Dexter is up to his old ways in Showtime’s new teaser

Dexter is scheduled to return this fall and we’re just now getting our first look at what’s to come. Warning: mild spoilers ahead for those that haven’t followed the series through its finale thus far.


Dexter is scheduled to return this fall and we’re just now getting our first look at what’s to come. Warning: mild spoilers ahead for those that haven’t followed the series through its finale thus far.

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Samsung faces lawsuit over ‘defective’ rear camera glass on Galaxy S20 series

Back in April last year, there were reports of Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra owners discovering the phone’s rear camera glass was shattering randomly. All insisted that they hadn’t dropped the handset, and that the glass broke spontaneously on its own.


Back in April last year, there were reports of Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra owners discovering the phone's rear camera glass was shattering randomly. All insisted that they hadn't dropped the handset, and that the glass broke spontaneously on its own.

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Ikko OH10 In-Ear Monitors Review – Punches above Its Weight Class

Ikko is a relatively new brand to the audio space with a focus on in-ear monitors. Today, we take a look at their $200 OH10 IEMs, which are of superb build quality. Sound quality is excellent as well, and price-to-performance can easily compete with mu…

Ikko is a relatively new brand to the audio space with a focus on in-ear monitors. Today, we take a look at their $200 OH10 IEMs, which are of superb build quality. Sound quality is excellent as well, and price-to-performance can easily compete with much bigger brands.

Photo of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X suggests launch is close

Rumors that an RTX 3080 Ti card was in the works have been circulating since November. Alleged details of the card have changed since then; once believed to feature 20GB of GDDR6X, it seems Nvidia has instead opted for 12GB of GDDR6X at 19 Gbps. Virtua…


Rumors that an RTX 3080 Ti card was in the works have been circulating since November. Alleged details of the card have changed since then; once believed to feature 20GB of GDDR6X, it seems Nvidia has instead opted for 12GB of GDDR6X at 19 Gbps. Virtually every month of 2021...

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The ADATA GAMMIX S50 Lite 2TB SSD Review: Mainstream PCIe Gen4

Today we’re taking a look at ADATA’s XPG Gammix S50 Lite, a mid-range consumer NVMe SSD based on Silicon Motion’s new SM2267 controller. Among other notable features, the Gammix S50 Lite is the first mainstream-focused SSD that supports PCIe 4.0 – though as we’ll see in our benchmarks that support is largely incidental, as the drive’s performance is mostly the same as high-end Gen3 SSDs.

Today we're taking a look at ADATA's XPG Gammix S50 Lite, a mid-range consumer NVMe SSD based on Silicon Motion's new SM2267 controller. Among other notable features, the Gammix S50 Lite is the first mainstream-focused SSD that supports PCIe 4.0 – though as we'll see in our benchmarks that support is largely incidental, as the drive's performance is mostly the same as high-end Gen3 SSDs.

Doom Eternal’s collectible toys are now real-life figurines

The vinyl figures come from Numskull Designs, which already offers a series of official Doom-related merchandise, including a Doom Slayer Christmas Ornament, plushies, mugs, and the beautifully surreal cosplaying Duck Collectibles.


The vinyl figures come from Numskull Designs, which already offers a series of official Doom-related merchandise, including a Doom Slayer Christmas Ornament, plushies, mugs, and the beautifully surreal cosplaying Duck Collectibles.

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Pandemic-boost helps Amazon triple its profits to $8.1 billion

In its Q1 2021 financial results, Amazon revealed it generated $108.5 billion in net sales throughout the quarter. That’s up 44% from the $75.5 billion made during the same period last year. Its net income was even more impressive: rising from $2.5 bil…


In its Q1 2021 financial results, Amazon revealed it generated $108.5 billion in net sales throughout the quarter. That's up 44% from the $75.5 billion made during the same period last year. Its net income was even more impressive: rising from $2.5 billion in Q1 2020 to $8.1 billion.

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Mighty wants to stream a cloud-powered Chrome browser to your PC, for a price

If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’re doing so from a Chromium-based browser, either Google Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge. These two browsers have a combined market share of over 75 percent, with Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer,…


If you're reading this article, chances are that you're doing so from a Chromium-based browser, either Google Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge. These two browsers have a combined market share of over 75 percent, with Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others taking smaller slices of the remaining share.

