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Firaxis Explains its Reasons for Adopting AMD’s Mantle Technology for Civilization: Beyond Earth

Posted on May 26, 2014 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth - Box Art

When Firaxis announced Civilization: Beyond Earth last month, the developer had a couple of surprises in store. For starters, the game is Linux-bound – a rather major development for fans of that OS. Secondly, the game will also be supporting AMD’s low-level graphics API, Mantle. Firaxis crafts some incredibly complex games, and Beyond Earth is no […]

iBUYPOWER’s OptiBoost Aims to Add Flexibility to OEM Notebooks

Posted on May 26, 2014 9:30 AM by Rob Williams

A frustrating aspect of purchasing a notebook at retail or etail is not being able to customize it. Sure, there are sometimes more than one variant of a particular model, but it’s unlikely that either of them are going to be “perfect” in your eyes. There always seems to be a compromise somewhere. That’s a […]

G.SKILL to Host Huge Overclocking Competition at Computex

Posted on May 26, 2014 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
GSKILL Computex Overclocking Competition Lineup

There’s sure to be a couple of overclocking events at next month’s Computex show in Taipei, but the first one to catch my eye is G.SKILL’s. Over the course of five days, twelve of the world’s best overclockers will attempt to break records on a variety of different motherboards, including those from MSI, ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE, and […]

Intel CEO Confirms that Broadwell Will Launch Later this Year

Posted on May 23, 2014 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Company Logo

At last week’s Maker’s Faire in San Mateo, California, Reuters caught the opportunity to chat to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and get an update on Broadwell, the Haswell microarchitecture successor. According to Krzanich, the chips are set to launch this holiday season, but not at “the last second” – something nice to hear. Given this, […]

Benchmark Results for NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 Surface

Posted on May 23, 2014 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip Shot

Last week, we discovered that the first Tegra K1-equipped device to come to market would be Xiaomi’s MiPad tablet. That’s due out next month, and despite that, we’ve largely remained oblivious to what kind of performance gains we’ll see over Tegra 4. Paper specs only go so far, but given that after its announcement at CES, […]

It’s Official: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Has Come to Linux

Posted on May 22, 2014 2:47 PM by Rob Williams
The Witcher 2 Cover

It’s been no secret that The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was coming to Linux; “when?” has been the big question. Well, over at Steam today, the game’s featured in the main showcase with the words “Now Available for SteamOS!”, which of course means both Valve’s OS and Linux in general. This, to me, is […]

Lian Li Shows Off New Desk Chassis Models in Advance of Computex

Posted on May 22, 2014 1:52 PM by Ryan Perry
Lian Li Desk Chassis DK-01X - Overview

The press releases are starting to fly as the anticipation ramps up for next month’s Computex in Taipei, and the first that has really caught my eye is an announcement by well-known case manufacturer Lian Li. Building on the news from CeBit earlier this year, the Taiwanese company has dropped additional information on its three […]

ioSafe 214 Dual-bay Disaster-Proof NAS Review

Posted on May 22, 2014 12:00 AM by Techgage Staff
ioSafe Press Shot

ioSafe has long been building NAS boxes that can take some serious, real-world abuse. We’re talking water submersion, or something even more severe, like a house fire. What could make a solution like that even better? Synology’s DSM software on-board sure doesn’t hurt. With the 214 dual-bay option, that’s just what we’re dealing with. In […]

Activehours: Payday Advances Have Just Become More Convenient, And Far Less Expensive

Posted on May 21, 2014 4:53 PM by Rob Williams
Activehours Mobile App

One of the most frustrating things about working an hourly job and living from paycheck to paycheck is not being able to afford something that comes up. It could be as simple as friends wanting to go out to a movie, or needing to go to the dentist due to an unexpected toothache. Sometimes, waiting […]

Massive Data Breach at eBay – Change Your Password!

Posted on May 21, 2014 12:01 PM by Tom Roeder

It seems like almost every week, there is some massive security breach somewhere, and this week is no different.  According to The Verge, eBay will be asking all of its 112 million members to change their passwords, in light of a newly-discovered database security hole. The attack  took place some time between late February and early […]

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Tablet Revealed, Boasts Great Specs and Big Potential

Posted on May 20, 2014 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has revealed a new Surface Pro tablet at a press event in NYC, and it looks good. For starters, it comes in at a large 12-inches, which is one reason Microsoft is touting the fact that Surface Pro 3 could be a notebook replacement. Of course, there’s more than just size that matters in a […]

AMD’s First 20nm APU Rumored to be ‘Nolan’, Release Set for 2015

Posted on May 20, 2014 12:43 PM by Rob Williams
AMD A-Series Logo

According to Fudzilla, AMD has plans to release its first 20nm part in 2015, coming to us in the form of a ‘Nolan’ APU. Once released, Nolan will succeed the light notebook-bound Beema, which should see its share of design wins at the forthcoming Computex event in Taipei. Beema itself will be replacing Kabini. A […]

Tesla Model S Promises UK Cross Country Trip with One Extra 20-Minute Recharge

Posted on May 20, 2014 8:00 AM by J.D. Kane
Tesla Model S

I don’t know about you, but electric cars don’t really, um, electrify me too much. I mean, I like “green” solutions as much as the next guy, but I’m too selfish to give up my passion for all things automotive. Electric cars, as capable and as clean as they are, just aren’t as visceral as […]

