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While they often aren’t as great as CPUs on their own, FPGAs can do a wonderful job accelerating specific tasks. Whether it's accelerating acting as a fabric for wide-scale datacenter services boosting AI performance, an FPGA in the hands of a capable engineer can offload a wide variety of tasks from a CPU and speed... Read more...
AMD may have unleashed its Zen 3 architecture to the public in 2020, but this is the year that its latest generation CPU architecture will really spread its wings. In the coming months, the Ryzen 5000 series on the desktop will become more readily available (we hope, anyway), and Zen 3 will also be ported over to... Read more...
Xur, Agent of the Nine and vendor of legendary and exotic items, has appeared in the new year with several new offerings. Players of Destiny 2 can exchange their legendary shards for some awesome exotic gear from Xur, if they find him. Thankfully, we have all the information you need to seal a deal with Xur. Where Is... Read more...
Do you find yourself losing your keys, phone, watch, or any other small object that just seems to grow legs and disappear? There are a number of products out there that help you keep track of these items, well, by tracking them. Tile has been the leading brand in item trackers, but Samsung may be entering the ring... Read more...
If you are reading this, then congratulations, you beat 2020. We are now onto 2021, and while it hopefully will not be quite as challenging as last year, it was not all bad. In particular, some big name games came out last year, including Cyberpunk 2077 (which is pretty fun and engaging if you get past the launch bugs). As we embark on a new Read more...
Yesterday, Samsung dropped its first teaser for the upcoming Galaxy S21 family of smartphones, which are rumored to be announced on January 14th. The Snapdragon 888-powered flagships are likely to be among the best-selling Android flagships of 2021, but new reports suggest that customers will be missing a few features... Read more...
Earlier in December, we reported that hackers had breached the SolarWinds Orion platform, a software package dedicated to IT resource management. Ever since it was reported that the breach stretched back to Spring of 2020, numerous government agencies and private companies have indicated that they too were breached... Read more...
CES 2021 is less than two weeks away, and the leaks are already starting to flood in. Earlier this week, we informed you that ASUS has several ROG Strix gaming laptops on the way with up to a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and up to a Ryzen 9 5900H processor onboard.  Now, we're learning about another ASUS gaming laptop that... Read more...
After more than a decade, the original FarmVille game that put developer Zynga on the map is shutting down for good. The reason? It is an Adobe Flash-based title, and with Adobe officially ending support for its Flash Player today, FarmVille becomes an optional casualty. I say "optional" because Zynga could have... Read more...
Sometimes it feels like the do-it-yourself (DIY) crowd can't catch a break. Case in point, AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs are in short supply (relative to demand), and good luck finding a Radeon RX 6000 or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics card in stock from a first-party seller. On top of it all, there is a report... Read more...
Google introduced us to the Pixel 4a 5G during the fall, months later then it was originally expected to debut (likely due to COVID-19). As its name implies, the Pixel 4a 5G is one of Google's entry-level smartphones, but comes equipped with 5G connectivity that the cheaper Pixel 4a lacks. When the smartphone... Read more...
Intel is gearing up to introduce its first major new desktop architecture in a while, that being Rocket Lake-S. Even though its another round of 14-nanometer production, Intel is promising double digit IPC (instructions per clock) gains, as well as other goodies, such as PCI Express 4.0 support (a first for Intel on... Read more...
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