Deals for August 20th - 240GB OCZ Agility 3 for $140

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 20, 2012 - 11:34 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, ocz, ssd

These deals on SSDs just keep getting more and more insane.  With today's top deal you can get a 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA 6G SSD for $140 after a $20 MIR.  That is $0.58/GB - close to a record in our books!

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Top Deal

240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD AGT3-25SAT3-240G) for $140 with free shipping (normally $250).

Laptops

18.4" Alienware M18x Core i7-2670QM Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD & Dual 2GB GeForce GTX 580M NVIDIA SLI for $2,068 with free shipping (normally $3,018 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R (5720) 3rd Gen Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $750 with free shipping (normally $1,039 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.6" Dell Vostro 3560 Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift Card for $649 with free shipping (normally $779).

15.6" HP ENVY 6t Core i5-2467M 1.4GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 32GB mSSD for $675 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" HP ENVY 4t Core i3-2367M 1.3GHz Dual-core Sleekbook w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $575 with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

Dell Inspiron 620 Intel G630 2.7GHz Dual-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $330 with free shipping (normally $524 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell Vostro 260s Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 21.5" LCD Monitor, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse and $100 Gift Card for $499 with free shipping (normally $699 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics & 24" UltraSharp U2412M LCD Monitor for $980 with free shipping (normally $1,319 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

23" HP ENVY 23-1050t Core i5-3450S 2.8GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge 1080p All-in-one PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & Blu-ray for $900 with free shipping (normally $1,100 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

23.6" Hanns-G HK241DPB 5ms 1080p LCD Monitor for $140 (normally $170).

21.5" HP L2201X Ultra-slim 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $122 (normally $150).

Peripherals

240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD AGT3-25SAT3-240G) for $140 with free shipping (normally $250).

64GB Centon DataStick Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $30 (normally $40)

Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner for $39 with free shipping (normally $70).

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System w/ Bluetooth Adapter for $185 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell 1250c Laser Printer/Toner/Cable Bundle for $383 with free shipping (normally $480).

Gaming:

24" Sony PlayStation 1080p 3D LCD Monitor Bundle (includes 3D Glasses, HDMI cable, MotorStorm Apocalypse) for $200 with free shipping (normally $300).

Home Entertainment:

55" Samsung UN55EH6000 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $1,170 with free shipping (normally $1,600).

46" Samsung UN46ES7500 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV + Wall Mount for $1,483 with free shipping (normally $1,999).

46" Samsung UN46EH5300 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + $200 Gift Card for $850 with free shipping (normally $930).

D-Link MovieNite Streaming Player for $38.00 (normally $60).

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $105 with free shipping (normally $145 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

Live Review Recap: GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | August 16, 2012 - 08:45 PM |
Tagged: video, nvidia, live review, live, kepler, gtx 660 Ti, GK104

A PC Perspective Live Review Recap is a recorded version of a previously live streamed event from http://pcper.com/live.  If you couldn't make the original air time, or simply want to re-watch, the on-demand version is provided below!

Today has been a busy day for the PC Perspective crew.  Not only have we published like 100 graphics card reviews in the last three days but we also held a live event at the offices to host NVIDIA's Tom Petersen to discuss and debate the release of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti.

If you need to catch up, you should check out our GeForce GTX 660 Ti review posted earlier today to learn all about this $299 GPU that offers very compelling performance that competes with the HD 7950 and leaves the HD 7870 a fairly distant second.  Based on the same GK104 chip as the GTX 680 and the GTX 670, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should find a lot of new homes this week.

For this event we not only gave a short presentation with some demos and review discussion, we also featured questions from the hardware subreddit and gave away an EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti to a lucky viewer! 

Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more events and contests and the best reviews anywhere on PC hardware!!

Deals for August 16th - AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB for $360

Subject: Editorial | August 16, 2012 - 06:03 PM |
Tagged: deal of the day, amd, 7970, tahiti

Top Deal

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 Video Card w/four PC Games for $360 (normally $430 - coupon code on LogicBuy)

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Laptops

18.4" Alienware M18x Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core 1080p Laptop w/ 4GB RAM, 750GB 7200RPM HDD & 2GB Dual Radeon HD 6990M CrossFireX Graphics for $1,999 with free shipping (normally $2,618 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge Dual-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1080p LCD, 2GB GeForce GT 650M for $850 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

15.6" Samsung Series 3 (NP305E5A-A05US) AMD A6-3420M 1.5GHz Quad-core Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $400 (normally $530).

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual-core Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $500 with free shipping (normally $700 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

13.3" Dell XPS 13 Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Dual-core Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,100 with free shipping (normally $1,339).

Desktops

HP Pavilion Elite h8-1360t Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570, Beats Audio & Adobe Elements 10 Bundle for $750 with free shipping (normally $950 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Wireless-N, $20 Shutterfly Credit & Radeon HD 7570 for $800 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/12GB RAM, 2TB HDD, 24" Dell LCD Monitor, GeForce GT 640 & $100 Gift Card for $1,150 with free shipping (normally $1,360 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

30" Dell UltraSharp U3011 2560 x 1600 IPS-panel LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $1,133 with free shipping (normally $1,399 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

27" Dell UltraSharp U2711 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $764 with free shipping (normally $999 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit IPS LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $282 with free shipping (normally $369 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

23" Dell U2312HM UltraSharp 1080p IPS-panel LCD Monitor w/DisplayPort & 3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $206 with free shipping (normally $299 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).

Tablets

10.1" Acer Iconia Tab A700 Quad-Core Android 4.0 32GB Tablet for $425 with free shipping (normally $449).

Peripherals

180GB Intel 330 Series 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD for $140 with free shipping).

64GB Centon DataStick Pro USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $25 with free shipping (normally $40).

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 Video Card w/four PC Games for $360 (normally $430 - coupon code on LogicBuy)

D-Link DIR-815 Wireless-N 300 Dual Band Router for $70 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

D-Link DIR-655 Extreme Wireless-N Gigabit Router w/ USB Port for $70 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

SAMSUNG ML-2165W Mono Wireless Laser Printer for $50 with free shipping (normally $80).

