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Apple Will Replace Your Crummy iPhone 6S Battery For Free

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 17:45

Rest easy, iPhone 6S owners. If your device is randomly shutting down and the only fix is a new battery, Apple’s coming to the rescue. They’ll replace it for you at no cost. […]

Game Bundles: Get Civilization VI, Doom, Watch_Dogs 2 for Free with AMD, NVIDIA and Samsung Hardware

AnandTech - Tue, 2016-11-22 17:30

From time to time companies bundle the latest games with their hardware in a bid to attract attention of gamers and to make their products more competitive. Such promotions are mutually beneficial: for gamers, it is a good way to upgrade and save some money on titles, while for companies it is an efficient way to increase sales. Recently AMD and Samsung have launched campaigns that add a free digital copy of various digital games with their products, including Civilization VI, Doom and Watch_Dogs 2.

Update 11/22: NVIDIA has launched its own promotion, which will add Watch_Dogs 2 to select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards and notebooks featuring these GPUs.

AMD: Get Civilization VI and Doom for Free

Running from October 27 to January 27 (or when AMD runs out of Doom codes), the chipmaker working with the usual etailers (Amazon, Newegg, etc) to include a voucher for Doom as a motherboard bundle. This bundle covers most AM3+ motherboards, but it also covers top-to-bottom AMD systems that use an AM3+ motherboard, AMD FX CPU, and an AMD Radeon graphics card. AMD has not published the exact list of AM3+ motherboards that come with a free digital copy of Doom, but more information can be obtained from AMD’s Rewards web-site.

Meanwhile it is noteworthy that this week AMD also initiated its new Civilization VI promotion for Radeon graphics cards. To get a free copy of the latest in the just-one-more-turn-before-bed gaming series, you will need to buy an AMD Radeon RX 480 (or a PC with such a board inside) from an eligible retailer. Right now, the campaign is already live in some countries, and will eventually spread to other regions as well.

AMD's Civilization IV and Doom Campaigns Hardware Game Campaign End Date AM3+ Motherboard Doom January 27, 2017 AMD Radeon RX 480 Civilization VI January 15, 2017   Samsung: Watch_Dogs 2 for Free

In the recent years Samsung has made inroads into gaming PCs with its high-performance SSDs based on its 3D V-NAND memory. At times, Samsung bundled popular titles with its drives, and its new Watch_Dogs 2 campaign expands to curved displays as well.

On the SSD side of matters, Samsung latest bundle covers most of their V-NAND SSDs, including the recently launched 960 PRO & EVO, and their 850 SATA counterparts. Also covered in this bundle is the company’s Portable SSD, the T3. Meanwhile on the monitor side of matters, the bundle covers Samsung’s CFG70 or CF791 curved monitors. The bundle will be available in North America at select retailers only until December 31, 2016, or while coupons last.

Samsung's Watch_Dogs 2 Promo Campaign SSDs Model Form-Factor Capacity Notes 960 PRO M.2 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB 48-layer MLC V-NAND 960 EVO M.2 500 GB, 1 TB 48-layer TLC V-NAND 850 PRO 2.5" 512 GB, 1 TB 32-layer MLC V-NAND 850 EVO M.2, mSATA 500 GB, 1 TB TLC V-NAND Portable SSD T3 USB 3.1 Type-C 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB 32-layer TLC V-NAND Curved Displays Model Diagonal Resolution Notes CFG70 24" 1920×1080 Features quantum dot technology, 1800R Curvature CFG70 27" unknown CF791 34" 3440×1440 1500R curvature

It is noteworthy that Samsung is promoting its curved displays with and without quantum dot technology among gamers using a free game bundle campaign. While curved monitors are available from all major display suppliers, they are not very popular. Meanwhile, Samsung seems to see potential of such monitors for this market segment, which is why it will add a free copy of Watch_Dogs 2 to its CFG70 and CF791 displays until the end of this year.

NVIDIA: Hackers Wanted

NVIDIA on Tuesday (11/22) launched its new free game campaign, which will last for a month. This time the GPU designer will bundle Watch_Dogs 2 with select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 video cards and laptops carrying mobile versions of the graphics processors.

The game uses a number of NVIDIA’s technologies supported by its GameWorks package, including HBAO+ global lighting, TXAA antialiasing as well as HFTS and PCSS techniques for improved shadows.

