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Microsoft cuts up to £630 off its Surface Book – could a new version be on the way?
As far as deals go, this is a particularly impressive one courtesy of Microsoft, which is cutting up to £630 off its range of Surface Book with Performance Base devices.The deals can be found on the Microsoft...
Male athletes with higher world rankings are better looking
Who will win?Antonio Bat/Epa/REX/ShutterstockBy Sam WongIt seems you can judge an athlete by their face – if they are a man, that is. Male athletes with a higher world ranking tend to be judged as more...
Microsoft’s Project Brainwave delivers powerful, real-time AI from the cloud
In a bid to make artificial intelligence more accessible all-round, Microsoft has kicked off a new project which delivers real-time AI via the cloud, utilizing some nifty technology from Intel.Project...
Why AMD’s new graphics cards could mean good news for PS4 Pro owners
Last week, AMD announced its newest series of high end graphics cards, RX Vega, which introduce a number of new technologies on the PC platform. However, it’s since emerged that these technologies could...
ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55, and Mali-G72 officially shown off at Computex
ARM today unveiled two new CPUs catering to the high-end and mid-ranged market segments respectively. Starting with the Cortex-A75, the company claims that this CPU offers 22% better performance compared...
The rumored Galaxy S8 Active already has a rival in the LG X Venture
The LG X Venture is proof that you don’t have to look too far to find a relatively affordable phone that’s packed with flagship features. Coming to AT&T in the US starting May 26, and to Europe, Africa,...
Op-Ed: Beware of big gains in big names like Apple and Amazon
Since the last rebalancing of the Nasdaq 100 index (QQQ) in 2011, stellar gains among a handful of index constituents have resulted in handsome returns for the overall index as well as very heavy concentrations...
Intel’s new behemoth Xeon processors have the Midas touch
Intel has revealed its new Xeon processor family, with refreshed branding and of course much improved performance, with the chips sampling now and expected to become available around the middle of the...
Flexible web hosting with customisable performance levels for websites
This feature has been brought to you by 1&1 Flexible web hostingThe internet is becoming infinitely more complex as more information, products and users are added. With the constant need to update...
Adata SV620H 256GB
Solid-state drives (SSDs) have been mainstream for more than a decade now, managing to take the performance, reliability and power consumption crowns away from their hard disk drive cousins.The latest...
Early Snapdragon 835 benchmarks show mixed results from semi-custom design
Qualcomm reader comments 10 Share this story When it announced the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm promised that the latest in its family of ARM systems-on-chips would boost performance by 27 percent with a...
AMD gets defensive over criticisms of Ryzen processors
AMD has come out defending its new Ryzen processors, addressing concerns which have recently been aired on possible problems with Windows 10’s thread scheduler, and temperature-related issues.In a blog...
AMD’s successor to Ryzen CPUs could launch in early 2018
We’ve just discovered that the successor to AMD’s freshly revealed Ryzen chips is expected to be unleashed in early 2018, and the company has already been talking about the sort of performance gains we...
Here’s why AMD shares, up more than 500% in past year, are tanking today
Advanced Micro Devices shares dipped on Thursday after the launch of their new Ryzen line of desktop CPUs disappointed, with some technology reviewers unhappy about the poor gaming performance. Shares...
Performance overkill? The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
reader comments 10 Share this story The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Jim Resnick Plenty of leather and alcantara on the inside. Jim Resnick The Camaro ZL1 is at home on the track as it is fetching milk...
AMD has Ryzen to Intel’s challenge as leak reveals powerful new CPUs
There has been a sudden avalanche of leaked information concerning AMD’s incoming Ryzen processors, pouring a whole heap of fresh fuel onto the hype fire, with some exciting details on the performance...
Sound bar buying guide: What you need to know
The Samsung is one of the best sound bars we’ve ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. Dolby Atmos is only available...
Updating our benchmark suite for 2017 and beyond
reader comments 8 Share this story If you've looked at some of our reviews in the last couple of days, you may have noticed a few different benchmarks and some new charts that we weren't using before....
Top 5 best application performance management solutions
Technology plays a major role in our everyday lives. Not only do we use it in domestic environments, but it’s even more important in the business world. Companies use computers and other technological...
