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Intel Core i9-7900X, i7-7820X and i7-7800X Review

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:00 -0500

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Intel recently announced their new Core X CPU series, comprising of not just three or four processors, but nine of them, making it the biggest range of high-end desktop CPUs Intel has ever announced. Today we'll finally be checking some of them out.

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YouTube introduces new VR180 video format in hopes of boosting VR adoption

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:00 -0500

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360-degree video was heralded as the next big thing in multimedia but the truth is, it hasn’t caught on quite as quickly as some had hoped. While some of the reluctance has to do with the fact that the technology still has a ways to go in terms of resolution...

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Nintendo Switch shortage is 'not intentional' market manipulation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:15 -0500

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Nintendo’s portable Switch gaming console is selling like hotcakes, or it would be if there were enough to go around. Major retailers are having a difficult time keeping the product on shelves. Auctions on eBay are getting $400 or more on the $299 device and sellers on the site are...

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Overwatch updated with fewer duplicate loot boxes and custom highlights

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:30 -0500

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Overwatch fans know the deal. You finally open up a loot box and instead of some legendary item, you get yet another lame skin for Zenyatta. Much cursing ensues...

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Tesla has held talks with record labels about creating its own streaming service

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:30 -0500

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Electric automaker Tesla is reportedly interested in getting into the streaming music business. Sources within the industry tell Recode that the carmaker has held talks with all of the major record labels with regard to creating a proprietary streaming music service that would be bundled with its vehicles.

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Microsoft's experimental 'Dictate' Office add-in improves hands-free typing, features real-time translation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:30 -0500

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Microsoft's experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, has released a new tool that aims to make you more efficient over typing on a keyboard. Dubbed Dictate, the new tool is available as an add-in for Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Windows and allows for hands-free speech-to-text functionality.

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NBC to air $100K 2v2 Rocket League tournament this summer

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:30 -0500

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NBC Sports in collaboration with online competitive gaming platform FACEIT this summer will host a 2v2 Rocket League tournament featuring a prize pool of $100,000.

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Valve's upcoming VR controllers can track your fingers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:45 -0500

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Any fan of virtual reality can tell you that the technology is anything but perfect at the moment. Even the best VR controllers can be unintuitive to use, and we're still quite a ways away from full-body motion tracking. This new Valve controllers could be an excellent step in the...

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Caltech is developing an ultra-thin lens-less camera

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:00 -0500

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Smartphone manufacturers continually try to make their devices thinner, even while creeping them progressively closer to tablet size. One obstacle to creating a thinner phone is the camera. The problem with digital cameras is that they require several physical components stacked on top of each other. This pancake configuration makes...

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The annual Steam Summer Sale is live!

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:15 -0500

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Valve has opened the floodgates on the Steam Summer Sale, an annual event offering substantial savings across a cornucopia of genres. If you’re interested in playing it, odds are, it’s probably on sale.

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LG showcases monstrous 77-inch flexible (and transparent) OLED screen

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:30 -0500

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LG Display on Thursday showcased what it says is the world’s first and largest flexible and transparent OLED display. The monstrous 77-inch screen features an Ultra HD resolution of 3,820 x 2,160 with 40 percent transparency and a radius of 80mm.

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Free PCMark 10 Basic Edition debuts, available for download

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00 -0500

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Futuremark is well known for their 3DMark and PCMark benchmarking applications. As you know, we often rely on them for our reviews and today the latest edition of PCMark 10 is making its debut. Designed to measure overall system performance using tests based on real-world apps and activities. The Basic...

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Latest Windows 10 Insider Build adds GPU monitor to Task Manager, among several other new features

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:34 -0500

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Microsoft has published a new Windows 10 Insider Build to the Fast Ring channel, bringing another round of new features and improvements to the operating system. Of special interest to PC enthusiasts will be a new GPU information panel within the Task Manager performance tab.

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A TSer asks: Do I really need an SSD?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:45 -0500

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TSer Cycloid Torus is wondering how much he would benefit from buying an SSD. He doesn't need a speedy boot-up, but his current drive does load Fallout 4 levels painfully slow, raising the suspicion that it might be time to upgrade. Can he expect a performance boost anywhere else? Maybe...

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Facebook testing new feature that prevents profile photos from being copied and misused

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00 -0500

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As it closes in on almost 2 billion monthly users, an ever-increasing number of Facebook members, particularly women, face the risk of having their profile photo downloaded and misused. As such, the social network is testing a new feature that prevents these images from being accessed by others.

