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Nissan is delivering more for less with the second-generation Leaf electric vehicle (EV). Since this is an EV, let’s get the most important stuff out the way first. Range has taken a big step forward compared to the outgoing model, rising from a “just okay” 107 miles to a “that’s more like it” 150 miles. Nissan was... Read more...
Toshiba is apparently getting ready to release a 14-terabyte capacity hard drive model. So say company representatives at the Huawei Connect conference in Shanghai, China, who indicated that 14TB helium-filled HDDs would hit the marketplace "very soon." When pressed for clarification on how soon they were talking... Read more...
We've reported on a few occasions that Lenovo is working on a retro throwback laptop that channels some of the looks and cool features that ThinkPad fans of yore will remember fondly. Fast forward a couple months and an actual picture (not a render) has turned up out of China claiming to show the notebook in the... Read more...
If you have ever seen a Google Street View car gliding around with its camera rig on top taking pictures of your area, your first inclination might be to spam the cameras by doing something silly. I mean you certainly wouldn't be the first person to point at your junk or play dead for the cameras. Google has... Read more...
Lenovo had its name drug through the mud back in 2015, and its problems were no doubt self-inflicted. The company was caught preinstalling Superfish adware on hundreds of thousands of its computers that were sold to customers, which was part of an effort to line its pockets with an additional revenue... Read more...
When Elon Musk isn’t forecasting the downfall of humanity due to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) or moving in the mainstream market with Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicle (EV), he has his mind on SpaceX. SpaceX has been at the forefront of space vehicle reusability with its Falcon 9 boosters, but now it is... Read more...
Microsoft really wants PC users to embrace the Surface Laptop, however, the rub for some people is that it runs Windows 10 S and some want the real deal when it comes to Windows 10. To make these folks happy, Microsoft has been allowing users who like the Surface Laptop, but don't want Windows 10 S to upgrade to full... Read more...
Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has definitely gotten off to a rocky start. Following the flagship Android smartphone’s debut, Essential faced disappointing shipping delays, and more recently, a rather embarrassing violation of user privacy. Now, Essential Phone is being assaulted from another front thanks to a new... Read more...
Late last month, Microsoft and Valve announced that Windows Mixed Reality headsets would play nicely with SteamVR content. “Virtual reality enthusiasts know that Steam is a great place to enjoy cutting edge immersive experiences,” said Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman at the time. “We can’t wait to bring their... Read more...
School is back in session in many parts of the country and if you are in need of a relatively affordable and stylish laptop, ASUS may have what you are looking for in the VivoBook E403NA, essentially a tone down version of its higher-end VivaBook models. Starting at $399, the VivoBook E403NA will not break the bank... Read more...
Whether here or abroad, the Nintendo Switch is the hottest selling console around. With regards to the latter, Nintendo has unloaded no less than 1.5 million Switch game systems in its home country of Japan since the console's release in March. To put that into perspective, the Switch is significantly outpacing the... Read more...
There is a good chance that your Android device is insecure from the get-go. In examining smartphone bootloader firmware, security researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara found vulnerabilities in bootloader components from five major chipset vendors. In each case, these flaws break what is called... Read more...
Several of Samsung's smartphones feature displays that support high dynamic range (HDR) visuals, though for whatever reason, streaming giant Netflix up to this point has chosen not to support HDR on any of them. That all changes with the Galaxy Note 8. It joins LG's V30 handset and Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium... Read more...
When it comes to headphones and earphones, one of the biggest brands in the world is Beats. It's been a long while, over three years, since the product sitting at the top of the Beats range has been updated. That flagship model is called Studio, and the update has finally arrived. Beats has new Studio 3 Wireless... Read more...
Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that has found some success in the U.S. and much greater fortune around the world with its smartphones. The next flagship device from Xiaomi is due to launch in the U.S. on September 11 and it is called the Mi Mix 2. But before that new flagship device launches, it has another new... Read more...
Do you want World War III? Because artificial intelligence (AI) is how you get World War III — well, at least according to SpaceX/Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk has long been an incredibly outspoken tech figure against the rise of AI, and the threat that it poses to humanity. Now the tech wizard says that AI could end up... Read more...
For many consumers, choosing a new smartphone is a difficult decision that usually boils down to a few prominent devices. With the current generation of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the new LG V30 are likely to be among the most popular options for consumers looking for a large screen device. The Galaxy S8+... Read more...
Do you have an iPhone that is looking a little worse of the wear and needs serving at an Apple Store? Well, it might be good to know beforehand whether that cracked screen or potential water damage is covered under warranty. Thankfully, internal Apple documentation has leaked out that gives us a good look at what... Read more...
A Dutch-language website is claiming that Apple's next flagship smartphone will be called iPhone X, pronounced iPhone 10, and not iPhone 8 as previously rumored. That is not to say there will not be an iPhone 8 model—there will be, it just will not be the flagship version that has been the subject of numerous leaks... Read more...
NVIDIA’s Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 GPU has been around for over a year now, so there’s isn’t seemingly much that could possibly be done to make us all that excited about the chip at this point, right? Well, someone didn’t get that memo to Gigabyte, as the hardware company has announced a genuinely interesting take... Read more...
At some point in time, it is reasonable to expect that Microsoft will refresh its Surface Laptop line with 8th Generation Kaby Lake-R processors, which offer up to a 40 percent boost in certain benchmarks versus 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs (largely the result of having more cores). In the meantime, Microsoft is... Read more...
Participants of the Xbox Insider program were recently treated to a Minecraft beta that added mouse and keyboard support to the mix. If you have been wondering when Microsoft will roll out official support for keyboards and mice to the Xbox One community at large, Microsoft still does not have a specific date to... Read more...
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