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Amazon writes off $170m on unsold Fire Phones

Buyers not keen on eye-tracking cameras and poor reviews mean that online retailer is left with huge overhang of unsold phones<p>Amazon is writing off $170m on unsold inventory of its Fire Phone, the smartphone it launched in July but which has seen disappointing sales.<p>The announcement comes after …

AMD Intros $99 Radeon 250x, Promises Playable Competitive Gaming At 1080p

With the launches of flagship Radeon graphics cards like the R9 290x in our rearview mirror, AMD is preparing to devote some serious attention to a lucrative market — entry level PC gamers — with today’s launch of the $99 R7 250x.<p>The Radeon R7 250x is effectively a redesigned 7770 GHz edition based …

How To Build A Liquid-Cooled Mini Gaming PC For Under $1,000

If you go into your local technology store and look at the PC section, most if not all will be standard black towers. However, on the enthusiast scene, there’s a seismic shift going on with many people ditching their large tower cases and opting for shoebox-size ones.<p>The latest motherboards aimed …

How To Build A 4K Gaming PC For Less Than $2500 -- Ultra HD Monitor, SSD, And Windows Included

If you approached me toward the end of 2013 and suggested I could build a 4K gaming PC for about $2500, I would have erupted into laughter. But in this post-CES 2014 world, what once seemed impossibly expensive is now approaching the realm of affordability. Not only does this system clock in at …

NVIDIA Maxwell GeForce GTX 750 Ti Gaming Performance Unveiled - Faster Than GTX 650 Ti and Radeon R7 260X

NVIDIA is preparing their first Maxwell architecture based GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card which hits the market next month. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti …

Sure, Microsoft Could 'Fork' Android—But It Would Be A Complete Waste Of Time

Windows Phone may not be the blockbuster mobile operating system that its designers in Redmond (or Espoo, Finland) hoped it would be. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft and its new CEO Satya Nadella would be better off doing something drastic like scrapping the project and building a new mobile OS …

Windows Phone 8.1 video shows upcoming changes for Microsoft’s mobiles

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Microsoft(s msft) isn’t expected to release the next major Windows Phone update for at least a few months. Before it does, …

AMD Releases Radeon R9 270 Graphics Card, Bundled With Battlefield 4

Continuing its staggered release strategy into the holiday season, AMD is releasing the Radeon R9 270 graphics card today at a starting price of $179 USD. It will come bundled with DICE’s excellent shooter <i>Battlefield 4</i>.<p>Following the unveiling of their Hawaii GPU, Mantle API and TrueAudio technology …

AMD Disrupts GPU Market Again With $399 Radeon R9 290

<i>If you thought the GPU wars couldn’t get any more intense, think again.</i><p>AMD recently released its disruptive new flagship GPU, the Radeon R9 290X, into enthusiast waters. The high-end graphics processor forced Nvidia’s hand, resulting in an aggressive $150 price drop for their GTX 780. With …

Can AMD's Newest APU Play Your Favorite Games Without A Dedicated Graphics Card? (Part 1)

It began as a project called AMD Fusion — a “system on a chip” solution that combined a standard CPU with integrated graphics processing. AMD’s Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) finally saw the light of day in 2011. And as we did with Intel‘s HD Graphics 2000, PC gaming enthusiasts let loose a …

The Curious Case Of AMD's Radeon 290x 'Golden Press Sample'

With the launch of its Hawaii GPU and the disruptive Radeon R9 290 and Radeon R9 290x graphics cards, AMD has — whether intentionally or unintentionally — caused quite a commotion. At the center of the uproar is whether or not the tech press had received “golden samples” of the R9 200 series cards …

Google sells out of black 16GB Nexus 5 smartphones

The black 16GB version of Google's flagship phone is "out of inventory," and the white alternative won't ship for four to five weeks.<p>After shipping dates gradually increased over the last two weeks, the black 16GB model of Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone is sold out.<p>"We are out of inventory. Please …

Mobile Technology

Advertised Hard-Drive Space Vs. Actual Hard Drive Space

If you’ve ever bought a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you’ve likely been more than a little perturbed at the usable baked-in storage space compared to what you <i>thought</i> you were getting. Remember the furor around Microsoft’s Surface Pro 64GB tablet that shipped with a mere 23GB of actual usable …

CyanogenMod arrives in Google Play store with one-click installer for your Android phone

Two months after raising $7 million to build a better version of Android, CyanogenMod has released a one-click installer to put its custom firmware on your Android device. Installation requires the phone to be tethered to a Windows PC via a USB cable. A companion PC app will be released later today …

The Story Of How GeForce GTX 690 And Titan Came To Be

When something impresses me, I want to know more, whether it's wine, music, or technology. Months ago, Nvidia dropped off its GeForce GTX 690 and I …

Supercomputers

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets now available in 21 countries

The Nokia Lumia 2520 isn't the only high-profile Windows tablet launching today. As promised, Microsoft has released the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in the US and 20 other countries at respective starting prices of $449 and $899. A handful of accessories are also available alongside the slates, …

Microsoft drops ‘RT’ moniker from original Surface, hides desktop mode on new RT tablets

Microsoft is altering its Surface RT name to just Surface today. After dropping the RT moniker for its Surface 2 tablet, the software maker is removing the RT branding on the Surface entirely. New product pages for Surface no longer mention Surface RT at all, just as the new Surface 2 and Surface 2 …

AMD 290X vs Titan vs 780 TTL's Thoughts

Experiment shows Galaxy S III touch accuracy far better than new iPhones

My father owns an iPhone 5, and every time he has asked me to fix something or install something, I’ve had a bit of trouble with the display. What I …

Android 4.3 test firmware for Galaxy Note 2 leaks out

Samsung has stated that it's on track to have a Galaxy Gear-supporting update ready for the Galaxy Note 2 by year's end, and it looks based on a leak …

Galaxy Note

This Emulator Runs Windows 1.01 in Your Browser.

If you’re fascinated by old school computing and how it has progressed, then this emulator that runs Windows 1 in your browser will give you plenty of joy.<p>Programs available via this demo of Windows 1.01 — which was originally released in 1985 — include Notes, Clock, Reversi, Paint and more.<p>The …

radeon r9 290x benchmarks

We’re cranking away in the lab, benchmarking AMD’s Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Typically, that means you wouldn’t hear a peep from me until launch …

Tomb Raider

Monoprice IPS-Glass Panel Pro 27" LCD Monitor

The first Monoprice display I looked at didn’t fare well. While very affordable, it only offered a DVI input and very little in the way of controls. …

Audiophile

In-home streaming appears in Steam beta update

An update to the beta version of the Steam client adds an early look at the computer-to-computer streaming that will be an integral part of Valve's SteamOS and Steam Machines. The option for in-home streaming, which requires some "tinkering" to access, according to the unofficial Steam Database, …

Valve Confirms Official AMD-Powered Steam Machines For 2014

In a statement to Forbes, a Valve representative has confirmed that AMD graphics hardware will be included in commercially available Steam Machines next year. The more interesting story, however, is why Valve needed to confirm this in the first place.<p>Valve recently detailed the hardware …

Why AMD's Mantle Matters

AMD’s Mantle is a brand new API (Application Programming Interface) designed to significantly aid game developers in crafting games targeted for release on multiple platforms. While its prevalence is yet to be determined, its importance is clear. Mantle is a rally cry from AMD to developers, and a …