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From the beginning of the Pixel program, Google's phones have always run on Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform silicon. In fact, you'd have to go all the way back to 2011's Galaxy Nexus, which ran on a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 to find a Google phone that didn't have some form of Snapdragon inside. While most Pixel... Read more...
Listen up folks, if you want to score a mammoth payday in the future, start being a pack rat. Remember all those comic books, baseball cards, and collection of original Garbage Pail Kids you had as a kid, and got rid of long ago? Some of them might have been worth a mint. So goes for an individual who managed to hold... Read more...
Intel was raked over the coals three years ago when Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were first discovered that could affect its consumer and enterprise processors. The company addressed the side-channel exploits with patches and subsequent hardware revisions, but AMD is now coming under the microscope for a... Read more...
Between silicon yields being too low, pandemic-induced production problems, cryptocurrency mining, and high demand, it has become an awful year to be a gamer trying to buy computer components and consoles alike. GPUs have been especially hard hit in the technology sector, with stock remaining limited and scalpers... Read more...
Cyberpunk 2077’s Patch 1.2 recently went live, bringing dozens of bug fixes and updates across PC and console platforms  As with Patch 1.1 bringing new game-breaking bugs, Patch 1.2 does the same, and players are taking notice. It seems Cyberpunk 2077 updates have become a horrendous whack-a-mole game where CD Projekt... Read more...
Though Microsoft Exchange servers are quickly being patched, hackers have been ramping up their efforts to take advantage of the situation while they still can. As such, the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of Homeland Security, has hardened its requirements for... Read more...
When it comes to folding smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is one of the most ambitious devices to launch to date. As a follow-up to the problematic Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 entered the market with a price tag of $1999.99. However, that exorbitant price tag put the Galaxy Z Fold 2 out of the reach of... Read more...
The song may say, "Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd," but that last part is certainly difficult in the middle of a pandemic. Though we may be on the upswing, it is still generally unsafe to be a part of a large crowd, so perhaps there is an alternative that could be just as fun. As it turns out... Read more...
The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro were first announced just over a week ago, and we followed up with our review of both smartphones. Today, however, marks the flagship Snapdragon 888 devices' official launch, and here's where you can purchase them in both unlocked and carrier-locked form. You can get the base OnePlus 9... Read more...
Did you realize, or ever put much thought into the fact, that mobile applications can sneak a peek at what other programs you have installed on your smartphone or tablet? They can, leading to some privacy implications. To avoid those privacy implications, Google is implementing a new policy that will make it tougher... Read more...
Amazon has grown leaps and bounds since Jeff Bezos ran the operation out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington. Moving beyond just book sales, Amazon is a massive outfit that dominates the e-commerce space, and one of the challenges is finding room for all of its inventory. One possible solution is to sell overstocked... Read more...
In late 2020, Apple kicked off a multi-year journey to switch all of its Macs to homegrown Apple Silicon. The 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini were the first of these machines powered by the surprisingly powerful and efficient M1 processor. Many are eager to see what the next Apple Silicon-based Mac... Read more...
When it comes to high-end content creation, time is money. Businesses with employees that are stuck sitting around waiting for compute-intensive tasks to finish, simply can't get as much accomplished as those with speedy hardware that can power through the most demanding tasks. Tons of parallel processing power and... Read more...
These days, chip architectures like Bulldozer are ancient history, as AMD has found its moment of Zen. So too have several hardware partners. That includes Razer, which at long last is apparently preparing to launch its first AMD-powered laptop as previously rumored. The timing could not be better, either, because... Read more...
When the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro were first announced last week, it was confirmed that the smartphones would support 4G LTE across all three major U.S. networks: AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. However, when it came to 5G support, things were definitely more limited. When announced, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro... Read more...
Spring has sprung, and the folks at Epic Games have instituted a new Fortnite limited-time Legendary Quest involving Bouncy Eggs. Given its Legendary status, this quest will only be around for a week, and there are five stage components. Luckily, the eggs can be found all over the island, so stumbling across them... Read more...
Game developer Bungie has set up the popular game Destiny 2 to be in it for the long haul, with new DLC and crossplay compatibility. However, the company has some new properties on the horizon, and we got a snippet of that with Bungie’s trademark of a game called “Matter” in 2018. Since then, we have not heard any... Read more...
Situational awareness in war can be an incredibly difficult task; even when combatants aren't shooting at you. Moreover, managing GPS, radios, and target acquisition on top of situational awareness can be problematic as well. To assist with this, Microsoft has developed the Integrated Visual Augmentation System... Read more...
Anyone who has had aspirations of building a new PC in recent weeks and months has felt the sting of an industry wide silicon shortage. The most desirable CPUs and GPUs have been frustratingly out of stock, as have been the latest game consoles from Microsoft and Sony (built around those same parts). Relief might not... Read more...
How low can they go? Microsoft's original Surface Headphones are back on sale again, this time at their lowest price ever. Woot is currently selling the headphones for just $105.99, which is $5 less than its previous baseline price. In case you didn't already know this, Amazon owns Woot, so there is a lot of synergy... Read more...
Gigabyte is tickled pink that one of its high-end motherboards was used to set an overclocking record with Intel's flagship Core i9-11900K processor based on Rocket Lake. Liquid nitrogen should take a bow as well, because it took frigid temperatures to allow Intel's flagship CPU to hit an insanely high 7,314MHz, which... Read more...
So far, NVIDIA has released just three mobile Ampere GPUs for laptops, those being the GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070, and GeForce RTX 3060. Within each of those main tiers, OEMs have a million and one combinations to work with (rough estimate), leading to a dizzying array of GeForce RTX 30 mobile GPU configs... Read more...
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