Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Samsung Shares Human Butt Testing Details in Wake of Bendgate http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_shares_human_butt_testing_details_wake_bendgate_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_butt_test.jpg" alt="Samsung butt test" title="Samsung butt test" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Galaxy Note 4 takes on the human gluteus maximus</h3> <p>The issue of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus being prone to bending out of shape may be blown out of proportion -- Apple claims that the problem is "extremely rare" -- but whether it is or isn't, you can bet that Samsung is going to use the ammunition to fire at its rival. Having already taken to Twitter with digs at Apple, <strong>Samsung today posted a video showing the process its Galaxy Note 4 phones go through to ensure they stay rigid</strong>.</p> <p>"Samsung makes and sells hundreds of millions of smart devices each year, and it's very important that each and every one is in line with its strict quality control standards. So, to make sure you can rely on its devices, including Galaxy Note 4, Samsung runs rigorous tests both during and after development and production," <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=42838" target="_blank">Samsung says</a>.</p> <p>According to Samsung, its devices undergo a three-point bend test. Part of that entails applying enough pressure to the middle of the handset to break three pencils. And, believe it or not, there's a test that simulates human weight by plopping a fake buttocks up and down on the device several hundred times. Check it out below:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UrhCz6PnT78" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Samsung credits the Galaxy Note 4's abilty to stay rigid to its metal frame, magnesium bracket, and mutually reinforcing structure between parts. Indeed, similar tests performed by <em>Consumer Reports</em> verified that the Galaxy Note 3 is stronger than much of the competition by being able to withstand 150 pounds of force before deforming (for whatever reason, <em>Consumer Reports </em>didn't test the Galaxy Note 4), versus 130 pounds for the LG G3 and iPhone 5, 90 pounds for the iPhone 6 Plus, and 70 pounds for the iPhone 6 and HTC One (M8).</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Y0-3fIs2jQs" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>At the same time, <em>Consumer Reports</em> also concluded that at 70 pounds and 90 pounds of force, fears of a design flaw in either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus respectively are "overblown." Be that as it may, 150 pounds of force on the Galaxy Note 3 is mighty impressive. Assuming no major designs to the overall structure, the same or similar should be true of the Galaxy Note 4.</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_shares_human_butt_testing_details_wake_bendgate_2014#comments bendgate galaxy note 4 Hardware mobile phablet samsung smartphone News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:55:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28652 at http://www.maximumpc.com NVIDIA Shield 32GB LTE Gaming Tablet Now Available for $399 http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_32gb_lte_gaming_tablet_now_available_399 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_shield_1.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield tablet" title="Nvidia Shield tablet" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Double the storage and with LTE connectivity</h3> <p>For those of you who've been waiting for Nvidia to start shipping its Shield gaming tablet with 32GB of on-board storage and 4G LTE connectivity baked in, the wait is now over -- <strong>you can order the Shield 32GB LTE gaming tablet for $399</strong> direct from Nvidia's website. That's twice as much storage as the 16GB model, plus you get LTE connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi access, additions that come at a $100 premium.</p> <p>Otherwise, both Shield tablets are the same. Both versions pack an 8-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) display, Tegra K1 SoC (192 core Kepler GPU, 2.2GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU), 2GB of RAM, front-facing stereo speakers with dual bass reflex port and built-in microphone, 802.11n Wi-Fi (2x2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port, micro-SIM, 5MP front-facing camera, 5MB rear-facing camera with auto-focus, mini HDMI output, micro USB 2.0 port, microSD card slot, DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint, and various software bits, including Android KitKat.</p> <p>In addition to the tablet itself, there are some accessories available, including a wireless controller, tablet cover, an additional stylus, and an additional AC adapter.</p> <p>You can order the Shield tablet in 16GB Wi-Fi ($299) and 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE ($399) from <a href="http://store.nvidia.com/store/nvidia/en_US/custom/pbPage.ShieldTabletPage" target="_blank">Nvidia's website</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/nvidia_shield_32gb_lte_gaming_tablet_now_available_399#comments Gaming Hardware lte mobile nvidia shield tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:16:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28647 at http://www.maximumpc.com Third Place Up for Grabs in Tablet Market Share http://www.maximumpc.com/third_place_grabs_tablet_market_share_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_tablet.jpg" alt="Samsung Tablet" title="Samsung Tablet" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack</h3> <p>It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. <strong>Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share</strong> and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.</p> <p>That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.</p> <p>Between the first and second quarters of 2014, Samsung saw a 35 percent decline, while Apple suffered a 19 percent drop. The two firms' combined share of the market slid from 72 percent to 66 percent during the same time period, ABI Research says.</p> <p>"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," <a href="https://www.abiresearch.com/press/asus-lenovo-and-amazon-fight-for-tablet-third-plac" target="_blank">says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor</a>. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."</p> <p>For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.</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/third_place_grabs_tablet_market_share_2014#comments abi research amazon apple asus Hardware lenovo mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:54:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28645 at http://www.maximumpc.com 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