EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Review: Compact And Overclocked

Shortly after NVIDIA initially launched the first wave of high-end Turing-based GeForce RTX cards, EVGA announced a dizzying array of new graphics cards featuring the new GPU. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that EVGA did the same when NVIDIA expanded the GeForce RTX family with the more main-stream, GeForce RTX 2060. EVGA already has three RTX 2060s in its line-up, two short-board, single-fan offerings, and a larger, dual-fan model with a GPU that’s clocked significantly higher than NVIDIA’s reference specifications. We’ve got the card in the middle of the stack...

Nintendo President Casts Doubt On Switch Price Cuts Or Hardware Refresh

There is little doubt that the Nintendo Switch has been a huge success. Many people are hoping to get their hands on a discounted console or itching to see how Nintendo will update the Switch. However, it appears that for the time being, fans should not expect any major changes. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that his company will not be cutting the price or updating the hardware of the Nintendo Switch. Furukawa was recently interviewed by The Sankei News, a daily online Japanese newspaper. Furukawa remarked, “Nintendo Switch is our primary sales objective, and we are not considering...

Microsoft Edge Mobile Browser Combats Rampant Fake News With NewsGuard Partnership

How far would you go to combat fake news? Microsoft has partnered with third-party startup NewsGuard to warn Edge mobile users about unreliable sites. However, one news site is not particularly pleased with their evaluation from NewsGuard. Mail Online has accused NewsGuard of publishing a “egregiously erroneous classification”. NewsGuard has given Mail Online a one out of five on the credibility scale. Their mobile warning states, “Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability.” They also note that Mail Online...

Fortnite V-Bucks Have Become The Hot New Currency For Money Laundering

As Epic Games’ Fortnite has increased in popularity, so have the number of related scams and criminal activity. It was recently discovered that criminals are laundering Fortnite V-Bucks. Some believe that Epic Games has not taken enough precautionary measures to prevent such a crime. Fortnite is a free-to-play game, but features an in-game currency that can be used to purchase skins, emotes, and Battles Passes. V-Bucks or “Vindertech Bucks” can be earned by completing daily quests and missions or purchased through online vendors like Microsoft Store Online or the Official Playstation...

Millions Of Fortnite Accounts Were Exposed To Glaring Security Vulnerability Say Researchers

Hackers do not need to bust open a Drama Llama Piñata to get the best loot in Fortnite. Epic Games recently patched a vulnerability that would have granted hackers access to users’ accounts. Nefarious parties would have been able to acquire users’ in-game currency and the last four digits of their credit card. The vulnerability was discovered by Israeli cyber security company Check Point this past November. Epic Games quickly and quietly fixed the issue. They recently remarked, “We thank Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to...

Pinkertons Threaten Rockstar With Legal Action Over Portrayal In Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is widely regarded as a fairly accurate representation of the southwestern United States in the late nineteenth century. However, one group is not pleased with Rockstar’s depiction of the wild wild west. The Pinkerton Incorporation is suing Rockstar Games and its parent company, Take-Two. The Pinkertons filed a cease and desist order this past December and contended that Rockstar had no right to use the Pinkerton name in the game. They insisted that Take-Two either pay royalties or settle outside of court. They are particularly frustrated that they “are used as...

Overwatch Contender Player 'Ellie' Revealed As Imposter In Controversial 'Social Experiment'

The Overwatch community has been shaken by a controversial “social experiment”. “Ellie”, the first female North American Overwatch Contenders player, was actually an imposter. Both Blizzard and Overwatch Contenders team Second Wind have confirmed the sad truth. Overwatch Contenders is a tournament for potential pro players. Twelve teams in each of the seven Contender regions battle it out multiple times a year, and the winners have a chance of joining the Overwatch League. Overwatch Contenders team Second Wind signed on a player only known as Ellie at the last minute....

