Maximum PC - All Articles http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/all/feed/atom en Sony's Walkman ZX1 Growing in Popularity Despite $700 Price Tag http://www.maximumpc.com/sonys_walkman_zx1_growing_popularity_despite_700_price_tag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_nwz-zx1.jpg" alt="Sony Walkman" title="Sony Walkman" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />This isn't the Walkman you grew up with</h3> <p>Sony can be considered a pioneer in the portable music player business, and if you lived through the cassette tape era, then there's a good chance you owned a Walkman. Believe it or not, Sony continued to manufacture cassette-based Walkmans in several different markets all the way up through near the end of 2010. While nowhere near as popular as they were in the 1980s an 1990s, <strong>Sony's Walkman brand is seeing a bit of a resurgence courtesy of its NWZ-ZX1</strong>, a high-resolution audio player for consumers with deep pockets.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/sonys-walkman-makes-comeback-1405896826" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony's ZX1 is a premium gadget that, despite its heavy $700 price tag, is selling relatively well in Japan, which is not something that can be said about Sony's previous high-end electronics. It quickly sold out after making a debut in Japan and has since launched in Europe and other parts of Asia. No launch date has yet been set for the U.S.</p> <p>"The message for our designers and engineers was: please create a good product without worrying about the cost," said Kenji Nakada, Sony's sound product planner.</p> <p>Sony's ZX1 is a comparatively heavy device at 139 grams. It has 128GB of internal storage and plays 24-bit, 193kHz FLAC audio files. It also boasts a 4-inch touchscreen display with an 854x480 resolution, 5-band equalizer, dynamic normalizer, and more.</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/sonys_walkman_zx1_growing_popularity_despite_700_price_tag#comments mobile nwz-zx1 sony Walkman News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28211 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Shield Tablet Revealed http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_revealed_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>8-inch tablet, Wi-Fi Direct controller, and Tegra K1</h3> <p>After many rumors of a new Shield device, Nvidia has revealed its new Shield Tablet. Powered by Android, the 8-inch gaming tablet succeeds Nvidia’s original Shield handheld gaming device, which is now dubbed the Shield Portable.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_shield_controller_trine2.jpg" alt="shield tablet" title="shield tablet" width="620" height="404" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Introducing the Nvidia Shield Tablet</strong></p> <p>At the heart of the tablet is the company’s new top-tier mobile SoC, the Nvidia Tegra K1. The quad-core ARM chip features 192 CUDA cores with a 2.3GHz max clock speed. K1 supports a variety of APIs and features which include OpenGL ES 3.1, AEP, OpenlGL 4.4, DX12, Tessellation, CUDA 6.0. Nvidia claims that the K1 can do all of this while consuming less than two watts of power.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rh7fWdQT2eE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Play the video above to see an Nvidia rep give us a demo of the Shield Tablet.</strong></p> <p>For the display, the Shield Tablet uses a 1900x1200-resolution IPS panel. In terms of content, Nvidia has created a new Shield hub which allows you to access your game library, purchase more games, or to launch other media apps. You’ll also be able to stream PC games through the hub. The Shield tablet will support both Nvidia GameStream (local PC streaming) and Nvidia Grid (remote PC streaming). In addition, Nvidia has partnered up with Twitch to allow you to stream your Shield gameplay sessions to the social gaming site.&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00799.jpg" alt="nvidia shield tablet" title="nvidia shield tablet" width="620" height="349" /></h3> <h3>Lots of users said they wanted a bigger screen on the Shield so Nvidia decided to detach the screen from the controller.</h3> <p>Of course, all of this wouldn’t sound the least bit appealing if you didn’t have a controller to game with (because playing real games with tablet controllers is just…eww.). Luckily, the Shield Tablet is not only compatible with Bluetooth controllers, but Nvidia is also making a new Wi-Fi Direct controller for the device. The company claims that the Wi-Fi Direct has 2x lower latency than Bluetooth and offers more bandwidth. What will this extra bandwidth allow you to do? For starters, you’ll be able to plug in a headphone into the controller. Secondly, you will be able to connect up to four Shield controllers to the tablet. This is ideal for when you plug the Shield Tablet into your HDTV via HDMI while in “Console Mode.”&nbsp;</p> <p>While you could use the device as a console of sorts, it is first and foremost a tablet. If you’re out and about watching movies, Nvidia says you should be able to expect 10 hours of battery life. Five to six hours is what the company claims you should be able to get out of the device when gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>What’s interesting about the device is that unlike the first Shield which used fans for active cooling, the Shield Tablet is passively cooled. To get away with this, Nvidia installed a thermal shield (pun not intended) to dissipate more heat. This adds about a millimeter of thickness to the device, but fortunately the Shield Tablet isn’t unbearably thick to begin with.