Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Smartphone Theft in the U.S. Nearly Doubled Last Year http://www.maximumpc.com/smartphone_theft_us_nearly_doubled_last_year_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pickpocket.jpg" alt="Pickpocket Sign" title="Pickpocket Sign" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />A potential solution to rising smartphone theft is still a year away</h3> <p>It's easy to take for granted how much your smartphone is worth. You may have picked one up for free or not much more than that by agreeing to lock yourself into a two-year service agreement with a wireless carrier, but despite the subsidized price you paid, smartphones are worth several hundred dollars. It's no wonder that <strong>thieves stole around 3.1 million smartphones in U.S. last year</strong>.</p> <p>That figure comes from <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/04/smart-phone-thefts-rose-to-3-1-million-last-year/index.htm" target="_blank"><em>Consumer Reports</em></a>, which notes that it's nearly double the 1.6 million smartphones that were stolen in 2012. In addition to thievery, another 1.4 million smartphones were simply lost and never recovered last year, up from 1.2 million in 2012.</p> <p>It's not just the hardware itself that's valuable, but what's kept on the phone as well. Things like photos, videos, contacts, email accounts, and more. Despite all this, smartphone owners aren't doing enough to protect themselves, <em>Consumer Reports </em>says.</p> <p>In a survey of smartphone owners, 34 percent told <em>Consumer Reports</em> they don't take even simple security measures, such as using a PIN or some other form of unlocking mechanism. Those same users said they're not running AV software or backing up their data.</p> <p>Come July 2015, smartphones sold in the U.S. will include a so-called "lock switch," which allows users to remotely delete data from a lost or stolen smartphone. The lock switch will also render the phone useless, as wireless carriers won't activate a device that's been reported lost or stolen. Whether this will actually curb smartphone theft is something that remains to be seen.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mkooiman/2530541113/sizes/o/" target="_blank">mkoolman</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/smartphone_theft_us_nearly_doubled_last_year_2014#comments consumer reports Hardware mobile smartphone News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:51:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 27656 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eurocom's Thin and Light Electra 2 Laptop Boasts Maxwell Graphics, TPM 1.2 Security http://www.maximumpc.com/eurocoms_thin_and_light_electra_2_laptop_boasts_maxwell_graphics_tpm_12_security <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eurocom_electra_2.jpg" alt="Eurocom Electra 2" title="Eurocom Electra 2" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Eurocom's latest laptop is an ultraportable that starts at $825</h3> <p>Most of the time when we receive word of a new system offering from Eurocom, it's a desktop replacement-class laptop with all the bells and whistles, and price tag to match. This time around, <strong>Eurocom dropped us a line to let us know about its new Electra 2, a thin and light ultraportable</strong> that starts out at $825. It comes standard with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display and Intel Core i5 4200M (Haswell) processor clocked at 2.5GHz (3.10GHz Turbo).</p> <p>Other baseline parts and features include 8GB of DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM memory (single stick), Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics based on Maxwell, 500GB hard drive (7200 RPM), 8X DVD burner, 1080p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 9-in-1 card reader, GbE LAN, Bluetooth, two USB 3.0 ports plus an eSATA/USB 3.0 combo port, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI and VGA output, and 6-cell battery. Windows 7 and 8 options are available at an additional cost.</p> <p>The Electra 2 also features Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware data encryption, which indicates that Eurocom is targeting IT environments and business users. However, the Electra 2 is configurable and upgradeable, so you can configure a system that's custom tailored to your needs.</p> <p>Eurocom's Electra 2 is <a href="http://www.eurocom.com/" target="_blank">available now</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/eurocoms_thin_and_light_electra_2_laptop_boasts_maxwell_graphics_tpm_12_security#comments electra 2 Eurocom Hardware laptop maxwell notebook nvidia OEM rigs tpm 1.2 ultraportable News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:32:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 27653 at http://www.maximumpc.com IBM Posts Revenue Decline for Eighth Consecutive Quarter http://www.maximumpc.com/ibm_posts_revenue_decline_eighth_consecutive_quarter_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ibm_pc.jpg" alt="IBM PC" title="IBM PC" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Declining hardware sales and expensive layoffs hurt IBM's bottom line</h3> <p><strong>It was another rough quarter for IBM, which reported a drop in revenue</strong>. That marks eight quarters in a row of revenue declines. For the first quarter of 2014, IBM's total revenues reached $22.5 billion, down 4 percent from the first quarter of 2013. On the plus side, IBM is still making a profit -- $2.4 billion in Q1 2014, though even that figure is marred by the fact that it's down 21 percent year-over-year.