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Posted May 25, 2017


No panicking here.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Alphacool Eisbaer 360 and 280 liquid CPU cooler review @ PC Perspective
  2. The 140-mm slim tower CPU cooler roundup: thin & light done just right @ AnandTech
  3. Pushing Intel Optane potential: RAID performance explored @ Tom's Hardware
  4. Origin Chronos small form factor gaming PC review @ TechSpot
  5. EVGA Hydro Copper GTX 1080 waterblock @ TechPowerUp
  6. Cooler Master Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition review @ Guru3D
  7. Fractal Design Focus G Mini review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Hardware Review: Datel Go-tcha for Pokémon GO @ Nintendo Life
  2. Xbox game subscription service launches June 1 @ Polygon
  3. HoloLens could let flight attendants read your emotions @ New Atlas

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Doomed thermostat @ Hack A Day (decidedly cannot run Crysis)
  2. Only 90s kids will appreciate this prototype @ Hack A Day
  3. World's first autonomous security vehicle with companion drone @ New Atlas
  4. Nokia 3310 review: no matter how much you think you want it, you don't want it @ Ars Technica
  5. Underwater drone swims with—and like—the fishes @ New Atlas (seems like image stabilization would be a problem, even with an excellent gimbal)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. New mac and cheese shop expanding after selling out 'of everything' 1st day @ dnainfo.com

10 comments — Last by blastdoor at 6:12 AM on 05/26/17

Posted May 23, 2017


RIP Tangy Taffy

PC hardware and computing

  1. Seasonic PRIME 1200W Gold power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. Asus Strix 15 GL502VS gaming laptop review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Acer Predator 21 X review: overpowered overkill @ The Verge
  4. Razer Blade (2017) review @ TechSpot
  5. Bitfenix Shogun case review @ TechPowerUp
  6. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX tested with 11GHz memory @ Legit Reviews
  7. Reviews - Silverstone SX800-LTI 800W SFX @ JonnyGuru
  8. Plextor M8Se 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD review @ Guru3D
  9. SteelSeries Arctis 7 review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Horizon Zero Dawn violates the Hippocratic Oath of game design @ Quarter To Three
  2. Blizzard claims another PC victim by swallowing Destiny 2 @ Quarter To Three
  3. Far Cry 5 trailers tease new setting: Montana @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  4. Sudden Strike 4 beta begins @ Blue's News (anyone else a fan of this series?)
  5. Veteran game developers reveal their childhood creations @ Polygon
  6. Hinting at an AR future, Microsoft Research squeezes holographic display into regular-sized glasses @ New Atlas

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. The tiniest mechanical keyboard ever @ Hack A Day
  2. Bacteria-ridden "biofabric" makes for self-cooling gymwear @ New Atlas
  3. DIY USB power bank @ Hack A Day (it used a barrel plug and AA NiMh rechargeables instead of USB and Li-ion, but my first power bank was a DIY job I put together with a battery case from Radio Shack back in 2004 or so for my Asus MyPal A620)

Tech news and culture

  1. Chinese retail giant building one-ton delivery drones @ New Atlas
  2. Baking soda shortage has hospitals frantic, delaying treatments and surgeries @ Ars Technica
  3. Pittsburgh is falling out of love with Uber's self-driving cars @ Engadget
  4. Tech-savvy workers increasingly common in non-IT roles @ Slashdot (in my experience, this greatly depends on your definition of "savvy")

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Milton cheese whizzes win state, head to national FFA competition @ gazettextra.com
  2. GeIL Evo X 16GB DDR4 3000MHz review (RGB lighting) @ KitGuru

11 comments — Last by blastdoor at 9:12 AM on 05/24/17

Posted May 18, 2017


Careful fish, you don't want to get addicted to royalty-free stock images...

PC hardware and computing

  1. Ryzen memory latency's impact on weak 1080p gaming @ PC Perspective
  2. Adata SX8000 NVMe SSD review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) Ultrabook review @ Neowin
  4. Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard review @ KitGuru
  5. Review: EVGA CLC 280 @ Hexus
  6. Battle of the $800 gaming notebooks @ HardwareCanucks
  7. SilverStone SX800-LTI SFX-L power supply review @ HardOCP
  8. PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Devil review @ Guru3D
  9. Samsung DeX review: the impressive, unnecessary, phone-powered PC @ Engadget
  10. Gigabyte Z270N-Gaming 5 review @ bit-tech
  11. Kingston Digital Gold microSD UHS-I Class 3 64GB and 32GB flash card review @ Legit Reviews

Games and VR

  1. Breath of the Wild hack is like Garry's Mod for Zelda @ Ars Technica
  2. Video games are creating smarter animals @ Polygon
  3. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope coming to PC @ Rock Paper Shotgun (good luck, Stardew Valley is one tough act to follow)
  4. Jon Shafer on designing Civilization 5, joining Paradox and making strategy games better @ Rock Paper Shotgun (At The Gates is now a "spare time" project? Spectacular.)

Tech news and culture

  1. The Witcher is coming to Netflix @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Elon Musk's 5 keys to breaking through with a tunnel boring machine @ New Atlas
  3. HTPC Perspective: YouTube TV first impressions @ PC Perspective
  4. IBM reveals prototype of its first commercial quantum computer processor @ New Altas
  5. Google's balloons connect flood-hit Peru @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. The science behind why we love stinky cheese @ bonappetit.com
  2. Lego train explores a world of sparkling light @ Hack A Day
  3. So it sounds weird, but people are going crazy over cheese tea @ star2.com (and I thought it was hard to find bubble tea locally)

16 comments — Last by 1sh at 9:24 PM on 05/19/17

Posted May 16, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. Antec Cube mini ITX case review @ Tom's Hardware
  2. Cherry MX Board Silent review @ Think Computers
  3. Scythe Fuma review @ TechPowerUp
  4. Running Plex on a router is better @ SmallNetBuilder
  5. ADATA SU900 512GB Ultimate SATA SSD review @ Legit Reviews
  6. Reviews - BeQuiet Pure Power 10 CM 600W @ JonnyGuru
  7. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING review @         HotHardware
  8. Review: Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC 9Gbps @ Hexus
  9. MSI Z270 Krait Gaming LGA 1151 motherboard review @ HardOCP
  10. Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX Tempered Glass review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Paradox and Tropico devs announce colonial management game Surviving Mars @ Rock Paper Shotgun (Mars needs El Presidente)
  2. Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of life @ Polygon (speaking of El Presidente... This looks like fascinating reading)
  3. Hyperkin's RetroN HD runs NES games in 720p, arrives later this month @ Nintendo Life (that reminds me, anyone know whatever happen with this thing?)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Say 'hello' to this Cortana hologram @ Hack A Day
  2. "Artificial blowhole" generates electricity from ocean waves @ New Atlas
  3. Forget Mars—let's go colonize Titan! @ Ars Technica
  4. Device turns your iPhone into a bat detector @ New Atlas (would have made a great napkin sketch)

Tech news and culture

  1. 15-second ads coming to Amazon's Alexa @ Ars Technica (oh, goodie)
  2. WanaDecrypt0r ransomware earns just $26,000 in ransom payments @ Slashdot
  3. Scientists achieve direct counterfactual quantum communication for the first time @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. What type of cheese does Wisconsin make the most of? @ Wisconsin State Journal
  2. Corsair GLAIVE RGB game mouse review @ Guru3D

5 comments — Last by Wilko at 2:35 PM on 05/22/17

Posted May 11, 2017


PC hardware and computing

  1. Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid CPU cooler review @ PC Perspective
  2. ASUS Prime Z270-A motherboard review @ PC Perspective (I still love mine)
  3. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G review @ Tom's Hardware
  4. AOC Agon AG251FZ review @ TechSpot
  5. Intel Optane memory tested as boot drive, secondary and RAID 0 @ Legit Reviews
  6. Linksys Velop AC2200 triband router retest (and new features) @ KitGuru
  7. Asus ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming motherboard review @ Hardware Canucks
  8. NZXT Kraken X62 All-in-One CPU liquid cooler review @ HardOCP
  9. Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium review @ Guru3D
  10. Previewing Maxiotek's MK8115 SSD controller: can DRAM-less drives make the cut? @ AnandTech

Games and VR

  1. Steam launches VR video section with Alien, Lego Batman and more @ Upload VR
  2. Avatar technology from USC captures your body in 20 minutes @ Upload VR
  3. Tokyo 42's futuristic sneak-o-action coming May 31st @ Rock Paper Shotgun (so pretty)
  4. Nvidia CEO hails Nintendo Switch as "a home run", is open to working on other consoles @ Nintendo Life
  5. How Steam selects the games it shows you (according to Steam) @ Rock Paper Shotgun (Steam thinks I would like Feed and Grow: Fish because it's similar to DayZ and World of Diving. That's a crazy enough combination that I will need to check it out. Plus, it reminds me of my favorite game from kindergarten.)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Pool playing robot destined for trouble in River City @ Hack A Day
  2. Disappearing ink, tech-tats & 3D printing: a look into the future of tattoos @ New Atlas
  3. Rare dinosaur with preserved skin and bone-crushing tail found in Montana @ ArsTechnica
  4. Robotic falcon will chase birds at Canadian airport @ New Atlas (how cool would that job description be?)

