March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

2017 might have been a standout year for PC enthusiasts, but these early months of 2018 are nothing short of a nightmare for PC gamers. Graphics card prices are downright ludicrous, fueled by the craze for cryptocurrency coins.That’s nothing new. Miners have been inflating graphics card prices since the middle of the year. But the damage was limited to the middle of the market for most of 2017. Currently, virtually every gaming-class graphics card is affected, though prices have relaxed somewhat after Bitcoin’s plummet. The theoretically $200 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 currently goes for $340 to $500—when you can find…

March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I’m a daily user of noise-cancelling headphones, and I’m here to tell you that they’re positively divine for getting work done. That’s why I’m also happy to tell you that Amazon has Sony’s impressive (if inelegantly named) wireless WH-1000xM2 over-ear noise-cancelling headphones on sale for 15 percent off, which drops the price down from $349.99 to a more agreeable $298.Good noise-cancelling headphones rarely get down to that price, which makes this a nice opportunity to pick some up if you’ve always wanted some. In fact, this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for these particular headphones to date.To…

March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

There’s something about 12TB hard drives reading and writing at 250MBps that we just can’t get enough of. This go-round, we review Seagate’s IronWolf–the slightly slower, slightly lower-rent cousin to the mighty 12GB Seagate BarraCuda Pro we recently took for a spin. Game of Thrones moniker aside, the IronWolf is still easily fast and enough, and should be reliable enough to make sense in the multi-drive setups for which it’s intended.While the 12TB IronWolf falls a hair off the performance pace set by the 12TB BarraCuda Pro, it adds vibration detection (in the higher capacities) which Seagate says will ward off tracking issues…

March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

We’re barely two months into 2018, but I’m already going to shortlist Ion Maiden for the biggest surprise of the year.When I heard 3D Realms was back with a new game, I had lower-than-zero expectations—the publisher’s previous outing was 2016’s Bombshell, which started life as an isometric Duke Nukem shooter-slash-Diablo hybrid, then (after some legal trouble) finished life as something much, much worse. Even if it’d run perfectly at release it would’ve amounted to a shrug at best, but it was so busted I literally couldn’t finish it.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’re looking to protect your home without breaking the bank, we’ve found a simple home security camera system selling at a sweet discount. Amazon’s selling the Blink XT Home Security camera system for $100. This particular sale is via a third-party seller but fulfilled by Amazon, meaning any problems will be subject to Amazon’s customer service policies.The Blink XT system usually sells for $130 so this a nice discount, according to CamelCamelCamel data. It’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—that was $70 last June—but this kit hasn’t gone this low in a while.To read this article in full,…

March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

VPN (virtual private network) technology lets a computer using a public internet connection join a private network by way of a secure “tunnel” between that machine and the network. This protects the data from being seen or tampered with by bad actors. The two most common use cases are consumer VPN services that allow individuals to surf privately from home or a public setting, and business-oriented solutions that allow employees to securely connect to a corporate network remotely.For the most part, VPN connections are handled by custom software such as the many consumer VPN services we’ve reviewed, or by third-party…

March 5, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Azio Retro Classic isn’t the cheapest vintage-style mechanical keyboard we’ve seen, but it’s certainly one of the most striking. From its deep, clicky keystrokes and wood or leather paneling to its LED-backlit keys and rechargeable battery, the Bluetooth-enabled Retro Classic (available for $220 from Azio at the time of this writing) will delight serious typists with old souls and money to burn. To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

March 3, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Rusting Hulks—not exactly the most inspiring name for humanity’s saviors. And yet that sad group of orange-colored mechs finally got the deed done. It was around 4 a.m. We’d battled our way across two islands full of giant bugs, entered their volcanic lair, and were on the verge of killing off the Vek leader, a moth probably fifty feet long. Doing so would secure the bomb we’d warped in here, saving the Earth.I knew what I had to do. With my jet already on fire, I fired a missile at the Vek, enfolding it in smoke. Blinded, the Vek…