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Dell Acquires Storage Giant EMC In Record Breaking $67 Billion Deal

Posted on October 12, 2015 11:59 AM by Rob Williams

It’s not often that a rumor surrounding a major acquisition leaks to the Web and becomes confirmed mere days later, but that’s just what we’re seeing today with news that Dell and its partners are planning to absorb all of storage giant EMC. Valued at a staggering $67 billion, this deal becomes…..

Futuremark Reaffirms Its Commitment To Keep Cheating Hardware Vendors At Bay

Posted on October 8, 2015 2:01 PM by Rob Williams
Futuremark Large Logo

It shouldn’t strike anyone as a surprise to learn that sometimes, companies cheat. It could be performance results or an exaggeration of its features. The sad thing is, from a business standpoint, it might make sense to cheat. After all, lest the truth be revealed, that particular product might not sell so…..

Razer’s Latest BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard Features Enhanced Design, Advanced Lighting Capabilities

Posted on October 8, 2015 1:23 PM by Rob Williams
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2016 Mechanical Keyboard

Razer has just updated its popular BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, and for those who love cool lighting effects, it’s going to be well-worth checking out. Called the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016, this plank makes use of Razer’s own mechanical switches, and has been “built from the ground up” to offer the most compelling feature set…..

AOC Pushes Out Two Affordable 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitors

Posted on October 7, 2015 9:03 AM by Rob Williams
AOC G2460PF FreeSync Gaming Monitor

If you’re in the market for a new gaming monitor, and happen to be seeking out AMD FreeSync support, one of AOC’s two new releases might just prove suitable. Well, that assumes that you’re content with a modest 1080p resolution. Both the G2460PF and G2770PF support the same 1080p resolution, despite the…..

Microsoft HoloLens Development Kits Available Early 2016 For $3000

Posted on October 6, 2015 7:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
HoloLens Exposed Kit

Starting today, Microsoft will be taking applications for its new development kits of the HoloLens augmented reality system. These units are expected to start shipping in the first quarter of next year, with a rather hefty price tag of $3000. HoloLens is a rather different product from many of the other AR…..

Microsoft Unveils Much-anticipated Surface Pro 4, Surprises With Brand-new Surface Book Notebook

Posted on October 6, 2015 2:32 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 & Surface Book

One of the most anticipated products at Microsoft’s event in NYC this morning is the newest Surface Pro. With Windows 10 having been launched this past summer, it took a bit longer for the Surface Pro 4 to arrive than most had expected, but that extra wait does mean one important thing: Intel’s…..

Microsoft Elevates Its Band Fitness Wearable With Vastly Improved Second-gen Model

Posted on October 6, 2015 1:08 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Band 2

One of the first announcements Microsoft made at its NYC event this morning was for the follow-up to its Band wearable. It’s as if the company wanted to prove right out of the gate that it’s not letting this whole wearable thing pass it by. This second-generation model features the same name…..

Microsoft Announces Lumia 950 & 950 XL Flagship Smartphones, Powering Impressive Continuum Functionality

Posted on October 6, 2015 11:47 AM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Lumia 950 Smartphone

At an event held in New York City this morning, Microsoft unveiled a number of updates to some of its most popular product lines, such as Surface, Band, and Lumia. Overall, each set of updates were exciting in their own right, making it hard to pick a “best” from the pack. For…..

Steam Soon To Grace GameStop, EB Games & GAME UK Retail Stores

Posted on October 5, 2015 2:02 PM by Rob Williams
GameStop Store

Retail stores like GameStop and EB Games haven’t cared about the PC for quite some time. Even finding adapters for console-bound hardware (like the Xbox 360/One controller) can prove an exercise in patience. Of course, none of this should come as a surprise; even consoles are quickly shifting over to a pure…..

Just How Much Has The iPhone’s Camera Improved Over The Years? This Brilliant Comparison Shows Us

Posted on October 5, 2015 1:03 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone Photo Comparison

In recent years, the cameras Apple has packed into its iPhones have been the “one to beat”, but usually, their quality is compared to other top-flight phones of the current generation. What’s less clear is just how much the iPhone’s camera has evolved over time. While it’s obvious that, like the phone itself,…..

Adobe Announces Slew Of App Updates At Adobe MAX, As Well As Two New Mobile Apps

Posted on October 5, 2015 12:31 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

At its Adobe MAX conference, which runs until the 7th, Adobe revealed a number of updates that are coming to its desktop apps, and also unveiled two brand-new mobile apps that will make on-the-go editing easier than ever. Photoshop Fix (not to be confused with Photoshop Mix) is a one-stop shop for…..

Fractal Design Launches ‘The Modding Headquarters’, Showing Off Some Brilliant Builds

Posted on October 5, 2015 11:57 AM by Rob Williams
Fractal Design Define S by Bill Owen

Competing in the computer chassis market is tough. There’s a lot of competition, and for the most part, a lot of that competition is good. The folks at Fractal Design have found some ways to help the company stand out of the crowd, though. Back in August, it traveled to the quietest…..

NVIDIA Ushers In Its Maxwell-based Mobile Quadro Generation

Posted on October 1, 2015 12:15 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Quadro M5000M Mobile Workstation Graphics Card

With the last mobile Quadro release having taken place over two-years-ago, to say we’re overdue for an update would be an understatement. Fortunately, that update has just landed, and for those who’ve been holding off on an upgrade for this series, that wait has paid off. Similar to the improvements Maxwell brought…..

