Maximum PC - News en China Plans to Replace All Windows Machines with Linux Rigs by 2020 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linux_penguin_0.jpg" alt="Linux Penguin" title="Linux Penguin" width="228" height="240" style="float: right;" />It's a "de-Windowsifying movement"</h3> <p>Most of the mainstream angst directed towards Windows 8 and 8.1 in the U.S. has to do with the Modern UI and little things like the lack of a Start menu. But while hopes are high that Windows 10 will be the OS everyone wanted Windows 8 to be, China's concerns run much deeper than the UI. As such, <strong>China reportedly plans to undergo a "de-Windowsifying" process in which its systems will be move to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020</strong>.</p> <p>"We call this a de-Windowsifying movement," Computer Science Professor Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering <a href="" target="_blank">told <em></em></a>.</p> <p>The 75-year-old professor went on to discuss his plans to bring together China's homegrown OS developers in an alliance to replace Windows within the next few years.</p> <p>"Now is the most vulnerable time for Microsoft in China, and the best time for homegrown software companies to beat it," Ni added.</p> <p>So far the effort has the support of 15 OS developers. None of them can take on Windows by going at it alone, but China's hope is that by pooling their talent and resources, they can rid the country's reliance on Microsoft's OS. It's also worth noting that China recently banned the use of Windows 8 on all government PCs due to spying concerns.</p> <p>"At the end of the day, I expect the 15 operating systems to merge into one or two operating systems, while the rest of the developers can shift into providing other relevant services," Ni said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> china linux operating system OS Software Windows windows 8 News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28823 at Roccat Releases Tenkeyless Ryos TKL Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_ryos_tkl_pro.jpg" alt="Roccat Ryos TKL Pro" title="Roccat Ryos TKL Pro" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Go crazy with macros</h3> <p>Ever since entering the U.S. market, <strong>Roccat's been steadily updating its catalog of gaming gear, the newest of which is the Ryos TKL Pro, a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard</strong>. According to Roccat, the design and functionality of the Ryos TKL Pro resulted from "tons of hands-on research and testing," including that of professional gamer HyuN, the number one StarCraft II player in the world.</p> <p>"The Ryos TKL Pro looks good, it feels really great to play on, and supports all of my needs when I'm training, and definitely in competition," HyuN says. "If you're an eSports gamer like me or just love playing with an amazing keyboard, the TKL Pro is awesome."</p> <p>Beyond the marketing fluff, the Ryos TKL Pro is a compact plank with Cherry MX key switches, 470 programmable macros, Roccat Talk support (it can communicate with other Roccat peripherals), two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, 2MB of flash memory to store profiles, and per-key illumination that you can customize with special effects.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Ryos TKL Pro</a> is available now for $140 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware mechanical keyboard Peripherals roccat ryos tkl pro tenkeyless News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:58:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28821 at LG Releases 31-inch 4K Monitor for Professionals Priced at $1,400 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/lg_31mu97.jpg" alt="LG 31MU97" title="LG 31MU97" width="200" height="164" style="float: right;" />Supports over 1 billion colors</h3> <p>Professional photographers, video editors, and graphic designers looking to get the sharpest images possible won’t have to look too far. <strong>LG has released the LG 31MU97 4K monitor</strong> that meets the required standards of the Digital Cinema Initiative for professional or general use.</p> <p>The <a title="LG 31MU97 product page" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">LG 31MU97</span></a>, also called the Digital Cinema 4K monitor, is a 31-inch IPS 4K monitor that is capable of helping professionals edit 4K content without resorting to image scaling. With a 4096x2160 resolution and 10-bit color, the <a title="4K monitor feature" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">4K monitor</span></a> covers 99.5 percent of the AdobeRGB spectrum and supports over 1 billion colors to provide more accurate and detailed images. In addition, there is the Dual Color Space feature which lets the monitor display two different color modes at the same time, allowing users to compare different versions of their work concurrently.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those of you that need your monitors to have multiple connections, the LG 31MU97 should be more than adequate. It&nbsp;comes with two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, MiniDP, and three USB 3.0 ports. Users will also be able to directly connect the monitor to a tablet or external HD and, according to LG, the monitor is Mac compatible.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LG 31MU97 should be available now for $1,399 at Amazon, Newegg, B&amp;H, Fry’s, and Tiger Direct.