Hey, look at all that data in the cloud! Talk about convenient. At least until there's a service outage -- then you're boned. That's when it's handy to go old school with a flash drive, which is double handy if you're paranoid about Uncle Sam snooping your files online. If you're in the market for one, check out today's top deal for a Corsair Flash Voyager Go 64GB USB Flash Drive for $28 (normally $50 - use coupon code: [EMCWHPE34]). It's capacious, uses USB 3.0, and portable -- hat trick!
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Solid state storage (SSD) drives are relative newcomers to the storage scene compared to media like mechanical hard disk drives. So the question remains, are SSDs reliable? Barring a time machine and enough plutonium to keep it running, it's a tough question to answer. In the absence of a DoLorean equipped to race back and forth in time, the next best way to test SSDs for endurance is to bombard them with writes. Turns out such a test is taking place with two SSDs having survived 2 petabytes of write tests so far.
If you're planning to play Dying Light when it releases to the public next month, hopefully you were able to take advantage of the various Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and upgrade your PC. Publisher Warner Bros. Entertainment posted the minimum and recommended specs of Dying Light on Steam -- they're fairly heavy, especially the recommended portion, which calls for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card.
PC gamers (and PS4 players) get first dibs on Street Fighter V
Being a PC gamer doesn't come without the occasional indignity, likely crappy console ports and being left out of the equation altogether. Thankfully it's not always like that, and it certainly won't be that way when Street Fighter V comes out, or so it seems. How do we know? Capcom posted a game trailer revealing that Street Fighter V will launch exclusively to Windows PCs and the PlayStation 4.
The one catch with Android is that it sometimes takes a long time for new builds to trickle down to handsets that Google isn't in direct control of. That's been the case with Samsung's Galaxy handsets as well, though surprisingly, Android 5.0 Lollipop is already being unwrapped on the Galaxy S5. We say "surprisingly" because this is the first time Samsung has pushed out a major new update this soon since being released.
Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) says that online reviews of its new Matrix Platinum GTX 980 graphics card will hit the web next week, though in the meantime, it's providing a couple of press photos for an early look. The graphics card maker also revealed some specs about the high-end card, including the fact that it boasts a custom PCB with a 14-phase Super Alloy Power VRM and Black Metallic capacitors.
We fancy ourselves to be keyboard snobs these days, and Cherry is partially responsible for that. After all, Cherry's MX key switches are found on a number of mechanical keyboards, which helped revitalize a somewhat stagnant market for planks. So, it was with (short lived) interest when we saw Cherry introduce a new wireless keyboard and mouse combo (JD-0700EU-2) intended for the workplace.
Assuming you're not yet exhausted from all the online shopping and holiday sales that have taken place the last couple of weeks, here's yet another one. GOG's 2014 DRM-Free Big Winter Sale is going on now, and as always, it's highlighted by big savings of up to 90 percent off tons of titles, and of course they're all DRM free. And if you're tired of spending money, head over to GOG anyway and claim your free copy of the classic Age of Wonders, assuming there are still copies left.
Every year, millions of PC parts go homeless. Sadly, they end up in a box tucked away in basements across the nation, forgotten and neglected for years on end. It's heartbreaking having all that untapped computing power go to waste, but if you want to help, there's something you can do. First, go dig up your collection of parts, and add to them as needed for a full build. Then, check out today's top deal for a Corsair Carbide Series 200R PC Case for $40 with free shipping (normally $60 - use coupon code: [EMCWHPF23] and $10 mail-in-rebate). This compact case will give your parts a home and, on a grander scale, a purpose. Don't they deserve that?
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