Motherboard built specifically for overclocking doesn't disappoint at Computex 2014
There's no mistaking Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard for a standard mobo. That slice of silicon is built for the extreme overclocking circuit, which is why there aren't any CPU fan mounting holes -- it's all about liquid nitrogen. Case in point, Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 broke multiple world records at Computex 2014, which includes the highest DDR3 memory frequency every achieved -- 4.56GHz, up from the previous record of 4.4GHz.
Just 100,000 motherboard shipments stand between leader Asus versus Gigabyte in race for first place
It might be a photo finish at the end of the year to determine which top-tier motherboard vendor comes in first. As it stands, only 100,000 motherboard shipments separate Asus and Gigabyte, the big guns in the mobo shootout. For now, Asus can enjoy pole position with 10.4 million motherboard shipments -- just enough to keep Gigabyte at an arm's length with 10.3 million shipments.
To borrow an unnecessarily cruel analogy, the just launched Ekocycle Cube 3D printer kills two birds with one stone by using filament that comes from recycled bottles. Coca-cola and will.i.am are behind the Ekocycle brand, which is focused on "promoting sustainability through aspirational yet attainable lifesytle products" that at least partially utilize recycled materials, such is the case here.
To say the proliferation of smart devices has adversely affected the sale of dedicated handheld gaming devices would be a gross understatement. A new handheld console at this stage, it would seem, makes absolutely no sense. Well, to a company called Steamboy Machine Team it makes perfect sense.
Palmer Luckey says VR gaming needs to be at least 60 frames per second
If you're pulling 30 frames per second in your game, it's playable, though you don't want to dip much below that. Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey has a different number in mind for virtual reality. According to Luckey, VR gaming needs to be in the neighborhood of 60 frames per second -- at 30fps, he considers it a failure and calls it a bad artistic decision. His opinion isn't necessarily limited to VR gaming, either.
A neat way to introduce kids to 3D design and printing
Now that 3D printing is knocking on the door of mainstream audiences, the goals should be to get the price of entry down, and to introduce the technology to kids. Mission Street Manufacturing is aiming at the latter by taking its Printeer 3D printer for kids and schools to Kickstarter, where it hopes to raise $50,000. At the time of this writing, Printeer has solicited nearly $28,000 in funding with 23 days left.
If you want to know what the next version of Mozilla's Firefox browser will be like, you can opt for the beta or even Aurora release. The same is true of Google's Chrome browser -- there are different channels, including Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary (the only one that runs parallel to the others without any tweaking). But what about Internet Explorer? Taking a page from the competition, Microsoft today announced the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functional browser designed to give web developers and early adopters an early look at the web platform and upcoming features.
Move over, LG G3, and make way for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4
Fans of the phablet form factor -- smartphone/tablet combination -- might have a tough choice to make in the near future. For one, there's the LG G3 with its 5.5-inch quad high-definition (QHD) display, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and removable 3000mAh battery. And then there's Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4, which may end up with a 5.7-inch QHD display, according to leaked documents.
Retailers slow to adopt online shopping risk becoming obsolete
If you were to gather 10, 20, or even 50 people into a room and ask those who have ever shopped online to raise their hand, it wouldn't be surprising if everyone lifted an arm. Certainly the majority of hands would go up in most cases. Even so, it's still relatively early in the e-commerce game -- according to a new report by a Kantar Worldpanel, online sales of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) will reach $53 billion by 2016.