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Mother's Day is May 8th this year, which is rapidly approaching. You didn't forget a gift for dear old mom, did you? If you did, don't sweat it, we've got you covered with tech deals that we think Mom will appreciate. Why don't we start mom off with what many parents would likely call the "big gift", a new Samsung... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered leaked details regarding a government contractor that demonstrated its ability to track billions of phones all over the world by spying on CIA and NSA agents’ activity. Government contractors are able to provide surveillance services by purchasing user data from third parties. However, US... Read more...
These days, video game audio is so complex that it's actually simple. Computer processors and audio hardware are advanced to the point that everything can simply be multi-channel digital audio. Game sound effects and music tracks are just digital samples; digitized recordings of real-world sounds. Digitized audio has... Read more...
Rumors about next-generation GPUs just don't stop. Every tidbit of news we hear about AMD's Radeon RX 7000 series and NVIDIA's Ada Lovelace GPUs leaves us mind-blown at the possibilities—to say nothing of Intel's top-end Arc offerings. This time around, it's the red team in the rumor mill, with an update to an old... Read more...
Have you ever Googled yourself and stumbled upon some less than savory information or simply something you wouldn't want to be easily found? As Google states, it's important to control how people can find your sensitive, personally identifiable information (PII), so now you can. Using a new Google tool, users can... Read more...
Venus and Jupiter are on what looks like a collision source in the night sky, in a rare otherworldly event. The two planets have been inching closer to one another every day this month. If you looked up at the sky this morning, you may have noticed what appeared to be two bright stars close to one another. Chances... Read more...
Microsoft will be retiring Internet Explorer once and for all on June 15. However, Microsoft won’t be out of the web browser game with this retirement. The company has shifted its focus to maintaining and developing the Chromium-based Edge browser. Microsoft rolls out new Edge features fairly often, though some of... Read more...
People might have scoffed at AMD's "stapled-together" processors once upon a time, but it has become clear since then that chiplet-based processor designs are the way forward. There are still benefits to making monolithic CPUs, but they can be costly and inefficient, compared to "disaggregated" designs. Intel's... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows has plenty of reason to be proud of its status as the desktop operating system of choice for personal computers, but Linux drives a massive portion of the processing that lies beneath the surface of the internet at large. Ultimately, it's to everyone's benefit if security holes are closed, so we... Read more...
It's the end of an era, though not very long one. The Bethesda Launcher is shutting down. But what about all of those games you purchased exclusively through the Bethesda launcher? Worry not, because you can transfer them to Steam through a relatively straightforward proess. In February Bethesda announced the... Read more...
Razer showcased a handful of refreshed Blade laptops during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, including an updated Blade 14 rocking AMD's flagship mobile processor, the Ryzen 9 6900HX. Preorders opened a month later, and the laptop is now shipping in three configurations. One of them is exclusive to... Read more...
The first solar eclipse of 2022 is nearly upon us, and with it will come a heavenly view of the sky. This particular one will be a partial solar eclipse, with the Moon shimmying its way between a chunk of the Sun and the Earth, blocking some of the light beams. The imperfect alignment can be breathtaking, resulting in... Read more...
Snap, parent company of Snapchat, has created a new way for you to use its Snap camera, and it is taking selfies to a new height (literally) with Pixy, described as "your friendly flying camera" that is small enough to fit inside your pocket. The art of taking a selfie is an ever-evolving task. Smartphones are... Read more...
The proliferation of cloud-based game streaming options has helped expand the reach of quality gaming experiences to more devices than ever before. One of those is NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service, and to our point, the latest update (version 2.0.40) adds native support for MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini devices powered by... Read more...
End-to-end space company Rocket Lab is set to try and catch a falling booster rocket as it falls from space later today. This unique approach entails utilizing a helicopter to latch onto a cord dangling from the booster rocket's parachute as it floats toward the ocean. SpaceX and Blue Origin have capitalized on... Read more...
Researchers at Saga University in Japan have developed an ultra-high purity diamond wafer they say can store the same amount of data as 1 billion Blu-ray discs. Assuming they are equating the storage capacity to single-layer Blu-ray discs, each of which can store up to 25 gigabytes of data, these tiny diamond wafers... Read more...
The first quarter of 2022 is in the books at Intel and it was an overall big one, especially within its data center and Intel Foundry Services (IFS) businesses. The former raked in $6 billion, representing a hefty 22 percent year-over-year gain, while the latter skyrocketed 175 percent from the same quarter a year ago... Read more...
It wasn't that long ago that we were all using regular old spinny disks for storage. Time was, you really wanted to use dedicated hardware for RAID arrays to get the best performance. Plugging them into your motherboard and using software—or worse, firmware—RAID was seen as the inferior, poor man's option. Using a... Read more...
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can be debilitating, shutting down websites and services for hours or even days on end. Last month, a DDoS attack took down the servers running the popular online multiplayer game Among Us for almost three days. DDoS attacks attempt to overwhelm a system by flooding it with... Read more...
The XPS 13 Plus is Dell's latest introduction into the company's highly acclaimed XPS family of premium laptops. This new variant model received major updates to performance, industrial design, and materials, and it's available to purchase now. Dell announced the retooled XPS 13 Plus during CES 2022, and the... Read more...
This is a story we've all heard several times by now: next-generation GPUs are going to be even bigger, hotter, and more power-thirsty than the beastly boards of today. It seems like that may be true of some more than others, though. We heard back in the middle of March that NVIDIA could be preparing a top-end Ada... Read more...
As we stated in our Radeon RX 6900 XT review, this is a fast graphics card that essentially matches the GeForce RTX 3090 in rasterized games (it depends on the title, obviously). It's a beast for sure. However, it could be utterly slow by comparison if the latest Navi 31 rumor ends up being true. If so, AMD's... Read more...
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