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Microsoft has announced that the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build is available for insiders in the Beta Channel. The new version is called the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19042.421 (20H2). Several things have been changed in Windows for the new 19042.421 build, including theme-aware tiles and and the new... Read more...
This has been a rough couple of weeks for Intel. First, it got leapfrogged by NVIDIA as the most valuable chipmaker in the US, then as part of its second quarter earnings report, Intel divulged that a defect in its 7-nanometer manufacturing has resulted in another six-month delay (and we won't see 10nm desktop chips... Read more...
The Nest Thermostat has been on the market for nearly a decade and has proven to be one of the most popular units for homeowners that want to automate their heating and cooling. One of the coolest features of the Nest Thermostat is that it is Internet-connected, giving users control via a smartphone app (or web... Read more...
It appears that the switch to Apple Silicon could mean more than just greater performance and efficiency for Macs; it could also bring about a useful feature addition that iPhone and iPad users have taken for granted for years. We're talking, of course, about Face ID. According to some digging by 9to5Mac into the... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) is an elusive beast that has eluded [official] detection for years. The current “big dog” Grand Theft Auto V was first released way back in September 2013, and has been available across two console generations (Xbox 360/PS3 and Xbox One/PS4). It will even be available natively on... Read more...
The Epic Games Store has kicked off its Summer Sale event with deep discounts on a variety of games, including "scorching offers" of up to 85 percent off various titles and add-on content. And of course the usual rotation of weekly free games is in effect, so if for no other reason, it's worth diving in to collect the... Read more...
The developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator have announced the closed beta for the new version of the game will begin on July 30. Developers promise the full build notes will be posted along with the build release, and new closed beta invitations have gone out. Anyone participating in the Alpha testing of the... Read more...
Although Intel’s 7nm processor delay is definitely disappointing news, that isn’t slowing down the company’s near-term products like its 11th generation Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake-S families. The former is expected to be announced at a big virtual event on September 2nd, and will form the basis of a new generation of... Read more...
We have been saying for weeks now that Microsoft's Surface Duo launch is imminent, and we stand by that prediction. Adding to our confidence that it will be launching relatively soon, the dual-screen Android device recently made a cameo on the Federal Communications Commission's database, with nearly a dozen... Read more...
Back in early June, we reported that AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su quickly shot up the ranks to become the highest paid CEO among the S&P 500. Su, who has helmed AMD since 2014, made a number of bold decisions that have allowed the company to claw away market share from longtime rival Intel, not only in the mainstream processor... Read more...
There is already plenty of excitement in anticipation of NVIDIA porting its Ampere GPU architecture over to the consumer market with its next round of GeForce RTX graphics cards, and adding to the hype is an early look at some benchmarks, albeit for the machine learning version (A100). Compared to Turing, the... Read more...
If there’s still any doubt that truly wireless earbuds are a thing, let us introduce you, dear reader, to the second wave -- exemplified by the OnePlus Buds. See, the first wave really took off when Apple introduced the original AirPods -- meh sound, OK battery life, high price. The focus was on convenience, reliability, and calls. Other... Read more...
Garmin is having itself a no good, terrible day. and it could extend throughout the weekend. The cause of Garmin's woes is a ransomware attack, according to employees who have posted about the matter on social media, and it is affecting several of the company's services for its line of wearable products and aviation... Read more...
T-Mobile has confirmed that beginning in January 2021, it will require all devices on its network to be VoLTE capable. T-Mobile issued a statement that it's trying to reduce the impact of the change to new customers and won't be activating new devices on its network after August 4 that lack VoLTE compatibility. It... Read more...
Intel isn't having much luck in its endeavors with process nodes smaller than 14nm. The company's 10nm lines were famously delayed for years, which forced the company to rely on 14nm for its mainstream- and enterprise-class processors way longer than expected. The upcoming Rocket Lake-S family will hopefully be the... Read more...
Apple ignited quite a firestorm when it announced that it would be leaving behind Intel processors over the next two years as it transitions all of its Macs to Arm-based “Apple Silicon”. This move extricates Apple from Intel’s processor roadmap potholes, and puts it into near full control of its Mac hardware/software... Read more...
Most people who purchase a device are likely hoping that their device will last at least a few years. However, scratches and cracks on a device’s display can deeply affect its longevity and effectiveness. Corning just created their new Gorilla Glass Victus, which features better drop and scratch performance than its... Read more...
AT&T caused a bit of an uproar yesterday when it was revealed that customers were receiving emails from the 2nd place U.S. wireless carrier proclaiming that it would “soon be upgrading our network”. The email went on to describe how the customer’s current smartphone “is not compatible with the network and you need to... Read more...
New data has been published by Superdata (a Nielsen company) looking at the video game industry and picking out some of the most successful titles overall. Of all the video games that are covered in the latest data on the global digital games market, one of the most impressive titles is Riot Games' free-to-play title... Read more...
We all know that bigger is better, right? At least in generalities, it's often true. More CPU cores help performance in multi-threaded workloads, while high frequencies boost performance in lightly-threaded tasks. With graphics, it's all about more as well; more shading resources, more ROPs, more VRAM, and a wider bus means more frames per... Read more...
Wherever you go in this world, there are some idiotic laws on the books. For example, in Georgia, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket if it is Sunday (seriously, look it up). Not to be outdone, there is a truly baffling law in Malaysia that, if strictly enforced, would require anyone who... Read more...
AT&T has announced the next big step for its growing 5G network: nationwide availability. By the company’s own estimates, its 5G network is currently spread across nearly 400 U.S. markets and blankets just over 250 million Americans. As far as we can tell, AT&T thankfully isn’t including its controversial and... Read more...
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