How To Get Windows Experience Index (WEI) Score In Windows 8.1

Windows Experience Index (WEI), one of the hundreds of features introduced with Windows Vista, is designed to help you better understand your computer’s capabilities. It scans your computer hardware and assigns it a score after running a number of tests. These ratings help users in purchasing software and games. For instance, a base score of 5.2 means that the PC will run an application or a game if the WEI score of the game or application is less than, or equal to 5.2. In Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows Experience Index could be accessed by right-clicking on Computer icon and then clicking [...]

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Major next-gen launch title Watch Dogs pushed to Spring 2014

Ubisoft’s major next-gen launch game Watch Dogs is now set to release in Spring 2014. The French game publisher announced as much this afternoon, also noting that The Crew is being pushed to the same window. That means that neither game will arrive until at least April 1, 2014. Though Watch Dogs is a new franchise, Ubisoft’s billing it as its next major series after Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy, and Rayman (among others). For many consumers, it was the tentpole next-gen title that their Xbox One or Playstation 4 purchase was tied to. Ubisoft’s dev team blames the delay [...]

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Apple iOS7 global rollout starts today, what’s new?

Apple mobile device owners can expect to be alerted of an update today for their modern iDevice. The global rollout of iOS 7 has now started. The new operating system has been heralded as “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone” by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple’s design chief Jonny Ive said the update took the OS in an “important new direction.” Meanwhile some Apple enthusiasts have already formed queues in anticipation of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C retail availability. iOS 7 highlights You might already have downloaded and upgraded to iOS 7 on your supported iDevice. [...]

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AMD’s Next-Gen “Hawaii” GPU to Launch in October

DigiTimes’ sources in the “upstream supply chain” have reported that AMD’s new top-end “Hawaii” GPU will be launched in October 2013. According to a report from DigiTimes’ sources in the “upstream supply chain,” AMD will launch its next generation high-end “Hawaii” GPU in October with Asus, MSI and PowerColor expected to start mass shipments of “related products” in the same month. Though we don’t usually attach much weight to rumors of future product releases, we’re strongly inclined to consider this as [...]

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Pegatron employee spies a pile of iPhone 5Cs, all warming up for September

When we spotted this photo on French blog NoWhereElse, we were close to dismissing this as just a bunch of iPhone 5C knock-offs (the shanzhai industry works very fast), just as the site also speculates. But after digging around the original poster’s Sina Weibo profile, we deduced that this spy shot came straight out of Pegatron’s Shanghai plant, which matches what we’ve read in the recent China Labor Watch report on Apple. According to her posts, the cheeky employee — or more likely an ex-employee at this point — in question joined the company’s quality control [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active: water resistant, LTE-capable, coming to the US and Europe this summer

Samsung’s gone official with the Galaxy S 4 Active — once again, before the company’s incoming UK launch event. With IP67 water and dust protection — it’ll survive three feet of water for up to 30 minutes — as well as a 5-inch (TFT LCD) 1080p display (443 ppi), there’s an unspecified 1.9GHz quad-core processor to do the heavy lifting. Alongside LTE radios and Android 4.2.2, the GS4 Active packs an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, while the front-facer will take up to two-megapixel stillw. Now, to match those outdoor protective credentials, there’s [...]

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini Showed in Three UK’s new video

Can’t wait to get your hands on a Galaxy S 4 mini? Samsung has yet to announce its price and availability, but until then you can imagine you’re Three UK’s Brendan Arndt in the video below. Arndt shows off the much-rumored baby S 4 for us, as the phone poses for close-up shots in various angles. While the clip merely reiterates all the specs Samsung confirmed, it also shows how relatively tiny the S 4 mini is compared to its full-sized sibling and the gargantuan Galaxy Mega. That, despite the device boasting a 4.3-inch screen, which is even bigger than the iPhone 5′s. Check [...]

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Xbox One hardware and specs: 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and more

Slot-loading Blu-ray drive? Check. HDMI in and out? Absolutely, considering the Xbox One is meant to play a central role in the living room. There’s an octa-core processor based on AMD’s Jaguar design and 8GB of RAM to go up against the Sony PlayStation 4, plus USB 3.0 ports, 500GB of hard drive storage, WiFi Direct for communicating with the new controller and other devices, and a humungous amount of silicon to drive it all: no fewer than five billion transistors, which compares to 1.4 billion in your average Intel or AMD chip (although Microsoft may be included other processors and [...]

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Microsoft unveils Xbox One , next-generation console

Microsoft debuted the Xbox One this afternoon live from a tent on its Redmond, Wash., campus, putting to end months of speculation about the company’s next-generation video game console. The console will be available “later this year.” Microsoft exec Don Mattrick called it out as an “all-in-one” box. The core strategy is “simple, instant and complete.” It was debuted alongside a new gamepad as well as a new Kinect motion camera. The system itself is all black and features a two-tone finish with both matte and gloss in equal measure; a slot-loading Blu-ray [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

  So, here we are. The big phones of 2013 (well, the first half of it at least – we’ve still got the iPhone 5S / iPhone 6 to land at some point) have all landed and you’re probably wondering which is best. Well, it’s not as easy as usual, as we have three stand-out contenders for the throne of best smartphone. Luckily for you fancy people we’ve spent weeks with all three and have put together this in-depth test to show where the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z have strength and weakness. So, onto the battle… it’s not going to be pretty, but at the [...]

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