DDR4 Roundup
16GB DDR4 Memory Roundup


Blackberry KEYone Black Ed.

Linksys EA9300
Linksys EA9300 Router

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

Tuesday Cooling Collection

SilverStone HE01 CPU Cooler - HardwareSecrets --=-- Aerocool Touch-2000 - HardwareLook --=-- Be Quiet! Shadow Wings Series Fan - eTeknix --=-- SilverStone AP Series Air Penetrator Case Fan - HiTechLegion --=-- Corsair H100 CPU Water Cooler - TechwareLabs --=-- Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler - HardwareSecrets --=-- Corsair Air Series AF & SP Cooling Fans - TweakTown


Windows 8 Gaming Performance

Windows 8 is a lot different than previous versions of Windows and TechPowerUp has a look to see how it handles gaming.  They want to find out the difference (good or bad) between gaming on Win8 vs. Win7 in terms of overall performance and also look at AMD vs NVIDIA driver support.

Windows 8 is more than a new operating system with a new user-interface. It is based on the new Windows 6.2 kernel and comes with a new driver model; in particular, a new display driver model (WDDM 1.2). The new DDM changes the way software interacts with graphics hardware, meaning that Windows 8 could have a different graphics performance from Windows 7.


Graphics Card Collection


Off-Site Contests

If you want to try your luck at winning some decent gear, check out eTeknix as they are giving away a new iPad, a SilverStone Fortress FT03-MINI chassis and a QNAP TS-219P II.

TheSSDReview kicks off some Mega SSD Giveaway with the OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD for those of you that want a big chunk of storage for free.


Video Game Releases & Reviews

ShackNews kicks off the first week of September with their video game release list of the week and this weel, it's pretty much all about downloads.  Check out these titles and expansion packs if you need some fresh entertainment.

PC

  • Closure (download)
  • Inquisitor (download - $15)
  • Shad'O (download)
  • The Sims 3 Supernatural

360

  • Dogfight 1942 (XBLA)
  • Mark of the Ninja (XBLA)

PS3

  • Suzuki TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing Championship (PS2 Classic)
  • Zen Pinball 2 (PSN)

PSV

  • Zen Pinball 2 (PSN)

3DS

  • Balloon Pop Remix (eShop - $8)
  • Heyawake by Nikoli (eShop - $8)

NDS

  • Crazy Hunter (DSiWare - $5)

If you're looking for a game that has been reviewed, we've got a few of those for you as well.  Skyrim - Dawnguard for the PC is at eTeknixHardwareHeaven looks at F1 2012 and Guild Wars 2 - both for the PC.  TweakTown spends some time playing Sleeping Dogs on their Xbox 360 while Techgage enjoys CrazyQuest for iOSXSReviews wraps this up with their look at Orcs Must Die! 2.  I'm sure what with all of those game options, you'll find something worth playing!


Bruce Willis Sues Apple - Yippie Ki-Yay...

Bruce Willis is looking at some legal options and thinking about suing Apple after he read their terms of service.  The Die Hard actor wants to leave his music collection to his children when he passes away, but according to Apple - all of the music he has must be destroyed when he dies.  That makes sense... or not.  TheNextWeb has more information.

Once Willis passes away though, those tunes become effectively worthless, according to the Terms and Conditions for Apple’s iTunes store, which describe a “nontransferable license.”


Odds & Ends

As we wrap up the news for this Labor Day, we've got a few odds and ends to share.

Genius G-Shot HD575T Digital Camcorder - TechwareLabs --=-- Galaxy S 3 Hands-On - TechReport --=-- Pivos XIOS DS Media Play! Android Media Player - TweakTown --=-- Archos 101 XS - HardwareHeaven --=-- Nokia Lumia 710 Cell Phone - HardwareSecrets --=-- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - HardwareHeaven


Video games turn 40

This week marks the 40th birthday of video games thanks to the Magnavox Odyssey shipping sometime around this week (exact date is unknown). While not the best known, the Magnavox Odyssey was the first to allow people to play video games on their home TV set. Gamasutra has the full story as well as some old clips of the system from back in 1973.

Home video games are officially 40 years old.

More specifically, the first sale of a home video game system in the world happened somewhere at or around this day, August 28, 1972, though pinning down an exact date is more than likely impossible.

The first home video game system, the Odyssey, was sold by television manufacturer Magnavox, based on patented technology developed in secrecy at a military defense contractor (yes, really). That technology was the brainchild of German-born American Ralph Baer, an engineer and inventor who holds what is probably the first degree in Television Engineering, issued to him by the American Television Institute of Technology in 1949.


Samsung is prepared for the worst

After last weeks court ruling it was found that Samsung was infringing on some of Apple's patents and that might prevent them from selling some of their most popular phones in the the USA. Samsung isn't giving up the fight and will appeal the decision, but they have come out this week and said they are prepared for the worst and will modify their phones if need be to avoid having them banned in the USA. BGR has more details.

Samsung on Tuesday confirmed that it is willing to modify its smartphones if it cannot successfully fight Apple’s request to have them banned in the United States. After managing a big win in its trial against Samsung, Apple made an initial request with the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California to ban eight smartphones including the Galaxy S II. Samsung plans to fight the request but if the company is unsuccessful, it confirmed that it is willing to modify the devices in order to avoid sales bans.


People don't want a Windows Phone

In the weeks leading up to the expected unveiling of the new Windows Phone 8, Bernstein Research has conducted a survey into why the Windows Phone platform isn't selling. Basically they've concluded that people don't want a Windows Phone and despite multiple attempts from multiple companies they just haven't been able to sell them in the quantities that Google and Apple have been able to. This probably isn't what Nokia or Microsoft want to hear but BGR has all the details if you want to hear all about it.

“Our research shows that for many years, poor sales of Windows-based phones stem from a deep and stable lack of consumer interest for the product,” Ferragu wrote. “Despite numerous and repeated efforts of manufacturers (Nokia, but also Samsung  and HTC and Operators to develop an alternative to Android and Apple based on Windows, and despite the launch of numerous phones based on Windows with strong features, reviews and marketing support, the operating system remains cornered to less than 5% market share in smartphones.”


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