Tablets are starting to look like that popular kid from high school who fizzled in his later years. After seeing a surge in sales, including a whopping 55 percent growth rate in 2013, market research firm Gartner predicts that tablet sales will only grow by 11 percent in 2014. By Gartner's estimate, worldwide tablet sales are on pace to hit 229 million units this year, representing 9.5 percent of total device sales (including smartphones, hybrids, traditional PCs, and ultramobile premium devices).
GOG is in a giving mood, and if you act fast -- less than 48 hours, or by 9:59 AM GMT on October 17 -- you can download Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 for free. There is a catch, of course, though it's a relatively minor one in the grand scheme of things. The reason GOG is giving the classic title away for free is because it wants to lure beta testers for its forthcoming Galaxy muliplayer client.
Good news for all of the aspiring video game developers out there. Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 4.5, a massive update for the game engine that includes over 40 new features, contributed by developers outside of Epic, along with a new tutorial system, game templates, and better support for mobile platforms and consoles.
We're always hearing about Intel and Microsoft working with system vendors to promote cheaper systems, but what about AMD? Well, if the chatty heads entrenched in the upstream supply chain know what they're talking about, then AMD and Asus are fast becoming BFFs in the desktop space. AMD is even said to be using the name "Zen" for its next-generation desktop APU platform.
Say goodbye to Google Shopping Express and hello to Google Express, the new (and shorter) name for Google's same-day delivery service. In addition to the slight name change, Google added three more cities to the fold -- Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. -- and 16 new merchants, such as Nine West, PetSmart, SportsAuthority, and more. And if you live in Bay Area, you can now order alcohol, provided you're at least 21-years-old.
Somewhere out there is a hidden warehouse filled with missing software. In it you'll find such titles as Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, Ultima X: Odyssey, and Windows 9. The location will remain a mystery until the end of time, though the decision to fill it with certain pieces of software is more readily known. With regards to Windows 9, Microsoft's Tony Prophet shared some additional details about the decision to skip it and go straight to Windows 10.
New PSUs from Fractal Design range in wattage from 450W to 750W
Fractal Design is perhaps best known for its line of cases, like the Define XL or Core 3000. However, that's not all the company is into. Fractal Design just rolled out a new family of modular power supplies dubbed Edison M. They're available in a variety of wattages, including 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W, each with modular cables and 80 Plus Gold efficiency certification.
Avoid the pitfalls and upgrade your computer like a pro
Building a new PC is a relatively easy task—you pick your budget and build around it. It’s not the same with upgrading a PC. No, upgrading an older box can be as dangerous as dancing Footloose-style through a minefield. Should you really put $500 into this machine, or just buy a new one? Will that new CPU really be faster than your old one in the real world? Are you CPU-limited or GPU-limited?
Note: This article was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.
Over a third of Windows 10 users are running the OS on a virtual machine
Microsoft caught the tech community off guard when it skipped over Windows 9 and jumped directly to Windows 10 -- so for much for those rumors of Windows 9 being a free upgrade for Windows 8 users! Alternative theories aside (such as lazy coding), the move to Windows 10 is a marketing ploy, and if the goal is make users curious, it's working. Over the weekend, Microsoft's Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants.
Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as a launch title for the Xbox One back in November of last year. However, Crytek announced a little over a month ago that it would ship to PC on October 10, and in case you missed it, Ryse: Son of Rome is now available on Steam for $40, along with a pair of hotfixes to address freezing cutscene issues.