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Summer can be stressful as an adult. Remember when you were a kid, and summer meant endless sleepovers, staying up all night playing games or watching films, and no responsibilities? These days, your own kids may be out of school, high temperatures mean rising power bills, and yet you've still got to get out there and... Read more...
Summer may have just started, but Apple is already offering some big Back-To-School discounts on a few popular products, including the M1-powered MacBook Air. Today's students are on the go more than ever before, especially with the explosion in remote learning. So, a portable system like the 2020 Apple MacBook Air... Read more...
A Mars orbiter, famous for discovering signs of water on the Red Planet, is about to receive a software upgrade. While many are holding onto Windows 10 for as long as they can as Microsoft drives to Windows 11, the European Space Agency's (ESA) orbiter has been rocking Windows 98 for more than 19 years. The Mars... Read more...
To kick of the hot summer season, we’ve partnered up with the good folks at Falcon Northwest for an awesome gaming PC giveaway. We know many of you have been dying to get your hands on some of the latest and greatest CPU and GPU muscle from AMD, including the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and powerful Radeon RX 6950XT, and thanks to the generosity of Read more...
It's been rumored for a long time that AMD's next-generation Radeons will use a chiplet design rather than being a single monolithic processor. AMD confirmed as much to the world at its Financial Analyst Day earlier this month, but we still didn't know exactly what that meant for the chips. After all, when we say... Read more...
As excited as Intel is about Alder Lake, it hasn't shied away from spreading a few Raptor Lake bread crumbs on occasion. We know it will leverage an Intel 7 process node and arrive with up to 24 cores and 32 threads. Intel has also teased up to a double digit performance boost, and some leaked benchmarks indicate that... Read more...
Intel's published a reviewer's guide for folks taking a look at its recently-released high-end mobile GPUs, the Arc A730M and Arc A770M. We can't publish the guide, or any part of it, so we won't. Intel did give us the go-ahead to talk about some of the contents of the guide, though, and the most interesting part by... Read more...
It's a new era and there's a new bully in schools. A financial bully to the school administrations, at least. That bully is ransomware, and he's an annoying jerk. Ransomware is an ever increasing threat that most recently has affected schools, governments, hospitals, and even individual users. This particular type... Read more...
As anyone could have predicted, cryptocurrency miners are looking to unload their used GPUs now that it may no longer be profitable to mine Ethereum and other blockchain assets. Before you buy a card at a potentially steep discount, though, be aware that you might not end up getting what you thought you were... Read more...
A new analysis presented by SpaceX states that 5G could render its Starlink internet service "unusable." The focus of the analysis was on Dish's attempt to open up the 12GHz spectrum for both satellite use and the company's 5G mobile network. SpaceX has spent a lot of time and resources on trying to beef up its... Read more...
It's not a good start for Toyota's first mass-produced all-electric vehicle, the bz4x SUV. Luckily the issue is not related to the fact that it is an electric vehicle. Not so lucky, however, is that the defect is a potentially deadly one. Toyota is the world's largest auto-maker by sales, and it submitted a recall... Read more...
AMD has released a new online GPU comparison tool and it less biased than you might think. Yes, that totally sounds like a backhanded compliment, but we don't actually mean it that way. As any fellow geek can attest, we tend to be a jaded bunch when it comes to a manufacturer's own benchmark data and claims. But in an... Read more...
Netflix appears to be stepping back from its opposition to having ads, as its CEO says it will be adding a lower priced tier that includes ads. The move follows the streaming service reporting that it lost 200,000 subscribers last quarter. The road has been a bit rough as of late for Netflix, as the company shared... Read more...
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft captured an image of a creepy crater that resembles an eyeball staring out from the Red Planet's surface. The "veins" that run through the 30 km-wide crater are likely channels that carried liquid water on Mars some 3.5-4 billion years ago. The Mars Express... Read more...
Just over nine years ago, Microsoft provided a first look at Windows 8.1. And almost to this day nine years earlier, it rolled out a preview, timed with the start of its Build conference. If you ended up upgrading and never looked back (or forward), brace yourself for nag screens imploring you once again to upgrade... Read more...
The GeForce RTX 30 series is already super fast. The higher-end cards in that family chew up and spit out games at high resolutions the way cards from five years ago were just starting to master 1080p. It gets a little bit silly at times when we're benchmarking these graphics cards because it is sometimes difficult to... Read more...
Shortly after hitting Parker Hannifin Corporation, a major component supplier for Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the Conti ransomware group abandoned the Conti name and split off into smaller groups that coordinate with the larger group’s leadership. This move came after Conti targeted the government of Costa Rica with... Read more...
Adata recently launched its series of XPG Alpha gaming mice, which come in both wired and wireless flavors. The sleek and ergonomic mouse is designed to offer a combination of high-performance and gamer-centric features, with an array of customizable options available via the included XPG Prime software. The XPG Alpha... Read more...
Mobile devices are in store for a major bump in bandwidth, one that leaves JEDEC's official designation in the dust. Chinese chip maker Innosilicon has demonstrated a 10,000 Mbps transfer rate on its LPDDR5X memory, which is a not-insignificant 17 percent uptick over JEDEC's LPDDR5X-8533 specification. The company... Read more...
Another day another vulnerability. This time we're dealing with network-attached storage hardware provider QNAP. Interestingly though, this particular vulnerability isn't entirely QNAP's fault. It's PHP. Yes, a vulnerability has been found in PHP versions 7.1.x when below 7.1.33, 7.2.x when below 7.2.24, and 7.3.x... Read more...
Looked at the prices of DDR5 memory lately? The newer, faster, all-ECC system RAM is coming down in cost slowly, but it's nowhere near as cheap as ubiquitous DDR4 SDRAM. Plus, due to the latency advantages of hot-clocked DDR4 versus the less-expensive DDR5 modules on the market, DDR4 systems often end up faster in... Read more...
For the past year we've been hearing about how Microsoft's DirectStorage API will supercharge PC gaming with faster load times, and facilitate "virtual worlds that are more expansive and detailed than ever," to use Microsoft's own words. It holds a lot of promise, but does your PC support the feature? There's now an... Read more...
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