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It is certainly a tough time to be a gamer in need or want of a PC hardware upgrade. Some of the newest and most desirable parts are in short supply, including the latest generation graphics from AMD (Radeon RX 6000 series) and NVIDIA (GeForce RTX 30 series). This has led to inflated pricing by marketplace sellers... Read more...
Perhaps you want to catch the big game on a big screen or watch some movies in 4K with your family. As time goes on, decent 4K Smart TVs are becoming more affordable for everyone, and BestBuy has a sale going on that is impressive. Right now, you can get a Hisense 85” 4K Smart Android TV for just $999.99, which is... Read more...
Microsoft has been promising changes to the Windows platform for quite some time now. However, it appears that updates are not limited to the Windows UI, as Outlook could be getting a facelift soon. This new universal Outlook app would replace the Mail and Calendar app on Windows 10 upon release. Users can experience... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S21 family has been making the rounds quite a bit during the past few weeks. We've seen all three smartphone members -- Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra -- from all angles in official leaked renders. What we haven't seen, until now, have been the alleged S Pen for the Galaxy S21 Ultra and... Read more...
Many people are bidding a not-so-fond 'good riddance' to 2020 as we settle into whatever 2021 brings us, but it was not all bad. That is especially true for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The chip maker apparently pulled in record revenue last month, ending the year with a bang. As a result, it is... Read more...
Spinning hard disks are completely out for just about all but the very cheapest of systems. Solid state drives like the WD Blue SN550 we'll be evaluating in this article are here to stay, and continue to make their way into lower-priced, ever more affordable notebooks and desktops. That's no doubt due to the fact that these drives' asking... Read more...
Cheat codes seem to be a dying breed in today's games. Back in the day, you needed to find a friend who knew cheat codes off the top of their head or find a gaming magazine or book that listed all the cheats. Now, people can scrub through millions of lines of code looking for little backdoors and cheats that the... Read more...
Count yourself lucky if you managed to snag an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or PlayStation 5 console over the recent holiday stretch. Technically, both Microsoft and Sony released their newest generation systems to retail in November, but actually buying one was often an exercise in futility. There just was not... Read more...
Epic Games is an incredibly influential force in the gaming industry with its Unreal Engine (which is used in a wide range of games) and its own popular games like Fortnite. Its Unreal Engine is even used in the production of mega-hit TV shows like The Mandalorian. The company was founded in 1991, and has long been... Read more...
The only perspective available in Cyberpunk 2077 is first-person. CD Projekt Red opted not to make available a third person perspective, as is the default viewpoint in games like Grand Theft Auto V and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. If you are bummed about that, we have good news—there is a mod available that will allow... Read more...
Over the last few weeks, we've seen plenty of leaks for ASUS' upcoming gaming laptops that will be unveiled next week at CES 2021. Unlike in years past, the CES 2021 will be held virtually due to COVID-19, which means that tech journalists won't be mingling by the thousands in Las Vegas, hopping from the LVCC to... Read more...
When summer rolls around, it will have been six years since Microsoft first released Windows 10 to the general public. Since then, Windows 10 has received several major updates with new and improved features, and a bit of tweaking to the overall user interface (UI). But the biggest visual change to Windows 10 is yet... Read more...
Over the past year, Qualcomm has done much to expand its footprint in the 5G realm with a whole slate of new Snapdragon chipsets. In 2020, the first smartphones with the Snapdragon 865, 765, 750G, and 690 Mobile Platforms were launched. Starting later this month, we'll see the first smartphones with Qualcomm's new... Read more...
It appears the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S family of smartphones gets earlier and earlier each year. This year is no exception, as Samsung this evening confirmed that the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 announcement will take place on January 14th at 10am EST. For those keeping score, the Galaxy 20 family was announced on March... Read more...
It never fails that when a game launches, players find a way to play it in ways that the developer never intended. Whether it's perfect Marine splits against Banelings in StarCraft II or rocket jumps in Quake III Arena, the best players can execute some incredible moves perfectly. Once again, the inevitable has... Read more...
When you are an app developer in a walled garden, sometimes the walls start to close in. It doesn't even matter if if a useful app has been around for six years and attracted over 400,000 downloads with high user satisfaction in the form of user reviews. Apple has its rules and follows them to the letter, sometimes to... Read more...
Seeing Grand Theft Auto VI or Red Dead Redemption 3 in the future is a pretty safe bet considering those are Rockstar’s biggest IPs. The fan-favorite game from Rockstar, Bully, may not get the same treatment, however. Leakers have reported that Bully 2 got the axe back in 2017 due to its more popular franchises taking... Read more...
Some enticing new hardware for mobile form factors is right around the corner. Namely, AMD is getting ready to announce its next round of laptops CPUs (Ryzen 5000H/HS/U), and NVIDIA is prepping a port of its Ampere GPU architecture over to mobile, according to a plethora of leaks and rumors. Waiting is the tough part... Read more...
For the past month, LG Display has been making waves with futuristic advances in OLED technology. Early in December, the company showed off automatic sliding doors using transparent OLED technology to display advertising along, and more recently extended the concept to a 55-inch stationary display that could be used... Read more...
Just in time for the holidays, we’re back with another HOT giveaway, courtesy of our friends at EVGA! Up for grabs this time around are six (6) of EVGA's new XR1 USB 3.0 Capture Devices, which are the first to be certified for OBS (Open Broadcaster). Whether you want to capture a feed from your PC, console, or camera, the EVGA XR1 has you Read more...
Quantum computing is a fascinating and continually developing field that may drive computers' future and fundamentally change the world. While that is happening, people still need networks to communicate over the internet. As such, scientists with Fermilab and other research institutes have been applying quantum... Read more...
Solid state drives are the best way to breathe new life into an older PC or add extra storage to a new build to store games and data that needs to be read frequently. NVMe drives typically top out at 2 TB and most motherboards only have one or two slots. When absolute throughput may not be as important as quick random... Read more...
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