</p> <p>Part of the reason why the numbers are down this time around is because of IBM's recent layoffs. The company took an $870 million "workforce rebalancing charge" as it makes changes and reductions to staff that it hopes will pay off in the long run.</p> <p>IBM's bottom line was also affected by a drop in hardware revenue. The company's Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4 billion for the quarter, down 23 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Total systems revenues decreased 24 percent, including a 40 percent reduction in revenues from its System z mainframe server products.</p> <p>"In the first quarter, we continued to take actions to transform parts of the business and to shift aggressively to our strategic growth areas including cloud, big data analytics, social, mobile and security," <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43696.wss" target="_blank">said Ginni Rometty</a>, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. "As we move through 2014, we will begin to see the benefits from these actions. Over the long term, they will position us to drive growth and higher value for our clients."</p> <p>IBM benefited from a bump in software sales. The company's Software segment generated $5.7 billion in Q1, up 2 percent year-over-year. Revenues from IBM's middleware products jumped 4 percent to $3.7 billion. Included in that is a 12 percent year-over-year jump in WebSphere sales.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/br1dotcom/4737099700/sizes/l" target="_blank">br1dotcom</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/ibm_posts_revenue_decline_eighth_consecutive_quarter_2014#comments financial report Hardware ibm revenue Software News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:02:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 27652 at http://www.maximumpc.com Teachers Claim Overexposure to Tablets Stunt Motor Skill Development and Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/teachers_claim_overexposure_tablets_stunt_motor_skill_development_and_memory_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/baby_ipad.jpg" alt="Baby iPad" title="Baby iPad" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Infants raised on iPads have trouble using building blocks, teachers say</h3> <p>Maybe parents should rethink giving their children a tablet this holiday shopping season, especially if their lifestyle makes it difficult to limit use to such devices. <strong>Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers are speaking out against overexposure to tablets</strong>, warning that a growing number of infants aren't developing the proper motor skills to play with building blocks due to their "addiction" to tablet PCs and smartphones.</p> <p>According to a report in the U.K.'s <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10767878/Infants-unable-to-use-toy-building-blocks-due-to-iPad-addiction.html" target="_blank"><em>The Telegraph</em></a>, teachers claim that three- and four-year-old children known how to swipe a screen just fine, but beyond tablet controls, they lack dexterity in their fingers after spending hours a day playing on the iPad.</p> <p>"I have spoken to a number of nursery teachers who have concerns over the increasing numbers of young pupils who can swipe a screen but have little or no manipulative skills to play with building blocks or the like, or the pupils who cannot socialize with other pupils but whose parents talk proudly of their ability to use a tablet or smartphone," Colin Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, told the <em>The Telegraph</em>.</p> <p>The article makes several references to Apple's iPad and iPhone devices, though the concern isn't limited to those specific models. It just so happens that Apple holds a large share of the mobile market and so iPads and iPhones are more prominent. However, it's a problem that extends to mobile gadgets in general.</p> <p>Teachers have also noted a decline in pen and paper exams, saying that kids who spend a lot of time using mobile gadgets rely on the instant support of their electronic device.</p> <p>The obvious way to combat against all this is for parents to do a better job monitoring and limiting the amount of time their children are allowed to use tablets and smartphones. In addition, teachers recommend turning off Wi-Fi access at night.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/devitogustavo/6623430611/sizes/l" target="_blank">Gustavo Devito</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/teachers_claim_overexposure_tablets_stunt_motor_skill_development_and_memory_2014#comments Hardware iPad mobile slate tablet News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 27649 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Builds a Wireless All-in-One Keyboard for Smart TVs http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_builds_wireless_all--one_keyboard_smart_tvs_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_all-in-one_keyboard_living_room.jpg" alt="Microsoft All-in-One Keyboard Living Room" title="Microsoft All-in-One Keyboard Living Room" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />An all-in-one keyboard with an integrated touchpad</h3> <p>It's been 20 years since Microsoft released its first keyboard. Called the "Microsoft Natural Keyboard," the Redmond outfit went after the ergonomic category with a curved design intended to reduce or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other stress injuries associated with typing at awkward angles. Two decade later, <strong>Microsoft is adding to its peripherals line with the All-in-One Media Keyboard (N9Z-00001)</strong>.