Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/%252Fnews/Kindle%27s%20Got%20Game%20%28Two%20of%20Them%29 en Roccat Starts Shipping Tyon Gaming Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/roccat_starts_shipping_tyon_gaming_mouse_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_tyon_1.jpg" alt="Roccat Tyon" title="Roccat Tyon" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />The first PC rodent with a dorsal fin</h3> <p><strong>Roccat on Tuesday announced the global availability of its "Tyon All Action Gaming" mouse</strong> (just "Tyon" from here on out), which unlike any previous mouse you've ever owned, it brings a dorsal fin design to the LAN party. According to Roccat, the Tyon represents an evolution of the gaming mouse and is a "true game changer." In other words, the hype is strong with this one.</p> <p>The uniquely designed Tyon features several subtle design deviations from standard gaming mice. One of them is the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more right from the Tyon. This is supposed to come in particularly hand during FPS gaming.</p> <p>Regarding the dorsal fin, it's a two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel to provide comfortable mid-finger action for increased functionality. Using it allows for rapid and instinctive control, Roccat says.</p> <p>Other featues include an 8200 DPI laser sensor, 16 programmable buttons plus a dedicated Easy-Shift[+] button, onboard 32-bit processor and 576KB of memory for rapid macro storage and execution, tracking and distance control unit, and a customizable two-level lighting system.</p> <p>The Tyon is available now for $100 MSRP online and at Best Buy.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Qh_0xaAJAGU" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/roccat_starts_shipping_tyon_gaming_mouse_2014#comments Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals roccat tyon News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:01:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28636 at http://www.maximumpc.com Are Touchscreen Laptops Long for this World? http://www.maximumpc.com/are_touchscreen_laptops_long_world_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/touchscreen_laptop_0.jpg" alt="Touchscreen Laptop" title="Touchscreen Laptop" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Consumers aren't getting touchy-feely with their notebooks</h3> <p>The emergency of tablet PCs and smartphones taught everyone the value of touch computing, and with Windows 8, Microsoft tried to carry that momentum over to traditional PCs. It didn't take, or least it hasn't so far, because if it had, we'd all be owners of touchscreen monitors and touch-enabled laptops. However, it looks like that ship may have sailed for certain segments -- <strong>because demand for touchscreen laptops has been weaker than expected, vendors have reportedly stopped developing them</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD205.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources within the upstream supply chain, consumers are showing a strong preference for mouse (or trackpad) and keyboard operation on laptops versus tapping at the screen (no big surprise there). In addition, smartphone and tablet demand have combined to weaken overall notebook sales, touch or otherwise.</p> <p>Since adding a touch panel adds to the production cost and carries over to the retail price, vendors feel it just doesn't make sense to continue making touch-capable laptops.</p> <p>That decision applies to traditional laptops, including Ultrabooks, gaming notebooks, and standard laptops. Vendors will still add touchscreens to 2-in-1 hybrid devices that pull double duty as tablet PCs.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/are_touchscreen_laptops_long_world_2014#comments Hardware laptop mobile notebook touchscreen News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28628 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft to Open Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_open_flagship_store_fifth_avenue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_store_1.jpg" alt="Microsoft Store" title="Microsoft Store" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Just a few blocks away from Apple's flagship store</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft on Monday announced that it signed a lease to open its first flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue</strong> in New York City, which will serve as the centerpiece of its Microsoft Stores experience. This is something Microsoft has wanted to do ever since it opened its first retail store back on October 22, 2009, but it had to be the "right location." As it turns out, that ideal location is only blocks away from Apple's flagship store.</p> <p>At present, there are 104 physical Microsoft retail store locations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with online stores in 189 countries. Microsoft says its footprint has grown to a scale where 80 percent of Americans are within 20 miles of a physical store location.