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All News for January 2020

We've been hearing plenty of leaks regarding Intel's next-generation Comet Lake-S desktop processor family and its supporting Z490 chipset. The rumored flagship of the family is the Core i9-10900K, which is still based on the 14nm process node. This time around, the Core i9-10900K is making another appearance... Read more...
Back in 2018 when Microsoft first unveiled the Surface Hub 2, it announced some interesting features that the product would offer including the ability to rotate the display 90 degrees and link multiple displays together as tiles. Fast forward a few months later and Microsoft announced that it would ship two Surface... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicle range and efficiency, there's Tesla, and then there's everyone else. Tesla first brought the Model S to market nearly a decade ago, and since then has followed up with the Model X, Model 3, and the soon to be released Model Y. Over the years, the company has worked diligently to... Read more...
There is little doubt that OnePlus has not heard the call for wireless charging support to finally be a feature of the company's smartphones—users have been clamoring for the feature for quite some time now. Don't bother finding a mountaintop to shout the request from, however, as it's probably going to find its way... Read more...
Sources who claim to be close to the investigation are reporting that the FBI is currently probing an Israeli firm called NSO Group Technologies for its role in possible hacks on American residents and companies. The probe is allegedly looking at suspected intelligence gathering on governments according to the... Read more...
It's been over two years since Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it looks as though the company is ready to move on with a new generation. The Surface Book 2 is running some seriously outdated -- by modern standards -- hardware including 7th generation Intel Core processors Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX... Read more...
A few years ago, Nintendo took a gamble on a hybrid game console, one did not come close to matching the raw power of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, but could be played on-the-go or plopped into a dock for big screen action. I am of course talking about the Switch, which has proven to be immensely popular. This raises... Read more...
In sticking with the plan that was announced last summer, Indiana University is now the owner of Cray's first "Shasta" supercomputer. As shown in the image above, it bears the university's color scheme and is called Big Red 200, which is a tribute to the 200th anniversary of IU. In addition to oozing school pride, Big... Read more...
It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft has announced via its Italian-language website that Windows 10 installations have finally crossed the 1 billion mark worldwide. Although the news is interestingly coming first from the Microsoft Italy, we'd imagine that the company will soon be making an official... Read more...
Western Digital is one of the biggest names in storage, and today the company announced it has developed its 5th generation 3D NAND flash memory technology called BiCS5. It is latterly denser than the previous generation of 3D NAND, and also offers more storage layers—112 of them, to be precise. These are important... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it is launching a new Xbox Bounty Program that will pay gamers, security researchers, and tech fans globally for finding and reporting bugs. Bug bounty programs have been around for a long time and are an effort by companies to allow the public to uncover vulnerabilities in software and... Read more...
It's finally happening! Samsung first announced its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx-based Galaxy Book S way back in August 2019 at the Galaxy Note 10 event, and it was truly an impressive beast. But months went by without another word from Samsung on the machine; that is until now. Samsung has finally opened up preorders for... Read more...
Huawei has been pounded hard over the last year as a ban imposed on it by the Trump administration saw the smartphone maker banned from the U.S., and banned from using critical software such as the Google line of apps including Gmail and others. Reports have now surfaced that claim Huawei has said that it will never... Read more...
A jury has awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) after finding Apple and Broadcom guilty of infringing on its Wi-Fi patents. Apple bears the brunt of the penalty, as it has been ordered to pay $837.8 million in damages, while Broadcom is now legally compelled to fork over... Read more...
Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 on January 14th. The company has urged users to update to Windows 10 as soon as possible, but many are still clinging to Windows 7. Fortunately for die-hard Windows 7 fans, several antivirus companies and browser manufacturers will continue to offer support to Windows 7... Read more...
The high end 2-in-1 notebook market is pretty crowded with entrants from Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, HP, ASUS and others. As a result, it's pretty tough to make a convertible laptop that stands out from the rest. HP's doing its best, however, with its new Elite Dragonfly line of lightweight, 2-in-1 hybrid PCs.  What we have on hand today... Read more...
Nintendo may have take a swing and a miss with the Wii U, which failed to recapture the magic of the Wii and ranks as the company's worst selling console of all time, but the same is not true of the Switch. It continues to sell like gangbusters—Nintendo sold an additional 10.81 million Switch systems during the last... Read more...
Google has announced that it will be making its Nest Thermostat smarter by adding new features to the device. Specifically, it has begun testing a new feature that is designed to alert homeowners to issues with the heating and cooling system. The feature will learn how to identify unusual patterns related to the HVAC... Read more...
Here's a name we haven't though much about in the past decade or so: Hummer. Hummer was once a name synonymous with excess thanks to its big, burly lifted SUVs that were loathed for their immense girth and equally voracious thirst for unleaded gasoline. The brand was eventually shutdown in 2010, making it a victim of... Read more...
In what is like to come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the latest market research data shows Apple and Samsung shipping around the same number of smartphones, putting the two technology behemoths on relatively equal footing (in terms of market share). It's a little hard to gauge, though, because Apple no longer... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported that Avast was under fire for its data privacy policies (or lack thereof) for its free antivirus software. Through its subsidiary Jumpshot, Avast sold vast amounts of user data to big name customers like Google and Microsoft (among others). Although Avast claimed that the data that it... Read more...
Just last week, a new Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) listing tipped the pending release of nearly a dozen Z490 motherboards from MSI, which will presumably launch alongside Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-S desktop processors. That launch must be getting close, because ASRock has seemingly revealed its Z490 lineup as... Read more...
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