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AMD got off to a bit of a shaky start when it launched its Ryzen processors with regards to gaming performance. However, this was to be expected given that Ryzen is based on brand new Zen architecture and developers need time to optimize for the platform. Luckily, both AMD — with its microcode updates — and developers... Read more...
Streaming providers such as Netflix and Hulu have both done pretty well with original programming. Each one has their gems—Strangers and Narcos are two that come immediately to mind for the former, while Quick Draw and Difficult People are hits for the latter. Seeing the success that others are having, it now appears... Read more...
If you do not care about having a fancy touchscreen on your smart speaker, you can score a pretty good deal on Amazon's original Echo model. Amazon is currently selling its voice-controlled Echo speaker with Alexa integration for $130, down 28 percent from its regular retail price of $180. It is available at that... Read more...
Never mark you calendars in Sharpie. Plans have a way of changing and if you use a permanent marker to highlight special occasions, you will inevitably end up scribbling over certain entries. One of those is the release date for Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet. It was previously rumored for an August 26th... Read more...
We were given our first glimpse at the Nokia 6 Android smartphone back in January. The Nokia 6, which is produced by HMD Global, was announced as a mid-range fighter, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 64GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, 3000 mAh battery... Read more...
For the second time in less than a week, leaked benchmarks are giving us a glimpse of what to expect from Coffee Lake, which represents the fourth and latest iteration of Intel's 14-nanometer process. The latest leaked benchmarks come courtesy of Geekbench. On display is a 6-core processor with 12 threads clocked at... Read more...
SpaceX swung for the fences this weekend, and it came up with a homerun -- twice. The company successfully launched and recovered two rockets within a 48-hour period span of time. The first launch occurred on Friday, when SpaceX’s second ever recycled Falcon 9 booster was used to put a satellite into orbit for... Read more...
Update: 6/26/2017, 8:59PM EST - Our contacts at Intel have responded to our requests for further detail on this issue with the following statement:  "We have already identified this issue and addressed it with a fix that started rolling out in April 2017. As always, we recommend checking to make sure your BIOS is... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes, but that does not mean that the console is without its fair share of imperfections. Some have complained that the Switch’s dock is a little too big and cheaply made. Nintendo fan Alexander Blake’s solution was to turn his old Game Boy Advance SP into a custom Switch... Read more...
Picture this: you are sitting in a coffee shop working away on your laptop when you realize you need a refill. Do you get more coffee and risk your laptop being stolen or do you simply sit there and stay thirsty? Fortunately, you may not need to be as concerned about this decision in the future, as Microsoft’s recent... Read more...
Google is very much a participant in the smartphone wars even if it does not go blazing into battle with the biggest, baddest artillery. That is okay, because one of the draws of its own phones is they are among the first to receive new builds of Android. They also lack third-party skins and other bloat. All that... Read more...
Nintendo disappointed a lot of nostalgic gamers when it decided to abruptly end production of its NES Classic Edition console, especially after it failed to produce enough units to meet the holiday demand despite Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime promising otherwise. Well, the bad news is that Nintendo is... Read more...
Here’s the thing about most types of mobile malware in the wild; they’re avoidable. That doesn’t mean, however, if you’re not paying attention--and especially if you’re the type that likes to customize things as the Android platform is so capable of--that you might not stumble into some nasty code deplorables. Such is... Read more...
For the first time in its history, Facebook has overhauled its mission statement, reflecting the social network's major focus on building communities. Originally, Facebook's mission was "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected", whereas now, it's "to give people the power to build... Read more...
The space above Earth is about to get a little more crowded. The FCC has recently granted approval to OneWeb to launch over 720 Internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb is “the first satellite constellation of its kind to receive approval from the full commission.” The low-Earth orbit satellites will employ... Read more...
It is better to have some mods instead of none, right? In a welcome move, Rockstar Games and Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive have agreed to not take legal action against single-player mod projects. Rockstar released a statement noting, “Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal... Read more...
Regardless of how you feel about the company, there is no denying that Apple excels at industrial design. The iPhone, Macbook Air, and even its retail stores have all spurred copycats the world over. Apple’s latest retail store, which is currently under construction, however, won’t be copied anytime soon. Why? Because... Read more...
Would you pay full price—or close to full price—for a game that is nearly a decade old? Activision is banking on Call of Duty fans doing exactly that when the standalone version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered ships later this month. If you want the full experience, you'll have to cough up $40 for the core... Read more...
Well, this is not good. Chunks of source code related to internal Windows builds that have not yet been released to the general public were leaked online. According to The Register, a "massive treasure trove" totaling 32TB of official and non-public installation images and software blueprints was compressed down to... Read more...
Getting on-board with an operating system like Windows 10 S may be difficult for some users. Only a certain type of user would purposefully opt to use a whittled-down, locked-down OS by choice, but for the security conscious, it makes a lot of sense. After all, 10 S is still Windows -- it's just supposed to be safer. That's been Microsoft's Read more...
Have you ever noticed that if you mention a product in email, it has a way of translating over to ads? In some cases, it might be a coincidence. But if you use Gmail, there is a much higher chance that Google scanned the contents of your email, picked up on a keyword, and delivered a targeted ad based on what you... Read more...
According to the National Safety Council, one-quarter of all accidents in the United States are caused by texting and driving. Approximately 330,000 people a year are injured due to accidents involving texting and driving. In order to combat the problem, some police departments in the US are currently testing the... Read more...
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