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When we saw Intel's Arc Alchemist GPUs in the figurative flesh last week, there were a few oddities in the presentation. Some of them can be explained as confusing Chinese-to-English translation issues, but differences in numbers stick out rather readily, and there were a couple of those, too. Chief among them was... Read more...
This year's annual Prime Day sales event is right around the corner, but you don't have to wait to score a deal on a big screen TV or an Echo Show, or a few other items. That's because Amazon has unlocked some bargains early. As such, you can find several smart TV models marked down by anywhere from 38 percent to 50... Read more...
If you're in the business world you've heard of Cisco. If you're in the consumer world, you probably still have heard of Cisco, or at least have probably used one of the company's products, especially considering it acquired about 218 organizations since 1993. The most well known consumer product organization acquired... Read more...
Machine learning is everywhere. It's an integral part of our smartphones and smart home appliances, running customer service chat bots for big retailers, and hard at work recognizing people and actions in security systems, among numerous other applications. Neural networks are the backbone of the robotics and... Read more...
AMD is adding to its growing line of APUs with its Ryzen Embedded R2000 series, a second-generation mid-range SoC family with some key upgrades over the R1000 series. One of them is an upgrade to 12nm Zen+ CPU cores, versus the original Zen architecture that powers the first-gen models. AMD also took the opportunity... Read more...
Would it truly be 2022 if we were not informed of at least one data breach each week? Sadly, no institution is safe from the hands of bad actors. Flagstar Bank recently disclosed that 1.5 million of its customers were impacted by a data breach. The data breach occurred between December 3rd and December 4th, 2021... Read more...
Some Hunt: Showdown players have been taking advantage of an exploit players found with the game's LeMat Mark II revolver that makes the gun overpowered. It has left other players angry, and Crytek saying if you are caught using the exploit you may end up being banned. Hunt: Showdown is a popular first-person... Read more...
It's taken a minute or three, but graphics card prices are finally starting to normalize. In some cases, you can even find a GPU selling for below its launch price, something that was unheard of over the past year or so. This is all happening as the cryptocurrency market finds itself in a bit of a tailspin. That's not... Read more...
What is happening at Tesla’s factories? Rumor has it that Tesla has been terminating a large number of its employees and these rumors may now be confirmed. Two former Tesla employees are filing a class action lawsuit that claims Tesla’s mass layoffs violated federal law. John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield formerly... Read more...
A gigantic sunspot that doubled in size in just 24 hours, is now facing Earth with the possibility of emitting a solar flare that could knock out communications on our humble rock. Sunspots are darkened patches on the Sun caused by its magnetic field, according to NASA. These spots are often precursors to solar... Read more...
AMD is making a change to its Ryzen Threadripper launch strategy, and with it comes an expansion of its Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series processors to more PCs, including the DIY segment. There will not be any non-Pro models, as AMD has chosen to unify its Threadripper and Threadripper Pro product... Read more...
Lenovo is rolling out its smallest workstation to date, though don’t be fooled by the diminutive size of its latest iteration. The new ThinkStation P360 Ultra crams some seriously impressive hardware into a chassis that is less than 4 liters in volume, or around half the size of traditional small form factor (SFF)... Read more...
Three years ago, Capital One Financial Corporation suffered a massive data breach that exposed customers’ personal information. Rather than being the victim of social engineering or a ransomware attack, it turned out that Capital One had misconfigured its web application, leaving its system vulnerable to a breach. The... Read more...
The PlayStation 5 is gigantic for a game console. There's no two ways about it; Sony's latest dedicated gaming system is a beast of a machine that occupies more space than a typical Mini-ITX custom PC. It's bigger than the Falcon Northwest Tiki we just reviewed, and that machine came with a GeForce RTX 3080... Read more...
In gaming, people are in either one of two camps. In 2007 one camp was "Will it run Crysis?," which is still a meme to this day. The other camp is, "Can I put Doom on it?" The answer to the latter is almost always "Yes" these days. Almost like the improv training that many actors go through, quite often the answer... Read more...
It's no secret that Mark Zuckerberg is heavily invested in VR technologies and how those advancements will drive the shift to the metaverse. It's such a big part of what's going on at Facebook that the company rebranded itself as Meta. More than just a name change, Meta is currently working on a whole bunch of... Read more...
AMD gambled that DDR5 memory prices and availability would be relatively stable by the time Zen 4 starts shipping, and it looks like that bet will pay off. After dropping in price by as much as 8 percent this quarter, DDR5 memory pricing is projected to fall even further next quarter, perhaps by as much as another 5... Read more...
Did you ever stop and consider if that random bystander in Grand Theft Auto V had a family before you beat him to a pulp? Or what about the many guards in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, all of whom took an arrow to the knee—did you ask any of them if they need assistance? Of course not, because NPC aren't actual living... Read more...
In just a mere two weeks, Diablo Immortal has been able to garner $24 million in micro-transactions. Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play game was downloaded nearly 8.5 million times over the same time period, with 26% of those being in the United States. Blizzard's Diablo Immortal is a new mobile game that is set... Read more...
Telegram is currently one of the most popular messaging apps worldwide. It already features quite a slew of features, but there is now a way to access even more. Telegram just launched a paid subscription service called Telegram Premium. According to the developers, Telegram Premium “will allow us to offer all the... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a white dwarf star that is cannibalizing debris from the system's inner and outer reaches. It is the first time researchers have found a white dwarf star that is feeding off both rocky-metallic and icy material, the ingredients of planets. Astronomers used archival data... Read more...
One of the perks of using Chrome is a wide assortment of browser extensions at your disposal. Including themes and apps, there are over 200,000 of them in the Chrome Web Store. There's strength in numbers but as it turns out, having so many extensions is also a weakness as it applies to privacy. How so? Your profile... Read more...
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