According to the Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition that comes out tomorrow, Google's Pac-Man themed Doodle was played for 500 million hours, distracting office workers and costing businesses an estimated £85 million (around $135 million in U.S. currency) in lost productivity. On the mobile front, Rovio's Angry Birds title forever holds the record as the first game to reach 1 billion downloads.
Cooler Master dropped us a note today to let us know that two of its newer Silencio cases are headed to North America. Specifically, Cooler Master's Silencio 652S and 352 enclosures will be available soon, in case you're looking to build a quiet system. Both cases utilize sound dampening material on the panels and both are capable of mounting at least one 240mm radiator.
While still a rumor until we catch wind of an official statement or product, there are multiple reports that AMD is planning to launch a version of its Radeon R9 290X graphics card with a massive 8GB of GDDR5 memory on-board. We've actually already seen this with Sapphire earlier this year, though it appears AMD wants to see more hardware partners offer an 8GB SKU, including MSI, hence the upcoming relaunch.
Graphics card vendors often turn to free game bundles as way to lure players to their wares, and we're all for it -- if vendors want to throw free software at us for upgrading, then so be it! We bring this up because Nvidia has sweet-talked Ubisoft into letting gamers who purchase a qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card receive a free game as part of its "Pick Your Path" promotion.
We don't envy PC gaming peripheral makers trying to come up with new ways of differentiating their products from a crowded field of gear, but lest any of them think about throwing in the white flag, Logitech proved there are still new angles to exploit. How so? Logitech's new G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA gaming mouse wields a metal spring tensioning system that's supposed to improve left and right click responsiveness.
Acer today expanded its Switch line introduced earlier this year with the introduction of the Switch 12, a 12.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) hybrid laptop with five distinct modes (notebook, tablet/pad, display, tent, and desktop). Powering the IPS display with Zero Air Gap direct bonding technology is an Intel Core M processor, though Acer isn't yet providing specific details on the choice of CPU.
HP isn't doing much with its Voodoo brand these days, but at the same time, it hasn't completely forgotten about gamers. Witness the new HP Omen, a svelte gaming laptop designed to handle triple-A titles without all the bulk of a desktop replacement. It has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution that's powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics.
Just when you thought Android might have peaked in terms of market share, BAM, it rises again. According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Android climbed to an 83.6 percent share of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2014, up from 81.4 percent during the same quarter a year ago. The continued rise leads one to wonder exactly where the ceiling is for Google's mobile OS.
It used to be that if you wanted to waste some time at work, you fired up Minesweeper, Solitaire, or my personal favorite, SkiFree. Boy have times changed. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet and the efforts of the Internet Archive, time wasting just got a whole hell of a lot more fun. Now when you have some spare time to kill -- or even when you don't -- you can head over to the Internet Arcade and relive 900 classic arcade games right within your browser.
Tis the season of new tablet launches. First Apple rolled out its iPad Air 2, then Amazon announced a new line of Fire HD slates, and now Google is getting in the game with the Nexus 9, it's new line of Android 5.0 Lollipop tablets that are now available to pre-order from Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy. Pricing starts at $399, which gets you the 16GB model with Wi-Fi.