Maximum PC - All Articles http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/all/feed en Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS http://www.maximumpc.com/head_2_head_android_os_vs_chrome_os_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Google's OSes Duke It Out</h3> <p>Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.</p> <p>Since it has been foreseen that Google will rule the entire world, we decided to put the company’s two showcase OSes up against each other in a epic sibling rivalry not seen since Boromir vs. Faramir, Thor vs. Loki, and Ferris vs. Jeanie Bueller.</p> <h3>Round 1: Price</h3> <p>A large part of Google’s OS success hasn’t been because of its awesomeness. No. Frankly, we think nothing speaks louder than the almighty dollar in this world. But both are “free,” right? So this is tie? Not really. Although Android is technically free since Google doesn’t charge device makers for it, there are costs associated with getting devices “certified.” Oh, yeah, and then there’s Apple and Microsoft, both of which get healthy payouts from device makers through patent lawsuits. Microsoft reportedly makes far more from Android sales than Windows Phone sales. You just generally don’t see the price because it’s abstracted by carriers. Chrome OS, on the other hand, actually is pretty much free. A top-ofthe-line Chromebook is $280, while a top-of-the-line Android phone full retail is usually $600. We’re giving this one to Chrome OS because if it’s generally cheaper for the builder, it’s cheaper for you.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Chrome OS</strong></p> <h3>Round 2: Security</h3> <p>Both Chrome OS and Android are based on Linux, which generally starts out being inherently more secure than competing mainstream consumer operating systems. A Linux kernel doesn’t make it bulletproof, though. If you had to pick between iOS, Windows Phone, and Android for malware issues, Android would be the clear loser. Certainly much of that comes from users opting into malware, pirated apps, and the sheer volume of Android devices out there, but we think it’s fair to say that Android has more security problems. Let’s not even get into stranded tablets and phones that never see security updates pushed to them. To this date, we know of no credible security breaches of Chrome OS, and when holes are found, they’re patched with a speed Android OS users could only dream of. Even the four year-old (ancient!) original CR-48 gets updates within a few weeks, while a $600 phone from 2014 will be ignored for months (if not years).</p> <p><strong>Winner: Chrome OS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u187432/mpc102.qs_head.2.png" width="620" height="350" /><br /></strong></p> <h3>Round 3: Usability</h3> <p>Android is regarded as a powerusers operating system. It’s malleable and easily bendable to your every desire. Want a widget that alerts you when it’s time to take a nap in the conference room? Got it. With skins providing device makers’ interpretations on how to make Android “better” (usually for the worse), it’s also pretty damned complicated sometimes. In fact, HTC users can’t easily navigate Samsung devices without some confusion and vice versa. To get lost or confused in Chrome OS would be a feat of unimaginable proportions because there’s just no way to do it. It’s on, off, or in the browser for the most part. And an HP or Acer or Toshiba Chromebook? All the same. Down to the interface and keyboard. In fact, we’d argue that generic feel is another knock against it -- just not in this category.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Chrome OS</strong></p> <h3>Round 4: Sexiness</h3> <p>Here’s something you’ll never hear: “Oh. My. Gawd. Is that the new $200 Chromebook? Can I see it so I can stroke its cheap painted plastic skin?!” Outside of the Google employees given free Pixels, Chromebooks have the sex appeal of geriatric sock garters or Limburger cheese. As much as it’s a bad tech marketing cliché, break out the latest wonder phone with its 4K glassless 3D screen at a party and you’ll get the adoration and attention your lonely soul craves. We honestly don’t see that changing, either, because as much as we’ll say, “Bah, I don’t give two No. 2’s about new phones,” there’s no denying just how mesmerizing it is to check out the latest smartphone in person.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Android OS</strong></p> <h3>Round 5: Application Support</h3> <p>For those who don’t know, Chrome OS is pretty much cloud computing. Websites are your apps, and that, Mr. Nonbeliever, means that every website is technically an app, so there are tens of millions of apps for Chrome OS! So, nyah nyah! The truth is, there are surprisingly more Chrome OS apps that can be run offline and in the browser than you’d expect, but we think it’s fair to say that Android’s traditional client-based computing, locally run apps, is more fulfilling and far better supported than Chrome OS. To us, Chrome OS “apps” still feel like you’re trapped in a browser. Then again, maybe that’s the whole point.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Android OS</strong></p> <h3>And the winner is...<strong><br /></strong></h3> <p>This is a shocker to us, because as power users and people who love complicated hardware and devices, we really thought Android OS was going to walk away with it. After all, most of us have wondered just why the hell Android OS isn’t being used in clamshell devices instead of that weak-sauce Chrome OS. But when you add up the numbers and divide by 16.7, Chrome OS is actually the surprise winner here. Maybe there’s a reason Microsoft is more afraid of Chrome OS than Android OS these days.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/head_2_head_android_os_vs_chrome_os_2015#comments android chrome maximum pc From the Magazine Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:25:20 +0000 Maximum PC Staff 29384 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Storage and Memory Edition! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_storage_and_memory_edition <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_expansion.jpg" alt="Seagate Expansion 4TB USB" title="Seagate Expansion 4TB USB" width="300" height="211" style="float: right;" /></p> <p><img src="/files/u69/newegg_logo_small_0.png" alt="Newegg" title="Newegg" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Ah, so you read our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/how_set_software_raid_0_windows_and_linux_2015">RAID 0 guide</a>, grabbed yourself a pair of drives, and are now rocking a super fast setup -- congrats! 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That nudge comes in the form of a <strong>one-year Netflix subscription at no additional cost when you purchase a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge</strong> from a T-Mobile authorized dealer.</p> <p>The deal runs from now until April 12, 2015, and is open to both new and existing Netflix customers. Once you've purchased a qualifying handset, just head over to Samsung's sign-up page -- <a href="https://samsungpromotions.com/netflix" target="_blank">https://samsungpromotions.com/netflix</a> -- and follow the instructions. Note that you'll need to have the device in hand in order to complete the process.</p> <p>Now wait a tick, at this point you're thinking, "What good is this deal when the qualifying devices aren't even available through T-Mobile?" Good question, and here's your answer -- pre-orders count. You can place your pre-order for either handset today; they'll be in stores April 10.</p> <p>So long as you've purchased the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge by April 12, you'll have until May 21 to sign up at the above linked page, and until June 20 to redeem the code.</p> <p>Here are two things to keep in mind. One, this is for the Netflix plan that allows you to have up to two streams simultaneously. And two, the offer is good for the first 92,000 submissions.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/buy_samsung_galaxy_s6_or_s6_edge_receive_one_year_netflix_subscription_2015#comments android galaxy s6 Galaxy S6 Edge mobile NetFlix samsung smartphone t-mobile News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:15:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 29652 at http://www.maximumpc.com Valve and HTC to let Developers Apply for a Free Vive Headset “Soon” http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_and_htc_let_developers_apply_free_vive_headset_soon_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/steamvr_vive.jpg" alt="SteamVR Vive" title="SteamVR Vive" width="200" height="125" style="float: right;" />Vive Developer Edition “will be free, at least initially”</h3> <p>At GDC 2015, Valve was able to impress many people with its SteamVR technology including our own Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang (see what he thought about the <a title="SteamVR Demo" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/valve%E2%80%99s_vr_experience_closest_thing_holodeck_we_have_2015" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">SteamVR demo</span></a>). But what is surprising is that the company announced that a consumer version will be available in 2015. It is short notice for a device that has just been revealed, but that doesn’t seem to bother Valve. So far, a small selection of developers already have kits, <strong>but Valve and HTC will be letting developers apply for a free Vive developer kit soon</strong>, according to <a title="Ars Technica" href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/03/valve-to-offer-htc-vive-developer-edition-for-free/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Ars Technica</span></a>.</p> <p>This information comes from Valve VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi, who spoke to Ars Technica, stating that ”more info and sign up forms will be available to all interested developers, big or small, via a new site coming soon.” While Lombardi didn’t reveal how many of the developers who apply online will get a free dev kit, he added that the company’s hope is to have the sign-up site up next week.</p> <p>The lucky developers who get approved will receive a Developer Edition that “will be free, at least initially,” said Lombardi. According to Valve’s <a title="SteamVR site" href="http://store.steampowered.com/universe/vr" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">SteamVR page</span></a>, the Developer Edition “comes with a headset, two controllers, two base stations - everything you need to dive in and start creating new interactive VR experiences.”</p> <p>How many of these kits will be given away for free is anyone’s guess. But it is a different approach for Valve compared to Oculus VR, which provided early units to its Kickstarter backers and has been selling its dev kit to anyone for $350 on its website. So it will be interesting to see what developers will get the Vive dev kit and what kind of games will be developed.</p> <p>Of course, the other thing to consider is how much will the Vive cost for developers who are not lucky enough to get it for free and what the consumer version will retail for. Any guesses? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_and_htc_let_developers_apply_free_vive_headset_soon_2015#comments developers free developer edition htc steamvr Valve vive Vive dev kit Gaming News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:41:03 +0000 Sean D Knight 29651 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tech Coalition Presses US Government to End Bulk Collection of Metadata http://www.maximumpc.com/tech_coalition_presses_us_government_end_bulk_collection_metadata_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/whitehouse01.jpg" alt="White House" title="White House" width="200" height="148" style="float: right;" />Microsoft, Google, and Apple among tech companies fighting against provision in the Patriot Act</h3> <p>The collection of metadata by government agencies, such as the National Security Agency, has been a source of contention for tech companies forced to hand over the information in bulk to the US Government. Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows for the bulk collection of metadata but the provision will expire in June unless the government renews it. As the date draws closer, <strong>tech companies have joined privacy groups in sending an open letter asking that Section 215 not be renewed in the Patriot Act</strong>.</p> <p>“There must be a clear, strong, and effective end to bulk collection practices under the USA PATRIOT Act, including under the Section 215 records authority and the Section 2 214 authority regarding pen registers and trap &amp; trace devices,” <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a title="Tech Coalition letter" href="https://static.newamerica.org/attachments/2579-nsa-coalition-letter/NSA_coalition_letter_032515.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">reads the letter</span></a></span>, explaining what the groups want. “Any collection that does occur under those authorities should have appropriate safeguards in place to protect privacy and users’ rights.”</p> <p>The letter goes on to suggest that, “The bill must contain transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting, as well as an appropriate declassification regime for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decisions.</p> <p>While the various organizations might have differing views on what reforms should be included, the two points quoted above are ones that everyone agrees must be part of the reforms. 47 different industry and privacy organizations have signed the letter that was sent to the Obama administration. One group, called the Reform Government Surveillance, includes members such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Apple.&nbsp;</p> <p>“It has been nearly two years since the first news stories revealed the scope of the United States’ surveillance and bulk collection activities,” the letter concludes. “Now is the time to take on meaningful legislative reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs that maintain national security while preserving privacy, transparency, and accountability. We strongly encourage both the White House and Members of Congress to support the above reforms and oppose any efforts to enact any legislation that does not address them.”</p> <p>Whether the US government implements such reforms come June will remain to be seen, but the potential outlook doesn’t look promising. Last year, the Obama administration asked Congress to <a title="MPC White House privacy laws" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/white_house_asks_congress_pass_new_privacy_laws_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">pass new privacy laws</span></a> proposing that telecom companies hang onto the records and only hand them over to law enforcement agencies when receiving a court order. Nothing came about from the proposal, while Congress itself was unable to reform the surveillance program. In November 2014, Congress was unable to pass The Freedom Act, a bill that would have curbed the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone records.</p> <p>Do you think the US Government will make changes to the Patriot Act regarding the bulk collection of metadata? Let us know what you think in the comments below.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/tech_coalition_presses_us_government_end_bulk_collection_metadata_2015#comments apple Google microsoft patriot act privacy groups Section 215 Tech coalition twitter News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:38:43 +0000 Sean D Knight 29650 at http://www.maximumpc.com Micron and Intel Pimp 3D NAND Flash Memory with Promise of 10TB Solid State Drives http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_and_intel_pimp_3d_nand_flash_memory_promise_10tb_solid_state_drives_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_micron_3d_nand.jpg" alt="Intel and Micron 3D NAND" title="Intel and Micron 3D NAND" width="228" height="135" style="float: right;" />Holy high capacity, Batman!</h3> <p>When it comes to storage, you typically have to choose between raw performance or oodles of storage space. If you value the former, a solid state drive is hands down the way to go. And if you need the latter, well, traditional hard drives with spinning platters are still the best option. But what if you could have both? <strong>Micron and Intel have made available 3D NAND flash memory that they say will enable SSDs to scale beyond 10 terabytes</strong> in 2.5-inch form.</p> <p>It will also enable gum stick-sized SSDs with more than 3.5TB of storage. Both are made possible by stacking layers of data storage cells vertically "with extraordinary precision," resulting in storage devices that offer three times more capacity than competing NAND technologies.</p> <p>This isn't a new concept, by any means. Samsung is already using vertically stacked cells in some of its newer SSDs, and Toshiba and SanDisk just recently jointly announced 3D NAND cell technology of their own. Indeed, stacking cells is the way of the future for SSDs, as planar NAND is reaching its practical scaling limits. By transitioning to 3D NAND flash memory, flash storage solutions can stay aligned with Moore's Law.</p> <p>So, what's different about the way Micron and Intel are going about it? They're the first to use a floating gate cell in 3D NAND, which they describe as a key design choice enabling greater performance, quality, and reliability.