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  • 10 Tech Predictions for 2017

    Predicting the future is more art than science, yet it's always an interesting exercise to engage in as a new year comes upon us. So with the close of what was a difficult, though interesting year in the technology business, here's a look at my predictions for the top 10 tech developments of 2017.

    By Bob O'Donnell on

  • The Best Gaming Concept Art of 2016

    There are so many amazing pieces of video game art being produced by talented professionals that sometimes it feels impossible staying on top of it all. After much deliberation, here is a collection of the best concept art from video games released in 2016.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Shortcut Extravaganza: Windows, Mac, Chrome, Firefox, Android, iPhone & More!

    What's more appealing than a shortcut? It's a quick way to take a task and make it less painful and easier to accomplish. With shortcuts, you can cheat time a little bit and find maybe a few extra moments each day.

    By Devin Pope & Julio Franco on

  • Standing Desk Starter Guide

    It can be easy to talk yourself out of standing at a computer desk. Besides parting with your favorite chair, the price of most adjustable models can discourage many. Read on for a practical outlook on what you can expect from your first standing desk, whether you're building something yourself or having one shipped to your door.

    By Mark Turner on

  • The State of PC Gaming in 2016

    PC gaming is on the forefront of gaming. So many of today's trends: early access, survival game elements in everything, multiplatform mods, esports, and virtual reality -- all started on PC. Even as it inspired other platforms, PC gaming itself evolved this year, making big strides and taking ugly spills.

    By Nathan Grayson on

  • A Primer on Staying Secure and Anonymous on the Dark Web

    Privacy advocates who plan to continue using encryption and anonymization software ought to double-down on their security. Here's a brief overview of tips and services for keeping yourself safe while surfing the web.

    By Mark Turner on

  • The First 10 Things to Do When Your PC Can't Run a New Game

    You just got a new PC game! Hoo buddy, you are excited. You've been looking forward to this one for years. You load it up and... oh, hell. Something's off. You go into the options menu and make the usual tweaks. Turn off MSAA. Turn down shadow quality. Turn down reflections. Turn off any feature with a weird name and Nvidia branding. None of it does much to help.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Guide to HEVC/H.265 Encoding and Playback

    HEVC's main advantage over H.264 is that it offers roughly double the compression ratio for the same quality. This means that a video file encoded with HEVC can occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality, or the same amount of space with improved quality.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Older Phones That Are Still Great Buys

    It's almost always better to purchase a last-generation flagship over a current-gen mid-range device. Last-gen flagships routinely pack better hardware, superior cameras, better performance, and more software features. You won't be getting the freshest hardware, however you'll be surprised at the value some year-old products can provide.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • My Month Without a Smartphone

    You've probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I've been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn't choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • The Best Video Game Gamepad Controllers

    No pad from the 80s or 90s is going to compare with a DualShock 4 or Xbox controller in terms of comfort or features, nor be suitable for the games we're playing today, but that's not the point: the point will be how well did a controller reflect the games and needs of a player at the time?

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Make Chrome Run Faster and Keep RAM Usage Under Control

    For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance

    Today's modern games and many productivity applications can consume 4GB on its own, so there's little argument for not going with 8GB. However, the need for 16GB of memory is a hotly debated subject, so today we are going see if and where this much memory might be useful for desktop users.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Long Live the Mouse and Keyboard, a Great Way to Control Video Games

    A year or so ago I moved my gaming PC away from the TV and upstairs to my desk. I got a monitor that's better than that TV. So, I decided to start using a mouse and keyboard again. I'm not really to the point where I obsess over DPI or key resistance or anything like that. I've found a pretty standard setup, and I stick with it. It's still been interesting returning to the mouse and keyboard fold after so many years away. Here's what I've learned.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Great Wallpaper Resources to Keep Your Desktop and Phone Home Screen Fresh

    There's no shortage of great places to find something to revitalize your home screens, whether you are into beautiful landscapes, abstract illustrations or simple designs and patterns. If you are still rocking your device's default wallpaper and need some inspiration to mix it up a bit here are some great resources to get you started.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC CPU & GPU Performance

    When configuring a workstation for Premiere Pro, there is a huge variety of components that you need to choose from. Everything from what CPU and video card to the number and speed of drives you need should be taken into consideration. In this article we will be testing several CPU and GPU options you might consider in a workstation.

