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Windows 10 conquers SteamOS in game performance

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The operating system powering the new wave of Steam Machines, Valve's newborn SteamOS, might be in trouble. It looks like the Linux-fueled SteamOS is underwhelming in actual real-time gameplay when compared with today's Windows 10 standard, showing a possible grim future for the fledgling living room PC market.




Ars Technica has published a new tech demo that saw Windows 10 go head-to-head with Valve's SteamOS. The results showed SteamOS somewhat holding its own in GeekBench tests, but Windows 10 completely dominated over the Linux newcomer in gaming benchmarks. Ars notes that SteamOs dropped frame-rates up to 58% lower than Windows 10.


With Shadows of Mordor running on Ultra settings at 1792x1120 resolution, SteamOS maintained a paltry 14.6 FPS, with Windows 10 pegged at 34.5 FPS. On Low settings for the same game, SteamOS runs at 61 FPS whereas Windows 10 hits 95.5 FPS. Benchmarks for Metro: Last Light were more of the same. With Metro running at 2560x1600 resolution with minimum presets, SteamOS hit 40 FPS with Windows 10 at 50.5 FPS.

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Pornhub views dip 10% following Fallout 4 release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

During the weeks before Fallout 4 came out just about everyone was joking that the game would consume their lives; millions of people would call in sick using a note from Dr. Pete Hines, wives and girlfriends would be neglected, and bomb shelters would be built to house Fallout 4 addicts everywhere. Interestingly enough, Fallout 4 has indeed disrupted people's lives in many ways, including their daily consumption of porn.




Pornhub revealed that site traffic dipped as much as 10% on the day of Fallout 4's launch, proving people were more interested in putting their hands on a controller know. The spike was short-lived, though. Users soon came back for their naughty digital fix in a massive influx, showing that like war, porn never changes.


"Like watching a good Pornhub video, anticipation of the release had been building up, and once the moment arrived, dedicated gamers thought of little else - including visiting Pornhub," the site wrote on its metric update. If you're keen to see the full scope of how a huge game like Fallout 4 can interrupt daily habits--even those shameful and seedy online visits--drop on over to the site. Pornhub keeps a watchful eye over its visitors, and there are some pretty dynamic stats going on. Remember that console gamers can get in on the action, as Pornhub also supports play on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Fallout 4 racked up $750 million on launch day, sets pre-order record

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Fallout 4 might have been the most anticipated game in recent memory, and the newly released success reports pretty much prove this to be true. Despite the frame-rate controversy that fractured the gaming community, Bethesda's open-world magnum opus went on to become a smash hit across all platforms.




Bethsoft today announced concrete Fallout 4 sales metrics, revealing that the game amassed $750 million on its first day of availability. The open-world post-apocalyptic adventure also managed to completely smash the video game pre-order record, with the super rare Pip-Boy Edition being the "fastest-selling collector's edition in gaming history in retail stores."


While gamers argue that the PC version of Fallout 4 is the best (myself included), the game has made serious strides on Steam, with Bethesda touting that Fallout 4 was the number-one game played with over 470,000 concurrent Steam users. With the launch of such a high-profile game, a ton of gamers were curious to see it in action--and as a result more Twitch users tuned into Fallout 4 streams than any other game launch of 2015, including Halo 5.

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Huawei reveals new ultra-fast quick charge batteries

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has just showcased a new breakthrough in quick charging tech that promises to have a significant effect on future and existing devices. Using Huawei's new quick-charge lithium ion batteries, smartphone and tablet owners will spend considerable less time waiting to recharge devices--a move that appeals to just about everyone.




The company revealed their new breakthrough at the 56th annual Battery Symposium in Japan, where it showcased the capabilities of its new batteries. The first demo showed a 600mAh battery that was charged to 68% capacity in just two minutes flat. The other was a more beefy 3000mAh battery found in most of today's newer phones, which was charged up to 48% capacity in five minutes. According to the official press release, theses new batteries have "underwent many rounds of testing, and have been certified by Huawei's terminal test department."


The overseas tech titan further revealed the exact methodologies behind its new battery line, and exposed how it managed such an impressive boost in charge rates. Huawei was actually able to bond heteroatoms to a graphic molecule in the anode, which acts as a catalyst for the "capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds." Huawei even went on record to say that because its new batteries just heteroatoms, that the energy density won't degrade nor will the battery life be jeopardized.

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Beats Music shutdown imminent, Apple Music is better, says Apple

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Apple is shutting down its Beats Music service as of November 30. If you have a subscription, that will be canceled, but before that, you can move your picks and preferences over to the Apple Music service, which launched back in June.




Apple is essentially saying there's no need to fret, because Apple Music is way better anyway, at least in terms of its recommendations system, and the Beats 1 global radio station.

Microsoft on Windows 10 November update delays: 'It does take time'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The Windows 10 November update rolled out yesterday, but not for everyone. Adding to the confusion, some sites reported the reason for the delay might be upgrading to Windows 10 within the past month, to which many users responded this wasn't the case for them, yet they still weren't seeing the update.




We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson informed us it will simply take time.

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Firefox now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Firefox is available to Apple users everywhere as of this week. You can grab it now via the App Store anywhere in the world.



If you're new to the browser or are just wondering what will be familiar to you, expect syncing (history, tabs, passwords, bookmarks), Private Browsing, visual tab management, and of course, search suggestions. Mozilla says it's going full on with iOS development, so more features will come soon.


Head here to download Firefox for iOS.

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HyperX Savage, Predator DDR4 series' get high-capacity additions

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

HyperX is adding some high capacity DDR4 kits to its Savage and Predator lineups, both aimed at high-end users.




HyperX Savage (pictured above) now comes in a 2666MHz 128GB (16GB DIMMs x8) configuration, slotting in at the high-end of the Savage spectrum. It doesn't have the highest frequency in the family (a little shy of the 3000MHz offered by other kits), but it has twice the capacity of the previous top contender. This kit is said to be optimized for Intel systems (i5/i7 processors and 100 series/X99 chipsets) and comes with memory profiles accessible without having to use the BIOS.

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Samsung unveils its new 8-core mobile CPU, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Samsung has just announced its latest mobile processor, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. The name confusion aside, Samsung's latest mobile chip is built on the company's 14nm FinFET process technology.




The Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is also the first chip that Samsung has used its custom-designed CPU cores based on a 64-bit architecture, with the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 rocking 4 big custom cores, along with 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Samsung says the new Exynos 8 Octa 8890 offers a 30% improvement in performance compared to the previous Exynos 7 Octa, while it will also be 10% more power efficient.


Samsung's latest mobile processor also integrates a state-of-the-art LTE modem that is capable of an insane 600Mbps download, and 150Mbps upload on Cat 12, and Cat 13, respectively. The new Exynos 8 Octa 8890 also has support for 4K (the full 4096x2160) and WQUXGA (3840x2400), so expect some ridiculous smartphone, tablet and VR resolutions powered by Samsung's latest Exynos processor in the very near future.

f.lux iOS download canned by Apple

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Screen dimming software f.lux is longer available for iOS, following a move by Apple. As the developer understood it, direct install courtesy of the Xcode 7 toolset was okay by Apple, but after they made it available as such, Apple indicated otherwise.




"f.lux cannot ship an iOS App using the Documented APIs, because the APIs we use are not there," the developer writes. "In the last 5 years, we have had numerous conversations with Apple about our product and what would be required to make it work with iOS. We respect Apple's products enormously, and we urge Apple to allow work like ours to continue through Documented APIs."

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