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AMD pushes new frontiers as first Vega graphics card goes on sale
AMD has unleashed its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card aimed at professional users, with the basic card going on sale for $999 (around AU$1,315) over in the US.That’s the air-cooled version...
Unlikely Bitcoin play: Digital currency 'mining' is boosting demand for AMD's graphics cards
There may be another way for investors to play the Bitcoin and the surging cryptocurrency trend. The dramatic jump in digital currency prices this year is driving demand for AMD graphics cards, according...
Broadband deal of the week: £150 reward card with BT Infinity fibre
Call it a reward, call it an incentive, call it a bribe. To be honest, you can call it what you like – all we know is that if you sign up for BT Infinity fibre broadband by midnight on Thursday June 8,...
AMD aims to outgun Nvidia’s Pascal GPU with new Vega chip
AMD has revealed its first graphics card which is based on next-gen Vega technology (a step on from Polaris), aimed at professional usage – and it will be available to buy as soon as next month.The card...
Apple is in talks to launch its own Venmo
Apple's on-again, off-again flirtation with building its own money-transfer service appears to be back on. The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its...
MasterCard creates credit card with fingerprint scanner
The days of tapping in your PIN at the checkout could be numbered after credit card provider MasterCard unveiled a payment card in South Africa featuring a biometric fingerprint scanner. MasterCard, which...
Scandal continues to weigh on Wells Fargo earnings
Wells Fargo reported net income of $5.5 billion, or $1 per share, for the first quarter of 2017, beating expectations by 3 cents per share and roughly matching last year’s first-quarter earnings of $5.5...
Why chip cards may still leave you vulnerable to thieves
NEW YORK — The credit card with the chip in your wallet is supposed to be safer than the old magnetic swipe version. Skimming devices are a gold mine for thieves. One swipe and they can access all of the...
Corsair One review: The best small form factor PC we’ve ever tested
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 26 Share this story Specs at a glance: Corsair One Lowest Middle Best (as reviewed) OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel Core i7-7700 (liquid cooled) Intel Core i7-7700K...
HTC Vive deal throws in a free RX 480 for those needing a GPU upgrade
We all know that virtual reality is an expensive endeavor on the PC, not just because the headsets are expensive, but if your graphics card isn’t up to scratch, an upgrade is another major outlay – although...
Mobile Wallets Offer Consumers Safety, Other Benefits
Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories — cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swap the wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts. A key reason...
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti will launch for $699 “next week”
EnlargeSam Machkovech reader comments 24 Share this story SAN FRANCISCO—Nvidia took the wraps off its long-expected GeForce GTX 1080Ti video card on Tuesday. Its existence may not have been a surprise,...
Card killer: Is finger pay the new contactless?
In a bar called Proud is an unassuming gadget, sitting on the bar and linked to a small screen.It is a finger-scanner, the sort of thing you might see in a hospital, but here it is not designed to measure...
The next 'world's fastest' SD card belongs to Sony
If you take any serious amount of photos in RAW format or shoot lots of video footage at, say, 4K resolution, then you need a speedy SD card. Being a kingpin of the memory business for a long time, Sony...
Buying a Nintendo Switch? You’ll probably need an extra memory card
Nintendo has announced the file sizes for its Nintendo Switch software lineup and they make it clear that fans of digital downloading are going to have to expand their console’s memory.Just how big are...
SD memory card buying guide
The vast majority of cameras – at least, those aimed at beginners and enthusiasts – use SD-format memory cards for recording images and videos. Over the years these have evolved to meet the demands of...
Is Nvidia planning to steal AMD’s Vega thunder with GTX 1080 Ti launch?
Nvidia could be planning to make its big reveal of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card in less than two weeks’ time, perhaps in an effort to spoil AMD’s Vega party – even if the card doesn’t actually...
EVGA redesigns its graphics cards following overheating concerns
Following a well-publicized overheating issue which hit EVGA’s GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards late last year, the company has taken further action to calm any remaining fears with the launch of...
Stick a GTX 1070 under your TV with Palit’s new Mini-ITX PC card
We’re seeing more cut-down Pascal-based graphics cards designed to fit in small PC cases – the sort that can happily sit in your living room without seeming an eyesore – and Palit has just launched a...
Aorus GTX 1080 marks a new line of graphics cards from Gigabyte
There’s a new GeForce GTX 1080 in town, with the Aorus brand (from Gigabyte) debuting its first Nvidia graphics card – and it’s one seriously cool customer.The Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition boasts...
