Maximum PC - News en Latest Update Lets Raptr Users Record and Stream Games <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/raptr_logo.jpg" alt="Raptr Logo" title="Raptr Logo" width="200" height="201" style="float: right;" />Record gameplay and your own reactions simultaneously</h3> <p>Last month AMD introduced the <a title="MPC Game DVR" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Game DVR beta</span></a> to its <a title="Raptr website" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Raptr</span></a> service. Today, a new update has been released so <strong>Raptr users can record or stream gameplay videos now</strong>. The update also adds a solution that facilitates seamless uploading and sharing of videos.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new video capture solution is called the Game Video Recorder and provides users with the ability to stream or record gameplay videos. Instead of recording just 10 minutes of footage, like the Game DVR beta, GVR will let users record 20 minutes of gameplay even after events have transpired. Users will also be able to automatically upload and share recorded gameplay with an online destination that is shared amongst the Raptr community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both AMD and Nvidia GPU users will be able to take advantage of the service that, according to Raptr, will have virtually no affect on system performance.</p> <p>“Watching recorded and live-streamed PC gameplay footage has quietly become a massive trend involving tens of millions of viewers and billions of hours spent watching,” said Raptr co-founder and CEO Dennis Fong. “But to date, only a modest fraction of gamers actually record and stream some of their gaming exploits, because the tools haven’t been easy, accessible or resource-efficient enough. We’re excited to be improving the process and experience in all of those areas, and at the same time offering nearly universal support for all the latest GPUs regardless of manufacturer. This marks another big step forward in our ongoing effort to help make PC gaming consistently awesome.”</p> <p>Raptr is claiming that both GVR and live-streaming features are supported by over 5,000 games. A significant amount compared to the 169 titles, according to Raptr, that Nvidia’s GeForce Experience supports. In addition, users will also have the option to include their own real-time reactions in the recording sessions through the use of a webcam and microphone to create a picture-in-picture effect.</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> amd Game Video Recorder GVR Raptr Raptr Game Video Recorder Raptr GVR video game streaming Gaming News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:08:34 +0000 Sean D Knight 28256 at TteSports Introduces 'Challenger Go' Membrane Gaming Keyboard with 40 Programmable Macros <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/challenger_go.jpg" alt="TteSports Challenger Go" title="TteSports Challenger Go" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />A gaming plank with purposely chosen membrane key switches</h3> <p>Most high end gaming keyboards these days feature mechanical key switches, of which there are a variety of types to suit different typing styles and preferences. However, <strong>TteSports said it specifically wanted to stick with membrane key switches for its new Challenger Go</strong>, which is the company's latest keyboard for gamers. According to TteSports, the membrane switches offer a "very short travel distance to actuation on each key" for an extremely fast response.</p> <p>The Challenger Go is outfitted with 10 dedicated macro keys, 5 on each side, along with 4 profiles for a total of 40 programmable macros. It also features LED backlighting and two side panel lighting accents, all of which are adjustable with 5 brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, <a href="" target="_blank">TteSports says</a>.</p> <p>A removable cable and two-port USB hub round out the list of features. If it all adds up to something you might be interested in, set aside $60 (MSRP) and hang tight until next month when TteSports rolls the <a href=";g=ftr#.U9aBp_ldV8E" target="_blank">Challenger Go</a> out globally.</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> challenger go Gaming Hardware keyboard Peripherals ttesports News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28254 at Windows Phone 8.1 Update to Add Support for Folders <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lumia_635.jpg" alt="Lumia 635" title="Lumia 635" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />First update to Windows Phone 8.1 is coming soon</h3> <p>The cat is out of the bag -- <strong>Microsoft will soon release its first update for Windows Phone 8.1</strong>, and with it will come support for folders, the company revealed in a post intended for developers. As you can already do on the latest versions of Android and iOS, you'll soon be able to drag Tiles on top of each other on your Windows Phone handset to create a folder for organizing your applications.</p> <p>In addition to supporting folders, the update will introduce Voice over LTE (VoLTE) functionality (make phone calls over a 4G LTE connection), support for 1280x800 displays and 7-inch screens (perhaps indicative of upcoming Windows Phone phablets), and a phonebook entry for Cortana.</p> <p>One of the more interesting features in the upcoming update is support for interactive case accessories. This will allow case makers to build cases that can wake up the phone when they're opened and put them back to sleep when closed, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Verge </em>reports</a>. In addition, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Inquirer</em> surmises</a> that Microsoft might be working on a cover similar to HTC's Dot View Case, which allows users to view notifications through the case.</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> microsoft mobile operating system OS smartphone Software windows phone 8.1 News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:54:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28253 at Breaking Down Intel's Three Broadwell Processor Lines for Mobile <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_5.