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Google Glass Meets – Style. Yes, Style – Finally

Posted on March 25, 2014 9:00 AM by Tom Roeder
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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
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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
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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. […]

Is DirectX 12 Worth Getting Excited About?

Posted on March 21, 2014 1:22 PM by Rob Williams
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At this week’s Game Developers Conference, held in San Francisco, Microsoft took the veil off its long-awaited DirectX 12 graphics library. Now, the question has to be asked, “Is it worth getting excited over?”. At this point, I’d say the answer is “Sure.” I’m not sure about everyone else, but I expected to hear about […]

SteelSeries Introduces Wireless Sensei Gaming Mouse

Posted on March 20, 2014 2:07 PM by J.D. Kane
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SteelSeries has announced that it has created what might be the last logical evolution of its venerable Sensei line of gaming mice: Sensei Wireless Laser Gaming Mouse. Regular Techgage readers would know that we love the Sensei. Big Chief Rob reviewed the original iteration of the Sensei in October 2011, while I reviewed the stripped-down […]

NVIDIA’s GameWorks Getting a Great Workout at Game Developers Conference

Posted on March 20, 2014 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
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NVIDIA has long been proud of the tools it offers game developers, and it’s without fail that we learn more about them at each Game Developers Conference. 2014′s San Francisco event is no exception, and while the company’s “GameWorks” solution has a number of notable updates, NVIDIA’s most proud to talk about some of the […]

Corsair Adds to Carbide Chassis Series with Trio of SPEC Gaming Cases

Posted on March 19, 2014 3:35 PM by J.D. Kane
Corsair Carbide SPEC Chassis

Corsair, renowned for its Obsidian series of PC chassis, has announced three additions to its more affordable Carbide range. Called SPEC, the new additions, simply named SPEC-01, SPEC-02, and SPEC-03, “have been designed with PC gamers in mind,” according to Corsair. Marked by their distinctive aggressive looks, air cooling-optimized design, expandability, and modern features such […]

Valve’s Highly-anticipated ‘Free To Play’ Documentary Now Available

Posted on March 19, 2014 2:56 PM by Rob Williams
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For the past couple of weeks, Valve has been teasing its first-ever documentary – called Free To Play - that offers an intriguing look into the world of eSports. Fortunately, the documentary is completely free; Valve has even posted it to iTunes and YouTube for those who don’t want to watch it through the Steam client. Free […]

AMD Reveals Thief as First Title to Support TrueAudio, Teases Mantle Perf Enhancements

Posted on March 18, 2014 3:39 PM by Rob Williams
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Since the announcement of both Mantle and TrueAudio alongside AMD’s Volcanic Islands GPUs last fall, we’ve heard a fair bit about the former, but almost nothing about the latter. That changes today, however, with AMD’s announcement that Eidos Montreal’s Thief becomes the first title to support TrueAudio, and for good measure, it becomes the second […]

Google Bets Big(ger) on Wearable Computing, Unveils Android Wear OS

Posted on March 18, 2014 2:53 PM by Rob Williams
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It’s been no secret that Google’s believed that wearable computing is something well-worth getting into - after all, its Google Glass was announced before the recent explosion of wearable devices. But Google Glass takes care of just one aspect of wearable computing; it’s a single product. What about a specialized OS that can be used on […]

Linux Gamers Rejoice: GOG.com to Add Support for the OS this Fall

Posted on March 18, 2014 2:26 PM by Rob Williams
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In a move I’m sure a lot of Linux gamers are going to consider long overdue, GOG.com has announced its plans to begin supporting the OS this coming fall. The reason many feel this move is overdue is thanks to the fact that a lot of older titles sold on the site run through software […]

Microsoft Surface 2 – Stepping It Up With LTE

Posted on March 18, 2014 8:30 AM by Tom Roeder
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The original Microsoft Surface had bleak sales numbers – okay, we don’t want to insult the term bleak, pitiful sales numbers.  Surface 2 has been selling better than its older sibling, and now that Microsoft is bringing LTE to Surface 2, this is sure to bring Microsoft further into running with the big boys of […]

Ergotech Freedom Quad 1-over-3 Desk Stand Review

Posted on March 18, 2014 1:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Ergotech Freedom Quad Desk Stand

A monitor stand might sound like a simple product, but if you happen to pick one up that’s built poorly, you’re going to quickly regret it. This is especially true with stands that support multiple monitors – some are simply built better, and designed better. With Ergotech’s Freedom Quad Desk in the lab, let’s see […]

