March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Intel’s revised patches for its Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge processor families have begun rolling out to address Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. With the release of the new code, just a few older processor families remain in the patch queue.According to Intel’s microcode update document, patches for several processor families have entered production, most notably the second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) and third-generation Core (Ivy Bridge) families. The patches also cover several, more niche architectures, such as the Gladden Xeon of the Sandy Bridge generation, and the Broadwell Xeon chips. To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Space is one of the great mysteries of our time. What will SpaceX find when it goes to Mars? Are black holes gateways to other universes? And how are you supposed to work with a lot of video files with the paltry 256GB of storage space found on a starter MacBook Pro?We can’t help you out with the first two questions, but we’re happy to let you know you can affordably solve the third with B&H’s $170 deal on a WD 8TB My Book USB 3.0 external hard drive. That’s $40 off the $210 it usually sells for, and it’s…

March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Now that the Galaxy S9 has officially landed, it’s time to look ahead to the next big thing from Samsung: the Note 9. Right on cue, rumors are starting to trickle in about the phablet phone—and it’s already shaping up to be a monster release. Here’s what we know so far:Galaxy Note 9: The latest While it was beginning to look like Samsung would be adding an in-display fingerprint sensor to the Note 9, a new report by Ming-Chi Kuo says that’s probably not happening. Read on for more information.Galaxy Note 9: Design and Display The look of the Galaxy…

March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls…. You get the pictureGaming keyboard cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:Best budget keyboard: Razer BlackWidowX Tournament Edition [razerzone.com] Best budget RGG-enabled keyboard: Cougar Attack X3 RGB [amazon.com] Best mid-tier RGB-enabled keyboard: G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 [amazon.com] Best ultra-premium keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum [amazon.com] To help you sort through the…

March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’ve already got your tax refund, Best Buys some great ways for you to maximize it. The big box retailer is running a huge sale this weekend, and these two 2-in-1 laptops caught our eye: There’s a 15.6-inch Asus premium 2-in-1 for $700 instead of the usual $800-plus price tag, and a lower end 11.6-inch HP 2-in-1 for $350—good for about $50 off the usual price.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Battle buddiesImage by UbisoftIt’s good to have friends. That goes doubly so when you’re facing down a zombie horde or coordinating an attack on a Klingon warship.Here we’ve rounded up 12 co-op PC games that are better in every way to play with friends. Yeah, you could play some of them alone. Sure, you could (if you’re masochistic) play some of them with random Internet strangers who love to use profanity. But if you pair up with a partner or three you’ll have a much more rewarding experience.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

March 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Last time I looked at the Cougar Attack X3, I called it “an unpretentious keyboard.” Not exactly the most inspiring compliment, but about the best I could do at the time. The standout feature was that it contained honest-to-goodness Cherry MX switches in an era where that’s increasingly rare. Still, the Attack X3 was far from the only keyboard to feature Cherry switches in 2016, and in all other respects—shape, materials, lighting—it was just competent. Inoffensive. Boring, perhaps.But dropping the price can make an also-ran into a must-have item. Such is the case with the Attack X3’s 2018 revision, a…

March 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

What even is H1Z1 these days? Answering that question is harder than you might think, if you haven’t been paying attention. Once upon a time, there was a game called H1Z1, with no subtitle. It was a zombie-survival game in the vein of DayZ. That game developed a mode called “King of the Kill,” a battle royale mode when the genre was still basically unheard of—and that mode then proved so popular it spun off into its own game, H1Z1: King of the Kill. Then later the spin-off proved so popular that developer Daybreak renamed the original game to Just…

March 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s never too late to learn a new skill, but with the host of online learning classes out there, it can be challenging to decide on which direction to go in. iCollege IT Training makes the decision easier by offering its users access to more than 3,000 hours of training on everything from IT security to accounting and even project management, allowing them to experiment with a host of topics and see which ones stick. Plus, lifetime subscriptions are available for more than 90% off their usual price.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico