The TR Podcast 94: Dorm PCs and playing with blocks

Plus a slew of gaming news, the biggest news of the week, and more
— 9:56 PM on August 21, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: August 21, 2011
Time: 1:24:05

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior


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Despite civil unrest percolating in the Kansas City area, our own Scott Wasson is safe, sound, and back from a great time hanging with the TR readership at the Tech Report BBQ 2011. After we get the scoop on Scott's trip to the shores of Lake Michigan, we cover two major news items: HP sending shockwaves through the tech industry by signaling its intent to spin off its PC business and nix its WebOS devices, and Google acquiring Motorola Mobility. Then, it's an in-depth look at our latest TR system guide, which includes a back-to-school Dorm PC and a selection of laptops and tablets for students.

The second half of the show is all gaming news and discussion. We examine how tessellation is used (for better or worse) in Crysis 2, new footage from Battlefield 3 that has us even more excited, Valve's announcement of a Counter-Strike sequel, Borderlands 2, and in-game footage from Guild Wars 2.

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Tech discussion:

    TR BBQ 2011: the aftermath! - (0:05:01) - Read more

    Bloomberg: HP set to spin off PC division - (0:10:04) - Read more - more

    Google to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion - (0:20:17) - Read more

    TR's back-to-school system guide - (0:29:40) - Read more - SSD bug fix - CPU software upgrades

    Crysis 2 tessellation: too much of a good thing? - (0:52:39) - Read more

    Battlefield 3 trailer showcases stunning multiplayer combat - (1:09:53) - Read more

    It's official: No Battlefield 3 on Steam - (1:12:23) - Read more

    EA offers free game with Origin pre-orders for Battlefield 3 - (1:13:42) - Read more

    Valve announces Counter-Strike sequel - (1:14:59) - Read more - more

    Gearbox teases Borderlands 2 - (1:18:53) - Read more

    Guild Wars 2 trailer loaded with in-game footage - (1:20:05) - Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.TR

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