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Sony Increasing Already Overpriced PlayStation Plus Subscription Fees

Posted on August 23, 2016 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
PlayStation 4 - Subscription Renewal

It might be obvious from the title that this is going to be a little bit of a rant – and that’d be accurate. I have never liked Microsoft’s or Sony’s requirement for paid subscriptions in order for gamers to play with their friends online, but Sony’s brand-new price hike for PlayStation…..

Acronis Releases True Image 2017 Backup Suite, Introduces Facebook Backup & Subscription Model

Posted on August 22, 2016 9:44 PM by Rob Williams
Acronis True Image 2017

Acronis has just launched the latest iteration of its popular backup solution True Image, with version 2017. This year’s release proves to be a feature-packed one, with a bunch of useful tools added, along with a good helping of fine-tuning and general polish. If you haven’t upgraded your True Image license in…..

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1060 3GB For Gaming On A Tighter Budget

Posted on August 18, 2016 5:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
EVGA SFF GTX 1060 3GB Press Shot

NVIDIA is still rolling out its Pascal launch with yet another GPU, this time with a more budget friendly GTX 1060 equipped with 3GB of GDDR5 instead of 6GB. The aim is to hit the sub $200 mark and to some extent, undercut AMD’s RX 480 by performing slightly better. The main…..

Opinion: Leave The 3.5mm Audio Jack Alone!

Posted on August 18, 2016 4:45 PM by Jamie Fletcher
USB Type-C Connecter

It’s rant time. Apple has pretty much confirmed that it’s dropping the humble 3.5mm audio jack from its upcoming iPhone, replacing it with the digital-only Lightning connector. Now it’s Intel’s turn by talking up the benefits of USB Type-C replacing the ubiquitous audio connector too. Apple, Intel, can we please stop this…..

NVIDIA Warps In 4K DSR & SLI Support For No Man’s Sky With GeForce 372.54 Drivers

Posted on August 16, 2016 4:00 PM by Brandon Mietzner
No Man's Sky 4K Screenshot 07

From time to time a game comes along that looks good, but you just want it to look better. That game this time around is No Man’s Sky and with the newly released 372.53 drivers from NVIDIA, you can push it even further with Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) and SLI. For those…..

Logitech Caters To eSports Gamers With G Pro Gaming Mouse

Posted on August 16, 2016 8:28 AM by Rob Williams
Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse

Logitech’s G Pro Gaming Mouse might have a simple name, and it might look simple, but it’s far from being a bland product. The company targets this mouse at the eSports crowd and says that it includes the best features from its popular G100s and G303 mice. It’s also been developed with…..

No Linux Here: Google Begins Development On New Operating System ‘Fuchsia’

Posted on August 15, 2016 9:09 AM by Rob Williams
Google Magenta Kernel Project

A brand-new project on Google’s Git website has surfaced, and for a number of different reasons, it’s extremely notable. First, it’s an operating system, called Fuchsia. Second, it’s not based on Linux, as Google’s other OS, Android, is. This is going to be interesting. Inside the project’s main readme file is a…..

Apple’s Tim Cook Believes AR & AI Will Be Extremely Important To Company’s Future

Posted on August 15, 2016 8:34 AM by Rob Williams
Tim Cook at Apple HQ - The Washington Post

In advance of the fifth anniversary of his role as CEO at Apple, Tim Cook gave The Washington Post a huge interview where he talks about a slew of different topics – from his job being a ‘lonely’ one to the importance of augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) going forward.…..

Micron Announces 32GB 3D NAND Flash – Huge Improvements In Power & Speed

Posted on August 9, 2016 8:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Micron 3D NAND with UFS - Discrete1200

Memory and storage are key components in any modern computer, be it a desktop, laptop, or your humble mobile phone. Packing ever higher densities into some very cramped real-estate, Micron is releasing its new wave of 3D NAND flash chips, with technology co-developed with Intel, to squeeze in as much as 32GB…..

Hundreds Of Millions Of Qualcomm-powered Android Devices Vulnerable To QuadRooter Family Of Flaws

Posted on August 9, 2016 8:15 AM by Rob Williams

As with every year, this past weekend’s Defcon event had its fair share of interesting revelations – but none quite holds a candle to this one. Check Point Software Technologies revealed that hundreds of millions of Android devices are susceptible to one of four vulnerabilities that could lead to privilege escalation. The…..

Toshiba Unveils A Super Small Micro M.2 512GB NVMe SSD

Posted on August 8, 2016 2:29 PM by Robert Tanner
Toshiba Micro M2 512GB NVMe SSD

Fresh off its announcement of producing the densest 64-layer NAND yet, Toshiba takes it one step further with what can only be described as a “micro M.2 SSD” family. At the recent 2016 Flash memory Summit, Toshiba announced the new BG series of SSDs, which will utilize 3D TLC BiCS flash. What…..

Bethesda Releases The First Gameplay Trailer For Quake Champions – And It Looks Downright Amazing

Posted on August 5, 2016 11:16 AM by Rob Williams
Quake Champions (3)

Bethesda has just released its first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Quake Champions, and wow, does it look amazing. As one YouTube commenter put it, it’s best to look at this one with cautious optimism, because we all know how these things can go. But still, based on what’s seen here, this…..

