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ARM Introduces First Processors To Utilize DynamIQ Design, New AI Instructions

Posted on May 29, 2017 10:10 AM by Rob Williams
ARM Cortex-A75 Architectural Design

In advance of the official opening of Computex 2017, ARM has unveiled its latest chip designs which will help fuel a countless number of our devices in the near-future. Those include the Cortex-A75 and A55 CPUs, as well as the Mali-G72 GPU. Performance improvements are nice, but the most notable aspect of…..

ASUS Rolls Out Hot New Notebooks, Displays & ‘Blue Cave’ Wireless Router At Computex 2017

Posted on May 29, 2017 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS-ZenBook-3-Deluxe-UX490-Thunderbolt-TYPE C-Dual-4K display

Welcome to Taipei, and this year’s Computex event. It’s been about six years since we last attended the show, but it’s always worth it. Our coverage kicks off with a look at a press event held by ASUS, where it’s showcasing a maelstrom of products across the entire tech spectrum. There are laptops,…..

Comcast Attempts To Censor Website Designed To Help People See Through Its BS

Posted on May 23, 2017 4:41 PM by Rob Williams
Comcastroturf Search Resized

Here’s an amazing example of why net neutrality is so important. It should be clear as day by now that the only entities to benefit from the barring of net neutrality rules are the companies that sell us access to the Internet and the politicians who are paid off to support them.…..

Far Cry 5 Set In A Beautiful Yet Extremely Disturbing Montana County

Posted on May 22, 2017 4:50 PM by Rob Williams
Far Cry 5 - Church Scene (Thumb)

Far Cry 5 has just been announced, and based on our initial look, we’re sure it’s going to be quite an interesting installment in the series. It’ll be action-packed, and perhaps more than that, downright disturbing. If you’ve ever craved a game scenario that sees you embark on an adventure in a…..

What We Know (And What We Don’t) About Destiny 2 Right Now

Posted on May 18, 2017 6:20 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 PvP (06)

After a couple of months’ worth of anticipation, Bungie today revealed our first look at gameplay in Destiny 2. If you didn’t catch the stream but are very curious about the company’s upcoming adventure, we’d highly recommend you watch the replay. Otherwise, you may feel content after watching the official trailer: Let’s…..

Qualcomm & Google Develop Daydream VR Standalone Reference Headset Using Snapdragon 835

Posted on May 17, 2017 2:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 Referrence

At this year’s Google I/O event, Qualcomm announced its collaborative design with Google to create a standalone VR headset based on the Daydream VR platform. This design will put Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset at the heart of the device. Daydream was announced at last year’s Google I/O event, with only a handful…..

Corsair Launches T1 RACE Gaming Chair

Posted on May 16, 2017 3:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Corsair T1 RACE Chair Lineup

Being content with award-winning peripherals, memory, power supplies and chassis, Corsair is adding yet another product to its gamer-centric product portfolio – chairs. Based on the ever popular sports-type racing design found in many luxury (or modded) cars, Corsair is building something stylish, yet built to last. Gaming chairs are not new,…..

VR Needs A Killer Gaming App, And That App Could Be Half-Life 2: VR

Posted on May 16, 2017 12:37 PM by Rob Williams
Half-Life 2 VR Logo

VR gaming is a lot of fun, but for reasons that fall outside the scope of this post, finding a deep, rich experience (aka: games that won’t be blown through in a couple of hours) are rare. But now, it appears, one of the best possible “killer apps” for VR gaming could…..

Rumored AMD Ryzen 9 ‘Threadripper’ Lineup Includes CPUs With Up To 16 Cores & 32 Threads

Posted on May 15, 2017 2:11 PM by Rob Williams
Rumored AMD Ryzen 9 Lineup

With Computex right around the corner (May 30 – June 3), leaks of what could be announced during the show are hitting the web hard. That includes a Ryzen update that caters to the most hardcore enthusiasts – those able to take advantage of more cores than the 8-core Ryzen 7 SKUs…..

Use A Rooted Android Device? It’s Time To Kiss Netflix Goodbye

Posted on May 15, 2017 1:34 PM by Rob Williams
Netflix (Android)

If you’ve been looking for a good reason to not root your Android device, Netflix has kindly given you one. Out of nowhere, users of rooted Android devices discovered over the weekend that Netflix simply wouldn’t work, and no simple reinstall would be able to fix it. In fact, Netflix has hid…..

NVIDIA’s Inaugural Inception Awards Highlight Importance Of Deep Learning

Posted on May 12, 2017 3:25 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA's 2017 Inception Award Winners & Presenters

During the 2017 North American iteration of its GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA held its first-ever Inception awards to reward six promising start-ups that utilize deep learning and artificial intelligence in their products and technologies. Culled from a list of hundreds of start-ups, these fortunate six inspire with their passion and ambition, and highlight…..

NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute Aims To Train 100,000 Developers In 2017

Posted on May 9, 2017 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA DLI Lab at IIT Bombay

Over the course of the last five years, deep learning has gone from being a relatively unknown technology to becoming one that’s a very important part of the future of computing. IDC’s research predicts that by 2020, a staggering 80% of applications built will implement deep learning in some way, highlighting the fact…..

