January 2013January 2013

Building Your Perfect PC  

What constitutes a Perfect PC? Is it speed? Raw power? Practicality? Size? The Perfect PC shouldn’t just be the epitome of computing prowess, but computing prowess that suits you. Your Perfect PC, the one you truly need. And we’re going to help you build it.

Herein lies our in-depth and extensive guide to Building Your Perfect PC. We’re not just laying down the top-of-the-range menagerie of products you can get, but really the type of component for the specific PC that you need. Whether you’re planning to build an all-powerful gaming rig or plan to focus your limited monetary resources on a business PC, our guide will provide you with the information that you need. And after all that, our upgrade matrix will help you plan out the next step your PC can take, or simply as a guide to refurbish your old dust-collecting computer.

It’s a brand new year, so why not start it with a brand new PC?



Appguide Windows 8

The Big Windows 8 App Guide  
It’s Big. It’s Packed. And it’s all about Windows 8. These are the apps that you should get (and avoid) if you’re a proud owner of Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Timeline: Internet Outrages 
Today, even politicians know better than to incur the wrath of netizens like yourselves. Internet Outrages happen often, and never fails to leave a trail of destruction and shattered sanity. We take a look back at this amazingly destructive force.

Self-Healing Materials 
A mistake of putting your car keys and your smartphone in the same pocket may scar it for life, but scientists are working towards a future where your devices may repair its own minor damages.






ASUS PadFone 2
Kingston HyperX Beast
Western Digital Velociraptor Duo
Samsung GALAXY Camera
Acer Aspire S7
And many more…




XCOM Enemy Unknown 
XCOM arrives for the next generation, but will this updated classic retain its strategic roots while winning over new fans?

THINK: 24 No More 
Our resident tech junkie muses about the new 48 frames-per-second movie format, and bids goodbye to good ol’ 24.

Do you know that you can make your own iOS/Android map easily, and for free? Now you do.

TOUCH: The Joy of Music 
While default music players on your mobile devices are great, true joy in music can be found in the many third-party media players out there.

READ: Beyond the Controller 
Books about video games. That is, about games, gamers and the art of making one.

WATCH: The Sci-Fi Movies of 2013 
So, the world didn’t end. That means we get to look forward to a year with a great many of fascinating science fiction movies.





Featured App: MakeMKV 
MakeMKV is a software tool that helps transcode encrypted media (DVDs, Blu-ray and such). For our Practice session, this will prove useful.

Movie Trailer: A Good Day to Die Hard 
John McClane is back, and now he’s putting the Yippee-Ki-Yay into mother Russia.

Game Demo: Telepath Tactics 
Love turn-based strategy RPGs? Telepath Tactics follows the path of Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics by offering a deep and rewarding tactical game.

The Monthly 10
Once again, our monthly selection of the best freeware from the web.