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First Thoughts On 3DRealms’ Modern (But Classic) FPS Ion Maiden

Posted on March 3, 2018 5:37 PM by Rob Williams
Ion Maiden Box Art

Can you remember 2009? I know; it was a long time ago. But in the spring of that year, it seemed all but certain that 3DRealms (and Apogee) were just about gone forever. Yet today, I’m writing about a brand-new 3DRealms game that’s made in honor of some of the classics that…..

Fractal Design Increases Its Angular Momentum With The Meshify C Mini – Dark TG

Posted on March 1, 2018 6:50 PM by Greg King
Fractal DarkTG 01

Fractal Design is at it again, adding to its Meshify line-up with the Meshify C Mini – Dark TG.  Quite a mouthful for such a diminutive chassis. An open micro ATX layout, the MCM-DTG(??) promises to provide “unrestricted airflow” by making use of the angular and stylish front mesh that runs the entire…..

Synology Adds RackStation RS3618xs To Its Stable Of Business NAS Solutions

Posted on March 1, 2018 4:00 PM by Greg King
Synology RS3618xs

Looking to help businesses bridge the gap between public and private cloud, Synology released the RackStation RS3618xs earlier today.  The RS3618xs is a powerful storage solution capable of filling the role of office file server, backup target, virtualization solution and through the deep Synology Package Center, so much more. Powered by an…..

Qualcomm Bolsters Its Defenses, Lays Out Strong Reasons For Remaining Independent

Posted on March 1, 2018 12:24 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm At MWC

The Qualcomm vs. Broadcom fight has been ongoing for months, and with Broadcom’s continued aggression, it could be considered a fierce one. The situation is soon to reach a critical point, though: on March 6, votes will be tabulated to figure out whether or not six ‘independent directors’ from Broadcom will be…..

ASUS Unleashes 4 New ZenFone Smartphones & NovaGo Notebook At MWC 2018

Posted on February 28, 2018 12:20 PM by Greg King
ASUS ZenFone 5Z

With MWC 2018 in full swing, the mobile space has had a bevy of big name announcements.  Earlier this week we reported on both ZTE’s hyper affordable smart phone and Qualcomm’s steadfast drive to push 5G technology.  Also, who could have missed the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung, announcing its Galaxy S9?  When…..

Prebuilt PCs Bundling Radeon RX 580 Or Higher Qualify For Free Copy Of Far Cry 5

Posted on February 27, 2018 3:51 PM by Rob Williams
Far Cry 5

Looking forward to Far Cry 5 but don’t currently have a PC worth playing it on? Well, AMD wants you to kill two birds with one wallet: buy an AMD-infused PC, and a free copy of Ubisoft’s latest FPS will be yours. And, believe me, it’s one that’s going to be worth…..

Qualcomm Fills A Higher-end Performance And Features Gap With Snapdragon 700 Series

Posted on February 27, 2018 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC

Qualcomm keeps telling Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO) that it’s being undervalued, and I’d say the company is doing really well at proving its point so far in 2018. The company releases so many news items, that it’s hard for a mere mortal to keep up. That even excludes the back-and-forth bickerings between the…..

Qualcomm Simulates 5G Network Conditions To Give Us A Preview Of Real-world Speeds

Posted on February 26, 2018 4:14 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm X50 Reference Phone

In case it somehow isn’t obvious by now, Qualcomm is really excited for 5G, and it seems to be of the same mind as mobile enthusiasts all over: the deployment can’t get here soon enough. Where 4G was a massive upgrade over 3G, 5G is likewise a massive upgrade over 4G, and…..

NVIDIA’s 391.01 Game Ready GeForce Driver Improves Performance For FFXV, PUBG

Posted on February 26, 2018 3:20 PM by Rob Williams
Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition may not be out until next week, but NVIDIA’s wasting no time in delivering a Game Ready driver that will ensure optimal performance at launch. This driver, GeForce 391.01, also enhances performance in PUBG, Vermintide 2, and World of Tanks, so if you play any one of…..

Micron Announces 2nd Gen 64-Layer 3D NAND Flash – Up To 256GB Chips

Posted on February 26, 2018 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
PowerPoint Presentation

About 18-months ago, we were on call with Micron with its first generation 64-layer 3D NAND flash chips, which were quite impressive at the time. A lot can happen in those 18-months as Micron goes from 8GB in a 59mm2 pack, to 32GB, not just through process size reductions, but also through…..

ZTE Announces Tempo Go Unlocked Smartphone, Priced At $80

Posted on February 25, 2018 3:34 PM by Rob Williams
ZTE Tempo Go

Not everyone needs a high-end mobile device, and for that reason, it’s a great thing that the market is chock-full of affordable models. In ZTE’s own lineup, phones generally range from around $50 and peaks at around $400. The phone in our sights for this post is the Tempo Go, a phone…..

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Brings Many Refinements To Its Flagship Offering

Posted on February 25, 2018 2:31 PM by Rob Williams
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

If you’ve been glued to the rumor mill surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you’re not going to be in for too many surprises now that the official launch has taken place. That’s not a bad thing, though, because the S9 improves upon everything that made the S8 such a well-received phone (it helped…..

ASUS’ HC102 Mixed Reality Headset Now Available for $429

Posted on February 22, 2018 1:00 PM by Greg King
ASUS MixedReality 01

Just a few short weeks ago, we were discussing our favorite products from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and one that kept getting brought up was HTC’s Vive Pro.  Not only was it a significant improvement over its first-gen sibling, it was far more than that.  It was a refreshing reminder that…..

