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Throw "world's fastest" into the mix, and you'll catch our attention. Asus has done just that today, announcing that the planet's most speedy router is now available for pre-order. Usually, you probably wouldn't go out of your way to get in line early for a networking product, but the world's fastest router may be impressive enough to justify... Read more...
The benchmarking world is a highly fluid one, with comparisons changing by the month and cutting-edge innovations rendering once-reliable tests as archaic. The third-party world usually doesn't have much trouble keeping pace, but today, an interesting announcement shows that OEMs themselves are watching the numbers... Read more...
The hits have been coming (and coming, and coming) from AMD’s Hawaiian press event today, and here’s one more.  AMD has also announced Mantle, a “low-level high-performance console-style” graphics API for the PC. Mantle will ostensibly allow developers to work “closer to the... Read more...
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we suspect some of the folks at NVIDIA are feeling extremely flattered right now. Today, at GPU14 Tech Day, AMD unveiled the AMD Gaming Evolved App Powered by Raptr. Like NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience tool, the AMD Gaming Evolved utility gives AMD graphics... Read more...
At a press event today, AMD announced a full suite of new GPUs based on a new, evolved version of its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The Radeon R7 and R9 families are the new product lines aimed at mainstream, performance, and high-end gaming, respectively. Specs on the new cards are still limited, but we... Read more...
Update -  3:18PM EST- We've updated this page to include AMD's GPU14 Tech Day Live Stream. Slide down to the bottom of this post to catch it live! We’re attending AMD’s GPU14 Tech Day Event currently taking place in Hawaii and have some interesting pictures to show you. During a dinner event last... Read more...
Boy, math sure can be a buzz kill sometimes. For example, what a boon to the U.S. economy it would be if Apple suddenly decided to start building its iPhones stateside rather than outsourcing production to China. Unfortunately, if you crunch the numbers, such a move is cost prohibitive, even for a company that makes... Read more...
Earlier this week when we covered Valve’s huge SteamOS announcement, it seemed that the company was being coy by calling the hardware “Steam machines”, but as it turns out, that’s exactly what Valve is calling any hardware that will run SteamOS. There will be multiple Steam Machines available starting in 2014 from a... Read more...
Let's stop harping on it. We've already discussed Microsoft's failures and shortcomings with their first generation of Surface and Surface RT devices. The company's $900 million dollar mistake has been bounced around along with Steve Ballmer's tenure ad nauseam and so it's probably no surprise that more than a few... Read more...
Well, this seems rather un-Rockstar-like. Grand Theft Auto Online, which will be free to owners of the ultra-successful GTA V, has been in closed beta testing since just after the main game's release. Of course, just because it's closed doesn't mean that we won't learn all about it before its public release. So far... Read more...
Nobody panic, T-Mobile hasn't said it's planning to yank its unlimited data plan. At the same time, don't get too comfortable thinking that the nation's 4th largest carrier never would make such a move. Mike Sievert, T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer, had some interesting things to say about unlimited data, which the company views as a "part... Read more...
Roku’s family of streaming media boxes have proven as popular as anything in that market, and the company is rolling out a refreshed lineup with new names: the Roku 1 and Roku 2 (which are more in line moniker-wise with the Roku 3, launched earlier this year), as well as an entry-level offering called the Roku... Read more...
Even after listing fees and various commissions are factored in, eBay user "papakar" just scored a big payday, assuming the buyer of his unlocked Gold iPhone 5S 16GB ponies up the cash. The winning bid came out to $10,000 plus an additional $44.95 for one-day shipping (seems like at that price, the seller could foot... Read more...
Curved screens are nothing new, as we’ve seen curved TV screens from the likes of LG and Samsung, but the technology isn’t exactly common at this point. That may be starting to change, as a Samsung executive said that the company would be launching a curved-display smartphone in South Korea this October. "We plan to introduce a... Read more...
Microsoft recently unveiled its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro products, both of which feel like premium upgrades over the original (we were on hand at the event and got to play with these devices). They're leaner, faster, and generally better equipped than the original Surface tablets, but if there's one area consumers... Read more...
Maintaining a connection can be tough even in the United States, but things become monumentally more challenging once you head overseas. High-priced roaming rates, incompatible 3G/4G bands, and unreliable rental SIMs can cause all sorts of headaches for those just looking to send one or two e-mails upon arrival, but... Read more...
Google Fiber was far from being the first fiber-to-the-home Internet provider in the United States, but it has no doubt garnered attention in ways that earlier, smaller, more local fiber outfits simply could not. Google Fiber has made the notion of widespread fiber across the U.S. one that isn't so far-fetched, and by... Read more...
The tablet wars rage on, and believe it or not, what used to be an online book seller is now at the forefront of the slate battle. Amazon has just unleashed a bevy of new products this evening, designed to tempt your wallet just as the holidays draw near. Let's take a look at what's on offer: The all-new Kindle Fire... Read more...
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Surface, Panos Panay had his work cut out for him at the company's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch event on Monday. Microsoft needed compelling product demos to showcase their new hardware against the current backdrop of stiff competition of alternative platforms and products from Google... Read more...
A few months back, AMD announced that it had lured Raja Koduri back from Apple and installed him as the new Corporate Vice President of its Visual Computing division. Koduri was a long time AMD employee who left for Apple, but came back to AMD at a relatively tumultuous time. Why someone as prominent as Mr... Read more...
Good news, soccer fans -- you can practice your "Gooooooooooaaaaal!" celebration because FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts is now available for iOS and Android devices. Even better, it's a free download, though if you're insistent on lighting the load in your wallet, you can make in-app purchases for FIFA points. One thing to keep in mind is that... Read more...
Solutions that enable access to remote devices for security purposes are far from uncommon, but what is uncommon is having the functionality built right into the device, and especially with a solution that's simple to take advantage of. With a recent update to its Android Device Manager, Google has added the ability to remote lock, and remote... Read more...
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