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A major update headed to the Ethereum blockchain is supposed to be great news for PC gamers, as it would virtually eliminate the demand for GPUs from Eth miners. And it was supposed to happen in December. Unfortunately, the developers overseeing the full transition to Ethereum 2.0 feel the update is not quite ready... Read more...
It's October 28th, and Halloween is nigh. Among other mischieviously-festive events, the Steam Halloween sale is on, with tons of games discounted in celebration of All Hallows' Eve. Bubbling to the top of the pool of discounted titles, you'll find popular survival-craft game Rust. The game and all of its DLCs are... Read more...
Facebook recently said it was looking to do a rebrand amidst the scandal that was caused from release of internal company documents. Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that rebrand and it is simply Meta. Zuckerberg has been talking about moving Facebook as a company into what he calls the "metaverse," So, it is no... Read more...
Like Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo gates its online-capable video games behind a subscription service. In the case of the Nintendo Switch, it's the simply-named Nintendo Switch Online. The subscription costs $19.99 USD per year, and besides enabling access to Nintendo's online services, it also allows you to play a... Read more...
Dell is currently offering a dynamite deal on its Alienware 25 gaming monitor (AW2521H). It's a 24.5-inch display that is built for speed and supports NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer technology, and is on sale for $449.99. That's not chump-change by any stretch of the imagination, but it's $460 below Dell's... Read more...
Sometimes things don't go quite as planned, but the trick is to not give up. If anyone needs reminding of this, Intel's InnovatiON event yesterday should suffice. About 40 minutes into the event, Intel tried to demonstrate its newly unveiled Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor setting a world record while heavily... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has baked up another special treat for fans of single-board computer (SBC) projects: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. It is a long overdue follow-up to the original Raspberry Pi Zero W, and looking at the specifications and and list of features, it appears to be worth the wait (we haven't gotten our... Read more...
Internet safety continues to be a concern for parents when it comes to their children. Anyone with internet access can simply do a quick internet search of your child's name and be able to view photos you may have intended only for your Facebook followers. Google is now providing parents with more control over those... Read more...
Historically, teardowns of Apple's MacBook Pro laptops have not gone all that well, to put it nicely. Apple has not exactly been a champion of the right-to-repair movement, and more like a begrudging participant. Is the new MacBook Pro with Apple's upgraded M1 Pro and M1 Max processors any different? We'll have to... Read more...
Since the beginning of space exploration, radio frequencies have primarily been the method of data communication. All of that is about to change as NASA hearkens in a new age of laser space communications. And no, Dr. Evil fan club members, sharks will not be used for the frickin' lasers (we're still waiting on... Read more...
Halloween is almost here and it is time for a little virtual trick o’ treating. Nintendo has a treat for you and it promises that there are no tricks up its sleeve. Nintendo just released a free demo of Metroid Dread. Nintendo Switch users can either download the free demo from Nintendo.com or the Nintendo eShop... Read more...
In what could very well be the coolest thing you see today, a notorious modder delidded a Core i9-12900K processor from Intel's newly announced Alder Lake stack, and provided a detailed video tour of the chip's makeup. That in and of itself is geektastic, but adding to the awesome-sauce, he also took some... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW is not a new product, but today the company's game streaming service is expanding in a couple of key ways to bring more performance and better visuals to gamers everywhere. Announced last week, NVIDIA is bringing a whole new tier of graphics horsepower to its service, dubbed GeForce NOW RTX... Read more...
Up to this point, the selection of Fire TVs on Amazon in the US has been served by the likes of Toshiba, Insignia, JVC, and Pioneer. Not anymore—Amazon announced last month that it was debuting its own brand Fire TV models, and those sets are now available in a variety of sizes spanning 43-75 inches at aggressive... Read more...
Super Mario Odyssey, downscaled from 4K. To legally play console games in an emulator on a PC, you have to own both the game and the required hardware, which might leave some folks scratching their heads as to why you would even bother. Just play that games on the real hardware, right? Of course, PC gamers know... Read more...
During today's Intel InnovatiON event, the chip maker covered a variety of topics across a range of product and service categories. Alder Lake is of course the major news today, as it gets off the ground with the first batch of desktop SKUs. But one of the more interesting nuggets from the event was the state of... Read more...
The big news today is Intel's 12th Gen Core Alder Lake launch, which kicked off a bevy of product announcements from various system builders and hardware partners. G.Skill is among them. To avoid getting lost in the noise, G.Skill today came out swinging with a high-end Trident Z5 DDR5-6800 memory kit designed for... Read more...
At its inaugural InnovatiON event, which kicked off this morning, Intel revealed a number of additional details regarding its upcoming 12th Gen Core processors, codenamed Alder Lake. We’ve been covering leaks, rumors and whatever else emerged regarding Alder Lake for ages. And after Intel’s recent... Read more...
The talk of the day might be centered on Alder Lake, but Intel made another notable announcement today, regarding the performance potential of Argonne National Laboratory's Aurora supercomputer. We already knew that Intel's next-gen Xe-HPC GPU codenamed Ponte Vecchio would help power Aurora, but revealed today, Ponte... Read more...
Once Intel lifted the curtain on its Alder Lake processors, it took Dell all of a nanosecond to introduce upgraded desktop systems built around the chip maker's latest silicon. This isn't just a motherboard and CPU swap, though. Looking beyond the foundational components, Dell retooled its new XPS Desktop with a... Read more...
Apple is looking into how it may change how you view AR (augmented reality) altogether...literally. Instead of projecting an image onto a lens, which is viewed by someone wearing an AR headset or glasses, Apple envisions beaming the image directly onto the user's eyeball itself. Apple recently unveiled its upcoming... Read more...
You may not be able to mosey into Best Buy or Walmart and walk out with an Xbox Series X or S console tucked underneath your arm, but it's not because Microsoft is dragging its feet on shipments. During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood indicated the company was able to ship more consoles than... Read more...
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