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It's a terrible time right now for gamers and DIY PC enthusiasts who are looking to build up a new gaming PC. The problem isn’t that the hardware available now is sub-par; we have some fantastic CPUs and GPUs on the market. Unfortunately, as it has been widely reported, the problem is that cryptocurrency miners are... Read more...
If you grabbed the free Super Mario Odyssey DLC that landed this week and have encountered what appear to be cheaters in Nintendo's Luigi's Balloon World game, you know the frustration that some folks are likely going through right now. These cheating players are using a glitch in a game that allows them to move... Read more...
Last November a hacker going by the name "DevOps199" found and exploited a flaw in the code for a subset of Ethereum wallets. That user was able to exploit teh vulnerability and take ownership of an Ethereum code library known as a smart contact. Once the hacker owned that smart contract, it was destroyed leaving... Read more...
A la carte TV streaming services, or "skinny bundles", are becoming more popular these days. Astute customers aren't keen on paying inflated priced for hundreds of channels that they may never watch, so these pick-and-choose streaming TV services are an economical way to view a select few channels that interest you... Read more...
Google today announced that ARCore, its augmented reality SDK for Android devices, has exited the beta phase. Now that ARCore 1.0 is expanding into the public realm, Google says that developers are free to publish their AR apps directly to the Play Store. For developers that have been sitting on the sideline waiting... Read more...
Most of us have had a love-hate relationship with wireless networking. It’s a wonderful technology when all your devices remain connection and perform well in every room of your house, but that’s not always the case. When your devices intermittently drop off or can't find a strong enough signal strength... Read more...
Sony's upcoming 2018 Android flagships have been leaking for quite some time, but we're now getting our best look yet at the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. We'd give you two guesses as to who leaked these smartphone beauties, but you'll probably only need one guess (it's Evan Blass, of course). As you might expect from... Read more...
Somewhere out there, a gamer loudly proclaimed, "No game developer will ever come up with a worse save system than limiting them to checkpoints!" Then Kingdom Come: Deliverance came along with its drunken method. Perhaps seeing this as a challenge, Konami declared, "Hold my beer" and proceeded to trump them all with... Read more...
It looks like HP is anticipating strong demand for Windows 10 laptops and convertibles powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. One of HP's first devices built around the mobile chip is the Envy x2 (model 12-e011nr), a premium 2-in-1 that is now available to order, for $999.99. It's a good thing HP did not... Read more...
It appears that Apple has a bit of a problem on its hands when it comes to one of its repair centers. The repair facility, which is located in Elk Grove, California, has reportedly made 1,600 "false alarm" phone calls from its location since October 2017. To put that in perspective, 911 operators have been fielding as... Read more...
The mobile industry's largest trade show is now right around the corner, with Mobile World Congress (MWC) getting underway in Barcelona on Monday. There will be lots of goodies unveiled and announced. As always, Google will have a presence at the trade show. Google's primary focus will be on its Android Oreo (Go... Read more...
Just when you thought the whole Spectre and Meltdown situation could not get any messier, a new report suggests Intel withheld information about the security flaws to US cyber officials, even though it gave some of its hardware partners a heads up before the situation became public knowledge. Intel defends its... Read more...
Each year the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) holds an annual games award show and this year was the 21st annual event. The awards show crowns a game of the year and hands out other awards during the show. Nintendo cleaned up with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild receiving four awards in various... Read more...
Google has announced a new way that it is connecting people and businesses using RCS (Rich Communication Services) with the goal of bringing enhanced features to standard messaging services on mobile devices with various carriers. Google is working with 43 carriers and device manufacturers to enhance native messaging... Read more...
If you are a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ owner, we have some good news for you. The company has resumed the rollout of its Android 8.0 Oreo update after running into a pothole last week, although it may still be a few days before U.S. users receive the software. If you recall, the G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP update was... Read more...
The FCC “Restoring Internet Freedom” order has been entered in the Federal Register. This is the order that makes massive changes to the Net Neutrality rules that required all internet traffic to be treated equally. The order was published this morning and opens the doors for legal battles to start in earnest. There is no doubt that intense Read more...
We just can't escape the fact that flagship smartphones are getting even more expensive. Apple dropped jaws when the iPhone X debuted with a starting price of $999 last year, it appears that Samsung is fully prepared to follow closely in Cupertino's footsteps with the Galaxy S9 family. According to leaked pricing... Read more...
Intel is joining other industry leaders to jump knee deep into plans to blanket the tech industry with 5G wireless solutions in the coming years. Intel is at the forefront of 5G wireless hardware, and today is giving us a heads up on what it will have on display at Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC 2018). Intel says... Read more...
Nobody is happy with the situation surrounding recently disclosed CPU vulnerabilities collectively known as Spectre and Metldown (there are two variants of the former and one of the latter). The anger on the part of consumers has erupted into a series of lawsuits, including at least 32 class-action suits filed against Intel and another four Read more...
Blu Products might not be the most recognizable brand in the world, but the company has a history of releasing reasonably spec'd Android phones at attractive price points. The latest phone to emerge from Blu Products is the Vivo X. What stands out about the company's newest flagship phone is that it has not just one... Read more...
Apple launched its somewhat funky-looking AirPods (some people likened them to Q-tips dangling from your ears) back in late 2016, and they became widely available in 2017. Given that Apple didn't announce an update for the wireless earbuds during the iPhone X's introduction last year, it's about time for the rumor... Read more...
Nintendo last month surprised and delighted Switch owners when it announced that it was bringing a bit of DLC to Super Mario Odyssey, and that the added content would not cost a dime. Super Mario Odyssey was not expected to receive any DLC, so the fact that it was both coming and would be free was welcome news to... Read more...
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