One thing you always had to account for when purchasing a Zbox or any other pint-sized system from Zotac was that you''d have to install an operating system. That entailed plugging in a USB optical drive or using a flash memory stick, or at least it used to. In a change of pace, Zotac has made available four different Zbox Plus systems pre-installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing.
We think it's groovy that today's processors come with integrated graphics -- that's one less expense for mom and pop, neither of which play games. That's an important qualifier, because if you do fancy yourself a game player, integrated graphics will never do. You need to bite the bullet and get a dedicated card. Need a suggestion? Check out today's top deal for an Asus GeForce GTX 760 Graphics Card for $220 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: [EMCPBPC36]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It's a relatively fast graphics card that keeps it cool via Asus's DirectCU II custom cooling solution.
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Copyright infringements results in VODs being muted
Back in May it was rumored that Google was looking to purchase Twitch for $1 billion. While we wait for confirmation on this rumor from either side, Twitch is making some big changes. According to its official blog, Twitch has enabled copyright sweeps and has limited archiving of video content.
It appears that AMD might not be satisfied with just manufacturing GPUs, CPUs, RAM, and APUs. According to KitGuru.com, and a couple of leaked slides, AMD will sell Radeon R7-branded SSDs that will compete with other manufacturers such as Kingston, Samsung, and OCZ.
We compare Wolfenstein: The New Order's low, medium, high, and ultra settings with pics and video
For this graphical analysis feature, we examine the graphical capabilities of Bethesda's Wolfenstein: The New Order. When the first-person shooter was released on PC, it had tons of graphical glitches, which included long load times and massive texture pop-in issues. Luckily, most of these problems have been sorted out with a few patches.
It's only a matter of time before we see how much Microsoft learned fom Windows 8/8.1 and the feedback it received from users. Windows 9, otherwise known as Threshold, will usher in a new era of Windows, and early indications point to a different design philosophy than the one that drew criticism in the current version of Windows. For example, one of the rumors floating around is that Windows 9 will get rid of the Charms Bar.
That ad you saw for a €349.99 Xbox One? It was posted in error, Microsoft says
Console gamers had reason to be excited when an online ad depicted the Xbox One getting a price cut to €349.99, which hinted at a global price cut. Unfortunately, that excitement was short lived. Microsoft threw a wet blanket on the rumor and confirmed with our sister site, Tech Radar, that the Xbox One listing with a reduced price was made "in error" and that it doesn't have any current plans to lower the price.
How much would you pay for a quality power supply? A million dollars? Ten million dollars? One hundred million dollars? As if! Sure, we're exaggerating on the cost of a reliable PSU, but wait until you see today's top deal -- it's for a Corsair CX Series CX600 600W Power Supply for $35 with free shipping (normally $65 - use coupon code: [EMCPBPC24]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). In additon to a low price tag, this PSU sports 80 Plus Bronze certification, long cables, and low noise operation.
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Samsung extends lead over Apple in U.S. smartphone sales
Apple will almost definitely see a significant surge in iPhone sales after it announces the iPhone 6 in September, but for now, Samsung leads the U.S. market in smartphone shipments. According to latest data from Conterpoint Research, Samsung's share of the smartphone market in the U.S. grew to 36.1 percent, up from 33.9 percent in the same quarter a year ago. It also topped overall mobile phone shipments with a 37.3 percent share in Q2.
Philips this week unveiled its new 28-inch 4K Ultra HD display, model 288P6LJEB, which boasts a 3840x2160 resolution. As you've heard a million times before, that's four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p. That translates into more on-screen real-estate to work with, and to entice early adopters to make the leap, Philips has made available its new display for a special price of $600, saving you a couple of Bennies over its $800 MSRP.