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Samsung Display makes some of the best performing panels out there, particularly in mobile—it's Super AMOLED displays always seem to impress us. Going forward, Samsung Display will devote even more resources to its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) efforts by spinning off its OLED manufacturing arm and shifting employees from its traditional Read more...
It's been discovered that some Radeon RX 480 graphics cards are pulling more power from the PCI-Express slot than what is allowed by spec, which is 75W. In theory, going over spec could damage lower end motherboards and there have already been some claims of that happening. As a result, AMD is working on an updated... Read more...
It's time for the community of Internet detectives to don their thinking caps and solve the mystery of what Surface device is "coming soon" from Microsoft. The only real clue are several placeholders on a wall in Microsoft's building 88 showing off its past hardware efforts, including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pen, and Type Read more...
Starship isn’t just the name of a rocking 80’s band or an interstellar spacecraft -- it is also the name of a new company by former Skype co-founders which intends to improve local deliveries through self-driving, autonomous robots. A friendly little robot could soon be delivering your pepperoni pizza instead of a... Read more...
If you download games from Steam and Windows 10 is your operating system of choice, you are not alone. According to a recent Steam survey, nearly 45% of Steam customers use Microsoft's latest operating system. This is a a 3.26% increase from last year. It turns out that Windows operating systems dominate, period. 95.5% of Steam customers Read more...
Spotify and Apple are unsheathing their claws. Apple recently rejected a recent update to the Spotify iOS app, and Spotify claims that Apple is using its App Store approval process as “a weapon.” Spotify General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez argued that Apple rejected a new version of their app due to an... Read more...
HTC is rumored to be taking over duties for both Nexus smartphones that will ship later this year to highlight Android 7.0 Nougat. The bigger of the two smartphones is codenamed Marlin, and Android Police has revealed the specs of the device (the well-connected purveyor of all things Android rates its confidence in... Read more...
Microsoft is hoping to usher in a new era in console gaming just over a year from now. While the company is just a month away from launching the Xbox One S refresh in the United States, Project Scorpio is the console that really has gamers talking. During E3, Microsoft provided scant details on the console, only... Read more...
Just when we thought that Microsoft had finally gotten the hint and realized that people were getting incredibly tired of the Windows 10 upgrade nag screens, the company slips in another sucker punch to stun us. This time around, some users are receiving full screen prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for free ahead of... Read more...
The reign of the Blackberry on Capitol Hill has come to an end. Blackberry phones had long been the phone of choice for members of Congress, but Blackberry recently informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices has been discontinued. BlackBerry’s smartphone market share was below 1% this... Read more...
Microsoft took the bull by the horns when it released its Surface tablet, a 2-in-1 device that showed its hardware partners exactly what kind of machine it was picturing for a universal operating system like Windows 8 (and now Windows 10), and now it appears the Redmond outfit will do the same in the all-in-one... Read more...
All eyes are on Samsung as it gets ready to release its next phablet device, the Galaxy Note 7, which is likely to be announced in about a month (based on past Galaxy Note unveils). Until then, you can expect the speculation and rumors to continue, along with the inevitable leaks such as the first official looking... Read more...
Helicopter parents rejoice! Nest (now part of Alphabet since its acquisition by Google), the company best known for its smart thermostats, applied to patent a smart crib or toddler bed that would monitor infants and displays soothing images and sounds. The crib would include a thermal-imaging camera, pressure... Read more...
Just a day after it was reported that a man was killed in a tragic accident involving a Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle, more details surrounding the circumstances of the incident are coming to light. As Tesla has stated repeatedly when it comes to using Autopilot, it’s the responsibility of the driver to... Read more...
Parallel parking is the worst. It is a challenge for both experienced drivers on the road and newbies in Driver’s Ed. But Canadian inventor William Liddiard has come to the rescue with omnidirectional wheels that could help parallel parkers everywhere. Liddiard spent eight years and nearly $80,000 CAD ($61,586) on... Read more...
Samsung hopes to bring curved displays to the masses with its 27-inch CF591. The monitor has an MSRP of $349.99 and is discounted in Samsung’s online store (and others), dropping the price to just under the $300 mark. Even without the discount though, the CF591 is one of the more affordable high-end curves displays, though it’s not the... Read more...
Many of us were impressed with pint-sized performance of the AMD   Radeon R9 Nano, which packs quite a punch with an MSRP of $499 (although you can find it for as low as $460 if you look hard enough). But there’s a new performance-per-watt king in town with the arrival of Pascal, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 GPU is... Read more...
One of the biggest complaints about VR in general is that it only works with VR-related creations. Google is working on changing that perception -- the company is attempting to add a fully immersive browsing experience to Chrome. This would allow users to browse any part of the web in VR, not just sites that were... Read more...
Nintendo is hoping to make a splash in the game console market with its forthcoming NX system, one that can generate the kind of the reception the original Wii did rather than the Wii U, but just how big of a splash is anyone's guess at this point. We're still trying to figure out what "brand-new concept" it will... Read more...
As good of a job Dell did in constructing in its Venue line of Android tablets over the past several years, it's kicking Google's open source operating system to the curb and focusing more on Windows 10 devices, specifically the fast growing 2-in-1 convertible market. That means no more Android slates, nor will Dell... Read more...
With all of the online services it offers, Google obviously has a vested interest in connecting people to the Internet and promoting high-speed connections. It's part of the reason why Google is pushing its Google Fiber service across the country, and it's why the sultan of search teamed with five other firms to... Read more...
Facebook’s chatbot functionality for Messenger launched over two months ago to great fanfare, and the company is now ready to deliver its first major update for the platform. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the latest on Facebook Messenger, chatbots allow you to access sports scores, order flowers, inquire... Read more...
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