PepsiCo's Hello Goodness Snackbot Is A Cure-All For College Campus Munchies

To snack or not to snack? That used to be the question. Now college students do not need to choose between grabbing a treat and breaking up a study session. The PepsiCo Hello Goodness Snackbot, a self-driving robot, will now deliver snacks on select college campuses. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California can now order snacks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the Snackbot app. The robot will deliver goods at 50 designated areas across the campus. The Snackbot can go more than 20 miles on a single charge and includes a camera, headlights, and all-wheel drive...

Alienware m15 Review: Thin, Light, Dense, Deadly

The gaming laptop market is one of one of the largest and most diverse segments of the PC industry, with systems ranging in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Dell's Alienware gaming machines typically lean towards the higher-end of the price spectrum, with premium build quality and strong component configurations, like the Alienware m15 that we're looking at here today. Dell's Alienware gaming division has re-tooled this machine as well, almost from the ground-up, while still preserving its classic Alienware design signature. The new Alienware m15 ranges in price from $1,379.99...

Activision Blizzard Set To Fire Its CFO After Rocky 2018

Some new years begin with champagne and fireworks, others begin with termination of employment. Activision Blizzard announced that they plan to fire their Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann for undisclosed reasons. The announcement comes on the heels of a rather rocky financial year for Blizzard. Neumann has been placed on paid leave and will receive the opportunity to argue against his termination. Starting today, Chief Corporate Officer (CCO) Dennis Durkin will assume Neumann’s responsibilities and will fully take over the position once Neumann is fired. Blizzard claims that Neumann’s...

Popsugar's Twinning Selfie App Springs A Leak And Exposes Users' Photos

It’s 10pm. Do you know where your selfies are? It was recently revealed that Popsugar’s Twinning app has been accidentally leaking users’ photos. It is believed that hundreds of thousands of photos were available to anyone who knew how to access them. Popsugar is a media company that focuses on trends, fashion, beauty, fitness, and food. Its Twinning app is a photo-matching tool that finds a user’s top-five celebrity “twins”. Users need to simply upload a selfie of themselves from the shoulders up through the #twinning app. They are then able to share their matches...

Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Beautifully Remastered Using Unreal Engine 4

It has been a number of years since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has received an update. However, one fan has taken it upon themself to modernize the award-winning game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is currently being beautifully remastered in Unreal Engine 4. YouTube user CryZENx has been lovingly overhauling Ocarina of Time and other Nintendo 64 games for a number of years. He recently showed off his progress in a 25-minute long YouTube video. Not all of the controls and animations are perfect, but it is certainly a refreshing update. Image from CryZENx  CryZENx has even...

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Review: An Eagle-Eyed Aerial Ace

Let me say right off the bat that I am not the guy you want flinging $1,200 drones through the sky, especially around cliffs, the ocean, and dense forests, all of which are common where I live. But I took one for the team and decided to check out the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom anyway. You see, I have issues with both directions and spatial relationships; I can get lost in my shower, and concepts such as "north," "south," and "up the road" are foreign to me. Thus, on the road, I simply drive where my wife points. (Also, I should mention that I'm old and cranky. Possibly because my wife is always pointing...

Electronic Arts Gearing Up For Battlefield V Microtransactions In January 2019

“Microtransaction” is often considered a dirty word in the gaming community. Several developers have come under fire for unfriendly, and even predatory, practices. However, the controversy surrounding microstransactions will not prevent Electronic Arts from incorporating them into its games. Battlefield V will include microtransactions this upcoming January. According to a recent Amazon store listing, the microtransactions should be live January 18th, 2019. Players can already pre-order the “Battlefield Currency” for their Xbox One game. Prices range from $4.99 USD for 500...

Here's Where To Find A Hidden Red Dead Redemption 2 Winter Wonderland

This holiday season you could potentially walk through both an actual and virtual winter wonderland. One redditor discovered a glitch in Red Dead Redemption 2 that leads to a snowy region. The area is one of several sections in Red Dead Redemption 2 that can be reached through a glitch. Redditor u/Huntroploria excitedly posted that they had “Managed to glitch out of the map...Currently exploring what else may lie beyond reach…” This restricted area lies north of the map and features mountains, frozen lakes, and an ice wall. The Redditor did not discover any Game of Thrones-style...