Dell 1355cnw Color Multifunction Laser Printer for $270 with free shipping (normally $420 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Dell V525w All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer for $81 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Gaming:

Call of Duty: Black Ops PrecisionAIM Controller (Xbox 360) for $10 with free shipping (normally $20).

Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition (PS3) + 30-Day Trial of PlayStation Plus for $20 with free shipping (normally $40).

Home Entertainment:

60" Samsung PN60E550 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV + BD-E5900 3D Blu-ray Player Bundle w/2-Year Warranty for $1,298 with free shipping (normally $1,550).

55" TCL LE55FHDF3300 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $700 with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

46" Westinghouse LD-4680 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $450 with free shipping (normally $800).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

14.3MP Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera for $673 with free shipping (normally $749 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

18MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Silver Digital Camera for $300 with free shipping (normally $350).

16MP Nikon COOLPIX L810 Black Digital Camera for $199 with free shipping (normally $229).

Source: LogicBuy

Join PCPer and NVIDIA for a GeForce GTX 660 Ti Live Review!

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | August 16, 2012 - 11:06 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, gtx 660 Ti, kepler, GK104, live, live review

Hopefully by now you have read our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB graphics card that was just released.  I think you'll find the article interesting so be sure to give it a look to see how this $299 GPU competes!

However, we have another event to promote right now: NVIDIA's Tom Petersen will be joining me on PCPer Live! at 10am PT / 1pm ET to talk about the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and its performance, features, pricing and more! 

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Join us at http://pcper.com/live at 10am PT / 1pm ET!!

If you have questions for Tom or me, you can either leave them in the comments below or head over to this thread in the hardware subreddit to leave your thoughts.

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Oh...and we ARE going to be giving away at GeForce GTX 660 Ti on the live stream, so you'll want to make sure you are in attendance!!!

Deal for August 15th - Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD for $169

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 15, 2012 - 11:19 AM |
Tagged: kingston, ssd, deal of the day

I know, I know, we keep pointing you towards SSDs on sale and you just don't have money to spare.  Well maybe today will be different for you.  Through this deal we found on LogicBuy, you can pick up a Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD for just $169 with free shipping

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This Kingston drive uses a SATA 6G SandForce controller capable of read speeds of 555 MB/s and write speeds of 510 MB/s - more than enough for nearly any gamer!

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for August 14th - Samsung 830 128GB SSD for $97

Subject: Editorial, Storage | August 14, 2012 - 10:45 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, ssd, Samsung

If you are still looking for a deal on your first SSD, the very popular and highly recommended Samsung 830 Series drives are among the best.  Using the offer below, you can get the 128GB model for just $97 with free shipping!

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Top Deal

128GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD for $97 with free shipping(normally $117.00).

Laptops

17.3" MSI GE70 0ND-033US Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p LCD, 2GB GeForce GTX 660M for $1,130 (normally $1,250).

17.3" Alienware M17x Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 2GB Radeon HD 6970M for $1,349 with free shipping (normally $1,849 - use coupon code ?W22Z75PB3DT22).

15.6" ASUS N56VM-TB71 Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p LCD & 2GB GeForce GT 630M for $900 (normally $980).

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge Dual-core Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 1080p & 2GB Radeon HD 7730M for $750 with free shipping (normally $900 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Ultrabook w/8GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 32GB mSSD, 1GB Radeon HD 7570M for $892 with free shipping (normally $1,189 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

14" Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz Ultra-thin Business Laptop (Customizable) w/4GB RAM, 320GB HDD for $703 with free shipping (normally $879 - use coupon code 2DAYSALE).

12.5" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Core i3-2370M 2.4GHz Ultra-portable Laptop (Customizable) w/4GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD for $711 with free shipping (normally $889 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

13.3" Dell Inspiron 13z Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual-core Ivy Bridge Laptop w/6GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $629 with free shipping (normally $839 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 260s Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse, 21.5" LCD Monitor & $100 Gift Card for $529 with free shipping (normally $749).

Dell Optiplex 790 Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB SATA III HDD, 3-year warranty, Windows 7 Pro, 21.5" LCD Monitor & $100 Gift Card for $649 with free shipping (normally $849 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Alienware Aurora Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-core microATX Liquid-cooled Gaming PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, Radeon HD 6870 for $1,229 with free shipping (normally $1,729 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Monitors

Two (2) Dell ST2420L 24" 1080p LED-backlit HDMI LCD Monitors Bundle for $340 with free shipping (normally $480).

23" HP 2311xi 1080p IPS panel LED-backlit Monitor for $170 with free shipping (normally $230).

Tablets

10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 16GB Android 3.1 Tablet (Refurbished) for $249 (normally $299).

7" Nook Color eBook reader for $145 with free shipping (normally $150).

Peripherals

1TB Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (HDTB110XK3BA) for $87(normally $130).

128GB Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD for $97 with free shipping(normally $117.00).

64GB Centon DataStickPro USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $35 with free shipping(normally $50).

3GB VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 Video Card for $370 with free shipping (normally $430 - use coupon code YWI68641).

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450 Low Profile Video Card for $10(normally $35).

Xerox Phaser 6280N Color Laser Printer for $399 with free shipping (normally $549).

Brother HL-2280DW Laser Multi-Function Printer for $95 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Gaming:

Madden NFL 13 (PS Vita) + $10 Credit for $35 with free shipping (normally $40).

Home Entertainment:

55" Proscan PLED3792A 37" 1080p LED HDTV for $320 (normally $400).

55" Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV + $50 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate for $1,250 with free shipping (normally $1,350).

42" LG 42PA4500 720p Plasma HDTV for $400 with free shipping (normally $500).

32" Samsung UN32EH4000 720p LED HDTV + $40 Gift Card for $319.99 with free shipping (normally $350

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player for $110 with free shipping (normally $145 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

Klipsch Reference S4 In-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphone for $46 with free shipping (normally $69 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

16MP Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Digital Camera (Red) for $210 with free shipping (normally $249).

