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Friday, October 30, 2015

Asus' 144Hz IPS RoG Swift may be the new best gaming monitor

By Matt Porter Oct 26, 2015 Repost here Oct.30,2015

Earlier this year Acer released the best gaming monitor on the planet, the first 144Hz model to use a beautiful IPS screen. The 27-inch, 2560x1440 G-Sync monitor replaced the Asus RoG Swift as our favorite thanks to its superior IPS screen. Well, Asus has finally fired back, releasing the anticipated PG279Q that we first saw at Computex in June with an IPS screen and up to 165Hz refresh. How do they compare? TFT Central has performed an extensive review of the new monitor, and we’ve pulled out some of the highlights.

The PG279Q still has the 27-inch display with a 2560x1440 resolution, with a response time of 4ms. It also has a refresh rate of 144Hz which is overclockable up to 165Hz. It has a DisplayPort 1.2a, and a 1.4 HDMI port, as well as two USB 3.0 ports. Aesthetically, the PG279Q is pretty much the same as the PG278Q RoG Swift, with a “frameless” design that only gives you a total frame border of 10mm. TFT Central says the base is sturdy, and it has a pretty circular light around the stand connection as well as a lit up ROG Swift logo off to the side. From all sides the PG279Q looks thin, and stylish.

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Microsoft planning to automatically offer Windows 10 to existing PCs

Windows 10 will be downloaded to Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines next year 
By Tom Warren on October 29, 2015 

Microsoft launched Windows 10 earlier this year with a reservation system designed to tempt Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade for free. While it has been successful in getting Windows 10 onto more than 110 million devices, Microsoft is planning to get a lot more aggressive about upgrading existing machines. Starting early next year, Microsoft says it’s planning to re-categorize Windows 10 as a "recommended update" in its Windows Update system. That means the Windows 10 upgrade process will download and start automatically on thousands of machines. "A user will be presented with a choice to install Windows 10," explains Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head of Windows and devices, in an interview with The Verge. "They’ll come back to their PC and there will be a dialog where they can choose to upgrade to Windows 10 or choose not to upgrade to Windows 10." 

Myerson says Microsoft’s current plan involves it only presenting this dialog once to end users. Windows 10 will automatically download and start the upgrade process, depending on your Windows Update settings, but you can opt out and not receive nagging prompts to update. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users on a metered connection will have to turn off automatic updates to prevent the Windows 10 installer from downloading automatically. Windows 10 is currently a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for a year, but Myerson didn't want to comment on the company's plans after July 29th 2016.

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Report: Google's Android, Chrome OS to Merge


Google will fold Chrome OS into the Android mobile OS, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google is expected to tease the combined OS next year before a 2017 launch, the paper said.
Google has separate desktop and mobile operating systems: Chrome OS for Chromebooks comes with its own branded Web browser and PC-based software, while Android powers smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, TVs, and in-car infotainment. Initially unsure which system would succeed, Google nurtured both, the Journal said. But Android has prevailed. Now, instead of fussing over two operating systems, the company will allegedly merge them into one powerhouse program. The move could allow PC users to access the Google Play store, and would lessen app developers' workload. The Journal said Chromebooks will be renamed, while its Web browser will still be known as Chrome. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Chromecast teardown reveals it might not overheat as much as before

by Devindra Hardawar 10/7/2015

Much like the original Chromecast streaming stick, Google's new Chromecast video and audio gadgets aren't things you'd want to try and repair if anything goes wrong. "Ultimately any device like those in the Chromecast family will be the same story—a board in a box," iFixit declared in its teardown. 

Then again, at just $35, you're probably better off just replacing your Chromecast when it conks out. There are some intriguing reveals in iFixit's teardown though: Google went a bit thermal paste crazy this time around, which should help the new Chromecast avoid overheating as much as its predecessor. It also looks like the HDMI cable in the video Chromecast is plenty tough, while also being internally detachable. If it does get damaged, there's a chance you'll be able to swap it out for a new part. Beyond that, both the audio and video Chromecast models look pretty similar internally.

