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  • WTF: 10 of the Weirdest Products Ever

    First, a friendly disclaimer. This is not a holiday shopping list. If you were hoping to find something useful to give, this ain't the place. For all the useful items you can potentially find while browsing around on Amazon, eBay or your online retailer of choice, there are always the occasional WTF?! products in the mix.

    By Paula Kerrigan on

  • Learn How to Code: 22 Free Online Resources

    Whether you're looking for something new to learn, or just want to refresh your memory on something that might be a bit rusty, there are plenty of free sources online that you can take advantage of free code classes.

    By Wendy Boswell on

  • Time Saver: 100% Hands Off Subtitle Downloads in Windows or Mac

    We've seen a few applications that make the process of downloading subtitles for movies and TV shows as simple as dragging and dropping a video file. Why not take it to the next level and make subtitles fetching 100% hands off? With the help AHK in Windows and Automator in OS X we certainly can.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Xbox One vs. PS4: How They Stack Up Today

    Both the Xbox One and the PS4 received "Not Yet" verdicts in our reviews. Are they must-have systems? Are they essential? Not yet. Wait and see. That said, we've now compared both on a number of categories so if you're not one to wait, you'll definitely know what you are getting into with each of them.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • 12 Ways Black Friday 2013 Will Be Different

    As the official starter for the holiday shopping season, Black Friday is expected to be a frenzy of bargains, but with each passing year there are some elements that change. Our friends at DealNews feel that the best way to make the most of this annual shopping event is to be prepared. Here are 12 ways in which Black Friday 2013 will be different than previous years.

    By Louis Ramirez on

  • Hot PC Games for the 2013 Holiday Season

    To help keep track of what's actually shipping over the year's final weeks, we've prepared a list of this season's hottest PC games ordered by their North American Windows release date. As always, you're welcome to pitch in with comments about PC releases we may have overlooked or otherwise excluded.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Best Tablets of 2013: Holiday Season Edition

    Apple just announced a new iPad Air and iPad mini, Microsoft pushed out the second generation Surfaces, Amazon Kindles hedged its bets on high-end hardware and real-time support, Samsung did its own thing with numerous Android devices and Google is set to refresh the Nexus line later this month.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Building a Hackintosh with Quo's "Any OS" Motherboard

    Building a Hackintosh has definitely gotten easier over the years but there's still plenty of tinkering involved for the uninitiated. Earlier this year a company known as Quo launched a Kickstarter to fund a motherboard designed to run "any operating system". Though they don't explicitly market it as a Hackintosh board it's clearly one of the board's key selling points.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • When Amazon's Customer Reviews Get Ridiculous (and Seriously Funny)

    What these reviews lack in helpfulness they make up for in gleeful goofiness. For its part, Amazon hasn't tried to dissuade this phenomenon, as these self-generating memes can actually increase sales. For example, when an unexceptional graphic T-shirt featuring three howling wolves caught the ire of the sarcastic community in 2008, it went on to become one of the top selling pieces of apparel on Amazon that year.

    By Evan Dashevsky and Alan Byrne on

  • Windows 8.1: Six Things Microsoft Got Right and Others That Are Still Missing

    Not unlike previous releases of Microsoft's ubiquitous desktop OS, Windows 8 has faced a lot of scrutiny in the year it's been available. Every time the company has made a drastic change to Windows, it's been on the losing end of user opinion. Windows 8 has been no different.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Technology Before Its Time: 9 Products That Were Too Early to Market

    Every now and again, someone comes up with a revolutionary idea for a product or service and brings it to market. Just as often, however, the supporting technology isn't there, consumers aren't ready to embrace it, or management mishandles its launch. Some ideas just aren't meant to take root no matter how groundbreaking.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • The Best Android Games: 12 Must-Play Titles

    Google's mobile OS keeps proliferating on more and more handsets and the games hitting that hardware keep getting better. Among our picks are Angry Birds Star Wars II, which is a mild improvement over the original but an improvement nonetheless, as well as Reaper, Temple Run 2, The Room, and more.

    By Evan Narcisse on

  • iOS 7: Six Things Apple Got Right and Six That Are Still Missing

    Described as the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 7 has been available to the general public for roughly two weeks at this point. Looking beyond the flat UI and the animated background, has that much really changed in Apple's mobile OS? Here are 6 things they got right and 6 still missing.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • 10 Electronic Devices That Are Nearly Impossible to Repair

    It's becoming tradition that with every new high-profile gadget release, we showcase whatever findings the repair commandos at iFixit.com share with us. If it's controversy and indignation you want, this is the week you've been waiting for! Here are iFixit's top 10 hardest-to-repair electronics.

    By Lou Carlozo on

  • How to Reduce Your Monthly Wireless Bill: 12 Useful Tips

    Wireless providers thrive on peddling a myriad of extra features and services on top of your basic service plan. Early nights and weekends, roadside assistance, mobile TV, hotspots and GPS are all fair game and can add anywhere between a couple of bucks to $10 or more to your wireless bill each month, per service.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Building a Small Form Factor Gaming System with the Silverstone Sugo SG10 and Haswell Hardware

    We are putting today's top small form factor hardware together in hopes of building an enthusiast-worthy gaming system that you can easily transport, use as a a small workstation or fit comfortably along your living room equipment for HTPC purposes.

