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  • 25 Great Games You Can Play on Laptops and Budget PCs

    Just because you don't have access to the fanciest gear around doesn't mean you have to play subpar games. Even if you're on a potato computer or low-end PC, there's plenty out there for you to enjoy. Here are some of Kotaku's top picks for quality games that should run on almost anything.

    By Patricia Hernandez on

  • Why You Can't Buy Books from the Kindle app on iPhone or iPad in 2018

    Apple users: Did you know that you can't buy Kindle books from the Kindle app on your iOS device? In fact, you can't purchase them from the Amazon app either. Even if you're an Amazon Prime member and you want to download a free book. Nah, not possible. But there's a workaround.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Recommended 4K TVs That Can Effectively Be Used As Desktop PC Monitors

    If you're interested in replacing your desktop monitor with a 4K TV and want to know what to buy, you've come to the right place. Maybe you aren't quite sure where to start or could use a hand in narrowing your search. Whatever the case, this guide is intended to help steer you in the right direction.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Far Cry 5 Benchmarked: 50 GPUs Tested

    To play Far Cry 5, Ubisoft recommends that you have a Core i7-4770 or Ryzen 5 1600 processor along with a GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X -- fairly heavy recommendations. Benchmarking the game has been made easy by its built-in benchmark which appears to do a good job of replicating the kind of performance you can expect to see when playing the game.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Ultimate 44 Used Graphics Card Pricing & Benchmark Guide

    Along with our recent editorials on why it's a bad time to build a gaming PC, we've been revisiting some older GPUs to see how they hold up in today's games. But how do you know how much you should be paying for a secondhand graphics card?

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Authoritative Guide to Blockchain Development

    Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, magic internet money---it's all so damn exciting, and you, the eager developer, want to get in on the madness. Where do you start? I'm glad you're excited about this space. I am too. But you'll probably find it's unclear where to begin. Blockchain is moving at breakneck speed, but there's no clear onramp to learning this stuff.

    By Haseeb Qureshi on

  • Five Years Without Facebook

    In 2012 I wrote an article about leaving Facebook. I've kept this stance for about five years now, but an accumulation of several small things during this time have had me questioning whether or not abandoning the social network was the brilliant idea I once thought it was.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • microSD Card Buying Guide

    If it's been a while since you've bought portable flash memory, you might be surprised by the broad availability and affordability of high speed, high capacity microSD cards. Commonly used to expand the storage in devices ranging from smartphones to drones, microSD cards are becoming more frequently purchased than any other SD form factors, although full sized cards remain popular among digital camera owners.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Revisiting the Radeon R9 280X / HD 7970

    Continuing along with revisiting some of our favorite old graphics cards, today we'll be checking back in with the Radeon R9 280X, which is also to say that we're checking back in with the 7970 GHz Edition, both of which are essentially a factory overclocked Radeon HD 7970, so we'll technically be revisiting that, too, the very same card we first reviewed in December 2011!

    By Steven Walton on

  • Building a Budget PC: Should You Buy a Used Graphics Card?

    At a time when graphics cards are extremely overpriced, AMD's new Ryzen APUs offer an affordable means of building a basic gaming PC. But we've been keen to see if the APU holds its ground against bargain priced second-hand GPUs. Today we're going to find out.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Six Mobile Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

    We're a few weeks into 2018, MWC is now behind us, and we're starting to get a good look at the trends in mobile technology that will dominate discussion throughout the year. Based on what we've seen from announcements, trade shows and product launches so far, here are six trends to watch in 2018.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Ranking the Fallout Games

    In the 20+ years since the Fallout franchise was introduced to the world, all of the games have been met with praise---which means that ranking them isn't easy. It's especially difficult to pit the games against each other when you consider that the post-nuclear franchise underwent a genre change.

    By Patricia Hernandez on

  • Revisiting the GeForce GTX 680: GTX 1050 Ti-Class Performance for Less?

    After recently retesting the GeForce GTX 580 eight years after its release, we thought it would be interesting to check back in on the GTX 680, another old friend that was released about six years ago as Nvidia's latest and greatest graphics card and a successor to the aforementioned 580.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Don't Bother with A320 Motherboards, Go for AMD's B350 Instead for Raven Ridge

    We've learned most of what there is to know about AMD's new Vega-infused CPUs, but those of you thinking about buying the Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G after seeing how it competent it is as a budget gaming platform may be asking yourselves whether the chip would be best installed on an A320 or B350 motherboard.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Quest to Make a Better Video Game Controller

    Next time you play a video game, look down at the controller in your hand. Is it comfortable? Does it work well with the game you're playing? Are your fingers all being used efficiently? If you could change one thing, what would it be?

