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NASA's Webb telescope has captured two galaxies colliding nearly 270 million light-years from Earth. The collision has sparked a frenzy of new star formations, known as a starburst, creating new stars at a rate twenty times faster than that of our own Milky Way. The two galaxies, referred to as IC 1623, are very... Read more...
Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet and we reckon there's a fair number of people surfing the web with it inside Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Well, bad news for them—barring a last-minute reprieve, Google plans to sunset its Chrome browser on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 with its version 110... Read more...
Gigabyte is grinning from ear-to-ear after its Z790 Aorus Tachyon motherboard played a role in setting a benchmark record. There are plenty of accolades to go around, however, and the real crown jewel is Intel's flagship Core i9-13900K processor. Based on Raptor Lake, the 13th Gen chip has been busy setting... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago that we had our first experience with Intel's 4th-generation Scalable Xeons, code-named Sapphire Rapids, and checked out some live benchmarks. In the demonstration, Intel put its pre-release silicon up against the current best from AMD, a server with a pair of Milan-based EPYC 7763 64-core... Read more...
Researchers at the cybersecurity company Guardio have uncovered a campaign that has stealthily injected malware into the chromium-based browsers of over one million victims. The campaign makes use of browser extensions distributed through the Google Chrome Web Store and the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store. However, the... Read more...
We've had some pretty big hardware launches over the last few weeks, but we're not done yet. Up next on November 3rd are AMD's third generation of Radeon cards based on its RDNA architecture. The Radeon RX 7000 series will be AMD's first go at "disaggregated" GPUs, to use the Intel terminology. The Red Team's made... Read more...
A startup company in Santa Clara, California, has placed its "Model A" drivable flying car on pre-order. Alef has been working on the flying car since 2015, and has been test driving and test flying the full-size prototype since 2019. Anyone that has ever sat in a traffic jam has probably envisioned being able to... Read more...
GPU shoppers should be prepared for some new GeForce RTX 3060 SKUs to be released by NVIDIA's AIB partners shortly. We have spotted both an RTX 3060 Ti with improved bandwidth, and an RTX 3060 with narrower bandwidth, being listed in recent days. We are not fond of new models being released with very similar naming... Read more...
Over the years there have been many a recommended piece for the computer technician's software toolkit. Very few have managed to stand the test of time as well as Memtest86+. As of October 24, 2022, nine whole years after the last release, it looks like it will continue to be the case as Memtest86+ v6.0.0 has been... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the aftermath of a collision between two neutron stars, which sent a jet of radiation hurtling through space at nearly the speed of light. Hubble was used to measure the motion of a "blob" of material the resulting jet smashed into. A neutron star is the surviving core of... Read more...
Minisforum is adding a couple of new AMD-powered models to its Venus series mini PC lineup. They include the EliteMini UM590 with a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor underneath the hood, and the burlier EliteMini UM690 powered by a Ryzen 9 6900HX, both with integrated Radeon graphics. The latter config is arguably the more... Read more...
There's still almost a week to go before we get to Halloween and Thanksgiving is still a month out. Nevertheless, retailers are already starting to post Black Friday bargains. Best Buy is one of the first out of the gate, with big discounts currently applied to gaming laptops and desktops, 4K televisions, and a whole... Read more...
Back when we were hearing rumors about the GeForce RTX 4090's monstrous power draw, there were fears that the humongous current demands of the massive graphics processor could trip breakers or even start fires. These fears were amplified when Zotac warned of the concerning fragility of the 12VHPWR connector. Now... Read more...
Over the weekend, a group of Iranian hackers stole a trove of files from a nuclear technology agency. However, rather than comprising a state-backed hacking group, the hackers in question identify as anti-regime hacktivists who operate under the name “Black Reward.” The group claims to have stolen at least 50 GB of... Read more...
The holy grail for video game graphics is to reach the point in which art or representation is so lifelike that it is difficult to tell the difference between the two. Well, it seems like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2's developer Infinity Ward is getting pretty darn close. Some of the short gameplay available of Call... Read more...
AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processors are damn fast, no doubt about it. That speed also comes with a cost, though, both in terms of power draw and a literal monetary cost. We'd all like if there were new Zen 4 processors that were a little cheaper and a little less power-thirsty, so it's good news when we hear that... Read more...
Reports published by Chinese language computer media indicate that NVIDIA is re-prioritizing its GPU orders. According to unverified sources, it is claimed that NVIDIA is shifting its production mix in favor of enterprise GPUs. Specifically, it will be asking TSMC to produce more Hopper architecture H100 (GH100) GPUs... Read more...
The Rubin Observatory LSST Camera is the world's largest digital camera to ever be constructed. The 3200 megapixel camera is being assembled to take images for Rubin Observatory's 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time. When one thinks about a camera, thoughts of a handheld mirrorless or a smartphone camera... Read more...
Android 13 rolled out to Google's Pixel phones a couple of months ago, and that's been the only place to get the latest version until now. Following a brief beta test, Samsung has started deploying One UI 5, based on Android 13, for the Galaxy S22 family, but there's one big catch. The version of the phones available... Read more...
While you've been stocking up on candy to hand out to trick-or-treat visitors and decking out your home with Halloween decorations, LEGO has been busy assembling an absolutely delightful and spooky-looking gaming PC with tens of thousands of bricks. It's a one-off design so you can't actually buy it for yourself... Read more...
NASA shared an image of one of the most extreme rotating neutron stars, or pulsars, ever captured, and leaves many in awe. The image was captured in three bands of X-ray light detected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2016. Social media has been lit up lately with amazing and jaw dropping imagery from the James... Read more...
Following the launch of its Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors for consumers, AMD will soon unveil its first EPYC server chips based on the same underlying Zen 4 architecture. How soon? Less than three weeks from now—AMD announced it will livestream its next-generation EPYC server CPU launch on November 10... Read more...
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