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Motherboard and laptop makers are starting to implement faster integrated NICs onto their products, though 1Gbps LAN connections are still very much ubiquitous. And in an effort to push increasingly thinner and lighter laptops, many recent models have nixed wired LAN ports altogether, leaving you with only wireless... Read more...
Apple's latest M1 Macs -- and many Intel-based ones, for that matter -- all use the company's T2 security chip, which encrypts the system's built-in storage. The issue with highly-integrated motherboards with onboard storage is that if the onboard SSD wears out, the whole system becomes a brick of e-waste. And as... Read more...
Intel is set to close out its era of 14-nanometer manufacturing with Rocket Lake, due out at the end of next month (barring any last minute delays). After that, the focus will shift to Alder Lake, a hybrid CPU design that figures to be one of the Intel's more interesting launches, for a number of reasons. While Alder... Read more...
Benchmark leaks purporting to give us a performance glimpse of Intel's upcoming 11th Gen Core desktop processors based on Rocket Lake are kind of all over the place. One of the more recent ones falls on the encouraging side of the spectrum. That's because it supposedly shows a Core i5-11400 processor putting the beat... Read more...
Earlier this month, we talked about a class-action lawsuit that was being formulated against Sony's PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP, the law firm that sparked the lawsuit, alleged that the Dual Sense controllers were prone to joystick drift, which means that the... Read more...
Back in early February, CD Projekt Red was the unfortunate victim of a network breach, which allowed hackers to make off with source code for some of its most popular games -- including the recently released Cyberpunk 2077. The perpetrators of the heist reportedly sold the source code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The... Read more...
Back in September, the World of Warcraft team asked players what they would want as their next mount. The options players had to choose from were pretty varied, including a spider-like Nerubian Swarmer and a Soaring Spelltome -- an actual book that players would be able to fly around the world with as a mount, should... Read more...
While users may never want to have to rely on them, it's comforting to know that PCs running modern operating systems have fail-safes and recovery modes that can help get the system back up and running when disaster strikes. Back in the day, PCs came with a collection of floppy disks or a recovery CD that would... Read more...
Is it too much to ask that we be allowed to buy the latest generation PC and console hardware at regular pricing, from first-party vendors? Under normal circumstances, paying full price is not a lofty expectation. But this past year has been anything but normal, and product shortages combined with determined scalpers... Read more...
In our experience, the ROG Phone family from ASUS has transcended gimmicky features and continuously delivered a true gaming-oriented experience, both in the hardware and software, and through an ecosystem of supplementary accessories (like a dual-screen dock). So, we are pretty excited to learn ASUS is getting ready... Read more...
There have been some rumblings in recent months about USB connectivity problems with AMD Ryzenprocessors in combination with 500 series chipset-based motherboards. To be more specific, the problem seems to stem from USB 2.0 ports that act erratically when PCIe 4.0 is enabled on the motherboard and a PCIe 4-enabled... Read more...
AMD and NVIDIA both came out of the next-gen GPU gate with their respective guns blazing, as is typical when launching a new round of graphics cardsthey both tend to show off their best stuff first, then release more affordable models as time goes on. Looking ahead, NVIDIA has confirmed its upcoming GeForce RTX 3060... Read more...
We would not have expected Amazon of all companies to take to crowdfunding, but here we are. The Seattle-based eCommerce, cloud, and internet of things company, among other divisions, has developed something called the Build It program. This program will let the customer weigh in on what products they want to see... Read more...
The fine folks over atPine64this week posted their February Update to give us a heads up on where it stands with current and future products. There was a lot to unpack with this latest update, but one product that really caught our attention is the Quartz64 single board computer (SBC). Although it's... Read more...
It took less than two weeks for Valheim to notch over two million sales, after releasing to Steam's Early Access program. Just as impressively, if not more so, the unfinished survival game reached a peak concurrent player count of 360,000 over the weekend. It is one of the most played games on Steam right now, behind... Read more...
Does anyone remember the Xbox 360? That second-generation Xbox gaming console first launchedwayback in November 2005, and that was the last time that Microsoft released a first-party wireless headset for its gaming console. However, that changes today with the announcement of the Xbox Wireless Headset. Given... Read more...
Google is presumably on the cusp of releasing Android 12 in developer preview form, and as you might expect, leaked information is starting to come in at a more rapid pace. Last week, for example, we wrote about supposed screenshots highlighting enhanced privacy features and new widgets in Android 12. But that is only... Read more...
Mastercard is unabashedly planing to embrace cryptocurrency payments, a decision it made after observing people using cards to purchase crypto assets with increased frequency, especially on the heels of Bitcoin's recent surge in value, the company said. It is preparing for a future in which cryptocurrency transactions... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling that Apple is working on a mixed reality or augmented reality headset, potentially with dual 8K resolution displays and eye-tracking technology. The simple act of Apple releasing an AR/VR product is a potential game changer for the category. Adding to that, it's now being reported that Apple... Read more...
A barcode scanning app for Android with more than 10 million downloads under its belt has been found to be the culprit of unwanted ads and pop-ups when using the default browser. This was not the case prior to the developer dishing out an update in early December. But for some stupid reason, years of goodwill went... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPhone 12 family last year, the company revealed the usual suspects: a 6.1-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, the company also brought along a fourth member of the family: theiPhone 12 miniwith a small (in this day and age) 5.4-inch... Read more...
A little over a week after Robinhood first beganlimiting trading for sharesof GameStop (NYSE: GME), the company has now reversed its decision. Robinhood's initial move drew considerable backlash from the verysame everyday investorsthat it claimed to support, and has even drawn negative attention from lawmakers and the... Read more...
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