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Windows 10 is now installed on 1.3 billion monthly active devices

It has been a long journey for Windows 10. It got off to a rocky start (though arguably not as rocky as Windows 8’s), and though the OS has improved dramatically over time courtesy of regular software updates, it’s still had its fair share of controver…


It has been a long journey for Windows 10. It got off to a rocky start (though arguably not as rocky as Windows 8's), and though the OS has improved dramatically over time courtesy of regular software updates, it's still had its fair share of controversies -- the notorious bug...

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Apple reportedly postponed iPad and MacBook production under continuing chip shortage

Despite Apple’s earnings being through the roof and rumors that its second-generation silicon may be ready in time for fall-released devices, Macbooks and iPads due out in the second half of 2021 will likely be delayed. The global chip shortage is affe…


Despite Apple's earnings being through the roof and rumors that its second-generation silicon may be ready in time for fall-released devices, Macbooks and iPads due out in the second half of 2021 will likely be delayed. The global chip shortage is affecting all manufacturers, including Apple, which is now producing...

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Akko 3108DS Matcha Red Bean Keyboard Review

Akko appeals to the dessert lovers among us with their 3018DS Matcha Red Bean keyboard. With a novel green, white, and red color scheme, it is a unique-looking keyboard at pre-built pricing. Under the hood, however, are the extremely rare and new Gater…

Akko appeals to the dessert lovers among us with their 3018DS Matcha Red Bean keyboard. With a novel green, white, and red color scheme, it is a unique-looking keyboard at pre-built pricing. Under the hood, however, are the extremely rare and new Gateron Pink or Orange switches.

Bang & Olufsen latest wireless speaker is the column-shaped Beolab 28

The Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 28 stereo speakers design was inspired by the company’s Beolab Penta, Beolab 6000 and Beolab 8000, featuring a column-like shape on top of an adjustable round base that can either sit flat on the floor or be mounted on a…


The Bang & Olufsen's Beolab 28 stereo speakers design was inspired by the company's Beolab Penta, Beolab 6000 and Beolab 8000, featuring a column-like shape on top of an adjustable round base that can either sit flat on the floor or be mounted on a wall.

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NYPD rips up $94,000 ‘Digidog’ contract with Boston Dynamics after backlash from activists and city officials

It was only last December that the New York Police Department began deploying a heavily modified Spot quadruped on missions in New York City. The department intended to use it in situations involving hazardous materials, bomb threats, and other situati…


It was only last December that the New York Police Department began deploying a heavily modified Spot quadruped on missions in New York City. The department intended to use it in situations involving hazardous materials, bomb threats, and other situations where citizens' or officers' lives were at risk. The few...

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Endgame Gear XM1r Review

Endgame Gear is on a mission to perfect the XM1, and the XM1r is the result of that quest. Equipped with the latest PixArt PAW3370 sensor, Kailh GM 8.0 main button switches, hybrid skates, an improved cable, and all-new translucent shell designs, the X…

Endgame Gear is on a mission to perfect the XM1, and the XM1r is the result of that quest. Equipped with the latest PixArt PAW3370 sensor, Kailh GM 8.0 main button switches, hybrid skates, an improved cable, and all-new translucent shell designs, the XM1r shapes up to be the definitive XM1 revision.

UMC turns to mature 28nm process to combat global semiconductor shortage

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), one of the world’s largest contract chipmakers, has announced plans to expand capacity at its 300mm Fab 12A facility in Tainan, Taiwan.


United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), one of the world’s largest contract chipmakers, has announced plans to expand capacity at its 300mm Fab 12A facility in Tainan, Taiwan.

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Samsung retakes top smartphone-maker crown as industry rebounds

According to the latest report from analyst firm Canalys, over 347 million smartphones were shipped during the first quarter of the year. That’s a massive 27% increase compared to the same period in 2020.


According to the latest report from analyst firm Canalys, over 347 million smartphones were shipped during the first quarter of the year. That’s a massive 27% increase compared to the same period in 2020.

