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Acer is getting ready to roll out an affordable line of Nitro V 15 gaming laptops consisting of at least half a dozen SKUs at varying price points, each one under a grand. The most expensive SKU (ANV15-51-75HE) comes in under the $1,000 threshold by a penny (before tax, anyway), while the least expensive model... Read more...
Skullcandy just released a set of TWS (true wireless stereo) earbuds that's not only small in price, but also in size. The third-generation Dime is back and more feature-packed than ever for only $30 MSRP. Park City, Utah-based Skullcandy has launched its fourth earbud of the ear of the year called the Dime 3. Even... Read more...
As with most storage mediums, the life of a solid state drive (SSD) can be really long, disappointingly short, or somewhere in between. That's not exactly helpful info. So how reliable are SSDs really? That, dear reader, is a loaded question. Fortunately, the folks at Backblaze, a cloud backup provider that employs... Read more...
Scott Herkelman has been General Manager of AMD's Graphics Business unit for the last seven years, and he is also one of the company's Senior Vice Presidents. For now, anyway; in a tweet sent out at lunchtime today, he announced that he will be departing AMD at the end of the year. You can read his tweet below, but... Read more...
Samsung's new Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming monitor is utterly massive, sporting a whopping 57-inch screen size, lighting fast 240Hz refresh rate, and an extremely high 7680 x 2160 UHD to match. But good luck trying to run it at its maximum potential on some of the best gaming graphics cards on the market. Quasarzone has... Read more...
Intel's next generation of desktop processors is almost assuredly going to be a refresh of its extant Raptor Lake silicon. We say "almost" because Intel hasn't officially announced anything of the sort, but given all of the leaks up to this point, it is all but a forgone conclusion. According to those same leaks... Read more...
We are mere weeks away from the unveiling of the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, not that there's much left to reveal. The phones have leaked multiple times, and Google has even confirmed their existence. There's no official word on pricing yet, but there's another leak to take care of that. According to an alleged... Read more...
Apple's Senior Vice President of ML and AI Strategy, John Giannandrea, testified during Google's antitrust lawsuit that pointed to a relatively unknown feature in iOS 17 concerning an iPhone's default search engine options. The Cupertino-based company has found itself smack dab in the middle of a lawsuit brought... Read more...
If you're reading this site, you probably are well familiar with the controversy over the 12VHPWR connector used on NVIDIA's recent graphics cards. This connector is a smaller-scale twelve-pin plug that can provide up to 600 watts of power over a single, smaller bundle of wires compared to the old-school 8- and 6-pin... Read more...
Nonprofit NGO National Student Clearinghouse handles student data reporting and exchange, serving 3,600 universities and 22,000 high schools around the United States. However, being “the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services” would make the organization a rather... Read more...
Later this week, sky watchers will be privy to the last supermoon of 2023 and its being a Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon will be accompanied by two planets shining brightly in the night sky, Saturn and Jupiter. A Harvest Moon denotes the time of year when the full moon has unique characteristics. One of those is... Read more...
Try to hold back your surprise but Apple might not be the right-to-repair champion you hoped it might become, even after recently penning a letter in support of California's proposed right-to-repair bill. This is evidenced in a teardown of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. While not without some redeeming qualities, replacing... Read more...
For the record, Intel has never once said that its Meteor Lake architecture will be exclusive to laptops. However, it has now gone on record stating the exact opposite, confirming in no uncertain terms that its 14th Gen Core processors will indeed launch in desktop form after breaking ground with its mobile chip lineup. Fear not, this isn't Read more...
New York's mayor just approved another robotic initiative to keep citizens safe while supposedly cutting costs for human law enforcers. The new robot called K5 is undergoing trials right now. Mayor Eric Adams and the New York Police Department (NYPD) have let loose a 420lb robot to patrol Times Square subway... Read more...
India's Chandrayaan-3 Moon lander has yet to respond to its wake-up call from its location in the lunar south pole. However, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says the failure to answer is "not the end of the story for Chandrayaan-3 mission." Chandrayaan-3 launched on July 14, 2023, from the Satish... Read more...
In the movie Field of Streams, Amazon heard a voice saying, "If you build it, they will come." Okay, it was actually Field of Dreams (based on the novel Shoeless Joe) and Kevin Costner's character Ray Kinsella who heard, "If you build it, he will come," (not "they"). But hey, you say 'Tomato', we say 'Check out these... Read more...
Valve seems to have many moving pieces right now, between the upcoming launch of Counter-Strike 2, Steam Deck updates, and a 20th birthday celebration adding to the chaos. However, more subtly, in the background, updates are being pushed to Steam VR and the Steam Client that bring new VR-related features, UI elements... Read more...
NASA is making slight adjustments to the flight path of its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is scheduled to deliver a sample capsule from Bennu, an asteroid the size of the Empire State Building, back to Earth. The final correction maneuvers ensured the spacecraft lands in a predetermined area on the Defense Department's... Read more...
What games do you think of when you hear the term "MMO", dear reader? Probably stuff like Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, or maybe Everquest if you're an old geezer like your author. You probably don't think of Niantic's mobile augmented reality game Pokémon GO. Despite that, it almost assuredly qualifies... Read more...
It seems everyone wants Apple's new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, announced at last week's Wonderlust event. At least, that's the perspective that Apple would like to share with everyone. In years past, Apple routinely had huge lines at all of its retail locations at each new iPhone launch, but the company had been... Read more...
When you hear "super-sampling", you have a certain expectation. Super-sampling is the oldest form of anti-aliasing, and it essentially amounts to just raising the render resolution. That's the type of anti-aliasing that early GeForce and Radeon cards used, as well as the last 3dfx Voodoo boards. NVIDIA's DLSS... Read more...
Amazon Prime customers will get an email soon telling them it will cost them extra if they want to continue watching shows on Prime Video without ads. The company says it must make the changes to Prime Video to continue offering compelling content to its customers. Amazon Prime has been a must-have for many since... Read more...
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