BOXX Releases Its Smallest-ever Workstation, The Liquid-cooled APEXX 1

Posted on September 30, 2015 6:55 PM by Rob Williams
BOXX APEXX 1 Ultra SFF Workstation

There’s some big news out of BOXX today involving a small product that’s sure to intrigue creative professionals who demand the highest performance in the smallest form-factor. That’s a goal that the APEXX 1 delivers in spades; its chassis is a mere 4.7″ wide, 8.5″ tall, and 8.0″ long, yet it supports an…..

Tesla Model X: The Electrifying SUV

Posted on September 30, 2015 5:30 PM by J.D. Kane
Tesla Model X Concept Car

After two long years of delays, Tesla has just unveiled its spectacular Model X; an all-electric SUV crammed full of very interesting details. The event took place near the company’s Fremont, California facility. The Model X goes for the jugular when it comes to attracting people’s attention. For instance, its so-called “Falcon…..

NVIDIA’s GRID Service Becomes GeForce NOW, Launching October 1 For $8/month

Posted on September 30, 2015 1:35 PM by Rob Williams
GeForce Now - The Only Way To Game

The moment many NVIDIA SHIELD owners have been waiting for has arrived: we now have a launch date for NVIDIA’s GRID game-streaming service. Or rather, “GeForce NOW” game-streaming service, as it’s now going to be called. After spending more than a year in beta testing, and nearly two years after its announcement,…..

AMD Launches Business-oriented PRO Series APUs, HP Wastes No Time Jumping On Board

Posted on September 29, 2015 3:16 PM by Jamie Fletcher
HP EliteBook Notebooks Featuring AMD's PRO Series APUs

In conjunction with a number of product announcements out of HP today, AMD has unveiled its brand-new APU series for both desktops and notebooks bound for business-class machines. Called AMD PRO, these chips are designed to offer great performance and unparalleled stability. We’ll have to wait to learn about the entire lineup,…..

Google Introduces Its Latest Nexus Smartphones: $379 5X & $499 6P

Posted on September 29, 2015 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
Google Nexus 5X Thumbnail

Following a few months of massive hype, Google has today revealed its latest top-end Nexus smartphones. Proving a rumor correct, the devices are called 5X and 6P, and will cost $379 and $499, respectively. Both phones will include a 3 month free subscription to Google Play Music, and for US customers who…..

ASUSTOR’s 10 Series NASes Are Stylish And Affordable, But Don’t Sacrifice Performance

Posted on September 22, 2015 4:43 PM by Rob Williams

NASes offer a wide-range of benefits for both the home and business user, but it’s not hard to understand why some people don’t opt for one: the up-front cost. “Awesome” NASes cost about $400~$500 a pop, and the drives that can be added to them (eg: 2 x 6TB) can cost the…..

NVIDIA Manages To Cram Its Desktop GeForce GTX 980 Into Notebooks

Posted on September 22, 2015 1:24 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS ROG GX700 Gaming Notebook

When I took a look at ASUS’ G751 gaming notebook this past spring, I was genuinely blown-away by the kind of gaming that its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics card allowed me to do. On the notebook itself, I could max out games at 1080p, and connected to a monitor, throttling down…..

Samsung Unwraps 950 Pro M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives

Posted on September 22, 2015 11:15 AM by Robert Tanner
Samsung's M.2 SSD 950 Pro

It was not that long ago that Samsung created a stir with its SM951 SSD thanks to its M.2 form-factor, reported NVMe support, and PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Yet, it soon became clear it was an OEM drive, with no direct consumer warranty or purchase options available except through OEM suppliers. If…..

Ghost in the Shell First Assault – Stand Alone Complex Online Announced

Posted on September 17, 2015 1:02 PM by Ryan Perry
Ghost in the Shell First Assault - Stand Alone Complex Online game engine screenshot

If you’re an anime fan like I am, there are a few standout titles on your short list. One of them is most likely Ghost in the Shell, Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk masterpiece. If you happen to also be a gamer, you’re really going to like what came down the pipes earlier. Nexon…..

Corsair Breaks Into GPU Market – Partners With MSI To Launch Liquid-Cooled GTX 980 Ti

Posted on September 17, 2015 12:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Corsair MSI Hydro GFX Press Shot

With pretty much every PC component under its belt, Corsair finally gets around to making an entry into one of the last remaining components an OEM manufacturer can provide – graphics cards. Corsair isn’t actually making the cards itself; that falls to MSI. What Corsair is providing is an H55 Hydro cooler…..

Logitech’s Harmony Elite Remote Puts Huge Emphasis On Home Control

Posted on September 16, 2015 5:21 PM by Rob Williams
Logitech Harmony Elite

Logitech says that its new Harmony Elite is “every remote you’ll ever need”, praise I’d wager most of the company’s top-tier releases over the years would have also deserved. But, as time passes, the company’s offerings do continue to get better, with regards to product support, ease-of-use, and overall design. Almost exactly…..

Latest GeForce Experience Beta Introduces Overlay & Game-sharing

Posted on September 16, 2015 12:54 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce Experience Beta

Since its introduction two years ago, NVIDIA has developed GeForce Experience to become a full-fledged suite of tools that can prove useful for virtually any gamer. In some cases, it might even replace tools you’ve relied on for years. It can record video, share that video, stream to a SHIELD, and of…..

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