Five Best CPU Coolers

If you're looking to overclock, build a silent PC, or just get your rig operating at peak performance, you may want more than stock cooling for your processor. There are tons of aftermarket CPU coolers out there though, and it can be tough to choose a good one. We asked you, and here are five of the best options,… » 1/04/15 12:49pm 1/04/15 12:49pm

The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We've walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we'll update periodically as prices and components change—we'll walk you through the hardware we'll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast's system for gamers and media… » 9/24/14 11:29am 9/24/14 11:29am

The Metals In Your Phone Aren't Just Rare; They're Irreplaceable

It takes a lot of different materials to make a modern day phone, and a fair number of them are of the rare earth metal variety. But a new study by researchers at Yale shows that there's another troubling detail about the supply of pre-phone components. Many of these metals aren't just rare; they're irreplaceable. » 12/06/13 11:20am 12/06/13 11:20am

65 Years Ago The Transistor Jump-Started The World Of Modern Technology

65 years ago, December 16th 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain operated the first ever working point-contact transistor, almost known as the iotatron. Now, so many years later, we rely on the descendants of that transistor as a part of practically all of the high tech electronic devices we use… » 12/16/12 12:00pm 12/16/12 12:00pm

Toshiba's Tablet Camera Sensor May Be Small But Shoots Video at 1080p

Toshiba's created an 8MP camera sensor for tablets and phones that they say has the smallest pixel size of all sensors, at 1.12 micrometers. Capable of shooting video in full 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, samples will be sent to manufacturers this month, so expect them in gadgets in the coming year. [Toshiba via … » 7/08/11 2:00pm 7/08/11 2:00pm