"Mini desktops are a growing market, but so far it's a market that Intel has had the run of. The company's own "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC) and efforts like Gigabyte's Brix Pro are diminutive but much more capable than the wimpy "nettops" of yesteryear... Now it's time for AMD to get in on the fun. The company sent us two Gigabyte mini PCs that are roughly the same size as the Intel versions, but these machines use AMD A8 chips instead of Intel ones.
"Leading international retailer Wal-Mart has recently opened a new trade-in program allowing consumers to trade-in select gaming consoles and games for in-store credit. Wal-Mart’s new trade-in program gives consumers the opportunity to trade-in unwanted games and consoles for store credit, while also throwing a direct punch at GameStop’s similar trade-in initiatives."
"A new study carried out in Canada has revealed what most internet junkies knew already – trolls are sick.
The study found that one in twenty internet users deliberately engage in trolling. They exhibit classic traits of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism and Machievellianism. The study was published in ScienceDirect and it covered 1,215 people.
Unsurprisingly it found that those who identified themselves as trolls were sadistic, as they enjoyed to watching their victims suffer. They were also willing to manipulate people and many simply lacked empathy."
"Although Google Glass doesn’t provide augmented reality, that doesn’t mean gaming is out of the question. In a recent post to its Glass developer blog, Google details concepts for Glass-friendly games in an effort to nudge app-makers into the gaming territory. “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” Google says in its post. “We hacked together five simple games that experiment with the unique features of Glass and demonstrate some of the possibilities for gaming.”
"In what seems the never ending patch saga for DICE’s Battlefield 4, new patches have been pushed out for the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. As you might guess, these patches again address stability and balance issues. They also seem to swat more bugs which is always a good thing."
"While it must be disappointing news for those internationally that the 300 Steam Machine beta boxes will be confined to the U.S. only, it's not all bad. Friday the 13th will bring some good fortunes to those who want to take the SteamOS software for a spin, as Valve will make it downloadable tomorrow."
"Sony is the first OEM to respond, claims only 1 percent of consoles experience defects." "The $399 USD PS4 launched last Friday and almost instantly reports of broken consoles started popping up. Sony, to its credit, responded relatively quickly, saying that some consoles had shipped broken and it would be working with customers to replace these models. Chinese language nternet posters claiming to be employees of Hon Hai Precision Industry Comp. Ltd.
"AMD has released a new version of its Catalyst Beta graphics driver, the Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.4. The new driver will improve Crossfire scaling in the recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts game as well as fix some other issues seen in some other games and may fix the recently reported problems with some Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards."
"Valve just announced the first part of its living room strategy with SteamOS, a free Linux-based operating system that takes the ‘Big Picture’ feature one step further. In addition to playing your game collection, SteamOS allows you to watch movies and listen to music.
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