Apple to Allow Alternative App Stores on iPhones in EU

Apple has long since prevented third-party apps from being installed on their mobile devices unless it came through their official App Store. However, new European Union regulations have prompted Apple to begin overhauling its services to allow outside app stores.

According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple's software engineering and services teams are making massive changes to Apple's platform to allow "alternative" app stores. This would allow customers to download applications to thei

Cooler Master CK720 review: a keyboard enthusiast's paradise

There are some who prefer keeping things simple when it comes to keyboards. They just prefer a no-frills, well-built keyboard that gets the job the done.

Then, there are those who want maximum customizability with the ability to make every part of the keyboard an expression of their creativity and personality. If the latter describes you, the Cooler Master CK720 is a mechanical keyboard that deserves serious consideration.

The CK720 is a 65% keyboard that is refreshingly compact, yet robust. I

Apple launches unprecedented price cuts to MacBook Pros

Apple’s top of the line MacBook Pro 16-inch and 14-inch models are some of the best laptops the company has ever made — but they’re extremely expensive machines that rarely come down in price.

However, Apple has quietly dropped the price on these sought-after laptops with some surprising price cuts.

Spotted by MacRumors, Apple slashed pricing on the refurbished 14 and 16-inch models with both the M1 Pro and Max variants. Specifically, the prices have been reduced by about 15% off the regular p

Das Keyboard 6 Professional review: for the typists

We review many keyboards, with a good bit of them being gaming keyboards. What if you’re not a gamer and primarily use your keyboard for work and productivity? Sometimes a well-made keyboard that excels at the basics is best.

The Das Keyboard 6 Professional is one of the best keyboards I’ve used and adds a few quality of life features that make it an outstanding choice. However, the $200 price tag might be a bit much to swallow when there are other outstanding mechanical keyboards available for

Corsair K100 Air Wireless review: too expensive to recommend

Smaller 60% or tenkeyless gaming keyboards have become popular in recent years, but there will always be room for a full-sized gaming keyboard that gives you every button or key you could ever need.

The Corsair K100 Air Wireless is an excellent mechanical keyboard in that vein, boasting superb performance and a slick design. At $280, though, it’s too high of a price to pay, especially when it’s missing some features we’ve come to expect at that price.

From a design perspective, the Corsair K10

Meta made DALL-E for video, and it's both creepy and amazing

Meta unveiled a crazy artificial intelligence model that allows users to turn their typed descriptions into video. The system is called Make-A-Video and is the latest in a trend of AI generated content on the web.

The system accepts short descriptions like “a robot surfing a wave in the ocean” or “clown fish swimming through the coral reef” and dynamically generates a short GIF of the description. There are even three different styles of videos to choose from: surreal, realistic, and stylized.

Alienware Aurora R15 updates to RTX 4090, Intel 13th-gen

Alienware is unveiling a bevy of gaming-centered devices that are sure to please quite a few PC gamers out there. The Aurora R15 is a powerful gaming desktop that includes Nvidia’s new 40-series GPUs and 13th-gen Intel Raptor Lake chips, while the AW420K is a tenkeyless (TKL) gaming keyboard for those who prize desk space.

Let’s start with the updated Aurora R15, a fully updated desktop for those who prefer a prebuilt gaming machine. Dell says the Aurora R15 has a new thermal strategy by means

Here are all of the games that will support Nvidia DLSS 3

Nvidia has unveiled its next-generation RTX 4080 and RTX 4090. With that announcement came a new version of Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) upscaling technology.

The company announced More than 35 games (some of them being Nvidia demos or game engines) that will support DLSS 3, with more sure to come.
• The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Nvidia’s new DLSS 3 differs from previous iterations by implementing a new algorithm called Optical Multi Frame Generation that predicts whole frames

The rumors about the Surface Pro 9 may have been true

Details of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro 9 have finally emerged via documents the company submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It looks like it may be a successor to the ARM-powered Surface Pro X, complete with 5G capabilities.

Spotted by Windows Central and Notebookcheck, the FCC documentation references a “portable computing device.” The filing itself doesn’t contain any specific specs, but Windows Central believes it may be the Surface Pro 9 5G.

There are references

Intel just proved how powerful Thunderbolt 5 really is

Intel just demoed its next-generation Thunderbolt 5 technology during a Technology Tour in Israel. The demo seems to confirm that Thunderbolt will be capable of 80 Gbps speeds and it marks the first time that Intel has publicly shown off the speed.

This recent demo didn’t seem to show any additional features of the new Thunderbolt 5 other than the speed. However, we do know a little bit more based on pictures posted by former Intel exec Gregory Bryant.

Bryant tweeted out since-deleted pictures

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro Models: What are the Differences?

Apple has finally unveiled the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. The Apple cynical may think that there probably isn't a huge difference between them. Indeed, many components are the exact same between the two, but the Pro models have a few nifty features that set them apart from the base models announced at Apple's event.

Let's start with the exterior of both models. Apple kept it simple and kept the "smaller" iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro at 6.1-inches screens and the larger iPhone 14 Plus and 1

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Writer Reveals Scrapped a Fantastic Four Post-Credits Scene

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness satisfied many with its cameo appearances. But even with the big screen debut of (alternate universe) Mr. Fantastic in the Doctor Strange sequel, writer Michael Waldron might've added more of the Fantastic Four to a post-credits scene.

