Analysis, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion,

Opinion: eSports and Video Gaming in 2016

Fans are watching an eSports tournament live... in quite the substantial numbers, like the recently sold-out Madison Square Garden.

As we move into 2016 it’s time to look ahead to the newest technology being used in gaming releases next year. For once, the eSports tournaments are now increasingly attended and these might incorporate elements of the latest technologies on the market. eSports traditionally have been considered of a flop as the reality never quite lives up to the consumer idea. Many go along expecting a virtual reality environment and are disappointed when presented with a room of gamers going head to head. The broadcasting of these matches can leave a lot to be desired, with large screens displaying out of ratio game screens. Still, eSports


Buying Guides, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Opinion

Which Computer Should You Buy?


Buying a computer is more complicated than it needs to be.  If you are a gamer or a computer enthusiast, this post is not for you. Stop now and move along to your next article. I wrote this article to help those who think buying a computer is challenging because of all the choices, options, and hardware to consider. One reason I believe Apple has done so well over recent years is by bringing a simplicity to the buying process that just isn’t there for traditional Windows-based PCs. Most people I know buy and use these traditional Windows-based PCs, and I hope this article can help take


Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, , Gaming, Google, Graphics, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

OPINION: What is the Future of Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality Content around Female Head. Credit: Amelia Rose

When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the


Entertainment, Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Could Online Poker Be Odds-On For Some Virtual Reality?


Once upon a time, Virtual Reality meant clunky hardware, patchy software, dodgy films starring Pierce Brosnan, and a seemingly permanent membership of the ‘Next Big Thing’ club. In 2015, however, falling prices and endorsements from the major companies mean that VR is back on the agenda. Film-makers are using VR to make documentaries, Smithsonian is replicating first flight, gaming manufacturers are eyeing up the possibilities, while Mark Zuckerberg has been busy splashing the cash with a $2 billion Facebook acquisition of the Oculus VR start-up firm – which will come out with a retail product in the first quarter of 2016. With Virtual Reality back


AMD, Analysis, Business, CPU, Enterprise, Hardware, Intel, Memory & Storage Space, News, Opinion

End of the Tick-Tock Strategy for Intel?

Intel's Tick Tock manufacturing cadence.

Given the slow disintegration or refocusing of its competitors, we were not all too surprised when Intel started to slow down its famous “Tick-Tock” manufacturing cadence. Originally introduced in 2006 with the “Conroe”, Core 2 Duo processors, Tick-Tock was mixed between a new microarchitecture and current manufacturing process (Tock), and a new process, die-shrink processor with some architectural optimizations (Tick). Further separation in Tick-Tock was a cadence between mainstream parts (desktop, mobile) and high-end parts (gaming, workstations) – Tick or Tock would always debut as mainstream parts, followed by high-end 6-12 months after. High end would typically mean Intel Xeon and Core i7 ‘X’ line-up.


Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Opinion

Unikrn CEO Gives Example how to React to a Horrible PR Pitch

Unikrn Arena for League of Legends. Who is betting on who in eSports?

Following his tenure by running Microsoft’s Venture Capital fund, well-known tech entrepreneur Rahul Sood and his friend Karl Flores started a project of his own, named Unikrn. Recently, the project exit the silent phase and it was revealed that Unikrn is a betting website for – eSports! With the growth in popularity of eSports, especially in countries like South Korea, Germany or the United States, final matches for games such as League of Legends reach seven and eight figure prize, cementing eSports as an upcoming trend globally. Given that it is a question of time before eSports becomes mainstream – we were not surprised to see Unikrn closing a Series


3D, Analysis, Augmented Reality (AR), Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

When will Virtual Reality Games offer a Good Experience with Football?

Two Iceland teams met for a Football match using VR headsets with catastrophic results. Still, AR headset could be interesting.

In the past five years, virtual reality has left the realm of pipeline dream and established itself as something that will soon become a must have gaming apparatus. However, VR headsets offer much more than just an immersive gaming experience, they may be of benefit in the everyday world, especially for those who are involved in sport. This piece will look at how virtual reality can relate to the sport of football as well as football video games. In regards to football games, we will use EA Sports’ FIFA franchise over Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, simply because FIFA is the far more popular and the 2014


3D, AMD, Business, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Nvidia, Opinion

AMD Moves to Justify Radeon 300 Series Rebrand

AMD Radeon R9 290X Board showcases the Hawaii GPU and 4GB GDDR5 memory.

