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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…..

What NVIDIA’s GameWorks Does For Game Developers, Its DesignWorks Does For The Tool Makers

Posted on August 11, 2015 4:45 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA DesignWorks Black Logo

Many readers of Techgage are bound to be familiar with NVIDIA’s GameWorks middleware which allows game developers to add cool effects to their games quickly and easily. We’re talking NVIDIA-specific tech like HairWorks, FaceWorks, and of course, PhysX, as well as enhanced technologies, like HBAO+, TXAA, and soft shadows. Up to this…..

Lenovo Announces P-Series Workstation Laptops With Xeon CPUs & Thunderbolt 3

Posted on August 11, 2015 2:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Lenovo P70 Workstation Press Shot

Quick on the heels of Intel’s latest mobile Xeon launch, Lenovo has announced its own series of workstation laptops, bringing with it 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory, two(!) Thunderbolt 3 ports, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and a 4K display. That’s a lot of premium tech in a small package. It wasn’t going to…..

Google, Meet Your New Overlord: Alphabet

Posted on August 10, 2015 8:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher

In a company restructuring endeavor, Google is no longer top dog in the corporate hierarchy. Instead, it will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Now I need to purge my mind of Sesame Street… In a move that appears to be completely out of the blue, the lovable and colorful garage-based…..

Android Gaming To Get Huge Performance Boost Thanks To Vulkan API

Posted on August 10, 2015 3:11 PM by Rob Williams
Imagination Vulkan Android Demo

When Khronos unveiled its Vulkan API – OpenGL’s successor – at March’s Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, it was touted as being the ultimate low-level API, one that will work wherever games are. That of course includes mobile devices, which is arguably where such optimizations are needed most. At SIGGRAPH, Imagination Technologies…..

Windows RT Devices To Be Treated To An Update Next Month

Posted on August 10, 2015 2:50 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Surface RT

We learned back in June that Windows RT devices wouldn’t be seeing an upgrade to Windows 10, something that became the inevitable final nail in this digital coffin. As unfortunate as it is to those who put their faith in Microsoft’s interesting endeavor, it makes little business sense for the company to…..

Intel To Release Mobile Xeon Processors With Thunderbolt 3 and ECC RAM

Posted on August 10, 2015 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Xeon Logo

Have you ever wanted a full-blown workstation that you can carry around? Soon, you can, as Intel releases it’s first official Xeon CPUs for laptop and mobile markets, with its new Xeon E3-1500M v5. We say first official Xeon mobile CPU because there have been laptops with Xeon chips in the past,…..

Valve’s The International 5 Dota 2 Championship Starts With $18 Million Prize Pool

Posted on August 4, 2015 4:08 PM by Robert Tanner
Dota Logo

Dota 2 fans likely are already familiar with TI, but for everyone else: Valve’s The International is an annual multi-million dollar Dota 2 tournament. This year, TI is in its fifth edition and continues to shatter records with a current prize pool of $18 million and is being played live at Seattle’s…..

Autodesk Launches Bitsquid-derived Stingray Game Engine

Posted on August 3, 2015 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
Autodesk Small Logo

At GDC Europe 2015, Autodesk announced what’s become of its Bitsquid acquisition: Stingray. This engine is designed to work well with Autodesk’s other development products, such as 3ds Max and Maya, but focuses on ease-of-use. Stingray’s ultimate goal is to allow people to create the best-looking games possible as easily as possible.…..

NVIDIA Recalls SHIELD Tablets Due To Potential Overheating Battery

Posted on July 31, 2015 1:58 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet With Stand

NVIDIA has issued a voluntary recall of its SHIELD Tablet. The recall encompasses all versions that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015, which in effect makes it most SHIELD Tablets out there. This is due to the fact that the battery used has the potential to overheat and pose a fire…..

Intel & Micron Announce Memory Breakthrough: 3D XPoint Touted As 1,000x Faster, 10x Denser Than NAND

Posted on July 28, 2015 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
Intel and Micron 3D XPoint Memory Technology

At an event held in San Francisco today, Intel and Micron jointly announced 3D XPoint memory – memory that promises to be 1,000x faster than traditional NAND, 1,000x more durable, and 10x more dense. Both companies consider this to be a “breakthrough”, and the biggest memory innovation in over 25 years. If…..

