News en Asus and iBuyPower Announce Partnership That Brings Optiboost to Asus Desktops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/asus_logo.png" alt="Asus Logo" title="Asus Logo" width="200" height="100" style="float: right;" />Optiboost experience expanding</h3> <p>It appears that iBuyPower isn’t done expanding the reach of its customization program Optiboost. Today,&nbsp;<strong>iBuyPower announced its partnership with Asus that will bring Optiboost to Asus desktops</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on its latest partnership, iBuyPower vice-president Darren Su said, “We’re proud to add Asus to the Optiboost family. Asus and iBuyPower aim to bring the best desktop experience to a wide variety of consumers through trusted product engineering, cutting-edge customization, and turning options.”</p> <p>Consumers will be able to customize core components of their systems such as the graphics card, SSD or HDD, processor, and more. A number of high-performance options have been selected from <a title="Asus Optiboost program" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Asus' desktop line</span></a> for the Optiboost program that includes the M11AD, M51BC, M51AD, and G10AC desktops.</p> <p>“Asus believes in bringing the latest product design backed by leading desktop reliability to customers,” said David Wung, senior director of product management of open platform business for Asus. “With Optiboost by iBuyPower, users will easily be able to customize their own systems while taking advantage of Asus’ latest desktop technology.”</p> <p>Asus is just the latest partnership for iBuyPower. Back in May, a similar partnership was announced between&nbsp;<a title="MPC" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">iBuyPower and Gigabyte</span></a> that would bring Optiboost to Gigabyte’s gaming laptops.&nbsp;</p> <p>Have you purchased a laptop or PC through the Optiboost program?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> asus ibuypower optiboost optiboost desktop optiboost gaming desktop News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:49:15 +0000 Sean D Knight 28242 at Aorus Launches the Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/aorus_thunder_m7_06.png" alt="Thunder M7" title="Thunder M7" width="200" height="177" style="float: right;" />Looking to satisfy your MMO macro needs</h3> <p>As the MMO genre continues to expand, so does the options for a suitable gaming mouse designed for MMOs. The newest addition to the roster of MMO gaming peripherals comes from <strong>Aorus that has announced its Aorus Thunder M7 gaming mouse</strong> that features 16 programmable buttons.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Aorus, "The <a title="Aorus Thunder M7" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Aorus Thunder M7</span></a> is specifically designed for MMO gamers, who emphasize on emitting accurate and fast attack commends at the battlefield; therefore, Aorus developed the best allocation of the MMO hot-keys with great effort and time to bring the most ergonomically mouse for the gamers."</p> <p>Of the 16 programmable buttons, 11 of them are located on the sides. Eight of those buttons are located on the left side of the mouse. For those wishing to change the device’s DPI on the go there are two buttons assigned to change it from 800 DPI to 8200 DPI.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are worried about the durability of the buttons then you should know that, according to Aorus, the Thunder M7 is equipped with Omron switches that are expected to last up to 20 million clicks. It also has the Aorus Macro Engine built-in that allows users to switch between five different gaming profiles.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Aorus Thunder M7 mouse is currently available at participating retailers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Will the Thunder M7 suit your MMO needs?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> aorus Aorus Thunder M7 gaming mouse Thunder M7 Thunder M7 gaming mouse Gaming News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:48:22 +0000 Sean D Knight 28244 at Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_truck.jpg" alt="AMD Truck" title="AMD Truck" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Don't bet the farm on this one</h3> <p>A picture making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere has AMD fans crossing their fingers that it means what it looks like it means. And just what would that be? A 12-core chip! Bear in mind that nothing has been confirmed, and furthermore, there are some alternate explanations as to what the picture actually depicts. Disclaimer aside, <strong>the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <em>WCCFTEch </em>offered up <a href="" target="_blank">some analysis</a> on the picture, which apparently was posted by an AMD PR person with an #AMDEvolved tag. What the picture shows is a truck with a dozen AMD robots on the side and AMD's A-Series logo on the back. At a glance, that would seem to suggest a chip with 12 Steamroller cores, right? Possibly.</p> <p>The thing is, AMD can be funny about labeling its chips. For example, AMD advertises Kaveri as having 12 compute cores, but only four of those are CPU cores; the remaining eight are GPU cores. On the flip side, all the robots in the pic are the same color, so in theory, they'd all be CPU cores, right?</p> <p>Then again, it could just be much ado about nothing -- we'll have to wait and see.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 12-core a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware processor steamroller News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28241 at Amazon Feeling the Heat From Fire TV and Phone Launches, Posts $126 Million Q2 Loss <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/jeff_bezos_0.jpg" alt="Jeff Bezos" title="Jeff Bezos" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />What a difference a quarter makes</h3> <p>Despite a 23 percent increase in sales to $19.34 billion, <strong>Amazon reported a net loss of $126 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for its fiscal second quarter</strong> ended June 30, 2014. That compares to a profit of $108 million in the first quarter, and a loss of $7 million, or 2 cents a share, on revenue of $15.7 billion in the same quarter a year prior. The lesson here is that Amazon isn't afraid to take a loss in order to launch new products and services.