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Weekend Open Forum: How much have you spent on your PC?

Aug 30, 2014 8:00 am

Most of us here on TechSpot are PC enthusiasts, spending a fair bit of cash over the years to build an awesome system for productivity, gaming and browsing the fantastic realm of the internet. And of course, every few months or years parts are swapped out and replaced to keep... [more]

Numerous Leaks Detail 4.7" iPhone 6 Processor, RAM, Cellular and NFC Capabilities

Aug 29, 2014 8:37 pm

Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6 to feature 2GHz A8 processor, 1GB RAM, HFC, and Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE-A modem [more]

Alienware's new Area-51 gaming rig looks out of this world

Aug 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Alienware's new Area 51 gaming PC is making a comeback. If you through the design of the original system was revolutionary way back in 2006, wait until you get a load of what they've come up with this time. I promise you, it's unlike anything you've seen before... and it's... [more]

Nintendo adds more buttons, faster processor to refreshed 3DS line

Aug 29, 2014 4:15 pm

Nintendo on Friday announced plans to launch two revised 3DS handheld consoles later this year. [more]

ALS Association moves to trademark 'ice bucket challenge'

Aug 29, 2014 3:30 pm

The ALS ice bucket challenge has made its round across the internet helping to raise more then $94 million for the cause, the now the ALS Association wants to trademark it. [more]

Buzz Grows Over Upcoming Lenovo Vibe X2's "Layered" Rim, Intel Chip

Aug 29, 2014 2:59 pm

Smartphone features slick styling, but is lack of QHD a dealbreaker? [more]

T-Mobile schedules Uncarrier 7.0 press conference one day after Apple's iPhone event

Aug 29, 2014 2:30 pm

For T-Mobile, the hits just keep coming. The wireless carrier on Friday sent out media invitations to its Uncarrier 7.0 event scheduled to take place on September 10 in San Francisco - just one day after Apple's media gathering for the iPhone 6. [more]

Weekend game deals: Torchlight II $5, Metro: Last Light $5, TWD Season 2 $10, Battlefield 4 $13

Aug 29, 2014 1:45 pm

You have one weekend left to grab the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2, which offers $260 worth of games including Terraria, Orcs Must Die 2, the Age of Empires Legacy Bundle, Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition and more. Meanwhile... [more]

Intel launches Haswell-E CPU family led by flagship eight-core chip

Aug 29, 2014 12:45 pm

Intel on Friday officially unveiled its latest enthusiast-level CPU family, Haswell-E. The high-end line includes a trio of unlocked Core i7 processors designed for Intel's new X99 chipset with support for hyperthreading, quad-channel DDR4 memory and up to four graphics cards. [more]

Turntable buying guide: What to look for in new & used record players

Aug 29, 2014 12:00 pm

We may be living in a digital world where you can hold thousands of albums in the palm of your hand, but an ever-increasing portion of the listening public is eschewing the convenience of MP3s for a seemingly anachronistic format: the vinyl record. (Cassettes are making a comeback too, but... [more]

Google will no longer display the names of authors in its search results

Aug 29, 2014 11:15 am

Google search results will not display names of authors associated with articles anymore, bringing an end to the company's Authorship experiment. The search giant had already stopped showing the Google+ profile photos and Google+ follower count numbers in late June. [more]

FCC Orders Advertisers to Cut Out That Racket, Turn Down Commercials

Aug 29, 2014 10:49 am

Bring the Noise? Not in America! [more]

Ecuador to become first country to launch government-backed virtual currency

Aug 29, 2014 10:30 am

Ecuador is on track to become the first country in the world to launch a government-backed virtual currency. The as-yet named currency is expected to launch in December alongside the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which was officially adopted in 2000 following a crippling... [more]

Watch Dogs Performance and Image Quality Review

Aug 29, 2014 10:03 am

We published a preview of Watch Dogs performance when it was released back in May this year. We have given this game time to mature. Now that a couple of game patches have been released, along with newer drivers from NVIDIA and AMD, it is time for our full performance and image quality comparison... [more]

USH-1 SD Card Roundup | Hardware Heaven

Aug 29, 2014 10:02 am

"Many devices support SD cards for storage and as a result there is a massive amount of models on the market. Many of them claim enhanced durability and fast speeds but not all will deliver. Today we take the latest USH-I class cards from 3 major brands for a spin to see how they stack up.... [more]

Ubuntu 14.04: Intel's Haswell Linux Driver

Aug 29, 2014 10:01 am

"In complementing the recent Intel Iris Graphics 5100: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 and MacBook Air: OS X 10.9 vs. Ubuntu 14.04, here's some new Windows vs. Linux OpenGL benchmarks with this time looking at the performance for Intel's "Haswell" Core i7 4770K with HD Graphics 4600 using the... [more]

