Opening pop-up stores during the holidays is becoming a thing
It's getting easier than ever to spend some hands-on time with today's tech gadgets before committing to ordering them online. For example, both Samsung and Apple have dedicated sections in most Best Buy retail locations to show off their respective wares, Microsoft has retail stores all across the country, and Intel is opening up pop-up stores for holidays. Now Google is getting in on the action.
Yes, tablets and traditional PCs can coexist in the market place
You may find yourself wanting to gouge your eyeballs out with a used grapefruit spoon every time you see a headline declaring the end the end of the PC era. We're willing to concede that tablets and even smartphones have cut into traditional PC sales the last several quarters, and we haven't been shy about covering the decline in shipments, but the numbers just don't support the notion that the PC as you know is dead. Furthermore, at least one market research firm believes the market is close to bottoming out.
We know a thing or two about building insanely fast PCs, budgets be damned. If you need reminding of that, just take a look at our 2013 Dream Machine loaded with over $16,000 worth of parts. Sure, it's over the top (and without apology), but if we didn't build it, who would? There are only a few answers to that question, and one of them is our sister site PC Gamer. Giving our Dream Machine a run for its money is PC Gamer's Large Pixel Collider, "the most irresponsibly powerful gaming PC we've ever built."
To take down a Titan of the GeForce variety, you don't necessarily need a bigger, burlier GPU. Multiple mid-range GPUs can do the trick, according to Asus, which just launched the Mars 760 under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division. The Mars 760 consists of two GeForce GTX 760 graphics chips bolted onto a single slab of silicon, and though they're mid-range GPUs, Asus says the Mars 760 is faster than the GeForce Titan.
Sony offers up some tips for bringing a bricked PS4 back to life
We're not trying to beat a dead horse here, but there certainly exists a problem with an unknown number of recently released PlayStation 4 consoles that's prevented affected units from booting up. Following a mountain of online complaints and media attention over the issue, Sony has come out and confirmed that there are PS4s exhibiting the so-called "Blue Light of Death" (BLoD) syndrome.
So here it is, black sheep, your shot at going against the grain and becoming a modern day miner while the rest of your family pursues careers in the field of medicine, law, science, or whatever else they're doing. ASRock has your back with a pair of motherboards designed specifically with Bitcoin mining in mind. Each board supports half a dozen graphics cards, allowing you to mine for virtual currency like a madman, if that's your thing.
Fancy yourself a digital packrat? If oodles of storage options float your boat, you're going to love what ASRock has done with its new Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard. This slice of silicon is, according to ASRock, "the most high-end Z87 motherboard on the face of the earth!" It's certainly one of the most storage friendly with 22 SATA3 ports, including 6 SATA3 ports by way of Intel's Z87 chipset, and another 16 SAS-3 12.0GB/s ports from the added LSI SAS 3008 controller plus 3X24R Expander.
Nvidia on Monday took the wraps off of its Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, supposedly the world's highest performance accelerator ever built. The card is intended for extreme performance applications in the fields of scientific research, engineering, high performance computing (HPC), and enterprise applications. For heavy duty tasks, the Tesla K40 GPU boasts twice as much memory as its predecessor (Tesla K20x) and up to 40 percent higher performance, Nvidia says.
PlayStation 4 is off to a fast start, but not all owners are happy
At long last, Sony's PlayStation 3 is a last generation console. It took a good seven years to officially reach that status, but with the PlayStation 4 launching to retail over the weekend, Sony can look ahead to a new era in gaming, just as soon as it can figure out what's causing so many reported "Blue LIght of Death" errors. Otherwise, the PS4 is off to a great start with 1 million units finding new homes in the first 24 hours.
Heat-assisted magnetic recording technology could increase HDD areal density to 4 terabits per inch
We've come a long way from when hard drives were measured in megabytes, and then gigabytes. Today the biggest drives are measured in terabytes, and while that probably won't change for a long time to come -- we're not quite on the cusp of the petabyte era -- owning massive capacity hard drives that dwarf today's offerings could be a commonplace practice in the next few years if Seagate's heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology lives up to the hype.