PC vendors are not sure what to expect from Windows 10
Trying to predict the PC market is like to trying to forecast the weather a month in advance -- it's a crapshoot, basically. So, we're taking it with several grains of salt that PC vendors are reportedly doubtful that the Windows 10 launch next year will stimulate demand for replacement systems. One reason they feel that way is because of the lingering rumor that Microsoft may make Windows 10 a free update.
Remember Temple Run, the addictive endless runner that stole hours of your time, as such games are apt to do? Well, there's a new version available, and we're not talking about yet another themed release. Developer Imangi Studios announced that Temple Run VR is finished and available to play on Samsung's recently released Gear VR Innovator Edition headset. It's one of the first fully playable games for the Gear VR and it's free to download.
GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebook users steer clear of this one
Nvidia today made available its latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09 WHQL, which the company claims will give users the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. Otherwise, there's not a ton to cover in the new driver update -- it includes the usual round of 3D Vision Profile updates, along with the addition of 3D Compatibility Mode for select titles. There's also a warning.
Looking for a power supply that can handle your monster build with juice to spare? Well, EVGA's new SuperNova 1600 T2 PSU is a good start. Rated at 1600W, EVGA's new PSU also boasts 80 Plus Titanium certification for 94 percent efficiency. It's also the highest 80 Plus certification available, the others being Platinum (92 percent), Gold (90 percent), Silver (88 percent), Bronze (85 percent), and simply Plus (80 percent), all of which represent efficiency at 50 percent load levels.
Google's latest transparency report has a new look
Don't be surprised if Google's new Transparency Report for the June through December period in 2013 looks different to you, that's by design. The search giant explains in a blog post that after doing things the same way for nearly five years, it was time to give its Transparency Report an update. In addition to a new look, there are also some new features that are intended to make the information more meaningful.
New site helps MacBook users make the switch to Surface
Microsoft wasn't so brazen as to post a website trying to lure MacBook users to its original Surface products, including the Surface RT, a particularly forgettable product. But with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has hit a groove and come out with a product that, for some, is a tablet that can truly replace their laptop. With its new-found confidence, Microsoft has gone gunning for MacBook users with a new website to help them make the switch to Surface Pro 3.
North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, North Korea also contends that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.
Microsoft's deal with the National Football League to showcase Surface Pro 2 hardware during games got off to a rocky start when TV commentators and players alike repeatedly referred to the devices as iPads. That amounted to free advertising for the competition, for which Microsoft paid good money ($400 million), but that's all in the past. Furthermore, Microsoft's Surface deal with the NFL is winning over players, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who revealed a dark secret.
The Tor Project put out a warning to its users that there may be an attempt to incapacitate its network through the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities, which help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the Tor network. Project leader Roger Dingledine, or "arma" as he commonly goes by, said steps are now being taken to ensure the safety of its users.
Kudos to you if you can make it to the end of the year without anything but a bare wallet and depleted PayPal account. Anything else is a tall order with all the holiday sales -- it started with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both of which were extended by most retailers, and continued with things like Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals, GOG Autumn sale, Steam Holiday sale, and so forth. And just when you thought the madness was over, Amazon has come out swinging with some tantalizing daily deals of its own -- today Amazon is offering is flagship Fire HDX 8.9 tablet starting at $299, a 30 percent savings over its regular selling price.