Spoilers for Multiverse of Madness below

In an interview with Empire, Waldron spoke about one of the most talked about scenes in Multiverse of Madness. That, of course, being the Illuminati getting absolutely wrecked b

New Tech Could Stop Your Wi-Fi Being Blocked By Pesky Walls

Many people invest in mesh wireless networking solutions to get rid of dead spots caused by walls and other barriers. However, what if you could effectively eliminate the walls as an obstacle?

Originally reported in Newsweek, Austrian scientists at the Vienna University of Technology and Rennes University detail a method of removing reflections caused by dense materials. The scientists revealed their findings in a paper entitled "Anti-reflection structure for perfect ransmission through complex

Blizzard Reveals When Overwatch 2 Loot Boxes Will End

Blizzard has announced when loot boxes will be phased out of Overwatch in anticipation of the new Battle Pass system.

The announcement was quietly mentioned in a blog post about the Overwatch Anniversary Remix Volume 3 event. The company confirmed that the loot boxes would "no longer be available for sale" come August 30th.

However, the post notes that you'll still be able to earn standard loot boxes after the Remix event.

This Anniversary Remix event is Blizzard's way of "cleaning house" of

Glorious' customizable mechanical number pad looks amazing

Sometimes you just need a good number pad for those intense number crunching sessions. Glorious has unveiled a new mechanical number pad simply called the GMMK Numpad that matches the company’s regular mechanical keyboards — and can be a good companion for those with ten keyless (TKL) keyboards.

The compact accessory is made of anodized aluminum and has the standard 17-key layout of a number pad, but also a configurable rotary knob and slider that the company says offers “unparalleled versatili

Asus' new 4K HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor looks like a beast

Now that GPU prices are actually affordable again, those with powerful GPUs have another monitor to consider. Asus has officially introduced the ROG Strix XG32UQ (via NotebookCheck), a 32-inch 4K gaming monitor with many of the bells and whistles gamers expect of a high-end monitor, including those who own an Xbox Series X or PS5.

Starting off, the panel itself is, of course, a 4K IPS screen offering a 160Hz refresh rate for fluid movement and a 1ms response time for twitchy in-game actions.


PlayStation Is Reducing Its Customer Support On Twitter

PlayStation is removing direct support via Twitter starting August 1st. Instead, those who need help will have to browse support websites in lieu of direct messaging on Twitter.

The announcement was made on the official @AskPlayStation Twitter account and included links to various support sites including the official PlayStation Support Youtube channel.

Contacting an actual human is still possible through the support websites, but Sony would rather you search for any existing solutions before

The Matrix Awakens Demo Is Leaving Soon So Get It While It Lasts

The Matrix Awakens, an impressive display of Unreal Engine 5's capabilities, was a demo released in December for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. However, the demo is leaving stores on July 9th so grab it while it's still available. Once you have the demo, you will be able to redownload it at your leisure.

The original release of the demo roughly coincided with the release of The Matrix Resurrections. Both Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss) appear in the demo and show off just how

An AI Was Trained To Play Minecraft With 70,000 Hours Of YouTube Videos

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research organization founded by Elon Musk, has trained an AI to play Minecraft almost as well as humans. It only took about 70,000 hours of binging YouTube videos.

A blog post detailing the feat reveals that researchers used a technique called "Video PreTraining (VPT)" to train a neural network on how to play Minecraft. This involved gathering 2,000 hours of sample dataset from actual humans playing Minecraft to include not just the raw video, but also exact

Intel's upcoming Raptor Lake may hit the enviable 6GHz mark

Intel’s 13th-generation Raptor Lake chips may be capable of boosting past the 6GHz mark if one tipster is to be believed. The company’s current Core i9-12900 CPUs are already capable of maxing out well over 5GHz.

The rumor comes courtesy of tipster @OneRaichu on Twitter, who claims at least one SKU of the CPU will be capable of a 6GHz turbo boost due to Intel’s Efficient Thermal Velocity Boost (ETVB) technology. That would make it the first x86 chip to reach that level of performance.

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New metaverse standards to address lack of interoperability

Big-name tech companies such as Meta, Microsoft, and Epic Games have formed a standards organization called the Metaverse Standards Forum (MSF). This is meant to be a group that creates open standards for all things metaverse, including virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D technology.

Over 30 companies have signed on, some of which are deep in metaverse technology like Meta itself. Others include Nvidia, Unity (the creators of the popular game engine), Qualcomm, Sony, and even the web sta

Doing work in VR never made sense, and now we know why

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s utopian vision for an immersive metaverse where you live and work, the latter is probably not happening anytime soon — at least, according to a new study from investigators in Germany.

First reported by PC Gamer, researchers based out of Coburg University conducted an experiment in which 16 people worked completely in VR for a week. The participants used Meta Quest 2 VR headsets combined with a Logitech K830 keyboard and Chrome Remote Desktop. This was done to make it

How to Pair Xbox Controller to PC

Using a keyboard and mouse to play PC games is almost a rite of passage for any new PC gamers. However, there are some who simply prefer to use an Xbox controller, especially for games like platformers or racing games that require precise joystick movement. Since both Windows and Xbox are Microsoft properties, support for Xbox controllers on Windows PCs is excellent so here's how to do it. This guide covers both Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X controllers

The great thing about Xbox controllers is

Kingdom Hearts 4 Trying To Find a 'Good Balance' For Final Fantasy Characters

One of the main selling points of the Kingdom Hearts games was the weird mashup of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura recently sat down with Game Informer to discuss Kingdom Hearts 4 and addressed several questions, including concerns about Final Fantasy characters.

When asked about the relative lack of Final Fantasy characters in recent Kingdom Hearts entires, Nomura had this to say:

This answer seems to imply that he'd rather flesh out the original Ki
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