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SSDs have a problem: They're getting too fast, too soon

All the hand-wringing over SSD reliability aside, the future of computing still belongs to solid-state drives. To be frank, no one who cares about performance is going back to mechanical drives as a primary boot device unless hell freezes over.<p>The problem performance junkies face going forward is …

4K goes wide: LG to introduce cinematic UltraHD PC monitor at CES 2014

Forget about the holidays that are fast approaching! LG Electronics is already looking ahead to 2014 and the first big tech gadget event of the year: the Consumer Electronics Show in January. During CES, LG will debut the company's first 4K PC monitor, the 31-inch “Real 4K” 31MU95.<p>LG's announcement …

4K Ultra HD

G-Sync Technology Preview: Quite Literally A Game Changer

You've forever faced this dilemma: disable V-sync and live with image tearing, or turn V-sync on and tolerate the annoying stutter and lag? Nvidia …

Disability

Surveillance covers porn, too — leaks show NSA considered undermining “radicalizers”

Pervasive online surveillance isn’t just for spotting threats to national security – it may also be a handy tool for using people’s personal …

USA TODAY Mobile Apps

Apps that Go Beyond News<p>The USA TODAY app allows you to be completely immersed in the news with award-winning storytelling and photography, rich-media videos, full 360-degree experiences and virtual reality.<p>Now you can get the same great content, with zero interruptions. Download now and start a …

Apps

The World's Most Powerful Bitcoin Miner Is Worried About How It Could Destroy Bitcoin

How hard is it?<p>The makers of the most powerful miner in the world can't even satisfy the insatiable demand for their product, because they would probably ruin Bitcoin if they did.<p>Here's the problem: Bitcoins are mined by computers solving math problems. More technically, they unlock blocks of …

Bitcoin

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 puts full Android phone on your wrist (pictures)

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Consumers warm to touch, if not Windows 8, study says

Touch-ready notebook PCs will account for about 11 percent of all laptops shipped this year, an improvement over 2012 when customers had few choices if they wanted to smudge screens, a market research analyst said today.<p>But touch remains a tough sell, said Richard Shim of NPD …

Laptops

Microsoft's last Patch Tuesday of 2013 will be huge

Microsoft is wrapping up the year’s Patch Tuesday bulletins next week with 11 more fixes, pushing the total for 2013 to 106, up from last year’s total of 83.<p>Five bulletins ranked critical all hold the potential for enabling remote code execution on victimized machines and affect a wide range of …

Information Security

Google's Nexus TV Could Launch in Early 2014, Report Says

Google is one step closer to unveiling its own Nexus-branded set-top box for streaming videos and playing games, according to a new report.<p>The …

How to set up a virtual machine for your Internet access

The takeaway from recent revelations of widespread NSA spying is even the best security software is unlikely to keep out elite hackers. One frequently offered defense is to use a separate PC to access the Internet, but that’s hardly practical. So short of disconnecting your computer, how can you …

So you want to be a coder! These tools can get you there

Coding is powerful magic, and learning to code is like reading a pile of moldy spellbooks while grinding alchemical ingredients into fine powders—at least, it used to be. But new, interactive learning tools put the exercises front and center, promoting you from apprentice to sorcerer at your own …

Programming

How to build the best free PC security software suite

If you have a PC, you’re a target. You need security software.<p>That’s as true today as it was a decade ago, despite significant security improvements to Windows over the years. But you have a choice: You can continue paying a security software vendor an annual fee for protection or take matters into …

Malware

A plea for mobile civility

Consider this: a group of friends gather socially. They're interacting, not taking mobile snaps of their cocktails and Facebooking them off to …

Headphones

Top 25 Black Friday tech deals 2013

Every year the Black Friday online circulars hit the Web and lots of sites round up every tech deal under the sun. That's great, but it's always hard to tell the real deals from all the crap that's being advertised to lure you into the stores. The truth is that a lot of the so-called superbargains …

Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes The Drying

Look at this baby.<p>Lovely, no? Now think of this baby abstractly — as a sack of hundreds of millions of atoms. Here's the atomic formula for a new human being, arranged by elements, according to scientist Neil Shubin.<p>Notice that the two most plentiful atoms are H (hydrogen) and O (oxygen) which …

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New Orleans

Star Citizen won't be 'dumbed down' for console release, says Roberts

Space combat and trading sim <i>Star Citizen</i> will never abandon its Windows PC launch plans or strip away powerful features for a console release, Chris Roberts wrote in a post on the game's forums.<p>The post addresses fan outcry following the release of a photo showing a PlayStation 4 dev kit on chief …

Fallout 4 trademarked in Europe by Bethesda

Bethesda has trademarked the Fallout 4 name in Europe, a posting on the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Markets website has revealed.<p>The website serves as the official trademark office of the European Union. According to the post, Fallout series developer Bethesda Softworks LLC made the …

European Union

Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe for 7 Months

<i>These things, traveling taught.</i><p>After five years a slave in the consulting world, I booked a oneway ticket to Iceland, and negotiated a seven-month sabbatical. Yes, in that order.<p>It's common to wonder: What did you learn? How did you change? What impacted you the most?<p>These are a few of the things …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Puerto Rico

Here's why next-gen consoles might not be such a big deal

Consoles have traditionally held a strong position in the world of gaming. They were kings of the living room, providing their users with a form of entertainment that couldn't be found anywhere else. Unless you were a PC gamer, nothing came close to the console experience. And even if you were a PC …

Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land

For the first time in nearly a century, Mexico is considering letting foreigners own land outright along the coast and near international borders. Right now, only Mexicans can hold the title to land in the so-called restricted zone. The president and many lawmakers want to relax the ownership laws …

A New Army Of Chinese Hackers Is Stealing Secrets From U.S. Companies, Researchers Say

The researchers told Business Insider that they don't know what the hackers are doing with stolen IP, or how much money this has cost U.S. companies so far. But, they say, the group has been busy in 2013.<p>Most of the attacks have been on tech, financial services and telecom companies. They seemed …

Intellectual Property

How to edit video in Photoshop CC and CS6

Did you know that you can edit video within Adobe's image-editing program? There is no need to learn the ins and outs of Premiere or Final Cut when …