The first accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops from AMD became available in late June. The first installment of desktop APUs comprises two quad-core chips, the A6-3650 and A8-3850, both of which have garnered mixed reviews. PC manufacturers, too, haven’t quite warmed up to the new chips so far. Nonetheless, boutique system builder AVADirect has announced a couple of Llano-equipped PCs.
If PCs are dead (they're not), someone forgot to tell Japan. And NEC. And Lenovo. In a joint press release today, Lenovo and NEC announced the launch of NEC Lenovo Japan Group, a long winded name that now represents Japan's largest PC provider. Based on recent analyst figures, the group expects to control about 25 percent of Japan's PC market, poking its head into both the commercial/government sector and in consumer sales.
No iPhone? No problem! Amazon just scored its first exclusive desktop software courtesy of DistinctDev, makers of the hit iOS game The Moron Test. You can now download the popular title to your PC or Mac, though if you don't own an iPhone to begin with, you may have already passed (Zing!). We jest, and actually, The Moron Test is also available on Android and Windows Phone 7, which still won't come as any consolation if you're rocking a feature phone.
What evil entity has driven the fax machine to the brink of oblivion and soon, we expect, to its demise? The same contraption that's utterly ruined the careers of so many other once-essential, once-treasured devices and concepts – the personal computer. Like a runaway train, the PC eventually obliterates everything that lies in its path, no matter how long it takes to get there. Let's take a gander at some of its more memorable victims.
Beleaguered Japanese electronic giant Sony has contributed vociferously to all the buzz surrounding 3D technologies over the past few years. But if you thought Sony’s interest in 3D would decline with time, think again. The company has once again - second time this week - reaffirmed its faith in stereoscopy by launching a Vaio L-Series all-in-one PC that features a 24-inch 3D multitouch display. As always, details await you after the jump.
Last month, Intel increased the warranty period on solid-state drives in its SSD 320 range from the original three years to five years, making them the first consumer SSDs to have such a long warranty period. Now, Woodstock, Illinois-based Other World Computing (OWC) has taken a leaf out of Intel’s book and extended the warranty on its Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD line to five years. According to OWC, this move has made it “the industry’s first SandForce processor-based 6Gb/s SATA Revision 3.0 SSD offering an enterprise-class level 5 year warranty.” Hit the jump for more.
Dubbed Redmond’s “riskiest product bet” by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 certainly does have a lot riding on it. No wonder a lot of people, especially those who occupy key positions within the computer industry, have an opinion on it. Peter Hortensius, president of the Lenovo Product Group, is one such guy. In a recent interview with AllThingsD, an excited Hortensius called Windows 8 “a big, bold move” on Microsoft’s part. Hit the jump because there is more.
Utah-based Xi3 Corporation has announced a Chrome OS-running version of its flagship Modular Computer. The company made the announcement in a recent press release. Touting its upcoming ChromiumPC modular desktop as “the world’s first desktop computer running Google’s Chrome operating system,” the company revealed in the press release that it has been working on the machine since 2009. More details about Xi3’s latest modular computer, which measures less than 4-inches per side, after the break.
Apple on occasion will give students heading back to school a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac. That's swell and everything (at least until you dance with the digital devil known as iTunes), but let's be real. Would you rather have a Mac and an iPod touch, or a Windows PC and Xbox 360 console? We'll take the latter, thank you very much, especially when you can buy one and get the other for free. Say what?
Diehard Windows PC users, and Maximum PC readers in particular, aren't known for being shy in sharing their disdain for the evil empire known as Apple. Reasons are many: misleading advertisements, overpriced gear (the so-called 'Apple tax'), proprietary architecture, snooty iPhone owners, and the list goes on. Naturally, this contempt extends over to the iPad by those who wish bad things on Apple, which some consider the anti-PC. No keyboard? Oversized iPod touch? iTunes? Whatever your reason(s), it's fine if you choose to hate on the iPad, just don't blame Apple's tablet for weakening the PC market.