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Netflix’s CEO Credits Piracy For Success Of Company’s Service

Posted on June 10, 2015 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
Netflix Logo (White)

It’s not often we see the CEOs of major companies give piracy credit for helping their business, but Netflix’s Reed Hastings strikes me as an atypical CEO – in a good way. In a recent Spanish interview, Hastings admits that piracy helped get people ready for his company’s service, because torrenting and…..

Logitech’s Latest Couch Keyboard Lets You Control Your PC In Comfort

Posted on June 10, 2015 10:30 AM by Rob Williams
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus

Logitech has just announced an update to its popular K400 living room keyboard, and it looks so good for its $40 SRP, it makes you wonder how the company plans to sell any more of its $100 K830s (which we took a look at last summer). Mimicking the basic design cues of…..

Never Mind XCOM 2 – It’s Time For A Master Of Orion Reboot

Posted on June 10, 2015 9:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher

Master of Orion, one of the original 4X strategy games of yonder, breaks from the DOS era and enters the 21st century. While Microprose may have died many years ago, its IP lives on. The unlikely publisher behind World of Tanks, Wargaming, picked up the franchise and is now planning to create…..

HGST Releases Mammoth 10TB Ultrastar Archive Ha10 Enterprise Hard Drive

Posted on June 9, 2015 3:00 PM by Rob Williams
HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10 SMR Hard Drive

HGST has just announced the release of the world’s first 10TB enterprise hard drive, which it calls Ultrastar Archive Ha10. Sharing a similar design as the company’s Ultrastar He6 and He8 drives, the Ha10 takes advantage of HGST’s helium-based tech, HelioSeal, as well as SMR, shingled magnetic recording, to enable it to…..

AT&T To Begin Selling Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Active This Friday

Posted on June 9, 2015 2:20 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Smartphone

Those who’ve been waiting on an announcement for the Active version of Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S6 won’t have to wait much longer: AT&T has announced that it’s going to begin selling the device this Friday, June 12th. Built with active lifestyles in mind (surprised?), the Galaxy S6 Active will come in three…..

NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SoC Has Made It Into An Oven That Detects What It’s Cooking

Posted on June 9, 2015 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Tegra-powered Oven, 'June'

I didn’t see this one coming. NVIDIA’s Tegra processor has made it into myriad devices, including tablets, a set-top box, portable gaming devices, and even autos. Now, the company can add one more device to its growing list: an oven. That oven is called June, and it’s the creation of some former…..

Relive Mega Man Classics With New Collection To Be Released This Summer

Posted on June 9, 2015 11:50 AM by Rob Williams
Mega Man NES Box Art

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get me excited, it’s chatter of classic video games. With that being the case, Digital Eclipse has definitely perked my ears up with its announcement of Mega Man Legacy Collection, a compilation to be released this summer that includes the first six Mega Man titles.…..

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4 Million Copies In First Two Weeks

Posted on June 9, 2015 10:15 AM by Rob Williams
The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt Press Shot

In an open letter sent to fans, CP Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwiński reveals The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sales numbers while at the same time gives a hearty thanks to the game’s fans. Part of the email reads: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the four million gamers…..

Apple Reveals Music Streaming Service, Beats 1 Radio & Connect Social Media Feature

Posted on June 8, 2015 4:05 PM by Rob Williams
Apple Music iOS App

An announcement of the industry’s worst kept secret of 2015 was used to help wrap-up Apple’s opening keynote at WWDC: Apple Music is coming soon. Most of the rumors that have led up to this event have been proven true. Apple Music is a streaming service at its core, and costs $9.99/mo…..

Apple Announces OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’, Brings Vast Gesture & Spotlight Updates

Posted on June 8, 2015 1:55 PM by Rob Williams
Apple OS X El Capitan

At WWDC, which kicked off this morning in San Francisco, Apple’s Craig Federighi took the veil off of the company’s next major OS X release. Its name? El Capitan. Didn’t see that one coming, did you? Before he dove into new features, Craig boasted about Yosemite’s rather incredible adoption rate. In a…..

Someone’s Converting Vice City To Grand Theft Auto V, And It Looks Awesome

Posted on June 8, 2015 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Logo

It didn’t take long after Grand Theft Auto V (our review) came to the PC that mods began to trickle out, making the best version of GTA V even better. After all, while Valve might underestimate the importance of mods, many gamers do not. Nonetheless, despite the fact that the game hasn’t…..

AIDA64 Turns 20: FinalWire Celebrates With Brand New iOS & Windows Phone Apps

Posted on June 8, 2015 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
AIDA64 Icon

Following up to the Android version of AIDA64 that was released back in March, FinalWire has just announced that its mobile portfolio is “complete” with the release of native iOS and Windows Phone apps. The company notes that each of these versions utilize the respective platform’s native design language so that they…..