16MP Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Black Digital Camera for $134 with free shipping (normally $159 - use coupon code 16MP Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera for $269 with free shipping (normally $300).

Miscellaneous:

Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System w/ Bluetooth Adapter for $185 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Serta Executive High-Back Leather Chair (Black or Brown) for $145 with free shipping (normally $230 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy

Utorrent Becoming Ad-Supported Software

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 13, 2012 - 05:07 AM |
Tagged: windows, utorrent, torrent, software

µTorrent (hereafter used interchangeably with utorrent) is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients in the world, boasting more than 125 million active users a month, it has massively grown in popularity since its 2005 debut. The software is still in development, and current parent company BitTorrent Inc. has explored various methods of monetizing the application over the years. Some time ago, the developers introduced a new µTorrent Plus feature that–for $24.95–added a antivirus add-on, codec pack, remote access, and file conversion plug-in. The paid for version, which has essentially been little more than donation-ware (not that there is anything wrong with that, just that the Plus version does not add much in the way of actual torrenting that the free app is not also capable of). BitTorrent Inc. also introduced a browser toolbar, which in addition to Plus, was the company’s sole method of monetizing the software. Until now.

The µTorrent developers have announced that the next version of the torrent program will introduce ads.

In addition to the usual bug fixes and under-the-hood performance tweaks, is a (direct quote) “fresh approach to creating a no-nonsense and free torrenting experience.” Allegedly, the developers are introducing the ads to keep the lights on and pay the bills.

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The µTorrent client. No ads in the beta yet, but the next stable release should see ads in the torrent list above.

The new ads include a "featured torrent" at the top of the torrent list that will offer up suggested downloads of various multimedia files, pieces of software, and deliver important updates. Reportedly, the developers are working on offers with third parties (including indie artists) for the featured torrent such that it will present relevant results without compromising privacy. They have stated that utorrent does not collect personalized information. Rather, the ads will be “relevant” in the sense that the offers will be adjusted based on community feedback and other non-personalized factors. Your IP address will likely be used to give you country-specific ads, but they otherwise should not collect any other data or track your usage, according to the announcement.

It is free software, and the developers should be able to make some money off of their work. So long as the ads are not intrusive, the practice is all well and good. Also in the “good news” category is that µTorrent Plus members will not see any ads, so the paid-for version has some additional value for those that have already donated money.

It is not all good news though, and the community does not appear to be happy at the moment. According to the announcement, while users of the free version will be able to close out individual offers, there will be no way to turn off the ads all together. If users do not find an ad relevant, they are encouraged to click the “x” within the ad, after which a new offer will appear.

To be more specific:

“There is no way to turn in-client offers off*. We will pay attention to feedback, and may change this in the future.” [Of course, uTorrent Plus users will not see ads].

Also riling up some community members is an article by torrent-enthusiast website Torrent Freak, which has called out the developers by alleging that adding the new offers (ads) is merely a money grab.  The site calls into question the developers statement about needing the ads to “keep the lights on.” Torrent Freak reports that, according to a source in the know, uTorrent’s parent company BitTorrent Inc. is in no financial trouble and “currently generates between $15 and $20 million in annual revenue.”

Either way, the company is providing a roundabout way to get rid of the ads by buying the µTorrent Plus version. Alternatively, there are several other free torrent clients out there if you do not wish to see ads. Personally, I do not think that µTorrent is doing anything wrong by attempting to monetize its work, but I do find the rather quiet announcement irritating. I think that the developers could have found a more receptive audience if users did not have to find out about the change from other sites first. Update: after some thought, this is just the first announcement and users may well be told within the application of the changes before updating when it does come out. Here's hoping. (end of update). It just feels a bit like they tried to slip the ad announcement in without users being any the wiser (as I believe it’s a small percentage of that user base that follows the developer’s forum). As far as the ads themselves, I will have to wait and see once it is official (the latest beta build I have does not yet have ads) to determine if the offers will be intrusive. Assuming the privacy statement is legitimate and the ads do not impair normal torrenting, I’ll keep using µTorrent and support them with ads since I can’t justify a Plus purchase currently. The latest beta build does improve the support for magnet links, and I have not had any problems with it yet so I'll keep using it.

What do you think though? Will you keep using utorrent with ads? If you want to leave the utorrent developers feedback on the change, the team has asked for comments on the announcement thread.

Source: utorrent

PC Perspective Gaming Night - UT2004

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 12, 2012 - 11:53 AM |
Tagged: ut2004, unreal, live, gaming

Doing anything tonight?  Maybe while you watch the tape delayed closing ceremonies to the 2012 Olympics you'll want to join the PC Perspective Team for a little UT2004 (Unreal Tournament 2004) old school gaming action? 

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We'll be starting up the game at 8pm ET tonight and you can join me, Josh, Ken and others as we play some team deathmatch, standard DM, CTF, Onslaught and more!

Don't you deserve a little down time?  Even if you can't join us on the server, you can watch the live stream of our smack talk at http://pcper.com/live!!

The information below will be filled in a little later this afternoon:

Server: game.pcper.com (66.42.168.64)
Port: 7777
Download pack (you MIGHT need): UT2004_MegaPack

You can easily join us by looking in the Internet server browser and finding "PC Perspective" or simply hit the console (~) and type "open game.pcper.com" or "open 66.42.168.64".  See you tonight!

Live Recap: PC Perspective LAN Party - Unreal Tournament 2004

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 9, 2012 - 10:35 PM |
Tagged: video, ut2004, unreal, live

After the PC Perspective Podcast on Wednesday night, we played some Unreal Tournament 2004 with many of the PCPer staff and fans.  If you missed it - shame on you!  Keep an eye on the Upcoming Events schedule on the right hand side here to see when and what we'll play next.

In the meantime, feel free to waste a couple of hours watching us play UT2004 - in the past.