</p> <p>"Our Fifth Avenue location will be much more than just a Microsoft Store. In addition to retail, there will be experiential space for Microsoft as a company to further engage with our customers and partners in new and innovative ways," Microsoft stated in a <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/29/look-new-york-city-microsoft-open-flagship-retail-store-fifth-avenue/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "This is an important milestone for Microsoft overall, our Stores team and millions of our current customers, as well as the millions to come. We could not be more excited to join one of the most visited streets in America."</p> <p>According to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-to-open-fifth-avenue-store-1411959661?mobile=y&amp;mobile=y&amp;mod=rss_Technology" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, the Fifth Avenue location is currently home to a Fendi shop in a "glitzy shopping corridor." The average rent in the area is $2,749 per square foot -- an exorbitant price, but one that retailers are willing to pay because of the high volume of foot traffic.</p> <p>Microsoft's Fifth Avenue spot will open sometime in 2015. In the meantime, the company plans to open 10 more locations in time for this holiday season.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/4045258941" target="_blank">Flickr (Dru Bloomfield)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_open_flagship_store_fifth_avenue_2014#comments Hardware microsoft retail store News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:10:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28627 at http://www.maximumpc.com AsusPro BU201 is a Rugged Ultrabook Aimed at Business Users http://www.maximumpc.com/asuspro_bu201_rugged_ultrabook_aimed_business_users654 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/asuspro-b-advanced.png" alt="AsusPro Advanced BU201 Ultrabook for Business Users" title="AsusPro Advanced BU201 Ultrabook " width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Built to meet U.S. military-standard 810G requirements</h3> <p>Asus is all <strong>set to welcome a new Windows 8.1 ultrabook to its AsusPro B Advanced line of business notebooks</strong>, a range made up mostly of 14- and 15.6-inch models. The incoming <a href="http://www.asus.com/Commercial_Notebook/ASUSPRO_ADVANCED_BU201/" target="_blank">AsusPro Advanced BU201</a> will be a tad different, though. With a screen size of 12.5-inch, it will be the joint smallest model in the lineup when it goes up for sale.</p> <p>Asus is promising “military-grade reliability” with the BU201, which it says has been tested to exceed the U.S. military’s MIL-STD-810G standard for toughness. This is what the official product page has to say about its sturdiness: “Through the use of UD carbon fiber materials, the ASUSPRO BU201 Ultrabook easily withstands the rigors of business travel. The LCD cover gives 20% higher panel pressure resistance compared to standard notebooks, offering better damage protection while remaining light. US military-standard quality testing includes enhanced drop testing at more than double the height and extra-strict hinge testing.”</p> <p>The BU201 packs a full HD LCD display, 4th generation Core i7/i5 processor, 4GB RAM (expandable up to 12GB), up to 1TB storage, integrated Intel graphics, HD webcam, 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 a/b/g/n or 802.11ac (WiDi), 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 4.0. Other specs include three USB 3.0 ports, Smart Card reader, RJ45 LAN, VGA port, mini DisplayPort and a docking connector to hook in the AsusPro Ultra Docking Station. For good measure, its spill-resistant, backlit keyboard has a “SensePoint” pointing stick to go along with the standard touchpad just below it.</p> <p>There’s no word on price and availability yet.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asuspro_bu201_rugged_ultrabook_aimed_business_users654#comments asus asuspro advanced bu201 business class Hardware intel mil-std-810g notebook pointing stick ultrabook windows 8.1 News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:37:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28622 at http://www.maximumpc.com Chromebooks and Macs Cut into Windows PC Sales http://www.maximumpc.com/chromebooks_and_macs_cut_windows_pc_sales_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chromebooks_1.jpg" alt="Chromebooks" title="Chromebooks" width="228" height="94" style="float: right;" />Retail PC sales rise up on Chromebook and Mac shipments</h3> <p>As we've said time and again, the PC sector is alive is well. <strong>According to NPD Group, retail PC sales grew nearly 3 percent during the 10-week back-to-school shopping season</strong> that went from July 4th through Labor Day week), compared to a 2.5 percent decline in the same period a year ago. Where things get interesting is when you break down those sales to look for trends in consumer spending.</p> <p>Chromebooks drew a lot of attention and led the sales drive with Chrome OS unit sales jumping 37 percent over 2013, while Mac OS-based systems climbed 14 percent. The increased sales came at the expense of Windows devices, which declined 3 percent.