If the person or people you're giving gifts to this season already own rockin' PCs, then why not turn your attention to supplementary items. That's where our gadgets and mobile recommendations come into play. From a gnarly new router to a swank gaming tablet, you can't go wrong with any of these gift ideas.
With the spirit of Nerdmas nearly upon us, it’s that time of year when everyone loses their mind trying to find the perfect gift for that special person. In the shopocalypse that’s about to occur, though, you’re probably forgetting the hardest person to shop for—you.
Sure, you may be able to suss out just what color shoes your significant other wants this holiday, but it’s unlikely your partner, sibling, or parental unit knows what to buy for you. So to save you from receiving the equivalent of a Christmas sweater this holiday season, we’ve dedicated an entire feature to the absolute best Nerdmas gifts any PC enthusiast would want.
We love this time of the year, as it affords us an excuse to stuff mounds of moist turkey and other delicious fixings down our gullets (while only feeling semi-guilty about it), houses and neighborhoods are dressed up with decorative lights and lawn ornaments, kids are suddenly on their best behavior in hopes of earning heaps of toys, and the sales -- oh, the sales!
Note: We focused mostly on PC hardware deals. For more gadget-oriented deals, visit our sister site TechRadar for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
We’ve been cataloging amazing video game screenshots in our monthly Graphics Porn feature, so we figured it’s about time we gave a quick primer on how to take stellar screenshots in your favorite games.
This goes beyond Print Screen and Paint. We’re not talking about hastily snapped screens of hilarious moments in Team Fortress 2 or a particularly well-designed cutscene. We do, however, consider utilities like Cheat Engine essential to the process.
The web has grown from a single website in 1991 (World Wide Web Project) to more than a billion unique host names today. Around three quarters of those are inactive sites—parked domains and the such—but that still leaves over a quarter of a million sites. If you visited 10 different websites each day, it would take you roughly 70 years to get through them all, and that's only if no more sites are added. Yeah, fat chance of that happening!
Four different ways to download your favorite clips
Streaming YouTube videos can quickly eat up your precious cellular data plan. In fact, most people don't watch videos on the go because of limited data plans. A way around this is to download videos onto a PC, then copy them to your mobile device. We’ve rounded up four ways to download YouTube videos and chosen our favorite of the bunch.
Ever since I saw Back to the Future Part II in 1989, I’ve had dreams of riding a hover board. Twenty-five hover board–less years later, I had lost all hope of ever getting my feet on one, that is, until now. The hover board is here, and I have ridden it.
BlizzCon 2014 marked the 8th annual event for Blizzard and it was arguably the company’s biggest one yet.
After 17 years, the company finally revealed an entirely new, original IP in multiplayer team-based shooter Overwatch. In addition to that, we got to see more from other upcoming titles such as StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Blizzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm.
It is not often that a sequel, in any entertainment category, is able to follow its critically acclaimed predecessor successfully. Yet that is what Half-Life 2 was able to accomplish, and in style. Released in 2004, it was the showpiece for Valve’s new Source engine and has been praised for its story, graphics, physics, and gameplay. However, the Source engine has been around for ten years, and Half-Life 2 is looking dated when compared to today’s graphics.
How does Mantle stack up against DirectX in certain games? Find out here!
AMD has been partnering up with as many video game developers as it can to incorporate its Mantle API. From Crytek to Robert Space Industries, AMD is slowly making the rounds. Games such as Battlefield 4, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, Sniper Elite 3, and Thief allow users to switch between DirectX to Mantle APIs.