It was easier to make an argument in favor of Chromebooks as early as a month ago. There's plenty they can't do, but they're cheap and sufficient for basic computing tasks, like surfing the web. They're also nice tools if you're heavily tied into Google's ecosystem. Several vendors have jumped on board the Chromebook bandwagon, and rumor has it Lenovo will offer an ultra-affordable Chromebook model of its own next year, but has their time in the spotlight come and gone?
There's a vast open world coming your way later this month, and it's filled with monkeys and tigers and bears, oh my! We're of course talking about Kyrat, a fictional region in the Himalayas that serves as the setting for Ubisoft's forthcoming Far Cry 4. There will be lots of animals, enemies, weapons, and vehicles, but before you think about getting acquianted with any of them, here's a look at Far Cry 4's system requirements.
If you caught Gordon Mah Ung's farewell podcast last week (*sniffles*), you heard him talk about the ridiculous theme he's heard throughout his career at Maximum PC, that being the impending death of the PC. The same has been said about PC gaming -- they go hand-in-hand, after all -- but in reality, PCs and PC gaming are in great places right now. If you don't believe it, put your iPad down and check out Nvidia's record performance last quarter, in which it reported revenue of $1.23 billion en route to a $173 million profit ($220 million on a non-GAAP basis).
Software security makers are suddenly hot acquisition targets
One of the names that always comes up when discussing free antivirus software is AVG Technologies. The company also offers a line of paid products for those who want more robust protection and features, and after 13 years in the business, has built up a market capitalization of around $930 million. AVG's also made itself attractive to suitors -- it's being reported that potential buyers have approached AVG amid a wave of deals for security software makers.
Assassin's Creedy Unity, Far Cry4, and The Crew no longer available on Steam
Earlier today, PCGamesN noticed that Ubisoft’s upcoming games, such as Assassin's Creed Unity, had been removed from Steam’s U.K. store. However, it appears that Ubisoft has removed its upcoming games from Steam in the US as well.
Whether you thought it was a great deal or not, Microsoft has announced that its acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang is now official. Back in September, it was announced that Microsoft would purchase Mojang for $2.5 billion. A decision that generated some discussions as to whether or not this was a good deal for Microsoft.
This time last year, Acer was reporting a $442.19 million dollar loss along with an operating loss of $86.61 million, which it attributed to the gross margin impact of gearing up for the Windows 8.1 sell in and related management of inventory. Fast forward a year and things are looking up with Acer reporting a third quarter profit after tax (PAT) of $21.38 million along with operating income of $36.27 million.
If anyone in the gaming community deserves a virtual fist bump today, it's Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red. In an open letter to gamers, Iwiński revealed that there will be 16 pieces of DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and that each one will be free. It doesn't matter what platform you buy the game for, nor do you have to pre-order the game or pick up a special edition to qualify for the free DLC.
This whole 3D printing thing is expanding rather quickly, don't you think? We've already seen the technology evolve from little plastic trinkets to guns, bullets, makeup, and even food. Yes, we said food, and not those plastic fruit decorations your grandmother puts in a bowl on her living room table. We're talking about the kind you can eat. Meet Foodini, the 3D printer that can print pizza and other edible bits that you can stuff down your gullet.
No. 1 PC maker hasn't yet figured out the smartphone market
There aren't many people who would question Lenovo's PC strategy, especially after recently achieving a record high PC market share of nearly 20 percent while also becoming the top PC+tablet supplier. However, Lenovo's finding out that competing in the smartphone sector is perhaps a bit more challenging as sales of mobile devices decreased 6 percent year-over-year to $1.6 billion during the company's second fiscal quarter.