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Everything we know—and don’t know—about Google’s new smart speaker

16:50
Google is being awfully coy about its latest smart speaker. We’ve teased out some facts and made some educated guesses.

PC market surges as coronavirus forces working from home

14:51
As consumers sheltered in place during the second quarter, they bought PCs by the ton. Both Gartner and IDC research firms reported big positive swings in PC and Chromebook sales for the second quarter. Gartner reported a 2.8 percent year-over-year increase, while IDC reported a whopping 11.2-percent boost for the same period. The two firms have long differed in methodology: IDC includes Chrome...

The best PC games of 2020 (so far)

12:59
It’s been one hell of a year, eh? Or one hellish year, whichever you’d prefer. 2020 was already on track to be a weird one for video games, with new consoles just over the horizon. The transition is always awkward, as publishers rush out their last few efforts before the door closes and everyone stops caring about the “old” consoles forever. But obviously a world in flames has made the release ...

Adios, Wraith? Why AMD's XT chips signal doom for a key Ryzen selling point

12:22
With the launch of its slightly faster, slightly better, exactly-the-same-price Ryzen 3000 XT processors this week, AMD became just a bit more like Intel…and Nvidia. More importantly, I suspect these new CPUs may exist to set the stage for removing a key AMD value proposition from next-gen “Zen 3” Ryzen CPUs. Whither goest thou, Wraith? Most Ryzen XT reviews landed, well, not with a thud necess...

Tribit XFree Go headphone review: Amazing sound, great price, and one glaring flaw

12:22
The Tribit XFree Go headphones punch far above their weight, sonically: sadly, the controls locked up after an hour or so of sustained use.

Harmony is offering a full refund to anyone who ever bought its $250 Alexa remote

19:10
Harmony is discontinuing its Alexa-powered Express remote this year, but it's offering a full refund or upgrader to anyone who ever bought one.

Nvidia bundles Death Stranding for PC with GeForce RTX graphics cards

9.July
It’s not the best time to buy a high-end graphics card , but if you don't want to wait any longer—perhaps to prepare for this fall’s Cyberpunk 2077 release —then Nvidia’s sweetening the pot for a few weeks. Through July 29, buying any GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card from a participating retailer will get you a free copy of Death Stranding , Nvidia announced on Thursday. GeForce RTX-powered ...

Roku backtracks on putting over-the-air channels into its live TV programming guide

9.July
Turns out some users didn’t like over-the-air TV listings mixed with dozens of streaming TV channels.

Cool it! We talk laptop thermals with an expert from Dell

9.July
That high-performance CPU or GPU you're eyeballing for your next laptop is nothing if it's not backed by an effective cooling system. Yet consumers tend to know very little about the cooling in a laptop. We fortunately had time to catch up with Dell's Travis North, who works as a Thermal Engineering Technologist. North answers our burning questions on whether a heat pipe is better than a vapor ...

Intel unveils the Thunderbolt 4 spec, which AMD believes it can use

9.July
Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 4 on Wednesday, tightening the existing I/O specification for docks, some displays, external storage and GPUs. Bandwidth remains unchanged from Thunderbolt 3, though executives said to expect new types of docks and longer cables. AMD, which has traditionally never associated Thunderbolt with its Ryzen platforms, pooh-poohed Thunderbolt demand but said it meets the spe...

Microsoft Teams adds 'Together mode' in massive update

8.July
Microsoft today said that it’s shaking up online Teams video meetings with a new “Together mode” that places participants in a virtual auditorium. It’s all part of a redesigned Teams experience that capitalizes on some of the promises Microsoft has been making for years. There’s even a pair of Teams smart displays. On Wednesday, Microsoft said the company has spent much of the last few months r...

The Full Nerd ep. 144: Ryzen 3000 XT reviews, Gordon buys Windows 10 cheap, and a food fight

8.July
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung , Brad Chacos , and Adam Patrick Murray wade into new chips and cheap Windows before digging into a plate full of food questions. We kick things off with a look at AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 XT processors —the first Ryzen CPUs we can think of that landed with a collective “meh” from most reviewers. Gordon explains why, while Brad bemoans the lack of bundle...

Amazon Fire TV adds Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV to its live programming guide

8.July
Sling TV and YouTube TV will appear in Amazon Fire TV’s Live TV tab starting today, while Hulu + Live TV is coming soon.

Powerful new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus headed for gaming phones

8.July
The rumors were true: Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G platform on Wednesday, offering faster CPU and GPU clock speeds, upgraded Wi-Fi, plus 5G modem support. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G platform (also referred to as the Snapdragon 865 Plus, when speaking about the chip itself) is essentially an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865 chip the company unveiled last December f...
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