Valve’s Dota 2 ‘The International 4′ is Going to be Bigger than Ever

Posted on May 19, 2014 2:49 PM by Robert Tanner
Dota 2 The International 4

The International is an annual professional Dota 2 tournament going on its fourth year. It set a record in 2011 for having the largest prize pool for any eSports event in history, but in 2013 Valve hit on the idea of partially crowdfunding the prize pool through sales of event compendiums. While not required to […]

Google Honors Rubik’s Cube Anniversary with Interactive Cube Doodle

Posted on May 19, 2014 1:31 PM by Rob Williams
Google Rubik's Cube

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic Rubik’s Cube puzzle, Google’s homepage doodle today is an interactive version of it. So, prepare to gloat once you’ve beaten it, or utter “screw it” after giving up (which is the route I took). After visiting the site and clicking on the animated cube, it will grow larger […]

The Challenges of Achieving Accurate Battery-life Results for Mobile Devices

Posted on May 19, 2014 10:00 AM by Rob Williams

I’m in the process of evaluating EVGA’s Tegra Note 7 tablet, and of course, that involves a lot of testing. The last time I took a look at a mobile device was with NVIDIA’s SHIELD, and for that article, I established some simple methods of testing the device’s battery-life. Most notably, I ran a 720p […]

AT&T Leviathan Gets Bigger – Set To Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

Posted on May 19, 2014 8:10 AM by Tom Roeder

Yes folks, that is right – your TV choices continue to shrink.  In a BuzzFeed report Sunday, AT&T made its intentions clear to purchase satellite TV provider DirecTV for a whopping $48.5 billion.  As of currently, AT&T does offer its own brand of TV service known as “U-Verse”.  U-Verse has a very small footprint right now in […]

YouTube Speculated to Purchase Game Stream Site for $1 Billion

Posted on May 19, 2014 6:00 AM by Rob Williams
Google Twitch Acquisition

It’s still not confirmed, but this is one acquisition that should surprise no one: YouTube has picked up for $1 billion. Actually, one thing is a little surprising about this, and that’s the going price., since its launching, has become the de facto place for those who want to stream their gameplay to […]

Mionix NASH 20 Gaming Headset Review – A True Star

Posted on May 19, 2014 2:15 AM by Techgage Staff
Mionix NASH 20 Headset Angled

Naming a product after a star might seem like a fine idea, but it brings along with it a slew of certain expectations. The Mionix NASH 20 namesake is a star in the zodiac constellation Sagittarius. So, is this stereo headset actually a star, or does it blow up like a supernova? There’s only one […]

FCC Moves One Step Closer in Killing Off Net Neutrality

Posted on May 15, 2014 4:09 PM by Rob Williams
FCC Seal

The FCC has today succeeded in passing a vote to advance the process of instating net neutrality rules. On paper, that sounds like a good thing. In reality, it could lead to a vastly changed Internet. Tom Wheeler, FCC’s Chairman, claims to be in full support of an open Internet, but with his agency’s net […]

Xiaomi’s MiPad to Become First Tegra K1-powered Device Sold

Posted on May 15, 2014 3:07 PM by Rob Williams
Xiaomi MiPad - Tegra K1 Tablet

It looks like China is once again going to beat the rest of the world in releasing the first device based on NVIDIA’s latest Tegra chip. Last year, it was ZTE, with a Tegra 4-powered “super phone”. This year, it’s Xiaomi leading the way, with its MiPad tablet. At 7.9-inches, Xiaomi’s MiPad is a bit […]

Raptr Shows Us the Top 20 PC Games Played During April

Posted on May 15, 2014 2:12 PM by Rob Williams
Raptr Most Played PC Games - April 2014

Raptr has sent along a top 20 list that showcases the most-played PC games as of last month. While Raptr doesn’t have the same sort of reach as a service like Steam does, it has the ability of being able to track any PC game, whether it be driven through Steam, Origin, UPlay, et cetera, […]

AOC’s Latest 24-inch Monitor Packs Dual Speakers in its Base

Posted on May 15, 2014 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
AOC i2473Pwm 24-inch Monitor

At quick glance, AOC’s latest 24-inch IPS monitor doesn’t look too different from most others. Upon closer inspection, though, a major difference reveals itself: The monitor’s base isn’t just a base, it’s a pair of speakers. ONKYO 7W speakers, in fact. Integrating speakers into a monitor’s base is an interesting design, and it’s hard to […]

CD PROJEKT RED Unveils New Studio Logo, The Witcher: Wild Hunt Logo

Posted on May 14, 2014 2:09 PM by Rob Williams

For the first time since founding in 2002, CD PROJEKT RED has updated its logo. This comes at an important time for the company, as its most ambitious game to date, The Witcher: Wild Hunt, is due out in under a year. While a logo can “just be a logo”, there’s a lot of meaning […]

EU Ruling States that Google Must React to User Delete Requests Involving Personal Information

Posted on May 13, 2014 6:18 PM by Rob Williams
Google Company Logo 2013

The European Court of Justice has today issued a ruling that could eventually become a major problem for some of the world’s biggest tech firms. Namely, those that earn big revenue by scouring the Web for data and put that data to use in search engines. In gist, the EU’s ruling is that people should […]

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