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Back in the early days of the iPhone, jailbreaking was an incredibly common practice for enthusiasts. With an iOS jailbreak and third-party app stores like Cydia, iPhone users were able to add software features and apps to their devices that Apple had yet to provide (sometimes years prior). Two things happened... Read more...
We already know the upcoming Pixel 4 series will support motion gestures—Google confirmed the "Motion Sense" feature in a short video teaser, along with facial recognition support to unlock the handsets. Now we have a pretty good idea of what specific apps will work with Motion Sense from the get go. One of them is... Read more...
Microsoft's big yearly Surface event is less than a week away and the company is expected to broadly refresh its PC hardware lineup. Two of the devices that are scheduled to be announced include the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Laptop 3. According to a new report coming out of France, the Surface Pro 7 is expected... Read more...
We recently had the chance to spend some time with the folks at Maingear HQ and built a beautiful, water-cooled AMD Rzyen 3000-based rig. That system was destined for Dave’s lab and has become his daily workhorse – in fact, that rig produced the video you’ll see below. Not long after we took that... Read more...
Logitech is trying to become a major force in the broadcast and livestreaming space. It took another step in that direction today by announcing it has agreed to acquired Streamlabs for $89 million in cash, and potentially another $29 million in Logitech stock (subject to the achievement of significant revenue growth... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard has just unwrapped a duo of new Chromebook devices, which are increasingly becoming popular due to the versatile nature of Google’s Chrome OS and affordable pricing. The new devices are the Chromebook x360 12b and the Chromebook x360 14b. Both share the same design language, with the main... Read more...
In a new blog post, Microsoft extols the benefits of somewhat recently implementing machine learning into its Windows 10 update process. This is an evolving process, though from Microsoft's vantage point, it has been a success so far, allowing it to identify which Windows 10 PCs are the least likely to run into an... Read more...
Folding smartphones have proven challenging for hardware makers, but they have been forging ahead nonetheless with little sign of slowing down. It is not just Samsung and Huawei or getting in on the action either. Motorola, one of the most iconic brands in the cell phone space, is said to be gearing up to debut a... Read more...
When Samsung first launched the Galaxy Fold, things quickly went wrong for the company. The Galaxy Fold has relaunched after the company said that it reworked the device to be more durable (making changes to the display and the hinge mechanism). Durability concerns remain for many, and with the price of the smartphone... Read more...
Many Fortnite fans have hated the mech since it landed with the start of Season 10. The machine was overpowered in the opinion of most players, but Epic said it was added to give the causal gamers a better chance to win a match. Many have called repeatedly for the mech to be removed from the game, and it appears that... Read more...
Smartphone users who don't care to spend the sort of money that the new iPhone 11 series costs or what flagship Android devices go for might be in the market for a reliable mid-range device. Amazon has a sale going right now on a pair of Moto smartphones that have impressive discounts. One of the devices is the Moto... Read more...
After plenty of teasing and specs leaks, the OnePlus TV has finally been revealed for all to see. OnePlus is looking to shakeup the TV market in much the same way that it did with smartphones by delivering hardware that is big on features, while not draining your wallet (at least compared to the competition). The... Read more...
There's no question that Intel has a commanding lead when it comes to processors used in servers and high-end workstations with its Xeon family. However, AMD has slowly been making inroads with its first-generation Zen-based EPYC 7001 processors, and it is looking to further dig into Intel's lead with Zen 2-based EPYC... Read more...
Kingston recently expanded its portfolio of solid state drives, with a new family of products targeting high-performance desktop and workstation applications. The Kingston KC2000 series of drives feature a PCI Express Gen 3.0 x 4 controller, 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory, and boast of peak transfer speeds north of... Read more...
What do Hollywood, Apple users, and Google Chrome share in common? A wave of unbootable MacBooks and Mac Pros. A Google Keystone update was able to damage certain Mac files and shut the affected devices down unexpectedly. This past week, several Hollywood film editors reported that their Mac devices were unable to... Read more...
Apple has always held a vice grip on its App Store, and from its inception, only approved apps that meet the company's set of rules have been allowed to enter. Up to this point, getting around this meant having to jailbreak your iPhone. Well, not anymore—iOS developer Riley Testut has made available an alternative app... Read more...
Today at TwitchCon, NVIDIA announced some interesting new tech that can be quite beneficial to the livestreaming community. The company has been leveraging the RT and Tensor cores in its current generation of Turing-based GeForce RTX graphics cards to enable features like real-time ray tracing, but that same hardware... Read more...
Somewhere along the line, smartphones went from being pricey at the upper echelon, to downright expensive, requiring users to pay through the nose for the highest end handsets. OnePlus has always been a refreshing change of pace in the top tier smartphone sweepstakes. Its new OnePlus 7T flagship phone carries on that... Read more...
Apple has published a new support document that talks about the virtues of using genuine replacement screens for the new iPhone 11 line in case of breakage. Apple says that its iPhone displays have been designed, tested, and manufactured to its rigorous quality and performance standards. According to the company... Read more...
When AMD first released its Ryzen 3000 7nm Zen 2 processors back in July, the family wasn't fully realized. The flagship Ryzen 9 3950X was MIA (and has since been delayed until November), and bargain basement entry-level processors were nowhere to be found (although they have since popped up on numerous occasions in... Read more...
Google has launched another (Go edition) version of Android for entry-level smartphones, built on top of Android 10. It's the second release of a (Go edition) build, and is "faster and more secure" than the previous release that was built on top of Android 9 Pie, Google claims. Part of that claim is tied to a new... Read more...
Peering into its crystal ball, Intel sees a future in which innovative storage products play a massive roll, both on the consumer side and especially within the enterprise and data center sectors. Related to that, Intel today outlined its Optane roadmap, including a new "Barlow Pass" Optane DC persistent memory for... Read more...
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