Jet lag hits for power against major league ballplayers
EnlargeLouisville, KY reader comments 5 Share this story Baseball, America’s pastime, has been part of the nation’s culture for more than 140 years—we go to games, watch games on TV, and teach our kids...
ZenVPN is a Commonwealth of Dominica-based VPN which claims to offer a good mix of features for a very reasonable price.The company has servers in 34 locations, covering all the places you'd expect and...
Most VPN companies downplay torrents. Some don't support them at all. BTGuard is very different, though, proudly heading its website with its offer of ‘Anonymous BitTorrent Services’.BTGuard's website...
Getflix sounds like the perfect name for a service which unblocks Netflix, but there's just one problem: it can't. The company specialises in unblocking more than 200 video and music streaming services...
VPNBook Dedicated VPN
Sign up with most VPN companies and you've no idea how busy their servers might be. Is there enough bandwidth for everyone to get decent speeds, or will performance drop to a crawl at peak times? There's...
AMD Ryzen: The hype train is here, but should we get on?
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 11 Share this story During AMD's "New Horizons" live stream, which served as a coming out party for the Ryzen CPU, the company showcased a brand new performance demo....
VPNMaster is a US-based security company which has been providing VPN services since 2008.The product range is simple: there is just a single level of service which can be billed monthly ($7.95, £6.50...
Op-ed: The desktop CPU isn’t dead, it just needs a swift kick in the butt
Enlarge / The Core i7-7700K. Underwhelming? Maybe. Harbinger of death for the desktop CPU? Probably not. reader comments 15 Share this story Further ReadingIntel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the...
Launched in June 2015, SecureVPN is a US-based VPN provider which can be used on just about any device and network.The company grabbed our attention immediately with its free plan. This has notable restrictions...
VPN4All is an interesting Netherlands-based company which has been in the VPN business since 2009.The service isn't for users on a budget. We noticed a crossed-out $24.95 (around £20, AU$34) on the pricing...
Snapdragon 835 promises 27 percent more performance with 40 percent less power
Enlarge / On the left, Qualcomm Vice President for Product Management Keith Kressin. On the right, Samsung Senior Vice President for Foundry Marketing Ben Suh. In their hands, the ever-so-tiny Snapdragon...
5 hottest cars to look for in 2017
The world of cars has changed a lot over the last year, and there are no signs of the industry slowing down in 2017. Already we’ve seen electric cars start to come into their own, diesels shunned thanks...
Nintendo Switch uses Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC, clock speeds outed
Enlarge reader comments 39 Share this story The Nintendo Switch—the hybrid portable games console/tablet due for release in March 2017—will be powered by Nvidia's older Tegra X1 SoC and not its upcoming...
Top 5 best human resource (HR) management services
There are many crucial areas of a business, but when you consider the importance and value of employees, human resources trumps everything else. If a company doesn’t have an efficient HR process, then...
Microsoft Makes Azure SQL Performance Tracking Available by Default
The latest Azure updates include a change to Azure SQL's "flight data recorder," Japanese language support for Media Indexer and Redis Cache improvements. Microsoft is taking the mystery out of performance...
The Last Guardian’s PS4 Pro performance doesn’t bode well for original PS4 owners
When Sony announced the PS4 Pro back in October, it promised that it wasn’t leaving the original PS4 hardware behind. Games would still run on the three-year old PS4 console, but if users wanted increased...
Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Death Stranding trailers premiere at Game Awards
reader comments 1 Share this story The Game Awards returned for another annual iteration on Thursday, and like in years past, the online-streamed ceremony was probably more interesting because of game...
Android’s improved SD card support leads to new “app performance” ratings
Enlarge / Android phones with SD card slots are the primary driver behind the new "app performance" rating for SD cards.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 2 Share this story SD cards have historically...
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...
HP Omen X: An affordable gaming-caliber laptop almost worth buying
EnlargeSam Machkovech reader comments 3 Share this story For over a decade, I have split my computer use into two discrete categories: highly mobile and highly powered. It's traditionally been a two-device...
Honda aims for the purists with the 2017 Civic Si
reader comments 20 Share this story The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si. Honda There's a big rear spoiler to signal to the world that this is a sporty Civic. Honda The side-skirts are rather aggressively...
AMD Targets Gaming, VR with New Radeon GPUs
The Radeon Pro WX Series of professional GPUs is based on AMD's Polaris 14nm architecture and delivers high performance and power efficiency. Advanced Micro Devices is targeting content creators in such...
