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Intel Jumps Into the Smart Glasses Game and Then Exits Quickly

Just a few months ago Intel decided to put their New Devices Group on the development of smart glasses called Vaunt. All seemed right in the world since no one else has really come out with anything worth a darn in the smart glasses market and Intel with their huge bank account might be able to get it right this time. However, in an amazing turn around Intel has dropped the Vaunt smart glasses project like a hot potato. It was nice to meet you Vaunt. RIP.

A few months after their flashy online debut, the Vaunt smart glasses are dead, the chipmaker has confirmed. Some things, it seems, are just too beautiful to live - or receive sufficient investment from their parent company.

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Posted by Montu April 19, 2018 9:40 AM (CDT)

Steam’s Shader Pre-caching Feature Exits Beta

If you’re running the stable version of the Steam client, you'll find a new shader pre-caching option that allows Vulkan and OpenGL games to load faster and improve framerate stability during gameplay. If enabled, Steam will collect shaders from your system when needed. Enabling this feature may slightly increase disk and bandwidth usage.

Whenever possible, depending on hardware and driver support, Steam can download pre-compiled shaders for your specific video card. This reduces load times and in-game stuttering during the first few launches of OpenGL- and Vulkan-based games on supported hardware. This feature may use a small amount of additional bandwidth as Steam uploads and analyzes a shader usage report after each run of the game.

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Posted by Megalith December 14, 2017 8:30 AM (CST)

Windows Subsystem for Linux Exits Beta

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps, is no longer in beta and will be fully supported in the Fall Creators Update later this year. Users will be able to share and access files on the Windows filesystem from within Linux, and call Linux executables from Windows and vice versa.

We're excited to announce that in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) due to ship in fall 2017, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will no longer be a beta feature and will become a fully supported Windows feature. Early adopters on the Windows Insider program will notice that WSL is no longer marked as a beta feature as of Insider build 16251. This will be great news for those who've held-back from employing WSL as a mainline toolset: You'll now be able to leverage WSL as a day-to-day developer toolset, and become ever more productive when building, testing, deploying, and managing your apps and systems on Windows 10.

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Posted by Megalith July 30, 2017 11:15 AM (CDT)

Logitech Formally Exits OEM Mouse Market

Logitech isn’t giving up on mice altogether, but they have decided to move all of their focus to premium retail products.

Logitech was among the first companies to mass-produce computer mice back in the eighties. For decades, its mice were supplied with PCs made by various manufacturers and for a long time Logitech’s brand was synonymous to pointing devices. In fact, Logitech’s U96 is among the world’s most famous optical mice since it was bundled with millions of PCs. However, a lot has changed for Logitech in recent years. As sales of desktop PCs began to stagnate in the mid-2000s and the competition intensified, OEM margins dropped sharply. At some point, OEM business ceased to make sense for Logitech: there was no growth and profitability was minimal.

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Posted by Megalith January 24, 2016 10:10 AM (CST)

Logitech Formally Exits OEM Mouse Market

Logitech isn’t giving up on mice altogether, but they have decided to move all of their focus to premium retail products.

Logitech was among the first companies to mass-produce computer mice back in the eighties. For decades, its mice were supplied with PCs made by various manufacturers and for a long time Logitech’s brand was synonymous to pointing devices. In fact, Logitech’s U96 is among the world’s most famous optical mice since it was bundled with millions of PCs. However, a lot has changed for Logitech in recent years. As sales of desktop PCs began to stagnate in the mid-2000s and the competition intensified, OEM margins dropped sharply. At some point, OEM business ceased to make sense for Logitech: there was no growth and profitability was minimal.

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Posted by Megalith January 24, 2016 10:10 AM (CST)

Yahoo Exits China, Closing R&D Center

Say aloha, sayonara or whatever they say in Chinese because Yahoo is removing the last vestige of its presence in China. The company is closing its R&D center in Beijing, the last in China, laying off about 200-300 Chinese engineers.

The layoffs in China represent about 2 percent of Yahoo’s total workforce of 12,500 as of the end of last year.

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Posted by Al March 21, 2015 7:45 AM (CDT)

Christian Bale Exits Steve Jobs Movie

It looks like Christian Bale is no longer going to play Steve Jobs in that upcoming movie directed by Danny Boyle. Personally, I think Bale would have been a phenomenal Jobs.

Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.

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Posted by HardOCP News November 03, 2014 2:12 PM (CST)

BFGTech Exits Graphics

BFG Tech Announces Exit From Graphics Card Category, Continues On With Power Supplies And Laptops/PCs

Libertyville, IL – May 17, 2010 – BFG Technologies today announced their exit from the graphics card category. The company will continue to sell their line of BFG Tech power supplies as well as their Deimos gaming notebooks and Phobos gaming systems.

