All About Cortana – The Future of Windows

All About Cortana – The Future of Windows

One of the coolest new features of Windows 10 is Cortana. This voice activated “intelligent personal assistant” named after the Halo AI is there to help you with Windows navigation, search queries, and basic tasks like calendar invites and alerts within Windows. And the more you use her, the more she learns about you, making Cortana that much more useful as time goes on. Though Cortana may be little more than a cool novelty now, there’s a world of seemingly endless applications for her within Windows as the technology progresses. Let’s explore some of the coolest features that Cortana has…

What is Bloatware?

Think back to the time when you purchased a new gaming computer. How many programs came preinstalled on the machine? Probably plenty. We call this bloatware. Bloatware includes programs that are installed on workstation PCs and can end up doing more harm than good. Also referred to as adware, crapware or shovelware, these programs take up precious space on the operating system and leave less room for the things you want to do. Why is Bloatware on Your Gaming Computer? So why is there bloatware in the first place? For the most part, it has to do with brand awareness…

Why Desktops are Far from Dead

When you shop at an electronics or computer store, you’ll see people hovered around the latest laptops and tablets, oohing and aahing over the most recent advancements. Sleek designs, lightweight frames, touchscreens and high-end graphics never cease to amaze people. Then over in the corner sit the big, bulky and less attention-grabbing desktop computers. In fact, you may wonder, “Why does the store even bother to sell them anymore? Aren’t desktops dead?” Longer Lifespan, Timeless Technology Though laptops and tablets are far more exciting than desktops, the fact is that PCs are not going anywhere. They are very much alive…

What is DirectX 12 and How it Will Change Gaming

What is DirectX 12 and How it Will Change Gaming

In this week’s installment of our ongoing Windows 10 Information and Education series, we’re going to dive deeper into one of the Windows 10 features we highlighted in an earlier article – DirectX 12. What is DirectX 12? How does DirectX 12 affect gaming performance? What has us so excited? Read on to find out. What is DirectX 12? DirectX is the native Windows code that handles the processing of all visual tasks and multimedia processing involved in playing Windows games. Essentially, it’s what runs Windows games and allows you to tap into the power of your hardware. DirectX 12…

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Our Windows 10 Information and Education Series continues on this week with a helpful list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. Use these to save precious seconds and impress your friends. Read all of our articles in the Windows 10 Series here! Windows Snap Shortcuts For multitaskers, the Windows Snap feature introduced in Windows 7 came in extremely handy. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the capability of snapping windows vertically, as well as 2×2 and these keyboard shortcuts to go along with it: Windows Key + Left – Snap current window to the left side of the screen. Windows Key…

Top 5 Performance Improvements of Intel’s Skylake Processors

Top 5 Performance Improvements of Intel’s Skylake Processors

Today, Intel announced the immediate availability of the unlocked version of their 6th Gen Core processors, formerly codenamed Skylake. Now known as the Core i7-6700k and Core i5-6600k, these new CPUs are a new architecture based on the 14 nm die shrink introduced recently with the 5th Gen Intel Core processors (aka Broadwell). But what does that mean from a performance and features standpoint and how will these new processors benefit your gaming and enthusiast/workstation applications? Here are the top performance improvements and new features to be found in Intel’s new Skylake processors: Better performance with less power With each new…

5 Reasons to Love Nvidia Graphics

The two major players in the graphics chip industry are Nvidia and AMD. Both companies have done their best to establish themselves as leaders in their industry while also expanding into other areas. Nvidia has gone into the mobile and enterprise markets while AMD is moving away from the PC market. Instead, they’re putting more focus on building semi custom SoCs for gaming consoles. Whether you’re building your own gaming PC or you’re looking to purchase one, you may be curious as to which one is better: Nvidia or AMD. Here are five great reasons why we love Nvidia graphics…

Windows 10 Home vs Pro

Windows 10 Home vs Pro

With the launch of Windows 10 and its laundry list of cool new features comes the same question as with every other major Windows release – which version is best for me and my needs? Is the Pro version worth the investment over the standard Home edition? Fortunately, because Microsoft is claiming that Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows” (with major launches replaced by incremental ongoing improvements), this will hopefully be the final time that you’ll have to wade through a confusing list of features and options to choose a Windows version that fits your specific needs.…

How to Clean Your Computer Without PC Cleaning Apps

The Web is full of ads for apps that want to clean your PC and make it run like new. But before you get sold on one of these apps, it’s important to know that you can clean your computer for FREE. If you have Windows on your workstation PC, then you have built-in cleaning tools that do just as much, if not more, than what the average PC cleaner can do. Here are some of the things that PC apps claim they can do when you purchase the full version of their product: Remove junk files Clear Internet browsing…

Announcing the 2015 Vector Campus Edition – starting at $599

Announcing the 2015 Vector Campus Edition – starting at $599

Today, we announced that our annual, wildly popular Campus Edition is officially back for 2015. Designed to be the perfect PC for back to school, this year’s Campus Edition is powered by an Intel processor and chipset for the ultimate in performance and reliability and built by the same US-based engineers using the same extreme care and zero bloatware as Velocity Micro’s famous enthusiast and gaming PCs. It includes: Our classic mATX SX chassis for superior cooling A premium 430 Watt EVGA power supply for reliability and upgradability Intel processors with Core i5 and i7 options 8GB of high performance…