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Amid Theater Boycott Netflix Defiantly Plans New Movies, Plus 3 TV Shows for 2015

Oct 24, 2014 5:30 pm

Netflix has seen great success through exclusives like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards" [more]

J-deite Quarter is a fully-functional Transformer that morphs into a mini sports car

Oct 24, 2014 5:15 pm

It’s no secret that the Japanese have a certain affinity for coming up with odd creations and while their latest may very well fall into that category, it is equal parts awesome. [more]

Deezer adds 35K podcasts, talk radio shows to its catalog via Stitcher acquisition

Oct 24, 2014 4:15 pm

Streaming music provider Deezer has acquired podcast and talk radio show aggregator Stitcher in a move that could help put the Paris-based company on a more level playing field with competing service providers such as Rdio and Spotify in the US. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. [more]

AT&T will lock universal Apple SIM if you activate on their network

Oct 24, 2014 3:15 pm

During Apple’s recent iPad media event, the company was quick to glance over a feature that could have massive implications on the wireless industry. Those who purchase a cellular version of the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 will receive what’s called the Apple SIM. [more]

'Assassin's Creed: Unity' will require 6GB of RAM, GTX 680 at minimum

Oct 24, 2014 2:15 pm

Ubisoft has published the minimum and recommended system requirements for the PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and unless you’ve got a pretty power machine to work with, some hardware upgrades will no doubt be in order (or you can just pick up the console version). [more]

Google adds video game data to Knowledge Graph in search results

Oct 24, 2014 1:15 pm

Google is constantly adding new bits of information to the Knowledge Graph panel found on the right hand site of typical search results. The graph collates a number of data sets to provide more immediate information on everything from landmarks and companies to well known individuals. [more]

AT&T Defeats Purpose of New Apple SIM, Locks iPad Air 2 Users to Its Network

Oct 24, 2014 12:17 pm

This is why we can't have nice things! [more]

AT&T Defeats Purpose of New Apple SIM, Locks iPad Air 2 SIMs to Its Network

Oct 24, 2014 12:17 pm

This is why we can't have nice things! [more]

LG joins mobile chip race with eight-core Nuclun processor

Oct 24, 2014 12:15 pm

LG is diving head-first into the mobile processor market with an eight-core chip known as Nuclun (pronounced NOO-klun). Like the competition, the Korean tech giant’s new chip is based on a design licensed from ARM. [more]

Judge strikes down Aereo's cable license request, slaps nationwide preliminary injunction

Oct 24, 2014 11:15 am

Just a few months after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo's service is in violation of copyright law, a New York federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the Internet streaming service, denying the company's request for a license that would've allowed it to operate... [more]

Get Ready for "Microsoft Lumia" Smartphones in Next Few Months

Oct 24, 2014 10:26 am

Marketing chief says Microsoft is adopting a patient approach transitioning its product line [more]

Google is building a version of its Play Store to sell Project Ara modules

Oct 24, 2014 10:15 am

Google is building a version of its Google Play store for Project Ara. The marketplace will allow developers to sell their custom modular components directly to consumers much like apps are sold today. [more]

Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 to Receive Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Oct 24, 2014 9:26 am

Samsung also readying Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4 [more]

The Cornerplay: What if Microsoft had released an "Officebook" tablet

Oct 24, 2014 9:00 am

What if Microsoft had just branded the Surface as an Office-dedicated device? Let's call it the Microsoft 'Officebook'. It's the thinnest and lightest portable computer for full Office. It's not a device for tech geeks; it's a device for the average consumer with simple... [more]

Two-factor authentication will come baked into Windows 10

Oct 24, 2014 7:45 am

Nary a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new security breach in which million of credit cards or passwords are stolen. With Windows 10, Microsoft is addressing modern security threats during its development in hopes of offering a secure product that consumers will feel safe using. [more]

Dreadful Fire Phone Sales Lead to $170M Writedown for Amazon

Oct 24, 2014 6:55 am

Further confirmation that the Fire Phone has been a sales bomb [more]

Amazon loses $544 million in Q3 after Fire Phone failure

Oct 24, 2014 6:30 am

It's pretty well established now that the Amazon Fire Phone was a complete and utter failure for the company. Data from two months ago indicated that as few as 35,000 Fire Phones were in circulation, causing Amazon to slash their on-contract price in an attempt to shift more stock. [more]

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation Review

Oct 24, 2014 6:02 am

"Today we have Lenovo's ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation in the lab. Some have called it an entry-level workstation, but we think it has some surprises."... [PCSTATS] [more]

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card Review

Oct 24, 2014 6:01 am

In May of this year ASUS decided to introduce a new product series into its graphics card line up, the STRIX line. STRIX first showed up on two ASUS graphics cards sporting the AMD R9 280 and the Nvidia GTX 780 GPUs. The headline feature was a 0dB fan operation mode below 65 degrees celsius... [more]

