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In case you missed it yesterday, Marco brought you an excellent review of Intel’s new Skylake-X based Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE HEDT processors. Boasting 16 and 18 cores respectively, these enthusiast-class processors can process up to 36 threads and are aimed at mega-taskers. The 7960X and 7980XE feature... Read more...
Let the record show that Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who forever altered the computing landscape with Windows, has a tremendous amount of respect for the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. He also thinks Apple is doing "good work." Be that as it may, you will not find Gates wielding an... Read more...
Gaming pioneer Atari is getting into the hardware business with its Ataribox, a retro-themed game console with modern guts. The physical design pays homage to the original Atari 2600, a video game console released four decades ago this month, only it is sleeker and does not accept game cartridges. Instead, the... Read more...
After 11 months of negotiating, the SAG-AFTRA and 11 different game companies have reached a tentative deal that is expected to see voice actors for video games head back to work. The strike started back in October 2016 and this week a tentative agreement has been reached. Among the 11 video game companies that... Read more...
It looks like another major hack has been perpetrated against a major company, this time the hack was of pay TV network Showtime's streaming platform, ShowtimeAnytime.com. The platform allows users with a subscription via a cable network to stream shows via a browser from anywhere. People with no TV subscription can... Read more...
Microsoft and other major tech firms around the world are working hard towards the next breakthrough in computing, something many pinning their hopes on quantum computing. One of Microsoft's top researchers, Michael Freedman, has been with the company for twenty years and has put Microsoft on the path to build the... Read more...
Apple may be at odds with Google when it comes to iOS versus Android, but it appears that the two can still find common ground on search. Google has been a long-time fixture in iOS and macOS as the default engine for Safari searches. However, Microsoft Bing has been the default provider for Siri queries, iOS Search... Read more...
The Apple Watch Series 3 was released last week to mixed reviews. While some reveled in the ability to make phone calls without needing to be tethered to an iPhone, nagging connectivity issues lead many reviewers to shun the hot new wearable. However, now that the device is out into the hands of millions of customers... Read more...
Gigabyte has gone and beefed up the graphics processor in its thin and relatively light Aero 15 gaming laptop. The new Aero 15 X model swaps out the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory found in the non-X SKU to a more powerful GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Beyond being a burlier GPU, the new model... Read more...
ASUS is once again expanding its mobile family, with the latest entry being the all-new ZenBook Pro UX550. According to the company, this is "the thinnest, lightest, fastest and most elegant ZenBook Pro yet", and we have no reason to doubt those claims. The first thing that you will notice on the ZenBook Pro UX550... Read more...
Lenovo is making it easy for business users to collaborate with one another using Skype. At the Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference, Lenovo announced its new ThinkSmart Hub 500, an all-in-one (AIO) Skype Room Systems devices that runs Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. It has the ability to connect remote and local collaborators... Read more...
If you own and iPhone or iPad device and have not yet upgraded to iOS 11, you may want to hold off for the time being. A new study by researchers at Wandera, an enterprise mobile security and data management outfit, indicates that battery drain on mobile devices running the latest version of iOS is significantly... Read more...
It has been known for some time that Intel's 7th generation Core processor family (Kaby Lake) would not work in Z370 chipset motherboards designed for 8th generation Core processors (Coffee Lake) even though both use the same LGA 1151 socket. The assumption has been that the power requirements for Coffee Lake prevent... Read more...
Playerunknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) has turned out to be a massive hit for the developers and it is one of the most popular games in the world right now. Currently, the game is only offered on Steam for PC gamers, but a console version is in the works. PUBG recently passed 1.5 million concurrent users on Steam, which put it at over one hundred Read more...
There have been a number of rumors making the rounds lately that suggest Samsung is at work on a smartphone that will bring intriguing new technology and a new form factor to the smartphone world. The device is tipped to be called the Galaxy X and would have a folding form factor with a bendable screen. We originally... Read more...
Over the last few months, Intel slowly divulged a number of details regarding the two processors we’ll be covering today, its flagship 18-core, behemoth Core i9-7980XE and its slightly smaller sibling, the 16-core Core i9-7960X. The fact that these two processors were in the works was officially disclosed all the way... Read more...
The next piece in Intel's 8th generation Core family puzzle has just been revealed, and we're quite certain that you've already heard quite a bit about it from us. Following the launch of its 8th generation Kaby Lake Refresh mobile processors in late August, Intel is following up with the official reveal of its 14nm... Read more...
Nintendo sparked retro gaming mania last year when it introduced the NES Classic Edition console. The announcement came out of nowhere, and gave fans of Nintendo's first home gaming system a chance to relieve their childhood (or early adulthood). Packed with 30 games and a bargain $60 price tag, the NES Classic... Read more...
The ongoing debate between Apple and Samsung might never be settled—some people prefer iPhone handsets and iOS, others are big time fans of Galaxy devices and Android. Each side has their pros and cons, though if you purchased a Galaxy Note 8 and are looking for bragging rights over the iPhone 8, you can point to... Read more...
As long as we have been able to cram multiple video cards into our computers, the branding from NVIDIA and AMD had been the same. NVIDIA calls its multi-GPU tech SLI and AMD has coined theirs CrossFire. With the release of the new drivers to allow gamers to put multiple Radeon RX Vega graphics cards inside gaming PCs... Read more...
It looks as though LG is going to do US customers a solid by offering a full 2-year warranty on its forthcoming V30 smartphone. Other than being specific to the US, the caveat (and it is not really much of one) is that customers will have to register their V30 handsets within 90 days from purchase. Doing so activates... Read more...
Fans of the mobile game Super Mario Run will be thrilled to hear that on September 29 a new update is set to land and that update will bring some goodies to the game in terms of new game modes and content. The biggest gem is a new character in the form of Nintendo's Princess Daisy and she brings with her a new... Read more...
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