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Valve Says That Consumer HTC Vive Headsets Won’t Ship Until Q1 2016

Posted on August 28, 2015 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
SteamVR Vive

Valve has today updated us on where things currently stand with its upcoming Vive headset, which it joined forces with HTC to create. There’s both some good and bad news here, so let’s start with the latter. While it was anticipated that consumers would be able to purchase Vive before the end…..

Heyoo! Lionsgate Begins Production On Borderlands Movie

Posted on August 28, 2015 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
Borderlands Logo

It’s been rumored for a while, and now it’s confirmed: A Borderlands film is en route. Right off the top, I’m skeptical. Borderlands is one of the best game series going, in my opinion, and just how often does a game-to-movie transition work? Not often enough, and this is a series I’d…..

Logitech G’s Artemis Spectrum: Gaming Headsets For Serious Audiophiles

Posted on August 27, 2015 2:20 PM by J.D. Kane
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Headset with Mic

Logitech G, the gaming-focused arm of peripherals giant Logitech, has announced the debut of its two latest headsets: the G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless and the G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming. You might guess by their names that these are essentially the same headsets. They share many salient features. They both are equipped with patent-pending 40mm…..

Apple Sets September 9 Date To Launch Next iPhone – And Perhaps More?

Posted on August 27, 2015 2:02 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple has today sent out invites to select press for an event happening on September 9 in San Francisco. Given the timing, it’s no secret that this event will be used to launch the next iPhone. As The Verge reports, though, the venue for this particular event is the Bill Graham Civic…..

AMD’s Super Powerful (And Small) Radeon R9 Nano Can Soon Be Yours For $649

Posted on August 27, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon R9 Nano

After months of anticipation, AMD’s super-small Radeon R9 Nano has landed. Since the card’s original tease back in June, AMD’s touted the card as being on per performance-wise to an R9 290X. That’s a fairly big claim on account of the fact that we’re talking about a six-inch model. Well, if the…..

NZXT’s S340 Mid-tower Chassis Goes Black And Green For Special Razer Edition

Posted on August 26, 2015 1:10 PM by J.D. Kane
NZXT S340 Razer Edition

When I think of gaming peripherals solutions provider Razer, I think of two things: The color green, and style. It’s no surprise, then, that when the company announced a tie-up with PC chassis manufacturer NZXT, the resulting progeny of their union would be, well, green and stylish. Behold the NZXT S340 –…..

Look Out, Twitch: YouTube Set To Launch YouTube Gaming Service Today

Posted on August 26, 2015 11:29 AM by Rob Williams
YouTube Gaming Across Multiple Devices

This time last year, it seemed certain that YouTube would be the one to acquire the ultra-popular game streaming service, but alas, that privilege went to Amazon for a cool $1 billion. That wasn’t going to stop Google from pursuing its game streaming prospects, though, something that became clear in June…..

VMware Updates Four Desktop Virtualization Suites: Workstation Pro, Player, Fusion & Fusion Pro

Posted on August 25, 2015 7:44 PM by Rob Williams
VMware Workstation Pro 12 & Player 12

VMware has today launched the latest versions of four of its products, two each for the Workstation and Fusion series. These releases have come a bit earlier than expected, as Workstation 11 came out in its final form just last December. With Windows 10 having launched last month, though, VMware clearly didn’t…..

Microsoft Pushes Cortana Onto Android In Limited Public Beta

Posted on August 24, 2015 4:59 PM by Rob Williams
Cortana Logo

In May, Microsoft announced that it would be releasing its Cortana digital assistant for both iOS and Android. Today, the latter platform has received the first beta; at this point, there’s been no confirmation of when Siri’s competition will hit her platform. Microsoft calls this release a “public beta”, but it took no time…..

QNAP Releases Its Thunderbolt 2.0-equipped TVS-871T Business NAS

Posted on August 24, 2015 4:03 PM by Rob Williams

We first learned of the “World’s First” Thunderbolt-equipped NAS at Computex back in June. At the time, we didn’t know all there was to know about QNAP’s TVS-871T, but it was only a matter of time before the juiciest bits were revealed. As this post might allude to, that time is now.…..

Thunderbolt 3.0 GPU Docks Should Appear Within The Next Six Months

Posted on August 24, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams

At last week’s Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco, I happened to cross paths with a booth that had some Thunderbolt 3.0 docks on display. What really caught my attention was the fact that one of them had a graphics card installed, and all I could think was, “Here we go…..

Thecus Launches High-end N7770-10G And N8880U-10G Business NASes

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Thecus N7770-10G Business NAS

On the lookout for a new high-end Linux-based business NAS? If so, Thecus’ ‘Elite Class’ N7770-10G or N8880-10G might prove suitable. The 10G in each device’s name represents the fact that 10GbE Ethernet is default – no need for an add-in card. The N7 is a pedestal-style NAS while the N8 is…..

Spotify Privacy Update, Wants Access To Your Life – Users Revolt

Posted on August 21, 2015 11:10 AM by Jamie Fletcher

Just when you thought big data privacy concerns would die down, Spotify introduced an update to its privacy policy, granting it permission to access your photos, sensor and location data, your contacts, and your social media ‘stuff’. P.S.: you have to tell everyone you know that Spotify is doing this, for legal…..