Apple Announces Long Awaited (But Invite Only) Bug Bounty Program At Black Hat

Posted on August 5, 2016 10:39 AM by Rob Williams
Apple Campus - One Infinite Loop

At this point in time, it’s almost expected that any large corporation that produces software would have a bug bounty program. Google has one, and so does Microsoft. Even Mozilla has one. Who hasn’t? Apple. That changes today, and as if it wants to prove that it’s serious about it, the company…..

Believe It Or Not: Randomly Dropped Malicious USB Flash Drives Still A Real Problem

Posted on August 4, 2016 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Google USB Flash Drive Test - Success

Considering the fact that it’s 2016, it might be easy to assume that most people out there understand the basics of PC security, such as: don’t pick up a random flash drive and plug it in. That has been an established issue, but it hasn’t been that common in the real-world. Google…..

Comcast Would Love To Charge You More So It Won’t Have To Sell Your Information

Posted on August 4, 2016 10:45 AM by Rob Williams
Comcast Van

Would you pay more for increased privacy? What if it includes information that you probably never knew was recorded or being sold in the first place? Enter Comcast. Hot on the heels of an entire state suing Comcast for its deceptive practices, we learn of the company’s goal of persuading the FCC to allow…..

OnePlus 3 Selling A Little Too Well In Some Countries

Posted on August 4, 2016 9:52 AM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 3 Smartphone

It appears that OnePlus’ latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3, is selling a little too well in select countries. “Too well” isn’t a bad thing, of course, but when it results in inventory depletion, it’s not great for those who’ve been holding out for one. On its official forums, OnePlus co-founder Carl…..

Due To Overheating, Intel’s Basis Is Recalling Every Peak Smartwatch Sold For Full Refund

Posted on August 3, 2016 3:38 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Basis Peak

Well, this was unexpected. In mid-June, Intel’s Basis received complaints of its Peak watch overheating, at which time the company immediately asked owners to stop wearing it until an updated firmware was released. Fast-forward to today, and the company admits that it couldn’t fix the issue. And, as it appears, Basis as…..

Cloud Storage Provider Backblaze Releases Its Latest Hard Drive Reliability Report

Posted on August 3, 2016 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Backblaze Hard Drive Reliability Report - Q2 2016

I might not use Backblaze’s cloud storage service, but I sure do love the company’s transparency when it comes to hard drive reliability. I’ve reported on the company a couple of times before, and always look forward to its latest reports to see which vendor’s doing well, and which vendor’s not. This…..

Mozilla Releases Firefox 48, Introduces Electrolysis Multi-process Tech To Improve Stability

Posted on August 3, 2016 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
Mozilla Firefox 48

If you’ve been miffed at the lack of stability in Mozilla’s Firefox browser, the most important thing you could do in the next few minutes is update. Well, that, and hope that you’re one of the lucky few who get to take advantage of the browser’s new multi-process architecture, called Electrolysis. The Electrolysis project…..

China Performs Test Of Transit Elevated Bus That Hovers Over Traffic

Posted on August 3, 2016 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
China Straddling Bus

Yes: this is real. China has just performed its first official test of a ‘straddling bus’ that rides on rails on the side of the road and doesn’t impede the flow of normal traffic. If it sounds too bizarre to be true, this image should help clear things up: The test run…..

New Linux Kernel Patches Tease Upcoming AMD FreeSync Support

Posted on August 3, 2016 10:42 AM by Rob Williams
Acer XR342CK FreeSync Ultrawide Monitor

It appears that Linux gamers running AMD Radeon graphics cards could soon be treated to long-awaited FreeSync support. Some eagle-eyed folks at reddit spotted interesting Kernel patches submitted yesterday that both requests the addition of a FreeSync ioctl device, and also the mechanism for activating and deactivating FreeSync with full-screen apps. Because…..

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick Review – Portable Storage Without Cables

Posted on August 3, 2016 10:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick Feature Image

Storage is a constant problem for many mobile users. With a lot of phones having small internal storage and no means with which to expand it (SD cards are still uncommon for a lot of phones and tablets), there is a constant battle to make space while keeping fond memories. While there…..

No Climbing Experience Required: Everest VR Hits Steam

Posted on August 2, 2016 2:14 PM by Rob Williams
Everest VR - Scaling the Mountain

Have you ever wanted to climb the “ultimate” mountain, and without dying? If so, and you happen to be equipped with an HTC Vive, then you’re in for a real treat: Everest VR has arrived on Steam, for a price of $24.99 ($22.49 until August 9). Everest VR has what it takes to…..

WD Bolsters Its Gold Enterprise Hard Drive Lineup With New 10TB Model

Posted on August 2, 2016 1:43 PM by Rob Williams
WD Gold Series Enterprise Hard Drives

WD has just expanded its enterprise hard drive lineup to include the WD Gold 10TB, a move the company says won’t just improve RoI, but performance, as well. The Gold series of WD’s hard drives squarely target the enterprise space, as they’re designed to be used in servers – either stand-alone or…..

Samsung Unveils Its Beautiful Galaxy Note7, Sports New S Pen & Iris Scanner

Posted on August 2, 2016 12:41 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung Galaxy Note 7

After what seemed like a countless number of months’ worth of rumor, Samsung has today unveiled its latest top-end smartphone, the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note7. Available for preorder starting tomorrow, the Note7 will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon wireless. Pricing isn’t confirmed, but it’s expected to cost more than…..

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