AMD's New Radeon Is a Preposterous Powerhouse You'll Wish You Needed

If you buy video cards, chances are you have a lust for power. No respectable PC builder doesn't at least covet insane high-end cards, even without ever really considering them. Well here's a new sucker to salivate at, the 11.5 teraflop, water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 295X2. The new coolest card you have no reason to own. » 4/08/14 8:00am 4/08/14 8:00am

Nvidia's First Maxwell Card Is a Power-Sipping Screamer

Nvidia'sTegra K1 is damned pretty for mobile tech, but the desktop team hasn't just been sitting around waiting for Tegra to catch up. Say hello to Maxwell—the new architecture on the desktop side—and the GTX 750Ti. It's a tiny little sucker that's worth its weight in watts. » 2/18/14 9:00am 2/18/14 9:00am

From Dream to 3D Reality: The Fascinating Origins of Pixar

Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo, and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose clients included the government and the medical community. The story of Pixar isn't exactly full of superheroes, adorable robots, … » 1/13/14 6:40am 1/13/14 6:40am

Which Superfoods Aren't Actually Super At All?

It's way more fun to finish off a big ol' bar of dark choco when you can convince yourself it's good for you. Because c'mon, science says so… in all those random studies you've seen floating around the internet… right? Well, surprise surprise, it turns out there are a bunch of false facts out there regarding the health … » 1/07/14 9:40am 1/07/14 9:40am

Here's how much video game graphics have improved over 30 years

The wonderful folks at The Art of the Title specialize in putting together compilation videos of, you guessed it, title sequences. They can be from movies, from specific directors, from film franchises and so on. In this one, they're tackling the title design of video games. You can see just how much video game… » 11/05/13 7:10pm 11/05/13 7:10pm

The Totally True History of Video Game Graphics

Humans? Usually unappreciative and typically awful. But it wasn't always like this! When we didn't have fancy technology with so many features they become useless and couldn't trap amazingness in a box in our pockets, we enjoyed the little things. Like 8-bit graphics and physical buttons and cords and cartridges. Hell, … » 10/19/13 1:00am 10/19/13 1:00am

How Often Cities Appear in Books From the Past 200 Years, Visualized

Google’s N-Gram Viewer is a wonderful and under-appreciated thing: At the click of a mouse, it lets you search Google Books’ huge corpus of material for specific words and combinations of words. This N-Gram analysis, for example, maps the mention of ten different cities in every book written between 1800 and 2000,… » 8/06/13 11:00am 8/06/13 11:00am

Just Look at How Insane Your Phone's Graphics Will Be Next Year

Project Logan is NVIDIA's next-gen mobile processor. Inside of it is the Kepler GPU, which NVIDIA claims the fastest, most advanced scalable GPU in the world. Last year, Kepler hit desktops and laptops, and next year your phone and tablet are about to get supercharged. » 7/24/13 9:01am 7/24/13 9:01am

These Incredible Facial Scans Capture Detail Down to the Skin Cell

Rendering CGI faces that look close to real is hard, but we're starting to see hardware that can pull it off. Then, the problem becomes the source material; you've got to have models that look good enough to pass for real. For that, a new kind of facial scanning is going to come in handy, one that can get detail all… » 7/06/13 6:36pm 7/06/13 6:36pm

iOS 7: Instead of Flatness, We Got Depth

Today, after plenty of self-deprecating jokes about virtual cows, Apple unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the mobile software by Jony Ive. After months of speculation and weeks of rumor-mongering, we finally have our answer: the future of iOS is, actually, is rife with dimensionality and texture. Which is a good thing. » 6/10/13 3:48pm 6/10/13 3:48pm

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M: The New Best Graphics Card For Your Laptop

Intel's new integrated graphics are better than ever, and AMD's are nothing to shake a stick at either, but if you really want to game on a laptop, nothing's gonna beat discrete. And Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 700M series just rolled into town with the best graphics you can put in your laptop. » 5/30/13 5:00pm 5/30/13 5:00pm

Beautiful Prints From Iconic New Yorker Artist Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine has a talent for capturing the strangeness and beauty of life in a city, from creeping Brooklyn gentrification to the subway-borne Missed Connection. His frequent illustrations for The New Yorker have always made me wish I could own a larger print—in fact, a copy of his iconic post-Hurricane Sandy cover » 5/24/13 5:00pm 5/24/13 5:00pm

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: Titanic Power at a Less Ludicrous Price

Hot on the heels of the all-powerful Titan's release just a few months ago, Nvidia is now plowing forward into its 700 series with the sweet new GTX 780. It's a Titan-esque bad-boy that's a little bit cheaper. » 5/23/13 9:00am 5/23/13 9:00am