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Last year, 5G availability and performance was disappointing, and realistically not much has changed on that front. Apple touted "5G just got real" when the iPhone 12 family launched, but 5G tended not to be much better than 4G, if at all. Either way, the technology is still improving, and has more widely rolled out... Read more...
Have you ever tried to buy a game but found that it was not available in your region for some unknown reason? This may be due to a practice Valve’s game platform Steam does, called “geo-blocking.” This is done to lock out certain countries from getting a particular game or to manage pricing worldwide. The European... Read more...
Intel is making one final major push on its 14-nanometer node on the desktop (we think just one more, anyway), and with it comes a claimed 19 percent jump in instructions per clock (IPC) performance. Time will tell if upcoming Rocket Lake-S CPUs can deliver on the promise. Until then, various unreleased SKUs continue... Read more...
NVIDIA first launched the SHIELD TV way back in 2015, but the media streamer is still being updated on a continual basis. Thankfully, the original SHIELD TV hardware is still being updated -- even though several hardware revisions have been introduced -- and that includes today's Software Experience Upgrade 8.2.2... Read more...
Intel's Tiger Lake mobile platform came out of the gate swinging, with excellent performance and improved power efficiency. The early Core i7-1185G7 development platform we evaluated set several mobile processor records in our benchmarks, and retail notebooks were just as strong when they arrived. So far we've reviewed two such notebooks from... Read more...
Destiny 2 players have been itching to get their hands on the random rolls and catalyst of the new Hawkmoon Hand Cannon. The new Harbinger mission now finally provides players the opportunity to earn the catalyst and farm for Hawkmoon. We have provided everything you need to know about the Destiny 2 Harbinger mission... Read more...
The smartphone industry is swiftly shifting to 5G as wireless carriers around the country are lighting up their sub-6GHz and mmWave networks. Needless to say, as smartphone OEMs make the transition, new devices are popping up across a wide spectrum of price points. OnePlus is aiming squarely at the entry-level market... Read more...
As we noted in our LG Velvet review, a stylish 5G phone that lacks excitement, the past few years have not proven easy for the South Korean electronics maker, as it pertains to its efforts in the smartphone sector. The company has seen its phone sales and market share steadily diminish. This has LG considering giving... Read more...
Want to party like it's 2019? Fantastic, because there is a rumor going around that NVIDIA is going to re-introduce a couple of graphics cards from two years ago, those being the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2060 Super. As you probably know, both of those parts are based on the company's previous generation Turing... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10X initially designed for dual-screen (and later expanded to single-screen) devices is nearing completion. Microsoft has not yet announced a release date. However, previews of a nearly completed and leaked build have found their way to the web, including a video of the... Read more...
In the Android smartphone world, Qualcomm has an entire army of SoCs blanketing the entry-level, mid-range, premium, and flagship markets. The company just yesterday tried filling any perceivable gap with the "flagship" Snapdragon 870 SoC. But rivals like MediaTek aren't mere pushovers in the smartphone segment, as... Read more...
Over the past few days, it was noticed that NVIDIA has made some changes to its marketing materials about what qualifies as a G-SYNC Ultimate display. It was previously assumed, based on the company's own wording, that a display needed a dedicated NVIDIA hardware module, HDR support, and a brightness rating of 1,000... Read more...
The Atari VCS is one of those things that has been delayed time and time again, and it has become something of a myth. Atari still has them up on its website for preorder with claims that the new console will ship to consumers sometime this Spring. Ahead of the launch (maybe), Atari has sent some of the modern retro... Read more...
As time goes on, people are becoming more aware of their privacy and data security regarding the products they use. We saw this with the outpouring of concern over WhatsApp’s privacy policies, causing confusion. People do not typically think about their search engine, though, but that is changing as well. DuckDuckGo... Read more...
Intel is on the cusp of releasing its 11th Gen Core processors for the desktop, otherwise known as Rocket Lake-S, and motherboard makers are waiting in the wings for the big day. Biostar, for example, just announced a couple of flashy looking Z590 motherboards, one of which you can see above. Biostar is far from... Read more...
Earlier this month at CES 2021, Intel officially confirmed that its 12th generation Alder Lake CPU architecture will launch during the latter half of 2021. Intel says that Alder Lake will be the "most power-scalable system-on-chip” ever produced, and will be manufactured using the company's advanced 10nm SuperFin... Read more...
Early in December last year, Epic Games added the Mandalorian to Fortnite in the form of a skin. You cannot go without Grogu (Baby Yoda) when you have The Mandalorian, though, so he was added as a “back bling” at level 100. Now that players are finally starting to hit that level, they are noticing an issue with Grogu... Read more...
Laptops and other devices have become increasingly important in the field of education over the last year. These kinds of devices need to be relatively affordable and able to withstand a school environment. Acer has just introduced several new devices that fit into these requirements. Acer’s two new convertible... Read more...
Have you looked at the price of Bitcoin lately? The volatile currency ballooned to nearly $40,000 in recent weeks and is now hovering at a little over $37,000. This has prompted renewed interest in cryptocurrency mining (not that it ever dissipated completely), and if demand is high enough (J.P. Morgan reckons it... Read more...
Cyberpunk 2077 launched in early December to much fanfare, but that excitement and hype around the game was short-lived after scores of bugs and performance issues cropped up with the game... primarily with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. It’s been a wild month for developer CD Projekt Red as it deals... Read more...
Samsung is expanding their line-up of SATA-based solid state drives, with a new series of products designed to balance performance and capacity. A few months back, the company launched the SSD 870 QVO series of drives, based on QLC, or quad-level cell, V-NAND. These new Samsung drives launching today – the Samsung SSD 870 EVO series... Read more...
A newly discovered patent by Take-Two Interactive hints that Grand Theft Auto VI will have smarter non-playable characters (NPCs), which has our minds swirling with possibilities. Rather than following programmed directives, NPCs that leverage advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities could potentially feel... Read more...
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