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We can't seem to go a single week without news of a severe vulnerability out there in the wild, and it looks like our streak isn't about to end. Not too long ago, a number of NSA-derived tools were released online, giving us an idea of how desperate the folks at one of the US government's leading intelligence agencies... Read more...
When it comes to smartphones, not everyone needs a $700+ flagship like the Galaxy S8. While it may look amazing and have excellent all-around performance, most consumers can just get by with an affordable smartphone that will allow them to surf the web, send texts, and perhaps even make a phone call — yes, people... Read more...
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It should come as no surprise that the enthusiast community is very excited about AMD’s Zen architecture, which has been deployed on the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processor families. As we’ve already explained in our reviews for both product families, AMD is providing some impressive performance numbers for not a lot of... Read more...
The world is changing, folks. That has always been the case, of course, but every so often comes along a game changing technology that underscores the changing landscape. Around 20 years ago it was the Internet, which had begun going mainstream. And today? Self-driving cars point to a different future than the one we... Read more...
It has been nearly two months since Nintendo released its hybrid Switch console in the United States, but it is no easier to obtain today as it was when it launched. Supply has not kept with the rabid demand for what has become Nintendo's fastest selling console ever. However, getting one is not an impossible task—you... Read more...
One of the best decisions Amazon ever made was creating a Prime membership program. Any argument otherwise is shattered by the numbers—according to data collected by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (just CIRP from here on out), there are now 80 million Amazon Prime members living in the United States. Not... Read more...
There’s no doubt that the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is an incredibly powerful media platform that not only allows for immersive gaming, but also supports popular 4K streaming services. Powered by a Tegra X1 processor (which also powers the incredibly popular Nintendo Switch), the SHIELD TV does battle with devices like the... Read more...
On the CPU side, AMD is back in the game with its Ryzen architecture. But when it comes to graphics, AMD is still serving the entry-level and mid-range markets with Polaris. Even its recent refresh with the Radeon RX 500 series does not offer anything competitive with NVIDIA's Pascal parts, such as its GeForce GTX... Read more...
Catering to the creative professional, HP today unveiled both a gorgeous new Cinema 4K display, as well as a slew of mobile workstations - all of which are certifiably HOT. At the forefront, HP's DreamColor Z31x Studio Display is a 31.1" display equipped with a proper Cinema 4K resolution (4096x2160) and a ton of... Read more...
AMD has a new graphics card on deck to handle rigorous workloads, and the company is billing it as the world’s first dual-GPU aimed at the professional market. The Radeon Pro Duo features dual Polaris GPUs and according to AMD makes a perfect fit for “media and entertainment, broadcast, and design and manufacturing... Read more...
Flying cars are no longer just a fantasy from The Jetson’s. Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley company backed by Google founder Larry Page, recently tested its Kitty Hawk flyer. The Kitty Hawk Flyer is an ultralight electric aircraft that is currently FAA approved, and has been categorized as an aircraft that does not... Read more...
Google just announced its latest 360° VR camera, the “Yi Halo”, which is reportedly the company's “next generation Jump camera”. The Yi Halo is the brainchild of Google and Yi, a company owned by Xiaomi. Google had previously collaborated with GoPro to make the Odyssey, but turned to one of GoPro’s competitor for... Read more...
The dust has barely settled following the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but there’s already talk of the chip’s successor. For those that need a refresher, the Snapdragon 835 was designed by Qualcomm and is built by Samsung on a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. The... Read more...
When it comes to timeless designs, it doesn’t get much better than the Porsche 911. Over 50 years after its initial launch, the 911 is still recognizable today in its modern 991-based iteration. Given the German company’s knack for design, AOC enlisted the help of Studio F. A. Porsche to help create its newest line of... Read more...
Intel Optane Memory is designed to accelerate the storage subsystem on compatible machines, to improve transfer speeds and reduce latency. It is among the first products to leverage 3D XPoint memory technology that was co-developed by Intel and Micron. 3D XPoint offers many of the same properties as NAND... Read more...
Part of the reason why PC gaming continues to thrive is because of mods. Fans of franchises have proven themselves to be highly creative individuals with a penchant for creating fun mods, but unfortunately it can be a sticky situation when legal red tape is involved. That is the case facing a promising Red Dead... Read more...
If Google Fiber’s stalled rollout has got you down, Verizon has a new high-speed service offering available that could help boost your spirits — that is if you actually live in a Fios coverage area. Verizon today announced Fios Gigabit Connection, which despite what its name implies, doesn’t actually provide gigabit... Read more...
Comcast does not have a stellar reputation for customer service. Just the opposite, it is one of only two companies to be voted by Consumerist readers as the "Worst Company in America," earning the blog's not-so-coveted Golden Poo award in 2010 and again in 2014. Comcast made a vow to change that perception, and there... Read more...
The iPhone 8 is likely to be the most dramatic update to Apple’s winning smartphone formula since its inception. Each iPhone generation that has come after the original, which launched in 2007, has seen steady progressions in design and performance. Apple's iPhone 8 expected to usher in a number of new [for an... Read more...
Go big or go home, right? That seems to be the general philosophy surrounding smartphones, and in particular Samsung's newest flagship Galaxy S8 handsets. According to a recent report by Yuanta Securities Korea Co., sales of Samsung's larger size 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ are expected to come out ahead of the 5.8-inch... Read more...
The future of high-end graphics cards might still belong to high bandwidth memory (HBM) technologies such as HBM2 and HBM3, but do not count out good old fashioned graphics double data rate (GDDR) DRAM. SK Hynix has not—the memory chip maker today announced what it claims is the world's fastest 20-nanometer class... Read more...
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