Category Archives: Misc

Console Controller, Modified: The Evil Shift

By | June 27, 2017

Competitive multiplayer games remain exceedingly popular. Playing against a computer-controlled opponent is one thing, but taking down another human player in a video game is a completely different experience. It’s no surprise that in the wake of some of these multiplayer games, such as the Call of Duty titles, Overwatch, and even Rocket League, there… Read More »

Intel SSD 545s Review

By | June 27, 2017

Intel has a slew of new products planned that demonstrate the power of new memory technologies. The 545s is the first consumer model with new 64-layer NAND. The 545s targets the mainstream category where SATA still dominates the landscape. Intel’s new second-generation 64-layer 3D NAND should be faster than the previous 32-layer NAND. That gives… Read More »

Crypto War 3: ‘Five Eyes’ And G20 Nations Plan Renewed Assault On Encryption

By | June 26, 2017

The Five Eyes nations are going to meet in Ottawa, Canada, this week to discuss how to thwart encryption used by terrorists, or anyone who may be a surveillance target. The “Five Eyes” alliance includes five major English-speaking countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The discussions about weakening encryption… Read More »

Nintendo Updates 'Arms' With LAN Play, Arena Mode

By | June 26, 2017

Nintendo updated Arms, a fighting game in which people with stretchy arms duke it out, with support for LAN play and a new Arena Mode. Arms is the first new Nintendo franchise to debut on the Switch console. It’s a character-based fighting game wherein you equip various arms, each of which has its own attributes… Read More »

As Prices Soar, Graphics Card Manufacturers Appeal To Cryptocurrency Miners

By | June 26, 2017

You might have to wait to upgrade your graphics card. The increasing popularity of the Ethereum cryptocurrency has caused “miners,” who essentially earn units of the cryptocurrency by having their GPUs solve complex math problems, to buy out many mid-range graphics cards. Prices are rising, supply is falling, and now companies like Asus want to… Read More »

NEC EX341R Monitor Review

By | June 26, 2017

Two years ago, I visited NEC’s booth at Infocomm in Orlando, Florida. At the time, curved ultra-wide monitors were just starting to appear from LG and others. I asked the reps if they had plans for a similar product and got simply a cryptic “yes.” After watching the category become almost gamer-exclusive, we wondered if… Read More »

KFA2/Galax GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Review

By | June 25, 2017

In contrast to EVGA’s aggressively overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming, KFA2/Galax emphasizes sensible, middle-of-the-road decisions with its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC. As a result, two fans should be plenty for this dual-slot card. And in the end, despite a high-end GP102 processor, the EXOC’s understated design adds a certain amount of charm.… Read More »