PC Perspective Hardware Workshop 2012 @ Quakecon 2012 in Dallas, TX

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling, Processors, Memory, Systems, Storage, Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 9, 2012 - 10:30 PM |
Tagged: video, workshop, streaming, quakecon, prizes, live, giveaways

It is that time of year again: another installment of the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop!  Once again we will be presenting on the main stage at Quakecon 2012 being held in Dallas, TX August 2-5th.  

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Main Stage - Quakecon 2012

Saturday, August 4th, 2pm CT

Our thanks go out to the organizers of Quakecon for allowing us and our partners to put together a show that we are proud of every year.  We love giving back to the community of enthusiasts and gamers that drive us to do what we do!  Get ready for 2 hours of prizes, games and raffles and the chances are pretty good that you'll take something out with you - really, they are pretty good!

Our thanks for this year's workshop logo goes to John Pastor!!

Our primary partners at the event are those that threw in for our ability to host the workshop at Quakecon and for the hundreds of shirts we have ready to toss out!  Our thanks to NVIDIA, MSI Computer and Corsair!!

 

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Live Streaming

If you can't make it to the workshop - don't worry!  You can still watch the workshop live on our page right here as we stream it over one of several online services.  Just remember this URL: http://pcper.com/workshop and you will find your way!

Case Mod Competition

Along with the Hardware Workshop, PC Perspective is working with Modders Inc on the annual case mod contest!  There are two categories for the competition: "Scratch Built" and "In the Box" that will allow those that build their computer enclosures from the ground up to compete separately from those that heavily modify their existing cases and systems.

For more details, be sure to check out the on going thread at the Modders Inc Forums!

Prize List (will continue to grow!)

Continue reading to see the list of prizes for the workshop!!!

Source: PCPer

Qt to have a new owner: Nokia selling the toolkit to Digia

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Mobile | August 9, 2012 - 07:08 PM |
Tagged: Qt, nokia, Digia

Ars Technica reports 125 employees at Nokia will move to Digia in a deal to relocate the open toolkit, Qt, away from the cellphone manufacturer. The deal reassures developers of software -- especially open sourced software -- their toolkit will continue to be maintained. Qt is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Symbian and MeeGo with other platforms such as Android and iOS planned for support.

I have a special place in my heart for Qt because of a couple of programming projects I have worked on. Finding a good cross-platform interface framework is more difficult than you would think. One project required developing a text-style editor for both Windows and Linux. Qt provided classes for dockable windows and panels, Webkit browser support, and just about anything else I could need.

It really was a cute framework – literally, that is how you pronounce it.

I was one of the first to get a little tenseness in my gut when Nokia started to partner with Microsoft and their Windows Phone platforms. Nokia was slowly distancing themselves from the framework they owned at the time. The Linux and other open source communities were getting quite involved with Qt due to how closely it is tied with KDE. Microsoft is embracing open source communities more than they have been but I would hesitate to trust them that much.

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GTK+ is basically the viable alternative to Qt.

So developer framework choice could very well have been between The Gimp and a gimp.

There has been no word on the finances of the transaction.

It is still yet to be seen whether Digia will be a good owner of the framework. Certainly the most recent analogy was the purchase of Java along with the rest of Sun and its assets to Oracle. That certainly did not end up as the best of situations for the end-users of the platform.

Thankfully the framework is published under the GPL along with their commercial license. Should GPL-compatible applications require the framework they would be able to fork from whatever the latest supported GPL release would be and continue on from that point.

Software which uses Qt in a way which is not GPL-compatible still has a few worries going forth. Digia appears to be have some level of trust by the community. We will need to stay tuned to see.

Source: Ars Technica

Windows 8 Users Can No Longer Boot Straight To The Desktop, Must Start With Metro

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 7, 2012 - 02:07 PM |
Tagged: windows 8 style ui, windows 8, windows, operating system, microsoft, Metro

The Windows 8 RTM leak has coincided with numerous articles around the Internet that detail the new features and the Windows 8 Style UI once known as Metro. It seems that a new setup process and the removal of Aero Glass were not the only big aesthetic changes. With the new build came several alleged tweaks by Microsoft that prevent several methods for automatically booting to the desktop. Group Policy tweaks and a autorun shortcut were two such methods–that worked on early beta builds but no longer work on the RTM–to skip past the Metro/Windows 8 Style UI Start Screen, according to Rafael Rivera of Windows 8 Secrets.

Previously, users could login and be automatically taken to the desktop. They would still see the Metro screen, but only for a split second. Now, users wanting to do this are back to square one, and will have to manually launch the desktop each time they login to their computers.

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It is not all bad news, however (well, at least not as bad). If you drag the desktop Metro Windows 8 Style UI tile to the top-left corner, as soon as you login, you can hit the Enter key to go to the desktop. It is a less automatic way than has been previously possible, but it is better than nothing.

You can find more information about the alleged changes to the RTM here, as well as more PC Perspective Windows 8 coverage by following the windows 8 tag.

Some speculation and opinion follows:

It seems that Microsoft is taking a very firm position on Windows 8’s new Start Screen interface and full screen applications. While it is likely that developers and enthusiasts are working on new tweaks to get to the desktop automatically again, I foresee this being a drawn out tit-for-tat battle between Microsoft and its users. Beyond the new interface, this stance of working against customization is something I have not seen before on this level, as previous operating system have had numerous tweaking utilities and Microsoft did not seem to have a problem with them. My only guess is that they believe by forcing users to use Windows 8 Style UI as much as it possibly can, it will get users used to, and accepting of, the interface faster (essentially trying to get users over the radical interface change as quickly as possible–ike ripping a bandaid off). And if I let the cynical side get the best of me, Microsoft does have a vested interest in keeping users on the Metro/Windows 8 Style interface as much as possible as they want users to buy Metro apps and not use traditional applications. They are selling the upgrades for $40 and likely want to “make up” the money (compared to selling prices of previous versions) by taking a cut of Windows Store app purchases. The company’s insistence on forcing usage is only going to hurt them, I fear, as people who are on the fence about Metro–but who are interested in the other improvements–likely want to come to the new interface on their own terms (if at all). Actively working against users trying to use and customize their operating systems may well cost them a few sales. It would seem to me that Microsoft should be welcoming anyone that wants to use Windows 8, even if they do not want to stay in (or use at all) the Metro interface but that's just my opinion and apparently Microsoft is of a different mind.

