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Microsoft has launched a new cumulative update KB4532695 for Windows 10 that fixes some of the bugs that were introduced with the November 2019 Update. Specifically, the new Windows KB update fixes issues with File Explorer search that has made it unusable since the November update 1909. With that update, Microsft... Read more...
Tesla released its Q4 earnings report this afternoon, and needless to say, the company didn’t disappoint. For starters, it was Tesla’s second straight quarter of profit, coming in at $105 million for Q4 2019. This represented earnings of 56 cents per share for the quarter.  However, Tesla posted an annual loss of... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 4000-based notebooks haven't quite hit store shelves yet, but there are plenty of PCs available right now using older Ryzen 3000 APUs. Such is the case with the Motile M141 Windows 10 laptop that just came across our radar screen today thanks to its crazy-low $200 price tag. First of all, the Motile... Read more...
Microsoft says that the health of people and communities around the world has been improving, noting that the steep decline in child and maternal mortality is a key indicator of improvement. Despite that improvement, the company says that progress is not equal around the world, and there is a need to focus on societal... Read more...
Microsoft inadvertently left Windows 7 users a parting gift with what was supposed to the be the final update for the now-retired operating system. Like a fruitcake at Christmas, however, it was an unwanted gift. In this case, users found that if they were using a stretched background image, Windows 7 would display a... Read more...
Half-Life: Alyx is one of the most highly anticipated PC games for the H1 2020, and with good reason. Although it isn't the mythical Half-Life 3, it's the next besting thing, serving as a prequel of sorts to the groundbreaking shooter Half-Life 2. All of the excitement surrounding the latest entry in the Half-Life... Read more...
There's been lot of talk about Intel's 14nm Comet Lake and 10nm Tiger Lake processor architectures in recent months, but there's another revolutionary chip architecture also waiting in the wings: Lakefield. Lakefield uses Intel's Foveros 3D stacking technology and is built on the 10nm process node. Tech sleuth... Read more...
Infrared Astronomical Satellite, image via NASA Close encounters of a third kind may not be as exciting as they sound. It was recently reported that two American defunct satellites in low Earth orbit could potentially crash into each other this evening. If this crash occurs it could result in hundreds of pieces of... Read more...
The University of Missouri (MU) is deploying a new student tracking application that runs on a smartphone. The app, SpotterEdu, is designed to measure and enforce class attendance. Reports indicate that the tracking app is required for all student-athletes, but is optional for all other students. MU says that... Read more...
A breakdown of the underlying code in the latest version of Google's dialer application (called "Phone") suggests that native call recording is headed to Pixel handsets (and perhaps Android One devices). Previous versions of the dialer hinted at the functionality, but with the release of version 44, it now seems like... Read more...
Sony and Microsoft are both planning to launch next generation game consoles toward the end of the year, those being the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X, respectively. Both will feature custom AMD silicon underneath the hood, along with solid state drive (SSD) storage, and with there being so many similarities... Read more...
AMD announced its Q4 2019 earnings yesterday and its performance was quite strong. Compared to Q4 2018, AMD saw its overall revenue for Q4 2019 jump 50 percent to $2.13 billion. For the entire year, AMD booked total revenue of $6.73, which was up 4 percent compared to 2018's figures. The highlight for AMD was its... Read more...
At long last, AMD CEO Dr. Lisu Su has outright confirmed plans to launch graphics cards for PCs based on a next-generation version of Navi in 2020. Up to this point, she has hinted at new Navi cards being inbound, though careful wording in past statements left it ambiguous as to whether next-generation Navi parts... Read more...
LabCorp is one of the largest medical laboratory companies in the country. Chances are high that anyone who has had lab tests run at the doctor's office or hospital has used LabCorp at some point. The company had a major security flaw with its website that exposed confidential medical documents, including lab test... Read more...
RGB lighting effects have completely taken over the PC gaming scene for the past 10+ years, and you can now find components of every sort decked out with LEDs. Everything from memory, to CPU coolers, to graphics cards, to keyboards, to motherboards can light up in just about any hue that you program. So, would could... Read more...
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an article today that says one of the main goals of the social network in 2020 is to build "much stronger privacy protections for everyone on Facebook." Zuckerberg says that Facebook knows it has a lot of work to do in that realm, which is why it's making it a... Read more...
It has been a while since we talked about Apex Legends and its developer Respawn Entertainment. It appears that Respawn has just trolled the fanbase of Apex Legends by announcing the next Legend as a character named Forge. The video introduces Forge, who is supposed to be a champion MMA fighter with a robotic... Read more...
Although its name has been somewhat of a mystery until now -- we've heard Galaxy Fold 2, Galaxy Bloom, and now Galaxy Z Flip -- there's no question that we're now getting a good look at the smartphone that Samsung plans to launch early next month. Here's the Galaxy Z Flip in all its glory, and it shows a device with a... Read more...
Ahead of the Super Bowl this weekend, Porsche posted an extended cut of "The Heist," an advertisement that will run during the big game. That itself is mildly interesting (some people tune into the Super Bowl just for the commercials), but even more intriguing is what it might reveal—a first look at the upcoming 2021... Read more...
Dell's new OptiPlex 7070 Ultra desktop PC features a new, innovative design approach that's sleeker and more useful than traditional small form factor machines, when integrating them with standard displays. Small form factor PCs, like the Intel NUC, Gigabyte BRIX and ZOTAC ZBOX, tend to include VESA mounts for easy... Read more...
When it comes to the smart speaker market in the United States, there's Amazon, Google... and everyone else. Amazon kicked off the festivities with the original Echo, and Google followed up with the Home. Now, both companies have multiple display-equipped smart speakers, including Google's Nest Hub. Today, Best Buy... Read more...
In the realm of low-cost, diminutive PCs, the Raspberry Pi has sort of stood as the gold standard, or at least the most popular choice and recognizable name. It certainly helped popularize the category. The Raspberry Pi is not the only hardware option in town, though, and adding to the growing list of alternatives is... Read more...
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