Doing a little GPU shopping? We know what to put on your list
When you’re trying to figure out the next PC upgrade you should buy, there are at least two ways to go about it. Some people like going through lots of pages of benchmarks, analysis, galleries of the component in various states of disassembly, forum debate, and pictures of fluffy kittens. And that’s great, when you have the time. But not everyone does. For people who want a quicker breakdown of choices like which Nvidia video card you should buy, we can condense that into just a couple of pages. We’ll give you a quick tour through the various choices that you have at different price points, and what the pros and cons are at each stage. Then we’ll select an overall winner.
These days, keyboards are a dime a dozen. There are scads of options from scads of companies. So, how does one distinguish the good ones from the bad? Unfortunately, much of what makes a keyboard good or bad is a matter of personal preference; a plank that works well for someone else won't necessarily get your typing juices flowing.
Enter the Bastron glass keyboard, a keyboard that actually doesn't have any keys at all. The entire typing surface is a single pane of glass, with touch-sensitive points in place of actual key caps. The glass is completely transparent, which is definitely a conversation starter, and the frame is made from aluminum, but only ships in one color: gold.
Microsoft has brought back its "Work & Play" subscription services bundle, a collection of cloud-based offerings at a discounted price. Last time around, Microsoft wanted $199/year for the bundle, which came with Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World + Wi-Fi, plus associated bits like 1TB of OneDrive online storage. This time around, the bundle is the same, only cheaper at $149 for a year.
Do you fancy yourself a fan of digital headsets over analog ones, or vice versa? Your answer could determine how interested you might be in Roccat's Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headset due out in mid-April. It's the "highly anticipated analog successor" to the original Kave, and in addition to making advances in sound quality and clarity, Roccat says the XTD 5.1 Analog is also 25 percent lighter.
Aluminum-ion battery offers several advantages to lithium-ion and akaline
It seems that we're always learning about promising new battery technologies, most of which make big claims but are years from becoming a mainstream product, if it even gets that far. So, we're a little jaded. We're also admittedly excited about a new aluminum-ion battery prototype developed by researchers at Stanford. Among the battery's many benefits, it's capable of fully recharging a smartphone in only a minute.
Back around mid-March, Nvidia released its game ready GeForce 347.88 WHQL driver, the recommended driver for Battlefield Hardline players, which coincided with the release. At the time, Nvidia also launched its new flagship graphics card, the GeForce Titan X. Everything seemed to go to plan, except that some gamers began complaining that the new drivers were causing crashes in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. If you're one of them, you may find relief in Nvidia's GeForce 350.05 hotfix.
It was on April 4, 1975, that Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Gates hadn't even turned 20-years-old at the time, and Allen wasn't much older at 22. Yet what they created changed everything. In reflecting on the past 40 years of Microsoft's existence, Gates talked about the shared goal he and Allen had of seeing a computer on every desk in every home, a rather bold vision for the time. They pretty much accomplished that goal, but it's Microsoft's 50th anniversary that has Gates particularly excited.
Expired security certificate caused Gmail to wig out
Procrastinating kids trying to email the Easter Bunny on Saturday using their Gmail account may have run into some trouble getting their messages sent. That's because a "majority" of Gmail users, or hundreds of millions, were affected by a problem that Google later identified as an expired security certificate on the server that's responsible for handling outbound Gmail messages.
Another day, another Windows 10 leak. So what if it’s not even been a week since the release of the last official Windows 10 Technical Preview build (10049)? It’s never too soon for a build leak. But you’re going to have to lower your expectations a touch this time as build 10051 — the one that has just leaked — isn’t much farther along in the development cycle than the last official release.
Microsoft won plaudits from privacy advocates when it released Internet Explorer 10 in 2012 with the Do Not Track (DNT) option enabled by default. For obvious reasons, the move didn't go down well with advertisers, who saw it as an act of overbearing unilateralism on the company's part. Microsoft, though, remained steadfast ... until now.