Technology

Think Twice Before Getting Excited for Nintendo’s Upcoming SNES

In July 2016, we first covered the Mini Classic NES, later officially called the NES Classic Edition. It was a tiny Nintendo with original controllers, 30 preloaded games, and an original controller. As information leaked out, it became clear this thing was really going to be something special, with excellent game reproduction and multiple graphics modes, plus some saved game options that didn’t exist when the NES first launched. My significant other is a fan of classic Nintendo and I never got to play most of the games from the NES ...

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Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

Over the past six weeks, AMD’s Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs have been making Intel’s life a bit difficult. Chipzilla’s standard desktop lineup has been rattled by AMD’s new chips, which offer higher core counts and better performance in many workloads for significantly less money. Intel, of course, was never going to take this lying down — and new rumors suggest the company will accelerate the launch of its Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs, pulling them forward to a June Computex unveiling as opposed to the original August timeline. ...

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Unofficial Patch Unblocks Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen

It should be hard for Microsoft to make any more mistakes with its Windows 10 push, but it keeps finding new ways. After nagging everyone incessantly about upgrading, updating computers without asking, and making Windows 10 patches mandatory, Microsoft has started disallowing Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on machines running the latest hardware. One developer has had enough, and is releasing a patch to help users get around this artificial blockade. The unofficial patch from a developer calling him or herself ‘Zeffy’ on GitHub targets those running very new CPUs ...

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Researchers Wring Clean Water From the Desert Air

Access to clean water is literally a matter of life and death. People in arid regions and subtropical zones alike face major problems just finding potable water. Diseases like cholera are spread by contaminated water, and the minerals dissolved in deeply buried desert groundwater salt the earth when we use that water on croplands. Water catchment and desalination is possible in humid environments with abundant energy, but what of the places where it’s dry and power doesn’t come cheap? What of the places where there are no power lines at ...

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ET deals: 96% off the ethical hacking A to Z bundle

IT security and white hat hacking are more important than they’ve ever been. With the potential for worldwide sabotage and corporate spying, both the private and public sectors are always looking for skilled professionals that can help protect against attacks. So if you’re ready to start a career in ethical hacking, today’s bundle of online courses is a good place to start. • Ethical hacking A to Z bundle for $ 39 (List price: $ 1273) Make your purchase on StackSocial, and you’ll get these eight courses: • Ethical hacker ...

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Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet May Have the Right Conditions for Life

With every new exoplanet discovery, we seem to get that much closer to finding evidence of extraterrestrial life. A new exoplanet identified in orbit of a nearby star could be the best place to look yet. Astronomers have confirmed a star 39 light-years away plays host to a planet that is much more Earth-like than any we’ve been able to spot in the past. The planet, known as LHS 1140b, is larger than Earth, but it’s rocky and could well have liquid water on its surface. According to a new ...

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Top Cars of the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

The Shanghai auto show is a good look at where the car world is headed: small, space-efficient, energy-efficient, electrified or plug-in — plus honking big SUVs for the elite who can afford the taxes. The US may get a four-year respite under the Trump administration, but by 2021 we’ll be back to concerns about efficiency and climate change. Shanghai is the last major stop for the international auto shows until they pick up in September with the odd-years-only Frankfurt auto show. Here are the most significant cars of Auto Shanghai ...

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Flashing your RX 480 GPU to an RX 580 BIOS is a really bad idea

Every time AMD or Nvidia launches a new GPU family, there’s a scramble to see whether certain features can be unlocked for other GPUs, or if cards can be updated to support higher clocks and voltages. In the old days, it was occasionally possible to buy a midrange card and unlock the additional GPU cores that had been reserved for the top-end models. Even today, there are sometimes performance gains to be had when swapping between BIOSes for different card models. Exactly how well this works and which BIOSes you ...

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Investors backing Juicero and its $400, DRM-laden juicer surprised to discover they were fleeced

Last year, a startup named Juicero came to market with an amazing idea. Americans already like juice — so why not sell them a $ 400, Internet-connected, DRMed juicer that only accepted ridiculously overpriced “juice packs?” Surely there’s no way a product like that could turn out to be a scam, and there’s no way Silicon Valley’s best and brightest could be sucked into dumping money down an emerald-hued, GMO-free drain. Except, of course, it was and they were. Here’s how Bloomberg described the situation: One of the most lavishly funded gadget ...

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How to boost your Wi-Fi speed by choosing the right channel

Wireless networks have come a long way in the past couple of decades. And yet, sustained Wi-Fi speeds are still a vexing problem in a lot of situations. A number of things can come into play, such as the way your router is set up, whether there’s nearby interference, whether you live in an apartment building or a separate house, and how far apart your devices are from the router. Fortunately, there’s always a way to fix slow transfer speeds. If you’ve ever messed around with your Wi-Fi router’s settings, you’ve probably ...

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