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design Includes Roomscale Tracking

Posted on February 21, 2018 2:51 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Qualcomm SVR845 Snapdragon Logos Mockup

There is a bit of a craze going on with standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets, thanks to the rapid development afforded by Qualcomm’s VR reference designs that now date back a couple of generations. Today, ahead of the Mobile Word Congress event, Qualcomm is unveiling details of its latest reference design,…..

Arm’s Kigen Integrated SIM Technologies To Pave The Way For Trillions Of Cellular IoT Devices

Posted on February 21, 2018 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
Secure Identity Briefing Deck Under Embargo Until 21 Feb @ 6am P

In advance of next week’s Mobile World Congress, Arm has announced how it’s going to get cellular connections into a trillion devices (eventually!). With the word “trillion” being thrown around, you can already tell that we’re talking IoT (internet of things) devices, which, inevitably, will be everywhere. Arm wants us to have…..

Samsung’s Super-Massive 30TB 2.5-Inch SSD Announced

Posted on February 20, 2018 9:30 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung 30TB 2.5-inch SSD Mixed View

Good things really do come in small packages. Samsung’s 30.72TB 12Gb/s SAS solid-state drive doubles its previous-gen counterpart while retaining a svelte 2.5-inch form-factor. If that doesn’t sound impressive, then lets phrase it this way. The PM1643 leverages 64-layer, 3-bit (TLC) 512Gb chips across 32 16-die packages to attain its impressively dense…..

System Shock Reboot On Hold After Nightdive Goes On ‘Hiatus’

Posted on February 18, 2018 1:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
System Shock Cover

It’s painful, but not altogether surprising at the same time, as another Kickstarter funded game goes on indefinite hold. Back in July 2016, Nightdive Studios put together a plan to remaster the venerable System Shock for a new audience. It took to Kickstarter and secured $1.3 million from over 21,000 backers –…..

Windows 10’s UWP DRM Protection Has Been Defeated By Scene Group CODEX

Posted on February 17, 2018 12:47 PM by Rob Williams
Inaccessible Windows UWP Application Files

When Microsoft launched Windows 10, it introduced a new app framework called Universal Windows Platform, or UWP for short. With it, the company could ease cross-platform development. Even if you don’t use the Windows Store, you still likely use a UWP app from time to time. The simple calculator in Windows 10,…..

AMD Will Send You A Temporary CPU To Get Around Nonbooting AM4 Builds With Ryzen G Chips

Posted on February 17, 2018 11:07 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Processor With Radeon Vega - Received Kit

Following the launch of AMD’s Ryzen processors w/ Radeon Vega last week, some customers have apparently found themselves in a bad spot after building their brand-new rig. It turns out that many AM4 motherboards won’t support these new chips out-of-the-box (not entirely surprising, but a little annoying nonetheless), which means if you…..

Qualcomm Continues To Reject Broadcom’s Advances, But Doesn’t Rule Out Continued Discussions

Posted on February 16, 2018 2:09 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm At MWC

Earlier this week, Qualcomm issued a press release to say that it was going to be meeting with top brass at Broadcom to discuss acquisition talks further, and today, the company has issued its full response after considering all that was said. Up to this point, Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) has been adamant…..

Corsair Adds Intel’s i7-8700K And NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti To Its ONE PC Lineup

Posted on February 15, 2018 11:05 AM by Rob Williams
Corsair ONE Lifestyle Shot

One month short of the first birthday of Corsair’s ONE, the company has updated the lineup of PCs with two new models: ONE ELITE, and ONE PRO PLUS. Coffee Lake’s the name of the game here, and it’s no surprise given the previous inclusion of the i7-7700K that the latest CPU to…..

Qualcomm Announces 2Gbps X24 LTE Modem To Complement 5G Transition

Posted on February 14, 2018 5:20 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Penny Size Comparison

We’re only half-way through February, and it’s already evident that 2018 is going to be an extremely busy year for Qualcomm. On one hand, the company’s vying to create the market’s most robust SoCs and fastest modems, and on the other, it’s slapping away a seriously aggressive suitor in the form of…..

Blender Foundation Selling USB Flash Drive Rockets To Accelerate v2.8 Development

Posted on February 14, 2018 11:50 AM by Rob Williams
Blender Code Quest Logo

Blender 2.8 is en route, due for possible release later this year, and its developers couldn’t be more amped-up to make sure it’s the best version ever. Well, that’s putting it simply, because it’s obvious that the latest version should be best. But this is different. Blender would like to gather its…..

NVIDIA’s Next-gen GeForce Could Be Called ‘Turing’, Not ‘Ampere’

Posted on February 13, 2018 1:36 PM by Rob Williams
Alan Turing Manchester Statue

We reported last week that NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce is rumored to be called ‘Ampere’, and… it now appears that might not be the case at all. At least, it’s not after NVIDIA allegedly changed the name to ‘Turing’, as subtly reported by Reuters. The publication writes: “The new GPU gaming chip, code-named…..

Arm’s Project Trillium To Bring Robust Machine-learning And Object Detection Capabilities To The Edge

Posted on February 13, 2018 11:36 AM by Rob Williams
Arm's Project Trillium

With its just-announced Project Trillium, Arm wants to give the world useful artificial intelligence capabilities inside myriad of edge devices. Clearly, everyone and their dog wants a piece of the AI pie, but Arm is in an enviable place to deliver its solutions – its technology is already the de facto choice…..

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