• How Framework plans to break the curse of upgradeable laptops

    An upgradeable laptop has long been the Holy Grail of laptop features. And much like the famed Grail, it's never been found.Many have tried and all have failed. The most recent attempt was Alienware's Area 51m R1, which launched with lofty goals but ultimately never offered meaningful upgrades.Enter Framework, which pledges to finally bring the Holy Grail home to Camelot with a modular, do-it-yourself ...

    Posted at February 26, 2021 | Categories : news
  • The Full Nerd ep. 169: GeForce RTX 3060 reviews, new Radeon GPU teased

    In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about new graphics cards you probably can’t buy anytime soon.Not that you’d probably want to at today’s wildly inflated prices. We kick things off by talking about Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060, which launched this week. It ostensibly costs $330, and several ...

    Posted at February 26, 2021 | Categories : news
  • The story of the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ desktop theme—and what it looks like today

    Editor's Note: PCWorld originally published this story in 2014. This year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of Charles O'Rear's iconic photo in 1996, which became the basis of the Windows XP desktop wallpaper. The vineyards are still there today.It’s not too far-fetched to believe that a billion people have viewed the “Bliss” image that defines the desktop view of Windows XP, the seminal OS that Microsoft is retiring Tuesday. ...

    Posted at February 26, 2021 | Categories : news
  • How does an RTX 3080 perform inside an eGPU?

    Over the past couple of months I’ve been gaming with an eGPU enclosure that had Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 stuffed inside of it. While the limitations of Thunderbolt 3 are well documented, I was curious to see just how limited that monster card would be in such a setup. In the above video you can check out the results from over 10 of the hottest games of the ...

    Posted at February 26, 2021 | Categories : news
  • Technics Ottava review: This all-in-one home audio system is a great entertainer

    Impeccable sonic goodness in an itty-bitty box. ...Read More

    Posted at February 26, 2021 | Categories : news
  • Goodbye Fry’s Electronics, we hardly knew ye

    Watching Fry’s Electronics finally shut down this week was truly the end of an era for me.When I was younger, I’d cobble together a PC by combing through ads placed in the local computer weekly newspaper (yes, they had those) and driving to some non-descript industrial building in Silicon Valley.After getting the stink-eye from the person eating lunch in the lobby, I’d leave with some ISA ...

    Posted at February 26, 2021 | Categories : news
  • How to check your Intel and M1 Mac’s SSD health using Terminal

    Learn how to set up the Terminal in macOS so you can install and run smartmontools, a utility that provides data on the health of your SSD. ...Read More

    Posted at February 25, 2021 | Categories : news
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