Tech news and culture

  1. Europe's largest offshore wind farm boots up in the Netherlands @ New Atlas
  2. SpaceX proves Falcon Heavy is indeed a real rocket with a test firing @ ArsTechnica
  3. Given the hazards of landing on Mars, SpaceX may send two Dragons in 2020 @ ArsTechnica

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Driver forges car registration sticker with cheese wrapper @ masslive.com (you cheddar Brie-lieve that's not Gouda work)

15 comments — Last by Pwnstar at 9:11 PM on 05/11/17

Posted May 9, 2017


Full disclosure: this is not actually a lost sock

PC hardware and computing

  1. Alphacool NexXxos Cool Answer 360 D5/UT water cooling kit review @ PC Perspective
  2. Zalman Acrux Series 1000W Platinum power supply review @ PC Perspective
  3. Thermaltake Tower 900 case review @ Tom's Hardware
  4. Patriot Hellfire PCIe M.2 solid state drive review @ Think Computers
  5. Radeon RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060: 27 game battle @ TechSpot
  6. Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
  7. Gigabyte Z270N-Gaming 5 motherboard review @ KitGuru
  8. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G review @ HotHardware
  9. Review: Gigabyte Aero 15 @ Hexus

Games and VR

  1. Neural networks walk better than humans for game animation @ Hack A Day
  2. God of painting Bob Ross is coming to Smite @ Rock Paper Shotgun (wait, what?)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Ancient robot creates modern art @ Hack A Day
  2. BlackBerry KEYone review: Vintage vibes and a modern OS @ Engadget
  3. "Look ma, no gyros!": a self-balancing mechanical Velociraptor @ Hack A Day (this is how sci-fi horror starts)

Tech news and culture

  1. The Air Force's secretive spy plane returns after 718 days in space @ ArsTechnica
  2. Hanging by a thread: How the online nerdy T-shirt economy exists in an IP world @ ArsTechnica
  3. Ask Slashdot: what should be the attributes of an ideal programming language if computers were infinitely fast? @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Cutting the cheese: a guide to cheese etiquette @ pastemagazine.com
  2. Corsair Crystal 460X RGB compact ATX mid-tower case @ HardOCP
  3. Reviews—Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W Bronze @ JonnyGuru
  4. Corsair Glaive RGB gaming mouse review @ Legit Reviews

12 comments — Last by juzz86 at 8:28 PM on 05/09/17

Posted May 4, 2017


dah dah dah dum da da dum da da-da-dum

PC hardware and computing

  1. Acer Aspire VX 15 budget gaming laptop review @ Tom's Hardware
  2. Asus ROG Swift PG258Q monitor review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. PrimoChill Praxis WetBench review @ Think Computers
  4. Raijintek Asterion Classic case review @ TechPowerUp
  5. EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  6. G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB DDR4 3200MHz AMD memory kit review @ Legit Review
  7. MSI Z270 Gaming M3 motherboard review @ KitGuru
  8. Review: G.Skill Flare X 16GB DDR4-3200 @ Hexus
  9. Review: Asus ROG G20CI @ Hexus
  10. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme review @ Guru3D
  11. Corsair Carbide Series Spec-04 review @ bit-tech
  12. Gigabyte Aero 15 review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Steam Support Stats show around 75,000 requests a day @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Epic's Tim Sweeney thinks full-body VR scanners are just three years away @ Upload VR
  3. Holographic Waveguides: what you need to know to understand the smartglasses market @ Upload VR
  4. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Lost Alpha Developer's Cut released @ Rock Paper Shotgun (I need to get out of here and go play that)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. All your Googles are belong to us: look out for the Google Docs phishing worm @ ArsTechnica
  2. How medieval Christian monks helped make the modern chicken @ New Atlas
  3. Robotic glockenspiel and hacked HDD's make music @ Hack A Day
  4. Video captures cuttlefish going wild in the wild @ New Atlas (I saw a pair of cuttlefish hunting in the wild once. Their intelligence was so obvious, I was momentarily dumbfounded)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. This pizza is made of cheese. And, yes, we're talking about the crust too @ latimes.com
  2. English village hosts annual cheese rolling championships @ Reuters

