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7-Zip exits beta with version 15.12

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The file archiving freeware known as 7-Zip has exited beta status after being on it for five years. The current version is 15.12.




Since the last non-beta release (9.20), many changes were made, including taskbar progress display, optimizations to speed, compression, and memory usage, new dialog box options, support for more file types, and of course, bug fixes, among other things.


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G.SKILL's new 8GB Trident Z DDR4 RAM modules hit a blazing 4133MHz

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Back in July we reported that G.SKILL had just broken the 4000MHz barrier with its Trident Z DDR4 RAM. Today the company has one-upped itself with its new line of Trident Z extreme RAM modules that can hit a blistering 4133MHz when overclocked--just 222MHz shy of G.SKILL's world record RAM speed.




G.SKILL's new Trident Z extreme performance kits come in 8GB modules, with speeds ranging from 3600MHz to the whopping 4133MHz. The ultra-fast 4GHz+ speeds are only available in 16GB DDR4 (8x2) configurations, whereas the 32GB DDR4 configurations max out at 3733MHz.


G.SKILL notes that the latest Trident Z line is specifically optimized to run alongside Intel's 6-generation Core i-7 processors with the latest XMP 2.0 profiles. The overclocked 4133MHz speeds were achieved on a system equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU with 16GB (2x8) of Trident Z DDR4 RAM fastened to an ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard.

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This High-Tech Light Bulb Will Transform Your Home

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago



You don't need to paint the walls or go on an Ikea shopping spree to transform your home. You just need the ilumi Bluetooth Smartbulb. Get it for $39.99 at TweakTown Deals


Put the ilumi in any room that could use a pick-me-up, grab the app, and start playing. You can sync the ilumi to pulse with the beat of your favorite playlist, create different lighting scenes, and choose from millions of colors. It'll even help you wake up in the morning sans alarm clock-just program its sunrise lighting effect. And as hard as the ilumi works, it has five times the energy efficiency of a regular bulb, with a life expectancy of 20 years.


Light up your life...or at least the living room. Get the ilumi Smartbulb for $39.99.

Steam nixes flash and daily discounts during big season sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If you're a gamer, one of the major highlights of any season is Steam's rotating sales. The digital marketplace throws huge sales for various occasions, offering steep discounts on a smattering of PC games during the summer and holiday months alike. This time around Valve is trying something new and has confirmed some key changes to its sales format.




In a recent post in the Steamworks Developer Group, Valve has confirmed that it won't be holding Daily Sales and Flash Sales simultaneously with its big-name seasonal sales. Basically this means that all the discounts will be unleashed all at once, rather than being timed via countdowns. These changes will take place during the upcoming Autumn Sale, which starts on November 25th, and the huge Holiday Sale, which starts on December 22.


"In past sale events, we've asked for two discounts-a duration discount that runs for the length of the sale, and a feature discount that runs in the event that a game is featured on the front page. This year, to optimize the sale for customers and to allow us to feature and recommend your products in more ways to more customers, we're asking for just one discount, to run the length of the sale."

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Apple's new iPad Pro freezes up after charging, requires hard reset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple has just launched its new premium 12.9-inch iPad Pro out into the wild, and the Apple forums are already bustling with user complaints and performance issues.




According to a sizable forum post, many users have noticed that the $799 iPad Pro freezes up and becomes totally unusable while it's charging. Although users can hard reset the device to restore functionality, just about everyone is pretty upset about a huge oversight affecting such an expensive tablet. After all, Apple seriously touted the iPad Pro by saying the tablet is capable of "PC-grade performance", among other surprising claims.


Apple has yet to issue an official statement on the problem, and there doesn't appear to be an actual fix just yet. Users who contacted Apple Support were advised to send the device in for repairs or exchange it for a new device, however one iPad Pro owner says the same thing happened to their new device. Whether or not the glitch is a hardware or firmware fault remains undetermined.

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'It wouldn't be right to continue creating Dark Souls,' says Miyazaki

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Hidetaka Miyazaki is responsible for creating one of the most dedicated cults in video game history. The Souls universe has given way to a tremendous following that transgresses the normal bounds of fandom; in a way, it's a kind of religion. But like all great things, the Souls franchise has to come to an end, and Miyazaki affirms that Dark Souls III will indeed be the blood-soaked elegy of the harrowed universe.




