AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT Recognizes Not All Gamers Need 4K

If you’re looking to build your first gaming rig, or if you’ve decided that you don’t want or need a costly 4K setup, you should take a look at AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000-level GPU. It offers a solid 1080p gaming experience and will only set you back about $400, so it’s a solid entry-level choice.

The RX 6600 XT uses RDNA 2 architecture with 32 compute units and 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. In use, it boasts a 2359MHz game clock, draws 160W of power, and even supports DirectX Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading, and AMD FidelityFX. The GPU is also a hundred bucks cheaper than the RX 6700 XT, the 1440p GPU that AMD released earlier in 2021, which is terrific.

Games-wise, AMD clocks the 1080p max settings at 441fps for Tom Clandy’s Rainbow Six  Siege, 177fps for Resident Evil Village, 289fps for DOTA 2, 137fps for Forza Horizon 4, 164fps for Battlefield 5, and 553fps for Valorant.

So if you don’t need (or, more understandably, can’t afford) a top-of-the-line premium 4K gaming setup, AMD’s RX 6600 XT is a solid and powerful alternative. The GPU offers better frame rates than the company’s 5000-series cards in many AAA titles. It also makes for a terrific upgrade for anyone looking to refresh an older gaming rig without breaking the bank.

The RX 6600 XT will be available for purchase on August 11 for $379, and it may also appear in some upcoming pre-built systems in August as well. The powerful, yet inexpensive, option is nice to see as it makes gaming (and even building your own PC for the first time) that much more accessible, as it should be.

via The Verge

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/93657/amds-radeon-rx-6600-xt-recognizes-not-all-gamers-need-4k/
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Google Play Pass Adds 8 New Games

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A surprise update to Google Play Pass adds 8 new games, including the popular platformer Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition. This update comes as Google prepares to launch Android 12, an OS upgrade that includes a few special features for gamers.

Here are the new games now available on Play Pass. Two of these titles, Dandara and Cytus II, are quite popular and have several thousand reviews on the Play Store.

Google’s Play Pass unlocks hundreds of games for just $5 a month. You can sign up now to get your first month free–just fire up the Play Store on your phone, click your Account Photo, and select Play Pass.

The Android 12 update, which we expect to arrive this fall, allows you to play new games while they’re installing on your phone or tablet. It also includes a new Gaming Dashboard that lets you customize your graphics performance, battery drain, and other in-game settings that were previously inaccessible.


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Google Play Pass unlocks hundreds of free games, including ‘Stardew Valley’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Classic’ for just $5 a month. Sign up now for a free trial.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/93508/google-play-pass-adds-8-new-games/
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Airbnb’s New Speed Test Helps You Choose Places With Better Internet

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Over the past year, the pandemic made working remotely commonplace and now, people are realizing they can do that from a more scenic place. That’s exactly why Airbnb just released a Wi-Fi speed test tool that allows hosts to verify and list their Wi-Fi speeds so guests can see before booking.

Whether you’re a digital nomad, a roadschooler, or just looking for a way to stream some games or connect with your coworkers over a video call while on vacation, the one thing that could make that difficult is a crappy Wi-Fi connection. While Airbnb hosts are already free to list their Wi-Fi speeds, it’s never been a standardized metric across the app and there was no way to tell if a host was being honest or not.

The feature is built right into the Airbnb app, under the “Amenities” section for host accounts, and uses M-Lab’s open-source software to measure Wi-Fi speeds. The simple tool makes quick work of testing and listing the information, even for those who aren’t tech-savvy, and ensures fair and equal testing for all users. The end result? A listing that’s (hopefully) more attractive to potential Guests thanks to verified Wi-Fi speeds.

Airbnb's list of various Wi-Fi speed meaningsAirbnb

Airbnb’s support document includes a chart (seen above) designed to help you better understand your Wi-Fi speed test result. The chart states that 7Mbps is “snappy” and enough for guests to make a video call or stream a movie together. It considers 14Mbps to be “fast” enough for guests to stream multiple HD videos simultaneously, and anything above 50+Mbps to be “lightning fast” and ideal for heavy-duty users.

The end result? A listing that’s (hopefully) more attractive to more potential guests thanks to verified Wi-Fi speeds.

Source: Airbnb

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/93633/airbnbs-new-speed-test-helps-you-choose-places-with-better-internet/
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How to Add a Contact to the Home Screen on iPhone

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At the core, iPhones are communication devices. So it makes sense that you’d want to put the people you talk to the most front and center. We’ll show you how to create home screen shortcuts for your favorite contacts.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/736926/how-to-add-a-contact-to-the-home-screen-on-iphone/
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You Can Now Pre-Order Playdate, the Handheld Console with a Crank

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Panic’s unique and experimental gaming console, Playdate, is finally available to pre-order. The crank-based console made its first appearance over two years ago and has left fans wondering whether or not the console would ever make it to production. And now, we have our answer!

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/93566/you-can-now-pre-order-playdate-the-handheld-console-with-a-crank/
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How Anonymous Is Bitcoin?

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Cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin especially, has a reputation for being a completely anonymous form of payment, free from tracking and interference. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll see that these digital currencies reveal a lot more information about you than you might think.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/741484/how-anonymous-is-bitcoin/
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How to Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 11

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The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets you run Linux software on your Windows 11 PC. When you enable WSL, Windows will install a custom-built Linux kernel. You can then install Ubuntu or another Linux distribution of your choice.

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How to Save Photos from Gmail to Google Photos

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Have you been saving photos you receive in Gmail to Google Drive and then moving them to Google Photos? Well, you can finally stop! Read on to start saving images you receive in Gmail emails directly to Google Photos.

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Facebook’s next hardware product will be “smart” Ray-Ban glasses

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Enlarge / Don’t get too excited about how well these Ray-Bans go with Gitta Banko’s outfit—we don’t know what Facebook’s new smart glasses will look like, only that they’re made in partnership with the brand and its parent company. (credit: Streetstyleshooters via Getty Images)

In an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors that the company’s next hardware launch will be “smart glasses” made in partnership with classic sunglasses vendor Ray-Ban.

Zuckerberg segued into the Ray-Ban announcement following a lengthy discussion of Facebook’s plans for Oculus Quest, its all-in-one virtual reality (VR) platform. Zuckerberg says that social media is the real “killer app” for VR, backing that up with data from Oculus Quest: “The most popular apps on Quest are social, which fits our original thesis [that] virtual reality will be a social platform.”

Zuckerberg intends the as yet unnamed smart glasses to be a stepping stone, not an end goal. He remained cagey about their actual purpose, saying only that the glasses “have their iconic form factor, and [let] you do some pretty neat things,” with no concrete details about what those “neat things” might be.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1784050
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Corporate America Is Building Its Own Surveillance State. Will the FTC Stop It?

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Americans are used to hearing about what a great country they live in—how lucky they are to have been born in, or to have immigrated to, the United States. “American exceptionalism”—a phrase, funnily enough, coined by Joseph Stalin—is an idea that, on the whole, is still embedded in the country’s collective identity.…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/corporate-america-is-building-its-own-surveillance-stat-1847389626
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