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What is Malware? The Most Common Types, How They Work, & How to Easily Avoid Them All

The total cost of malware in 2015 was about $500 billion dollars. In 2019, that jumped to $2 trillion, and it’s expected to hit $6 trillion in 2021. To put that into perspective, all of the US’s retail sales throughout the entire country totaled $1.14 trillion or so in 2017. The average cost of a data breach in the world in 2018 was $3.86 million (up 6.4% from the year before). Also, in the US, that number is $7.91 million. Needless to say, there is a lot of money being made in cybercrime and malware and it’s only growing. It’s …

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Why the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the Future of Foldables

At Samsung’s recent unpacked event in San Francisco, we got to see the latest S20 lineup in all their glory (and I’ll be doing a complete walkthrough and real-world test on them ASAP), but the surprise (minus the ton of leaks of course) was the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This new foldable device folds in half length wise compared to the original Fold they released not too long ago (and rereleased shortly thereafter) that folded width-wise. This means it instead goes from a 6.7″ 21.9:9 aspect ratio “normal” sized phone down to a square sized very compact one.  Now, …

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What is Night Mode? (& How It Makes Your Phone Take Much Better Photos in the Dark)

Night mode, night sight, bright night, whatever you call it, this camera mode now available on a ton of smartphones allows you to take photos in much darker environments while still getting an image that is very much usable when done. Question is, what exactly is night mode and what ridiculous sorcery does it use to see in the dark? Well in this episode of Decodr, where I explain a new piece of technology each week, let’s dive into the tech behind night mode and see how it can help you take much better photos in the dark. Let me …

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What is Stadia? (& How It Could Change Videos Games Forever)

You’ve probably heard of Stadia at some point recently. Google has been touting it, their new video game streaming service, for a while now. And if you didn’t hear them beating their chest about it, maybe you heard the early users’ complaints about it. Well, in this episode of Decodr, a series where I explain a new piece of technology every week, let’s talk about what Stadia is, how it works, and how it will ultimately affect the gaming industry–just maybe not exactly in the way people think it will. What is Stadia? Basically, Stadia is a video game platform …

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What is Noise Cancelling? (& Why Your Next Headphones Should Have It)

Noise-cancelling is one of the big differentiators on the new Apple Airpods Pro over the standard Airpods, and it’s a big selling point of some of the most popular headphones for travel on Amazon period. Headphones like the Airpods Pro, the new ever-popular Sony MX-1000M3, the Bose QC35’s (and newer Bose 700’s) are the ones you’ll generally see people using around town and especially on flights. At least a part of the reason for this, especially on flights, is the fact that they all have active noise-cancelling or ANC for short. But what is noise-cancelling, how does it work and …

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What is 5G? (& How It’ll Actually Change Your Life)

Chances are you’ve heard the term 5G at some point already. It’s being mentioned a lot right now. And, honestly, there’s a good reason. 5G is going to have a pretty big impact on our daily lives and so, of course, all the carriers want to show what they’re doing with it and are pushing it more and more. The truth is though that 5G is complicated and there is a lot to talk about when trying to explain it. So, in this episode of Decodr, where I break down a new piece of tech every week, let’s dive into all …

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What is RCS? (& How It’ll Change Text Messaging Forever)

Have you ever sent a picture to a friend through text and had it not only take forever to send but then when your friend does finally get it, it’s a blurry mess? Well, a lot of that comes down to the fact that if you’re using text messaging–not iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. but actually text messaging–you’re using a system that was hasn’t really changed since the ’90s. Well, with Google’s announcement earlier this year that they will be helping to bring a new service called RCS to Android devices, that’s all finally about to change. So in this …

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What is WiFi 6? (& Why Your Next Router Should Have It)

There has been a lot of talk about the next generation of WiFi called WiFi 6 a lot lately. Now while it might seem like WiFi is just feeling left out while everyone is talking about 5G as the next level upgrade to the cellular networks and it just wants to feel like its getting an upgrade, too, it actually is a very clever new standard for how Wifi works, ways to make it faster, and perhaps most importantly, how to future proof it to handle the massive influx of new wifi-connected devices we keep adding to our own networks. …

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