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Google Glass gets a surprise update

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00 -0500

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If you were one of the people who invested in Google Glass and still have a pair lying around, you might want to dig them out: Google has just released an update for the AR device – the first in almost three years.

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Microsoft admits that Windows 10 does temporarily disable third-party antivirus software

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00 -0500

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Earlier this month, Russian antivirus giant Kaspersky field an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft. It followed a similar complaint filed with Russian watchdogs last year, which alleges the Defender security software bundled with Windows 10 tramples over third-party antivirus products. Now, the Redmond firm has admitted that...

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Imagination Tech put up for sale in wake of Apple's decision to end graphics chip deal

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00 -0500

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Back in April, it was reported that UK chip designer Imagination Technologies' share price had fallen by nearly 70 percent after its biggest customer – Apple – announced plans to stop using the firm’s tech within the next two years. Today, Imagination announced it had put itself up for sale. ...

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Check out the hand-painted wall ads of E3

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:15 -0500

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With another E3 behind us, game fans are now talking about how 2017 stacked up against previous years’ events. Whether it was better or worse is open for debate, but one element of E3 that’s always a highlight are the pictures on the walls of LA’s Hotel Figueroa. ...

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15 of the Strangest Dystopias in Gaming

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:30 -0500

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The future is scary and, according to these 15 dystopias in video games, it's going to get a lot stranger.

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Snap unveils location sharing feature Snap Map

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:30 -0500

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Today, Snap Inc. unveiled a new stalking location sharing feature called Snap Map. Similar to other location sharing services like Facebook Messenger's recently launched Live Location, Snap Map allows users to share their location in real time with their friends. From the camera view in the Snapchat app, simply pinch...

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#WinterIsHere as HBO drops second trailer for season seven of Game of Thrones

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:15 -0500

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HBO dropped the first trailer for season seven of Game of Thrones in May. The teaser proved immensely popular as it has amassed more than 30 million views in less than a month. On Wednesday, the network gifted fans a second trailer.

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Dailymotion pivots, will now focus on premium content

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:30 -0500

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Dailymotion, once an acquisition target of Yahoo, is reinventing itself. Chairman and CEO Maxime Saada announced at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that his company has signed partnerships with CNN, Vice and Universal Music Group to create high-quality content to target those in the 18-49 age range.

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MobileFun is selling iPhone 8 cases that look to confirm several rumors

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:46 -0500

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Everyone expects the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone to be something incredibly special, and why not? Ten years on a product line is a significant milestone, so expecting Apple to do something big with its flagship smartphone is understandable. Of course, with expectation comes speculation and with speculation come...

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Twitter rolls out Super Hearts, its first paid virtual gift product, for Periscope

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:00 -0500

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Periscope’s hearts are a great way for viewers to show their appreciation and support for a broadcaster in real-time. While it’s true that hearts accumulated are “valuable” to content creators and marketers, there’s never been a direct monetary benefit from receiving hearts.

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Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-exclusive, offers first year of unlimited service for $1

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00 -0500

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Virgin Mobile is making a bold bet on the iPhone by becoming the first carrier to sell Apple’s smartphone exclusively and giving anyone who buys a handset with them a year of unlimited talk, text messages and data for $1. Dubbed “Inner Circle”, the offer is available until July 31,...

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Sega brings console classics to iPhone and Android

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:15 -0500

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Sega is bringing some of its old-time console classics to iOS and Android as part of a new “Sega Forever” program. There are five titles you can get at launch — Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon and Altered Beast — with more coming every two...

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Toshiba selects preferred bidder for memory business

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:30 -0500

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Toshiba, a staple in Japan’s economy for more than 140 years, has selected a consortium led by the Japanese government as the preferred bidder for its memory business.

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C Seed's 262-inch 4K display will complete your home theater

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:45 -0500

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C Seed, an Austrian television manufacturer that specializes in extra large LED TVs just unveiled its latest 4K display. The C Seed 262 sets a world record for home televisions with its 262-inch screen. Yes, that is almost 22 feet diagonal.

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Lenovo teases 25th anniversary ThinkPad with "throwback" features

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00 -0500

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Lenovo has a major asset in its back pocket with the ThinkPad brand it acquired from IBM as part of a larger purchase of its personal computing business. The popular line turns 25 later this year, a fact that Lenovo certainly isn’t overlooking.

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