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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 Technology Promises To Charge A Battery To 80% In 35 Minutes

Posted on September 15, 2015 4:34 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3

In our look at ASUS’ ZenFone 2 last month, our charging test showed that the phone could be boosted from 5 to 60% in about 45 minutes. ASUS itself says 60% can be done in 39 minutes, but we still managed to get close. As impressive as that might sound, though, Qualcomm’s…..

Seattle Print Shop Proves That It Loses Hundreds Of Dollars On ‘Empty’ Ink Cartridges

Posted on September 15, 2015 4:10 PM by Rob Williams
Espon 9900 Wasted Ink

If there’s one thing that chaps my hide, it’s the murder printer companies get away with. That murder involving our wallets, of course. Despite the fact that ink is treated as though it were liquid gold, printers seem to be designed in such a way that you’ll never be able to make…..

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Could See A Release Before Next Summer

Posted on September 15, 2015 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
Civilization V Brave New World Box Art

It seems that the next title in Sid Meier’s Civilization series could be released by next summer. In an email we received earlier from a source within the game industry, Civilization 6 was specifically mentioned as being “expected to ship” between now and the beginning of next summer. Considering the fact that neither…..

PC Version Of The Upcoming Need For Speed Delayed Until Spring – But For Good Reason

Posted on September 15, 2015 12:59 PM by Rob Williams
Need for Speed (2015) Box Art

The upcoming self-titled Need for Speed is a game with huge ambitions. As the twenty-first in the series, Ghost Games has been working hard to make sure it’s one that counts, and given that it’s an open-world game, I couldn’t be more excited for it as a NFS fan. So, it was…..

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Hints At Future Veyron Successor

Posted on September 15, 2015 11:23 AM by J.D. Kane
Bugatti GT

In its current guise, supercar builder Bugatti has established itself as a true Titan. Thanks to its now-discontinued Veyron, its name is on the lips of many a supercar enthusiast. How can it not be? The Veyron is unquestionably an icon, a star in a galaxy of supercars with its prodigious engineering…..

Porsche’s Mission E Concept Car Electrifies Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted on September 15, 2015 11:13 AM by J.D. Kane
Porsche Mission E

I’ll be honest. Electric cars ain’t my thing. But cars like Porsche’s Mission E concept car, which bows this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, might start me going down the all-electric path. The Mission E certainly looks electrifying. To my eyes, the concept car is one of Porsche’s all-time best-looking. I…..

Intel Creates Research Group Dedicated To Improving Security Of Our ‘Connected’ Cars

Posted on September 14, 2015 2:54 PM by Rob Williams
Connected Car

As our vehicles continue to become more “connected”, the risk of exploitation grows ever greater. While such concerns are paramount for autonomous vehicles, Wired proved this past summer that our ordinary vehicles are at risk, too. Simply put, we can’t put much faith in the safety of our vehicles if automakers are…..

NVIDIA Asks For Your Vote, Gives You A Chance To Win A GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Posted on September 14, 2015 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti - Angled View

At PAX Prime 2015, which took place at the end of August, four companies teamed up to put HTC’s Vive in the hands of six artists to see what would be possible. Those companies include HTC and Valve, responsible for the Vive headset, Tilt Brush, makers of the art software, and NVIDIA,…..

Kingston’s HyperX Savage DDR4 Memory Blends Fast Speeds With Aggressive Timings

Posted on September 14, 2015 1:15 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 Memory

When DDR4 first hit the scene last August, it wasn’t what we’d consider ideal. As a first release, it was expensive, and despite being fast, carried with it loose enough timings that made DDR3 still look attractive. As the way things go, though, DDR4 is constantly being refined, and today’s kits are…..

Biostar’s Hi-Fi H170Z3 Motherboard Helps Users Upgrade To Skylake As Cheaply As Possible

Posted on September 14, 2015 12:13 PM by Rob Williams

Upgrading from one platform to another can get expensive quick, especially if it’s been a while and many new components are needed. Such would be the case for many if Intel’s Skylake is in their sights. The move to DDR4 alone means that their old RAM can’t be ported over, and at…..

Naughty Dog Tells Valve That It Could Make Half-Life 3 Since The Company Won’t

Posted on September 14, 2015 11:20 AM by Rob Williams
Half-Life Lambda Logo

Can you believe that it’s been eight years since the release of the last Half-Life title? That being Episode Two, of course – one that was meant to preface a third and final installment of Half-Life 2. Sometimes, when I’m a bit slack on work, I remind myself, “At least I didn’t…..

Qualcomm Aims For The Skies With New Snapdragon Flight Platform

Posted on September 10, 2015 4:18 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Reference Drone

In case it hasn’t been obvious enough, drones have become big business. Whether for work or for play, prices have reached a point where drone kits can find their way into the hands of the masses, and I’m sure retailers all over are grinning at the fact that a major holiday season is going…..

AMD’s Tiny Radeon R9 Nano Proves That 6 Inches Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

Posted on September 10, 2015 2:10 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon R9 Nano - Installed In ITX Motherboard

We learned most of what we needed to know about AMD’s pint-sized Radeon R9 Nano a couple of weeks ago, and today, AMD’s lifted the embargo so that the select few who were given a card could divulge what we’re all waiting for: performance. As I covered a few weeks ago, AMD…..

