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We put Resident Evil Revelations 2 through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Performance Review
March 5th, 2015 in PC Gaming
We put Dying Light through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Technical Review
January 28th, 2015 in PC Gaming
Developer Techland strikes out on its own with a spiritual successor to Dead Island they like to call Dying Light. Read our PC review to find out how it fares in terms of PC features and performance.
Resident Evil PC Technical Review
January 16th, 2015 in PC Gaming
Capcom returns to where it all started with a remastering of the original Resident Evil. We give it a shot to see how it fares in terms of PC features and performance in our review.
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Nvidia's 353.38 hotfix driver fixes Chrome crashes, G-Sync lag
Jun 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM by PeaceKeeper
I don't know about you. but I'll be testing these out.

If you're a Google Chrome user with an Nvidia graphics card who's experiencing browser crashes or other stability issues, the green team may have a solution. A new hotfix driver, version 353.38, quietly made its way online last week, and it's supposed to fix Chrome crashes, freezes, or timeout detection and recovery (TDR) errors related to GPU-accelerated features in the browser.


Source: The Tech Report
Magic Leap, A new tech for 3-D imagery
Jun 28, 2015 at 05:08 PM by Lazy8s
*Obligatory "I want this" inserted.

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A startup is betting more than half a billion dollars that it will dazzle you with its approach to creating 3-D imagery.

Availability: 1-3 years
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Of course, I bring him as near as possible; I want to see how real he looks up close. Now he’s about 30 inches from my eyeballs and, though I’ve made him pocket-sized, looks about as authentic as a monster could—he seems to have rough skin, muscular limbs, and deep-set beady eyes. I extend my hand to give him a base to walk on, and I swear I feel a tingling in my palm in expectation of his little feet pressing into it. When, a split second later, my brain remembers that this is just an impressively convincing 3-D image displayed in the real space in front of me, all I can do is grin.
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Source: MIT Technology Review
Android Wear Gesture Control By Deus Ex Aria
Jun 28, 2015 at 04:59 PM by Lazy8s
This tech will give gestures a whole new meaning.

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Deus Ex Technology have created a new device called the Deus Ex Aria, that is capable of providing gesture control for Android Wear devices allowing you to control your gadgets with simple finger gestures.

The Deus Ex Aria is a new smartstrap concept that has launched over on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website with the aim of raising $100,000 over the next 30 days.

Thanks to over 300 backers the Deus Ex Aria has already raised over $37,000 in just its first day and still has 30 days remaining on its campaign. Its creators explain more about the gesture control features the device provides.

Deus Ex Aria technology recognizes finger gestures from the wrist thanks to a layer of sensors. These sensors interpret the movement of the tendons, then our algorithm classifies the gesture.
Why tendon analysis?

There are other possible approaches thoroughly documented in literature (Elctro/Phono/Meccano/Photo – myography ) that are capable of achieving some results in gesture recognition, however we chose the tendon approach because:

• it is more accurate and reliable
• the sensors are smaller and more comfortable
• it works with sweat, water, tattoos
Source: Geeky Gadgets
Not OK, Google: Chromium voice extension pulled after spying concerns
Jun 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM by Lazy8s
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Google has removed an extension from Chromium, the open source sibling to the Chrome browser, after accusations that the extension was installed surreptitiously and subsequently eavesdropped on Chromium users.

The issue first came to light in late May when a bug was filed in the Debian bug tracker. Chromium version 43 was seen downloading a binary extension from Google, and there was neither any ability to prevent this download, nor any source code available for the extension. The extension, called "Chrome Hotword," was found to be responsible for providing the browser's "OK, Google" functionality. Although off by default, both Chrome and Chromium, when set to use Google as their default search engine, can permanently listen to the microphone and respond instantly to voice queries, with "OK Google" used as the trigger keyword.

Concern about the nature and purpose of the extension was compounded by the way the browser did and didn't disclose the extension's existence. The list of extensions visible at chrome://extensions/ doesn't include Hotword. Conversely, Hotword's own status page, chrome://voicesearch/ said that by default the extension was enabled and had access to the microphone.

This looked like an egregious privacy violation; Google silently installing software that listens in to the microphone (and potentially reports back everything it hears to the mothership), and doing so not only in its partially closed source Chrome browser, but the free and open Chromium browser. The extension is supposed to detect the "OK Google" phrase locally, sending only search phrases to Google, but as no source code is available, there's no easy way to determine this. Other trigger phrases could be included that start transmission, and nobody outside Google would be any the wiser.

This issue came to wider notice after a write-up on Linux Weekly News and another by Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge.
Source: ars technica
How much do online advertisers really know about you?
Jun 27, 2015 at 08:58 AM by Lazy8s
This should concern everyone in my opinion. I would encourage people to read the entire article.

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We’re often sold the line that companies are only collecting anonymized data. This is something that Narayanan takes exception to, for a number of reasons.

