Maximum PC - All Articles http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/all/feed en Sayonara, Net Neutrality: FCC Proposes Premium Priced Internet Fast Lanes http://www.maximumpc.com/sayonara_net_neutrality_fcc_proposes_premium_priced_internet_fast_lanes_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/internet_open.jpg" alt="Internet Open" title="Internet Open" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />FCC proposes rules that would allow broadband providers to charge companies for faster Internet service</h3> <p>Net neutrality activists are up in arms over a <strong>set of proposed rules that would give broadband providers the green light to charge companies a premium for access to faster Internet access</strong>. The proposal was developed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler as a compromise between keeping the Internet an open environment while preventing ISPs like Comcast from blocking or throttling certain types of traffic.</p> <p>You may recall the recent spat between Netflix and Comcast in which subscribers of both services were caught in the middle. Since Netflix consumes so much bandwidth and accounts for a large portion of Internet traffic, Comcast began throttling Netflix streams, especially during peak hours. Comcast wanted Netflix to pay a premium for unfettered access into homes, and while the two were caught in a standoff, Comcast subscribers logging into Netflix experienced frequent buffering, a degradation in video quality, and even service dropouts.</p> <p>Netflix eventually agreed to pay <a href="http://blog.netflix.com/2014/03/internet-tolls-and-case-for-strong-net.html" target="_blank">what it considers an Internet toll</a> and inked a mulit-year agreement with Comcast to ensure its traffic is no longer throttled. In essence, the FCC's proposed rules sides with Comcast and says this practice is perfectly acceptable.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579519963416350296" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, ISPs could give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers if the arrangements are available on "commercially reasonable" term for all parties involved. That's a bit vague, perhaps on purpose, as the FCC would decide these things on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>"The FCC is inviting ISPs to pick winners and losers online," Michael Weinberg, a vice president at Public Knowledge, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2147600/fcc-will-seek-input-on-latest-net-neutrality-proposal.html" target="_blank">stated in an email to <em>PCWorld</em></a>. "The very essence of a 'commercial reasonableness' standard is discrimination. And the core of net neutrality is nondiscrimination. This is not net neutrality."</p> <p>Similar sentiments are shared by net neutrality activists far and wide. Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron told <em>PCWorld</em> "the FCC is aiding and abetting the largest ISPs in their efforts to destroy the open Internet." To be fair, that's not the FCC's intent, but one thing the proposal fails to touch on is how the costs of dedicated pipes gets passed on to the consumer. Is it any coincidence that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/netflix_posts_1_billion_quarterly_streaming_subscription_price_hike_coming_2014">Netflix is raising its prices</a> for new members by $1 to $2 following its multi-year agreement with Comcast? Probably not.</p> <h3>You Have a Voice</h3> <p>If the FCC's proposal ticks you off, you'll have a chance to voice your concern. The FCC will circulate the propose on Thursday followed by a vote to move forward with the proposal at its May 15 meeting. In the meantime, you can write, call, or email your local representatives to let them know how you feel about the proposal. You can also add your name to a <a href="http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/4565" target="_blank">petition that's already over 1 million signatures</a> long.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/balleyne/2668834386" target="_blank">Flickr (Blaise Alleyne)</a></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/sayonara_net_neutrality_fcc_proposes_premium_priced_internet_fast_lanes_2014#comments broadband fcc Internet net neutrality News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 27685 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive, Intel Core i5 4570 Haswell, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_seagate_1tb_solid_state_hybrid_drive_intel_core_i5_4570_haswell_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/seagate_sshd_0.jpg" alt="Seagate 1TB SSHD" title="Seagate 1TB SSHD" width="300" height="209" 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>Speed or capacity? 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Sean Stebor had some free time, and decided to create something different. His vision was for something "bigger than an average ATX case," and something that "would make a statement." Either way, it's badass enough for us to crown it this month's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Sean calls it Orogenesis after the Greek word 'oros' (mountain) and 'genesis' (creation). His coworkers think 'Thunder-dome' is more fitting—and we're inclined to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHU6K47qgc8" target="_blank">agree</a>. It's made from steel rods welded into 12 mesh-covered pentagons. A motherboard tray from an old ATX case serves as the basis of the computer-portion and after getting all of the parts mounted inside, Orogenesis was complete.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Each corner of the case is lit with full-spectrum LEDs with cheap plastic tubing serving as an easy way to diffuse the light. One of the pentagons is removable to allow access to the parts inside and a 250mm Rosewill fan keeps air moving across the system.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><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 <a title="rig rules" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014" target="_blank">here</a> and email us at&nbsp;</em><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><em><a title="mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com" href="mailto:mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;with your submissions.</em></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><em>Follow Ben on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="http://twitter.com/benjkim" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="https://plus.google.com/+BenKimJ/" target="_blank">Google+</a>.