Three USB hard drives: WD My Passport vs Toshiba Canvio Plus vs Adata DashDrive Elite
There are times when a USB key can’t handle the action we’re throwing at it and we need something bigger to step in and get the job done. Like a police officer calling for backup, it’s at these times that we summon a USB 3.0 hard drive. This latest batch of drives offers something for everyone, from WD’s huge 2TB jobbie to Adata’s super-thin, sexy little thang. Toshiba’s 1.5TB drive is thrown into the mix, too, for folks looking for a basic, affordable, high-capacity solution.
Note: This article was taken from the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Best free antivirus programs and virus propection tips
So you got caught with your pants down on the Internet (figuratively, folks) and contracted a virus. That sucks. Or maybe you were wearing protection but still fell victim to some nasty bit of code that managed to slip by your antivirus software undetected. That sucks even more. Either way, it's nothing to feel ashamed about. The web is a dangerous place and even the most tech savvy users sometimes slip up. You can even get a virus through no fault of your own simply by visiting a reputable website that, unbeknownst to you, has been compromised by a hacker with malicious intent. The web is a war zone, and even if you're not a target, you can still end up a casualty.
The unique $35 Raspberry Pi computer set the PC world on its ear last year. Part computer science project and part incredibly cheap PC, the DIY single-board computer is such a hot item, some retailers are charging double what the unit originally cost. Of course, where there’s money, there’s Intel. The chip giant has formally introduced its $320 “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC, PC concept—basically a bare-bones, hobbyist kit PC. While this is admittedly an apple–to-orange comparison in many respects, we felt that hobbyists deserve to see an accounting of the pros and cons of each in a head-on fight.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
We build a machine that’s red and black to hopefully beat our benchmarks black and blue
The Mission Variety is the spice of the Lab, so this month we decided to eschew our traditional builds and go with one you don’t see every day—an all-AMD computer, built with (most of) the best parts we could get our hands on. We’re sure some of you will question the purpose of this build, so our pre-emptive answer is we built it because we could, and we were curious to see how a balls-out AMD build would benchmark, as we haven’t seen over-the-top AMD rig since The Matrix: Revolutions let us down. Plus, everyone is always ragging on us for ignoring AMD, so here you go AMD enthusiasts—an entire PC built just for you.
Note: This article was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Microsoft’s re-imagined OS is only half the equation
As has been reported exhaustively by now, Windows 8 can be a very unsettling experience for longtime Windows users. It’s like going to visit your parents and finding dad decked out in drag. The person you’ve known for so long is still there, but a new, unexpected element to his persona has you flummoxed and fumbling for how to behave.
Note: This feature originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Turn back the clock to about a decade ago, and the screensaver was THE standard piece of software on any computer. This wasn’t because they helped PC performance – if anything, they wasted memory space. The real reason they were an accessory every PC couldn’t go without was because of our Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors. These CRT screens were the standard display used by millions of computers worldwide. However, they suffered from the threat of "burn-in." For the uninitiated, burn-in was when an image remained on the screen for too long and caused a phosphor compound that would leave a ghostly etching of the image permanently on the screen.
It's all about Android this week on TechRadar. We've got a full review of the HTC One, hands on with the Galaxy S4, as well some play time with the Moga Pro controller and Kickstarter darling the Ouya console.
For the most part, we tend to steer clear of totally bogus tech stories on April Fools' Day, though it's not always easy separating fact from fiction. Crazy things happen all the time, and since April Fools' fell on a Monday this time around, traditionally one of the busiest news days of the week, it was even more challenging discerning between factual and phony announcements.
It's also part of the fun. For example, is Scope's brilliantly conceived bacon flavored mouthwash a real thing? That's a good question to ask Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung if you decide to rent him for a day to help with his legal woes (while you're at it, ask him what became of the "Bitchin' fast! 3D 2000" graphics card featured in the September 1999 issue of the magazine). That's but one example of many, and rather than skip over them all, we've put together a gallery of our favorite faux announcements.
What are conventions without cosplay? Freaking boring! We spent last weekend having a blast at PAX East, and found no shortage of cool get-ups to drop our jaws at. The dedication, time, and craft that these folks put into their outfits is formidable, as we learned first-hand in Boston. Take a look through and see some amazing costumes that range from hulking space marines to a gender-bending Batman! Or should that be Batwoman? Either way, check out the gallery below!