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> 4K monitor Digital Cinema 4K monitor LG LG 31MU97 lg electronics News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:11 +0000 Sean D Knight 28819 at Lenovo Purchases Motorola from Google for $2.91 Billion <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/lenovo_logo.jpg" alt="Lenovo Logo" title="Lenovo Logo" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" />The deal has gone through</h3> <p>Back in <a title="MPC Lenovo Motorola deal" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">January</span></a>, it was announced that Google would be selling its Motorola division to Lenovo pending approval from authorities. Google, which had acquired the mobile company for $12.5 billion in 2012, was looking to sell it and now that all parties involved have signed off on the deal, <strong>Lenovo has acquired Motorola for $2.91 billion</strong>.</p> <p>Of the $2.91 billion, $660 million will be in cash while 519,107,215 of newly issued, ordinary shares of Lenovo stock (valued at $750 million) was transferred to Google at the close of the transaction. As for the remaining $1.5 billion, that will be paid to Google in the form of a three-year promissory note. However, a separate cash compensation of $228 million will also be paid to Google to cover the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time when the deal closed.</p> <p>According to the deal, however, Google will maintain ownership for most of Motorola’s patent portfolio though Motorola will be given a license to the patents and other IPs in it. However, Motorola will retain 2,000 patent assets in addition to a number of patent cross-license agreements and the Motorola brand.</p> <p>With Motorola under its umbrella, Lenovo has high expectations according to Lenovo executive vice president Liu Jun who said, “With the complementary strengths of our two companies, we expect to sell more than 100 million mobile devices this year – including smartphones and tablets – by leveraging the Lenovo brand’s leading market position in China, our shared momentum in emerging markets, and Motorola’s strong foothold in mature markets like the U.S.”</p> <p>The acquisition of Motorola makes Lenovo the third largest maker of smartphones, which will now has access to the Moto X, Moto G, and Droid series of smartphones.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Google lenovo Lenovo acquires Motorola motorola News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:42:57 +0000 Sean D Knight 28818 at MSI's GT80 Titan is World First Laptop to Sport a Mechanical Keyboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt80_titan.jpg" alt="MSI GT80 Titan" title="MSI GT80 Titan" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Finally, a gaming laptop with a mechanical plank!</h3> <p>Call us keyboard snobs if you will, but once you've experienced the pleasure of typing on a mechanical keyboard, it's difficult to go back to those squishy membrane planks. Peripheral makers have stepped up to the plate with plenty of mechanical models in the past few years, though <strong>MSI gets a virtual high-five for being the first to plop a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop</strong>.</p> <p>MSI's GT80 Titan uses Cherry MX Brown key switches, which are known for being light, tactile, and non-clicky. It's a popular switch among gamers because of their tactile response while remaining relatively quiet compared to Cherry MX Blue switches, which are loud by comparison.</p> <p>Little else is known about the 18.4-inch GT80 Titan, at least on an official basis. Rumor has it the GT80 Titan may wield a GTX 980 SLI configuration and up to 32GB of RAM. Given the laptop's size, we're betting on this being a full-blown desktop replacement.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, only that it's "<a href="" target="_blank">coming soon</a>," according to the GT80 Titan's teaser page.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cherry mx brown Gaming gt80 titan Hardware laptop mechanical keyboard msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28815 at Samsung Partners with Ubisoft to Bundle Assassin's Creed Unity with Select Hardware <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/assassinscreedunity.jpg" alt="Assassin's Creed Unity" title="Assassin's Creed Unity" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Celebrate your upgrade with a free game</h3> <p>Hey, if Ubisoft and Samsung want to start handing out free games, we'll all for it. In this case, the <strong>free title is Assassin's Creed Unity, which you're eligible to receive if you purchase a Samsung U28D590D (UD590) 4K Ultra HD monitor or a Samsung 850 Pro solid state drive </strong>(256GB, 512GB, or 1TB) from a participating retailer -- don't worry, there are several to choose from.</p> <p>The list of participating retailers include Best Buy,,, Microcenter, Sam's Club (monitor only), ABT (monitor only), Fry's, Tiger Direct, and Electronics Express (monitor only). Should you purchase one or the other from any of those retailers, you'll receive a download code for Assassin's Creed Unity.</p> <p>"Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay," <a href="" target="_blank">said Ron Gazzola</a>, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We’re happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers."</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">UD590</a> is a 28-inch monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution. It's a TN panel with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time (GTG), 370 cd/m2 brightness, two HDMI ports, and a DisplayPort.