</p> <p>That said, Windows is still the most popular platform with a 68.4 percent share of the market, though that's down from 72.3 percent in 2013 and 75.2 percent in 2012. Mac OS-based systems take up second place with a 26.8 percent share, up from 24.2 percent in 2013 and 24.5 percent in 2012. Finally, Chromebooks bring up the rear with a 4.5 percent of the market, up from 3.3 percent 2013 and just 0.2 percent in 2012.</p> <p>Going forward, Windows is in position to reverse course. There's a concerted effort to flood the market with lower cost Windows laptops in the $199 to $249 range, along with a new OS (Windows 9) around the corner, both of which could drive sales up.</p> <p>"Due to the success of the aggressive Windows notebook pricing during back-to-school we could see a much more aggressive pricing strategy this holiday season as the seemingly stable PC volume environment emboldens the PC OEMs and the OS and chip suppliers to make a grab for market share while the industry remains relatively steady," <a href="https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/apple-and-chrome-boost-us-retail-pc-back-to-school-sales/" target="_blank">said Stephen Baker</a>, vice president of Industry Analysis at NPD</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/chromebooks_and_macs_cut_windows_pc_sales_2014#comments chromebook Hardware Mac NPD Group OEM rigs Windows News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:13:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28620 at http://www.maximumpc.com Solid State Drive Price War Erupts Overseas http://www.maximumpc.com/solid_state_drive_price_war_erupts_overseas_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ssd_0.jpg" alt="Samsung SSD" title="Samsung SSD" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Look for lower priced SSDs in the coming weeks and months</h3> <p>We have to admit, we've been spoiled by solid state drive price drops in the past year or so. While once considered cost prohibitive by many, SSDs are mostly affordable these days, provided you're not trying to match your 4TB hard drive in capacity. SSDs typically sell for less than 50 cents per gigabyte with prices continuing to drop. Accelerating the process is a <strong>price war in China that's leading to even lower cost SSDs</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140925PD205.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, SSD prices in China have "drastically fallen" to the point where you can pick up a 128GB for around $50 or a 256GB SSD for just $100. The sharp drops are a direct result of a price war started by China-based vendors TIGO Technology and Galaxy Microsystems.</p> <p>You probably haven't heard of either company, but don't rule out price drops coming to the U.S. market as well. As TIGO Technology and Galaxy Microsystems duke it out, Samsung and Kingston Technology, the two largest SSD vendors in China, are feeling the pressure to lower prices as well. Both are also major players in the U.S., so it's possible that those price drops could land stateside.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/102043207@N06/14140572613" target="_blank">Flickr (Dr. Martin Von Nostrand)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/solid_state_drive_price_war_erupts_overseas_2014#comments Build a PC china Hardware solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:33:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28614 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel to Invest $1.5 Billion into Chinese Mobile Chip Producers http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_invest_15_billion_chinese_mobile_chip_producers_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sandy_bridge_wafer.jpg" alt="Sandy Bridge Wafer" title="Sandy Bridge Wafer" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" />A big investment for a minority stake</h3> <p>Intel is turning to China to help the chip maker become a more competitive force in the mobile industry. <strong>Part of Intel's strategy is to invest up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two Chinese mobile chipmakers</strong>, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics. The investment is being made under holding company Tsinghua Unigroup, an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Col, Ltd., a solely-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China.</p> <p>The two firms Intel is investing in are leading fabless semiconductor companies in China. They both develop mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones, and various other consumer electronics with support for 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication, Intel said.</p> <p>As part of the deal, Spreadtrum Communications will jointly create and sell a family of System-on-Chips (SoCs) based on Intel's architecture. Those products will start to become available in the second half of next year and will be sold by both companies.