If you're a Gundam fan from back in the early '80s Mobile Suit days or more of a newcomer who jumped onto the SEED bandwagon, you'll get a kick out of the new Gundam-themed Agusta case Raidmax announced off yesterday. Not the cartoony type? That's okay -- the ATX and MicroATX-compatible case still looks pretty cool even if you have no concept of the lore behind the Augusta Newtype Lab.
It began with a simple posting on Google TV's Facebook page late Saturday night: "Get ready for Monday, we have some big announcements!" Within minutes, the tech blogosphere was alight with speculation. Could it be a Sonos-killing streaming media device? Maybe a TV version of Google Nexus? Some other type of new hardware? A software update? Nope. The announcement has been made, and the news was something nobody saw coming.
MaximumPC.com has given birth to an audacious new offspring. It's called MaximumTech.com, and it aims to deliver kick-ass coverage of smartphones, tablets, home entertainment gear, and sundry personal technology products you can't even imagine -- all in the minimum B.S. style you know and love... and possibly even fear! Read more for info on the new site, plus links to our first posted articles.
After many weeks of lead-up – web announcements, press releases, tweets, and FaceBook fan page updates -- we’re proud to announce the Maximum Tech channel of this website is now open and ready to indulge you with news, reviews, how-tos, features and videos on personal technology. You can access the channel directly by hitting the blue Maximum Tech button in our top navigation bar, or by navigating to MaximumTech.com, where you’ll be redirected to the channel page itself.
We at Maximum PC have been covering the broader range of personal technology -- you might know it as “consumer electronics” or “CE” -- ever since we relaunched this web site in 2007. Now it’s time to step up our game with more content about the products, trends and raw technologies we’ve already been covering. Yes, the main focus of the Maximum Tech channel will be on “traditional” CE (smartphones, tablets, home entertainment, etc), but we’re also intent on providing deep-dive explorations into the periphery of all the technology products that affect our daily lives: appliances, fitness equipment, watches, sunglasses, toys, and, yes, even lasers.
Hit the jump to read more about the Maximum Tech channel launch.
After three months combing the galaxy for an appropriate talent to take the helm, Maximum PC Editorial Director Jon Phillips has chosen a new Editor-in-Chief: George Jones, who served as our lead editor in 2004 and 2005, has returned to once again run the magazine and website. With Jones in place, Phillips goes back to full-time editorial directing -- whatever that is -- and the Maximum PC staff enters a new era of prosperity.
Maximum PC's new fearless leader George Jones, then (inset) and now.
“I look for four things in a Maximum PC editor,” Phillips said. “Namely, hardcore tech knowledge, big content ideas, managerial excellence, and a knack for expressing that impossible-to-define Maximum PC voice. It’s a tall order for any editor, but George did it before, and he’ll do it again. Huzzah!”
Various Maximum PC staffers added their own thoughts on this most illustrious of appointments:
Senior Editor Gordon Mah Ung: “Having worked with George during his last tour of duty, I can say it’s great to have him back on the team again.”
Online Managing Editor Alex Castle: “I’m very excited to have George Jones on board. I believe he’ll do a fine job of upholding Maximum PC’s rich tradition of Editor-In-Chiefs sharing a name with other, more famous people.”
Senior Associate Editor Nathan Edwards: “Sure, we know George is firmly on the PC side of the Mac vs. PC debate, but where does he stand in the all-important Enterprise vs. Star Destroyer debate?”
As for Jones himself, he completed his own induction ceremony by saying, “I’m super happy to be back in the Maximum PC fold and right in the middle of the action. This place is awesome in every sense of the word. I am a little bit nervous about the Tribble invasion in the labs, however. Gordon!”
If sharing is caring, then Microsoft is going to be doing a whole lot of caring next Monday. How do we know? The Redmond software giant sent out invites for an event on April 12th that said "It's time to share."
Unfortunately, that's all Microsoft was willing to divulge, so we're left to speculate what exactly the company plans to share, and whether or not we should care. The general consensus is that this is a press event for Microsoft's upcoming smartphones.
"A few weeks ago, tipsters leaked us photos and marketing materials for Microsoft's 'Pink' feature phones, littered with the motto, 'Make Your Network More Social.' The graphic design in the invites is similar to that in our leaked materials, as is the hipstery tone and aesthetic," Gizmodo deduces.
Gizmodo's detective work is right on the money, at least according to Ina Fried over at CNet, who said an un-named source confirmed Microsoft will be showing off new phones. More specifically, Fried says the devices, code-named Pure and Turtle, are both slider phones with a touchscreen and keyboard. Both devices are rumored to run on Verizon's Wireless network and will go on sale not longer after the press event.
Dell and Facebook are working up the hype factory as they prep a ‘significant’ announcement by mailing out nice invitations for the event next Tuesday, involving this year’s favorite buzzword; cloud computing.
Cnet speculates the obvious, that Dell’s part is hardware and that from the invitation, it involves "the next generation of cloud computing".
I’m not holding my breath. Maybe I am cynical but I just can’t get excited about the next generation of cloud computing without knowing more about what the announcement is.
Will you be waiting on the edge of your seat for Facebook and Dell’s announcement?