Ferrari 488 Spider – Maranello’s Latest Topless Model Is Super-Sexy

Posted on July 28, 2015 3:06 PM by J.D. Kane
Ferrari 488 Spider - Angle

While almost all Ferraris are just hot, there are some which are so hot they have to go topless. Maranello’s 488 Spider fits that description. Derived from the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider shares much of its coupe forebear’s lovely mechanical bits. The Spider has the same 3.9L 661 bhp, 560 lb/ft…..

Motorola Rolls Out A Trio Of Updated Smartphones: Moto G, Moto X Style & Moto X Play

Posted on July 28, 2015 2:51 PM by Rob Williams
Moto G (Third-gen)

The development of a third-gen Moto G and Moto X was a secret to no one, but I’m not sure anyone unrelated to Motorola realized that they’d be landing so soon. In fact, the timing is quite convenient on account of OnePlus having announced its much-hyped OnePlus 2 just last night. Also…..

Mionix’s Castor – A Mouse For Any Grip Style

Posted on July 28, 2015 2:09 PM by J.D. Kane
Mionix CASTOR Gaming Mouse

Mionix just unveiled its newest gaming mouse. Named Castor (after one of the brightest stars in our night sky), it seems destined to be a luminary in the gaming mouse market. The Castor is touted to be the first-ever gaming mouse to cater to all grip styles. It is strictly a right-handed…..

The ‘Flagship Killer’ OnePlus 2 Revealed: $329 & $389 Models Ripe For The Picking

Posted on July 28, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 2 Smartphone Group Shot

After months of rumor, OnePlus has finally taken the veil off of its OnePlus 2. Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular OnePlus One, this sequel carries with it a bold tagline: “2016 Flagship Killer”. Could that possibly be true? Well, its specs and features do give it a chance of…..

Google To Begin Making Google+ A More ‘Focused’ Social Network

Posted on July 27, 2015 2:12 PM by Rob Williams
Techgage's Google Plus Page

When Google announced its intension to kill off Google+ Photos, it felt like the beginning to the ultimate demise of the social network. Today, we’re told otherwise. There are going to be significant changes going forward, but Google+ is going to remain. The reason Google removed Google+ Photos from the service is…..

Razer Acquires OUYA’s Software Assets, Absorbs Select OUYA Teams

Posted on July 27, 2015 1:54 PM by Rob Williams
Razer Forge TV In Action

A purchase of OUYA at some point seemed inevitable, and Razer has today given us an answer of who’s most interested. The company has today announced that it’s acquired OUYA’s software assets – no hardware – as well as OUYA’s technical team and developer relations personnel. The acquisition is an interesting one,…..

Microsoft Backs Off Of Forced Updates With Windows 10 Home – But Makes You Work For It

Posted on July 27, 2015 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Windows 10 - Hide Or Show Updates

Last week, I wrote about the annoyance with Windows 10’s Home edition that prohibits users from disabling / hiding updates, and it seems the post struck the right chord with people. It’s understandable: a lot of us are power users, and being able to manage mere updates is a big part of…..

KOTOR II Receives Official Patch A Decade After Its Release

Posted on July 22, 2015 3:05 PM by Rob Williams
Star Wars - Knights Of The Old Republic Box

Who saw this coming? Out of nowhere, owners of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II saw an update come through their Steam yesterday, and like most updates that come out for old games, most people likely thought that it was a mere compatibility patch. Not so. This is a proper update…..

Does Windows 10’s Forced Update Feature Sway You From Upgrading?

Posted on July 21, 2015 3:28 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Login Screen

With the release of Windows 10 build 10240 last week came an EULA that confirmed a caveat: that Windows Update would force automatic updates to users of the Home edition. Those running Pro, Enterprise, or some other business variant don’t have to fret, as Windows Update for Business allows automatic updates to…..

Google To Kill Off Google+ Photos Service On August 1

Posted on July 21, 2015 2:19 PM by Rob Williams
Google Photos App

In a move that some might consider a sign of the inevitable demise of Google+, Google has just killed off one of the service’s integral features: Google+ Photos. With the launch of Google Photos a couple of months ago, the writing really did seem to be on the wall for Google+ Photos.…..

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