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What The Heck Is A HEIC File, And How Do I Open It?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:45:00 -0700

(image) HEIC, the new High Efficiency Image Container, promises to cut the photo size in half while increasing quality and supporting 16-bit color, HDR, and other features.

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Tech Tom’s Relies On: Sony XBR49X900E 49-Inch TV & Monitor

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:10:03 -0700

(image) Managing Editor Matt Safford explains why he ditched his 28-inch monitor for a 49-inch Sony HDR UHDTV and isn't looking back.

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Massdrop's 'CTRL' Keyboard Looks Just Like Input Club's 'K-Type'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:57:00 -0700

(image) Massdrop posted a svelte TKL keyboard with an aluminum frame and extensive RGB backlighting called the “CTRL.” It’s a fetching mechanical keyboard with a cool name, and it's a dead ringer for the K-Type.

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Thermaltake Goes All Copper For Pacific CL Radiators

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:15:00 -0700

(image) Thermaltake launched its first copper radiators, the Pacific CL series. These are beefy radiators, measuring 64mm in thickness, and they come in 360mm, 420mm, and 480mm sizes.

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Big Tech-Supported 'CLOUD Act' Is Yet Another Warrantless Surveillance Bill

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0700

(image) The CLOUD Act, which is backed by major tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook, is yet another warrantless surveillance bill disguised as a consumer rights protection bill and added at the last minute to the spending bill.

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Tobii Pro Glasses 2: Eye Tracking Research In The Field (Update: New Hardware)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:08:00 -0700

(image) Often, the next great bump in consumer or enthusiast technology comes from a lab that has entirely different goals in mind. Such is the case with Tobii's Pro wing, which recently announced the Tobii Pro Glasses 2.

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Best Deals

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0700

(image) Because shopping for bargains on new computer hardware can be a considerably time consuming endeavor, we regularly compile a list of the best deals.

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Kat VR Introduces Kat Walk Mini VR Treadmill

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:35:00 -0700

(image) Kat VR today revealed the Kat Walk Mini, a scaled-down, consumer-friendly version of its Kat Walk commercial VR Treadmill.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Breaks Silence On Data Leak With Yet Another Apology

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:15:00 -0700

(image) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg offers yet another apology for yet another scandal that it created itself due to its own rules on how it shares data with third-parties. Will this one last?

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Oculus Go Dynamic Clock Speed Adjustments Preserve Battery Life, Reduce Heat

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0700

(image) Oculus revealed some of the secret sauce that enables the older Snapdragon SoC in the Oculus Go to deliver a better mobile VR experience than today’s modern smartphones with their robust VR-optimized processors.

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What We Know About The GTX 2080 (And Why It May Not Matter)

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0700

(image) Matt Safford investigates what we think we know about Nvidia's next-generation cards, and wonders if any of it matters--if the cards aren't affordable, anyway.

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PowerColor Announces Red Dragon RX Vega 56 8GB Graphics Card

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0700

(image) PowerColor announced the Red Dragon RX Vega 56 8GB, a version of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 with custom cooling and board design.

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Corsair H60 Gets New Look, Better Fan

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:15:00 -0700

(image) Corsair has updated its H60 all-in-one (AIO) CPU liquid cooler, debuting new mounting brackets, an upgraded fan, and a redesigned pump cap and radiator.

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Going Hands On With The Oculus Go At GDC 2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:35:00 -0700

(image) Oculus’ new $199 Go has been shrouded in secrecy as the company prepares it for a formal launch, but that didn’t stop us from testing it at GDC 2018.

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Geil Super Luce RGB Memory Allows Aura Sync Installation With Non-Asus Motherboards

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

(image) Geil announced that its Super Luce RGB Sync DDR4 memory kits now support most motherboard lighting control applications and allows some of the software to be installed on boards from different manufacturers.

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Is Nvidia Not Being Forthcoming About Lower-Speed MX150 GPUs?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:15:00 -0700

(image) Nvidia appears to be feeding OEMs two different versions of its MX150 mobile GPU, and it has been less than forthcoming about the performance differences.