</p> <p>"China is now the largest consumption market for smartphones and has the largest number of Internet users in the world," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140925006406/en/Intel-Tsinghua-Unigroup-Collaborate-Accelerate-Development-Adoption#.VCV_VfldVCi" target="_blank">said Brian Krzanich</a>, Intel CEO. "These agreements with Tsinghua Unigroup underscore Intel’s 29-year-long history of investing in and working in China. This partnership will also enhance our ability to support a wider range of mobile customers in China and the rest of the world by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions."</p> <p>The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Barring any snags or setbacks, Intel expects the deal to close in early 2015.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_invest_15_billion_chinese_mobile_chip_producers_2015#comments business china Hardware intel mobile semiconductor News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:12:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28613 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard is for "Sophisticated" Builds http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_motherboard_sophisticated_builds_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition.jpg" alt="MSI Z97S Krait Edition SLI Motherboard" title="MSI Z97S Krait Edition SLI Motherboard" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?</h3> <p>We've seen our share of colorful motherboards with loud designs that scream, "Hey, look at me!" They're typically aimed at gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts in general, and so is <strong>MSI's Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard</strong>, though it's an attention-getter for a different reason. Rather than draw eyeballs with flashing LEDs and a range of colors, MSI opted for a classy black and white scheme.</p> <p>"Looking for that creative, one-off build? The new black and white design instantly adds a touch of class to a sophisticated build," <a href="http://game.msi.com/us/news?List=42&amp;N=3292" target="_blank">MSI says</a>. "The new MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition has been purposely designed together with the most elite case modders to meet the demands of community who craved a pure black and white motherboard."</p> <p>From the pictures we've seen, we have to admit that in a proper build, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition looks fantastic, assuming you're into the classic black and white theme. Regardless, there's more to this motherboard than a fancy design.</p> <p>Based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset, this socket 1150 board features four DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-3300 (OC) memory, two PCI-E x16 slots, three PCI-E x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, a SATA Express port, six SATA 6Gbps ports, a single M.2 port, GbE LAN, two front and four rear USB 3.0 ports, four front and two rear USB 2.0 ports, and a few other goodies.</p> <p>MSI's board also sports the company's Military Class 4 components such as Super Ferrite chokes (they run 35C cooler and have a 30 percent higher current capacity for more stable overclocking) and Dark capacitors.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z97S-SLI-Krait-Edition.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">Z97S SLI Krait Edition</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_setup.jpg" alt="MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Setup" title="MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Setup" width="620" height="454" /></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_motherboard_sophisticated_builds_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware motherboard msi z97s sli krait edition News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:02:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28603 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Reportedly Plans to End Laptop and Chromebook Sales in Europe http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_reportedly_plans_end_laptop_and_chromebook_sales_europe_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_4.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook" title="Samsung Chromebook" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />Company's decision only affects European market</h3> <p><strong>Samsung, one of the biggest participants in Google's Chromebook movement, is planning to cease all laptop sales in Europe</strong>, multiple outlets are reporting. The decision effectively ends Samsung's presence as a traditional PC player in Europe, as it doesn't sell deskop computers in the region, either. Samsung does, however, continue to sell tablet PCs and smartphones in Europe.</p> <p>The company's decision might be a temporary one. In addition, it doesn't affect other markets around the world.</p> <p>"We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region -- and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets," a Samsung spokesperson <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/laptop/3573470/samsung-exits-laptop-market-including-chromebooks/" target="_blank">told <em>PC Advisor</em></a>.