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Cybersecurity firm Check Point Research has discovered a potent piece of Android malware, called Rafel, being utilized by threat actors. The malware is an open-source remote administration tool (RAT) and Check Point Research says that it has already observed “an espionage group leveraging Rafel in their... Read more...
With Samsung Unpacked just around the corner, leaks are coming in hot and heavy in regard to new Samsung devices. One device that will most likely not be making its debut at Samsung Unpacked next month, but is still making headlines, is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S10 Ultra. New leaked images of the device have found their... Read more...
OpenAI’s Chief Technology Officer, Mira Murati, didn’t mince words when discussing possible job losses in creative industries, as AI continues to become more prevalent in the creation of art. During an AI event held at Dartmouth University, Murai said, "some creative jobs maybe will go away, but maybe they shouldn't... Read more...
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted the fifth biennial Planetary Defense Interagency Tabletop Exercise this week. The tabletop exercise gathering aimed “to inform and assess the ability as a nation to respond effectively to the... Read more...
There's ample reason to be excited for Zen 5. After all, AMD says that it is the largest re-architecting of its CPU core since the original Zen. However, the company also acknowledged at Computex that the generational performance gain between Zen 4 and Zen 5 is only around 16%. That's a pretty solid gen-on-gen uplift... Read more...
"The year of the Linux desktop" is a long-standing meme among PC enthusiasts, but thanks to controversial decisions by Microsoft, continual development effort from Linux lovers, and the massive success of Valve's Steam Deck, Linux is seeing greater adoption than ever among consumer PC users. Intel has had excellent... Read more...
OnePlus has made a name for itself in the smartphone market by delivering high-end features for less than other premium handheld brands. The OnePlus 12 and the OnePlus Open are no different, delivering outstanding performance with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, and a fourth generation Hasselblad Camera System for... Read more...
Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son remarked, during a shareholder’s meeting, that he believes AI will be 10,000 times smarter than human intelligence 10 years from now. Son also remarked that he saw Softbank’s mission to be the “evolution of humanity,” while also stating he had finally discovered his own purpose in... Read more...
A few years ago, PC firmware switched from the aging BIOS system to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface standard, more commonly known as UEFI. This system is more secure than the legacy BIOS was, but it's not perfect. Cybersecurity firm Eclypsium reports the discovery of a serious bug in UEFI that could affect... Read more...
If you've followed the market of handheld machines out of Asia as well as recent mini-PC releases like Minisforum's own MS-A1, you've probably seen an OCuLink connector. This port is a standard connector from PCI-SIG that offers internal or external routing of regular old PCIe on a cable. This makes it much better... Read more...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently celebrated its 21st anniversary of deployment into space. Even after so many years of service, Hubble is still astounding those back on Earth with beautiful images. Such is the case with one of Hubble’s latest, a mesmerizing photo of baby stars in a distant nebula. Nebula RCW... Read more...
AMD's Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) are desktop CPUs based on mobile silicon. These laptop-derived chips have fewer CPU cores and lower clock rates than the full-on desktop models, but they also include powerful integrated graphics parts that are probably faster than you think. For a small-form-factor system, a... Read more...
Microsoft paid $7.5 billion to acquire game publisher Bethesda Softworks, giving it access to a raft of popular franchises and whatever the company was working on. To Microsoft's dismay, it owns Redfall first-person shooter crashed and burned upon release last year. Microsoft opted to shut down developer Arkane Austin... Read more...
Despite the fact that it's only add-on content, Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is still one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Gamers from across the globe have been replaying the campaign and running extra missions to level up their characters, as hype builds for the return to the Lands Between. Now, players know exactly when Read more...
Intel's top-end desktop CPUs have had some stability problems. This has been an on-going story, and we've reported on it a couple of times before, but the short version is that certain games and apps are likely to crash on some Core i9 and Core i7 processors from the 13th- and 14th-generation CPU families. The... Read more...
Lenovo is rolling out a new Android tablet that promises to the bring the sonic boom for music lovers. Called the Lenovo Tab Plus, the 11.5-inch tablet is ready to rock out with eight JBL hi-fi speakers, including four matrix tweeters and four force-balanced woofers housed in four speaker boxes to deliver 26W of what... Read more...
As June brings the heat of summer, it also brings the Strawberry Moon, and the earliest summer solstice in 228 years. The last time the summer solstice arrived this early was in 1796, when it took place at 1:45pm ET on June 20. The summer solstice will begin at 4:50pm EDT on Thursday, June 20 (today), and with it... Read more...
Espresso 17 Pro With Stand: MSRP $799 The espresso 17 Pro portable monitor with stand delivers a crisp 4K resolution with touch support, for added screen real estate and flexible input, at home or on the go. Crisp 4K resolution Easy to navigate espressoFlow software Sturdy, portable stand included Adds touch... Read more...
It appears that AMD is now the latest victim of cybercrime and a data breach, as company data is being offered for sale on a message board frequented by criminal hackers. AMD acknowledged the situation in a statement, noting that, "we are aware of a cybercriminal organization claiming to be in possession of stolen AMD... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago that the idea of using integrated graphics for gaming was strictly a last resort endeavor. Chips like Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator and even early integrated Radeon parts weren't powerful enough for much beyond displaying a basic desktop. Putting aside the fact that game consoles have... Read more...
Google is making its Gemini in Google Messages available to any Android smartphone that features 6GB of RAM or higher. Initially, the feature was only available on Google Pixel devices and Samsung Galaxy phones, but the updated requirements should open it up to most Android handsets. Earlier this year, Google... Read more...
The latest Nintendo Direct was chock full of games, with just about something for everyone in the gaming company’s wide audience. It was a solid showing in what’s probably the last big Direct event for the current Switch hardware as the Switch 2 looms on the horizon. However, some of the games shown off certainly... Read more...
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