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Some workloads are a single tangled-up thread with various data types and crunchy compute; for these, our modern CPU cores are perfectly-suited. Other workloads (like, say, graphics) are giant piles of a single data type that can be chomped through in big parallel bites; this kind of thing is exactly what our modern... Read more...
Earlier this month, researchers at the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab detected and responded to an unknown cybersecurity incident on its network. While security teams were reportedly quick to isolate the incursion, it shuttered the lab’s astronomical observatory operations and shines a spotlight on the... Read more...
SSD manufacturer Addlink has unveiled a new set of budget-friendly PCIe Gen 4 M.2 NVMe drives dubbed the A93 with speeds of up to 7400MB/s and capacity options up to 4TB. These new SSDs aim to be cheaper alternatives to Addlink’s high-performance A95 series SSDs, with very similar performance and the same capacities... Read more...
The wait is nearly over for Apple to finally peel away all the secrets it has been trying to hide ahead of its upcoming Wonderlust Event. The Cupertino-based company is expected to unveil its latest iPhone family of smartphones and its new line of Apple Watches. Press invites for Apple's Wonderlust Event have been... Read more...
The good news is that Samsung's upcoming S24 smartphones are expected to be getting a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and up to 2TB of storage. The bad news is that you will likely need to fork over cash for the top-of-the-line Ultra model to get them. Samsung's announcement that the Galaxy S23 flagships sold globally would be... Read more...
With Bethesda's Starfield getting ready to head into early access later today, AMD is warning gamers to be aware of fake giveaways floating around the interstellar internet. Those who pre-purchase the Premium or Constellation Edition will be able to jump into the highly anticipated Starfield at 8pm ET... Read more...
The latest GPU shipment report from the graphics auditors at Jon Peddie Research reveals that add-in boards (AIBs) are selling surprisingly well, even amid grumblings about how the latest crop of graphics cards are priced. According to the report, there was a "significant increase in shipments" during a quarter that... Read more...
Razer just announced a mint-looking Viper Signature Mini mouse plated in 24 karat gold. Since it's a one-of-a-kind commission, we won't be able to buy one (even if we wanted to).  Razer's CEO Tan Min Liang tweeted (or X-ed) about a special Razer Viper Signature Mini covered in 24 karat gold. He didn't mention the... Read more...
PCs, components and peripherals maker MSI has launched a new family of graphics cards. The new Gaming Slim line will exclusively feature NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Ada Lovelace GPUs. MSI explains that it has taken its well-regarded Gaming series and trimmed the fat for slimmer and lighter designs – making the cards more... Read more...
If you're subscribed to one of Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription plans, here's a heads up that you're about to pay more for the same service. Sony casually revealed the updated pricing structure at the bottom of a blog post, in which it also unveiled three new games that are headed to the subscription service in... Read more...
Building PCs is pretty easy, but it's not without its challenges. Many enthusiasts will tell you that the most tedious part of putting a PC together is one of the last: hooking up the power supply cables. By necessity, power connectors are kind of large and unwieldy, and they can not only be a pain to route, but also... Read more...
Over the past year, as tensions have intensified with China over the South China Sea and Taiwan, the United States has begun to focus on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influenced businesses and organizations operating or providing services in the US. Perhaps the most prevalent example of this is TikTok, and the concern... Read more...
Gigabyte has unveiled a new series of “Z790 X Gen” Aorus motherboards aimed at supporting Intel’s upcoming 14th-gen Raptor Lake Refresh processors. The new boards feature several upgrades over their non-X counterparts, including enhanced DDR5 frequency support, better M.2 mounting, improved VRM cooling, and... Read more...
Google is not known for its ability to keep secrets. The search giant's plans leak quite often, and it can't keep a new product under wraps to save its proverbial life it seems. Some of its past smartphones have even ended up for sale online months ahead of their debut. The upcoming Pixel 8 Pro isn't popping up on... Read more...
Long-time Chinese hardware vendor Colorful is introducing a new collection of products known as the "Colorfire Meow" series. As you could guess from the name, they're cat-themed. Colorful teased these parts earlier this year, but the first wave is finally making its way to market. Actually, simply saying that... Read more...
The Pentagon has announced plans to fund a program for the US Air Force that will provide thousands of autonomous systems, including AI drones. The move comes in light of China increasing its military prowess with more conventional resources, but is still likely to face stiff opposition from those who oppose... Read more...
The FBI and Justice Department recently announced a “multinational operation to disrupt and dismantle the malware and botnet known as Qakbot.” In what the authorities are calling one of the largest U.S.-led disruption operations, Qakbot infrastructure was accessed to tear down the network from the inside. Qakbot... Read more...
The first in Corsair's lineage of Scimitar gaming mice came out eight years ago and made a splash with a bevy of buttons for fans of massively multiplayer online (MMO) titles like World of Warcraft. The rodent has evolved over time, now culminating in the new Scimitar Elite Wireless, the first rodent in the Scimitar... Read more...
Cooler Master has officially launched the Dyn X for virtual racing and flight simulator enthusiasts. The PC components and peripherals brand originally took the wraps off the Dyn X gaming cockpit back at CES 2023, in January. Now, it is ready for retail, with a press release, full product page, and promotional video... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) captured an alluring image of the winding arms of spiral galaxy M51 that the European Space Agency (ESA) describes as a "'FEAST' for the eyes." The image is a composite that merges data received from JWST's Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI). Each... Read more...
Gigabyte is adding to a small but growing pile of solid state drives (SSDs) that make use of the PCI Express 5.0 bus for faster throughput. That puts the company's new Aorus Gen5 12000 SSD in elite company. By our count, there are around half a dozen PCIe 5.0 SSD models (not including different capacity options)... Read more...
While it hasn't reached the heights of a mega-hit like FromSoftware's previous title Elden Ring or the kind of numbers that Starfield will surely do on its release next week, the long-awaited return of Armored Core has been a solid success for the developer. It's been ten years since the last game in the series, and... Read more...
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