</p> <p>Amazon rolled out its <a href="">Fire TV</a> and <a href="">Fire Phone</a> during its fiscal second quarter, along with Prime Music, a subscription-based streaming music service with over 1 million songs available, and <a href="">Kindle Unlimited</a>, a similar service but for Kindle Books. That's quite a bit to take on in a single quarter.</p> <p>"We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better," Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1951180&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>Though Amazon can afford to make multi-product and service investments, the company's stock is taking a beating. It's down by more than 10 percent today, which is largely the result of coming up short of Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter in a row.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amazon e-commerce financial report fire phone fire tv Hardware News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28239 at Asus ROG Readies Swift PG278Q Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync for August Release <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_swift_pg278q.jpg" alt="Asus Swift PG278Q" title="Asus Swift PG278Q" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />This might be the gaming monitor you've been looking for</h3> <p>Slow your roll, early adopter -- before you go checking out with that 4K Ultra HD monitor in your virtual shopping cart, you should familiarize yourself with Asus ROG's Swift PG278Q panel. Teased earlier this year, <strong>Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week</strong>, a 27-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync technology. It isn't 4K, but it is prepped and primed for gaming at high res.</p> <p>User can cycle through 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz display modes courtesy of the panel's Turbo key for one-click switching. With a compatible graphics card, Nvidia's G-Sync technology will synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. And regardless of refresh rate, you'll enjoy a 2560x1440 resolution spread out over 27 inches of screen real estate for a pixel density of 109 ppi.</p> <p>"The ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair overlay and timer functions. The former gives gamers a choice of four different crosshairs to suit their gaming environment, while the latter provides an on-screen timer to help keep track of spawn and build times," <a href="" target="_blank">Asus explains</a>.</p> <p>There's also a 5-way navigation joystick for easy access to the OSD settings, a smart air vent design that helps in dissipating heat after extended gaming sessions, a slim profile with a 6mm bezel, a cable management design feature found on the back of the panel, built-in USB 3.0 hub (2 down, 1 up), and an ergonomic stand that supports tilt, swivel, and pivot.</p> <p>The Swift PG278Q will be available in North America by the end of August for $799.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia panel pg278q Republic of Gamers ROG swift News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28238 at Biostar's Hi-Fi B85S2G Motherboard Means Business <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_b85s2g.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" title="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A business-friendly board for big and small firms</h3> <p><strong>Biostar this week added to its motherboard lineup with the launch of its Hi-Fi B85S2G </strong>built around Intel's B85 chipset. The B85 is intended to be a budget option for businesses, though Biostar is reluctant to pigeonhole its board into a single demographic -- the company says it's a suitable option for big IT departments in larger companies, small firms, or even virtual currency miners.</p> <p>Some business friendly features include dual GbE LAN ports with Load Balancing support, Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA), and 100 percent solid capacitors for added reliability. As for the virtual currency mining crowd, it's the expansion slots that <a href="" target="_blank">Biostar uses to justify</a> its claim (1 x PCI-E x16 3.0, 1 x PCI-E x16 2.0, 1 x PCI-E x1 2.0, and 3 x PCI).</p> <p>Other features include two DDR3-1600 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, two SATA 3Gbps connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 header, two USB 2.0 headers, Realtek ALC892 8-channel Blu-ray audio, onboard headphone amp, and various other bullet points.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Hi-Fi B85S2G will be available or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi b85s2g motherboard News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28237 at Leaked Photos Shows Valve's Controller with a Thumbstick <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_controller_1.jpg" alt="Steam Controller" title="Steam Controller" width="228" height="99" style="float: right;" />A subtle but welcome addition</h3> <p>Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, <strong>a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller</strong>, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.</p> <p>Twitter member <a href="" target="_blank">@SteamDB</a> (Steam Database) and <em>Face Punch</em> forum user <a href=";p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1#post45477260" target="_blank">DevinWatson</a> both posted the picture in question. It's not clear if the picture represents a prototype build or is just a mockup. Either way, the only thing new that we can tell is the addition of an analog stick.</p> <p>The challenge for Valve at this point is to finish developing a controller that's unique enough to justify its existence but not so wild that it turns gamers off. Most would probably agree that a left-thumbstick is a step in the right direction.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> controller games Hardware Peripherals Steam thumbstick Valve News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28233 at Adata's XPG V3 DDR3 Overclocking Memory Ramps Up to 3100MHz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/adata_xpg_0.jpg" alt="Adata XPG V3" title="Adata XPG V3" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />Calling all overclockers</h3> <p>Do you have a need, a need for speed? When you're finished watching Top Gun, check out what Adata just added to its product lineup. <strong>The memory maker announced a new high-performance XPG V3 Series of overclocking RAM</strong> that the company claims can run at up to 3,100MHz in dual-channel mode. As you might expect, Adata is targeting PC enthusiasts and performance junkies with this latest line.