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If you’re looking for a new solution to back up your entire PC or Mac, it looks as though Google is angling to get its foot in the door with a new app. Called Backup and Sync, the app is the latest extension of Google Drive, and will be available for computer running either Windows or macOS. Backup and Sync... Read more...
The memory chip wars are heating up. Just four months ago, Western Digital kicked off pilot production of the industry's first 64-layer 512-gigabyte (Gb) 3D NAND flash memory. While it will take some time to reach mass production status, that's exactly where Samsung is now at with its 64-layer 256Gb Vertical NAND... Read more...
When it comes to gaming consoles, the newly revealed Xbox One X is the most powerful of them all. Despite being slightly smaller than the Xbox One S (which was already 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One), the Xbox One X seriously outclasses its predecessor in graphics performance, offering up 6 TFLOPS compute power versus 1.4 TFLOPS. The Read more...
A popular messaging startup used in business settings is starting to see some interest among major technology players about a possible acquisition. That messaging startup is Slack, and one of the interested parties is Amazon. To make the deal happen, Amazon—or any other technology outfit—would have to come at Slack... Read more...
There is always that one dissenter who ruins the fun for everyone else. When it comes to gaming, that dissenter is Sony. In a perfect world, it would not matter which gaming platform you pledge your alliance to, cross-platform play would be possible among them all. That is something Microsoft and publishers have been... Read more...
The so-called cryptocurrency market is booming, or at least parts of it are. One of the most popular digital currencies is Bitcoin. It recently topped the $3,000 mark for the first time since its debut in 2009, and had you owned just $27 worth at that time, you'd be sitting on $15,000,000. While volatile, the price... Read more...
Amazon wants complete and total domination over your shopping experience, and that is becoming even more readily apparent with the arrival of the new Dash Wand. The Dash Wand is a small, handheld Wi-Fi device that is supposed to live in your kitchen (which explains its built-in magnet, allowing you to attach the... Read more...
Since its debut in 2009, Bitcoin has enjoyed a massive share of the cryptocurrency market to the point where it almost seemed untouchable. While there are many different cryptocurrencies out there, none have been a serious threat to the big B. That is until now. The mighty alternative to challenge Bitcoin as of... Read more...
For April Fool’s Day, Google turned its popular Maps navigation program into a playable version of Ms. Pac-Man, transforming your local city streets (or any collection of streets around the globe) into a ghost-chasing playground. While that was a nice break from the norm for the traditionally staid Maps application... Read more...
If you are a fan of the Blade Stealth family of gaming notebooks, Razer is back at it again with a new model that ditches the 12.5-inch display in favor of a more spacious 13.3-inch unit. As before, the Blade Stealth is milled from aircraft-grade aluminum, but is now available in both black or gunmetal gray... Read more...
It’s been eight years in the making, but Mozilla is now rolling out multiprocess support to its production branch of Firefox via the Electrolysis (E10s) project. Firefox 54 is being billed as “the best Firefox ever” and uses its multiprocess support to enable web users, who often have a dozen (or dozens of) tabs open... Read more...
There is only so much top-level talent to go around in Silicon Valley. That is part of the reason why engineers and technology bigwigs make obscene amounts of money. It is also why poaching employees from competitors is so common. This happened yet again with Google convincing Manu Gulati, a veteran chip architect who... Read more...
The notion that Mac systems are immune to malware is just plain wrong. Sure, Macs might be less susceptible to malware than Windows-based PCs, but they are certainly not exempt from security threats. Proving otherwise, two different security outfits have put out warnings about separate threats targeting Mac users. One... Read more...
Lenovo has carved out quite a business for itself in the laptop space over the years, led more recently by premium machines like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. However, there are obviously many more models in the ThinkPad family of products, beyond just the top-shelf X1 Carbon line. In the more affordable ThinkPad T470s (starting price... Read more...
Microsoft is not wavering on its decision to stop supporting Windows XP as a whole, though apparently it will on occasion release security updates for the legacy operating system, presumably for the greater good. We saw this just last month when Microsoft patched Windows XP to protect users against the WannaCry... Read more...
If guidance from top PC system builder Dell is any indication, we’ll likely see the first AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors hit the market a little over a month from now. Given that we’re so close to launch, it should come as no surprise that Ryzen Threadripper benchmarks are starting to surface. Today we’re... Read more...
The industry's emphasis on increasingly thin and light devices has not come without a cost. The do-it-yourself (DIY) repair enthusiast has largely been shunned in recent years, especially by Apple, which both thrives in the mobile space and has never really cared about making its products easy to service at home. As... Read more...
In case it's not obvious enough at this point, NVIDIA is big on Destiny 2. That's despite the fact that the original wasn't even available for the PC, which shows that Destiny is a series that's long overdue on being available for the most powerful gaming platform going - #PCMasterRace.  At E3, NVIDIA has dozens of... Read more...
While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have dominated console gaming news at E3 over the past few years, the blockbuster debut of the Switch means that Nintendo has a lot to talk about this year. Perhaps the biggest news that came from the Nintendo camp this year was an official launch date for Super Mario Odyssey —... Read more...
When you’re the last place wireless carrier in the United States, and have a reputation for spotty coverage and service quality, you need to make some noise in order to get noticed. That’s just what Sprint is doing with its latest promotion, which provides one year “free” of unlimited service if you switch from your... Read more...
Following the philosophy that some things are better late than never, Amazon has rolled out the ability to block calls and messages to its Alexa-powered Echo devices. For whatever reason, Amazon did not think to include call and message blocking from the start, which is a bit of a privacy concern—without that ability... Read more...
When Microsoft announced the new Xbox One X on Sunday, the first thing to spring to mind of gamers was how will the console compare to the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro. The PS4 Pro, which hit the market late last year, became the first available “4K” gaming console and helped to solidify Sony’s lead in the current... Read more...
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