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_orogenesis_2014#comments case case mod maximum pc Orogenesis Rig of the Month rig of the month RoTM Sean Stebor Thunderdome Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:50:42 +0000 Ben Kim 27619 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Corsair CX500M 500W Modular Power Supply, AMD A10 7850K Kaveri, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_corsair_cx500m_500w_modular_power_supply_amd_a10_7850k_kaveri_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/corsair_cx500m.jpg" alt="Corsair CX500M" title="Corsair CX500M" width="300" height="232" 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>Is is just us, or are power supply ratings approaching insane levels? 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HBO has kept a tight grip on its content and doesn't care to have its shows streamed outside of its HBO Go application, which is only available to HBO subscribers, but for the first time, that's about to change. <strong>Amazon today announced it inked a content licensing agreement with HBO</strong> that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming.</p> <p>Before you start jumping up and down thinking you'll finally get to see what all the fuss is about with Game of Thrones, the hit original series isn't part of the package -- drats! However, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you will have access to some older award-winning shows -- Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound &amp; Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, Band of Brothers, John Adams, and more.</p> <p>Make no mistake, this is a huge win for Amazon in the streaming wars, and it comes right on the heels of its Fire TV set-top box launch (side note: HBO Go is coming to Fire TV).</p> <p><a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1921211&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">Amazon says</a> the first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. As time goes on, more shows will be added to the mix -- Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep to name a few -- along with comedy specials featuring Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK, and Bill Maher.</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/amazon_pries_loose_select_hbo_programming_prime_instant_video_streaming_2014#comments amazon hbo prime instant video streaming News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27681 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung's Trio of Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets Land in the U.S. Next Week http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_trio_galaxy_tab_4_tablets_land_us_next_week_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_tab_4_tablets.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Mark your calendars for May 1 (if you want one)</h3> <p><strong>Samsung on Wednesday announced that it's Galaxy Tab 4 family of tablets will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1</strong> starting at $200. There are three different size options -- 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch, all three of which will be available to pre-order tomorrow. Though each of the three tablets features a different size display, each one has the same resolution (1280x800).</p> <p>That's a bit of a buzz kill when tablet makers are pushing the envelope with densely packed pixels, though none of these carry a premium price tag. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will retail for $200, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for $270, and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for $350.</p> <p>A 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM power the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 model. It also features 16GB of onboard storage, microSD card slot, 3MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, stereo speaker, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 6,800mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_tab_4.jpg" alt="Galaxy Tab 4" title="Galaxy Tab 4" width="545" height="393" /></p> <p>You'll find the same specs on the 8-inch and 7-inch models, except the 8-inch version has a 4,450mAh battery and the 7-inch is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery. There's also an 8GB storage option for the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4.</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/samsungs_trio_galaxy_tab_4_tablets_land_us_next_week_2014#comments galaxy tab 4 mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:21:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 27680 at http://www.maximumpc.com AnTuTu Benchmark Supposedly Spills the Beans on Nvidia's Shield 2 Console http://www.maximumpc.com/antutu_benchmark_supposedly_spills_beans_nvidias_shield_2_console_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/shield_2.jpg" alt="Shield" title="Shield" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>What could be Nvidia's second generation Shield console makes a benchmark run on AnTuTu</h3> <p>It's been a little less than nine months since Nvidia released its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_review_2013">Shield handheld game console</a> to the public, and while there have been software updates since then, there's already talk of a second generation model with improved hardware. While this hasn't been confirmed as the real deal, news of a <strong>Shield 2 making a benchmarking run at AnTuTu</strong> is making the rounds. Care to venture a guess about its hardware?</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.antutu.com/view.shtml?id=7839" target="_blank">benchmark stats</a>, which was first noticed by <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/nvidia-shield-sequel-tegra-k1-soc-4gb-ram-42489/" target="_blank"><em>gforgames.com</em></a>, the supposed Shield 2 wields an Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a Kepler GPU comprised of 192 CUDA cores. The System-on-Chip (SOC) is flanked by 4GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.</p> <p>The screen resolution is listed at 1440x810, which could indicate that 90 pixels in height are taken up by the on-screen navigation bar. Rounding out the spec sheet is a 0.3MP front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device scored 44,500 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.</p> <p>A typo in the spec sheet on AnTuTu gets our BS meter tingling, so take this one with a dash of salt.