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Over the weekend, we reported on a rather intriguing story about alleged failure rates with AMD's new Ryzen 5000 family of Zen 3 desktop processors. Ryzen 5000 processors are still relatively hard to come by at MSRP, so any news of potentially defective chips floating around was of course concerning. PowerGPU... Read more...
Just over 14 years ago, the first expansion to World of Warcraft released, and sold millions of copies in short order (almost 2.4 million on the very first day). Now it appears to be getting another release. For a brief time, assets pertaining to World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic appeared on Blizzard's... Read more...
The battle for paying new publishers in Australia has ramped up today after Facebook took some drastic measures. The social media company has now blocked Australian news from being shared on the platform globally after the threat of new rules loomed from the country's government. Interestingly enough, this action has... Read more...
For gamers of a certain age, the 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 was perhaps the ultimate in graphics card excess. Developed at a time when 3dfx was facing increasing competition from the likes of NVIDIA and ATI, the Voodoo 5 6000 would have been a last-ditch effort to compete at the high-end of the gaming market.  While 3dfx... Read more...
Microsoft appears to be taking a more conservative and focused approach to its bi-annual feature updates to Windows 10. As such, the first one for 2021—Windows 10 version 21H1—is not overflowing with features (and potential problems), and instead is geared towards improving the experience for those who work... Read more...
If you have any last words for the Adobe Flash Player that is embedded in Windows 10, you better speak up now, because Microsoft has begun throwing dirt on its grave. Or more precisely, multiple users have reported a new Windows patch being pushed out that wipes out the last remaining remnant of the defunct... Read more...
AMD and NVIDIA both came out of the next-gen GPU gate with their respective guns blazing, as is typical when launching a new round of graphics cards—they both tend to show off their best stuff first, then release more affordable models as time goes on. Looking ahead, NVIDIA has confirmed its upcoming GeForce RTX 3060... Read more...
Apple made quite the splash with its first homegrown processor for Macs: the M1. This Apple Silicon SoC is based on the 5nm process node and includes an 8-core CPU, 7-core or 8-Core GPU, and up to 16GB of on-package LPDDR4x memory. While the M1 is perfectly fine for the three Macs that it launched in -- MacBook Air... Read more...
The launch of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 is just around the corner, which means that budget gamers are probably eagerly anticipating an upgrade. NVIDIA first announced its newest mainstream graphics cards in early January, and it will officially launch on February 25th. However, one thing that many people have... Read more...
Sometimes, people want to go back to games they have played previously because of a fun story line or to relive gaming glory days. As hardware and software improve, however, older games don't tend to receive improvements that keep them up to par with newer games. Low FPS in a last-gen game can especially be a bit of a... Read more...
Earlier this year at CES 2021, Intel confirmed that its 12th generation Alder Lake processors would be arriving later this year built on an 10nm Enhanced SuperFin process node. However, if a new report out of Hong Kong is accurate, we now have a somewhat more detailed timetable for when the new processors will be... Read more...
We would not have expected Amazon of all companies to take to crowdfunding, but here we are. The Seattle-based eCommerce, cloud, and internet of things company, among other divisions, has developed something called the “Build It” program. This program will let the customer weigh in on what products they want to see... Read more...
Apple is embarking on a two-year plan to transition away from using Intel processors across its laptop and desktop families, in favor of its own Arm-based silicon. The venture begins with the M1, an impressive piece of hardware that is generally garnering favorable reviews (including our own Mac mini 2020 review with... Read more...
Though the Epic Games spat with Apple quieted down some, that does not mean the war is over. We are slowly creeping toward the May court date, where the two companies will face off before a judge. In the meantime, Epic Games is taking the battle across the pond after filing an antitrust complaint against Apple in the... Read more...
Microsoft's current Surface Pro 7 has been around for well over a year at this point, but it is still one of the best Windows 10 convertibles on the market. The 1.7-pound Surface Pro 7 has a 13.2-inch PixelSense Display (2736x1824) and is powered by 10th generation Intel Core processors. Right now, Best Buy has the... Read more...
It has been around five months since NVIDIA announced its intentions to acquire Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion, including $12 billion in cash. For the deal to be finalized, however, NVIDIA will need to pass regulatory scrutiny in several territories, and some of the industry's biggest tech giants are... Read more...
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has officially issued a recall for the NZXT H1 computer case, which has gone through a rather tumultuous period in the news since its release. The NZXT H1 has been in the spotlight due to a design flaw that could potentially cause a fire, putting not only your... Read more...
Security researchers at Trend Micro say they have uncovered "several vulnerabilities" within an Android application that has been downloaded more than 1 billion times from Google Play. The app is called SHAREit by Smart Media 4U, and it is designed to make transferring photos, videos, music, and other things a snap... Read more...
How do you make high bandwidth memory (HBM) even better? Lower for the price, for one. But aside from that, infusing it with artificial intelligence (AI) processing power is a surefire way to make HBM even more attractive for certain market segments, and that is precisely what Samsung has done—it has developed the... Read more...
Does anyone remember the Xbox 360? That second-generation Xbox gaming console first launched way back in November 2005, and that was the last time that Microsoft released a first-party wireless headset for its gaming console. However, that changes today with the announcement of the Xbox Wireless Headset. Given... Read more...
Bitcoin is still on the rise, having yet again hit a new record high, this time topping $50,000 for the first time ever. It achieved the milestone yesterday morning, before dropping back below the threshold—at the time of this writing, it is trading for a few hundred bucks above $48,000, giving Bitcoin a market cap of... Read more...
Today, the World Update 3 is now available for the breathtaking Microsoft Flight Simulator. The game has been widely praised for its extreme attention to detail including lifelike landscapes, accurately rendered airports, and the stunning aircraft models. World Update 3 improves upon the game with picturesque... Read more...
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