14 comments — Last by davidbowser at 3:41 PM on 05/05/17

Posted May 2, 2017


Truffles? No thanks. I'm already stuffed.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Mesh Wi-Fi performance benchmarks: eero vs. Google Wifi vs. Amplifi HD @ PC Perspective
  2. Kaby Lake motherboards at $140: MSI Z270 SLI Plus vs. ASRock Z270 Killer SLI @ AnandTech
  3. Kingston DCP1000 1.6TB NVMe SSD enthusiast report @ The SSD Review
  4. Asus ROG GR8 II mini gaming PC review @ TechSpot
  5. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X overclocked benchmark results at 4.1GHz @ Legit Reviews
  6. Reviews—Riotoro Onyx 650W PSU @ JonnyGuru
  7. MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard review @ HardOCP
  8. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 review @ Guru3D
  9. Cougar Megara headset review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. VRgluv is a fully funded force feedback glove on Kickstarter @ Upload VR
  2. Feature: the making of Micro Machines, the best racer on the NES @ Nintendo Life
  3. Nintendo unveils the Switch-killer [2DS XL] @ Quarter to Three

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Little eBay Tesla Coil gets an upgrade @ Hack A Day
  2. World's fastest film camera shoots at five trillion images per second @ New Atlas
  3. Wynd's air purifier has broad ambitions and a short reach @ TechCrunch
  4. Modern "Hackintoshes" show that Apple should probably just build a Mac tower @ Ars Technica

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Professor wins award for writing cheese encyclopedia @ usnews.com
  2. Light-equipped pillow waits for light sleep @ New Atlas (I think Zak needs to review this)
  3. Record high cheese stocks weigh on milk prices, but should they? @ fb.org (weigh? weigh? I am disappoint)

17 comments — Last by drfish at 8:30 AM on 05/03/17

Posted April 27, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. EK Supremacy MX CPU waterblock review @ PC Perspective
  2. Synology DS216 [NAS] review @ bit-tech
  3. Team Group T-FORCE CARDEA M.2 480GB SSD review @ Guru3D
  4. NZXT Kraken X52 all-in-one CPU liquid cooler review @ HardOCP
  5. Gigabyte AX370-Gaming 5 AM4 motherboard review @ Hardware Canucks
  6. Nixeus NX-VUE27P 1440P IPS monitor review @ Hardware Canucks
  7. Review: Adata SC660H external SSD @ Hexus
  8. Micron 5100 ECO and MAX SSD review @ HotHardware
  9. Roccat Isku+ Force FX analog keyboard review @ KitGuru (I'll keep waiting for the Aimpad)
  10. Intel Core i7-7700K versus AMD Ryzen 1700X 14 game CPU showdown @ Legit Reviews
  11. AMD Ryzen 5 1400 review @ TechSpot
  12. Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard review @ Tom's Hardware

Games and VR

  1. Samsung's Facesense recognizes facial expressions for VR navigation @ Upload VR
  2. Super Mario Happy Meal toys now available at McDonald's in the US @ Nintendo Life
  3. Tiny Worlds In Flasks lets you make cute scenes! @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  4. Sonic Forces gameplay vid shows new 3D side-hogging @ Rock Paper Shotgun (the 'Green Hill Zone' music is already stuck in my head)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Artificial womb to give premature babies a better start @ New Atlas
  2. New evidence suggests humans arrived in the Americas far earlier than thought @ npr
  3. A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices @ Ars Technica
  4. New drug-delivery method doubles duration of ibuprofen @ New Atlas (so much about modern medicine comes down to packaging)

Tech news and culture

  1. Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say @ Ars Technica
  2. Ask Slashdot: are accurate software development time predictions a myth? @ Slashdot
  3. Celebrating AnandTech's 20th Anniversary: 1997-2017 @ AnandTech (congrats guys!)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Cream cheese has a history wrapped in tin foil @ marketplace.org

16 comments — Last by tipoo at 2:54 PM on 04/30/17

Posted April 25, 2017

Much ado about Optane

  1. Intel Optane 3D XPoint memory review @ Tom's Hardware
  2. Intel Optane Memory review – 1.4GB/s speed & 300K IOPS for $44 @ The SSD Review
  3. Intel Optane Memory review – 32GB module with 3D Xpoint tested @ Legit Reviews
  4. Intel Optane Memory with 3D XPoint review: easy, robust PC acceleration @ HotHardware
  5. Intel Optane 32GB Memory module review @ Hardware Canucks
  6. The Intel Optane Memory (SSD) preview: 32GB of Kaby Lake caching @ AnandTech
  7. Intel Optane Memory 32GB review—faster than lightning @ PC Perspective (Flipper joke?)

