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The Beans Have Been Spilled: Microsoft To Launch Windows 10 In Late July

Posted on April 21, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 - Transparent Start Menu

There are a couple of different things you expect to hear during a financial earnings call: finance updates, questions from investors, and of course, forward-thinking statements. What you don’t often expect to hear is a an outing of a launch date for some other company’s product. Thanks to AMD’s president and CEO…..

Classic Puzzler Chip’s Challenge & Its Unreleased Sequel To Hit Steam Next Month

Posted on April 21, 2015 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Chip's Challenge

Today, if someone tells you that they play Grand Theft Auto V or Minecraft, it’s no big deal – both games are seriously popular, after all. But what would you think if someone told you that they played Chip’s Challenge? If you didn’t grow up during the Windows 3.x era, you might…..

HBO Unhappy With Non-US Customers Using VPNs To Access HBO Now Service

Posted on April 21, 2015 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
HBO Logo

As a Canadian, I am all-too-familiar with the struggle of finding the best legal sources for great content. In most cases, those sources just don’t exist. One great example is with none other than Netflix. While Canadians have their own version of Netflix’s service, the content selection is almost appalling compared to…..

The Old Lady In A Newish Dress – A Review Of Antec’s P70 Mid-Tower Chassis

Posted on April 21, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Antec P70 Chassis

It’s been well over three years since we’ve taken a look at an Antec chassis, so we’re glad to have a new one on the testbench to take a look at: P70. Priced at around $70, this is an affordable mid-tower, and it has some attractive styling to boot. But does it…..

New Fractal Design Define S: Now with Re-Defined Interior Layout!

Posted on April 20, 2015 2:21 PM by J.D. Kane
Fractal Design Define S Chassis

Innovations in the PC chassis market are fairly rare, so when a manufacturer says it has one, I tend to sit up straighter and pay closer attention. It looks as if Fractal Design is set to re-Define (yeah, I went there) the interior layout of PC chassis.  The company’s new Define S…..

BMW Teases New 7 Series, Promises ‘Game-changing Innovations’

Posted on April 20, 2015 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
BMW Logo

Over the weekend, BMW released a trailer that highlights some of the features that’s coming to its new 7 series, and while a peek at the finished car is creatively avoided, what’s talked about is enough to get people excited. The new 7 series is going to be the most technological one yet, but…..

Ahead Of The Apple Watch Launch, Google Rolls Out Android Wear Updates

Posted on April 20, 2015 1:09 PM by Rob Williams
Android Wear Watches

Just in time for the release of Apple’s much-anticipated Apple Watch, which will release this coming Friday, Google has rolled out a massive update to its Google Wear platform, introducing some long-overdue features. At the forefront, Google’s enabled Wi-Fi support, which means that you’ll be able to connect to your phone while…..

Trials & Tribulations: Installing Gentoo Linux With GNOME & Systemd

Posted on April 20, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Gentoo Linux Website

Having run Gentoo, KDE, and OpenRC for as long as I can remember, I recently felt inspired to start fresh and try something a little different. Such as a move to systemd, as well as GNOME. What results is this article, a rambling of sorts, featuring roadblocks I ran into, and thoughts…..

Netflix CEO: Cable TV Has Had A Good Run

Posted on April 17, 2015 1:55 PM by Rob Williams
Netflix-Image

During a financial call held on Wednesday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings laid his claim that “linear” TV is done. As the chief of a company that’s in direct competition with TV subscription services, it’s no surprise that he’d downplay those offerings, but, at this point, it’s hard to disagree. Of course, this…..

HGST Adds NVMe SN100 To Its Portfolio, Promises 3,000MB/s Reads

Posted on April 16, 2015 1:18 PM by Robert Tanner
HGST Ultrastar SN100 PCIe SSD

How does 743,000 random read IOPS sound? Not wanting to be left out of the PCIe SSD renaissance brought about by NVM Express, HGST has unveiled its Ultrastar SN100 PCIe drives with truly impressive performance. The SN100 is primarily targeting datacenter and enterprise deployments and of course will include native NVMe support.…..

Dell Intros Its Next-gen Business Notebooks: Vostro 14 3000 & 15 3000

Posted on April 16, 2015 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Dell Vostro 14 3000 Business Notebook

Dell has just updated its business-targeted Vostro line with the 14 and 15 3000. As the names suggest, there’s a 14- and 15-inch model available, with a range of different configurations for each. Whereas the Latitude series focuses on cutting no corners, Vostro is designed to deliver a well-built, dependable, and fast…..

ASUS Republic of Gamers G751JY 17-inch Gaming Laptop Review

Posted on April 16, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Front View

There are gaming laptops, and then there are uncompromising gaming laptops. ASUS’ ROG G751JY falls into the latter category for a number of different reasons, with a great one being that it packs some seriously powerful hardware under its hood. How does a 1GB/s SSD sound? 24GB of RAM? GTX 980M? Exactly.…..

Samsung Offers Upgraded SM951 With NVMe Support, 2,260MB/s Reads

Posted on April 15, 2015 2:28 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung SM951 NVMe SSD

Samsung’s SM951 was a hot item when it was first announced, but unfortunately, it was intended as an OEM-only drive making it hard for prospective buyers to snag one. To make matters worse. there was a great deal of confusion abound surrounding early announcements versus actual launch day capabilities, a major point of…..

