Ultra HD is the next-gen PC resolution—here’s why you have to have it
Dream Machine 2013 had some bitchin' hardware, but most of it was available at retail for any well-heeled hardware hound. One part, though, was not available to the unwashed masses: its glorious 4K monitor. You see, 4K was an other-worldly resolution back in mid-2013, simply because it offered four times the resolution of 1080p—at a wallet-busting expense of $3,500.
Twice the pixels, or half the bandwidth. Sounds like a good deal to us.
H.265 has been on our radar since early 2012, but as of today it has passed an important milestone. The ITU has given the new codec its official approval, paving the way for devices and software to start implementing the standard as they see fit. H.265 (also known as High Efficiency Video Coding) will cut the bandwidth requirements for streaming video in half, or for the Maximum PC crowd, double the amount data you can fit in the same sized container.
Pricing premium or not, there's a market for Apple branded HDTVs.
It's long been rumored Apple would eventually release its own brand high definition television (HDTV), but given the premium price tags the Cupertino company often applies to its products, would it sell enough units to make the venture worthwhile? Who are we kidding, of course it would! A new survey suggests a large number of people are interested in an Apple HDTV, many of which would be willing to pay a higher price tag (this is where we feign surprise).
The Maximum PC editors share their personal holiday wish lists.
We here at Maximum PC like to think we're givers (see: our free, high quality editorial content *cough*), but we have needs too! Listed in the image gallery below are five items that each of the Maximum PC editors want for the Holidays. Because *spoiler warning* Santa isn't real, if you wanted to personally be the super fan that we know you are and gift us these things, we would totally give you a shout out! ;)
Why you should NOT buy a Nexus 4, iPad mini, and other popular electronic devices.
Clark Griswold's reaction to receiving a pre-paid Jelly of the Month Club membership instead of an expected bonus check in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is exactly what it feels like to buy the 'wrong' piece of technology. For example, let's say you plunk down $200 on a subsidized top-of-the-line dual-core smartphone, and then as soon as the return/exchange period expires, the manufacture releases an upgraded quad-core model with more bells and whistles. You can shake an angry fist at Mount Olympus all you want, you're still locked into a two-year agreement. Sometimes these situations are unavoidable, but many times they're not.
Valve has released Steam Big Picture Mode, which provides PC gamers with a new, elegant TV-tailored experience of Steam. The problem is Big Picture Mode is currently only in open beta testing, and finding out how to opt into the beta can be tricky. Detailed below are steps to help you get Steam's new Big Picture Mode running smoothly on your big-screen TV.
The next high definition television you buy might feature an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panel. Sure, OLED displays are comparatively pricey and in short order compared to LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs, but rivals Sony and Panasonic have put aside their competitive differences to jointly develop the next wave of OLED panels and modules for HDTVs and other large-size displays.
Bragging rights don't come cheap, and if you want to own the largest LED-backlit high-definition television on this side of the Solar System, it's going to set you back $10,999.99, leaving you a penny for your thoughts if you've saved up eleven grand. That's the asking price for Sharp's newly unveiled 90-inch LED Smart 3D TV (model LC-90LE745U), which stands almost 4 feet tall, over six feet long, and has a 4.5-inch waistline while tipping the scales at 141.1 pounds.
Is your television smart? If not, chances are your next one will be. According to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Smart TV Shipment and Forecast Report, which tracks connected and smart tv shipments by brand, region, display technology, and screen size, smart TV shipments are surging around the globe, particularly in Japan, where more than a third of all TVs shipped have smart capabilities.
Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone, which is scheduled to launch in the U.S. later this month, is the newest device to rock Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, but it surely won't be the last. Qualcomm is eying bigger (literally) and better (arguably) things, likes high definition TVs, tablet PCs, and stationary computing devices running Windows 8. They're all on Qualcomm's radar.