Just like in the world of sports, there is a lot of personal and below-the-belt attacks on companies we report about, and quite often the heated exchanges happen about Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo consoles, or if we go down to the chip level – discussions about Intel, AMD or Nvidia (interestingly though, we don’t see Qualcomm receiving a lot of flak). Recently, we saw a lot of heated media coverage and comments criticizing the company’s decision to rebrand some of its silicon again, now into the Radeon 300 Series moniker. As a part of its 2015 line-up, some Radeon 300 Series parts are based on silicon


Analysis, Asia Pacific (APAC), Breaking, Business, Enterprise, Exclusive, Opinion, VR World

ASUS Enterprise Road to Nowhere – Whither Taiwan IT Industry?

ASUS HQ in Beitou, suburb of Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan IT industry, for a long time the leading among all Asian nations in terms of hardware manufacturing, has had its ups and downs over the decades. Does anyone still remember FIC (First International Computer), once the world’s leading mainboard maker? Or Elitegroup as the close second, while today’s leaders, Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI were far behind? Not many do… The gigantic Formosa Plastics consortium, which owned FIC, continued down the road with VIA Technologies and HTC, showing their love for three lettered acronyms. While these two still survive, the twisted sense of marketing and PR in these companies – one of the stones around their


3D, Companies, CPU, Exclusive, Hardware, Intel, Opinion

Intel’s 2015 Roadmap Conundrum: Tick-Tock is Not a Swiss Clock

Intel Core i7-5775C, one of just only two LGA models in Intel's lineup.

In my 30-year career as an IT hardware expert, I’ve seen thousands of roadmaps, leaked, manage-leaked and official alike. Many were on target, yet still quite a few headed for the “failed” dustbin. Among all of them, Intel’s “tick-tock” plan was probably the most ambitious one in terms of attempted consistency and predictability. Knowing the multiple interlinked uncertainties of semiconductor process, CPU architecture, ecosystem changes and others, it was a wonder in itself that it lasted for several years, until the major slippages occurred in the Sandy Bridge generation. From then on, not only there were major delays introduced to the high end lines as the


Gaming, Opinion

Why Season Passes Are Ruining Gaming

House of Wolves Queen

Season passes and microtransactions are hugely profitable for publishers, but these schemes are profiting at the detriment of the gaming community.


Business, Exclusive, Global Politics, Opinion, US, VR World

Thomas Pabst: Is the Computing Business Getting Boring?


Tom’s Hardware founder and VR World Industry Fellow Thomas Pabst takes a good hard look at where the PC business is going in his inaugural column.


Internet, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs, Technology Security, VR World

How the FREAK SSL Flaw Could Have Been Prevented


Last week the world was panicking when the FREAK SSL flaw was discovered. Here’s how to stop another one from occurring.


Analysis, Global Politics, Opinion, US

Is the Newest U.S Cybersecurity Agency Necessary?

Obama speaks at  the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The US has created another cybersecurity agency to deal with incoming threats. Is it really necessary?


2015, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Opinion, VR World

PC Enthusiats: What Can We Expect to See at CES 2015?

CES Logo

With CES right around the corner and the industry’s marketing efforts going into overdrive, what is it that we will likely see next week?


Entertainment, Opinion, VR World

George Lucas Hasn't Seen The Trailer For Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -2

The creator of the Star Wars universe has no intention on watching the trailer for the new movie. He intends to watch it fully when it comes out in theaters


Business, Enterprise, Opinion, VR World

TGI Fridays' Mistletoe Drone Stunt Ends The Obvious Way

TGI Fridays' Mistletoe Drone - 6

The “Mobile Mistletoe” drones TGI Fridays was using for its seasonal promotion ended up taking the tip off of a photographer’s nose and a slice on the chin.


Android, Apple, Business, Companies, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs, VR World, Windows Phone

Five Best Smartphones of 2014

OnePlus One

Although the growth of the high-end Smartphone segment has declined of late, there have been some truly remarkable devices launched this year.


Android, Apple, Business, Companies, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs, VR World, Windows Phone

HTC Brilliantly Mocks the Smartphone Sizzle Video

HTC Behind The Scenes Sizzle 980

In an age of where we get these fantastic and whimsical smartphone sizzle videos, HTC satirically breaks down for us what goes into making a sizzle video.


Analysis, Android, Business, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Opinion, Software Programs

Samsung Fires Back, Sues Nvidia and Velocity Micro

The patent wars continue, with Samsung firing back at Nvidia after they were sued by Nvidia for infringing upon their GPU patents, using Qualcomm chips.