Monthly Archives June 2015

Quiplash: New Party Game Expands “Audience” Participation to 10,000

Everybody loves a good party game. That’s why we at Jackbox Games are constantly trying to make easy-to-play party games that can be played by everybody… literally. We’re not quite to “everybody” stage yet, but with our newest game, Quiplash, we’ve come pretty close. The game allows up to 10,000 participants in one game. And by one game, we truly mean one game – only one person needs to own the game for 10,000 people …read more

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Laptop vs. Desktop

This article was published in the February 2015 issue of Maximum PC. For more trusted reviews and feature stories, subscribe here.

Gaming laptops have come a long way, but can they really replace desktop rigs?

For a long time, many PC gamers scoffed at the idea of gaming laptops. After all, how could you fit all that power in such a small form factor?

And even if you could somehow squeeze it in, it’s got to be …read more

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Steam Hardware Already Sold Out?

Rumor says that Valve already sold out of Controllers and Steam Links

Earlier this month, Valve Software introduced an “early bird” program that offered purchase of Steam Machine hardware due to be released on October 16. The catch was that customers needed to pre-order the hardware as soon as possible, as the number of units would be limited. Rumor has it that as of June 29, all Steam Controllers and Steam Link units are …read more

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Microsoft Boasts a Better Lens Design for Oculus Rift

Last week, a number of CAD files and documents were released indicating that Microsoft Research has fabricated a better lens than what’s used on the latest Oculus Rift model. The README file reports that with the new lens, the field-of-view is admittedly smaller than the “stock” Rift lens but the image is crisper than Oculus VR’s solution.

“The lens was automatically designed by the LensFactory program developed at Microsoft Research,” the company reports. “The optical …read more

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Newegg Daily Deals: Optical Quantum 25GB BD-R 50 Pack, WD Red 6TB NAS HDD, and More!

Top Deal:

See that thing your PC over there? Yes, the part that’s occupying the optical drive bay. That’s your Blu-ray burner! In today’s cloud-centric environment, you can be forgiven for forgetting you had such a contraption, but now that you know it’s there, how about feeding it? We have just thing — it’s today’s top deal for a 50 Pack of Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R Media for $18 with free shipping (normally …read more

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Coil Whine and Pump Noise Noted on Early Production AMD R9 Fury X Cards

Noisy GPUs

Without buying a bundle package consisting of a CPU, motherboard, and graphics card, you’re not likely to find an
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card in stock — it’s sold out at most places. That’s probably for the best anyway, as some have reported hearing coil whine and pump noise.

WCCFTech said it’s received reports from multiple users claiming to hear coil whine and pump noises, which are present even when …read more

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Coil Whine and Pump Noise Noted on Early Production AMD R9 Fury X Cards [WORKING]

Noisy GPUs

Without buying a bundle package consisting of a CPU, motherboard, and graphics card, you’re not likely to find an
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card in stock — it’s sold out at most places. That’s probably for the best anyway, as some have reported hearing coil whine and pump noise.

WCCFTech said it’s received reports from multiple users claiming to hear coil whine and pump noises, which are present even when …read more

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Warner Releases PC Patch for Batman: Arkham Knight, "Significant" Work Remains

Fixing a broken bat

Having gone up against Gotham’s most ruthless thugs, who knew that mere bugs would ultimately present the biggest challenge for Batman? There were so many performance crippling issues in the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight that publisher Warner Bros. made the call to pull the title from Steam until developer Rocksteady can stomp them all out (or at least most of them). When will that be?

Your guess is as good …read more

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Supreme Court Refuses Google's Appeal in Oracle Software Dispute

A big blow for Google

The ongoing dispute between Google and Oracle over Android and whether or not the mobile operating system infringes on copyrights of the Java platform will not be solved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Google tried going the Supreme Court route after an appeals court ruled in Oracle’s favor, but was turned down, The Wall Street Journal reports.

This case dates back to 2010 when Oracle completed the acquisition of Sun …read more

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Microsoft Fleshes Out Surface Pro 3 Lineup with a New Core i7 Model

Storage or processing power?

The addition of a new Core i7 Surface Pro 3 model will have users asking themselves which they value more, local storage or raw computing power. That may not seem obvious when comparing the base clockspeed of two identically priced models, which we’ll clarify in a moment. First, a look at Microsoft’s new entry.

Microsoft’s newest addition to the Surface Pro 3 family features a Core i7-4650U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB …read more

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