Maximum PC - All Articles en Google Offers Unlimited Drive Storage to Schools for Students and Teachers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/google_drive_logo.jpg" alt="Google Drive Logo" title="Google Drive Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Unlimited up to a point</h3> <p>In an attempt to lighten student’s loads when it comes to carrying around binders and stacks of paper, Google is hoping to get rid of all that. <strong>Google announced Drive for Education</strong> which will provide students and teachers with unlimited Drive storage.</p> <p>Available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge, Google Apps for Education project manager Ben Schrom said in a <a title="Google blog" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">blog post</span></a>, “No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.”</p> <p>In addition, Google Apps Vault will be free to all Apps for Education users sometime around the end of the year. Also coming at an undisclosed time will be reporting and editing tools that will let users see the activity of a file.</p> <p>“We want educators and students who use Google Apps for Education to be able to focus on the learning experience—not the technology that supports it,” said Schom. “With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more easily maintain a safe, effective and compliant learning environment.”</p> <p>Back in May, Google announced Classroom, a free tool in Google Apps for Education that catered to teachers with the goal of making their lives easier and more organized. &nbsp;As a part of Drive, Classroom would allow teachers to automatically organize assignments into folders. Now, it seems, Google is trying to make students' lives easier.</p> <p>So what do you think of Drive for Education?</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> Ben Schrom Drive for Education Google google drive Unlimited Drive storage News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:14:39 +0000 Sean D Knight 28640 at Rig of the Month Roundup <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/rig_of_the_month_toaster.jpg" alt="Weighted Companion Cube" title="Weighted Companion Cube" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">We're looking for the coolest custom computer cases and we want your submissions!</span></h3> <p>We know you guys have got some interesting case mods out there and we want to see them! We're also sure lots of other readers would like to gawk and drool over them as well so let us help you share your cool <strong>custom computer case</strong> with the world!</p> <p>If you’re a case modder with something that deserves the Rig of the Month title, let us know by dropping us an email at&nbsp;<a title="maximum pc rig of the month email" href="" target="_blank"></a>. Make sure to include your name, a 300-word description of why your PC is amazing along with specs (and how it was modified), and no fewer than three high-resolution JPEGs of the build. Please try and use a high-quality camera with good lighting and make sure to bust out your photography skills! We will not accept any blurry, low-res camera-phone grade images because we'd like readers to see your awesome rig in the best light possible! Here are some specific case-shooting photography tips:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Try to avoid using flash and opt for existing natural light. In addition, use things like white curtains to diffuse the bright sun.</li> <li>Make sure your case is in focus! Nothing ruins a picture of a nice-looking case than a blurry shot.</li> <li>Clean your case before you shoot it. No one wants to see all that nasty dust all over the place!</li> <li>Experimenting with shooting from multiple angles.</li> <li>Select the right backdrop. Your system could look cooler with a nice/clean background as opposed to on your messy floor with cables strewn about.&nbsp;</li> <li>When shooting, use a tripod or if you can’t get one, shoot from a stable surface such as a box or even a pillow.</li> <li>If your camera has exposure compensation, try playing around with under-exposing or over exposing until you get the effects you want.</li> </ul> <p>In addition to requiring pretty photos, we’ll be judging the rigs based on creativity and craftsmanship.</p> <p>To kick things off, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite Rig of the Month winners in the gallery below. Click the gallery image for the full shot and feel free to get more detail on each custom case by clicking on their individual respective links in the descriptions.&nbsp;</p> case mods chassis cool custom custom computer cases design interesting pc Rig of the Month rig of the month unique Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:34:24 +0000 Ben Kim 27291 at No BS Podcast #233: The Episode with SteelSeries <!--paging_filter--><h3>SteelSeries talks gaming headsets, mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, and more!</h3> <p>SteelSeries wanted to drop by to show off its latest <a title="siberia headsets" href="" target="_blank">Sibera gaming headsets</a> so we thought we would round them up in the podcast room to talk about that and more. In addition to headset talk, on <a title="no bs podcast 233" href="" target="_blank"><strong>episode 233 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>, we discuss mechanical keyboards, wired/wireless gaming mice, the possibility of future Steam Machine peripherals, potential VR controllers, and much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As we’ve stated before, the old podcast format isn’t going anywhere, but we want the Maximum PC No BS Podcast to be the place where all the coolest PC industry insiders come. Are there any guests/companies that you would like to have on the show? 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That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, Juliet may not have cared about the name of things, but Microsoft does, which is why you'll never see a Windows 9. Instead, <strong>Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10</strong>, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>"Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever," Windows head Terry Myerson said during a press event with a small gathering of reporters in San Francisco. "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Windows 10 preview video</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Recode</em></a>, Windows 10 is designed to run on a wide range of devices with screen sizes running the gamut from four inches all the up to 80 inches. Microsoft will have a single application platform with one integrated Store to deliver Windows experiences across all those devices.</p> <p>In order to serve all those devices, Windows 10 was built from the ground up for a "mobile-first, cloud-first world," Myerson added, <a href="" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>.