GDC Wrapup

If you couldn't make it to the Game Developers Conference this year, you may have missed out on a few different announcements. There weren't tons of HUGE announcements, but there were a few things that are really cool and worth checking out. This year VR was big (again), although we've yet to really see it's success in the mainstream market. AR is also showing it's face more and more, and this has more application I believe. Check out the video at the link below.

Over the course of the week, we covered the latest developments from the gaming world, which included major announcements by Oculus and Microsoft on the alternative-reality front. But that wasn't all: Independent games are always a major part of GDC and this year was no exception, as demonstrated by the massive Indie Megabooth.

Source: Engadget

Weekly Tech Update #393 - Nintendo Sets Records

We have just posted up Episode #393 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Lenovo is bringing Motorola back, RadioShack was back but might not be for long, and the Nintendo Switch is setting records.We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Streaming TV surpasses Pay TV

Streaming TV has hit a milestone, they've finally surpassed the number of people who are using "Pay TV" services (cable, satellite, etc.). 68% of Americans now subscribe to a streaming video service compared to 67% who subscribe to some sort of traditional TV service. Obviously there are quite a few who subscribe to both, but it just goes to show how popular streaming TV has become. The Consumerist has more on the new numbers.

It’s been about two years since America’s major cable companies started seeing their internet service customers outnumber their pay-TV subscribers, and now a new survey claims that streaming video subscriptions in the U.S. have overtaken cable and satellite subscriptions.

This is according to the Consumer Technology Association — formerly the Consumer Electronics Association, the huge trade group behind CES International and other shows — which says that the results of its latest study show that 68% of Americans are subscribed to some sort of streaming video service, putting it a hair’s breadth ahead of the 67% of the country subscribed to a pay-TV package.

Ryzen 5

AMD's Ryzen 7 CPUs have been received very well thanks to comparable performance to the competition at half the price. Ryzen is now showing off their Ryzen 5 CPUs which features 4 cores (8 threads) for the $169 price range and up to 6 cores (12 threads) for $249. It'll be interesting to see how the mid-range consumers react to a new option in the CPU market but from the sounds of it the performance increase in comparison to the competition should at least get AMD some consideration. Arstechnica has more details.

There are four Ryzen 5 parts launching on April 11. At the top end is the R5 1600X: 6 cores, 12 threads, with a base of 3.6GHz and a turbo of 4.0GHz, for $249. Below that is the $219 1600. It has the same core and thread count but cuts clock speeds to 3.2/3.6GHz. At the bottom end are a pair of 4-core, 8-thread parts: the $169 1400 at 3.2/3.4GHz, and the $189 1500X at 3.5/3.7GHz.

The chips will continue to use the AM4 socket and will be compatible with all the same chipsets and motherboards as the R7s.

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front


The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.


The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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