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Oct 24, 2014 6:00 am

Fractal Design kicked off its brand by making a single type of product: computer cases. However, like many other computer hardware brands Fractal Design made the decision to expand its product portfolio to encompass other things. One of Fractal Design’s new product areas is power supplies and... [more]

3D Realms returns from the dead with 32-game 'Anthology' collection

Oct 24, 2014 5:15 am

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia every now and again. In fact, that’s exactly what back-from-the-dead game studio 3D Realms is hoping will move you to open your wallet and purchase their brand-new old games collection, affectionately known as the 3D Realms Anthology. [more]

In Win D-Frame Mini Review: A unique case for loose budgets

Oct 23, 2014 11:15 pm

Of all the weird and wonderful cases we saw in 2013, In Win's D-Frame remains the most memorable. The D-Frame Mini takes the original design and shrinks it down to accommodate the now popular Mini-ITX form factor. Despite the reduction in size the case can now support cooling radiators and... [more]

Black Friday arrives early: AMD cuts A-series desktop processor prices

Oct 23, 2014 7:15 pm

Black Friday is still more than a month away but AMD is getting into the giving mood early this year. The chipmaker has issued price cuts for its current APU lineup and if you’re in the market for an upgrade or plan to build an entirely new system this holiday... [more]

Surface division performs strongly as Microsoft posts $23 billion quarterly revenue

Oct 23, 2014 5:15 pm

Microsoft has announced their quarterly financial results for the period ending September 30th (fiscal Q1 2015), posting $5.48 billion in operating income and $4.5 billion in net income on the back of $23.2 billion in revenue. [more]

Facebook's new Rooms app is the message board for the smartphone era

Oct 23, 2014 4:30 pm

Facebook has unveiled a new mobile app for iOS users called Rooms. A product of Facebook’s Creative Labs, the app allows people to create small “message boards” to discuss any topic they want with virtually anyone. [more]

Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 750W Modular Power Supply Review

Oct 23, 2014 4:21 pm

The term “digital power supply” is rarely used in the power supply market at the moment; we have seen digital power supplies before (the Corsair AXi series springs to mind) but they still remain uncommon and unpopular due to their high price. Thermaltake are the latest power supply brand to... [more]

Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Oct 23, 2014 4:20 pm

High capacity USB flash drives have become as essential to many people as wrist watches so it's not really strange that we keep getting many emails and FB messages by a large number of our readers asking for more such reviews. We have stated quite a few times in the past that we also support... [more]

SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB Solid State Drive Review

Oct 23, 2014 4:20 pm

SanDisk is one of the oldest names in flash storage, they actually developed the first flash based SSD more than 20 years ago. Today I have the pleasure of having their Extreme PRO 480GB drive on the test bench, their newest SSD flagship for the consumer market. This is not a drive that needs to... [more]

GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard Overview

Oct 23, 2014 4:19 pm

"Today Steven delves deeply into GIGABYTE's X99-SOC Force motherboard and tells us in great detail about its features and his overclocking experience."... [PCSTATS] [more]

Gaming at 4K: Gainward GeForce GTX 970 SLI Performance

Oct 23, 2014 4:19 pm

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 positioned itself it as an ideal candidate for multi-GPU 4K gaming by outperforming the Radeon R9 290 while undercutting its price too. As expected, AMD was quick to respond with price cuts, which means folks looking to game at 4K have some capable multi-GPU options for... [more]

Alien: Isolation review: tested with 20 GPUs

Oct 23, 2014 4:18 pm

Alien: Isolation, the latest game in the popular Alien franchise, was released on 7 October. Developed by The Creative Assembly, the game is described as being a "first-person survival horror stealth game". Something for just about everyone, we'd say. We tested the game using twenty contemporary... [more]

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W Power

Oct 23, 2014 4:17 pm

"This review is for the creme de la creme of the be quiet! Power supply series with an 80PLUS Platinum rating the Dark Power PRO 10 850 Watt PSU that is truly the best that the be quiet! company has to offer. It was commissioned to be made in the highly prestigious Seasonic power supply factory.... [more]

Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 review

Oct 23, 2014 4:17 pm

"Today we take a look at some performance memory for X99 in our Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 Review."... [PCSTATS] [more]

ASRock X99 OC Formula Review

Oct 23, 2014 4:16 pm

The X99 OC Formula is ASRock's new high-end motherboard when it comes to overclocking Intel's latest HEDT Haswell-E processors. But this board is not only interesting for overclockers. Gamers for example will enjoy the beefed up audio solution with decent headphone amp. What you also get with... [more]