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Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book: Flagship hardware that blows away the competition

By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes October 7, 2015

Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 4, which, in the company's words is "the tablet that can replace your laptop." Then, as part of a "one more thing" reveal, it also unveiled a new laptop, the Surface Book. 

Be in no doubt that, on paper at any rate, these devices are the best when it comes to Windows tablets and laptops. Microsoft has taken the very best components currently on offer -- specifically the sixth-generation Intel Core processors, PixelTouch displays, and handfuls of RAM -- and put them inside a thin, sleek, and durable magnesium alloy chassis.

These devices are the business.

Which brings me to the second point: Business. These devices aren't aimed at the home user or the gamer. These devices have business written through them like a stick or rock. From the gigabytes of RAM to the TPM modules to even the images used to promote these devices on Microsoft's website, it's clear that the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book are aimed squarely at professionals. What kind or professional -- business, designer, musician, artist, engineer -- is up to you, but there is no question in my mind that these are not your usual mass-market budget fare built to satisfy a low price point.

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Users report iPhones 6 and 6s turning off by themselves, cause not yet identified

by Paul K. 07 Oct 2015 

Fans and users of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices have reported that after updating to the new iOS 9.0.2, their handsets have started acting cranky on random occasions. Apparently, the phones will decide to turn themselves off — no matter if the user is currently operating the device, or it's just on standby — and the only way to fix them is to perform a hard-restart (hold down the home and power buttons for as many seconds as it takes for the Apple logo to reappear on the screen).

Apple reps have allegedly said that the issue is known, but is still hard to pinpoint and reproduce, so a fix may take a while to arrive. Meanwhile, earnest users are trying to figure it out, and current theories suggest that the issue may be caused by corrupted iCloud backups. Interestingly, iOS 9.0.2 came right after Apple fixed some iCloud bugs that prevented developers from taking advantage of the new App Thinning. 

The suggested solutions are two – reset all your settings (Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings) and use the phone for a while in this manner. If it doesn't help, take the more drastic measure – factory reset the iPhone and choose "Set up as new iPhone". The latter is a pain, especially for those who have tons of apps. If you have any kind of iTunes backup that is semi-recent, you can try backing up from it, then filling out the blanks yourself. Otherwise, you will have to write down all the apps you currently use in a list, and restore them manually after setting up the iPhone as a new device. 

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AMD ties up with Dell to bring Oculus-powered virtual reality PCs

By DNA 7 October 2015 

AMD today announced a collaboration with Oculus and Dell to build a line of Oculus-ready computers powered by AMD Radeon GPUs. These computers will use AMD’s own LiquidVR and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to bring virtual reality experiences to this next generation of desktop computers. “It’s an exciting time to be at the heart of all things Virtual Reality.” said Roy Taylor, corporate vice president, Alliances and Content, AMD. “I’m confident that with Dell and Alienware, we can enable a wide audience of PC users with extraordinary VR capabilities powered by AMD Radeon GPUs.” In March this year, AMD announced their VR platform for developers and users via their AMD LiquidVR technology. One of the biggest challenges with implementing a functional and practical virtual reality experience is that of image latency: when on-screen pixels are unable to respond to motion quickly enough, it can induce an immediate sense of nausea in the wearer. LiquidVR enables low-latency VR performance that delivers a comfortable VR experience. The AMD GPU’s software and hardware subsystems are primary components in the LiquidVR system that will open VR authoring possibilities for developers and content creators. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Google to officially launch YouTube Gaming today

By Zeenews August 26, 2015

Google Inc is officially launching live streaming gaming service called "YouTube Gaming", creating a rival to Inc`s Twitch service. The service, which will be available in the form of an app as well as a website, will focus exclusively on gamers and gaming. More than 25,000 games will each have their own page on the site, bringing videos and live streams about various titles together in a single space, Google had earlier said. 

Users will be able to add games to their collection for quick access, subscribe to channels, and receive recommendations on new games based on the games and channels they follow. Amazon bought Twitch Interactive last year for $970 million, beating a rival bid from Google. YouTube Gaming will available on the web, mobiles and tablets on both Android and iOS operating systems, according to a tweet from its official account.

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