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At CES 2021, laptops go beyond the 2-in-1

ZDNet

When compared to the Vegas spectacle, virtual CES had its advantages, including reprieves from sensory overload, cigarette smoke, endless walks through disorienting casinos and narrow exhibit hall aisles, and bombardments of me-too offerings in saturated categories. And keynotes and panels made the transition well. But it also fell short in a few key ways, including the serendipity of meeting an old colleague, someone with common interests, and a product or service that inspired new possibilities. That last point was particularly true for products in smaller or emerging categories, especially from startups. Today's CES is as much a showcase for the latest business technology as it is for consumer electronics.


Xbox Series X review: A 4K beast in need of games

Engadget

The Xbox Series X is an apology for the Xbox One in almost every way. Microsoft's last console was weighed down by being $100 more than the PlayStation 4 at launch -- even though it had less GPU power -- and it featured a bundled Kinect camera that wasn't very useful. The company tried to course-correct with mid-generation systems, the Xbox One S and One X, but by then the damage was done. As of this year, the PS4 is estimated to have sold more than twice as many units as the Xbox One. So with the Series X, Microsoft is trying to get everything right from the start. It's being positioned as the ultimate gaming console, with far more performance than its previous powerhouse, the Xbox One X. This new machine can deliver 4K gaming more reliably, push up to 120 frames per second, and load games far faster than ever before. It'll even play all of your old games with better performance and HDR! It's as if Microsoft is just begging gamers to love it.


Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Gaming PC

WIRED

Buying a gaming PC used to be only for people with more money than time (or sense), but times have absolutely changed. Prices have come down to the point where building your own doesn't save you as much as it once did. Even if you do pay a price premium, you get perks like support, warranties, and discounts if you do buy pre-built. But before you whip out your credit card, here are some things you should think about first to make sure pre-built is right for you. When is it ever really the right time to get a gaming PC?


Affordable and sweet: How to build a $300 gaming PC

PCWorld

We like parts that offer great value. So when AMD released its Athlon 3000G last November, we immediately wanted to get our hands on the $50 processor. This 2-core, 4-thread part also comes unlocked, meaning you can overclock it for a little extra performance. And if that weren't enough, you can play games with just this chip, thanks to its dedicated Vega 3 graphics cores. Overall, you can put together a modest but reliable machine for just over $300, with no need to scour for used parts.


The games were the star of E3, but gaming PCs were center stage

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Hot on the heels of the big E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, people are talking about gaming-related news. From new game titles, like "Cyberpunk 2077" and "Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order," to next-generation gaming consoles, like the 2020 update of the Microsoft Xbox (codenamed Project Scarlett), to updates on cloud-based game streaming services, there was a lot of new information for gaming enthusiasts to ponder. Arguably, the biggest theme at the show, however, was around PCs. At E3, there was a strong PC gaming focus, including some intriguing new gaming PC systems on display, important new hardware announcements powering those systems, and new titles being built for or optimized for PCs, and more. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.


Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's 'underwhelming' GPU

PCWorld

Not known for mincing words, Nvidia's outspoken CEO Jensen Huang described AMD's return to high-end PC gaming graphics as "underwhelming." "It's underwhelming," Huang said when asked by PCWorld what he thought of AMD's new Radeon VII, which features 16GB of HBM2 memory, 1TB of bandwidth, 60 graphics cores and is built on a new 7nm process. "The performance is lousy and there's nothing new," Huang said. It's 7nm with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. And if we turn on DLSS we'll crush it.


Perspective The future of education is virtual

#artificialintelligence

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were supposed to bring a revolution in education. But they haven't lived up to expectations. We have been putting educators in front of cameras and shooting video -- just as the first TV shows did with radio stars, microphone in hand. This is not to say the millions of hours of online content are not valuable; the limits lie in the ability of the underlying technology to customize the material to the individual and to coach. That is about to change, though, through the use of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and sensors.


Virtual Reality And Artificial Intelligence Now Hold The Future Of Education

#artificialintelligence

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were supposed to bring a revolution in education. But they haven't lived up to the expectations. We have been putting educators in front of cameras and shooting video -- just as the first TV shows did with radio stars, microphone in hand. This is not to say the millions of hours of online content are not valuable; the limits lie in the ability of the underlying technology to customise the material to the individual and to coach. That is about to change, though, through the use of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and sensors.


CES 2018: Screen Tech from LG, Samsung Shows Us TV's Future

WIRED

CES is still a TV conference. Even as the tech industry experiments with augmented reality, self-driving cars, and the outer limits of what you can embed in a refrigerator, everything in Vegas still revolves around the big screen. The 2018 crop mostly marches along the same path manufacturers have been following for decades: Everything's a little bigger and sharper, and there are new inscrutable acronyms everywhere you look. All in the hopes this is the year you finally spring for a new set.


Xbox One X review: A console that keeps up with gaming PCs

Engadget

The Xbox One X is the ultimate video game system. It sports more horsepower than any system ever. And it plays more titles in native 4K than Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro. It's just about everything you could want without investing in a gaming PC. It's now been a year since the PS4 Pro launched, and the One X costs $500, while Sony's console launched at $400.