Gamers Can Now Buy Red Dead Gold With Real Cash But At What Cost

Eureka! If you are tired of grinding to earn that Red Dead Online Cattleman Revolver or Arabian horse, you are in luck. Gamers can now purchase gold in Red Dead Online with real life currency. However, is this latest update truly beneficial to players? Many believe that the microtransactions are simply not worth it. There are two forms of currency in Red Dead Online -- dollars and gold. The regular cash is easier to find and can be used to buy items like weapons, ammo, and camp upgrades. Gold is rarer and intended for luxurious cosmetic items or things that are locked behind a level requirement....

Facebook Confirms API Bug Exposed Photos Of 6.8 Million Users

Some people collect stamps, others collect vintage coins, and some companies collect your Facebook photos. Facebook recently announced that a bug allowed third-party apps to access the photos of nearly 6.8 million users. Facebook has apologized and promised to alert users whose photos may have been shared without their permission. It is believed that 1,500 apps by 876 developers were impacted by the bug between September 13th and September 25th, 2018. The issue affected apps that are able to access the photo API and the users who authorized these apps. Facebook typically only allows apps to obtain...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX Ray Tracing In Battlefield V Explored Pre And Post Patch

The much anticipated, and sometimes controversial, next installment in the Battlefield franchise is here. There are many aspects to the game, like the World War II setting for example, which have gamers questioning whether or not we need yet another FPS set in the same era in history, especially in light of last year's Call of Duty WWII. The thing that has had most of us tech enthusiasts waiting with baited breath, however, is the chance to finally see NVIDIA's GeForce RTX  real-time Ray Tracing effects live, in an actual game. Battlefield is indeed the first publicly available game to use...

Razer SoftMiner Cryptocurrency Rewards Program Leads To Confusion For Gamers

Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic in 2018, and Google claims that “What is bitcoin?” was one of its top questions this year. A lot of people (and companies) jumped on the cryptocurrency train, including Razer. The company is now offering users store credit in exchange for cryptocurrency mining. But is this program too good to be true? Many argue that the Razer SoftMiner rewards program is misleading and exploitative. How does this rather confusing program work? Users are asked to download SoftMiner, a blockchain-based app that has been integrated into Razer’s software. The software...

Puma Releases Modernized RS-Computer Sneakers To Boost Your Geek Cred

The year was 1986. Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history, The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted on television, and Puma released a super nerdy computer running shoe to help users track their running distance. The running shoes were short-lived, but have found a new home in the era of Stranger Things and Ghostbusters remakes. Puma will re-release an updated version of the RS-Computer shoe for a limited time. In 1986 the RS-Computer shoe had a computer chip built into the heel of the shoe. It recorded a user’s running time, distances, and calories burned. This information...

Bethesda Caves: Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition Customers Will Get Their Canvas Bags

Fallout 76 players may finally have one thing to smile about. Bethesda has promised that Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition customers will receive replacement canvas bags. The canvas bag debacle is just one of the many difficulties surrounding the release of Fallout 76. Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition customers should a submit a ticket to Bethesda’s support site by January 31, 2019 to receive their canvas bag. Customers must provide proof of purchase, which must include the product name, date of purchase, and purchase amount. If a customer purchased their game from Xbox Live, PlayStation, or...

Plex And Tidal Team Up To Provide Discounted Streaming Music Service

Music lovers rejoice! Plex Music and TIDAL have teamed up to bring users a wide variety of high quality content. Users will be able more easily discover new content, listen to personalized playlists, and enjoy better sound quality with the TIDAL on Plex subscription. TIDAL is a music streaming-service that is partly owned by Jay-Z and other musical artists. The service provides lossless audio quality, high-definition music videos, and exclusive content. Although TIDAL provides great content, many people balk at its high price tag and lack of accessibility. In the United States, the standard premium...

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