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Chinese Game ‘King of Wushu’ Makes Great Use Of DirectX 12, NVIDIA’s GameWorks

Posted on May 4, 2015 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GameWorks

Last week, we posted about an impressive DirectX 12 tech demo shown off at Build that Square Enix had prepared with the help of NVIDIA and Microsoft. Called WITCH – Chapter 0 [cry], this quad-TITAN X powered tech demo highlighted realistic emotion, and an incredibly detailed character – every single strand of hair…..

GIGABYTE X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

Posted on May 4, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
GIGABYTE X99-UD4 Motherboard - Angled

Building an X99-based machine and want a great “sweet-spot” motherboard? GIGABYTE’s X99-UD4 is well worth the consideration, as it delivers a lot of functionality for its <$250 price-tag, tosses in a couple of extras we might not “need” but do appreciate, and sports a solid design. Let’s check it out. (Click image…..

Sayonara, Dirty Energy: Tesla Unveils In-home 7 And 10kWh ‘Powerwall’ Batteries

Posted on May 1, 2015 1:40 PM by Rob Williams
Tesla Powerwall Units

Following a rumor-filled month, Tesla yesterday announced its in-home power storage unit, called “Powerwall“. With it, Tesla aims to give people two things: cheaper power over the long run, and backup power in the event of a blackout. Selling for $3,000 for a 7kWh model and $3,500 for a 10kWh, a Powerwall unit…..

Following A Good Legal Shakedown, Grooveshark Shuts Its Doors

Posted on May 1, 2015 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Grooveshark Logo

One of the oldest and most successful music streaming services, Grooveshark, has just shut down. The cease of operations comes out of nowhere, but the surprise doesn’t: the service was a haven for listening to unlicensed music. When I took the service for a spin after its last major update, I was…..

MPA Gives Pirate Sites 24 Hours To Shut Down

Posted on May 1, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Motion Picture Association Logo

From the “Best of luck!” file comes a tale of the international representative of motion pictures telling ‘pirate’ sites to shut down within a limited time frame – or else. The folks at TorrentFreak caught wind of this after a bunch of different websites received the threat letter. It’s not only sites…..

Square Enix’s Latest Tech Demo Makes Great Use Of DirectX 12 & Four GTX TITAN Xs

Posted on May 1, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Final Fantasy XV Logo

Considering the fact that Final Fantasy (outside of its MMOs) has such a massive console focus, I never expected to see an amazing tech demo of the series for the PC. But, lo and behold, we’ve been given one, and Square Enix has pulled out all the stops. To help show off…..

A Look At Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Posted on May 1, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Box

The latest revision to Photoshop Lightroom, called CC (or 6), is a typical Adobe release. That’s to say, there are some real steps forward, as well as some exciting features, but it seems we can never be without a frustrating misfire or two. The latest release is a definite improvement, but there’s…..

Dell Rolls Out Major Software Updates To DR Backup Appliances

Posted on April 30, 2015 5:00 PM by Greg King
DR4000 Data Protection System - With Bezel

Techgage hasn’t had much of an enterprise presence in its ten years of existence. Brett has penned some incredible editorials, at times extending a bit into the world of big business, but on the whole we have been devoid of stories, articles, and news from that side of the industry. As we’ve mentioned in…..

Calm Before The Storm? Zen-based CPUs To Dominate AMD’s Desktop And Mobile Lineup In 2016

Posted on April 30, 2015 1:50 PM by Rob Williams
AMD 2015 - 2016 Desktop Roadmap

If you’ve been wondering when AMD’s next serious attack on the CPU market would be coming, it looks like your question has just been answered. According to ExtremeTech, which has come across a couple of slides set to be shown off during a financial analyst day on May 6th, 2016 is going…..

Microsoft Releases .NET Core Preview For Linux & OS X

Posted on April 30, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
.NET Core - Windows, Linux, OS X, BSD

When I wrote about the release of Microsoft’s free and open-source text editor, Visual Studio Code, yesterday, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen next. We’re talking about Microsoft, of all companies, becoming more integrated into alternative operating systems. The company had a big presence at LinuxFest Northwest, which just happened…..

Microsoft Names Project Spartan ‘Microsoft Edge’, Releases Windows 10 Build 10074

Posted on April 30, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Windows 10 Build 10074 - Project Spartan and Start Menu

During its mammoth set of opening presentations at Build, Microsoft finally gave us the answer to a question we’ve been asking for a while: “What’s the final name of Project Spartan going to be?” I kind of wanted it to remain “Spartan”, because it just sounds cool, but alas, that hasn’t happened. Instead, the…..

Microsoft Releases Four SDKs To Encourage Greater Developer Support For The Windows Store

Posted on April 29, 2015 3:45 PM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 - Universal App Support

A buzzword Microsoft loves to throw around in advance of the release of any new Windows version is “universal”. Windows on the desktop, the notebook, tablets, and of course, smartphones. At its ongoing Build conference, though, the company has given an entirely new meaning to the word – at least with regards…..

Microsoft Launches Free, Cross-platform ‘Visual Studio Code’ Editor at Build

Posted on April 29, 2015 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Visual Studio Code Icon

Hot on the heels of its appearance at LinuxFest Northwest, Microsoft has decided to use its Build conference as the launch platform for a free cross-platform code editor called Visual Studio Code. It’s designed to be lightweight, and make writing modern Web / Cloud applications a smooth experience. The application is currently considered a…..