</p> <p>The timing of Samsung's announcement is interesting. Samsung unveiled an Ativ Book laptop back at CES and more recently launched its Chromebook 2 model. It's also worth pointing out that Samsung's first generation Chromebook is the 10th best selling laptop on Amazon in the U.S. and 3rd best selling laptop on Amazon's U.K. portal.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_reportedly_plans_end_laptop_and_chromebook_sales_europe_2014#comments chromebook europe Hardware laptop mobile OEM rigs samsung News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:50:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28602 at http://www.maximumpc.com Early iPhone 6 Plus Owners Get Bent Out of Shape Over Warping Issue http://www.maximumpc.com/early_iphone_6_plus_owners_get_bent_out_shape_over_warping_issue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/iphone_6_plus_bend_test.jpg" alt="iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" title="iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />First major complaint of the iPhone 6 Plus emerges</h3> <p>Some of Apple's iPhone launches have been marred by controversial design flaws, such as the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/steve_jobs_iphone_4_antenna_problem_non_issue_youre_holding_it_wrong">iPhone 4's antenna issue</a> in which Steve Jobs accused owners of holding their handsets the wrong way, and the iPhone 5's tendency to ruin photos with a purple flare when there's a bright light source (a side effect of the sapphire glass covering the phone's camera). Well, you can add the iPhone 6 Plus to the list -- <strong>some users are complaining that their ultra-thin iPhone 6 Plus phones are bending out of shape</strong> just by having the handsets in their pockets.</p> <p>A forum member at <em>MacRumors</em> got things rolling with a <a href="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1785905" target="_blank">post claiming</a> that after having his iPhone 6 Plus in his pocket for a day, most of which was spent sitting down, his device became warped.</p> <p>"Yesterday, I left at 10AM with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner, etc., but also 2-3 hours of dancing," forum user "hanzoh" recounts. "I left at 2AM and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly."</p> <p>He posted a picture of his iPhone 6 Plus sitting on a flat table, and sure enough, there's a visible warp in the upper section. Unfortunately, his isn't an isolated incident. A search on Twitter for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BendGate?src=hash" target="_blank">#BendGate</a> brings up similar complaints and pictures, though not every iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing the issue.</p> <p>The complaints prompted <em>Unbox Therapy</em> to post an iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test video on YouTube. Check it out below:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/znK652H6yQM" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>DisplayMate founder and presidet Dr. Raymond Soneira recently put the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays through their paces, noting that they represent the bost mobile LCD displays currently available (<a href="http://www.displaymate.com/iPhone6_ShootOut.htm" target="_blank">read more here</a>). As a follow-up to that article, he addressed the Bendgate situation.</p> <p>"The iPhone 6 is designed to be as thin and lightweight as possible - as a result it is not rugged or meant for any significant mechanical stress or abuse. The obsession with thinness has consequences," Dr. Soneira said.</p> <p>According to Soneira, the metal back of the iPhone 6 Plus should do a good job protecting the device, and that in most cases, moderate stresses are unlikely to permanently deform the device -- it should return back to normal after the pressure is relieved.</p> <p>In any event, we suspect this will be something Apple quietly addresses in the inevitable iPhone 6s Plus, perhaps by including some metal reinforcements on the interior.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/early_iphone_6_plus_owners_get_bent_out_shape_over_warping_issue_2014#comments apple bendgate Hardware iphone 6 plus mobile smartphone warpgate News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:03:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28600 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Aims to Supercharge Smart Devices with Cortex-M7 Processor http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_aims_supercharge_smart_devices_cortex-m7_processor_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_cortex_m7.jpg" alt="ARM Cortex-M7" title="ARM Cortex-M7" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />New chip paves the way for more power IoT gadgets</h3> <p><strong>ARM on Wednesday unveiled its Cortex-M7 processor</strong>, a 32-bit part that offers double the compute and digital signal processing (DSP) capability of today's most powerful ARM-based MCUs. The company intends for its Cortex-M7 chip to find a home inside high-end embedded applications in next generation vehicles, connected devices (think: Internet of Things, or IoT), smart appliances, and more.