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00811.jpg" alt="nvidia shield tablet" title="nvidia shield tablet" width="620" height="349" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p><strong>The new Shield controller features a touchpad at the bottom and is much lighter and more comfortable to hold compared to the original Shield.</strong></p> <p>Other features of the device include two 5MP cameras (one on the front and one on the back), an included stylus, an SD card slot, and support for 4K output at 30FPS.&nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of pricing, the Shield Tablet will come in two flavors. The 16GB version will retail for $299, whereas the 32GB LTE version will retail for $399. Unfortunately the controller will be sold separately and will retail for $59. In addition, there will also be a $39 Shield Tablet cover which can also act as a stand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Shield Tablet launches July 29th in the US and Canada, will release in Europe mid-August, and other regions in the fall.&nbsp;</p> <p>Expect a full review of the tablet soon after we get one in. Are you intrigued about the Shield Tablet? Let us know in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_revealed_2014#comments controller gaming tablet nvidia shield tablet tegra k1 News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:01:27 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28209 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston Adds 960GB Capacity Option to SSDNow Series http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_adds_960gb_capacity_option_ssdnow_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_v310.jpg" alt="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" title="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Largest capacity SSDNow drive to date</h3> <p><strong>Kingston Technology today introduced the latest addition to its SSDNow V300 series, the V310</strong>. What's special about the V310 is that it's a 960GB SSD, the largest capacity available in Kingston's entire stable of SSDs (the second largest is 480GB, which is available in Kingston's HyperX 3K and V300 Series). The V310 also swaps the custom LSI controller found in the V300 Series for a Phison 3108 controller.</p> <p>Capacity is the main selling point here, as the V310 won't break any speed records. Kingston rates the read and write speeds at 450MB/s, along with random 4k read and write performance of up to 40,000 IOPS and 20,000 IOPS, respectively. These are respectable, if not a tad underwhelming figures across the board.</p> <p>"Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7297?Article-Title=Kingston-Digital-Ships-Large-Capacity-Near-1TB-SSD" target="_blank">said Ariel Perez</a>, SSD business manager, Kingston. "SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment."</p> <p>The V310 will be available as a standalone drive as well as all-in-one upgrade kits for desktops and notebooks. While it's out of stock on <a href="http://shop.kingston.com/partsinfo.aspx?ktcpartno=SV310S37A/960G" target="_blank">Kingston's website</a>, it appears that pricing will be in the neighborhood of $910.</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/kingston_adds_960gb_capacity_option_ssdnow_series#comments 960GB Build a PC Hardware Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow v300 storage v310 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:07:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28208 at http://www.maximumpc.com Graphics Porn (July 2014): Showcasing Screenshot Artist K-putt http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_july_2014_showcasing_screenshot_artist_k-putt <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/featuredkputt.jpg" alt="Kputt Crysis 3" title="Kputt Crysis 3" width="250" height="250" style="float: right;" /></span></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">He's a hobbyist who's concerned with capturing the beauty of Crysis, Wolfenstein, Bioshock, and more</span></h3> <p>For some people, screenshots are just a way to capture a moment of hilarity, success, or good lighting. For others, screenshots are an emerging art form. <a href="https://secure.flickr.com/photos/k_putt/" target="_blank">K-putt</a> falls into the second category and has built up a huge body of work that spans games of all genres. This month’s installment of <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a> delves into the expansive archives of the 23-year-old German moonlighting as a screenshot artist.&nbsp;</p> <p>He won’t give his real name—and that’s probably not the worst idea considering the influx of <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/nsa" target="_blank">mass surveillance</a>—, but he’s happy to share some of his greatest screenshots of all time. K-putt traces his history as a screenshot artist back to a German-language forum where he uploaded what began as run-of-the-mill screencaps of gameplay. Everything changed when he first laid eyes on screenshots that weren’t just about capturing a particularly satisfying headshot or ragdoll gone wrong—see some of his own examples below.</p> <p>He transitioned to the, now defunct, Dead End Thrills group on Flickr and eventually the <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/" target="_blank">Dead End Thrills forum</a>. It’s a community dedicated to capturing the jaw-dropping, GPU-killing screenshots that we highlight with Graphics Porn. The <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/discussion/42/site-rules-and-guidelines-read-before-posting" target="_blank">site-wide guidelines</a> provide some sense of the &nbsp;lengths that these veritable artists go to ensure worthy results. Rules like: no HUDs, no ‘jaggies’, and even “Their art, your composition,” define the nature of the game for these hobbyists.