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Intel & Micron Announce Memory Breakthrough: 3D XPoint Touted As 1,000x Faster, 10x Denser Than NAND

Posted on July 28, 2015 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
Intel and Micron 3D XPoint Memory Technology

At an event held in San Francisco today, Intel and Micron jointly announced 3D XPoint memory – memory that promises to be 1,000x faster than traditional NAND, 1,000x more durable, and 10x more dense. Both companies consider this to be a “breakthrough”, and the biggest memory innovation in over 25 years. If…..

Ferrari 488 Spider – Maranello’s Latest Topless Model Is Super-Sexy

Posted on July 28, 2015 3:06 PM by J.D. Kane
Ferrari 488 Spider - Angle

While almost all Ferraris are just hot, there are some which are so hot they have to go topless. Maranello’s 488 Spider fits that description. Derived from the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider shares much of its coupe forebear’s lovely mechanical bits. The Spider has the same 3.9L 661 bhp, 560 lb/ft…..

Motorola Rolls Out A Trio Of Updated Smartphones: Moto G, Moto X Style & Moto X Play

Posted on July 28, 2015 2:51 PM by Rob Williams
Moto G (Third-gen)

The development of a third-gen Moto G and Moto X was a secret to no one, but I’m not sure anyone unrelated to Motorola realized that they’d be landing so soon. In fact, the timing is quite convenient on account of OnePlus having announced its much-hyped OnePlus 2 just last night. Also…..

Mionix’s Castor – A Mouse For Any Grip Style

Posted on July 28, 2015 2:09 PM by J.D. Kane
Mionix CASTOR Gaming Mouse

Mionix just unveiled its newest gaming mouse. Named Castor (after one of the brightest stars in our night sky), it seems destined to be a luminary in the gaming mouse market. The Castor is touted to be the first-ever gaming mouse to cater to all grip styles. It is strictly a right-handed…..

The ‘Flagship Killer’ OnePlus 2 Revealed: $329 & $389 Models Ripe For The Picking

Posted on July 28, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
OnePlus 2 Smartphone Group Shot

After months of rumor, OnePlus has finally taken the veil off of its OnePlus 2. Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular OnePlus One, this sequel carries with it a bold tagline: “2016 Flagship Killer”. Could that possibly be true? Well, its specs and features do give it a chance of…..

Google To Begin Making Google+ A More ‘Focused’ Social Network

Posted on July 27, 2015 2:12 PM by Rob Williams
Techgage's Google Plus Page

When Google announced its intension to kill off Google+ Photos, it felt like the beginning to the ultimate demise of the social network. Today, we’re told otherwise. There are going to be significant changes going forward, but Google+ is going to remain. The reason Google removed Google+ Photos from the service is…..

Razer Acquires OUYA’s Software Assets, Absorbs Select OUYA Teams

Posted on July 27, 2015 1:54 PM by Rob Williams
Razer Forge TV In Action

A purchase of OUYA at some point seemed inevitable, and Razer has today given us an answer of who’s most interested. The company has today announced that it’s acquired OUYA’s software assets – no hardware – as well as OUYA’s technical team and developer relations personnel. The acquisition is an interesting one,…..

Microsoft Backs Off Of Forced Updates With Windows 10 Home – But Makes You Work For It

Posted on July 27, 2015 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Windows 10 - Hide Or Show Updates

Last week, I wrote about the annoyance with Windows 10’s Home edition that prohibits users from disabling / hiding updates, and it seems the post struck the right chord with people. It’s understandable: a lot of us are power users, and being able to manage mere updates is a big part of…..

KOTOR II Receives Official Patch A Decade After Its Release

Posted on July 22, 2015 3:05 PM by Rob Williams
Star Wars - Knights Of The Old Republic Box

Who saw this coming? Out of nowhere, owners of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II saw an update come through their Steam yesterday, and like most updates that come out for old games, most people likely thought that it was a mere compatibility patch. Not so. This is a proper update…..

Does Windows 10’s Forced Update Feature Sway You From Upgrading?

Posted on July 21, 2015 3:28 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Login Screen

With the release of Windows 10 build 10240 last week came an EULA that confirmed a caveat: that Windows Update would force automatic updates to users of the Home edition. Those running Pro, Enterprise, or some other business variant don’t have to fret, as Windows Update for Business allows automatic updates to…..

Google To Kill Off Google+ Photos Service On August 1

Posted on July 21, 2015 2:19 PM by Rob Williams
Google Photos App

In a move that some might consider a sign of the inevitable demise of Google+, Google has just killed off one of the service’s integral features: Google+ Photos. With the launch of Google Photos a couple of months ago, the writing really did seem to be on the wall for Google+ Photos.…..

Valve’s The International 5 Exceeds $16.5 Million, Finals To Be Screened In Theaters

Posted on July 16, 2015 4:14 PM by Robert Tanner
The International 5

Valve’s fifth annual Dota 2 tournament is continuing with tradition, demolishing TI4’s $10.9 million record for the largest prize pool for a videogame tournament in the same fashion as Ti4 did to Ti3’s record of “just” $2.87 million before it.  At $16.6 million as of this writing, all fundraising goals have already been…..

Microsoft Pushes Out Kinda RTM Windows 10 Build 10240

Posted on July 16, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Build 10240

The latest build of Windows 10 released to insiders is quite special: it’s not an official “RTM”, but it’s close enough. It’s the first build that removes the version information from the desktop, and from here-on-out, there will be no more ISOs for download – until the final release. Between now and…..

IBM And NVIDIA Team Up To Launch Supercomputer ‘Centers Of Excellence’

Posted on July 14, 2015 3:36 PM by Rob Williams
IBM, NVIDIA Establish Center of Excellence at Oak Ridge to Advance Research

As part of its contract with the US’ Department of Energy, IBM has announced that it’s teaming up with NVIDIA to launch a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing. These will be located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – home of the TITAN supercomputer – and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The…..

One Stop Systems Crams 16x 32GB AMD FirePro S9170 GPUs Into A 3U Accelerator

Posted on July 14, 2015 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
One Stop Systems - 3U System With 16 AMD FirePro S9170 Compute Cards

We talked about AMD’s newest top-end compute card last week, which it calls the FirePro S9170. It’s a ridiculous piece of kit, and I mean that in the best way possible. It packs 32GB of GDDR5 under its hood, and with a huge focus on DGEMM performance, the card boasts a market-leading 2.62…..

Is Flash’s Death Actually Near? At This Point, Everyone Is Hoping So

Posted on July 14, 2015 12:28 PM by Rob Williams
Adobe Flash Icon

The death of Adobe Flash has been speculated to happen for… well, ever. But, it never happens. Instead, we continue to see security risk after security risk revealed, with a good number of them being so severe, they could act as a gateway to let an attacker enter your machine. In the…..

Microsoft To Kick Off Huge Marketing Campaign For Windows 10 Next Week

Posted on July 13, 2015 11:38 AM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Logo

Windows 10 is almost here, and Microsoft is gearing up to celebrate. Following the lackluster reception of Windows 8, and not to mention the company shakeups that have occurred since its launch, it goes without saying that Windows 10 is a major release – and an important one. Fortunately, the company has…..

Apple Continues To Dominate Smartphone Profits, Claims 92% Last Quarter

Posted on July 13, 2015 10:52 AM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Oh, how frustrating it must be to be an Android phone maker. No matter how good a device is, claiming a good chunk of the overall profits pie is tough – or impossible if we consider how large Apple’s share is. Few companies can enjoy sky-high profit margins like Apple, and because of…..

Weeks Ahead Of Launch, Windows 10 Box Art Leaked

Posted on July 13, 2015 8:58 AM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Box Art

A couple of weeks in advance of Windows 10’s launch, a German Windows-focused tech site reveals the software’s box art. Well – that assumes that the renderings are legitimate. It wouldn’t be difficult for a talented artist to pull off a convincing job. Admittedly though, these boxes look great – modern and clean –…..

Nintendo’s President And CEO Satoru Iwata Dies At 55

Posted on July 12, 2015 9:12 PM by Rob Williams
Satoru Iwata - GDC 2011

Nintendo has announced (PDF) that its President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, has died as the result of bile duct growth. He was 55. Iwata was one of the best-known faces of Nintendo, and his history is rich with highlights. He first joined HAL Laboratory in 1983 and helped create such classics as Balloon…..

Ellen Pao Leaves reddit; Site Founder Steve Huffman Makes a Triumphant Return

Posted on July 10, 2015 6:10 PM by Rob Williams
Ellen Pao

To say that it’s been a tumultuous month for reddit seems like an understatement. While multiple events have occurred in recent months that have caused an uproar, such as the banning of popular “hate” subreddits, nothing impacted the site quite like the out-of-nowhere firing of “Ask Me Anything” admin Victoria Taylor. Following that, it…..

AMD Releases Its Second HBM-infused GPU: Radeon Fury

Posted on July 10, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon GPU With HBM

A mere three weeks after AMD launched its latest high-end card, the Radeon Fury X, we have the next step down, simply called Radeon Fury. Whereas the “X” model was liquid-cooled, the regular Fury sticks to regular air, and similarly, the core, core clock, and select other specs have seen a slight…..

AMD’s FirePro S9170 Compute Card Packs Staggering 32GB Of Memory

Posted on July 8, 2015 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
AMD FirePro S9170 Compute Card

Following-up on its launch of the FirePro S9050 and S9150 server GPUs last August, AMD has revealed a brand-new high-end offering that boasts one heck of an impressive feature: 32GB of memory. Making this feat even more impressive is the fact that this isn’t a dual-GPU card. 32GB for a single GPU…..

Logitech Transforms Itself, Will Focus Largely On Modern Design

Posted on July 8, 2015 1:06 PM by Rob Williams
Logitech Logo - 2015

It’s beginning to look like Logitech wants to become the Apple of the peripheral world. In what the company calls its greatest brand transformation ever, it’s gone ahead and updated its logo (seen below) and vows to deliver some cutting-edge design going forward. Cutting-edge design that will involve a lot of color.…..

Microsoft Culls 7,800 Jobs, With Most Tied To Its Phone Unit

Posted on July 8, 2015 12:46 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Lumia 640XL Smartphone

Late last month, an email that Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella penned to his company leaked to the Web. In it, he laid-out a renewed focus for Microsoft, and mentioned that some important changes would have to be made. Today, we see what one of those important changes are: a culling of 7,800 jobs.…..

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