One of our favorite BitTorrent clients, uTorrent, recently came under fire over complaints that an updated build silently installed a cryptocurrencly miner called EpicScale. Several uTorrent users took to the Internet to voice their displeasure over the situation, though it turns out there was plenty of blame to go around. On the user side, those affected by the mining software failed to read the fine print and gave EpicScale the green light to install. As for uTorrent, it could have done a better job letting users know what they were getting into, as the bundled software looked a lot like a Tos/EULA box.
The sound of a dying hard drive can be terrifying. It means a headache, downtime, and replacement costs in the best case. In the worst case, it means sending the drive to a data rescue lab. Using a redundant array of independent disks with mirroring (RAID 1), you can make a drive failure less of a nightmare.
Mathieu “Sassanou Watermod” Heredia is back with another spectacular mod. This time, it’s the Watermod Ares III Desk and it’s exactly what its name implies. A custom-made desk houses an aggressively styled computer based on the Microcool Banchetto K test-bench case. Straight lines, sharp angles, and a clean color scheme are the name of the game in this month’s Rig of the Month.
Split clips, adjust brightness, and add filters with ease
We’ve covered some of the best free video editing software available for the PC, but sometimes all you need is a quick brightness tweak or audio adjustment, and YouTube’s built-in video editor is more than capable. It’s not terribly complicated to use, but we’ll run you through the basics.
Last week, Logitech stopped by the Maximum PC office to show off its new mouse, the MX Master. The device looked pretty compelling, as did the short promo video, but we looked forward to using the mouse to see how it really fared.
Up your speed by linking two or more drives in RAID 0
For serious PC builders, speed is the name of the game. Too often, storage becomes a bottleneck that holds back even the beefiest CPU. Even with the advent of SSDs, leveraging a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) can drastically reduce boot and loading times. RAID 0 is the easiest way to get more speed out of two or more drives, and lets you use a pretty cool acronym to boot.
The mission is simple: We wanted to take Intel’s Devil’s Canyon CPU as far as it would go in a compact chassis. For those who don’t know what Devil’s Canyon is, it’s Intel’s newest line of Haswell-K CPUs, which are specifically designed to be overclocked.
Let’s face it, laptops can be really expensive, especially the high-end gaming notebooks we recommend. They can also be heavy and a chore to carry around. And yet, to get your money’s worth out of these portable PCs, you’ll have to lug them around with you all the time.
But finding the right bag—one that protects your computer while being comfortable to wear—is no easy feat. And it’s not too much to ask that it be somewhat visually appealing, if not downright attractive. You’ve spent your hard-earned money buying a kick-ass laptop and you deserve an equally kick-ass backpack to put it in. So, to help you with your baggage, we searched for the best laptop backpacks that we could find and rounded up seven worthy contenders.
Which of these 10 AV Contenders deserves a spot on your PC?
It’s entirely possible to run rampant through a minefield without blowing yourself up, but do you really want to risk it? One wrong move or accidental step will have you forever regretting that decision. There are strategies you can employ that will lessen the chance of setting off an explosive, but unless you have a blueprint of the entire landscape, your luck is bound to run out at some point.
Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet
We've got something a bit different planned for the March edition of Graphics Porn. We've showcased other places and individual artists, but we haven't yet featured an individual game. This month, we're doubling down on Skyrim and bringing you 15 different spectacular shots of the HD texture–filled world of what's now a four-year-old game.