NVIDIA's Hackers Wanted Campaign Hardware Game Campaign End Date NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/1080 Watch_Dogs 2 December 19, 2016 Laptop Featuring GeForce GTX 1070/1080

The campaign will last till December 19 and if you have no plans to upgrade your display or SSD, but intend to get a new GPU, this will be your chance to get a free copy of Watch_Dogs 2 as well.

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Gotham Finally Gets Bruce’s Story Back on Track

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 17:00

Last night’s Gotham was absolutely packed with story. The show is at its best when every character has something to do and man, was that the case last night. We begin with Lee […]

Plextor Launches EX1 USB-C External SSD: Up to 550 MBps, 512 GB and LDPC

AnandTech - Tue, 2016-11-22 16:40

Plextor this week formally launched its first external SSD which it demonstrated back in early June at Computex. The Plextor EX1 combines low weight, high capacity, a high quoted performance with a USB 3.1 Type-C interface. Moreover, the manufacturer promises increased endurance as well as reliability due to an advanced SSD controller and even offers the drive with a five-year warranty.

As reported initially, the Plextor EX1 SSDs will be available in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB configurations. The drives will use USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C interface with up to 10 Gb/s transfer rate and thus will be compatible with both currently available (via USB-C to USB-A adapter) and upcoming PCs. Since the EX1 is a fully-fledged SSD, not a flash drive, the compatibility with future systems was a requirement in the product design. Moreover, to emphasize that this is not a USB stick, the EX1 has a USB-C receptacle rather than a connector, which means that owners will have to use a cable to plug the drive into their systems (not very comfortable, but ensures that nothing accidentally breaks down as a result of careless usages).

Plextor does not reveal a lot of details about the product, but claims that it uses a Marvell controller that supports LDPC error correction technology as well as PlexNitro feature (both technologies are used by Plextor in their TLC NAND-based drives), a VIA Labs VL716 USB 3.1-to-SATA bridge as well as Toshiba’s TLC NAND made using a 15 nm process. Since Plextor already has a working SSD platform featuring the Marvell 88SS1074B1 controller and Toshiba’s 15 nm TLC NAND (used in its M7V drives), it is highly likely that this platform served as the base for the EX1 as well. On the other hand, the EX1 has a longer warranty, but the same 1.5 million hours MTBF rating and similar general performance specs.

Speaking of performance, Plextor claims that the EX1 is capable of up to 550 MB/s read speed as well as up to 500 MB/s write speed (obviously, when pseudo-SLC caching is used), which is in line with performance of the M7V SSDs and is faster than declared transfer rate of the Samsung Portable T3 SSD (yet, this one has considerably higher capacity). Nonetheless, keep in mind that the real-world performance of SSDs is typically lower than that specified.

Plextor M7V and M6V SSD Specifications Size 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB Controller Marvell 88SS1074B1 (?) NAND Toshiba 15 nm Toggle TLC DRAM Cache 256 MB (?) 512 MB (?) 1 GB (?) Sequential Read 550 MB/s Sequential Write 500 MB/s Interface Physical USB Type-C receptacle Logical USB 3.1 Gen 2 Transfer Rate 10 Gbps Compatibility Backwards compatible with previous-gen USB standards
and connectors using adapters Command Set TRIM, S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, ATA/ATAPI-8 OS Compatibility Apple macOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows, Linux Security Fnet encryption software Dimensions 101.2 × 31.6 × 8.7 mm
3.98 × 1.24 × 0.34 inches Weight 30 grams Apparance Silver color and Gold color enclosure made of anodized aluminum Accessories USB 3.1 Type-C to Type-A cable
Flannel Bag Warranty 5 years

When it comes to features, the Plextor EX1 looks just like a typical SSD drive for desktop computers: it supports TRIM, NCQ, SMART features and relies on the ATA/ATAPI-8 protocol. The drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Google Android, Apple macOS and Linux, but with certain limitations imposed by different file systems. For example, Android only supports exFAT and FAT32, but not NTFS, whereas FAT32 does not support files larger than 4 GB. Meanwhile, exFAT is not supported by Linux.

