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Google Could Show Off First Andromeda (Android + Chrome OS) Devices On October 4

Posted on September 26, 2016 2:19 PM by Rob Williams
Google Pixel C Notebook

There are a billion (give or take) rumors surrounding Google right now, but one of the most interesting is the potential debut of its Android + Chrome OS hybrid OS called “Andromeda”. Over the weekend, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the SVP of Android and Chrome OS, took to Twitter to hint that this October…..

Brian Krebs’ Website Taken Offline Through Massive DDoS Attack, Google Swoops In To The Rescue

Posted on September 26, 2016 1:50 PM by Rob Williams
Google Project Shield

It’s been quite the week for security journalist Brian Krebs, but not for great reasons. Well – that can be subjective, as some good is coming out of the unparalleled DDoS attack his website KrebsOnSecurity encountered last week. Let’s rewind a little bit. Earlier this month, Krebs wrote a story about vDOS, an…..

Samsung Unveils 960 PRO And 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSDs

Posted on September 22, 2016 2:51 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung 960 Evo Nvme Ssd

It hardly seems like the 950 Pro is a year old, yet Samsung has just kicked off its 2016 SSD Global Summit with quite a bang. The 950 PRO has proven to be a tough M.2 SSD to beat, and although many competitors were initially announced last year only a couple eventually…..

If You’re A Linux User, Be Wary Of Microsoft’s ‘Signature’ PCs

Posted on September 21, 2016 11:46 AM by Rob Williams
Lenovo Yoga 900 Ultrabook

Does Microsoft require its ‘Signature’ PCs to prevent Linux from being used? That’s the insinuation made over at reddit today by user BaronHK. This came about after he was unable to install Linux on his brand-new Lenovo Yoga 900 ultrabook, something he decided to complain about in Best Buy’s review section; a…..

Digital Homicide Tries To Commit Digital Suicide By Suing 100 Steam Gamers

Posted on September 19, 2016 1:14 PM by Rob Williams
Digital Homicides 1 Ball 2 Win

You’d think that in 2016, developers would realize that their actions could have consequences, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for those who work at Digital Homicide. This developer has been pushing less-than-stellar games to Steam for a while, and as you’d expect, the reviews reflected that. But apparently, Digital…..

Rivet Networks Announces Killer E2500 Ethernet Adapter, Bound For GIGABYTE & MSI Motherboards

Posted on September 16, 2016 4:02 PM by Rob Williams
Killer E2500 Networking Latency Comparison

The folks at Rivet Networks have just announced their latest creation: the Killer E2500 Ethernet chip. Just as we’d expect, it’s packed to the gills with new gaming features, continuing to build on a legacy that’s now spanned an entire decade. The Killer E2500 has four major features worth calling out, with…..

Logitech Acquires Sim Peripheral Leader Saitek From Mad Catz

Posted on September 16, 2016 3:10 PM by Rob Williams
Saitek X 56 Flight System

Last fall, the future of Mad Catz seemed uncertain. A bankruptcy loomed, but despite that, the company showed up at this year’s CES with a number of products on hand. Not long after, though, our PR contact left his position, adding even more to the uncertainty. Since then, Mad Catz seems to…..

ZOTAC Gets Into The Home Automation Business With New Cozee Line Of Products

Posted on September 15, 2016 2:55 PM by Rob Williams
Zotac Cozee Mini Gateway

In case it isn’t obvious, home automation is quickly becoming big business. If you want some proof of it, look no further than the fact that a GPU vendor has just entered the market. That vendor is ZOTAC, and its first system, called Cozee, is quite compelling. Cozee consists of three main…..

AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group Turns 1, Company Reminds Us What It’s Been Up To

Posted on September 14, 2016 3:28 PM by Rob Williams

Can you believe it? It’s already been an entire year since AMD created the Radeon Technologies Group with the goal of establishing itself as the market leader in graphics. Has the company succeeded? That’s impossible to answer given we’re talking about a single year, but it’s not impossible to say that the…..

Logitech’s K780 Multi-device Wireless Keyboard Has Built-in Mobile Stand, Boasts 24 Month Battery Life

Posted on September 14, 2016 2:12 PM by Rob Williams

Logitech has no shortage of peripherals that can be used across multiple devices, but its new K780 wireless keyboard is a bit different: it has a built-in stand. While not entirely new, given the K480 we’ve looked at before has a similar design, the K780 is much more streamlined, and in my…..

NZXT’s Aer RGB LED Fans Aim To Keep Your PC Cool, Keep It Looking Cool

Posted on September 13, 2016 1:50 PM by Rob Williams

If your PC is lacking in color, don’t fret: NZXT’s new Aer RGB LED fans can fix that up in a snap. These fans are not just designed to look good while running; they’re also designed to be efficient, and long-lasting. “RGB LED” seems a little generic at this point, given the…..

MSI Aims To Deliver Ultimate VR Experience With ‘VR One’ All-in-one Backpack PC

Posted on September 12, 2016 2:56 PM by Rob Williams

It goes without saying that 2016 has been an incredible year for virtual reality, and if one thing’s certain: its momentum is not slowing down. 2016 could also be considered the “year of the VR backpack”, as we’ve seen a huge number of options from vendors the world over. MSI’s latest, though,…..

SteelSeries Promises To ‘Reinvent’ MMO/MOBA Gaming Mice With New Rival 500

Posted on September 12, 2016 12:44 PM by Rob Williams

It’s sometimes hard to choose between one gaming mouse and another when you’re in the market for one. That could even apply to the same vendor; it’s inevitable that multiple models are going to be so similar that figuring out which is actually best (for you) will be a little tedious. Well, that…..

Gaming Gear – A Look At NoScope Gaming Glasses And Catalyst Energy Mints

Posted on September 12, 2016 12:00 PM by Tom Roeder

Gaming is a serious business.  Competitive gaming is exploding in popularity, and as a result, LAN parties are becoming more popular than ever.  As gaming becomes more and more competitive, gamers are always on the lookout for something to give them a competitive edge over their opponents.  Today we are looking at…..

NVIDIA Releases GeForce Experience 3.0, Boasts An Entirely Revamped Interface

Posted on September 9, 2016 3:16 PM by Rob Williams

Out of nowhere (or, it was at least unknown to me), NVIDIA released a brand-new version of its GeForce Experience application yesterday. This isn’t just some standard update: it’s a complete overhaul, a “building from the ground up”. For that reason, it’s also been given a new major version number: 3.0. I’ve…..

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Scores DirectX 12 Patch, But Don’t Expect Anything Significant

Posted on September 8, 2016 4:00 PM by Rob Williams

The long-awaited DirectX 12 patch for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has arrived, and as much as I hate to admit it, it couldn’t be more underwhelming. The lone DX12 feature included here is the fact that the API is supported; that means performance might be improved in some cases, but the visuals…..

NVIDIA And Epic Team Up For A VR Funhouse ‘Game Jam’

Posted on September 6, 2016 3:49 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA VR Funhouse Logo

When NVIDIA first unveiled its VR Funhouse game at the launch of its first Pascal-based GeForce graphics cards, few people probably realized the amount of support the company would be putting behind it. For starters, the game is free and also quite good. What wasn’t obvious at first is that NVIDIA would be…..

Qualcomm Announces VR Reference Platform: Snapdragon VR820

Posted on September 1, 2016 1:52 PM by Rob Williams
Snapdragon VR Platform

At IFA, Qualcomm announced a new platform that makes us question: “What took so long?” You might recall that last fall, the company announced a reference platform for drones, called Snapdragon Flight. That was a good launch, but it definitely made us question where a VR reference platform was; after all, Qualcomm’s…..

Sony Increasing Already Overpriced PlayStation Plus Subscription Fees

Posted on August 23, 2016 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
PlayStation 4 - Subscription Renewal

It might be obvious from the title that this is going to be a little bit of a rant – and that’d be accurate. I have never liked Microsoft’s or Sony’s requirement for paid subscriptions in order for gamers to play with their friends online, but Sony’s brand-new price hike for PlayStation…..

Acronis Releases True Image 2017 Backup Suite, Introduces Facebook Backup & Subscription Model

Posted on August 22, 2016 9:44 PM by Rob Williams
Acronis True Image 2017

Acronis has just launched the latest iteration of its popular backup solution True Image, with version 2017. This year’s release proves to be a feature-packed one, with a bunch of useful tools added, along with a good helping of fine-tuning and general polish. If you haven’t upgraded your True Image license in…..

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1060 3GB For Gaming On A Tighter Budget

Posted on August 18, 2016 5:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
EVGA SFF GTX 1060 3GB Press Shot

NVIDIA is still rolling out its Pascal launch with yet another GPU, this time with a more budget friendly GTX 1060 equipped with 3GB of GDDR5 instead of 6GB. The aim is to hit the sub $200 mark and to some extent, undercut AMD’s RX 480 by performing slightly better. The main…..

Opinion: Leave The 3.5mm Audio Jack Alone!

Posted on August 18, 2016 4:45 PM by Jamie Fletcher
USB Type-C Connecter

It’s rant time. Apple has pretty much confirmed that it’s dropping the humble 3.5mm audio jack from its upcoming iPhone, replacing it with the digital-only Lightning connector. Now it’s Intel’s turn by talking up the benefits of USB Type-C replacing the ubiquitous audio connector too. Apple, Intel, can we please stop this…..

NVIDIA Warps In 4K DSR & SLI Support For No Man’s Sky With GeForce 372.54 Drivers

Posted on August 16, 2016 4:00 PM by Brandon Mietzner
No Man's Sky 4K Screenshot 07

From time to time a game comes along that looks good, but you just want it to look better. That game this time around is No Man’s Sky and with the newly released 372.53 drivers from NVIDIA, you can push it even further with Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) and SLI. For those…..

Logitech Caters To eSports Gamers With G Pro Gaming Mouse

Posted on August 16, 2016 8:28 AM by Rob Williams
Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse

Logitech’s G Pro Gaming Mouse might have a simple name, and it might look simple, but it’s far from being a bland product. The company targets this mouse at the eSports crowd and says that it includes the best features from its popular G100s and G303 mice. It’s also been developed with…..

No Linux Here: Google Begins Development On New Operating System ‘Fuchsia’

Posted on August 15, 2016 9:09 AM by Rob Williams
Google Magenta Kernel Project

A brand-new project on Google’s Git website has surfaced, and for a number of different reasons, it’s extremely notable. First, it’s an operating system, called Fuchsia. Second, it’s not based on Linux, as Google’s other OS, Android, is. This is going to be interesting. Inside the project’s main readme file is a…..

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