PC hardware and computing

  1. Patriot Viper V760 keyboard review @ Tom's Hardware
  2. MSI Z270 SLI PLUS motherboard review @ Think Computers
  3. LG Ultrafine 5K review: 14.7 million pixels can't be wrong @ The Verge
  4. Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium 11 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  5. MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus 11 Gbps 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
  6. Falcon Northwest's Tiki is the sleek sports car of VR PCs @ TechCrunch
  7. Razer Blade (Kaby Lake Core i7) with Razer Core / GTX 1080 @ KitGuru
  8. Asus Zenbook 3 review (Intel i7 7500U) @ KitGuru
  9. Reviews—Seasonic Prime Platinum 650W @ JonnyGuru
  10. Review: PowerColor Radeon RX 570 Red Devil @ Hexus
  11. GIGABYTE AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard review @ HardOCP
  12. MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X Plus review @ Guru3D
  13. Cougar Immersa 300H headset review @ bit-tech
  14. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX technology review @ PC Perspective

Games and VR

  1. When will we investigate StarCraft for influencing a presidential election? @ Quarter to Three
  2. Rainway app promises 60fps streaming of PC games to consoles like the Nintendo Switch @ Nintendo Life
  3. VR research project uses electrical impulses for controller-free haptic feedback @ Upload VR (more like zaptic feedback)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Wet 'n' windy portable turbine spins up battery power off-grid @ New Atlas
  2. Naked mole-rats act like plants when they run out of air @ New Atlas
  3. Beekeepers' nuisance could offer solution to our plastic problem  @ New Atlas

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Scottie's Pizza Parlor eyes a world record with its 101-cheese pie @ oregonlive.com
  2. 3-Way Mechanical RGB keyboard battle @ TechSpot

25 comments — Last by tipoo at 9:25 AM on 04/27/17

Posted April 20, 2017

Radeon RX 500 series roundup

PC hardware and computing

  1. DAN Cases A4-SFX Crowdfunded Mini-ITX case review @ PC Perspective
  2. Origin Chronos review: the monster gaming PC that isn't monstrous @ The Verge
  3. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review @ TechSpot
  4. iFi Audio nano iDSD LE review @ TechPowerUp (watts up DAC?)
  5. Toshiba X300 6TB HDD review @ KitGuru
  6. Review: MSI Cubi 2 @ Hexus
  7. Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct CPU air cooler @ HardOCP
  8. Samsung's Gear VR controller makes mobile VR more immersive @ Engadget
  9. Antec Cube EKWB Edition [case] review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Hands-On: Facebook's new 24 lens camera turns real life into high quality VR @ Upload VR
  2. Nintendo to launch SNES Mini this year, reports Eurogamer @ Slashdot
  3. Micro Machines World Series shows off tabletop fight-o-racing @ Rock Paper Shotgun (remember-if-it-doesn't-say-Micro-Machines-it's-not-the-real-thing)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Photochromic eggs: not for breakfast @ Hack A Day
  2. Making tension-based furniture @ Hack A Day (loved this)
  3. New Atlas three-pack: A robotic cheetah, 3D printed space fabric, and medicinal frog slime
  4. This $400 appliance that squeezes juice out of a bag appears unnecessary @ Ars Technica (remember to smash your vegetables, kids)

Tech news and culture

  1. Microsoft's Skype is most used messaging service for cyber criminals, study finds @ Slashdot
  2. Tanium exposed hospital's IT while using its network in sales demos @ Ars Technica (oops, their bad)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. GRILLED CHEESE! Semi filled with 20K pounds of cheese bursts into flames in West Allis @ fox6new.com (this brakes my Havarti, I Camembert such news)

15 comments — Last by thedosbox at 12:44 PM on 04/21/17

Posted April 18, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. OBT Open Benchtable review: form and function (Streacom BC1) @ PC Perspective
  2. The MSI GT83VR Titan review: 1080 times 3 @   AnandTech
  3. Team Group T-Force Cardea SSD review @ Tom's Hardware
  4. MSI GS73 Stealth PRO-009 laptop review @ TechPowerUp
  5. HP Spectre x360 review: a near-perfect convertible that falls short on battery life @ Neowin
  6. AMD Ryzen 5 1500X overclocked benchmark results at 4.2GHz @ Legit Reviews
  7. MSI WS63 7RK mobile workstation review @ KitGuru
  8. Samsung CF791 34in Quantum Dot curved monitor review @ KitGuru
  9. Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB review @ HotHardware
  10. Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini review @ Guru3D
  11. Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review @ bit-tech
  12. LG's ultra-light Gram laptop has too many compromises @ Engadget
  13. Windows 10 Game Mode tested: minimal gains, unless you're unusually cruel to your PC @ Rock Paper Shotgun

