While we may not be expecting the Sony VR gadgets this year, we do know what the controllers will look like. They look a bit different then you would expect, but it may be a good thing. What are your thoughts?
CES 2019 is in full swing, and the Tom’s Guide crew has hit the ground running in order to bring you the latest and greatest advancements in consumer tech this year. From TV screens that double as speakers, to smartwatches that never run out of juice, to gaming laptops that transform into desktop replacements, there’s something to tantalize just about every techie’s palate.
It’s CES week, and we have a new Google-powered smart display to talk about. A big feature of these smart displays is a visual and audio walkthrough of cooking recipes, and with Google’s platform open to third parties, it only makes sense that traditional kitchen appliance manufacturers would want to get in on the action, right? Enter the KitchenAid Smart Display, which takes all the features and functionality of Google’s smart display platform (reference the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display) and wraps it up with an appliance name that will feel right at home next to your mixer or refrigerator.
Apple’s never had an official presence at CES, opting instead to host its own flashy events to launch its newest products. While Apple often has executives roaming around the massive electronics trade show floor, it doesn’t have a booth or host a press conference in Las Vegas. And it almost never releases news related to CES products, even though various companies will show off new speakers, cases and other products that work with iPhones and other Apple devices.
Check out the latest exclusive 4K Anthem gameplay revealed at our CES 2019 keynote! It features never-before seen Javelin, enemies, and environments. The team is happy to announce that DLSS is coming to Anthem thanks to the hard work of Bioware and NVIDIA. Be ready for the PC launch on February 22nd, 2019! For a limited time you can receive a free copy of Anthem with the purchase of select GeForce RTX graphics cards, laptops and PCs as part of our new Game On bundle
The Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi pressure cooker now works with Google Assistant, the kitchen device maker announced Monday at CES here in Las Vegas. The Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi cooker already lets you monitor and control it from the Instant Pot mobile app. Adding Google Assistant voice command functionality allows you to control and check the status of the cooker totally hands-free.
On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there’s an itching feeling in the air that this year isn’t a big year for Samsung. The company unveiled (literally) a smaller version of last year’s big TV, the Wall, featuring MicroLED technology at an event in a ballroom. More than one person wondered, what’s the difference? The answer, awkwardly, is everything and nothing.
Bell, one of Uber’s flying taxi partners, revealed the design of its vertical takeoff and landing air taxi at CES, a five-person hybrid-electric powered vehicle with six tilting ducted fans. The company showed off the cabin of its air taxi at CES last year, and this year, it’s debuting a scale model of the vehicle now dubbed the Bell Nexus.
CES 2019 has been a bumper year for PC gamers, with plenty of new product announcements. It can be tricky to keep track of everything yourself, so we’ve rounded up all of the biggest headlines into dedicated articles – including this one, which looks at the most exciting gaming monitors to have been revealed at this year’s show.
On paper, it sounds like the rendering technique is almost too realistic, but it’s not exactly new. Ray tracing has been used in the professional industry for years. It’s already been employed in popular media, like Pixar’s Monsters University and Marvel’s Iron Man movies. What makes the announcement exciting is it will finally be available for consumer hardware; a feat that was too difficult and expensive before.
“Confidential Mode” is a new option added to the bottom bar of emails you compose now, preventing people from copy/pasting and forwarding emails. You determine how long the email stays before it destructs.
While it’s possible most people don’t care about e-readers past their ability to download and read books, the Voyage felt like the first Kindle that actually had a sense of style. When asked for an official comment regarding the Voyage, an Amazon spokesperson said: “Customer response to Kindle Voyage has been incredibly positive and we’ve sold out. We have nothing else to share.”
Mark your calendars:
The Blackout PC beta goes live September 14th at 10am PT for those that have pre-purchased any digital version of the game.
The Blackout PC Open Beta is available to anyone with a https://t.co/d5IQWYDE9D account starting 10am PT on September 15th pic.twitter.com/ElRScDOGJi
Techland has announced today that Dying Light: Bad Blood will be available on Steam Early Access sometime in September. Bad Blood is a PvEvP take on battle royale.
