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Is The Road To The Future Of Windows 10 Paved In Ads?

Posted on March 17, 2017 1:39 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 - Switching Default Web Browser

There’s a lot to love about Windows 10. It’s the most advanced version of Microsoft’s OS to date, and I dare say it’s the most attractive, as well. However, with the good comes quite a bit of bad – or, at least “annoyance”. Sure, the entire Windows Update mechanic is more annoying…..

Need More JPEG? Google’s New Guetzli Algorithm Could Cut JPEG Sizes Down By 35%

Posted on March 17, 2017 11:51 AM by Rob Williams
Google Research Logo

In case it (somehow) isn’t obvious, Google cares a lot about reducing the size of webpages, and the images on those webpages. On one hand, smaller webpages and images means that both of those things will download quicker, and at the same time, it means that the hosting provider isn’t pushing more…..

Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

Posted on March 16, 2017 2:58 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Update Limbo

Have you upgraded to Intel’s Kaby Lake or AMD’s Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Going forward, that’s going to become a bit of a problem, as Microsoft has said that it’s cutting off Windows Update support for such a configuration – one that also includes Windows 8.1. In…..

NVIDIA Releases Advanced VR Benchmarking Tool ‘FCAT VR’

Posted on March 16, 2017 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
FCAT VR SportsBarVR Test

At a press and analyst briefing held a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, NVIDIA talked at length about some of its latest technologies, and in particular, what exactly it is that makes the company’s brand-new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti so damn powerful. Beyond that, we were also shown some development…..

AMD Announces 4 & 6-Core Mid-Range Ryzen 5 CPUs

Posted on March 15, 2017 10:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen Processor

It’s just been over a week since AMD launched its breakthrough Zen architecture to the world with the Ryzen 7 CPUs, but the next phase of the launch is already under way. The key information on the new mid-range Ryzen 5 CPUs has been detailed, including core counts and pricing. Ryzen 5…..

Intel Jumps Into The Autonomous Deep End With $15.3 Billion Mobileye Acquisition

Posted on March 13, 2017 12:37 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Acquires Mobileye

If you have any lingering doubt about whether or not autonomous vehicles are going to become a big part of our future, consider this: Intel just shelled out an impressive $15 billion to acquire a company to help it break into the autonomous market in a big way. That company is, as…..

QNAP Announces TS-453Bmini NAS That Supports Ubuntu Linux

Posted on March 8, 2017 10:40 AM by Jamie Fletcher
QNAP TS-453Bmini Quarter Left With Remote

NAS boxes have changed a lot over the years. From dumb storage, to multi-user storage, routing and network services, to web servers, to cloud servers, to full-blown media centers and PCs that can perform all of the above. QNAP is one of the leading NAS providers and it’s now releasing a new…..

Linux Benchmarking Gets Even Better With Phoronix Test Suite 7.0

Posted on March 7, 2017 6:23 PM by Rob Williams
Phoronix Test Suite 7

Long story short: following the launch of AMD’s first Ryzen processors, I decided to throw all of our previous CPU results in the garbage and start a suite anew. I’ll give more verbose reasoning in a future post, but what this means to you is: TG hopes to offer a selection of great…..

Kingston Launches PCIe 3.0 x8 DCP-1000 SSDs Into Data Centers

Posted on March 7, 2017 2:20 PM by Robert Tanner
Kingston Liqid DCP1000 PCIe NVMe SSD

Kingston announced today a new enterprise-based SSD, the DCP-1000, and it’s an intriguing NVMe enabled PCIe card targeting data center deployments. Developed in partnership with Liqid, Kingston’s drive incorporates four 8-channel SSD controllers on a single card. The drive makes use of an x8 PCIe 3.0 slot (it actually requires PCIe 3.0,…..

AMD Aims To Shake Up Enterprise Server Market With New Zen-based Naples Platform

Posted on March 7, 2017 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Naples Enterprise Platform

Leading up to the launch of AMD’s first Ryzen CPUs, the hype was pretty mind-blowing. I’ve gone through and dealt with a slew of hyped launches, but I’m pretty sure Ryzen’s takes the cake. One of the big reasons for that hype is the fact that people have been craving for something…..

Bungie Confirms Destiny 2 Will Feature A New Start With Majority Of Character Data Staying Put

Posted on March 3, 2017 3:36 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny - Vault of Glass Raid Thumb

In an update posted to the official Destiny website, Bungie gives us a preview of the game’s final major content update, and also informs us about some caveats to expect when Destiny 2 drops later this year. First and foremost, Destiny fans have been anxious for many months to learn about the…..

A Quick Look At AMD’s Ryzen CPU Launch

Posted on March 2, 2017 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Ryzen Processor

It’s here, it’s finally here. The months of hype, guessing, heated debates; AMD finally opens up the floodgates for benchmarks to be revealed on its latest CPU launch, Ryzen. The boost in instructions per clock, the doubling of core counts, smaller manufacture process, new architecture, new socket, new I/O, it’s all new,…..