The Plextor EX1 drives come in gold and silver colored enclosures made of anodized aluminum, their weight is around 30 grams. The drives are not too small: their length is a little over 10 centimeters (~4 inches) and their thickness is approximately 8.7 mm (0.34 inches).

Plextor plans to start selling the Plextor EX1 SSDs this month. Exact price points are unknown, but Plextor will also offer Fnet encryption software with the drives.

Gallery: Plextor Launches EX1 USB-C SSD: Up to 550 MB/s, 512 GB and LDPC

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Astronaut Pee Is One Key To Extended Space Travel

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 16:15

Scientists have a lot of problems to solve before we’re finally ready to rocket into deep space. As with your upcoming Thanksgiving travel, one of those problems has to do with packing efficiently. […]

Eating Cheese Could Help You Live Longer

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 15:30

If, like me, you’re planning on making some sort of cheesy concoction for dinner tonight, know this: You’re actually not doing your body a disservice. In fact, you might be extending your lifespan by […]

Justice League’s Susan Eisenberg on What It Means to Be Wonder Woman

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 14:30

The voice behind the animated Amazon shares her thoughts on 15 years as Diana Prince.

The Intel SSD 600p (512GB) Review

AnandTech - Tue, 2016-11-22 14:30

Intel's SSD 600p was the first PCIe SSD using TLC NAND to hit the consumer market. It is Intel's first consumer SSD with 3D NAND and it is by far the most affordable NVMe SSD: current pricing is on par with mid-range SATA SSDs. While most other consumer PCIe SSDs have been enthusiast-oriented products aiming to deliver the highest performance possible, the Intel 600p merely attempts to break the speed limits of SATA without breaking the bank.

Best CPUs: Holiday 2016

AnandTech - Tue, 2016-11-22 11:00

In our series of Buyer Guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing as of (11/22). Numbers in graphs reflect launch MSRP.

As we near into the holiday season, enthusiasts will be looking into what hardware they might purchase during deal season or with holiday bonuses. Ultimately on the deal side, a deal is limited time and with limited scope, but can offer great discounts. Recommending a certain deal is almost futile, as they quickly come and go. However, for people wanting to buy a system as a gift, here are the processors we recommend that hit the right price points for the style of system a user might need. For anyone looking to after the holiday season to buy, we have some interesting hardware coming up. 

In our CPU Guides, we consider certain environments and budgets and give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our Benchmark Database where possible.

E-SPORTS / Budget  - Intel Pentium G3258 ($67) (Review)
 - AMD Athlon X4 845 ($66) (Review)
 - AMD A10-7860K ($95) (Bench)

The popularity of highly competitive gaming circles around a number of titles that are not graphically intensive. Depending on the region, League of Legends, DOTA2, Hearthstone, Counter Strike Global Offensive and Rocket League are big titles that can run on some basic hardware. There will always be monster rigs, designed to hit the 240-Hz that monitors like the ZOWIE model that was just announced, however these games can be played at good frame rates on CPUs under $100 with a discrete card, or reasonably well on integrated graphics with APUs nearer $100-$120. 


Rocket League

Buy AMD Athlon X4 845 on Amazon.com Buy Intel Core i5-5675C on Amazon.com

The AMD A10-7860K is the APU we've selected, which combines low cost with 512SPs and comes bundled with one of AMD's new coolers, saving money in the design. For pure CPU power, we suggest the AMD Athlon X4 845 at $70 MSRP which uses the latest micro-architecture from AMD for their best single core per clock performance (also with an updated cooler) or Intel's overclockable Pentium G3258 which gives two hyperthreaded cores and with a third part cooler can push well beyond the 3.2 GHz it offers out of the box. 

BUDGET Gaming  - AMD FX-8300 ($105)
 - Intel Core i3-6100 ($105) (Review)

While eSports titles can be fun, there's more than just basic gaming to go around. While the top tier games can be demanding, there is a law of diminishing returns for performance - if you want to hit the price/performance curve just right, there are some poignant options available. Ultimately this recommendation is ever changing and often highly title dependent: the advent of DirectX 12 and other lower level APIs being able to multithread the individual cores and draw calls effectively means that over time we are moving to a more multi-core gaming environment. But again, this is title dependent.

