Nvidia stock surges after company posts record sales

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There was some good news for the PC industry yesterday; despite a global slowdown in the number of computers sold, hardware sales are improving – for Nvidia, at least. The GPU maker reported that it had beaten fourth quarter earnings targets and posted record revenue for both Q4 and 2016.

Nvidia’s revenue from its core graphics card business for the three months up to January 31 was $810 million, a jump of 25.4 percent from the same period a year earlier. The company puts this down to consumers buying new GPUs to power some of the blockbuster games released during this holiday quarter, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

“GeForce sales are driven by the launch of great gaming titles and that again proved true this past holiday season,” Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress said on a conference call with investors and press.

While revenue for the entire year was up 7 percent to $5.01 billion, the company’s net income was down 3 percent from $631 billion to $614 billion. Operating expenses rose 12 percent to just over $2 billion.

Nvidia is continuing to expand its business into other areas outside of gaming; the company is “especially excited” about its deep learning strategy.

“Deep learning is a new computing model that teaches computers to find patterns and make predictions, extracting powerful insights from massive quantities of data. We are working with thousands of companies that are applying the power of deep learning in fields ranging from life sciences and financial services to the Internet of Things,” said CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

Nvidia’s share price rose almost 10 percent in after-hours trading following the report, and is currently up 25 percent over the last 12 months. With continued growth in the PC gaming, VR, deep learning and self-driving vehicle markets, the future is looking bright for Nvidia.

Here’s the full breakdown from the report.

GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) Q4 FY16 Q3 FY16 Q4 FY15 Q/Q Y/Y
Revenue $1,401 $1,305 $1,251 up 7% up 12%
Gross margin 56.5% 56.3% 55.9% up 20 bps up 60 bps
Operating expenses $539 $489 $468 up 10% up 15%
Operating income $252 $245 $231 up 3% up 9%
Net income $207 $246 $193 down 16% up 7%
Diluted earnings per share $0.35 $0.44 $0.35 down 20%
Non-GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) Q4 FY16 Q3 FY16 Q4 FY15 Q/Q Y/Y
Revenue $1,401 $1,305 $1,251 up 7% up 12%
Gross margin 57.2% 56.5% 56.2% up 70 bps up 100 bps
Operating expenses $445 $430 $420 up 3% up 6%
Operating income $356 $308 $283 up 16% up 26%
Net income $297 $255 $241 up 16% up 23%
Diluted earnings per share $0.52 $0.46 $0.43 up 13% up 21%

FY2016 Summary

GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) FY16 FY15 Y/Y
Revenue $5,010 $4,682 up 7%
Gross margin 56.1% 55.5% up 60 bps
Operating expenses $2,064 $1,840 up 12%
Operating income $747 $759 down 2%
Net income $614 $631 down 3%
Diluted earnings per share $1.08 $1.12 down 4%
Non-GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) FY16 FY15 Y/Y
Revenue $5,010 $4,682 up 7%
Gross margin 56.8% 55.8% up 100 bps
Operating expenses $1,721 $1,657 up 4%
Operating income $1,125 $954 up 18%
Net income $929 $801 up 16%
Diluted earnings per share $1.67 $1.42 up 18%

Build your own computer case with the Aerocool Dream Box

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Selecting the perfect PC case can often seem like an exercise in futility. While there’s no shortages of options to choose from, finding one that appeals to your taste, accommodates your hardware and physically fits where you want to use it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Worse yet, all of that hard work may go out the window if you move, switch to a watercooling setup or change form factors.

If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation (and you like to build things), the Dream Box from Aerocool may be worth a look.

The Dream Box is a DIY case in the truest form. The starter kit comes with 188 components – an assortment of joints, pipes, brackets, metal beams, an I/O port, PSU bracket and more – that allow you to build a chassis that’s limited only by your imagination.

In fact, you don’t even have to build a computer case as Aerocool suggests all sorts of things such as coat hangers, toys, a table, lamps and more. Think of it as a grown-up version of an Erector Set.

While the kit offers a ton of flexibility, it notably doesn’t include any sort of panels. If you’ve got young kids or curious pets, this could certainly pose a problem. I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to carve up some custom panels but of course, that requires extra time, money and effort.

The Aerocool Dream Box retails for $150.

Windows Search alternatives: find a file in record time

Most people find it difficult to organize thousands of files stored on their computers in a clear way. So do I. Without a system, it often becomes problematic to me to find a particular file on my PC, especially since a directory contains a large number of unmanageable items or I don’t remember the exact name of a needed file. This is where a desktop search utility usually comes to the rescue, but the default Windows Search app locates files too slowly and doesn’t provide a variety of settings. In this article, I’ve decided to present you with the most interesting alternatives to the Windows Search tool that work fast and flawlessly.

Everything

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The program with the most ambitious name on our list isEverything. It is free, portable, quick, and really great. Developed almost seven years ago, this desktop search utility stays highly competitive among other alternatives to Windows Search and provides the most convenient way to find files and folders by their names on your computer. Due to scanning your files on the very first launch, Everything creates its owndatabase of the files’ indexes which in turn helps the program spend less than two seconds to display the search results. Moreover, Everything is equipped with truly advanced search options. You may set the tool to match a case, match a path, match a whole word, match a diacritics, etc. while looking for a file. Or you may use somesyntax symbols to specify your search inquiry, for example, whether you search for two words together (x and z) or separately (x | z), whether you want to exclude something from the list (!y) or want to find everything that starts and ends with needed letters (a*e, where * any number of any type) or just look for the exact phrase (“qwerty”). Everything is possible with Everything! Include spaces in a search string, search for file types, find a file in a specific location and much, much more. Also, I cannot but mention that the program is absolutely free.

