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Ryan Whitwam

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Ryan is a writer, editor, and lover of all things electronic. He's been covering technology and science for almost 15 years at sites like Android Police, ExtremeTech, The Wirecutter, and more. He has probably reviewed more smartphones than most people will own in their entire lives. Follow him on Twitter

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Twitter is still chugging along despite its shrinking workforce, and new owner Elon Musk continues to pop up and make promises almost whenever he's summoned. It can be hard to keep track of all the things Musk claims he's going to do, particularly since he started posting his every thought on Twitter. Now, the... Read more...
Just one year ago, Bitcoin's value was in the stratosphere at a whopping $65,000 per coin. A series of market-shifting exchange collapses have now dragged prices down to barely over $15,000, erasing years of gains and threatening further liquidity issues that could cripple still more cryptocurrency firms. The... Read more...
Qualcomm had a lot of new technology to roll out at its annual Snapdragon Summit this year in Maui, HI. The company teased a new custom CPU core, announced a hardware platform for smart glasses, and of course, unveiled its latest flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform—the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This new Arm-based... Read more...
Windows computers have been available with ARM-based chips for years, but the OS still doesn't work as optimally as it does on x86. That hasn't stopped Qualcomm from rolling out ever more powerful laptop chips like the current-gen Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. At Qualcomm's 2022 Snapdragon Summit, the company is pushing the... Read more...
Regular reality can be a lot sometimes, which might explain why there's so much interest in so-called extended reality (XR). That umbrella can encompass all the augmented and virtual reality solutions on the market, but you've probably noticed a problem with existing hardware: it's bulky. At the Snapdragon Summit... Read more...
Before you know it, 2022 will be drawing to a close, and that means a new wave of smartphones will be on the horizon, driven by a new Qualcomm silicon platform. Many of the next-gen flagship devices due to arrive next year will likely run on Qualcomm's latest mobile platform, the just-revealed Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This... Read more...
You've no doubt heard of the NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti, but have you heard of the 3070 TiM? Probably not because it isn't technically a real product. You can buy one direct from China, and it is, by all accounts, a functional video card. However, it's just a laptop version of the 3070 Ti dressed up in a desktop card format... Read more...
Billionaire Elon Musk has only owned Twitter for a few weeks, but there are already big changes afoot. Musk has been open about his dislike for Twitter's verification setup, which he referred to as a "lords & peasants system." His vision for the blue checkmark is starting to appear on the service, but not in a... Read more...
The new NVIDIA RTX 4090 is the undisputed king of PC graphics right now, but these spendy $1,600 cards may have a fatal flaw. Reports of melting 16-pin power adapters are piling up, and NVIDIA says it's investigating the issue—things might be getting even more complicated, though. Some users have started reporting... Read more...
The iconic keyboard switch manufacturer Cherry has announced a new product today, but it's technically a very old product. You might not spend a lot of time thinking about the keyboard in front of you, but mechanical keyboard enthusiasts certainly do. The more obsessive among them will gladly seek out decades-old... Read more...
Gaming has experienced substantial growth over the past few years, and many expect that trend to level off as the economy cools. But Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, says that the company will continue investing in Xbox as gaming tends to weather economic downturns well. To keep consoles accessible... Read more...
Google's budget-conscious A-series Pixels have been a solid purchase since their debut with the Pixel 3a. A new report suggests that Google's new budget Pixel 7a is going to represent a major upgrade over the already very good 6a (above). In fact, it may even beat the flagship Pixel 7 in some ways. Because Android... Read more...
After leaving OnePlus behind, co-founder Carl Pei started Nothing—that's a company called "Nothing," not the state of nonexistence. Its first product was a set of true wireless earbuds, and it followed that up with a mid-range smartphone. Now, Nothing is taking another swing at wireless earbuds with the poorly named... Read more...
Google has only just released the impressive Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but there are already rumors of what awaits us for Google's next smartphone release. According to a new report, Google is testing a device with the same dimensions as the Pixel 7 Pro, but this one has an improved ultrasonic fingerprint... Read more...
Android 13 rolled out to Google's Pixel phones a couple of months ago, and that's been the only place to get the latest version until now. Following a brief beta test, Samsung has started deploying One UI 5, based on Android 13, for the Galaxy S22 family, but there's one big catch. The version of the phones available... Read more...
The conventional wisdom when you think you've picked up some nasty Windows malware is to format the disk and start from scratch, and that's enough to defeat most hacks. However, it won't help with a new piece of malicious code floating around hacking forums. Security researchers are sounding the alarm over a new UEFI... Read more...
  Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro - Starting At $599 And $899, Respectively The latest Pixels are the best phones Google has ever made, thanks in large part to a killer camera experience.      Improved premium build quality and design The best smartphone camera experience available Sleek, smart Android 13 OS with long... Read more...
Pong became one of the first commercially successful video games when it was released in 1972. It's a simple game with just one control input. It's so simple, in fact, that scientists at a company called Cortical Labs have grown a "mini-brain" in the lab that can play it. The cluster of neurons didn't need to be told... Read more...
Apple's iPhone is the most popular smartphone family in the world, which makes it rather odd that the devices are still relying on the aging and slow Lightning port standard. Not for long, though. The European Union has mandated a change to USB-C, and former Apple exec Tony Fadell thinks the move is long overdue. He's... Read more...
The long-awaited release of Cyberpunk 2077 might not be the smash hit CD Projekt Red had anticipated, but the developer is still forging ahead with a sequel. That's not all—CDPR is also going back to The Witcher universe with a trio of new titles. It has revealed some very basic details of these projects on... Read more...
All the major game console makers try their best to lock down the hardware, and they don't take kindly to people working to circumvent their systems. Microsoft had its program against mod chips, Nintendo gets hackers locked up, and Sony had a high-profile case against noted hacker George Hotz in the PS3 era. Another... Read more...
Most wearable fitness trackers include the ability to track sleep, but what if you don't want to wear something on your wrist at night? Well, Amazon might have just the thing with its new Halo Rise. This device looks like a clock, but it contains a low-power sensor that can monitor and analyze your sleep, plus it... Read more...
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