WD Updates Purple Surveillance Series To Include NV Model For Large Deployments

Posted on April 15, 2015 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
WD Purple NV Surveillance 6TB Hard Drive

We haven’t talked much about WD’s Purple hard drive series in the past, but it’s one that serves an important purpose: to keep surveillance data safe. While that might immediately sound like something best-suited for the enterprise, it can also serve the home user well. Many today install IP cameras into their…..

Following Google Fiber Expansion, TWC Increases Speeds For Charlotte Customers

Posted on April 15, 2015 12:48 PM by Rob Williams
Time Warner Cable Truck

Competition sure is a good thing, something the folks in Charlotte, North Carolina, are now having reaffirmed. In late January, Google announced that it’d be expanding its Fiber ISP into four additional cities, with Charlotte being one of them. Well, no surprise: ISPs in the area were not pleased. Time Warner Cable…..

DSLR Quality From Our Smartphones? Apple Acquires LinX To Help Make It Happen

Posted on April 15, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
LinX Camera Modules

Apple’s iPhone has long been praised for its excellent camera, and it’s clear that the company would like that praise to continue. So, it’s of little surprise that it’s scouting for companies it can snatch up that will help it continue its optical domination, and one such example has just come to…..

Kingston Updates KC300 Business SSD Line To Include 960GB Model

Posted on April 14, 2015 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston KC310 960GB Business SSD

Kingston has just updated its business-class SSD line to include a mammoth 960GB model. Called the KC310, Kingston’s latest SSD includes an eight-channel Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core controller to help deliver up to 550MB/s on read, and 520MB/s on write. Admittedly, I tend to be more interested in IOPS performance than I am…..

Synology Releases Quad-core DS1515 & Rack-mount RS815 NASes

Posted on April 14, 2015 11:40 AM by Greg King
Synology DS1515 NAS

Announced today, Synology updates its lineup with two new NAS models. The DS1515 and RS815 are logical updates to the current products offered in both the desktop (DS) and rack-mounted (RS) lines. With a focus on value and scalability, both models are priced competitively and have the ability to accommodate data growth with…..

Tt eSPORTS’ VENTUS X Comes Equipped With Matte Surface, Ventilation System

Posted on April 14, 2015 10:30 AM by Rob Williams
Tt eSPORTS VENTUS X Gaming Mouse

First revealed at 2014’s CES, Tt eSPORTS’ VENTUS gaming mouse series stands out of the crowd for one good reason: it’s full of holes. On purpose of course; for the sake of ventilation. But some who were seeking out a well-ventilated mouse might have had to look beyond the original VENTUS due…..

Autodesk Unveils 2016 Media & Entertainment Software

Posted on April 14, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Autodesk 3ds Max Logo

At the ongoing NAB conference in Las Vegas, Autodesk took the veil off of its 2016 media and entertainment software iterations, which include 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, MotionBuilder, and Flame. The company says that its 2016 M&E software is more intuitive, connected, powerful, scalable, and of course, more accessible. 3ds Max 2016…..

Just In Time For GTA V, NVIDIA Releases 350.12 ‘Game Ready’ GeForce Driver

Posted on April 13, 2015 3:09 PM by Rob Williams
Grand Theft Auto V Box Art

Just in time for the release of Grand Theft Auto V, NVIDIA has released a brand-new Game Ready GeForce driver, versioned 350.12. NVIDIA notes that the game supports a wide-range of its technologies, including 3D Vision, 4K Surround, GeForce Experience, MFAA, PCSS, TXAA, SLI, and some other expected features, like G-SYNC, G-SYNC…..

Linux Kernel 4.0 Released, Introduces Kernel Live Patching

Posted on April 13, 2015 2:42 PM by Rob Williams
Linux Kernel 4

Last night, Linus Torvalds issued the final commit for the latest stable Linux kernel, and while on an ordinary day, that’s a cause for some light celebration, this stable version is a bit more special: it enters us into the 4.0 generation. Alright – so this is still only a cause for minor celebration,…..

Seagate Launches WSS NAS Series: Starts At $349 & Features Windows Server Essentials

Posted on April 13, 2015 10:30 AM by Rob Williams
Seagate WSS NAS Family

With Linux-based NASes dominating the landscape lately, Seagate has come in to remind us that there’s still lots of room for units infused with some Redmond flavor. Thus, the Seagate WSS NAS series is born (WSS = Windows Storage Server). Equipped with a dual-core Intel Atom processor and Windows Server 2012 R2…..

EVGA Updates PRO SLI Bridge Line With V2, Touts ‘Elegant Performance’

Posted on April 13, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGES V2 - 2-way Long

Two summers ago, EVGA proved that SLI bridges don’t need to be boring, and now, it proves that its ‘PRO’ series wasn’t a one-off release. The brand-new PRO V2 series bridges look a lot better than the original, in my opinion, and manage to bring some advantages at the same time. V2s…..

Acronis Launches ‘Backup Service'; Allows Backing-up Anywhere, Restoring Anywhere

Posted on April 10, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Acronis Backup Service Management Console

Run a business and need “ultimate” data protection? If so, Acronis’ just-released ‘Backup Service’ could prove useful, as its feature set is immense. An overall summary would be “backup anywhere, restore anywhere”, and that includes not only raw data, but disk partitions, OS images, and so forth. As a business solution that…..

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