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When it comes to Christmas Secret Santas, every tech nerd would love to be on the receiving end of Bill Gates’ graciousness. The Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, billionaire and all-around good guy once again brought Christmas joy to a redditor via the site’s annual Secret Santa festivities. Redditor Arrex... Read more...
Over the past few years, it has seemed like the advancement of smartphone tech has slowed, with some wondering whether or not it is actually worth upgrading from one flagship model to the next. We saw the same thing on the desktop: over time, CPUs were "good enough", so some people stopped fussing over needing the latest and greatest. Well, Read more...
There has been a ton of buzz surrounding virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality hardware and software. The truth of the matter is, nobody really knows if any of these technologies have legs, and if so what field they will thrive in. Developers have largely focused on gaming early on, though what about... Read more...
NVIDIA could sit on its laurels and do absolutely nothing but kick out driver releases for the next several months and it probably would still hold a dominate position in graphics. That is how good its Pascal architecture is, and the available graphics card options built around it. But NVIDIA is not standing still, it... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on Dropbox’s decision to kill off the public folders feature. Understandably, long-time Dropbox users who rely on the functionality were upset about news, although the company explained that it will not end support until September 1st, 2017. On such user, Richard K.26, took it upon himself to... Read more...
The Grand Theft Auto series is known for encouraging in-game theft and murder, but could extortion also be added to the list of crimes? Many gamers are complaining that the Grand Theft Auto Online’s latest DLC “Import/Export” is just way too expensive. What is the the new DLC? The Import/Export DLC is free and adds... Read more...
AT&T and Verizon have struck the latest blow in the battle between themselves and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC had given the telecommunication corporations until December 15th to respond to its concerns over net neutrality and zero-rating services. AT&T and Verizon have spat out their... Read more...
If you're both a Minecraft and Fallout fan, then we're pretty sure that you've just received the coolest holiday gift ever. Bethesda has teamed up with Mojang to deliver a $5.99 DLC pack for all console versions, which is in effect a total conversion: Minecraft with a fresh coat of post-nuclear paint. Here's how... Read more...
If a customer complains to the right person, it's impressive just how quickly action can be taken. On December 10, a Twitter user pinged Tesla head Elon Musk about how ridiculous it is that Supercharger stations are always being hogged by people with fully-charged vehicles. Without much hesitation, Musk replied, stating that action will be Read more...
AMD is re-introducing itself to the performance sector and it is doing it with Ryzen, the chip designer's next-generation processor architecture formerly known as Zen. How Ryzen ends up performing in the real world is the million dollar question, as performance along with price will dictate if its worth jumping ship... Read more...
“Make a America Great Again”? Apparently, ain’t nobody got time for that. We all know that what this world actually needs is more furry creatures — more specifically, cuddly kittens. That where a Google Chrome extension comes into play, which is simply called “Make America Kitten Again”. The extension, which can be... Read more...
Very few people get upset when a company adds functionality to a popular product. However, taking away functionality that many rely on is a good way of attracting fervent negative reactions. Dropbox is finding this out the hard way with its decision to kill support for public folders. News of the change in policy... Read more...
It's clear that in the future, autonomous driving isn't just going to be a thing, it's going to be popular (well, probably). For obvious reasons, not everyone likes that idea, because AI-powered driving takes away an important aspect of driving: the driving, and the satisfaction that comes from it. Well, if you're in that camp, and you also Read more...
If you’re an Apple fan running macOS on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or Mac Pro, you’re probably going to want to apply the latest security update as soon as possible. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability that takes advantage of a security hole in macOS FileVault2, which makes it possible to retrieve a... Read more...
For those looking for a relatively inexpensive way to step into virtual reality (VR) technology with their Samsung smartphone, the $99 Gear VR is pretty safe buy. A new report confirms that Samsung is not only working on the successor to the Gear VR, but also a new augmented reality (AR) headset that will go... Read more...
Nintendo of America CEO Reggis Fils-Aime was pretty lukewarm on the idea of bringing virtual reality gaming to the masses when he lasted addressed the topic, saying last June that VR technology is too expensive and the audience too small at this point in time. That might be true, but don't rule out VR gaming on the... Read more...
Microsoft has been doling out deals left and right this holiday season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest deal involves the company's new Xbox One S game console with Minecraft bundled in for good measure. For today only, the bundled Xbox One S system is available at the Microsoft Store for $229, a... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but before we go we’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals to share. On tap for you today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 3650 Intel Core i5-6400 based system, a 28" Dell S2817q 4K display, and much, much more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available below --... Read more...
Nintendo plans to hold a special press event on January 12th during which it will reveal more specific details on its hotly anticipated Switch gaming console. We’re expected to learn details on the launch lineup, specific launch date, and of course pricing. However, right after that keynote takes place, Nintendo will... Read more...
People have been holding Facebook's feet to the fire over what is perceived as a fake news problem, which is a pretty big deal when you consider the number of eyeballs the world's largest social playground attracts on a daily basis. However, Facebook is not alone in this regard. It is being reported that Reddit, "the... Read more...
The NES Classic Edition console is one of the hottest and hard to obtain toy items this holiday season. Nintendo and its retail partners have been selling out of every unit produced, which in the United States came out to 196,000 of the miniaturized consoles in November, according to data collected by industry... Read more...
Facebook has a fake news problem, and it knows it. The social network giant was already under fire for hoax stories popping into its trending feed following its decision to fire all of its human curators in favor of AI algorithms. Things came to a head following last month’s U.S. presidential election and the role... Read more...
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