</p> <p>The M7 is the most recent and highest performance member of the energy efficient Cortex-M processor family. It will enable a new generation of faster and smarter devices in a range of categories -- smartwatches, automotive electronics, high-end audio, medical devices, robotics, and the list goes on.</p> <p>ARM's latest chip combines a six-stage, superscalar pipeline with flexible memory interfaces including AXI, AHB, caches, and tightly-coupled memories, and delivers high integer, floating point, and DSP performance in an MCU, <a href="http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-supercharges-mcu-market-with-high-performance-cortex-m7-processor.php" target="_blank">the company says</a>.</p> <p>The chip operates at up to 400MHz and offers the same performance as multiple M0 or M3 chips (5 CoreMark per MHz). By using an M7 processor instead, device makers can save space.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_aims_supercharge_smart_devices_cortex-m7_processor_2014#comments ARM cortex-m7 cpu Hardware internet of things iot processor News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:54:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28597 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Launches DeathAdder Chroma Mouse with Upgraded Sensor and Multi-Color Lighting http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_launches_deathadder_chroma_mouse_upgraded_sensor_and_multi-color_lighting_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/deathadder_chroma.jpg" alt="Razer DeathAdder Chroma" title="Razer DeathAdder Chroma" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />DeathAdder mouse evolves</h3> <p>One of my favorite mice of all time is Razer's original DeathAdder. Back before I wore the thing out, it felt comfortable, was lightweight and responsive, and didn't overburden me with too many buttons. Just an all-around solid mouse that Razer claims is still the best-selling gaming rodent since it was released in 2006. Fast forward to today and the original is now better than ever -- <strong>Razer just announced the DeathAdder Chroma</strong>, essentially a tweaked version of the original with a higher DPI and fancy lights.</p> <p>Like the original, the DeathAdder Chroma is ergonomically designed for right-handed users (Razer went on to offer a left-handed version of the original, so perhaps that's in the cards here as well). It has textured rubber side grips, five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons, on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, 200 inches per second/50g acceleration, 1,000Hz Ultrapolling, and a 7-foot braided fiber cable.</p> <p>What's new to this version, however, is an upgraded 10,000 DPI optical sensor (up from 6,400 in the original) that can track lift-off distance as precise as 1mm on most surfaces, and Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options.</p> <p>The DeathAdder Chroma is <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-deathadder-chroma" target="_blank">available now for $70</a> direct from Razer.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gMj53JAZHHM" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_launches_deathadder_chroma_mouse_upgraded_sensor_and_multi-color_lighting_2014#comments deathadder chroma Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals razer News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:50:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28592 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter Streams Miracast Devices to Your HDTV http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_wireless_display_adapter_streams_miracast_devices_your_hdtv_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_wireless_display_adapter.jpg" alt="Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter" title="Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Watch video from your PC or Android device on your big screen TV</h3> <p>Have you ever tried to show a friend or family member a video of something funny on the Internet only to find yourself surrounded by several other people, all of which are trying to see what all the fuss is about? The smell of Aunt Linda's perfume combined with Uncle Andy's insistence that you start the video over can drive a person mad. If you happen to own a Miracast-enabled device, the solution is simple -- <strong>meet Microsoft's new Wireless Display Adapter</strong>.</p> <p>Using the Wireless Display Adapter, you can fling content from your Miracast-enabled Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.1 or later devices to your HDTV. No more huddling around your Surface PC or Nexus 7 tablet -- just sit back and share those vacation photos and other content on your television.</p> <p>One advantage of the Wireless Display Adapter over Google's Chromecast is that you're simply mirroring content on your device wirelessly. That eliminates the need for app support -- if it appears on your Miracast-enabled device, it will appear on your TV. The downside? Cost, which we'll get to in a moment.