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There is a lot of excitement surrounding Valve's upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, and rightfully so. Adding to the hype, Gabe Newell bragged how the open nature of the Steam Deck is its superpower, and a distinguishing characteristic compared to the crop of game consoles running on proprietary platforms. That... Read more...
Some of Gigabyte's support sites have been taken offline, the result of an apparent ransomware attack in which a hacking group claims to be in possession of sensitive data, and is holding it hostage. If a ransom is not paid, the culprits say they will publish 112 gigabytes of stolen files, including ones containing... Read more...
Late last week, we received the latest market share numbers from Mercury Research regarding AMD's processor market share. Needless to say, the company is performing exceptionally well in both the client and server markets. According to Mercury Research, AMD's share of the overall x86 processor revenue market stood at... Read more...
Gamers are obviously thirsty for an updated Left 4 Dead title, or spiritual successor, the latter of which is what Born 4 Blood delivers. Currently in development by the same team that made both Left 4 Dead games, Back 4 Blood is drawing big numbers on Steam, coming close to 100,000 concurrent users on... Read more...
Earlier in the month, Tenable security researchers discovered a vulnerability allowing attackers to bypass authentication on millions of routers from 17 different vendors. However, it now appears that threat actors are actively exploiting this to deploy malicious Mirai botnet payloads.  Evan Grant of Tenable... Read more...
AMD's nifty FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology continues to stretch its legs. It seems the decision to go the open source route is paying off, as multiple developers and platforms have been quick to adopt FSR in the early going. The latest to join the fray is the developer behind RPCS3, the popular... Read more...
It has been a couple of months since AMD expanded its RDNA 2 graphics architecture over to laptops with the Radeon RX 6000M lineup, and we're excited to see how the mobile GPUs compare to the competition. The competition, of course, primarily being NVIDIA's mobile GeForce RTX 30 series of GPUs. Well, an early glimpse... Read more...
We have a gaggle of hot deals for this Sunday on Apple products and a couple of mesh routers that might be right up your alley. Starting things off with the Apple camp, the AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, 4th generation iPad Air, and 2nd generation Apple Pencil are all deeply discounted. Starting with the AirPods Pro... Read more...
One of the most annoying things about using any electronic device at night or in a dark room is the retina-searing, light mode that most apps have by default. Microsoft, however, has finally addressed this problem on Xbox consoles, and is working on a new night mode which is now available to beta testers. Using the... Read more...
Laptops are complicated beasts. There's a whole PC jammed into the base of a foldable computer and as such thermal management is a huge challenge. To get the best performance out of a CPU or GPU requires giving it as much power as possible without overheating the innards or making the outside of the system too hot to... Read more...
It seems that just about everyone's excited about Valve's Steam Deck, the tiny portable computer with big PC gaming aspirations. Right out of the gate, just securing a position to pay for one was a hot commodity on online marketplaces like eBay. That doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon, either. Already... Read more...
It is often said that records are meant to be broken, but holy cow, we did not expect retro video game collectors to run with the concept the way they have been over the past several weeks. For the third time in less than a month, a collector has paid a record amount for a video game cartridge, this time plunking down... Read more...
As the user base for cryptocurrency grows, so too do politicians and regulators looking to stymie the situation due to taxation and illicit activity concerns. Now, President Biden has backed a plan to tax proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum via an amendment to a major bill advancing in the U.S... Read more...
Late last month, Epic Games submitted an amended complaint against Google, which ended up being heavily redacted. However, it appears that Google has lifted some of the redactions, giving us a better insight into the arguments at hand, though much has still been left out. In the filing, submitted on August 5th... Read more...
If you're in the market for a fast gaming monitor to connect to your swanky GeForce RTX 3000 or Radeon RX 6000 graphics card, we have some excellent news for you this afternoon from the LG camp. Two of the company's 27-inch gaming monitors are available with rather steep discounts for a limited time. Kicking things... Read more...
If there's one thing we love, it's watching New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick staring incredulously at a reporter after being asked a dumb question. And if there's a second thing we adore, it's a good old fashioned retro gaming mod. We'll have plenty of opportunities to see an annoyed Belichick answer... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple previewed new child safety features to protect children from predators and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). While these features, which were developed in conjunction with child safety experts, sound great, they also open the door to future privacy issues. The first major part... Read more...
Intel recently launched its NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon" small form factor PC platform, which packs up to an 11th generation Core i9-11900KB processor and can accommodate full-size discrete GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. However, there's already talk about the next-generation NUC family, which has allegedly... Read more...
Intel's upcoming Alder Lake launch will usher in the start of the DDR5 era in the consumer space, and then sometime next year, AMD will hop on board with its Zen 4 lineup. This is going to result in higher bandwidth memory products, with transfers (or 'speed' if you prefer to call it that) starting at 6,400MT/s. The... Read more...
AMD is fleshing out its RDNA 2 lineup at the lower end of the performance spectrum with the Radeon RX 6600 XT (Navi 23). The company first announced the new GPU last week, and the cards will go on sale next week (August 11th) starting from $379. With this in mind, we were able to get our hands on a PowerColor Red... Read more...
Which do you prefer when browsing the web—raw speed or a combination of security and privacy? Generally speaking, modern browsers deliver the whole kit and caboodle, which is the way it should be. That said, Microsoft is testing a new "Super Duper Secure Mode" for its Edge browser that puts more of an emphasis on the... Read more...
We have seen some encouraging performance leaks related to Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S processors, and while we are hesitant to put much stock into unconfirmed figures, we are at least cautiously optimistic it will be a worthy upgrade over Rocket Lake. Alder Lake might also consume more peak power than Rocket Lake... Read more...
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