    By Matt Bach on

  • Top Wi-Fi Information and Optimization Utilities

    First and foremost, why do you need a Wi-Fi information/optimization tool? Although the range of functions varies in the programs listed, they all share a common goal which is to provide the necessary information about the Wi-Fi networks available so you can choose the best options for you.

    By Erik Orejuela 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

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide (Mid 2016)

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five budgets that go from affordable to well-balanced to outright extreme machine . Whether you're a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we have you covered.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Three Apps to Combine All Your Messaging Clients Into One

    Instant messaging is an increasingly competitive market and despite your best efforts to keep it simple, it's hard to avoid keeping two or three apps around to keep in touch with different groups of people. If this sounds familiar there are a handful of all in one messaging clients that can make things more convenient by keeping all your chats under one roof.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Using a U2F Key to Secure Your Google, Dropbox, and GitHub Accounts

    Last week we discussed the basics of two-factor authentication (2FA) and we wanted to delve deeper into one of its methods that go beyond SMS and app-based authentication. The FIDO U2F keys act like secure pen drives you can use for two-factor authentication and the best part of all, they are less than $20.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • Video Games Are Better The Second Time You Play Them

    I love to replay games. It's something my colleagues occasionally give me crap for. They worry I'm sacrificing time I could otherwise spend on new games re-experiencing old ones. I do play games for a living, so I always try to maintain a healthy mix of new ones in my rotation. But I'm almost always replaying something.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Two-Factor Authentication: Methods and Myths

    When I mentioned to a few friends that I was writing a feature about two-step authentication, the typical response was an eye-roll and "Oh, that annoying thing?..." We've all had that thought when we needed to get a code before we could verify our identity online. However, after much research about two-factor authentication (often referred to as 2FA), I don't think I'll roll my eyes at it anymore.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • Then and Now: Six Generations of $200 Mainstream Radeon GPUs Compared

    With the wait for next-gen AMD Vega parts becoming longer than anticipated, and considering we do their latest $200-250 offering on hand, the Radeon RX 480, we're adding a new test to our 'Then and Now' series, comparing six generations of mainstream Radeon graphics cards.

    By Steven Walton on

  • TechSpot Best of IFA 2016

    After several long days seeking out the best products on show at IFA's 1.6 million square foot display area, I returned home from Berlin both impressed and excited about the future of technology.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Portable Workstation: Dell XPS 13 + 32" UltraSharp 4K Monitor

    Dell recently came knocking with a simple proposition: they would send us their XPS 13 ultraportable and the 32-inch UltraSharp UP3216Q 4k monitor to play with and see how we liked it to replace one of our editor's workstation desktop PC. Being able to give away the bundle to one of our readers post-experiment was the icing on the cake.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Nvidia Pascal Goes Mobile: GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 & 1060 Preview

    Last week we were in Bangkok to attend Nvidia's special media event. The product to be unveiled was unknown so I was intrigued to say the least. Having just announced the Pascal Titan X we suspected a GTX 1080 Ti card might follow. So was it a brand new high-end gaming GPU? A boring but uber-capable server GPU? Mobile, mobile was overdue.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Supercharge Your Desktop and Mobile Productivity With These Clipboard Managers

    The clipboard has evolved significantly throughout the years, but for all its usefulness, operating systems like Windows and macOS seem content with offering basic functionality and letting power users with more specific needs use third party clipboard managers. Here are our favorite options.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • How to Watch Netflix with Friends Anywhere (and No, It's Not Illegal to Share Your Password)

    Netflixing alone can get lonely, so can we combine the best of both worlds? Yes, by watching the same Netflix program together in different places. Win, win, my friends. But it's not the most clear cut thing to achieve.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • Should You Quit Your Job To Go Make Video Games?

    Your boss just pulled you into another surprise meeting. You've got a case of the Mondays. And your raise got rejected. Why not leave it all behind and roll the dice on a new career in video games? There are endless reasons to take the risk of quitting your job, and just as many reasons to tough it out and stay the safe course. The tricky part is figuring out which apply to you.

    By Steve Marinconz on