AMD reveals Radeon Pro 400 series GPU specs, as used in new MacBook Pro
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story Following the announcement of the new Apple MacBook Pro, AMD has launched the Radeon Pro 400 series of power-efficient graphics cards for laptops. Further ReadingAMD...
Apple supplier profit warning sparks sell-off
The company, which trades on the FTSE 250 and recently lost its chief executive to Cobham, warned underlying pre-tax profits would be about 30% down on last year.Its shares were almost 50% lower in morning...
Samsung 960 Pro review: The fastest consumer SSD you can buy
Edward Chester reader comments 17 Share this story The all new Samsung 960 Pro, released today, is the follow up to last year's 950 Pro. It offers the same core set of features, with an M.2 form factor,...
Yahoo hit with another lawsuit claiming anti-male discrimination
Photograph by Randy Stewart reader comments 14 Share this story Another former Yahoo employee has filed a lawsuit claiming that management running the company's "Media Org" was biased against men. The...
Toshiba throws down gauntlet in battle for cheapest SSDs
In the battle of increasingly affordable SSDs, Toshiba has a new weapon in the form of a fresh range of value-oriented drives.Toshiba's OCZ TL100 series comes in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and it's nippy...
Forza Horizon 3: Performance, framerate, and 4K tests in Windows 10
Enlarge / Maserati + 4K + Windows 10 + Forza Horizon 3 = ...uh, this doesn't seem like a good math problem.Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios reader comments 5 Share this story Our Forza Horizon 3 game...
New Version of Azul's Zing JVM Boosts Cassandra, Spark Performance
Azul Systems delivered a new version of its Zing JVM, which improves performance of Apache Cassandra, DataStax and Apache Spark apps. Azul Systems, a provider of Java runtime solutions for developers,...
AMD Launches 7th Generation Desktop PC Processors
The "Bristol Ridge" chips offer improved performance and efficiency, but the real shift will come with the "Zen"-based processors early next year. Advanced Micro Devices is shipping its latest desktop...
AMD Makes Argument for Zen at Hot Chips Show
Company engineers outline the myriad innovations in the new CPU microarchitecture that drove performance and efficiency improvements in Zen. Officials with Advanced Micro Devices went to the Hot Chips...
Most effective teams have high testosterone and low cortisol
http://www.colorado.feb.gov/index.php?content=17&page=Alternative%20Dispute%20Resolution reader comments 2 Share this story Working collaboratively in small groups is one of the primary ways that modern...
AMD Puts Its Focus on Upcoming Zen Processors
During an event with journalists and analysts, AMD executives demonstrated Zen-based desktop PC and server chips, which will begin shipping later this year. SAN FRANCISCO—Fifteen months after announcing...
AMD says Zen CPU will outperform Intel Broadwell-E, delays release to 2017
This is not a Zen chip. I just included it because, well, the original AMD Athlon holds a special place in my heart. It's also the last time that AMD challenged Intel for the performance crown. Click...
104-year-old cyclist named world’s greatest centenarian athlete
Fast track: age no barrier to sporting success for Robert MarchantReuters/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Helen ThomsonThink you’re too old to do sport? Think again. Researchers have analysed the performances of...
Despite the name and the privacy angle, TorGuard has nothing to do with the Tor Project. Instead it's a company which offers a range of privacy-related products, including an anonymous VPN plan for protecting...
Some VPNs try to win you over with big privacy claims. Others point to their super-low prices. Spotflux does both, but also piles on the extras, including ad blocking, phishing protection, tracker blocking,...
Review: Private Internet Access
Some VPN companies ask you to choose from only five or 10 servers, but Private Internet Access offers a huge selection of 3300+ servers in 24 countries, leaving everyone else trailing in its digital wake.The...
Riverbed to Extend App Monitoring to End-User Devices
Company officials say Riverbed will buy Aternity and fold its device-monitoring products into Riverbed's SteelCentral management platform. Riverbed Technology, whose SteelCentral platform already monitors...
Green Grid Unveils New Data Center Power/Cooling Metric
New standard combines three key metrics -- PUE ratio, IT Thermal Conformance and IT Thermal Resilience -- to supply needed real-time visibility into data centers. The Green Grid has published a new, real...
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...
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