Ivan’s first brush with tech was as a little baby mashing the keys of his dad’s ZX Spectrum. He got his first PC in 1993 and has been an avid gamer and tech nerd ever since. After earning cool-sounding and possibly useful degrees in music and management, he worked as an itinerant English professor, piano teacher, translator, and proofreader. He kept writing and talking tech along the way. His favorite subjects include video games, software, and new gadgets.
COVID-19 Pandemic Boosts Demand for Solid State Drives
The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts strong growth in global SSD demand and sales revenue over the next four years. IDC estimates that the Solid State Drive unit shipment will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% until 2025. During the same period, SSD sales revenue
Mockups of Popular Android Apps Infect Phones With Malware
According to a Bitdefender report from June 1, hackers are using malicious Android app lookalikes to spread dangerous malware. These malware apps usually mimic real apps that have over 50 million downloads to trick their users. DHL, VLC media player, and Kaspersky antivirus are popular choices. C
AMD Pushes Against NVIDIA With New Laptop GPU Lineup
On June 1, 2021, at Computex, AMD unveiled a new RX 6000M laptop graphics card series. The company claims they perform just as well as NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 cards, or better. AMD’s new graphics lineup uses the RDNA 2 architecture and will release three mobile GPU chips for demanding gam
Samsung and LG Start Production of 120 Hz iPhone 13 Screens
After many rumors and delays, we’ll finally see an iPhone generation with 120 Hz screens, thanks to Samsung and LG. According to a report from The Elec, both Samsung and LG are working with Apple to provide new display technology for the upcoming iPhone 13. The panels are, of course, based on O
Video Games Are the World’s Largest Entertainment Industry
With nearly $180 billion in 2020 revenue, the video game industry surged well past pre-COVID-19 estimates for the movies and the sports industry combined. According to IDC, the mobile gaming sector saw the most considerable growth in 2020 (24% without ad revenue). Console earnings rose by 19.6%,
Microsoft Fixes Gaming Problems With Latest Windows 10 Update
Following multiple gamer reports that a recent Windows 10 update had introduced performance issues in games, Microsoft has released an official fix in the latest Windows update. Supposedly, updates KB5000842 and KB5001330 caused several players to experience degraded performance in games, includi
Sony Patents AI to Play Games for You
According to a newly published patent, Sony is looking to harness artificial intelligence to assist players with several gaming tasks, including the creation and control of characters in games. "The method includes monitoring a plurality of game plays of the user playing a plurality of gaming ap
Nvidia 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti Graphics Cards Rumored to Launch Soon
According to several news outlets, including HKEPC and ITHome, Nvidia will launch its 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti graphics cards this coming May and June, respectively. The 3080 Ti will supposedly feature a beefy 384-bit memory bus and 12 GB of GDDR6X memory, while the 3070 Ti will bump up RTX 3070’s G
Google’s VPN Passes Security Audit
According to a report by UK-based security and software verification company NCC Group, Google’s VPN is a “very robust” solution in line with industry standards. To ensure the safety of its virtual private network solution, Google got six researchers from the NCC Group to “assess the prod