The first ever truly upgradable laptop has a card up its sleeve
There’s a new NexDock coming out later this year, a shell of a hybrid laptop which gets its processing brains from either a Windows smartphone, computer board like a Raspberry Pi, plus with this fresh...
Tax season opens Jan. 23, and refunds are likely to take longer
Expect delays in your 2017 refund — due to holidays for Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20 and processing times for the federal government and banks. If you’re checking for an estimated refund date, you can use...
Business News Roundup, Jan. 10
Yahoo said Monday that after it sells its Internet properties to Verizon, the holding company that remains will be called Altaba Inc. That firm will manage the company’s investments in Alibaba and Yahoo...
Zotac’s GTX 1070 Mini packs a ton of power into a compact card
Want to cram a powerful graphics card into your compact PC case? Well, Zotac is the latest vendor to bring out a GeForce GTX 1070 Mini video card which is designed to fit into a Mini-ITX case.The card...
Thieves can guess your secret Visa card details in just seconds
Enlarge / A website bot as it distributes CVV guesses over multiple sites.Ali, et al. reader comments 15 Share this story Thieves can guess your secret Visa payment card data in as little as six seconds,...
Got a Visa card? Then you need to read this
New research has shown that your Visa card (credit or debit) can be cracked frighteningly easily in around six seconds flat via a method which simply involves guessing the correct details, and exploits...
Hackers guess Visa card details 'in seconds'
Experts from Newcastle University said it was "frighteningly easy" to do with a laptop and an internet connection.The hackers use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to get around the online security...
Exclusive: Mastercard and VeriFone launch UK point-of-sale financing app
CANNES, France (Reuters) - British shoppers will soon be able to decide to spread the cost of a purchase over a series of monthly instalments at the point of making a payment with their credit card, in...
MicroSD cards are getting new performance ratings to help you buy the right one
SD and microSD cards may all look alike to the untrained eye, but in fact there are different performance levels hidden behind the plastic exteriors - mainly to do with how fast data can be written to...
Holiday Shopping Season Offers Rich Pickings for Cyber-Criminals
NEWS ANALYSIS: You’re not paranoid. Cyber-criminals really are after your company’s money and its data and they won’t stop at anything to get it. For cyber criminals, the holiday shopping season offers...
Black Friday and Cyber Monday: How to avoid the biggest security mistakes when buying online
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your credit card and personal information can be particularly vulnerable, especially if shopping online.Adam Levin, author of Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in...
Dealmaster: Get a Samsung curved 4K smart TV plus a $175 gift card for $699
reader comments 7 Share this story Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have a new batch of deals to share today ahead of the Black Friday madness. Now you can save nearly...
Fresh rumor shows how Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti could stack up to Titan X
Rumor has it that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be launched at the beginning of next year at CES, and the latest from the graphics card grapevine is that this powerful card will carry 10GB of video RAM.This...
US e-voting machines are (still) woefully antiquated and subject to fraud
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story With fewer than 24 hours before polls open for the 2016 US presidential election, consider this your periodic reminder that e-voting machines expected to tally...
Why we still need an SD card slot on the MacBook Pro
Apple spent a great deal of time showing how the new MacBook Pro was specifically designed for creative professionals, from artists to photographers and videographers, during its launch event last week....
Hacked Republican website skimmed donor credit cards for 6 months
Enlarge reader comments 27 Share this story A website used to fund the campaigns of Republican senators was infected with malware that for more than six months collected donors' personal information,...
Samsung Smartcam PT review: Never miss a beat thanks to pan-and-tilt
EnlargeValentina Palladino reader comments 18 Share this story When Samsung came out with the Smartcam HD Plus, it introduced a solid smart home security camera with some unique audio features at a competitive...
Financial protection agency concerned about student loan servicers
Some student loans borrowers who are trying to get free of debt sooner by paying a little extra each month or making a lump sum payment toward the principal are discovering that companies servicing their...
Magic at midnight: Attending a Kaladesh pre-release event in NYC
Enlarge2016 Wizards of the Coast / Tyler JacobsonWelcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games. Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Ars Cardboard...
“I loathed every miserable second of it”: Playing Trump: The Game
EnlargeNate AndersonWelcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games. Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. reader comments 22 Share this story Trump:...
Regulators expand protection to pepaid debit cards
Federal regulators announced new rules Wednesday governing the quickly growing prepaid debit card industry, an effort more than two years in the making which should bring basic account protections to...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 5
Yahoo has overhauled its main app for smartphones and tablets by emphasizing social features aimed at people who like to share and chat about news topics online. The revamped Yahoo app, now called Yahoo...
Bloodborne: The Card Game is actually pretty great
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our regular look at tabletop games. Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. PS4 unplugged. Just some of the lovely creatures you'll find in...
