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Jeff Butts

Jeff Butts was a nerd long before they got their revenge. He’s been voiding warranties since the early 1980s, when he took apart his uncle’s 286 to try coaxing a bit more power out of the Hercules graphics controller. Either by luck or skill (or both), nobody ever knows he’s voided their warranty because Jeff knows and lives by the most important rule: don’t get caught. These days, when Jeff’s not voiding warranties, he’s writing about voiding warranties.

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Bethesda fans may not be getting what they really want, news on Elder Scrolls 6, but the game studio does have new content around the corner. The franchise’s Skyrim 10th Anniversary Edition offered new game modes, and now the focus is on the game’s multiplayer experience. This latest announcement from Bethesda... Read more...
OnePlus keeps teasing us with details about its next flagship handset for CES 2022. We saw pictures of the design first, then got the specifications. Now, we have more information on the cameras built into the OnePlus 10 Pro, along with sample photos from the smartphone. The camera setup features the second... Read more...
In another example of social engineering’, an unpatchable bug has been discovered in iOS. This ultimate persistence bug makes you think your iPhone has been shut down when it hasn’t. Once in effect, it’s a trivial matter for nefarious individuals to activate your iPhone’s camera and microphone to spy on you. The... Read more...
As Russia’s space agency struggles to remain relevant, its newest heavy lift rocket will make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth’s atmosphere sometime before 6:30 p.m. EST today. The upper stage of the newest Angara A5 rocket, dubbed IPN/Persei, has been stranded in a low parking orbit since it failed to reignite on... Read more...
Continuing with news related to the upcoming launch of the OnePlus 10 Pro, the Chinese smartphone maker has released the spec sheet for its latest flagship handset. We already knew the device would sport the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but even more specifications are now available. Let's have a look at what makes this... Read more...
During its CES 2022 virtual launch event, For Those Who Dare: The Rise of Gamers, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced a new lineup of gaming gear products. From new gaming monitors, peripherals, and a high-speed Wi-Fi 6E router, ROG is trying to fulfill its mission of creating the world’s best gaming hardware... Read more...
A new era’s begun in discrete graphics, as Intel has announced shipment of the latest Intel Arc graphics to OEM customers. Codenamed Alchemist, Intel Arc graphics chips will offer a new choice in the consumer high-performance graphics arena. Game studios have already adopted the technology, with several AAA PC gaming... Read more...
While Lenovo may not be physically in attendance at CES 2022, that hasn’t stopped the company from making some cool product announcements. To help upgrade your smart home game, Lenovo announced the new 'Smart Clock Essential with Alexa Built-in'. The company isn’t new to smart clocks, having a Google Assistant-enabled... Read more...
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has given us an official sneak peek at its newest flagship handset. Rumors and leaks about the OnePlus 10 Pro have surfaced recently, but the company has kept quiet officially until now. With CES 2022 just around the corner, the excitement is building. As it did with the OnePlus 9... Read more...
When St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Josh Renaud reported a serious security problem with a State of Missouri website, he thought he was doing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) a favor. Missouri Governor Mike Parson didn’t see it that way, and now wants to prosecute the journalist. In spite... Read more...
Almost daily, one extremely cool project or another surfaces, centered around Raspberry Pi. We’ve seen creators build vintage-looking internet radios, for example, using Raspberry Pi. Others have built Game Boy-inspired handheld gaming consoles. One maker even put a Raspberry Pi Zero inside an SNES controller to... Read more...
If your community is still putting on a fireworks display for New Year’s Eve, this could possibly be the last such event. We love the whizzes, bangs and rockets lighting up the sky, but the growing use of drones for light shows could make the real pyrotechnics a thing of the past and there are a few obvious benefits... Read more...
Intel’s Alder Lake CPU announcement is expected in less than a week, but some of the accompanying motherboard pricing and specs have been leaked early. The leaks come from a computer component supplier in Ecuador and include several ASUS motherboards. TecnoMega Store has three models listed, all basic in features... Read more...
Update (12/31/01): Intel's Ryan Shrout decided not to wait for CES to showcase a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K system rocking a Samsung PM1743 PCIe 5.0 solid state drive achieving over 13GB/s in IOMeter, but why not showcase a pair of drives? The question was posed, and Shrout answered with another awesome... Read more...
Ever since BIOS updates became possible, the process required rebooting the PC. Even when motherboard manufacturers moved completely to UEFI, this remained the case. Intel is now changing that, thanks to a new part of the ACPI specification called Platform Firmware Runtime Update and Telemetry (PFRUT). This allows for... Read more...
Samsung device owners have been waiting with bated breath to get a revamped One UI operating system for their Galaxy devices. Based on Android 12, the first official One UI 4 updates had already begun to roll out when Samsung had to bring it to a halt. Finally, though, Samsung has resumed its rollout. Samsung One UI 4... Read more...
Even though the iPhone 13 only recently launched, rumors surrounding Apple’s next smartphone have already kicked into high gear. A new report claims the Cupertino-based tech giant will launch four new handsets in 2022, some including a 120Hz LTPO display. The information comes just days after LG announced it had... Read more...
Microsoft's dual-screen Surface Duo didn’t exactly wow consumers. The Surface Duo 2 may be a bit more popular, but it’s still not really groundbreaking or record-setting in terms of unit sales. Now, it appears the Redmond-based company is working on a new design for the Surface handheld. Instead of two screens, it may... Read more...
Microsoft has always been eager to keep users on its own browser instead of competitors’. Even after switching to Chromium-based Edge, the software giant still cannot maintain a lead in the browser war. A new panel found in the beta version of Microsoft Edge may help. The browser is getting a Games Panel, and we have... Read more...
High schools and other communities often bury “time capsules,” so future generations can look back at the way things were during bygone eras. Similarly, but for vastly different reasons, every commercial air flight is recorded by a “black box”. In 2022, our planet will get a black box of its own to potentially record... Read more...
As NASA’s latest telescope makes its way into the cosmos, the space agency has already turned to religion to help people deal with the possibilities. Expecting to find life in other planets, NASA enlisted the help of 24 theologians to begin preparing people with the anticipated discovery. Most US Christians don’t... Read more...
A new year approaches, which means a new version of Android is on the horizon. We expect to see a developer preview Android 13 “Tiramisu” sometime in 2022. In the meantime, the first major leak surrounding the upcoming Android version show what’s in store. A source with “access to a very early Android 13 build”... Read more...
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