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  • TechSpot Tech Gift Shortlist 2017

    The holidays are upon us and it's time to start thinking about gifts for friends, family, and why not, yourself as it's often the case those closer to you like to ask what you're wishing for the most. We've built a shortlist of some of our favorite and most recommended tech gear in various categories covering PC hardware, to electronics and gaming.

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  • RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming? 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB

    Measuring the impact that RAM capacity has on gaming is harder than it sounds because of all the factors at play. However we've tested different hardware configurations to determine how much memory is truly useful for gaming from 4GB up to 32GB.

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  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    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.

    By Graham Singer on

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) CPU Test

    Following up on the mini-test we did for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds back in June, it was about time we checked where the game's performance is at after receiving countless updates. Focusing on CPU performance, we have all 8th-gen Core processors, all Ryzen CPUs, and a few from the 7th-gen Core series.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 10 Tips for Good Smartphone Photography

    To help you take the best photos with your phone, we've laid out ten handy tips we find ourselves using every day. From a photography enthusiast and mobile hardware reviewer, with this knowledge in hand, you'll be able to produce some awesome shots from a fairly limited though continually improving camera platform.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

    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.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Optogenetics: A Virtual Reality System for Controlling Living Cells

    Our brains communicate with electrical and chemical signaling, but scientists have discovered that light stimulation could hold potential keys to manipulating neuronal communication pathways that influence motor control, sensory perception, memory, neurochemical production and mood -- or cellular virtual reality, as a report from the Journal of Cell Biology describes it.

    By Jay Stanley on

  • The Best CPU & GPU Purchases of 2017

    A few weeks ago we put together a list of what we felt were the worst CPU and GPU purchases of 2017, and boy did that stir up some discussion. Still overall many of you really seemed to enjoy the exchange and requested a best of version, so here we are, our best CPU and GPU purchases of 2017. So let's get into it...

    By Steven Walton on

  • Weird Keyboard Layouts: A Showcase

    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.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • 11 Tech Products That Were Supposed to Fail... But Didn't

    You'll often find that when a new product or service fails, there's a line of people waiting to say, "I told you so." But despite initially looking like absolute turkeys destined for the trash can, there have been plenty of predicted tech disasters that turned out to be successful. Here are some of the most memorable.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

    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.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Assassin's Creed Origins: How Heavy Is It on Your CPU?

    Today we're doing a little benchmarking, a little playing around with Assassin's Creed Origins to see how it behaves on different CPUs. For those of you unaware Assassin's Creed Origins was recently released, and it has been creating a bit of a stir in the PC tech community due how aggressively it utilizes the CPU.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Precursors to Today's Technology: These Products Had the Right Vision

    Products like the Apple Newton and the Nintendo Power Glove immediately come to mind when reminiscing about technology that was before its time. However this article will focus on products and services that didn't necessarily flop out of the gate and all had a vision that helped shape today's technological landscape.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • In Hindsight: Some of the Worst CPU/GPUs Purchases of 2017

    Today we're discussing what we feel were the worst CPU and GPU purchases of 2017. Some were just bad from the get go while others started life as viable options that sadly proved poor choices before year's end.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Dark Web: What Is It and How To Access It

    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.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • The Biggest Tech Fails of the Last Decade

    Over the years we've seen our fair share of tech flops, and while some very quickly explode in a ball of hot, fiery failure, others linger around for years before slowy fading away into obscurity. In no particular order of uselessness, here are our top ten biggest tech fails of the last ten years.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • 5 Affordable Last-Gen Smartphones That Are Great Buys

    If you're looking for the best value possible on a $200-$300 smartphone, you will find mid-range devices competing against last generation flagships that are still sold new but at new reduced prices. Packing better hardware, features, superior cameras and performance, here are our favorite last generation high end phones.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Running Linux on a Chromebook

    Although Chrome OS is competent at handling web-based workloads, by design it's light on features compared to a full desktop operating system, which is presumably where many of its users are coming from. Fortunately, if you're on Google's operating system and wish it was a little more flexible, it's possible to install a fully functional copy of Linux on many Chrome devices.

    By Hank Mitchell on

  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

    Do you think of the command line asĀ 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.

    By Himanshu Arora on

  • Delete the Windows.old Folder and Save Space (Again)

    To keep on the safe side, Microsoft's install setup saves a full copy of your current Windows installation (that's the Windows.old directory right there), and while this will come handy in case something goes wrong or you need to revert back, it will also occupy several gigabytes of precious storage.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Top 10 Tech Pranks

    Pranks are awesome. They are one of those few things in life that most people can unequivocally agree on being great. Pranks are in the same league with cat videos, candy, and free stuff - everyone loves 'em. You're a tech-savvy individual, and it's time that your pranks showed that. We've got some ideas...

    By Devin Kate Pope 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

  • Then and Now: 6 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    With the venerable GeForce GTX 980 having celebrated its third birthday, in the world of GPUs that puts it squarely over the hill. Even the GTX 1080 is over a year old already, however the performance bump in this last generation was very significant. From the GTX 480 to the GTX 1080, how much faster are today's GPUs?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Pairing CPUs and GPUs: PC Upgrades and Bottlenecking

    How bad is bottlenecking these days? Well, that all depends on how bad you are at pairing hardware. Any experienced system builder will tell you it's important to build a balanced system, especially if you want the best bang for your buck.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know

    Many hardcore computer users might consider themselves above learning new tricks, but there are always new ways to sharpen your skills on the PC and we bet that you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn't know before.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Reality Distortion Field: 10 Things Apple Won't Directly Say But We'll Infer About the iPhone X

    Apple has confirmed that more than a tech icon, it's become a cultural phenomenon. But with such potential for truth bending, we've put together a short list of our thoughts about the company's new iPhone X, not in their words but ours.

    By Julio Franco on

  • 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