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Yesterday, Roku stirred the hornet's nest when it aired the dirty laundry between it and Google over YouTube TV. YouTube TV is Google's streaming TV service, and it is available on various streaming platforms, including Google TV, Fire TV, and Roku. At the time, Roku alleged that Google engaged in anticompetitive... Read more...
Following a bevy of leaks and rumors, ASUS on Tuesday confirmed it is launching at least one gaming laptop (and more likely, several models) based on Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake-H processors, two weeks from now—the big unveil is set for May 11, at 8:00 am ET (11:00 am PT). That means Intel will be revealing its more... Read more...
Apple's M1 "Apple Silicon" hit the market with a big splash in late 2020 when it launched inside the refreshed MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. The SoC is currently available in an 8-core CPU configuration with either a 7- or 8-core GPU onboard paired with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The M1 has since found... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft isn't done with ripping Apple's popular line of devices, as the MacBook Air is now in the Redmond giant's crosshairs. The MacBook Air is one of Apple's best-selling Macs and was refreshed late last year with the much-ballyhooed M1 SoC. With its ideal balance of performance and efficiency... Read more...
From time to time, malware will pop up that affects Apple devices which are typically touted as the superior option to other PCs for their security. This happened earlier this year with the mysterious Silver Sparrow malware that caught thousands of M1 Macs. Now, Mac users are being urged to patch again to prevent... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining was once just a way to use extra CPU cycles, but it has since become an economy in and of itself with a dark underbelly. Over the years, black-hat hackers have adapted cryptocurrency mining to make money for themselves using other peoples’ resources via malware. This year, Microsoft recorded a... Read more...
When we hear of ransomware attacks, it usually involves high-value targets, such as the recent $50 million attack against Apple supplier Quanta. This time, a ransomware gang took a different approach and targeted consumers and small businesses using QNAP devices and subsequently encrypted their files. In just five... Read more...
AMD processors that were originally intended for Microsoft's Xbox Series X consoles may have found their way to resellers in China. Or perhaps AMD is building a new CPU for select markets. Either way, a mysterious AMD 4700S part has found its way to the wild, as part of a custom mini-ITX form factor gaming... Read more...
When we talk about YouTube TV, it's often because Google once again raised prices on subscribers, making the service more unpalatable to the general populous. But a new price hike isn't why Google is gaining attention today; instead, it's because of policies that smart TV platform leader Roku claims are predatory and... Read more...
There is not a single consumer platform that supports DDR5 memory at the moment, but that will change by the end of the year, when Intel launches Alder Lake. At that point the DDR5 era will have officially begun. While we wait, however, memory makers are readying DDR5 modules. To that end, two Chinese outfits have... Read more...
It hardly matters that it is nigh impossible to find a Ryzen 9 5900X both in stock and priced at (or even near) its MSRP of $549, the chip is still selling like hotcakes regardless. In fact, it is the second-best selling CPU on Amazon, behind only the previous generation (Zen 2) Ryzen 7 3700X. Should Intel be... Read more...
Earlier this month, we thought that Woot hit rock bottom with pricing on the first-generation Microsoft Surface headphones. At the time, the company sold the headphones for $105.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. Sweetening the deal was an April Fool's day bonus, which gave shoppers an additional 10... Read more...
Ethereum mining seems to be all the rage these days, and companies like NVIDIA are looking to cash in on the crypto mining gold rush. In February, NVIDIA announced its Crypto Mining Processor (CMP) HX family of dedicated Ethereum cards, with hash rates ranging from 26 MH/s for the CMP 30HX up to 80 MH/s for the CMP... Read more...
As part of an effort to accelerate its investments in the United States, Apple announced it is committing more than $430 billion over the next five years towards different projects across the country, including a new high-tech campus being built in North Carolina. According to Apple, these investments will lead to the... Read more...
When it comes to password management, users really have just a handful of options, and all of them have their caveats. If we choose to just use memorable passwords and recycle them between accounts, one account becoming compromised can lead to a group of them being in a bad state. On the other hand, relying on a cloud... Read more...
The United States government has quietly handed over management of around 175 million traditional internet addresses (IPV4) to Global Resource Systems LLC, a small company in Florida, as part of a "pilot effort" to look for security issues. In case you are wondering, that works out to around 6 percent of all available... Read more...
A recent Windows 10 update has some gamers fuming over crippled frame rates and blue screen of death (BSOD) errors—it is related to this month's Patch Tuesday update, which began rolling out to PCs on April 12. Now a couple of weeks later, Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, found the culprit, and is somewhat... Read more...
It is currently a horrible time for enthusiasts looking to build a new gaming rig or upgrade an existing one. Demand far outweighs supply for current- and even previous-generation graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3080 and the Radeon RX 5700 XT, respectively. We can blame this shortage partially on cryptocurrency... Read more...
Digital assistants are designed to make our lives easier and fit naturally into our lives. Whether it's the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Apple Siri, voice commands are just a keyword away. However, some voice prompts like "Hey Google, stop the alarm" may be getting easier if some secret sauce codenamed... Read more...
There's a struggle deep within every portable PC between the need for maximum performance and a desire for longer battery life. Reduced power consumption is why modern processors spin down to very low frequencies when they're not busy. At the same time, maximum performance is why seemingly every processor these days... Read more...
Have you been experiencing gaming issues since the release of the latest Windows 10 update? You are not alone. The problems associated with the last Windows 10 update are being investigated by NVIDIA and others, and so far the suggestion is to just roll back the update. NVIDIA staff member “Manuel” stated in a... Read more...
It is looking increasingly likely that the recent photo of a pallet of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X OC graphics cards being prepped for shipment from China to United States is real. And the US is not the only place the upcoming SKU is bound for—a Polish retailer has already put up a placeholder listing for the... Read more...
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