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  • 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 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.

    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

  • 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