    By Steven Walton on

  • How to Use a Console Controller on Your PC

    While keyboard and mouse remain the best means of controlling many titles on the PC, especially PC staples like FPS and strategy, there are plenty of other options that are really crying out for a pad. Luckily, chances are you already own a control pad to use on the PC: the ones that came with your console.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Last Call: Google Reader Dies Monday, Here Are The Best Alternatives

    With Google Reader nearing its imminent death, a race to build the perfect alternative for the service's refugees has been taking shape over the last few weeks. Even though there are dozens of alternatives already out there, if you care about cross-platform compatibility and synchronization across different devices (read and favorited items) then your options are a little more limited than you'd imagine.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • PC Games That Weren't Cancelled, But Should Have Been

    Although some decent games do poorly for no good reason, many titles are so headscratchingly bad that you have to wonder why the developer even bothered. In the group of terribly bad games, there are the truly bad ones and then there are the big flops: those that have built an irredeemable amount of hype. Here's our list of PC gaming shame: titles that weren't cancelled but should have been.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The One Thing Next-Gen Consoles Could Really Learn From The PC

    Steam gets a lot of credit for rejuvenating the PC gaming market, and there's one area it deserves more praise than anywhere else: its regular, highly-discounted sales. The PS4, Xbox One and Wii U are all very different consoles, but there's one thing I wish all three had in common: their digital pricing. Something they could learn from the PC.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Prison Architect: One of 2013's Most Interesting PC Games

    Prison Architect is like SimPrison made by people who seem to be damn near fearless about making video games about uncomfortable topics. Indie studio Introversion's developers served up some fascinating answers to our questions about the possibilities of a game about building and running a prison.

    By Stephen Totilo on

  • Xbox One: Entertainment Hub First, Gaming Console Second -- But Could It Disrupt TV?

    Tech companies have been trying for years to get broadcast behemoths to change their ways and there's been a good bit of progress. But it's not enough. Technology is simply outpacing the traditional broadcast model. Something's gotta give. Could the Xbox One be the catalyst for change that we've all been hoping for?

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC: Small and Silent Performance

    The Thin Mini-ITX form factor allows for seriously compact computers. Our PC build goal: extremely compact, powerful, and near silent operation, as in no-moving-parts silent.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 8 Free to Play Games That Are Too Good to Be True

    The gaming world is making a dramatic shift towards free to play games. Of course, full price retail titles still make up for a majority of releases on the PC and most other platforms, but playing a quality game without cracking your wallet open is a completely viable option nowadays.

    By Dave LeClair on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 4

    Before 2006 there was no point in adding undue complexity to GPUs by enlarging the die area. With DX10's arrival, vertex and pixel shaders maintained a large level of common function, so moving to a unified shader arch eliminated a lot of unnecessary duplication of processing blocks. The first GPU to utilize this architecture was Nvidia's iconic G80.

    By Graham Singer on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 3

    With the turn of the century the graphics industry bore witness to further consolidation. Where 3dfx was once a byword for raw performance, its strengths before its dismissal laid in its full screen antialiasing image quality. By the time 2001 dawned, the PC graphics market consisted of a discrete card duopoly (Nvidia and ATI), with both of them in addition to Intel supplying the vast majority of integrated graphics chipsets.

    By Graham Singer on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 2

    Voodoo Graphics revolutionized personal computer graphics nearly overnight and rendered many other designs obsolete, including a vast swathe of 2D-only graphics producers. The 3D landscape in 1996 favoured S3 with around 50% of the market. That was to change soon, however. It was estimated that 3Dfx accounted for 80-85% of the 3D accelerator market during the heyday of Voodoo's reign.

    By Graham Singer on

  • The History of the Modern Graphics Processor

    While 3D graphics turned a fairly dull PC industry into a light and magic show, they owe their existence to generations of innovative endeavour. Over the next few weeks we'll be taking an extensive look at the history of the GPU, going from the early days of 3D consumer graphics, to the 3Dfx Voodoo game-changer, the industry's consolidation at the turn of the century, and today's modern GPGPU.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Tablets of 2013: Nexus vs. Surface vs. iPad

    The tablet market doesn't look very different than it did a year ago from the perspective of who's doing well and who's not. Perhaps the most exciting developments came towards the end of 2012: Google released the Nexus 10 and updated the Nexus 7, Apple launched a smaller and cheaper iPad mini, while Microsoft went all in with the Surface RT and Pro.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • The Best PC Game Mods You Can Play Today

    Thanks to mods, your entire PC gaming experience can be improved by the work of dedicated fans. Because some mods are so extensive, transforming almost everything about the source title, we felt it was only fair to list 12 of the best of them here, since they may as well count as their own new games.

    By Luke Plunkett on