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EVGA battles GTX 10-series overheating with faster fan speeds, free thermal pads

Credit: Brad Chacos COMMENTS Brad Chacos | @BradChacos Senior Editor, PCWorld Nov 2, 2016 2:02 PM If you blow up your graphics card, we’ll send you a new one. But here’s everything you need to not blow it up, for free. That’s the gist of EVGA’s response to overheating concerns over its GTX 10-series graphics with the ACX 3.0 cooler. ... Read More »

Toshiba OCZ’s TL100 review: A budget SSD that’s not a bargain

There are two types of products that send the PCWorld lab into retest mode: those that perform better than expected, and those that perform worse. Toshiba’s 2.5-inch, TLC NAND-based, OCZ-branded TL100 definitely falls into the latter category. As a matter of fact, after seeing a sustained write speed of less than 100MBps, a far cry from the “up to 530MBps” ... Read More »

Flexible solar panels are vastly increasing drone endurance

Flexible, thin-film solar panels from a Silicon Valley company are allowing drone makers to keep their craft in the sky for hours longer than is possible with batteries alone. The panels, from Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, are produced on thin plastic sheets that can be stuck on the top frame of drones like the Bramor ppX, developed by Slovenia’s C-Astral Aerospace. ... Read More »

Microsoft’s $300 Windows VR headsets: 6 things we know (and 1 big question)

Everybody expected mixed-reality technology to play a part in Microsoft’s big Windows 10 event on Wednesday—but nobody expected what we got. Rather than showing yet another HoloLens demonstration, Microsoft instead announced a small army of virtual reality headsets unlike anything available today, and they’re all powered by the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. The demo raised more questions than it ... Read More »

ARM builds up security in the tiniest Internet of Things chips

IoT is making devices smaller, smarter, and – we hope – safer. It’s not easy to make all those things happen at once, but chips that can help are starting to emerge. On Tuesday at ARM TechCon in Silicon Valley, ARM will introduce processors that are just a fraction of a millimeter across and incorporate the company’s TrustZone technology. TrustZone ... Read More »

These are the new Emoji in the Android Nougat 7.1 update

The world of emojis on Android 7.1 is even more diverse, as Google is fully embracing the options available in the Unicode 9 update. There are a number of different male and female professions, which may add a little spark next time you want to tell someone what it is you do for a living. Examples include artist, astronaut, judge, ... Read More »

AMD drops Radeon RX 460, RX 470 prices ahead of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 launch

Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards aren’t even out yet and they’ve already prompted AMD to slash the prices on two-thirds of its Radeon RX 400-series lineup. As of today, the Radeon RX 460’s “suggested e-tail price” will start at $100 and theRadeon RX 470 will start at $170 “with new holiday programs.” An AMD ... Read More »

Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter, Github, PayPal, and more offline

Update 5: At 6:18 P.M. Eastern Dyn said the DDoS attacks have been resolved. Fingers crossed another wave doesn’t occur, as happened earlier today. You can find Dyn’s incident report here. Update 4: Dyn is being hit by a third wave of DDoS attacks Friday afternoon. The attacks are “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at ... Read More »

An IoT botnet is partly behind Friday’s massive DDOS attack

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices is at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies. Since Friday morning, the assault has been disrupting access to popular websites by flooding a DNS service provider called Dyn with an overwhelming amount of internet traffic. Some of ... Read More »

How to use Windows PowerShell: A beginner’s guide

If you’ve wrestled with Windows 10, you’ve undoubtedly heard of PowerShell. If you’ve tried to do something fancy with Win7/8.1 recently, PowerShell’s probably come up, too. After years of relying on the Windows command line and tossed-together batch files, it’s time to set your sights on something more powerful, more adaptive—better. PowerShell is an enormous addition to the Windows toolbox, ... Read More »