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The sports world is reeling from the tragic loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people who perished over the weekend when a helicopter they were riding in crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California. It doesn't matter if you are religious or an atheist, a basketball... Read more...
Ring has been in the news a lot lately over lapses in security with its camera products. After thousands of accounts got hacked, Ring took the brunt of the backlash, but explained that user credentials were most likely obtained 1) from unrelated account hijacks and 2) because customers were using the same login... Read more...
Researchers have dubbed a newly discovered vulnerability affecting Intel CPUs as CacheOut (how bout dah?), noting it can "violate nearly every hardware-based security domain, leaking data from the OS kernel, co-resident virtual machines, and even SGX enclaves." As you might have guessed, this is yet another... Read more...
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has announced a new infotainment platform that will be used in its vehicles all around the globe. The new platform is called Uconnect 5, and it aims to deliver an intuitive user experience and third-party recognition with the Android automotive operating system. FCA says that the processing speeds... Read more...
When it comes to modern gaming, we typically think of hardcore PC gaming rigs, or consoles from the likes of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. Atari doesn't typically enter the discussion due to its long absence from the gaming market. The fact that the company's VCS retro gaming console has been delayed multiple times... Read more...
Select owners of Google Home smart speakers have over the last few days reported issues that are related the Google Home preview program. That preview program provides users access to test early firmware releases for the smart speaker. Multiple participants in the preview program have reported that after applying the... Read more...
Owners of the SHIELD TV family of media streamers/gaming devices will be happy to learn that NVIDIA is rolling out yet another new update that brings even more functionality. SHIELD Experience 8.0.2 was distributed today, and it supports SHIELD TV devices dating way back to 2015 -- how's that for excellent product... Read more...
Have you been thinking about building a new PC, or upgrading an existing one? Now is a great time to make the jump. The bang-for-buck that can be obtained has never been higher than it is right now, and driving that point home are a handful of discounts on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 processors spanning the Ryzen 9... Read more...
Avast is a well-known company that sells antivirus software, and provides free versions for Windows and macOS platforms. However, the company has come under fire in recent months due to a browser extension that was found to be sending user data to third-party marketing firms. At the time, Avast reassured users that... Read more...
We are eagerly anticipating the launch of Doom Eternal, especially after developer id Software boldly stated it's the "best game we've ever made." There are plenty of reasons to believe that is true. Unfortunately, real-time ray tracing is not one of them, because as much as id Software likes playing with shiny new... Read more...
Amazon, recently launched Echo Buds aim to fight against the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Apple AirPods for the wireless earbud market, and now they're available for $40 off. Amazon's offering promises premium audio with Bose Active Noise Reduction, something missing on the Galaxy Buds. Echo Buds also support hands-free... Read more...
NVIDIA is seemingly getting ready to launch a new round of mobile GPUs based on its Turing architecture, two of which are making early cameos in the Geekbench benchmarking database. Those GPUs include mobile variants of the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and GeForce GTX 1650 Super, neither of which have been announced... Read more...
Microsoft ended official extended support for the Windows 7 operating system on January 14th, 2020... or did it? We devoted a lot of attention to covering this now-passed deadline, as Windows 7 is a decade-old operating system that should have been upgraded to Windows 10 (for free) by now for most consumers. As a... Read more...
Curved glass and folding form factors are gaining a bit of traction as panel makers figure out ways to break from the mold of traditional, straight panel designs. This creates opportunities for hardware makers to explore new form factors. We've seen this from Samsung with the Galaxy Fold, and if a new patent... Read more...
YouTube Premium is the paid version of the ever-popular YouTube streaming service that offers ad-free and background playback of videos and music along with offline downloads. A new offer page has been seen by some YouTube Premium subscribers that offers paying viewers one free channel membership per month. Channel... Read more...
Today is a big day for fans of the next-generation Razr. Motorola has just opened up pre-orders for the folding Android smartphone, which has a starting price of $1,499. The device will officially start shipping on February 6th. In the meantime, Motorola has posted a new video on its YouTube channel entitled... Read more...
Tinder does not have the most stellar reputation when it comes to their users’ physical safety. Although there have been many people who have safely used the app, there have also been several users that have been physically harmed by their Tinder dates. Tinder recently implemented a panic button and artificial... Read more...
A new image has leaked that shows the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra smartphones paired up with the new Galaxy Buds+ earphones. The image is said to be a leaked Samsung promotional image, and it is urging smartphone shoppers to pre-order now to get the Galaxy Buds+ for free. The image only lists the Galaxy S20+ and... Read more...
China is fighting the alarming Coronavirus outbreak that has claimed 20 lives thus far. There have also been cases reported as far from China as the UK and the United States as well. As the virus spreads, some major tech companies and automakers are limiting travel to China to protect employees. Meanwhile, a video... Read more...
The wait is on for Intel to launch a round of 10th generation Core processors based on its Comet Lake S architecture, and for its hardware partners to deliver laptops built around its Comet Lake H series. Those are all coming, but if you are wondering when they will arrive, go ahead and circle the middle weeks of... Read more...
If you have any funds left after stocking up on discounted games from Steam's Lunar New Year sale, you can put them towards some hardware upgrades and watch that savings meter rise. There are two bargains in particular that have caught our eye—one is for the popular Blue Yeti microphone, and the other is an Eero mesh... Read more...
Activision Blizzard and Google have announced a multi-year strategic relationship that will see Google Cloud services as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard's game hosting infrastructure. YouTube will act as the exclusive streaming partner globally, excluding China, for live broadcasts of Activision... Read more...
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