Sony’s PlayStation Store sale offers discounts on nearly 140 games

The aptly-named Blockbuster Games promotion is littered with deals on Sony exclusives including 29 percent off Returnal and 35 percent off The Last of Us Part II. You can also grab Sackboy: A Big Adventure for PS4 or PS5 for 42 percent off, bringing th…


The aptly-named Blockbuster Games promotion is littered with deals on Sony exclusives including 29 percent off Returnal and 35 percent off The Last of Us Part II. You can also grab Sackboy: A Big Adventure for PS4 or PS5 for 42 percent off, bringing the cost down to $34.79. The...

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Intel’s First 4nm EUV Chip, Ready Today: Loihi 2 for Neuromorphic Computing

We’ve been keeping light tabs on Intel’s Neuromorphic efforts ever since it launched its first dedicated 14nm silicon for Neuromorphic Computing, called Loihi, back in early 2018. In an interview with Intel Lab’s Director Dr. Richard…

We’ve been keeping light tabs on Intel’s Neuromorphic efforts ever since it launched its first dedicated 14nm silicon for Neuromorphic Computing, called Loihi, back in early 2018. In an interview with Intel Lab’s Director Dr. Richard Uhlig back in March 2021, I asked about the development of the hardware, and when we might see a second generation. Today is that day, and the group is announcing Loihi 2, a substantial upgrade over the first generation that addresses a lot of the low-hanging fruit from the first design. What is perhaps just as interesting is the process node used: Intel is communicating that Loihi 2 is being built, in silicon today, using a pre-production version of Intel’s first EUV process node, Intel 4.

Forza Horizon 5’s PC specs revealed: an RTX 3080 is ‘ideal’

Developer Playground Games revealed Forza Horizon 5’s system requirements and PC-specific features as part of the Tokyo Gameshow. The specs are split into minimum, recommended, and ideal categories, with listings for both AMD and Nvidia hardware.


Developer Playground Games revealed Forza Horizon 5’s system requirements and PC-specific features as part of the Tokyo Gameshow. The specs are split into minimum, recommended, and ideal categories, with listings for both AMD and Nvidia hardware.

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Acer Predator GM7000 2 TB Review

The Acer Predator GM7000 is a high-end SSD that’s competing with the Samsung 980 Pro, WD Black SN850, and Corsair MP600 Pro. Powered by an Innogrit IG5236 controller paired with 96-layer TLC NAND from Micron, the Acer Predator GM7000 achieved excellent…

The Acer Predator GM7000 is a high-end SSD that's competing with the Samsung 980 Pro, WD Black SN850, and Corsair MP600 Pro. Powered by an Innogrit IG5236 controller paired with 96-layer TLC NAND from Micron, the Acer Predator GM7000 achieved excellent performance results in our review.

Kingston DataTraveler Max UFD Review: NVMe Performance in a USB Thumb Drive

Rapid advancements in flash technology and continued improvements in high-speed interfaces have driven the growth of small, bus-powered portable SSDs. Kingston introduced the DataTraveler Max in August 2021 as a USB-C flash drive capable (UFD) of hitting 1GBps speeds. Its uniqueness lies in the form-factor. In fact, it is the first device in a thumb drive form-factor to hit such performance numbers. These numbers are achieved while keeping the UFD light enough to sport an integrated USB-C male connector. Read on for our analysis of the drive’s performance and a detailed look at the technology enabling this unique product.

Rapid advancements in flash technology and continued improvements in high-speed interfaces have driven the growth of small, bus-powered portable SSDs. Kingston introduced the DataTraveler Max in August 2021 as a USB-C flash drive capable (UFD) of hitting 1GBps speeds. Its uniqueness lies in the form-factor. In fact, it is the first device in a thumb drive form-factor to hit such performance numbers. These numbers are achieved while keeping the UFD light enough to sport an integrated USB-C male connector. Read on for our analysis of the drive's performance and a detailed look at the technology enabling this unique product.

