While the final numbers are not yet in, we know Apple sold more or less an ass load of iPad 2s on its product launch day. Lines outside of Apple stores stretched for blocks by Friday afternoon. So it was off to an entirely unglamorous Best Buy, where we slid comfortably into the #4 spot in line.
Fast forward a few hours, and we've got a shiny new black 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 with which to muck about. A full-fledged, beyond mucking review will come next week, but here are our initial impressions of the iPad 2 compared to the original.
We had a really good time last month with our Photo Awesome#20: Name That Hardware - such a good time in fact that we decided to do it again, but bigger. We sent our very own Gordon Mah Ung on an expedition to find ancient, old, antiquated, aged hardware. He's searched high, he's searched low, and now we present to you ten new opportunities to prove your superior tech knowledge and geeky credibility.
Check out the following images and then post your answers in the comments - those with the most right answers will win some Maximum PC coins, or a Maximum PC tshirt! We'll be picking winners Monday, so be sure to post by then and good luck!
This week was the annual Game Developers Conference here in semi-sunny San Francisco. Many of the biggest names in PC (and console) gaming were here in town, so we went down to the show to have a look around. Keep reading for a gallery of some of the most interesting sights on the show floor and screenshots from some of the most beautiful, interesting, and downright bizarre games that we saw at GDC 2011!
Apple declined Maximum Tech entry into its temporary ivory tower at the Yerba Buena Gardens for today's iPad 2 announcement. However, our own Susie Ochs from sister site Mac|Life scored a ticket to savor the sights and sounds of the latest "it" gadget.
We have all of her hands-on initial feelings by proxy after the jump.
For this week's image gallery, we plumbed the Maximum PC archives for some content from one of our all-time favorite sections: the Rig of the Month. For anyone who doesn't remember, the Rig of the Month was where we showcased some of the most awesome custom-made PCs submitted by our users. Unfortunately, we had to stop the series after submissions dropped off, but we still remember it fondly. Here are 16 of our favorite rigs!
We've been doing the Old School Monday column for a while now, but there's one thing we've consistently left out. No, not photoshopped pictures of Gordon using a Mac. No, we're talking mag covers. All of our cover images and coverlines go through a long process of brainstorming, approval, photography or illustration, approval, artwork editing, approval, coverline writing, approval...You get the picture. And now, literally, you get 21 pictures of our favorite covers from Maximum PC history. Let us know in the comments which covers you like best, what great covers we've missed and what covers made you cringe when you opened your mailbox.
Click through to view our favorite covers from past issues of Maximum PC!
Anyone can master the art of an RSS feed. But what do you do when you're a connoisseur of a ton of different topics? You might very well have check a list of RSS feeds that numbers in the tens, if not hundreds of items--and those are just the direct links you pull down from sites you've already frequented. Aside from running through Google News items based on a bunch of topics, or adding yourself to a site like popurls, there's no picture-perfect way to get an up-to-date, scrolling list of news for a ton of different categories at once.
At least, not until now.
This week's top Web App choice combines the usefulness of a site like popurls with the constantly updated environment of a Web app like Twitterfall. It's an excellent way to quickly customize and scan as many news categories as your screen can fit, featuring constant updates so you don't miss a second of any breaking news on your multitude of beats. In short, the site Lazyfeed is the perfect reason why you should look into getting a second monitor this holiday season--if you're a news junkie, that is.
All extensions will have to pass through a fully automated review process, except for those extensions “that include an NPAPI component and all content scripts that affect "file://" URLs.” Extensions beyond the scope of the automated review process will be vetted manually. Developers can supplement their extensions with explanatory text, screenshots and/or YouTube videos.
“During the last few months, our team has been working hard to support extensions in Google Chrome's beta channel. Today, we are getting one step closer to this goal; developers can now upload their extensions to Google Chrome's extension gallery. We are making the upload flow available early to make sure that developers have the time to publish their extensions ahead of our full launch,” programmer Lei Zheng wrote on the Chromium blog.
As the setup for tonight's Comic-Con 2009 opening continues, we've managed to sneak inside yet again to see how the show floor looks one day later. Vendors and studios are putting the final touches to their booths, some even shielding big props with curtains to hide big reveals from curious eyes. This afternoon's gallery has highlights from Sideshow Collectible's famous booth, Hasbro's GI Joe presence, and Warner Bros.'s giant tumble weed. We're just as confused as you. Confirmed, though, is the presence of the Black Hornet's car and an Iron Man 2 armory with at least 4 full-size suits on display. Check back tonight as we'll post coverage from tonight's Preview Night events.
Imagine a world in which all cars are like the Toyota Prius: four-door midsize hybrids. Sure, they aren’t bad cars, you can paint them any way you want and even modify some parts, but in the end you still just have a generic Toyota with a funky paint job.
That’s the world of personal computing today. It doesn’t matter if you’re running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. Your machine is almost certainly using Intel chips at its core and almost everything else is fairly generic—even the world’s greatest case mod with water-cooled dual-Xeons and quad-SLI graphics is just a really fast PC.
This was definitely not the case 35 years ago. A quick tour of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, reveals machines that were as varied and unique as the companies that made them.
The microprocessors, if there even was one, were supplied by Intel, MOS, Zilog, RCA, or any number of other companies. Memory was static, dynamic, and shift-register. And without the Internet, programs were loaded from paper tape, punched cards, cassette tape, floppy disks, cartridge, or even manually switched in by hand.
In the following pages, we take a close look at some of the most influential personal computers of the past 40 years. From pre-microprocessor machines to the venerated IBM PC, each of these systems contributed in some way to the modern personal computing era.