Microsoft's 12 days of deals promotion kicks off on Monday
If you're reading this, it means you're interested in finding out how to get a Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99. The answer is simple: Be fast. Starting Monday, December 9, Microsoft will begin its 12 days of deals promotion in which it will offer up a new item each day at a discount. Dell's Venue 8 Pro is kicking off the promotion, though you'll have to be super fast to snag one for a Benjamin. Here's how it works.
Touch computing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg
If you spend enough time with a tablet or smartphone, you may find yourself instinctively wanting to tap at your notebook on occasion, too. More and more models are starting to support touch input, including ones with a low cost of entry. If that's the goal (touch computing for cheap), it doesn't get much more budget friendly than Gateway's new touchscreen models: 10.1-inch LT41P and 15.6-inch NV570P.
Imagine swapping out that 1TB mechanical hard drive that's been making grinding noises with a 2GB solid state drive. Talk about an upgrade! If your pockets are stuffed with enough cash and you can justify spending what's likely to be a small fortune on a 2TB SSD in 2.5-inch knickers, you'll have your chance in 2014. So says a leaked Intel roadmap outlining the company's SSD plans.
In November, cloud backup firm Backblaze posted some detailed data on the life expectancy of hard drives based on the company's experience with over 25,000 HDDs. One thing Backblaze found was that evaluating such a thing is bit tricky for a number of reasons, though it was able to make some observations. As a followup, Backblaze has posted another blog that examines how reliable enterprise drives are compared to consumer drives, and the results are surprising.
Putting together a modest system that doesn't require a nuclear reactor to power up and sustain during gaming sessions? EVGA might have what you're looking for. The hardware player announced a couple of new power supplies -- a 500W model and a 430W model, both aimed at budget builders who aren't looking to spend all their holiday skrilla on a PSU, yet still want a name brand unit.
Finding middle ground between Full HD and 4K gaming
MSI today announced what it claims is the world's first 3K gaming notebook, which hits the market just in time to be added onto your holiday wishlist. The GT60 2OD-261US is a 15.6-inch laptop with a WQHD+ display (2880x1620) that kicks things up a notch over Full HD 1080p without going all the way up to 4K, which would be both more expensive and far more demanding on the hardware.
Built-in battery lasts up to 2.5 hours in between charges
Most all-in-one (AIO) systems won't get very far if you rip the power cord from the wall, though there are a few exceptions. Dell's XPS 18 comes to mind, but for an even bigger screen experience, Acer's new 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) Aspire Z3-600 will go wherever you go and keep kicking for up to 2.5 hours before its built-in battery battery needs to suck more juice out of an outlet.
If you're looking to white out your next build, it's not that hard to do these days. There are all kinds of white peripherals and parts, everything from gaming mice to cases and even case fans. To complete the build, however, have a look at today's top deal for an Asus VX238H-W White 23-inch LED Monitor for $135 with free shipping (normally $200; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Don't be fooled by the budget price -- this panel sports a Full HD 1080p resolution, 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time, flexible connectivity (D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI), and special anti-UV materials to prevent the chassis from turning a dingy yellow.
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Play online games to help improve software security
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recognizes the ubiquity of video games. The government agency’s Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program is an attempt to crowdsource formal verification—a form of testing that aims to ensure that software is bug-free and isn’t vulnerable to attack or misuse—with purpose-built games. The DARPA-backed Verigames is a site created explicitly for formal verification games.
This advanced mouse waves a 32-bit ARM processor and 7000 DPI sensor
Mionix isn't a name you hear that all that often in the States, though I tend to perk up when they make an announcement. That's because I played with the company's Naos 8200 mouse a year ago and it quickly became my go-to rodent, at least until my puppy decided it would make a great chew toy. In any event, the Swedish manufacturer of gaming peripherals just another product, the Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse.