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  • The Story Behind the Home of Forgotten Video Games

    Before the emergence of online stores, if you wanted to play old video games and they weren't available locally, there was simply no way to buy them. But you could download them, and one of the biggest and most important sites around was Home of the Underdogs.

    By Alex Walker on

  • Parental Controls: How to Lock Down Your Kids' iOS Devices

    I'm the father of a very curious 9-year-old. As such, it's a headache trying to make sure she doesn't accidentally Google something that's a little too mature for her eyes. She currently uses an iPad Air 2 as her primary device, allow me to share what I've learned.

    By David Matthews on

  • How to Mass Delete Messages in iPhone's Mail App

    Apple for the longest time made it unnecessarily difficult to mass delete messages in its Mail app. With iOS 9, Apple finally saw the light and baked in a "delete all" feature... only to backtrack and remove the option a year later with iOS 10. Here's a workaround.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Hidden Siri Commands and Unusual Responses

    Making use of standard commands that can otherwise be performed with regular touch input may seem like an inconvenience for some, but there are some hidden tricks buried within Siri for you to discover that are not accessible from any other apps.

    By Greg Synek on

  • How to Easily Make iPhone Ringtones Using Only iTunes

    I have tried several different ringtone apps for the iPhone. While they are mostly easy to use, I have yet to find one that gives me the same precision as using iTunes, so why not just make them from scratch? It is a straightforward process, and after you make a couple of tones, the method becomes a cake walk.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your iPhone's Battery

    Scientists have made plenty of battery breakthroughs in the lab in recent years yet we're still waiting for that revolutionary, game-changing advancement to trickle down to the consumer space. Stretching a phone's charge to the absolute limit is a top priority and today, we're going to share some tips to help you get the most mileage out of your iOS device.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Best Android Smartphone Battery Life

    Battery life is one of the key features that most consumers want to see upgraded in their new phone. But what's great and what's not in today's market? We'll be looking at 500+ hours of battery life testing across 12 tests, to ensure we have the best possible picture of how current generation phones perform.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • The Best Video Game Handguns

    If you've played video games, you've encountered a handgun. In the right game, a handgun can be an object of menace or empowerment. But video games often treat them as a starter weapon to be replaced as soon as possible. What makes for a great video game handgun?

    By GB Burford on

  • How to: Taking Pictures of PCBs

    I've started to develop a strange pleasure for taking pictures of PCBs and I wanted to share my experience. Sure, you can take pictures of PCBs with your smartphone and get nice results. However, if you want repeatable quality and acceptable color, you don't need to break the bank but you will need a bit more gear.

    By Alain Pannetrat on

  • A Year Later, You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

    Although Microsoft concluded its free Windows 10 upgrade program over a year ago, the company has yet to close some loopholes that were opened for folks running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. If you thought about taking advantage of the promotion but never got around to it, there's nothing stopping you from downloading a free copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft's servers.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • FreeSync vs. G-Sync

    Adaptive sync display technologies from Nvidia and AMD have been on the market for a few years now, however it's just recently that it's become more mainstream with gamers taking the plunge thanks to generous selection, a wide variety of options, and monitor budgets. As both technologies have matured, it's a good time to revisit them to see where the differences lie in mid 2017.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • How Blizzard Saved Diablo III From Disaster

    This is an excerpt from Jason Schreier's upcoming book, "Blood, Sweat, and Pixels," which comes out on September 5 and tells the stories behind 10 different games including Diablo III, Uncharted 4, and Star Wars 1313.

    By Jason Schreier on

  • Productivity on a $200 Chromebook, Coming From an Enthusiast Desktop

    The idea of getting work done from a Chromebook seemed unlikely when my editor first asked me about reviewing one. Much to my surprise, a browser-based operating system isn't as boxed in as I thought it would be, while $200 worth of hardware isn't as underwhelming as I expected for everyday performance.

    By Hank Mitchell on

  • The Most Awkward Moments in Tech

    Technology may shape the world we live in today, but there are many tech lovers who still consider themselves a bit awkward. But it isn't just the fans that can be bit "socially uneasy" - plenty of moments within the industry have made us cringe over the years. Here are some of the most toe-curling.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • What Games Can Ultrabooks Really Play?