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite some of the spectacular shots he’s taken, K-putt is still running an AMD 7950 in his rig. The 2-year-old graphics card is supplemented by the substantially beefier Xeon 1230v3 and 8GB of RAM. He says that he’s waiting for 16 nm GPUs or DX12-ready cards before he upgrades.&nbsp;</p> <p>Enough with the words, it’s time to move onto the spectacular pictures that we’ve been talking about. Check out some of K-putt’s best shots in the gallery below and comment with your favorites! Make sure to click through to the Flickr pages to see the images in their entire high-resolution goodness.</p> <div> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><em>Whether you've been using&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="http://store.steampowered.com/news/5047/" target="_blank">Steam's nifty screenshots feature</a>&nbsp;or simply print screening some beautiful wallpaper-worthy game moments, we want to be able to share your captured works of art with the world. If you think you can do better than the pictures submitted below, please email your screenshots to &nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="mailto:mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;so we can show them off. Make sure to include the name of the game, a title for the screenshot, and a description of what's happening on-screen.</em></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="_self">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> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_july_2014_showcasing_screenshot_artist_k-putt#comments Bioshock Crysis Graphics Porn K-putt maximum pc screen screenshot shot wolfenstein Features Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:26:04 +0000 Ben Kim 28202 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Reportedly Plans to Dish Out Windows 8.1 Update 2 on August 12 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_reportedly_plans_dish_out_windows_81_update_2_august_12 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_start_4.jpg" alt="Windows" title="Windows" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />The final major update for Windows 8.1 is said to arrive on Patch Tuesday in August</h3> <p>Mark your calenders, folks, and be sure to use pencil instead of ink (unless it's erasable ink) -- a Russian website is reporting that <strong>Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 2 on August 12</strong>, which is also next month's Patch Tuesday date. This is expected to be the last major update for Windows 8.1 before Microsoft switches gears to Windows 9, or Threshold as it's also been referred to.</p> <p><a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-81-update-2-said-to-arrive-on-august-12th" target="_blank"><em>Neowin</em></a> first noticed the leaked information on <a href="http://pcportal.org.ru/" target="_blank"><em>PCPortal.org.ru</em></a>, which posted what's supposed to be official Microsoft documentation. Though <em>Neowin</em> believes the information is authentic based on previous leaks, it has not been confirmed by Microsoft.</p> <p>Microsoft has continually been adding features to Windows 8/8.1 in order to address customer complaints and widen its appeal to users who have stuck with XP and Windows 7. Early indications suggest that Windows 8.1 Update 2 will contain mostly minor updates, and if that's the case, it's unlikely to change the perception of users who've refused to upgrade up to this point.</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/microsoft_reportedly_plans_dish_out_windows_81_update_2_august_12#comments microsoft operating system OS Software update 2 windows 8.1 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:24:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28207 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit, WD Black 3TB Hard Drive, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_microsoft_windows_7_professional_64-bit_wd_black_3tb_hard_drive_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/windows_7_thumbnail.jpg" alt="Microsoft Windows 7" title="Microsoft Windows 7" width="300" height="290" 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>We jumped off the hate train for Windows 8 a long time ago, and with the roll out of Windows 8.1, there's a lot to like about the OS. Nevertheless, we're not oblivious to the fact that plenty of people would rather watch Bachelorette marathon than stare at Windows 8.1 on their PCs. If you're one of them, then check out today's top deal for <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416804&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-OTHER-N82E16832416804-_-0721&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit OEM</a> for <strong>$125</strong> with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWC24</strong>]). And don't worry about those XP programs -- you can run them in Windows XP Mode.