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Netflix Launches A Public Bug Bounty Program

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0700

(image) Netflix launches its public bug bounty program after years of testing the waters with two other private programs.

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Noitom Enters Spatially Tracked Glove Market With Hi5 VR Glove Business Edition

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:30:00 -0700

(image) Noitom today announced that the Hi5 VR Gloves Business Edition is now available to order. The kit includes two gloves with full finger tracking. You’ll need a pair of Vive Trackers and an HTC Vive to use them, though.

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Seagate Demos World's Fastest Hard Drive, Doubled Performance, HAMR Progress

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:45:00 -0700

(image) Seagate displayed the world's fastest hard drive today at the Open Compute summit and announced that it has surpassed industry reliability standards with its new HAMR HDDs.

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How To (Partly) Control The Data Facebook Shares With Other Companies

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0700

(image) Despite worries about how Facebook does or doesn't protect user data, many of its users don't want to be cut off from their friends and families. Luckily there are several ways to limit the information Facebook is able to share with other companies.

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Thermaltake Announces View 37 Case With Gull-Wing Window

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:40:00 -0700

(image) Thermaltake announced a new mid-tower case, the View 37, with a curved, single-piece window that spans from the side to the top of the case.

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Tom's Soapbox: To Protect Your Digital Data, Sheer Probability Is Your Best Hope

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:38:02 -0700

(image) Joel Durham looks at personal data security in the wake of Facebook's latest data blunder. What he finds isn't exactly reassuring.

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Shareholder Sues Facebook Over 'False Statements' Regarding Its Privacy Policy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:30:00 -0700

(image) Facebook shareholder Fan Yuan launched a lawsuit against the company over "false statements" that have led to major scandals a significant monetary damages for Facebook's investors.

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Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program: What Is It?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:10:00 -0700

(image) This Nvidia program, whose existence was recently detailed, incentivizes video card makers. But what is it?

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The Atari VCS Pops Up At GDC 2018

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:30:00 -0700

(image) Atari's new retro-styled VCS made an appearance at GDC 2018.

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HTC's Vive Focus Is Coming To The US Later This Year, Dev Kits Now Available

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

(image) HTC today announced that the Vive Focus standalone VR headset would hit the global market later this year. Vive Focus developer kits are available today.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK Details Emerge, Kits Expected Q218

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:50:00 -0700

(image) Qualcomm today revealed the full specifications of the Snapdragon 845 VRDK reference headset. The company also outlined the developer resources that it provides with the program.

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Gigabyte Launches Radeon-Powered External Graphics Box

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0700

(image) Gigabyte launched a new Thunderbolt 3 external graphics enclosure with AMD Radeon graphics inside.

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Microsoft Hopes Machine Learning Will Make Games Better

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:35:00 -0700

(image) From improving NPC AI to lowering game development times, Microsoft envisions a usage for machine learning in all aspects of gaming.

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Facebook’s Security Chief To Quit Over Dispute On How To Tackle Disinformation

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:15:00 -0700

(image) Facebook's Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, will quit the company later this August. A NYT report said that he will quit because he hasn't been allowed to share more information about how nation-states have abused the platform.

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AMD Responds To CPU Security Flaw Report

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:40:00 -0700

(image) AMD has finally responded to CTS Labs' findings about 13 security flaws in Ryzen and EPYC chips called Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera.

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Raijintek Releases Zofos Evo RGB-Lit Full-Tower Chassis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0700

(image) Raijintek has released a new full-tower chassis, the Zofos Evo, that combines massive storage and cooling potential with stately RGB-lit accents and sound insulation.

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UK, EU, And US Authorities To Investigate Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica 'Leak'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0700

(image) Authorities from UK, EU, and the U.S. will begin multiple investigations into what happened between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, to find out how the data of over 50 million users could be leaked.

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AMD Has Its Own Ray-Tracing Technology

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0700

(image) AMD announced widened support for Radeon Rays, its GPU accelerated ray-tracing developer software.

