News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/%252Farticle/news/windows.microsoft.com/Windows-8 en Asetek Wins Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against CMI http://www.maximumpc.com/asetek_wins_intellectual_property_lawsuit_against_cmi_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/asetek_logo.jpg" alt="Asetek Logo" title="Asetek Logo" width="200" height="188" style="float: right;" />Over $400,000 awarded to Asetek</h3> <p>Back in January 2013, <a title="Asetek website" href="http://asetek.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Asetek</span></a> filed a suit against CMI USA Inc, formerly known as Cooler Master, for patent infringement on two of the patents held by the company. Asetek requested that CMI must cease and desist the production and sale of its Seidon <a title="MPC Seidon 120M Review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_seidon_120m_review" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">120M</span></a>, 120XL, and 240M liquid cooling systems because the pumps were too similar to its own design. On Wednesday, a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that <strong>CMI had infringed on Asetek’s patents</strong>.</p> <p>Asetek was awarded $404,841, a royalty of 14.5 percent, which was based on CMI’s infringing sales since 2012. The jury decided that CMI was infringing on US Patent No 8,240,362 and, after the trial began, CMI stipulated to infringement of Asetek’s US Patent No. 8,245,764. In addition, Asetek is seeking an injunction against CMI with a trial judge expected to set a hearing soon.</p> <p>“Although it is frustrating to have spent significant time and resources in a courtroom, it is rewarding to be vindicated in this way," said Asetek Founder and CEO André Sloth Eriksen. “We appreciate the value of competition, but it must be done on equal terms. We will not accept anyone blatantly copying the patented solutions that we have worked so hard to bring into the market.”</p> <p>Asetek is also continuing patent infringement cases against CoolIT Systems and AVC over the same two patents that CMI infringed. &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asetek_wins_intellectual_property_lawsuit_against_cmi_2014#comments Asetek CMI CMI USA Cooler Master lawsuit liquid cooling liquid cooling system pump News Water Cooling Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:11:43 +0000 Sean D Knight 29119 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mojang Announces Minecraft: Story Mode from Telltale Games http://www.maximumpc.com/mojang_announces_minecraft_story_mode_telltale_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/minecraft_mojang.jpg" alt="Minecraft" title="Minecraft" width="200" height="153" style="float: right;" />A Minecraft game with a story?</h3> <p>The acquisition of <a title="Minecraft Beginner's Guide" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/minecraft_beginners_guide_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Minecraft</span></a> developer Mojang by Microsoft for <a title="Microsoft buys Minecraft" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/minecraft_developer_mojang_officially_owned_microsoft_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$2.5 billion</span></a> took everyone by surprise and caused some debate as to whether or not the purchase was <a title="MPC Minecraft purchase debate" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/maximum_debate_microsoft%E2%80%99s_25_billion_minecraft_acquisition_worth_it_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">worth it for Microsoft</span></a>. However, the surprise doesn’t stop there as a new game has been announced. <span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Mojang has revealed that Telltale Games is developing Minecraft: Story Mode</strong></span> in collaboration with the Swedish developer and members of the Minecraft community.</p> <p>Minecraft: Story Mode is going to be a narrative-driven game that will be an episodic series similar to Telltale Games’ other titles such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. As to how the community will help with the game, <a title="Mojang website" href="https://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Mojang</span></a> didn’t expand on their role except that they will help it be as “Minecrafty as possible.”</p> <p>"Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice," stated Telltale Games on its <a title="Telltale Games website" href="http://www.telltalegames.com/blog/categories/blog" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">website</span></a>. "It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices."</p> <p>Mojang confirmed that Minecraft: Story Mode will not be an official story and didn’t provide any further details about the world of Minecraft.&nbsp;</p> <p>What do you think about an episodic Minecraft game being developed by Telltale Games? Let us know in the comments section!