Best Buy is no longer playing favorites with Apple. The end of that monogamous relationship began when Samsung started installing "Experience Shops" inside the electronics chain, and now Best Buy is giving Microsoft the same opportunity to sell its wares by opening up Windows Stores at over 600 of its locations this summer. The store-within-a-store format will include 500 Best Buy locations across the U.S. and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada, Microsoft announced today.
The demise of the PC as you know it is often talked about, or at least alluded to, but just because tablets are uber popular doesn't mean there isn't room for old and new style PCs in the market. According the latest forecast by Canalys, traditional and tablet PC sales combined in 2013 will total 493.1 million units, up from 459.6 million 2012. By 2017, that number will jump to 713.8 million.
Intel this week announced a new line of solid state drives for data centers and cloud computing servers. Dubbed DC S3500, the new series of SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications such as web hosting, cloud computing, and data center virtualization, the Santa Clara chip maker says. The S3500 line is also being billed as a cost-effective replacement for traditional hard drives.
Former Microsoft director Adam Orth found himself in hot water after issuing a barrage of snarky statements on Twitter related to the Xbox One and the concept of always-on game consoles, and not long after, word spread that he resigned from his position. Such is the sensitive nature of maintaining a relationship with gamers who aren't down with the idea of a console that requires a persistent Internet connection. It also begs the question of what a gamer should do if he has slow Internet or no Internet at all. In that case, Microsoft says you should stick with the Xbox 360.
Perhaps things were getting a little awkward for Club 3D in trying to maintain a relationship with both AMD and Nvidia, two competing GPU makers. Whatever the reason, from this point forward Club 3D is solely in AMD's corner and will no longer be producing video cards with Nvidia's silicon. Club 3D provided an official statement on its decision, noting that it's been a long ride serving both companies, but that it now wants to put all its focus on developing AMD cards.
It took some time, but Google's hardware partners finally got the memo that consumers are interested in affordable Android tablets, and the lower the price the better. That's not to say Android can't compete with the iPad at the $499 tier and above, but by and large, consumers hoped Android would usher in affordable slates, and that's what we've been seeing this past year. Tablet makers may take it to a whole new level, however, by introducing $99 Android slates later this year.
Brushed aluminum on the outside, gaming grade components on the inside.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm doesn't believe the mid-tower form factor is getting its due as a viable option for high-end gaming. In order to change that perception, the company announced a new line of PCs called Virtue with the tagline, "A higher standard in PC gaming." The mid-tower case Digital Storm is using for these new PCs sports a brushed aluminum finish and steel exterior.
Dell was on hand at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to, among other things, introduce planet Earth to its line of redesigned Alienware laptops that it hopes will abduct gamers into the fold. The OEM unveiled three models, including the Alienware 14, Alienware 17, and Alienware 18, each one rocking Intel's Haswell architecture and Nvidia 700M Series discrete graphics.
AMD has a knack for reaching milestones before the competition. The Sunnyvale chip designer is generally credited as being the first to reach 1GHz with its Athlon chip (a claim Intel disputes, by the way, as it was also shipping 1GHz Pentium III parts), and just like it's the year 2000 all over again, AMD is again touting a speed victory by unveiling the world's first 5GHz processor for consumers.
As expected, Microsoft will make its upcoming Xbox One console available to purchase in time for the holiday shopping season. The console won't come cheap, however, as the Blu-ray equipped gaming device will command $499 when it ships in 21 countries this November, Microsoft revealed on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Setting the stage for a showdown with Sony and its competing PlayStation 4 console, Microsoft's pre-E3 event was mostly about showing off exclusive launch titles.