UltraSearch

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UltraSearch is another decent program for an instant search, that, importantly, is being developed by a reputable software company, JAM Software (see also TreeSize Professional). In comparison to Everything, the UltraSearch utility does not store indexes of your files in its database, but attains its great speed by working directly on the Master File Table (MFT) of the NTF system. MFT is a special entry that contains all the information about a file, including its size, time and date stamps, permissions and data content. It even identifies NTFS hardlinks (directory entries that associate names with files and folders). And what makes two programs similar is their support of regular expressions (the use of syntax symbols): with UltraSearch you can also find file extensions, exclude certain folders, sort the results according to certain criteria, use wildcards. UltraSearch is a freeware program as well. One of its advantages is that it can show the additional information of a file and export the search results to several types of files: RTF, HTML, CSV andExcel. The possible drawback of UltraSearch is the banner in the program interface advertising the download of other software by this developer.

Listary

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If minimalism is what comes first to you, thenListary as a simple and elegant search utility for Windows will definitely satisfy your taste. There are different ways to start and complete the search process with Listary (the Favorites and History search, the Fuzzy Navigation, the Projects search, and others), but the easiest and the one that is set by default is called ‘Find as you Type‘. This feature is designed to recognize suffixes, prefixes or other parts of any files, folders, drives, or apps anywhere in Windows Explorer or in programs like 7-Zip, Total Commander, XnView, etc. The results are instantly shown next to the Listary’s search box. As you type, the application brings up a menu with the results, which you can browse using the up / down keyboard arrows. By clicking or pressing the Enter button, you can quickly open any file. The right keyboard arrow over a file activates the context menu. Another way of activating the search function is using the key combinations like Win + S or Win + W. This feature works both under the file managers and open / save file dialogs. The free tool Listary also comes with dozens of configuration settings to customize the search engine to the full.

In case you want to go further in personalizing your computer, study the article on how to get rid of default apps in Windows 10.

How to a create a USB recovery drive for Windows 10

A Windows 10 USB recovery drive is a bootable USB device that gives you access to a number of troubleshooting and recovery tools. If your operating system doesn’t want to boot anymore, or if when it does you see a bunch of errors, having a recovery drive can be very handy, as it will allow you to easily deal with those problems yourself, without having to pay someone else. Unfortunately, realizing that you don’t have a recovery solution after your Windows is no longer functioning properly won’t do you any good. You should make it beforehand, to be prepared in if (or rather, when) Windows 10 starts acting up.

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If you’re wondering what you need in order to make a USB recovery drive, the obvious answer is a USB memory stick. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the exact storage capacity that the device should have. According to Microsoft, it’s supposed to be around 3 or 4 GB, but when I did this on my work PC it required 8 GB, and my home computer needed even more than that. At the beginning of the process, the recovery tool will analyze your system and tell you the amount of space required to create recovery drive. You should also know that going through with this will purge any files you have on the USB stick, so make sure that you’ve backed up the data or no longer need it. Lastly, you will need the password to your Windows 10 administrator account, because this tool will need admin privileges.

The first step is to click on the Start Menu button, then simply type “Create a recovery drive” (without quotes). By the time you get to “Create a rec”, you should see a button at the top of the menu (in the Best matchcategory) named Create a recovery drive. Click on it. If you want the longer version, you need to right-click the Start Menu, then go to Control Panel –> System and Security, click on the blue Recovery button from the bottom-right and select the Create a recovery drive option.

Recovery Drive windowRecovery Drive window

Now, a new window will pop-up, telling you about the usefulness of creating a recovery drive. You should notice that there’s small check box in the middle of the window with the text “Backup system files to the recovery drive”. If checked, this option will allow you to use some advanced recovery features and even completely reinstall Windows 10, so I suggest that you enable it. Click the Next button and, as mentioned previously, the recovery tool will analyze your PC, displaying the amount of storage space required for the recovery files. (The system analysis could take a while, so you may need to wait for several minutes)

Once the scan is completed, plug in the USB stick that you want to turn into a recovery drive (make sure that its storage capacity is equal or higher than the one required), then select the drive in question and click Next. There’s one more confirmation screen telling you (once again) that everything on your USB stick will be deleted, and if you’re sure that you want to go through with this, click the Create button. The process will begin, and, depending on your PC’s performance, it can take between 10 and 30 minutes (even more in some cases). After it’s done, click the Finish button, remove the USB stick from your PC and keep it somewhere safe so that you can use it when your Windows 10 stops working properly or no longer boots.

As one last piece of advice: if possible, I recommend using a USB 3.0 port and device both for creating the recovery drive and for the actual recovery process. It’s going to make everything a lot faster, and nobody likes to wait. If you’re interested in more Windows 10 troubleshooting solutions, you might want to take a look at our previous articles: “How to enable Cortana, no matter which country you’re in” or “How to fix Windows 10-related WiFi problems“. Additionally, you could check out these “7 solutions to speed up Windows 10” or find out what are the “Best tweaks and tricks to improve Windows 10’s performance“.