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Apple's latest M1 Macs -- and many Intel-based ones, for that matter -- all use the company's T2 security chip, which encrypts the system's built-in storage. The issue with highly-integrated motherboards with onboard storage is that if the onboard SSD wears out, the whole system becomes a brick of e-waste. And as... Read more...
Just over a month ago, we started hearing rumblings about Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro models. According to the reports, Apple will unveil an all-new 14-inch MacBook Pro and a larger 16-inch MacBook Pro using its homegrown Apple Silicon. At the time, Mark Gurman added some rather vague information regarding... Read more...
Rather than spending money on multiple monitors or even a whole PC, enterprise and private consumers could invest in mobile or PC-powered augmented reality (AR). This would allow for more data to be viewed and utilized while working wherever someone finds themselves. While Lenovo unveiled the ThinkReality A3 glasses... Read more...
Motherboard and laptop makers are starting to implement faster integrated NICs onto their products, though 1Gbps LAN connections are still very much ubiquitous. And in an effort to push increasingly thinner and lighter laptops, many recent models have nixed wired LAN ports altogether, leaving you with only wireless... Read more...
Destiny 2’s Season of the Chosen is well under way and players can already access a new exotic weapon. Dead Man’s Tale has thankfully dropped earlier rather than later. Here is everything you need to know about Dead Man’s Tale and the Presage Mission. **Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead** What is Dead Man’s... Read more...
For the most part, Samsung's home brewed Exynos silicon chips have not been able to dethrone Qualcomm's ever-expanding Snapdragon lineup, but perhaps infusing AMD's Radeon DNA graphics architecture into its designs will make things more interesting. We'll see, and perhaps soon—rumor has it Samsung and AMD will show... Read more...
In 2016, PlayStation launched PlayStation VR, bringing virtual reality into many gamers' homes. Since then, Oculus and Valve have come out with new headsets, overall technology has improved, and the PlayStation 5 is now the "must have" console for gamers. Over four years later, Sony is announcing the next generation... Read more...
Lenovo has just announced a thorough redesign of several of its popular laptop families, including the ThinkPad X13/X13 i laptops and ThinkPad X13 Yoga 2-in-1 convertible. All the machines have been completely redesigned with new 16:10 displays, which seems to be all the rage these days for consumers that want to be... Read more...
Intel is set to close out its era of 14-nanometer manufacturing with Rocket Lake, due out at the end of next month (barring any last minute delays). After that, the focus will shift to Alder Lake, a hybrid CPU design that figures to be one of the Intel's more interesting launches, for a number of reasons. While Alder... Read more...
Hyundai first gave us a glimpse at its latest electric vehicle when it debuted the Concept 45 two years ago. Now, the production version of that car has been unveiled, and it is a fetching design quite unlike any other EV that has come before it. Witness the Ioniq 5, which features a crisp, angle-driven look that is... Read more...
When it comes to music, delivering high-quality sound to your ears can make listening experience much more immersive. If you decide to stream music from Spotify, that quality can vary from song to song depending on several factors. To combat this, Spotify will begin offering Premium subscribers the option to upgrade... Read more...
When it comes to updates for Android devices, Google has made some critical infrastructure improvements over the years to streamline the process for users. It's now easier for OEMs to push out standalone updates for devices, including security updates, to customers. However, for whatever reason, some OEMs aren't too... Read more...
If you're currently using the microphone built into your webcam, it might be time to up your audio game. Whether you're streaming for fun or working from home, the mics including with USB cameras aren't the best around. While many laptops have noise-canceling arrays, desktop users with discrete cameras don't always... Read more...
Intel is promising big things from its upcoming Rocket Lake-S CPUs, including upgraded features like PCI Express 4.0 support and faster memory, and of course a double-digit bump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. In the early going, we have seen a mix of benchmark leaks, some more promising than others. Now... Read more...
Both Apple and Samsung are the world's leading smartphone manufacturers, and they have been duking it out on global sales leader boards. Quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, Samsung has had a death-grip on the number one spot. But in an interesting turn of events, a new report found that Apple took the number one... Read more...
After years of being pigeonholed into data plans that forced us to pick "buckets" of data each month (a la, 4GB, 8GB, 10GB plans), U.S. wireless carriers have for the most part reverted to offering at least a few different unlimited data plans (thanks to prodding by T-Mobile). This is the case for both 4G LTE and 5G... Read more...
Back in early February, CD Projekt Red was the unfortunate victim of a network breach, which allowed hackers to make off with source code for some of its most popular games -- including the recently released Cyberpunk 2077. The perpetrators of the heist reportedly sold the source code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The... Read more...
If there is one thing I learned from cartoons in the 1980s, it is that knowing is the half the battle. Thank you G.I. Joe for that tidbit. Fast forward several decades later and that lesson is playing out right before our very eyes, in relation to another malware strain that is able to run natively on Apple's fancy... Read more...
In just a few more days, NVIDIA will release its most affordable graphics card based on Ampere yet, that being the GeForce RTX 3060 (not to be confused with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti). And as you might expect, retailers are ready to go. Or at least one of them is, with pictures showing multiple retail boxes from various... Read more...
Earlier this month, we talked about a class-action lawsuit that was being formulated against Sony's PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP, the law firm that sparked the lawsuit, alleged that the Dual Sense controllers were prone to joystick drift, which means that the... Read more...
Benchmark leaks purporting to give us a performance glimpse of Intel's upcoming 11th Gen Core desktop processors based on Rocket Lake are kind of all over the place. One of the more recent ones falls on the encouraging side of the spectrum. That's because it supposedly shows a Core i5-11400 processor putting the beat... Read more...
Back in September, the World of Warcraft team asked players what they would want as their next mount. The options players had to choose from were pretty varied, including a spider-like Nerubian Swarmer and a Soaring Spelltome -- an actual book that players would be able to fly around the world with as a mount, should... Read more...
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