</p> <p>This time around Microsoft is going after smart TV owners and the home entertainment crowd in general. The AIO Media Keyboard sports a full-size keyset with low profile keys and an integrated multi-touch trackpad on the side where you'd normally find a numpad.</p> <p>The trackpad supports gestures, allowing you to tap, swipe, drag, zoom, and click for easy navigation. Sitting above the trackpad are customizable media keys for quick acces to your music, photos and videos. Volume controls are found way over on the other side.</p> <p>It's a wireless keyboard that communicates with a mini USB dongle. Microsoft says it can hold a connection up to 30 feet. It also features a durable spill-resistant design.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_all-in-one_keyboard.jpg" alt="Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard" title="Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard" width="620" height="231" /></p> <p>Microsoft's AIO Media keyboard looks very similar to <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/living-room-keyboard-k830" target="_blank">Logitech's recently introduced K830</a>, though Logitech's sports a backlight and Microsoft's does not. That luxury carries a $60 premium, however --&nbsp; the K830 goes for $100 while Microsoft's AIO Media Keyboard carries a much lighter <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/all-in-one-media-keyboard/N9Z-00001" target="_blank">$40 MSRP</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_builds_wireless_all--one_keyboard_smart_tvs_2014#comments Hardware keyboard microsoft Peripherals Smart TV News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:02:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 27648 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cotton White Version of Google Glass Sells Out During Public Sale, What Comes Next? http://www.maximumpc.com/cotton_white_version_google_glass_sells_out_during_public_sale_what_comes_next_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/glass_cotton_white.jpg" alt="Glass Cotton White" title="Glass Cotton White" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />KitKat is headed to Google Glass</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/reminder_google_glass_available_general_public_today_2014">Google made available</a> its Glass Explorer program to the general public for a single day on April 15, and while we don't know how many of the $1,500 wearable devices it managed to sell, we do know that the "Cotton White" (white) version proved most popular. That color option sold completely out by mid-day, so anyone who purchased a Glass device afterwards had to choose from Charcoal (black), Tangerine (orange), Shale (gray), or Powder Blue (light blue). <strong>Now that the sale is done and over with, what comes next for Google Glass?</strong></p> <p>We suppose Google will analyze the sales figures to gauge consumer interest while all of the <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">early adopters</span> Explorers continue to beta test the wearable tech. It remains to be seen if Google will make more tweaks to the hardware or physical design before rolling out a commercial launch.</p> <p>In the meantime, Glass owners will be receiving a software update sometime this week. Google described it as a "big one," as it rolls out Android KitKat to Glass.</p> <p>"We've been working on a significant upgrade to a new version of the Glass software. It's not a change you can see, but it brings improved battery life and makes Glass more reliable and easier to update in the future. And now that Glass runs Android KitKat, developers can write Glassware using the latest Android SDK goodness, along with new features from our GDK," Google stated in a <a href="https://plus.google.com/+GoogleGlass/posts/gNS3JvHEdvV" target="_blank">Google+ post</a>.</p> <p>Improved battery life is probably the most welcome upgrade by Glass owners, though it's far from the only update. As requested by users, photos will be organized into bundles for better viewing with less swiping. There will also be photo replies in Hangouts, voice command sorting, and a bunch of subtle changes.</p> <p>Interestingly, Google decided to remove video calls from Glass with this latest update. According to Google, less than 10 percent of Explorers use this feature. It also wasn't working as well as Google hoped, so it's gone "until the experience is better."