As seemed destined to happen, the Federal Communications Commission voted today to reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility, thus giving the FCC the power it sought to implement strict net neutrality rules. The new rules were approved in a 3-to-2 vote and also apply to mobile Internet service, though the war isn't over just yet -- opponents of the Title II classification are sure to mount a legal challenge, and though it's an uphill battle, they may have an easier time convincing a court to issue a stay on the new rules.
You have options when it comes to Chromebooks. Some have touch displays, a few are rugged so they can endure a day at the playground, many are relatively inexpensive at around $200, while others like the Chromebook Pixel ($1,300) are quite a bit more. But one option you don't have is buying a Chromebook powered by AMD -- it's either ARM or Intel. That may change someday, but for now, AMD simply isn't interested in the Chromebook category.
Column: Jimmy Thang gathers the trail of breadcrumbs
There’s a rumor floating around right now that Nvidia is going to reveal its own VR headset at GDC. VRFocus is reporting this will happen during the company’s teased “Made to Game” event happening next Tuesday, March 3rd.
While I don’t know how rock-solid VRFocus’ source is, I have been speculating that Nvidia would announce its own VR headset prior to this supposed leak. Allow me to walk you through my logic.
Rebranded Atom chips follow Intel's Core naming convention
Intel is rebranding its Atom processor line so that customers will have an easier time determining the level of CPU performance at a glance. To do that, Intel is splitting Atom into three distinct levels -- Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7. It's a similar approach to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 naming conventions, which follows the good, better, best construct, and it will start with the next generation of Atom CPUs.
Are you all-in with Nvidia? What about AMD? Or Intel? Hey, we're not judging -- you can be a fan of any brand you want, and if you'd like to show off your allegiance to team whatever, Bitfenix's new Aegis case will let you. Hidden behind the closed front panel of the Bitfenix Aegis is the Bitfenix ICON, a 2.8-inch logo display that connects directly to your motherboard via an internal USB header.
Over the past several weeks, I've posted several pieces on the FCC and the issue surrounding net neutrality.
The issue around neutrality though, has been around for several years. But it only came into the mainstream light when Netflix raised some serious issues of it getting shafted by big tier carriers. Some may not agree with what I've said in my previous articles, such as this one, but the issue remains the same.
When it comes to developer Rockstar Games, PC gamers tend to wait a while before their IPs are brought over to the platform. This holds true for the developer’s popular Grand Theft Auto franchise. So it shouldn’t surprise us that Grand Theft Auto V for PC has been delayed to April 14.
When it comes to DirectX 12 we have been cautiously optimistic. Early tests have been promising and we are curious to see what else Microsoft has to say about its API. However, it appears that DirectX 12 will allegedly have Explicit Asynchronous Multi-GPU Capabilities according to an unnamed source who spoke to Tom’s Hardware.
Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu in Windows 10, though it won't look exactly the way you remember seeing it in Windows 7. If that's what you're after, you might be interested to know that Stardock is putting the final touches on Start10, its Start Menu replacement for Windows 10 that makes it look like it did in Windows 7. If you're an Object Desktop subscribers, you can try out the Start10 beta today.
Free Office 365 for education offer extends beyond the U.S.
Microsoft had already been doing teachers and students living in the U.S. a solid by offering them free Office 365 subscriptions, and now that same offer is extending beyond the border. How far? Try all the way around -- if you're an eligible teacher or a student living in a place where Office 365 is available, a subscription is yours for the taking once you provide a valid school email address.