Kingston Replaces HyperX 3K SSD With Phison-Powered Savage SSDs

Posted on April 29, 2015 12:30 PM by Robert Tanner
Kingston HyperX Savage SSD

Kingston has taken the wraps off its new flagship HyperX Savage brand of SSDs powered by the Phison S 10 controller. The S10, (or PS3110), is a typical quad-core eight-channel NAND controller which gives it enough oomph to easily saturate the standard SATA 6Gb/s interface. Phison has become a staple name in…..

H2O and CO2 = Audi’s New Clean Synthetic Diesel

Posted on April 29, 2015 9:00 AM by J.D. Kane

It’s no secret that the modern world is critically dependent on fossil fuels. Unfortunately, such dependence carries with it some severe penalties. Not only is the dwindling supply causing ever-increasing prices, but pollution is also a price to pay that perhaps not everyone thinks about. Well, straight from the “too good to…..

Grand Theft Auto V Review

Posted on April 29, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Grand Theft Auto V Box Art

GTA has taken us from a 2D top-down simulator to a 3D third-person shooter. We’ve been taken back to the 80’s in Vice City and brought back with GTA V. The series has always strived to be innovative, push the bounds of propriety, and focus on a singular theme. Does GTA V’s…..

Dirt Rally Hits Steam As Early Access Title – And It Looks Awesome

Posted on April 28, 2015 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
Dirt Rally - 03

Well, this seemed to have come out of nowhere. Yesterday, Codemasters released a brand-new Dirt game on Steam called Dirt Rally, and for rally enthusiasts, there’s a lot to love. Currently, Rally is in early access, but even so, it offers a lot right out of the gate. We’re talking 3 locales…..

The Tables Have Turned: Valve’s Learning A Hard Lesson About Paid Mods

Posted on April 27, 2015 3:00 PM by Techgage Staff
Wet and Cold Skyrim Mod - Steamworks

When Valve released an update to its Steamworks platform last week to enable paid mods, I’m not sure it realized what kind of backlash could result. There’s been some incredible debate since the feature rolled-out, and it’s been fascinating to watch. Let’s dive in and take a look at this problem from…..

Treyarch & Activision Release Call of Duty: Black Ops III Reveal Trailer, 4K Screenshots

Posted on April 27, 2015 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Call of Duty Black Ops III Box Art

Following a couple of quick teases, Treyarch and Activision have released a reveal trailer for the next Call of Duty title, Black Ops III. As a fan of the original two Black Ops, this third iteration definitely has my interest piqued. Given the premise and what seems to be a copious amount…..

Acer’s Upcoming XR341CK Ultra-wide G-SYNC Monitor Is Drop-dead Gorgeous

Posted on April 27, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Acer Ultra-wide XR341CK G-SYNC Monitor

When I took a look at ASUS’ ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC (holy capital letters, Batman!) monitor back in November, I mentioned that having had experienced NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, I couldn’t imagine not having it. Nearly six months later, my opinion on that hasn’t changed. However, I have been wondering lately if I’ve…..

Debian 8 ‘Jessie’ Released: The Road To systemd Is Complete

Posted on April 27, 2015 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Debian 8 - Fresh GNOME Desktop

Following nearly two years of “constant development”, Debian 8 ‘Jessie’ hit the Web this past weekend. As with Ubuntu 15.04 and its derivatives, all released last week, Debian 8’s most notable feature is the adoption of systemd. With this move, Gentoo becomes the final major distro that doesn’t ship with systemd as…..

COUGAR 600M – The Great Orange Gaming Mouse Review

Posted on April 24, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff

Sometimes, simpler is better. Keeping the functionality limited so that you can concentrate on what works. There will always be a market for mid-range and budget peripherals, simply because they work and are inexpensive. So what if you want to keep things simple, but a little special, too? COUGAR’s mid-range 600 series…..

Valve Updates Steamworks Platform To Support Sales of Mods

Posted on April 23, 2015 3:35 PM by Rob Williams
Steam Steamworks Paid Mods - Skyrim

One of the most compelling aspects of PC gaming is modding – altering a game to make it better, extend its gameplay, or change it entirely. Enormous communities exist that revolve around modding, whether it’s one dedicated to a specific title, or a network that categorizes mods for all games. It’s big…..

Hungry For RAM? G.SKILL’s 128GB Ripjaws Kit Should Satiate Your Appetite

Posted on April 23, 2015 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
GSKILL 128GB DDR4-2800 Ripjaws

G.SKILL is no stranger to pushing the envelope when it comes to memory, and today, it once again impresses. While most of us couldn’t even take proper advantage of 32GB in our PC, much less the 64GB that Intel’s X99-based motherboards officially support, G.SKILL has upped the ante and now gives us…..

Onward With systemd: Ubuntu 15.04 ‘Vivid Vervet’ Released

Posted on April 23, 2015 1:45 PM by Rob Williams
Ubuntu Vivid Vervet - Login Screen

Ubuntu and its derivatives have just released their 15.04 ‘Vivid Vervet’ versions today, and as the title of this post suggests, one of the biggest features is the move to systemd (I made a similar move a few weeks ago with Gentoo). systemd’s worth is sure to be debated for some time…..

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