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A team of researchers have done something pretty remarkable with graphene, and it has nothing to do with battery technology or next-generation semiconductors. Instead, they developed a graphene-based adaptive thermal camouflage film that can effectively mask hot objects, such as a human soldier, from infrared cameras... Read more...
We now have a release date for Sony's flagship Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone in the US market, that's the good news. The bad news is the price. Sony announced this week that its feature-packed Xperia XZ2 Premium will be available to pre-order online at Amazon and Best Buy starting July 9, 2018, with a suggested retail... Read more...
We have an official launch date for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 9 flagship: August 9th. It's on that date that the smartphone will be revealed to all at a Galaxy UNPACKED event in Brooklyn, New York. Today, however, fresh details about the device are starting to float to the surface. We already know that the... Read more...
Smartphones like Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handsets enjoy the lion's share of attention when it comes to cellular devices, but feature phones are not dead. They are cheaper to produce and purchase, making them ideally suited for emerging markets, though obviously they are not as robust as smartphones. To... Read more...
Amazon is giving users of the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 the opportunity to repurpose their tablets courtesy of an upcoming software update. Show Mode, which will be available in a software update downloadable on July 2nd, in effect turns Fire HD tablets into a fully functional Alexa-powered Echo Show. That means that... Read more...
Microsoft is not going to implement the ability to have tabs in various windows, a feature known as Sets, into its Redstone 5 update for Windows 10 later this fall. The innovative feature drew a lot of support from users and would have been one of the standout highlights of Redstone 5. However, Microsoft has decided... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have been fighting a patent infringement legal battle for seven years after the latter was accused of copying the iPhone design and software features. Samsung denied the allegations, but a jury saw it differently. This year a jury set out to decide if Samsung owed Apple $1 billion for the... Read more...
Corsair is a well-established brand with gamers, as the company produces high-performance hardware like RAM and peripherals to deck out your bodacious rig. Elgato Systems is the big name in video capture cards and other tech in the industry that many gamers use to record their in-game footage for streaming. Corsair... Read more...
Sometimes you need to see inside something to check if all is functioning well. That might be while you are rebuilding your car's engine or working on an AC system. Whenever you need to get a look at the inside of something in tight quarters, an endoscope/borescope comes in handy. Amazon has the Depstech Wireless... Read more...
It looks as though we're starting to get some clarity regarding Intel's upcoming high-end, mainstream Core processors. We've seen plenty of evidence that a new octa-core Coffee Lake-S processor is on its way, and now a new report suggests that the processor will adopt Core i9 branding. According to the new report... Read more...
The date is set in stone for Samsung's next flagship smartphone launch. The South Korean electronics giant announced today that the Galaxy Note 9 will debut on August 9th at an UNPACKED event held in Brooklyn, New York. The early August unveil was first mentioned in a report earlier this month. For comparison, the... Read more...
No matter which platform you want to play Fortnite on, it's available as a free download—all that is required is a decent Internet connection and the requisite storage space. Yes, there is plenty of DLC available if you really want to spend some money, and many gamers choose to do exactly that. The game itself is free... Read more...
Many in the Android enthusiast community are looking forward to the release of Google's upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagship Android O smartphones. We've seen leaked images of a Pixel 3 XL prototype in the past, but these new renders -- which appear to be based on the various previous leaks -- give us our best... Read more...
Tech geeks like ourselves tend to be a nostalgic bunch. We can remember when Tandy computers were sold in Radio Shack and when one of the choices we faced was to go with a Sound Blaster 16 or Ad Lib audio card. Every so often, a company will tap into our penchant for nostalgia. That is the case right now with... Read more...
Sony has been come under increasing pressure due to its unflinching policy of blocking PlayStation 4 cross-play with other consoles (i.e. the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch). In the past, this policy has drawn complaints from gamers, but nothing like what we've seen with Fortnite. Gamer outrage has been immense since... Read more...
Samsung is rolling out a new image sensor technology called ISOCELL Plus that aims to deliver better looking photos taken with a smartphone and other mobile devices, especially when lighting is less than ideal. In short, ISOCELL Plus allows CMOS image sensors to capture more ambient light, which in turn significantly... Read more...
Memory cards for digital cameras and other devices are about to get a whole lot faster and more capacious at the same time. At the 2018 Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC Shang) that runs from today through June 29, the SD Association announced a new SD memory card standard called SD Express. The new standard taps... Read more...
The HEDT war between Intel and AMD really kicked off last year as the former introduced its Core-X family (with up to 18 cores) and the latter debuted Ryzen Threadripper (with up to 16 cores). This year, the core counts are set to jump again with AMD announcing the mind-blowing 32-core/64-thread Ryzen Threadripper... Read more...
Back in May during Google I/O the search giant announced that a Material Design revamp of Google Maps was coming. At the time, only a few users and devices were able to get access to the update. Google is now slowly rolling that update out to the masses. Google's fancy Material Design redesign is rolling out to... Read more...
It's been quite a while since Qualcomm announced a new SoC aimed primarily at the wearables/smartphone market, and today the company is launching the Snapdragon Wear 2500 platform. Unlike the previous Snapdragon Wear 2100, this new platform is being targeted primarily at smartwatches designed for... Read more...
Qualcomm has a trio of new Snapdragon processors that will power a new wave of mass-market Android smartphones. The new entries include the Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632, which supplant the Snapdragon 425, 430 and 626 respectively. Starting from the bottom and working our way up, the Snapdragon 429 is a quad-core SoC... Read more...
Fortnite is a free game and it would be easy to think that going this route would mean meager revenue for its developer. However, analytics firm Sensor Tower conducted a survey that found Fortnite was making an average of a million bucks per day on player spending. That puts a new light on the suit for copyright... Read more...
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