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Editorial: The indefatigable PC

By all rights, it should be dead by now. I mean, really. A market based on a tech product that first came to market over 35 years go? And yet, here we stand in the waning days of October 2016…

Opinion: Can IT survive?

If you’ve ever worked at a business with at least 20 employees, you’ve undoubtedly run into “them”—the oft-dreaded, generally misunderstood, secretly sneered at (though sometimes revered) IT department. The goal of Information Technology (IT) professionals, of course, is to provide…

World of Warcraft: Legion Review

After 12 years of performing outrageous acts of heroism in the name of the Alliance or Horde, it’s time for World of Warcraft players to take their place in the pantheon of Azeroth’s greatest heroes. Where 2014's Warlords of Draenor elevated player characters from adventurers to military commanders, Legion makes them legends, wielding weapons of unimaginable power against the greatest threat the fantasy world has ever faced.

Service providers still act like utilities

If you ever want to enliven a cocktail party filled with executives from the telco or cable industry, just start talking about dumb pipes. As in, “your service doesn’t offer anything more than a simple connection from my devices to…

The Andromeda strain: A new Google OS?

Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled “The Andromeda Strain.” The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth…

Ride-sharing impact dramatically overstated

Amongst the many car tech-related developments, few are receiving more attention than ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. To their credit, these companies have managed to build up enormous valuations and continue to receive major investments from traditional auto…

Consumer interest in auto tech? Slower than you think

The industry announcements around auto-related technologies such as autonomous driving, electric/hybrid vehicles, ridesharing services and more have been coming so fast and furious lately that it seems to be a foregone conclusion that everyone wants all this stuff.

A brief explanation on CPU coolers

Recently I was looking to double check the accuracy of a CPU cooler from Noctua, mainly for my own curiosity as well as part of our ongoing process to ensure we are only selling high quality parts to Puget customers.…

No "one size fits all" solution: IoT strategies going vertical

A nearly existential search for meaning and direction is hitting the tech industry and its major players in a way that they’ve never truly experienced before. Why? It’s a combination of factors including market maturity, flattened growth in key categories,…

Creating new worlds: What's new at SIGGRAPH 2016

The SIGGRAPH trade show is the holy grail of computer graphics and, increasingly, mobile graphics, virtual reality and augmented reality. It’s here where GPU vendors introduce some of their latest creations, software companies debut new offerings, and where you’ll see…

Should you quit your job to make video games?

Your boss just pulled you into another surprise meeting. You’ve got a case of the Mondays. And your raise got rejected. Why not leave it all behind and roll the dice on a new career in video games? There are endless reasons to take the risk of quitting your job, and just as many reasons to tough it out and stay the safe course. The tricky part is figuring out which apply to you.

The state of the smart home

The promise was big, the hype was bigger, but the reality, well, let’s just say, not exactly earth-shattering. Several years after the concept of the smart home started making waves—the first Nest thermostat was introduced in October of 2011—the smart…

Car Wars: The battle for automotive tech

And so it has begun. With the announcement late last week by BMW, Intel, and Mobileye of a new reference platform for autonomous cars—expected to be available in model year 2021 vehicles—the battle lines are being drawn for what promises…

IoT in business environments faces challenges with scale

One of the core tenets of any business or technological initiative is, in order to achieve mainstream success and widespread adoption, the primary concept must be able to scale. Sure, it is a great proof-of-concept if you can effectively deploy…

The evolution of cloud computing

Servers are probably not near the top of your list for conversation topics nor are they something most people think about. But, it turns out there are some interesting changes happening in server design that will start to have a…

Seven Steam games whose reviews have changed a lot

Valve recently overhauled Steam’s review system, putting a larger focus on recent perspectives. The move made sense. Games are no longer static works. They constantly evolve thanks to updates and programs like Early Access. The system is, by and large, very useful, providing percentages that give narrow and wide snapshots of games. But numbers only tell part of the story.