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Honda's Miimo robotic lawn mower heads stateside @ New Atlas (still too expensive)
  2. Finally, NASA has its universe of images in one happy, searchable place @ Ars Technica
  3. Flying EYE is a 360-drone that broadcasts in 6K resolution @ Upload VR (for TR BBQ XXIV?)
  4. Swingin' robot made to watch crops from above @ New Atlas
  5. Hello Tatooine! An unpowered device can harvest water vapor in a desert @ Ars Technica (personally, I would have gone with a Dune windtrap comparison)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. This bank will take cheese as collateral @ The Washington Post
  2. Pi time—a fabric RGB Arduino clock @ Hack A Day
  3. Corsair K70 LUX RGB keyboard review @ Tom's Hardware
  4. Tt eSports Cronos Riing RGB 7.1 gaming headset review @ Legit Reviews
  5. Topre Realforce RGB keyboard (Seasonic) review @ Guru3D

12 comments — Last by chuckula at 7:06 AM on 04/19/17

Posted April 13, 2017

I picked up Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator last night and spent a couple hours fiddling with it. There are good times to be had there, and also a lot of potential to put some hurt on your PC. The battlefield I laid out with over 50,000 units made my i7-7700K cry. The frame rate sometimes dipped below 10 (even though my GTX 980 Ti was pretty "bored" much of the time). That said, performance was perfectly acceptable under less extreme circumstances, and the game is quite an entertaining sandbox to play in. I suspect it's also a great way to show off the computing prowess of some gerbils' shiny new eight-core CPUs. At any rate, there are certainly worse things to spend $15 on.


Zombies vs. knights, just what I've always wanted.

Ryzen 5 Roundup

  1. The Ryzen 5 review: 1600X and 1500X take on Core i5 @ PC Perspective
  2. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X vs Core i5 review: twelve threads vs four at $250 @ AnandTech
  3. Review: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1600X (14nm Zen) @ Hexus
  4. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (6C12T) CPU review @   KitGuru (Ryzen 5 1500X too)
  5. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6 GHz review @ TechPowerUp (Ryzen 5 1500X too)
  6. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU review @ Tom's Hardware
  7. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X review @ TechSpot
  8. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X processor reviews @ Legit Reviews
  9. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X processor review @ HotHardware
  10. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X performance review @ Hardware Canucks
  11. AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X review @ Guru3D
  12. AMD Ryzen 5 1500X review @ bit-tech
  13. AMD Ryzen 5 1600 & 1400 CPU review @ HardOCP

Other PC hardware and computing

  1. VIVO 24K 650W Gold power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. ECS LIVA Z Plus Kaby Lake vPro UCFF PC review @ AnandTech
  3. Asus ROG Gladius II mouse review @ KitGuru
  4. Bitspower Summit EF-X CPU waterblock review @ TechPowerUp
  5. Sager NP6852 gaming laptop review @ Tom's Hardware
  6. Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB memory kit review @ ThinkComputers
  7. Review: Philips Brilliance 349X7FJEW @ Hexus
  8. Asus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ROG Strix OC review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality releases April 20 For Rift and Vive @ Upload VR
  2. Snake Pass and the unexplored territory of the game controller @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. Gears of War 4 may finally end the mouse and keyboard versus controller debate @ Quarter To Three (debate?)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. In this ant species, 21% of the colony has major injuries from war @ Ars Technica
  2. AI wins $290,000 in Chinese poker competition @ BBC
  3. Fish migration tracked via DNA in the water @ New Atlas
  4. The world's two most powerful telescopes are glorious—and vulnerable @ Ars Technica (this was a great read)

Tech news and culture

  1. Burger King hijacks the Google Assistant, gets shut down by Google @ Ars Technica (shady!)
  2. Investigation finds inmates built computers, hid them in prison ceiling @ Slashdot
  3. Broadcasters put new ad-skipping restrictions on YouTube TV @ DSL Reports
  4. Google's Autodraw AI instantly converts your doodles to clip art @ New Atlas (it's like autocorrect for drawing)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Baderbräu brewery will start serving mac and cheese waffles and more on Wednesday @ eater.com (Chi-Town gerbils will need to tell us if this tastes as good as it sounds)

