The most popular and talked-about MaxPC articles from the past year.
2012 was a crazy year for tech news. Along the way, we like to think we've been able to provide cutting-edge and relevant articles and features. Join us as we reflect on the top 12 biggest Maximum PC articles of 2012.
Note: The articles were chosen based a number of criteria: traffic, discussion, and editorial discretion. Did we get it right? Let us know in the comments below!
IBM lays out five predictions that will change computing in the next five years.
Within the next five years, PCs and cell phones will know if you're coming down with a cold or other illness, IBM says. Tiny embedded sensors will analyze orders, biomarkers, and thousands of molecules in your breath, giving doctors help in diagnosing and monitoring certain diseases and ailments, even diabetes. That's just one of five predictions IBM made as part of its seventh annual "IBM 5 in 5," which is a list of five innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.
AMD will spend two-thirds less on wafers from Globalfoundries under terms of a renegotiated deal.
Everyone seems to be tightening their belts these days, including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Strapped for cash and in the midst of an ambitious restructuring effort, the Sunnyvale chip designer amended its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with Globalfoundries. Under terms of the revised deal, AMD is only on the hook to purchase a third of the wafers it previously agreed to, though it comes at the cost of a hefty fine.
Texas Instruments today unveiled what it claims is the industry's first high-temperature, nonvolatile Flash memory device for harsh environments. The SM28VLT32-HT has an operational capacity of 4MB and has been qualified to work in extreme situations ranging in temperature from -55C to +210C. At either end of the spectrum, TI says its 4MB part is good for at least 1,000 hours of operating life.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has entered into a $50 million licensing agreement with Creative Technology Ltd. and ZiiLabs, its wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary. Under terms of the deal, Intel will pay $20 million for the licensing of certain technologies related to ZiiLabs' high performance GPU technology, while the other $30 million is for the transfer of certain engineering resources and assets in the U.K. subsidiary, Creative announced.
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have fallen below $2, dropping more than 3 percent to $1.86 by the end of the trading day on Thursday. That's not only a 52-week low for the Sunnyvale chip designer, but it's the first time the company's stock has dipped below $2 since 2008. A recent report indicating AMD had hired J.P. Morgan Chase to "explore options," including an outright sale of the company, sparked the downward spiral, and though AMD has denied claims it's shopping itself around, investors are understandably skittish.
Shares of chip designer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surged by more than 18 percent following a report that it's hired J.P. Morgan Chase to "explore options," including an outright sale of the company. Before anyone panics, no sale is imminent, and it appears AMD would much rather offload some of its patents to generate some much needed cash, but at the same time, all options are on the table.
OCZ Technology recently appointed a new chief to address a credibility problem and save what looked like a sinking ship, and in order to that, company CEO Ralph Schmitt has had to make some tough, "aggressive" decisions. Among them is the reduction of 28 percent of OCZ's global workforce and a discontinuation of 150 product variations, both of which were described as "initial steps to make its business more efficient and profitable."
This. Is. Awesome. If you follow a rainbow all the way to the end, you're supposed to discover a pot of gold, only no one ever seems to get that lucky. By that same token, if you were to trace the Internet's many roads and highways, you'd find that many of them end up at one of Google's data centers, and like that elusive pot of gold, you never get to actually see it. Until now.