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Alienware Alpha “Console” Now Shipping


If you can remember months ago, Steam Machines were being developed and tested. Dell and Alienware were slated to develop a SteamOS-based console, but decided to also make a standalone console as well. The Alienware Alpha is said console, but it is closer related to a small form factor PC than the PS4 and Xbox One. It was announced earlier ... Read More »

Canadian PC Build: The Gretzky


I’m a Canadian. Lived here all my life. So take it from me when I say prices for PC components get crazy up here. Like Australia, not a lot of PC stuff ships through Amazon, but we’re lucky enough to have a bunch of other PC stores. So we’ll be using a combination of those as well as where ... Read More »

New from Nokia; N1 Tablet and Z Launcher.


Yesterday Nokia tweeted the picture of a mysterious black box, and told us to wait a day for some big news. Today we discovered the contents of the box; the Nokia N1, an android based tablet. This device is a strange Hail Mary for the Finish tech company that once bragged about being the largest mobile phone vendor worldwide.  Last ... Read More »

Intel announces S2600TP Server Family


Today, Intel announced the S2600TP family of dual socket servers targeted at high-performance computing, cloud and data storage solutions, which support the Xeon E5-2600 V3 processor line. Read More »

Anonymous vs. KKK


Internet group Anonymous has taken over the twitter account of the Ku Klux Klan, a USA white supremacy group. The story stems from Ferguson Missouri, where in August of this year Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer named Darren Wilson.  This event has led to civil unrest in the form of ... Read More »

German PC Build: The Panzer!


Last week, I did an Australia PC build, and had a bit of trouble because of the lack of Amazon, and some crazy prices. This week, we’ll be looking at a German PC Build, known affectionately as The Panzer! Because it will be a tank and mash through everything at this price range. Once again, we’ll be having a ~700 ... Read More »

Unreal Turing Test – What the BotPrize teaches us about advanced NPC behaviour


The Turing test, named after the pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, remains an important philosophical and technical benchmark applied to the question of what exactly artificial intelligence could mean and how it could appear to us. In it’s simplest form, if a program could hold its end of a conversation with a human being, convincing that person that it is ... Read More »

Australian Computer Build: The Kangaroo


So for November, we’re going to be doing different computers for different areas of the world, starting with Australia. First thing I noticed was a lack of parts on Amazon Australia, which saddened me, so the Amazon links will be American, and the other links will be Australian. Which sucks, but at least any of our Australian readers will still ... Read More »

The Windows 8 Userbase is Catching Up with XP


NetMarketShare recently released the October statistics for operating systems, and it seems that Windows 8 is on its way to passing XP in total number of users. Of Windows 8.1 alone, the market share has leapt from 6.7% last September to 10.9% October. Combine that with the 5.88% of Windows 8 users who haven’t downloaded the 8.1 update, which brings ... Read More »

Virtual Reality and the Future of Survival Horror


Horror is back in vogue. Triple A titles like The Evil Within, Aliens Isolation, and the upcoming Silent Hills have put the genre back in the spotlight, along with indie titles like slender and outlast. It’s not that gamers have rediscovered how much the like to be scared, but rather that developers are using new design approaches and technological platforms ... Read More »