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Intel has something big up its sleeve that it plans to reveal on October 27th. Our sneaking suspicion is that the company plans to launch its Alder Lake-S desktop processors and accompanying Z690 chipset for third-party motherboards. As we fast approach that date, Alder Lake-S engineering samples are coming out of... Read more...
As we watch the Epic Games versus Apple fight continue from the sidelines, a new contender has entered the ring, it seems. Yesterday, billionaire and space mogul Elon Musk surprisingly sided with Epic Games on App Store fees on Twitter. Nearly a year ago, Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store after Epic Games moved... Read more...
While it may not have been the first 3D accelerator to market, the 3dfx (then, 3Dfx) Voodoo Graphics PCI was the add-in card that kickstarted the 3D gaming revolution. The company made its name on Voodoo graphics, but ultimately could not weather the storm of speedy cards that could process both 2D and 3D graphics... Read more...
Halo Infinite is the first brand new Halo installation since 2015, when Halo 5: Guardians came to the Xbox One. To say there's a lot of hype around the much-delayed return of Master Chief after apparently going rogue in the previous installment, ultimately being recovered by Spartan Locke. Apologies for the spoilers... Read more...
When Apple first introduced its custom Arm-based M1 processor late last year, the MacBook Air was one of the first devices to take the plunge. Emboldened with excellent performance and stellar battery life in a lightweight/fanless chassis, the refreshed MacBook Air remains a hot seller for Apple. With a starting... Read more...
Everything is fine and dandy when it comes to performance in the current-generation discrete GPU market -- that is if you can get your hands on a GeForce RTX 30 or Radeon RX 6000 card. However, there are always people looking towards the next big thing, which is undoubtedly the case for next-generation... Read more...
Some vultures prey on dead animals, other Vulturs prey on banking information entered on Android devices. In late March of this year, ThreatFabric detected an Android-based remote access trojan (RAT) malware, dubbed Vultur, collecting login credentials. However, the threat actors took a different approach to the... Read more...
Legislators worldwide have had a microscope on Amazon for some time now, and it seems a weakness has been found. The European Union recently slapped the world’s largest e-tailer with the biggest-ever privacy violation fine of a whopping 746-million euro ($888 million). On July 16th, CNPD, or the Luxembourg National... Read more...
Tesla is finally facing the music in the United States after it unceremoniously reduced the performance of Model S electric vehicles using an over-the-air update (OTA). The OTA update that Tesla sent out not only reduced the charging speed (which meant that it would take longer for an owner to top off their battery)... Read more...
What is generally considered to be one of the greatest PC games of all time is getting an unofficial (of sorts) remaster, and we are absolutely stoked. We are of course talking about Half-Life 2. It first came out nearly 17 years ago and is still without a true sequel (we've turned blue holding our collective breath... Read more...
Gaming phones have really matured in recent years, with ASUS’ ROG, Lenovo’s Legion, Xiaomi’s Black Shark, and Nubia’s RedMagic all offering compelling performance-packed handsets for gamers. Oppo’s even rumored to be joining the party soon. Here in the US, RedMagic is the gaming phone... Read more...
When it comes to discrete graphics cards for PCs, it's currently a two-horse race between NVIDIA and AMD. NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 Series is going up against the Radeon RX 6000 Series in the current-generation discrete GPU wars. However, Intel is looking to barge in on the fireworks with its DG2 family of discrete... Read more...
There is one month left of Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer and Bungie has begun to offer a glimpse into what players can expect for the next season. One of the biggest changes coming to Destiny 2’s Season 15 is cross play. Guardians across Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia will finally be able to play with one another. Players have been Read more...
Late last night, under the cover of darkness, AMD announced its latest flagship offering for 1080p gaming fanatics: the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Of course, the card wasn't a surprise to the enthusiast community, as it has been rumored for months. The Radeon RX 6600 XT is based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture and features 32... Read more...
Qualcomm is now officially inviting you to "level up your smartphone game" with its special edition Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, a technical showpiece that was "dreamed up just for you." Designed in collaboration with and sold by ASUS, the high-end handset is now available to preorder, and will ship out to... Read more...
The end of the road for AMD's current AM4 socket is finally afoot, with an AM5 socket being prepped for the eventual release of Zen 4. Kudos to AMD for sticking with AM4 for so long. As Zen 4 comes into view, however, more attention will be paid to the upcoming socket, and as such, some nifty AM5 renders are making... Read more...
AMD just did what we all knew was coming—it went and unveiled the newest member of its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) stack, the Radeon RX 6600 XT, thereby confirming specifications that have been muttered in the wild for some time now. Armed with 32 compute units and 8GB of GDDR6 memory, the Radeon RX 6600 XT... Read more...
Now that the details and invitations are out there, fans will be able to take Halo Infinite out for a spin. However, not everyone who wanted in got an invite, but do not fret as you can still find out what multiplayer will look like in the upcoming title from 343 Industries. On Wednesday, the developers behind the... Read more...
Do you own an older Amazon Kindle device? Depending on the model, and whether or not you still use it (or plan to again), you may want to make a list of e-books you want to download and hop to it while you still can. Starting in a few months, the ability to download e-books using the cellular functionality in certain... Read more...
Microsoft first announced its Windows 11 operating system in June, and the first Insider Preview builds went out to testers in July. The problem is that only testers on the Dev channel could access these early builds of Windows 11. Now, Windows Insiders on the less frequently updated Beta channel can also start... Read more...
Amazon’s New World beta has been open now for over a week. Many players have overall enjoyed fighting monsters, utilizing resources, and joining factions in the MMO, but some have found other ways to enjoy their time. One player adopted the online ID “AmazonOfficial” in New World and has spent their time telling... Read more...
Are you looking for a distraction from the world or simply a new game to play? Either way, a decent place to start is with the free games that the Epic Games Store has up for grabs, and this week looks good. Through August 5th, you can become a train engineer or conquer a robotic alien armada in a “bullet-hell”... Read more...
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