Google Adds Cross-platform Multiplayer Support to its Play Game Services

Posted on March 17, 2014 6:55 PM by Rob Williams
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It might seem a bit strange for a company like Google to be showing-off its wares at a Game Developers Conference, but lest we forget that the company currently runs one of the world’s biggest digital game stores: Play Store. Last year, the company unveiled tighter integration between the Play Store and Google accounts, so […]

Original Everquest Turns 15, SOE Offers Some Fun Facts to Celebrate

Posted on March 17, 2014 6:00 PM by Rob Williams
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On March 16, 1999, Sony Online Entertainment released an online RPG that was to take the gaming world by storm: Everquest. At the time, I didn’t have any pull to try out an MMO, but I do recall many stories at the time of just how engrossing, and addicting, it was. At the time, even […]

Shots Fired: Google Significantly Drops its Prices for Drive Cloud Storage

Posted on March 14, 2014 1:35 PM by Rob Williams
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At $5-per-month for 100GB, Google has been offering some of the most competitive prices for cloud storage for a while (Dropbox is $10-per-month for 100GB), but in an attempt to stab its competition right in the gut, it’s gone ahead and trimmed its prices even further. How does $2-per-month for 100GB sound? For those in […]

Amazon Prime Price Hike – Get It Before It Gets You!

Posted on March 14, 2014 11:00 AM by Tom Roeder
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Amazon, for those not in the know, offers a great service called “Prime”. Its big perk is free two-day shipping on eligible items, with heavily discounted overnight shipping, and sometimes even same day shipping – although that availability is quite limited.  Prime also offers TV shows and movies that you can stream to your smart TV, […]

Windows Phone Licenses Free – To Some Phone Makers

Posted on March 14, 2014 10:00 AM by Tom Roeder
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There have been rumors of Microsoft not charging smart phone makers for some time now, and it appears that this is now the case – if you’re one of the select few makers in the select few markets.  The Times of India reports that Microsoft is waiving the license fee for two Indian manufacturers, Karbonn […]

ARCTIC Introduces New Generation of VGA Coolers (Featuring Back-side Cooling)

Posted on March 14, 2014 8:30 AM by J.D. Kane
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ARCTIC has introduced a new generation of aftermarket GPU cooling solutions. Featuring a back-side cooler – essentially a large passively-cooled heat sink – incorporated into an enhanced aftermarket GPU air cooler, ARCTIC’s new series of VGA coolers promises to offer even better cooling performance, ease of installation benefits, and decreased risk of warranty invalidation compared […]

Could Intel’s Merrifield be the First Android-bound SoC to Restrict OS Functions, Or Entire OSes?

Posted on March 13, 2014 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
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Intel’s just-launched Merrifield-based Atom SoCs pack in a number of excellent enhancements and new features, but one that’s not being discussed much at all is the architecture’s ability to moderate OS functions – or, in the worst case, even restrict an entire OS. This information came to light earlier this week at CeBIT, when Intel’s […]

Fractal Design Unveils New Node 804 mATX Chassis at CeBIT

Posted on March 13, 2014 2:00 PM by J.D. Kane
Fractal Design NODE 804 Chassis

Fractal Design has launched its newest mATX chassis at CeBIT in Germany. Called the Node 804, it is designed with, as the company puts it, “cooling performance and maximum configurability” in mind. Featuring a dual-chamber interior which separates heat-generating components from less thermally-active ones, the Node 804 is interesting given its size; put another way, […]

Sony and Panasonic Team Up For 1TB “Archival Disc”

Posted on March 13, 2014 8:30 AM by Tom Roeder
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In July 2013, Panasonic and Sony announced a partnership to create a new type of archival storage, showing off a cartridge filled with 300GB optical discs, called “Archival Disc“.  Settle-down those salivary glands – this format is being targeted squarely at corporations, at least right at the start. The single write 300GB discs are set […]

A Look at NVIDIA’s GeForce 800M Mobile GPU Series

Posted on March 12, 2014 7:30 PM by Techgage Staff
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NVIDIA’s GeForce 800M mobile series brings the usual performance upgrades that a generational gap usually entails, but it’s with the features it brings that makes me feel like this is one of the most important mobile GPU launches to happen in a while. Read on to learn about them all, and to get a preview […]

NVIDIA’s Latest GeForce Game Bundle Offers You the First UE4 Game or $150 of F2P Cash

Posted on March 12, 2014 2:15 PM by Rob Williams
GeForce Bundle Spring 2014

Like a lot of us, NVIDIA’s tired of waiting for spring to arrive. So, in an attempt to help expedite the process, it’s releasing two brand-new GeForce bundles to help heat things up. Unlike AMD’s recent bundles, the GeForce graphics card you choose decides which bundle to receive here, and oddly, the bigger GPUs offer […]

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