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Last month, we wrote about malicious Android apps containing a trojan that researchers have dubbed “SMSFactory.” This bit of malware exists to infect Android phones and conduct SMS billing fraud. SMSFactory uses SMS and phone permissions to regularly send premium text messages and make calls to premium numbers... Read more...
To kick of the hot summer season, we’ve partnered up with the good folks at Falcon Northwest for an awesome gaming PC giveaway. We know many of you have been dying to get your hands on some of the latest and greatest CPU and GPU muscle from AMD, including the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and powerful Radeon RX 6950XT, and thanks to the generosity of Read more...
For a lot of users finding a Raspberry Pi is almost impossible. Even if you do find one they're oddly expensive for the "credit card-sized computer" that had a first version released at $35. This has mostly been thanks to the significant chip shortages that have been plaguing almost all aspects of the computing... Read more...
After all the rumors about insane power draw (and thus insane heat output) for the flagship model of the upcoming family of GeForce GPUs, most folks have been expecting some kind of insane, exotic cooling system for the cards. That may yet come to pass for the final release models, but the pictures above and below... Read more...
Truth be told, it's harder than it looks to be witty on Twitter. Not everyone shares the same sense of humor, and you have to be careful not to cross any lines and say something stupid. So with that in mind, we're hesitant to give Electronic Arts too much grief over a recent tweet poking fun at single player games. We... Read more...
The AM4 platform's exceptional longevity has earned it immense and continuous praise from the enthusiast community, but now its reign is over and it's time to move on to Socket AM5, right? Well, maybe not quite yet. Regular readers will remember our reporting on a story from a few days ago where Hungarian site... Read more...
The very person Apple appointed to enforce insider trading policies at the Cupertino outfit has admitted to engaging in an insider trading scheme that spanned five years, the US Department of Justice announced this week. He could potentially spend several decades in prison and fined millions of dollars, though that... Read more...
Google has agreed to terms with Android developers to settle a lawsuit that accused the tech giant of using methods to divert most payments through its Google Play billing system with a default service fee of 30%. The company has agreed to pay $90 million in order to settle the legal battle. In a blog post, Google... Read more...
Every so often, market research firms make gloomy forecasts that put even the most cynical weatherpersons to shame. This really came to a head when tablets started to make a run at the market—it was the end of the PC as we knew it! The PC survived (especially PC gaming), of course, and it will make it through 2022... Read more...
It's been almost a couple of years since I spent some hands-on time with Samsung's XCover Pro, a rugged Android handset without the usual bulk that you might expect from such a device. There was a lot to like about that phone, and many of those highlights appear to have found their way to Samsung's brand-spanking new... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is expected to deliver more detailed images from deeper into space than ever before. Researchers are hoping to utilize Webb's observations to tell us about the makeup and composition of individual galaxies in the early universe for the first time ever. JWST has been one of... Read more...
AMD's latest round of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors based on its Zen 3 architecture were never going to be cheap, but exactly how much will they cost? We didn't know the answer when AMD announced its Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series CPUs last week. Now we do, though, and it bears repeating—they're not... Read more...
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine near the beginning of this year, some prominent hacking groups announced that they would be joining the war within the digital realm. The hacking collective Anonymous declared cyberwar against the Russian government and has since been conducting cyberattacks on Russian and... Read more...
On April 1, 2004, Google announced that it would be rolling out its e-mail service. The e-mail service was aptly named GMail. The web-driven mail client initially brought a new style of e-mail management. Developed initially by engineer Paul T. Buchheit, GMail skirted a typical e-mail norm which often built its... Read more...
We're fans of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D around here. Sure, it's pricey for what it is; that much is inarguable. Still, the fact that you can slap a brand-new processor into a two- or three-year-old motherboard and immediately get chart-topping gaming performance is extremely cool. Your author here threw one into his ASRock... Read more...
Samsung is making a spirited run at the gaming TV market, which if we're being real, many people associate with LG and its fancy OLED models. That's because LG was one of the first to embrace the HDMI 2.1 standard (and not fake HDMI 2.1) with features that current generation game consoles can tap into. But others have... Read more...
You're tired of hearing it, we're tired of saying it; yes, Intel's Arc graphics are real and out there. They haven't hit store shelves in the US yet, but they're on the way—probably as we write this. Extant hardware needs available drivers, and so Intel's published a new graphics driver for Arc Alchemist. This... Read more...
The Cooler Master CK721 wireless keyboard is a compact and versatile plank that will fill just about any gamer's needs. The ability to use this small form factor keyboard via USB Type-C (wired), Bluetooth 5.1, or the included 2.4GHz dongle also means users can take it just about anywhere and use it with a wide range of devices. Toss in its... Read more...
Give credit to Valve for turning a promising category (handheld PC consoles) into a viable one with the Steam Deck, which strikes an acceptable balance between price, performance, and capabilities. In the wake of the Steam Deck's launch, others have tried to capitalize on the market segment, and a "young company... Read more...
AI chatbot company Replika is receiving messages from customers who believe their AI companions are actually sentient. Replika is only one company in the social chatbot industry that saw an increase in users during the recent pandemic. The question of whether or not an AI has become sentient is always in the back... Read more...
ASRock isn't waiting around for Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors to arrive before updating its existing motherboards to support the next-gen chips. The company has already made available BIOS updates for dozens of 600-series motherboards spanning the boards based on Z690 all the way down to H610. We still... Read more...
You'll have to pardon the editorial take on the hoopla surrounding Return to Monkey Island, the long awaited sequel spearhead by adventure gaming legend Ron Gilbert, but I have an emotionally vested interest in this game's release. Like many others who look back fondly on the heyday of point-n-click adventure games, I... Read more...
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