The last Predator product I remember seeing from Acer was the Predator AG3 Series desktop, a configurable machine that entered the U.S. market a couple of years ago with a starting price of $1,000. I don't think the line gained much traction, though Acer isn't giving up on the brand. Instead, Acer's getting ready to release several Predator brand products, including a laptop, desktop, monitor, and even a tablet.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Lenovo introduced the U31 laptop, a 13-incher the Chinese company said it did not plan to bring to the North American market. A recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however, seems to suggest otherwise.
Not that long ago, the distinction of being the biggest Chromebook belonged to the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook (14-inch), but that changed earlier this year when Acer introduced its 15.6-inch Chromebook 15 at CES. Acer now plans to outdo itself by launching the cheapest 15-inch Chrome OS-running machine on the market.
A few weeks back, some sites chanced upon Project Composer, an Evernote-esque note-taking tool Dropbox was testing silently. Curious as to what the fuss was all about, many flocked to the limited-access service, only to be turned away at the gates. While entry is still restricted, you can at least request an invite now.
It may only have been a few months since the first Broadwell CPUs (finally) hit the market, but Intel is already looking set to move on from the Haswell's troubled 14nm die shrink. Media reports in February suggested that the chip maker could showcase its 6th generation Skylake-S desktop chips at its IDF conference in August, a little later than previously expected. A Chinese website believes it knows which SKUs await us.
Thermaltake today debuted a full range of radiators that it claims are all designed for the most demanding and hardcore enthusiasts around. Not to be confused with your run-of-the-mill radiator, Thermaltake's new Pacific RL (over 50mm thickness) and R Series (under 50mm thickness) radiators are designed from high-quality German aerospace-grade materials and constructed with zinc to prevent corrosion, the company says.
Microsoft's cloud revenue more than doubled yet again
If it appears that Microsoft has its head in the cloud these days, it's because it does, and that's where it will likely stay for a long time to come. There's little incentive for Microsoft to change course at this point, as its commercial cloud revenue just grew 106 percent to $2.76 billion during the company's third quarter of fiscal 2015. It's the seventh quarter in a row that its commercial cloud revenue has doubled up.
In what ranks as a truly game changing announcement (literally), Valve has cleared the way for developers to sell their mods in the Steam Workshop. That also includes game content such as items and maps, all of which can be made available for sale directly in the Steam Workshop for titles that enable feature. Kicking off the initiative is Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is free to play until April 26.
Curved monitors aren't new. Monitor's supporting Nvidia's G-Sync technology aren't new, either. But what is new and so far exclusive to Acer is a curved monitor with G-Sync baked in, the XR341CKA. We have to deduct 250 geek points from Acer for not coming up with a better name than that, but otherwise, kudos to the company for venturing into new territory, and in a big way. Literally.
AMD last month announced a handful of monitors supporting its FreeSync technology, the company's answer to Nvidia's G-Sync solution for ensuring smoother game play. One of those monitors was Benq's XL2730Z, a 27-inch display that's big on buzzwords and hype. It's also now shipping and avaiable to order online for $599 MSRP, slightly lower than we've seen it on virtual store shelves before Benq declared its as being officially available.