Looking back at another wild year in the tech sector
Two years ago, the world was supposed to end, based on the Mayan calendar. And last year, we heard about the death of the PC ad nauseam. Of course, neither of those things happened, setting up yet another event-filled 12 months of technology news that ran the gamut from a major security flaw affecting nearly every website on the Internet, to Blizzard announcing its first new PC game franchise in 17 years, plus a whole lot more.
You may have noticed a change on Google's news channels, which is the lack of headshots attached to articles with accompanying information about who wrote each piece. For better or worse, Google decided to end its authorship program on the basis that it just wasn't as useful to readers as Google hoped it would be, and even worse, it had become a distraction in some cases.
Could we see new Batman, Mirror's Edge, and Mass Effect games?
E3 2014 is nearly upon us and with the new consoles firmly into their sophomore year we’re expecting to see an even bigger explosion of games. While many studios only teased their games last year they may finally showcase actual gameplay at this year’s expo in Los Angeles. Maximum PC will be on the scene to catch all the new games and hardware, but we’re jumping the gun to lay out the 14 of the most anticipated PC games we’re hoping will be unveiled.
What are you looking forward to at E3 2014? Let us know in the comments!
Blitz Red Dragon memory branded to match MSI Gaming motherboards
Avexir's latest memory kits are not only useful, but stylish, with the Blitz Red Dragon 1.1 DDR3 memory series sporting a black and red motif with tribal dragon designs. They've also got red LEDs on the top of each piece, which can be set to pulse as though they're breathing, giving the hardware a more "organic" feel. Just like a dragon. Any Targaryen fans in the house?
Microsoft had been reportedly waiting until April to officially unveil Windows 8.1 Update 1, and now the latest rumors dictate April 8 as what could be the concrete date for consumers to download the upgrade. Coincidentally, that's also the same day that Microsoft will be pulling support for Windows XP. This date comes from Paul Thurrott, Supersite for Windows editor and co-host of Windows Weekly and What the Tech podcasts.
Gigabyte previously announced its J1800-based motherboard, and on Friday broke the news about the J1900N-D3V board, which will be a considerable improvement on the previous model. Sporting a Celeron J1900 chip, it utilizes four cores at 2.0 GHz.
Microsoft adding Android support and free Skype calls for businesses
Lync is a universal communication tool that many an office employs for daily usage, and this week was an important chapter in the client's life cycle. At Microsoft's Lync conference, announcements were made about the program that should have users who rely on the messenger excited for what's to come.
HP's thinnest tablet ever brings a plethora of updates
HP revealed a newly-redesigned model of its HP ElitePad 1000, sporting several upgrades and changes from the previous iteration. It's now rocking a brighter touch screen with augmented durability as well as support for 64-bit and 4G. It also happens to be the company's thinnest tablet so far, weighing 1.5 pounds and clocking in at 9.2 mm thick.
Lenovo's Yoga tablet hasn't been out very long, having been announced last fall, but today Lenovo announced an update to the device that's quite pleasantly surprising. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ sports newer and updated hardware as well as some additional alterations to make it a lucrative buy for anyone looking for a new tablet to add to their collection.
Microsoft has set a firm date of October 31st for final sale of consumer Windows 7 machines, but business machines are another story. The official website has been updated as such to reflect this, with Microsoft noting that October 31, 2014 is the new end-of-sale date for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate PCs. Home Premium takes the cake when it comes to sales, but now Microsoft is pushing for Windows 8 to take over as reigning champ, per PC World.