It's been rumored for several days now that Facebook would inject video recording and sharing capabilities into its Instagram service, and lo and behold, that's exactly what the social networking site has done. Dubbed Video on Instagram, you can now record clips up to 15 seconds in length simply by tapping the movie camera icon. There are also 13 new filters added specifically for this new functionality.
Five questions with the winner of our Maingear/AMD giveaway
Last month we gave away a righteous rig (equipped with a i7-3770K CPU, two AMD Radeon HD 7970s in crossfire, and 8GB ofCorsair Dominator Platinum RAM in a sleek Maingear F131 chassis) courtesy of AMD and Maingear on our Facebook page, and a enthusiastic gentleman named Sean Pisto from Canadia was the lucky recipient of the prize. We asked him to share with us whether or not he thought he was going to win, what his old gaming PC was running, and what it was like to take it out of the box for the first time. The Q&A is posted in the full story!
Crysis-themed rig comes equipped with Maingear F131 case, i7-3770K, and two Radeon HD 7970s
Everybody loves tent-pole releases like Crysis 3. Not only does it mean more shooty fun in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the greatest city in the world, but in this case it also means you might win a totally sweet Crysis-themed Maingear gaming rig courtesy of AMD. This choice system is stocked with bad ass componentry, and includes the following hardware:
Case: Maingear F131 with VRTX Cooling Technology, black brushed aluminum and a SilenX 15dB Fan Package (2x120mm, 2x80mm) affixed with artwork from the Crysis 3 game
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A passively cooled Radeon HD 7850 could be the centerpiece of a home theater PC (HTPC).
If you go poking around Facebook long enough, you're apt to run into teaser shots of unreleased products just like we did. Over on one of PowerColor's pages (the company has several), we spied a couple of photos of a passively cooled Radeon HD 7850 graphics card (SCS3), which to the best of our knowledge hasn't been done before. PowerColor didn't post any accompanying specs, though we suspect it will stick with the reference design.
Facebook didn't announce its own brand phone, but did unveil it's own Home screen.
Rumors of an official Facebook phone have been swirling for a long time now, though Mark Zuckerberg has in the past tried to quiet such speculation by saying he's not interested in diving into hardware. If you thought he was lying, today's announcement is bound to be a disappointment. Instead of unveiling a Facebook phone, Zuckerberg introduced the world to "Home," which isn't a phone or an operating system. So, what the flip is it, then?
Maximum PC is happy to announce that beginning today, magazine readers, PC enthusiasts, and parents of preteen females will be able to now rent Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung for private parties being held in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Dubbed the “Rent-A-Gordon” Program, the nascent editor-lending service aims to achieve the dual objectives of allowing people other than the staff of Maximum PC to enjoy Ung’s one-of-a-kind personality, and to help raise additional funds for his legal defense fund following a recent Facebook prank gone awry.
On February 28, Ung’s sendup of a viral Bill Gates image jokingly promised a GeForce GTX Titan to anyone who clicked the Facebook Share button. Ung soon found that more than 8,400 took his prank seriously, and the editor became the target of a class action lawsuit when he failed to deliver the goods. Gordon explained that he put an asterisks in the corner of his sign noting specifically that he would not deliver, but legal scholars who have weighed in on what is now referred to asTitangate say such disclaimers won't stand up in court.
The solution to pricey DRAM is memcached for flash.
You can stuff your home system full of DRAM without putting a hurt on your bank account, but when you're talking about servers on the scale of what's needed to keep Facebook up and running, things tend to get expensive. It's for this reason that Facebook has decided to reduce its dependance on DRAM. In its place, the social networking site built a data cache that runs on flash memory.
Teenage girl plans to buy "stuff" with the $200 she'll receive for quitting Facebook.
An interesting story about a 14-year-old daughter who convinced her dad to pay her to suspend Facebook for five months is making the rounds. Paul Baier, a research consultant in Boston, posted an image on his blog of the contract he and his daughter signed. Under terms of the agreement, little Baier will receive $50 upfront for deactivating her account, and another $150 at the end of June when the contract expires.
It took Facebook less than a decade to accumulate over 1 billion users.
Facebook, the world's largest social playground with over a billion participants and growing, celebrates its 9th birthday today. It was on February 4, 2004 that Mark Zuckerberg and his partners launched "Thefacebook," the original name of the Harvard-only service before Zuckerberg droped the "The" from the title at the recommendation of Justin Timberlake Sean Parker, or at least that's how it was portrayed in the docu-drama The Social Network.