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MIT researchers say many popular Android apps call out covertly
— 7:33 AM on November 24, 2015

Downloading popular Android apps from non-official sources is a bad idea, but even legit apps can do potentially unwanted things in the background without drawing attention....

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Dell gets Superfishy by shipping PCs with self-signed root certificates
— 4:31 PM on November 23, 2015

Remember the Superfish debacle, when Lenovo shipped computers with a preinstalled rogue root certification authority (CA)? Dell seems to think that was a good...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Internet

Mozilla axes heavyweight Firefox themes and tab groups
— 1:04 PM on November 23, 2015

Back in August, Mozilla announced plans to adopt a Chrome-like extension framework for Firefox called WebExtensions. In turn, the company plans to deprecate its...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

Acer XF270HU IPS monitor hooks Radeons up with 144Hz FreeSync
— 11:56 AM on November 23, 2015

Acer's XB270HU display is one of the more popular Nvidia G-Sync monitors on the market. Sadly, Radeon owners can't take advantage of the XB270HU's...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

Report: Xeons with on-package FPGAs to ship next year
— 8:20 AM on November 23, 2015

Way back in June 2014, Intel announced its intent to develop a Xeon with x86 cores and an integrated FPGA to accelerate certain processing...

Type: News story Tags: Servers

Review roundup: Microsoft's Lumia 950 smartphone
— 1:48 PM on November 20, 2015

The announcement of the Lumia 950 and 950XL back in October marked both the release of Windows 10 for phones and Microsoft's return to the high-end smartphone scene....

Type: News story Tags: Personal tech

Bitfenix's Pandora ATX case lets builders show off their own logos
— 9:53 AM on November 19, 2015

Bitfenix has unveiled its Pandora ATX case, a follow-up to the microATX case of the same name. Like its smaller forebear, the Pandora ATX...

Type: News story Tags: Cases

DisplayMate: iPad Pro display beats iPad Air 2's, but mini 4 is still king
— 12:56 PM on November 18, 2015

Much like it has done with tablet displays in the past, DisplayMate has put the iPad Pro's enormous 12.9" screen through the wringer to...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Microsoft Edge update protects users from unsigned DLL injection
— 4:22 PM on November 17, 2015

Microsoft seems to be taking the security of its Edge browser seriously. Last May, the company announced Edge would drop support for the much...

Type: News story Tags: Windows Networking

Scythe's Fuma heatsink keeps CPUs cool with up to three fans
— 4:31 PM on November 16, 2015

Japanese manufacturer Scythe is known in PC-enthusiast circles for its big tower CPU heatsinks. The company has added another behemoth to its lineup called

Type: News story Tags: Cooling

Monday Shortbread
— 4:11 PM on November 16, 2015

The Pick 6 Intel @ SC15: Launching Xeon Phi "Knights Landing" & Omni-Path Architecture Legit Reviews: Intel Kaby Lake processor and 200 series chipet...

Type: News story Tags: Shortbread

AMD's Boltzmann Initiative could make HPC development easier
— 1:24 PM on November 16, 2015

AMD wants to make software development easier for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, like those based on its FirePro S9170. At SC15 this week,...

Type: News story Tags: Servers

Rumor: Upcoming Core i7-6950X could have 10 cores, 20 threads
— 11:39 AM on November 16, 2015

Intel's Haswell-E processors already pack as many as eight cores and 16 threads, but the next generation of the company's extreme desktop CPUs could offer...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Pros can go ultra-wide with Acer's B346C and B346CK monitors
— 9:40 AM on November 13, 2015

Variable-refresh-rate tech is all the rage now, but it's reasonable to say not every user is a gamer. Content creation professionals need correct colors above...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Displays

Windows 10's first major update rolls out today
— 10:14 AM on November 12, 2015

The first major Windows 10 update has arrived, and a plethora of tweaks and a handful of new features comes with it. Microsoft says...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Windows Networking

Exynos 8 Octa 8890 SoC puts custom cores and LTE on one chip
— 9:24 AM on November 12, 2015

This fall is proving to be the season of SoCs. Samsung's Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is just the latest high-end mobile processor to hit...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

Nvidia's Jetson TX1 board delivers 1 teraflop in a credit-card footprint
— 2:26 PM on November 11, 2015

And now for something completely different. The Raspberry Pi and other development boards of its ilk are already popular for hardware hackers and DIYers,...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

Wednesday Shortbread
— 3:34 AM on November 11, 2015

Eight is Enough Dark Reading: NSA discloses 91% of vulnerabilities it finds, but how quickly? The Telegraph: Apple's Tim Cook declares the end of...

Type: News story Tags: Shortbread