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This could be the mother of all cyberattacks; Equifax just announced that it experienced a "cybersecurity incident" that occurred between mid-May of this year through late July. During that time, malicious parties were able to gain access to some of its online databases courtesy of a website vulnerability. As a... Read more...
If you've been waiting patiently for the arrival of Forza Motorsport 7, you'll be glad to hear that the game has gone gold. That means that the game has been finalized and is be prepped for packaging for those of you that still prefer to purchase physical game discs. While news of "gold" status for Forza Motorsport... Read more...
It is widely expected that Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, depending on who you ask), will be one of the most expensive flagship smartphones ever released by a major manufacturer (the new Galaxy Note 8 retails for roughly $950). Reports peg that starting price of the iPhone 8 at around $1,000, and today, we're... Read more...
The world of competitive esports is exploding in popularity right now, with huge number of players and fans flocking to events all around the world. Blizzard wants to have an official stadium for esports events to take place, so it has acquired the former home of "The Tonight Show: in Burbank Studios. The stadium will... Read more...
Tell me if you've heard this one before. Google, which is heavily invested in the smartphone market, wants to purchase a smartphone OEM in order to control all aspects of smartphone design from the hardware to the software. Google's first foray into this territory occurred with its purchase of Motorola Mobility in... Read more...
Amazon has grown to big for its britches (or breeches, if you prefer that spelling). Having just recently spent $13.7 billion acquiring Whole Foods, the world's largest online retailer is now planning to open a second headquarters, Amazon HQ2, somewhere in North America, the company announced today. The endeavor comes... Read more...
SpaceX has been on a roll lately with its Falcon 9 launches. The company has stuck to a rapid pace, launching payloads into Earth's orbit every few weeks (or more often in some cases) during 2017. Today, SpaceX successfully launched one of its most important (and classified) payloads to date: the U.S. Air Force's... Read more...
T-Mobile boss John Legere is in full celebration mode over the recent announcement that its One unlimited data plans now come with free access to Netflix, the online streaming juggernaut, but give it some time and we imagine he will be tweeting about the least broadband test results from Speedtest as well. Why is... Read more...
We are still waiting for Intel to serve up its Coffee Lake processor lineup on the desktop. Barring a last minute change of plan, Coffee Lake CPUs will require a new motherboard even though they will use the same LGA 1151 socket that is compatible with Kaby Lake. Once such contender has emerged on the web—MSI's Z370... Read more...
It turns out there is a very real downside to the many digital assistants that were designed to make our day-to-day lives easier. Researchers at Zhejiang University discovered it is possible to flex control over Siri, Alexa, and others using a technique called DolphinAttack. By translating voice commands into... Read more...
OnePlus has been cranking out some very nice Android smartphones over the last few years, and in the process has wooed many users away from stalwarts in the Android ecosystem like Samsung. Wth Android 8.0 Oreo now available, many OnePlus users have been wondering when their beloved device might get the update. A... Read more...
There are plenty of backlit keyboards out there today and most of them are pretty much the same when it comes to lighting. You get lights around the keys and some light that glows through the keytop letters and that's it. However, a new keyboard has turned up on Kickstarter, and it's called the Curve Full-keyLit... Read more...
While first place U.S. wireless carrier Verizon seems to be doing its best to make enemies with its rejiggered unlimited data plans, third place T-Mobile is once again looking to provide added value for its customers with a new promotion. T-Mobile today revealed its “Netflix on Us” campaign, which as its name implies... Read more...
Just a couple of weeks ago, we took a look at the [then] forthcoming version 61 of Google's Chrome, which introduces some notable features, including support for a slew of new APIs. Chrome 61 is now available in the release channel; if you're using Chrome right now, chances are you can update simply by restarting your... Read more...
There are few (if any) franchises in movie history that have been around as long, or are as highly revered as the aura that surrounds James Bond; and apparently both Amazon and Apple won’t a piece of the Walther PPK action. Agent 007 first took the silver screen in 1962’s Dr. No and has returned every few years since... Read more...
For many years Logitech made one of the few alternatives to a mouse for people who had some sort of wrist or hand issue like Carpal Tunnel syndrome (or folks who just hated a mouse). That alternative was the Trackball and there were several versions to choose from for users. About a decade ago, Logitech vacated that... Read more...
WD recently updated its mainstream Blue line of solid state drives with new 64-layer 3D BiCS NAND flash memory. When we first took a look at the original WD Blue SSD, we found it to be an admirable performer with competitive pricing. This new generation of drives, however, promises better performance and features all... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Microsoft Surface hardware front for the past few months (at least with regards to new releases). Earlier this summer, Microsoft performed a brain transplant on the Surface Pro convertible and introduced the all-new Surface Laptop. However, an update for the Surface Book, which... Read more...
Roman Hartung, the renowned overclocker who goes by the online moniker "der8auer," has ripped the integrated heatspreader (IHS) off of more than a few processors. The practice is known as delidding and one of the reasons why adventurous overclockers attempt the risky procedure is to replace the thermal interface... Read more...
Here's the long and short. Huawei’s Mate 9 may no longer hit all the high notes on the cutting-edge smartphone release circuit, but it still remains more than competitive on performance and stocked with impressive base-level features, including rear dual-camera capabilities.In his fascinating book The Millionaire Next... Read more...
If you thought putting Homer Simpson in charge of a nuclear power plant seemed like a scary proposition, well, you would be right. But sometimes truth is stranger (and in this case, scarier) than fiction. Such is the case with security outfit Symantec reporting that hackers have been targeting the energy sector in... Read more...
It seems like every new and unreleased high-end smartphone on the planet is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip (SoC). Those rumors do not always come to fruition, as we saw with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is now confirmed to sport a Snapdragon 835 SoC. It looks like the same will also be... Read more...
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