“The impact of personalization, in terms of different prices or products, is equally feasible whether or not they have your real name. It’s completely irrelevant to their calculations and the intended use of the data for targeting that is so objectionable to a lot of users,” he explains.

We also have more to worry about than just the advertisers.

“Some of our research has shown how the NSA can actually piggyback on these cookies for their own mass surveillance or targeted surveillance,” says Narayanan, “These third party services are making the NSA’s job easier.”

There’s also a real risk that the anonymized data may be exposed and linked to your actual identity.
Source: Digital Trends
Apple may switch to OLED displays for iPhone, reports Korea media
Jun 26, 2015 at 07:44 AM by Lazy8s
File this under rumor.

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Rumors published by the media in South Korea are stating that Apple is considering switching to OLED displays for iPhones shipping as early as 2018.

A report from BusinessKorea stated Apple is highly considering switching from IPS technology to OLED to improve the saturation and brightness of the device.

LG Display is expected to be the main supplier of the technology and is reportedly planning to switch LCD facilities at its Gumi plant over to OLED, with the goal of mass production by the end of 2017, the report said.

Digitimes meanwhile recently got word from supply chain sources that Apple is in discussions over whether to go back to G/G glass instead of in-cell technology for future iPhone devices as the technology currently is struggling with various production bottlenecks that are preventing Apple from adding new features as well as increasing resolutions.

Touch panel makers are aiming to create G/G touch panels that would allow Apple to create smartphones similar in thickness to current iPhones equipped with in-cell touch panels. G/G touch panels may also help Apple develop bezel-free smartphones as in-cell touch panels reportedly are struggling with touch sensitivity at the edges. In-cell touch panels also make it difficult for vendors to pursue higher resolutions including Ultra HD (4K) solutions used in smartphones due to current bottlenecks, the sources said.
Source: DigiTimes
Right to be forgotten: BBC publishes list of its stories removed by Google Read more
Jun 26, 2015 at 06:34 AM by Lazy8s
Am I alone in that I find this somewhat disturbing?

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It’s just over 12 months since the European Court of Justice issued its controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling, giving those living in Europe the right to request the removal of links to Web pages containing information deemed to be irrelevant, out of date, or inappropriate.

Since its introduction in May last year, Google and other major search engines have been inundated with requests from individuals seeking to get links removed, the majority related to news stories. As you might expect, many Europe-based news outlets have been deeply troubled by the development, citing concerns over censorship and transparency.

Making something of a mockery of the ruling, an increasing number of news organizations, the Guardian, Telegraph, and the Daily Mail among them, have been publishing on their websites links to all of the news stories that have been purged from Google’s European search sites.
Source: Digital Trends
The best laptop you can buy
Jun 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM by Lazy8s
Title is from the article. Opinions run hot on "X vs X" debates in the tech world. Here's theverge's opinion.

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We live in a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, tablets are commonplace, and even smartwatches are a thing that people talk about on the regular. But throughout all of these advances, the humble laptop has persevered, and for good reason. When it comes time to actually get something done, whether that's editing photos, writing a lot of emails, composing documents, or staying in touch with colleagues and family, the laptop is often the ideal device for the job.

That isn't to say there haven't been advancements in the world of laptops or notebook computers. Anymore, we donít have to deal with inch-plus-thick clunkers that weighed upwards of 7 pounds and lasted less than two hours away from an outlet. The modern laptop is lightweight, sleek, efficient, easily portable, and powerful enough to get most any computing task done.
Source: theverge.com
Amazon Opens Alexa Voice Service to Third Party Hardware Makers
Jun 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM by Lazy8s
Voice controlled....everything?

There are more source links in the verge article. interesting info..

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Amazon wants to take voice control to new heights. Just two days after making the Echo wireless speaker available to the masses, the retail giant now wants hardware developers to incorporate Alexa, the Echo's cloud-based virtual assistant, into new, third-party devices. If developers jump on the opportunity, new hardware with Alexa baked in could potentially make Amazon's unique approach to voice ubiquitous in a way Siri and Cortana haven't yet managed.

"Amazon wants Alexa to be ubiquitous"

Developers will use the Amazon Voice Service (AVS) to build Alexa into new devices. The company is also releasing the Alexa Skills Kit, a collection of APIs and tools that will allow developers to create new features for the Echo and future Alexa-enabled devices. Altogether, the idea is to make the service applicable for a variety of hardware-specific applications in and away from the smart home. For instance, designers could develop an alarm clock with Alexa built in, which will enable the device to respond to questions about the weather and appointments. Kiosk manufacturers might also want to build Alexa into ticketing machines to make it easier to buy tickets for Ant-Man.
Source: theverge.com
WB suspends sales of Arkham Knight for the PC
Jun 25, 2015 at 08:45 AM by PeaceKeeper
Things have definitely not panned out as planned for the Batman: Arkham Knight release.

Here's the core of the statement:

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.


Source: The Tech Report
Various Card Makers Announce Release of R9 Fury X Cards!
Jun 25, 2015 at 03:34 AM by moshpit
We have several manufacturers stepping up with announcements about their newest addition to the performance sector of GPUs, the R9 Fury X. Guru3D has several of the announcements up for a gander!

