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Intel Launches Core i9 X-Series CPUs, 10-Core Available Now, 18 in October

When Intel announced its new Core X-series of parts, it made several significant changes to its HEDT (High-End DeskTop) product lineup. First, these new Core i9 CPUs would have a significantly different cache hierarchy, with more L2 and significantly smaller amounts of L3. Second, they’d be joined by a new suite of Kaby Lake-derived desktop processors, with fewer PCI Express lanes but unlocked CPU cores for overclocking and built on a platform that theoretically offers much more CPU upgradability than you typically see on a desktop board. Ordinarily, this is ...

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Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?

Microsoft’s Xbox One X got an official price tag at E3 last week. At $ 499, it’s coming in at the same price the original Xbox One debuted at. In this case the additional cost has been directly spent on the platform’s gaming horsepower rather than its ill-fated Kinect 2 peripheral. There’s a lively debate that goes on between computer and console gamers over which platforms offer the best horsepower for your gaming dollar. Whenever a new console hits, it’s interesting to compare what it packs with what you can ...

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Take-Two Kills Popular GTA V Modding Tool

Modding has been a huge part of the Grand Theft Auto games on PC ever since Grand Theft Auto III debuted a then-new 3D engine and a much larger world. Because Rockstar doesn’t provide any kind of formal editing tools, however, the end-user community took it upon themselves to create the necessary software. One of the most popular editing suites used in GTA V was a program called OpenIV, which supported database manipulation and could be used to create a vast range of gameplay changes, effects, and content swaps. If ...

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iFixit Labels the Surface Laptop a ‘Glue-Filled Monstrosity’

Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop early last month alongside the stripped down Windows 10 S. At the time, the Surface Laptop seemed like any other thin-and-light PC Microsoft has pushed. It was a little under-powered and more expensive than the competition, but it was stylish with a fabric-covered frame and almost impossibly thin chassis. Well, it turns out that design comes with some major drawbacks if anything ever breaks. According to iFixit, the Surface Laptop isn’t repairable at all. In fact, it got a 0 out of 10 for repairability ...

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The Best Games of E3 2017

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In spite of BioWare

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the studio’s newest game really caught our eye. It seems that it’s hitting 4K on the Xbox One X thanks to checkerboard rendering, and it looks miles ahead of anything we saw with BioWare’s previous major releases. (Learn more at IGN)” alt=”Anthem” class=”slider-250899 slide-250900″ /> Assassin’s Creed. This latest installment takes place in ancient Egypt, and it seems that the dev team has integrated many of the systems and design cues from other recent Ubisoft releases. This might just be a substantial departure from the formula, and ...

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E-Cigarettes Can Be Used to Hack Computers, Could Encourage Them to Start Smoking

So-called electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the number of people who smoke traditional cigarettes in the United States has continued to decline. Proponents of e-cigarettes have argued that they can help people stop smoking (and I’m personally friends with one former smoker who used e-cigarettes as a stepping stone to quitting nicotine altogether). Proponents also say they’re less dangerous than conventional tobacco. Others have argued that the aerosolized fluid that e-cigarettes create can create health issues of its own. A number of businesses ...

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Self-Driving Cars, AI Are Driving New Chip Designs

Over the last decade, the rise of smartphones and tablets has fundamentally transformed the semiconductor business. As the market has matured, however, an increasingly large number of companies have struggled to remain profitable. Firms like Samsung and Apple earn the vast majority of the profits on smartphone sales. A handful of SoC providers dominate the component business, with Qualcomm at the relative top of the market and companies like Rockchip, Allwinner, and Mediatek holding large swathes of the budget and midrange segments. The above means less profit for other firms. ...

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Minecraft’s New 4K Textures Don’t Even Look Like Minecraft

Minecraft became a smash hit without all the fancy high-resolution textures and lighting effects that other popular games hype. In fact, developer Mojang intentionally eschewed that in the name of building a simple, block-based world that could be rendered on even mediocre PCs. With Microsoft at the helm, Minecraft has added new features and come to more platforms, but it hasn’t looked any different until now. Microsoft expects to launch a new texture pack alongside its 4K update later this year that completely changes how the game looks. There are ...

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US-CERT Warns North Korea Has Stepped Up Cyberattacks

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued a warning that North Korea has stepped up its efforts to attack media, aerospace, and financial companies in the United States. Critical infrastructure and public utility systems are also thought to be high-priority targets as well. This warning is the work of a multi-way partnership between various companies in the private sector, the Department of Homeland Security (US-CERT is a division of DHS) and the FBI. It states: Working with U.S. Government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) Review Roundup: Not Bad, Still Expensive

Microsoft’s recent Surface launches have been well-regarded by reviewers. While some devices are more niche than others, both the Surface Studio and the Surface Laptop have won accolades for being well-built hardware with strong attention to detail and very solid features. It’s therefore surprising to see relatively weak reviews for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, which came out from under embargo this morning. Part of the problem is Microsoft’s own messaging. Unlike previous Surface Pro devices, which were unambiguously marketed as tablets you could attach an optional keyboard to, Microsoft’s take ...

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