and its latency is decreased by utilizing a "larger contact area" along with certain software changes. The 13-megapixel ultra wide and 32-megapixel selfie cameras have also been improved, while the primary back camera remains a 50-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. Pixel binning is a technique used by the selfie camera to increase sensitivity in low light, which should result in better shots in low light.





Along with eschewing the unimpressive appearance from last year, the Stylus 5G adopts Motorola's apparent motto this year, "Make Phones Fun Again." A soft-touch vegan leather finish is present on the rear panel. (I realize that's just a fancy term for plastic.) Two color possibilities for the phone are caramel latte and an orange-colored scarlet wave. Really, they both look great.

Motorola's Midrange Stylus Phone Embraces Wireless Charging and a Stylish Glow-Up


Google is making the process of configuring two-factor authentication (2FA) more efficient. To activate 2FA, you can now add a "second step method" to your account, such as an authenticator app or a hardware security key, and bypass the need to enter your phone number first.




As a result, enabling 2FA should be safer because it eliminates the need for less secure SMS verification. You have two options: either link a hardware security key or input a time-based, one-time passcode using apps like Google Authenticator.




Google provides two methods for linking a security key: either giving the hardware key a passkey or registering a FIDO1 credential on it. It can still be necessary to sign in using a password if you have a Workspace account connected to an organization and wish to utilize a passkey. This depends on the configuration of your organization.




All Workspace users and individuals with personal Google accounts are undergoing the rollout of the modification by Google. Over 400 million accounts have created passkeys with Google since the firm began allowing users to do so last year.

Google's New Approach to 2FA Setup: What You Need to Know






  Regarding the testing of new Copilot capabilities in Windows 11, Microsoft states in their most recent Windows Insider blog entries that "We have decided to pause the rollouts of these experiences to further refine them based on user feedback." As we continue to develop new concepts with Windows Insiders, "Copilot in Windows will continue to work as expected" for those who currently have the feature.





With 2024 dubbed "the year of the AI PC" and a new Copilot key on Windows keyboards, Microsoft is hosting an AI event on May 20th, which would be a good moment to reveal additional details about what's coming up next.





Expect Windows on Arm-powered Surface computers from Qualcomm, which aim to rival Apple's M3-powered MacBook Air. Meanwhile, new Windows features are anticipated to highlight the concept of a "Copilot for every person" and include an AI Explorer app that mimics the previous

Refining the Future: Microsoft's Journey with Copilot AI Updates in Windows