12 players spawn in with nothing, and they must avoid attracting hordes of zombies while also scavenging enough tools to create weapons and health items. Their goal is to get to an evac chopper, but only one player can escape.
Nvidia has announced earlier this week a chip intended for robots. The company claims the chip crams $10,000 worth of power comparable with GPUs and would be sold for AU$1,299. The chip’s name is called Jetson Xavier, and it has powerful six processors and runs on 30 watts.
Meet Nvidia’s new chip for robots
On Monday’s Nvidia media conference, CEO Jensen Huang said that the chip would be used for robots and not for PC. Jetson Xavier could operate, according to Huang, 30 trillion operations per second.
“This little computer is going to be the brain of future robots,” company co-founder Huang told reporters at Computex in Taiwan.
“Robots that drive, that fly, that swim, that goes underground, that picks strawberries, picks lettuce, picks apples, helps you in the lab, like Jarvis handing you your screwdriver,” Huang added, “this little computer is the brains of future intelligent machines.”
Huang said the company took them five years to develop the Jetson Xavier. In fact, in the design phase, Nvidia spent three years and additional two years to create it. He further disclosed that to develop Jetson Xavier it hired with over 8,000 people.
“This is the single longest processor project we have ever done in our company,” Huang noted. “Essentially, a $10,000 workstation, 1,000 watts of performance, now fits in my hand for 30 watts.”
The chip’s shipment will commence by August for developers with a price tag of $1, 299. This is not the first time that Nvidia has ventured into AI chips. The company has developed several chips in the past both for fruit-picking robots and agriculture robots.
If you are running cryptocurrency mining rigs, then obviously you know that it requires a huge amount of power. This is very evident among miners who were on a buying spree recently looking for GPUs. Unluckily, the GPUs supply in the market is low despite the high demand of GPUs in the market.
What is NVIDIA’s Combat Crates?
Consequently, this caused remaining GPUS to be sold expensively. But there are other companies attempted to encourage GPU retailers to sell the device to gamers instead to miners. One of these companies is NVIDIA, and right now the company is also trying to sell some parts of the GPU.
With this, NVIDIA has launched Combat Crates which is a bundle of several hardware components required to build a powerful gaming rig.
“The AMD Combat Crate comes stocked with the essential hardware you need to push your game to the next level and lay waste to the competition. With a lightning-fast Ryzen processor, powerful Radeon RX graphics backed by revolutionary Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition and a future-ready MSI motherboard – the AMD Combat Crate is the ultimate arsenal for gamers,” AMD said in a press statement.
NVIDIA’s Combat Crates include a Ryzen 5 1600 with cooler, MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, and an MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC graphics card. You can buy this for only $550 at Amazon. Now, what’s amazing with the bundle is that it is cheaper compared to parts that are being sold separately.
Android users can spend more time playing online games using their phones. Why? Because game developer Nintendo is rolling out two of its popular games.
Nintendo rolls out Super Mario and Legend of Zelda games in Android devices. Avid fans of the games expressed excitement as news has surfaced that both franchises are heading to Android-powered devices.
Moreover, the Japanese powerhouse Nintendo is also planning something different this time. While the news of both games is making noise on the internet, Nintendo is negotiating Nvidia about its console.
Also, Nintendo is planning to license Wii and GameCube to Nvidia. What is clear right now is that Wii and GameCube will not be coming to Android devices this time.
However, Android-enabled Nvidia Shield set-top box will be available in China. Mobile gamers can also download and play several Wii games. This includes the Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the New Super Mario Bros., as well as the Punch Out.
With this, avid fans of Super Mario in China can now play and download the popular game. Thanks to Nvidia Shield, mobile gamers can play the iconic game as part of the world’s gaming market.
Meanwhile, in China, gamers can buy the Nvidia Shield for US$226 or equivalent to 1, 499 yuan. Nvidia said that its device is compatible with Baidu’s DuerOS.
The device features a conversational artificial intelligence system and entertainment options. Gamers could expect more games will be introduced to China by 2018, according to Nvidia.
As an Android user, do you welcome the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda games in Android-powered devices?