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/mojang_announces_minecraft_story_mode_telltale_games_2014#comments episodic game minecraft Minecraft Story Mode Mojang Telltale Games Gaming News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:01:38 +0000 Sean D Knight 29118 at http://www.maximumpc.com Steam Holiday Sale Kicks Off, Runs Until January 2, 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_holiday_sale_kicks_runs_until_january_2_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_sale_0.jpg" alt="Steam Holiday Sale" title="Steam Holiday Sale" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />More discounts than you can shake a Paypal card at</h3> <p>By my conservative calculations, I'll be approximately 419 years old by the time I play through and finish every untouched game sitting in my Steam library. Maybe you're in the same boat, and <strong>perhaps like me, you'll head over to Steam today anyway to take advantage of yet more discounts as part of 2014 Steam Holiday Sale</strong> that runs from now until January 2, 2015 (10 AM PST).</p> <p>Steam sales seem to come and go all the time, though the annual Holiday Sale is typically the biggest one of them all, at least in terms of the number of discounted games. Here's a sampling of what's out there:</p> <ul> <li>Dark Souls II - $14.79 (63 percent off)</li> <li>Metal Gear Solid V - Ground Zeroes - $13.39 (33 percent off)</li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - $29.99 (40 percent off)</li> <li>Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition - $14.98 (75 percent off)</li> <li>Sniper Elite 3 - $24.99 (50 percent off)</li> <li>Euro Truck Simulator 2 - $3.74 (85 percent off)</li> <li>State of Decay - $4.99 (75 percent off)</li> <li>Space Engineers - $9.99 (50 percent off)</li> <li>Rocksmith 2014 - $20.39 (75 percent off)</li> </ul> <p>For those who care, you can earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards during the promotion -- collect all 10 to earn the Holiday Sale 2014 Badge, backgrounds, and emoticons.</p> <p>More than 100 games and apps will get marked down from now until January 2, with rotating sales every 24 hours. Not that it matters what I write in this spot, because you're probably already on Steam stocking up on more games. For the few who haven't made your way over yet, I can only assume you're waiting for a link -- <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/" target="_blank">here you go</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/steam_holiday_sale_kicks_runs_until_january_2_2015#comments games holiday sale Software Steam Valve News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:26:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29117 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Flips Kill Switch on EU Browser Ballot http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_flips_kill_switch_eu_browser_ballot_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_sign_7.jpg" alt="Microsoft Sign" title="Microsoft Sign" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Has it been five years already?</h3> <p>Technology news can make you feel old. To wit, it may not seem like <strong>five years has passed since Microsoft agreed to a five-year deal in which Windows users in Europe would be offered a choice of browser upon first boot</strong>, but that commitment is not behind the Redmond outfit. Having lived up to its end of the deal, Microsoft has yanked the so-called browser ballot, which may not have done much anyway.</p> <p>The browser ballot came about following an investigation by the EU's Competition Commission into Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft agreed to show users in Europe a browser screen with download links to other browsers for a period of five years, though the company still faced a fine -- a technical oversight in Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 inadvertently removed the ballot screen in 2013, resulting in a $732 million penalty for Microsoft.</p> <p>While it's been costly for Microsoft, there's not much evidence that the ballot screen did much good for other browsers. As pointed out by <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2860886/microsoft-nixes-eu-browser-ballot-screen.html" target="_blank"><em>ComputerWorld</em></a>, Opera lost 27 percent of its global usage share between December 2009 and November 2014, based on stats by StatCounter. Firefox fell even harder, dropping 42 percent of its share. There's a bit of irony there, as Opera Software and Mozilla were most critical of what they perceived as Microsoft's unfair advantage in the browser wars.</p> <p>What does the EU think? In an email to <em>ComputerWorld</em>, the EU called the browser ballot a "successful remedy," noting that it saw 795 million views resulting in 165 million browser installs.</p> <p>Image Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/2264764769" target="_blank">Flickr (Robert Scoble)</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_flips_kill_switch_eu_browser_ballot_2014#comments browser ballot eu european commission european union microsoft Software Windows News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 29116 at http://www.maximumpc.com Potential Steam Controller Design Leaks to Web http://www.maximumpc.com/potential_steam_controller_design_leaks_web_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_controller_2.jpg" alt="Steam Controller" title="Steam Controller" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Welcome back, D-pad</h3> <p>Had things gone to plan, official Steam Machines would have already begun flooding the market by now, though those plans got put on hold when Valve decided to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/controller_tweaks_prompt_valve_delay_steam_machines_until_2015" target="_blank">delay the initiative</a> so that it could have extra time to tweak its Steam Controller. Valve dropped the bombshell just shy of seven months ago, and while there's <strong>still no completed Steam Controller in sight, there is a new design that's been leaked to the web</strong>.