</em></p> <p>Reports from around the web say Windows 10 looks a bit like Windows 7. It has a hybrid Start menu that combines Windows 7-era features with Windows 8 style tiles, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times </em>reports</a>. However, Microsoft isn't viewing Windows 10 as just a rehash of previous versions. Part of the reason for the Windows 10 name is because it represents the "first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Myerson said.</p> <p>The focus right now is on the enterprise, and towards that end, the first priority of the OS is to make sure it's familiar for business users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 so they can hop right in and be productive. Microsoft's second priority is "modern management" of lots of computers.</p> <p>So, what about that Modern UI that caused such a fuss with power users? It's gone in Windows 10, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> reports</a>. In place of the Modern UI are Live Tiles integrated into the right side of the Start menu on the Desktop. On the left side are pinned and frequent apps.</p> <p>There's also a refreshed taskbar with a new "task view" that presents all of your running apps. Windows 10 allows you to tile up to four apps on the same screen.</p> <p>Other goodies include a beefed up command prompt that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts, along with copy and paste, and a Charms Bar that may or may not make it into the final cut.</p> <p>Microsoft is planning to issue a Technical Preview of Windows 10 next week, with a launch of the OS by spring 2015. We'll have a more in-depth look once all the information is out, as well as hands-on impressions once we get a copy to play with.</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 operating system OS Software threshold windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28638 at Rig of the Month: Toaster PC <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/9gkc19u.jpg" alt="Toaster PC" title="Toaster PC" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />This is no joke; toasters are PCs too</span></h3> <p>This month's <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a></strong> is a bit of an oddball. It's no <a href="" target="_blank">DotaBox</a>&nbsp;or <a href="" target="_blank">Weighted Companion Cube</a>, but we still think it's pretty awesome. Anthony Febre was inspired when someone asked if he was running a toaster. It's not the most original insult, but it makes for an amazingly original case mod.&nbsp;</p> <p>There's honestly not that much to it. Anthony says that the whole setup cost a measly $20 (minus all of the actual components) since all it required was a toaster. Inside the Proctor Silex toaster sits an Intel Core i3-530 on top of an Intel DH55TC mATX motherboard. It's not exactly a powerhouse, but it'll do the job with 4GB of Crucial DDR3-1333 and an XFX Radeon HD 7750.&nbsp;</p> <p>All we know is that he's got an amazing comeback to potential toaster jokes. Anothony apologizes for the less-than-stellar photos and blames his phone's camera.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Have a case mod of your own that you would like to submit to our monthly feature? Make sure to read the rules/tips&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and email us at&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;with your submissions.</em></p> Anthony Febre case mod computer maximum pc Rig of the Month rig of the month toaster Toaster PC Features Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:34:54 +0000 Ben Kim 28573 at Mozilla's $25 Matchstick Dongle Running Firefox OS Hits Kickstarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/matchstick.jpg" alt="Matchstick" title="Matchstick" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Chromecast competitor aims to be more open</h3> <p>Google is pitching its Chromecast device for streaming chores, Microsoft recently unveiled its Wireless Display Adapter based on Miracast technology, and now <strong>Mozilla is jumping into the fray with Matchstick, the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS</strong>. Currently up for pledges on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Matchstick's makers hope to find an advantage over the competition by offering up a completely open hardware and software platform.</p> <p>Like Chromecast, the Matchstick dongle plugs into your HDTV or HD monitor via HDMI. It uses Wi-Fi to stream and interact with content from the Internet, such as movies, TV shows, music, games, an more. Mozilla points out that you can even use it in a conference room to stream presentations from your laptop to an HDTV.</p> <p>"Firefox OS is completely open and adaptable. It makes perfect sense for today's blurred lines of online content including video, music, gaming, and all the other stuff we click 'play' on," Mozilla says. "An open and adaptable operating system like Firefox means less cost in production, smaller installs, and more personalized apps.... Without the need for app approval or oversight. How cool is that?"</p> <p>There are no rules, limitations, or boundaries with Matchstick, so essentially developers have complete freedom in how they want to take advantage of the low-cost dongle. At launch, Mozilla promises a core set of content, including apps like Netflix, HBO Go, Pandora, and others.</p> <p>As for the hardware, Matchstick rocks a dual-core Rockship 3066 processor based on ARM's Cortex-A9 design, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 4GB of onboard storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.</p> <p>Intrigued? A pledge of $18 gets you a Matchstick in February with free shipping in the U.S. That's assuming the project reaches its goal -- Mozilla is hoping to raise $100,000 and has less than $90,000 to go with 29 days remaining.</p> <p>Find out more on Matchstick's <a href="" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</a> or on the <a href="" target="_blank">project's homepage</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></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> chromecast Dongle firefox os matchstick Mozilla streaming News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:09:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28637 at Roccat Starts Shipping Tyon Gaming Mouse <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_tyon_1.jpg" alt="Roccat Tyon" title="Roccat Tyon" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />The first PC rodent with a dorsal fin</h3> <p><strong>Roccat on Tuesday announced the global availability of its "Tyon All Action Gaming" mouse</strong> (just "Tyon" from here on out), which unlike any previous mouse you've ever owned, it brings a dorsal fin design to the LAN party. According to Roccat, the Tyon represents an evolution of the gaming mouse and is a "true game changer." In other words, the hype is strong with this one.