</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/antutu_benchmark_supposedly_spills_beans_nvidias_shield_2_console_2014#comments antutu console Gaming handheld Hardware mobile nvidia shield shield 2 News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:53:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 27679 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Extends Reach in First Quarter, Posts 38 Percent Jump in Licensing Revenue http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_extends_reach_first_quarter_posts_38_percent_jump_licensing_revenue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_0.jpg" alt="ARM Scrabble" title="ARM Scrabble" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />ARM-based chip shipments totaled 2.9 billion in Q1</h3> <p>AMD and Intel have their work cut out for them as both companies try to wrestle mobile market share away from ARM. <strong>To kick off the first quarter of 2014, ARM Holdings reported total revenues of $305.2 million</strong>, up 16 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. That includes a 38 percent year-on-year increase in processor licensing revenue derived from 2.9 billion ARM-based chip shipments in Q1, which itself is up 11 percent compared to last year.</p> <p>It's not just smartphones and tablets that are driving ARM-based processor shipments, but also servers, supercomputers, and other segments.</p> <p>"Q1 was a good start to the year for ARM, with more customers choosing to license ARM technology for their future products, which helped drive ARM’s revenues. Licenses are a precursor to future royalty revenues. Our customers are signing licenses with a view to designing ARM technology into an increasingly wide range of markets from servers and supercomputers to embedded sensors and enterprise networking applications and thereby underpinning ARM's future royalty opportunity," <a href="http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-holdings-plc-reports-results-for-the-first-quarter-2014.php" target="_blank">noted ARM CEO Simon Segars</a>.</p> <p>Licensing is a big part of ARM's business strategy. Out of the $305.2 million in total revenues it collected in Q1, $129.9 million come from licensing its technologies to companies like Nvidia and Qualcomm. However, ARM isn't immune to market conditions and was affected by lower than expected sales of high-end smartphones running chips based on its IP. As a result, ARM's royalty revenue was $5 million lower than it was in the same quarter a year ago.</p> <p>"ARM’s royalty revenues in Q1 2014 were impacted by an inventory correction which particularly affected mobile and consumer electronics. As a result, both the year-on-year growth in ARM’s royalty revenues and the outperformance compared to overall industry growth are lower this quarter than seen in most recent periods," Segars added. "Inventory corrections of this type occur in the industry from time to time, the last one occurring in H1 2012."</p> <p>Another explanation is that the high-end smartphone market is starting to become saturated, though ARM is firm in its belief that the drop in royalty revenue is a temporary blip.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lendingmemo/11442351444" target="_blank">Flickr (Simon Cunningham)</a></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/arm_extends_reach_first_quarter_posts_38_percent_jump_licensing_revenue_2014#comments ARM financial report mobile processor revenue News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:16:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27678 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Catalyst 14.4 Release Candidate Adds Support for Radeon R9 295X2 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_catalyst_144_release_candidate_adds_support_radeon_r9_295x2 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/295x2.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 295X2" title="Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="111" style="float: right;" />Say goodbye to flickering in Titanfall when running CrossFire</h3> <p><strong>AMD this week made available to download its Catalyst 14.4 driver in Release Candidate (RC) form</strong>. The release follows the launch of AMD's dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, which the Catalyst 14.4 RC drivers support. It also boasts full support for OpenGL 4.4, Mantle beta driver improvements, CrossFire fixes and enhancements, and a spattering of bug fixes, including the resolution of game flickering in Titanfall when CrossFire is enabled.</p> <p>According to the release notes, the latest RC offers frame racing improvements in Crysis 3, better performance in Far Cry when running three or four GPUs at high quality settings and high resolution, improved CrossFire scaling in Anno 2070 by up to 34 percent, improved CrossFire scaling in Metro Last Light by up to 10 percent, improved Eyefinity 3x1 support with three 4K panels, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p>You can check out the full list of fixes and download the RC drivers <a href="http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</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/amd_catalyst_144_release_candidate_adds_support_radeon_r9_295x2#comments amd catalyst 14.4 Drivers radeon r9 295x2 Release Candidate Software News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:33:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27677 at http://www.maximumpc.com NZXT Phantom 240 Case Floats an Affordable $70 Price Tag http://www.maximumpc.com/nzxt_phantom_240_case_floats_affordable_70_price_tag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_phantom_240.jpg" alt="NZXT Phantom 240" title="NZXT Phantom 240" width="228" height="242" style="float: right;" />The least expensive Phantom to date</h3> <p>If you're a fan of NZXT's Phantom case line but tend to gravitate towards less expensive enclosures, you might be interested in the company's newest offering, the Phantom 240. <strong>NZXT's newly released Phantom 240 carries a $70 MSRP</strong>, making it the most affordable Phantom yet. It also sports a new design with a full-view window while maintaining its asymmetrical shape and comes with two FN V2 120mm case fans.</p> <p>Need more cooling? There's room for an additional 120mm fan up front, another on the bottom, and two more on top (or you can opt for 140mm fans on top). Once you've got your airflow scheme figured out, you can route cables out of the way using the 17mm of cable management space behind the right-side panel that NZXT provides. You'll also find seven routing holes and over 20 zip tie points to help with cable management.</p> <p>There's a removable drive cage to make room for extra long graphics cards (up to 400mm without the cage, versus 290mm with the cage). All tallied, the Phantom 240 features three optical bays, six 2.5-inch drive bays, and six 3.5-inc drive bays. On the outside, the I/O panel features audio inputs and two USB 3.0 ports.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/146-p240-phantom-mid-tower" target="_blank">Phantom 240</a> will be available soon.</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/nzxt_phantom_240_case_floats_affordable_70_price_tag#comments Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware mid-tower nzxt p240 phantom 240 News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 27676 at http://www.maximumpc.com