</p> <p>Their new 3D NAND technology stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers. By doing so, they're able to achieve 256Gb (gigabit) multi-level cell (MLC) and 384Gb triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit in a standard package. Since they're now stacking cells, they can use individual cells that are significantly larger, which allows them to achieve up to 48GB (gigabyte) of NAND per die.</p> <p>Intel and Micron have begun sampling 256Gb MLC versions of 3D NAND to select partners and will sample 384Gb TLC later in the spring. Both companies are also working on their own brand SSD solutions based on 3D NAND technology slated for release by 2016.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_and_intel_pimp_3d_nand_flash_memory_promise_10tb_solid_state_drives_2015#comments 3d nand flash memory Hardware intel micron Solid State Drives ssd storage News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:54:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 29649 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: BenQ XL2730Z Gaming Monitor with FreeSync, Asus Z97-A Motherboard, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_benq_xl2730z_gaming_monitor_freesync_asus_z97-_motherboard_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/benq_xl2730z.jpg" alt="BenQ XL2730Z" title="BenQ XL2730Z" width="300" height="244" style="float: right;" /></p> <p><img src="/files/u69/newegg_logo_small_0.png" alt="Newegg" title="Newegg" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Tap into your inner Tom Petty and sing along with us -- "And I'm freeeeee, I'm free syncin'! 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It’s not the most complicated software, but we’ll run you through the basics in case you wanted to use something in a pinch.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/1.png" alt="YouTube Editor" title="YouTube Editor" width="620" height="445" /></span></h3> <p>Unlike most video editing solutions, YouTube’s editor doesn’t work with local media. Every single clip, video, and still image has to be uploaded to YouTube before it can be added to the editing timeline. There’s also the fact that YouTube doesn’t accept uploaded audio files. Fortunately there’s a huge library of royalty-free music available through the editor, but if you want to use your own audio, this isn't the editor for you.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2.png" alt="Individual Video Editor" title="Individual Video Editor" width="620" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Editing individual videos is easy and even includes a side-by-side effects preview.</strong></p> <p>There are two separate editors. One for single video manipulation—for fairly simple editing, for uses such as lightening a video that's just a bit too dark—and one with a full-on timeline view with support for multiple clips. The former offers rudimentary control over videos with “Quick fixes,” “Filters,” and “Special effects.” YouTube even includes an “Auto-fix” option that’s surprisingly good at taking care of obvious problems. There’s also some simple stabilization, clip trimming, and a “Blur All Faces” option that does its best to blur the faces of everyone in your video. Head to your YouTube Video Manager and click the edit button to get started.</p> <p>If you’re looking to actually edit separate clips together, the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/editor" target="_blank">YouTube Video Editor</a> is what you’ll want to work with. All of the videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube—unlisted, private, and public—should be visible in the videos tab. Click and drag videos to the timeline to insert them into your project. The timeline is magnetic, so videos will automatically split and snap when you drag them around. There’s no way to insert gaps (unless your source footage has some) so don’t worry about accidentally inserting flash frames. Click the camera icon to upload still images—this is useful if you're creating a slideshow or montage.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/3.png" alt="YouTube Splitting Clip" title="YouTube Splitting Clip" width="620" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Splitting clips is a cinch.</strong></p> <p>Click anywhere along the timeline or the video progress bar to move your cursor. Tapping the scissor icon will split the current clip at the indicated point. Select videos by clicking on their thumbnails in the timeline to access the individual video editing controls that we talked about before. The YouTube Video Editor actually offers fine control over stabilization, brightness, contrast, and even audio settings like pan, bass, and treble. The editor also includes rudimentary transitions that are entirely drag-and-drop. Stick a crossfade or wipe between clips if you’re not comfortable with standard cuts.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/4.png" alt="YouTube Text" title="YouTube Text" width="620" height="442" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Enter Text Here! Just don’t try to do anything too complicated.</strong></p> <p>The biggest problem with the YouTube Video Editor is how it handles text. It’s easy enough to add a title. Just click the “Text” tab, drag your text animation of choice to the front of your timeline, and tweak it to fit your needs. It gets a lot more complicated when you want to add text to specific sections of videos. There’s no separate layer for text, so the only way to overlay text is to tie it directly to a clip. It’s a lot of work, but by splitting a video into multiple clips you can add text to individual sections. Of course, you can always use annotations to make things easier, but some people disable them.</p> <p>When you’re satisfied with the results, give your video a name and click the “Create Video” button to publish the finished product on YouTube. It’ll take a while for it to process, but once it’s done you’ve got a fully edited video, ready for sharing.