"After eight years of providing innovative, high-quality graphics cards to the market, we regret to say that this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward", said John Slevin, chairman of BFG Technologies. "We will continue to provide our award-winning power supplies and gaming systems, and are working on a few new products as well. I’d like to stress that we will continue to provide RMA support for our current graphics card warranty holders, as well as for all of our other products such as power supplies, PCs and notebooks."

BFG will continue to offer RMA, telephone and email support for qualified BFG Tech graphics card warranty holders, but will no longer be bringing new graphics card products to market.

First and foremost, I have to say that HardOCP is sad to see BFGTech go. It was a company that opened up new ways of doing business with customers in the graphics card arena. The solid warranties and support you all enjoy now with high-end graphics cards companies can be traced back to BFGTech and its three founders, Scott Herkelman, Ric Lewis, and Shane Vance. Of course our biggest concern is that our readers that have purchased BFG video cards are taken care of. Speaking this morning with then BFGTech CEO, Scott Herkelman, he assured me that BFG has taken measures to make sure full RMA and support will continue. Eight full time employees and the full group of tech support will remain in place as well as warehouse labor. That means continued 24/7 phone, email, and full RMA support for registered cards. As of today, BFG has a full reserve of cards and monies set aside to sure proper support occurs. Discussion
Posted by HardOCP News May 18, 2010 12:59 PM (CDT)

BFGTech GeForce GTX 285 OCX

Today’s evaluation of the BFGTech GeForce GTX 285 OCX pits the fastest of the four GTX 285 models that BFGTech offers against a vanilla GeForce GTX 285 and an AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2. We used CoD: WaW, Fallout 3, FarCry 2, Left 4 Dead and we even threw some GTA IV testing in there just for giggles.

The GeForce GTX 285 OCX is BFGTechs premier GTX 285 with a core frequency of 702MHz, a shader frequency of 1.584GHz, and a memory frequency of 2.664GHz. BFGTech also has three other manufactured overclocked GTX 285s. They range from the OC2 model with a core frequency of 694MHz, a shader frequency a 1.584GHz, and a memory frequency of 2.592GHz to an OC model. Which with a core frequency of 666MHz, a shader frequency of 1.512GHz, a memory 2.484GHz, and a price tag of $280 puts at almost $50 less than an AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2.

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Posted by HardOCP News February 02, 2009 12:03 PM (CST)

BFGTech GeForce GTX 295

If you want to see how the BFGTech GeForce GTX 295 compares to the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and a GeForce GTX 260 SLI set up, you’ve come to the right place. We tested the GTX 295 using some of today’s most graphically intensive games like Fallout 3, Crysis: Warhead, FarCry 2, Left 4 Dead, CoD: World at War and more.

BFGTech has given us a very stable and worthy video card, and those loyal to NVIDIA will certainly find this video card of value in your system. It does offer a very high level of gameplay experience in all of today’s latest games. It allows you to maximize your in-game settings at 2560x1600 with high levels of AA.

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Posted by HardOCP News January 08, 2009 11:50 AM (CST)

BFGTech GeForce GTX 260 OCX MAXCORE

Our evaluation of BFGTech’s new and improved GeForce GTX 260 OCX MAXCORE is now online for your viewing pleasure. We pit this new card against the original GTX 260 GPU and a Radeon HD 4870 in games like Call of Duty 4, Crysis and Age of Conan. The results are certainly impressive.

Price and performance ultimately define the value of any video card. The BFGTech GeForce GTX 260 OCX MAXCORE has upped the ante on both actual gaming performance and frame rate compared to the 4870. It is unquestionable that the BFGTech GeForce GTX 260 OCX MAXCORE can offer you a better gaming experience than the 4870, and no doubt higher benchmark scores. When comparing the old 260 to the new 260, the lines get a bit more blurred as actual gaming experience gains are marginal at best, but no doubt that benchmark monkeys will be happy. And scaling our GPU frequency to 705MHz was a nice stock overclock as well.

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Posted by HardOCP News September 16, 2008 12:06 PM (CDT)

BFGTech GeForce GTX 280 OCX

We have posted our evaluation of the BFGTech GeForce GTX 280 OCX today. If you are making a video card purchase in the near future, I highly recommend you read this article and see what we discovered.

Of course, the question is: Is it worth it to spend the extra money on a BFGTech GeForce GTX 280 OCX, rather than a standard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280, for a nearly indistinguishable difference in gameplay? We don't think that it is. A possibly bigger question is whether or not the now lower price of the BFGTech video card can overcome the great value presented by the ATI Radeon HD 4870. The new Radeon is clearly less powerful than the GTX 280, but it is so much cheaper, its value goes a long way toward mitigating its less impressive performance. Obviously the overclocked OCX is going to afford you benchmark monkeys better scores.

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Posted by HardOCP News July 28, 2008 11:47 AM (CDT)