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Latest GeForce Driver Fixes VR HMD Black Screen...Maybe

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:20:00 -0700

(image) Nvidia today released a new GeForce Game Ready driver that includes game optimizations for 'Sea of Thieves' and feature updates for several games. The new driver is also supposed to fix a VR HMD issue, but users are reporting that it didn't.

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Ex-Facebook Employee: Cambridge Analytica Wasn’t The Only Company Harvesting User Data

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:40:00 -0700

(image) Former Facebook employee Sandy Parakilas revealed that potentially "tens or maybe hundreds of thousands" of third-party developers may have harvested user data in the same way SCL Cambridge Analytica did.

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Remote AR Technical Assistance Platform Gets ARCore Support

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0700

(image) Scope AR today announced that its Remote AR technical assistance software now supports Google’s ARCore augmented reality platform, so enterprise customers can now use Scope AR’s advanced tech support tools without deploying specialized hardware.

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HTC Quietly Outs Vive Tracker 2018 With Steam VR 2.0 Tracking

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0700

(image) HTC made waves in the tech world yesterday with the announcement of the Vive Pro’s price and availability. Today, we discovered more news that somehow slipped under the radar. HTC is now selling updated Vive Trackers that work with Steam VR Tracking 2.0.

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How To Start Windows 10 In Command Prompt

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:05:00 -0700

(image) If Windows 10 can’t boot at all, the command line interface (CLI) is the only option you have. Booting Windows 10 in Command Prompt requires that you have Windows 10 on a bootable disc or USB drive. Here’s how.

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AMD Radeon Adrenalin Driver 18.3.3 Ready For 'Sea Of Thieves' And More

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:30:00 -0700

(image) AMD has released a new driver for users of Radeon GPUs. The new version, 18.3.3, brings improved support for the soon-to-be-released titles "Sea Of Thieves" and "A Way Out," among other things.

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Thermaltake Adds Voice Control To Its New RGB Plus Ecosystem

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:15:00 -0700

(image) Thermaltake has added voice control to its TT RGB Plus ecosystem with the latest version of its mobile app. The feature is called TT AI Voice Control, and it lets users access most TT RGB Plus settings by saying “Hello TT.”

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Magic Leap Announces ‘Creator Portal,’ SDK Now Available

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:40:00 -0700

(image) Magic Leap today revealed the Magic Leap Creator Portal, which features a treasure trove of development resources about the company’s upcoming immersive platform, including a software development kit and tutorials to help you get started.

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HyperX Announces Faster Fury, Impact DDR4 Memory Products

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0700

(image) Faster versions of HyperX’s Fury line of desktop and Impact line of mobile DDR4 memory have launched.

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Facebook Allowed Firm To Exploit Data To Target American Voters

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0700

(image) Whistleblower revealed that the company he was working for was able to use build profiles on tens of millions of Americans and then target them for electoral purposes, by exploiting how Facebook shared data with third-party companies.

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Profits Are Drying Up For Ethereum Miners

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:30:00 -0700

(image) As the price of Ethereum continues to drop week over week, the mining difficulty continued to rise. At this pace, mining profits are quickly thinning out.

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Nvidia Reveals RTX Ray-Tracing Technology, New GameWorks SDK At GDC

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0700

(image) Nvidia didn’t announce a new gaming graphics card at GDC, but it did give gamers a glimpse of the future with a new ray-tracing technology that runs on Microsoft’s new DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API.

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What The Tom’s Team Played This Weekend: 'They Are Billions'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:55:00 -0700

(image) Managing Editor Matt Safford defends his post-apocalyptic steampunk village against the evil dead in “They Are Billions.”

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NZXT Gaming Giveaway

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:15:00 -0700

(image) We've teamed up with NZXT for a massive giveaway featuring the H-Series computer case and more!

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Need A 100TB SSD? Nimbus Data Has You Covered With The ExaDrive DC100

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:15:00 -0700

(image) Nimbus Data's new 100TB SSD can store up to 20 million songs or 20,000 HD movies.

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Gigabyte Teases New Displays On Thinner Aero 15 Laptops

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:30:00 -0700

(image) Gigabyte teased an update for its Aero 15 and 15X gaming laptops in a video posted to its YouTube account.

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