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  • 10 Tech Predictions for 2017

    By Bob O'Donnell on

    Predicting the future is more art than science, yet it's always an interesting exercise to engage in as a new year comes upon us. So with the close of what was a difficult, though interesting year in the technology business, here's a look at my predictions for the top 10 tech developments of 2017.
  • The Best Gaming Concept Art of 2016

    By Luke Plunkett on

    There are so many amazing pieces of video game art being produced by talented professionals that sometimes it feels impossible staying on top of it all. After much deliberation, here is a collection of the best concept art from video games released in 2016.
  • Shortcut Extravaganza: Windows, Mac, Chrome, Firefox, Android, iPhone & More!

    By Devin Pope & Julio Franco on

    What's more appealing than a shortcut? It's a quick way to take a task and make it less painful and easier to accomplish. With shortcuts, you can cheat time a little bit and find maybe a few extra moments each day.
  • You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free, Even After Offer Expired

    By Jose Vilches on

    Microsoft officially ended their free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29th. For those that did want to upgrade but didn't get around to it, there are still a couple of known 'loopholes' to get a free Windows 10 upgrade which Microsoft hasn't bothered to close, even five months after the offer officially ended.
  • Standing Desk Starter Guide

    By Mark Turner on

    It can be easy to talk yourself out of standing at a computer desk. Besides parting with your favorite chair, the price of most adjustable models can discourage many. Read on for a practical outlook on what you can expect from your first standing desk, whether you're building something yourself or having one shipped to your door.
  • Then and Now: 6 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    With the release of Pascal the time has come to revisit history and see how 6 generations of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards compare. From Fermi-based GTX 480 to today's flagship, the GTX 1080, how much faster do you think today's cards are?
  • The State of PC Gaming in 2016

    By Nathan Grayson on

    PC gaming is on the forefront of gaming. So many of today's trends: early access, survival game elements in everything, multiplatform mods, esports, and virtual reality -- all started on PC. Even as it inspired other platforms, PC gaming itself evolved this year, making big strides and taking ugly spills.
  • A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Best 3Dfx Glide Games

    By Shawn Knight on

    Having a specialized 3d API was arguably both the highlight and the downfall for pioneer 3Dfx. The Glide API combined with Voodoo hardware truly enhanced the gaming experience. If you are old enough, odds are you owned a 3Dfx card and played some of these games. Let us take you a trip down memory lane and remember some of the best.
  • A Primer on Staying Secure and Anonymous on the Dark Web

    By Mark Turner on

    Privacy advocates who plan to continue using encryption and anonymization software ought to double-down on their security. Here's a brief overview of tips and services for keeping yourself safe while surfing the web.
  • The First 10 Things to Do When Your PC Can't Run a New Game

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    You just got a new PC game! Hoo buddy, you are excited. You've been looking forward to this one for years. You load it up and... oh, hell. Something's off. You go into the options menu and make the usual tweaks. Turn off MSAA. Turn down shadow quality. Turn down reflections. Turn off any feature with a weird name and Nvidia branding. None of it does much to help.
  • Guide to HEVC/H.265 Encoding and Playback

    By Tim Schiesser on

    HEVC's main advantage over H.264 is that it offers roughly double the compression ratio for the same quality. This means that a video file encoded with HEVC can occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality, or the same amount of space with improved quality.
  • Older Phones That Are Still Great Buys

    By Tim Schiesser on

    It's almost always better to purchase a last-generation flagship over a current-gen mid-range device. Last-gen flagships routinely pack better hardware, superior cameras, better performance, and more software features. You won't be getting the freshest hardware, however you'll be surprised at the value some year-old products can provide.
  • Weird Keyboard Layouts: A Showcase

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    There's no place like home row, am I right? We have all undoubtedly come a long way from typing our very first letters to the point it becomes second nature, but it's probably safe to say that many of us don't know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard. Well, there's so much more. Let's take a look at some popular and regional keyboard layouts.
  • My Month Without a Smartphone

    By Rob Thubron on

    You've probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I've been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn't choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.
  • The Best Video Game Gamepad Controllers

