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The SFF gaming PC craze is in full swing, and CyberPowerPC has lent the “Fang” moniker to a pair of the little beasts. The company is rolling out the Fang Mini R9 (which is based on an AMD platform) and the Fang Mini Pro (which is based on Intel), both of which are available today. How small is small? The... Read more...
John Carmack’s former employer, Zenimax, went after the industry veteran last week claiming that important code that he used in helping to build the Oculus Rift VR headset is actually IP owned by Zenimax. The company also stated that it provided VR technology to Oculus VR’s Palmer Luckey and others over... Read more...
Now that Nokia’s Mobile Devices unit has been assimilated into Microsoft (to the point that Redmond is dropping Nokia’s branding), the company has an identity problem. What is Nokia now? What does it do? New Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri dropped some clues in Nokia’s Q1 financial report, including that Nokia... Read more...
Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, and reports indicate that fresh new goodies in store include a new version of Mac OS X (10.10), iOS 8, and new features for Apple TV. According to 9to5 Mac, OS X 10.10 is a complete redesign with a new look not dissimilar to some of iOS 7’s aesthetic features, perhaps in an effort to keep... Read more...
3D printing is quickly evolving, and a group called Rabbit Proto is pushing that evolution onward with its 3D printer attachment that lets you print 3D electronic circuits on or within an item while that item itself is being printed. Put more simply, Rabbit Proto makes it possible to print electronic devices and their... Read more...
Comparatively, the numbers don’t look great for Microsoft: The company has sold 5 million Xbox One consoles so far--which by itself seems a fine number--but competitor Sony has sold 7 million PS4s. That’s quite a margin of difference, although there’s are some nuances to consider, too. According to... Read more...
Remember that neat little Micro 3D printer that we covered a few days ago? The one that was looking for $50,000 in funding via its Kickstarter campaign? It was doing well out of the gate, nabbing about $1 million on its first day, but that frenetic pace has not abated much. The current total in pledges is at $2.28... Read more...
The level of performance that today's graphics cards can achieve is nothing short of mind boggling, especially as you venture into elite territory. Should you do that, you'll come across AMD's recently announced Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, a beastly dual-GPU part that isn't intimidated by 4K gaming, and currently... Read more...
In the race to drive down costs for and increase the capabilities of 3D printers, the team behind the Micro 3D printer believe they’re among the frontrunners. The Micro is designed to be inexpensive and incredibly easy to use while also offering reliability and consistency. “It is the most affordable 3D... Read more...
The Internet of Things is coming, and there are increasing numbers of products designed to make the IoT reality more feasible and easier to build for. Enter The HIO Project, which offers an open hardware platform that features a tiny mainboard rocking Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex A9 processor technology. The premier... Read more...
Digital Storm debuted a new fleet of gaming notebooks rocking NVIDIA GTX 800M series graphics and Intel Core i7 4000 series CPUs, and one of the four--the aptly named “Behemoth”--offers a pair of NVIDIA GTX 880M GPUs in SLI. There are four notebooks in the family, the 15.6-inch Javelin and Lance and the... Read more...
Amazon confirmed today one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, which is that the company now has its own streaming set top box. It’s called the Amazon Fire TV, and true to the rumors, it offers streaming TV and movies as well as games. “Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV. It's the... Read more...
Microsoft is getting into the smart devices business. The company’s BUILD conference is happening this week in San Francisco, and it appears that someone at Microsoft made a new “Windows on Devices” website live before they were supposed to, because it was only up for a few hours (and somehow The... Read more...
Although the 3D printing market has and will continue to grow rapidly, there are still some capabilities that the market needs that we take for granted on the paper printing side of things. For instance, you have to convert those excellent 3D models into a printable format, and that can be tricky. Enter Slic3r, a free... Read more...
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced some leadership changes at the company this morning, and the Xbox area has a new chief in Phil Spencer. Spencer was formerly head of Microsoft Studios, and he’ll maintain that role and subsume the responsibilities of leading the whole Xbox crew--including the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and... Read more...
This isn’t about cool virtual reality games anymore. When the news first broke of Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the knee-jerk reaction from many fans of the Oculus Rift was to feel betrayed that this grassroots tech company, funded in part by its individual supporters, was going to be... Read more...
The announcement that Facebook bought Oculus VR felt like a suckerpunch to the gut for many ardent fans of the Oculus Rift and all the amazing work that the Oculus team has been doing, and even more people have bemoaned the acquisition as a death knell for the once-promising VR project. However, you can count Valve... Read more...
The second version of Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows is nigh, and the company has shared images of the final hardware design. There’s nothing too revolutionary here, but Microsoft has made the Kinect for Windows v2 to be slightly more inconspicuous by moving the “Kinect” label to the top of the device and swapped out... Read more...
Buried under the typical eye-glazing congratulatory corporate-speak that is a mutual press release announcing cooperation between two companies is a curious nugget of information: Dell might start making Xbox consoles. Taking a step back here, the announcement pertains to Microsoft and Dell signing a patent licensing... Read more...
MSI has a pair of gaming notebooks coming out with the GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost, and the company claims “unmatched” gaming power wrapped in slim and light chassis. The 17-inch Stealth and 15-inch Ghost are thin indeed, measuring just 0.85-inches and 0.78 inches thick, respectively. Both notebooks rock... Read more...
Apple has snagged a patent from the USPTO for what amounts to Siri, evolved. The “method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant” appears to be a situation where your whole home or office is littered with sensors that track where you are and what you’re doing while always being... Read more...
There’s a new member in the small-but-growing virtual reality headset club, and it’s from a major player, as Sony announced that’s developing Project Morpheus, a VR headset that will rival the likes of the Oculus Rift. “I have long dreamed about VR and the possibilities it brings in regards to... Read more...
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