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Computers

  • ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!’ review: nothing is normal

    With such an unusual name, you can expect a unique game. That is exactly what the new Borderlands is, and in the best way possible. Shoot n’ loot your way across the desolate but flamboyant landscape of Elpis and witness the rise of Handsome Jack from a sharp-tongued coward into an even more sarcastic ultra-villain. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (BLPS), awkwardly nestled between its predecessors, stays true to the odd but winning recipe of excessive bizarreness but does not come without its new twists and turns that keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting. This role-playing shooter is one that is sure...

  • HP, Microsoft reinvent the netbook with fanless $199 Stream machine

    Hewlett-Packard, makers of traditionally high-quality portable machines, has unveiled what it thinks is the future of Windows-based mobile computing -- the netbook, or what it's calling the Stream 11. Although not a completely far-fetched move considering the direction mobile computing is heading -- especially considering the role Windows 8 had in converting non-touchscreen-believers -- the idea of the re-emergence of the netbook -- a device that was ultimately killed by the tablet -- is a tad insane. At the same ironic token, HP is also offering two new tablets, powered by Intel -- one boasting a 7" screen and the other,...

  • Seagate debuts 8TB drive, ideal for storing trillions of cat pictures

    Just like RAM and RRAM manufacturers, hard disk makers are hellbent on providing faster, larger, stronger storage media for consumers' endless data storage need. As a result, Seagate has announced its (and the world's first) 8TB consumer drive. Yep, 8TB -- 16 times what the world was introduced to in 2005. It's a lot of space, and would take a few months of downloading to fill its boots. Seven years prior, the world's first 1TB hard drive was launched by Hitachi. IDC's research manager for HDDs, John Rydning, uttered a few words to PCWorld back then, that seems hilariously...

  • AMD’s new Radeon R9 285 increases power, drops wattage

    AMD on Saturday released its new GeForce killer, the R9 285. It may sound like yet another graphics card in the rebadged world of the R-line, but it comes with some proper upgrades. The company couldn't help having a punny dig at Nvidia either, noting that "the competition is green with envy." Well played, AMD. It replaces the R9 280, which was a fairly good card in its own right, but was ridiculously power hungry. The R9 285 uses 60w less at full tilt, while delivering up to 3.29teraFLOPS of processing power. It will also support DirectX 12, once the eagerly awaited...

  • The flash and the furious: 11 of the internet’s greatest custom computers

    There are few things in this world more entertaining than stripping a device of its guts, just to put it back together again. Building something from scratch also comes pretty close. Fun turns to dread (or in some cases, panicked laughter) when the power button's flick fails to lurch it into life. Failing miserably is, thankfully largely part of the experience. These PC customisers and builders have definitely not failed by any means. From adorning their machines with glowing LEDs and glass panels, to cooling them with aircraft-sized turbines and water-pulsing pipes, building custom computing devices to take over little...

  • 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...