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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.…..

Samsung Debuts 2TB 850 Pro SSD With Ten Year Warranty

Posted on July 8, 2015 12:20 PM by Robert Tanner
Samung 850 PRO 2TB Solid-state Drive

For those consumers and prosumers that gotta have it all (or at least store it all on a single SSD),  Samsung has announced the first 2.5” 2TB solid-state drives targeting mainstream consumers. Some enthusiasts have been clamoring for a larger capacity SSD and Samsung is now looking to deliver. The 850 Pro…..

Chicago’s New ‘Cloud Tax’ Forces Services Like Netflix To Add 9% Tax

Posted on July 2, 2015 3:00 PM by Rob Williams
Seal of Chicago

It was bound to happen at some point. As more of us move online for all of our entertainment needs, governments are continually looking for ways to negate the losses of people moving away from physical entertainment. Video stores had to pay taxes, it could be argued, and thus services that digitally…..

Synology Launches RS18016xs+ & RX1216sas Business NASes

Posted on July 2, 2015 2:12 PM by Greg King
Synology RS18016xs+ Rackmount NAS

If the July 4 weekend doesn’t give Americans enough to celebrate, add the release of two new Synology enterprise-focused NAS devices to the list of reasons to light fireworks and grill food. Announced this morning, the powerful RS1810xs+ and it’s partner in expandability, the RX1216sas, promise to deliver more than 1PB of expandable…..

After Much Anticipation, EVGA Releases Classified Edition GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Posted on July 1, 2015 3:06 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified

Hot on the heels of our look at EVGA’s Superclocked+ GeForce GTX 980 Ti earlier this week, the company follows-up with an even beefier model: Classified. The Classified series is no secret to overclocking enthusiasts, as Vince Lucido, aka: K|NGP|N, is the man behind it. That means that this should become the…..

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 10158, Finally Renames Project Spartan To Edge

Posted on June 30, 2015 3:49 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has just released build 10158 of its Windows 10 Preview to those using the “Fast” ring. This build comes exactly one month in advance of the final release of Microsoft’s latest OS, although once that date is hit, those who want to continue testing out bleeding-edge builds will be able to.…..

Valve’s ‘Get It Early’ Supply Of Steam Controller & Link Sold Out

Posted on June 29, 2015 4:11 PM by Rob Williams
Valve Steam Logo

About three weeks ago, Valve warned us that its ‘Get It Early’ supply of the Steam Controller and Steam Link hit the 35% sold mark, so if you wanted either one and didn’t jump on it right away, you’re probably going to be a bit upset to learn that 35% has just become 100%.…..

Apple’s Next iPhones Reportedly Begin Production, Expected To Feature ‘Force Touch’

Posted on June 29, 2015 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

According to Bloomberg, production of the next iPhone (or rather, iPhones) has just begun, with full-fledged production set to begin next month. If history is any gauge, the next models will be called iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. At this point, it doesn’t seem like the new iPhones will be bringing a…..

T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand Program Lets You Upgrade Your Phone 3 Times Each Year

Posted on June 25, 2015 12:59 PM by Rob Williams
T-Mobile Logo - Big T

Yet again, T-Mobile has introduced a new program that’s sure to miff its biggest competitors. With JUMP! On Demand, customers can lease the hottest phone and then upgrade to the next hottest phone without hassle, up to three times per year. T-Mobile stresses the lack of caveats here. It costs nothing to…..

WB Suspends PC Sales Of Batman: Arkham Knight Due To Its Many Issues

Posted on June 25, 2015 12:27 PM by Rob Williams
Batman Arkham Knight Cover

Well, this is quite the thing to happen. The launch of Batman: Arkham Knight has been such a mess on the PC, that publisher Warner Bros. has decided to suspend sales until key problems are worked out. We reported earlier this week that the game ships with a setting that pegs the…..

