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Tesla has faced a lot of criticism over the years for its autonomous driving technology, which it markets under two available packages: Autopilot and Full Self Driving. The former is standard on all Tesla EVs and includes computer-controlled acceleration, braking, and steering within a traffic lane. The ladder is a... Read more...
You may have struck out trying to buy a graphics card from a first-party seller, but on the bright side, that also means you did not pay way over MSRP for one, either. Yeah, it is not much of a silver lining. The supply of graphics cards continues to fall way short of demand, and price tracking data shows that they... Read more...
It’s no secret that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing its second-generation Surface Duo 2 flagship Android smartphone. Images of the device leaked back in late July, and benchmarks showed up online shortly after. We’ve now learned that the device has passed through the halls of the Federal Communications... Read more...
Microsoft is scheduled to hold its annual Surface hardware event on September 22nd, and multiple products are expected to debut at that time. One of the headliners will undoubtedly be the Surface Pro 8, which received an early reveal today courtesy of @Shadow_Leak via Twitter. According to the tweet, the Surface Pro... Read more...
SpaceX’s Starlink program has been growing exponentially in the past year, adding new customers and sending more satellites to space. Whether or not you think this is a good thing, it is impressive, nonetheless. Now, the founder and face of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has announced that Starlink will be exiting its beta phase... Read more...
Back in June of this year, Hyundai Motor Group acquired a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics, the robotics experts who have put out several entertaining videos highlighting some remarkable robot capabilities (laugh now, cry later when the robot overlords flip the script). One of their more popular creations is... Read more...
Well, it was bound to happen, folks. I just finished upgrading my home theater setup, the crown jewel being an 85-inch Samsung Neo QLED television that gets brighter than the sun (almost, anyway) and is brimming with newfangled technologies. So of course a company—AU Optronics (AUO), in this instance—would be quick to... Read more...
It is well established that facial recognition based on machine learning is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination; therefore, using it for security purposes is likely a bad idea. This has now been proven through research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which showed that digital and real makeup could... Read more...
The astutely named PrintNightmare family of issues affecting many Windows devices is not going away for Microsoft, it seems. Though there have been numerous patches and updates, not all have been fixes for the print spooler issues. This is the case once more following this month’s Patch Tuesday update, which has been... Read more...
With the global chip shortage putting the entire consumer electronics and PC industry on edge, tech companies are looking for additional ways to get more product into the hands of consumers. One sector that has faced incredible demand and lagging supply for the past year is PC GPUs, but NVIDIA is switching gears to... Read more...
Heads up for anyone running an AMD build, there is a new chipset driver update available, and you're going to want to install it. The update patches a vulnerability that could allow a user with low privileges to access uninitialized physical memory pages that potential contain sensitive information, including... Read more...
Preorders for Apple's iPhone 13 family kicked off this morning, with prices starting at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini on up to $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, Walmart and Amazon are getting in on the Apple frenzy today with discounts on additional hardware, including the newly announced 9th generation iPad... Read more...
OnePlus is over-the-moon excited to announce a new over-the-air (OTA) update for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 owners. The update is being pushed out with OxygenOS 11.2.9.9 and, in addition to "multiple regular system optimizations," OnePlus it "greatly improved the camera performance," which is notable because we already... Read more...
The Apple iPhone 13 has arrived! Samsung is flipping out over foldable phones. Is this true innovation or are we just recycling the same ideas over and over? Let's geek out and talk about it. Check out our latest episode of 2.5 Geeks and let us know your thoughts in the comments... Show Notes: 05:00 What's... Read more...
Tesla is the biggest name in the electric car market. And even though the percentage of EVs sold in the United States as a whole is in the low single-digits, Tesla is by far the best-selling brand led by the Model 3 and Model Y. One of the hallmark features of Teslas -- other than their overall performance and... Read more...
Seagate is rumored to be readying a smaller 500GB Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X|S, so owners of Microsoft's latest-generation game consoles can give themselves more wiggle room at a lower price than the current 1TB option. And like the 1TB model, this would give gamers the full speed capabilities of the... Read more...
We've covered just about every possible leak concerning Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S desktop family of processors. At this point, we know that there will initially be a Core i5-12600K, Core i7-12700K, and Core i9-12900K (along with their KF counterparts with deactivated GPUs). Now, we're learning about some new... Read more...
For some, Microsoft's insistence that PCs be equipped with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support is irritating, especially since the company has done a poor job explaining why it is suddenly such a big deal. Installing a virtual machine (VM) won't necessarily escape the requirement, either. As users in the Windows... Read more...
As we approach the closing quarter of 2021, numerous leaks concerning Samsung's future flagship devices are spilling out. On the smartphone side, we have the Galaxy S22. And for tablets, Samsung will soon introduce the Galaxy Tab S8 family. Galaxy S22 Family Rumors Galore Starting with the Galaxy S22, we already... Read more...
It has been a little bit since Intel launched a new high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup, the last one being Cascade Lake-X, which debuted in late 2019. Now with Alder Lake set to arrive in the coming weeks, could another round of Core-X processors be on the horizon? If the latest leak is true, the answer is yes, though... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet had an ambitious plan to provide internet to underserved regions across the globe via Project Loon. Project Loon involved the use of high-altitude balloons that hovered in the Earth's stratosphere and provided internet connectivity to people on the ground. Commercial service first kicked... Read more...
Intel Optane holds a unique position in the PC computing space as a high-speed memory that complements system DRAM. The non-volatile memory can accelerate commonly performed tasks and improve overall system responsiveness (including booting) even if you already have a high-speed PCIe 4.0 SSD installed. Kioxia is... Read more...
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