Amazon Seeking Game Developers For ‘Ambitious New PC Game Project’

Posted on June 8, 2015 11:20 AM by Rob Williams
Amazon Game Studios Logo

Since its launch, Amazon Game Studios has had a fixed focus on mobile gaming, with titles targeting Android, iOS, and of course, Fire. Now, the company wants to branch out, something it revealed through a job listing at game developer website Gamasutra. Rather than target one or more of the current-gen consoles,…..

A Quick Look At Shark Punch’s The Masterplan

Posted on June 8, 2015 10:30 AM by Brandon Mietzner
The Masterplan Logo

There are plans that go very well and there are plans that, well, fail miserably. But, there is always a plan. The Masterplan puts your criminal mind to work to plan the most elaborate and lucrative heist in 1970’s history: robbing Fort Knox. The best way to prepare for it is to…..

Antec’s Signature S10 Chassis Stuns At Computex

Posted on June 8, 2015 9:15 AM by J.D. Kane
Antec Signature S10 Chassis

Antec introduced a new family of PC chassis at Computex. The Signature series will undoubtedly be the company’s top-tier line of chassis, as evidenced by the first product from the line, the S10. The Antec Signature S10 features a what the company is calling a patent-pending Three Chamber Design. What Antec has…..

3ds Max 2016’s iray Renderer Packs In A Subtle Change: A Mammoth Perf Boost

Posted on June 5, 2015 1:50 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA iray Logo

As I briefly covered in April, Autodesk’s latest 3ds Max iteration, 2016, introduces a slew of enhancements and new features. At the time of that post, I hadn’t realized just what kind of updates the included iray renderer had bundled in. At first, I had figured it might have just been a carry-over of…..

SourceForge Becomes Yet Another Download Site To Resort To Bundling Crapware

Posted on June 5, 2015 12:45 PM by Rob Williams
SourceForge - FileZilla Bundled Software

SourceForge was once the de facto site for searching and downloading open source software. Two of the biggest software projects to ever host software there was the VLC media player and GIMP image manipulation tool. I also used to wind up at the site many times to snag the FileZilla FTP client. All…..

AMD To Present A ‘New Era Of PC Gaming’ On June 16

Posted on June 5, 2015 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Gaming Evolved Logo

This somehow flew right on under our radar. Earlier this week, AMD announced that it will be holding an event on the 16th (a Tuesday) called ‘The New Era of PC Gaming’. It takes no imagination to know what’s going to be unveiled here, so if you at all care about graphics…..

Microsoft Confirms That Windows 10 Can Be Freely Reinstalled After The First Upgrade

Posted on June 5, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams

Ever since it was announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade to those who own legal copies of Windows 7 or 8, there have been a ton of questions with regards to just how flexible the upgrade mechanic is. Thanks to Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s GM of OSG Data and Fundamentals,…..

Cooler Master’s Modular MasterCase Bows At Computex

Posted on June 5, 2015 9:30 AM by J.D. Kane
Cooler Master Master Case Pro - Exploded View

Cooler Master has launched its MasterCase, the world’s first-ever “modular tower,” at Computex in Taipei. MasterCase is the first family of PC chassis that offers “unparalleled control over form and function,” says Cooler Master. The company also says that it “wants users to have absolute control over how their case looks and functions.”…..

Valve Puts Steam Controller And Link Up For Pre-order, Units Sell Out Immediately

Posted on June 4, 2015 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
Valve Steam Logo

As I write this, I received a press release from Valve just one hour ago talking about pre-orders becoming available for its Steam Controller and Steam Link. That’s some big news – but there’s already been a massive damper put on it. It seems the demand for those items was so large,…..

Bell Media President Believes Using VPNs To Access US Netflix Makes You A Thief

Posted on June 4, 2015 1:30 PM by Rob Williams

Considering the fact that Mary Ann Turcke assumed her role as Bell Media’s president in April, it hasn’t taken long before something she said struck the wrong chord with Canadians. A common belief among Canadian Netflix subscribers is that the US version of the service is vastly superior. This is something that…..

Six Titles Have Just Been Inducted To The Video Game Hall Of Fame

Posted on June 4, 2015 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees

At The Strong Museum in New York City earlier this week, six video games were inducted into the World Video Games Hall of Fame – and not a single one of them is going to come as a surprise. First, here’s the fifteen that were nominated: The six that were awarded the…..

Bethesda Releases 9 New Trailer-derived Screenshots For Fallout 4

Posted on June 4, 2015 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
Fallout 4 - PC Packaging

Hot on the heels of its massive reveal yesterday, Bethesda has released a collection of screenshots to help whet our appetites more – as if that’d even be possible. If you’ve already seen the trailer, you’ll see nothing new in these shots, but as these are official images with crisp visuals, you…..

Ahead Of Rumored Apple Music Launch, TIDAL Rolls Out Some Big Changes

Posted on June 4, 2015 10:40 AM by Rob Williams

With Apple expected to unveil its Apple Music streaming service at WWDC next week, we’d imagine that other service providers are holding their breath. That’d be especially true for Jay-Z backed TIDAL, a service that hasn’t quite had the start he and his business partners hoped for. So, in advance of the…..

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