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Microsoft announces revenue split changes for PC game devs selling on the Microsoft Store

The Epic Games Store bucked the trend when it launched in late 2018, offering to let developers keep a full 88 percent of the money made from their games. Now, Microsoft is following suit after the GDC report.


The Epic Games Store bucked the trend when it launched in late 2018, offering to let developers keep a full 88 percent of the money made from their games. Now, Microsoft is following suit after the GDC report.

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NVIDIA Updates GeForce RTX 3060 Ethereum Throttle; Updated Drivers Required For Future 3060s

NVIDIA this morning has released a new driver set for their GeForce cards, version 466.27. And though it’s primarily for next week’s release of Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition and a couple of other games, this latest driver drop from NVID…

NVIDIA this morning has released a new driver set for their GeForce cards, version 466.27. And though it’s primarily for next week’s release of Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition and a couple of other games, this latest driver drop from NVIDIA also includes an update to their anti-Ethereum throttle, which they first implemented in their GeForce RTX 3060 cards. In short, NVIDIA has tweaked future RTX 3060 cards to require this driver (or newer), which will prevent them from using older drivers that can bypass NVIDIA’s hash limiter. As a result, RTX 3060 cards shipping starting in mid-May will once again be fully locked down against running Ethereum at full (native) speed.

As a quick refresher, back in February with the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 family of desktop video cards, NVIDIA implemented a novel throttling mechanism to artificially limit the Ethereum mining performance of the cards. This was done in an attempt to make the cards less palatable for miners – who have infamously been buying up cards in what is already a supply-constrained market – and thereby ensure more cards made it to gamers. Unfortunately for NVIDIA, this strategy worked for less than a month before the company accidentally released a driver without the full anti-Ethereum code in place, making it possible to mine Ethereum at full speed in some cases.

Now, having learned from their previous snafu, NVIDIA is taking another shot at locking down the Ethereum mining performance in future RTX 3060 cards by updating their hash limiter and preventing those new cards from using the older, broken development driver.

It also updates the hash limiter for the GeForce RTX 3060 and is required for products shipped starting mid-May 2021.

Unpacking this short (and somewhat ambiguous) statement a bit, starting with the next batch of RTX 3060 cards, which are expected to begin shipping in mid-May, 466.27 will be the minimum driver version required for these cards. Which, despite NVIDIA’s multi-branch naming system, is a newer driver than the compromised 470.05 released back in March. This driver has the updated hash limiter code, and thus, baring future unforced errors on NVIDIA’s part, it will not be possible to mine Ethereum at full speed on future RTX 3060 cards.

NVIDIA has otherwise been fairly tight-lipped on their anti-Ethereum code, but thanks to their March flub and efforts by miners to get around the code, we can take an educated guess at what NVIDIA is doing under the hood with these future RTX 3060 cards. Most likely, NVIDIA has blown an eFuse or two in order to require that newly-minted GA106 GPUs can’t be used with older BIOSes. By changing the minimum BIOS requirement, NVIDIA can have the newer BIOS enforce the newer driver requirement, with the driver in turn enforcing (or at least helping to enforce) the Ethereum throttle. All told, this is very similar to how hardware security works on consoles, where NVIDIA has some experience thanks to the Tegra X1-powered Nintendo Switch.

As for whether this attempt will fare any better than NVIDIA’s previous one, it remains to be seen. But even as things stand with current-generation RTX 3060 cards, NVIDIA’s anti-Ethereum throttle has largely held up; the March snafu has exposed that NVIDIA is already operating a “defense in depth” strategy with multiple checks to identify mining cards, looking for things such as cards operating on a PCIe x1 bus and cards not hooked up to monitors. So if there are any weaknesses, especially on the Linux side of things, then this will be NVIDIA’s opportunity to shore things up for their anti-Ethereum throttle.

Finally, NVIDIA has also informed us that these revised RTX 3060 cards will not be labeled any differently than existing RTX 3060 cards. Since the actual product specifications and functionality haven’t changed – and presumably the GPU hasn’t either – the revised cards will be sold with the same RTX 3060 branding as they have since their launch in February. So once these cards hit the market, it will end up being a relatively silent swap.