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Three things in life are guaranteed—death, taxes, and Steam sales. While we are not real keen on the first two, we love a good Steam sale, even though our games library is already overflowing with titles we picked up at a discount and may never get around to playing (or at least finishing). Such is the struggle and it... Read more...
Even though Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 8 won’t make its official debut until this September, it seems as though the supply chain and the accessories market that coalesces around Cupertino’s latest smartphones have made their minds up. One accessory maker, Olixar, seems so confident in the final design of the... Read more...
If you thought the esports phenomenon would eventually fizzle, think again. Esports is as popular as ever, and just as importantly, it continues to grow and attract major participants. To keep the good times growing, game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment announced today a two-year deal with Twitch that... Read more...
Following months of turmoil, Travis Kalanick has decided to resign as the chief executive officer of Uber, the popular ride-hailing startup he co-founded in 2009 en route to disrupting public transportation as it existed before then. His resignation follows an announcement last week that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence after Read more...
Today marks the launch of AMD's EPYC family of processors for data center servers. Based on the company's Zen microarchitecture, it has become abundantly clear that AMD was targeting the lucrative data center market first and foremost with its new CPU architecture and the highly scalable Naples platform that leverages... Read more...
Late last year, we were introduced to AMD’s new Radeon Instinct GPU accelerators, which are targeted at machine intelligence and deep learning tasks. As you might expect, these GPU accelerators will be going toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s Tesla family of products, which are found in some of the world’s top... Read more...
After months of teasing from OnePlus and leaks that have made the rounds on the internet, the OnePlus 5 has officially been revealed. Given that we’ve already seen the new smartphone from nearly every angle already, there’s no big “surprise” in store for us today — and the OnePlus still looks like an iPhone 7 Plus... Read more...
Preorders are currently underway for Intel’s new Core X-Series processors, which range from the quad-core, quad-thread Core i5-7640X ($242) to the 8-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE ($1,999). These new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors require a brand-new chipset, the X299, and motherboard manufacturers have... Read more...
With each passing day, the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that temporarily rocked Samsung's world becomes an increasingly distant memory. However, it will not be until the Galaxy Note 8 comes out that Samsung can truly put that whole situation firmly in its rear view mirror. That will happen soon, or says the Internet... Read more...
It looks as though Google is trying to unload any remaining Pixel XL handsets it still has before launching its next generation of Pixel phones. Or the Mountain View company finds itself in a giving mood. Either way, you can score a Google Home smart speaker for free with the purchase of a Pixel XL smartphone, though... Read more...
Lenovo is on a mission to change the way you think about workstations. Just as we have seen in other PC categories, the trend is towards increasingly smaller machines. When it comes to workstations with Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certification, nothing out there takes up less space than Lenovo's newly minted... Read more...
Google wants to help put you to work. Through changes Google has made to its advanced search engine, you can now look for job openings simply by searching for them and receive more detailed results than before. The new ability is part of the "Google for Jobs" initiative that was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, whereby Google committed Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been on the market since early March, yet it’s still quite hard to find in retail stores. Brick and mortar locations sell out in minutes, and online stores aren’t much better when it comes to retaining stock. However, for those that did manage to get their hands on a Switch, Nintendo has a new... Read more...
In what is being billed as one of the largest data leaks recorded in the United States, an analytics firm contracted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) was found to have exposed the personal details and political biases of nearly 200 million Americans. According to Chris Vickery, a risk analyst for... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is its first full-fledged, no compromises take on the traditional notebook form-factor. The Surface Book and Surface Pro can operate as quasi-notebooks with their keyboards attached, but they are tablets first and foremost. While the Surface Laptop is a desirable piece of hardware in its... Read more...
It was bad enough when the Chinese leapfrogged the United States in the supercomputer field, but now it looks as though Switzerland has come in and poured salt on America’s wounds. This morning, the TOP500 list was refreshed and it’s not good news for the U.S. There were no changes the very top of the rankings... Read more...
As we reported last week, Take-Two sent a cease-and-desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool for Grand Theft Auto, claiming that the software was guilty of “allow[ing] third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights“. As a result... Read more...
There are plenty of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards to choose from, assuming you're in the market for a top-shelf solution for high-end and/or 4K gaming. However, the field of contenders quickly begins to diminish when you weed out all of the air-cooled variants and limited your search to just liquid-cooled cards... Read more...
A Colorado dad is one step closer to getting his wish for a mobile phone ban to minors. Tim Farnum, a Denver-area father and anesthesiologist is spearheading the campaign to forbid the sale of cellphones to children younger than 13 years old as part of a broader effort to see less children engaged in hours of... Read more...
In a sense, the era of 4K gaming is already here. All it takes is a powerful PC with a burly graphics card (or two) and a 4K monitor. While not as robust, 4K gaming has even spilled over into the console space—Sony with its PlayStation 4 Pro, and Microsoft with its forthcoming Xbox One X. The latter will be the more... Read more...
The LG G6 was one of the very first 2017 flagship smartphones out of the gate, but it was quickly overshadowed by the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. With the Galaxy S8’s snazzier styling, Infinity Display, and fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the G6 simply got lost in the mix and LG quickly resorted to attractive... Read more...
Terrorist organizations like ISIS often use social media services to deliver messages of hate and to recruit new members. To counter this, Google and its YouTube division have worked for years identifying videos that fall outside of the confines of YouTube's terms of service, but in acknowledging an "uncomfortable... Read more...
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