AMD Creates Radeon Technologies Group To Consolidate Graphics Divisions

Posted on September 10, 2015 9:20 AM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Radeon Graphics Logo

Under fierce competition, AMD has decided to up its game when it comes to graphics by creating the Radeon Technologies Group; it’s focus, ‘immersive computing’. As part of the company’s restructuring, this is the first time since the acquisition of ATI back in 2006, that AMD has allowed independence in its graphics…..

Apple Announces iPhone 6s & 6s Plus: Introducing 3D Touch & Apple’s A9 SoC

Posted on September 9, 2015 4:15 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Following months of ever-increasing anticipation, Apple has today revealed its next iPhones: 6s and 6s Plus. As it happens, most of the rumors we’ve been hearing about for a while have proven to be true, so admittedly, if you’ve been keeping on top of those, there’s not much to be surprised by…..

Cooler Master’s QuickFire XTi Adds Color To Your Typing With Red & Blue LEDs

Posted on September 8, 2015 4:09 PM by Rob Williams
Cooler Master QuickFire XTi - Angled

The market for “minimalistic” mechanical keyboards is huge – planks that emphasize a clean, simple design, rather than gaming luxuries or dedicated media keys. While I appreciate such design goals, I do admit that I’m a sucker for LEDs – to me, nothing beats having a simple keyboard with a bit of…..

Lian Li’s PC-V33 Chassis Lets You Unwrap It For Easy Installation

Posted on September 4, 2015 3:16 PM by Rob Williams
Lian Li PC-V33 Chassis

The experience of building a PC can range anywhere from simple and pleasant to complicated and infuriating. The most important piece that determines the outcome is the chassis, and it’s for this reason that companies have made it a point to highlight the fact that their latest offering was designed to make…..

WD Releases Its ‘Fastest External Solution’ With The My Book Pro

Posted on September 3, 2015 9:19 AM by Rob Williams
WD My Book Pro

Releasing an updated NAS OS and home NAS wasn’t enough for WD this week, as the company has also announced a brand-new RAID enclosure that it touts as being its “fastest external solution”. As its My Book Pro name implies, this enclosure is targeted at those who need the fastest access to…..

Intel’s Skylake Official Reveal – Pricing & Availability

Posted on September 1, 2015 9:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel Skylake De-lidded Processor

The curtain has finally lifted and it’s that magical time when we can finally divulge all of the interesting details on Intel’s latest and greatest CPU architecture, Skylake. From the top-end desktop parts that were released a couple of weeks back, down to the low-power and low price counterparts. There are even…..

Seagate Releases Trio Of 8TB Enterprise Hard Drives

Posted on September 1, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
Seagate's 8TB Enterprise HDD Lineup

In advance of the IFA show in Berlin, Seagate has pulled the veil off of three brand-new enterprise hard drive models. As the title of this post suggests, all of them come in at 8TB, helping to feed the ever-increasing demand for more storage in the same form-factor. The three models include…..

WD Launches My Cloud OS 3 & Updated My Cloud Mirror

Posted on September 1, 2015 4:00 AM by Rob Williams
WD My Cloud Mirror

It’s time to get excited, WD My Cloud users, as WD is soon to roll out My Cloud OS 3 to its family of NAS appliances. Before I talk about that, though, I should point out an interesting fact that WD told me on a call last week. Where personal cloud storage…..

Fractal Design Goes To The Quietest Room On Earth To Prove The Define R5’s Worth

Posted on August 31, 2015 4:56 PM by Rob Williams
Fractal Design Define R5 Open

Some companies tell us that their chassis are quiet, and then there are some who like to prove it. Add Fractal Design to that list. The folks there recently brought the company’s award-winning Define R5 to a place that the Guinness World Records calls the “quietest place on Earth” – an anechoic…..

Valve Says That Consumer HTC Vive Headsets Won’t Ship Until Q1 2016

Posted on August 28, 2015 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
SteamVR Vive

Valve has today updated us on where things currently stand with its upcoming Vive headset, which it joined forces with HTC to create. There’s both some good and bad news here, so let’s start with the latter. While it was anticipated that consumers would be able to purchase Vive before the end…..

Heyoo! Lionsgate Begins Production On Borderlands Movie

Posted on August 28, 2015 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
Borderlands Logo

It’s been rumored for a while, and now it’s confirmed: A Borderlands film is en route. Right off the top, I’m skeptical. Borderlands is one of the best game series going, in my opinion, and just how often does a game-to-movie transition work? Not often enough, and this is a series I’d…..

Logitech G’s Artemis Spectrum: Gaming Headsets For Serious Audiophiles

Posted on August 27, 2015 2:20 PM by J.D. Kane
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Headset with Mic

Logitech G, the gaming-focused arm of peripherals giant Logitech, has announced the debut of its two latest headsets: the G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless and the G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming. You might guess by their names that these are essentially the same headsets. They share many salient features. They both are equipped with patent-pending 40mm…..

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