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One of the events that didn’t take place due to the coronavirus in the technology world was the Game Developers Conference. At the time, the organizers of the event said that it was postponed rather than canceled, and they have now announced when the rescheduled event will be held. That rescheduled event will be... Read more...
Many of us have lately found ourselves working more home and relying more on digital entertainment. However, this greater need for the Internet can also lead to network congestion. Several streaming services are currently looking for ways to ease this congestion. Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube have all... Read more...
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a "statewide order" for nearly 40 million residents to "stay at home" amid the coronavirus pandemic, and in other states, school closings are common. Same goes for various retail businesses—many restaurants are now only offering delivery of pickup. Meanwhile, GameStop stirred... Read more...
AMD is winning the core wars in the mainstream desktop CPU space (in terms of how many cores/threads are available), while Intel is focused on squeezing as much performance as it can out of its 14-nanometer node, which will see another round with its Comet Lake-S CPUs. How will they fare against AMD's third-generation... Read more...
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has really done a number on the United States, disrupting how we work, learn, and even shop. And even our areas of leisure haven't been spared, as MLB spring training, NBA, and NHL games have been canceled for obvious reasons -- thousands of people meandering in close quarters isn't a good... Read more...
It has not been quite a full year since Google released the Pixel 3a, a budget version of the Pixel 3 with respectable features at a tantalizing price. It originally debuted at $399, which was a welcome respite against flagship phones that command four figures. Now, however, you can snag one for as low as $149.99 at... Read more...
It may have taken a bit longer than Microsoft originally anticipated, but Windows 10 is now installed on more than one billion active devices (for real this time, unlike back in January when an Italian-language Microsoft website jumped the gun). To celebrate the achievement, Microsoft teased a fresh look headed to... Read more...
GameStop may have jumped the gun a bit yesterday by releasing DOOM Eternal a day early in its retail stores (in a bid to help stop the spread of COVID-19 according to a statement), but today is the game's "official" launch day. DOOM Eternal is highly anticipated, as it is the successor to the DOOM reboot that first... Read more...
Amazon is asking customers to cooperate with a Department of Justice criminal investigation that is being conducted into third-party sellers via the Amazon Marketplace. Amazon has informed customers who may have purchased products from sellers that have been price-gouging in the wake of the coronavirus threat that is... Read more...
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted a majority of the industrialized world, resulting in thousands of deaths and the disruption of our daily lives. Even children are being affected, as school districts around the United States have shut down until further notice to help stop the spread of the disease. For... Read more...
Companies all around the country have sent employees home to work amid the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak to help prevent the spread of the virus. Many of those people who are working from home are communicating with teams and coworkers using Microsoft Teams, which just so happened to turn three years old this week... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple announced a refreshed MacBook Air with double the storage and faster Intel Ice Lake processors along with a new iPad Pro family with dual rear cameras and LiDAR scanning support. If a new rumor is accurate, we could soon be seeing an official announcement for the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus entry-level... Read more...
Back in October of last year, Microsoft tested the water with AMD's Ryzen hardware by offering the 15-inch model of its Surface Laptop 3 with either a Ryzen 7 3780U or Ryzen 5 3580U. Will we see more Surface devices incorporate AMD hardware inside?  A newly leaked benchmark suggests we will, with what could be a... Read more...
These are strange times we live in. Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots, most sporting events have either been cancelled or postponed, we're being told to social distance ourselves, and toilet paper is quickly becoming the new currency. Video games provide a respite from reality, though if you preordered a... Read more...
Unless you've been living under a rock for quite a while, you know that 2020 is going to be a big year for gaming. AMD is set to launch its second-generation Navi-based RDNA 2 graphics cards, and it's hopeful that NVIDIA will launch its GeForce RTX 3000 Series based on next-generation Ampere GPU architecture. On the... Read more...
Certainly, the big news all around the world right now is coronavirus/COVID-19, which is sweeping the globe and forcing many businesses to shut down and send employees home to work. For many people around the world, there is no option to work at home, so they are stuck indoors with little to do. Anyone interested in... Read more...
In this latest episode of 2.5 Geeks, the team talks about AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs, Samsung's big, burly Galaxy S20 Ultra, the benefits of upgrading from integrated graphics for a performance lift, working from home during a pandemic, Epic's Tim Sweeney stepping out in defense of NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and... Read more...
MSI is expanding its range of eSports monitors with the addition of the Optix MAG273 and Optix MAG273R. Surprisingly, both of the displays are incredibly similar with respect to specifications, with a few exceptions. Both the Optix MAG273 and Optix MAG273R feature 27-inch Full HD IPS panels that are rated at a low... Read more...
In many places, you can't walk into a movie theater and catch a flick or waltz into most restaurants for a meal (it's delivery or pick-up only), but you sure as heck can march yourself into GameStop. Well, for now, anyway. There has been a call for 'social distancing' in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and while... Read more...
When it comes to next-gen game consoles, the core specifications are now officially known, with both Microsoft and Sony revealing more hardware details about the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. While custom bits rule the day, the hardware is rooted in PC-centric architectures, namely AMD's Zen 2 CPU and... Read more...
Sony gave a deep dive into the system architecture of the PlayStation 5 yesterday, and one of the big features of the console is backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games. Backward compatibility has been a big component of the current generation PlayStation 4, and support for older games has come for that... Read more...
Google has announced that Android 11 Developer Preview 2 is now available to download and install. Google doesn't want consumers installing the new version of the operating system, so it's making it available for developers only by manual download/flash. Developer Preview 2 will work on Google's first-party Pixel 2... Read more...
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