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Microsoft is looking to put a new spin on the windowed multitasking workflow that we've all become used too over the past three decades. Browser makers figured out a long time ago that we can be more productive with a tabbed interface for the sometimes dozens of websites that we might frequent on a daily basis... Read more...
Intel recently touted an array of benchmarks comparing its latest Xeon Scalable Processors (Skylake-SP) in a two-socket configuration to the performance of a similarly configured 2P Xeon E5026xx v4 (Broadwell-EP) system and a competing dual socket AMD EPYC 7601-based system. In discussing the benchmarks, however... Read more...
The HDMI 2.1 standard was officially announced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017). Today, the HDMI Forum has announced that it has officially released the specifications that will eventually be incorporated into next generation televisions and computing devices. Critically, the HDMI 2.1... Read more...
We all hate that feeling -- the feeling that someone has their unwanted eyeballs glued to your smartphone. Whether you're flipping through private pictures on your smartphone or typing out a text with the expansive 6.2-inch display on your Galaxy S8+, you've likely no doubt caught a "creeper" at some point who then... Read more...
Intel’s newest 8th generation Core processors are here and have delivered promising early results in our initial tests on the desktop, and more recently in Dell's XPS 13 laptop. The biggest change with Intel's 8th Gen Core Mobile processors comes by way of doubled core counts. This makes many of this new... Read more...
Waymo, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet, continues to accelerate its self-driving car efforts by racking up millions of miles on public roads. The official tally now stands at 4 million miles, of which 1 million of those were accumulated in the past six months alone. In the early going, it took a full 18... Read more...
The highly popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) game is releasing to Xbox One and Xbox One X next month, and as such, retailers have started placing empty boxes of the title on store shelves. One thing that stands out about the box art is a blurb mentioning that PUGB requires up to 30 gigabytes of storage... Read more...
Christmas is coming early for long-term investors in Bitcoin. The red-hot cryptocurrency has skyrocketed during 2017, most recently crossing the $9,000 threshold on Sunday. At the time, we opined that Bitcoin could be well on its way toward hitting $10,000 by the end of the year. Well, we barely made it 48 hours and... Read more...
AMD is gearing up to launch its Raven Ridge APUs on the desktop, and in preparation for that, motherboard makers are starting to roll out BIOS updates to support the upcoming chips. This highlights one of the benefits of the AM4 platform, in that AMD is committed to supporting future processor releases through at... Read more...
Mobile device makers have been using lithium-ion batteries for close to three decades now, and at some point, something better will come along. Samsung hopes to be the one to introduce it. Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) have developed a unique battery material that is capable of... Read more...
iPhone X users must be feeling a little unsure of their Face ID security. Recently we have seen a son unlock his mother's phone using his own face just because they look alike. A security firm from Vietnam called Bkav was able to defeat Face ID security earlier this month using an ornate mask. Bkav is back at it again... Read more...
Plex has confirmed a new feature has been added to its DVR system that cord cutters will really appreciate. The new feature allows the watcher to skip over all the commercials in a TV program and sounds very similar to the Dish AutoHop feature that drew rage and legal action when it debuted back in 2012. Plex's... Read more...
A little over a month after publishing the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview, Google is back at it with Developer Preview 2 (DP2). If you want to be at the forefront of Android Oreo releases, you can download the latest system images from the Android Developer site, or you can opt to receive the build over-the-air... Read more...
Amazon has announced a new service that is meant to enable developers to build VR, AR, and 3D applications for what it calls "popular hardware" platforms. The preview for the new service, called Amazon Sumerian, starts today. Sumerian allows developers to build realistic virtual environments and then populate them... Read more...
If you've had your eyes on the hot new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, now might be the prime opportunity to score one Google's latest flagships. Google's Cyber Monday promotion requires you to purchase a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL at full price (starting at $649 and $849 respectively), but you'll receive a $100 store... Read more...
Most of us hate cheaters (well, unless you're a cheater), as they can ruin some of our favorite games with their spoils. Game developers often try to mitigate the effectiveness of cheaters by closing loopholes and patching up bugs that can be taken advantage of by unscrupulous players. In the case of Epic Games, it... Read more...
Black Friday has come and gone, but several deals on electronics are still out there, now with an emphasis on online shopping. So it goes with Cyber Monday, the annual shopping event for consumers who crave an upgrade but have no interest in battling the traffic and crowds that Black Friday brings to the streets and... Read more...
Are you having trouble putting down your smartphone and interacting with the world that is right in front of you? Yeah, neither are we. But for those who do suffer from some sort of smartphone addiction, a designer in Vienna has come up with a quirky solution to help. It is a series of smartphone-shaped devices with... Read more...
Intel is readying a bunch of new processors, both for mobile and on the desktop, as revealed by fairly massive leak this morning. We covered those already, but on top of all the processors that were already mentioned, a Chinese-language website was able to dig up some additional information after speaking with... Read more...
Cyber Monday deals are in the air, and that is especially true for the Essential Phone. Once billed as a flagship killer from Andy Rubin that had the chops to stand toe-to-toe with the best smartphones in the industry, the Essential Phone has essentially been left behind as flashier competitors like the Galaxy Note 8... Read more...
If you thought this was a busy year for new processor releases, hold onto your knickers, it is about to get a whole lot busier. Looking at the release notes for the latest AIDA64 system diagnostics and benchmarking utility, there are several unannounced Intel processors on tap, including a mobile Core i9 processor and... Read more...
Today is Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of last week's Black Friday. For all the folks who couldn't be bothered with getting out in the crowds, it’s time to start crackin' online. Walmart has announced that its Cyber Monday sale kicked off at midnight and is going right now. There are some good deals to be had... Read more...
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