</p> <p>There’s not really all that much else to the editor. It’s not the most beautiful piece of software, but it gets the job done and works perfectly fine on nearly any machine since none of the source material is stored locally. Use this for quick editing projects like stringing together vacation footage, but stick to dedicated software for serious projects.</p> <p>Already a YouTube Editor master? Drop some tips in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_use_youtube%E2%80%99s_built-_video_editor_2015#comments cut edit editing insert tips TRIM YouTube Video Editor Features How-Tos Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:09:38 +0000 Ben Kim 29338 at http://www.maximumpc.com Notebooks Makes Ready 2-in-1 Chromebook Models for Release in Q2 http://www.maximumpc.com/notebooks_makes_ready_2--1_chromebook_models_release_q2_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chromebook_2-in-1.jpg" alt="Asus Chromebook 2-in-1" title="Asus Chromebook 2-in-1" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Chrome OS versus Windows, round 2: FIGHT!</h3> <p>After getting off to a slow start, Chromebooks finally began to grow in popularity as lower cost alternatives to Windows-based machines. And for a long while, Chromebooks represented the top selling laptops on Amazon.&nbsp; Now that Windows laptops can be bought for $250 or less, Chromebooks aren't as enticing, but what about 2-in-1 systems? We're about to find out as <strong>laptop makers ready 2-in-1 Chromebook models for a second quarter release</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources from within the upstream supply chain, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150325PD213.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> Intel is planning to partner with Google and notebook players like Asus, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Quanta Computer, and Pegatron Technology to launch convertible Chromebooks next quarter. Initially these will be 11-inch to 13-inch devices.</p> <p>Like traditional Chromebooks, these 2-in-1 devices will compete on price. They'll also target students in the U.S., as that seems to be the niche that's most responsive to Chrome OS. After that, laptop makers will push 2-in-1 Chromebooks into emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.</p> <p>There's no word on specific pricing at this point, though it's expected these devices will undercut Windows 2-in-1 systems by about 10 percent.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/notebooks_makes_ready_2--1_chromebook_models_release_q2_2015#comments 2-in-1 chromebook Hardware intel laptop notebook News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:58:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 29647 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leap Motion's Hand Tracking Technology is Headed to Razer's OSVR Headset http://www.maximumpc.com/leap_motions_hand_tracking_technology_headed_razers_osvr_headset_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_osvr.jpg" alt="Razer OSVR" title="Razer OSVR" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Handy dandy VR</h3> <p>We <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_razer_discusses_open_source_virtual_reality_initiative_video">spoke with Razer</a> about its Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem at the Consumer Electronics Show a couple of months ago and were excited about the possibilities. Even more intriguing is the announcement that <strong>Leap Motion has partnered up with Razer to integrate its motion-tracking capabilities right into Razer's OSVR headset</strong> when it ships to consumers later this year.</p> <p>The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will have an optional faceplate with Leap Motion's hardware and software embedded. This will make it the first VR headset with natural motion control technology integrated right into the head mounted display, which will open up a whole new world to developers.</p> <p>"By letting the user connect directly with the VR environment, hand tracking allows virtual reality to be as natural and intuitive as interacting with the real world, giving the user a powerful sense of presence and immersion," <a href="https://www.leapmotion.com/news/osvr-hacker-dev-kit-to-include-motion-control-with-embedded-leap-motion-technology" target="_blank">said Michael Buckwald</a>, CEO and co-founder of Leap Motion. "We're pleased to partner with OSVR to bring our technology to the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, helping developers enable the true potential of VR."</p> <p>What this will do for developers is allow them to write code for a single platform that works across multiple hardware devices, Leap Motion says. And for consumers, that means a consistently smooth experience, as the integrated OSVR motion plugin supports multiple motion device types.</p> <p>Motion tracking is really the next step VR. It's something other companies are working on as well, including MindMaze with its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gdc_2015_day_0_mindmaze_demos_brain-powered_vr_headset_video">neuro-goggle headset</a> and of course Microsoft and its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft%E2%80%99s_hololens_has_potential_be_transformative2015">HoloLens platform</a>.</p> <p>According to Leap Motion, this collaboration with Razer is "the first in a future lineup of head mounted displays thta will feature Leap Motion's technology built-in," suggesting that other headsets will see the same kind of integration, perhaps even Oculus Rift.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leap_motions_hand_tracking_technology_headed_razers_osvr_headset_2015#comments Hardware headset leap motion osvr razer virtual reality Wearable News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:28:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 29646 at http://www.maximumpc.com