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The tail debris from comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, also called SW3, could provide for a spectacular show in the night sky on May 30th and into the early morning of May 31st. However, NASA wants sky-watchers to temper their expectations. SW3 was first detected in 1930 by astronomers Arthur Wachmann and Carl... Read more...
As we mentioned yesterday there are many deals to be had over this long Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S. Today, we've got some great discounts on portable audio gear for you. Let's start with a company that for audiophiles needs no introduction needed: Bos. The always popular QuietComfort line typically offers... Read more...
AMD's X570 chipset was stacked with potent I/O, but presented a significant annoyance for buyers: it required active cooling. That meant a return to the days of yore when the use of faster and faster memory meant that motherboard chipsets—where the memory controller used to reside—started to require heatsinks with... Read more...
In the US we're rolling up on another long holiday weekend, Memorial Day. As with most holiday weekends, manufacturers, retailers, and the like have sales that may appeal to potential shoppers with a little extra time off. As such, we've also gathered up some of the best and brightest in tech deals to help you save on... Read more...
In the world of facial recognition tools, PimEyes is one that can be eerily accurate in finding similar photos on the internet from a single uploaded facial image. While the reverse photo lookup tool is meant to find photos of yourself and possibly loved ones, it could be utilized for nefarious purposes as... Read more...
There's a diverse cast of characters in the hardware enthusiast community, but among leakers, a few names seem to come up time and again. Some of those names are especially memorable, perhaps none moreso than "Enthusiastic Citizens Stroke Monster." A Chinese leaker who frequently posts details of upcoming hardware on... Read more...
AMD's Socket AM4 has had a pretty good run. First released in 2017 alongside the company's then-new Ryzen processors, it's had nearly five years to host some of the fastest desktop chips on the market, giving Intel some much-needed competition and offering users surprisingly-valid upgrade paths. The successor to... Read more...
The only real certainties in life are death, taxes, and scammers trying to swindle you out of your money. In the digital age, that means phishing scams run rampant, as it's a relatively low effort and potentially high reward ruse. Some efforts are more convincing than others, perhaps such as the one that is targeting... Read more...
As NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) nears readiness, the space agency is already preparing a list of exhilarating targets. One of those targets is a super-hot super-Earth where lava rain falls into molten oceans. JWST is just weeks away from full operation, according to a post on NASA's website. The space... Read more...
Windows updates are typically supposed to patch security holes, add new features, improve performance, increase stability, or offer some combination of all those things. They're not supposed to leave your PC in worse shape then before they were installed, though that sometimes happens. That's the case right now for... Read more...
When you plug your phone, laptop, or other rechargeable devices into the wall what do you concern yourself with? Many of us just care that the charger works, some people care about the wattage, and others just want their devices to charge fast. What if we told you that all of these are possible, and it can be adorable... Read more...
It's hard to believe that it's been a year and a half since the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 came out, and even harder to fathom that they're still difficult to find in stock. That is, unless you're willing to pay an obscene markup by a marketplace seller. Forget that nonsense because if it's the Xbox Series X... Read more...
A long rumored streaming stick offering Xbox Cloud Gaming, code named "Keystone", has finally been confirmed as being real. However, Microsoft is not quite ready to take the dongle to market, as the company wants to explore additional iterations first. First hinted as Project Hobart, and later referred to... Read more...
The Steam Deck is the handheld PC gaming console everyone wants, and a big reason why is because Valve came out of the gate with aggressive pricing. Combine that with easy access to Steam games and optional Windows support, and it's easy to see why it's in such high demand. Well, it might getting some competition very... Read more...
Elon Musk and Twitter have both been named in a lawsuit that alleges the Tesla CEO attempted to create doubt about his plans to purchase the social media platform in order to get a lower price. Shareholder William Heresniak from Virginia states in the lawsuit that he is doing so on behalf of all Twitter... Read more...
There is no definitive timeline on when precisely the chip shortage will end, only that it won't last forever. Huge investments (billions of dollars) are being made into factory upgrades and expansions, to hopefully avoid another situation like this one from playing out in the future. In the meantime, the situation is certainly improving, Read more...
If you're familiar with M.2 SSDs, then you know that the standard sizes are named "M.2-2280", "M.2-2230", and so on. The last half of the number refers to the length of a drive's PCB, so an "M.2-2280" SSD is 80 millimeters long. M.2 SSDs officially can be up to 110mm in length, or as short as 30mm. The first half... Read more...
The pursuit of internet privacy is something akin to an ever-evolving game of Whac-A-Mole, as new tracking techniques are revealed by researchers and addressed by privacy-preserving tools. Fortunately, there are a great many privacy tools available and under active development. DuckDuckGo offers a number of such... Read more...
Apple is in preparations for its WWWDC 2022 keynote that will likely introduce iOS 16, iPadOS 16, WatchOS 9, and more. The Apple event is scheduled to take place on June 6, 2022. The tech giant's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WDDC) is typically when Apple announces major software updates, and at times to tease new hardware that's Read more...
Are you a Meta Quest 2 user who uses their PC to play higher fidelity VR games? Have you noticed a bit of judder and stutter in your headset if you're on Windows 11? You're not alone, and there's a fix. It is a problem that has plagued Windows 11 virtual reality users since the launch of the operating system in May... Read more...
Now is your chance to add every BioShock game ever made, in remastered form, to your games library without spending a cent. Or a dime or a dollar, or any money at all. For the next week, BioShock: The Collection is up grabs at no cost, you just have to claim it before the freebie offer expires. Then it's yours to keep... Read more...
Barring any regulatory hurdles, Broadcom is buying virtualization giant VMware for around $61 billion in a cash and stock transaction, the two companies announced today. The sale amount is based on the closing price of Broadcom's common stock on May 25, 2022, and as part of the deal the company will assume VMware's $8... Read more...
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