</p> <p>The dongle consists of an HDMI connector on one end and a USB connector on the other end. Both must be plugged into your television. Once you do that, just select the correct input, pair it with your device, and you're all set.</p> <p>Pretty slick, though the $60 MSRP is sure to turn some folks off. For those interested, you can <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-display-adapter#overview" target="_blank">place your pre-order now</a> -- it's slated for release on October 31, 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_wireless_display_adapter_streams_miracast_devices_your_hdtv_2014#comments Hardware microsoft miracast wireless display adapter News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:21:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28591 at http://www.maximumpc.com Roccat's Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset Wields 50mm Drivers http://www.maximumpc.com/roccats_kave_xtd_stereo_gaming_headset_wields_50mm_drivers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_kave_xtd_stereo.jpg" alt="Roccat Kave XTD Stereo" title="Roccat Kave XTD Stereo" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />The XTD 5.1's little brother</h3> <p>German peripherals maker <strong>Roccat just added the Kave XTD Stereo to its growing line of audio peripherals</strong>, along with a combat themed version that it's calling Kave XTD Stereo Military. Other than the color scheme, these two headsets are the same -- both sport 50mm neodymium magnet drivers shoved inside padded earcups. According to Roccat, these are ultra-lightweight but durable headsets.</p> <p>"Our renowned Kave XTD Series has a brand new family member that provides high-class stereo sound with outstanding design and unmatched quality," says René Korte, founder and CEO of Roccat Studios. "When Roccat designs a headset, we make big claims and we back them up."</p> <p>Those "big claims" in this case include "massive dynamic range" with "crystal clear sound" that allows gamers to discern distinct details -- boost rustling through the grass or opponents whispering to each other, and so forth.</p> <p>The headsets feature a clip-on inline remote with volume control and a mute switch. There's also a 360-degree rotatable and detachable noise-cancelling microphone.</p> <p>We're told the <a href="http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Sound/ROCCAT-Kave-XTD-Stereo/" target="_blank">Kave XTD Stereo</a> and <a href="http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Sound/ROCCAT-Kave-XTD-Military/" target="_blank">Kave XTD Stereo Military</a> will both sell for around $80, though the price may vary depending on distributor. No word on when they'll hit retail shelves.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/roccats_kave_xtd_stereo_gaming_headset_wields_50mm_drivers_2014#comments audio Gaming Hardware headset kave xtd Peripherals roccat News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:37:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28590 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Plans to Spend $6 Billion Upgrading Chip Plant in Israel http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_plans_spend_6_billion_upgrading_chip_plant_israel_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_fab_28.jpg" alt="Intel Fab 28" title="Intel Fab 28" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />The deal calls for an Israeli grant of $300 million over five years</h3> <p><strong>Intel has hammered out a deal with Israel's finance and economy ministries to invest $6 billion towards upgrading its chip manufacturing plant in the region</strong>. That figure qualifies as the largest single investment by a foreign company in Israel, and in return, Intel will receive a government grant of $300 million over five years. The chip maker will also be eligible for a corporate tax rate of just 5 percent for the next 10 years.</p> <p>"Intel's investment is a strategic asset for Israel's industry," Finance Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/22/us-israel-intel-plant-idUSKCN0HH1F720140922" target="_blank">according to <em>Reuters</em></a>. "This is the biggest investment by a foreign company ever in Israel and is further proof that Israel is at the forefront of technology and innovation."</p> <p>After upgrades, Intel's chip plant is expected to be the most advanced fab in the world. It will also result in 1,000 more workers being hired at the plant by 2023, in addition to the 2,500 currently employed there.</p> <p>Intel collected $3.8 billion in export revenue from the plant in 2013, and $4.6 billion the year prior.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://blogs.intel.com/policy/2010/10/27/intel_participates_in_israels_privacy_week/" target="_blank">Intel</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_plans_spend_6_billion_upgrading_chip_plant_israel_2014#comments Hardware intel Israel manufacturing News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:37:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28583 at http://www.maximumpc.com