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Computers

  • Here’s how to build your own killer $500 Xbox One or PS4 gaming PC

    Both the next generation gaming consoles, Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are out and we’ve seen some really interesting performance comparisons. But what if you want a gaming machine that does more than just gaming and media playback? The custom AMD GPUs used in the PS4 and Xbox One are close to a Radeon HD 7870 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti at best. Meaning that none of these consoles can run games at resolutions higher than 1080p, let alone things like 4K and many games on these consoles still run at 720p or 900p. Is it possible?I personally...

  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition $5 right now on the Steam Summer Sale

    The best part of the Steam Summer Sale could be happening right now. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has been discounted from US$19.99 to US$4.99. It’s an incredible bargain for what is a brilliant game, one that many have arguably agreed is better than its sequel, Dark Souls II (there’s a great comparison article on INCgamers). Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition contains the full Dark Souls game, which is fair but difficult — and I say this only as a player whose sunk well over 150 hours into both titles. Prepare to Die adds a little more content but what’s there is stellar —...

  • Here’s why Dark Souls 2 for PC is the definitive port

    Dark Souls 2 is the ultimate game, well, it’s my vote for the most balanced and consistently exciting game yet made. After pouring years into Dark Souls 1 on Xbox 360 and months into Dark Souls 2 on PS3, the PC version releases today. For those who’ve played the previous console to PC port travesty that was Dark Souls 1, they’ll be glad to know that the PC version of Dark Souls 2 is an excellent port that adds much to the beautiful cycle of death that From Software created. So how exactly does the PC version of Dark Souls...

  • New Samsung Chromebook gets faux cowhide facelift

    Samsung’s design influences are now going to extend from the Galaxy Note III to the new Chromebook 2, as we’ve seen some sneaky shots of the new leather wrapped internet-only laptop, and it’s a sight to behold. These images come directly from EVleaks, a twitter account that’s been mostly spot-on when it’s come to leaky products shots. The picture was accompanied by this tweet: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on… pic.twitter.com/YpbfjeygfH — @evleaks (@evleaks) March 1, 2014 Chromebook’s are laptops that only function when connected to the internet. They’re also quite popular in the US, as Google’s laptops have seemingly outsold...

  • Google’s Chromebox for Meetings could take the bored out of boardroom

    Conference calls are old school and videoconferencing can be quite expensive or a chore to set up. To remedy this, Google and Asus have launched Chromebox for Meetings. It’s an effort to simplify and give businesses a cheap way to operate with even more Google in their boardrooms via Google+ Hangouts. Chromebox is a powerful little computer running Chrome OS which is paired with a camera, a microphone and speaker, plus a remote control. Chromebox for Meetings wants to be as user-friendly as possible. Anyone — be it the IT technician or the janitor — can plug it into their...

  • Update Adobe Flash now, avoid hackers taking over your PC

    Better update your Flash player now before your computer gets overrun by hordes of hackers, warns Adobe. The popular software giant recently released security updates for its browser plug-in, Adobe Flash Player, that would take care of a “critical vulnerability that could potentially allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system.” Users that are most vulnerable seem to be the majority of the internet, those using Chrome and Internet Explorer who like to stream audio or video. The versions Windows and Mac users should steer away from is 12.0.0.43 and earlier. While Linux users should get anything...

  • Meet Swedish designed ‘R-Kaid-Revelation’, the ultimate retro gaming PC

    The R Kaid (geddit?) Revelation is just that, a “PC Computer” with transparent LCD and two wireless joysticks, all beautifully created in walnut and copper. The PC, designed by Love Hulten has over 10 000 arcade games, all emulated, 8GB RAM and a GTX 600 GPU. But this time it’s not about what’s inside, but what’s outside that counts, as this is the best looking custom PC we’ve ever clapped eyes on. It has a rotating foot stand, a volume dial with stereo speakers lovingly built into the front panel under the display, drawers underneath for two USB joypads (which looks...

  • Do we even need Steam Machines?

    While the world continues to mourn the lack of information on Half-Life 3, Valve has decided that it hasn’t quite finished playing with our hearts. Though it’s decreed 2014 a big year for gamers, it’s not quite for the reasons we’d hoped (read: more Half-Life). No, Valve has instead unveiled a machine that combines the power of the traditional PC with the portability of the everyday console. Except Valve isn’t going to make it — at least not entirely. So let’s get this straight. Valve is readying the Steam Machine, a console that works on its proprietary Steam operating system....

  • Running Windows on Mac: a simple setup

    There’s a great legend which has been lost to history, of a war between two colossi: one was a behemoth – a titan known as the Windows PC – and the other, the distinctive underdog known simply, and efficiently, as Mac. Time has been far less kind to this legend: in 2013, a quick glance at any tertiary-level institution sees an abundance of trademark white-glowing Apple logos, and a minimum of varied Windows computers. Unglamorously, the underdog won out between the young and hip – and a long and protracted battle of wits quickly gave way to boring court-case mudslinging...

  • Xbox One versus PS4? The PC won long ago

    Since the release of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, I’ve heard numerous arguments about which one is the best. We all seem to be so concerned with consoles at the moment that we have forgotten which platform is still the reigning champ of gaming performance. Yes, it’s the PC. If you take a closer look at all the improvements made in these new consoles you will see that they are mimicking the build of a PC. To me, this says a lot. It is as if the makers of consoles acknowledge that their creations will only ever become...

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