</p> <p>As for the <a href="" target="_blank">850 Pro Series</a>, they're the first SSDs to use 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which stacks 32 cell layers on top of one another rather than trying to decrease the cells' length and width to fit smaller form factors. The drives are rated to deliver read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 850 pro assassin's creed unity Build a PC games Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage ud590 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:22:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28814 at Microsoft Gets into Wearables with $200 Fitness Band, iOS and Android Users Invited to Play <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_band.jpg" alt="Microsoft Band" title="Microsoft Band" width="228" height="235" style="float: right;" />Not just for Windows Phone users</h3> <p>Rather than continue to watch from the sidelines, <strong>Microsoft just made a move into the wearables category by introducing its Microsoft Band, a $200 fitness band</strong> that works with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. Coinciding with the launch is a new platform called Microsoft Health, which includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data.</p> <p>Microsoft says its fitness band is designed to be worn all the time by people who are active both in the gym and on the job. It's armed with 10 smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurements, advanced sleep quality tracking, and more.</p> <p>Like other smart wrist wearables, the Microsoft Band will alert you to incoming calls, emails, texts, and social updates. It also gives you access to Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant. It's available to <a href="" target="_blank">order today</a> from the Microsoft Store.</p> <p>Also available today is the accompanying Microsoft Health app, which you can download for Windows Phone, Android, or iOS. The purpose of Microsoft Health is to making tracking personal fitness a bit easier, and one way it does that is by uniting data from different devices and services. With that information, you can be informed as to which exercises burned the most calories during a workout, the recommended recovery time based on the intensity of a workout, the amount of restful versus restless sleep, and more.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> fitness Hardware microsoft band microsoft health mobile Wearable News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:54:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28813 at Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice: Choose Your Type of Sensor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_gaming_sabre_rgb.jpg" alt="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" title="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" width="228" height="233" style="float: right;" />Do you prefer an optical or laser sensor?</h3> <p><strong>Corsair Gaming, a division of Corsair that's focused on (*drum roll*) gaming hardware, today introduced the Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB</strong>, an ultralight mouse for gamers. There are two versions of the Sabre RGB, one that rolls with a laser sensor and another that goes old school with an optical sensor. The former sports an 8200 DPI with ultra-precise tracking on just about any surface, whereas the optical sensor tops out at 6400 DPI with multi-color smooth and accurate tracking, Corsair Gaming says.</p> <p>Both versions are featherweight fighters with bodies that weigh less than 100 grams. They both also sport four-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, CUE software for personalized performance and color customization, eight programmable buttons, high-quality switches rated for 20 million clicks, and braided 1.8 meter easy-flex cables.</p> <p>"As a competitive Counter-Strike GO player, I need an agile and accurate mouse to allow me to get consistent head shots with minimal effort and maximum efficiency," said Jason Christian, Product Manager for gaming peripherals at Corsair Gaming. "To this end, I designed the Sabre RGB mice from the ground up to be lean and ultralight with the same level of precision of our M65 and M45 mice."</p> <p>The Sabre RGB Laser Mouse is available for $70 MSRP and the Sabre RGB Optical Mouse goes for $60 MSRP. If you're feeling lucky, head to Sabre's website where you can enter to win a Sabre RGB mouse, Nvidia GeForce graphics card, and a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> corsair gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals sabre rgb News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28812 at Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at Watch for Low Cost Intel Desktops and All-in-One PCs Featuring Windows 8.1 with Bing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_aio_0.jpg" alt="Acer AIO" title="Acer AIO" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Cheap all-in-one PCs will run Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>For a long while, owning an all-in-one was cost prohibitive for many people, as most models carried premium price tags. Prices have certainly come down in recent years, though there's not a ton of options in the way of entry-level AIOs for those who might be interested in such a system. However, that may change. There's talk that <strong>Microsoft is cooperating with Intel to offer system builders subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing on entry-level desktops and AIOs</strong>.</p> <p>Citing supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> the low-end desktops would start at $199 retail and 18.5-inch non-touch AIO PCs would go for $349 and up, both powered by Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processors based on the chip maker's Bay Trail-D architecture.</p> <p>One player that's already on board with Celeron J1900 powered systems running Windows 8.1 with Bing is Acer, which has placed orders, <em>Digitimes</em> says. Those rigs will also feature 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, and an optical drive. In other words, a fairly basic setup at a cheap price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> aio all-in-one Bing Hardware intel microsoft windows 8.1 News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28808 at