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LG has announced that it will be bringing new computer displays to CES 2018, and they are both quite impressive. The first is the LG 32UK950, which is a 32-inch UHD 4K monitor with support for HDR600 and LG's Nano IPS technology integrated. That Nano IPS technology uses nanometer-sized particles within the screen's... Read more...
Apple has a controversy brewing on its hands, and it all started because of a reddit thread that gained traction earlier this month. One redditor complained of poor CPU performance on his iPhone 6s (which was confirmed with multiple Geekbench runs), that was magically "cured" when he installed a new battery. He along... Read more...
If you've been following the very public fighting between Amazon and Google over access to YouTube on devices like the Echo Show and Fire TV, it stands to reason that Amazon would be looking for a backup plan. YouTube is one of the most trafficked websites on the planet, and is home to video content ranging from... Read more...
Magic Leap just announced today that its Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset will start shipping in 2018, although it stopped short of disclosing an exact date when customers will be able to purchase. The company wrote a message on its blog that says: I am so excited to share with all of you a first look at... Read more...
A few weeks back, Seagate launched an array of 12TB hard drives targeted a variety of market segments, from desktops to workstations and high-performance Network-Attached Servers. The Seagate Barracuda Pro, IronWolf, and IronWolf Pro are fundamentally similar, but each drive is tuned for specific applications. The... Read more...
It seems as though every few months we hear of a new semiconductor breakthrough from Samsung, and today is no different. The company just announced that it has built the world's smallest 8-gigabyte DDR4 DRAM chips ever, thanks to its second-generation 10nm manufacturing process (which Samsung refers to as... Read more...
We have been hearing about the Nokia 9 for several months now, including rumored specs and even some leaked renders. However, we are more confident than ever that the Nokia 9 will sport a 5.5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) display built by LG and powered by a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC)... Read more...
Imagine locking your front door with a strip of tape. Not even duct tape, mind you, but Scotch tape or an easily tearable strip of masking tape. That would be pretty foolish, right? We don't know of anyone who does that, but astonishingly, the most commonly used passwords to protect online accounts are just as weak... Read more...
Are today's flagship smartphones fast enough? Have we reached the point of diminishing returns on processor upgrades? Who cares! As geeks and power users, one of the things we look forward to most with each new flagship phone launch is the performance bump that comes with it. That will again be the case when Samsung... Read more...
SpaceX has had considerable success in 2017 with numerous launches of its Falcon 9 rocket. The company has managed to survive through [most of] 2017 without any mishaps, and has successfully recovered every Falcon 9 rocket [for missions where this parameter was stipulated] either by land or by sea. However, one thing... Read more...
Google is giving Android developers a heads up that in the not-too-distant future, they will be required to offer 64-bit versions of their apps alongside 32-bit versions. When the restriction goes into effect, it will apply both to new apps, and existing ones that are updated. This is one of three measures Google is... Read more...
Uber has been on an incredible losing streak over the past year; granted much of its troubles have been at its own hands with scandal after scandal. The most recent of those scandals started with an ex-employee who sent a letter detailing all the hacking and bribery that Uber has allegedly engaged in over the years... Read more...
Windows 10 fans have a new feature to look forward to that is currently being rolled out in the latest Windows 10 Redstone 4 (Insider Preview Build 17063). The new feature was previously promised, and Microsoft has delivered the Timeline feature, if a bit later than expected. This test build is available now to those... Read more...
We know all too well about the dangers of cryptocurrency mining malware that can invade our PCs. We've also seen unscrupulous websites that run mining software in the background, sapping valuable resources. Now, it seems as though we need to be on the lookout for mining malware that can invade our... Read more...
Facebook is expanding its facial recognition technology, and it should help users that want to better curate their "image" via social media. If you've ever used Facebook, chances are that someone has uploaded a photo of you, perhaps without your permission. Oftentimes you only happen to stumble across the images when... Read more...
The Apple AirPods have proven to be extremely popular with buyers, and unfortunately, many folks hoping to gift them for Christmas have come up empty-handed. Despite the popularity of the AirPods as they sit now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that an updated version of the wireless earphones will be coming next year. Kuo... Read more...
Equipping your home with smart products can be an expensive proposition. Blink, one of the major players in the smart home market, is hoping to lessen the financial burden on potential customers with a new battery operated smart doorbell system with video capabilities. It's supposed to be easy to install and costs $99... Read more...
We are only months removed from the massive WannaCry cyberattack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers in over 150 countries, crippling some hospitals in the United Kingdom. WannaCry became an overnight global scare after spreading far and wide within the first few hours. Up until now, it was not clear where... Read more...
Honda has been rather hit of miss in recent years with its dedicated hybrid vehicles. The first-generation Insight was a spunky, CRX-esque two-seat hybrid that was incredibly efficient (up to 70 mpg), but not exactly a practical vehicle. Honda followed up with the second-generation Insight in 2009 (which looked like a... Read more...
With solid state drives (SSDs) having long ago taken the speed crown away from hard disk drives (HDDs), manufacturers of the latter storage device have primarily resorted to pushing the boundaries with regards to capacity. In recent months, we've seen HDDs reach capacities of 14TB, but that doesn't mean that there... Read more...
A popular antivirus vendor is at odds with the United States government over ties with Russia, and things have turned ugly. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a government ban on any and all Kaspersky software, giving civilian government agencies 90 days to remove Kaspersky software completely from their... Read more...
It is almost a given that any new motherboard appearing on the market will have a bunch of flashing lights, no matter which chipset it is based on. Not so with EVGA's X299 Dark motherboard. The company decided to go in a different direction with a sweet looking motherboard that is performance tuned for an Intel Core-X... Read more...
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