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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…..

Mastercard Tests Credit Card Design With Built-in Fingerprint Reader

Posted on April 21, 2017 10:13 AM by Rob Williams
MasterCard Fingerprint Credit Card

When debit and credit cards first hit the market with “Tap” – the ability to tap your card on a reader in lieu of punching in a PIN code – I couldn’t believe how insecure it felt. I first learned of the feature when I was at a coffee shop and the…..

EVGA Releases 11Gbps GTX 1080 iCX SC2 & FTW2 Graphics Cards

Posted on April 20, 2017 11:20 AM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 iCX Edition

If you’ve been wondering where the 11Gbps updates to EVGA’s iCX GTX 1080 line have been kicking about: wonder no more. The company has today released updates to both the SC2 and FTW2 iCX products to include the 11Gbps framebuffer, with the SC2 priced at $569.99 USD, and the FTW2, $589.99. As…..

FBI Manages To Hire A Few Thousand Hackers Who Don’t Smoke Weed

Posted on April 18, 2017 12:22 PM by Rob Williams

Cannabis, either for medicinal or recreational use, has been slowly becoming more accepted as time goes on, with 8 US states this past fall voting to legalize it for either purpose. At this point, seven states have legalized the drug for recreational use, and with California being one of those, there are…..

AMD Announces RX 500 Series Graphics Cards Including New RX 550

Posted on April 18, 2017 11:20 AM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS STRIX Radeon RX 580

It’s been almost a year since the original launch of AMD’s Polaris architecture with the Radeon RX 480, but now we have a new range to look forward to, Veg…. no, the RX 500 series! Not just three new cards, but a mysterious forth that has been long missing, an X50 SKU.…..

After Nearly 20 Years, Intel Calls It Quits On Its Annual Developer Forum

Posted on April 17, 2017 2:56 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Developer Forum 2017 Logo

A website landing page which once previewed an upcoming Intel Developer Forum for fall 2017 has just been replaced with a much simpler one bearing a grim message. Seemingly out of nowhere, Intel has decided to cancel all of its Intel Developer Forum – not just one event, but all of them.…..

Speculation Runs Rampant On Why Nintendo Is Discontinuing The NES Classic Edition

Posted on April 14, 2017 12:46 PM by Rob Williams
NES Classic Edition

Last summer, Nintendo won the Internet for a day when it announced that it was going to release a mini Nintendo Entertainment System with 30 built-in games. The hype was incredible, and really hasn’t died down much since the device’s launch this past November. Even today, months after the initial release, people…..

Xbox Scorpio To Offer Automatic Performance Boosts To Games, Will Feature AMD FreeSync Support

Posted on April 12, 2017 1:25 PM by Rob Williams
Xbox Scorpio Dev Kit

In an in-depth article posted to Gamasutra this week, lots is being revealed about Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One Scorpio – a high-performance competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. With these details, we get to see what the dev kit looks like (physically and specs-wise), and get confirmation on certain features. Sharing common…..

AMD’s Mid-range Ryzen 5 4-core & 6-core Processors Hit Retail

Posted on April 11, 2017 1:29 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Processor

Right on schedule, AMD has today released its first Ryzen 5 processors, targeted at those who are dying for the chance to own a Zen-based chip, but don’t want to open their wallets wide enough to let $329 slide out (especially with Vega coming out soon!). As we covered a couple of…..

‘Rensenware’ Malware Encrypts Your Data, Forces You To Play Bullet Hell Game To Get It Back

Posted on April 10, 2017 12:49 PM by Rob Williams
Rensenware Malware

Malware, in all of its forms, is designed to be a nuisance, and sometimes destructive. But of all of the different forms of malware out there, one of the most infuriating has got to be “ransomware” – malicious software designed to score a quick buck for its creator. In many ransomware cases,…..

Xbox One Project Scorpio Finally Has Specs Revealed

Posted on April 6, 2017 5:15 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Xbox Project Scorpio APU

Courtesy of Digital Foundry, we’ve been given the first real glimpse at Microsoft’s long-in-development Xbox One update, Project Scorpio. With hardware and chips built from the ground up, the 6 TFLOP monster console has its sights set squarely on real 4K gaming and 60FPS. To do battle with Sony’s recently launched PS4…..

NVIDIA Reveals New Top-end TITAN Xp Graphics Card, Forthcoming Support For Pascal On Mac

Posted on April 6, 2017 12:20 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA TITAN Xp (2017)

When NVIDIA unveiled its second-generation TITAN X last summer, it was a bit of an odd launch in that it came out of absolutely nowhere. Unlike most launches, the media was not given a heads-up that go-around. Instead, NVIDIA chief Jen-Hsun Huang decided to reveal the card to researchers, and given its…..

United No More: Canonical To Replace Unity With GNOME In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Posted on April 5, 2017 4:49 PM by Rob Williams

In some shocking news that comes a wee bit too close to April Fools’ Day, Ubuntu and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced via the Ubuntu blog that the Unity desktop environment is not going to be in the OS’ future. Canonical moved Ubuntu from GNOME to Unity about seven years ago; now,…..

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX G-Assist Brings GeForce Assisted Gaming To PCs

Posted on March 31, 2017 3:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NVIDIA GeForce GTX G-Assist

Pushing the boundaries of deep-learning, artificial intelligence, and tactical analysis, NVIDIA has made a surprise announcement that will surely take the gaming community by storm. Leveraging the power of thousands of gamers, across thousands of titles, GeForce GTX G-Assist will be the saving grace for gamers the world over. We’ve all been…..

Destiny 2 Probably Won’t Feature Cross-Platform Play, But The Demand Is High

Posted on March 31, 2017 3:04 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Teaser Art

Leading up to the Destiny 2 reveal yesterday, I had been holding out hope that despite Bungie’s silence, a PC version of the game would rise to the surface. After looking at the announcement trailer (seen below), I didn’t have much confidence, as the end of the video didn’t reveal platforms at…..

Bungie Announces Destiny 2, Finally Confirms Addition Of PC Version

Posted on March 30, 2017 3:02 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Promo Art

After many months of speculation and growing excitement, Bungie has finally unveiled the next chapter in the Destiny universe, to come to us in the form of an aptly named Destiny 2. While Bungie has given it no fanfare, Destiny 2 will become the first game in the series to be available…..

Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Creators Update To Launch On April 11

Posted on March 29, 2017 4:19 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Creators Update

Hot on the heels of Microsoft accidentally releasing the ISOs for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update to the Internet yesterday, the company has gone ahead and confirmed that April 11 is the day we’ll all be able to jump on in. It’s all but a short wait at this point. The…..

Intel’s Optane Memory Consumer Release For 16GB & 32GB M.2 SSDs

Posted on March 29, 2017 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Optane Memory Module

Last week, Intel announced the first Optane product that will launch for enterprise, the DC P4800X, but we now have confirmation of the consumer targeted device, Optane Memory. These are 16GB or 32GB M.2 SSD sticks featuring the 3D Xpoint technology that bridges storage and memory. Our previous news post covers the…..

The End Of An Era: Blizzard Renames Battle.net PC Client To ‘Blizzard’

Posted on March 24, 2017 12:47 PM by Rob Williams
Blizzard Client for Windows

It’s almost hard to believe, but after twenty-one years of faithful service, Blizzard has decided to push the Battle.net name to the shadows. Going forward, the developer’s front-facing PC (Windows, Mac) client encompassing all of its games will simply be called ‘Blizzard’. Blech. It works, but it doesn’t have that same kind…..

Apple Says Recent Leak Of CIA iPhone Exploits Poses No Threat

Posted on March 24, 2017 12:11 PM by Rob Williams

Earlier this week, whistleblowing website WikiLeaks released a trove of information that detailed CIA efforts to gather information through the use of malware. It also talks about some of the tools the CIA used to break into mobile devices, such as Apple’s iPhone. It’s been a secret to no one that the…..

GOG’s Galaxy Game Client Comes Out Of Beta, Introduces Overlay & Cloud Saves

Posted on March 24, 2017 10:54 AM by Rob Williams
GOG Galaxy - Game Library

GOG announced this week that its GOG Galaxy game client has just received its biggest update of all time, bringing it to version 1.2. This version becomes a milestone release, as it signifies the software’s exit from beta – a beta which began over two-and-a-half years ago. This stable version also comes…..

Meatless Meat That Doesn’t Taste Like Cardboard Could Thrive By Year’s End

Posted on March 23, 2017 2:32 PM by Rob Williams
05 Homepage News

Impossible Foods has a task that itself seems impossible: to create fake meat that tastes like real meat. We’ve all heard about the lab-grown meat that’s coming, but this is a bit different. Impossible Foods creates “veggie” burgers, but with an important extra ingredient that helps create a realistic enough burger that…..

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