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Microsoft Surface Pro 3: A Tablet That Desperately Wants To Be a Laptop – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Can Microsoft’s latest Surface replace your laptop? Personal Technology columnist Joanna Stern reviews the tablet-laptop hybrid. Photo/Video: Drew Evans for The Wall Street Journal. I’ve been having a recurring dream lately. No, not the one where Betty White teaches me to hot-wire a car. Instead I’m in the future, using some sort of “post-PC” device that combines the best of my laptop and tablet. It’s the perfect hybrid of convenience…

New 2014 iMac release date rumours – Macworld UK

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The iMac was last updated on 24 September 2013 when Apple added the Haswell processor, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. It seems likely that Apple will update the iMac at some point this year so in this article, we will explore some of the rumours about Apple’s new generation of iMacs, as well as the rumoured low-cost iMac that the company is said to…

Intel turns to ARM chip maker Rockchip to expand in low-cost tablet market – PCWorld

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chinese fabless microprocessor company Rockchip will design and sell embedded processors based on Intel’s Atom chips to its own customers in the low-end Android market, the two companies said Tuesday. The strategic agreement between the two companies appears to involve Rockchip’s design capabilities, plus its own network of established sales relationships within Asia. They will be branded as Intel chips, however. With the announcement, Intel said that it will add…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

Watch Dogs: Analyzing the impact of Nvidia’s GameWorks integration – ExtremeTech

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Today, Ubisoft is launching its long-awaited Watch Dogs, a 3D open-world game in which the goal is to hack computer networks and take control of data nets to solve puzzles and track down story objectives instead of simply gunning down everyone you meet. Watch Dogs has been held up as a visually stunning title that takes full advantage of modern GPU capabilities — and, notably, it makes prominent use of…

Running Watch Dogs on AMD? Nvidia might have crippled your experience – VG247

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TheWulf @15 I agree completely. I think a lot of it is down to open worlds, honestly, which is just another way to say ‘sloppily designed,’ often out of laziness. The best designed games I’ve seen are those with levels based around a hub, where you can re-enter levels as you please. The levels have a degree of exploration, but every polygon was hand placed, and those games feel like…

Latest AMD Radeon graphics drivers drop support for Windows 8.0 – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

If you’re planning to play Watch Dogs on an AMD-powered gaming PC, you should probably avoid running Windows 8.0. That’s because it’s no longer supported as of version 14.6 of AMD’s Catalyst software, which launched in beta on Tuesday. To use the latest version of Catalyst, you’ll need Microsoft’s free update to Windows 8.1, which is available through the Windows Store. (Older desktop-only versions of Windows should also be fine.)…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

Toshiba refreshes its detachable touchscreen laptops – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Toshiba’s Satellite Click 2.(Photo: Toshiba) SAN FRANCISCO — Toshiba on Tuesday announced new Windows 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrids aimed at the back-to-school season, including an updated design on its sub-$600 model. The Satellite Click 2 arrives in late June at a suggested retail price of $587, exclusive to Best Buy and Toshiba’s own web site. The 13.3-inch machine is less than an inch thick with the keyboard, though at 4.84 pounds…

Review: Surface Works as Laptop – NewsFactor Network

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

To appreciate Microsoft’s latest tablet computer, you need to accept the notion that one device can do it all. The Surface Pro 3 works as a tablet when you want to watch video or read e-books. It works as a laptop when you need to get serious work done. The Surface delivers on both, though it falls short of meeting Microsoft’s claim to do so without compromising on either. …

Toshiba’s back-to-school line-up has laptops, tablets, and everything in between – VentureBeat

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For most students, school isn’t over yet. But that isn’t stopping Toshiba from talking about back-to-school laptops and tablets. And this season, the Japanese company is doing its best so that you can’t really tell the difference between laptops and tablets. “We still see a lot of growth potential in the detachable market,” said Carrie Cowan, senior product marketing manager at the Digital Products Group of Toshiba America, in an…

Alarming Email Prompted Elliot Rodger’s Parents To Rush To Isla Vista During … – LAist

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

fullscreen view fullscreen close The mother of Elliot Rodger, the young man who killed six U.C. Santa Barbara students before taking his own life, opened an email—including the rambling manifesto —from her son on Friday evening, prompting her and her ex-husband to hurry to the scene of the tragedy. The LA Times spoke to a family friend who said Chin Rodger’s therapist told her to check her email just after…

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: A legitimate work PC in tablet clothing – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Through every iteration, Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet has edged closer to becoming a true laptop replacement. Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 3 takes several small steps in that direction—along with one giant, game-changing leap. Sure, you’ll still need to make a few compromises, but Surface Pro 3 can legitimately cover your notebook and tablet needs in a single package. You’ll immediately notice the larger display. The Surface Pro 2’s display measures…

Microsoft warns against Windows XP security update hack – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Microsoft has warned against using a hack that allows Windows XP to continue to receive important security updates after Microsoft withdrew support in April. The hack tricks Microsoft’s update servers into applying security patches to Microsoft’s 13-year-old Windows XP. A small change within Windows XP makes it appear as other versions of Windows that are still supported until 2019. Microsoft warned that Windows XP customers may face problems if they…

Microsoft to tweak its Office 365 feature rollout and disclosure processes – ZDNet (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Microsoft’s new faster rollout cadence is becoming a fact of life across more and more of its software and services. As the pace quickens, Microsoft officials are laboring to find the middle ground between too fast and too slow in delivering new features and fixes. Some teams in Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group — the home of Office and Office 365 — consider monthly updates…

Perpetual Motion Email Guidelines – Wired

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Image: Rhett Allain. This is a radiometer. It seems to spin forever like a perpetual motion machine, but in fact it is powered by the light. I’m not sure why I keep getting emails about perpetual motion machines, but I do. They usually go something like this: “Thank you so much for your recent post on Wired regarding perpetual motion machines. [probably referring to this post] It’s nice to see…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Drivers Released, Adds New Eyefinity Functionality … – AnandTech

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For our second video card driver update of the week we have AMD, who is releasing their Catalyst 14.6 beta drivers today. Like NVIDIA’s driver release, this is first and foremost AMD’s launch driver for Ubisoft’s heavily promoted open world techno thriller, Watch Dogs. For Watch Dogs AMD has put together a number of performance optimizations, including single-card optimizations that can offer 25%+ performance improvements in…

‘Watch Dogs’ PC Benchmark Results — Multiple AMD And Nvidia Cards Tested – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to test Ubisoft’s PC version of Watch Dogs, a highly anticipated open world game which takes advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks toolset. In addition to observing the dramatic gulf in performance between AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, I was able to benchmark a wide range of newer GPUs from each respective company. The conclusion? Rendering Watch Dogs‘ near-future version of Chicago is going to require…

Alarming Email Prompted Elliot Rodger’s Parents To Rush To Isla Vista During … – LAist

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

fullscreen view fullscreen close The mother of Elliot Rodger, the young man who killed six U.C. Santa Barbara students before taking his own life, opened an email—including the rambling manifesto —from her son on Friday evening, prompting her and her ex-husband to hurry to the scene of the tragedy. The LA Times spoke to a family friend who said Chin Rodger’s therapist told her to check her email just after…