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009590&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824009590-_-0721&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Acer H6 27-inch 5ms HDMI IPS panel Widescreen LED Backlight Monitor</a> for <strong>$200</strong> with free shipping (normally $210 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWC27</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104914&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-OTHER-N82E16826104914-_-0721&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Logitech G602 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless 2500 dpi Gaming Mouse</a> for <strong>$50</strong> with free shipping </p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233667&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-FLASHDRIVE-N82E16820233667-_-0721&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Corsair Flash Voyager GT 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive</a> for <strong>$35</strong> with free shipping (normally $40 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWC89</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236623&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-INT-HDD-N82E16822236623-_-0721&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">WD Black Series 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive</a> for <strong>$170</strong> with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWC64</strong>])</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_microsoft_windows_7_professional_64-bit_wd_black_3tb_hard_drive_and_more#comments Acer corsair Daily Deals daily deals logitech microsoft Newegg wd Western Digital Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:32:03 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28206 at http://www.maximumpc.com GameStop Introduces Gift Card Exchange Program http://www.maximumpc.com/gamestop_introduces_gift_card_exchange_program_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gamestop_1.jpg" alt="GameStop" title="GameStop" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Turn that Barnes &amp; Noble gift card into a GameStop E-Card</h3> <p>You told Aunt Millie a hundred times that junior would love a GameStop gift card for his birthday, but instead, he had to feign happiness at receiving one for Pottery Barn. It's not quite the same, though it's not the end of junior's world, either. <strong>GameStop recently rolled out a gift card exchange program in which you can trade gift cards from nearly 100 retailers into a GameStop e-card</strong>.</p> <p>The online program is powered by Cardpool and involves just a few easy steps. All you have to do is fill out your gift card information by selecting the retail store from a pull-down menu, enter in the number, and provide the pin (if it has one). Once the information gets verified, a GameStop e-gift card will be emailed to you.</p> <p>"We've always been about providing our customers access to the best in gaming technology and providing value through our trade-in and preowned offerings," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gamestop-announces-new-gift-card-exchange-powered-by-cardpool-267927621.html" target="_blank">said Jon Haes</a>, vice president, pre-owned merchandising at GameStop. "Through our partnership with Cardpool, GameStop is offering customers a new way to purchase the devices and games they enjoy playing. Offering our customers the unique ability to exchange other retailers' gift cards into GameStop e-gift cards, we are providing a way to get even more value from being a GameStop customer."</p> <p>The e-gift cards can be redeemed at any of GameStop's more than 4,400 locations across the nation. If you want to try it out for yourself, <a href="https://gamestop.cardpool.com/" target="_blank">head 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/gamestop_introduces_gift_card_exchange_program_2014#comments e-card games GameStop gift card News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:50:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28205 at http://www.maximumpc.com Verizon Cranks FiOS Upload Speed to Keep Pace with Downloads http://www.maximumpc.com/verizon_cranks_fios_upload_speed_keep_pace_downloads_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fios.jpg" alt="Verizon FiOS" title="Verizon FiOS" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Upload videos like a boss!</h3> <p>Depending on where you live and what Internet service provider (ISP) you're subscribed to, there's a high possibility that your download speed is massively faster than your allotted upload speed. Such is the way it typically goes, though not so on Verizon's FiOS network. Effectively immediately, <strong>existing and new Verizon FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds</strong>.</p> <p>This is a free bump in uploads, and a well timed one, according to Verizon, which points out that customers are uploading more and more information to the cloud these days. From sharing videos and photos to video chatting and backing up big files, upload speed is becoming an important metric.</p> <p>"Faster upload speeds means better sharing experiences," <a href="http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2014/07-21-fios-upload-speed-upgrade/" target="_blank">said Mike Ritter</a>, Verizon’s chief marketing officer for consumer and mass business. "All Internet sharing – whether videos, large photo files or gaming – starts with uploading. FiOS all-fiber-optic technology offers a unique opportunity to enhance our customers’ Internet experience on a mass scale by increasing our upload speeds to equal to our industry-leading download speeds. As the Internet of Things becomes a reality, equal download and upload speeds will become essential."</p> <p>Verizon's decision to upgrade its upstream speeds is backed by market research from IDC. According to IDC, more than 20 percent of U.S. broadband subscribers upload nearly as much content as they download. That figure is expected to balloon to 60 percent by 2017.