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If you're a jilted current (or former) owner of a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with the oft-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism, there's some breaking news today. A class-action lawsuit against Apple over the defective keyboards has been certified by Judge Edward Davila on March 8th in the state of... Read more...
LG was on track to launch a smartphone with a rollable display to compete against folding phones like Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2, which swings open to offer users a larger touchscreen surface similar to a smaller tablet. However, it might not ever see the light of day—it is rumored LG has stopped development on its... Read more...
Samsung has a whopper of a deal on the still relatively new Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is currently the flagship of Samsung's mainline "S" family of smartphones and has a base MSRP of $1,199. We've seen the Galaxy S21 Ultra fall to a low $999 at retailers like Amazon in the past month; however, there's... Read more...
Samsung has a couple of new laptops rolling out soon, and we're getting our first look at them today. According to this leaked information, the machines are called the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 -- both devices will be available with either a 13-inch or 15-inch display. The leak comes from none other... Read more...
One of AMD's hardware partners appears to have tipped the company's hand with regards to the upcoming Radeon RX 6700. While nothing has been announced yet, leaks and rumors surrounding the non-XT variant have been swirling for several months, some of which suggested the card will debut with 12GB of GDDR6 memory. An... Read more...
On Friday, Microsoft released another patch to fix some outstanding issues when printing graphical images in Windows 10. It appears that quality assurance is certainly struggling this month; however, as many users are reporting the update has failed to install with error code 0x80070541. While the error code may be... Read more...
There's a crazy rumor floating around the Twittersphere concerning NVIDIA's dedicated cryptocurrency mining GPU family. As you recall, NVIDIA announced the four-SKU CMP HX family of mining GPUs back in February, reportedly based on a mix of Turing and Ampere GPUs. The highest performing family member is the CMP 90HX... Read more...
The neat thing about benchmarking databases is not just the wealth of comparison data—they also serve as unofficial tipsters of upcoming products. And so it goes at UserBenchmark. A recent listing points to an HP EliteDesk 805 G8 mini desktop PC that has not yet been released, with an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5750G APU... Read more...
Intel is prepping a line of high-performance laptop processors based on Tiger Lake, though nothing official has been announced yet. That is okay, because the leak and rumor scene has you covered. A snippet from what looks to be an official slide deck outlines five different Tiger Lake-H processor SKUs, complete with... Read more...
Sometimes, a work of art hits our culture at just the right time, when it can transcend its medium and become something greater. Such events are exceedingly rare in video games, but we old folks remember Pac-Man Fever and Fred Savage in The Wizard playing Super Mario Bros. 3. More recently, video games have become... Read more...
Earlier in the month, brewer Molson Coors was allegedly hit by a ransomware attack under the guise of a “cybersecurity incident.” Now, Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer has reportedly been hit by a REvil ransomware gang attack, and the hackers are demanding the largest known ransom to-date. The ransomware gang... Read more...
It feels like forever ago, but it's only been a few months since Apple kicked Fortnite out of the App Store and suspended Epic's developer account. Of course, you know how the rest of this story goes: Epic filed a lawsuit against the iPhone maker charging that the App Store itself represented a monopoly. In a case... Read more...
There is some buzz surrounding Intel with the launch of its 11th Gen Core desktop processors, otherwise known as Rocket Lake-S, and the direction the company might go with Pat Gelsinger now at the helm. One thing we know is on tap from Intel is a hybrid CPU architecture called Alder Lake. Details have slowly been... Read more...
Earlier this week, we learned that NVIDIA's cryptocurrency mining limiter on the GeForce RTX 3060 was easily bypassed using the 470.05 beta driver. The limiter can slash Ethereum mining performance by 50 percent or more, which was supposed to reduce the graphics card's appeal to miners. While the beta driver seems... Read more...
It is a pretty safe bet that AMD will introduce a range of mobile GPUs based on its latest generation RNDA 2 graphics architecture—essentially a porting of the Radeon RX 6000 series over to laptops. Exactly when and what specific SKUs will launch are both wait-and-see things. While we wait to see what emerges from... Read more...
Back in late January, CD Projekt Red issued the first major patch for Cyberpunk 2077, which fixed a litany of issues with the game. The second patch was supposed to land in February, but the developer got hit by a ransomware attack which put it behind schedule. Now that things are getting back to some semblance of... Read more...
This week, Activision slipped up and sold a new crossbow weapon for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, which some players spent real money on. Now, the company has pulled the weapon and promised refunds, but some players are irate about the turn of events. On March 18th, a bundle with a blueprint for the... Read more...
Zoom has become one of the most popular video conferencing solutions for working and learning from home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that the platform is so popular, it is not surprising that security flaws pop up from time to time. Subsequently, researchers from Germany have discovered a glitch in... Read more...
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is not a fan of Apple's upcoming privacy changes headed to iOS 14, which will give users more granular control over what personally identifiable information apps can collect and use. Er, correction—he was not a fan of them, but now apparently thinks they could put the largest social... Read more...
Earlier in March, Microsoft released a Patch Tuesday update, which unfortunately unleashed numerous printer-related issues that led to some cases of the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). This was caused by driver conflicts within Windows when users went to print. The company then quickly acknowledged the problem, provided... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds launched earlier this year alongside the Galaxy S21 family of smartphones. They are the latest in a long line of premium earbuds from the South Korean electronics giant, including the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds+. Today, Woot is currently selling the Galaxy Buds Pro... Read more...
AMD has barely exited the virtual stage after having launched the Radeon RX 6700 XT earlier this week, the newest addition to its RDNA 2 lineup with 1440p gaming in its sights, and already there is a rumor of a Radeon RX 6500 series being around the corner. Or more accurately, a rumor of a Navi 23 GPU that is likely... Read more...
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