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  • Playing Call of Duty Can Improve Your Driving Skills

    "Playing video games can make you a better driver," it's not exactly what you imagine. Ironically, studies show that first-person shooters like Call of Duty provide more benefits for drivers than driving games do.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Explainer: What is a File System?

    There are many different ways to organize files and directories in a computer, but in the abstract of how that happens at the hardware and OS level is typically assigned to the file system. This is how it works.

    By Abdulrahman Mahmoud on

  • Interview: What is it Like to Develop a Game in VR?

    Few games nail the ambiance as The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. We sat with Project Director Mark Domowicz to discuss how they nailed down the zombie survival game's atmosphere and suspense.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do

    Learn all that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, from useful commands everyone should know to more advanced tweaks and troubleshooting features.

    By Mark Turner and Julio Franco on

  • 5 Ways to Connect Your Old Storage Devices to a New PC

    If you're upgrading to a new computer, laptop or desktop, a modern PC may not support your old storage devices. This guide will give you options to connect your old storage drives to a new computer.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • What Ever Happened to MSN Messenger?

    It was the late 90s, social media platforms like Facebook didn't yet exist, texting was in its infancy, email was very popular, instant messaging was up for the taking and Microsoft took notice.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • The History of the Modern Graphics Processor

    3D graphics turned a dull PC industry into a light and magic show after generations of innovative endeavour. Here's our extensive look at the history of the GPU, from the early days of 3D, to game-changing hardware and the industry's consolidation.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Battlefield 2042 CPU Benchmark feat. 128-Player Battles

    Today we're taking a look at CPU performance in Battlefield 2042 and this may well be the most difficult benchmark we've ever done. But we've succeeded and tested 20+ configurations into a 128-player conquest match.

    By Steven Walton on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: November 2021

    Here's our monthly take on the state of the GPU market, and no surprises, graphics cards are still overly expensive and everyone involved is still making a ton of cash. But will GPU pricing ever go down?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • How to Choose an SSD on a Flash Sale

    What SSD should you buy? In normal times, we'd simply tell you to follow our Best Storage guide. But during flash sales, lesser known drives may be worth buying at a healthy discount. But which ones?

    By Amir Shoam on

  • Battlefield 2042 Benchmarked

    Battlefield 2042 recently debuted with very impressive visuals, so we'll take the opportunity to measure graphics card performance, so you can get an idea of what you'll need to get into the action.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The State of Quantum Computing Systems

    While the race to quantum supremacy is picking up pace, it's still very early stages to call it a "competition." And yet funding is being poured into this field to help push humanity to the next big era in computing.

    By Abdulrahman Mahmoud on

  • 5 Windows File Explorer Alternatives You Should Try

    The Windows File Explorer hasn't fundamentally changed over the years, but luckily there are many better alternatives that are available for free, or at least to try. We check out some of the best of them.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • A Brief History of In-Game Advertising

    These days, in-game advertising is the rule, not the exception. According to an Omdia survey, gaming companies around the world raked in over 42 billion dollars in 2019, solely from in-game ads.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • 21 Programs to Analyze and Benchmark Your Hardware

    We've compiled a list of 21 programs that are great for analyzing or benchmarking your devices -- whether you're into overclocking, tweaking your system, or simply want to see what you've got.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • In Hindsight... Tech Predictions and Quotes

    The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and many have tried to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success.

    By Graham Singer and Julio Franco on

  • Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: AMD Ryzen Edition

    Today we're taking a look at Windows 11 versus Windows 10 performance using AMD Ryzen processors. Recently we did the same with Intel's Core CPUs, so here we are using the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 9 5950X.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Google Drive Alternatives: Improving Privacy and Security

    In an age of eroding online privacy, many are looking for a good alternative to Google Drive for their documents and files. After all, why would you want to store your private data with the world's largest advertising company?

    By Heinrich Long on

  • What Ever Happened to Winamp?

    Developed by Nullsoft in 1997, Winamp is a media player that supports a wide array of audio formats and was an iconic software application in the heyday of MP3 music. Winamp was nearly ubiquitous, used by millions in the early 2000s.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • We're not in Ubuntu Anymore: The Linux Distros You've (Probably) Never Heard About Before

    Unlike Windows and macOS, there is a world of Linux distributions to experience. Ubuntu is a good and popular recommendation, but if you're curious what else there's out there, here is a quick guide.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Windows 10 vs. Windows 11 Performance Test

    Today we're talking our first real look at Windows 11 performance to see how much difference there is when compared to Windows 10, but also to establish a baseline for testing Alder Lake in a few weeks.

    By Steven Walton on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: October 2021

    Welcome back to another month expensive graphics cards. Unfortunately, after a brief glimpse of hope a few months back, MSRP GPUs are off the table for the rest of the year based on current trends.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Messaging Apps: Encrypted or not? WhatsApp, iMessage, Discord, Zoom, etc.

    Using end-to-end encrypted messaging services can make this data inaccessible to third parties and protection from bad actors. So the question is, which popular messaging apps use end-to-end encryption?

    By Garrett Gosnell on

  • Aiming for Atoms: The Art of Making Chips Smaller

    In the world of semiconductors, bigger numbers are often better. More cores, higher GHz, greater FLOPs. But there's one measure where smaller is better. Enter semiconductor manufacturing and the technology node.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Xerox PARC: A Nod to the Minds Behind the GUI, Ethernet, Laser Printing, and More

    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.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Far Cry 6 Benchmarked

    Today we're taking a look at Far Cry 6 to see how it runs on a variety of PC hardware, so lots and lots of benchmarks including 30+ AMD and Nvidia GPUs at 3 resolutions and 2 quality presets.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ultra vs. High Settings in PC Games

    It's time to discuss something that's been bugging me for some time: Ultra quality settings in PC games. Everyone wants to crank stuff up to the max, but what we've discovered is that Ultra settings are actually pretty dumb.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Nokia: The Story of the Once-Legendary Phone Maker

    Most people who hear the word "Nokia" associate it with mobile phones, but there's a convoluted history to tell since the company's humble beginnings over 150 years ago and many reinventions.

    By Adrian Potoroaca on

  • Which iPad Model Should You Get?

    If you're buying a new iPad, you may be surprised by all the different options. The iPad Pro models differ in more than size, and the latest base iPad and iPad Mini are interesting alternatives to the iPad Air.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: September 2021

    It'd be great if GPU pricing was normal and we didn't have to update you on the state of the market, but tracking GPUs is useful if you're wanting to jump the gun. Also, this month we can celebrate a rather unfortunate anniversary.

    By Tim Schiesser on