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External storage is commonplace now, but traditional standalone storage products sometimes leave a large number of devices hanging. I've got a 2TB external drive plugged into a USB 3 port, for example, which is great for the main PC, but it doesn't help much with the laptop, iPhone and iPad. That's where some of the... Read more...
There’s a bit of bad blood between Microsoft and Google following news that the latter spilled the beans on a 0-day Windows kernel exploit. Google originally alerted Microsoft and Adobe to the vulnerability on October 21st, and went public with its findings just ten days later on November 1st. "We believe in... Read more...
Apple touts its new MacBook Pro as "a touch of genius" on its website, a clever marketing tag playing off the system's new Touch Bar. The company also says its latest MacBook Pro "is built on groundbreaking ideas" and calls it "the ultimate tool of every trade." High praise (as you would expect) but what Apple doesn't... Read more...
Facebook apparently has some big plans for Gameroom, its new PC gaming platform that looks like it could be related to Steam if someone ordered a paternity test. That's probably not by accident. While the initial focus has been on developing Gameroom as a front-end for casual games, Facebook just opened the door for... Read more...
Manufacturers are increasingly putting incredibly potent GPUs into smaller enclosures, as witnessed by gaming notebooks from Razer and Alienware. But that trend is also extending to small form-factor PCs as well, with Zotac announcing the first mini gaming PC with AMD Polaris courtesy of an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics... Read more...
Turn out the lights, the party's over. An end of an era has officially come to a close as Microsoft stops sales of Windows 7 Professional, the last version of Windows 7 that it continued providing to OEM system builders a full two years after ceasing sales of the Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate SKUs. Same goes... Read more...
Over the weekend, we reported on a five-alarm issue involving certain NVIDIA GeForce 10-Series graphics cards from EVGA. Customers of affected cards have witnessed intermittent screen anomalies with their cards, which foreshadows impending doom. Others have witnessed their cards go up in flames, with the voltage... Read more...
How do you pass on a social media account to another user? The White House recently released its plan to preserve President Obama’s social media contributions, while still giving their hand-me-down social media accounts to the next president of the United States. First, the president’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook... Read more...
Unless you have been living under a rock the last few years, you probably know that Minecraft is an incredibly popular video game. The game seems to be especially well-liked by children and teenagers. Retailers have responded with everything from Minecraft toys and clothing to Minecraft-themed peeps. Now, the game is... Read more...
Update: 11/11/2016 -Our full deep-dive review of the Alienware 13 R3 is now live. Please head here for all the details, benchmarks and analysis. Dell's Alienware division stepped up today with a new, compact and powerful weapon in its laptop arsenal with the announcement of the redesigned Alienware 13 notebook... Read more...
When Microsoft announced its Xbox One Scorpio this past summer, it was assumed that it would bring a major VR focus with it when it comes out next year. However, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, we all need to readjust that thinking, as VR support is simply not planned at this particular moment. Sony just... Read more...
If you own a Google Pixel or Pixel XL Nougat flagship and are itchin’ to get your hands on the Daydream View VR headset, your wait will soon be over. Google announced today that the Daydream View will be in stores beginning on November 10th at the previously announced priced of $79. United States residents will be... Read more...
Apple may have had grand visions of storming the streaming music arena and putting out of business the likes of Spotify and Google Music, but that is not the way things went down. It remained a crowded field, and now with Amazon also having an on-demand service of its own, rumor has it Apple is mulling a price drop to... Read more...
Earlier this month, T-Mobile jumped the gun with a product listing for the new Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. Today, however, T-Mobile and Microsoft officially announced the flagship device, which launched earlier this year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled. As we reported previously, the... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct form our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a LG 55EG9100 55in Curved OLED Smart HDTV, a Dell Optiplex 3040 Intel Core i5-6500 based desktop system with monitor, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available... Read more...
Is there anything sexier on a smartphone than an edge-to-edge display? Anyone who thinks otherwise should check out Xiaomi's Mi MIX or the spattering of other phones with nary a bezel to be found. There aren't a ton of phones that can boast an edge-to-edge display, though word on the web is that the field will expand... Read more...
You may find it hard to believe that browser makers are still finding ways to make surfing the web faster than it already is, but with so much code underneath the hood combined with the web's growing capabilities, expect to see performance claims for a long time to come. So it goes with Google and its Chrome browser... Read more...
A name synonymous with PC gaming rigs is once again back in the fray with a new high-powered notebook. Today, Dell announced the all-new Alienware 13, which is being billed as the world’s first 13-inch class notebook with VR capabilities. The Alienware 13 may be the smallest notebook in the family (it’s even... Read more...
At times it feels as though Apple can be stubbornly slow in adopting features that other smartphone makers have already implemented, one of which is wireless charging. Many hoped it would be included with the iPhone 7. It was not, though don't lose hope if you're an iPhone fan, there is chatter that wireless charging... Read more...
Once again Google and Microsoft are at odds over the former's decision to disclose a zero-day vulnerability affecting the latter's Windows operating system. Google alerted both Adobe and Microsoft on October 21, 2016, of previously disclosed security flaws it discovered and in the time that has passed Adobe has issued... Read more...
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