In depth: Do we really need expandable memory on our phones any more?
Everyone wants more storage on their phone, but the cost seems too high. Apple is constantly lambasted for not having expandable memory ports in its iPhones – but now that we have a 256GB iPhone, and access...
SanDisk's 1TB SD Card Has More Storage Than Most PCs
SanDisk, taunting conference-goers with the prototype, did not release details about pricing, availability or date of release. Imagine having one full terabyte of storage capacity on an SD card that you...
Photokina 2016: SanDisk unveils the world's first 1TB SD card
SanDisk has taken the unveiled the world's first 1TB SDXC card, doubling the current maximum capacity seen with all other memory cards.The new 1TB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I memory card only exists...
Value seekers warm to a $450 annual credit card fee
Cards that were once more about elite service and social status are now emphasizing their bottom-line value proposition — even when it comes with a hefty annual fee. “American Express used to have a stranglehold...
Oregon Trail Card Game: Simple, repetitive, and you’ll die of dysentery. A lot.
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. reader comments 2 Share this story...
Assessing the Pros and Cons of PCI DSS
September 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, a group created by the major card brands to strengthen the protection of payment card information....
Review: Scan 3XS Z170 Performance GTK4
IntroductionBolton-based Scan is one of the UK's premier PC builders, so it's no surprise that the $1,444 (about £1,090, AU$1,907) 3XS Z170 Performance GTK4 makes an impressive start.It uses the new AMD...
Silicon Week: Your PC wouldn't exist without these 6 historical components
Critical componentsDeca-core processors and video cards with 12GB of video memory are arguably some of the hottest components of our generation. But, what do you know about the chips that made today's...
20 hotels suffer hack costing tens of thousands their credit card information
HEI Hotels & Resorts reader comments 3 Share this story The chain that owns Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and Intercontinental hotels—HEI Hotels & Resorts—said this weekend that the payment systems for 20...
An ATM hack and a PIN-pad hack show chip cards aren’t impervious to fraud
Enlarge / We've come a long way since this was the norm.eBay reader comments 17 Share this story Security researchers are eager to poke holes in the chip-embedded credit and debit cards that have arrived...
Merchants Claim Antitrust Abuses in Lawsuits Over EMV Card Charges
NEWS ANALYSIS: Merchants of all sizes are taking legal action against big credit card companies and banks over claims of excessive chargebacks and complex rules that weaken security. When the EMV card...
Nvidia's new Titan X has arrived – here's where to get it
Nvidia's fresh take on the Titan X is a massively powerful graphics solution – in fact, we recently called it irresponsibly overpowered – and the good news is that if you want to get in on some seriously...
AMD's latest graphics cards could be the perfect for your budget build
AMD wowed us with its affordable VR-ready Radeon RX 480 graphics card but the chip maker isn't done with its mission to bring capable GPUs to the masses.The Sunnyvale-based company has unveiled some new...
Pair that brought guns to Pokémon tournament gets two years in jail
reader comments 7 Share this story Further ReadingTwo arrested after apparent Facebook threat to Pokemon card tournamentTwo men who were arrested last year for making online threats and bringing guns...
Asus claims its Strix graphics card is the coolest RX 480 yet
It was all about Nvidia yesterday with the launch of the GTX 1060, but we can focus back on AMD today as Asus has unveiled its new ROG Strix RX 480 graphics card.The stock flavor of the card will be clocked...
Nvidia's GTX 1060 has arrived – here's where to get it
Nvidia's new GTX 1060 is now available for purchase, and this is an affordable graphics card which many folks have been waiting for – after all, Nvidia claims it delivers no less than GTX 980-level performance....
Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Introduction and specsOh what a joyous time to be a PC enthusiast. This year is set to be the largest single advancement in manufacturing processes and performance increases since the start of Intel's...
Mark Zuckerberg stole WhatsApp from under Tencent's nose while its CEO was sick, says report
It's well-known that Facebook paid a hefty sum to buy messaging app WhatsApp. But in the process, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently outbid a rival who had fallen ill, according to a new report in...
Facebook’s secret censorship rules protect white men from hate speech but not black children
In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of "radicalized" Muslims. "Hunt them, identify them, and kill...
Zuckerberg: Facebook can be your church
As the social networking site announced it had hit the two billion user mark - with one in every four people now using Facebook every month - Zuckerberg boasted the "world is a little brighter now".With...
Facebook's newest record: 2 billion users
Facebook announced today it's reached a major milestone: it now has 2 billion monthly users.The social network was on the cusp of the double-billion mark for several months, and today CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark