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Washington State Sues Comcast For $100 Million Over ‘Deceptive Practices’

Posted on August 1, 2016 2:12 PM by Rob Williams
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Thumbnail

If you’re having a bad case of the Mondays, here’s a story that might perk you up. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has just launched a consumer-protection lawsuit against Comcast, valued at $100 million. That might seem like chump change to a corporation as gargantuan as Comcast, but let’s not overlook…..

Android 7.0 ‘Nougat’ Might Arrive This Friday, August 5

Posted on August 1, 2016 1:11 PM by Rob Williams
Android Nougat Logo

It appears that the next major version of Android could arrive a bit sooner than we would have expected – as in, a few months sooner. Word of this comes from infamous mobile leaker Evan Blass, who posted on Twitter over the weekend that August 5 could be the launch date for…..

CEO Of Niantic, Pokémon GO Developer, Used ‘nopass’ As Twitter Password

Posted on August 1, 2016 12:46 PM by Rob Williams
John Hanke's Twitter Profile

These stories never cease to impress. By now, you’d imagine that everyone and their dog should know how to set a secure password, and at the very least, everyone should know the implications of having one of your accounts hi-jacked. Well, it appears that this message never made it to Niantic’s CEO,…..

New PlayStation VR Details Released: Prepare To Free Up 60-square feet

Posted on July 29, 2016 1:56 PM by Rob Williams
Sony PlayStation VR

With the launch of Sony’s PlayStation VR now less than three months away, the time is now to figure out if you want one, because they’re sure to sell fast. One of the biggest concerns from those considering a VR kit is the amount of space required; something like the HTC Vive…..

Time To Check The Reality Of Your Wallet: Valve Puts Nearly 200 VR Games On Sale

Posted on July 29, 2016 1:09 PM by Rob Williams
HTC Vive VR Headset

If you’re a lucky owner of either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, it’s time to open your wallet “virtually” all of the way, as Valve has just put nearly 200 VR-supported titles on sale through its Steam store. Of the 191 titles available on sale, 100% support HTC’s Vive, while 45%…..

NVIDIA Settles GeForce GTX 970 Class-action Lawsuit, Will Pay Owners $30 Per GPU

Posted on July 28, 2016 6:57 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2+

It appears that the saga of the oddly designed memory subsystem of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 is finally reaching its conclusion. According to a class-action monitoring website, NVIDIA has agreed to dole out $30 to each customer that purchased a GTX 970, with there being no limit on the number of cards…..

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Will Disallow Disabling Of Cortana

Posted on July 28, 2016 6:21 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 - Cortana Settings

On August 2, Microsoft will be rolling out the second major update to its Windows 10 OS, dubbed Anniversary Update. The name is apt, as this release will come a mere four days after the July 29th anniversary date of the OS. Within the update will be a slew of security rollouts, some…..

A Few Of The Things I’m Looking Forward To At SIGGRAPH 2016

Posted on July 22, 2016 3:59 PM by Rob Williams
SIGGRAPH 2016 Logo

The 43rd annual SIGGRAPH conference will be taking place next week in Anaheim, California, and for the first time ever, we’ll be at the show taking in a whole lot of visual goodness and reporting on it after we come down from our high. As this will be the first time we’re…..

A New TITAN Is Born: Pascal Infuses Second Generation TITAN X To Deliver 11 TFLOPs

Posted on July 21, 2016 11:05 PM by Jamie Fletcher
New NVIDIA Pascal TITAN X

Well, this completely came out of nowhere. For those of you holding off on a new GPU, and you’ve been waiting on a new GTX 1080, well, things got a whole lot more exciting with the announcement of a new TITAN – the TITAN X! No, that’s not a typo, it really…..

Giveaways Galore: NVIDIA’s Order of Ten Origins and EVGA’s 17th Anniversary Event Ongoing

Posted on July 21, 2016 5:54 PM by Robert Tanner
Order or 10 Origins Puzzla

It may be nearing the start of classes once more but the end of July is going out with a bang, and we don’t mean those leftover firecrackers. NVIDIA’s previous Order of Ten puzzle contest is back with Order of Ten Origins and promises to be harder to solve than ever. Starting…..

Beepa Soon To Release Fraps 3.6.0 To Add Windows 10 Support, DirectX 12 Support Uncertain

Posted on July 21, 2016 2:22 PM by Rob Williams
Fraps

It sure has been a long while since we’ve last heard a peep out of Beepa, and I’m not going to lie: I figured a new version of Fraps was never going to come. I am delighted to see that that’s not the case, though, as Overclock3D helped us find out. After…..

NVIDIA Teams Up With SMI To Improve Image Quality In VR – Based On Where You’re Looking

Posted on July 21, 2016 12:57 PM by Rob Williams
Foveated VR Technique

To experience VR at its best, good hardware is required. I’m not just talking about the headsets, but the horsepower inside of the PC that’s making the magic happen. Admittedly, many VR titles today don’t actually look that impressive, image-quality wise, but that’s going to change, and soon. Look no further than…..

A Mousepad To Conquer Your Desk – A Look At The Tt ESPORTS DASHER Mousepad

Posted on July 20, 2016 11:00 AM by Tom Roeder
Thermaltake Tt eSports Dasher Extended Feature

The mouse pad is not needed as it once was back in the days of the old ball mice, or even the early optical mice, as they were very particular about their surface.  For example, at my work, my desk surface is wood, and I don’t usually use a mouse pad at…..

Seagate Resurrects Barracuda Brand With New Series Of 10TB Hard Drives

Posted on July 19, 2016 1:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Seagate BarraCuda Pro

A couple of years ago, Seagate quietly decommissioned its Barracuda brand in place of a rather dull ‘Desktop’ series of hard drives. Today though, Seagate has decided to bring back the old naming, but with a slightly different styling of BarraCuda (why the capital C? who knows…). There are four new series…..

AMD Previews Performance Improvements In Upcoming FirePro Graphics Driver

Posted on July 19, 2016 11:52 AM by Rob Williams
AMD FirePro Summer 2016 Driver Update

SIGGRAPH takes place next week, so that means just one thing: the excitement is building now. In fact, it appears that AMD’s excitement became a little too much for the company to bear, as it couldn’t help but let out an announcement in advance of the event: a new FirePro driver is…..

Razer’s Infiltration Becomes First Ever Evo Street Fighter V Champion

Posted on July 18, 2016 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Evo Championship Series Logo

This year’s Evo was one to remember. Held once again in Las Vegas, this year’s event took place during the series’ 20th anniversary, and it also became the first to host a Street Fighter V competition. As Evo has SF wound tight in its roots, it was a secret to no one…..

UK’s ARM Holdings Sold To Japan’s SoftBank for £24.3 Billion

Posted on July 18, 2016 12:25 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ARM_logo

In a rather sudden and somewhat controversial sale, one of the UK’s biggest technology firms, ARM Holdings, has been sold to a Japanese Telecom company, SoftBank, for an impressive £24.3 billion – or $31.6 billion USD at current exchange rates. This is approximately a 40% markup of the company’s last estimated value.…..

Hackers Drain $2 Million From Taiwanese ATMs Without A Bank Card, Baffling Authorities

Posted on July 15, 2016 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
Wincor Nixdorf Digital ATM

Automatic teller machines offer a lot of convenience to consumers, but their core design also makes them super attractive to criminals. Card scanners secretly installed on ATMs is a major issue in some countries, and it’s no surprise why: it’s such a hands-off attack, requiring mere deployment and retrieval. These attacks can affect…..

T-Mobile Capitalizes On Pokemon GO Craze, Offers Free Data For The Game’s Use

Posted on July 15, 2016 1:01 PM by Rob Williams
John Legere Pokemon GO

As the Pokemon GO craze continues to engulf the world, it seems like every possible business on Earth is taking advantage of it. Perhaps we should rename ourselves to TechGO? We’ll schedule a team meeting to debate that one. Not long after GO was unleashed on the unsuspecting public, jokes were made about…..

Futuremark Looks To The Past And Future With New Time Spy Benchmark

Posted on July 14, 2016 2:51 PM by Rob Williams
Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy

Futuremark has just released a brand-new update to its ultra-popular 3DMark benchmark which introduces ‘Time Spy’, a test that looks to the past and future. One goal of Time Spy is to make people feel a little nostalgic, as there are a number of different cues in the benchmark that act as…..

New Nintendo Console Announced – The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition

Posted on July 14, 2016 10:15 AM by Jamie Fletcher
NES Classic Edition Feature

I bet that was the console you weren’t expecting! In what appears to be a rather sudden and very un-Nintendo like move, a modern but mini NES system will be coming out this November, pre-loaded with 30 games, and sold for the cool price of $59.99. Nintendo is a very odd company…..

Malware Isn’t Malware If It’s Made By The FBI, Claims The FBI

Posted on July 13, 2016 2:17 PM by Rob Williams
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Logo

It’s a secret (hopefully) to no one that government agencies like the FBI would love nothing more than to know what the country’s citizens (and others, for that matter) are up to at all times. Edward Snowden’s leaks three-years-ago made that abundantly clear. You should also know that these agencies have stooped…..

Microsoft Is Actually Releasing A New Version Of Skype For Linux!

Posted on July 13, 2016 1:02 PM by Rob Williams
Skype for Linux Alpha

Using Linux can feel liberating at times; it’s an OS without certain constraints of other OSes, and it goes without saying that it’s a lot more open. But, it does bring with it a number of caveats, with a big one being that some developers treat it as if it’s not worth…..

NBC Universal Patents Technology To Automatically Detect Origin Of BitTorrent Piracy

Posted on July 12, 2016 1:22 PM by Rob Williams
NBC Universal - Patent US009386089 (Fig 1)

If you think that it’s impossible for a company like NBC Universal to prove victorious in the battle against BitTorrent pirates, then you see things very differently than the company does. That’s proven by the fact that it’s just upped the ante in its fight, with a newly-granted patent for a technology that…..

Biggest Reason For Canceled Streaming Service Subscriptions? Advertising

Posted on July 12, 2016 11:41 AM by Rob Williams
Streaming Service Cancelation Reasons

This may come as a surprise to no one, but one of the biggest reasons people cancel their streaming subscriptions is advertisements. Consequently, Netflix’s absolute lack of advertisements has helped it retain most of its subscribers from month to month. It’s no secret that advertising helps fuel a multitude of markets, from magazines…..

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