</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/cotton_white_version_google_glass_sells_out_during_public_sale_what_comes_next_2014#comments glass Google Hardware Wearable News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 27646 at http://www.maximumpc.com Motherboard Makers Turning to Alternative Products for Bigger Profits http://www.maximumpc.com/motherboard_makers_turning_alternative_products_bigger_profits_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gaming_laptop_0.jpg" alt="MSI Gaming Laptop" title="MSI Gaming Laptop" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />As Intel's Haswell refresh looms, Asus and other mobo players look to other areas to boost profits</h3> <p>Intel is getting ready to refresh its Haswell platform, and when that happens, it should spark some sales in the motherboard industry. Motherboard makers should also get a boost from XP users looking to upgrade their ancient boxes. Despite these market drivers, however, word on the web is that<strong> Asus and other motherboard players have begun pushing their other products much more aggressively</strong> in hopes of pulling in a bigger profit.</p> <p>So says <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140416PD204.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a>, which itself is citing "market watchers" with eyes on the situation. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock are all focusing on their "non-motherboard businesses" pretty hard these days. Specifically, ASRock is making a big push in the server industry with related products after achieving flat performance on year with its motherboard shipments in 2013. It's a long-term strategy that ASRock believes will pay off in a couple years from now.</p> <p>MSI, on the other hand, is pushing mid-range and high-end gaming laptops. This is something we've seen ourselves, as we've posted several MSI gaming laptop announcements during the past year. It's a crowded field that also includes competition from Gigabyte and Asus.</p> <p>Gigabyte shipped 20 million motherboards last year and expects to ship 22 million in 2014. It's going to be a close race between Gigabyte and Asus for the top spot. At the same time, both companies are looking at notebooks, tablets, handsets, and networking equipment to generate additional revenue.</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/motherboard_makers_turning_alternative_products_bigger_profits_2014#comments asrock Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboards msi News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:56:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 27645 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Sees "Signs of Improvement" in PC Sector, Reports First Quarter Profit of $1.9 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_sees_signs_improvement_pc_sector_reports_first_quarter_profit_19_billion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_graffiti.jpg" alt="Intel Graffiti" title="Intel Graffiti" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Earnings report sends Intel's stock soaring to a 52-week high</h3> <p>Talk is cheap at the end of the day, so despite doomsayers predicting the demise of the PC, Intel's sales and revenue proved those notions wrong. <strong>Intel, the largest semiconductor company in the world, beat out analyst expectations by reporting first quarter revenue of $12.8 billion</strong>, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion, and earnings per share of 38 cents.</p> <p>Intel's PC Client Group did decline 8 percent sequentially, but only 1 percent year-over-year, generating $7.9 billion during the first quarter of 2014. That's more than twice as much as Intel's Data Center Group, which ramped up 11 percent year-over-year to $3.1 billion.</p> <p>"In the first quarter we saw solid growth in the data center, signs of improvement in the PC business, and we shipped 5 million tablet processors, making strong progress on our goal of 40 million tablets for 2014," <a href="http://www.intc.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=840351&amp;ReleasesType=Financial%20News" target="_blank">said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich</a>. "Additionally, we demonstrated our further commitment to grow in the enterprise with a strategic technology and business collaboration with Cloudera, we introduced our second-generation LTE platform with CAT6 and other advanced features, and we shipped our first Quark products for the Internet of Things."</p> <p>Intel's performance impressed investors, who in turn sent the company's stock price temporarily above its 52-week high of $27.12. The stock price has since come down a bit and is currently trading at around $26.90, up around half a percentage point.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gogostevie/451610000/sizes/z/" target="_blank">gogostevie</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_sees_signs_improvement_pc_sector_reports_first_quarter_profit_19_billion_2014#comments financial report Hardware intel revenue sales News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:25:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 27644 at http://www.maximumpc.com First Purported Photos of Amazon's Rumored Smartphone in Prototype Form Hit the Web http://www.maximumpc.com/first_purported_photos_amazons_rumored_smartphone_prototype_form_hit_web_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amazon_phone_1.jpg" alt="Amazon Phone" title="Amazon Phone" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" />This is what Amazon's smartphone could look like</h3> <p>Amazon hasn't yet announced plans to launch a smartphone, so what you're looking at could in fact be a fake. However, if you're a believer that where there's smoke there's fire, the <strong>leaked photos purporting to show a prototype version of Amazon's smartphone might actually be the real thing</strong>. Certainly the rumors and speculation have kicked up a notch in recent weeks, some of which suggest Amazon's handset will sport 3D functionality.