    Integrated graphics in most ultraportables are not as useless as they once were. It is actually possible to game on an ultrabook, it's just a matter of choosing the game and its settings carefully. We've tested 34 games on a ThinkPad X1 Carbon to give you an idea of what games are actually playable on modern ultraportables.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • 1440p at 165 Hz: The Ultimate Gaming Experience?

    There is one type of monitor that ticks nearly every box for high quality PC gaming. One that provides a good mix of resolution and high refresh rate, while still being realistically usable on today's most popular gaming hardware. I'm talking about the latest 27-inch 1440p IPS monitors that hit a whopping 165 Hz with support for adaptive sync.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers a comprehensive analysis of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five well differentiated budgets. Starting at ~$400 for an affordable PC, followed by two well-balanced enthusiast-oriented machines, a premium high-end build, and finally a dream machine packing the baddest hardware available, period.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Using a 4K TV as a Desktop Monitor

    I had toyed with the idea of using a TV as a monitor on a couple of different occasions in the past decade with no success, but with the advent of affordable 4K sets using a TV as a desktop monitor is finally feasible. Here's my experience during the past few months.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Ethereum Mining GPU Benchmark

    Today we're going to take a quick look at how current-gen GPUs perform when put to the task of Ethereum mining. It seems just about everyone wants in on the action these days, and we're often asked what the best GPUs to mine with are. We didn't have an exact answer, so we decided to find out.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Top 10 Best MMOs

    It's no secret that MMORPGs are some of the most popular PC games on the planet. Since the early days of Ultima Online all the way to more recent offerings like Black Desert Online, MMOs have filled a gap in many gamers' lives that other genres - no matter how good they might be - just haven't yet. Here are what I believe are the 10 best MMOs out there right now.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • Transfer Steam Games to an SSD without Redownloading

    Although solid state drives have steadily increased in capacity, so too have the size of game installs. Today's triple-A titles commonly occupy upwards of 20GB with many approaching or exceeding 60GB, especially after accounting for downloadable content. Ironically, it's often these large releases that benefit the most from the improved load times.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Some of the Strangest Dystopias in Gaming

    The future is scary and, according to these 15 dystopias in video games, it's going to get a lot stranger before things get better.

    By N.Ho Sang and Peter Tieryas on

  • The State of Mining: Guide to Ethereum

    If you've ever tried getting into cryptocurrencies, you were probably met with a barrage of technical terms and buzzwords. I heard I can make easy money by mining on my home computer; how does that work? Why are there so many types of coins? How do I get started buying and selling cryptocurrencies? In this article we'll focus on the state of mining, exploring the practical side of it, as we hopefully demystify some of the world of digital currencies.

    By William Gayde on

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mini-Test

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds pre-release build has been available since March, and by the first month it had sold well over a million copies. So the game is popular, but it's also known for not being greatly optimized. I've been messing around with a few CPU and GPU combinations over the past week, seeing which hardware deliver the most value.

    By Steven Walton on

  • E3 2017 Trailer Roundup: Upcoming PC Games

    As this year's E3 unfolds, so do new trailers for upcoming games. Expect regular updates to this article over the coming week as more are released. Most of the trailers belong to titles due later in 2017 or 2018, while a few have launched in the last week or so -- all of them are on PC.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Steam Machine: What Went Wrong

    2012 was an important year for Valve. The company introduced Big Picture Mode - a Steam interface for the living room holy trinity of big TVs, joypads, and couches - it was also the year Gabe Newell's behemoth revealed the development of a video game console. A year later, Steam Machines were unveiled as "a powerful new category of living room hardware."

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Tips for Playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a battle royale game where players fight to be the last person standing. It can be overwhelming for new players, full of different weapons to choose and smaller mechanics that aren't readily apparent. These tips will help you survive the battle royale and win yourself a glorious chicken dinner.

    By Heather Alexandra on

  • Five Years Without Facebook

    In 2012 I wrote an article about leaving Facebook. I've kept this stance for about five years now, but an accumulation of several small things during this time have had me questioning whether or not abandoning the social network was the brilliant idea I once thought it was.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • TechSpot Best of Computex 2017

    Computex is the third major show we attend this year, and it looks like it's here to remind us about all the innovation and work happening in the hardcore computing arena. After all, while mainstream PC sales have stagnated, the segment occupied by computer enthusiasts, gamers, and e-sports has continued to flourish. Computex is PC power user haven.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

    Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I'm here to tell you which ones you should check out.

    By Patricia Hernandez on