Batman: Arkham Knight Runs At 30 FPS On The PC By Default, But It Can Be Fixed

Posted on June 23, 2015 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
Batman Arkham Knight Logo

When will some developers learn? Yet again, a much-hyped and technically detailed PC game has hit the market that defaults to a framerate of 30 FPS. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t appreciate a forced “cinematic feel”. There is an upside, though; unlike Ubisoft, which hard-caps the framerate to 60…..

Sony’s Super-thin X900C And X910C 4K TVs Start Out At $2,499

Posted on June 22, 2015 11:34 AM by Rob Williams
Sony X900C Ultra-thin 4K Television

We wrote earlier about some affordable 4K FreeSync monitors from Samsung, so let’s talk a bit about some pricier models from Sony. On account of the fact that the X900C and X910C are full-fledged televisions and come in at under 0.2 inches thick, it’s not hard to understand why Sony’s latest 4K…..

Samsung Rolls Out Two Crazy Affordable FreeSync 4K Displays

Posted on June 22, 2015 10:48 AM by Rob Williams
Samsung U28E590D 28-inch 4K FreeSync Monitor

It’s kind of impressive just how fast 4K resolution has infiltrated the market, and likewise, how fast the tech has become affordable. Just two summers ago, ASUS released its 31.5-inch PQ321 4K monitor. Its price? $3,800. Today, spending 20% of that will get you an awesome 4K monitor, but there are a…..

Install Windows 10 Preview, Get Final Release For Free

Posted on June 22, 2015 9:09 AM by Rob Williams
Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul has answered some important questions regarding the roll out of Windows 10, and if you happen to be a user of an illegitimate license of Windows 7 or 8, or are still stuck on XP, take note. While Microsoft insists that a genuine license of Windows 7 or 8…..

AMD Reveals More Fury X Details, Including Performance

Posted on June 18, 2015 6:47 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Fury X Graphics Card - Side View

AMD intended to wait until next week before letting the juiciest bits of Fury X loose, but due to some communication errors, some people jumped embargo. Thus, AMD has decided to lift the veil off of its reviewers’ guide and is letting editors publish any and all details found within its pages.…..

Short, But Powerful: Dual-GPU Radeon Fury Card Spotted

Posted on June 16, 2015 4:11 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Dual Fury Graphics Card

We learned just earlier that AMD’s Radeon ‘Fury’ graphics cards should pack quite a punch, with the top-end Fury X able to butt heads with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX TITAN X. It’s fun to note, then, that AMD already has plans to release a dual-GPU graphics card this fall. Normally, neither AMD or…..

AMD Intros Its Next Generation Radeons: 300-series & Fury

Posted on June 16, 2015 1:56 PM by Rob Williams
AMD High Bandwidth Memory Chips

At its much-anticipated ‘New Era Of PC Gaming’ event, AMD put an end to all of the rumors we’ve had to endure these past few months. While much of what we learned was expected, AMD did have a couple of neat tricks up its sleeves. Kicking off its series of announcements, AMD…..

Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue 3 Hits Kickstarter, Sets New Funding Record

Posted on June 16, 2015 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
Shenmue 3

Is it just me, or is this E3 proving to be one of the best ever? From Microsoft adding backwards compatibility to its Xbox One to Bethesda announcing the latest DOOM to Final Fantasy VII finally getting a remake – it’s almost hard to take it all in. And as if it…..

Adobe Releases Creative Cloud 2015 Applications, Introduces Stock Image Service

Posted on June 16, 2015 11:02 AM by Rob Williams
Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe has just released the latest major version of its Creative Cloud suite, 2015. With it, Adobe says it’s brought unprecedented innovation and even greater integration across both its desktop and mobile apps. Today also marks the release of Photoshop Mix, Color CC, Brush CC, and Shape CC for Android, all of…..

Bethesda Announces Fallout 4 Release Date, Releases A Slew Of New Screenshots

Posted on June 15, 2015 2:57 PM by Rob Williams
Fallout 4 PC Box

Following up to its announcement of Fallout 4 a couple of weeks ago, Bethesda’s taken advantage of E3 to give us a lot more information on the game, including a release date. That release date is November 10, 2015, so those who were worried that they’d have to wait an entire year…..

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