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices</h3> <p>See that over there? <strong>It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend</strong>. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?</p> <p>The folks at <em>Fudzilla</em> <a href="" target="_blank">posted a nice piece</a> detailing the differences in the three different Broadwell lines for mobile. Based on that and other info around the web, initial Broadwell for mobile parts will consist of the Core M 5Y70, 5Y10, and 5Y10a, all of which are BGA parts. Both the Core M 5Y70 and 5Y70a are dual-core parts clocked at 800MHz to 2GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, integrated GPU clocked at 100MHz to 800MHz, and a 4.5W TDP, though the 5Y70 is configurable to also run at 4W. As for the 5Y70, it's a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading support that runs at 1.1GHz to 2.6GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, 100MHz to 850MHz GPU, and 4.5W TDP.</p> <p>Next up is the U Series that will also come in BGA form and TDPs ranging from 15W to 28W -- not too shabby considering that they have integrated graphics as well. These will be dual-core parts designed for Ultrabooks and NUC configurations with support for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory or 8GB of LPDDR3-1600.</p> <p>Finally, the H Series will also ship in BGA form with a 47W TDP. These will be the chips that end up in high-end systems.</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> 14nm broadwell cpu Hardware intel mobile prcessor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28252 at Amazon Opens '3D Printed Products' Store, Order a Custom Bobblehead and More <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bobblehead.jpg" alt="3D Printed Bobblehead" title="3D Printed Bobblehead" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />Create your own 3D printed earrings</h3> <p>Do you find the idea of buying a 3D printer to be cost prohibitive? Perhaps next year there will be several affordable models to choose from, but in the meantime, you can still own 3D printed goods without the hefty initial investment. <strong>Amazon today announced the launch of its 3D Printed Products store</strong> where you can order over 200 unique print-on-demand items that you can customize to your liking.</p> <p>Many of the items available to print and purchase can be customized by material, size, styles, and color variations. Some will even let you personalize a text and/or image imprint. According to Amazon, it's the largest online place to sift through 3D printed products with search tools, interactive 3D preview functionality, and a personalization widget.</p> <p>"The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail - that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own," <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1951812" target="_blank">said Petra Schindler-Carter</a>, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales. “The 3D Printed Products store allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories."</p> <p>There are a wealth of products to browse and customize -- jewelry, cell phone cases, toys, and lots more. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to check it out.</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> 3d printed products 3d printer amazon e-commerce News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:46:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28251 at First AMD Mullins-powered Laptop Now Available, Costs $250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HP Pavilion 10z" title="HP Pavilion 10z" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HP Pavilion 10z runs Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>Things have been almost sepulchrally quiet ever since AMD officially launched its new Mullins APU nearly three months ago, with no sign of actual devices. Well, the wait is now over as a <strong>Mullins-powered device from a top vendor has finally hit the market.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">HP Pavilion 10z</a> is a no-frills 10-inch netbook that comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1with Bing (64-bit) and sports a 1,366x768 touchscreen. Some of the other specs include: AMD dual-core E1 Micro-6200T APU with AMD Radeon R2 graphics, 2GB DDR3L memory, 540GB hard drive (5,400 rpm), VGA webcam, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port,&nbsp; RJ-45, headphone/microphone combo and an SD card reader.</p> <p>But in what is truly a big letdown, it’s tiny 3-cell, 24WHr battery can only keep the 10z powered on for up to four hours on a single charge.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> amd apu Mullins netbook windows 8.1 with bing News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:50:19 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28249 at Effort to Transition Chrome to BoringSSL Underway <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Chrome" title="Chrome" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL</h3> <p>An effort is currently underway to switch Google Chrome over to <strong>BoringSSL, an OpenSSL fork the search engine giant announced last month</strong>. Weaning the world’s most popular browser off of the two cryptographic software libraries it currently uses (OpenSSL on Android and Mozilla NSS on all other platforms) is proving somewhat difficult at this early stage, though.</p> <p>There have been a number of issues ever since developers first began adding <a href="" target="_blank">BoringSSL</a> code to Chromium earlier this month. Just take a look at this recent <a href="" target="_blank">revision note by Google engineer David Benjamin</a>: “This is a reland of r284079 which was reverted in r284248 for components build issues. That, in turn, was a reland of r283813 which was reverted in r283845 because it broke WebRTC tests on Android. That, in turn, was a reland of r283542 which was reverted in r283591 because it broke the WebView build.”</p> <p>“This [the switch to BoringSSL] is a much larger change than its diff suggests.” Benjamin wrote further. “If it breaks something, please revert first and ask questions later.