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So you've been sifting through the Facebook Marketplace or eBay, trying to find yourself a shiny new iPhone. You finally come across one and can't believe the deal you're getting! You receive the device in the mail and find out something's wrong. It could be anything, so you decide to take it to an authorized repair... Read more...
A lot has changed at OnePlus over the past year. The company has merged with Oppo, and OnePlus’ OxygenOS now shares a common codebase with Oppo’s ColorOS. Warp Charge is now called SuperVOOC, which is Oppo’s fast charging brand. OnePlus also set sales records in 2021, shipping 11 million phones... Read more...
In a huge win for right-to-repair advocates, Samsung is teaming up with iFixIt on a self-repair program that will give Galaxy device owners easier access to genuine replacement parts, repair tools, and step-by-step guides. The initiative is part of a broader effort to "promote a circular economy and minimize e-waste."... Read more...
Wyze Cam devices are reported to have had a huge security flaw, and the company remained silent for three years about it. The software flaw was found by Bitdefender, and claims it reported the issues to Wyze all the way back in 2019. Home security devices are meant to make you feel safer in the confines of your... Read more...
Now that Intel has formally entered the discrete GPU space with its first Arc Alchemist GPUs (A350M and A370M), all eyes are focused on how the introductory mobile parts perform and what they might reveal about future products. While we wait for official benchmarks to land, some leaked 3DMark scores have tipped... Read more...
The Sun unleashed a fury of cannibals toward Earth, but there is no need to worry about being eaten alive. It is actually a "cannibal coronal mass ejection" caused by solar eruptions discharging from a singular sunspot. Sunspot AR2975 has been detonating flares of electrically charged particles from the sun since... Read more...
When NVIDIA called of its Arm deal last month due to mounting regulatory hurdles, it was expected the British chip designer would head towards an Initial Public Offering (IPO) spearheaded by its parent firm Softbank. And not just any IPO, but the "biggest IPO ever in semiconductor history," Softbank founder Masayoshi... Read more...
Moore Threads, a company you might not have heard of but has an interesting tie to NVIDIA (more on that in a moment), launched a pair of graphics cards in China. They include the MTT S60 for desktop PCs and the MTT S2000 for servers. What's especially notable is that these cards are built around China's first... Read more...
Dell unveiled a whole raft of product announcements today, but surely the most interesting product from the company's new "hybrid work experience" portfolio is the Precision 5470. Dell says that it engineered the new mobile workstation to be both "the most powerful 14-inch workstation in history [as well as] the... Read more...
The dreaded Blue Screen of Death, or BSOD, has been the bane of every Windows users' existence for every generation of the OS. With every new version of Windows, Microsoft has claimed that there will be fewer or no blue screens. Rarely has the company been correct about this, though. Even the Xbox has not been immune... Read more...
Do you live in a constant state of fear? Are you terrified of the world around you? Someone who'd really rather stay home, yet must venture out into the horrifying real world? First, make sure you remember your Xanax. Once that's taken care of, check out Dyson's new "Dyson Zone" wearable air purifier and... Read more...
Phishing attacks are currently the number one cause of data compromises, and they are becoming more sophisticated as additional countermeasures are developed and deployed and users become more wary of suspicious or unexpected messages. Just last week, we covered a new phishing technique that creates an animated login... Read more...
Just about anyone who builds PCs is well aware of the shortcomings of stock coolers. They're functional enough, but they don't always cool particularly well and they can be irritatingly-noisy while attempting to do it. Intel revised its stock cooler design for Alder Lake; by all accounts, the redesign was an... Read more...
NVIDIA this week formally added a new flagship graphics card to its lineup, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. It's essentially a thicker and faster version of the non-Ti model, with more CUDA cores and speedier memory to toss at gaming, content creation, and other graphics tasks. While not for everyone, if you're looking for... Read more...
Images captured by NASA's New Horizons of dwarf planet Pluto have revealed ice volcanoes, and the possibility for potential habitability. New Horizons performed a flyby of Pluto in 2015, and scientists are still rethinking everything they thought they knew about the dwarf planet. Pluto lost its planet status back... Read more...
Near the end of Intel's Arc Alchemist mobile discrete GPU reveal today, there was a 'But wait, there's more!' moment, equivalent to the post-credit teasers that often accompany Marvel superhero movies. Though instead of teasing an upcoming flick, Intel shared a first look at the finished design for its upcoming Arc... Read more...
Custom hardware from AMD powers the latest generation game consoles from Microsoft (Xbox Series X|S) and Sony (PlayStation 5), but not every APU designed for these systems makes the cut. What do you do with these excess chips if you're AMD? Find ways to recycle the partially defective hardware, such as injecting them... Read more...
For the past several years, we’ve been hearing about Intel’s extensive plan to enter the discrete GPU space. It’s the main reason why Raja Koduri joined the chipmaker in late 2017, who came on board to spearhead not just a one-off product launch, but a new era of graphics at Intel with a robust roadmap extending years... Read more...
NASA plans on putting boots back on the Moon this decade, but it does not want to stop there. Administrator Bill Nelson said in the most recent State of NASA address, that the space agency also intends on setting foot on the surface of Mars by 2040. The upcoming Artemis missions will be historic in a few ways... Read more...
G.Skill continues to crank out high-speed memory kits for enthusiasts and overclockers, its latest offering a 64GB DDR5-6000 Trident Z5 RGB memory kit designed to accompany Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop processors based on Alder Lake in a Z690 motherboard. Two 32GB modules comprise what G.Skill is dubbing a... Read more...
Earlier this month, Apple held its Peek Performance event, during which the company announced the third-generation iPhone SE, featuring 5G capability and Apple’s latest system on a chip (SoC), the A15 Bionic. The iPhone SE is Apple’s budget phone offering, which packs updated internals while adhering to the design of... Read more...
Remember PowerVR? Unlike a lot of names from the early PC 3D accelerator market, PowerVR didn't fade away, it simply moved on. Unable to compete with high-powered silicon from NVIDIA and AMD (neé ATI), PowerVR shifted its focus toward the mobile market. This ended up being quite lucrative as it supplied several... Read more...
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