Buy AMD FX-8300 on Amazon.com Buy Intel Core i3-6100 on Amazon.com

First on our list is the AMD FX-8300. This isn't a new CPU by any means, using the older Piledriver microarchitecture, but it features eight threads at up to 4.2 GHz and has now moved from an OEM-only part to an on-the-shelf part for $110. We're still waiting to hear what sort of cooler this will come with, but given AMD's recent tendency to re-release CPUs with the updated cooler set I wouldn't be surprised if the FX-8300 will soon come with the new 95W near-silent cooler.

Also on this list is the Intel i3-6100, which by contrast is a newer Skylake processor with a higher instruction throughput, but runs two cores with hyperthreading for a $117 MSRP. The i3-6100 has enough base performance to offer a good gaming experience, although the FX-8300 will score higher on multi-threaded environments.

Virtual Reality

With the big buzzwords of 2016 being Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, we have seen one of the GPU manufacturers specifically aim at democratizing the cost of high-end VR into lower-cost gaming machines. So while a VR headset or head-mounted display (HMD) might still run in the region of $700, some of these manufacturers are promoting VR capable systems for as little as $500. While these systems are 'capable', there's still room to push and so we are tackling choosing a CPU for VR at three different price points.

$700 VR  - AMD A10-7860K ($95) (Bench)
 - Intel Core i3-6320 ($160) (Review)

When building a $700 machine to handle VR, the budget is still rather tight but there needs to be some room to grow. One of the issues with VR is that all the parts need to be of a base minimum specification and there could be a single bottleneck which breaks the experience. So along with the RX 480 GPU or GTX 1050 Ti GPU there needs to be storage, memory, enough ports, and a CPU. For this instance, we're putting into this guide the AMD A10-7860K and Intel Core i3-6320.

Buy AMD A10-7860K on Amazon.com Buy Intel Core i3-6320 on Amazon.com

The A10, as we mentioned before, is an AMD APU that balances price and performance for AMD, but also comes with 512 SPs on the graphics which may become relevant for future VR titles. The Core i3-6320 is a faster variant of the i3-6100 in the previous recommendation, with a slightly larger L3 cache to allow for instructions to flow better at lower latency. VR is all about frame rate and latency, and these two CPUs can get you there on a budget.

$1000 VR  - Intel Core i5-6400 ($182)
 - Intel Core i5-6500 ($192)
 - Intel Core i5-6600 ($220) (Bench)
 - Intel Core i5-6600K ($220) (Review)

VR experiences range from static to action, from breathtaking to cute or retro. For some more oomph and with a bit more budget, we are putting Intel's latest Core i5 line into this segment. This is primarily the i5-6400 and i5-6500, with four physical cores and a high instruction rate at around the $200 mark, or variants such as the T models (lower power) or the i5-6600K which is overclockable with a good CPU cooler to push that instruction rate higher.

Buy Intel Core i5-6600 on Amazon.com


Grand Theft Auto V

Having physically more cores means that in a scenario with dense threading, the Core i5 series is better matched to deal with it than Core i3, keeping a user in the experience longer - or allowing for a more detailed environment. As always, it still requires a good GPU as a backbone.

$1500 VR  - Intel Core i5 (as above)
 - Intel Core i7-6700 ($290) (Bench)
 - Intel Core i7-6700K ($300) (Review)

Going to a high-end VR experience and using a GTX 1070/1080 GPU requires a substantial system to be built around it. The GPU itself will take up to half of that budget, with the rest to spend on a good system underneath. Depending on which way the user is leaning, either towards more storage, more memory, aesthetics or CPU power, the options of the Core i5 or Core i7 mainstream parts are good here. The i5-6600/K parts have great legs for performance if the user wants to spend the budget elsewhere, however for those instances where hyperthreading may play a part (or simply because you want the best mainstream chip available), then the i7-6700/K are the best choices.

Buy Intel Core i7-6700K on Amazon.com

For those versed in overclocking and are planning on upgrading the CPU cooler, the extra expense of the K to achieve a 4.4-4.6 GHz stable part will be seen in instances where single thread performance is vital. If you want to go for a slightly cheaper system but still want a Core i7, looking back on the Devil's Canyon i7-4790K will be a good option given that the Z97 motherboards needed are slowly moving to end-of-life, meaning it might be possible to pick one up in a sale.

