Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2017 - 12:26 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: Yoga Book, vulkan, topre, snapdragon 835, SC17, qualcomm, podcast, Optane, LG 32UD99, Lenovo, Gigabit LTE, evga, DynamIQ, arm
PC Perspective Podcast #442 - 03/23/17
Join us for Topre and CORSAIR Keyboards, ARM DynamIQ, Optane Launch, EVGA 4K gaming laptop, and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Allyn Malventano, Ken Addison
Program length: 1:35:25
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Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2017 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VLAN party, kick ass, gaming, fragging frogs
A long time ago on a website far far away, a brave group of Frogs embarked on a long journey of fun and well ... virtual murderation. In April of 2003, back when UT2k4 was shiny and new and not retro-gaming the Fragging Frogs held their first live event, a tournament to crown one of us the king of Unreal Tournament. Since then the gang have been hosting drop-in games every week in a come as you are format and every once and a while Lenny and the crew put together a VLAN party.
The time has come again to announce another official Fragging Frogs VLAN, this one kicking off at 10AM EDT on Saturday April 8th and going as long as there is still someone gaming. The previous VLAN saw over 90 people join in at one time or another, with an average of over 50 people active on TeamSpeak and in games. No matter what type of game you are looking to play, there will be a group you can hook up with to play together or against!
As is tradition, there will be an undisclosed amount of prizes given away at the event but you will have to be on Teamspeak in order to qualify to win. These prizes are supplied by hardware manufactures, software developers and even from the closets of certain reviewers here at PC Perspective. You could end up with your own Joshtekk memorabilia!
Post to the official thread to let Lenny and the gang know you plan to attend, especially if you are not yet a forum member as the thread will let you know what you need to do to be eligible to win as well as how to connect to the TeamSpeak server and what patches and mods you should set up. The list of games people plan on playing has hit 20, if you have one you want to play that is not on the list then make sure to comment in the thread.
See you there!
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2017 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hyper x, HyperX ALLOY FPS, Cherry MX
If you are a gamer with a very specific definition of what a proper key switch is then check out HyperX's new Alloy. You can choose between Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red switches, depending on your particular preference. The design is not particularly ostentatious, the bezel has been lowered to fully expose the keys, handy for those who like to swap caps as well as aiding in cleaning. The Tech Report gave this keyboard high marks at the $100 MSRP and even higher at the $80 price tag it is frequently available at.
"HyperX's Alloy FPS keyboard delivers a no-nonsense typing experience with Cherry MX switches. We put this pared-down mechanical keyboard under our fingers to see whether HyperX struck the right balance of solidity and simplicity."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Das Keyboard 4 Professional @ techPowerUp
- HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- EpicGear Morpha X Modular Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Mad Catz RAT 8 Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
The updated EVGA SC17 laptop, announced on Thursday, is headlined by a 17.3-inch, 4K, IPS panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC. The panel will have a 60 Hz refresh rate, so, while games will be able to cleanly dip below the 60 FPS threshold via G-SYNC, you will not have the smooth mouse movement in productivity applications like you would on a 100+ FPS monitor. Speaking of productivity, the color gamut (coverage of sRGB and Adobe RGB) is also unlisted.
But, for our many readers that are interested in performance, EVGA has made this beefy.
Again, this is a 17.3-inch laptop, so don’t expect it to be ultra-portable by today’s standards. Weighing in at about 9 lbs, this desktop replacement is based around an unlocked Intel Core i7-6820HK processor with an NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card. While the CPU is a little over a year old, based on Skylake, it has four cores (eight threads) that can boost up to 3.6 GHz. Being that I’m running a Core i7-4790k on my production machine, this level of performance is pretty good. It even contains 32 GB of RAM.
If you're a multi-monitor type of person, it also has three display outputs: 1x HDMI 2.0b and 2x Mini DisplayPort (unclear which version level).
The EVGA SC17 1070 with NVIDIA G-SYNC is available now for $2799.99, although there’s currently a $250-off instant rebate (~$2550 USD).
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2017 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hackaday prize, contest
The 2017 Hack A Day Prize kicks off today and for anyone thinking of joining, or who has a project they have started or are thinking of starting then you should sign up as there is a huge list of prizes. In addition to the grand prizes are prizes awarded in five different categories, the first of which is for project design, you don't need a physical product to win this category, a best design plan with details on how the project could help change the world from the better will walk away with the first prize. The design purpose also matters, your plan might not compete in the IoT category but could soar in the wheels, wings, and walkers or assistive technology portions of the contest. Check out the rules and regulations and pop a bookmark into your browser to see what the winners and runners up have created!
"We have over $250,000 in cash going out to hundreds of entries this year. The Grand Prize of $50,000 is joined once again this year by the Best Product Prize of $30,000. Four other entries will place second through fifth and receive $20k, $15k, $10k, and $5k respectively."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- USITC to investigate AMD's claims of LG, MediaTek patent infringement @ The Inquirer
- A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing @ The Register
- Cisco uncovers Telnet zero-day flaw in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA dump @ The Inquirer
- O'Reilly Site Lists 165 Things Every Programmer Should Know @ Slashdot
- The Raspberry Pi is suddenly the third best-selling computer ever @ The Inquirer
- User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour @ The Register
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