</p> <p>When running full tilt at 3,100MHz, you're looking at transfer bandwidth of 24.8GB/s, <a href=";page=NewsList&amp;pages=1&amp;news_id=462&amp;ny=2014&amp;type=2&amp;lan=en" target="_blank">Adata says</a>. The new RAM supports XMP version 1.3 and utilizes Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), which brings every chip in direct contact with the heat sink to keep both the ICs and PCB from getting overly toasty.</p> <p>Other features include an 8-layer PCB with 2-ounce copper, detachable fin heat sinks, and timings set at 12-14-14-36 when operating at 3,100MHz (they're a little tighter at 2,600MHz and below).</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href=";cid=5&amp;piid=301&amp;lan=en" target="_blank">XPG V3 Series</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> adata Build a PC DDR3 Hardware Memory overclocking xpg v3 News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:30:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28232 at Cheap Windows Laptops Will Give Chromebooks Competition in the Second Half of 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_laptop.jpg" alt="Acer Laptop" title="Acer Laptop" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops</h3> <p>A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because <strong>Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources within the upstream supply chain, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that these cheap Windows laptops will enter the market in the second half of this year. These will probably range in size from 10.1 inches to 15.6 inches with non-touchscreen displays powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M platform. Braswell-based processors could also sneak in.</p> <p>There are some parameters that Intel and Microsoft are insisting upon, such as keeping the clamshell laptops less than 25mm. The entry-level laptops must also have battery lives of 5 hours or more, 1-4GB of DDR memory, and either a 500GB hard drive or 16-32GB SSD. And of course they'll run Windows 8.1.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> chromebook Hardware intel laptop microsoft mobile notebook Windows News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28231 at Tablet Growth is Losing Steam to Large Screen Smartphones <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_tab_5.jpg" alt="Galaxy Tab" title="Galaxy Tab" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Tablet growth is down compared to last year</h3> <p>Preliminary data from International Data Corporation (IDC) indicates that the <strong>tablet market expanded 11 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014 on shipments of 49.3 million units</strong> around the globe. That's not bad, though it's down 1.5 percent sequentially. According to IDC, smartphones with big screen displays have cut into the market for tablet PCs.</p> <p>"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jean Philippe Bouchard</a>, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."</p> <p>Apple still owns the lion's share of the market, though competition from smaller vendors has cut into Apple's dominance. Whereas the iPad family represents 26.9 percent of all tablets currently, a year ago it accounted for a third (33 percent) of the market.</p> <p>Samsung's share also declined, going from 18.8 percent a year ago to 17.2 percent currently.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> 2-in-1 Hardware idc mobile slates smartphone tablets News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 28230 at Strong Quarter Sends Facebook Stock to Record High <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/facebook_window.jpg" alt="Facebook Window" title="Facebook Window" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />"We had a good second quarter." - Mark Zuckerberg with the understatement of the year</h3> <p>It took a bit of time for Facebook to gain some traction in the stock market after filing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) a little over two years ago, but it certainly appears the world's most popular social network has found its stride. Leaving little doubt of that, <strong>Facebook sprinted past analysts' expectations by reporting $2.9 billion in revenue</strong> for its fiscal second quarter ended June 20, 2014.</p> <p>That's a massive 61 percent jump from the $1.8 billion in revenue Facebook collected in the same quarter a year prior. Revenue from advertising was $2.68 billion, up 67 percent from last year. This was driven primarily by mobile, which accounted for 62 percent of Facebook's advertising revenue, up from about 41 percent a year ago.</p> <p>"We had a good second quarter," <a href="" target="_blank">said Mark Zuckerberg</a>, founder and CEO. "Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world."</p> <p>All these figures translated into a profit of $791 million, up 138 percent compared to $333 million in Q2 of last year. As you might expect, investors reacted positively to the news -- Facebook's share price is hovering around $76 and change, up more than 7 percent. It's market capitalization is around $195.61 billion (at the time of this writing), just a little shy of IBM, which is the fourth most valuable tech firm in the U.S.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> facebook revenue social network stock News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:01:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28229 at Microsoft Beats Quarterly Sales Estimates, EarningsTake Hit From Nokia Deal <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_paper.jpg" alt="Microsoft Paper" title="Microsoft Paper" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Profit slide a direct result of Nokia buyout</h3> <p>Starting with the good news, <strong>Microsoft beat Wall Street estimates by reporting a 17 percent bump in revenue</strong>, which totaled $23.38 billion for the company's fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2014. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that wasn't enough to weather its Nokia Devices and Services acquisition, which contributed to a 7 percent drop in earnings at $0.55 per share.</p> <p>Despite the drop in earnings, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella is optimistic about the future, especially after <a href="">rolling out a new game plan</a> that has the company aggressively focused on the cloud.