SFF All Arounder  - Intel Core i5-6400T ($160)

One often talked about segment when building a system is 'big or small'? Having it big means room to upgrade, but having it small keeps it sleek and often more aesthetically pleasing (or out of sight). As such the trend for small form factor systems is certainly a vocal talking point online, especially with cases, power supplies, motherboards and so on. Ultimately an SFF system can be governed on if it has a discrete GPU or not, as without one it can get to very small indeed. For this segment, for users looking at mini-ITX or even mini-STX dimensions, for an all-around performance machine this guide is suggesting the i5-6400T.

Buy Intel Core i5-6400T on Amazon.com

This is a low power part (it has T in the name), with a thermal design power of only 35W compared to 53W, 65W or 91W of the bigger family members. There's a slight premium with a low power part - either in the wallet or it hits in the base frequency, but this quad-core chip still has a 2.8 GHz turbo or 2.5 GHz when all the cores are loaded.

Money No Object  - Intel Core i7-6950X ($1580) (Review)

Money No Object is a somewhat silly proposition. If you really want a severe blow-out on a self-build, charging after multiple Titan X(P) cards and the best system money can buy, you don't really need a guide to select the most expensive thing on the menu. Without moving into the server space, the money-no-object CPU you can buy is the 10-core high-end desktop Core i7-6950X, which will run you north of $1700.

Buy Intel Core i7-6950X on Amazon.com

Intel promotes this multi-core CPU as an essential part for 'mega-tasking': users who want to transcode 4K video, upload, manage, game, stream and create all on the same system at the same time. Bearing in mind that the 8-core variant is 40% cheaper for only 20% less performance, this part hits the wrong side of the price/performance curve. But for something multithreaded will perform better if you can justify the expense.

The Smart Move  - Intel Core i7-5960X ($1011) (Review)
 - Intel Core i7-6900K ($1050) (Review)

For high-end desktop users that have to manage at least some budget, the i7-5960X is the smarter option over the i7-6950X (ultimately, unless you can justify the cost) or even the i7-6900K. The processor for this part of the guide is from the last generation, so it may be found cheaper than the 6900K, and works in any X99 motherboard you can find. When Intel released the update to this part, the i7-6900K, despite the generational improvement (<5%), the MSRP also rose from $999 to $1089, but at retailers at launch sold the i7-6900K for more than that. Ultimately choosing between these two 8-core parts will depend on what is available and what is at the right price, but as an HEDT investment it is a good place to lay down an impressive system.

New Hardware Coming in Q1

At the top of this guide, I mentioned that there's something new on the horizon. Some users may point out that this is always true: if you wait long enough, something better is always going to come long for hardware. However we already know that what is coming is coming soon: Kaby Lake and Summit Ridge (Zen). Both Intel and AMD has stated that their next generation parts for desktops are due to be released in Q1. The first week of Q1 is the annual CES show in Vegas where we expect to see some of this, or perhaps a full launch of one or both. Intel's Kaby Lake platform is aiming for the mainstream (there are already some hints towards the i7-7700K and similar parts online) while AMD's Summit Ridge is more for the high-end, featuring eight Zen cores in new motherboards. Ultimately we don't know yet when these will be announced or the pricing, or even if we will see it in volume.

However for users who want the latest and greatest, and are willing to wait until February/March timeframe when we come out with our Q1 guide, there will most likely be new options on the table. But chances are it won't be as cheap as the holiday sales. Happy CPU hunting everyone.

Suggested Reading

Intel Broadwell-E Review (i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K, i7-6800K)
Intel Haswell-E Review (i7-5960X, i7-5930K, i7-5820K)
Intel Skylake K Review (i7-6700K, i5-6600K)
Intel Skylake i3 Review (i3-6320, i3-6300, i3-6200)

AMD Carrizo Review (Athlon X4 845)
AMD Kaveri Review (A10-7870K)

(PR) BIOSTAR Announces the GK3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

techPowerUp - Tue, 2016-11-22 09:37
BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest addition to its gaming peripheral line-up with its first keyboard for gamers: the BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical gaming keyboard. BIOSTAR combines all the key elements that gamers need and designs their first mechanical keyboard dedicated for gamers and what they really need: a durable and responsive keyboard aimed at the masses.

