AMD's dual-GPU card might rock a hybrid cooling solution
It's good practice to take Internet rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially on April Fool's Day. Got it? Good, now we can continue with what are claimed to be the first photos of AMD's rumored Radeon R9 295 X2, a dual-GPU graphics card that some have surmised could carry a massive 500W TDP. If that's true, a gnarly cooling solution would be mandatory, and certainly that's what these early photos show.
What's holding smartphone makers back from implementing a kill switch?
A new research report suggests that if smartphone makers implemented a technology into handsets to remotely disable them when stolen, it could potentially save consumers $2.6 billion per year. For that number to be accurate, a kill switch would need to be mandatory in mobile devices. It takes into the account the cost of replacing a stolen smartphone as well as how much is spent on smartphone insurance.
The Galaxy S5's display impresses a well renowned testing firm
It looks like Samsung may have yet other bragging point -- best smartphone display in the world. That was the determination DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira came to after an extensive round of lab tests and measurements, in which he concluded that the Galaxy S5 sports the best smartphone display he's ever tested. It was an easy conclusion to come to after the Galaxy S5 left in its wake a bunch of broken records.
It's been nearly a week since Nvidia unveiled its dual-GPU Titan Z, a monster dual-GPU graphics card with 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, and a massive $2,999 price tag. Will AMD counter with a dual-GPU card of its own? Of course it will -- we don't want to imagine a world where these two companies don't go back and forth trying to one-up each other. Rumor has it that AMD's dual-GPU counter punch is going to be a rather power-hungry Radeon R9 295.
Microsoft gives a glimpse of the Kinect for Windows v2's final hardware design
Despite the occasional rumors to the contrary, Microsoft has held firm that the second generation Kinect motion control senor bundled with its Xbox One console would not work with Windows, and that a special version for Windows would eventually be released. That day still hasn't come, however Microsoft did decide to show off what the final hardware will look like for the Kinect for Windows Version 2.
Gartner predicts a 6.6 percent decline in traditional PC shipments next year
There's no denying there's been a shift in the mainstream PC market. People who are primarily interested in surfing the web and sending emails no longer need a desktop to get the job done -- tablets and even smartphones are sufficient tools for basic connectivity. Knowing that, it's hardly surprising for Gartner to forecast a 6.6 percent decline in traditional PC shipments in 2014, but before diehard desktop and laptop fans throw their hands up in defeat, let's look at the bigger picture.
Custom PC builder embraces the virtual coin movement
Back in January of this year, Xidax became the first system builder to add Bitcoin to its list of payment methods. Apparently happy with the way things have been going, the boutique builder is claiming another first in the virtual coin community by accepting Dogecoin, which is similar to Litecoin in that it can be mined much quicker than Bitcoins. Dogecoin is arguably the hottest virtual currency at the moment.
Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in our review of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent discount.
Dual front fans give graphics cards a steady stream of cool air
Corsair just expanded its Obsidian Series of computers cases with the 450D, a mid-tower chassis sporting a familiar brushed aluminum design but with increased attention on airflow. There are two 140mm AF140L intake fans behind the aluminum mesh grill on the front that provide direct airflow to where a graphics card would be, and a rear 120mm AF120L fan to expel hot air.
Desktop-grade performance in a tablet-friendly form factor
Remeber Plextor? The company built a reputation for itself during the era of optical drives, and as times have changed, so has Plextor's product lines. Plextor still builds optical drives, but its newest product is the M6M, a performance oriented mSATA solid state drive (SSD) that promises desktop-class performance in a smaller package suitable for NUC-style PCs, thin laptops, and tablets.