"I'm considering Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series," Souls creator and macabre master Hidetaka Miyazaki said in a recent interview with Gamespot. "I don't think it'd be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games. Dark Souls 3 will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. "


The devs at From Software made their mark with a number of games, facilitating their medieval style with the King's Field games, but became most famous for the Souls series. Thanks to Dark Souls--and Demons Souls--From Software has become revered, but the team is eager to try something new and fresh. That's not to say that their next project won't have mythical and phantasmal aspects to it.

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The SAPPHIRE Nitro AMD R9 380X is a mid-range gateway for 1440p gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Today SAPPHIRE welcomed AMD's new mid-ranged R9 380X GPU to its PC gaming Nitro family. SAPPHIRE has outfitted the R9 380X with its noteworthy Dual-X cooling array, which consists of easily-removable 10cm fans optimized with Intelligence Fan Control (IFC-II), a 10mm heat pipe with a diecast heat sink for improved heat dissipation, and Black Diamond chokes that boost power efficiency and heat mitigation.





The SAPPHIRE Nitro R9 380X features 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM with a 256-bit bus clocked at 1500mHz, with 32 compute units and 2048 stream processors running at 1040mHz. The card can hit high 1080p 80FPS performance in today's demanding games like GTA V, and even delivers 50+ FPS in Star Wars: Battlefront running at 2560x1440p resolution on high settings. The card consumes only 225W of power and needs a minimum power supply of 500W, and hooks up via 2x 6x6 AUX pins.


SAPPHIRE's Nitro R9 380X is priced at just $229, making it a great mid-range GPU that serves as a gateway to 1440p gaming while hitting great performance at 1080p. AMD contends that the R9 380X is a great step up for users looking to upgrade from an NVIDIA GTX 950 or GTX 960, and the new card fleshes out Team Red's R9 300 lineup with another 1440p option.

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Fallout 4 patches will reach the PC first, Xbox One and PS4 to follow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Bethesda has announced through a new blog post that the PC version of Fallout 4 will be patched first, with the Xbox One and PS4 patches to follow after. It feels like we're living in a Bizarro world right now.




The developer says that Fallout 4 is its "most robust and solid release ever", but knows that the game is far from polished. In a blog post, Bethesda said: "It's true that the freedom our games offer you can lead to unintentional consequences that are sometimes bad, when the game combines too many unexpected elements at once. Given the scale and complexity of the systems at work, especially when allowing you to build your own settlements, we're happy that Fallout 4 is our most robust and solid release ever, and we'd like to thank our amazing QA staff who worked as hard as anyone to break the game so we could fix it during development".


Bethesda added: "Our process for updating the game will include releasing a beta patch on Steam, followed by full release on PC, then release on the consoles. This process has worked well for us in the past and allows us to get more fixes out faster". Bethesda also added that we should "[e]xpect to see more updates, that are smaller and more frequent, than a few big ones. This allows us to make sure each fix is working right, as any change can have unintentional side effects in a game this huge".

LG pulls LTE-capable smartwatch off the market for a 'hardware issue'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In a surprising move, LG has stopped the sales of its just-launched Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch, with the South Korean electronics giant citing "a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device".




LG launched the smartwatch with LTE capabilities last week with AT&T, with Verizon planning to launch it today, but now both carriers will not be selling the device. The Verge heard from LG, which said there is no date planned for its return to market. There were no details released on the specific hardware issue, which is unfortunate.


With no other smartwatch manufacturers having LTE-capable smartwatches on the market, LG is in an interesting position with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Samsung isn't far away from releasing an LTE-capable smartwatch, with their Gear S2 with LTE coming to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon very soon.

Overwatch beta requires GTX 650 or HD 7950 to hit 60FPS on medium

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Blizzard kicked off a closed beta of Overwatch a few weeks ago, but there'll be an open beta for select players between November 20 at 9AM PST and November 23 at 9AM PST.




The Overwatch beta is an invitation-only event, with Blizzard saying it would invite "a lot more players in North America and Europe". The developer has also published the minimum and recommended requirements for the Overwatch beta, with some strong GPU requirements at 60FPS on medium details.


Minimum (targeting 30fps):


  • Operating system: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space


Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):


  • Operating system: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8 GHz
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
  • Memory: 2 GB VRAM, 6 GB System RAM
  • Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

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