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If you have existed on the internet in the past 11 years and are as much of a geek as our two and a half hosts, then you likely have heard of Floppotron. If you haven't heard of Floppotron then you are in for a real treat, for its creator, Paweł Zadrożniak, has posted up the latest upgrade to date: Floppotron... Read more...
Samsung may be abandoning its Fan Edition (FE) Galaxy smartphones this year, and possibly for good. The "flagship" version gave consumers a more affordable option to the company's popular Galaxy family of smartphones. The chip shortage hit tech companies hard over the last couple of years, and had Samsung debating... Read more...
Most of us are likely tightening our budgets due to current economic trends. Nevertheless, Sony apparently believes there is a market for those who crave both nostalgic and luxurious items. As such, Sony just announced its gold-plated Walkman and it costs more than most big screen OLED TVs, even ones from... Read more...
Amazon is gearing up for its annual Prime Day sales event, which promises 48 hours of "epic deals" and the lowest prices ever on select products. Just like in past years, you can expect to bargains a wide assortment of products, from fashion and electronics to toys and home goods, and practically everything else. Amazon also says this year's Read more...
Everyone has their own theory on whether or not aliens exist. One thing that unites human beings is the relentless pursuit of evidence of extraterrestrial life and we may be a little closer to receiving confirmation. China recently claimed that its “Sky Eye” Radio Telescope may have picked up signals from alien... Read more...
Samsung is consolidating two of its software services, Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass, into a single Samsung Wallet digital platform. This will allow Galaxy device owners to securely and more easily manage their digital keys, boarding passes, identification cards, loyalty cards, and more in one mobile application. The... Read more...
Bethesda Softworks is a game company that surely needs no introduction. As the developers of the beloved Elder Scrolls games and more recent titles in the Fallout series, they're known globally for their open-world action-roleplaying hybrids. That's not a new trend; the company's second game was The Elder Scrolls:... Read more...
Ransomware is bad news not only because it can cause business-ending disruptions, as in the case of Abraham Lincoln College, but also because the actors behind ransomware attacks often exfiltrate data from compromised systems in addition to encrypting the data on said machines. Ransomware gangs tend to use this stolen... Read more...
Intel Arc desktop graphics cards are real, and you can actually buy one—if you're in China, and have a need for entry-level discrete GPU. The specific model Intel is making available at this time is the Arc A380, which will probably be the fastest option in the "A300" series of Alchemist graphics cards. Since this... Read more...
There are millions of Android apps in Google Play, and while there are safeguards in place to keep malicious ones from sneaking in, a few bad apples inevitably creep through the door. When that happens, millions of devices can end up infected. A recent security report called attention to a handful of them that have... Read more...
If you're thinking about mining Ethereum as a side hustle, you should probably shelve the idea for the time being because, for the most part, it's not currently profitable. There are exceptions (and caveats), but for the average user, it could end up costing more to mine Ethereum in electricity costs alone following a... Read more...
Rumor has it that the upcoming update to the entry-level iPad will include a USB-C charging port, sport the A14 Bionic chip, and support fast 5G connectivity. Being the higher-end variants of the iPad already have USB-C, this would finally give the entire iPad family the universal port. The entry-level iPad has... Read more...
If you own a modern desktop PC or laptop, or even one that's a bit older, you're probably affected by a newly discovered family of side-channel attack vectors that have been dubbed Hertzbleed. In separate security advisories, Intel confirmed that all of its x86 processors including Alder Lake are vulnerable to... Read more...
The world's most powerful supercomputer dedicated to astronomy simulations was recently used to simulate the formation of a cluster of baby stars. Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) developed the new code in order to accurately simulate how clusters of baby stars form and evolve... Read more...
Will we ever see a new Fallout or Elder Scrolls game in our lifetime? We are starting to feel a little like Rose Dawson from the Titanic as she recounts her story. Bethesda’s Todd Howard recently confirmed that Fallout 5 will in fact be published after Elder Scrolls VI, but that it will be quite some time before the... Read more...
AOC is releasing another mini LED gaming monitor, the Agon Pro AG344UXM with a 34-inch in-plane switching (IPS) panel capable of achieving an eye-searing 1,000 nits brightness level. It's a relatively fast and responsive display too—it sports a respectable 170Hz refresh rate and a low 1ms response time (gray-to-gray)... Read more...
Valheim, a Viking-inspired survival and sandbox video game, took the world by storm in Winter 2021. The game was only initially available on PC, but console players now have a reason to rejoice. Valheim will be available on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via Game Pass in 2023. It will also be offered through the PC... Read more...
Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a report according to which cryptocurrency scammers have swindled Americans out of over $1 billion since 2021. Cryptocurrency scams are rampant on social media sites, as well as messaging apps like Telegram. The scams often trade on the names of... Read more...
A few days ago a Google AI Ethics Researcher was put on leave after claiming that the company's LaMDA AI language model, used for developing chat bots, may be sentient. Not long after that story hit, we started seeing people contemplating a potential AI or robot uprising. As unlikely as that may be, we've all seen the... Read more...
You probably didn't know this, but Bethesda Softworks actually got its start developing science-fiction games. In fact, some of its earliest titles were actually based on the Terminator film license. The studio is now by far most famous for creating the Elder Scrolls series of high-fantasy RPGs, but science fiction is... Read more...
There are two parts to making a microprocessor. That's obviously an oversimplification, because there are actually a multitude of parts, but the two highest-level are design and fabrication. It's all well and good to design a ludicrously-fast, bleeding-edge processor, but it makes little difference if the fabrication... Read more...
One of the biggest game launches of the year so far has been Elden Ring, and if you haven't played it yet, now is your chance to grab it for free. Well, sort of. Amazon is hosting a "Get 3 for the price of 2" sales event and a whole bunch of games are included in the deal, including Elden Ring, Marvel's Spider-Man:... Read more...
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