MSI Radeon R9 Fury X
The MSI R9 Fury X 4G is equipped with 4GB of the groundbreaking High Bandwidth Memory, which is engineered directly onto AMD's Fiji XT GPU for unprecedented performance. The AMD Fury X is built for the future of ultra-high resolution gaming and Virtual Reality, which is available for enthusiasts to explore.


Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury X
Gigabyte mentions its availability of its AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card. Achieve more than three times the bandwidth per watt over GDDR5 memory with smaller, faster, and more power-efficient High Bandwidth Memory on-chip, boosting gaming performance achieving high-framerates and smooth gameplay.


Powercolor Radeon R9 Fury X
It's all here - and with incredible new levels of design flexibility and scalability, the slim and compact 7.5-inch card packs a performance punch in a smaller space thanks to the HBM on-chip. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPU is transforming the future with HBM on-chip, leading the way to create small and powerful PCs by packing faster and more power efficient memory into 94% less space than GDDR5. Benefit from the cool, quiet, and reliable operation of closed-loop liquid cooling that includes integrated pump and cooling regulator and maintenance-free flexible nylon-braided tubing connecting a premium matte-black radiator unit with a 3000RPM 120mm fan that cools both ASIC and VRM.
AMD R9 Fury Reviews out!
Jun 24, 2015 at 04:20 PM by moshpit
Well, I'm going to keep my personal opinion to myself about this launch. The card itself has amazing potential. But the actual resulting performance of this brute force beast is, well, I'll just leave opinion forming up to you...

Guru3D
Techreport
HardOCP
PCPER
Hexus

That's just a few of the sites out of the starting gate. More to come...
Canonical unveils its third Ubuntu phone, the Meizu MX4
Jun 24, 2015 at 12:32 PM by Lazy8s
Canonical pushes a bit harder into the mobile space.

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After taking more than two years to get Ubuntu into its first smartphone, Canonical is picking up the pace. The second Ubuntu handset was announced earlier this month, and tomorrow, a third is going on sale in Europe. The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition takes Meizu's existing MX4 (a Chinese-only Android device released last September) and replaces Google's operating system with Canonical's home screen-focused OS. Canonical says it's primarily focusing on attracting "enthusiasts" with the MX4, and the device's mildly eccentric buying system certainly reflects this.
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Unusual sales tactics aside, the MX4 is a definite step-up from previous Ubuntu devices. It offers a 5.36-inch screen with a 1152 x 1920 resolution, a 20.7-megapixel camera, and a quad-core 1.7GHz processor. However, there's only 16GB of storage available with no option to expand this with a microSD card.
Source: The Verge
Microsoft Office for Android is now available for everyone
Jun 24, 2015 at 12:26 PM by Lazy8s
MS Office users who choose Android should enjoy this bit of news.

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After launching a version of Office for Android tablets in January, Microsoft's productivity suite is now out of preview and widely available for Android smartphones. As before, the app is nearly identical to its attractive iOS counterpart, letting the user get quick drafts and edits done on their phone.

While full-featured, the app suite still isn't meant handle your entire workload. Rather, it allows for simple edits to documents, tables, and presentations. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint's mobile versions all also feature full Dropbox and OneDrive support for storing files. Android users who spend most of their time using Office as opposed to Google Docs would do well to upgrade now.
Source: The Verge
Samsung allegedly disabling Windows Update
Jun 24, 2015 at 11:08 AM by Lazy8s
Fair write up that looks at both sides of the issue, but I'm personally uncomfortable with anything that disables my source of security updates for my OS.

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After doing some digging, Barker discovered that the culprit was a file by the fairly obvious name of Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, which was included in Samsungís SW Update utility. Like other similar utilities, SW Update is responsible for keeping Samsung-specific software up to date.

When Barker contacted a Samsung rep, they offered a reason for turning off Windows Update: ďWhen you enable Windows updates, it will install the Default Drivers for all the hardware no laptop (sic) which may or may not work. For example if there is USB 3.0 on laptop, the ports may not work with the installation of updates. So to prevent this, SW Update tool will prevent the Windows updates.Ē

Itís worth pointing out that while most OEMs offer similar software to keep their drivers and utilities updated, none of them need to disable Windows Update to do so. Whether Samsung is using this as a band-aid fix for a specific issue or simply doing so to prevent possible issues isnít yet clear. No matter the reason, this approach is obviously dangerous for users.

Disable_Windowsupdate.exe isnít included on Samsung computers from the start, but is downloaded by the SW Update utility, so it isnít clear exactly how many computers are affected by this. This issue has been affecting users since at least April of this year, so if this was an internal workaround pushed to users by mistake, itís clear that Samsung hasnít rushed to fix it.

Luckily, the fix for this is fairly simple for Samsung laptop owners. Simply uninstall the SW Updater app and Windows Update will resume working as intended.
Source:digitaltrends.com
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