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There are very few choices that you will make as a gamer that are more personal than your choice of gamepad. It's almost completely subjective—comfort is paramount to enjoying long gaming sessions, and a controller's comfort score depends almost entirely on how well it fits your body geometry. Despite that, sweaty... Read more...
AMD recently expanded its Ryzen arsenal with a handful of new and less expensive processor models, including a trio of Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. One of the new additions is the Ryzen 7 5700X. It features similar specifications as the Ryzen 7 5800X at a cheaper price point, but does the monetary savings come at a big... Read more...
Sony today announced it is retooling its PlayStation Plus subscription service with a couple of new tiers, a host of games, and additional benefits, not the least of which is the ability to stream PlayStation titles to PC. It's an expansive overhaul and it positions PlayStation Plus to better compete with Microsoft's... Read more...
Aw nuts, the long-anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is not going to release this year after all. In a video posted to YouTube, The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma announced that he and his team at Nintendo "decided to extend our development time a bit" after originally being... Read more...
A first-of-its-kind brain helmet is headed to the International Space Station to analyze and record neurological activity in microgravity. Brain.space will conduct the experiment using its proprietary EEG-enabled headset and be operated by the astronauts of Axiom-1 (AX-1). As NASA and others continue to work toward... Read more...
The history of pinball has a long and storied past. The first commercially successful pinball machine was introduced in 1931 by Gottlieb and it didn't even have the now-ubiquitous flippers. In fact, it didn't have bumpers, rebounds, multi-ball, or just about anything we associate with pinball today. If you were to see... Read more...
The strongest indicator for the presence of life on another planet is perhaps not oxygen, but rather methane. In a new study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz, a compelling case can be made for methane in a planet's atmosphere being cause for biological activity on a distant planet. When one thinks about detecting... Read more...
The console shortage might not be completely over, but there are signs the situation is definitely improving. For example, last week we wrote about the Xbox Series X being in stock at Walmart, and there have been several inventory replenishes since then (including this morning, though it's out of stock again at the... Read more...
It took a minute, but the wait for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti to arrive is officially over. NVIDIA announced the launch of its new flagship graphics card today, calling it the "very fastest GPU on the planet." NVIDIA's referring to the consumer space, of course, and will get no argument from us—up until today, that... Read more...
Kaspersky, a cybersecurity and antivirus company, appears in our news coverage fairly often, as the company’s researchers frequently uncover and disclose noteworthy vulnerabilities and malware. Earlier this month, we covered a gas pump hack that called to mind a vulnerability previously discovered by Kaspersky. Before... Read more...
If you, like this author, are focused more on the consumer side of things, you may not know that AMD's EPYC server CPUs actually use the same Core Complex Dice (CCDs) as its desktop Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs—EPYC just gets more of them, along with a beefier I/O chiplet (cIOD). So saying, whatever CPU core... Read more...
The number of gamers chugging along on pre-RTX graphics hardware is disheartening, but it's impossible to blame the gamers themselves given the state of the market in the last few years. Whatever theory you subscribe to, whether it's the fault of miners, coronavirus, scalpers, malicious market manipulation, or some... Read more...
Running servers for a popular game can be a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, sometimes there are jerks out there who want to ruin the fun for others, though. Luckily, some developers take it in stride. Like the developers of Among Us, the popular social deduction game, who suffered a distributed denial of service... Read more...
Samsung showed off a handful of monitors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, one of them being the M8, the newest addition to its Smart Monitor series. It's an intriguing 32-inch display with styling that is someone reminiscent of an Apple product, and it's now up for preorder starting at $699.99... Read more...
Apple's AirPods Max over-the-ear headphones released back in December 2020 still rank as the company's most premium audio device, with a price tag to match—the MSRP (and going rate on Apple's website) is $549. If you've been waiting for a meaningful price drop, now is the time to pounce because the earphones are... Read more...
The upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may have a thicker camera bump, but there is a good reason for it. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a notable Apple insider, this new thickness will be attributed to a new more powerful primary camera sensor. In the world of smartphones, the battle for best smartphone camera is... Read more...
Like practically every PC component, speed gains in solid state drive (SSD) storage come at the expense of heat output. And just like your CPU and GPU, that also means cooling plays a critical role in both peak and sustained performance. So far we've been able to get by with passive cooling solutions (heat shields)... Read more...
A new discovery of high-frequency-retrograde vorticity waves in the Sun defy all explanations. The discovery indicates that vortices on the surface of the Sun move at three times the speed as previously thought. A group of researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi's (NYUAD) Center for Space Science recently... Read more...
There's no more mystery surrounding the release of Intel's Core i9-12900KS Special Edition processor—the flagship Alder Lake CPU officially arrives on April 5, 2022. Intel confirmed the launch date today, and doubled down on its being the "world's fastest desktop processor" and the "ultimate processor for enthusiasts... Read more...
Canonical has been steadily working to not only make Linux more powerful and feature-rich, but to make the OS more approachable for the average user. Unfortunately, while great strides have been made in recent years, using Linux still isn't quite as straightforward as Windows or MacOS. Ubuntu has been a favorite... Read more...
Thousands of satellite modems are said to have been hacked during the onset of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. This information comes after President Biden warned U.S. businesses this past Monday of "evolving intelligence" that Russia is "exploring options" for potential... Read more...
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, more and more people are starting to feel the pain. Risking everything, some Ukrainian citizens are fleeing their homes in hopes of staying alive and outrunning their aggressors. However, this movement of people seeking freedom and safety needs all the help it can get, so... Read more...
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