Ubisoft gimping Watch Dogs on PC opened

Aug 29, 2014 10:00 am

The Watch Dogs controversy has opened up a massive can of worms, but it can't be the future of PC gaming, can it? Developers deliberately gimping games?" ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Nokia announces Here maps for Samsung's Galaxy-brand smartphones and Tizen-powered devices

Aug 29, 2014 9:30 am

Nokia has announced a licensing agreement with Samsung that will see the Finland-based company's Here maps launch exclusively and at no cost for Galaxy-branded smartphones as well as Tizen-powered devices, including the newly-announced Samsung Gear S [more]

Sprint Intros Free Wi-Fi Calling for Overseas Travelers

Aug 29, 2014 9:30 am

Currently, only one smartphone is supported [more]

Amazon to begin streaming 4K content in October

Aug 29, 2014 8:30 am

In the lead-up to IFA 2014, Samsung has announced that one of its content partners, Amazon, will soon begin streaming 4K content to its Ultra HD TVs through a dedicated Instant Video app. Although Amazon Instant Video isn't available in all countries, Samsung states that the 4K streaming... [more]

Google reveals Project Wing, its secret drone-delivery program

Aug 29, 2014 7:30 am

It's widely known that Google has been working on driverless cars for quite some time, but the company has just revealed that it's also been looking into autonomous aerial vehicles, something which the search giant has kept under wraps for the past two years. [more]

Nokia HERE Maps to Arrive on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones This October

Aug 29, 2014 7:14 am

Samsung gets an Android exclusive, at least for a few months [more]

Australian watchdog sues Valve over 'misleading' Steam returns policy

Aug 29, 2014 6:15 am

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) has filed legal action against Valve in an Australian Federal Court for misleading consumers over warranties and refunds the company offers through Steam. It's alleged that in misleading consumers, Valve has breached Australian... [more]

Intel Core i7-5960X CPU Review: Haswell-E Debuts

Aug 29, 2014 6:00 am

We have been eagerly anticipating the release of processors based on Intel’s Haswell-E microarchitecture for quite some time. After about three years of incremental performance improvements at the ultra-high end, as Sandy Bridge-E was eventually replaced by similarly clocked Ivy Bridge-E... [more]


Aug 29, 2014 3:00 am

We look at our second MSI Z97 motherboard today. Let's see how the new Z97 GAMING 9 AC performs under our tests as Shawn puts it under the spotlight." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Five Free Worthy Replacements for Paid Image Editors

Aug 28, 2014 11:29 pm

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Adobe Photoshop has long been the gold standard for image editing among professionals and photo enthusiasts. But for the average user who just wants to touch up the occasional photo, it can be hard to justify the cost and it probably does more way than you really need or care... [more]

Crucial MX100 Review: An SSD for the Masses

Aug 28, 2014 7:58 pm

Crucial has dropped the price per gigabyte of SSD storage below the $0.5 mark and it is not a sale of old products. We're talking about a promising new model with high performance, excellent features and good reliability. What's the hitch? Let's find out right now! [more]

Here are the first images from the WorldView-3 public imaging satellite

Aug 28, 2014 4:45 pm

Earlier this month DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite successfully launched and now we are getting our first look at some of the images. As you can see in the images below its fairly easy to pick up on particular vehicles and landmarks. [more]

Apple building mysterious structure at iPhone 6 launch site

Aug 28, 2014 4:00 pm

Right on cue, Apple has issued invitations for a media event to be held September 9. The gathering will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino which just so happens to be the same venue Steve Jobs used to introduce the... [more]

The original BioShock is now available for download on iOS

Aug 28, 2014 3:00 pm

2K previously announced the original BioShock title would be making its way to iOS devices this Summer, and now the game is available for download. This is a full port of the 2007 PC classic and while the visuals have obviously been scaled down to meet Apple's requirements, all reports say... [more]

Microsoft's Standalone Kinect 2 Goes On Sale Oct. 7 for $150

Aug 28, 2014 2:33 pm

Standalone sensor and console will cost you $50 more than bundle, but come with free motion game [more]

GoPro launches Fetch harness for man's best friend

Aug 28, 2014 2:00 pm

GoPro cameras have been used to film the exploits of humans for years. Now, it's time to turn the camera over to man's best friend as GoPro recently released a harness with mounts for our furry four-legged pals. [more]

Apple Builds Not-So-Secret Secret 3-Story Tower for iPhone 6/iWatch Unveil

Aug 28, 2014 1:41 pm

New tower may house smart home prototypes and other demo areas to show off iPhone 6 and iWatch features [more]

Intel Offers up Penny Sized 3G Modem for Smart Appliances, Etc.

Aug 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Tiny cellular connection could also be valuable for many industrial and medical applications [more]

Leap Motion believes it's the perfect companion for virtual reality headsets

Aug 28, 2014 1:00 pm

Technology has finally caught up to our aspirations of virtual reality. The Oculus Rift is leading the pack but as I've outlined in previous posts, we've yet to see the company's solution as it pertains to an input method. Stepping into the virtual world is one thing but we also... [more]

T-Mobile Will Also Carry the HTC One (M8) for Windows

Aug 28, 2014 12:59 pm

T-Mobile joins the HTC One (M8) for Windows party [more]

Judge denies Apple's bid for a permanent injunction against Samsung

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 pm

In a new setback for Apple, a federal judge has rejected the company's plea to ban US sales of Samsung smartphones that infringed on its patents. Apple had asked for a permanent injunction against certain Samsung mobile devices, most of which were from the flagship Galaxy line, after a jury... [more]

AMD Has No Plans to Reconsider Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Cards

Aug 28, 2014 11:22 am

AMD Will Not Lower Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Solutions [more]

Hackers infiltrate at least five major US banks, steal gigabytes of customer data

Aug 28, 2014 11:00 am

A group of hackers recently managed to infiltrate at least five U.S. banks, including JP Morgan Chase, according to people briefed on the matter as first reported by Bloomberg. The FBI as well as a few private security firms have been brought in to try and determine what went wrong and... [more]

Twelve desktop sets reviewed: buy cheaply, pay dearly

Aug 28, 2014 10:03 am

You can't avoid having to purchase a new keyboard or a new mouse every once in a while. Desktop sets which combine both are relatively inexpensive; that is what people seem to think, at least. We tested twelve sets ranging from approximately 20 to 90 euros, but were ultimately left unimpressed.... [more]

TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Kailh Blue Switch Keyboard Review

Aug 28, 2014 10:02 am

In the office today I have something very special, the TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard. While having a mechanical keyboard in for review often feels like a special occasion anyway, since they’re often regarded as premium quality device, there is something uniquely interesting about this... [more]

Tt eSPORTS Verto Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Aug 28, 2014 10:01 am

"Tt eSPORTS started as a sub brand of Thermaltake back in 2010, 4 years on they’ve become one of the major players in eSports and gaming peripherals, sponsoring many high class teams and providing peripherals and gaming gear to target the hardcore gaming enthusiasts. Today we look at the Verto,... [more]

New York governor orders probe of TWC over massive nationwide outage

Aug 28, 2014 10:00 am

Time Warner Cable suffered a major Internet outage yesterday, with nearly 80 percent of the company's subscribers waking up to no Internet service. The company, which is the second largest Internet provider in the country with around 67 million total users, confirmed the outage in a tweet. [more]

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue Switch Mechanical Gaming

Aug 28, 2014 10:00 am

Cherry MX is no longer the only recognized manufacturer of mechanical switches in the market (although certainly the most popular) and although some people feel that others can't reach the same level of quality due to lack of experience/expertise i believe that manufacturing a good mechanical... [more]

Microsoft Axes 1,500 Misleading Windows Apps, Crackdown Ongoing

Aug 28, 2014 9:56 am

Some apps claimed fake functionality or otherwise misrepresented itself [more]

Report: Apple’s iPhone 6 to Get NFC Payment Capabilities

Aug 28, 2014 9:43 am

The iPhone 6 is getting NFC, "we really mean it this time" [more]

Apple’s iPhone 6 to Get NFC Payment Capabilities, September 9 Event Confirmed

Aug 28, 2014 9:43 am

The iPhone 6 is getting NFC, "we really mean it this time" [more]

Twitter opens analytics dashboard to the masses

Aug 28, 2014 9:15 am

Twitter began testing a new feature back in March that let select users see just how many people were reading their tweets. In hindsight, it seems Twitter was merely testing part of a larger overall project that debuted last month for advertisers, card publishers and verified users: a full-blown... [more]

LG officially announces the G Watch R with circular P-OLED display

Aug 28, 2014 8:30 am

A couple of months after LG launched its first smartwatch, the G Watch, the company has released details of its new G Watch R. The Android Wear device, which the company has been teasing for the past week, will be unveiled at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin next week. [more]

Pilot takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to new heights

Aug 28, 2014 7:30 am

You've no doubt heard about the latest viral sensation sweeping the nation, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Unlike other fads, this one is actually raising a ton of money for a good cause (and we get to see some pretty insane videos to boot). [more]

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