technology
Why Ray Tracing on Nvidia’s New GPUs Is so Exciting

Nvidia recently announced new high-end graphics cards with an RTX designation attached to the model numbers that indicates the card’s enhanced ray tracing abilities, which could bring a whole new level of realism to games. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech?

Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Hub 2, and like many of the company’s previous Surface products, it offers a tantalising view into a future filled with glorious touchscreen devices and effortless workplace collaboration. It looks totally sweet, and I’d love to have one on my wall at home right now. But after seeing multiple Surface generations come and go, I’m still wondering when all this fantastic tech becomes something that living up to its promise. Read More >>

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It Doesn’t Look Like Spectre and Meltdown Really Hurt Intel at All

When the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities were made public earlier this year, things were a mess. Practically every Intel processor made in the last decade had backdoors that potentially let normal programs and software access what are supposed to be protected areas of a CPU’s kernel. Read More >>

gaming
Valve’s Quietly Hiding the Steam Machine Store Page From View

Go back five or six years and you might have heard about the prospect of a Steam Machine or Steam Box, and the hopes that it would offer the convenience of a games console for would-be PC gamers. In reality the idea of a dedicated gaming PC running SteamOS never really took off, and now it seems Valve is adding nails to the coffin. Read More >>

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Intel is Making a Version of Its Overkill i9 Processor for Laptops

The i9 designation is reserved for Intel’s fastest processors that can go in a desktop you or your friend (and not a multimillion dollar business) might own. These things are very fast—with up to 18 cores in each processor, capable of running 32 threads simultaneously. The i9 processors, which were first introduced back in the late summer of 2017, are also super expensive, but Intel is hoping you love the luxury and power of the i9 brand enough to buy a hobbled version for your laptop, because starting today, the i9-8950HK will be available in a wide range of mobile workstations and gaming laptops. Read More >>

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Windows 10 Finally Beats Out Eight-Year-Old Operating System

It hasn’t been the smoothest road, but after its launch in the summer of 2015, Windows 10 has finally surpassed the 8-year old Windows 7 as Microsoft’s most popular operating system. Read More >>

security
Lenovo Flaw Could Let Hackers Bypass Fingerprint Scanners on Some PCs

Earning a high severity level from Lenovo’s own security advisory, anyone currently using a select number of the company’s Thinkpad, ThinkStation, and Thinkcentre systems should know that there’s an important vulnerability that needs to be fixed. Read More >>

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Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Adds Spill Protection

I'm a simple man. I like simple things, like keyboards that go 'clack' and don't have any bells and whistles. The latest Razer Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard does one of those things and includes a new feature that I never realised I wanted: spill protection. Read More >>

computers
Would You Buy A New PC Based On Its 3DMark Score?

If you were shopping in a big-box retail store for an off-the-shelf PC, would having a concrete, comparative performance figure help your buying decision? Futuremark, maker of 3DMark and PCMark, has teamed up with Elkjøp Nordic — one of the largest computer chains in northern Europe — to benchmark its brand new PCs and organise them into categories for buyers to choose from. Read More >>

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Nvidia’s Volta GV100 GPU Is Ridunkulous

Announced at GTC 2017, the Tesla V100 is an enterprise-level processor powered by the Volta GV100 GPU: the first chip in the world built with a 12nm FFN process. A single Volta GV100 packs in 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 320 texture units and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface with a boost clock speed of 1455MHz. It's equipped with 640 Tensor Cores capable of providing 120 teraflops of tensor operations. (And yes, it will totally play Crysis - one day.) Read More >>

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What All of Your Computer’s Specs Really Mean

Computer specs can be a baffling mix of acronyms and numbers at the best of times, but it’s worth learning something about them: It’ll help you choose a new computer, troubleshoot your old computer, and generally understand more about the relationship between the specs on the page and the experience you’re getting. Read More >>

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If You Don’t Think You Need a Standalone Graphics Card, This Sub-£100 GPU Will Change Your Mind

For nearly a decade, common sense has dictated that most people don’t need a standalone graphics card in their computer. Gamers need them to make rich titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider hum, and some professionals, like video editors and 3D designers, need them to take the pain out of rendering huge multimedia files. For everyone else, a video card has been treated more like a luxury item than a necessary computer component. But AMD’s $80 (UK price TBA, but who are we kidding it'll probably be £80) Radeon RX 550, a graphics card that costs a bit less than two brand new games you’ll render on it, is such a good value that it might make you rethink the notion that a graphics card is a splurge you should skip. Read More >>

gaming
Microsoft Tests Auto Refunds for Xbox One and Windows 10

Microsoft is testing a self-service refunds system on Xbox One that also applies to Windows 10 users, which lets people get their money back as long as they've not been hammering the game in question all weekend. Read More >>

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How Windows 10’s Game Mode Makes Your Games Run Faster

In a feature live in a beta Windows 10 build, Microsoft has unveiled "Game Mode" - a feature designed to optimise your computer's CPU and GPU usage for video games. Read More >>

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This Fix Stops Cortana From Breaking Your Windows 10 Search Results

Don't let Windows 10 get you down! If you've found the operating system's search functionality has suddenly stopped working, it's possible Cortana is to blame. Unfortunately, killing Cortana won't have an effect — you'll need to tinker with Windows Firewall instead. Read More >>