February 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Today’s a good day to get a deal on a powerful Intel processor: Walmart has the Intel Core i7-8700K for $313. That’s $26 cheaper than the retailer’s competition, and one of the lowest non-coupon prices we’ve seen yet.The Core i7-8700K is part of Intel’s newest line of CPUs that rolled out in late 2017. These eight-generation “Coffee Lake” chips were a notable upgrade over previous generations, due to an increase in core count: While Kaby Lake (and earlier) Core processors offered two or four cores, Coffee Lake parts offer four or six cores. Thanks AMD.To read this article in full, please click…

February 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Now’s a great time to snag EA games on the cheap. The gaming giant is running a massive “Publisher sale” on its Origin storefront and Amazon through March 6, with more than 50 games and DLC packs discounted heavily. Let’s look at some of the highlights.Mass Effect: Andromeda is $10. Our resident games critic didn’t think it was a particularly great game, but still called it “eminently playable,” and you’ll get a lot of hours out of your tenner. If you missed the legendary original series, you can dip your toe in the Mass Effect waters with the Mass Effect Trilogy pack for…

February 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Google Assistant had its coming out party at Mobile World Congress 2017 with the announcement that it was expanding beyond Google’s own Pixel phones, and now it’s ready to take on the world. Literally. Google has announced it will be expanding Assistant to nearly two dozen more languages this year as it expands its influence to some “95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide.”Google Assistant already speaks English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil), but its linguist capabilities will be greatly expanded over the next 10 months as Google plans to add support for more than…

February 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The new phones are coming! Mobile World Congress is nearly upon us, and soon we’ll be feasting our eyes on the latest and greatest Android has to offer. So whether you’re attending the big show or just checking out the keynote streams online, here’s everything we expect (and hope) to see:MWC 2018: Samsung Venture Beat Renders of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have leaked in all their glory.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

February 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

“Games as a Service” has become a buzzword in recent months, especially in the wake of November’s Star Wars Battlefront II lootbox controversy. The lootbox association has also tainted the term, tying it inextricably to what’s at best seen as a “necessary evil” in the industry.But the basic idea behind Games as a Service is a net positive in theory: The games you like get expanded upon after release. Not just one big expansion or a handful of smaller DLCs, but near-constant support for years at a time. It’s what people liked about MMOs, but for all genres—the silver lining…

February 23, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Spoiler alert: We’ve never tested a gaming laptop as all-around powerful as the Origin PC EON17-X.This big, badass notebook pushes the pedal to the metal with the most potent hardware available, and then Origin PC cranks things to 11 by overclocking both the full-fat GeForce GTX 1080 and the Core i7-8700K processor. Yes, this laptop rocks a desktop processor, and not just any desktop processor—it’s the fastest one currently available. With 6 cores and 12 threads, the EON17-X demolishes CPU benchmarks. It blazes through triple-A games. Hell, it might be able to literally crush its slim, trim Nvidia Max-Q competition.To…

February 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Logitech Craft keyboard is what happens when a keyboard engineer glimpses Microsoft’s Surface Dial hockey-puck peripheral and decides: We can do that, too. But if you want to spend $200 for just a keyboard, don’t bother: The only way the Craft makes sense is if you see value in its Surface-Dial-like navigation knob that also integrates with Logitech’s PC-spanning Logitech Flow software. Aesthetically, there’s room for improvement. The Craft weighs a ponderous 2.08 pounds, anchored by a broad metal bar that runs across the top of the keyboard and houses the 1,500mAh battery, plus the electronics driving the crown. You…

February 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

With the first deployments of 5G high-speed wireless technology within the U.S. scheduled for later this year, Intel and its PC partners are already thinking about the next step: rolling out 5G-equipped PCs late in 2019.Intel, along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft said Thursday that the companies expect the first 5G Windows PCs to become available during the second half of 2019. That’s about the same time that Intel plans to begin shipping its XMM 8000 commercial modems, marking the company’s entrance into the 5G market.Intel will show off a prototype of the new 5G connected PC at Mobile…

February 22, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The promise of cloud gaming holds clear appeal. High-end gaming on any Internet-connected PC, even crappy old laptops that couldn’t dream of running games normally? Yes please!But the reality has been much more disappointing. Forebears like OnLive and Gaikai are remembered more for their bugginess and lag than genuine gaming goodness. The small horde of cloud gaming services popping up over the last couple of years likewise struggle with reliability issues.Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming could be the real deal.The GeForce Now beta finally landed on PCs in late January, and it’s the first cloud gaming service I’ve used that…