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+ - NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN X Becomes First 12GB Consumer Graphics Card

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: When NVIDIA announced its GeForce GTX TITAN X at GTC, no one was surprised that it'd be faster than the company's previous top-end card, the GTX 980. But what did impress many is that the company said the card would sport a staggering 12GB of VRAM. As Techgage found, pushing that 12GB is an exercise in patience, with you really having to go out of your way to come even close. This is future-proofing at its best.

+ - NVIDIA Intros SHIELD Game Console, Makes GRID Cloud Service Official

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: After a month of anticipation, NVIDIA announced its SHIELD at GDC. Yes – “SHIELD”. Unlike the portable and tablet to come before it, the latest SHIELD is a dedicated set-top box that acts as a media player and game console. It’s an inch thick, five inches high, features Tegra X1 under-the-hood, includes a controller, and costs $199. This is the most intriguing SHIELD yet.

+ - You Might Be Surprised By The Tabs Your Smartphone Keeps On You

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: It should come as a surprise to no one that the amount of data scraped from our digital lives each and every day is immense. But could there still be room to be wowed — or even a little concerned? At reddit, user FallenMyst claimed that everything we've ever spoken to our phones, either via Siri, Cortana, or what-have-you, has been recorded — and in some cases, we can go back and listen to it. Techgage went on to investigate, and found proof of that claim. Further, it was also discovered that Google could be tracking a lot more data than you were even aware of, such as where you were a couple of years ago. Fortunately, this tracking can be turned off, but there's something to be said about the fact that it's on by default, and is so incredibly subtle.

+ - You Might (Still) Be Surprised By What Your Phone Keeps Track Of->

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: It should come as a surprise to no one that the amount of data scraped from our digital lives each and every day is immense. But could there still be room to be wowed — or even a little concerned? At reddit, user FallenMyst claimed that everything we've ever spoken to our phones, either via Siri, Cortana, or what-have-you, has been recorded — and in some cases, we can go back and listen to it. Techgage went on to investigate, and found proof of that claim. Further, it was also discovered that Google could be tracking a lot more data than you were even aware of, such as where you were a couple of years ago. Fortunately, this tracking can be turned off, but there's something to be said about the fact that it's on by default, and is so incredibly subtle.
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+ - Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Unexpectedly Large Number of Enhancements

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: Following its huge Windows 10 event last Wednesday, Microsoft released a brand-new preview build to the public, versioned 9926. We were told that it'd give us Cortana, Microsoft's AI assistant, as well as a revamped Start menu and updated notifications pane. But as it turns out, that's not even close to summing up all that's new with this build. In fact, 9926 is easily the most substantial update rolled out so far in the beta program, with some UI elements and integral Windows features seeing their first overhaul in multiple generations.

+ - Latest Windows Preview Build Brings Unexpectedly Large Number of Enhancements

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: Following its huge Windows 10 event last Wednesday, Microsoft released a brand-new preview build to the public, versioned 9926. We were told that it'd give us Cortana, Microsoft's AI assistant, as well as a revamped Start menu and updated notifications pane. But as it turns out, that's not even close to summing up all that's new with this build. In fact, 9926 is easily the most substantial update rolled out so far in the beta program, with some UI elements and integral Windows features seeing their first overhaul in multiple generations.

+ - Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Changes A Lot More Than Originally Anticipated

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: Following its huge Windows 10 event last Wednesday, Microsoft released a brand-new preview build to the public, versioned 9926. We were told that it'd give us Cortana, Microsoft's AI assistant, as well as a revamped Start menu and updated notifications pane. But as it turns out, that's not even close to summing up all that's new with this build. In fact, 9926 is easily the most substantial update rolled out so far in the beta program, with some UI elements and integral Windows features seeing their first overhaul in multiple generations.

+ - Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds Of Over 2GB/s

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: With its SM951 SSD, Samsung ticks all of the right boxes. It might be an unassuming gumstick SSD — it has no skulls or other bling — but it's what's underneath that counts: PCIe 3.0 x4 support. With that support, Samsung is able to boast about cable-melting speeds of 2,150MB/s read and 1,550MB/s write. But with such speeds comes an all-too-common caveat: you'll probably have to upgrade your computer to take true advantage of it.

+ - Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds Of Over 2GB/s

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: With its SM951 SSD, Samsung ticks all of the right boxes. It might be an unassuming gumstick SSD — it has no skulls or other bling — but it's what's underneath that counts: PCIe 3.0 x4 support. With that support, Samsung is able to boast about cable-melting speeds of 2,150MB/s read and 1,550MB/s write. But, with such speeds comes an all-too-common caveat: you'll probably have to upgrade your computer to take true advantage of it.

+ - Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store is Full of Scamware and It Doesn't Seem to Care

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: Windows 8 brought a lot to the table, with one of its most major features being its app store. However, it's not a feature that Microsoft seems too intent on keeping clean. As it is today, the store is completely littered with misleading apps and outright scamware. The unfortunate thing is that to find any of it, all you have to do is simply open the store and peruse the main sections. Not so surprisingly, no Microsoft software seems to be affected by this, but many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost, or will lead the user to download a third-party installer. It's only a matter of time before malware sneaks its way in, if it's not there already.

+ - Microsoft to Finally Pull the Plug on Windows RT

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company will be working to combine all Windows versions into a unified release by next year.

+ - DreamWorks' Kid-targeted DreamTab Becomes First Intel-powered Tablet 1

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: While Intel's had a slight piece of the Android pie already thanks to its use in select smartphones in Europe, the upcoming kid-targeted DreamWorks DreamTab becomes the first tablet to make use of Intel's hardware. And, this is no cut-down SoC as a kids' tablet would imply. In use will be Intel's quad-core Z3740, able to peak at 1.86GHz. Of course, there's a lot more than just the hardware that makes this an interesting tablet. With DreamWorks behind it, the DreamTab could very-well become the hottest kid-target tablet ever.

+ - Steam User Spends Thousands to Craft Level 1,000 Snow Globe Badge

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: If there's one thing Valve knows how to do well, it's make money, but sometimes, its methods are a little unusual, or unexpected. Take for example, its trading cards, which allows users to purchase virtual cards off of others to craft badges which increase their Steam level. Valve first made good use of this mechanic during last summer's sale, but with the holiday one just past, it's proven that it doesn't care how many cards people buy — even if the total spent runs into the thousands.

What made the badges for this holiday sale quite a bit different than last summer's is that they could be crafted seemingly forever. One user who goes by the name of PalmDesert took that fact to heart, and crafted the same badge a staggering 1,000 times — something that Techgage estimates cost the user about $1,500. Further, the same user crafted a level 100 foil version of the badge, which would have cost over $2,000.

One thing's clear, as menial as a digital item might appear, if it's being sold, someone will buy it.

+ - Apple's Newest Mac Pro Costs Less than DIY PC Build - Thanks to AMD

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: Word’s out that Apple’s latest Mac Pro costs less than an equal-configured do-it-yourself PC, but as Techgage has discovered, there's more than meets the eye in this particular case. While it might seem at first that Apple has loosened up on its famed "Apple Tax", the reason the company's latest Mac Pro costs less than the DIY equivalent owes its thanks to AMD. The reason? The $3,200 GPUs required for a DIY 1:1 build cost just ~$750 to those who purchase one of the latest Mac Pros.

+ - WD Releases Breakthrough Black2 Drive, Combining an SSD and HDD

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner writes: WD has today announced its breakthrough Black2 drive, one that combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB mechanical drive — all within a 2.5-inch frame. The benefits here are obvious: Users of regular-sized notebooks can now have the best of both worlds, while those looking to build smaller desktop PCs can shave some room by sticking to a one small single drive solution. As Techgage notes, however, Black2 does carry with it some severe limitations. For starters, it cannot be used as a caching drive. Further, it's exclusive for Windows, as a bit of software is required to unlock the mechanical portion of the drive. Given the fact that a 120GB SSD and 4TB 3.5-inch desktop HDD can be had for about the same $300 pricepoint, WD is clearly targeting Black2 entirely at Windows notebook users.

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