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All News for September 2017

Back in the good old days, it used to be rather trivial to replace components on many smartphones. If your battery was dead, you just popped off the back panel and installed a fresh one. Cracked display? Loosen a few screws, lift up the display panel, remove a few flex cables and you're good to go (i.e., iPhone... Read more...
For those looking for an upgrade to their gaming desktop, but don't want to pony up for one of Intel's Skylake-X processors (or go the AMD Ryzen 7 route), it's looking like the upcoming hexa-core Coffee Lake processors are going to be overclocker friendly. As we already know, the Core i7-8700K has six cores capable... Read more...
Abnormally high GPU pricing has been an issue for a long time now, but things really hit a peak when AMD launched its Radeon RX Vega series last month. Immediately, the graphics cards were nearly impossible to find, and those that were in stock were found with seriously inflated prices - sometimes with a nearly $200... Read more...
If you were one of the Intel fans looking forward to the Project Alloy VR headset that was to be an open reference design from Intel, the project has been officially cancelled. The reason cited by Intel for not pursuing the project any further was lack of partner interest. If you missed the hubbub about Project Alloy... Read more...
Microsoft is celebrating now that that its undersea cable between the United States and Spain has been completed. The cable is called the Marea subsea cable, with Marea being the Spanish word for tide. Microsoft and partners ran the cable between the US and Spain to help upgrade the global internet infrastructure to... Read more...
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but do not tell that to Bluehole, developer of the popular last-man standing game PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds. After Epic Games announced it was building a similar "Battle Royale" mode for its game Fortnite with a reference to PUBG as inspiration, Bluehole... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported that Verizon Wireless had taken the rather unfortunate step of informing 8,500 of its rural subscribers that they would no longer be eligible to receive wireless service. According to Verizon, these customers were using an excessive amount of data. These customers reside in... Read more...
For fans of Lenovo's venerable ThinkPad business notebooks, the cat is out the bag with regards to its upcoming model to commemorate the brand's 25th anniversary. A German blog managed to capture images of the ThinkPad 25 in all its stealthy, charcoal-colored glory. The 3.48-pound ThinkPad 25 is reportedly based on... Read more...
We've all been there when using GPS on our smartphones. You try and use something like Google Maps to navigate to a place you have never been, and all of a sudden, it's hard to tell if you should be on the feeder road or the highway. You eventually find out after driving too far that you are traveling along the wrong... Read more...
It looks as though the higher costs of today’s flagship smartphones are being complemented by repair/replacement costs that are also soaring through the roof. In Apple land, the AppleCare+ extended warranty program received a price hike to coincide with the launch of the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X... Read more...
Controversy is attracted to Uber like flies on you-know-what. The latest evidence of this is a situation in London where Uber will not be allowed to operate after September 30, 2017. In a somewhat unusual move, Transport for London (TfL) said it informed Uber that it has been denied a private hire operator license... Read more...
Google has been promising to upgrade its cloud platform with NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, and now it has gone and done it. The upgraded hardware is available to customers in beta form, while NVIDIA's K80 GPUs are now generally available to customers. Google also announced the introduction of sustained use discounts... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors about a potential T-Mobile/Sprint merger for months, but the word on the street is that a deal is right around the corner. In fact, a new report out today suggests that T-Mobile, the nation's third-place wireless carrier, and Sprint, the fourth-place carrier, could announce their engagement... Read more...
Even though Intel just finished showing off a Cannon Lake wafer for the first time, the more immediate release on the desktop is Coffee Lake, a sort of stop-gap solution to satiate users who are pining for something new. Having already launched in mobile form, Coffee Lake will arrive on the desktop very soon. In the... Read more...
The iPhone 8 is out and that means it is time for a teardown. To ensure a timely dissection of Apple's latest generation smartphone, the technology surgeons at iFixIt hopped on a plane and headed to the Circuitwise headquarters in Sydney, Australia, where the local time is a full 14 hours ahead of the Eastern Time... Read more...
It's hard for many of us to trust the studies that seem to come out on a daily basis covering a variety of topics. You can find studies on the same subject that come down on completely different sides of the topic depending on who funded them. You might expect a study commissioned by the European Commission (EC) to be... Read more...
Researchers have still been working their way through the hack that resulted in the very popular CCleaner security app being used as a host for malware. The initial attack was thought by many to have caused minimal harm to computer systems that were infected, but it looks like there was a secondary attack that may be... Read more...
Equifax may be now getting its public lashings for a cybersecurity breach that resulted in personal information of 143 million Americans being exposed to hackers, but it appears that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a few skeletons in its closet as well. The regulatory agencies announced late last... Read more...
Companies the world over give IT admins access to some of their most sensitive information. This is the kind of information that if lost, damaged, or stolen would lead to lost money and business for the company. An Arizona man name Tavis Tso has entered into a plea deal resulting from his actions where he took the... Read more...
Last week, we heard some rather interesting rumors that NVIDIA was on the verge of releasing a new member in its Pascal family of graphic cards: the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Today, we've come across not one, but two separate sources that seem to suggest that the new GPU is right around the corner. The first comes from... Read more...
DOOM was rebooted last year for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game was praised for its frantic gameplay and stellar graphics, which were backed by potent console hardware and the [then] nascent GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards. But how would DOOM look on a gaming system that is considered by many to... Read more...
It took three generations of smartwatch design for Apple to finally implement cellular connectivity into its Apple Watch wearable, and while that sounds great, it will all come down to how well it works. Unfortunately, early reviews are not all that glowing. There seems to be a connectivity bug that is preventing the... Read more...
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