Whether you love, hate, or feel somewhere in-between on Windows 8 Style UI, options are not a bad thing. I do think that more people would be willing to give Microsoft’s new interface a chance if it was more optional than it is. What do you think?

Source: CNET

Windows 8 Reaches RTM Status, Almost Immediately Leaked

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 4, 2012 - 06:29 AM |
Tagged: windows 8 rtm, windows 8, video, start screen, microsoft, Metro

Preface: If you prefer a video version, you can check out a video walkthrough of Windows 8 RTM with commentary. For those that want a written preview, I have attempted to break the article up into sizeable chunks. The first part is the introduction and "what's new" regarding getting it set up versus our guide for installing the Consumer Preview. The following sections are for showing off desktop applications and metro/Windows 8 Style UI apps. Finally, a short conclusion and general impressions section as well as some questions for you to answer should you want to join the discussion. Once again, I've gone with a more informal voice for the preview as there is a lot of opinion in here, this is by no means a full review!

Please note that unless otherwise stated, these opinions are my own, and not PC Perspective's. I am interested in hearing your opinions on the RTM build as well, and you can participate in the comments below without registration (though you get some nice benefits–like an avatar and ability to edit posts–if you decide to).

Windows 8 RTM has leaked to the Internet, here's what's new and what I think of it

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system is well on its way for the final public release on October 26, 2012—in fact OEMs are starting to get their hands on the code, and it is officially in Release To Manufacturing (RTM) status. While Microsoft TechNet subscribers will be able to download the Windows 8 RTM build on August 15, 2012, it has already been leaked to the Internet as is available on various file-sharing websites.

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To be more specific, the leaked build is a volume license version of Windows 8 Enterprise (N) RTM. It is further an “N” edition, which means that it is aimed at the European market and has Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center stripped out. The "N" editions are the result of an EU case relating to alleged anti-competitive actions. From that leaked build, people have managed to create a bootable ISO version for clean installs where there is no existing OS on the machine as well as a zipped folder that can be used for upgrade installations.

Needless to say, the news that the RTM had leaked piqued my interest, so I set out to get my hands on it (and report my findings). I managed to find a non-bootable image called "MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.ENTERPRISE-N.RTM.X64.VOLUME.ENGLISH.NON_BOOT_DVD-SAMOVARWZT" (wow that's a long file name) that seemed to check out as being legitimate. I then took that 6.05 GB folder and used the files to do a clean install from a Windows 7 x64 virtual machine I had around for testing just this sort of thing.

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Unlike our previous Windows 8 Consumer Preview installation guide, this RTM build does not require a key to be entered in order to complete the install. As a volume license version, you are allowed a 30-day grace period to activate (I have not tested if the Windows 7 -rearm trick works to extend that yet). Other than the key issue, the clean install procedure is the same as the steps we covered previously. Aesthetically, Microsoft has changed to a purple background and the beta fish logo at boot-up (when the installer restarts the system) is gone. It is replaced by a small light-blue Windows 8 logo.

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Once the installer has finished, it will restart the computer and, upon boot will present a nice graphical OS selection list which appears to be a new addition to the RTM build. After choose Windows 8, you enter the Windows setup wizard which guides you through setting computer options and configuring your user account.

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The setup process in Windows 8 RTM appears to be identical to that of the Consumer Preview version that I installed a couple of months ago (how time has flown!). Below is an animated .gif of the setup screens, which appears to be the same as the Consumer Preview except using a slightly different background color.

After that finished though, I was pleasantly surprised with what came next. After asking for some sort of tutorial ever since the Developer Preview, Microsoft has finally provided one–sort of. Basically, after setup finishes, the screen goes dark and then an animation pops up that briefly shows you how to access the Windows 8 Charms bar by moving your mouse to any corner of the screen. Then it dumps you out to the desktop.

Not exactly what I was hoping for, especially considering I was only able to find out how to actually close a Metro "Windows 8 style UI" application without going to the task manager from a forum post of all things. Needless to say, some of the mouse gestures are not obvious, and I do consider myself to be at least somewhat technically savvy. Therefore, I can only imagine how lost some people might be when presented with Windows 8. When I had the Developer and Consumer Preview(s) installed on my Dell XT convertible tablet, the touch and gesture stuff was easier to discover but it is still not apparent. I was really hoping for a tutorial similar to what Microsoft did for Windows XP that introduces the interface and all the new features on the first setup (and accessible later if needed).

Still, it is a step in the right direction, and the tutorial at least points out one of the new mouse/touch navigation features. Here's hoping that MS adds more to that start-up tutorial by the time final code is out and it is for sale. Below is an animated .gif image of the brief tutorial. Note that the actual tutorial has some fading transitions between scenes. The last two images are two clips from a constantly changing background color as the OS loads the desktop and Windows 8 Start Screen for the first time. It cycles through all the colors available to choose from in the Personalize setting during account creation.

Once Windows has finished setting up your user account, you will be presented with the Windows 8 Start Screen for the first time. In my case, it was an array of "Metro" Windows 8 Style UI live tiles on a dark blue background with my name and photo in the top-right-corner. You can see what my Start Screen looks like in the image below. Yours will look similar but the photos and location information will be different. So you'll have the same stock apps, but the information on the tiles will not be the same. The information in question will be pulled from the Microsoft/Windows Live account that you signed into during the initial setup process.

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Continue reading to see the new "Metro" apps, desktop UI, and my final thoughts

Who would have thought? Consoles nickel-and-dime.