Thermaltake Core V71 Case Review

Oct 23, 2014 4:16 pm

Today we are taking a look at one of Thermaltake's top of the line cases, the Core V71. This full-tower beast has a subtle curved mesh exterior, a fully modular internal design, a massive amount of built-in air cooling, and support for a monster water cooling setup. Read on to see how it... [more]

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Donates $100M to Fight Raging Ebola Epidemic

Oct 23, 2014 4:05 pm

Disease has claimed nearly 5,000 lives thus far in Africa as infections continue to rise [more]

Microsoft releases Kinect SDK 2.0 and $49.99 adapter, welcomes Kinect apps in Windows Store

Oct 23, 2014 3:30 pm

Microsoft has announced the availability of its Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0 which, according to the company, contains over 200 improvements and updates since the public preview in June. These include enhancements to Visual Gesture Builder, Kinect Studio, and Kinect... [more]

Xiaomi Moves Data Out of China to Woo EU, America, Escape Security Concerns

Oct 23, 2014 3:11 pm

The world's fifth largest smartphone maker wants foreign buyers to feel their data is safe [more]

Editorial: Tim Cook's Meeting w/ Top Chinese Official Over Recent Hack Highlights Growing Tensions

Oct 23, 2014 2:45 pm

China needs Apple and Apple needs China., but the pair's marriage has grown complicated. [more]

Android Wear's first major update focuses on independence

Oct 23, 2014 2:30 pm

Android Wear’s first major update is finally here with a big emphasis on independence. By that, I mean smartwatches loaded with the new update will gain additional functionality as a standalone device so if you leave the house without your phone, it’s not quite as big of a deal. ... [more]

Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic, shooting begins soon

Oct 23, 2014 1:30 pm

There are many big name Hollywood actors reported to be on the short list to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic. Already set with director Danny Boyle at the helm, it has now been confirmed that Christian Bale, as many expected, will indeed star as the late Apple CEO. [more]

Corsair HX1000i PSU Review

Oct 23, 2014 1:15 pm

"The Corsair HX1000i PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with one +12V rail (83,3 A), a 140mm Fan, 12x SATA hard disk connectors and 8x PCI-e 6+2-Pin."... [PCSTATS] [more]

Case Mod Friday: Armor Revo Spartan Edition

Oct 23, 2014 1:15 pm

Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Jason Pierce's “Armor Revo Spartan Edition” build. Here is what he had to say about it: My IGN is Spartan so I went off of that. It is based on a champion in my favorite game. It's my first real mod/build. I have done others since... [more]

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHZ 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit

Oct 23, 2014 1:14 pm

Corsair has been a long known player in the memory game and even after branching out into many other products they still deliver some great memory products very consistently Now that we have come upon DDR4 Corsair was the first to get us some hands on time with DIMMS in the kit you see in front... [more]

Fractal Core 3300 ATX Mid Tower Case Review

Oct 23, 2014 1:14 pm

Sometime you just want a case that fits your needs that has a few extra touches and that it just simply works. Not everyone likes the big and flashy cases and with the trend going back towards the mid tower or smaller case you might find the Core 3300 to your liking. ... [PCSTATS] [more]

GPU Charts - 1080p, 1440p, UHD - Updated

Oct 23, 2014 1:13 pm

With these chart lists we're publishing benchmark results from recent graphics cards with three different resolutions: FullHD, 1440p and UltraHD. In all cases we've set details to maximum and we're listing minimum framerates as well as maximum framerates. Other than that we will be updating and... [more]

ntel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E (6-core)

Oct 23, 2014 1:13 pm

That brings us on to the six-core 5820K and its £300 asking price. Three ton is still a sizable amount of money to drop on a processor, but it does mark a price-point that is reachable for a wider enthusiast audience, as has been proven in many previous CPU generations. Interestingly, its £300... [more]

Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3300MHz DDR4 Review

Oct 23, 2014 1:12 pm

Last week we looked at the Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 memory kit. That kit of memory offered pretty impressive performance, but it is not the fastest DDR4 memory kit that Corsair has to offer. Corsair has a Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kit clocked at 3300MHz and that is the... [more]

Chieftec Navitas 1250W GPM-1250C Review

Oct 23, 2014 1:11 pm

With the Navitas 1250W Chieftec has a high end power supply in its portfolio which offers 1250 Watt output power. When looking for an 80Plus certificate we find a platinum sticker on this unit. Since Chieftec doesn't own their own PSU factory, their using an OEM platform from CWT (Channel Well... [more]

Cooler Master V1200 Platinum 1200W Modular Power Supply Review

Oct 23, 2014 1:11 pm

Developing a power supply with a wattage as high as 1200W involves a lot of technical expertise; this is why you’ll find the number of OEMs producing power supplies at this wattage level is lower than in the sub 750W market. The market for 1200W power supplies is significantly smaller too with... [more]

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