</p> <p>A staff member at <a href="http://www.valvetime.net/threads/steam-client-beta-update-reveals-latest-steam-controller-design.245634/" target="_blank"><em>ValveTime.net</em></a> who goes by the nick "Omnomnick" posted the updated design, noting that the most recent appearance of the delayed devices was plucked from files contained within the latest Steam Client Beta update. It looks fairly similar to the previous version except what appears to be a D-pad has returned to the left-hand side.</p> <p>"The most striking change from previous designs is the appearance of a four-point directional guide on the left touch pad. It's not entirely clear just yet how the four-point guide will be used or what it's main purpose is, but we'd imagine the left pad may now be re-configurable to feature as a softer, more diverse alternative to the standard D-Pad by offering more directional input than just the standard four-points of motion," Omnomnick said.</p> <p>Unfortunately we still won't see the controller at CES next month. That's because Valve won't be there, a tidbit the company confirmed to our sister site <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/gaming/consoles/valve-won-t-be-at-ces-2015-large-steam-machine-presence-planned-for-gdc-1273542" target="_blank"><em>TechRadar</em></a>. Valve is instead planning a big Steam Machine presence at GDC 2015, which takes place March 2-6.</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/potential_steam_controller_design_leaks_web_2014#comments games Hardware Peripherals steam controller Valve News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:10:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 29114 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Marks Down HP Pavilion x2 Hybrid PC to $199 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_marks_down_hp_pavilion_x2_hybrid_pc_199_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_pavilion_x2.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion x2" title="HP Pavilion x2" width="228" height="107" style="float: right;" />Another solid gift idea</h3> <p>You have to hand it to Microsoft for serving up some tantalizing offers as part of its "12 Days of Deals" promotion that's currently on its second to last day. There's been a little something for everyone, and today, that something is an <strong>HP Pavilion x2, a hybrid 2-in-1 PC that Microsoft marked down to $199</strong> from its original price tag of $329. It's also a Signature Edition system, meaning there's no third-party bloatware.</p> <p>The Pavilion x2 sports a 10.1-inch IPS display with an LED backlight, 1280x800 resolution, and 10-finger multi-touch support. It's powered by an Intel Atom Z3736F processor (1.33GHz to 2.16GHz) and 2GB of DDR3L-RS 1333MHz RAM. Other features include 32GB of eMMC storage, microSD card reader, USB 2.0, micro HDMI, headphone/microphone combo, HD webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth, and Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit).</p> <p>Those aren't the kind of specs that will knock your socks off, though respectable for the money. It also comes with a detachable keyboard and a year of Office 356 Personal, the latter of which is a $70 value.</p> <p>Interested? <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Pavilion-x2-10-k077nr-Signature-Edition-2-in-1-PC/productID.309725500?icid=12Days_ModA_Day11_HP2" target="_blank">Go here</a> to pick one up. And if not, here's a heads up that tomorrow's deal -- the last of the promotion -- is going to be half off a <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/12-Month-Xbox-Music-Pass/productID.258412400?icid=12Days_D12_XMusic" target="_blank">12-month Xbox Music Pass</a> ($49.90 instead of $99.90).</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_marks_down_hp_pavilion_x2_hybrid_pc_199_2014#comments 12 days of deals 2-in-1 Hardware hp pavilion x2 laptop microsoft notebook tablet News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:47:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 29113 at http://www.maximumpc.com Forget the Picture Frame, Use Lian Li's O Series Chassis to Hang a PC on Your Wall http://www.maximumpc.com/forget_picture_frame_use_lian_lis_o_series_chassis_hang_pc_your_wall_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-o7s.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-O7S" title="Lian Li PC-O7S" width="228" height="220" style="float: right;" />An open air wall-mountable chassis</h3> <p>Have you ever thought about hanging your PC components on a wall? Admittedly I have a time or three, though I've never attempted it because, quite frankly, it'd be a lot of work to secure each and every component on a bare wall, and then make it all look nice to boot. It looks like <strong>Lian Li read my mind -- the company's new O Series open-air cases are wall-mountable</strong> (and also a work in progress).