15 comments — Last by UberGerbil at 11:50 AM on 04/14/17

Posted April 11, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. Lian Li PC-Q17 WX Mini-ITX aluminum enclosure review @ PC Perspective
  2. Apacer Z280 NVMe M.2 SSD review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe M.2 SSD review @ Think Computers
  4. Asus ROG Swift PG258Q review @ TechSpot
  5. ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard review @      TechPowerUp
  6. MSI Z270i Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard review @   KitGuru
  7. Enermax Revolution SFX 650W PSU review @ JonnyGuru
  8. ASRock X370 Gaming Professional Fatal1ty review @ Guru3D
  9. Review: Cooler Master MasterAir Pro 4 @ Hexus
  10. Mistel Barocco MD600 split keyboard review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Minecraft finally creates its own money @ Quarter to Three
  2. Blizzard hints Nintendo Switch may not be powerful enough for Overwatch @ Ars Technica
  3. Crazy Fishing is absolutely ridiculous and you should totally play it @ Upload VR (clever, each species of fish is a different VR trope)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Volunteers find new system of four super-Earths within hours @ New Atlas
  2. Wirelessly charge your phone from high voltage power lines @ Hack A Day
  3. Adidas wants to sell 100,000 3-D printed sneakers @ Ars Technica (just don't step in dog poo)
  4. Boxfish reels in a high res, 360-degree underwater video camera @ New Atlas (yeah, I need one of these)

Tech news and culture

  1. Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT 'cowboys' ride into sunset @ Reuters
  2. Tesla tops GM by market value as investors see Musk as future @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Commodities: cheese prices drop, so does Domino's stock @ pizzamarketplace.com
  2. One more thing...

8 comments — Last by drfish at 8:01 PM on 04/11/17

Posted April 6, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. Nvidia Pascal Quadro roundup - P2000, P3000, P5000 tested @ PC Perspective
  2. ASRock X370 Gaming K4 ATX motherboard review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum gaming keyboard review @ Think Computers
  4. FinalMouse Scream One Second Edition review @ TechPowerUp
  5. Marshall's Monitor Bluetooth headphones are crisp but uncomfortable @ TechCrunch
  6. Drobo 5N2 5 Bay NAS reviewed @ SmallNetBuilder
  7. Review: Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 @ Hexus
  8. Gigabyte BRIX Review; a mini powerhouse? @ Hardware Canucks
  9. AMD Ryzen 7 memory and tweaking analysis review @ Guru3D
  10. Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 review @ bit-tech
  11. Mini-review: Asus cranks out another excellent $700 Ultrabook @ Ars Technica (Zenbook UX330UA)

Games and VR

  1. BioWare is fixing Mass Effect: Andromeda's thousand-yard stare @ Quarter to Three
  2. Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion overhauls engine @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. Microsoft formally bans emulators on Xbox, Windows 10 download shops @ Ars Technica
  4. SwitchCharge is a case which gives your Nintendo Switch 12 hours of stamina @ Nintendo Life (Indiegogo warning applies)
  5. Criminal: Lego City Undercover PC is utterly broken @ Rock Paper Shotgun (this is such a shame, everyone that never got a Wii U needs to play this now, hopefully it gets patched up)
  6. Tactical Haptics Deep Immersion VR controllers likely releasing in 2018 @ Upload VR (I tried last year's model at SVVR, it's very cool)

Science, hacks, makers and more New Atlas

  1. Lockheed Martin plans manned Mars Base Camp for 2028 @ New Atlas
  2. Airlander 10 airship gets outfitted for cushier landings @ New Atlas
  3. "Feces of youth" extends fish lifespan by 37 percent @ New Atlas (in my house, the "that would make a good band name" game has evolved into "that would make a good lipstick color"—just saying)
  4. NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins its final mission before plunging into Saturn @ Slashdot (I still remember kids at my high-school protesting Cassini's launch, because nuclear)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Reimagining Cottage Cheese @ wtnh.com (this demands a pun contest in the comments)
  2. G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB DDR4-3200MHz @ KitGuru
  3. Here's exactly how much you're overpaying for that slice of cheese on your hamburger @ marketwatch.com (those muensters!)

22 comments — Last by Krogoth at 4:49 PM on 04/07/17

Posted April 4, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. ASUS Strix Z270E gaming motherboard review @ PC Perspective
  2. Dell P2418HT 24-inch Touchscreen monitor review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. WD Black PCIe NVMe SSD review (512GB) @ The SSD Review
  4. Unicomp Ultra Classic keyboard review @ TechSpot
  5. AMD Ryzen memory analysis: 20 apps & 17 games, up to 4K @ TechPowerUp
  6. HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset review @ KitGuru
  7. Building your own DIY surveillance system with Synology DiskStation @ HotHardware
  8. Review: BenQ W1210ST short-throw gaming projector @ Hexus
  9. ECC memory & AMD's Ryzen - a deep dive @ Hardware Canucks
  10. Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 review @ Guru3D
  11. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
  12. Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review @ Guru3D

Games and VR

  1. Art in the age of ones and zeros: Minecraft Art @ New Atlas
  2. 'Rock Band VR' is the dorkiest game ever and I love it @ Engadget
  3. Megaquarium – a theme park management with FISH! @ Rock Paper Shotgun (um, yes please)
  4. Why F.E.A.R.'s AI is still the best in first-person shooters @ Rock Paper Shotgun (this just makes me miss NOLF)

