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It should come as no surprise that the chief executive officer of Softbank is in favor of NVIDIA purchasing Arm—obviously that is the case, since the two companies hammered out a $40 billion acquisition agreement, marking the largest semiconductor deal ever. But looking beyond the dollars that will exchange hands... Read more...
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 series, the company's flagship notebook lineup, is no stranger to our offices. The various iterations of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon are some of our favorite ultra-light notebooks. In recent years, Lenovo has pushed the X1 family into 2-in-1 convertible devices as well, something we've very much liked... Read more...
When it comes to tablets that are currently available on the market, there's Apple's iPad family, and then there's everyone else. Apple has the market cornered with a wide variety of tablets covering multiple price points including the iPad mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro. The latest entry is the 4th generation... Read more...
Blockchain is back, and cryptocurrency is coming up again. Earlier this week, PayPal announced that it would accept cryptocurrency payments, which gave Bitcoin a bump in price. With AMD Radeon RX 6000 "Big Navi" cards coming soon, there could be a new rush to mine cryptocurrency.  The fine folks at Phoronix, however... Read more...
At the beginning of September, Sabrent announced its Rocket 4 Plus solid state drive, which is rated to deliver delightfully fast sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and write speeds up to 6,850MB/s. This is large part due to Phison's next-gen PS5018-E18 controller. As enticing as that is, it appears the E18 can... Read more...
If you are not already dreaming and drooling about the prospect of building a high-end PC around AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X processor, some newly leaked benchmarks might just do it. Over on Geekbench (where else?), there exists a handful of benchmark runs showing the mighty processor nudging a little past... Read more...
The market for PCIe 4.0 SSDs is expanding at a rapid pace, helped in part -- in the consumer market -- by the introduction of AMD's Zen 2/X570 platform in 2019. With the launch of Tiger Lake and the upcoming Zen 3 and Rocket Lake desktop processor platforms, PCIe 4.0 SSDs are going to filter further into the... Read more...
Huawei on Thursday unveiled a new flagship smartphone line, the Mate 40 series, which is set to duke it out in the luxury handset market against the likes of Samsung. One of the things that stands out about the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro+ is the circular camera pod on the back. Funky rear camera bumps are a... Read more...
Most smart device users are accustomed to needing to activate their smart assistant through a “wake” word. How would users feel if this inconvenience could be eliminated? Google is reportedly working on allowing users to merely approach their Nest Hub to activate the device. The feature is codenamed “Blue Steel”... Read more...
We're just a week away from the official launch of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards, which is its new mainstream GPU that promises previous generation "flagship" GeForce RTX 2080 Ti performance at the $499 price point. Given how close we are to retail availability, it was inevitable that performance benchmarks... Read more...
The Jabra Elite 75t (and its Elite Active 75t counterparts) is among the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are currently available on the market. The earbuds have won praise for their form-fitting design, sweat/water resistance, and HearThrough technology that allows ambient noise to passthrough so that you're not... Read more...
The Trickbot botnet is under the gun in a significant way. Both Microsoft and the U.S Military Cyber Command have both been targeting Trickbot this year in hopes of taking it down. Microsoft claims that “As of October 18, [they’ve] worked with partners around the world to eliminate 94% of Trickbot’s critical... Read more...
Remember when you could not find a mid-range or high-end graphics card to save your life, because the cryptocurrency miners were hogging them all? Things changed when mining in large part shifted from GPUs to specialized ASIC hardware, the cryptocurrency boom came to an end. Well, sort of. Bitcoin has held strong, and... Read more...
Microsoft Windows 10 users are finally receiving the October 2020 Update, and it brings some UI freshening and new features. The Windows 10 Start Menu is finally getting a new look with updated icons and transparent logos. Microsoft Edge is also getting some new features to streamline usage across the Windows... Read more...
Following the release of the AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processor family, and complementing X570 motherboards, PCIe 4.0 SSDs have been sought after by enthusiasts looking for some extra performance. There aren't many companies out there making PCIe 4.0 SSD controllers, so when new products are announced, we definitely... Read more...
Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the privacy-minded Portable SSD T7 Touch. This external USB-C storage device delivered high capacities up to 2TB and impressive read-write speeds over USB 3.1 Gen 2. Its headlining feature, however, was an integrated fingerprint reader to effortlessly unlock the drive’s AES... Read more...
It has been a long time since the monitor market was a stale one. These days, it is one of the most frequently updated categories, with new models arriving all the time sporting faster speeds and a barrage of fancy features. So it is not surprising that among the products Acer announced today, there are half a dozen... Read more...
Our most recent fall gaming PC giveaway has ended and we have picked the winner! For those few that may have missed the original announcement, for this giveaway we teamed up with the good folks at EK Fluid Gaming, who put together one heck of a gorgeous, all-AMD system. EKFG graciously offered up one of its... Read more...
Over the summer, Intel announced its 11th generation Tiger Lake processors, which power the latest thin and light notebooks from various OEMs. In addition to bringing faster overall CPU performance compared to the preceding 10th generation Ice Lake processors, Tiger Lake also introduced the world to 12th generation... Read more...
In exactly one week from now, AMD will unveil its Radeon RX 6000 series lineup, whatever that might ultimately consist of, finally putting to rest the bulk of related rumors and leaks. All we can say for 100 percent certainty right now is that the new cards will be based on AMD's RDNA 2 graphics architecture. That... Read more...
Is Mozilla trying to have its cake and eat it too? That certainly seems to be the case with its commentary surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit brought yesterday against Google. The DOJ has alleged that Google has partaken in a number of monopolistic practices specifically related to the... Read more...
The current pandemic will almost definitely put a damper on trick-or-treating this year, but there are other ways of getting into the Halloween spirit, all while remaining safely isolated in your home. I'm talking about themed events in popular games. As I wrote about yesterday, Rocket League is enjoying a... Read more...
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