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Last week, we got a chance to examine Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch, which has clean lines and minimal bezels available in 40mm and 44mm cases sizes. But that's not the only smartwatch coming from Samsung; the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leaked today in official press renders. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic... Read more...
In 2018, Google launched the Android App Bundle, a new publishing format that “offers a more efficient way to build and release” an app. Since then, Android developers worldwide, like those at Adobe, Duolingo, Netflix, and Twitter, have taken advantage of this with approximately 1 million different apps. Now, Google... Read more...
The aliens have invaded Fortnite, and it seems that they have started to abduct people from around the island. One of the Legendary challenges or “Quests” for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 Week 4 is to put up four missing person signs across eight spots in Weeping Woods and Misty Meadows. Completing this task will net... Read more...
When we reviewed the Intel Optane SSD 905P back in 2018, despite a significant price premium over NAND-based SSDs, we gave the drive and Editor’s Choice award due to its exceptional performance where it mattered most for consumers, e.g. access times and random transfers at low queue depths. Intel Optane solid state drives typically offer... Read more...
LG is bolstering its lineup of big screen TVs with new models featuring Quantum Dot NanoCell technology and mini LEDs, aimed at the premium TV segment. Sizes start at 65 inches and go up from there. Can these new sets compete with OLED, though? That remains to be seen (literally), but the specifications are certainly... Read more...
T-Mobile's "Test Drive" program just received a sweet upgrade for people that want a hassle-free way to test drive its burgeoning 5G network. The long-running Test Drive program allowed you to obtain a physical SIM to sample its network for free for up to 30 days. Now, Test Drive leverages eSIM technology, making it... Read more...
Advertisements are everywhere. You can find them on TV, on the Internet, on billboards, in your mail, and now within your text messages sent from reputable sources. Earlier this week, developer Chris Lacy posted to Twitter about an "SMS AD" attached to a Google verification code sent to his phone. On Monday, Lacy... Read more...
AMD recently stretched its Zen 3 architecture over to a new processor lineup, that being the Ryzen Pro 5000G/GE series. These are essentially desktop APUs (accelerated processing units) for businesses, pairing Zen 3 CPU cores with Radeon graphics based on Vega. These APUs have found their way to a few retail channels... Read more...
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 is a mighty SoC for today's flagship Android smartphones. However, it's only available in devices that typically have displays measuring 6.5 inches and above. For those that want a lot of power in a more compact form-factor, Android OEMs haven't exactly been offering a lot of options. ASUS... Read more...
Microsoft is hard at work on the next generation of Windows, aptly named Windows 11. Microsoft first revealed the operating system last week, hinting at a late 2021 launch, and excitement has been relatively high in anticipation of its release. However, we're now beginning to hear rumblings that the operating system... Read more...
I have only dabbled in programming, and from my limited experience, I can appreciate that really good coding is an art form that not everyone possesses. Whether I have it or not, I can't say—I've never dived too deeply into programming to find out. If I ever do, Microsoft's new GitHub Copilot might prove to be a... Read more...
AMD recently expanded its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) lineup to include the Radeon 6000M series for laptops. There are three main SKUs at present, including the Radeon RX 6800M, Radeon RX 6700M, and Radeon RX 6600M. Actual laptops featuring these GPUs are right around the bend (some are actually shipping... Read more...
Confusion is still swirling around Windows 11 and what PC systems will be fully supported at launch. Microsoft first attempted to address this with the PC Health Check app, but the first iteration was clueless in its attempt to tell users why their systems were incompatible with Windows 11. Microsoft quickly updated... Read more...
If you have been on the internet for any length of time, there is a pretty good chance that at least some of your personal information is out there in a database. However, if you happen to use LinkedIn, these odds have now gone significantly up. Some malicious people have managed to scrape information like phone... Read more...
Last week, hundreds if not thousands of My Book Live customers awoke to their devices being wiped and, in some cases, unrecoverable. At that time, it was simply thought that Western Digital had not patched a critical vulnerability from 2018 that allowed attackers to do this, but it seems there is more to the story... Read more...
When we reviewed Doom Eternal last year, we lauded its amazing graphics and thrilling gameplay, noting it is a graphical tour de force underpinned on the id Tech 7 engine. Our initial impression still stands up, and might even undersell the experience. How so? A new update adds NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling... Read more...
Ensuring accounts are secure is an important part of being online, as there are always people out to try and get you. This is especially true for app developers who may be targeted for the data they do or could possess. Thus, Google is introducing new security measures for developers to help strengthen accounts and... Read more...
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe in early 2020, millions of people that were used to working in an office setting in close proximity with coworkers were forced to work from home. With that switch to a home-based work environment – and daily Zoom/Google Meet video calls -- it quickly proved how... Read more...
Scientists and researchers are forever on the pursuit of increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence technologies, especially today, with AI playing such a big role in so many different products and services. One of the more interesting developments in AI has to do with nanowire networks being trained to solve... Read more...
Video game publishers like PlayStation Studios and Xbox Game Studios have been eagerly acquiring developers to help give them an edge over their competition. Now, PlayStation Studios has acquired Housemarque, the video game developers behind the hit game Returnal. Housemarque Oy, better known as simply Housemarque... Read more...
Windows 11 is the hot topic these days in the PC community, as it is the follow-up to the nearly 6-year-old Windows 10 operating system. Unfortunately, Windows 11 has steep hardware requirements along with necessitating the inclusion of a TPM 2.0 module. However, Microsoft is adding a new Windows 11 feature that will... Read more...
At long last, Intel appears to be on the cusp of launching its first modern discrete graphics card for gaming based on its Xe architecture. In preparation for the launch, which Intel recently said is "right around the corner," the company is inviting 'Official Odssey Card' holders to register within Intel's Developer... Read more...
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