Oculus Shaves $200 Off Rift & Touch Controllers

Posted on March 2, 2017 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Oculus Rift Plus Touch Controllers

While it’ll still make a rift in your wallet, Oculus has dropped the price of its Virtual Reality head mounted display, the Oculus Rift, by a cool $200 when bought with a pair of (essential) touch controllers. This works out to a rather impressive 25% off its launch price. Not only that,…..

ADATA Adds The XPG SX950 SSD To Its Arsenal

Posted on March 1, 2017 10:00 AM by Robert Tanner
SX950

ADATA is no stranger to SATA SSDs with an extensive catalog of models to choose from. We were impressed by the super budget-friendly SP550 and are currently finalizing a review of the midrange SU800, but that leaves out still more options like the SP900 and SU900. Deciding there wasn’t enough choices, ADATA is…..

NVIDIA Showcases Faster Than Titan X $699 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Posted on February 28, 2017 11:19 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Angled

It was speculated for a while, but it’s finally here. NVIDIA at the GDC 2017 event finally shows off the specifications for the much-anticipated GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the hyped up version of its top-end GTX 1080. Sporting the usual mix of bumped clocks and more cores, there are a couple of…..

AMD At GDC Talks Publisher Support, Epic’s Forward Rendering In VR & Radeon RX Vega

Posted on February 28, 2017 3:37 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Capsaicin GDC 2017 Intro

AMD is having a busy year, not only with hardware launches, including Ryzen and Vega, but also in the developer space, getting that hardware to work at optimum efficiency. One of the key focus areas right now, is VR development. At its Capsaicin live stream event held at GDC, AMD talks about…..

Raspberry Pi Zero W Launched: $10 Pi With Wireless Built In

Posted on February 28, 2017 7:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Raspberry Pi Zero W Feature Image

For the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s fifth birthday since the launch of the first Pi Model B, a new Pi has been released that will usher in a new wave of extremely small compute projects. Just over a year ago, the original Raspberry Pi Zero was launched, not much bigger than a thumb…..

Sony’s New SF-G SDXC Memory Cards Can Write At Up To 299MB/s

Posted on February 27, 2017 9:05 AM by Rob Williams
Sony 128GB SF-G SDXC 299MBs Write Memory Card

If you’re looking to capture high-resolution video and refuse to let the storage become a bottleneck (no one could blame you), Sony’s brand-new SF-G series is worthy of note. The cards will be available in densities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, and offer freedom-inspiring read speeds of 300MB/s, and write speeds of…..

Cloudflare Exposes Sensitive Data In Massive Cache Leak

Posted on February 24, 2017 3:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Cloudbleed Logo

In probably the biggest security breach that’ll happen this year, web cache service Cloudflare has been leaking text messages, cookies, passwords, IP addresses and other sensitive data for the last few months (the issues were only just brought to light). Exposed by Google engineer Tavis Ormandy, the now dubbed Cloudbleed bug was…..

NVIDIA Teases ‘Ultimate GeForce’ Announcement To Coincide With GDC

Posted on February 23, 2017 7:29 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA 'Ultimate GeForce' Teaser

If you pay a visit to NVIDIA’s website right now, you’ll be greeted to a splash page that teases ‘Ultimate GeForce’ with a countdown timer. When that timer finishes, it’ll be Tuesday, the 28th, 7PM PST (10PM EST). So of course, the big question is: what in the heck is going to…..

ASUS Opens Pre-Orders On AM4 Motherboard SKUs Ahead Of AMD’s Ryzen CPU Launch

Posted on February 22, 2017 4:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS Crosshair VI Hero Ryzen Board

With some of the details finally coming out from AMD over its latest and most anticipated CPU launch since Athlon 64, its partners are already offering up pre-orders on the new AM4 socket and motherboard platform to go with the Ryzen launch. One such partner is ASUS. After some four years, AMD…..

AMD Divulges Ryzen Information You’ve All Been Waiting For

Posted on February 22, 2017 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Processor

It’s a secret to no one who follows the PC hardware industry that AMD is about to launch its most ambitious processor series in a decade in the form of Ryzen, and finally, we’re able to share some of the information you’ve been craving. Well, if you haven’t seen it in leaks…..

The FCC Would Love For Everyone To Have FM Radio Access On Their Smartphones

Posted on February 17, 2017 12:06 PM by Rob Williams

You might not even realize it, but that smartphone in your hand probably contains an FM radio which would allow you to listen to local stations, and more importantly, receive important alerts in the event other communications services go down. Despite that, many smartphones do not actually include a way to listen…..

Bill Gates Thinks Robots That Replace Human Workers Should Be Taxed

Posted on February 17, 2017 11:17 AM by Rob Williams
Bill Gates on Taxing Robots

In a new Quartz video, Bill Gates makes a suggestion that on one hand, seems obvious, but on the other, isn’t one most people would have even thought of. A big worry right now is that robots are going to be replacing jobs en masse in the future, leaving people scrambling to find…..

USPS Loses $7,500+ Worth Of PAL Super Nintendo Games Destined For Digital Preservation

Posted on February 15, 2017 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Higan - Secret of Evermore

If you think you’ve experienced shipping hassles in the past, you need to hear this story out. A couple of weeks ago, the United States Postal Service managed to lose a very heavy package containing 100 PAL-region SNES games, valued at $7,500 or greater. This story could act as a lesson to…..

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