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 1, 2012 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: xbox 360, consolitis, consoles, console

Polytron and Trapdoor, together responsible for the indie title “Fez”, have decided to not release an update to their software due to certification fees. Microsoft released a public statement to assert that they would be willing to work out arrangements if fees solely prevent the patch from being released. Either way it reiterates serious concerns about content dependent upon proprietary platforms and how that conflicts with art.

Long-time readers of my editorials have probably figured out that I have not been a fan of consoles, anti-piracy, and several other issues for at least quite some time. Humorously it is almost universally assumed that a PC gamer who bashes his head against his desk whenever he hears an anti-piracy organization open their mouths must be a perpetual cheapskate worried about losing his free ride.

I mean, clearly there is no reason for someone who has an education in higher-level math with a fairly strong sense in basic statistics to argue with the ESA, BSA, RIAA, or MPAA. I clearly just prefer the PC to rip off game publishers.

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Measure your dependent variables, control your independent variables.

So then, why do I care?

I have been growing increasingly concerned for art over the past several years. The most effective way to help art flourish is to enable as many creators to express themselves as possible and keep those creations indefinitely for archival and study. Proprietary platforms are designed to hide their cost as effectively as possible and become instantly disposable as they cease becoming effective for future content.

Console platforms appear to be the cheapest access to content by having a low upfront cost to the end user. To keep those numbers low they are often sold at under the cost of production with the intent of reclaiming that loss; the research, development and marketing losses; and other operating costs over the lifespan of the console. Profit is also intended at some point as well.

As Polytron and Trapdoor have experienced: one way to recover your costs is to drench your developers and publishers in fees for their loyalty to your platform – of course doing the same to your loyal customers is most of the rest. This cost progressively adds up atop the other expenses that increasingly small developers must face.

The two main developers for the PC, Blizzard and Valve, understand the main value of their platform: markedly long shelf lives for content. Consoles are designed to be disposable along with the content which is dependent on them. DRM likewise adds an expiration on otherwise good content if it becomes unsupported or the servers in charge of validating legitimate customers cease to exist in the name of preventing casual piracy.

For non-differentiable entertainment that is not a tragic loss as there will always be another first person shooter. Content with intrinsic value, on the other hand, cannot simply be exchanged for equivalent media.

For all the debate about whether videogames could be considered art – you would think it would be treated as such.

Source: Ars Technica

Microsoft Revamps its Webmail with Metro-Inspired Design, Rebrands It Outlook.com

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 1, 2012 - 09:11 AM |
Tagged: webmail, outlook, microsoft, metro ui, hotmail, email

Hotmail, the latest iteration of Microsoft's web-based email service will soon be getting a user interface overhaul that takes many cues from the company's upcoming metro-ized Windows 8 operating system. In fact, it very closely resembles the new Mail client in Windows 8 as well as the new Outlook client in the Customer Preview of Office 2013 that I have been using for a a couple of weeks now.

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Along with the (in my opinion, much needed) user interface updates comes yet another rebranding. Microsoft is ditching the "Hotmail" name in favor of the more professional-sounding "Outlook.com" webmail name. Now in public beta, users can switch over to the new Outlook.com webmail if they want, but it is not yet mandatory. Reportedly, all Hotmail users will eventually be moved over the new Outlook webmail once the service is in final stages of development. As Ars Technica points out, this is not Microsoft's first rebranding. In fact, it is somewhere around the fifth rebranding/iteration. Here's hoping that it is the last and that they manage to successfully brand the service–and do not tarnish the Outlook name.

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I decided to take a look at the new Outlook.com interface for myself, and you can too. To switch over, log into your current Hotmail account, click on the "Options" link in the upper-right-hand side of the window and choose "Upgrade to Outlook.com." 

The new interface is very flat, and much more simplified versus the old Hotmail. The current Hotmail UI leaves a lot to be desired. It has a rather large advertising panel on the right, rather unattractive scroll bars that do not really fit in with the design's color scheme, and links along the top for other Microsoft services and email functions (like reply, junk, and categories) that can be difficult to read and find. It is a rather dated design by today's standards, especially considering Microsoft's hard push for updated UIs on other platforms–hence the Outlook.com refresh.

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As mentioned before, the Outlook.com webmail UI is very similar to the Metro Mail application that comes with Windows 8. It is broken into a four panel design. The folders and quick views links from Hotmail and the email header list is carried over and given a flat Metro design with stylized scroll bars and a folder list with a light gray background. The third panel serves as the reading pane and sits in between the email list and advertising panel–which thankfully moves to text-based ads only. The contents of your emails are displayed in this panel. It is not a fully responsive HTML design, but it does scale fairly well as the browser window is resized.

Along the top of the screen is a blue bar that holds links for email actions (reply, junk, delete, ect), an Outlook button, Messenger button, Settings button, and account settings (when clicking on your name in the upper-right). The white text on the blue background is much easier to read than the current Hotmail design thanks to the slightly larger text and the better contrast.

When hovering over the Outlook button, a small arrow appears. If you click on that arrow, you get a pop up menu with tiles much like Windows 8's Metro UI for Mail, People, Calendar, and SkyDrive. Unfortunately, the Calendar and SkyDrive links simply go to the respective web sites. And those web sites have not been updated with the new Outlook design.

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The following screenshot shows the interface used for creating a new email. Again, you get a flat two panel design with a top navigation bar. On the left, you can add recipients from your contacts or by typing them in manually, while on the right you can use the text editor to add rich text and HTML or compose plain text emails.

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Outlook.com has a new People tab as well, where you can manage contacts and chat using the built-in messenger client. It is the only other tile that has received a facelift, the calendar and SkyDrive pages are still using the old/current design. It forgoes the blue and white theme for an orange and white color scheme, but maintains the paneled design. On the left you have a list of contacts, and in the middle it lists details the selected contacts. The right-most panel does away with advertisement in favor of a web-based messaging client.

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One nice new feature is further integration with the various social networks (if you are into that sort of thing, of course). You can now add contacts from your Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter profile(s). Further, the messenger client support talking with Windows Messenger, Facebook Chat, and Skype (coming in a future update) contacts.