    By Luke Plunkett on

    No pad from the 80s or 90s is going to compare with a DualShock 4 or Xbox controller in terms of comfort or features, nor be suitable for the games we're playing today, but that's not the point: the point will be how well did a controller reflect the games and needs of a player at the time?
  • Make Chrome Run Faster and Keep RAM Usage Under Control

    By Jose Vilches on

    For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.
  • How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Today's modern games and many productivity applications can consume 4GB on its own, so there's little argument for not going with 8GB. However, the need for 16GB of memory is a hotly debated subject, so today we are going see if and where this much memory might be useful for desktop users.
  • Long Live the Mouse and Keyboard, a Great Way to Control Video Games

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    A year or so ago I moved my gaming PC away from the TV and upstairs to my desk. I got a monitor that's better than that TV. So, I decided to start using a mouse and keyboard again. I'm not really to the point where I obsess over DPI or key resistance or anything like that. I've found a pretty standard setup, and I stick with it. It's still been interesting returning to the mouse and keyboard fold after so many years away. Here's what I've learned.
  • Great Wallpaper Resources to Keep Your Desktop and Phone Home Screen Fresh

    By Jose Vilches on

    There's no shortage of great places to find something to revitalize your home screens, whether you are into beautiful landscapes, abstract illustrations or simple designs and patterns. If you are still rocking your device's default wallpaper and need some inspiration to mix it up a bit here are some great resources to get you started.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC CPU & GPU Performance

    By Matt Bach on

    When configuring a workstation for Premiere Pro, there is a huge variety of components that you need to choose from. Everything from what CPU and video card to the number and speed of drives you need should be taken into consideration. In this article we will be testing several CPU and GPU options you might consider in a workstation.
  • The Dark Web: What Is It and How To Access It

    By Jose Vilches on

    The deep web is not actually a 'place' but rather anywhere other than the visible web that is crawled, indexed and accesed through links fetched by search engines. It's several times bigger than the visible web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on, too.
  • Top Wi-Fi Information and Optimization Utilities

    By Erik Orejuela on

    First and foremost, why do you need a Wi-Fi information/optimization tool? Although the range of functions varies in the programs listed, they all share a common goal which is to provide the necessary information about the Wi-Fi networks available so you can choose the best options for you.
  • Xerox PARC: A Nod to the Minds Behind the GUI, Ethernet, Laser Printing, and More

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

    Launched in 1970, Xerox's PARC has played an instrumental role in the engineering of laser printing and many of the technologies that compose the PC you're reading this on: the graphical user interface, ethernet, the mouse, among others. We'd like to take a few and give credit where credit's due.
  • Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

    By Rob Thubron on

    Pepsi vs. Cola, Edison vs. Tesla, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, history is filled with famous rivalries, but few have matched the intensity and, quite often, the viciousness that comes when two tech industry giants clash heads. Chartering their path from the dawn of computers to the current digital age, here are the five biggest rivalries in computing history.
  • In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

    By Graham Singer on

    The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and verbal sparring as for its actual innovation. Many have felt compelled to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their judgements and observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success. Here's a taste of those now infamous quotes.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. Let's jump into the basics of the Linux command line including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By TechSpot Staff on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five budgets that go from affordable to well-balanced to outright extreme machine . Whether you're a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we have you covered.
  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    By Graham Singer on

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.
  • Three Apps to Combine All Your Messaging Clients Into One

    By Jose Vilches on

    Instant messaging is an increasingly competitive market and despite your best efforts to keep it simple, it's hard to avoid keeping two or three apps around to keep in touch with different groups of people. If this sounds familiar there are a handful of all in one messaging clients that can make things more convenient by keeping all your chats under one roof.
  • Using a U2F Key to Secure Your Google, Dropbox, and GitHub Accounts

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Last week we discussed the basics of two-factor authentication (2FA) and we wanted to delve deeper into one of its methods that go beyond SMS and app-based authentication. The FIDO U2F keys act like secure pen drives you can use for two-factor authentication and the best part of all, they are less than $20.