Science, hacks, makers and New Atlas

  1.  Adobe advances AI-driven photo retouching @ New Atlas
  2. Festo eyes pick and pack future with eerie tentacle gripper @ New Atlas
  3. Real-life Iron Man jet suit requires superhuman strength @ New Atlas
  4. Water landings won't worry this inflatable drone @ New Atlas (I made a doghouse like this once)

Tech news and culture

  1. Yahoo+AOL = Oath? LOL OMG WTF @ Ars Technica
  2. Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card @ TechCrunch
  3. Netflix now lets you download videos onto your PC @ Slashdot
  4. Musk trolls shorts as Tesla's value hits record, passes Ford @ Slashdot
  5. SpaceX launches, lands its "flight proven" rocket @ Ars Technica

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. This is not a joke: Elon Musk once rocketed a wheel of cheese into space @ Business Insider

40 comments — Last by Wirko at 10:37 AM on 04/05/17

Posted March 30, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. Ashes of the Singularity gets Ryzen performance update @ PC Perspective
  2. ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac ATX motherboard review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 case review @ Think Computers
  4. Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct review @ TechPowerUp
  5. Logitech BRIO review: The best webcam you can buy @ Neowin
  6. Samsung EVO Plus 128GB MicroSDXC memory card review @ Legit Reviews
  7. Seasonic PRIME 850W Platinum PSU review @ KitGuru
  8. Review: Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 @ Hexus
  9. ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 motherboard review @ Hardware Canucks
  10. Two more retail Ryzen 7 1700 overclock tested @ HardOCP
  11. MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X review @ Guru3D
  12. Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 review @ Guru3D

Games and VR

  1. Videogame Hall of Fame finalists @ Blue's News (Microsoft Windows Solitaire?)
  2. Video games may protect mental health and avert trauma, addiction @ Ars Technica
  3. Saber-rattling makes a comeback in Civilization VI @ Quarter to Three (time for another go?)
  4. Warner Bros issues full statement regarding Lego City: Undercover install confusion @ Nintendo Life (my wife can't wait to play this again on the PC next week)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. 2017: The year of the dishwasher security patch @ Hack A Day (or not, as it turns out)
  2. Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin @ Ars Technica
  3. World's largest dinosaur footprints discovered in Western Australia @ The Guardian
  4. Domino's to deploy pizza delivery robots in Europe @ New Atlas (science? hacks? culture? cheese? who can say for sure?)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Kraft Heinz introduces oven baked macaroni & cheese item @ nasdaq.com
  2. Virtual lemonade teleports taste into plain old water @ New Atlas (yes, RGB LEDs are involved)

8 comments — Last by rechicero at 6:14 AM on 03/31/17

Posted March 28, 2017

PC hardware and computing

  1. AOC AGON AG352UCG monitor review @ TFT Central (35", 3440x1440, VA, 100 Hz, G-Sync)
  2. SilverStone SFX-L 800W Titanium PSU review @ PC Perspective
  3. EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G3 PSU review @ Tom's Hardware
  4. AMD Ryzen—single-rank versus dual-rank DDR4 memory performance @ Legit Reviews
  5. Asus Crosshair VI Hero review @ Guru3D
  6. Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero (X370) motherboard review @ KitGuru
  7. Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti OC (O11G) 11GB review @ KitGuru
  8. Seasonic Prime Platinum 1200W review @ JonnyGuru
  9. BenQ W1210ST projector review @ bit-tech
  10. Thermal image testing on AMD X370 motherboards by Asus, Gigabyte and MSI @ Legit Reviews

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Concept system puts cyborg turtles under mind control @ New Atlas
  2. Can poo-scooping drones do away with left-behind doggie doo? @ New Atlas
  3. NASA developing drones to take to Martian skies @ New Atlas
  4. It came from MRRF: True color 3D printing & The infinite build volume printer

Tech news and culture

  1. Not the worst thing you'll see all week: Rick and Morty @ Quarter to Three
  2. Elon Musk is setting up a company that will link brains and computers @ Ars Technica
  3. Hollywood producer blames Rotten Tomatoes for convincing people not to see his movie @ Slashdot (I think that's how it's supposed to work)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Review: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GB DDR4-3200 @ Hexus
  2. Pizza toppings are dumb and they're ruining your pizza @ thrillist.com (all you need is cheese)
  3. These fourth graders are lobbying Wisconsin to make cheese an official state symbol @ foodandwine.com (how is this not already the case?)

30 comments — Last by short_fuze at 10:15 AM on 03/29/17