ASML’s next-gen EUV machine will give Moore’s Law a new lease of life

Moore’s Law has been on life support for a while now, but it’s not dead yet. ASML says its latest EUV lithography machine will extend the validity of the idea that chipmakers can cram an increasingly higher number of transistors on a silicon substrate …


Moore's Law has been on life support for a while now, but it's not dead yet. ASML says its latest EUV lithography machine will extend the validity of the idea that chipmakers can cram an increasingly higher number of transistors on a silicon substrate for the next 10 years or so.

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Asus and Noctua’s RTX 3070 is revealed in all its brown glory

Rumors of the partnership surfaced last month when leaker Komachi spotted an Asus listing for a GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB Noctua on the Eurasian Economic Commission website. Now, the Asus ROG Vietnam Facebook page has seemingly confirmed that the product i…


Rumors of the partnership surfaced last month when leaker Komachi spotted an Asus listing for a GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB Noctua on the Eurasian Economic Commission website. Now, the Asus ROG Vietnam Facebook page has seemingly confirmed that the product is real and posted the first official images.

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Chinese companies banned for using paid reviews are suing Amazon

The Verge writes that several Chinese companies filed the class-action complaint against Amazon on September 13. The retailer has long waged war on sellers who use paid reviews and recently said it had shut down 3,000 online merchants linked to 600 Chi…


The Verge writes that several Chinese companies filed the class-action complaint against Amazon on September 13. The retailer has long waged war on sellers who use paid reviews and recently said it had shut down 3,000 online merchants linked to 600 Chinese electronics brands for paid feedback and similar activities.

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U.S. suppliers rejected Samsung’s request for more chips, mobile boss left VP in country for 3 months

According to a report from The Elec, Samsung mobile chief TM Roh traveled to the U.S. in March and July in 2021 to find a solution for the shortage. He purportedly visited a “global application processor maker” that wasn’t named to request an increase …


According to a report from The Elec, Samsung mobile chief TM Roh traveled to the U.S. in March and July in 2021 to find a solution for the shortage. He purportedly visited a “global application processor maker” that wasn’t named to request an increase in chips but was denied on...

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Over 60% of PC users don’t know about Windows 11

The survey, carried out by Savings.com, asked 1,042 current Windows users about Windows 11 to gauge awareness and excitement. Microsoft probably won’t be happy to learn that only 38% of those who took part admitted to knowing it was due to be released….


The survey, carried out by Savings.com, asked 1,042 current Windows users about Windows 11 to gauge awareness and excitement. Microsoft probably won’t be happy to learn that only 38% of those who took part admitted to knowing it was due to be released. Older users were more aware of its...

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Music scholars and computer scientists completed Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony aided by machine learning

In 1817, the Royal Philharmonic Society in London commissioned Ludwig Von Beethoven to compose his Ninth and Tenth symphonies. He completed the Ninth Symphony, which concludes the fourth movement with the all too familiar “Ode to Joy” (below). Due to d…


In 1817, the Royal Philharmonic Society in London commissioned Ludwig Von Beethoven to compose his Ninth and Tenth symphonies. He completed the Ninth Symphony, which concludes the fourth movement with the all too familiar "Ode to Joy" (below). Due to declining health and his subsequent death in 1927, he never...

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Intel prepares feature allowing for software-based processor upgrades

The patch notes refer to the new feature as “Intel Software Defined Silicon” (SDSi). It should allow for additional features of a piece of silicon to be enabled after it has already been manufactured. It’s entirely software-based, working through the a…


The patch notes refer to the new feature as "Intel Software Defined Silicon" (SDSi). It should allow for additional features of a piece of silicon to be enabled after it has already been manufactured. It's entirely software-based, working through the activation of a license that the user might purchase. Additional...

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Stack Overflow turns April Fool’s Day keyboard into a real product

This past spring, Stack Overflow ran a gag in which every time a user entered the keyboard command to copy characters from the site, they’d get a pop-up notifying them that they were almost out of free copies.