</p> <p>"We are galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution," <a href="" target="_blank">said Satya Nadella</a>, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "I’m proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off – our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate."</p> <p>Microsoft's Windows OEM revenue grew 3 percent, driving by 11 percent growth in Windows OEM Pro revenue. The company also added 1 million subscribers to its Office 365 Home and Personal cloud service, bringing to the total to 5.6 million. Finally, Bing search advertising revenue grew 40 percent as Microsoft increased is U.S. search share to 19.2 percent.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft Nokia revenue News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28225 at EA Explains Decision to Delay Battlefield Hardline to 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/battlefield_hardline.jpg" alt="Battlefield Hardline" title="Battlefield Hardline" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Visceral Games will use its extra time to make stability and feature improvements to Battlefield Hardline</h3> <p>Electronic Arts originally planned to release Battlefield Hardline on October 21, 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but as any gamer knows, release dates are kind of like rules -- they're meant to be broken or ignored. In this case, <strong>EA announced it's delaying Battlefield Hardline until "early 2015"</strong> so that Visceral Games has more time to implement features born out of feedback from beta players.</p> <p>"We’ve been poring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you. This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better," EA explains in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months."</p> <p>EA offered up some vague details on what will get added between now and the game's release. Namely, Visceral Games will shore up the multiplayer experience with new feature ideas that came direct from the community, though it also plans on adding single player story depth.</p> <p>In addition to new features, the development team will continue to focus on stability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Battlefield Hardline delay EA Electronic Arts games Software visceral games News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:33:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28224 at Attention Comic Collectors, Rare 'Action Comics #1' Hits Ebay in August <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/action_comics.jpg" alt="Action Comics" title="Action Comics" width="228" height="308" style="float: right;" />Superman's first comic is likely to command $2-3 million</h3> <p>By the end of summer, a rare copy of <strong>Action Comics #1 featuring Superman's first appearance</strong> will change hands. The <strong>valuable comic is going up for auction on eBay</strong> where it will almost certainly fetch around $2 million, if not considerably more. Even though it sold for a mere 10 cents way back in 1938, it's estimated that only 50 to 100 unrestored copies remain in existence.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>CNET</em></a>, the copy going up for auction received a grade of 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Company. That's the highest grade ever assigned to Action Comics #1 -- the only other copy to receive the same grade sold for $2,161,000 in 2011. It was owned by Nicolas Cage and had cream-colored to off-white pages, compared to the one that's going up for auction, which apparently looks brand new.</p> <p>"The quality and preservation of this Action #1 is astounding," Paul Litch, CGC Primary Grader, said in a statement. "The book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand. It is supple, the colors are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old."</p> <p>Some of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the <a href="" target="_blank">Christopher &amp; Dana Reeve Foundation</a>, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury.</p> <p>You can view a digital copy of the issue being auctioned <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. More details about the auction can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> action comics #1 auction comics EBay superman News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28223 at No, Microsoft Isn't Scaling Back to One Version of Windows for All Devices <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/satya_nadella_2.jpg" alt="Satya Nadella" title="Satya Nadella" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Understanding Microsoft's unified strategy</h3> <p>Microsoft chief Satya Nadella caused a whirlwind of headlines and speculation with a comment he made during his company's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call. The way he worded some early rhetoric made it sound like the next version of Windows -- codenamed Threshold and likely to be called Windows 9 -- will ship with but a single SKU rather than multiple versions for smartphones, desktops, gaming consoles, and so forth. However, <strong>Nadella wasn't talking about a single OS to rule them all</strong>.</p> <p>The cause of confusion stems from Nadella saying, "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating systems for screens of all sizes." However, he would later clarify that he was referring to the engineering approach -- having a single team work on all versions of Windows, each of which is built around a common core.</p> <p>"We will have multiple SKUs for enterprises, we will have for OEM, we will have for end-users. And so we will be disclosing and talking about our SKUs as we get further along, but my statement was more to do with how we are bringing teams together to approach Windows as one ecosystem very differently than we ourselves have done in the past," Nadella clarified.</p> <p>That said, Microsoft is hard at work unifying the Windows experience. Nadella envisions a unified store serving all platforms, even Xbox, along with a unified developer platform in which programmers can write code a single time and have their software run on any version of Windows.</p> <p>For more of what Nadella had to say, <em>Seeking Alpha</em> has the <a href="" target="_blank">entire transcript</a> from the earnings call.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS satya nadella Software Windows News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28222 at