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Broward County in Florida is now incorporating drones in its efforts to control the mosquito population, according to the South Florida SunSentinel. It’s an important development as the county looks to fend off viruses delivered by the pests that lead to illnesses such as dengue, zika, and yellow fever. It will also... Read more...
Form and function have always been two primary ideologies that Apple has tried to blend with its various products, with varying degrees of success.  The 2013 Mac Pro, lovingly called "Trash can," was one such example where function was hampered by its limited form. In 2024, Apple released its thinner iPad Pro refresh... Read more...
NASA’s Voyager-1 space probe is once again conducting normal science operations for the first time since experiencing a technical issue that caused it to stop communicating late last year. The Voyager-1 team successfully corrected the issue partially in April, allowing the spacecraft to be able to send back health and... Read more...
It's been nearly two decades since Crysis came out and brought modern gaming PCs (for the time period) to their knees (and four years since Crysis Remastered), prompting the popular meme, 'Yeah, but can it run Crysis?', which was the result steep system requirements and poor software optimizations. Lest there be any... Read more...
Gamers are going bananas over a game where players simply clicks on a...well...banana. Banana is a viral clicker game where players get a random banana added to their collection approximately every three hours, simply by clicking on the screen. Since launching in late April on Steam, Banana has garnered a “Very... Read more...
Next month, most of the big laptop OEMs are expected to release machines based on AMD's Ryzen AI 300 processors sporting the shiny new Zen 5 CPU architecture and RDNA 3.5 graphics. Naturally, everyone's chomping at the bit to know how these chips actually perform, because this is AMD's first real chance to take mobile... Read more...
It's almost officially summertime and you know what that means, right? It means that the back-to-school shopping season is right around the corner. If you're looking to get a head start and want to give an Arm-based system with long battery life a whirl, you can check out the first wave of Microsoft Copilot+ PCs... Read more...
According to insiders, the European Commission has its sights set on fining both Apple and Meta for failing to comply with rules under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The European regulators launched an investigation into the two tech giants, along with Alphabet (parent company of Google), in March of this year for... Read more...
NOIRLab’s Dark Energy Camera (DECam) has captured some of this year’s most breathtaking images of deep space. From God’s Hand to stellar tendrils, the 570MP digital camera has left millions awe inspired. Here's a round-up of these amazing stellar sights that have been discovered so far this year. Dark Energy... Read more...
The simple fact is that the main bottleneck in game smoothness is system memory performance. When we talk about games being "CPU-limited," we're actually talking about a memory performance limitation most of the time. That's why AMD's 3D V-Cache works so well: the extra 64MB of cache saves on a lot of accesses going... Read more...
The PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium tiers are getting a fresh new set of titles added to the game catalog for the month of June, including an entry from the popular Monster Hunter franchise. An interesting wrinkle to the additions for this month is the inclusion of a PS VR2 title available in the Premium... Read more...
The unannounced Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 has broken cover once again, this time in the flesh—sort of. A retail dummy model has fallen into the wrong (right?) hands, giving us a look at how the phone will compare to the current model. Separately, we also have a few more hardware details and a price tag, which is even... Read more...
Apple has faced its share of lawsuits in the past, but a new one filed by a man in England may take the wedding cake. A cheating husband wants Apple to reimburse him the money he lost in his divorce because his wife found out about his cheating ways via the family’s iMac computer. Cheating spouses have found some... Read more...
An original Xbox game console from 2003 has landed on eBay, and while that normally wouldn't garner much attention, this particular one is extremely rare. What makes it unique is that it is one of just 50 units that were made as part of a promotional effort tied in with the release of the Universal Pictures superhero... Read more...
Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of game studio FromSoftware, made it known during an interview with PC Gamer that he isn’t the least bit opposed to Bloodborne making its way to PC. Fans have long requested updates for the game on console along with a PC port. However, nothing has materialized, not even a performance... Read more...
Gamers often argue about how expensive the hobby has become, and some can take that argument even further. Valve has been the focus of a massive UK lawsuit alleging that it has overcharged PC gamers through its popular Steam platform.  Steam is the de facto marketplace for PC gamers, selling everything from the... Read more...
When the first batch of Copilot+ PCs release to retail next week (they're already up for preorder), they'll be missing a key AI feature that Microsoft remains bullish on—Recall, which aims to make it easier for users to retrace their steps by taking snapshots every five seconds. While the intent of this functionality... Read more...
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) once again has surprised scientists with a new revelation concerning a region of young stars studied since the 1970s. Even though the region has been studied for decades with five other telescopes, it took the power of Webb to reveal what scientists once believed to be one... Read more...
Application performance obviously uses hardware speed as a baseline, but software optimizations are ultimately where large gains can be realized. It's not uncommon for developers to make an application run five, ten, twenty, or even a hundred times faster—something you'll never do by replacing the hardware. Intel has... Read more...
Intel shared a lot of information with us at Computex concerning its Lunar Lake mobile processors launching soon, but had very little to say about its upcoming Arrow Lake desktop CPUs. There were a few tidbits buried in the presentations on the Lion Cove and Skymont CPU architectures that constitute Lunar Lake and... Read more...
The benchmark specialists at Basemark are putting the final touches on a new GPUScore Breaking Limit tool, which the company says will make its debut as its most demanding ray tracing benchmark for both mobile and PC. Basemark's plan is to release two versions: Breaking Limit for mobile devices, laptops, and desktops... Read more...
Chromebooks are going to be getting more feature rich as Google aims to make it easier for the company to deliver AI to its customers. As part of this effort, chunks of Android code are going to be added directly into ChromeOS. In a post on the Chromium Blog, the ChromeOS team says that “Chromebooks now give us the... Read more...
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