</p> <p>There are four different models: the mini-ITX <a href="http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-o5/" target="_blank">PC-O5</a>, mini-ITX <a href="http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-o5s/" target="_blank">PC-O5S</a>, micro-ATX <a href="http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-o6s/" target="_blank">PC-O6S</a>, and the ATX <a href="http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-o7s/" target="_blank">PC-O7S</a>. All of them are in the prototype stage, as Lian Li looks for user feedback from the DIY community as it fleshes out and tweaks a final design.</p> <p>Though they're built for different form factors, each case is similar in overall design. They all feature an oversized tempered glass window so that visitors can spy the entire build. And to keep it slim, graphics cards are installed parallel to the motherboard through a PCI riser card and extension.</p> <p>Cases with an "S" suffix denote water cooling compatibility, with the PC-O5S supporting radiators up to 240mm; the PC-O6S and PC-O7S support radiators up to 360mm.</p> <p>Wall mounting any of the O Series cases is optional (you'll probably want a wireless mouse and keyboard if going that route), as they can also be placed on a desk in the vertical position using an included aluminum stand with rubber grip, or horizontally on four attachable feet with rubber padding.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ucNne8-yc5w" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>No word on when Lian Li might bring these case to market or what the MSRPs will be.</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/forget_picture_frame_use_lian_lis_o_series_chassis_hang_pc_your_wall_2014#comments Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li o series News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 29112 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gabe Newell Vetoes Valve's Decision to Remove Hatred from Steam Greenlight http://www.maximumpc.com/gabe_newell_vetoes_valves_decision_remove_hatred_steam_greenlight_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hatred_banner.jpg" alt="Hatred Banner" title="Hatred Banner" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Controversial game returns to Steam Greenlight</h3> <p>In case you haven't heard, Hatred is an isometric shooter that even the developers -- Destructive Creations -- claim is "disturbing." It's about an antagonist with a "hatred for humanity" who wanders the outskirts of New York seeking out innocent victims. Or simply put, "Yes, it's a game about killing people" for no other reason than the main character's "deep-rooted hatred" of, well, everything and everyone. Or of himself. Whatever -- <strong>the subject matter prompted Valve's Doug Lombardi to yank the title from Steam Greenlight yesterday, only to have his decision vetoed today by Gabe Newell</strong>.</p> <p>"Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam," Lombardi explained to Destructive Creations as the reason why it was pulled. His decision sparked a debate and a bit of controversy in and of itself, especially since at the time it had over 13,000 "yes" votes, moving it to the number seven spot on the Greenlight list.</p> <p>A day later, Newell reversed the decision after he did a bit of investigating.</p> <p>"Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn't up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, and we'll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers," Newell said.</p> <p>All the publicity from the controversy has no doubt helped Hatred ascend to the number one spot after being brought back to the Greenlight. That doesn't necessarily mean it will make it to Steam, though it's hard to picture any other scenario at this point.</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/gabe_newell_vetoes_valves_decision_remove_hatred_steam_greenlight_2014#comments doug lombardi Gabe Newell games hatred steam greenlight stream Valve News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:38:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 29109 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Releases GeForce 347.09 Beta Driver http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_releases_geforce_34709_beta_driver_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_1.jpg" alt="Nvidia" title="Nvidia" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />For best performance in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes</h3> <p>Standard warning always applies to pre-release software and drivers -- if you'e running a mission critical rig or otherwise need to minimize the risk of buggy behavior, then stay away. Savvy? For everyone else, especially those who want to live on the cutting edge, be advised that <strong>Nvidia just made its GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09, available to download in beta form</strong>.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, 347.09 offers the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid: V Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. Otherwise, it's a pretty straightforward driver update with new and updated application and 3D Vision profiles, and updates to 3D compatibility mode in certain games.