</p> <p>The uniquely designed Tyon features several subtle design deviations from standard gaming mice. One of them is the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more right from the Tyon. This is supposed to come in particularly hand during FPS gaming.</p> <p>Regarding the dorsal fin, it's a two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel to provide comfortable mid-finger action for increased functionality. Using it allows for rapid and instinctive control, Roccat says.</p> <p>Other featues include an 8200 DPI laser sensor, 16 programmable buttons plus a dedicated Easy-Shift[+] button, onboard 32-bit processor and 576KB of memory for rapid macro storage and execution, tracking and distance control unit, and a customizable two-level lighting system.</p> <p>The Tyon is available now for $100 MSRP online and at Best Buy.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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> Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals roccat tyon News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:01:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28636 at Newegg Daily Deals: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1866, Windows 8.1 64-bit, and More! <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/gskill_sniper_ram.jpg" alt="G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB DDR3-1866" title="G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB DDR3-1866" width="300" height="183" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Adding RAM to your PC is like giving your system an energy drink, at least in some cases. Where it was once sluggish -- like content creation or even just booting into Windows if you skimped at the outset -- RAM can liven your PC right up. How much you should run with depends on your setup and what you use your PC for -- if you're a power user or perform RAM heavy tasks, then take a gander at today's top deal for a <a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820231627-_-0930&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">16GB kit (2x8GB) of G.Skill Sniper Series DDR3-1866 Memory</a> for <strong>$149</strong> with free shipping (normally $165 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPAHD33</strong>]). It's fast, sports relatively tight timings, and offers lot of capacity for RAM hungry applications.</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819116895-_-0930&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell Quad-Core 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor</a> for <strong>$180</strong> with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPAHD25</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824014377-_-0930&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">BenQ 24-inch 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$130</strong> with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPAHD43</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-OTHER-N82E16832416776-_-0930&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit</a> for <strong>$85</strong> with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPAHD45</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-COOLING-N82E16835181032-_-0930&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Corsair Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm</a> for <strong>$90</strong> with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPAHD46</strong>])</p> Daily Deals daily deals Newegg Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:04:34 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28632 at SteelSeries Extends Headset Portfolio with Siberia Family Starting at $60 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steelseries_sibera_headsets.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Sibera Headsets" title="SteelSeries Sibera Headsets" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Snazzy looking headsets for different types of gamers</h3> <p><strong>SteelSeries today announced the launch of its new Sibera headset family</strong> consisting of several different models. Each one takes aim at gamers (as opposed to music and movie buffs) with a variety of options and price points ranging from $60 MSRP (Sibera RAW Prism) all the way to $200 MSRP (Sibera Elite Prism), the latter of which is an an upgraded version of the Sibera Elite.</p> <p>How so? It has a new, slimmer microphone and upgraded sound card to improve clarity. SteelSeries also said the <a href="" target="_blank">Siberia Elite Prism</a> has been issued fine-tuned ear cushions for superior comfort. Other features include Dolby Headphone and Dolby Pro Logic IIx for up to a virtual 7.1-channel surround sound experience, customizable illumination and audio settings, and a swappable cable system for use across PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices.</p> <p>Sitting below the Sibera Elite Prism is the <a href="" target="_blank">Sibera v3 Prism</a>. It runs $140 and boasts customizable lighting on the outer mesh-pattern earcups, digital audio quality with custom EQ, microphone noise suppression and auto compression technologies, and unlimited profile settings that can be saved and accessed via SteelSeries CloudSync.</p> <p>Moving down the ladder, next up is the <a href="" target="_blank">Siberia v3</a> for $100. According to SteelSeries, it has an "insanely comfortable" suspension design. As for the audio, the headset's been redesigned with a new set of drivers. The headset has a single plug along with a dual-jack extension for use on all types of gaming devices from PCs to laptops, along with mobile gadgets and consoles.</p> <p>Finally, there's the <a href="" target="_blank">Sibera RAW Prism</a> referenced above for $60. Gamers can customize and backup audio profiles, tweak the illuminated ring on each earcup with up to 16.8 million color options, and chat via the built-in microphone.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/steelseries_sibera_family.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Sibera Headset Family" title="SteelSeries Sibera Headset Family" width="620" height="229" /></p> <p>All of the new headsets are available to <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order today</a>.</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> audio elite prism headset Peripherals raw prism siberia steelseries v3 prism News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28635 at May 2014: Refresh Your PC! <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154082/may_issue.png" alt="may 2014 issue" title="may 2014 issue" width="160" height="206" style="float: right;" /></a>In the PDF archive of the <a title="May 2014 issue" href="" target="_blank">May 2014 issue</a>, you can find:</p> <div> <ul> <li>Refresh Your PC</li> <li>Budget GPU roundup</li> <li>Nas Unit roundup</li> <li>Dell 4K</li> <li>Build It: 4K Gaming Rig</li> </ul> </div> budget gpu roundup dell 4k maximum pc may 2014 nas units Refresh Your PC PDF Archives Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:21:15 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28633 at