This past spring, Stack Overflow ran a gag in which every time a user entered the keyboard command to copy characters from the site, they’d get a pop-up notifying them that they were almost out of free copies.

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JDS Labs Element II Desktop DAC/Amp Review

JDS Labs merits recognition for its value-oriented DACs and amplifiers in the desktop audio community. But did you know they also have a more premium Element line? Today, we examine the Element II, an integrated DAC/amp that aims to be a one-stop shop …

JDS Labs merits recognition for its value-oriented DACs and amplifiers in the desktop audio community. But did you know they also have a more premium Element line? Today, we examine the Element II, an integrated DAC/amp that aims to be a one-stop shop for performance, build quality, customization, and aesthetics alike.

New Android Trojan malware has infected more than 10 million Android devices

Apple’s been getting lazy in the iOS security department as of late, despite pouring fuel into the fiery iOS vs. Android debate by claiming the latter mobile OS has 47 times more malware due to being open to sideloading apps. That said, it’s hard to ar…


Apple's been getting lazy in the iOS security department as of late, despite pouring fuel into the fiery iOS vs. Android debate by claiming the latter mobile OS has 47 times more malware due to being open to sideloading apps. That said, it's hard to argue against the fact that...

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Sony expands its wireless audio lineup with the WF-C500 earbuds and WH-XB910N headset

Starting with the WF-C500, the new Sony TWS earbuds are replacing the WF-XB700 as the company’s most affordable wireless buds. However, both have noticeable differences in design that can be easily spotted. Compared to the WF-XB700, the casing of the W…


Starting with the WF-C500, the new Sony TWS earbuds are replacing the WF-XB700 as the company's most affordable wireless buds. However, both have noticeable differences in design that can be easily spotted. Compared to the WF-XB700, the casing of the WF-C500 features a smaller and rounder casing that Sony promises...

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AMD wants to make its chips 30 times more energy-efficient by 2025

For years, Intel had been sitting on its CPU throne, gradually losing its drive to innovate process technology. Instead, the company chose to take the “abnormally bad” Skylake platform and tweak it for several generations, right up until this year’s Ro…


For years, Intel had been sitting on its CPU throne, gradually losing its drive to innovate process technology. Instead, the company chose to take the "abnormally bad" Skylake platform and tweak it for several generations, right up until this year's Rocket Lake lineup. This has prompted Apple to transition its...

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Copper foil shortage could force motherboard and GPU prices higher

DigiTimes (paywalled, per Tom’s Hardware) is reporting that copper foil used to make printed circuit boards continues to be in short supply, and that suppliers are encountering rising costs as a result. As such, one has to wonder how much of the cost b…


DigiTimes (paywalled, per Tom’s Hardware) is reporting that copper foil used to make printed circuit boards continues to be in short supply, and that suppliers are encountering rising costs as a result. As such, one has to wonder how much of the cost burden will be passed along to consumers...

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GOG brings Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain back to PC for its 13th anniversary sale

Silicon Knights and Crystal Dynamics released Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain on the original PlayStation in 1996, and Activision published a PC port the next year. It spawned the popular Legacy of Kain series which ran for four more games up until the 2003…


Silicon Knights and Crystal Dynamics released Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain on the original PlayStation in 1996, and Activision published a PC port the next year. It spawned the popular Legacy of Kain series which ran for four more games up until the 2003 Legacy of Kain: Defiance. The series...

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Quick Look: Kingston DataTraveler Max USB 3.2 Gen 2 Flash Drive

Kingston uses an external SSD controller and fast flash memory to make what is one of the fastest USB drive on the market today. The new DataTraveler Max series ships in 256/512/1000 GB capacities and uses a Type-C connector paired with USB 3.2 Gen 2 I…

Kingston uses an external SSD controller and fast flash memory to make what is one of the fastest USB drive on the market today. The new DataTraveler Max series ships in 256/512/1000 GB capacities and uses a Type-C connector paired with USB 3.2 Gen 2 I/O for up to 1000 Mbps transfer speeds.