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Here's a friendly PSA if you own any recent iPhone. Apple's [reduced] cost iPhone battery replacement program is ending a week from today, December 31st. If you recall, Apple dropped the price of its battery replacement to a flat $29 (out of warranty) after it got caught throttling performance of iPhones whose... Read more...
Samsung is offering up a holiday treat for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners. The South Korean electronics maker had previously said it would deliver an Android 9 Pie update to the Galaxy S9 by January, but rather than wait another week (or longer), the update is starting to roll out now to both the Galaxy S9 and the... Read more...
It's a safe bet that NVIDIA will eventually port its GeForce RTX series over to mobile, the big unknowns are when they will arrive and how the performance will shake out. Well, if leaked benchmarks are any indication, then they will likely be arriving relatively soon, with modest-to-impressive performance bumps over... Read more...
How low can it go? Just over a week ago, Sony's newly released PlayStation Classic retro gaming console received a big price cut. A number of retailers priced the tiny console at $75, which is $25 off the $100 MSRP at launch in early December. Now, the PlayStation Classic’s price is falling even further. Amazon is... Read more...
NVIDIA and its industry partners are pushing the benefits of real-time ray tracing in games, of which the company's GeForce RTX series graphics cards are equipped to handle. They're comparably expensive, though, and at least for right now there is limited support for ray-traced rendering. That will change in time. In... Read more...
One of the greatest things about the Fallout franchise for many fans is that Bethesda has always made it very easy to modify the game. Mods are a huge part of the Fallout franchise, or at least they were before Fallout 76. So far, Fallout 76 has been nearly universally panned in reviews for a myriad of reasons. Some... Read more...
Apple has had some significant issues of late. Recently it said that some bending of iPad Pro tablets right out of the box was normal and that if the tablet bent during use, it wouldn't affect the usability of the device. Continued rumors that the iPhone XR is selling poorly have been met with claims by Apple that the... Read more...
If you've been following Microsoft's PC hardware efforts over the past few years, then you know that the company initially had a rough start with its Surface convertibles. However, the Surface family has recently started gaining traction and has expanded to includes laptops and even an all-in-one desktop PC. While... Read more...
The original Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1985, is about as iconic as a video game could possibly get. The history of Mario has been retold a countless number of times, but when you sit back and look at the past 33 years of the mustached character, the amount of progress we've... Read more...
There have been mixed reactions to Fallout 76, the first game in the franchise to deviate from single-player gameplay and offer players an online multiplayer experience. While not an official apology, Bethesda appears to be extending an olive branch to anyone who purchased and played Fallout 76, and wasn't happy with... Read more...
Star Citizen has been in development for several years now and it is still far from finished. However, gamers that bought into the upcoming interstellar game may soon have some new content to explore while they wait. A single-player campaign set in the Star Citizen universe known as Squadron 42 is set to be released... Read more...
We have all seen it on Facebook -- one of your friends “shares” a link to a new shake that will help you lose ten pounds in two days or a code to get suspiciously discounted Ray-Bans. Thankfully, most of these posts are obviously spam. Unfortunately, hackers are finding more ways to post annoying and potentially... Read more...
Last summer, Microsoft launched Xbox All Access which included the an Xbox One console, access to over 100 games via Xbox Games Pass, and multiple years of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox All Access gave gamers all of those perks for one monthly price over the course of 24 months. This week, however, Microsoft announced that it... Read more...
Last month a rather strange issue turned up with the Google Pixel 3 family of smartphones that caused the device to produce a fatal error in third-party camera apps. That meant that if you tried to snap a photo via Snapchat, for instance, you would be greeted with a camera error message and a camera that wouldn't work... Read more...
Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer who now spends his time making YouTube videos, recently emerged as an online hero of sorts for his masterful revenge plot against would-be porch thieves. In case you missed it, he concocted a glitter bomb disguised as an ordinary package so that unscrupulous pilferers would perhaps... Read more...
Christmas is nearly here, and if you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, your time is almost up. It's too late to shop online from most retailers, but if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you still have a few days left to place orders and receive your loot before Christmas If you want to take advantage of... Read more...
When the 2018 family of iPad Pros were released in October, Apple championed their all-new design which was thinner and lighter than previous generations. The company also touted new features like USB-C connectivity, blazing fast A12X processors and the first implementation of Face ID on an iPad. However, it’s the... Read more...
Gaming laptops are a tough gig for PC OEMs. Most times, they're either beastly heavy and loud machines, or if they're thinner and lighter they either sacrifice performance or battery life, or both. You usually can't have your cake and eat it too, as they say. However, Dell's Alienware division seems to have split the... Read more...
Facebook might be joining the blockchain party in a potentially big way, by developing its very own cryptocurrency that would enable users to transfer money over WhatsApp, the cross-platform messaging service the company acquired in early 2014 for $19 billion. On the surface, blockchain and WhatsApp seem like a... Read more...
In a move that is sure to cause confusion with consumers, AT&T will soon start replacing the 4G LTE logos that customers see on their smartphones with “5G E” in select markets. According to AT&T, its shift towards 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM and other further advances to its 4G LTE technology gives it the justification for... Read more...
The solid state storage market is highly competitive, and it is also one that changes rapidly as the technology continues to evolve and prices fluctuate due to various factors. There are dozens of companies with multiple product lines that vie for dominance in the SSD space, which can make selecting a drive for a system a rather daunting task... Read more...
If you're in the market for a new high-end 4K projector for your home theater, you might want to hold off on your purchase for a just bit longer. LG has just announced the second-generation CineBeam 4K laser projector (HU85L), which will debut next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The HU85L is... Read more...
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