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android boringssl chrome chromium cryptographic software library heartbleed libressl mozilla nss openssl Security News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:33:49 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28248 at Russia Offering $111,000 for Tor De-anonymization Know-how <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="TOR " title="TOR " width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Country came close to outlawing anonymizing software last year</h3> <p>The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) recently <strong>floated a tender inviting bids for help with “obtaining technical information” about users of Tor</strong>, the increasingly popular anonymizing network. Bidding ends on August 13, 2014 and the ministry hopes to announce the winner of the 3.9 million ruble contract ($111,000) a week later on August 20.</p> <p>The MVD is but the latest government entity around the world to have shown such keen interest in denying users of this global network of over 5,000 volunteer hosted relay servers the anonymity they currently enjoy. Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest that the National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have at times <a href="" target="_blank">been able to target Tor with some degree of success</a>, although it’s believed that they mostly rely on indirect methods of attack, having failed to compromise the Tor network itself.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">tender notice</a>, which was posted on the government’s official procurement portal on July 11, makes it clear that only citizens of the mighty Russian Federation are eligible for the contract. </p> <p>Interestingly, the FSB, Russia’s premier intelligence agency, tried convincing the country’s lawmakers to outlaw anonymizing software like Tor but eventually nothing came of the effort.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> bounty de-anonymization online anonymity relay network russia Security the onion router tor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:12:54 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28247 at Western Digital My Book Duo 2-Bay DAS Now Available in 12TB Flavor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB" title="Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>An external RAID storage solution with two WD Red 6TB NAS drives</h3> <p>A few days back, Western Digital quietly began offering a <strong>12TB variant of the My Book Duo two-drive RAID external storage solution</strong> it <a href="" target="_blank">launched back in June</a>. In terms of capacity, this <a href="" target="_blank">latest SKU</a> is fifty percent bigger than the previous highest-capacity My Book Duo configuration.</p> <p>Needless to say, it’s also the costliest of the lot. The 12TB variant, which ships with two 6TB WD Red NAS drives pre-configured in RAID 0 (RAID 1 and JBOD also supported), will set you back by as much as $649.99. Here’s a neat summary of the user-serviceable My Book Duo’s key features and specs:</p> <ul> <li>Interface: USB 3.0 (x3)</li> <li>Drives on board: WD Red hard drives</li> <li>Available capacities: 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB</li> <li>Data management: RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD; independent CPU for RAID volume management</li> <li>Security: Hardware RAID, Hardware Encryption, Password Protection</li> <li>Compatibility:&nbsp; NTFS (default) + Reformat to HFS + J for Mac</li> <li>Software: WD SmartWare Pro, Dropbox™ cloud integration, Acronis True Image Software WD Edition, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities</li> <li>Limited Warranty: 2-Year regional warranty</li> </ul> <p>The My Book Duo is also available in 8TB, 6TB and 4TB flavors, which are priced $449.99, $349.99 and $279.99, respectively.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> Das direct attached storage my book duo nas network attached storage RAID USB 3.0 Western Digital News Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:43:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28245 at Asus and iBuyPower Announce Partnership That Brings Optiboost to Asus Desktops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/asus_logo.png" alt="Asus Logo" title="Asus Logo" width="200" height="100" style="float: right;" />Optiboost experience expanding</h3> <p>It appears that iBuyPower isn’t done expanding the reach of its customization program Optiboost. Today,&nbsp;<strong>iBuyPower announced its partnership with Asus that will bring Optiboost to Asus desktops</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on its latest partnership, iBuyPower vice-president Darren Su said, “We’re proud to add Asus to the Optiboost family. Asus and iBuyPower aim to bring the best desktop experience to a wide variety of consumers through trusted product engineering, cutting-edge customization, and turning options.”</p> <p>Consumers will be able to customize core components of their systems such as the graphics card, SSD or HDD, processor, and more. A number of high-performance options have been selected from <a title="Asus Optiboost program" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Asus' desktop line</span></a> for the Optiboost program that includes the M11AD, M51BC, M51AD, and G10AC desktops.</p> <p>“Asus believes in bringing the latest product design backed by leading desktop reliability to customers,” said David Wung, senior director of product management of open platform business for Asus. “With Optiboost by iBuyPower, users will easily be able to customize their own systems while taking advantage of Asus’ latest desktop technology.”</p> <p>Asus is just the latest partnership for iBuyPower. Back in May, a similar partnership was announced between&nbsp;<a title="MPC" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">iBuyPower and Gigabyte</span></a> that would bring Optiboost to Gigabyte’s gaming laptops.&nbsp;</p> <p>Have you purchased a laptop or PC through the Optiboost program?</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> asus ibuypower optiboost optiboost desktop optiboost gaming desktop News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:49:15 +0000 Sean D Knight 28242 at