</p> <p>Specifically, Nvidia added an application profile for Project CARS, along with the following 3D Vision Profile updates:</p> <ul> <li>Alien: Isolation - Not recommended</li> <li>Elite: Dangerous - Not recommended</li> <li>Escape Dead Island - rated as Fair</li> <li>Far Cry 4 - Not recommended</li> <li>Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes - Not recommended</li> <li>Middle-EArth - Shadow of Mordor - Not recommended</li> <li>Reisdent Evil Revelations 2 - Disabled</li> <li>The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - rated as Fair</li> </ul> <p>You can download the <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us" target="_blank">driver here</a> and check out the <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/347.09/347.09-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes here (PDF)</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/nvidia_releases_geforce_34709_beta_driver_2014#comments Drivers elite: dangerous geforce 347.09 beta metal gear solid v: ground zeroes nvidia Software News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:54:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29108 at http://www.maximumpc.com Look for More Business-Class Laptops Pairing SSDs with HDDs in 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/look_more_business-class_laptops_pairing_ssds_hdds_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hdd_ssd.jpg" alt="SSD and HDD" title="SSD and HDD" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Falling prices have vendors more willing to adopt low capacity SSDs</h3> <p>Solid state drive pricing has fallen off a cliff in recent years, which is largely the result of lower cost NAND flash memory chips. Since then, SSDs have continued to trickle downwards in price, though at a much slower pace. Nevertheless, with costs still trending downward, <strong>laptop vendors are expected to offer more business-class laptops with both SSD and HDD storage options inside</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141216PD213.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, the proportion of hybrid business-use notebooks -- laptops equipped with an SSD for the OS and HDD for storage -- currently sits at around 10 percent, though looking ahead to next year, those in the notebook supply chain say they expect that number to double to 20 percent.</p> <p>This is based on the expectation that the price for a 128GB SSD will drop to $60 in the first quarter of 2015, which would be equal to the cost of a 1TB HDD, <em>Digitimes</em> says. So what's likely to happen is there will be a bunch of business notebooks that pair a 128GB SDD with a 500GB HDD.</p> <p>Why the prominence in business-class laptops? These tend to be more expensive than consumer notebooks, which makes it easier to squeeze in upgrades like this. And with cloud-based storage taking off the way it has, vendors don't need to worry so much about equipping laptops with increasingly capacious HDDs, or so the theory goes.</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/look_more_business-class_laptops_pairing_ssds_hdds_2015#comments Hard Drive Hardware HDD laptop notebook solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29107 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Preps Attachable OLED Smart Glasses for CES Debut http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_smart_glasses_accessory.jpg" alt="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" title="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />Compact accessory turns your existing eyewear into a set of smart glasses</h3> <p>The wearables category is shaping up to be a big one, or at least manufacturers will give the segment the ol' college try. We expect to see a bunch of wearable devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, especially since we're already seeing a handful of products hit the web ahead of the convention. Take Sony for instance -- <strong>Sony is developing a compact and lightweight single-lens display module that it says can turn various eyewear into smart devices</strong>.</p> <p>It's equipped with a high-resolution color OLED microdisplay and a micro-optical unit that's supposed to bring out the full potential of the display's image quality. There's also a miniaturized control board with arithmetic processing capabilities that Sony claims is on par with smartphones.</p> <p>Comparisons to Google Glass are inevitable, and though you can use Sony's device with different eyewear, the press shots show end results that are reminiscent of several Google Glass wearables. And of course both offer a way to interact with the world in a new way.</p> <p>"By simply attaching it to a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear, you can instantly gain access to visual information that adds a level of convenience to your everyday life," <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201412/14-118E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony explains</a>. "The module also has potential applications in sports or for work, among other areas, displaying helpful information that supports you in the activity you are engaged in. And this is all done in a small sub-window that does not obstruct your field of vision."