NVIDIA Releases VRWorks SDKs For Audio & 360° Video

Posted on May 8, 2017 10:40 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Z CAM’s V1 PRO VR camera system

Things are just about ready to start-up at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) held in San Jose, and NVIDIA is already starting the announcements. Virtual Reality (VR) is not just an upcoming feature explosion in the gaming community, but also with professional creatives; VR isn’t just about graphics either. NVIDIA has documented…..

Two Co-op Games Worth Checking Out: Shadow Warrior 2 & Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Posted on May 5, 2017 4:09 PM by Rob Williams
Ghost Recon Wildlands Thumbnail

My brother and I love playing games together, but we tend to lean towards cooperative play over competitive. Unfortunately, the co-op market is one that’s not as full as it could be, unless you’re counting games that can involve co-op, but are ultimately online games with other players. Borderlands is what I…..

AMD Posts Helpful Infographic To Highlight Ryzen’s Strengths

Posted on May 4, 2017 1:24 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 5 Box

As we established across our look at both Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5, we found that AMD’s latest crop of CPUs are absolute powerhouses in many scenarios, with gaming being the most notable area where the weaker IPC and single-threaded performance has fallen short. I hate to use the term “fallen short”, though,…..

Corsair’s GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse Sports Interchangeable Thumbrests, 3 RGB Lighting Zones

Posted on May 4, 2017 12:44 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse - Right Side

If you thought that the gaming mouse market wasn’t saturated enough, great news: Corsair has unveiled yet another new model. The GLAIVE has a couple of tricks up its sleeves that helps separate itself from most other mice out there, such as interchangeable thumbrests to better suit the game you’re playing (or…..

LG’s 43-inch 43UD79-B IPS 4K Monitor Supports FreeSync, Costs $697 USD

Posted on May 3, 2017 2:07 PM by Rob Williams
LG 43UD79-B 4K Monitor

Earlier this week, we wrote about an impressive new monitor offering from Acer, a 4K beaut that packs in more than we’d expect (even Tobii eye-tracking!). While we don’t know what the Predator X27 is going to cost once it hits etail, our guesstimates put it at over $1,500. For most, that’s…..

Netflix Enjoys Four Times The Subscribers Of Comcast’s Cable TV Service

Posted on May 3, 2017 12:48 PM by Rob Williams

Netflix may make some frustrating changes from time to time, but overall, the price for its offering keeps people coming back, and encourages Netflix newbies to take the plunge. But just how popular is Netflix overall? According to Exstreamist (a clever site name, I must admit), it’s at least four times as…..

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 S To Take On The Likes Of Chrome OS

Posted on May 2, 2017 3:38 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Windows 10 S Default Wallpaper

Microsoft has today unveiled its third consumer version of Windows 10, and it’s probably not quite what you’re expecting. Called Windows 10 S, this version of Microsoft’s latest (and greatest?) OS caters to the same crowd that mulls Chrome OS as a potential choice. It’s whittled-down in comparison to the full-blown Windows…..

Acer Predator X27: The Monitor That Has Everything

Posted on May 1, 2017 1:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Acer Predator X27 Main Image

Displays have had a bit of a slow period over the last few years, nothing really caught the public’s attention. While there is a steady increase in interest for 4K resolution, there are now a wealth of additional technologies that have had people upgrading on a more regular basis. Acer has brought…..

Planning An Upgrade To Intel X299? Noctua Has A Free Cooler Mount For You

Posted on April 27, 2017 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
Noctua NM-I2011 Mounting Kit

A few months in advance of the release of AMD’s Ryzen processors, Noctua told its customers that if they wanted a free AM4 mounting kit for their existing Noctua cooler, they were free to request one. Now, the company is doing the same thing for Intel’s upcoming X299 platform, codenamed Basin Falls,…..

First Impressions Of Corsair’s Crystal 570X Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Chassis

Posted on April 26, 2017 1:54 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair Crystal 570X Build (Techgage GPU Test Rig) Thumb

When I took my first look at Corsair’s Crystal 570X at its release last fall, I fell in love almost immediately. Overall, the chassis design is simple to grasp and work with, but once in action, it’ll help make a build look downright gorgeous. I knew I had to have one as a…..

Intel’s Optane Memory Hits The Market, Available In 16GB & 32GB Densities

Posted on April 25, 2017 4:30 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Optane Memory (32GB) Thumb

Following up on its announcement from last month, Intel has this week let its Optane memory loose on the market. At this point in time, two different Optane products exist, with one being targeted at the enterprise, and the other, the consumer. As discussed in the earlier posts, Intel’s Optane sets out…..

AMD Announces Updated Radeon Pro Duo Boasting 11.45 TFLOPS Of Compute Performance For $999

Posted on April 25, 2017 11:58 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Pro Duo (2017)

Almost exactly a year ago, AMD released a graphics card that required more explaining than most, because it just wasn’t clear to everyone from the get-go who it was designed for. Part of that confusion owes its thanks to the fact that the card sported the Radeon name, and not to mention…..

Netflix’s Overhauled Ratings System Is Leaving An Awful Lot To Be Desired

Posted on April 21, 2017 11:26 AM by Rob Williams
Netflix Homepage

A little over a month ago, after what’s believed to be a response to downvoting trolls, Netflix replaced its 5-star rating system with an even simpler up / down voting one. From the get-go, I hated the change, but for the sake of not jumping to conclusions, I decided to use it…..

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