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Cooler Master Intros QuickFire Rapid-I Mech Keyboard, Featuring ActivLite

Posted on April 3, 2014 11:00 AM by J.D. Kane
Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-I Mechanical Keyboard

Techgage reviewed Cooler Master’s QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard more than two years ago, and it impressed us then. Apparently a solidly-built keyboard endowed with Cherry MX switches wasn’t enough for certain segments of the company’s customer base, since they demanded a plank with the same build quality and 10 key-less form factor as the original […]

UK Man Sentenced in Landmark Microsoft Cold Call Scam Case

Posted on April 3, 2014 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Windows Defender

In 2010, I penned a post that talked about a popular scam that was rising in popularity around the UK, where someone would cold call a person and tell them that their PC had a bad virus. As it turns out, that scam would bleed through to the rest of the world; even in east coast […]

After Five Years, Canonical’s Cloud Storage Service is Dissipating

Posted on April 3, 2014 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
Ubuntu One

A couple of weeks ago, Google sent the prices for its cloud storage on a free fall. Its $5/mo for 100GB option suddenly became $2/mo, and the ultra-attractive 1TB tier became $10/mo. In our respective post, I said, “you’d imagine with this kind of rock-bottom pricing, the competition would have to react” – and now, we’re […]

With Fire TV, Amazon Takes on Ouya and Chromecast in One Fell Swoop

Posted on April 2, 2014 5:31 PM by Rob Williams
Amazon Fire TV

Ever deal with someone who starts off asking for a little, but then asks for a lot? Well, add Amazon to that list. Not content to sit on your doorstep in corrugated cardboard form, the company now wants in your livingroom. How’s it going to get there? With Fire TV, its ambitious set-top box, announced […]

Microsoft to Free-up Licensing Fees for Devices Under 9 Inches

Posted on April 2, 2014 4:51 PM by Rob Williams

In a landmark move, Microsoft has announced that it will free-up licensing fees to vendors who want to equip low-cost devices with Windows. Such devices will include smartphones and tablets – the stipulation is that the device cannot have a display larger than 9 inches. Being a free-to-license OS, Android has taken the mobile world […]

NHTSA to Require Back-Up Cameras by Mid-2018

Posted on April 2, 2014 4:15 PM by J.D. Kane
BMW 750Li Drive 03.jpg

Citing a growing outcry to prevent tragic accidents involving people – particularly young children – getting run over by reversing vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a proposal that it will be requiring all light vehicles to have “rear-view visibility systems” by May 2018. Cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans all fall under this […]

Thermaltake’s Latest BlacX Hard Drive Dock Adds Wi-Fi to the Mix

Posted on April 2, 2014 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
Thermaltake BlacX Wi-Fi Urban

Despite the fact that thousands of products are unveiled at each CES, there’s usually only a handful that manage to stick around in your mind in the months that follow. For me, one product that managed to stay in my mind is a simple one: A hard drive dock. I’ve been a fan of Thermaltake’s […]

Larger Display Apple iPhone Rumors Aplenty

Posted on April 2, 2014 11:00 AM by Tom Roeder

Known Apple parts suppliers are expected to begin mass production of larger displays for the new flagship phone for Apple.  The timing with these reports would be consistent with the fruit company’s normal release time period of fall.  According to Reuters, Apple is focusing its efforts on releasing two new iPhone sizes – 4.7” and […]

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference: A Green Rookie’s Perspective

Posted on April 2, 2014 10:00 AM by J.D. Kane
GPU Technology Conference

Last week, on March 24, 2014, I woke up at an insanely early hour. Ahead of me was a long drive up from the Los Angeles area to San Francisco, where I was to meet up with Techgage’s Big Kahuna Rob for the first time. Although we had obviously been in contact for around a […]

NVIDIA GTC 2014 Recap: Pascal, TITAN Z, Deep-learning & More

Posted on April 2, 2014 12:00 AM by Techgage Staff

Being a developer’s conference, NVIDIA’s GTC always boasts tremendous potential to show us some truly awesome technology – and 2014′s show delivered in spades. In this short article, we take a look at some of the biggest products or technologies announced at the show, and sprinkle in some opinion to make for a balanced breakfast. […]

Tesla to Introduce Revolutionary Roadhog SUV

Posted on April 1, 2014 1:00 PM by J.D. Kane
Tesla Model X

Tesla Motors, renowned for building the all-electric Model S sedan and Roadster sports car, is set to experience a revolution of sorts by introducing its very first fossil-fueled vehicle. The Roadhog is the company’s very first SUV and represents a major shift by the Palo Alto company not just because it is the first truly […]

EA Financially Backed Ubisoft’s UPlay to Improve Origin’s Image

Posted on April 1, 2014 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
EA Origin Logo

In business, there are good companies, and there are bad companies. Then there are those that most people outright hate. Where gaming’s concerned, a company that falls into the latter classification would be Electronic Arts; its continued inclusion on Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” list can attest to that. Admittedly, I do feel that the […]

BlackBerry Taps Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to Become Company’s VP of Marketing

Posted on April 1, 2014 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
BlackBerry Logo

As much as I love being Canadian, it pains me that where tech is concerned, there are just a handful of companies worth bragging about – and even some of those don’t originate here. It’s for that reason why BlackBerry (formerly RIM) is so close to Canadian hearts; it was a company we could brag […]

Samsung’s UD590 28-inch Display Features 4K Support @ 60Hz for $799

Posted on March 31, 2014 1:06 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung U28D590D 4K Display

I’m still not sure that 4K is the route I’d personally take when looking for a new display, but the allure of that much real-estate on a single display is hard to ignore. For gamers, that allure can be even stronger, since at 4K, games will look crisper than ever – we’re talking a staggering […]

NVIDIA Inside Some of Today’s Hottest Cars

Posted on March 31, 2014 10:00 AM by J.D. Kane
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Earlier this month, we ran a news story about Lamborghini’s new V10-powered baby supercar, the Huracan, which runs an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered dash display. Well, last week in San Jose, California, Techgage overlord Rob and I both attended NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, and while it was a veritable feast of information on NVIDIA’s applications of […]

With Hard-to-fix iThings, Apple’s ‘Done Everything it Can to Put Repair Guys Out of Business’

Posted on March 31, 2014 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
iPhone 5S Gold

At Macworld, held last week in San Francisco, iFixit head-honcho Kyle Wiens used his speaking opportunity to take a jab at Apple for its desire to make its products difficult to repair. In fact, with his wording, Wiens alludes to the idea that Apple has gone out of its way to make its devices difficult […]

Introducing the Obsidian 450D: Corsair’s Smallest ATX-Compatible Obsidian Yet

Posted on March 28, 2014 4:29 PM by J.D. Kane
Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis

Corsair has introduced the newest member of its top-tier Obsidian PC chassis line, the 450D. The 450D is the smallest chassis in the Obsidian series that can fit an ATX-spec motherboard. The 350D and 250D are both geared towards mATX and mini ITX systems, so the 450D is intended for users who want a scaled-down […]

Facebook Reaches Farther Globally – With Drones

Posted on March 28, 2014 8:00 AM by Tom Roeder
Internet_ORG logo

Last year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made his intentions clear that he wanted to bring internet to remote parts of the world where internet has never existed.   Thursday, Facebook confirmed rumors that engineers are working on a fleet of solar powered drones that will beam internet access to people in the most remote regions of […]

Facebook to Acquire Oculus for $2 Billion, Time to Bring VR to Social

Posted on March 25, 2014 7:16 PM by Rob Williams
Oculus Rift

It seems that John Carmack wasn’t the only one with major interest in Oculus; Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that Facebook has acquired it for a cool $2 billion. Yes, $2 billion. Not bad for a company with an unreleased product, right? How on earth does a company like Oculus fit in with Facebook’s goals? […]

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Gets Another Major Update, Plus Promotional $199 Pricing

Posted on March 25, 2014 3:00 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA SHIELD Update Spring 2014 - Updated TegraZone

NVIDIA’s letting loose details about SHIELD’s next update, and for those who own the portable (or will), there are a bunch of reasons to get excited. If you were hoping for Android 4.4 KitKat, that’s a done deal – but there’s a lot more to this update than a meager change like that. For starters, […]

EVGA’s GeForce GTX 780 6GB Helps Take Care of That TITAN Predicament

Posted on March 25, 2014 12:04 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 ACX 6GB

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX TITAN is an impressive graphics card, a point that’s hard to argue given it’s the most capable single-GPU solution on the market, from both a performance and memory standpoint. But, it costs $1,000, and at the moment, it’s almost impossible to find in stock. So, what is someone to do, if they […]

Google Glass Meets – Style. Yes, Style – Finally

Posted on March 25, 2014 9:00 AM by Tom Roeder

In a move that some see as long overdue, Google just signed a deal with Luxottica, the maker of Ray-Ban and Oakley among other brands, allowing the device to really go mainstream.  Luxottica will be producing an exclusive line of eyeglass frames that will cater to the Glass technology.  Initially, this deal is limited to […]

Justice Department Gets First Conviction for Mobile App Piracy

Posted on March 25, 2014 8:00 AM by Tom Roeder

Two men have pled guilty to charges filed by the Justice Department.  Nicholas Anthony Narbone entered a guilty plea on Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.  Thomas Allen Dye, who was labeled as the “co-conspirator” pled guilty to the same charge earlier this month. These men are responsible for the […]

The First Apple Reseller Is Closing Up Shop

Posted on March 24, 2014 8:00 AM by Tom Roeder
Apple II Think Different

If you were one of the people who paid $1698 for an Apple II with 16k of RAM in 1977, you probably bought it from Team Electronics in Minneapolis, now called FirstTech.  The store announced that it will be shutting down at the end of this month after 73 years in business, and will be […]

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headphones Review

Posted on March 24, 2014 2:00 AM by Techgage Staff

ROCCAT impressed us with its Isku FX gaming keyboard last year. This time around the company sent us its Kave XTD 5.1 Surround Sound gaming headset. With a “true” hardware-based surround sound design, as opposed to a software-emulated one, how good is the Kave XTD 5.1? Find out as we put it through its paces. […]

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