AMD Radeon™ R9 Series Graphics are Ready for Battle!

In Battlefield™ Hardline, the drama of cops versus criminals gets a high-octane update from the teams behind the Battlefield and Dead Space franchises. Leave HD in the dust and expand your battle experience with multiple monitors or a 4K display. AMD's ground breaking Mantle API enables superior performance; you can even mix monitors of different resolutions. With up to 8GB of video memory, practically nothing is out of reach!

AMD Radeon™ R9 series graphics are built to satisfy the most demanding gamers. On March 17 make sure you have an AMD Radeon™ R9 Series GPU to get the most out of your battlefield experience!

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EVGA released this statement about their new graphics card:

"The EVGA GeForce GTX 960 delivers incredible performance, power efficiency, and gaming technologies that only NVIDIA Maxwell technology can offer. This is the perfect upgrade, offering 60% faster performance and twice the power efficiency of previous generation cards*. Plus, it features VXGI for realistic lighting, support for smooth, tear-free NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, and Dynamic Super Resolution for 4K-quality gaming on 1080P displays. The latest versions come outfitted with 4GB of high speed GDDR5 memory giving you higher texture qualities and better 4K performance!

The new EVGA ACX 2.0+ cooler brings new features to the award winning EVGA ACX 2.0 cooling technology. A Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate (MMCP) reduces MOSFET temperatures up to 11°C, and optimized Straight Heat Pipes (SHP) reduce GPU temperature by an additional 5°C. ACX 2.0+ coolers also feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU."

EVGA has announced their new GTX 960 SuperSC with 4GB of DDR5 RAM and new ACX 2.0+ custom cooling system supporting 4K gamingEVGA says the card will have a base clock of 1,279MHz, with a maximum boost clock of 1,342MHz. EVGA says this card has a "true 4GB" of VRAM, so these 4GB GTX 960's will not have the memory issues present in the GTX 970. Their new card will feature a “dual-BIOS” design which allows users to switch over to a secondary set of default firmware if an upgrade goes wrong.

The card was announced after Nvidia admitted to only utilizing 3.5GB of the 4GB of advertised RAM on its GTX 970 cards.

September 2013 Valve unveiled the Steam Controller with dual trackpads for its next-gen Steam Machines. Accompanying the Steam controller, Valve has announced it will release a new product called Steam Link in November and for $49.99. This will be the same price as Valve's Steam Controller which also will be released in November. 

Steam Link as Valve puts it will "extend your Steam experience to any room in the house." Valve states that the Steam controller "is a higher-bandwidth haptic information channel than exists in any other consumer product that we know of,” Valve said. “As a parlour trick they can even play audio waveforms and function as speakers.” The Steam Controller will have two large, concave trackpads with buttons labeled A, B, X and Y. The trackpads will be clickable with two shoulder buttons located on the back just like a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 controller.

Steam Link will work with PCs, Mac and Linux computers to stream content within the home network from Steam to the device. The specifications for the Steam Link includes supporting 1080p resolution at 60 Hz "with low latency." Valve says there will be several boxes covering “an array of specifications, price, and performance." Valve mentions that the Steam Machines will have a price "at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance."
Steven Elop, Microsoft’s mobile chief, has confirmed the plan that Microsoft will offer upgrades to the new Windows 10 operating system to all mobile devices that are running Windows 8.1 software.

Microsoft at the press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also announced that there will be dedicated Windows 10 devices and new Lumia 640 and 640 XL.
If you have played the Trine series, prepare yourselves because it has been announced that Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is coming to PC this year. This game is an action puzzle franchise that is enjoyed by many gamers and received positive reviews from many critics:

IGN rated Trine 2 a 90: "Trine 2 throws players into a dazzling fantasy world and gives them three fun tools with which to save it. It's delightfully open-ended, from how you solve problems to whether or not you go it alone. Fans of puzzle games will not be disappointed."

Gamespot rated Tine a 85: "Trine 2 is a charming fantasy platformer with dazzling good looks and fun physics puzzles."

PC Gamer rated Trine 2 a 83: Trine 2 is far from mould-breaking, but the edges have all been smoothed and it's lovelier than ever.

We will keep you posted on updates.

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Those who currently subscribe to Unreal Engine 4, listen up! It has been announced that the Unreal Engine is now free for everyone. This is a huge change from the $19/month subscription service. This is a big deal for gamers because the Unreal Engine is a flexible, highly used, and well known engine. If you are a current subscriber you will receive $30 of credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace to buy and sell Unreal Engine 4 content.

Tim Sweeney, the programmer and the founder of Epic Games stated:

"You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed."
Google has begun to phase out their declining social network Google + as it gets ready for two new products: Google Photos and Google Streams. Google Photos will be for all of your pictures, and Google Streams, for your daily updates.

The source of this news is Google+ post by Bradley Horowitz, Google+ Product VP. He announces his new position in this statement: “Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true — I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!  It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.”

Google Plus was originally open by invitation plus in June 2011and caused everyone with a Google email address to create some kind of profile. In October 2013, Google saw 300 million monthly active users but now in 2015 Google+'s rapidly declining traffic has caused Google to begin to phase it out as they did with "iGoogle."