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Verizon Dropped Whopping $45 Billion on 5G Spectrum in Record-Breaking Auction

According to the Federal Communications Commission, which ran the auction, Verizon was the highest bidder offering $45 billion for 280 megahertz of prime mid-band spectrum in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band. AT&T was the second-highest bidder with $23 billion, while T-Mobile came in after with a $9.3 billion bid. Twenty-one bidders participated including satellite and TV providers such as Dish, Comcast, and Charter. The competition was fierce as wireless carriers race to roll out their 5G networks at a fast and…

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Amazon Alexa Now Harnesses AI to Control Your Home without Your Voice

This ability actually existed in Alexa before, albeit in a limited form. Called Alexa Hunches, if you activated Alexa at a certain time of day or with certain keywords, then Alexa would offer to make additional smart home changes based on your past habits. For example, if you were leaving the house and turned on the Alexa Guard feature to listen for intruders, then Alexa might say something like, “Do you want me to lock your smart door?” The key…

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What Is “Binning” for Computer Components?

Vania Zhukevych/Shutterstock You might not realize it, but every time you purchase a new desktop CPU, you also get a ticket for a giveaway called the “silicon lottery.” Two CPUs of the same model can perform differently when pushed to their limits thanks to something called “CPU binning.” What Is Binning? Binning is a sorting process in which top-performing chips are sorted from lower-performing chips. It can be used for CPUs, GPUs (graphics cards), and RAM. Say you want to…

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iFixit Takes Its First Peek Inside of Apple’s New AirPods Max

If you’ve been curious to take a closer look at the engineering and design that goes into Apple’s latest flagship headphones, iFixit is once again rising the occasion, offering up one of its usual in-depth teardowns for the AirPods Max. While the primary purpose of iFixit’s teardowns is to investigate how easy a device is to repair, particularly by third-party independent repair shops, there are always a lot of fascinating things to be gleaned whenever it tears down an Apple…

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Intel’s 10th Gen CPUs: What’s New, and Why It Matters

Intel Intel rose to AMD’s Ryzen 3000 challenge with its recent announcement of new 10th generation desktop processors. Dubbed Comet Lake-S, these CPUs bring a slew of improvements and a few surprising new features. Here’s what’s so great about them, and why PC builders, or anyone looking at prebuilt desktops, should consider one for their next rig. Intel announced the new Comet Lake desktop chips on April 30. Earlier that month, it introduced new Comet Lake mobile processors for laptops and…

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What Are In-Ear Monitors, and Who Should Use Them?

In-ear monitors (IEMs) have gained widespread popularity among audiophiles recently due to their pristine audio quality. Let’s check out what makes them different from other listening devices. What Is an In-Ear Monitor? There’s a good chance you have some kind of audio listening device on your ears right now. It might be a pair of wireless earbuds, like Airpods, or a hefty, wired pair of headphones. In-ear monitors are a different kind of audio device altogether. They’re mainly intended for…

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Should You Use HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-C for a 4K Monitor?

DUO Studio/Shutterstock If you’ve bought a new 4K monitor recently, you might have been puzzled by the array of ports on the back. HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt are all commonplace now, but which is the best, and why? HDMI 2.1: The All-Rounder High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is the most common display interface today. It’s used in televisions to connect games consoles and Blu-ray players. It provides a stable digital signal that can be hot-swapped (unplugged and plugged…

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It’s Our Great Clients Who Make Our Job Worth It

Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic with Kindness At the end of March, 2020, as the COVID pandemic forced us all to stay home and find new ways to cope with business, we at ComputerCare brainstormed how we could continue to help our walk-in clients. Apple Genius Bars had closed, as had the Best Buy Geek Squad. At the same time, the new work-from-home workforce needed even more tech support, thanks to increased reliance on their devices to stay connected and get…

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Wi-Fi 6E: What Is It, and How Is It Different From Wi-Fi 6?

Vasin Lee/Shutterstock.com Wi-Fi 6 hardware is finally arriving on the market, and you’ll be seeing more and more of it released throughout 2020. But people are already talking about something new: Wi-Fi 6E, which promises to reduce Wi-Fi congestion further. Update: We originally wrote this article in January 2020. On April 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission voted to open up the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use later this year, clearing the way for Wi-Fi 6E in the USA.…

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CES 2020 Happened in January…Let’s Take a Look at the Highlights!

The world of tech is always changing, and innovators are feeling especially daring at the start of a new decade. That’s why we wanted to give you a look at the new tech unveiled at CES 2020 in January of this year.  First, let’s talk about the items that we all want to own (whenever they actually appear on the market). There’s the electric bike that operates like a hydrofoil, which means you can ride it on water! There’s also…

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AMD 6th Generation Carrizo APU Unveiled: Taking On Intel At 15 Watts

Introducing AMD’s 6th Gen APU: Carizzo AMD previously only teased bits of detail regarding their forthcoming 6th Generation A-Series APU, code named “Carrizo.” We heard from AMD about this next generation, highly integrated mobile architecture as far back as CES 2015 in January and then again in February and more recently with AMD’s HSA (Heterogenous System Architecture) 1.0 spec roll-out in March. It’s safe to say AMD has been beating the drum on Carrizo with a regular cadence for the…

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Everyone Has a Smartphone…Should Everyone Have Smartphone Insurance?

We all know the feeling: standing in a cell phone store with a silver-tongued salesperson wondering if we really do need an insurance plan for our devices. A wave of uncertainty washes over us as we envision drowned phones, lost purses, cracked screens, and other disasters. Maybe we should pay the extra $7-$15 a month for safety… The real answer is that it all depends.  Here are some factors to consider, so you can answer that salesperson with confidence.  …