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Graphic Pro Software for Mac review

Graphic Pro Software for Mac creates basic pictures by combining built-in images with two-dimensional shapes and text. The Windows port feels out of place on OS X and leaves plenty of room for improvement in terms of interface, features, and usability. When it comes to functionality, you won't find anything professional despite the app's name; it's on the same level as MS Paint, if not lower.

Right from the start Graphic Pro Software for Mac leaves a bad impression: It doesn't have an icon. The developer provides a free graphics pack with the app, but it … Read more

Nvidia launches midrange GPUs with Maxwell architecture

Nvidia on Tuesday gave gamers a hint of what's to come with its new Maxwell architecture.

The graphics chipmaker unveiled its updated GeForce GTX 750i and GeForce GTX 750 graphics processing units (GPUs), which are aimed at the midrange graphics market. The chips are 50 percent faster than their predecessor -- Kepler -- and twice as energy efficient, thanks to the inclusion of Maxwell. The graphics chips are the first time the architecture has hit the market.

The low power consumption of the chips means users don't need special power connectors for them. They also run quietly, which … Read more

Torvalds gives Nvidia software thumbs up, not middle finger

In a surprise move, Nvidia has contributed software that will help Linux take advantage of the graphics horsepower of the company's new Tegra K1 mobile chip -- and Linux project leader Linus Torvalds is happy about the reversal of fortunes.

"This time I'm raising a thumb for Nvidia. Good times," Torvalds said Sunday night on Google+, a strong contrast to a June 2012 speech in which Torvalds instead offered Nvidia a middle finger for its non-cooperation. Nvidia has preferred to offer proprietary binary drivers to let operating systems use its graphics chips, not open-source software that … Read more

Nvidia at CES 2014: Join us at 8 p.m. PT Sunday (live blog)

It's that time of year again, and Nvidia again kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show with the first major press conference of the week.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker will hold its event at 8 p.m. PT on Sunday at the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino in Las Vegas. CNET's Eric Franklin, James Martin, and I will bring you all the live news, photos, and commentary starting about 30 minutes before the event.

Join CNET's live blog of Nvidia's CES press conference. Traditionally known for making graphics processing units found in computers and game consoles, Nvidia … Read more

Low Latency No. 82: Late to the party

Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Friday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.

ARM unveils graphics chip design with up to 16 cores

ARM, which designs processors for smartphones and tablets, has disclosed a new graphics chip design with many more processor cores than in the current generation.

A future Mali-T760 graphics processing unit (GPU) -- due in products in the coming years -- will have up to 16 processor cores, ARM said Tuesday in a statement.

By comparison, the iPhone 5S' A7 chip boasts four GPU cores. The A7 chip is based on a design from Imagination Technologies, an ARM competitor.

In addition to offering up to 16 cores, ARM said the Mali-T760 chips will see an increase in both performance per … Read more

MacBook Pro Retina 2013 teardown: Tough fix, good parts

It should come as no surprise that the 0.7-inch-thick 15.4-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Retina models aren't easy to repair. iFixit said this week their repairability is still rock bottom.

Thin laptops, especially those from Apple, aren't known for easy accessibility or repair as their cases are often completely sealed.

That hasn't changed with the 2013 MacBook Pro Retina.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MBP got a repairability score of 1 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair) from iFixit, matching the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina 2012 models.

You can … Read more

Wacom rebrands pro graphics tablets, redesigns and rebrands hobbyist line

Bamboo, you've been eaten by pandas. Wacom's jettisoning the Bamboo brand for its consumer graphics tablets and encompassing them within the Intuos brand, simultaneously rebranding its Intuos5 line as Intuos Pro. The latter remains unchanged, save for the bundling of the wireless connection kit in the box and a new $379 Special Edition of the medium tablet with silver bezels on top and bottom for those of you who don't like the basic black.

Wacom's also made some odd pricing changes, dropping the price of the small tablet by $20 to $249, raising the price of … Read more

Apple replacing some 2011-2012 iMac graphics cards

Apple on Friday began a new program to replace faulty graphics cards found in some mid-2011 to late-2012 iMacs.

The program covers systems with AMD Radeon HD 6970M video cards. Those were found in the 27-inch iMac models with either the 3.1GHz or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel i-series chips.

According to support language, the video cards could fail, "causing the computer display to appear distorted, white or blue with vertical lines, or to turn black."

That iteration of iMac was sold between May 2011 to October 2012.

The program overlaps with an earlier replacement program covering Seagate … Read more

A Ride Into the Mountains looks like a old-school console game, but is much more

A Ride Into the Mountains (iOS|Android) uses simple graphics to create a stunningly artistic world where you play as a young boy battling demons with his trusty bow. The touch controls for firing your bow take some practice, but it's worth it to master your skills to watch the story unfold. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.

The storyline for A Ride Into the Mountains is simple, but the presentation is what makes the game special. A family lives in the shadow of a mountain that houses a magical relic that protects the surrounding land. When an … Read more