</p> <p>Sony plans to provide software development kits (SDKs) to partnering organizations. It also wants to enter into mass production within the coming year.</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_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014#comments CES display oled smart glasses sony wearables News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:22:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29106 at http://www.maximumpc.com BlackBerry Classic Tips Hat to the Past, Kicks Off Comeback Strategy http://www.maximumpc.com/blackberry_classic_tips_hat_past_kicks_comeback_strategy_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackberry_classic_0.jpg" alt="BlackBerry Classic" title="BlackBerry Classic" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Old school philosophy with new school hardware</h3> <p>Well, it's official -- <strong>BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research In Motion, or RIM) launched its BlackBerry Classic today</strong>, a "no-nonsense" phone that harkens back to the Canadian handset maker's glory days with a physical QWERTY keyboard and built-in trackpad. It also sports several modern amenities and upgrades to go along with its keyboard, like a browser that's three times faster compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9900.</p> <p>The 3.5-inch touchscreen offers 60 percent more screen space while the phone as a whole offers 50 percent longer battery life, BlackBerry claims. Other features include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB via microSD), 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear facing camera with enhanced optics and upgraded imaging sensors, and BlackBerry 10 OS (10.3.1).</p> <p>"We listened closely to our customers’ feedback to ensure we are delivering the technologies to power them through their day – and that feedback led directly to the development of BlackBerry Classic," <a href="http://press.blackberry.com/press/2014/blackberry-classic--familiar-qwerty-design-packs-high-performanc.html" target="_blank">said John Chen</a>, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry Classic is the powerful communications tool that many BlackBerry Bold and Curve users have been waiting for. It’s the secure device that feels familiar in their hands, with the added performance and agility they need to be competitive in today’s busy world."</p> <p>With the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry is hoping to attract fans of physical keyboards, both loyal and new, as it attempts to regain a level of relevancy in the mobile space that it hasn't seen since Android and iOS skyrocketed to the top. According to data provided by IDC, BlackBerry OS is clinging to a meager 0.5 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market, compared to Windows Phone at 2.9 percent, iOS at 11.7 percent, and Android at 84.4 percent.</p> <p>The unlocked BlackBerry Classic runs <a href="http://shop.blackberry.com/store/bbrryus/en_US/pd/productID.310234500/Currency.USD" target="_blank">$449 on BlackBerry's website</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/product/B00OYZZ3VS/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=bbclassic-20&amp;linkId=2UVALKBYIDNGYW3M" target="_blank">$499.99 on Amazon</a>. AT&amp;T and Verizon have also confirmed plans to sell the device beginning sometime next year.</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/blackberry_classic_tips_hat_past_kicks_comeback_strategy_2014#comments BlackBerry blackberry classic Hardware keyboard mobile smartphone News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:58:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29105 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hearthstone Arrives on Android Tablets http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Welcome to the world of Hearthstone</h3> <p><img src="/files/u166440/hearthstone.jpg" alt="Hearthstone" title="Hearthstone" width="200" height="158" style="float: right;" />Hearthstone has been a major success for Blizzard that boasts, at last count, 20 million players. Released in March, the digital collectible card game continues to grow at a rapid pace and is available for PC, Mac OS X, and iPad devices. However, Android users have been left out until now. On Monday, <strong>Blizzard announced that Hearthstone is now available on Android tablets</strong>.</p> <p>Android tablet owners can now download the game, based on Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise, for free on Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Initially, the Android version of Hearthstone was available only to players in Australia Canada, and New Zealand as part of phase one, but is now available globally. However, Blizzard advises those who picked up the Android version through a third-party channel should delete that version and download it from Amazon or Google Play.</p> <p>The <a title="Heartstone for Android tablets" href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/17141107/hearthstone-now-available-on-android%E2%84%A2-tablets-12-15-2014?abt=nav1&amp;utm_expid=68589644-24.yOgsCsWhSz-gOSDIbl82Wg.