</p> <p>First things first -- the boys and girls at <a href="http://bgr.com/2014/04/15/amazon-smartphone-photos-specs-kindle-phone-exclusive/" target="_blank"><em>BGR.com</em></a> obtained what they claim are exclusive photos of the unreleased device. They've also spoken with "multiple trusted sources" to confirm existing information and learn new details surrounding Amazon's smartphone.</p> <p>If you're thinking, "Who cares, that's one fugly smartphone!," bear in mind that it's sporting a protective case specifically intended to keep the actual overall design a mystery from those who lack the authorization to see it (you, us, the web at large).</p> <p>Moving on, you can see a series of cameras on the handset. Rumor has it the thing is toting around six cameras in all, including a 13-megapixel lens on back and five cameras on the front. Apparently Amazon is messing around with not only a heavily customized version of Android, but some kind of funky glasses-free 3D interface unlike anything we've ever seen before. Color us intrigued, albeit skeptical that this won't turn out gimmicky.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/amazon_phone_bottom.jpg" alt="Amazon Phone Bottom" title="Amazon Phone Bottom" width="620" height="346" /></p> <p>One of <em>BGR's</em> sources says the handset will feature a 4.7-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 2GB of RAM. There's also chatter of a second, lower end handset.</p> <p>In any event, there you have it -- a possible first look at what may end up being Amazon's first smartphone, covered in fugly case.</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/first_purported_photos_amazons_rumored_smartphone_prototype_form_hit_web_2014#comments amazon Hardware mobile prototype rumor smartphone News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:37:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 27643 at http://www.maximumpc.com Reminder: Google Glass Available to General Public Today http://www.maximumpc.com/reminder_google_glass_available_general_public_today_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/glass_explorer.jpg" alt="Google Glass" title="Google Glass" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Today's your chance to become a Glass Explorer</h3> <p>Google today will get its first real test of consumer interest towards its wearable Glass device. To date, there are about 10,000 Glass devices in the wild, the vast majority of which include hand selected journalists, developers, and celebrities. <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/all_us_mortals_can_buy_google_glass_april_15">Google decided</a> to make Glass available to the general public today for one day only</strong>, and if you're interested in becoming a Explorer, there are still units available at the time of this writing.</p> <p>There are some caveats. You must be a U.S. resident who is at least 18 years old, and you must use a U.S. shipping address. Assuming you meet these requirements, your reward is that you're eligible to become an Explorer for $1,500 plus tax.</p> <p>This is the first time Google has opened up the Explorer program (which is a nice way of saying early adopter) to the general public. It's not known how many units have been set aside for the one-day run of sales, though we do know they're available on a first come, first served basis.</p> <p>Google gives buyers a bit of customization. To begin with, you select from one of five colors, including Charcoal, Tangerine, Cotton, Shale, or Sky. You then choose a complimentary style of frames or shades, of which there are a total of seven. From there, you can either checkout or browse add-on accessories, such as stereo earbuds, clear shades, and a few other items.</p> <p>If you're game, <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/" target="_blank">head here</a> to make your purchase.</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/reminder_google_glass_available_general_public_today_2014#comments explorer glass Google Hardware Wearable News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:42:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 27641 at http://www.maximumpc.com Toshiba Satellite P55t Wields a 4K Ultra HD Display, Technicolor Certification http://www.maximumpc.com/toshiba_satellite_p55t_wields_4k_ultra_hd_display_technicolor_certification <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_satellite_p55t.jpg" alt="Toshiba Satellite P55t" title="Toshiba Satellite P55t" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />The world's first laptop with Technicolor Color Certification</h3> <p>Toshiba was quick to embrace Intel's Ultrabook form factor during its infancy, and now that 4K displays are gaining traction, here comes Toshiba once again. The <strong>Toshiba Satellite P55t is a 15.6-inch laptop with a 4K Ultra HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel</strong>, which offers up four times more pixels than a Full HD 1080p display. It's also supposedly the first notebook in the world to earn Technicolor Color Certification.</p> <p>According to Toshiba, each Ultra HD display is individually calibrated by Chroma Tune and is Technicolor Certified during production for a more natural color expression and accurate color gamut. The end game here is to eliminate mismatches when viewing photos or other imagery.