Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,560 Reviews & Articles | 66,587 News Posts

Latest Reviews & Articles

Be Quiet! Pure Base 500 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Be Quiet! Pure Base 500 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Be Quiet!'s Pure Base 500 mid-tower computer cases gets fully examined. Join us for our full review.

Latest News Posts - Page 1

ASUS teases 17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz external USB-C gaming monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: 8 hours, 7 mins ago

ASUS has just unveiled what seems to be the best-specced portable gaming monitor on the market, with the introduction of its new ROG STRIX XG17AHPE external LCD.

asus-releases-17-3-inch-1080p-240hz-external-usb-gaming-monitor_04

The new ASUS ROG STRIX XG17AHPE external LCD is a fairly large 17.3-inch external monitor with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, but super-surprising and super-fast 240Hz refresh rate. ASUS includes a built-in battery pack so you can have 1080p 240Hz goodness on the go, which is pretty damn awesome.

ASUS is using a 17.3-inch IPS panel with up to 300 nits of brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 3ms GtG response time. ASUS includes some of its own gaming-focused features with GamePlus and GameVisual modes, while Shadow Boost brightness up dark areas in games and GameFast input tech also makes an appearance.

Continue reading 'ASUS teases 17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz external USB-C gaming monitor' (full post)

YouTuber demonetized for using the numbers 36 and 50

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 8 hours, 41 mins ago

I can't believe I'm writing this but WarnerMedia subsidiary company Otter Media has a division that is a "social content company for talent and brands" called Fullscreen.

Twitch streamer 'AnneMunition' had two of her videos demonetized... for using the numbers "36" and "50". Yeah, you read that right. The videos in question are from 2017, with AnneMunition's playthrough of The Witcher 3. Both of these videos didn't have millions of views or anything, but just a few thousand views and bad news for the Twitch streamer as it will leave a bad record on her YouTube account.

She has of course disputed the claims, telling YouTube: "you can't copyright a number, you wombats".

Continue reading 'YouTuber demonetized for using the numbers 36 and 50' (full post)

Samsung Galaxy S20: 120Hz display, but 60Hz by default

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 9 hours, 27 mins ago

The leaks, rumors and even confirmed news on Samsung's new Galaxy S20 family of smartphones continues with news of the 120Hz display being set at 60Hz by default. We will know all about Samsung's new phones at its Unpacked 2020 event on February 11.

samsung-galaxy-s20-120hz-display-60hz-default_02

According to Max Weinbach from XDA Developers, Samsung will be shipping the new Galaxy S20 smartphones with their displays set to 60Hz. If you want that liquid smooth 120Hz goodness, you'll have to set it manually. ASUS ships its gaming smartphone in the ROG Phone 2 at 60Hz and that is also 120Hz-capable, while the Google Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL and OnePlus smartphones ship with 90Hz displays out of the box.

Samsung will be doing this to conserve battery life out of the box, where if they shipped them to consumers at 120Hz then you'll have millions of people wondering why their phones are chewing through battery quicker than normal on a brand new smartphone. I'm hoping Samsung provides some sort of warning on the phone like "This phone is capable of 120Hz, go here to enable it".

Continue reading 'Samsung Galaxy S20: 120Hz display, but 60Hz by default' (full post)

Tesla changes coming: built-in Qi wireless charger, new chargers, more

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 9 hours, 53 mins ago

Tesla is preparing some of the first updates to its electric vehicles for the year, with a new leak hitting Tesla researcher 'Greentheonly' tweeting out a bunch of changes coming to Tesla EVs.

As you can see we can expect new hardware, an integrated inductive phone charger (Qi wireless) for Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, 2 new battery types for the Model S/X, new lumbar, new charge port types (USB-C, hopefully), new suspension, and more. Most of this makes sense, and should be news welcomed by Tesla fans and customers.

Tesla's last change to the exterior of the Model S was all the way back in 2016, so we should expect a fresh of the Model S in 2020 with some new internals and 2020 features like Qi wireless charging, new ports, and more.

Fortnite update adds Unreal Engine 4's kick ass physics system

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 31 mins ago

Epic Games is ramping up into Chapter 2 - Season 2 of Fortnite, and with the new v11.50 update for the game the developer is adding in support for Unreal Engine 4's awesome Chaos Physics System.

If you don't know what the Chaos Physics System is, I've embedded the above video to bring you up to speed. I've been a huge fan of destruction in games since the days of Red Faction and later, some of the Battlefield games (Battlefield: Bad Company 2 had awesome destruction).

Epic Games notes that while it has just launched, they have goals to keep Fortnite feeling like Fortnite even with the introduction of the Chaos Physics System. The developer explained: "Along the way there will be some bumps, so we're starting tests with a small group of players. We'll also closely monitor feedback and make improvements over time".