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In short, the new Microsoft webmail interface is a much welcomed update. Scrolling and navigation is noticeably smoother than the current Hotmail UI. Opening messages feels quicker as well. Opening the Messaging tab actually replaces the advertising panel completely, which is a nice touch. As mentioned above, the scroll bars are different. They appear to be a bit wider, and very much two dimensional, but the bars actually look much better than the current Hotmail design as they fit nicely into the aesthetic and color scheme.

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The only (rather minor) issue is that, because of the larger text, I cannot, at a glance, check for new messages in the various folders I use. On the other hand, the text is easier to read and the scrolling is fast enough that it's only a minor thing. Further, despite the new Outlook.com name Microsoft's webmail does not support IMAP protocols. And being web-based, if your internet connection goes down you lose access to your email–there is no Google Gears support here.

While the new interface is not enough to bring me away from using a desktop client (which funnily enough is Outlook 2013), it is vastly improved versus the current Hotmail website and is worth switching over to. For being a webmail client, it is a very smooth, and dare I say slick, experience.

More information on Outlook 2013 desktop client–which Outlook 2013 seems to take inspiration from design-wise– I mentioned can be found using the outlook and office 2013 tags. Stay tuned for more Outlook.com information as the beta progresses. What features would you like to see? (I'd like to see the new UI carried over to the SkyDrive site!) Once you have gotten a chance to try the new Outlook.com beta, let us know what you think of it in the comments below (no registration required).

Deals for June 18th - 2TB Buffalo LinkStation Live for $135

Subject: Editorial, Storage | June 18, 2012 - 09:56 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day, external drive, Hard Drive, buffalo

Today's deal offers us a 2TB version of the Buffalo LinkStation Live, a NAS device (network attached storage) that allows users to easily backup their systems while being able to share the resources on the drive at the same time. 

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The Buffalo LinkStation Live series of drives allows you to access the NAS through Android and iOS applications over the web, supports transfer rates as high as 1 Gbps, is Apple Time Machine compatible and integrates a BitTorrent client too.  A copy of NovaBACKUP Professional is included for users to install and setup easy, automated PC backups.  And you can use the LinkStation Live as a DLNA media server to boot. 

Today, LogicBuy has a deal on this unit for $135 with free shipping, using a coupon code found in the product's description. 

Source: LogicBuy

E3 12: Unreal Engine 4 -- What you (and we) missed at GDC.

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | June 8, 2012 - 06:09 PM |
Tagged: video, unreal engine 4, E3 12, E3

Epic has released as much of their GDC demo as they are able to in an effort to end E3 2012 with a bang. They have included a second video to walk through the engine for developers to enjoy. We will explain to the masses why it is awesome.

Before we go any further -- the video you have been waiting months to see.

Be prepared for a particle-filled generation.

As was the case with Intel’s sand-to-CPU video -- the demo is pleasing but the supplementary info is the prize.

Epic released a 10 minute developer walkthrough to highlight the most important features of Unreal Engine 4. You can see it below and read on to see what that all means.

Yes, Unrealscript did not make it to Unreal Engine 4.

The first major feature of the engine is real-time dynamic global illumination and glossy specular reflection. Traditional video game graphics only considers the first bounce of light from a source -- if that bounce does not reach the player camera then it does not exist. Global illumination allows objects to be lit not just by light sources but also by light bouncing from neighboring objects.

It has been very popular to calculate how light interacts with objects ahead of time for the last generation as well as a portion of the generation prior to that. With those methods you are able to soften the shadows cast by light and make the scene feel much more naturally lit. The problem arises when anything in the scene moves or changes as obviously happens in a video game.

Unreal Engine 4 has the ability to calculate Global Illumination in real time. Dynamic lights such as muzzle flashes or flames are able to not just illuminate the area around them but also induce that area around it to light each other.

Also, static sources such as moonlight shining in the window against the floor can bounce from the floor and slightly lighten the walls with a bluish tint without being calculated ahead of time. Developers can try lighting effects without waiting for sometimes hours to see the results. This also means that what would have been once a pre-computed lit scene with nothing moving can now be destroyed and still remain properly lit. And now the moon can even move if the designer wants.

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Specular material on the gold statue

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Diffuse material on the gold statue, notice how the floor lighting from the statue desaturates and changes.

In this scene we see how light can reflect against a statue and influence the objects around it. A specular material has a much smoother and more mirror-like surface than a diffuse material which tends to scatter light in all directions. If you were to shine a laser against a mirror the beam would bounce and you would not see it unless you were in the reflected path whereas if you shine the laser against the wall you would see a dot regardless of how you look at it. This is because the wall, like a projector screen, is like trillions of microscopic mirrors all pointed in different directions which each take a tiny fraction of the light and sends it in a different direction.

In Unreal Engine 4, this effect means that a shiny surface will not only glare if you look at it but also light the objects around it differently than a diffuse surface. You can see that effect against the floor.

Read on after the break to continue with the discussion of Unreal Engine 4 features.

Deals for June 5th - Ivy Bridge Lenovo X230 notebook for $832 with 15% off

Subject: Editorial | June 5, 2012 - 12:27 PM |
Tagged: deal of the day

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The new Lenovo X230 Ivy Bridge laptop starting at $832 with coupon code!!

