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It has always been a safe assumption that AMD would continue developing its Threadripper processor family for high-end desktop (HEDT) systems that need that kind of multi-core grunt. In case there was any doubt, however, AMD came out and confirmed plans to launch a third-generation Threadripper line sometime before... Read more...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the battle royale game genre has exploded in the past two years. Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) kicked off the festivities, then Fortnite took the ball and ran with it. Now, a new challenger has entered the fray – Apex Legends – and has quickly amassed 50... Read more...
Microsoft has announced an update to the revenue sharing deal it has with developers of apps that are offered via the Microsoft Store. The updated Microsoft Store App Developer agreement allows develops to keep more of the revenue their apps generate if certain conditions are met. The new fee structure will put up to... Read more...
Google initially shocked and amazed us all with its dazzling Google Duplex AI at last year's I/O conference. The demos highlighting surprisingly life-like interactions between a "synthetic" caller and human reservation taker on the other end of the line for booking things like a hair appointment or dinner... Read more...
Fitbit has some of the more popular and affordable wearables on the market today. It and Apple are credited with driving some of the growth in the wearable market. In order to keep that momentum going, Fitbit has now announced four new wearables that aim at different price points. Versa Lite Edition The first is a... Read more...
Gamers were very excited about what EA was cooking up when it and Bioware announced Anthem, an entirely new IP, last summer during E3. The game was highly anticipated but launched with significant problems, and that anticipation turned to disappointment for many. The game has been widely criticized for crashing PS4... Read more...
The original Razer Phone was one of the first entries into the growing gaming smartphone realm, and the company followed up with the Razer Phone 2 this past October. When the Razer Phone 2 launched, it had a flagship-worthy price tag of $799. Today, however, Microsoft is offering the smartphone with a healthy... Read more...
The truth shall set you free; that appears to the mantra over at Chinese smartphone OEM Meizu. Back in late January, the company teased its "Zero" port-less smartphone, then later offered it via crowdfunding site Indiegogo.  We're now learning that the whole exercise was a big marketing fail by Meizu. The company's... Read more...
In somewhat of a surprise, the National Security Agency announced the release of Ghidra, a free and open source software reverse engineering toolkit, at the RSA security convention. Ghidra is what the NSA has been using for years, though it is not clear if the public release is the exact same version that it uses... Read more...
Are physical wallets a necessity? Mobile payment apps like Apple Pay and Venmo have overall made it easier to forgo carrying around cash and credit cards. However, very few apps have been able to entirely replace physical identification cards like driver’s licenses or passports. Google is currently working on an API... Read more...
Maxon has a thing for punishing CPUs with its brutal Cinebench software, which is designed to gauge a system's performance as it relates to professional 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solutions. There is now a new version available, Cinebench R20, which has been designed to more accurately evaluate modern... Read more...
We are all looking forward to the end of the year when Intel finally starts shipping Cannon Lake in volume, and other 10-nanometer processors emerge (we're looking at you, Sunny Cove). In the meantime, Intel is still squeezing juice from its Coffee Lake silicon, and is planning to launch more Coffee Lake Refresh... Read more...
Apex Legends has been a dominant force in the gaming scene ever since it launched in early February, quickly amassing 50 million players in just a month (far outpacing the performance of the current battle royale champion, Fortnite). With that being said, gamers are looking for the "Next Big Thing" with Apex Legends... Read more...
AMD has managed to reassert itself in the enthusiast computing discussion, thanks to its current gen Zen CPU and, to a lesser extent, Vega GPU architectures. Between Ryzen and Threadripper, there are now many compelling non-Intel options for power users. This also applies to the server side of the equation as well... Read more...
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