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Steam passed Xbox Live

Steam has hit 65 Million active users which now puts them ahead of Xbox Live when it comes to active users and shows a 30% rise for Steam in the past year. This is a very interesting stat as PC gaming has been written off for a few years now, yet Steam has managed to grow anyways. The Verge has all the numbers over here.

Steam now has more than 65 million active accounts. The figure marks a 30 percent rise in players over the last year. The video game digital-download platform also boasts daily peak concurrent users of more than 6 million.

Luxa2 @ CES 2014

We took at a look at some of the mobile products from Luxa2 and saw that they have embraced Qi wireless charging in ways that we wish other companies would. They have a few really nifty products and you can check them out in our CES 2014 coverage!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Monoprice at CES 2015 - More than just cables

CES 2015 continues to roll on and today we had the chance to stop by and see the folks at Monoprice and some of their new products they've introduced for the upcoming year. Monoprice was at one time best know for their cables and accessories, but they've continued to add new products, lots and lots of new products. Monoprice was proudly showing off their new 28" 60Hz 4K monitor. There have been a good number of 4k monitors hitting the market in recent months, however, Monoprice is offering theirs for $499 USD which is going to be tough to beat. 

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In addition to Monoprice's new 28" 4K monitor, they were also showing off their 30" 2560x1440 which retails for about the same money. This panel has higher quality color reproduction which justifies the higher price-per-pixel.

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Why the Amazon Fire Phone Flopped

A couple years ago Amazon started making rumors that they were going to make their very own smartphone and people got excited. People were excited until they saw the price tag (~$650) and then that excitement quickly disappeared as people were hoping that Amazon would be delivering a good phone at a reasonable price. Amazon has been struggling to move the Fire Phone for the past year and have tried to bundle it with other services and even lower the price a little but neither has been enough to get people excited again. The article over at CNET isn't so much of a breaking news story but more of a "of course it flopped" reminder.

There are times when being the first person with a new gadget will elicit cheers and envy -- like outside New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store, surrounded by applauding salespeople, curious fans and gawking media.

Then there's buying the Amazon Fire Phone.

Linux vs. Windows 10 Shadow of Mordor Performance

The alternative OS guys have put together an interesting benchmark that puts Microsoft's latest OS (Windows 10) up against Ubuntu Linux. The game they are playing fully supports Linux and it is interesting to see how a completely free-forever OS can hold up to the big guys. Of course what they don't show is the painful installation that graphics card drivers can be. Windows 10 is pretty fast - when compared to Ubuntu at least.

When your quote about Linux is "At least the NVIDIA Linux driver is able to run this game..." That's not a good sign.

As the graphical quality increased, the Windows performance advantage didn't decrease but continued running much faster than Ubuntu 15.04 Linux with the stable NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver. At least the NVIDIA Linux driver is able to run this game without frightening issues compared to the AMD Catalyst driver.

Source: Phoronix

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