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Mobile Messaging Feature-by-Feature: WhatsApp vs. Line vs. Viber vs. Telegram, and more

Messaging is not only among the top activities on smartphones (if not THE top activity), messaging apps are increasingly seen as social networks. After all people use them to send each other texts, videos, photos and other content either one-on-one or as a group. Sounds familiar, right?

Feature-by-feature rundown, PLUS a look at the top contenders' data policies

WhatsApp vs Line vs Viber vs Telegram

Nokia Lumia 525 Review: A small update to Windows Phone's most popular handset

In nearly every way, the Lumia 525 is the same as the Lumia 520, however since the 520 launched at the start of 2013 the entry-level smartphone market has changed; new hardware has been unveiled for budget devices, and older parts have become cheaper. The competition is also ferocious, specifically Motorola's Moto G comes to mind. How does the Lumia 525 fit into the equation in 2014?

Read the full review inside -- watch the video review below:

GPU Battle at $150: GeForce GTX 750 Ti vs. Radeon R7 265

Marking the introduction of its Maxwell architecture, Nvidia has targeted AMD's $150 Radeon R7 265 with the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti. With fewer cores being used to get more performance, Maxwell consumes less power and improves Kepler's performance per watt. Does that mean AMD's newly relaunched Radeon R7 265 could be in trouble considering it's essentially a slightly overclocked and steeply discounted HD 7850?

GeForce GTX 750 Ti vs. Radeon R7 265

One Neat Cube: Xigmatek Nebula Mini-ITX Case Review

Enter the Nebula by Xigmatek, a striking solution with a neat cube design that offers a 2.2L capacity. It's safe to say the Nebula is unlike anything we've seen before, and that tends to come at a premium. The case is pretty new and pricing isn't entirely clear yet in the US, but it's going for €85 or about $115 in other regions -- over twice the Elite RC-130's price.

xigmatek nebula review

Litecoin Mining Using Enthusiast PC Hardware

If you're looking to treat virtual coin mining as a hobby, Litecoins are probably the best bet right now and we'll show you how to get started with choosing and configuring the hardware and software you'll need. Also note we are aiming this article to PC enthusiasts who likely have spare hardware around, separating our project from milk crate builds, this seems like the most logical approach for us to get started.

litecoin mining how to

Puget Systems' List of Most Reliable PC Hardware

We've all been there. You want to buy a new graphics card, you read the reviews, and settle on the best GPU within your budget. Then you have to decide from half dozen or so manufacturers that offer nearly identical hardware. But which is the most reliable? The same scenario could be applied to other components like motherboards, storage or memory. That's why when we found this annual list compiled by boutique PC manufacturer Puget Systems we asked them to reproduce it for you.

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Double Fine's Broken Age, Act 1 Review

Nostalgia seeps out of every virtual pore of Double Fine's latest game, spearheaded by beloved developer Tim Schafer. The game exists only because of the generosity of thousands of people who, by and large, wanted to recapture the charms of their video game playing youth. So, it's fitting that Broken Age looks like a gorgeously designed animated movie you can play through.

double fine broken age

Motorola Moto G Review: Budget Android smartphone done right

The Moto G is Motorola’s biggest and best effort yet in conquering Android's entry-level market. It’s not a handset meant to break records, but the 4.5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400 SoC and dual-SIM support (in certain models) will please the right crowds. Plus, at $179 for the 8 GB model and $199 for 16 GB, unlocked and off-contract, it certainly fits the definition of what an affordable smartphone should be.

moto g review

Asrock Vision HT 420D HTPC Review

It's been a few years since we published an enthusiastic review of Asrock's pricey yet powerful Vision 3D HTPC. The company has since kept our attention with annual updates, now on its fourth generation, the Vision HT 420D has received a proper upgrade to Intel's Haswell architecture as well as other improvements that contribute to the system's respectable list of features, making it one of the most impressive HTPCs to date.

asrock htpc review

Asus Transformer T100 Review: Windows 8.1 convertible for less than $500

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a full Windows 8.1 entry-level 10-inch tablet, sporting Intel ‘Bay Trail’ internals, and a keyboard dock all for under $500. The Transformer line of products has typically been quite solid, so it’ll be interesting to see how this Windows convertible hybrid fares and if the T100 manages to stand out from the crowd.

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AMD A8-7600 Review: 'Kaveri' APU Put to the Test

AMD really is focused on gaming performance with Kaveri and believes this is where its latest APUs have a serious advantage over the competition. The company's latest processors are being pushed as budget solutions for modern 1080p gaming, though on paper the Radeon R7 doesn't look quite up to the task...

amd kaveri review

From 1982's E.T. to Present Day's Watch Dogs: How Much Does It Cost to Make a Video Game?

You pay $60 for many of the new games you play, but how much does a blockbuster game cost to make? Many in the industry don't even know the budgets of games. It is not unusual for developer working on a big-budget game to have no idea of the game's budget. To answer the question, we've pulled a bunch of scattered data from public sources as a first attempt to get a comprehensive sense of how much money the world's biggest and most expensive games cost.

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Lumia 1520 Review: Nokia outdoes itself with best Windows Phone yet

Nokia is hoping that their 6-inch Lumia 1520 will give the Note 3 a run for its money. The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone to come with a Snapdragon 800 SoC, the first with a quad-core CPU, the first with a 1080p display, and the first to compete on a hardware level with top Android devices. It also sees Nokia’s vast imaging expertise put to good use with the inclusion of a 20-megapixel PureView shooter sure to please enthusiasts out there.

nokia lumia 1520 review

Your Desktop Gone 4K: Dell UltraSharp 32 UP3214Q Review

Knowing the reputation (and price) the UltraSharp moniker commands, there would normally be little more to say than “immense IPS display”, “great image” but “prosumer price tag”. However, the UP3214Q’s defining feature isn’t its enormity, IPS panel, nor certainly the $3,500 sticker price. Rather, its most distinct feature is a glorious spread of 3840 x 2160 pixels which is, ironically, also the source of its biggest issues.

dell 4k monitor review

Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC & R9 290 OC Review: Immense potential lost to GPU shortages and inflated prices

AMD's Radeon R9 290 and 290X made a strong case against Nvidia's GTX 780 and Titan late last year, but that position soon weakened with unexpectedly high prices and limited options from board partners. This time we'll revisit the cards with actual production units from Gigabyte so we can weigh in on third-party performance at actual market prices.

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Asrock Z87 Extreme11/ac Review: 22 SATA ports, 4-way GPU support and more

Asrock's new Z87 Extreme11/ac may very well be the most extreme motherboard we've handled. It touts four-way GPU support, over 20(!) SATA ports, premium onboard audio, dual gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and -- unsurprisingly -- the largest price tag in its class. So, how exactly does a company justify $540 for a motherboard?

asrock Z87 Extreme11 ac

Mobile Tech Trends and Predictions for 2014

During 2013 we were introduced to a range of cool new tech in the mobile space. High resolution 1080p displays made us question whether the smartphone you were holding was sharper looking than real paper, quad-core processors dominated every device, and some smartphone cameras packed more megapixels than a professional DSLR. So what will 2014 bring? Here’s our list of predictions for the next year in smartphone and tablet technology...

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Looking Back at 2013: The Year's Top Tech Stories

Twenty-thirteen has been an eventful year marked by a changing landscape in the computing world, product refreshes in the mobile scene, a new generation of consoles, the rise of Bitcoin and the harsh realization that pretty much nothing you do online (and sometimes offline) is private. Our yearly recount of the most relevant tech happenings awaits...

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