</p> <p>"Our color certification team worked closely with the engineering team at Toshiba to ensure the highest levels of color calibration on this laptop's display," said Manuele Wahl, senior vice president, Licensing at Technicolor. "We applied the same rigor of testing and calibration used on major motion pictures to ensure not only that photographers and videographers now see what they shot in perfect color, but consumers can also experience 4K film and videos as Hollywood directors intended."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_satellite_p55t_keyboard.jpg" alt="Toshiba Satellite P55t Keyboard" title="Toshiba Satellite P55t Keyboard" width="620" height="420" /></p> <p>In addition to a 4K Ultra HD display, the Satellite P55t also boasts a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3L-1600 RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics, 1TB hard drive, four USB 3.0 ports, UHS-II SD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HDMI output, Harman Kardon speakers, and an optical drive (Blu-ray burner optional).</p> <p>The Toshiba Satellite P55t will be available on April 22 for $1,500 MSRP.</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/toshiba_satellite_p55t_wields_4k_ultra_hd_display_technicolor_certification#comments 4k Hardware laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs satellite p55t toshiba uhd ultra hd News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 27640 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rumor: Microsoft Prepping a Surface Mini Tablet http://www.maximumpc.com/rumor_microsoft_prepping_surface_mini_tablet_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_1.jpg" alt="Microsoft Surface" title="Microsoft Surface" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />A smaller size Surface device may be in Microsoft's future</h3> <p>The neat thing about Microsoft's non-RT Surface gadget is that it's not solely a tablet, but also a full-fledged notebook PC, provided you connect it to a keyboard. Would the dual-form factor approach work on a smaller size display? Perhaps we'll get an answer to that question, as <strong>Microsoft is rumored to be working on a "Surface Mini"</strong> to compete against the iPad mini and other 7-inch class tablets.</p> <p>According to <em>Neowin</em>, the shrunken Surface will be a 7-inch or 8-inch class device with "proper" pen support, meaning this should include Wacom digitizer support as well. The ability to take notes will be an important feature that Microsoft intends to tout on the Surface Mini.</p> <p>Microsoft recently upgraded its Surface family with the Surface 2 launch. The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 both feature an improved kickstand with "dual angle" support, faster hardware, and longer battery life. It's not yet clear if a kickstand is in the cards for a Surface Mini model, or what kind of hardware it will have inside.</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/rumor_microsoft_prepping_surface_mini_tablet_2014#comments Hardware microsoft mobile slate surface mini tablet News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 27631 at http://www.maximumpc.com PAX East 2014: Gigabyte Shows Off Nvidia GeForce GTX 800M-Powered Notebooks [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/pax_east_2014_gigabyte_shows_nvidia_geforce_gtx_800m-powered_notebooks_video <!--paging_filter--><h3>Even as rivals opt for higher-res options, Gigabyte sticks to full HD</h3> <p>When Nvidia launched its latest GeForce GTX 800M Series GPUs last month, Gigabyte wasted little time in announcing an entire <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_releases_several_gaming_laptops_nvidia_gtx_800m_series_graphics#slide-2" target="_blank"><strong>lineup of gaming notebooks built around the new mobile graphics cards</strong></a>. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang found Gigabyte parading some of the new notebooks at PAX East.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eMpGxjAk8YE?feature=player_detailpage" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Gigabyte P25X v2:</strong> Starting at $2,099, the 15.6-inch P25X v2 is a high-end gaming laptop that packs quite a powerful punch with its Intel Core i7-4810MQ CPU and GeForce GTX 880M GDDR5 8GB graphics card. Other specs include full HD IPS matte display, tri-storage slots with RAID 0 support, backlit gaming keyboard, subwoofer, and Blu-ray writer. It is expected to begin shipping later this month.</p> <p><strong>Gigabyte P35W v2:</strong> Like the P25X v2, this one also sports a 15.6-inch full HD display. The P35W v2 has enough room in its 20.9mm chassis to accommodate a quad-core Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 870M GDDR5 6GB graphics card, two 512GB mSATA SSDs and as many 1.5TB hard drives. It is expected to hit the market later this month starting at $1,599.</p> <p><strong>Gigabyte P34G v2:</strong> The smallest of the three notebooks sighted by us, this upcoming thin and light (20.9mm and 3.57 lbs) notebook features a 14-inch full HD TN matte display, Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, GeForce GTX 860M GDDR5 4GB GPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD. The P34G V2 starts at $1,499.