US Space Force logo revealed, seems inspired by Star Trek

By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 13 hours, 24 mins ago

President Trump has just unveiled the logo for the Six Branch of the US military, with the new United State Space Force logo unveiled below -- and it seems it has had some serious influence from Star Trek, and that's OK with me.

space-force-logo-revealed-seems-inspired-star-trek_03

Trump tweeted out "After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!" It has been a promise from Trump since 2018 and now we have the US Space Force created and its new logo finally unveiled.

space-force-logo-revealed-seems-inspired-star-trek_04

Here's the new US Space Force logo next to the Starfleet logo from Star Trek.

Continue reading 'US Space Force logo revealed, seems inspired by Star Trek' (full post)

Galaxy Fold 2 specs: 108MP camera, next-gen Snapdragon 865 and 5G tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 7 mins ago

Samsung has one of the most feature-packed smartphones in the market with its Galaxy Fold, but it looks like the Galaxy Fold successor will be better in every single way. We could see the Galaxy Fold 2 teased at Samsung's upcoming Unpacked 2020 event on February 11.

Max Weinbach from XDA Developers has tweeted that he has heard from his sources that Samsung will be launching a successor to the Galaxy Fold in Q2 2020, and that it will pack an insane 8-inch display, 108-megapixel camera, Ultra Thin glass, an S-Pen, Qualcomm's kick-ass new Snapdragon 865 and with that, 5G connectivity.

Samsung's new Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone will be using the same 108-megapixel camera, something that will have 100x 'Space Zoom' support. We should expect the same rear-facing snapper in the Galaxy Fold, but the upgrade to the new Snapdragon 865 is going to deliver blistering speed as well as ultra-fast 5G connectivity.

Continue reading 'Galaxy Fold 2 specs: 108MP camera, next-gen Snapdragon 865 and 5G tech' (full post)

Samsung Galaxy Z: new foldable phone folds into 'Z' shape

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 15 hours, 4 mins ago

Samsung will be unveiling its new Galaxy S20 family of smartphones at its Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, where we'll be introduced to the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones. But there will be a few surprises, too.

samsung-galaxy-new-foldable-phone-folds-z-shape_02

One of those surprises is the not-so-surprising (because of all the leaks) in the Galaxy Z Flip smartphone, but Samsung is reportedly set to unveil a new Galaxy Z smartphone that is shaping up beautifully. Thanks to some new leaked images, we're getting our best look at the super-exciting Galaxy Z smartphone that folds up into a Z shape, and it looks awesome.

But thanks to our good friends at LetsGoDigital, we have some gorgeous renders that make me want Samsung to release the Galaxy Z just like this. It looks like a much more refined foldable smartphone, and it would be a huge step away (but still very close to) the Galaxy Fold which I personally own and absolutely adore.

Continue reading 'Samsung Galaxy Z: new foldable phone folds into 'Z' shape' (full post)

Activision may use Google Cloud AI to personalize microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 5 mins ago

Activision-Blizzard will now host its games from Google's cloud infrastructure, a move that could have massive implications for future games.

activision-use-google-cloud-ai-personalize-microtransactions_57

Activision-Blizzard will use Google Cloud as a new delivery mechanism to expand its games. We'll see high-octane online multiplayer games like Overwatch and Call of Duty tighten up with improved latency, but the real possibilities go beyond boosted connectivity. The publisher could use Google Cloud to tremendously boost engagement by directly reaching gamers on a personal level.

For example, Google Cloud's AI will constantly monitor and develop behavior profiles based on how and what you play. That data could be compounded if you link your YouTube account to the game for, say, extra in-game currency. The cloud could even enable native YouTube video/stream embeds right into the games themselves--and give gamers rewards for watching specific content.

Continue reading 'Activision may use Google Cloud AI to personalize microtransactions' (full post)

YouTube is now the exclusive home of Call of Duty, Overwatch esports

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 5 mins ago

Activision-Blizzard's upcoming esports events won't be streamed on Twitch, and are now exclusive to YouTube.

youtube-now-exclusive-home-call-duty-overwatch-esports_68

Today Activision-Blizzard signed a huge multi-year deal with Google to make all Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Call of Duty esports events available exclusively on YouTube. This is an obvious slam to streaming competitor Twitch and could represent a massive win for YouTube's advertisement and engagement revenues. Esports is a thriving billion-dollar business that millions of people watch every year, and helps massively boost in-game spending, full game purchases, and overall play time.

The move is all part of Activision-Blizzard's new engagement-first strategy. Choosing YouTube is actually a multi-layered decision that will allow the publisher to do more than they could on Twitch, including using Google's cloud infrastructure to specially target users with advertisements, offers, and more (ie discounts to gamers who haven't played Call of Duty Modern Warfare yet, etc).

Continue reading 'YouTube is now the exclusive home of Call of Duty, Overwatch esports' (full post)