May 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Two months’ worth of leaks ruined most of the surprise, but as promised EA and DICE officially revealed Battlefield V today. As expected, the series is returning to World War II, coming full circle to where Battlefield 1942 started over 15 years ago.I suspect this homecoming would feel more groundbreaking were it not for Call of Duty: WWII last year. That said, I’ve been anticipating Battlefield’s take on World War II, seeing what Frostbite could do with it—and now we’ve seen a bit.Take a look at the initial reveal trailer: Due for release on October 19, Battlefield V is bringing…

May 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The hardest part of writing up Paradox games these days is trying to extrapolate where they’ll be in three or four years. A pioneer of games-as-a-service, Paradox’s grand strategy titles have a habit of growing into their skin over time, reinforced and patched up and given additional depth by an efficient (almost too efficient) post-release plan.So taking a first look at the newly announced Imperator: Rome feels almost meaningless in some ways—even more so when it comes by way of a hands-off presentation. But spending an hour with the game left us with some initial impressions and information.Morituri te salutant…

May 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I’m not a huge fan of smart TVs. You can often get a better deal by cutting out the “smarts” and adding a Chromecast to your TV for an equal or better experience. But sometimes a deal is so good that you just can’t ignore it.Right now, Newegg has a 40-inch Samsung 4K HDR TV for $268 after a mail-in rebate. The pre-rebate price is $328, which is a big discount off its $450 retail cost, but why not spend the time to get that extra $60 back? Newegg’s deal lasts until Monday.To read this article in full, please click herePowered…

May 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The screen on the HTC U12+ doesn’t have a notch.Whether that’s a conscious decision or the result of a design team decimated by Google’s billion-plus purchase of the company’s smartphone division is up for debate, but the fact of the matter is, HTC’s newest handset stands out among this year’s crop of Android phones for the same reason last year’s U11 did: It doesn’t follow the latest trends.Christopher Hebert/IDG The bezels on the HTC U12+ (right) have been dramatically trimmed from last year’s U11 (left).To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

May 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

On Monday, a slew of websites published news stories about the death of the Radeon-exclusive Arez GPU brand, which the @Asus_Arez Twitter account heralded in the wake of Nvidia ending the GeForce Partner Program. One problem: That account wasn’t run by Asus, as you could tell if you paid attention to the logo and actual words of the poorly faked Arez handle.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

May 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The ghosts of the Meltdown and Spectre will haunt the computing industry for years to come. But now that the initial patching efforts for those CPU flaws are drawing to an end, Google and Microsoft have disclosed a related “speculative execution” attack dubbed Speculative Store Bypass, or simply Variant 4. (Meltdown and the two Spectre flaws were the first three variants.) Don’t panic though.Let’s start with the bad news: Speculative Store Bypass affects Intel, AMD, and ARM chips, meaning mobile devices are also affected. But fortunately, Variant 4 attacks runtime languages in browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge—just like one…