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Budget Overclocking Guide: Ryzen 3 2200G

    Today we'll be overclocking AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G to the max with a $20 air cooler. Now, you might be questioning the idea given this is a $100 APU that already ships with the more than decent Wraith Stealth. However, we've been keen to see how much more can be extracted from the APU...

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Raven Ridge 8GB vs. 16GB Reserved Memory Benchmark & Explanation

    Unlike a typical discrete graphics card, most integrated graphics solutions like the one on AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs don't have their own dedicated memory. Instead AM4 motherboards let you set the video memory somewhere between 64MB and 2GB. Let us explain what that means.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 11 Myths About Buying a New 4K TV

    If you've looked into purchasing a TV in recent years, you've been perhaps overwhelmed by the jargon and conflicting information. Indeed, there's a lot of misinformation out there, so to help you filter it out, we've debunked some commonly held beliefs about buying a TV.

    By Stephen Slaybaugh on

  • How to Get Your Significant Other Into Gaming

    You play games, but your significant other does not. It's a common scenario that can be a point of contention in an otherwise healthy relationship. Here's a guide on how to introduce your significant other to the wide world of gaming. Remember---compromise is key.

    By Cecilia D'Anastasio on

  • Use Your Gaming Laptop and Play On Battery Power? Is It Possible?

    Today we are investigating two commonly asked questions about gaming laptops: what's the performance like on battery and how long do these laptops last in games? We'll also explore if battery life can be extended in any way; and do less powerful systems last longer?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

    Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in every industry imaginable as businesses seek ways to cash in on the distributed ledger technology's promise of enabling a "trustless" consensus to validate transactions.

    By Jay Stanley on

  • Final Fantasy XV Mega CPU Battle

    Today we're checking out Final Fantasy XV CPU performance using the new standalone benchmark released ahead of next month's PC launch. The reason we want to look at CPU performance first is because the game is extremely CPU intensive, far more so than we were expecting. Developer Square Enix recommends gamers pack at least a Core i7-3770 or FX-8350, that's significantly more firepower from Intel, but we'll look into that shortly.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 8 Years Later: Does the GeForce GTX 580 Still Have Game in 2018?

    Today we're turning our clocks all the way back to November 2010 to revisit the once mighty GeForce GTX 580, a card that marked the transition from 55nm to 40nm for Nvidia's high-end GPUs and helped the company sweep its Fermi-based GeForce GTX 480 under the rug.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Why Building a Gaming PC Right Now Is a Bad Idea, Part 3: Bad Timing

    In the first part of this series we looked at DDR4 memory, then in part two focused on graphics cards. Those were the two big ones for sure. For the final installment of our series, we're looking at the whole picture. We're not just talking about other components but the product cycle and timing for building a new gaming PC in early 2018.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Patched Laptops: Testing Meltdown & Spectre Patches on Ultraportable-Class Hardware

    You've probably seen our coverage and tests over the past few weeks on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, or more specifically the performance drops you can expect from the patches that address these issues. We've already covered what you can expect on modern desktop systems, however today we'll be diving into the mobile side of things to see how Meltdown and Spectre patches affect ultraportable laptops.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

    If you've grown tired of answering those annoying browser prompts every time a website wants to show you notifications or know your location, you can turn the messages off forever with a few clicks in every major browser.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Why Building a Gaming PC Right Now Is a Bad Idea, Part 2: Insane Graphics Card Prices

    We're hardly two weeks into 2018 and it's been a wild ride for the tech industry already. Just as we thought graphics card pricing was settling down, it has skyrocketed higher than ever. We discuss the reasons why this scenario has provided the perfect storm for holding off on your next GPU upgrade.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Why Building a Gaming PC Right Now Is a Bad Idea, Part 1: Expensive DDR4 Memory

    There was plenty to be excited about PC hardware in 2017, but there's a lot to be upset about as well. Part one of this series will be dedicated discuss DDR4 memory pricing and why it's so high. RAM pricing is currently a big issue plaguing those wanting to build a new computer or update an old one, more than doubling in price in less than two years.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 44 GPU Fortnite Benchmark: The Best Graphics Cards for Playing Battle Royale

    Although we've thoroughly benchmarked PU's Battlegrounds at this point and it's based on the same UE4 engine, we're interested to see just how much better optimized Fortnite is and we know many of you are as well having read all of your requests for this one. Fortnite's Battle Royale mode has proven to be quite popular, attracting millions of players in a short few months.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Patched Desktop PC: Meltdown & Spectre Benchmarked

    Following up to our initial testing of the Meltdown patch for Windows 10, today we're looking deeper into the matter by testing a patched desktop system, by addressing the two now famous security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, by applying the OS-level patch and a firmware update, more precisely a motherboard BIOS update.

    By Steven Walton on