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In about two and a half weeks, AMD will launch its Ryzen 3000 series of desktop processors to retail, and eager system builders who have been patiently waiting for Zen 2 will finally be able to build a PC around the company's latest and greatest silicon. In the meantime, more benchmarks have leaked out, the latest... Read more...
Confession time: I'm an avid watcher of Judge Judy. I think she's rad, and her style of mediating disputes definitely falls into the 'firm but fair' category. One of her favorite sayings is, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." That's also the title of her book, incidentally, and I'm reminded of it when... Read more...
Microsoft files a lot of patent applications, and of course many of them won't result in products that actually arrive to market. One patent application seen last month that is expected to result in a new product, however, was for the Surface Pro 7. On occasion, the patents do tip some future devices and give us a... Read more...
There are a multitude of suspicious website spread across the web. Should you stumble across a less-than-upstanding site for whatever reason, the common thing to do is close your browser window and carry on. Google wants to change that, though. Google now wants to know when you run across scammy sites so it can... Read more...
The Surface Book 2 is an impressive 2-in-1 laptop for sure, provided you're comfortable spending a premium on such a device. There is really no way around it—the Surface Book 2 carries a high price tag. That said, Microsoft has added a slightly cheaper configuration of its 15-inch model, one that is $200 less... Read more...
Microsoft has been very successful with its own line of Surface 2-in-1 machines that include the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Go. In May, a patent surfaced that hinted a Surface Pro 7 with a USB-C port and new type cover was in the works. Earlier this month reports indicated that Microsoft was showing off a dual-screen... Read more...
Generally speaking, pricing on flagship smartphones has continued to climb, because all of those fancy bells and whistles found on the top-end models do not come cheap. Not everyone has or is willing to spend a grand or more on a top-shelf handset, though, and some of the cheaper alternatives make too many sacrifices to hit a lower price point.... Read more...
Did you buy a used Nest Indoor Cam to save a few bucks over purchasing one that is brand new? Normally that would not be a problem, provided you perform a factory reset when setting it up. However, a bug was discovered that could allow the previous owner to tap into the camera's feed, even after the new owner... Read more...
We have no qualms recommending the OnePlus 7 Pro as it currently exists—it combines a killer display with a 90Hz refresh rate, with high-end hardware and excellent camera performance, all at a price point that is easier to swallow than some competing flagship Android phones.  As good as the phone already is, however... Read more...
Houston, we have a security issue (you thought we were going to say "problem," didn't you?). Actually, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has several security issues, according to an audit by the Office of Inspector General. Among other things, an examination of JPL's network security controls found that the... Read more...
Yesterday morning, we got our hands on some leaked benchmarks for Intel’s upcoming Core i7-1065 G7 processor. This is a 10nm Ice Lake-U part that features a total of four cores (8 threads), a base clock of 1.3GHz, an all-core boost clock of 3.5GHz, a single-core boost of 3.9GHz, and a max TDP of 15 watts. To go along... Read more...
When Apple announced its replacement for the “trash can” Mac Pro, the Mac community collectively lost their minds. The previous generation Mac Pro really was hampered due to thermal constraints, which meant that Apple could never really provide enough top-of-the-line CPU and graphics hardware to satisfy hardcore... Read more...
Best Buy has announced that it has teamed up with Apple to provide authorized repair services at 1,000 Best Buy locations around the country. Apple says that the expansion will make it easier for customers to access safe and reliable repairs. The Best Buy stores that will offer the Apple repair services are in... Read more...
Back in January, Ford officially pulled the wraps off the ultimate Mustang: the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. At the time, Ford wasn't specific about the output of the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, although it said that it would crank out in excess of 700 horsepower. Today, Ford confirmed the official figures for... Read more...
The National Security Agency (NSA) has a program in place called Upstream that taps directly into the Internet backbone to search traffic. The agency has claimed in the past that the warrantless searches of email are allowed under Section 702 enacted as part of the FISA Amendments Act. The agency made changes in 2017... Read more...
Intel has been honing up its software chops over the past year, with the most visible results being on the GPU side. However, Intel hasn't forgotten about utilities for its processors, as witnessed by the new Intel Performance Maximizer. This is a new app that promises to easily overclock your unlocked Core... Read more...
Buying a television can be a daunting experience with so many different models and options available. Sure, size matters, but so does a host of other factors, such as the type of screen, resolution and HDR support, and the implementation of smart features. As it mostly pertains to that latter point, Netflix has come... Read more...
Microsoft is making good on its promise to begin forced upgrades on systems running outdated versions of Windows 10. Microsoft announced its shift in strategy prior to the public release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (v1903), and the first victims customers to be affected by this policy are those running the... Read more...
Intel and AMD have been at war with one another for several years, in the CPU performance and benchmarking space, though only recently have things become interesting. AMD's Zen architecture, now on its third generation (Zen 2), has made AMD a formidable opponent at all three performance tiers—entry-level, mid-range... Read more...
You may have only recently updated your Firefox browser to build 67.0, but guess what? You should mash the update button once gain. The latest version, build 67.0.3, contains a fix for a major security vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild, according to Mozilla. Leaving Firefox unpatched is not a... Read more...
There have been a lot of SUPER rumors making the rounds over the past month, with the most recent one indicating that the cards would be announced this week. Now a new rumor claims to have pricing details for the entire lineup of NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics cards. At the top of the GPU heap is the GeForce RTX... Read more...
Yesterday we wrote about a Korean-language news report suggesting that Intel had commissioned Samsung, a rival of sorts in the semiconductor space (as it pertains to jockeying for the title of top semiconductor producer), to manufacture its upcoming 14-nanometer Rocket Lake CPUs. Well, we have new information... Read more...
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