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 950 – Gaming On A Budget

Posted on August 20, 2015 7:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS GeForce GTX 950 STRIX - Overview

With IDF over, we get back to our usual programming, and this time, it’s all about the GPUs. NVIDIA’s latest release is the more budget-orientated GTX 950. This is another member of the GM206 Maxwell 2 family, and is effectively a cut-back GTX 960. Being cut from the same cloth is actually…..

Intel To Support VESA’s Adaptive-Sync Standard For Variable Refresh Displays

Posted on August 20, 2015 7:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Samsung U28E590D 28-inch 4K FreeSync Monitor

In a Q&A session with Intel’s Chief Graphics Software Architect, David Blythe, The Tech Report obtained some interesting information regarding Intel’s stance on the whole variable refresh display debate. Intel is all for standards-based solutions and is likely to side with VESA’s Adaptive-Sync technology. This is the same tech behind AMD’s FreeSync.…..

Kingston & OCZ Show Off NVMe-based PCIe SSDs At IDF

Posted on August 19, 2015 3:14 PM by Rob Williams

It’s not often that a brand-new or updated protocol feels deprecated right out-of-the-gate. Take a look at Thunderbolt; it seems to deliver outstanding speeds that we can’t even catch up to with our devices. And then there’s SATA 3, a protocol that became a bottleneck for super-fast SSDs not long after it hit…..

Intel Announces Optane Brand of 3D XPoint Storage Devices

Posted on August 19, 2015 2:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel and Micron 3D XPoint Memory Technology

At the Intel Developer Forum, a new storage technology was announced called 3D XPoint (crosspoint) which will find its way into Intel’s new Optane brand of SSDs. The technology is a hybrid of sorts that was originally announced last month, being 1000 times more durable than NAND Flash (and supposedly 1000 times…..

WD 6TB Black and Red Pro Edition HDDs Announced

Posted on August 18, 2015 11:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
WD Black 6TB Hard Drive

Update: Newegg now has availability for the 6TB Black, along with Amazon. Soon to be at an etailer near you, WD has announced two new 6TB hard drive densities for the Black and Red families, covering high-density NAS and high performance desktop scenarios. 6TB drives have been available for a while, but…..

Rambus Designing DDR4 Chipsets For High-Density Servers

Posted on August 18, 2015 10:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Rambus RB26 R+ Memory Interface Chipset For LRDIMMs

After a long hiatus in the public eye, Rambus will start to design and manufacture memory chipsets for the server market, providing access to huge memory pools for companies that need it. For those unfamiliar with computer history, Rambus is traditionally known as being a patent bully back in the day (not…..

Topless Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce Roadster Bows in Pebble Beach

Posted on August 17, 2015 8:00 AM by J.D. Kane

Anyone who knows me really well, knows that my automotive heart’s first and greatest love is for the mighty machines from Sant’Agata Bologenese, Lamborghini. Consequently, every time a new Lamborghini debuts, an alert goes out to my local emergency room, just in case my heart races out of control from all the…..

Samsung Announces A Trifecta Of NVMe SSDs

Posted on August 14, 2015 5:53 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung SSD

Hot on the heels of its 256Gb TLC 3D NAND announcement, Samsung is unveiling a trio of new NVMe solid-state drive families. First up is the PM953, which is an update to the popular SM951 drive. We don’t have performance numbers for comparison, but the PM953 will be a NVMe capable drive…..

Toshiba And Samsung Unwrap 256Gb TLC NAND Chips

Posted on August 13, 2015 9:20 AM by Robert Tanner
Samsung 256Gb NAND Chip

Fresh from the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition, two major SSD manufacturers have unveiled new 256Gb (32GB) TLC NAND flash chips. With process node shrinks destined to become fewer and farther between, the only other way for SSDs to continue to see prices fall and drive capacities increase will be continued increases…..

Qualcomm Reveals Snapdragon 820 And Adreno 530 Processors At SIGGRAPH

Posted on August 12, 2015 2:01 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Logo

Qualcomm has just unveiled its next top-end Snapdragon chip, and not surprisingly, its promises are grand. A highlight of the Snapdragon 820, and also the upcoming 620 and 618, is the Adreno 500 series GPU. The beefiest chip will be treated to the Adreno 530, while the 6XX models will get the…..

SPEC Updates Us On Its Forthcoming Graphics & Workstation Benchmarks

Posted on August 12, 2015 11:01 AM by Rob Williams

SPEC’s Graphics and Workstation Performance Group has taken advantage of SIGGRAPH to fill us in on what we can expect to see from it this year, and overall, there’s quite a bit to look forward to. To start, SPECgpc will issue a much-needed update to SPECviewperf, adding 4K support. At the moment,…..

NVIDIA Expands Its Maxwell-based Quadro Lineup With M4000 & M5000 Workstation Cards

Posted on August 11, 2015 6:00 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Quadro M5000 Workstation Graphics Card

SIGGRAPH became the launching platform for NVIDIA’s DesignWorks suite of tools and libraries, but that wasn’t enough to satiate the company’s appetite. Being a de facto graphics conference, SIGGRAPH is a great place to introduce brand-new workstation cards. In this case, we’re talking the second and third Maxwell-based Quadros: M4000 and M5000. Given…..

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