Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Merger: Operational Joint Working Plan

Microsoft representatives have recently announced the intentions of the corporation to merge with Barnes & Noble company. Barnes & Noble has established reputation for being the global leader in the production and sale of electronic books, as well as other Internet services dedicated to the sale of various goods. The company is currently working at production of electronic book entitled Nook which operates on Android platform. Specialists and analysts declare unanimously that the main goal of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble merger is the creation of a new company; the company will be oriented on the production of electronic books which will operate on Windows 8 platform.


Both companies’ representatives keep from commenting on the detailed structure of the future company. The unveiled info shows that both companies will continue working at creation and production of Nook electronic books. The merger is called to bring benefits to all involved parties: Microsoft will enter into …

Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

LG Puts on Sale 27EA83 Monitor with Impressive Resolution

Monitors with high resolution are not rarity nowadays. However, LG still managed to marvel the general public with its new monitor model 27EA83 that features really impressive resolution: 2560x1440, also knows as WQHD. The manufacturer has already put it on sale but only by reservation. The price for such a marvelous product fluctuates within the boundaries of $960.



Model 27EA83 features 27 inch IPS panel that is equipped with a power-efficient LED backlight. The estimated array response time does not go beyond 6 ms. According to the official data uncovered by LG, this monitor comprises up to 98% of Adobe RGB color spacing. The maximal display brightness achieves 350 cd/m2, while viewing angles, both vertical and horizontal, equal to 178 degrees. Static contrast is fixed at 1000:1 and dynamic contrast comprises 5 million to 1.


LG furnishes its 27EA83 monitor with a functional stand. Due to its facilities the user is able to adjust the angle of gradient, display height, …
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