</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/verizon_cranks_fios_upload_speed_keep_pace_downloads_2014#comments broadband FiOS Internet ISP Verizon News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:25:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28204 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Skips Ahead of Samsung to Take the Chromebook Crown http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook" title="Acer Chromebook" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Nearly a third of Chromebook shipments belong to Acer</h3> <p>It may seem like a trivial thing to lead the Chromebook market when Windows-based PCs are so much more functional, but considering that three of the top five selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks, as well as five of the top 10, it's a potentially lucrative market to dominate. So in that regard, <strong>Acer should be pleased as punch that's it currently the top Chromebook player</strong>.</p> <p>According to recent data by TrendForce, Chromebook shipments tallied 1.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. When the dust settled. Acer emerged on top with a 30 percent share of the Chromebook market, leapfrogging over Samsung for the first time, which itself settled into second place with a 24 percent share. Hewlett-Packard, a relative newcomer to the category, is in a close third place with a 21 percent share.</p> <p>"Samsung used to be the top competitor in the Chromebook segment since 2013 but saw its spot drop in the second quarter due to high pricing for two new units that were released," <a href="http://press.trendforce.com/press/20140721-1494.html" target="_blank">TrendForce explains</a>. "Meanwhile, other vendors had competitive pricing and released new units as well, which in turn provided consumers with a wider range of choices. Most notably that the release of Microsoft’s US$249 unit has also decreased the attractiveness of the overall Chromebook market."</p> <p>With Windows-based laptops coming down in price, the future of Chromebooks remains uncertain. Price has always been the primary appeal of Chromebooks, followed by data security for enterprises. However, Microsoft is lowering the price for certain Windows laptops from $249 to $199.</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/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014#comments Acer chromebook Hardware laptop notebook samsung News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:16:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28203 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Chrome: Draining Laptop Batteries Since At Least 2010 http://www.maximumpc.com/google_chrome_draining_laptop_batteries_least_201 <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><strong><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/Win7_Battery.jpg" alt="Low Battery Warning" title="Low Battery Warning" width="228" height="107" style="float: right;" /></strong>First discovered in 2010, battery-draining bug yet to be fixed</strong></p> <p>It seems Microsoft has quietly slipped into the habit of commissioning at least one study every year that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/microsoft_hails_ie9_most_energy-efficient_browser" target="_blank">compares the power-consumption habits of major web browsers</a> and declares the latest version of the company’s very own Internet Explorer to be the most power-efficient browser of them all. Although one can’t take such comparisons seriously, there may be some truth to them after all, especially where the lackluster performance of Chrome is concerned.</p> <p>There is a serious bug in Chrome that causes the browser to wake up the CPU as many as 1,000 times per second even when idle, thanks to the system clock tick rate being set to 1.00ms by Chrome. This is many times more than the 64 times per second usually observed with the Windows default clock tick rate of 15.625ms. Believe it or not, this bug has been known to Google for many years now but has yet to be addressed. According to a <a href="https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=153139" target="_blank">Chromium bug report, dated September 29, 2012</a> (the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/07/14/googles-chrome-web-browser-is-killing-your-laptop-battery/" target="_blank">bug first surfaced in 2010</a>), the issue boils down to there being “no system clock tick interval management.”</p> <p>The bug report also quotes Microsoft on this whole issue of the clock tick being decreased to 1ms: "If the system timer interval is decreased to less than the default, including when an application calls timeBeginPeriod with a resolution of 1 ms, the low-power idle states are ineffective at reducing system power consumption and system battery life suffers.System battery life can be reduced as much as 25 percent, depending on the hardware platform. This is because transitions to and from low-power states incur an energy cost. Therefore, entering and exiting low-power states without spending a minimum amount of time in the low-power states can be more costly than if the system simply remained in the high-power state."</p> <p>Thankfully, Google is now trying to fix this issue and the bug has been assigned internally.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_chrome_draining_laptop_batteries_least_201#comments battery bug clock tick google chrome Software Windows News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:38:25 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28200 at http://www.maximumpc.com