Go back in time a little bit and a slapping 1TB worth of solid state drive (SSD) storage in your PC might run you a bazillion dollars, or more. And these days? Not only can you get 1TB of space in a single SSD, but you won't have to trade your first born for it. To wit, check out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD for $390 with free shipping (normally $460 - use coupon code: [EMCPBHD22]). Not only is it capacious, but it's also fast with sustained sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.
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Sometimes the Windows Phone platform gets forgotten or otherwise overlooked by developers. Such has been the case with Spotify, which has been serving up free tunes to Android and iOS users for some time now, but hadn't extended the same courtesy to Windows Phone. Well, that changes today -- Spotify has finally brought the free mobile music experience to Windows Phone users around the globe.
Anybody remember when hard drives were measured in megabytes? How far we've come from those primitive days in computing. Further distancing us from the stone age of storage, Seagate today has begun shipping the world's first 8TB hard drive. The feat comes a mere five months after Western Digital's HGST subsidiary shipped the first 6TB HDD -- could a capacity war be at hand?
Poke your head into Best Buy and take a peek at the computer section. In it you'll find lots of tablets, laptops (including hybrids), and all-in-one systems, along with a small selection of desktop towers. AIO PCs have been around for many years now, but only recently became popular, in part because of dropping prices. You have to think that the prominence of touchscreen displays helped matters too. However, at least one research firm believes AIO shipments will drop this year.
Tablets and embedded graphics are eating into the add-in board market
The latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) shipments during the second quarter of 2014 declined 17.5 percent compared to the previous quarter. JPR says the market is behaving according to past years, though the decrease was more than the 10-year average. What's also interesting is that the drop in discrete graphics card shipments coincided with a 1.3 percent increase in desktop PC shipments.
Digital Storm today unveiled its Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition, which is a specially priced Bolt II small form factor (SFF) rig wielding a dual-GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card. In addition to adding a Titan Z, Digital Storm went back to the drawing board and redesigned the Bolt II to accommodate a new Hardline Cooling System consisting of a 240mm radiator, pump, and "stunning" acrylic tubing with yellow coolant.
Up until now, everyone was expecting Google to purchase Twitch. Rumors had been passed around that Google was going to purchase the video game streaming service for $1 billion. Instead of Google being the one to buy it, Twitch ceo Emmett Shear announced today that Amazon has acquired Twitch. However, Shear didn’t disclose how much Amazon had spent, though speculation is that the price was $1.1 billion.
Facebook acquisition doesn’t seem to have slowed the app down
Back in February Facebook spent $19 billion to acquire messaging service WhatsApp. Since then, its user base has continued to increase at an impressive rate. WhatsApp Inc founder and ceo Jan Koum announced on his Twitter account that WhatsApp has reached 600 million monthly active users.
You will no longer have to browse for the best deals
One of the best things about being a PC gamer are the great video game sales we have access to. While Steam sales are the most well-known, sites such as GOG.com have their own great sales and even EA’s Origin has been getting the general idea. So to make browsing around easier, Razer has announced the Razer Cortex which will compare prices for video games.
Audio editing has Audacity. Photo editing has GIMP. What’s a video editor on a budget to do? We didn’t know, so we set out to find out. There’s plenty of expensive video editing software—Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Avid—but there’s no juggernaut in the freeware space. The software we tested ranged from the widely available Movie Maker to the free version of Lightworks.