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The future of computing is in multi-core processors. The bulk of today’s smartphones come with four or more cores, and even our desktop computers usually at least have dual cores, with quad-cores chips being quite prevalent. But with a rise in core counts also comes a need to ensure that communications between these... Read more...
Apple's newest MacBook Pros are ambitious for a handful of reasons, but not all of those are going to be universally agreed-upon as being "good". We covered the new MBP's graphics solutions last week, equating them to Pintos when others are stocking Porsches. Some launches have hits and misses, but this latest one... Read more...
For years, Apple has championed its ability to control every aspect of the products that it designs and builds, including the operating system. Apple has used this tight integration to great effect with both its iPhone smartphone family and its lineup of Mac desktops and notebooks, tying them all together with iCloud. Historically, Microsoft Read more...
Twitter needs to get a handle on its Promoted Tweets feature and it needs to do it quickly. The problem has to do with vetting, or lack thereof. We don't know how widespread the problem is, but there is at least one Promoted Tweet going around that is nothing more than a phishing scam preying on the desire of Twitter... Read more...
CenturyLink has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Internet backbone provider Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock transaction valued at around $34 billion. The deal, which was unanimously approved by the board of directors for both companies, bolsters CenturyLink's fiber optic footprint by 200,000... Read more...
Happy Halloween, folks! The annual day of handing out free candy to neighborhood youth dressed as ghosts and goblins (or more likely Harley Quinn and creepy clowns, according to this year's most frequently searched costumes on Google) means October has come to an end and that the holiday shopping season is right... Read more...
Google has impressed both the media and the smartphone enthusiast community with its new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship Android 7.0 Nougat flagships. The phones features blazing fast processors and are backed by excellent cameras which rival images produced by flagship Samsung and Apple smartphones. Today, we’re... Read more...
Mark Cerny, lead system architect of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, recently made a curious comment about rendering games in 4K Ultra HD. What he said is that by his estimation, it would take at least eight teraflops of computing muscle to render content natively in 4K. On the surface he sounds like he is... Read more...
Apple typically likes to keep things very close to the best when it comes to its unreleased products. Apple suppliers are usually very tight-lipped and rarely telegraphic the movements of the world’s most profitable smartphone manufacturer. However, it appears that Tai Jeng-wu, the recently installed CEO of... Read more...
Several years ago Microsoft decided to build hardware, a decision that was met with skepticism by analysts and even a bit of anger by some of its hardware partners (Acer was especially critical of Microsoft's strategy). It turned out to be a sound decision, one that jump started the 2-in-1 product category. You could... Read more...
Since the time Microsoft began releasing games en masse to its Windows Store, one glaring omission of the marketplace became clear: offline mode. While the problem isn't as pronounced today as it once was, finding yourself offline due to an issue outside of your control can be downright frustrating when it prevents a... Read more...
It has been an interesting week in tech. Both Microsoft and Apple held big keynote addresses announcing new products. On the Microsoft side, the 28-inch Surface Studio was revealed, while Apple announced a much-need refresh to its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. However, by most accounts, it was Microsoft... Read more...
There are many different ways of hacking into a person's email account. Some are rather sophisticated and involve a lot of effort, while on the end of the spectrum a scheme known as phishing is one of the easiest methods—all you need is a cooperative victim with limited technical savvy. Hackers found both in John... Read more...
You may have noticed that the audio in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition sounds a little off compared to the original title released five years ago. You may even have wondered if it was all in your head, that perhaps you were over analyzing the remastered version. That isn't the case. Other gamers have... Read more...
Fall is just about here, so we thought a great way to say good-bye to the warm weather and usher in the fall season was to give away a slick, 2-in-1 convertible notebook from HP! This time around you've all got a chance to win a Core i5 Skylake-based HP Pavilion X360 13t, with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB M.2 SSD, Bang & Olufsen audio, and a host of Read more...
If you're in the market for a new tablet that also doubles as an e-reader, you may want to hold off for just a little bit. Rumors suggest Barnes & Noble will be releasing a new iteration of its NOOK Tablet in the very near future to battle in the low-end sector of the tablet market traditionally dominated by the... Read more...
Are you the owner of an older MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and aren’t impressed with what Apple has to offer with the latest 2016-edition 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros? Well, Microsoft is definitely looking to get your business and it’s willing to throw quite a bit of cash your way to join the Surface... Read more...
Following a rash of complaints about overheating graphics cards causing black screens and, in some cases, even burning up and dying, EVGA is extending an olive branch of sorts by offering owners of its FTW GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards a free thermal pad. Affected owners would probably prefer EVGA... Read more...
Tesla revolutionized the electric car industry with the breakthrough Model S, and advanced the game with the Model X. Now, thanks to its impending purchase of SolarCity, CEO Elon Musk is looking to revolutionize the residential solar panel market. The use of solar panels in residential applications is nothing new... Read more...
Some three decades later, what's old is new again with the Commodore Amiga 2000 HD making an unlikely comeback. Well, sort of. Just over a week before Halloween, some lucky expo attendee stumbled upon a never touched and fully functioning Amiga system powered by a Motorola 68000 processor running at all of 7.16MHz... Read more...
Apple announced a new family of MacBook Pro notebooks yesterday, but as with any new release from the Cupertino, California crew, the announcement was fraught with controversy. For starters, Apple has implemented its butterfly key mechanism for the keyboard (which many had a love/hate relationship with on the 12-inch... Read more...
With a name like "PlayStation Vue", we wouldn't blame you if you thought that you could take advantage of it only on a PlayStation. Well, that's clearly not the case which is something Sony proved again this week with the announcement that Vue can be used on the myriad Android TV devices available. Bonus: PC and Mac... Read more...
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