Today's gamers are becoming more competitive and response times are a gamer's number 1 tool in victory. If your gear can't keep up then your gear is keeping you down. Keyboards are the primary input for PC games and when a single keypress counts, a mere milisecond of input is the difference in winning and losing. The BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical keyboard will have an MSRP of $44.99. Read full story

Plextor Extends EX1 Portable SSD Warranty

techPowerUp - Tue, 2016-11-22 08:15
Plextor today announced that it revised the warranty policy of its recently announced EX1 portable solid-state drive to be effective for 5 years, from its existing 3 years. This change is applicable to all products already sold and with retailers as unsold inventory. The EX1 is a series of portable SSDs with 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 host interface, with a single cable handling both power and host connectivity. The drives combine Silicon Motion-made controllers with SK Hynix 16 nm TLC NAND flash memory, and come in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, priced at 79€, 119€, and 213€, respectively.

(PR) Team Group Announces the M161 and T162 Flash Drives with Latest Type-C OTG

techPowerUp - Tue, 2016-11-22 06:39
Team Group is continuously dedicated in satisfying our customers' needs in every respect. Today we announce the release of two USB drives with latest USB 3.1 Gen1 (USB 3.0) transfer interface. One of them is the ring shaped T162, the winner of Golden Pin Design Award, and another one is the eye-catching M161 with latest Type-C OTG(On-The-Go).

T162 made its first appearance at the Computex exhibition in June this year. The entire exhibition was stunned by its unique design, which combined the concepts of "convenience" and "ergonomics". T162 is the first USB drive designed with an ergonomic grip ring. Its 360 degrees, rotating, and four-way positioning structural design allows users to rotate the ring according to their actual usage space, so other devices won't be interfered and very flexible to use. T162 is designed with a little bit of artistic twist and practical functions, not only it is convenient to use with single hand, but its design also allows users to have all the important information at the tips of their fingers. There are two colors to choose from: "Stylish Blue" and "Sweetheart Pink". The glossy pearl color enhances the overall texture and the energetic and creative grip ring design will make this USB drive a trendy accessory. T162 is designed with a strap hole which is easy for users to carry around their precious memories. Read full story

Stephen Hawking Says Life on Earth Has an Expiration Date

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 23:00

It’s been a rough year for life on Earth. The Arctic is a staggering 36 degrees hotter than it should be, we’ve had some of the largest storms on record (in part fueled […]

We’re Finally Getting a ‘Dark Crystal’ Sequel…but Not as We Thought

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 22:15

After a year spent in production hell, Jim Henson fans will finally be getting a Dark Crystal sequel, just in a different form than they were expecting. BOOM! Studios announced Monday that the […]

Angela Bassett Joins the Already Amazing Cast of ‘Black Panther’

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 22:02

We didn’t think it was possible for the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther film to get even more amazing, but we were wrong. The studio announced Monday that the Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, […]

Here’s Doom Running On The MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 21:30

Do you like Doom? Do you have a new MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar? This bit of news should perk you right up, especially if you’re down from all the haters talking […]

Uncharted 4 is Finally Getting a Co-op Mode Next Month

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 20:45

Co-op has been a standard feature of the Uncharted series ever since the second game. However, it was noticeably missing in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Naughty Dog promised that a co-op mode would […]

Intel's Skylake-EP Flagship Xeon E5-2699 V5 CPU to Harness 32 Cores, 64 Threads

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 20:29
Intel is preparing their Skylake-EP Xeon E5 processor lineup for launch in mid-2017. And judging by the leaks regarding their next top-of-the-line processors in the server market, the Xeon E5-2699 V5 looks like Intel's response to AMD's expected Naples server platform. The leak should, naturally, be taken with a grain of salt, since the leaked chip appears to not yet be a finalized version of Intel's silicon. If you trust the source, you can secure one of these engineering samples for the tidy sum of ¥ 26500 (around $3845). Read full story

The Essential Characters of X-Men: The Animated Series

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 20:00

From obvious choices like Jubilee and Cable to the essentially obscure Ms. Marvel and Alpha Flight.

ATM Keypads Aren’t as Gross as You Think They Are

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 19:15

Good news, everyone! The ATM keypads you’re forced to touch every time you need to withdraw a few bucks? Turns out they’re not the festering disease transmitters you thought they were. British website […]
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