August 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

While the fall smartphone season generally belongs to Samsung, Apple, and Google, OnePlus has been making plenty of noise the past two years. After moving to a six-month refresh cycle with the 3T, the Oppo offshoot has steadily increased pressure on its heavyweight competitors with low-priced phones packed with specs that rival the premium Android flagships.But this year, OnePlus might have a new trick up its sleeve. According to CNet, when the OnePlus 6T launches later this fall it will have more than a refreshed design and specs. For the first time, it will also have U.S. carrier support. CNet…

August 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Steam alternatives are cropping up all over the place, so let’s throw one more into the ring. Announced earlier this year, Brian Fargo’s Robot Cache officially began signups for its so-called Early Access period today. Why should you care? Well, players can sell used games, developers get to keep 95 percent of a game’s revenue, and there’s a cryptocurrency involved.Yes, a cryptocurrency. If you go to the Robot Cache website, it even says it’s “The world’s first blockchain-based digital marketplace for video games.”The cryptocurrency in question is called “IRON,” all-caps, and apparently one Iron is pegged to the value of one…

August 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The weekend’s almost here. Game time! We’ve found a bunch of awesome deals to put together a sweet little upgrade to your gaming rig, with a great game to put your new hardware through its paces.First up, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Gaming Black Edition is on sale for $650Remove non-product link at B&H Photo Video. This card is sitting at $720 right now on Amazon, so you’re saving about $70.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

My desire to power up a laptop with an external graphics card began in 2015, when I set out on a quest to get back into PC gaming—a beloved pastime I’d neglected since childhood.But the only PC I had at the time was a 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. That just won’t cut it for proper PC gaming. Sure, the laptop would work well enough for older titles like Diablo III, especially on the laptop’s tiny 1366×728-resolution display, but forget about more graphics-intensive modern games on an external 1080p monitor. That’s why I decided to…

August 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The esports company finally made an esports-worthy peripheral. We took a look last year at the Fnatic Clutch G1 gaming mouse, and I was not impressed. When Fnatic got in touch to send us its second-gen Streak keyboard, I wasn’t expecting much.And yet the Fnatic Streak is, as of this moment, probably the best bang-for-your-buck RGB keyboard on the market. Quite a turnaround.Competition quality For an esports company, Fnatic sure is good about reining in its designs. I know that’s because these are technically made by Func, the Swedish company Fnatic acquired. It’s remarkable how minimalist and distinctly not “Gamer”…

August 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

What is big data, and why is it so important? On a surface level, big data refers to large data sets that cannot be handled by traditional data analytics tools because of their volume. Analyzing and comprehending big data can be extremely lucrative, as purveyors of big data can detect trends.Interpreting trends can lead to breakthroughs in countless industries. For example, companies can predict consumer behavior, improve research methods, optimize security, and more. Large corporations are investing billions into big data annually. As a result, the demand for big data professionals is rising.As with most advanced professions, big data professionals…

August 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

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