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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…..

It’s Happened: ASUS Has Created A Phone That Guarantees Great Selfies

Posted on June 4, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

It was only a matter of time. At Computex, ASUS unveiled a brand-new smartphone that targets those who can’t get enough of shooting themselves in the face. Err – taking photos of themselves. It’s called the ZenFone Selfie, so ASUS leaves little to the imagination when it comes to this smartphone. The…..

Logitech Slims Its MX Master Mouse Down To Give Us MX Anywhere 2

Posted on June 3, 2015 3:15 PM by Rob Williams
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Portable Mouse

Logitech’s latest portable mouse both looks good and is seriously flexible (not literally). Called the MX Anywhere 2, this mouse is an effective shrinking down of the full-sized MX Master Wireless Mouse, released earlier this year. With its Darkfield laser sensor, the mouse will work on a variety of surfaces, including glass…..

Kingston’s DT microDuo 3C Works In Both USB Type-A & USB Type-C Ports

Posted on June 3, 2015 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C Flash Drive

It might not be the most attractive flash drive out there, but Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C sure is flexible. Plus, it solves a problem. I think most would agree that USB Type-C is good – it shrinks the connector down, and lets us plug it in either right-side up or upside-down, resulting…..

Fractal Design Unveils Lots Of Great Kit At Computex

Posted on June 3, 2015 12:45 PM by J.D. Kane
Fractal Design Core 500 Chassis

Fractal Design has had much to show at Computex so far. Not only are there new PC chassis making their formal bows in Taipei, there is also a revamp to the lineup of Kelvin series of AIO coolers as well. Let’s tackle the new chassis first. In the lead-off spot is the…..

GOG Kicks Off DRM-free Summer Sale, Spend $1 To Get Sim City 2000 For Free

Posted on June 3, 2015 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
GOG 2015 DRM-Free Summer Sale

GOG has just kicked off its annual DRM-free Summer Sale with most of its catalog affected. As before, there will be new game deals launched every 12 hours, and to save even more money, there are bundles to take advantage of. What makes this particular sale a bit different is that you’ll…..

War Never Changes: Bethesda Announces Fallout 4

Posted on June 3, 2015 10:40 AM by Rob Williams
Fallout 4 - Logo

You’ve got to hand it to Bethesda. It knew that as soon as it dropped a hint about there being a new Fallout game, the collective Internet was going to go nuts. It was kind enough, then, to not keep people waiting too long. Following its major tease yesterday, Bethesda has today announced…..

SPECwpc Update Adds Virtualization Support, Automation For Results Reporting

Posted on June 3, 2015 10:15 AM by Rob Williams

In February, SPEC updated its SPECviewperf 12 benchmark to add support for virtualized environments, and it appears that the demand for such metrics is huge, as it’s followed-up with a SPECwpc update that adds support for the same thing. The latest version is 1.2, and as with SPECviewperf, results from the previous…..

QNAP Demos TVS-871T Thunderbolt NAS At Computex

Posted on June 3, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams

Intel fed us a bunch of information yesterday on what the upcoming Thunderbolt 3 standard will deliver, and in our post, I mentioned that storage is an example of one thing that could benefit from our ever-faster connections. It’s interesting, then, that the folks at QNAP unveiled a perfect example of what I’m talking…..

In Advance Of Upcoming Steam Summer Sale, Valve Introduces Steam Refunds

Posted on June 2, 2015 6:15 PM by Robert Tanner
Valve Steam Logo

For better or worse (for our wallets at least), Steam’s Summer Sale is nearly upon us. This year’s mystery summer sale cards are already out (though not fully revealed), making the rumored June 11th date sounding highly likely. So what better time is there for Valve to announce a new refund policy?…..

ASUS’ Zen AiO All-in-one PC Boasts Powerful Performance, Elegant Design

Posted on June 2, 2015 5:30 PM by Rob Williams

Over the years, we’ve seen many vendors try to make the sleekest, sexiest, and most stylish products possible. I am not sure any have been as fervent about it as ASUS, though, and now, its admiration for artistic design continues with its latest all-in-one PC, called Zen AiO. I hate to take…..

Corsair’s STRAFE Keyboard Boasts Cool Red Backlighting, Contoured FPS/MOBA Keys

Posted on June 2, 2015 4:45 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Promo Shot

I don’t get excited about a new keyboard all too often, but when I do, I want that particular model right now. Last year, I felt that way about Func’s KB-460, and thanks to Computex, I now feel that way about Corsair’s STRAFE. Similar to the aforementioned KB-460, Corsair’s STRAFE keeps things…..

Intel Details Thunderbolt 3: 40Gbps Speeds, Utilizes Reversible USB-C Connector

Posted on June 2, 2015 2:40 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Thunderbolt 3 - USB-C At 40Gbps

In the quick look we at had at Intel’s first Broadwell-based desktop chips earlier, I mentioned that its successor, Skylake, would be introducing Thunderbolt 3 support. Considering the fact that Skylake could launch this fall, Intel decided to give us the details on what Thunderbolt 3 is all about well in advance…..

Intel (Finally) Releases Some 5th-gen Broadwell Chips For The Desktop

Posted on June 2, 2015 1:30 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Broadwell Desktop Processor

Intel has just released ten brand-new processors based on its fifth-generation Core architecture, called Broadwell. Five of those join previous models on mobile, while the other five are brand-new for the desktop. Broadwell is the “tick” part of Intel’s tick/tock cadence, which means it’s an effective slimming down of its predecessor; Haswell…..

Microsoft Windows 10 Pricing, Upgrade Paths and Feature Removal Announced

Posted on June 2, 2015 10:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher

With a launch date set for July 29th, users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10, but retail pricing for new copies have been unknown. Today, Microsoft not only announced pricing for retail copies, but also what features may be removed as part of the…..

Corsair Announces Bulldog DIY Livingroom PC, Lapdog Mouse & KB Companion

Posted on June 1, 2015 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
Corsair Bulldog

Whether it’s CES or Computex, it feels like an inevitability that we’ll see Corsair release a new chassis. The ongoing Computex event has proven to be no exception, but there’s a twist: this is an entire barebones PC, called Bulldog. In the shot above, we can see all of the components that…..

NVIDIA G-SYNC Update: Mobile & Windowed Mode Support, New Monitors En Route

Posted on June 1, 2015 9:15 AM by Rob Williams
Acer Predator G-SYNC Curved Monitor

Taiwan’s Computex 2015 event has just kicked off, and NVIDIA has wasted no time in getting a handful of announcements out the door. We covered the biggest one last night, in the form of a GTX 980 Ti review, but also notable are updates that are hitting NVIDIA’s G-SYNC. To start, it…..

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