ET deals: 15% off Lenovo ThinkPad T540p laptop with high resolution LCD December 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm
fter watching the last couple iterations of the famed ThinkPad lineup contain few changes or enhancements beyond the new processors, we are excited to see a complete refresh and the first sizeable discount to boot. The T540p replaces the outgoing T530 and brings a lot of new stuff to the table.
Chinese rover begins its journey to monetize the moon (with video) December 27, 2013 at 9:28 am
China’s first lunar lander makes the country just one of three to ever drive on the Moon, but the world’s second-greatest power has goals beyond pure exploration and science.
Nvidia’s GameWorks program usurps power from developers, end-users, and AMD December 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm
The GameWorks program offers access to Nvidia’s CUDA development tools, GPU profiling software, and other developer resources. One of the features of GameWorks is a set of optimized libraries that developers can use to implement certain effects in game. Unfortunately, these same libraries also tilt the performance landscape in Nvidia’s favor in a way that neither developers nor AMD can prevent.
Smoother-than-expected electrons could mean rethinking particle physics December 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
The shape of electrons could mean a big headache for physicists who have been hoping supersymmetry would fill in the gaps of the standard model.
Avegant Glyph: A 3D VR headset that beams the display directly onto your retina December 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm
A new challenger has appeared in the wearable computing arena, and this one has cut out the display aspect entirely, opting to send its images directly to your eyes.
Kickstarter and early access games are ruining PC gaming December 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm
As Steam, Humble Bundle — and soon, Valve hopes, the Steam Machine — continue to bring PC gaming to the forefront of in-home entertainment, the indie gaming scene is as popular as it has ever been. Still, though, indie developers need funding, and both Kickstarter and early access games have risen to prominence as the most popular ways to push a game through development. Unfortunately, both methods of funding are ruining PC gaming.
How to get a PS4 today, and our PS4 stock tracker December 24, 2013 at 11:39 am
This morning, as clocks around the world ticked over to November 15 2013, Sony kicked off the eighth generation of console gaming by releasing the PlayStation 4. If you pre-ordered a PS4, the mailman hopefully delivered it this morning. If you managed to reserve a PS4 at GameStop or Best Buy, you can casually pick your console up at any point today. If you haven’t pre-ordered or reserved a PS4, though, you can still buy a PS4 today, on launch day. Read on to find out how.
Christmas lights, nerd style: 22,000 remotely controlled lights, connected to the internet via Linux December 24, 2013 at 10:36 am
What do you get if you combine Christmas, jury-rigged electronics, 22,000 lights, over a dozen inflatables, webcams, and custom server software running on a Linux server? Alek Komarnitsky’s controllable Christmas lights, of course! Every year, Alek — who is one of the world wide web’s most infamous OGs — lights up his house with 22,000 lights and over a dozen inflatables, and then lets strangers on the internet control them all via a gaudy website. Why? To raise money for research into celiac disease, which his kids were diagnosed with a few years ago.
ET deals: 20% off HP Spectre 13t convertible ultrabook with free RAM upgrade December 24, 2013 at 9:11 am
For a starting price of only $800 after the coupon, you get a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD, and a (rare) free upgrade to 8GB of RAM. There are a ton of standard features like 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, HD webcam, backlit keyboard, and more. A comparable Yoga 2 Pro would cost around the $1000, making the Spectre a bargain.
PS4 sales accelerate towards Christmas, beating the Xbox One by almost 2-to-1 December 24, 2013 at 8:43 am
It has now been six weeks since Sony’s PS4 exploded onto the scene, kicking off the eighth generation of game consoles, and just over a month since Microsoft’s plucky Xbox One joined the fray. It’s now high time to take a look at which console is faring better. While both consoles hit one million sales on launch day, the PS4 hit the two-million mark well ahead of the Xbox One, and now early figures from Ebay indicate that the PS4 is pulling away, with almost two PS4s being sold for every Xbox One. It’s looking more and more like the PlayStation 4 is cruising towards an easy victory.
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