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  • Moto Z Battery Beast: Mod Delivers Best in Class Smartphone Battery Life

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Suffering from battery anxiety sucks, so I recently went on a crusade to find the flagship smartphone with the best battery life. Like most phones the Moto Z's battery is non-removable, but you can magnetically attach a battery mod to the rear of the device that provides a significant stamina boost. Moto Mods are simple and sleek. The results are great, too.
  • The 12 Best Games on the iPhone

    By Kotaku on

    You've got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store-it's a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you. Below, we've listed the 12 games we feel are a great starting point for iPhone gaming.
  • Biggest Tech Fads of the Last Decade

    By Rob Thubron on

    A number of industries are well known for their fads: fashion, food, health. But technology has experienced just as many short-lived crazes over the years. From mobile games so popular they caused a danger to the public, to "futuristic" television sets that slowly died off. Here are the tech world's biggest fads from the last decade.
  • The Ideal Smartphone for 2017

    By Tim Schiesser on

    My quest for the perfect handset continues. Some phones came close - I loved the Google Pixel XL and the Galaxy S7 was pretty good - but nothing was without fault. In this article, I'll be exploring the perfect smartphone; the flagship phone I want to see in 2017.
  • Getting Started with Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

    By Shawn Knight on

    Keyboard shortcuts can be found in virtually every modern operating system, app and service. They may only shave off a second or two at a time but trust me, the savings can quickly add up when used on a regular basis. Such is the case with Gmail, one of the world's most popular e-mail clients.
  • Use Gmail Filters to Automate your Inbox

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Filters can help automate many of the tasks you may perform daily, and can streamline your inbox to show just the emails you want, while removing those you don't. And while Google does some basic filtering by default, creating your own can take inbox organization to the next level.
  • Use Gmail Offline and Enable Email Scheduling & Snoozing

    By Rob Thubron on

    Even in today's connected world, there will be times when you find yourself stuck offline. But there's no need to panic in these situations; you can still read, search, and reply to your Gmail messages without an internet connection. We'll also recommend a way for you to send messages at scheduled times and postpone incoming emails.
  • Mastering Gmail Search

    By Julio Franco on

    When Gmail debuted 12 years ago it made a shift in how we thought about email. Instead of deleting, the idea of archiving messages indefinitely became plausible. This has been helped by good UX and powerful search capabilities. Gmail search is also speedy which makes it practical. Here I'll cover a few of my favorite and most useful Gmail search operators.
  • A Decade Later: Does the Q6600 Still Have Game in 2017?

    By Steven Walton on

    Released about 10 years ago, we thought it would be interesting to see how the Q6600 holds up in 2017 while playing today's games on modern GPUs. In other words, what would happen if you paired a trusty old PC with a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070.
  • How to Remotely Sign Out of Gmail on Multiple Devices

    By Jose Vilches on

    Gmail has a remote log out feature that's quite handy in situations where your account could be exposed to prying eyes, allowing you to end all active sessions from any computer or mobile phone. Some of you might not be familiar with it but it sits right there at the bottom of your inbox and is just a single click away.
  • Comparing Team Communication Apps: What Do You Get for Free?

    By Erik Orejuela on

    Team communication and messaging is one area where we've seen a ton of action lately, with apps such as Slack becoming the ultimate tool for workgroup collaboration. Make your business and workgroup more efficient with a communication solution that doesn't cost a dime.
  • The NES Classic was my favorite holiday gift. Now here's what Nintendo should improve for the SNES version

    By Shawn Knight on

    The next logical step for Nintendo at this point is to create a Classic Edition based on the Super Nintendo. It's not a matter of 'if' we'll see a SNES Classic Edition but rather, 'when.'
  • The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017

    By Tim Schiesser on

    2016 was a decent if unspectacular year for PC gaming. Several popular game franchises received high quality additions, we also saw great new IPs, but a collection of games we were excited for ended up being major disappointments. Mafia III and No Man's Sky are prime examples. Hopefully the games we're most excited to play in 2017 will meet the hype surrounding their release.
  • TechSpot Best of CES 2017

    By TechSpot Staff on

    Every year the industry's biggest names gather in Las Vegas to show us a glimpse of the devices and innovations that will define the months to come in consumer technology. In no particular order, here's our selection of the 10 most promising or downright cool products we found at CES 2017.
  • 13 Good Games You Can Play on Laptops and Budget PCs

    By Alex Walker on

    Sometimes you'll find yourself out of the house, with nothing but a laptop and a whole lot of time. Just because you're living out of home with an integrated GPU doesn't mean you have to be bored. Here's 13 games you can play on the potato-powered productivity device that is your laptop.
  • 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?