Business, Cloud Computing, Gaming, Software Programs, Technology Security, VR World

Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for Free!

The Sims 2

EA has been doing this a lot lately, giving away slightly out of date games to Origin users for free. They appear to be continuing to do this in order to promote their Origin service and to get people acquainted with it better. This time around, they’re giving away The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, absolutely and totally for free. All you have to do is install Origin on your PC and then create an account and once you’ve logged into your account you can use the following code “I-LOVE-THE-SIMS” and then the game will magically pop up in your game library. Do keep in mind,

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Gaming, Software Programs, VR World

Battlefield Hardline Announced, PS4 Beta Live, PC Signups Now

Battlefield Hardline

Leading up to E3, EA had a leak that caused them to prematurely announce Battlefield Hardline with an official trailer. However, today, they officially announced Battlefield Hardline and a full set of trailers, photos, website and even more importantly, a Battlefield Hardline Beta. This Beta is immediately available to PS4 players and will be made available to PC players via a PC Beta signup which is already live. Battlefield Hardline, made by Visceral Games, is EA’s most recent addition to the Battlefield franchise, but is a vast departure from the traditional conventional warfare model. It will feature both a Single Player and a Multiplayer, but

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Hardware

NZXT Introduces The GRID+ Fan Controller

Following the announcement of CAM in May, NZXT has launched the first CAM compatible hardware products allows users to bring PC management to the cloud. The GRID+ is a 6-channel fan controller that not only allows users to control fan speeds using their smart phone, but also displays any warning or alerts. The sleek design of the GRID+ gives users an option to install it into a system without it looking out of place. For more information about the GRID+, please click here. In addition to the GRID+, NZXT has also updated their existing Kraken products to be CAM compatible. The Kraken X41 and X61

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Entertainment, Gaming, Software Programs, VR World

Star Citizen's Arena Commander Module Delayed Due to Bugs

Star Citizen

Star Citizen’s Arena Commander dogfighting module was due to be out today, but was delayed due to bugs, making some gamers uneasy about their backing of the game. Star Citizen is a project of Chris Roberts of Wing Commander fame and has managed to gain over $44 million in funding from backers of the game, making it the biggest crowd funded game, ever. Here’s a short video that explains the game and what they’re trying to accomplish by creating this game. their development path essentially releases the game in modules, moving from one aspect of the game to another, ultimately building up to the final

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Desktop GPUs Shrunk in Q1, Nvidia Held Marketshare

GPU GTX Titan

According to Jon Peddie’s latest GPU marketshare numbers for Q1 2014, the add-in board market shrunk 0.8% year over year and a more expected 6.7% quarter over quarter. Most people expect GPU seasonality between Q1 and Q4 regardless of what year it is, but the 0.8% decrease year over year is still an indication of basically flat growth/slight shrinkage. Even though, this is significantly less than in laptops and the overall PC business in terms of shrinkage. for the GPU market as a whole, shipments were down 11.6% quarter-to-quarter, and down 4% compared to the same quarter last year. This is clearly a lot worse

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Desktop GPUs Shrunk in Q1, Nvidia Held Marketshare

GPU GTX Titan

According to Jon Peddie’s latest GPU marketshare numbers for Q1 2014, the add-in board market shrunk 0.8% year over year and a more expected 6.7% quarter over quarter. Most people expect GPU seasonality between Q1 and Q4 regardless of what year it is, but the 0.8% decrease year over year is still an indication of basically flat growth/slight shrinkage. Even though, this is significantly less than in laptops and the overall PC business in terms of shrinkage. for the GPU market as a whole, shipments were down 11.6% quarter-to-quarter, and down 4% compared to the same quarter last year. This is clearly a lot worse

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Business, Hardware, VR World

Intel Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings, Signs of Stability

Intel Logo

Intel’s first quarter earnings for 2014 were for the most part fairly tepid. Sure, they were able to post an earnings of $0.38 per share on $12.8 billion in revenue, however this only beat analyst’s fairly conservative expectations of $0.37 per share by $0.01. On $12.8 billion in revenue, Intel showed operating income of $2.5 billion and net income of $1.9 billion. Intel’s net income for Q1 2014 was down 5% over the same period a year ago, nothing to cheer about but still much better than previous declines. They also saw an increase in revenue of about $200 million, even though there was a

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion, VR World

Is Qualcomm Behind the Lack of High-End LTE-enabled PC Gadgetry?

Held in the New York City-sized, yet younger than many of us, Shenzhen metropolis, the last weeks’ IDF provided quite a number of announcements which you can anyway read on the usual press release reprinting web sites. Here’s something that you might not find that easily, though… During my walkabout IDF Shenzhen tours, I had a chat with one high end OEM who was twice evaluating a 2-in-1 very high end LTE enabled Haswell ultrabook & tablet combo device with a built-in full LTE capability and the integrated pop-up SIM card slot. After all, if having a local LTE SIM card, you are far more

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Hardware, Technology Security, VR World

How The GCHQ Forced The Guardian to Destroy Their Computers

Now, we are all very interested in the world of teardowns like the ones posted of new hardware on iFixit. But the teardown that occurred back in 2013 in the basement of The Guardian in London was nothing short of horrific. The backstory to this ‘teardown’ was that the Prime Minister had ordered through the Home Secretary via the GCHQ that the Snowden Files be destroyed. This ordered had been carried out by the Home Secretary and GCHQ even though their Editor-in-Chief, Alan Rusbridger, had already indicated that the files still existed elsewhere in the world. They proceeded to force the journalists to comply or

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3D, Business, Graphics, Uncategorized

INTERVIEW: PhysX can double PC game sales

Recently, I managed to get a sit-down with Roy Taylor, Nvidia’s “go to guy” when it comes to gaming. Roy is a well-known advocate for The Way It’s Meant To Be Played development program, and Roy isn’t afraid to shout out his opinion. In this unedited interview, you can see what thoughts are coming out from Nvidia and the direction TWIMTBP is taking. GPU Physics unleashed Theo: The PhysX pack had an excellent response since its launch in August. Recently, 178.24 drivers were released, containing a new PhysX library (btw, installation of the driver can occasionally hang due to PhysX v8.09.04.exe not loading up). Did

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Memory & Storage Space

Free speedup for owners of Seagate SATA drives…

“There is no such thing as free lunch”, as the old saying goes. Thus, there should be no doubt that there is no way that you can achieve substantial performance boost for free. Or is there? One of my friends works in largest Croatian assembly of computers. In our conversation couple of days ago, he said that worst nag in assembly of computers is removing the jumpers from Seagate hard drives in order to enable SATA-II (aka SATA 3.0 Gbps) support. If you don’t remove the jumper, the drive will stay in SATA-I (1.5 Gbps) mode. Intrigued by this one, we’ve called our friends and

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