We previously saw strong signs that Microsoft was working on a "game mode" for Windows 10, but it wasn't exactly clear what that mode would do. Microsoft has since provided some details, via platform engineering head Mike Ybarra.
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We had a close look at Dell's new "2-in-1" 13-inch XPS notebook a few days ago. It's mostly the same as Dell's standard XPS 13, with the biggest difference being its ability to become a tablet. Previously, only US pricing was available, but now the product is up on Dell's Australian site and well, the mark-up isn't pretty.
Advances in regular hard drive tech are still very important, especially in the enterprise space. No, James Kirk doesn't need more gigabytes to keep his extraterrestrial porn collection — but the cloud does need more bits to hold your dirty pictures and videos and the odd work document. And so, we now have drives filled with helium.
As an extremely compact computing board, you can probably guess the $US5 Raspberry Pi Zero isn't going to scream through the benchmarks. But how exactly does it fare against its competitors (and siblings)? We need numbers, stat!
Briefly: The patent trolls strike again! Minero Digital LLC, a shell company with ties to the patent-holding giant Intellectual Ventures, is taking Wal-Mart, Best Buy and two dozen other companies to court over USB hubs. Minero demands the companies pay royalties on said hubs, based on a patent it acquired from IV in April, 2015.
Depending on how much you like your hobbies, you'll be prepared to spend a good deal of cash on them. Think you'll like flying drones? $2000 for a DJI Phantom 3 Professional and you're set. Think you'll like snapping photos? Prepare to drop a couple of grand on a good DSLR or mirrorless camera and a couple of grand more on lenses. In that context, Razer's pro-grade podcasting and Twitch streaming mic seems affordable. At $399, it's pricy, but you get what you pay for.
Gaming is more popular than ever these days, and if you want the most versatile gaming experience you're better off playing on a PC. Not only do you get the option of incredible graphics, there are a whole bunch of different ways to actually play everything. If you're looking for some gear to get you started on PC, or to improve your existing gaming experience, then look no further.
Intel's integrated GPUs have never been fast performers, but in the last few years they've gone from being utterly terrible to kind-of competitive with NVIDIA and AMD's low-end mobile stuff. The trend looks to continue with Intel's Skylake architecture which, according to leaked slides, could have up to 40 per cent better 3D performance than Broadwell.