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fus.battle.net%2Fhearthstone%2Fen%2Fblog%2F%3Fabt%3Dnav1" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">announcement</span></a> comes shortly after the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, the latest card expansion for Hearthstone. As an incentive, those who decide to give the game a try on their Android tablet will earn a free pack of classic cards. All you have to do is play a complete game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena, or Practice mode and, win or lose, you’ll earn the free card pack.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those wondering if they Android device can handle the game, the minimum requirements for an eligible device is a 6-inch screen or larger, runs Android 4.0, and 1GB of RAM. Some of the Android tablets that can run Hearthstone include Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6, Asus Google Nexus 7, Nvidia Shield Tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a list of all Android tablets capable of running Hearthstone, feel free to visit Blizzard’s <a title="Hearthstone support page" href="https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/hearthstone-system-requirements" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">support page</span></a>.</p> <p>As for when Hearthstone will be available on smartphones, Blizzard stated that more news will be provided in early 2015</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014#comments android Android Tablet blizzard card game hearthstone Gaming News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:12 +0000 Sean D Knight 29104 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Lets You Choose Air or Water Cooling for $640 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_lets_you_choose_air_or_water_cooling_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_0.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Choose your own adventure (in cooling)</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O</strong>, a hybrid thermal solution that lets users choose between air or water cooling. The cooler sports a custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the card's GPU for better heat dispersal, while copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins help whisk heat out and away from the card.</p> <p>Using water cooling, Asus ROG says the Poseidon GTX 980 can achieve temperatures that are up to 27C lower compared to reference, which the company claims will translate into up to 10 percent faster performance in Watch Dogs and 7 percent in Battlefield 4 (through less throttling, presumably).</p> <p>Asus said it used high end components for longevity -- things like black metallic solid state capacitors, 10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes, hardened MOSFETs, and Digi+ VRM for clean and stable voltage. There's also a tough backplate made of aluminum alloy and a die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads to prevent bending.</p> <p>The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon for $640 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/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_lets_you_choose_air_or_water_cooling_2014#comments air cooling asus Build a PC games graphics card Hardware poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card water cooling News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 29103 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Gives Shield Hub a Material Design Makeover http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_gives_shield_hub_material_design_makeover_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/grid_ui.jpg" alt="Grid UI" title="Grid UI" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />Nvidia was all nestled all snug in its bed, while visions of Lollipop's Material Design danced in its head</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today announced that its Shield Hub received some major updates along with a new look</strong>, improved GameStrem experience in console mode, and better connectivity to GRID, the company's on-demand game streaming service that resides in the cloud. The new layout comes hot on the heels of Android 5.0 Lollipop making its way to Nvidia's Shield Tablet, which is where the "Material Design" comes into play.</p> <p>Following the redesign, you can see more of your games with less scrolling in the Shield Hub. It's supposed to be easier to navigate with large lists that make finding games a cinch. It all reflects Google's Material Design language introduced in Lollipop with subtle animations, layers, and updated iconography.</p> <p>There's also an improved GameStream experience in console mode. If you have a fast Wi-Fi connection (5GHz 802.11n/ac required), you can configure a display output of 1080p at 60 frames per second. Just go to My Games &gt; Streaming Setting (top right) &gt; Show Advanced Options &gt; Quality and set the Max Resolution to 1080p and Frame Rate to 60fps.</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/nvidia_gives_shield_hub_material_design_makeover_2014#comments games material design nvidia shield News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:10:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 29102 at http://www.maximumpc.com