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AMD's fastest processors—Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X—were moderately to extremely difficult to find in stock at MSRP when they first came out. More recently, however, they have routinely been available at AMD's suggested retail pricing. Sometimes even for a bit less, or in the case of the Ryzen 9 5900X right now... Read more...
Tesla is undoubtedly the most famous and most successful electric automaker on the planet, but there’s a new upstart with deep pockets that is looking to make its mark. Rivian first announced its R1T electric pickup in late 2018, and nearly three years later, the company is on the verge of kicking off... Read more...
Apple first announced its intention to shift from Intel processors to its homegrown Apple Silicon in Spring 2020, and the first models launched last fall (Mac mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air). Since then, Apple Silicon (M1) has found its way to the entry-level iMac and even the iPad Pro. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman... Read more...
It seems Sony has revised its PlayStation 5 console, the version with the built-in Blu-ray drive, leaving customers of the original model *ahem*...screwed. In a sense, anyway, but put the pitchforks and torches down, that's just a play on words. Current PS5 owners are not missing out on much, and certainly not any... Read more...
Intel is spending a lot of money investing into future technologies and manufacturing capabilities, and the efforts are already paying off. Quite literally, in the sense that Intel has secured a contract with the United States government to provide commercial foundry services based on its Intel 18A node, and develop a... Read more...
We often cover vulnerabilities in Windows 10 that involve convoluted methods of gaining admin access to systems using privilege escalation. However, the latest exploit involving software for Razer products is facepalm-worthy in its sheer simplicity. In this case, the problem stems from Razer's Synapse software, which... Read more...
After releasing the excellent $79 half in-ear OnePlus Buds last summer (now just $59), followed by the decent $49 full in-ear OnePlus Buds Z last fall, OnePlus just launched its most stylish and expensive TWS (true wireless stereo) earbuds to date, the $149 full in-ear OnePlus Buds Pro, which crank things up a notch by adding ANC (active... Read more...
Leaked documents arising from the recent Gigabyte security breach is the gift that keeps on giving. Not that we condone such actions in the slightest, but now that there are interesting tidbits about unreleased products out in the wild, we can't bury our heads in the sand, either. And so with that said, the leaked... Read more...
Like everyone else, we are waiting to find out if Alder Lake can live up to the hype, and be a competitive product for all of next year—will it be all that and a bag of chips, in other words. A spattering of Alder Lake benchmark leaks have been promising, but not definitive. Part of the recipe for success, of course... Read more...
The HotChips 33 symposium is currently underway, and some of the hottest names in tech are giving us insight into their product roadmaps. One such company is Samsung, one of the most prolific manufacturers of high-speed memory and NAND storage products for the PC industry. The company revealed its intentions to... Read more...
Artificial Intelligence is a tricky business, as with anything in life, with great power comes great responsibility. On the one hand, AI can power autonomous vehicles or help usher in more secure computing platforms. On the other hand, for example, now it appears it's possible to end up being jailed due to... Read more...
Each passing day seems to bring with it a leak of some kind related to Alder Lake, the heterogeneous architecture that will power Intel's next round of processors. And so it goes this weekend—there are a couple of interesting benchmark entries highlighting the performance of Intel's not-yet-released Core i9-12900K... Read more...
Earlier in August, we got to see a tech preview of Halo Infinite that included some rather impressive bots to fight against in multiplayer. Since then, we have been excited for the whole game to release, but sadly, not everything that glitters is gold. In a new announcement, 343 Industries stated that some Halo... Read more...
Committing to a new operating system is no small task when you are not used to the interface and are unsure where to start. However, developer Blue Edge is trying to solve this problem with a web-based mock Windows 11 experience that can give you a feel for Microsoft’s latest Windows update. Announced back in July... Read more...
Game Science, the developer behind Black Myth: Wukong, announced it is enhancing the visual fidelity of the upcoming game by upgrading from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5, and a trailer showing off some of the new visuals looks absolutely spectacular. It also happens to be the first look at an Unreal Engine 5 game... Read more...
Windows 11's Insider Preview builds keep coming fast and furious. Just a couple of weeks ago, the next version of Windows made the shift from developer builds into beta, indicating that Microsoft thinks that it's time to let more people in. The Beta Ring gets fewer builds that have purportedly undergone additional... Read more...
The global shortage of silicon is not preventing tech companies from continuing to innovate, and traveling down their respected roadmaps (ETAs just might need to be adjusted on occasion). We bring this up because a prominent leaker has already begun discussing supposed details related to AMD's eventual fourth... Read more...
Google has a penchant for discontinuing its flagship Pixel smartphones long before its immediate successor is launched and established in the marketplace. Last year, the company discontinued the Pixel 4 nearly two months before the Pixel 5 was announced. Now, Google has announced that the Pixel 5 is being terminated... Read more...
Things just went from bad to worse for General Motors and its battery partner LG Chem. The company's Chevrolet Bolt EV has been plagued with a growing number of vehicle fires (over a dozen and counting), which in some cases has resulted in the partial or complete destruction of the owners' homes. When the first fires... Read more...
Intel just gave us an extensive rundown of architectural details for its Alder Lake processors, including the fact that high-end SKUs will top out with 8 Golden Cove performance cores and 8 Gracemont efficiency cores. Only the performance cores have Hyper-Threading enabled, which means that a hypothetical Core... Read more...
Earlier this week, Intel announced its highly anticipated family of discrete graphics cards targeted at the enthusiast gaming market. The cards are based on Intel's Xe-HPG architecture, and will be marketed under the Arc brand name. The first-generation Arc graphics cards were developed under the GPU codename... Read more...
The cybersecurity folks at Cloudflare have to be feeling like a million bucks right about now. Or make it a billion smackers. Either way, they are completely justified in reveling at staving off a massive distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, the largest ever, in fact. It happened earlier this summer, only you... Read more...
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