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Qualcomm on Tuesday increased its bid to buy NXP Semiconductors, agreeing to pay $127.50 for each share of the Dutch chipmaker. The revised amount is 16 percent higher than what Qualcomm originally proposed last October, which at the time stood at $110 per share. Qualcomm's amended agreement is an aggressive move that... Read more...
If you need ultra-fast storage for your computing needs, the obvious solution is, of course, a solid state drive (SSD). If you need an incredible amount of storage, where speed isn't exactly your first priority, a high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) will probably fit the bill. But what if you want the best of both... Read more...
Another day, another performance leak. This time it one of AMD's upcoming "Pinnacle Ridge" processors that showed up on Geekbench, a popular browser-based benchmarking site that examines both single-core and mulit-core performance metrics. The processor in question is AMD's Ryzen 5 2600, an as-yet unreleased CPU and... Read more...
When you think of Sony, you would probably think about the PlayStation 4 game console and digital cameras first and foremost (and if you're a bit older, maybe the Walkman). Sony is very diversified, and a report is making the rounds that claims Sony is set to launch a ride-hailing service in Japan. Sony announced its... Read more...
Just over a week ago we talked about an exploit that took advantage of an unpatchable flaw in existing Switch consoles to run Linux on Nintendo's latest. At the time, there were a lot of folks out there wondering what the point of that hack was. However, the value comes in this second hack that fail0verflow has been... Read more...
Bitcoin is on the upward swing of its current rollercoaster ride, rebounding above $11,000 -- a price that it hasn't seen since January. After soaring to nearly $20,000 in December, the cryptocurrency has crashed hard in the past two months. At one point earlier this month, Bitcoin was trading below $7,000. However... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be lopping $200 off the price of its Surface Pro to celebrate the 2-in-1 convertible’s 5th anniversary. Well, that promotion has been ongoing since the start of the weekend, and unfortunately has to come to an end today. Microsoft's current $200-off offer, unlike other ongoing Surface promotions, Read more...
As is often the case when it comes to such a popular device like Samsung's Galaxy S series, the leaks for the 2018 renditions have been coming in at a fast and furious pace. Today, we have numerous new press images of both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. These are official images from Samsung that will likely be... Read more...
Not everyone wants or needs to upgrade to a new smartphone every year (or even every two years). In fact, some people are quite content with their four- or five-year old devices and continue to use them to this day. However, for users of smartphones running legacy Windows Phone operating systems, Microsoft is making... Read more...
A new Android tablet has made an appearance on GFXBench and it hints at Samsung releasing a Galaxy Tab S4 in the near future. The listing in GFXBench displays the model number SM-T835. If you follow these things, you know that Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 released last year has the model name SM-T825. It is therefore... Read more...
Much of the hype surrounding the Xbox One X is that it supports 4K resolution gaming, assuming you own a compatible display and are trying to play a game that supports that resolution. Even without a 4K display, Microsoft's user of supersampling meant that even gamers playing on a 1080p TV or monitor would benefit as... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles with breakneck acceleration, Tesla often comes to mind thanks to vehicles like the Model S and Roadster. However, a Japanese company, Aspark, is looking to put those EVs to shame. We present you with the Aspark Owl, a low-slung electric hypercar that features one electric motor per... Read more...
Google's Project Zero team has publicly disclosed a security vulnerability in Microsoft's Edge browser for Windows 10 after Microsoft failed to issue a patch in the allotted time. The Project Zero team alerted Microsoft of a bug relating to the browser's Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG) back in November of last year. As is... Read more...
Apparently Intel is prepping another low power Coffee Lake-U processor for laptops and ultrabooks. The new chip, a Core i5-8269U, was discovered over at SiSoftware's Sandra database. That means it is somewhere out in the wild, though there is no way of knowing if the benchmark entry represents a pre-release engineering sample or finalized Read more...
Windows 10 on ARM has been billed as providing the best of both worlds for those looking for the ultimate productivity ultraportables. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered devices running the operating system have compatibility with legacy Windows apps, yet deliver epic battery life in the 20+ hour range. However, given... Read more...
Apple may have put up some record numbers for revenue in its last earnings report, but the company reportedly isn’t seeing the kind of demand that it expected for the high-end iPhone X smartphone. Supposed weak demand has allegedly led Apple to slash production of the smartphone in 2018. That reduced production... Read more...
There are plenty of rivalries in gaming; we have PS4 vs. Xbox One, PC vs. console, and mouse/keyboard vs. gamepad. Ask a bunch of PC gamers why they dislike console gaming and odds are many of them will say they hate gamepads and prefer the mouse and keyboard combination. So why not use a mouse and keyboard on a... Read more...
Google has been testing a screenshot tool built straight into its Google app for nearly the past year, and soon, the feature is finally going to become available to a worldwide audience. With this new feature, Google doesn't take over a device's screenshot capabilities, but instead grabs on to the images captured by... Read more...
We've got some bad news for who got excited about System Shock Remastered that hit Kickstarter back in 2016. If you were hoping to play the game this year, unfortunately it seems that it isn’t going to happen. A recent announcement on the game's Kickstarter page from Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios, has poured... Read more...
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced a new power generating device that is able to use temperature fluctuations to create electricity. The technology is based on principals of thermoelectric devices able to generate power when one side of the device is a different temperature... Read more...
Essential certainly didn’t get the reception the company dreamed it would when it launched the Essential Phone last year. The device essentially flopped with only 5,000 units sold on Sprint from launch through late September 2017. That hasn't stopped Essential from plugging away and trying to woo buyers with seemingly... Read more...
We are still waiting for Samsung to officially launch its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus handsets, but be that as it may, there is already chatter about what comes after in the company's flagship smartphone space. The Galaxy S10 rumors have begun in earnest, and word around the online water cooler is that it will wield... Read more...
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