 

Laptops

17.3" Dell XPS 17 Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, dual 500GB Hard Drives, Backlit Keyboard, 3GB GeForce GT 555M graphics and 9-cell battery for $950 with free shipping (normally $1,663 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

15.6" Dell XPS 15z Ultra-thin Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Backlit Keyboard & 1GB GeForce GT 525M for $850 with free shipping (normally $1,174 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

14" Dell XPS 14z Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual-core Ultra-thin Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB 7200RPM HDD & Adobe Elements 9 Bundle for $750 with free shipping (normally $939 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz Dual-core thin & light Laptop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Aluminum body & Adobe Elements 9 Bundle for $430 with free shipping (normally $599.99 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Just released ENVY Ultrabook

13.3" HP ENVY Spectre XT 13t-2000 Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual-core "Ivy Bridge" Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, 2-year warranty & Adobe Elements 10 Bundle for $949.99 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Released today, the X230 ThinkPad carries 15% off coupon for only 1 day. It's likely this promotion won't return for weeks

12.5" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual-core "Ivy Bridge" Ultra-portable Laptop w/4GB RAM, 320GB HDD for $832 with free shipping (normally $979 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Desktops

Dell Vostro 470 Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-core "Ivy Bridge" Desktop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Wireless-N & Bluetooth for $549 with free shipping (normally $679 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Alienware X51 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core "Ivy Bridge" mini Gaming PC w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1GB GeForce GTX 555, Diablo 3 (PC) & 20% off Alienware accessories for $1,049 with free shipping (normally $1,149 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

23" Dell Inspiron One 2320 Core i7-2600S 2.8GHz Quad-core All-in-one Touchscreen PC w/8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, 1GB GeForce GT 525M & Wireless Keyboard + Mouse for $980 with free shipping (normally $1,300 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Tablet

9.7" Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 (22911NU) Dual-core 8GB Android 4.0 Tablet for $329 with free shipping (normally $399)

Peripherals

500GB Buffalo MiniStation USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (HD-PCT500U2/B) for $60 with free shipping (normally $80)

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam for $75 with free shipping (normally $99)

HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer for $160 with free shipping (normally $230 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Gaming:

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector's Edition (PS3/360) for $40 with free shipping (normally $80).

Bethesda Hunted Demons Forge (PC) for $8 with free shipping (normally $14).

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) for $20 (normally $30).

Personal Portables & Peripherals:

16MP Nikon Coolpix S6200 Digital Camera (Black) for $130 with free shipping (normally $169).

Nike+ SportWatch GPS + $20 Gift Card for $170 with free shipping (normally $199).

Source: LogicBuy

Deal for June 4th - 27-in 1080p Display for $209

Subject: Editorial | June 4, 2012 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: deal of the day

One of the most frequent questions we get on the PC Perspective Podcast and This Week in Computer Hardware is what component of their PCs a user should be looking to upgrade.  No matter what configuration they mention to us, one of the first things that crosses my mind is the monitor. 

You would likely be surprised how many users are still using lower resolution and smaller screens - the Valve Hardware Survey tells us that 27% of gamers are using either 1366x768 or 1280x1024 resolutions on their primary screens! 

If you are one of those people or are maybe looking for a step up to a larger display, you might be interested in today's deal, a 27-in Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD monitor.

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You can grab this display through LogicBuy and Dell for $209 using the coupon code on the LogicBuy.com site. 

This same monitor is available on Amazon.com for $269 (with great reviews as well!) giving this deal from LogicBuy a lot more credibility! 

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for June 1st - Dell XPS 17 Quad-core Gaming Laptop for $1000

Subject: Editorial | June 1, 2012 - 11:35 AM |
Tagged: deal of the day

PC Perspective has partnered with LogicBuy.com to bring our readers a collection of deals and coupons for computers, laptops and other miscellaneous technology products on a near daily basis.  If you have any thoughts on the deals or the process, feel free to leave them in our comments section!

Laptops

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17.3" Dell XPS 17 Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, dual 500GB Hard Drives, Backlit Keyboard, 3GB GeForce GT 555M graphics and 9-cell battery for $1000 with free shipping (normally $1,663)

15.6" Dell XPS 15z Core i7 2.8GHz Ultra-thin Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1080p LCD, 256GB SSD for $1,300 with free shipping (normally $1,600 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

13.3" Lenovo IdeaPad U300e Core i5 1.6GHz Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD + 32GB SSD for $849 with free shipping (normally $1,249 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

13.3" Dell Vostro V131 Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz thin, Aluminum body Ultra-portable w/4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Backlit Keyboard for $539 with free shipping (normally $759 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

11.6" HP dm1z-4100 Dual-core AMD Fusion Laptop w/4GB RAM, 320GB HDD for $345 with free shipping (normally $400 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

 

Desktops

Dell XPS 8300 Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-core Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & 1GB Radeon HD 6670 for $700 with free shipping (normally $1,030)

23" HP TouchSmart 520-1140t Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-core All-in-one Multi-touch PC w/6GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $750 with free shipping (normally $950 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

 

Monitors

Two (2) 23" Dell Professional P2312H 1080p LED-backit LCD Monitors w/ 3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty & Array Table Stand for $550 with free shipping (normally $665 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

23" Alienware OptX AW2310 3D-ready 1080p LCD Monitor for $400 with free shipping (normally $450)

 

Peripherals

3TB Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for $135 with free shipping (normally $160)

7.1-channel Sony Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset (DR-GA500) for $80 with free shipping (normally $199)

15.6" Targus Meridian II Roller Laptop Case for $60 with free shipping (normally $106 - use coupon code on LogicBuy)

Dell V725w All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Color Printer for $120 with free shipping (normally $170)

Canon PIXMA MX410 Wireless All-In-One Printer for $80 with free shipping (normally $100)

 

Gaming

320GB Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle for $280 with free in-store pickup (normally $350)

 

Home Entertainment

60" Samsung UN60EH6000 240Hz 1080p LED HDTV + Samsung HMX-W300BN Waterproof HD Camcorder for $1,600 with free shipping (normally $1,900)

55" Panasonic VIERA TC-L55ET5 3D 1080p 120hz LED HDTV + Panasonic SCBTT195 Home Theater System Bundle for $1,650 with free shipping (normally $2,200 - use coupon code on logic buy)

 

Personal Portables & Peripherals

10.1MP Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR Camera (Refurbished) w/ 18-55mm IS Lens Bundle for $300 with $16 shipping (normally $450 - use coupon code on logic buy)

16MP Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm and 55-200mm Lenses for $800 with free shipping (normally $900).

 

Miscellaneous

GyroBall Hand Exerciser for $50 (normally $80).

Desktop Air Purifier for $185 (normally $300 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).

Source: LogicBuy