Amended search partnership gives Yahoo more flexibility
Yahoo search is changing, though you won't notice it right away. As is stands now, Yahoo search is powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine. For the majority, that won't change, though for others, it might. As part of the new search deal between Yahoo and Microsoft, Yahoo will be allowed to display its own search results and ads for up to half the searches performed by visitors to its sites and applications.
We still have a few months to go before official Steam Machine systems enter the market, but in the meantime, OEMs, boutique builders, and hardware players continue to get a jump start on the category with PC gaming consoles built around Windows 8.1 and Steam's Big Picture mode. One such model is the Asus ROG GR6, the newest PC game box that's sure to grab attention from your entertainment center.
Can't decide on whether you want a blue or red LED backlight on the your keyboard? The neat thing about the current crop of RGB keyboards is that you don't have to decide -- you have around 16.8 million colors at your disposal, so you can change your mind on a whim, or combine different colors for different parts of the keyboard. So it goes with Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboard, a mechanical plank with lots of LED backlighting options that's now available to purchase.
LG is first to release a Thunderbolt 2 compatible 4K monitor
Intel is currently at NAB 2015 talking up the latest products that are compatible with Thunderbolt 2, including the first 4K display with Thunderbolt 2 ports. LG earns honors for that one by introducing the 31MU97Z, a 4K display that boasts two Thunderbolt 2 ports. However, only one is needed to display 4K content, whereas previously you'd need to connect a Thunderbolt cable through an adapter or Thunderbolt 2 dock with a DisplayPort or HDMI connection to achieve 4K.
Small capacity solid state drives are becoming a thing of the past, and we couldn't be happier about it. It's high time SSD makers started focusing on big capacities, which should in turn drive prices down while making more room for programs and games on primary storage drives. Credit Corsair for receiving the memo -- Corsair just added 480GB and 960GB capacity drives to its Force LS line.
Kingston this week announced its largest business-class solid state drive to date, the 960GB KC310. Billed as a true hard drive replacement, the capacious KC310 is powered by a Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller and features a SATA 6Gbps interface. It also comes with firmware-based power loss protection to help maintain data integrity, one of several traits that make it suitable for entry-level servers and datacenter deployments.
So what's the verdict, was Grand Theft Auto V for the PC worth the wait? It's a question that can spark a debate, and if you're in the "Yes!" camp, one piece of evidence to support your claim is GTA V's inclusion of features included in AMD's Gaming Evolved program, such as into AMD's Gaming Evolved program. As part of that, GTA V supports a feature that's called Contact Hardening Shadows (CHS) for rendering more realistic soft shadows.
Let's get one thing straight before the doomsday sayers come out of the woodwork -- the desktop isn't dead. However, desktop sales did decline to the tune of 6.7 percent last year, according to data provided by International Data Corporation, and with Intel so heavily vested in the desktop segment, the company's year-over-year revenue fell flat. Time to hit the panic button? Not quite.
GTA V finally launched for the PC yesterday. Given that GTA IV was a resource hog of a port coupled with Rockstar's numerous delays of the PC version, we thought we would run the game through its paces using the beefiest rig we had in the Lab. We opted for Origin PC’s new Millenimum Genesis PC, which is equipped with not one or two GeForce Titan Xs, but three of those water-cooled bad boys in SLI. The system also has Intel’s 4960X CPU. Suffice it to say that, on paper, it’s a beast of a machine (Look for the full review of the rig soon).
Cheap cases. They’re not as scary as the phrase implies, even though we acknowledge that the lower end of the case spectrum can deliver some real clunkers. Thankfully, none of the cases in our roundup this month fit that profile. In fact, we’re seeing a number of features previously reserved for pricier cases start to grace more inexpensive models.