August 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Gamescom = computer games?Image by Brad Chacos/IDGIf E3 is primary a console show, like everybody says, then Gamescom 2018 is the vanguard for PC gaming. Powerful computers and wild PC hardware filled every one of Koelnmesse’s 10 halls, far outnumbering the consoles once you strayed away from the PlayStation and Nintendo booths. My enthusiast heart yelped with joy.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Last week we wrote about Valve potentially folding support for a WINE-style compatibility wrapper into Steam, allowing Linux machines to play Windows games with minimal hiccups. Now it’s a reality. Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais made the announcement on the “Steam for Linux” group today.The forum post is long and very detailed, and if you’re personally invested in Linux gaming it’s probably worth a read. Here’s the highlight though, direct from Griffais: “Today we are releasing the Beta of a new and improved version of Steam Play to all Linux users! It includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, to provide…

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray nerd out over Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX!After what feels like an eon, Nvidia finally releases its new GeForce RTX, which promises the Holy Grail of gaming graphics: real-time ray tracing. The new card brings some controversy, though, as many are concerned the new world of ray tracing will sacrifice performance in existing rasterized games.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Gamescom’s taking place in Germany this week, and both Brad Chacos and I are over here to cover it—and, of course, to cover Nvidia’s new 20-series graphics cards. But while Brad was busy with that on Monday, I had the day free to look around Cologne. I did the usual tourist rounds, saw the cathedral, looked at the old Roman walls.As I was panning across Google Maps, though, I spotted something unique: “TimeRide VR.” Of course I went.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

We’ve called Amazon’s $50 Echo Dot “the Echo most people should buy,” and right now you can get a few on a deep discount—when you add three Echo Dots to your cart and enter the code DOT3PACK, you’ll save $75Remove non-product link, 50 percent off the list price and the lowest price we’ve seen.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Nvidia revealed the boundary-pushing GeForce RTX 20-series on Monday, unleashing GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards brimming with fancy new tech that promises to support fancy new gaming capabilities. Foremost among those feats is real-time ray tracing, the ultra-difficult realistic lighting technology that gives Nvidia’s new cards their “RTX” moniker. The RTX cards also support Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS), a fresh Nvidia super-sampling method that puts the AI tensors cores embedded within the GPUs to work.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

If Nvidia’s recent graphics card announcement hasn’t got you excited, you’re probably an AMD fan. While we might not be expecting new AMD cards for a while, you can console yourself by getting a pretty awesome 1080p FreeSync monitor at a great price.Newegg’s got the 27-inch Acer ED273 Abidpx curved 1080p monitor for $200 with the discount code EMCPXRE33Remove non-product link. This display has an MSRP of $300 and is currently selling for $220 at Amazon and Newegg (sans code), so you’re saving about $20 off the usual price. The sale ends Monday, August 27.To read this article in full,…

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

HP used Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, to unveil two unusual pieces of gaming hardware on Monday. The Omen Mindframe gaming headset offers a first: in-ear cooling for sweaty noggins. The Omen Obelisk desktop PCs offer a first among big PC vendors: tempered glass. We’ll tell you why both are special.HP Omen Mindframe: Literally cool The Omen Mindframe gaming headset, unveiled in May, is the first to integrate Peltier or thermal electric cooling (TEC) in to a headset. The big idea is the TEC’s lowered temps will prevent your ears from getting sweaty. Even the fabric on the headset cups is designed…

August 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Nuance Power PDF Advanced has been one of our favorite Acrobat alternatives. It boasts a comparable set of annotation and markup tools laid out in an intuitive Office-style interface, allows you to control access to sensitive content, and integrates with Microsoft’s productivity apps so that you can turn Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files into PDFs from the Office toolbar. It even leverages Nuance’s Dragon Notes, allowing you to dictate your comments into a PDF instead of typing them.Building on that solid foundation, version 3 adds some significant updates.This review is part of our best PDF editors roundup. Go there to learn about…