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Translating the hieroglyphs on your tech

Those tiny, weird symbols on the back of your phone? Here's what they mean.

By December 19, 2015


Improve VLC playback with GPU decoding

Have issues with stuttering H.264 files in VLC? Try today's tip to improve your video playback in Windows.

April 12, 2013


TV tech explainer: Every HDTV technology decoded

Don't let numbers and marketing terms like 240Hz, 1080p, LED, contrast ratio, and 4K confuse you. Find out what they all mean -- and which ones matter -- here.

By December 3, 2012


Apple acquires AlgoTrim, maker of compression tech, report says

The iPhone maker has snapped up a small company specializing in technology to help mobile devices decode images, squeeze software file sizes, and process video, according to a media report.

By August 28, 2013


How to decode QR codes without scanning them

QR codes are everywhere, tantalizing us with hidden information. Of course, a few of them are portals to malware or other uncool business, so it's not a good idea to just scan them all and hope for the best. QRreader is a Chrome extension that lets you get the information without putting your gear at risk.

By December 7, 2011


Exclusive: Retrevo to launch gadget model decoder

Gadget review site is collecting and presenting data on what that string of letters and numbers in the model number means.

By July 13, 2011


What HDTV model numbers mean

There are not-so-hidden meanings in TV model numbers. Geoffrey Morrison helps you decode them, brand by brand.

By September 17, 2012


New prosthetic treatment helps blind mice see

Cornell researchers decode mice brain signals necessary in vision and use the data to create a retinal prosthetic. Next up, monkeys and, possibly, humans.

By August 14, 2012


Crowdsourcing gamers best computers on protein folding

Citizen scientists using a 3D jigsaw puzzle video game are helping decode how proteins work to advance research drug treatments and potentially renewable fuels and chemicals.

By January 25, 2012


Flash update brings hardware accelerated video decoding to Macs

Adobe's beta version of Flash 10.1 player let you test out hardware accelerated video decoding on your Mac. Despite a few bugs, the beta version provided a notable decrease in CPU use when watching Flash videos. With its latest security update, Adobe adds hardware accelerated video decoding to the release version of Flash 10.1 player.

By August 11, 2010