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pax_east_2014_gigabyte_shows_nvidia_geforce_gtx_800m-powered_notebooks_video#comments Gaming gigabyte gpu Hardware notebooks nvidia geforce gtx 800m pax east 2014 News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:37:55 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 27626 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard Comes with Delid Die Guard for Naked Haswell Chips http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97_xpower_ac_motherboard_comes_delid_die_guard_naked_haswell_chips_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/delid_die_guard.jpg" alt="Delid_Die_Guard" title="Delid_Die_Guard" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />This board is prepped and primed to break world records</h3> <p><strong>MSI is throwing extreme overclockers a mighty big bone in the form of a motherboard</strong>. The company's upcoming Z97 XPower AC mobo will feature a "Delid Die Guard" that's measured to specification and designed to protect the CPU core on processors that no longer have an integrated heat spreader (IHS). In case you're unfamiliar, the IHS is that giant metal slab that covers the top of your processor. It's there to pull heat off of the CPU core, which is then transferred to a heatsink with a bit of thermal goo in between to fill in the microscopic nooks and crannies.</p> <p>Removing the IHS is tricky business and certainly not for the faint of heart. Extreme overclockers are typically about the only ones who ever attempt the procedure, as it gives them direct access to the CPU core for exotic cooling solutions. This in turn allows them to chase world records.</p> <p>MSI <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MSI.Europe/photos/a.129731527066467.11729.111253142247639/749268488446098/?type=1&amp;stream_ref=10" target="_blank">teased the feature</a> on its Facebook page for MSI Europe. If you scroll through the mobo maker's Facebook feed, you'll run into several other related posts regarding its upcoming board. It and other boards like it will feature V-Check Point 2 with two additional ground connectors so that you can use up to three multimeters at the same time. Next generation boards from MSI will also have an OC engine to boost the baseclock of upcoming Haswell chips by 30 percent.</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_z97_xpower_ac_motherboard_comes_delid_die_guard_naked_haswell_chips_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware haswell motherboard msi overclocking z97 xpower ac News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:40:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27613 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Recalls Vaio Fit 11A Laptop Due to Potential Burn Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_recalls_vaio_fit_11a_laptop_due_potential_burn_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_vaio_fit_11a.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" title="Sony Vaio Fit 11A" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Sony isn't taking any chances with potentially defective battery packs found in Vaio Fit 11A laptops</h3> <p>Sony is warning owners of Vaio Fit 11A laptops that the non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier could potentially present a burn hazard. <strong>In certain model Vaio Fit 11A notebooks released in February 2014, the built-in battery could malfunction and overheat</strong>, resulting in partial burns to the chassis and the PC. Since it's a non-removable battery, your only option is to stop using the PC and disconnect it from the AC adapter.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/content/cnt-hn/prd-comp/hotnews-vaio-fit11a" target="_blank">news alert</a> on Sony's U.K. portal identifies a dozen serial numbers of affected models in Europe, however this doesn't appear to limited to just one region. On a separate website, Sony today said it's stil identifying affected PCs by serial numbers and developing a program to repair or replace potentially defective units.</p> <p>"We expect to post a program announcement with details within two weeks," <a href="http://esupport.sony.com/p/news-item.pl?news_id=481&amp;template_id=1&amp;region_id=1" target="_blank">Sony said</a>. "In the meantime, as safety is our primary concern, we ask again that you please refrain from using the below-listed model until you further hear from us in the program announcement."</p> <p>The model number Sony references in its statement is SVF11N13CXS.</p> <p>According to a report in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579494772786758600?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303603904579494772786758600.html" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, Sony said it received three reports of batteries overheating and causing partial burns to Vaio PCs. The first happened in Japan on March 19, followed by another incident in Hong Kong on March 30 and in China on April 8.</p> <p>The recall comes just two months after <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_waves_goodbye_vaio_pc_will_now_focus_mobile2014">Sony agreed to sell its Vaio PC business</a> to Japan Industrial Partners. Sony decided to sell its Vaio division so that it could focus on mobile devices.</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/sony_recalls_vaio_fit_11a_laptop_due_potential_burn_hazard_2014#comments battery Hardware laptop notebook OEM recall rigs sony vaio fit 11a News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27612 at http://www.maximumpc.com